A Painless and No Mess Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday comes to an end I am definitely not in the mood to get back into studying for finals, writing essays, and going back to work. But I have to stop and think about how awesome and blessed of a weekend it was. This year my mother in law again decided to order food from Fresh Market to pick up the day before Thanksgiving; then cook additional sides. Their link can actually be found at the end of this post. My job this year? I just made stuffed mushrooms, bacon string beans, and apple pie. But boy were they great additions.

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I’m very thankful that my husband was able to fly out here for the holiday because I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like. The stuffed mushrooms and apple pie were mainly for him; I love taking advantage of any opportunity I have to make foods he enjoys. As you can see I didn’t even get to take a picture of the finished product before it was destroyed!

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If you’re looking for a painless and not so messy kitchen for Thanksgiving next year, check out Fresh Market’s packages and options. Ours came with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, and stuffing. Pick it up the day before then throw the turkey in the oven and heat everything else up in the microwave the next day. Easy as pie 😉 If you don’t have a Fresh Market around, ask the grocery stores you frequent and see if they have the option. Check out the recipes for the green beans and stuffed mushrooms below. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Thanks for reading!

Fresh Market- Traditional Holiday Dinner

Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 2 Large packs of whole white button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 pack bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1.5 packs cream cheese
  1. Make sure your mushrooms are washed well and remove stems
  2. Combine cream cheese and bacon bits in a separate bowl
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Fill each mushroom with the cream cheese mixture
  5. Put your mushrooms in the oven, cook for roughly 20 mins

Bacon String Beans

  • 2 packs pre-washed string beans, cut off any ends
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 5 bacon slices, cooked and chopped (save bacon grease in a jar)
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Make sure to cut off any excess tips from the string beans
  2. Toss string beans in a large bowl with garlic, pepper, and olive oil
  3. While string beans are marinating, go ahead and take the time to cook your bacon and chop it up into small pieces. Save the bacon grease!
  4. Pour about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease into a wok or deep dished pan and heat to a medium high. Toss in the green beans and garlic mixture. Stir fry for 10 mins; add more bacon grease or olive oil as needed.

* I like my string beans a little crunchy so 10 mins is more than enough for that texture. Times may vary based on stoves and pans; stir fry until it is to your preference and enjoy!



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