Hello and a very happy weekend to you!

I hope that you are enjoying a relaxing couple of days and getting to enjoy something you love to eat or drink that makes you feel warm and cozy.

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

My Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials – This Thanksgiving kitchen essentials guide is a one-stop shop to gather up a list of all the kitchen equipment and tools that you may need to ensure that your Thanksgiving dinner goes off without a hitch. Whether you’re cooking the entire meal or just the turkey, some sides, or dessert, I’ve got you covered with everything you may need.

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Our Classic Thanksgiving Menu – This comprehensive list of everything we love to serve for Thanksgiving dinner covers the gamut, from cocktails and appetizers to how we prepare and cook the turkey, vegetables, side dishes, and, of course, dessert! If you’re still struggling with your Thanksgiving menu, I hope you’ll find some inspiration here.

Background photo of dessert table with text overlay of Classic Thanksgiving Menu and the words cocktails, appetizers, vegetables, turkey, side dishes, and dessert.

Perfect Pecan Pie – Gooey, nutty, and perfectly balanced between salty and sweet, this is, hands-down, the best pecan pie recipe. It is my absolute favorite version of this Southern classic and a must-make holiday dessert!

Pecan pie in a glass pie plate with two slices cut away but still in the plate.

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch – Green Bean Casserole FROM SCRATCH! A remake of the classic Thanksgiving side dish made with fresh green beans and no canned ingredients. 

Overhead photo of green bean casserole with a scoop removed from the corner of the baking dish.

Friday Things #499 – Chess, Dominic scan results, daily intentionality, a Laura Ingalls Wilder quote, Advent traditions, homemade granola, and more…

Boy and girl sitting across from each other at a dining room table with a chess board between them.

1. Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

2. Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread

3. Classic Beef Chili

4. Easy Hashbrown Casserole

5. My Favorite White Bread Recipe

1. Chip Clips (pack of 16)

2. Large Silicone Dough Mat (with measurement markings) – 50% off

3. OxiClean White Revive Laundry Whitener

4. Affresh Coffee Maker Cleaner

5. Affresh Garbage Disposal Cleaner

This Time in Years Past…

These recipes hit the site during this same week in previous years…

2021: Graham Cracker Crust / French Silk Pie

2020: Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes / Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup / Pecan Pralines

2019: Classic Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

2018: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon & Pecans

2017: How to Deep Fry a Turkey / Caramel Apple Magic Bars

2016: Pumpkin Yummy Dessert / Skillet Apple Pie

2015: Ina’s Outrageous Brownies / Homemade Crescent Rolls / Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

2014: Traditional Bread Stuffing / Aunt Vicki’s Corn and Mixed Vegetable Casserole

2013: Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies / No-Bake Butterfinger Pie

2012: Bacon and Mushroom Potato Gratin / Avalanche Bark / Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

2011: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake / Pumpkin Ice Cream

2009: Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti

What I Bookmarked This Week

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with Hazelnut Icing… totally decadent!

Love this >> Sweet Potato Cake with Pecan Praline Frosting

Absolutely gorgeous!! All the great flavors of the classic pie >> Banoffee Cake

For all of you pumpkin lovers, a savory dish >> Pumpkin Alfredo

A fantastic holiday appetizer >> Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

Have a delicious weekend!