Thanksgiving In My Kitchen

Hi Friends!

Sorry about my brief little blogging hiatus over the holiday weekend. I needed some time away from my computer :) I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Let’s play catch-up shall we?

I spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving going crazy in the kitchen! I started my morning at the grocery store. I got there around 9am and I was super impressed with how well-stocked everything was! They had everything on my list, lots of helpful employees working, everything was neat and organized AND there was no line to checkout!

When I got home, I put everything away and got to work.

First, I cooked up a bag of dried black beans because I noticed my freezer stash was running low.

While those were simmering, I got to work on some homemade vegetable broth.

I wanted to make my Grandma’s Turkey Dumpling Soup, but obviously needed to make some modifications this year. I decided to replace the turkey with chickpeas and potatoes, and make some veggie broth instead of turkey broth. It turned out great!

I also cooked some wild rice for the stuffing I was planning to make! (Recipe coming Thursday). Then I started running out of timers and burners!

While all of that was simmering, I made some strawberry jello and stuck it in the fridge to set so I could make Grandma’s Jello.

Next I got a small batch of Mimi’s Cornbread in the oven for the hubby and I to enjoy :)

I also made  a batch of my mom’s cranberry sauce….and after making it a bit too liquidy last year, I nailed it this year!!

Around this time I needed a break from all the traditional Thanksgiving foods, so I got to work on my bars for the The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap! Stay tuned for the recipe.

And finally, after enjoying all of the above for Thanksgiving eve dinner, I made some of Jessica’s Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls.

Best idea ever! They were amazing. Just like store bought…except better!

I brought the jello and the rolls to Thanksgiving, along with a vegetarian entree for hubby and I to enjoy instead of turkey. Stay tuned for that recipe on Wednesday!

What were you in charge of making for Thanksgiving this year??


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Yum, everything looks awesome!! I made the mashed potatoes, the asparagus, “creamed” kale, and desserts!

  2. i wasn’t in charge of making ANYTHING! my grandma and brad’s grandma do pretty much everything, which blows my mind.
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  3. I was in charge of desserts! So many tasty things here…those fluffy rolls…oh gawd :)
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  4. Oh my goodness were you busy. Everything loks delicious!
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  5. We always have an amazing wild rice dish at Thanksgiving :) One of my favourites! Thanks for the catch up 😀 Mouth watering pics, hun!

  6. Wild rice stuffing is my favorite! We made it with figs last year and I thought I’d found the promised land. :)

    This year I dined out, but did manage a bread pudding that I’m posting tomorrow. (Of course, my one dish was a dessert!)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Grateful Thanksgiving

  7. Holy rolls! Those look SO good. I also enjoyed a little blogging hiatus last week – looks like you have plenty of recipes to share. Can’t wait!
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  8. Wow, everything looks amazing!! I saw those rolls on Jessica’s blog, and I was tempted to make them. I was responsible for making the homemade mashed potatoes and the dessert … gooey pumpkin butter cake. My mom did the rest. :)
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..We missed the baby memo.

  9. I WANT those sweet potato dinner rolls!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..How To Brine A Turkey

  10. I made a fancy/healthy green bean casserole :-)

  11. Yum, it all looks good! :)
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook recently posted..Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey & Sausage Stuffing Sandwich

  12. Yum! :) I was in charge of making Wild Rice Pilaf. I used Oh She Glow’s recipe that included pecans, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and golden raisins. It was definitely a hit!
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