My Thanksgiving Feast

From MY family to YOURS!

Mmmm….Thanksgiving…a time when we give thanks to the Lord for all he has graciously given us, a time to be with family and friends, and a time to feast in fellowship… Psalm 101:7 says “Give thanks to our God, for He is good, His love endures forever.” When I think of this holiday, I think about how grateful I am for the many blessings I have been given…even amidst storms I have been in, there have been great blessings…

 I am grateful to have a wonderful extended family that still gets together every holiday. I would like to share with you what we make (and look forward to!) each and every year for Thanksgiving…

Our Meal Plan:

  • 2 Turkeys (one breast and one fried whole turkey)
  • Herb and Sausage Stuffing
  • Amish corn in the Crockpot (We get corn in August at the farm, blanch it, take it off the cobbs and freeze)
  • Green Beans
  • Grandma’s Homemade Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes (below)
  • Meat Dressing 
  • Waldorf Salad (below)
  • Garden Salad
  • Dinner Rolls (we cheat and buy Bob Evan’s @ the grocer’s freezer…oh, are they good!) 
Our Desserts:

  • Mom’s apple pie 
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Soft sugar cookies (I will post these during December)
  • Pumpkin Trifle (see TODAY!)

Here are 3 recipes that I will be making over at my mom’s house this Thursday.

Mashed Potatoes for 25 people

15 lbs of Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 lb of butter (4 sticks)
2 cups milk (or until desired consistency)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Peel, quarter, and wash potatoes and place equally in 2 large pots of boiling water. Boil until tender (a fork pierce will break the potatoes apart).  One pot at a time, pour and equal amount of potatoes into strainer and drain liquid. Transfer potatoes (equally again) into  2 large mixing bowls and add 2 sticks of butter into each bowl. Beat potatoes and butter with a handheld mixer until most lumps are out. Add salt and pepper and beat again. Then, slowly pour milk into potatoes making sure not to add too much to make them runny. (remember you can always add more milk, but you can’t take the milk out of the potatoes). Serve with butter or gravy~

Waldorf Salad for 25 people
3 lbs seedless red grapes (cut in half)
8 bananas (sliced)
6 red apples (peeled and chopped)
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 bag (10.5 oz) small marshmallows
4 pints of whipping cream (liquid, by the coffee cream in the grocery)
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbsp vanilla
Prep all of your fruits..halve grapes, slice bananas, peel and chop apples..and place in a large bowl. Add marshmallows and chopped walnuts. In a separate large bowl pour in whipping cream and beat it with a mixer on high speed until it forms soft peeks. Add sugar and vanilla and beat. Combine whipping cream with fruit mixture and serve along side of your meal. Delicious! (I love the leftovers too!)

For the DELICIOUS (and low-fat..shhhh) Pumpkin Trifle recipe and step-by-step photos,  please visit me over at Courtney’s blog at

I pray for all the people who are working eagerly to prepare food for their loved ones…this is a huge way to share God’s love with your family and friends. May God bless you, give you strength, and may you find JOY amidst the frenzy of the holiday. Enjoy in your sweet fellowship and remember to pray!

(and no, a Diet Coke won’t cancel out all the calories that we eat this Thursday, lol!)




  1. I love your blog Janelle and wanted to let you know I added your button to my blog. The trifle looks to dies for and I'm looking forward to checking out your blog some more. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That pumpkin trifle is a beauty to behold and I have no doubt that it's good to the last bite.

  3. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Alexis, bless your heart…thank you! Lisa, it is delicious! Happy Thanksgiving Ladies!

  4. Dear Janelle, I wish you and for all your family a happy thanksgiving!!!!!!
    Be all blessed.
    I love your blog and all your recipe (be always successfull with them !!! I bless your friend Courtney too, she 's make me discover your blog)
    Blessings from France

  5. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Suzel, I am teary-eyed you thought to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving..Bless your heart. God's love truly amazes me and is so evident! Much Love to you! Janelle

  6. Sonya Schroeder says:

    Janelle in the short time I have gotten to know you, just through your blog and FB I am so blessed that the Lord alined me with you. You have alot to over and show us women and I am thankful that we have crossed pathes. Hope your Thanksgiving was a true blessing…… The Pumpkin dessert and sausage dressing was a hit at our church today!!! big hugs sweetie!!

  7. Courtney (Women Living Well) says:

    I LOVE the snow on your page and fireplace – Sooo "comfy". I love the entire new look of your page – with the kids, your kitchen, your ministry meals! You continually wow me girl!
    Have a great weekend *wink* – I don't think you'll be seeing any snow! Although we might!

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Sonya/Courtney..thank you so much 🙂 Anything good about me or the site is all from God, but I will surely take the encouragement! Bless you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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