Thanksgiving Menu Idea Bonanza!

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Santa PhotoI sure am looking forward to the holidays and hope you are, too! I’ve decided to take a little time away from the internet and spend it focusing exclusively on my family for the next week. I’m going to miss y’all terribly but my kids are growing up so fast that I just want to enjoy them during this special time of year. While I’m away, I hope you’ll enjoy the following recipes, some of my favorites at Thanksgiving. If you have any questions just leave them here in the comments and I’m sure one of our other Southern Plate Family members will pop in and help you out!
Bless you all for all that you have given me. I’ll see you next week and until then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Recipes

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Overnight Turkey: Always Moist, Easy, and Delicious

Pecan Pie Muffins (sneaking off with my mother’s personal cookbook!)

Pumpkin Spice Muffins With Streusel

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Apple Dapple Cake (Crowd Pleaser)

Grandmama’s Crock Pot Chicken And Dressing

Congealed Salad (with my favorite ingredient!)

Cranberry Relish – Serve with a side of love

Holiday Fruit Salad (My favorite thing in the world to eat!)

Granny Jordan’s Frozen Cranberry Banana Salads

Perfect Pecan Pie

Homemade Caramel Corn to fight Thanksgiving Munchies

Mama’s Creamy Mac and Cheese

Grandmama’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Lemon Meringue Pie

Buttermilk Congealed Salad

Squash Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes

Old Fashioned Fruit Cocktail Cake

These are just a few of the recipes that came to mind which are already on There are a little over three hundred recipes and tutorials up now, all directly from my family to you. If you’d like to browse them a bit, just click here to look at the Southern Plate Index.

Also, if you have any last minute pies and don’t want to make an elaborate crust or don’t have a store bought one (there is absolutely no shame in using a store bought crust as long as you make the pie with love!), here is my easy peasy Mix In The Pan Pie Crust recipe which I love!

I also wanted to share a few special ideas with you, that I truly feel will bring more meaning and happiness to your Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Help Support Our Troops!

A while back I heard of several service members who are currently overseas and desperately in need of mail and care packages. You’ve no idea what a boost this is to their morale. I mentioned it on the Southern Plate Family Page on Facebook and received many offers of folks asking for addresses and also more addresses of service members who would love to benefit from your kindness. If you’d like to adopt a service member overseas, please send an email to and let me know. After Thanksgiving I’ll email you an address of a service member who is currently serving and would like to receive mail and/or packages. Also, if you have or are a service member who would like to receive cards/packages from a Southern Plate family member, please send your address to

“A Child Who Needs Me”

We had a WONDERFUL experience this past weekend, and it’s all thanks to you. Back in September when I sold the Bountiful Baskets, I wanted to do something special with the proceeds but wasn’t sure what just yet. This past Saturday my family and I went and bought two brand new bicycles. I let Brady and Katy each pick out one so of course we ended up with a boy bike and a girl bike!

We then went and donated them to Toys For Tots at their kickoff event. It meant so very much to me to be able to do that and to see my kids so willing to give. I honestly thought Katy Rose would have a hard time handing over the bike but she was just as willing as Brady, even asking me “Mama, can play with the kids who get this bicycle?”. It was a wonderful experience and I know my kids will always take that with them and remember it. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holidays!

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Thank you so much for giving that to me and my family, I will always be grateful.

This year, as you look over your Christmas list, I encourage you to pencil in, up at the very top, “A Child Who Needs Me”. Then be sure you check them off your list and donate your toy, knowing that some child you will never know is going to get to feel a little more love because of your giving heart. I know times are tight but Mama always said that its times like these that we all need to come up with a way to give just a little bit more to someone else.

It comes back to you, I promise.

There is always something to be grateful for.


Christy 🙂

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of
Selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
False friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.

~credited to Mother Theresa

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  1. Christy, I am glad to see you involved with the needy. I donate to Packages fron Home, and Toys for Tots. I also bake 30 dozen cookies each year and sponsor an underpriviledged child through the Circle of Love. We are having the Circle of Love on Dec 2nd this year.
    happy Thanksgiving to you all. You have a lovely family.

  2. Have fun with your family and have a great Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    Oh and one of my many favorite Thanksgiving recipes of Christy’s is the Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusal topping! So yummy!!

    1. Hi Courtney! ~waves~ You are right on target with that Streusel Topped Pumpkin Spice muffin recipe. They are gorgeous and deLISH! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  3. Please make the crockpot dressing with the Dixie cornbread, readers! They are so good! My stepmother said that this recipe is better than my paternal grandmother’s recipe, which says a lot. Also, by using the crockpot, you don’t have to take up room on the stove! Just place the crockpot in another room, if you need more counter space in the kitchen.

    Thanks for a great recipe, Christy! Everyone in my family is waiting eagerly for me to make this dressing this Thanksgiving. They still remember it from last year.

    1. Hi Memoria!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliment about the Dixie cornbread….I will bet a dollar to a donut that my Mama is smiling from above right now. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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