Simple Organized Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2010

Thanksgiving Day is next week — how did that happen??

If you have yet to start the planning process; it might be time…I’m just saying!

Photo Credit: Tom Curtis

Personally, this will be the most low-key Thanksgiving we’ve had in several years.

We’re moving — so I decided not to put up ANY Thanksgiving decorations {which was not nearly as depressing as I thought it would be!} And even though we have 3 different Thanksgiving parties to attend, all I have to do is make food and show up!

It will be nice for a change!

However, since I assume many of you will be busier than we will this Thanksgiving, I decided to compile a TON of Thanksgiving resources right here — all organized for your convenience!

Sound simple enough?

Good! And make sure you bookmark this page so you can visit often over the next week!

Thanksgiving Printables:

Food For My Family is one of my favorite food blogs — and earlier this week, Shaina posted a new Thanksgiving Menu Planning Ebook that’s completely free and full of delicious recipes and amazing images {See photos below}.

Photo Credit:Food For My Family

I love these Free Thanksgiving Printables from Organizing Your Way — they will help you organize EVERYTHING you need to do over the next few days.

More Fun {and FREE} Thanksgiving Printables:

  • Here are 10 Thanksgiving Printables from Skip to my Lou — everything from party favors and place-cards to gift tags and kid’s projects. Definitely check these out!
  • Eight more adorable Thanksgiving Printables from Living Locurto — this lady is AMAZING!!
  • Still need help in the kitchen? Download this FREE Thanksgiving Timeline from the Food Channel so you know just when to start defrosting your bird!

Thanksgiving Menu:

These are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from my own kitchen and from around the blogosphere.

  1. Sweet Potatoes with Sage Butter Crumb Topping — Annie’s Eats
  2. Savory Squash Soup with Cranberry Relish — A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
  3. Favorite Green Beens — Make it Do
  4. Whole Wheat Buttermilk Dinner Rolls — Simple Bites
  5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Simply Recipes
  6. Bumbleberry Pie — Simple Organized Living
  7. Turkey Rice Krispy Treats — The Finer Things in Life
  8. Turkey Cut-out Cookies — Tidy Mom
  9. Chicken {or Turkey} Pot Pie — Simple Organized Living {a perfect ways to use up all those leftovers!}

A Few More Resources for your Thanksgiving Kitchen…

Thanksgiving Entertaining:

Whether you’re hosting 2 guest or 20, these resources should help you to plan ahead, simplifyy, and actually enjoy the time with your guests.

Photo Credit: Simple Bites

Thanksgiving Crafts:

Thankful Garland — The Inspired Room

16 Creative Ways to be Grateful — Tip Junkie

36 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids — Tip Junkie

Thanksgiving Paper Quilt — Let’s Explore

Whew…that’s a lot of info!

I think these resources should keep you busy for a while…and hopefuly help you to simplify and organize your Thanksgiving plans this year {whatever they may be}

And PLEASE remember to GIVE THANKS for all you have. It’s called THANKSgiving for a reason!!


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  2. Shaina


    What a fantastic round-up, Andrea! Thank you for sharing and including me. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving today.


  3. Holly


    What a great post! So many great inspirations. I’m sharing some of them in my post today, and mentioning your site! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Blessings to you,


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Holly, yes…you have lots more Thanksgiving resources. Between the 2 of us, I think we have this holiday covered!


  4. Leslie Bilyeu


    Great round up Andrea!
    This Thanksgiving, my husband and I will be spending it at my sister’s house! Pretty excited about this- at least I don’t have to cook the turkey! (Although Ill have to whip up some sides!


  5. Kristen @ JoyfullyThriving


    Wonderful, as always Andrea! I’ve made those rice krispie turkeys before with my little sister. They are quite cute! It’s good to see another writer encouraging us to give thanks, too! 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, thankfulness should be at the top of our list on Thanksgiving Day…and all year round!


  6. mandi@itscome2this


    Holy Cow Andrea! This is awesome!!! Thank you:)


  7. TidyMom


    OH my goodness what a fabulous list of Turkey Day resources!!
    Enjoy your low key Thanksgiving……I think that’s what we are having this year as well.

    Thanks so much for featuring my turkey cookies too! xoxoxo

    Happy Thanksgiving


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Cheryl,
    We will definitely enjoy our low-key weekend! Maybe I’ll have to make a bunch of extra treats with all my “extra” time!!


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  9. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer


    Wow. Thanks for all the great TG advice, tips, recipes. We should be ready to go! 🙂


  10. Mandi @ Life Your Way


    Wow, what a great roundup, Andrea — thanks so much for including Life…Your Way!


  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles


    Not putting up decorations is really rather freeing once in awhile!! You have listed so many great resources for Thanksgiving – great work! Thanks for including my squash soup – it’s a yummy one!