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Rankings Thanksgiving Dinner Items

1. Steve’s Cheesy Creamy Spinach. I guess I’m biased, but I gifted this recipe here.

2. Sweet Potatoes/Yams. Whatever you call it. With brown sugar/without brown sugar. With marshmallows/without. Doesn’t matter sweet potatoes are a treat!

3. Green Bean Casserole. Those little onion straw crunchies on top! Mmmmmm.

4. Cranberry Sauce. The jellied variety. Don’t bring your whole cranberry crap to my table! If it doesn’t make a slurping sound as it slides out of the can then you got the wrong stuff. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

4. Dinner Rolls!! Warm ’em up. Butter ’em. Use ’em as a vessel to get all the delicious sides into your feed hole.

5. Mashed Potatoes (with Gravy). Smooth, not lumpy. and have to have gravy on them, then strategically eat them so that the gravy volcano that you have created leaks in the direction you want it to as to not get on other certain foods it isn’t meant to be on.

6. Turkey. Listen, turkey is good.  The gravy makes it better, but on this list of absolutely delicious items turkey just can’t keep up. It didn’t do anything wrong to necessarily deserve it’s positioning at the bottom of this list, it’s just the way it is.

*Desserts were left off this list*

Have a great Thanksgiving!

3 Pumpkin Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving

If you’re like my family, pumpkin pie is one of your favorite parts of Thanksgiving. While pumpkin pie comes in many forms from the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks to the holiday pie at McDonalds, for us, good old-fashioned fresh-baked pumpkin pie is the best.

This year, we’re going to bake a pumpkin pie from a recipe instead of our usual tradition of getting a pie already baked from the grocery store.

Here are three original recipes for our favorite Thursday.

  • Classic Pumpkin Pie

    Our first recipe comes from the folks at McCormick. Called “Classic Pumpkin Pie” here is what you need to make eight servings

    Pastry for 9-inch pie crust
    2 eggs, well beaten
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    2 teaspoons McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tablespoon flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
    1 teaspoon McCormick All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
    1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

    Instructions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 9-inch pie plate with pie crust. Mix eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, flour and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Stir in pumpkin and vanilla. Gradually add evaporated milk, mixing well. Pour into pie crust. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

  • The Easiest Pumpkin Pie Recipe

    3/4 cup sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
    1 1/4 cups evaporated milk or half and half
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 Pillsbury Pet-Ritz frozen deep-dish pie crust

    Directions: Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix filling ingredients. Pour into pie crust. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in refrigerator.

  • Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

    Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

    Amazon's Kitchen Section Is Flooded With Early Black Friday Deals Up to 60% Off - These Are the 25 Worth Shopping Everyone should know how to make a homemade pumpkin pie. This traditional, from-scratch recipe is as good as it gets.

    All Recipes takes a bit more time with their recipe.

    Pastry for Single-Crust Pie:
    1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup shortening
    3 ½ tablespoons cold water

    2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin
    1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
    2 eggs, beaten
    ¾ cup packed brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon ground ginger
    ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    ½ teaspoon salt


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    Prepare pie crust by mixing together the flour and salt. Cut shortening into flour; add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time (you may need only 3 tablespoons, or up to 4 tablespoons). Mix dough and repeat until dough is moist enough to hold together.
    With lightly floured, hands shape dough into a ball. On a lightly floured board roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. With a sharp knife, cut dough 1 1/2 inch larger than the upside-down 8- to 9-inch pie pan. Gently roll the dough around the rolling pin and transfer it right-side up onto the pie pan. Unroll, easing dough into the bottom of the pie pan.
    In a large bowl, beat pumpkin with evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt with an electric mixer or immersion blender. Mix well. Pour into a prepared crust. Bake 40 minutes or until when a knife is inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.

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