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Hiya there, friends. Long time, no see. How’s it hanging?

I know I just kinda dropped off the face of the Earth there for a second, but it’s nothing to worry about (which I’m sure you weren’t, you have much more important things going on in your life than worrying about me), I’ve just been swamped with a lot of awesome projects (some secret, some not) and lots of work—which is a good problem to have. Overscheduled and overworked Cass is not a happy Cass. So when that has happened in the past, I’ve given myself permission to “drop” something. I’d love to be a SuperWoman and tackle every single thing on every single to-do list I’ve ever made, but that just ain’t realism. As much as I love blogging and cooking and chatting with you guys, sometimes, it just falls to the back burner. Alas, sometime shortly, I should regain my blogging energy and be back to slinging recipes your way.

In the meantime, I thought I might bribe you to forgive my absence with a free holiday printable. Yay!


One of my earliest Thanksgiving memories is bounding out of the car after a 2 1/2 drive to my grandparents’ house on Thanksgiving morning, and running inside the house to look at the fridge for the menu. It always had the exact same foods listed on it every year (we’re creatures of habit), but there was something about my Papaw’s handwriting on a piece of lined paper up on that fridge that really made it feel like a special event every year.

My grandparents have long since passed, and we’ve sorta disbanded family Thanksgiving (thus the plight of a blended and extended family), but even if it’s just Craig and I for Turkey Day, I always make sure to make up a menu and put it on the fridge. It just makes dinner so much more special.

I thought you guys might be interested in carrying on our menu tradition, so I made a customizable printable for you to download, type in your own menu and print out. Unlike most of my printables (that are PDFs) this is a Word doc, so you can open it up on your own computer and input your own Turkey Day menu. Feel free to use your own fonts and styles, but if you want to stick with the styles I created, you’ll need to have two fonts installed—Times New Roman (you should already have that one) and Sail (you can download it for free).


If you’re still struggling to pull together your holiday menu, I might be of help! I’ve pulled together all my Thanksgiving table-friendly recipes in one place just in case you’re looking for a bit of Turkey Day inspiration. Happy eating!

Scalloped Potatoes

Orange Balsamic Glazed Beets

Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha

Roasted Brussels with Bacon and Apples

deviled eggs
Not So Devilish Deviled Eggs

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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Cornbread and Sausage Dressing

Pumpkin Pie Pots with Maple Whipped Cream

Butternut Squash and Ginger Bread Pudding

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Whole Wheat Garlic Knots

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chunky Cranberry Applesauce

cake balls
Pumpkin Spice Cake Balls

Whole Grain Butterscotch Bars

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Braided Seed Bread

caramel applesauce cookies
Caramel Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

cauliflower and farro bake
Cheesy Cauliflower and Farro Bake

pumpkin pie
Lighter Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Streusel

turkey vegetable soup
Next Day Turkey Vegetable Soup


And if you didn’t see me pimping it out over on social media, a bunch of my friends at Anytime Fitness and I worked together to create a FREE healthy Thanksgiving e-cookbook. It’s chock full of healthier Thanksgiving options, cooking tips and beautiful photographs. Oh, and did I mention it’s totally, completely, 100% free? Go download your copy! 


I hope you have an absolutely fantastic holiday week! Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu for this year?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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9 Responses
  1. Maureen

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this wonderful adjustable menu. It is just what I was looking for here in Boston and now I can send out pretty invitations. You are very talented and generous.

    Dr.Van Niel

  2. jeri

    My family always made (good-natured)fun of me for printing everyone a fancy keepsake holiday menu. When my father died some years ago and we were going through his things, there they all were, along with the usual photos, programs and ticket stubs. It made me realize that people really do value the little extra touches. Fancy menus forever.

    This year, I am changing up our Thanksgiving menu a bit to include some traditional Chanukah dishes. It’s going to be another 79 thousand years before Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide again, so why not. I’m not even Jewish, but this seemed too huge to ignore. Wish me luck on my first ever kugel.

    Happy Thanksgivukah!

  3. I am so glad you are still posting. I love your blog.

    I am iff the hook for Thanksgiving as we will be at my Aunt’s house. I am bringing my mother-in-law’s famous orange rolls. I hope I do them justice!

  4. Yay! Welcome back! I LOVE the idea of posting a menu on the fridge… I may make that my lunchtime project over the next couple of days. 🙂

    We are doing a post-Thanksgiving dinner the Saturday after the actual day with some family and friends and I decided to go with a more relaxed menu. I’m making pulled chicken and pulled pork with 3 BBQ sauce options (honey BBQ, sweet chipotle BBQ, blueberry bourbon BBQ), mac & cheese, baked potato wedges, roasted broccoli, ginger glazed carrots. pan-seared Brussels sprouts with bacon and mushrooms, garden salad with 3 dressing options (1000 Island, catalina, herbed buttermilk), and homemade rolls. I’m putting out a spread of dips, veggies, crackers, olives, and pickles for before and serving apple cake and crustless pumpkin pie after. Hopefully that will be enough food for 8 people. LOL

    The best part of my menu is that on the day of, the only actual cooking I will need to do is an hour beforehand. The meats will be in the slowcookers early that morning and I should have all the prep work done the day before. So I’ll actually get to enjoy my guests this year instead of being stuck in the kitchen. 🙂

  5. I will be working on Thanksgiving Day (I am a nurse in the NICU), so I will be eating the free Thanksgiving meal that they serve for us in the cafeteria…turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, and maybe some pie. And then on Friday, my family will be eating our Thanksgiving meal, which will be…more turkey, more mashed potatoes, more stuffing, and other yummy things like Brussels sprouts, my grandmother’s version of sole slaw, green bean casserole, and, well, probably come pie!

    Glad to “see” you back!

  6. Jenny

    Apparently my subconscious has been worrying about your absence because you were in one of my dreams the other night! In it my best friend was asking if you’d posted anything lately and I said ‘no’ because you were in Canada adopting a baby and you guys had to stay there for awhile to make sure the kid was prepared for American culture shock! LOL Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the themed links 🙂

  7. We’re making our usual Thanksgiving spread – Tofurky, roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with maple and pecans, and Ted is making a vegan pumpkin pie. We’ve been celebrating by ourselves the last couple years because I don’t really want to travel for Thanksgiving!

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