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Fresh Fridays, November 6

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Happy Weekend Friend!

Occasionally a recipe I am thrilled about, a recipe I can’t wait to share with you, just plain ol’ falls flat. I was really excited about last weeks post — Instant Pot Turkey Breast (ready in 60 minutes!), but truth be told, it fell on its face! 🙂 

That’s okay; live and learn, trial and error, seeing what my readers want is something I am constantly learning. I am pretty confident that these three new recipes will knock your socks off!

Do you realize that Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks awayI KNOW! How did that happen! 

Read on to see how make ahead Thanksgiving recipes can save the day!

Fall Letter board with words In ALL things give Thanks with a velvet pumpkin and fall leaves
Such a great reminder, this sits near my desk where I see it often.


These three brand new holiday recipes are loaded with tips to make ahead, freeze, or at the very least, prep ahead, saving you time this holiday season:

  • Best Thanksgiving Stuffing (made with Pumpernickel, Sourdough and Brown bread)
    My taste testers (neighbors and friends) said it was “the best stuffing, with the best flavors they have ever had!”
  • Wild Rice Bake (Omit the chicken and it makes a fabulous side dish, or use leftover turkey or chicken and make it a meal!)
    Tasters remarked that this was filling, flavorful and delicious (okay, it was my mom, but should would tell me the truth)
  • Cheesy Asparagus Bake (after prepping the ingreds this took me two minutes to assemble!)
    Tasters (that would be my family) said that it was the cheesiest, garlic-y and yummy!

I realize Thanksgiving could look very different for many this year. All of these recipes can easily be halved for smaller gatherings and if you ever have a question, shoot me an email.

Images of three make ahead Thanksgiving sides. Stuffing, Wild Rice Supreme and Cheesy Asparagus bake

More make ahead sides for menu planning, (check out my friend Lynn’s, free printable Thanksgiving planner):

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All of these lists have been carefully curated over the years and they are updated regularly with new items, with price points for every budget.


Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

signature, Love, Kathleen


I enjoy sharing easy recipes that are wholesome and delicious. I am fed by my faith, family, friends & food! Welcome to my kitchen! Read more...

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