Last minute Thanksgiving prep!

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and you realize you forgot to make a certain dish or decorate! Well, do not worry because today I am going to share with you some tips and tricks, recipes and decorations that will help if you are stuck in this situation. The recipes are going to be quick dishes that you can whip up in a jiffy, the decorations are going to be cute and festive ideas that will look great in your home, and the tips & tricks are going to save you tons of time during the Holidays!

ENJOY 🙂

Part 1: Thanksgiving quick prep dishes

  • Creamy corn pudding with crispy herbs and onions
  • Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Super easy sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

Part 2: Thanksgiving decor

Part 3: Tips & Tricks 


                                                          Recipes

Creamy corn pudding with crispy herbs and onions

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 15-ounce can regular corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cream style corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy onions
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley or other herb of choice

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and oil in a bowl. Work the mixture with a fork until no longer clumpy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, sour cream, butter, and egg until smooth. Add the corn, cream corn, and dry mix from step one, and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, top with crispy onions, and return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with herbs before serving.

Recipe Credit : Pinch of Yum


Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes 

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Russet potatoes, chopped into 1 or 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3-5 large cloves fresh garlic (depends on how much you can handle!)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes, milk, broth, and garlic in a slow cooker, with the garlic sitting on top. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. When the potatoes are very tender, mash directly in the bowl of the slow cooker to incorporate everything to your desired consistency. You can also use an electric mixer, which I did, and it was super slick. Just be careful not to keep the mixer completely inside the bowl so you don’t get a mashed potato spray.
  2. Stir in the salt, butter, and sour cream. Taste and adjust seasoning, mix or mash any more if needed, and serve. YYYYYUUUUMMMMM!!!!

Recipe Credit: Pinch of Yum


Super easy sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

For the sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups (1 29-ounce can) sweet potatoes, drained
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • salt to taste
For the topping
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Mash the sweet potatoes and add the melted butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, beaten eggs, and a pinch of salt. Stir until incorporated. Pour into a shallow baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecan pieces in a small bowl, using your fingers to create moist crumbs. Sprinkle generously over the casserole. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the edges pull away from the sides of the pan and the top is golden brown. Let stand for the mixture to cool and solidify a little bit before serving.

Recipe Credit: Pinch of Yum


Decorations

Having to decorate for the Holidays can sometimes be stressful especially if you are getting a late start. That is why I wanted to include easy to do Thanksgiving decor that will not cost you a lot  of money yet still looks festive!

  • Midwest Living – this link has some really cute ideas for decorating, some of the decor does take more time than others.
  • Pinterest – this link is great if you are in need of some super quick DIY decor ideas, all of these pictures show items that will probably just be lying around your house 🙂

Tips & Tricks

The tips and tricks I am going to share with you today are going to help you save time! Although they seem weird I guartnee you they will save you tons of time so you can work on other things that need to be done 🙂

Wash potatoes in the rinse cycle of your dishwasher.

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2. Steam your vegetables in your dishwasher.

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3. Moisten the end of a sugar cone in warm water. Curl up the tip and let it dry to make this dessert cup.

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4. Spray paint dry autumn leaves gold, then use a marker to make table name plates.

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5. Make mac & cheese in a rice cooker to save space.

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6. Hollow out a pumpkin for your pumpkin pie, then use it to make a centerpiece.

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7. Cut a perfectly portioned biscuit with the rim of a wine glass.

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8. Use duct tape to open those stubborn jars.

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9. Add a spoon rest to your pot handles with a little bit of aluminum foil.

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10. Make candle holders out of carved out gourds.

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Credit: All created

Check out Huffington post for some more hacks! I will leave them linked here – Huffington Post

I have also posted many fall and Thanksgiving related posts so I will leave them linked for easy access.

If you have any questions leave a comment down below and I will respond 🙂

Thank you guys so much for reading my blog post and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving now because I will not be posting on Thursday. Also, if you’re new please follow my blog and join me on my blogging journey. Give this post a like and have a great day 🙂

4 thoughts on “Last minute Thanksgiving prep!

  1. Wow!!
    Another fabulous post!

    Your sweet potato casserole recipe sounds delicious and rather simple to prepare….I will be trying that for sure.

    I have to say, I just loved your tips and tricks! Who knew ones dishwasher could double as a potato cleaner and veggie steamer…very creative ideas.

    I also think making mac-n-cheese in a rice cooker is a clever idea.

    I really enjoy your blog and I am looking very forward to your upcoming Christmas posts!

    Thank you!
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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