And lest you think you can't make things like that on a budget, be sure to check out her ingredient price breakdowns and suggestions for getting more expensive ingredients at great prices.
No matter the size of your Thanksgiving meal budget, one area you don’t need to scrimp on is how the food looks. Head over to LifeAsMom today for some tried and true tips, tricks, and techniques for adding flair to your food presentation.
By the way, I can attest to the fact that Jessica from LifeAsMom knows her stuff when it comes to pulling off a beautiful meal on a dime as I’ve eaten in her home numerous times. She’s amazing!
Her tips will not necessarily save you money–because turkeys cost the same no matter how you cook them!–but they will definitely save you some effort and headache on Thanksgiving. I know that for a fact because her method is exactly how our family almost always does the Thanksgiving turkey. It really does work!
By the way, this is totally not Thanksgiving-related, but if you like cinnamon rolls and wish you knew how to make them turn out beautifully, go read Amy's tutorial here. I can vouch for the fact that her cinnamon rolls are absolutely gorgeous and delicious because she brought me a pan of them when we got together last week!
If you don’t normally make homemade rolls for Thanksgiving, you might just want to consider taking a little extra effort to make these rolls this year. They are just that good. In fact, I’ve tried literally hundreds of roll recipes over the years and this recipe is hands-down the best one I’ve ever made.
Now before you start thinking about the combination of pumpkin in dinner rolls and wondering how that might taste, let me reassure you that you probably won’t even taste the pumpkin in these rolls. It just serves to make a softer dough and the color a bit richer. But other than that, your picky eaters in the family will likely not recognize any pumpkin taste in these!
These rolls are best served within an hour or two of making, so if you’re planning to serve them on Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure and allow extra time to whip up the dough. While it’s rising, you can do your last minute Thanksgiving meal preparations and then stick these in the oven to bake an hour or
so before you’re planning to eat.
My Favorite Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Recipe modified slightly from the original recipe found at Tammy’s Recipes–a cooking blog you ought to be reading, if you’re not already!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 cup warm milk
- ¼ cup butter, softened or melted
- 2 cup mashed cooked pumpkin (I usually use one can of pumpkin.)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup wheat germ (can omit and use flour instead)
- 10-12 cup all-purpose flour (I usually use a mixture of whole-wheat and white flours. I’d recommend going about 1/3 whole-wheat to 2/3 white flour.)
- 7 teaspoons dry yeast
In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, water, milk, butter, pumpkin, and salt. Mix well. Add wheat germ, 7-8 cups of the flour, and yeast.
Mix, and then continue adding flour and kneading until dough is elastic and not sticky.
Place dough in greased bowl; grease top of dough, cover with a towel, and set in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour). Punch dough down and divide into thirds. Divide each third into 16 pieces and shape into balls.
Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until tops are golden. Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven. (Note: These rolls usually look somewhat dry when first coming out of the oven. Wait about 15 minutes and they will look and taste beautifully. Don’t ask me why, but that’s how it always works for me!)
Yield: 4 dozen rolls (If you’re not expecting a large crowd for Thanksgiving, I’d recommend halving the recipe. I often do this for smaller groups and it works great!)
Do you usually make homemade bread for Thanksgiving? If so, I’d love if it you shared a link to the recipe in the comments section.
Thanksgiving is just days away and it seems almost
everywhere you go right now, you are bombarded with images of elaborate
spreads of gorgeous stuffed turkeys lined with rosemary and oranges
surrounded by all the trimmings.
While these images might be
beautiful, more often than not they can make you feel that unless you
recreate such an extravagant affair for your Thanksgiving feast, it
just won't be good enough. The reality, though, is that most of us do
not have the time or the money to pull off a magazine-like Thanksgiving
So to aid you in creating a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration without breaking the bank, I've teamed up with four other excellent bloggers to bring you Thanksiving on a Budget.
Amy from Amy's Finer Things, Erin from Five Dollar Dinners, Jessica from LifeAsMOM, Monica from TheHomespunHeart, and I will be bringing you some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, how-to's, decorating ideas, presentation tips, money-saving ideas, and much more. I think you're in for quite the treat and I hope that by the end of this week, you'll be inspired that you, too, can pull off a simple, but fabulous Thanksgiving–on a dime!
At the end of the week, we're going
to be enlisting your help as we'll open up the floor
here with a Mr. Linky and encourage you to post your favorite frugal
Thanksgiving ideas and recipes on your blog and then come back here to
share your link with everyone else. We look forward to hearing about your favorite recipes, tips and ideas for
making this Thanksgiving both frugal and festive!
It is our
desire that this series will help relieve some of the "pressure" that
is placed on you to create
the perfect meal on Thanksgiving Day. And we hope you are able to
instead focus more on what Thanksgiving is really all about–taking
time to give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given!