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Thanksgiving is Coming!

It’s Thanksgiving this week, ya’ll! I LOVE Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because it’s my birthday week. Maybe it’s because of all the delicious comfort food that tastes amazing. Maybe because of all of the pie. {So. Many. PIES.}. Maybe it’s because of time spent with family. It’s most likely because of all the things. It’s just a great time of year.

We hosted our very first Friendsgiving last week, and it was so. much. fun! We spent time with friends we hadn’t seen in way too long, and laughed until our stomachs hurt. It was the best kind of fun.

My husband printed off a bunch of {really awful} Thanksgiving jokes, and we played  a game of “Dad Joke Battle,” which we totally made up based off of these funny YouTube videos. {If you haven’t seen them already, do yourself a favor and watch now. I DARE you not to laugh!}.

We took turns in the hot seat going against each other, telling jokes and trying not to laugh. The winners moved on to the next round, and I honestly couldn’t tell you who won because we were all cracking up. I will tell you who certainly did NOT win, and that was me. I could barely even tell a joke without laughing. And I don’t even care. Laughter is good for the soul. Tell me not to laugh. I dare you.

We also played some charades with the free app on iPhone. If you haven’t downloaded this, you MUST do it before Thanksgiving. You’re gonna need to bust this out and play with your family until everyone is laughing {or crying}. It is so stinking fun.

The food was good too. But the friends were the best part. But since I don’t have a recipe for cloning my friends, I will share a few of my favorite recipes instead. Today is Monday, so according to The Pioneer Woman, we must begin preparing for Thanksgiving Day today, ya’ll. So I’m going to share some things you can make today to get a jumpstart on your Thanksgiving Day meal prep.

Check out this adorable cheese ball! {Um, who uses “adorable” and “cheeseball” in the same sentence? Me. That’s who.}  It’s adorable because it is shaped like a pumpkin! How cool is that? It was actually really simple! And I wanted to make a cheeseball that could potentially be kid friendly, so here is what I did.

First, I cooked up about 4-5 slices of bacon. Ok, I cooked up 6, but I had to eat one. Because bacon. I placed the cooked bacon on a paper towel, and once it cooled, I crumbled it up into tiny pieces. I hear you can buy it at the store this way, but that’s blasphemous. I’d rather cook it up myself. I like doing things the hard way.

I used two 8 oz bricks of cream cheese, softened. So be sure to take these out of the fridge for a bit so they have time to soften up.

I used my stand up mixer to make my cheese ball, you could use a food processor or whatever makes you happy.

I dropped in the cream cheese, a cup of finely shredded cheddar cheese, about half a packet of ranch dressing seasoning, and the crumbled bacon.

Next, I chopped up about four green onions and added them into the mix. I diced them super small so when the kids asked what “that green stuff” is, I could reply, “It’s just some seasonings.”

 

Mix everything up really good!



 

The next part is the fun part. I took a small bag of Doritos {it really doesn’t take much}, and crushed them into tiny pieces. Then I sprinkled them onto some plastic wrap.

 

 


I took the cheeseball and formed it into a ball, and rolled it onto the chip crumbs to make sure it was completely covered in Dorito crumbs. And then I wrapped it up in the plastic wrap. Then I wrapped it in a second layer of plastic wrap. That’s an important that not to skip because…

 

You don’t want cheese ball squeezing out of the plastic wrap when you wrap it with a few rubber bands. This is the fun way we make the cheeseball look like a pumpkin! Isn’t that genius?!

It needs to be refrigerated for at least two hours for the shape to set. So you could wait as long as Thursday morning to whip this together. But I suggested making it today so you have one less thing to worry about. When you’re ready to serve it, just cut the rubber bands off and unwrap it. For the stem, I used the top of a jalapeño because that’s what I had on hand. But you could use the top of a pepper too, which may look more realistic.

 

I was really happy with the way it turned out, and it also tasted delicious! I mean, cheese, bacon, ranch…how could you go wrong!? I’ll add a printable recipe at the bottom if you’d like to print it out.


Another Thanksgiving Dinner staple that can be made in advance is the rolls. I LOVE homemade rolls fresh from the oven. I don’t know about your kids, but I have at least one who will probably only eat a roll and some canned cranberry sauce. And pie. She’ll also eat pie.

My friend Amber over at SimplyAmby.com has the most amazing recipe for Honey Yeast Rolls.

Don’t these look incredible? Do yourself a favor and make these this week. Everyone at the table will be glad you did. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time. Check out her recipe, and be sure to leave her a comment and tell her I sent ya!


Finally, the side dishes on Thanksgiving. These are the things that matter. So. Let’s talk about the mashed potatoes. It’s super important that you make them creamy and delicious and yummy and all that. So, I thought I would share a recipe from my good old friend Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman. Ok. We haven’t actually met before. But I’d like to pretend we are friends.

She has a recipe for mashed potatoes that can be made today, ya’ll. At the end of the recipe, just put them in the refrigerator instead of the oven, and then on Thursday–put them in the oven. Creamy, delicious, mashed potatoey goodness. With Amber’s rolls and Ree’s mashed potatoes, your Thanksgiving will be DELICIOUS.

So if you need to find me today, I’ll be in the kitchen. Making these recipes.


AuthorTheMessyMomCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Prep Time15 mins

 2 8 oz bricks of cream cheese (softened)
 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
 ¼ cup finely diced green onion
 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
 ½ cup bacon crumbles
 1 cup crumbled Doritos

1

Cook up 4-5 slices of bacon. Drain on a paper towel. Once they have cooled, crumble into small pieces.

2

Finely dice green onions.

3

Combine all ingredients (excluding Doritos) in stand up mixer. Mix until combined.

4

Sprinkle crumbled Doritos onto plastic wrap.

5

Form cheese mixture into the shape of a ball, and roll around the chips until well covered.

6

Wrap cheeseball with plastic wrap. Add a double layer of plastic wrap, and be sure it is completely covered well.

7

Use rubber bands around the ball to form the pumpkin shape. Chill for at least two hours before removing the rubber bands and plastic wrap.

8

Add the stem of a pepper to the top. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 8 oz bricks of cream cheese (softened)
 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
 ¼ cup finely diced green onion
 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
 ½ cup bacon crumbles
 1 cup crumbled Doritos

Directions

1

Cook up 4-5 slices of bacon. Drain on a paper towel. Once they have cooled, crumble into small pieces.

2

Finely dice green onions.

3

Combine all ingredients (excluding Doritos) in stand up mixer. Mix until combined.

4

Sprinkle crumbled Doritos onto plastic wrap.

5

Form cheese mixture into the shape of a ball, and roll around the chips until well covered.

6

Wrap cheeseball with plastic wrap. Add a double layer of plastic wrap, and be sure it is completely covered well.

7

Use rubber bands around the ball to form the pumpkin shape. Chill for at least two hours before removing the rubber bands and plastic wrap.

8

Add the stem of a pepper to the top. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

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