Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Looking for a few new recipes to try out this Thanksgiving? Check out our picks, from salty to savory and new takes on old favorites. 

STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS

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Images via  Blogging Over Thyme

A friend brought stuffed portobello mushrooms with bacon to our Thanksgiving feast a few years ago, and I'm still thinking about them! Considering squash and I don't get along, this veg-friendly option with goat cheese is a great alternative. Serve them as an appetizer while the turkey is cooking! (via Blogging Over Thyme)

CITRUS AVOCADO SALAD

Image via  Tori Avey

Image via Tori Avey

This salad will forever mean the holidays to me - my grandmother always serves it on Thanksgiving. For a simple version, use peeled grapefruit, sliced avocado, and pomegranate seeds topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. (via Tori Avey

ROASTED GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Image via  Damn Delicious

Image via Damn Delicious

I know brussels sprouts are all the rage, but have you tried them with bacon?! Even the pickiest eater will eat their green veggies. (via Damn Delicious)

ROSEMARY GARLIC HASSLEBACK POTATOES

Image via  Feasting At Home

I love potatoes. Any shape and form: mashed, fried, baked, roasted. The boyfriend? Not so much. Something about the texture of mashed potatoes and him don't mix, but he'll eat anything that's crispy. That's where these gorgeous garlic rosemary potatoes come in. They're a great alternative to mashed potatoes and you don't have to worry about the extra step of adding gravy! It keeps us both happy, and me in carbs. (via Feasting At Home)

ORANGE BOURBON CRANBERRY SAUCE

Image via Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

I have never, nor will I ever, serve canned cranberry sauce. It's just not my thing. Fresh cranberry sauce however, is my jam (or... sauce). Considering making it is so darn easy, a few years ago I tried this snazzed up version and it rocked my world. You can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with pie for dessert for that WOW factor. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Happy cooking!
-Amanda

Pumpkin Craft Roundup

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. That means it's time to start your fall decorating if you haven't already! Here are 5 of our favorite pumpkin crafts to spruce up your home!

1. Glittered Pumpkins. Give your decor that instant glam factor with glitter! Easy to do with the kids, too. (via HGTV)

photo via  HGTV

photo via HGTV

2. Marbled Pumpkins. If you really want to go all out with color, try a nail polish marbled pumpkin! You can choose any colors you want to accent your decor! (via momdot)

image via  momdot

image via momdot

3. Fall Leaf Pumpkins. Beautiful for the entire season, use mod podge to apply fall leaf cutouts onto your pumpkins! (via Good Housekeeping)

image via  Good Housekeeping

4. Crepe Paper Pumpkins. Make as many as you want, in any size! Great for a table centerpiece, as well. (via Lia Griffith)

image via  Lia Griffith

image via Lia Griffith

5. Washi Tape and Animal Pumpkins. We are obsessed with washi tape - it has so many uses for decorating! Apply to the indentations of your pumpkins for a pop of pattern. Use patterned paper cutouts and pipe cleaners to make your own black cat or spooky bat! Glitter the stems and apply decorations with mod podge. 

via One Strange Bird

via One Strange Bird

Happy crafting!

-Amanda