Make your Thanksgiving sides in no time with these thanksgiving menu Instant Pot recipes.
Our Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish Instant Pot Recipes
It’s that time of year. In just a few weeks, a plethora of family and friends will gather to eat, drink and be merry and grateful. The only problem is that you have to do the cooking. We don’t want that to be a problem – we’ve got you covered with Instant Pot recipes for your side dishes for Thanksgiving.
This past year, our family has become a family of IP users. That said, I know several of these Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes will be used for our family feast!
Whether you are looking for easy Thanksgiving sides or traditional Thanksgiving sides, the Instant Pot can not only make your food in a jiffy – it will make it delicious. We have gathered the best Thanksgiving sides to cook in your Instant Pot. They are organized below and we hope that you find just the recipes you need to complete your Thanksgiving meal.
Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes
Looking for some veggies to add to your menu? We’ve rounded up several Thanksgiving vegetable side dish Instant Pot recipes.
Cheesy Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon
Kick up your asparagus game with this delicious Instant Pot asparagus recipe.
Okay, Macaroni and Cheese is not just for kids. Consider making a Macaroni and Cheese bar with bacon, chives, various cheese and you can appease the mac and cheese loving masses! Best part, in the Instant Pot this traditional Thanksgiving side dish takes no time.
Rice may not be a traditional Thanksgiving recipe in your home, but in ours it totally is. My dad is half-Japanese. We grew up eating rice with EVERY meal. Like seriously. I remember rice in the rice maker, with SPAGHETTI. We make rice a lot in our house, and in the Instant Pot it is the absolute best.
Here is a tip – splurge and buy the Japanese medium grain or short grain rice. It’s a game changer.
Do you have a lot of kids coming for dinner? Cinnamon applesauce in the Instant Pot is a great unique Thanksgiving side dish that both parents and kids will appreciate. Bonus, make extra – this stuff is amazing and you will want to eat after the holiday!
Do you have a ton of thank you notes to write? Well we have a thank you note hack that has saved us several hours, and just might do the same for you!
Thank You Note Hack
We are in the season of gratitude and a great way to show your appreciation is a thank you note. Perhaps you are writing thank you notes for wedding gifts, baby shower, a birthday party, bridal shower or maybe Christmas – whatever the reason, if you have several thank yous to write – we have a hack that you will love!
Thank You Letter Writing Campaign
So here is the deal. Our school has a Thank You letter-writing campaign that they put on each fall before Thanksgiving break. The idea is that parents write letters of thanks showing gratitude to any and all teachers and staff that they feel need recognition and praise.
We have 4 kids in 3 schools. Our kids require a LOT of support, and our school district is amazing at doing just that. So, of course, we are going to participate and write letters of gratitude, but there are so many to write. Last year, I started using this thank you hack and it was a time saver – plus it looked so much better than my terrible handwriting. Here is how I write thank you notes in bulk.
Writing Thank You Notes in Bulk
I made a YouTube video showing you exactly how I write all of these notes in a short period of time. This is a great hack to speed up the process and yet still show your gratitude and appreciation. Again, this thank you note hack works great for any situation in where you have to write a large number of thank you notes.
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Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holidayfrom the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble! Follow George through his Thanksgiving adventures with the short poems in this board book. The fun, tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers! (Age Range: 3 and up)
Little ones will love learning about Thanksgiving in Tanya Lee Stone’s newest shaped alphabet book. Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey and features a cute Thanksgiving story for kids. (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)
Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it’s time for the meal. Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu-yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children. This makes a great turkey book for preschool. (Age Range: 3 – 8 years)
Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!. If you are looking for a fun Thanksgiving story – Pete the Cat won’t disappoint. Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan. Don’t miss these Pete the Cat gift ideas! (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)
This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun! (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)
Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. (Age Range: 3 – 6 years)
This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever! There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count. Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)
It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to enjoy every day of the year! (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)
The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)
This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world. (Age Range: 5 – 10 years)
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement. (Age Level: 6 – 9)
“Thanksgiving Jokes” is a feast and a “corny-copia” full of funny short jokes for kids. Each joke is about some silly aspect regarding Thanksgiving, from turkeys to pilgrims to pumpkin pie. Kids will gobble up these humorous and short jokes while they look at the funny illustrations throughout the book. Every joke features two illustrations; one for the question and one for the punchline, so each joke can be enjoyed even more. Find out what a pilgrams favorite music is, what a space turkey says, why turkeys go ‘Gobble, gobble’, and many more silly riddles. (All ages)
Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story. Vibrant photography of a rare reenactment using the Mayflower II leads readers imaginatively into the narrative. The vivid and informative text explores the story behind the exhibits at the living-history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Primary sources record what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and telling details of their journey. First-person accounts reveal the hopes and dreams they carried. Readers share in the long hours at sea, and in the dangers faced after landfall. Extensive end notes, a map, a detailed chronology, and a bibliography round out the full story of the Mayflower. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)
In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, National Geographic has recreated the first Thanksgiving. Photographs by National Geographic photographers of the recreation at Plimoth Plantation illustrate this book. In 1621, in a small settlement on the edge of the sea, 52 English colonists celebrated their first harvest. The colonists were joined by 90 men of the Wampanoag tribe for a gathering that was to last three days in a town now known as Plymouth. Over the centuries, there have been countless versions of this story, creating a popular myth of the first Thanksgiving. Many Americans imagine brave, peaceful settlers inviting a few wild Indians over for a turkey dinner. But there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at this celebration. There were no Indians with woven blankets over their shoulders and large feathered headdresses. No pilgrims with somber black clothes and silver buckle hats either. The English didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims. This book puts aside that myth and takes a new look at our American history. It questions what we know and recovers lost voices of the Wampanoag people. True history includes the voices of all its participants. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving invites young people to read, listen, and think about our shared history. The book also features a forward, a section on the actual reenactment and the concept of living history, a chronology, an index, and a bibliography. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)
\Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speares Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac. (Age Level: 9 – 12)
A young orphan journeys on the Mayflower to a new land full of adventure and mystery. When the crew arrives at Plymouth, they find a countryside of magnificent beauty, but also a life of harsh struggle. Jonathan strikes out on his own and forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe. (Age Range: 9 – 12 years)
The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic’s popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country’s original document of record, the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact includes: an engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate text, vetted by experts 40 pages generously illustrated with period artwork and archival photographs biographies of key figures in the document’s history the entire text of the original document and a complete list of its signatories excerpt from Mourt’s Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford, two of the colony’s founding fathers the charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Web links to further information a detailed glossary and index. (Age Range: 10 and up)
Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he cant believe his good fortune. Hes heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and its hard to know whos a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smiths wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land. (Age Level: 10 and up)
Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower! After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos. (Age Level: 10 and up)
Black Friday Shopping Haul – that’s right, I admit it. I am a Black Friday Shopper. It started many years ago, when I was curious about the discounts. Do people REALLY save money? Is it as INSANE as it looks on the news? Yes and YES. But if you are wondering if it’s worth it, YES.
You can watch my Black Friday haul above. We started at 10:30 pm, like a zombie – I made it back home at 11:00 am. Slept for 4 hours, then headed back out like a boss (or idiot!)
The annual Black Friday shopping trip consists of my sister, Betsy, friend, Mel and myself. We then hit various stores, shop, laugh, shop more, laugh more, get extremely exhausted, power up with coffee and then people think we are drunk because of our delirious state. All while shopping for Christmas and have a fun night with the gals.
This year, we didn’t see too much drama. In year’s past – we’ve seen a few fights break out. This time, the closest we came to a fight was when a lady was trying to cut Mel off in line. Mel’s not a fighter – but the situation was pretty funny.
This year, a few things were different. First – my sister Betsy is 24 weeks pregnant. 24 weeks pregnant and all night shopping. She is such a trooper – making it until 5:00 am. I have no idea how she drove the 20 minutes home my house (she wouldn’t let us take her home!) Thankfully, she didn’t wear these heels!
Second, we typically have a routine. This year – the malls we typically regular changed their hours. Rather than being open all night, the Dallas Galleria closed at 1:00 am and then the Allen Outlet Malls closed at 2:00 am. We found this out at 11:00 pm. We were still able to find plenty of stores open all night to satisfy our Black Friday shopping habit, but did change up our plans quite a bit. And to be honest, probably saved us a lot of money. By the time we made it back to the Allen Outlet Mall at 6:00 am, we were dragging.
All-in-all it was a great night, tons of bargains and lots of fun. I know the topic of Black Friday is one of controversy, but it’s a tradition now and honestly – if you love a good bargain, there is not better time to shop than the day after Thanksgiving!
Black Friday Shopping Haul
Here are a few of the tech haul items mentioned in the Black Friday haul video:
Anker 24W PowerDrive USB Car Charger
Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Instapot – Electric Pressure Cooker
Just Dance 2017
Do you Black Friday shop? What was in your haul this year?
Thanksgiving apps for kids – we got them! These Apps will keep your kids busy and entertained during the Thanksgiving holiday. Often Thanksgiving can get missed as we rush from Halloween to Christmas. Download a few of these app and embrace this season of gratitude.
Thanksgiving Apps for Kids
Here are 7 different Thanksgiving Apps for Kids that your children will love. From a Thanksgiving coloring book app to math flash cards to a cooking game app – these will get your kids ready for this beloved holiday.
Whether you are looking to keep your inner child entertained, or other children this is the app for you. This is one of the best coloring books and finger painting apps around. It will keep your kids entertained for hours.
The unique features found in this app will make any kid, or adult, feel like a coloring rock star!
Thanksgiving Math Flashcards, Practice and Quiz, is a fascinating and effective elementary math learning and testing tool. Now our children can practice their math skill anywhere and anytime with the friendly turkeys.
This wonderful app uses fun and innovative interface to enable effective math practices. Our children can advance to higher level as they make progress and master more skills. There are 5 levels for both Practice Mode and Quiz Mode.
Built-in Practice Mode and Quiz Mode make learning so much easier. With a single click, you can easily switch between practice and quiz modes. If you are doing well in the quiz, move up a level. If you are doing poorly in the quiz, back to more practice (with one touch).
Turkey? Check! Stuffing? Check! Mashed Potatoes and gravy? Check! Get ready to set the most spectacular Thanksgiving table with turkey and all the trimmings! With Thanksgiving Maker, you can arrange the table just the way you want- maybe re-create the holiday the way you remember it when you were young. Or, arrange a more hip, up-to-date version of the Thanksgiving table. Another feature of this app allows you to make the perfect plate of Thanksgiving heaven with the selection of delicious items, your taste buds are sure to be thankful! Platform: iPhone
The Berenstain Bears are a cartoon family of bears created by Stan and Jan Berenstain in a series of children’s books now numbering in the hundreds that began in 1962. The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks is an interactive children’s book for Android tablets and smartphones, and part of the Living Lights series, helping children learn how God wants them to live every day.
Set of children’s games for Thanksgiving includes the following 5 games: Jigsaw Puzzle, Shape Puzzle, Connect the Dot, Memory Game and Scratch game.
This entertaining educational game for preschool kids, that helps to develop motor skills, hand-to-eye coordination skills, imagination and creativity. It aims to teach children shapes, image recognition and number pronunciation.
Thanksgiving dinner apps can help make sure your meal is PERFECT.
This beloved holiday of gratitude and fabulous food is right around the corner. There is the grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, decorating, baking, cooking, serving, eating, cleaning, enjoying, fighting (okay kidding, be thankful people!) There is a lot that goes into making this holiday come together, why not download a few of these apps to help make sure your meal is perfection.
Thanksgiving Dinner Apps To Help You Make The Perfect Meal
To help with the Thanksgiving task, we have rounded up our favorite apps that will help you make that Thanksgiving meal just perfect.
Don’t roll your eyes at me. Pinterest is more than pretty table settings and crafts. I love a good Pinterest recipe!
Make this Thanksgiving the best ever with our Menu Maker. Tap your way to a customized holiday menu from more than 75 of our all-time favorite Thanksgiving recipes, plus get a customized shopping list and schedule.
Who better to give us turkey baking advice, than the turkey people themselves! From every day dinners to after school snacks, special holiday meals, and even dessert this app has you covered. Butterball Cookbook Plus features hundreds of recipes guaranteed to keep your familys heart warm and their stomachs full.
This app comes with several free features and more than 30,000 of the highest-quality recipes. Theres a reason why home cooks have downloaded the award-winning Epicurious app more than 10 million times since the App Store opened.
These apps will come in handy in the kitchen for use while cooking.
Take back control of meal time with the all new KitchenPad Timer. This visual kitchen timer that can be used to manage multiple cook times for your stove-top and oven. The timer displays give you all the important timer info at-a-glance. Never lose track of a dish you are preparing ever again!
The most important thing isn’t the meal. Let me go all Hallmark and say, make memories and enjoy your loved ones that surround you on this day. And most important, be GRATEFUL today, Thanksgiving and always…
Happy Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving Dinner Apps!