Thanksgiving-DinnerWe love Thanksgiving so much. The family comes in from far and wide. Some cousins you haven’t seen since you were in diapers.

There’s football, laughter, and all the food you can get.  I mean sure, you can eat healthy too, after all there is green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie. That’s a good mix of fruits and veggies, right?

Here are 12 must haves for the perfect Country Thanksgiving.

1. Turkey
Whether it’s deep fried, or baked to perfection. Some like it sweet, some like it smoked, and some like it barbecued.

2. Mashed Potatoes
No one in their right might could deny this fluffy, buttery, goodness. Add a bit of garlic and basil and you’re in business.

3. Gravy
Mmmmm… We could swim in it.

4. Sweet Cornbread Pudding
We can’t begin to describe the yummy goodness that’s in bread pudding.

5. Country Ham
What’s wrong with a little extra meat? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

6. Cranberry Sauce
Whether it’s out of the can or homemade. We don’t care, it’s a must!

7. Cornbread Stuffing
Anything with cornbread and stuffing in the same sentence is a win in my book.

8. Green Bean Casserole
I’m going to stop you right there while I catch my breath. Green Bean casserole is a dream, and it’s healthy too (sort of)! We like it with mushroom sauced, baked with crunchy onions, and yumminess.

9. Sweet Potato Pie/Pecan Pie/ Pumpkin Pie
All the pies, we want them all.

10. Your Signature Cocktail
Whether you’re a mimosa girl, or like to slip in a bit of Moonshine in your Sweet Tea. You know you need something to watch down all that food and get you prepped for the game.

11. Football
I’m a Texas girl, and we love our Cowboys. I won’t apologize for it.

12. Your Crazy Country Family
Mom, Dad, Nana, my crazy siblings. I love them all. Spend some time with the family and cherish these moments. They are the best of times.

– Happy Thanksgiving!