The Adventure Starts Here: Thanksgiving Inspiration & A Recipe

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Inspiration & A Recipe

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week!?  While we hosted Canadian Thanksgiving at our house, we will be going to Chris' family's house for the American Turkey Day.  While I don't need to set a table, I can't help but oohing and ahhing over these tablescapes!  While I often gravitate toward more neutral decor, I am absolutely loving some of these rich colors and the use of fresh fruit as part of the decor.  

And while Noah will be the only kid at our Thanksgiving, I love the idea of a kid friendly table where they can color and really enjoy themselves.  

And of course, I had to include a photo (and link) of my table from Canadian Thanksgiving!  

While I won't be hosting or decorating a table for Thanksgiving, I will be bringing a side dish to dinner this year.  I got this recipe from a friend and knew right away it would be the perfect dish to bring!  I can do all the prep at home and then bake it at my in-laws' house right before dinner :)

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

1 tbsp butter
4 lbs russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp plain dry breadcrumbs 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  
Coat a 13X9X2 inch baking dish with 1 tbsp of butter and set aside.  
Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. 
Drain and return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well.
Mix in the milk and melted butter.  Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the parmesan.  Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. 
Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish.  
Stir the breadcrumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan in a small bowl to blend. 
Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the mashed potatoes.  
Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time.  Cover and chill.
Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes. 

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I'd love to hear some of your traditional recipes!


  1. I LOVE the idea of decorating the table for Thanksgiving. Your table for Canadian Thanksgiving looked SO good! Our house isn't big enough to host any sort of dinner for more than 4 people (total lol) so I never get to decorate but my mother in law has already put out some decorations and I love how festive it looks!

  2. That Grey, Tan and Gold is beautiful

  3. Our home is so small so hosting holidays is tough space wise but you can best bet I decorate like I'm hosting :)

  4. Looks so delicious! Of course, you know I love your tablescape, but I'm also loving that first picture and how rustic it is! So charming!

  5. Those tables are all amazing! The kid table might be my favorite. I'd choose to sit at that table. :)


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