ON THE MENU- A week's worth of great recipes and good food!Are you planning for Thanksgiving? I sure am! Actually, I’ve been planning for a couple weeks now. I’m cooking a 20 plus pound turkey to feed a crowd! I’m one of those rare people that LOVES to make a Thanksgiving turkey! Besides the turkey, I’ll make the stuffing and the gravy and the pumpkin pies, but I’ll have lots of help with the rest of the food from my extended family! I can’t wait until we are all together! I’m also planning other meals because we will be together the entire weekend. One day take-out and other meals that can be made ahead and in bulk! Thanksgiving… bring it on!


Thanksgiving week! I’m so excited for family and turkey and fun! StoneGable bursts at the seams with family. This year we have a new addition! Our little grandson, Anderson. You can read about him and his arrival HERE.



I’m making extra soup to freeze and then pull out for lunches over the Thanksgiving weekend. What an easy and delicious way to feed a crowd. I’ll put out a platter of lunch meats and cheeses, breads and fixin’s for each person visiting to make their own sandwiches.  Even if you are not a fan of Butternut Squash you will like this soup. I add a couple Italian sausages with the casing removed and cooked to the soup. It makes it extra hardy.



Today I’m setting my Thanksgiving Table. This is so much fun! I’ve already planned it out so now all I have to do is execute it! If you need a few ideas for your table click HERE.

And I’m making stuffing! I DO NOT put it in the bird until Thanksgiving morning, instead I make it up and put it in plastic zip-type bags and keep them in the refrigerator. I just might bake up a little bit for myself today! YUMMY! Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Table




Today I’m making pumpkin pies. If you need a great recipe with a fabulous and easy-to-use crust and scrumptious Thanksgiving pies you can see it HERE. This recipe is an oldie but goodie. The photography isn’t the best but the recipes are! And here are darling leaf cut outs that will make the edges of your pie something so special this year…. go HERE.

  • Take-out! It’s the calm before the storm!!!! If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, today’s the perfect day for some great take-out! We are doing Chinese!

THURSDAY- Happy Thanksgiving!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! You are one of the things I’m thankful for this year! May God bless you!


  • The Most Scrumptious Turkey (If you want to roast the most Scrumptious Turkey you will want to read this post. This is THE BEST way to end up with the most moist, caramelized turkey!)
  • Mashed Potato and Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Assorted Greens, Pears, and Oranges, Candied Spicy Pecans In A Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  • Green Jello Salad, Cranberry Orange Relish, Cranberry Sauce (right from the can, YUM!) 
  • Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream

We have the same thing every year! Everyone has their favorites so we keep it the same year after year.


Today is such a fun day for the girls in our family! It’s LEFTOVER GIRLS BREAKFAST! We love this!!!!

There are lots of leftovers for our Friday after Thanksgiving tradition! 

All the girls in the family stay in their jammies and raid the refrigerator to make a plate of their favorites for breakfast. No judging here! Then we all sit around with our yummy breakfast and drink coffee, chat and read magazines. Sooooooo much fun! NO BOYS ALLOWED! We send them to the local diner for breakfast and tell them not to come back until after noon!




Crabcakes are a great change from turkey! This is an easy dinner and we all love it! Since we are all descendants (and spouses) of Nani, her sauteed rice will be a sweet memory for all of us!



Pumpkin Spiced Bake Oatmeal

What a wonderful and easy breakfast for a large crowd!

Delicious Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal- a great and easy breakfast!

Raw Apple Cake

This cake is soooooo delicious. If you make one thing from this menu, this is it! Very very moist! Serve it with vanilla ice cream. Oh, YUM!


Perfect Chicken  Noodle Soup

I make this by the vat! We eat this for lunches and love it. If you make it you will love it too!

Perfect Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving blessing to your home from ours!

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  1. Marie in VA says:

    Yum! What time is dinner? 🙂

  2. the BEST pie crust EVER!! the only one I use…and love making it in the food processor…
    and your menu looks tasty….we are traveling so no cooking for me…

    1. I agree! This year I might try replacing a little of the butter with some shortening. I like a little hint of saltiness in my pie crust.

      1. The link to Thanksgiving pies and crust is not working. Is it possible to get the pie crust recipe. It’s also referenced in another recipe.

        1. Sorry, a few of my recipes were ruined. So sorry this was one of them.

  3. I,m glad your weekly menu planning is returning. Thank you for bringing it back. I,m thankful for you!

  4. Thanksging dinner today with my church sisters…..everything was so good and now another Thanksgiving this Thursday with family.
    Iam going to feel like the Thanksgiving Turkey !

  5. Yvonne, I love, love, love the idea of girl’s breakfast in your jammies! Instead of lining up to chase the bargains, you’re savoring those precious relationships that can never be reproduced! Lucky you!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

    1. Linda, our Girl’s Post Thanksgiving breakfast is one of my favorite days of the year!

  6. Everything sounds,looks and I am sure taste delicious, and enjoyed. I did had to laugh when I got to Thursday and the Leftover girls breakfast..I had to wonder just how many girls were leftover..from the Thanksgiving dinner?Don’t overwork and Have a lovely visit with your family . Anderson’s first Thanksgiving and he will be the Star!

    1. lol! Yes Anderson will be the star this Christmas. I cant believe he is almost a month old!

  7. Everything sounds,looks and I am sure taste delicious, and enjoyed. I did had to laugh when I got to Friday and the Leftover girls breakfast..I had to wonder just how many girls were leftover..from the Thanksgiving dinner?Don’t overwork and Have a lovely visit with your family . Anderson’s first Thanksgiving and he will be the Star!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving Yvonne. Thank you for sharing your recipes. So happy you have your beautiful Anderson with you.

  9. Babette Thurston says:

    Awesome ideas! Thanks Yvonne! I’m one of those people who loves to do the Turkey too! I love to find ways to do it differently each year! I’m excited for Thanksgivingband to be with family!!

  10. Thanks so much for all these suggestions!! You just SAVED my week!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  11. Thank you for sharing a few of your” secrets”! Each year I replace a Thanksgiving Day “regular” with a new item; this year I’m going to add your Raw Apple Cake. Everything looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. What type of apple do you recommend for the Raw Apple Cake? ? This receipe sounds so yummy I want to try making it.

  13. You are my hero!! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy that precious baby boy!

  14. Ruth Harris says:

    sounds great! is your pumpkin cheesecake on your pinterest board?

  15. It sounds like you have a fabulous week planned! I wish I was going to be a guest! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  16. Thank you for sharing your fabulous culinary collection with us Yvonne. Read through it twice! I so enjoyed all your little side notes, thoughts and tips. A lovely glimpse of Stonegable Thanksgiving. Wishes to you and your family for a lovely and blessed one from your friend in Canada.
    I know you will all be giving special thanks for little Anderson this year. God bless.

  17. Rhonda Kiessling says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Carol Elkins says:

    Thank you for all of these yummy recipes!!!

  19. These recipes are calling my name!! Can’t wait to try them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Yvonne!

  20. Maggie Nelson says:

    Thank you for all the recipes!

  21. Thanks for all of your recipes, they sound delicious. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Hope all is well with your new little blessing.

  22. Yum, today I will make the raw apple cake.

  23. raw apple cake sounds DIVINE! love the girl breakfast! love traditions! it’s what we keep in our hears forever. Blessings to you and your adorable family this Thanksgiving from middle tennessee.

  24. Beth Groff says:

    What a wonderful menu for Thanksgiving week. Blessings to you & your family Yvonne. Congratulations on your new grandson. I know you will enjoy having him over the holidays.

  25. Thank you for sharing your Grandmother’s recipe for Chicken Soup. It’s that time of year we remember our grandparents. They embodied wisdom and grace for we children. Have a lovely Thanksgiving with you family and friends.

  26. Everything sounds wonderful.Your house will be filled
    with family and much happiness.Enjoy,Happy Thanksgiving !

  27. Potato Filling is missing from your menu! I know it is a popular item on a lot of Lancaster/Berks county Thanksgiving tables. I myself never cared for it.

    From a former Berks Countyian that still has family in Lancaster county.

  28. I’m happy to do thanksgiving in oct. now I can concentrate on getting ready for Christmas. Those recipes definitely look good for Christmas!! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. OMGoodness … Filed this Newsletter in my fave/save blog recipes! Every last one of these sounds soooo YUMMY! You are one of the most organized Bloggers I’ve read in awhile, Yvonne! Bet every one of your readers would love to be your guest! Sending the happiest of Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family!

  30. Suzanne Carpenter says:

    I enjoy your posts, your recipes are great

  31. I pretty much have the same menu each year. Hopefully we’ll have enough leftovers to last a couple of meals and still have extra turkey for a casserole. I always make a big pot of soup from the turkey frame, too. Although my husband and I have a good crust recipe, I always make Libby’s recipe for crustless pumpkin pies – our family really loves it and the ease of this recipe is a bonus. Sometimes I add a nutty crumb topping to it.
    I love your idea for an easy supper on Wednesday night and I know just the thing – a couple of California Pizza Kitchen’s bbq chicken pizzas that I picked up in the freezer case while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner supplies. Yum!!

  32. That’s the same recipe a friend gave me about 30 years ago. It make such an awesome crust, and I usually don’t eat the crust on a pie I buy. Everything sounds so good.

  33. My tummy is growling! I’m gonna try the oatmeal recipe, as well as the apple cake!

  34. I loved the tip about making your stuffing
    ahead of time to save yourself prep
    time the day of Thanksgiving. I’m going to
    try it this year, Such a great way to save time.
    Happy Thanksgiving. Cheryl

    1. I love stuffing so much! It’s hard for me not to bake off a little bowl for myself! YUM! Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. Carol Ann says:

    Earlier this week I mentioned wanting to try “Corn Leek Chowder” and that I would post it should it prove worthy. Tried it, loved it, will make it again and again. Great for this time of year, too. Here goes:

    Corn & Leek Chowder
    In large saucepan with 1 Tbsp olive oil, saute till tender: 2 c. chopped leeks (white portion only), 3/4 c. chopped yellow onion, and 2-3 cloves garlic minced.

    Stir in 3 c. chicken broth, 1 & 1/2 c. cubed peeled potatoes and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp dill weed. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.

    Stir in 3/4 – 1 c. frozen corn, thawed, 1/4 tsp pepper, dash of Tabasco (to taste) and a “flurry” of dried parsley leaves. Cook 2 minutes longer. In meantime, combine 4 tsp cornstarch and 1 Tbsp water; mix till smooth – stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for about 2 minutes or until thickened.

    Stir in 1/2 c. half-and-half cream. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or till heated through. Garnish each serving with 1 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese (optional). Yields about 4 cups.

    Note: We found that too much shredded cheddar cheese wasn’t a good idea, so go easy if used.


  36. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Yvonne, always enjoy your posts! May you and your family be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving. How nice it is to all be together! Enjoy that precious new grandson. Don’t spoil him too much!

  37. I love stuffing too. Will you share your recipe?

    1. Hi Carolyn, It’s an easy bread stuffing. Nothing fancy but we love it