Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Sides

It's crunch time, people!  By now, you've probably finished most of your shopping for the big day.  If you haven't, may the odds be ever in your favor.  I was at the store earlier today and it had me like, woah.  It was a mad house but not nearly as crazy as it will be Wednesday afternoon when I will invariably have to run to pick up at least one item that I thought I had but did not.  Happens every year.  And yes, I make a list.  I check it twice.  And then I fail.  No one's perfect, right?

If you're currently checking your list and realize that you may be short on a side or two, here is a list of some of my favorite holiday side dishes.  You're welcome.  They are all pretty simple and quick and parts, if not all can be made in advance and reheated the day of.  

We're less than a week away from the official kickoff of the holiday season and I could not be anymore excited! I love this time of year, and to me, Thanksgiving is a part of one big, long celebration! I know there are some of you out there who want Thanksgiving to have it's own holiday, and that's great, but I've already put my Christmas tree up and I feel like it's justifiable. Don't judge. 

There isn't much I love more than a Pepper family holiday. I come from a family of really good cooks and we are all so grateful for each and everyone one of our blessings, including food. I thought I would give you a little insight as to what a few of our Thanksgiving side dishes are. Feel free to add these to your families table. 

What are a some of your favorite thanksgiving sides? Leave me a comment to let me know! We're always looking for new dishes to try!



I come from a family of green bean lovers.  These are super easy and done on the stove top which means it doesn't use the oven which is already prime real estate on the big day.  Definitely one of my favorites!



As a Kentuckian, I feel that this delicious side should be included in every potluck meal.   The Pepper gang has a big ol' pan of this at every family function, normally made by my mom.  I know corn pudding sounds strange to you northerners.  Just go with it.  



In an attempt to introduce my family to a new vegetable for holiday gatherings, I made these.  In order to get my family to try a new vegetable it is a rule to include bacon and brown sugar.  Seriously, it's written in our family by-laws.  I never claimed we were a family of health nuts.  It's a holiday.  Relax. 



It's mac and cheese.  I don't think I need to explain it.  Crowd pleaser for children and adults alike.  Warning:  There will be no leftovers on this one. 



This is the newest addition to our family Thanksgiving.  It's slightly healthier than last year's dish with brown sugar and bacon.  This one does still include bacon though because to me, they are the new chocolate and peanut butter.  

Whatever you serve on Thanksgiving, remember to take the time to enjoy your family and cherish all the blessings that you have in your life.  I know I will! I wish you all happiness and joy throughout this holiday season.  




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