Holiday Menu Bonanza, with time saving tips! 70 RECIPES!


Read my tips and tricks for a stress free holiday dinner by clicking here.thanksgiving collage


I love big family get togethers and two of my very favorite are coming up : Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner! We tend to have a few celebrations, with larger family gatherings as well as smaller special meals (just the four of us) to celebrate the occasion. Often, with the larger family gatherings, the meal consist of a huge assortment of everyone’s favorites – and Mama and I pride ourselves in making enough for everyone to carry home at least one plate (or two!) per person to enjoy later.

But meals like this can be very stressful for the cook unless you plan ahead of time to make them easier and as pre-prepped as possible. With that in mind, I’ve written a post with the tips and tricks I use to make my Thanksgiving just as enjoyable as it is for the folks who aren’t cooking the meal :) To read that post, please click here.

Below, you’ll find a pretty long list of some recipes we have had in the past or plan on having this year at our holiday dinners. Click on each recipe title to be taken to that post.

I hope these inspire you and make your Thanksgiving even more delicious!


The Main Meal (or the grand event!)

main meal collage Clockwise: Grandmama’s Cornbread Dressing (easy and moist!), Roasted Asparagus, Baked Mac and Cheese, Cranberry Relish, Easiest Ever Creamed Corn, Candied Baby Carrots, Jordan Rolls, Sweet and Sour Green Beans, and Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes (center). Many more recipes listed below!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Baked Ham With Easy Glaze

Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes
Cornbread Dressing (easy and moist)
Lucy’s Sweet Potato Casserole
Buttermilk Congealed Salad
Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes
Fried Apples
Jordan Rolls

Southern Spoon Rolls
Cranberry Relish
Candied Baby Carrots
Fried Cabbage
English Pea Pimento Casserole
Fried Okra
Butter Stewed Potatoes
Creamed Beans and Taters
Roasted Asparagus
Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Last Minute Green Beans
Easy Creamed Corn
Kid Friendly Relish Tray
Corn Casserole
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese
Deviled Eggs
MeMe’s Mashed Potatoes
Butter Dill New Potatoes
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

A little something sweet…

dessert collage

Clockwise: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Sweet Potato Creme Brûlée, Super Fruit Salad (low sugar), Pumpkin Pie Dip, Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes, Aunt Sues Pound Cake with Mama’s Custard Sauce, Faux Pecan Pie, German Chocolate Pie, and Lemon Meringue Pie (in center). These and many more recipes are below!

Faux Pecan Pie
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie
Pecan Pie Muffins
Streusel Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Frozen Cranberry Banana Salads
Lemon Meringue Pie
German Chocolate Pie
Triple Chocolate Brownie Pie 
Perfect Pecan Pie
Honey Punkin Cream Cheese Pie
Coconut Meringue Pie
Ashley Mac’s Caramel Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Sawdust Pie
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Easiest Red Velvet Cookies
Aunt Sue’s Famous Pound Cake
Mama’s Custard Sauce
Sweet Potato Creme Brûlée
Pumpkin Roll Cupcakes
Pecan Pie Cake
Cranberry Crunch
Good N Easy Apple Cake with Homemade Whipped Cream
Chocolate Velvet Cake

Carrot Cake Bars
Sugar Plum Cake
Daddy’s Coconut Cake
Apple Dapple Cake
Mandarin Orange Cake
Butterfinger Cake
Fruit Cocktail Cake
Yellow Cake with Peanut Butter Icing
Chocolate Pound Cake with Fudge Glaze
Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Super Fruit Salad (Low sugar)
Holiday Fruit Salad

Watergate Salad

And don’t forget this…

Homemade Caramel Corn
Butter Caramel Puff Corn (No kernels, No hulls!)

Now that you have a list of dishes you’d like to make, be sure and click here to find out how to pull all of this off AND remain stress free! 


“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” 
~Maya Angelou

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  1. barb ricketts says

    I love everyone of your recipes and so does my Sunday School class…I make your recipes every Wednesday at our social gatherings I cook for…this last Sunday they ask our class who inspired us and I said you and told them about your posts…..our class came back and ask about you and I told them so much on how uplifting you are……Thank you for being here you are touching so many lives!!!

  2. Linda Alberts says

    I am new to your website but thoroughly enjoy it. Love all the
    southern receipes. Gets me motivated to try new receipes and
    cook more. I love to try new receipes. Keep up the good work.

  3. says

    Hi Christy, I was reading up on pie crust techniques and recipes, and was stressing out a bit. Then I remembered your wonderful mix-in-the-pan pie crust recipe! I’ve made it before and I think it is far tastier than a store-bought crust, yet it is so easy and quick to pull together. I have the recipe bookmarked for tomorrow, thank you!

  4. Maxine Bamburg says

    If we take the word Thanksgiving apart, we have Thanks Giving…not Black Friday, not open early on the holiday, and not Christmas decorations up before the turkey is down…so tomorrow, I will give thanks for all His blessings and for all the trials. When I count my blessings, I can rejoice and when I groan over the trials, I can also see a growth in my faith which is just another thing for which to be thankful! So Happy Thanks giving!

  5. Lesa W says

    Thank you so much for this list of Thanksgiving goodness. This year my son is in South TX working and won’t be home so he will miss the family get together. He loves to cook so he called me this morning to ask how I make my dressing, he was going to cook for his crew tomorrow. I just referred him to your website for your dressing, I knew it would be good and he would have all the ingredients and instructions in one place. I cook your recipes frequently so he knows it will be good.

  6. Tina says

    Hi Christy. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I appreciate your blog and web site and really look forward to your positive attitude and upbeat personality. Thank you for the wonderful words of wisdom.

  7. Katt says

    Hi all! I am pretty sure I found a pumpkin bread recipe here once that had instant pudding as an ingredient.It was so darn good and now I can’t find it! Any help appreciated…best recipes ever here!….

  8. D. DiFilippo says

    I’m going to try the slow cooker turkey breast and dressing for dinner this year. I wonder would boneless turkey breast work as well? I fixed the coca cola pork chops from uour cookbook for dinner tonight. Wow! So tasty and simple. My son who is very particular even liked them. Yum yum!

  9. Jo says

    I really enjoy your recipes. I need help. It is hard for me to stand for long periods and want to know if I make my sausage cornbread dressing and put in pan and my sweet potato casserole in casserole dish, would it be safe to put in the refrigerator the day before and cook in oven the next day. Both recipes have raw eggs in them.

    Appreciate your help.

  10. Ron says

    Christy, this is the first time I am cooking a turkey. We have a roaster that my wife used, but she passed away on our 48th wedding anniversary. I have been reading so much on the internet, I am getting lost. I bought a lemon, orange, celery, carrots, garlic and apples to put into the cavity. I will be cooking at 350 (like the wife did) and then put the turkey into the oven to brown (don’t know what temperature, but think at 450). Am I on the right track? Thanks for your recipes, I read them all.

  11. Linda Parrino says

    Love ALL your recipes and your Blog– I am going to my daughters for Thanksgiving (3 families!) and everyone always brings a dish. I usually make corn souflee’ but thought I want to make something different & easy due to my terrible health, and then I just got your email with SO MANY DELICIOUS RECIPES – & I saved this entire email with all the wonderful choices of recipes and could not choose just one! They ALL look delicious and now I am starving!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes!! Happy Thanksgiving!! And, of course I will be preparing a bunch of stuff for Christmas since you gave us all a great selection!!!! Linda in VA

  12. Mary | Deep South Dish says

    Very nice collection Christy! Haven’t been by in awhile – seems that you’ve redecorated – love the look! I saw you were invited to attend Sister Schubert’s – I also got an invitation from Miss Sarah, but unfortunately, the timing just didn’t fit into my schedule & family obligations. Yet another missed opportunity to meet you face to face & I am really looking forward to that day! Anyway, just wanted to swing by and say hello and wish you and your family (and the family here too!) a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  13. Sharon Markey says

    First, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family. I am thankful for your recipes that you so lovingly share with us all, and I was wondering about something I made only once a few years ago and have since lost the recipe for……it was (to the best of my recollection) a can of cranberry sauce sliced, then cream cheese, mayo (?), (?) which was spread between the slices to make a loaf. (The question marks indicate the ingredients I have forgotten.) Any help would be so appreciated.

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