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I am pretty excited about Thanksgiving, you guys. The past few years when we have hosted I cheated and ordered pre-made meals from our local grocery store (gasp!). LOL. This year I am going all homemade. Well, except for the pumpkin pies. I plan on making frozen ones and throwing Cool Whip on top. Baby steps, right?!?

Here’s what I came up with.

The menu…

Thanksgiving 2015 Menu

My shopping list…

grocery list THANKSGIVING 2015

Here are the recipes:

Stuffed Turkey Breast wrapped with bacon. Because, well, bacon.

Stuffed Turkey Breast Wrapped in Bacon - baked on top of harvest vegetables

Herbed Mashed Potatoes. You can start these ahead of time on the day before Thanksgiving. Herbed Mashed Potatoes Recipe - Yukon gold potatoes with half and half and butter - So easy and super delicious

Homemade Gravy. I used some of the homemade chicken stock I stashed in the freezer.

Simple Gravy - perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any comfort food recipe

Simple Stuffing with white wine. You can dry the bread cubes and cook the veggies a day in advance.

Simple Stuffing Recipe - so easy but so delicious

Green Bean Casserole. A Thanksgiving tradition. I am going with old school canned soup and canned green beans. Don’t judge. 🙂

Pumpkin pie and whipped topping. Straight out of the freezer section. After all of the other recipes I don’t want to think about baking pies. Did you know you can order pumpkin pies online from Amazon? For the low low price of $55 or so. Um, yikes.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Stemware Forte Collection

personalized napkins

Lenox French Perle Tidbit

Chicken Fettuccine Casserole

TGIF. It’s the weekend so bring on the carbs! 😉 Here’s an easy dinner I made: Chicken Fettuccine Casserole. You don’t have to use just fettuccine though, use any kind of pasta shapes or noodles you like. Here’s what I came up with:

Easy Cheesy Chicken Fettuccine Casserole Recipe - just a few easy ingredients - you don't even have to use fettuccine, pick your fave noodle or pasta shape.

Chicken Fettuccine Casserole


  • 1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into small pieces (OR two 10-oz cans of chicken, drained)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup — do not add water
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 16-oz package fettuccine noodles (OR 16 oz of any type uncooked noodles or pasta)
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese; I used a cheddar/monterrey jack blend
  • 1/3 c. Panko Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13×9 inch casserole pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Boil fettuccine according to package directions. Drain, rinse with hot water, and return to the pot.

Add chicken, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream to pot. Mix well with noodles.

Add salt & pepper to taste then mix.

Spread noodles evenly into prepared casserole pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, then cheese.

Bake 10-15 mins or until cheese is melted.

recipe adapted from

Easy Cheesy Chicken Fettuccine Casserole - just a few easy ingredients - awesome recipe

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

I came across a Polish Casserole recipe from Taste of Home Ultimate Meals from the Freezer Magazine (page 83) that looked tasty. Instead of smoked sausage or kielbasa, I decided to use brats.

I used turkey brats since they are a little healthier (though with the pasta, cheese, and creamy soup this is NOT a healthy recipe obviously lol).

Turkey Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Casserole

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.


  • 4 c. uncooked penne pasta
  • 5 turkey bratwursts
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (don’t add water)
  • 16 oz sauerkraut, drained
  • 4 c. shredded Swiss cheese (3 c. for mixing in + 1 c. for
  • 1 1/3 c. milk
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic


Broil brats in the oven for 8 mins on each side (or until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees). Slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in brats, soup, kraut, 3 cups cheese, milk, onions, mustard, and garlic.

Spoon into three square foil baking dishes; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes at 350F until golden brown and bubbly.

Yield: 3 casseroles (6 servings ea).

To freeze, prepare as directed above. Let casseroles cool, and after they are cool, wrap with foil, then seal in either a freezer bag or plastic wrap. Label with the date and label “Thaw in fridge overnight. 30 mins before baking set out. Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 mins, or until golden brown and bubbly.”

Store in freezer for up to 3 mos.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches. Broil turkey brats for 8 mins on ea side, then slice.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.

Turkey Bratwurst and Kraut Casserole - freezer friendly - makes 3 batches.

Weather too cold for grilling? Broil turkey brats in your oven and use in this awesome dish with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and penne pasta. Includes freezer instructions so you can make a bunch and freeze the extras.

Taste of Home 2014 Freezer Meals Magazine: