This is How We Do It: Our Thanksgiving Menu

Luke and Lyla TammeI’m so thankful for my two little turkeys!

Thanksgiving is one  of my favorite holidays of the year… I love to cook; I love to eat; I have SO many things to be thankful for! We are among the few that don’t put up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. We simply don’t like to rush things and prefer to take it one holiday at a time. We also LOVE the Christmas season, and I don’t find fault in those that put their Christmas tree the day after Halloween (seriously though, who is that on top of things?), but we are traditionalists to the core and don’t want to skip over Thanksgiving.

We are having three Thanksgiving dinners this year. Yup, THREE! After this week, I may never cook again. Hah! In all seriousness, the kitchen is my happy place and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Last weekend, we had Thanksgiving with Jacob’s immediate family and his aunt and uncle from Arizona. Tomorrow, it will just be my little family of four plus a few of Jacob’s teammates that don’t have family to celebrate with. We are not having a traditional meal though, I couldn’t bring myself to cook three turkeys, so we are having steaks. I know my oven is silently thanking me! Then, on Friday, I will be hosting my family and it will be the first time in eight years that I’ve had Thanksgiving with my family. To say I’m excited is an understatement! I’m pretty much doing a repeat of last weekend’s menu for our Friday meal. Below is our menu and links to the recipes.

The Tamme’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Turkey and Gravy
Broccoli Casserole (This is a family recipe that I can’t share)
Baked Pineapple Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Bundt Pan Stuffing
Yeast Rolls & Honey Butter
Corn Souffle Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipped cream

After typing out this menu, I realized I don’t always follow recipes. I pretty much wing it (pun intended) on the turkey and gravy, as well as the mashed potatoes. Below are some side notes about the menu above.

For our turkey, I stuff it with carrots, onions, celery, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Then, I butter underneath and on top of the skin and pop it in the oven under a foil tent. I baste it every 20-30 minutes with chicken stock and butter.
As for the mashed potatoes, ours are nothing special… potatoes, butter, milk, and salt.

To make honey butter, soften a stick of butter (not in the microwave, just let it sit on the counter) and stir in honey to taste. Place in an air tight container for storage

Y’all, please, please, please don’t put Reddi Whip on your pumpkin pie this year. If you buy that red aerosol can, your taste buds will die and Thanksgiving will be ruined. We don’t want that to happen, right? Follow the instructions below to make your own whipped cream. Your taste buds will be singing praise songs and you will save yourself from ingesting chemicals

Whipped Cream
1. Chill your mixing bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
2. Pour 2 Cups of heavy whipping cream in bowl and whip on medium-high until stiff peaks are formed.
3. Add 1/2 Cup of sugar slowly and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined.
4. Use immediately and enjoy your homemade goodness!

I promise you will never buy store bought whipped cream again

I would love to hear what your go-to recipes are for Thanksgiving! Please share in the comments below!


  1. Allison, thank you so much for sharing the recipes! Luke and Lyla are grown up way to fast! Love those boots Lyla has! Precious children……. Have a very Blessed Thanksgiving to all!!!!! Love,
    Cuz Beth Steagall Maxwell in Montgomery, AL…… xoxoxoxox

  2. Sounds good. Happy Thanksgiving

  3. I am craving pumpkin pie with whipped cream!! I will not ever buy rediwhip again because I want my taste buds to live and because I love you.