25 Most Pinned Side Dish Recipes (for Thanksgiving and Christmas!)

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Let's face it, turkey may be the 'star' of the Thanksgiving meal but what we really crave are those incredible side dishes! Stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, the works-- side dishes are the jewels in the Thanksgiving crown. So which recipes are the BEST of the BEST? Here are 25 of the MOST PINNED side dishes, perfect not only for your Thanksgiving table but for all your special meals, holidays and beyond. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn | Damn Delicious Honey Maple Roasted Carrots | The … [Read more...]

25 Thanksgiving Hacks That’ll Blow Your Mind

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, filled with friends, food, and family. But for the person making the meal, it can be overwhelming to make sure each dish comes out at the right temperature, on time, and deliciously tasty, too. Oh, THE PRESSURE! Stop stressing, it's all going to be okay. I've rounded up some of the most helpful, kooky, and simply genius 25 Thanksgiving hacks for everything from meal prep to the decor. These tips will take the stress off of serving the big meal and put the … [Read more...]

25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

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You guys, as someone who tries to eat gluten-free this one was torture to round-up, TORTURE! All those layers of soft, flaky puff pastry surrounding everything from Nutella to brie to pepperoni, and all I can do was dream. But with the holidays coming, I knew I had to take one for the team and gather the BEST, most DELICIOUS puff pastry ideas because you deserve them. Puff pastry is one of the easiest ways to create swoon-worthy appetizers and desserts that will have your guests raving about … [Read more...]

Cake Decorating Made Easy {& Thanksgiving Cake Idea!}

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Cake decorating has always intrigued me-- it seems like a handy skill to have, the power to create a design to match any occasion using the simple canvas of a caketop. Plus it serves as a front to my serious addiction to buttercream frosting. And I mean 'hide-in-the-pantry-and-eat-all-the-frosting' kind of issues! What better way to feed the addiction than learn easy ways to decorate cakes? via Making Lemonade on Instagram However there's that little issue of skill. It takes time to learn … [Read more...]

Lock, STOCK, and Turkey: Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

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It's Turkey Day, the BIG DANCE, the main meal!  My sister is here sharing our Thanksgiving Soup recipe-- it's not a soup to eat on Thanksgiving, but it's a soup we make from the leftovers after the meal that provides comfort and easy meals throughout the rest of the week.  So don't throw away your leftovers or even the turkey bones, 'cause we're gonna use them to make a delicious, easy meal that's perfect after an exhausting day cooking, cleaning, eating, and laughing.  Take it away, sis! I … [Read more...]

Free Printable: Thanksgiving Table Talkers

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Happy {early} Thanksgiving everyone!  We're in full Turkey Day swing over here-- the family has arrived, the fridge is full, the cousins are thrilled to see each other.  My sister has been plotting Black Friday deals and she may just convince me to finally venture out for the first time this year.  Mama wants a Dyson!  Anyways, I have a silly little post for you today: a free printable with 'table talkers' to keep the conversation going during the big meal this year. If your family is … [Read more...]

Cornucopias, Updated {Thanksgiving Decor Ideas}

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Today I'm part of a blog Virtual Progressive Dinner tour (find links at the end of this post!), and my contribution to the festivities is an easy Thanksgiving decor idea.  You know I like to make those pilgrims blush, so I decided to update cornucopias to incorporate two HOT trends right now, burlap and succulents.  But before we delve into the project tutorials, let's address the elephant in the room: Rumor has it the word cornucopia ranks up there with 'cranny' and 'moist' as a word people … [Read more...]

Modern Mixed Metallic Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Today I'm taking part in the All Things Home Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour with a few {20!} other blogging buddies, and I've been working feverishly behind the scenes pulling together a few of my favorite modern Thanksgiving table setting ideas.  If you are new to Making Lemonade, welcome, and be sure to check out the about page and have your tissues ready if you delve into how my blog got it's name.  ;-) Now let me start off by saying that I'm SO .... Thanksgiving is a time to honor … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Helpful Hints (and this and that)

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Just a reminder, tomorrow is the BIG day.  Making Lemonade will be offline for a few hours tomorrow as we switch over to Wordpress.  My sister kindly reminded me that some people might not remember how they signed up for Making Lemonade to begin with, so they won't know if it's through Google Friend Connect or not.  She suggested it's easiest to just get it sent to your email {smart girl!}  I love getting blog updates sent directly to email so that's a great option, and … [Read more...]

Getting Back to Neutral

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How was your Thanksgiving?With three toddlers running around, ours was hectic-- in the best way possible.  A house full of family made the week fly by, and the only snafu was a farm fresh turkey that I discovered was actually frozen in the middle... yes, after all that bragging that I was getting fresh to avoid any thawing drama.  Thankfully we got it defrosted and the farm was generous in both apologies and a refund, cementing my notion that it always pays to buy from local, family run … [Read more...]

DIY Thanksgiving Decor: A Festive Family Bunting

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A trendsetter I'm not.I mean, it took over 2 years before I finally tried on a pair of skinny jeans-- which means I'm sure they'll be out of style by tomorrow.{seriously, if you are still on the fence about skinny jeans, give them a try!  If my pear shape can wear them, then anyone can.  Plus, they are a great excuse to buy some hot boots}.Consider yourself warned before I reveal my latest crafty endeavor. I've managed to squeeze at least five trends into one project.  I promise that will never … [Read more...]

DIY Wishbone Plate (West Elm Knock-Off)

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Wishbones seem to be everywhere this year, and with good reason-- they are a whimsical and interesting symbol of coming together as well as our wishes for the upcoming year.  Browsing ideas for my Thanksgiving table, I found a set of West Elm dishes and my eye went straight to that "wish" plate: Cute, right?  While the whole set is useful, I really just wanted the wishbone plate.  You could use it to hold the actual wishbone until time to pull it apart, or as a plate for some tasty seasonal … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Menu and Make-Aheads

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Why didn't it occur to me I could make most of the Thanksgiving meal ahead of time?  There I was, flipping through this month's Real Simple magazine, when I stumbled across an article about what you can prep or make in advance to make Thanksgiving Day much more relaxed and easier to coordinate.Imagine, not running around for four straight hours attempting to coordinate an intricate array of dishes... sounds like a plan!  Marrying the article and my own menu, here's what I came up with for a  … [Read more...]

Easy Organizational Idea: Thanksgiving Survival Kit

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Once upon a time, a girl named... Barrie... went looking for her Thanksgiving recipes.  She knew they were in a pile of other recipes, the ones she meant to file into her recipe binder.  Those recipes, however, were not in the binder just yet (or, ever-- they've been sitting there over a year) and now the task was to locate the stack of papers, find the recipe in that stack, and then track down the myriad other Thanksgiving recipes scattered in various cookbooks, bookmarked online and dog-eared … [Read more...]

DIY Thanksgiving Placecards

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Don't you love a festive Thanksgiving table?  Since I'm hosting The Big Feast this year I wanted to do something special.  When I saw these gold/silver pumpkins on sale I knew they were the extra touch my table needed.  Coming it at under $1.50 and five minutes each to make, I can certify these DIY pumpkin placecards are both cheap and easy to create.  In addition, they hold a sentimental surprise for each guest {as you'll see in a moment}. It took calling a few different stores, but I was … [Read more...]

Poll: Christmas in November?

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Is it better to post Christmas ideas now, in November, so you can get a head start on DIY projects and ideas... or better to wait until after Thanksgiving, so you can celebrate each holiday in it's own time?There's a few holiday ideas up my sleeve and I'd love to hear how you feel about Christmas posts in November.  Typically by December it's too late to implement them, but there's something special about keeping Thanksgiving as Christmas-free as possible.(source)Here at Casa Lemonade, my rule … [Read more...]

November’s Monthly Reminders

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Gentle reminders to keep the month of November as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!Indoors:*  Inspect and wash linens-- table linens if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, and sheets/pillowcases/duvet covers if you are having overnight guests.  Save the ironing until a few days before to avoid creases.  Martha suggests only ironing the top part of sheets; your guests will never notice the bottoms aren't ironed.  I say that if my guests are looking to see if my sheets are ironed then they … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Round-Up

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Noodle's "hand and footprint" turkey graced our front door; we get fancy here at the Lemonade house!How was your Thanksgiving, friends?  Our Thanksgiving was just about perfect.  I had seven overnight guests at various points last week, got to meet my 9 month old nephew for the first time, had a home full of wonderful friends and family along with some awfully tempting food and treats.  We had visitors from California, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Pittsburgh... the list goes on … [Read more...]

Heartwarming Holidays: Easy Thanksiving Menu

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 I'm happily hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and am putting the finishing touches on the menu.  I've hosted Thanksgiving a few times now and these recipes work well, taste great, and are simple to pull off.  Here's what I'm cooking up, thought I'd share in case you need a recipe or two!::: Alton Brown's Cranberry Sauce {don't know why they used a photo of canned cranberry sauce; this recipe is really good and much prettier than that photo!  I make this the day before and it tastes … [Read more...]