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Thanksgiving Recipes & Decorations

Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly this year! It seems like just yesterday was Halloween, some of you may still have your decorations up in the yard.

Here at Just Like Family, we love a good Thanksgiving meal. It brings everyone together around a shared common interest: food! It’s a great way to get everyone thinking about the present and what they are grateful for, right before the rush of Christmas and the winter holidays comes along.

If you’re like us, you can’t wait to start making that delicious stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows. We have some fun recipes that are a little different from the usual, along with a few decoration ideas to make your space feel festive.

At the bottom of the article, we also have links to a few of our other Thanksgiving-themed posts that include tips for not going crazy during the holidays and more fall decorations and recipe ideas.

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Pumpkin Pecan Pie

We’re starting with dessert! Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie are two favorites for this holiday, so why not combine them?

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Petite Scones

Don’t force yourself to eat plain rolls this year. Spice things up with these scones that have bacon, cheddar, and chives.

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Stuffing Cupcakes

These stuffing cupcakes are so cute! Use stuffing for the base and mashed potatoes with gravy for the “icing” part.

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Have a little pick me up ready for the big day with this made-for-fall drink recipe.

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Apple Pie Turnovers

Too full for dessert? These bite-sized apple pie turnovers are just small enough that you won’t feel too guilty about eating them.

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Maple Bourbon Tamarind Toast Turkey

Of course we can’t forget the turkey! To spice things up from the traditional turkey, add a bit of maple, tamarind, and bourbon.

Bonus!

If you haven’t seen our other holiday related articles here are a few you should check out. They cover topics like staying sane during the holiday rush, decorating ideas, recipes, and more.

How to enjoy the holidays without going crazy

Thanksgiving recipes

Age-friendly Thanksgiving

Fall decorations

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Summer recipes you can’t wait to try

Summer is a time for the beach, swimsuits, and backyard BBQs. With July 4th coming up soon, you need some delicious summer recipes and drinks to bring to the bash. Get ready to impress your friends with these tasty appetizers, meals, desserts, and beverages! Once you see the recipes below, you won’t want to wait ’til July 4th to make them.

Some of these dishes take just 15 minutes to prepare and require no cooking (Watermelon Feta Skewers) while others will take a bit more time and energy to get everything ready (Grilled shrimp tacos). Be sure to read the recipes and decide whether you want to make these dishes on the day you plan to eat them or the day before.

If you plan to have your BBQ out on the beach without much shade, don’t let the sun and a sunburn ruin your day. Read our article on sun safety so you keep safe all day long.

Now onto the recipes!

Appetizers

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Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers
Impress your friends with these intriguing summer-friendly appetizer that take ust 15 mins to make. (Bites of Bri)

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Tex Mex Fresh Corn Dip
This creamy, cheese corn dip has a touch of spice and goes perfect on any chips. (Five Heart Home)

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Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze
A sweet and savory mixture that your friends will love. (Foodie Crush)

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BLT Sliders with Basil Ranch Mayo
Tasty little bites of BLT with a hint of basil. (Mom by the Beach)

Entrees

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Best Homemade Chicken Strips Ever
Make your own strips, you’ll love them! (Buter with a Side of Bread)

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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap
Add a little Hawaiian style to your BBQ chicken (Tastes Better From Scratch)

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Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers
The perfect grilling recipe! (Jo Cooks)

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos
For the seafood lovers (and taco addicts!) (The Healthy Maven)

Desserts

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Sand Pudding Cups
Cute little puding cups that are beach inspired. (Food Fun Family)

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Strawberry Kabobs
Because who doesn’t love things on a stick? (Sugar Apron)

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Classic Oreo Icebox Dessert Nice and cool for a hot summer day. (The Kitchen is My Playground)

Beverages

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Mango Green Tea Lemonade
So many flavors in this tasty summer drink (Strawberry Blonde Kitchen)

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Southern Sweet Tea
A must have for any backyard (or beach) BBQ (The Country Cook)

 


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Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, fancy dinners, and lots of tasty heart-shaped treats! If you’re hoping to make a great impression on your loved one for the most romantic day of the year, you can’t go wrong with baking some delicious treats. We recently did a blog on homemade Valentine’s Day gifts, which included a few baked goods. But now we want to go further. We’ve got the recipes you can’t resist. The trouble will be in picking just one to make.

Alright, let’s get to the baking!

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Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats {Heart Shaped!}
Mels Kitchen Cafe

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Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Hungry Happiness

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Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Bark Bites
No. 2 Pencil

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Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies
Kevin and Amanda

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Love from the Oven

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Valentine’s Apple Rose Tart
Green Healthy Cooking

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Meringue Hearts

Chocolate Dipped Meringue Cookies
Your Home Based Mom

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Individual Fruit and Brownie Trifles
Just a Taste

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Warm Chocolate and Caramel Cakes
Country Living

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Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
Country Living


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Tasty Christmas Treats to Get you in the Spirit

Christmas is a time for family, festivities, and, our favorite, FOOD! Who doesn’t love walking in to the smell of fresh baked Christmas cookies? Or cooking the holiday ham? Maybe you have your own family Christmas traditions. It’s always fun to make those good ol’ recipes, but it’s also fun to change it up and make some new items. Here are some delicious Christmas recipes we think you should be trying this season.

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Christmas Crunch
Cookingclassy.com
A perfect treat while you wait for dinner or snack on while the kids open presents.

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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Gimmesomeoven.com
It’s a spicy take on the traditional Christmas beverage.

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No Bake Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecakes
Cookingclassy.com
No baking? Count me in!

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
Afewshortcuts.com
Bet you can’t wait to make these.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles
Amyshealthybaking.com
Combining two of the classics of Christmas: cookies and eggnog.

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Krispie Treat Christmas Trees
Raininghotcoupons.com
These are too cute not to try and make.

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Kahlua Hot Chocolate
damndelicious.net
The hot chocolate for adults.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
therecipecritic.com
Ok, these aren’t really a treat, but they’re sweet and delicious.

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Oreo Peppermint Bark
Crazyforcrust.com
Oreos AND peppermint? What could be better?

Reindeer Cupcakes
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These are perfect to make with the kids!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
lovefromtheoven.com
Salty, sweet, and just a touch of festivity.


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Our Favorite Fall Foods and Drinks

In celebration of fall, we posted a few tasty Thanksgiving day foods to try out. But there’s more to fall than just Thanksgiving. There are so many great ingredients and tastes that epitomize fall. Pumpkin, spices, warmth, nuts, apples, soups, hot chocolate. Getting hungry, huh? Here are some of the tastiest fall foods we could find from desserts to drinks to delectable entrees. Enjoy!

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Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread
Say no more! You had me at cream cheese, then stole my heart with pumpkin bread. This sounds like the ultimate fall food. (Averie Cooks)

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Apple Pie Bites
These are perfect for those watching their figure, but who don’t want to compromise and eat boring, tasteless food. These apple pie bites are a shot of dessert in miniature form. (The Blond Cook)

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Pumpkin Waffles and Apple Cider Syrup
Now who wouldn’t want to wake up to the smell of that? (Cooking Classy)

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Caramel Apple Sangria
This is for those of you who love to pair their alcohol with the season (is that a thing?). (A Night Owl Blog)

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Biscuit Pot Pie
This just screams warm fall food and brings you back to eating at home as a kid. (Damn Delicious)

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Apple Cider Donuts
Skip Dunkin’ Donuts. These are a mouthful of fall’d favorite fruit in donut hole form. (Sally’s Baking Addiction)


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8 Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Now that October is over, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You already started taking down the Halloween decorations and pulling out the Thanksgiving boxes from the attic. The best part about Thanksgiving? The food! Nobody can deny that the ample amounts of food on this day will cause you to gain a few pounds, but not to worry, you workout daily…right? If you are looking to change up your Thanksgiving day foods, here are some tasty recipes!

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Rosemary Dinner Rolls
These rolls from Cooking Classy are a nice twist on your ordinary fare.

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Sweet Potato Casserole
Some tasty sweet potato casserole with toasted marshmallows and pecans from Le Creme de la crumb.

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Mini Pumpkin Pies
Teeny, cute pumpkin pies that will make you go Aww, from Home is Where the Boat is.

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Mini Apple Pies
Who doesn’t love apple pie? Especially in miniature form. (Pillsbury)

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Pumpkin French Toast
Start Thanksgiving Day off with this tasty pumpkin french toast. (Cooking Classy)

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Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
Let your guests snack while you prepare! (She Wears Many Hats)

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Crispy Potato Roast
Those potatoes look so delicious! Make them as a side dish for the big day. (Joyously Domestic)

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars
Finish off dinner with these tasty Thanksgiving-inspired treats. (Averie Cooks)