A Mock Thanksgiving

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
We go to Theo's brother's house for Thanksgiving ever year so I always get a little sad when I watch shows about how to decorate for Thanksgiving or recipes to make. Since I won't be making anything this year I decided to do a Mock Thanksgiving of what I would make or and how I would decorate if we did host Thanksgiving at our house. Who knows, maybe one year we will and all this will come to use!

I was watching the Barefoot Contessa the other day and Ina showed a few different Thanksgiving table settings. This was my favorite because it's simple yet classy. I love the white tablecloth and white plates and how she added orange tulips and oranges as centerpieces. The tea lights give it an intimate feeling. You could use all orange napkins but I like how she rotated between 3 different patterns. She used a pumpkin cookie as a name plate. So cute! This would be so easy to put together.


Ok now to the good stuff, what would I serve at my Thanksgiving?


While everyone is arriving you need a light appetizer. Something that will hold everyone over but won't fill you up so you can't eat the main meal. This would be easy to whip up and have out for your guests to nibble on.



This is something Theo's family loves to do and I have to say, once you have deep fried turkey you never go back to boring old baked. This picture makes me drool. The skin is my favorite but the whole turkey just has so much more flavor when it's deep fried. 



I watched Giada make these the other day on her show and man did they look good. That thick cut bacon, yumm. Screw Thanksgiving, I'm making these one night this week!




We had Thanksgiving at our house a few years ago and I made these and they were pretty amazing. You add a whole package of cream cheese and 3/4 cup of butter, I mean how could they not be?




I've always wanted to try Oyster Dressing so if I was hosting Thanksgiving I would make it. The recipe looks so easy too. I'm beginning to think I need to make this Mock Thanksgiving become real and just make all this stuff one night! Friendsgiving anyone?




Somehow something like green beans gets turned into one of the unhealthiest dishes on the table at Thanksgiving. Instead of using Campbell's soup, this recipe uses milk and cheese. Ok so this may not be healthier but it sure sounds better than using gross old Cream of Mushroom soup!




This may not be the first thing everyone reaches for at Thanksgiving but what's Thanksgiving without cranberries? This looks much better than that congealed crap in the can!




So this pumpkin pie has a secret. It's made with butternut squash instead of pumpkin. The author of this recipe swears the butternut squash tastes 10x better than canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts so I'd love to give this a try.




I've heard nothing but amazing things about apple pie cooked in a cast iron skillet. Looks delicious to me!



So what do you think? Anything I'm missing? I'm seriously going to make a few of these dishes regardless, they look to good not too!

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  1. I've never actually gotten to make Thanksgiving dinner either which doesn't make me super sad but I think it would be fun! Deep fried turkey is the best! YUM! And all the other things you would make sound amazing too!!

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  2. That dip looks amazing! Might be trying that!

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  3. Those sides look to die for. Yum. Anything with oysters is my jam.

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  4. I love those orange tulips - still very festive, but a bit unexpected for Thanksgiving! So pretty!

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  5. I love a deep fried turkey and oyster pie is a classic at our Thanksgiving. So yummy!

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  6. love this idea! I actually have never had a deep fried turkey...I know crazy!
    and those cookies as name plates...LOVE that cute idea!

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  7. I've never had a deep fried turkey but that looks pretty dang amazing! Those skewers might be a late add to this year's menu, those sound so good! Definitely doing a Friendsgiving next year!

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  8. So when you do host a thanksgiving I'm coming over!!! Skillet Apple pie...YUM!

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  9. I'm pretty much drooling over that apple skillet pie. And a deep fried turkey?! How have I never heard of this? Green bean casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving dish but I can't bring myself to make it with cream of mushroom this year... it's just so gross. Can't wait to try this alternative recipe!

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  10. omg that apple pie looks SO good! and i could totally go for a plate of mashed potatoes right now ;) xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a giveaway on cornflake dreams

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  11. This post just made me hungry. I love that table setting- so elegant and not too complicated.

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  12. Mmmm we had a fried turkey one year and it was definitely fabulous! I'll take some with a side of those potatoes please ;)

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  13. Everything looks amazing! Though, I am super intrigued by the Bacon Bourbon Brussels Sprout Skewers - yum!

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  14. I've always wanted to do a Friendsgiving since we have yet to host our own Turkey Day (thank Jesus). I love the skewer idea and a huge YES to a deep fried turkey!

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  15. we fry our turkey every year and it is my favorite thing ever!

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  16. This all looks delicious! Since we usually go to my father-in-law's house I always make a thanksgiving at home at the beginning of November so that we can eat leftovers for days and I can make the things I loved from growing up! However my FIL does make an amazing fried turkey that I look forward to every year!

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  17. I love Ina - she is seriously amazing! And I have never had a deep fried turkey, but I have heard from so many people that it is the best!! I "like" turkey enough, but think I would be drooling if it was deep fried!

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  18. Looking through all of these photos just made me so hungry and so excited for next week! Those mashed potatoes sound amazing!!

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  19. Oh girl, you are making my mouth water! Love all of these...esp. the PW recipes, she's my favorite! I'm sure you will be able to host your own Thanksgiving in the near future, and it will be beautiful! xoxo

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  20. Okay I'm seriously drooling over everything you picked!! I adore that table setting and may have to steal the idea of pumpkin cookies for name cards. My nieces will LOVE that! I also just found the most beautiful orange tulips at Fresh Market. I love the way those look in the glass vases. So whimsical. I also need to try those brussel sprout and bacon skewers. Dynamite!

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