The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal – A Menu With Recipes

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal – A Menu With Recipes

Thanksgiving is one week away y’all!! You got your turkey and your green bean casseroles ready, but what about everything else!?

Are you ready to eat some delicious food and spend time with family?

I am!

What I’m not ready for is the stress of preparing the menu and making sure there are foods available that will be pleasing to every palate.

Luckily for you – and me – I’ve been doing a little work and came up with The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal including recipes. Below you will find everything from appetizers to desserts and even drinks to make the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal a Menu with Recipes by Aduke Schulist


Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs on Stick by Penny Pincher Jenny
Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs by Penny Pincher Jenny

Yum yum! My family loves when I make these Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs. Sometimes we have them as a main entree. They are so good.

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole Dip

Twice Baked Potato Casserole by Penny Pincher Jenny
Twice Baked Potato Casserole Dip by Penny Pincher Jenny

Jenny made this as a casserole, but for Thanksgiving, this would make a delicious appetizer. Just toss it in a bowl with some crackers on the side and you have the perfect dip.


Slow Cooker Wassail

Wassail by 918 Plate
Wassail by 918 Plate

I didn’t even know what Wassail was until recently, but when I found out, I had to have it in my life. It’s hot cider with a spicy  twist. 918 Plate has you covered on the hot drinks.

Party Punch

Check out Ricci’s fruit party punch for the cold drink. This punch combines some of my favorite fruity flavors in an icy/slushy form. Delish!!

Turkey or Ham

Pick one, or do both. My family does both since we have people that don’t like turkey and some who don’t like ham.

Baked Ham with Red Wine Glaze

Glazed Ham by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Glazed Ham by Cosmopolitan Cornbread

The glaze on this ham is to die for. Brush it on your ham about every 45 minutes while its cooking and your family will be asking “Who made the ham?”

The Perfect Turkey

Perfect Turkey by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Perfect Turkey by Cosmopolitan Cornbread

This Perfect Turkey recipe comes from Cosmopolitan Cornbread. She tells you exactly how to make the perfect turkey. Can I just say I’m glad I’ve never been in charge of the turkey?

Stuffing or Dressing

Whether you choose to put it inside the turkey as a stuffing, or bake it separate, the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal isn’t complete without one of these.

Chicken and Dressing

Chicken and Dressing by Kelli's Kitchen
Chicken and Dressing by Kelli’s Kitchen

This chicken and dressing screams Thanksgiving. It’s got all of your traditional dressing ingredients.  If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try this pineapple dressing from Kelli’s Kitchen.

Pineapple Dressing

Pineapple Dressing - Kelli's Kitchen
Pineapple Dressing by Kelli’s Kitchen

Chicken Cornbread Dressing

Chicken Cornbread Dressing by 918 Plate
Chicken Cornbread Dressing by 918 Plate

My family loves a good cornbread dressing like this Chicken Cornbread Dressing from 918 Plate. It’s hearty, savory, and makes a meal of its own. It’s one of the best leftovers to have after the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal.

Side Dishes

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by So TiPical Me
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad by So TIPical Me

Leave the marshmallows for dessert with this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. Have I ever told you guys sweet potato dishes are one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving?!

Honey Garlic Green Beans

Honey Garlic Green Beans by Delicious Little Bites
Honey Garlic Green Beans by Delicious Little Bites

Gotta get those greens in there. Even the pickiest of eaters will like these simple yet flavorful green beans.

Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots

Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots by Delicious Little Bites
Roasted Chili Spiced Carrots by Delicious Little Bites

While your green beans are cooking, pop these carrots in the oven and they will be ready in no time.

Nutmeg Rice

Nutmeg Rice by Delicious Little Bites
Nutmeg Rice by Delicious Little Bites

This easy nutmeg rice recipe is a great quick addition to round out the sides. It takes minutes to make and even the youngest of helpers can assist with this dish.


You can always do your traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, but why not mix things up this Thanksgiving?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie by House of Fauci's
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie by House of Fauci’s

This chocolate chip cookie pie from House of Fauci’s combines a few of my favorite things together, the best thing is you can freeze individual slices meaning pie for days. Oh yeah!

Apple Pie Cheesecake

Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - by Aduke Schulist
Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe – by Aduke Schulist

The sweetness of apple pie, but the deliciousness of a cheesecake. This is one of my favorite desserts.

Cherry Marshmallow Fluff

Cherry Marshmallow Fluff by House of Faucis
Cherry Marshmallow Fluff by House of Faucis

Now we can bring in those marshmallows. This Cherry Marshmallow Fluff pairs well with a full belly. It’s sweet enough to be a dessert, but light enough to not make you feel like you are going to explode.

That’s it y’all! The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal. No time to make it all yourself? No problem! Just assign each family member to bring one item and send them to this post for the recipe. You will thank me later 😉

What are you making for Thanksgiving?
Do you have your menu prepared?

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What I Learned From Being Single

What I Learned From Being Single

I’ve done a few other posts about being single. I know some of y’all are tired of hearing about it and feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but bear with me.. Being single has taught me a lot of things.

Here are just a few of them:

What I Learned From Being Single by Aduke Schulist

How To Manage Time

I’m not always the best at it, but I think I’m pretty good at getting things done. Being single has taught me to prioritize things and multi-task where needed. These things help me manage my time.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to take time for myself and to leave my house messy sometimes in order to do that because I know just how much I am actually capable of.

Aduke Schulist - Portrait at Riverside Park
Kaia recently helped me snap a few pictures of myself.
How To Use Tools

My mom taught me from an early age how to put stuff together. She had a tool box stocked with some tools. Mine is seriously lacking even some basic items. Throughout the years, my tool box has expanded and I’ve learned how to use tools I can’t even name properly. Just recently my mom helped me remove the drain pump from my washer and I replaced it all by myself today.

How To Be Alone & Entertain Myself

Are we ever really alone if we have Netflix?

Who is watching Netflix - Family Profiles - Aduke

I’m only kind of kidding.

One thing I miss is also something I cherish about being single.. I like the alone time and being able to watch or do whatever I want. On the other hand, being alone sucks and sometimes I find myself wishing I had somebody to share in the entertainment with.

The memories I am making now are memories my future husband will only get to hear about in the future.

The Qualities I Really Want In A Man

Having had many failed relationships in the past, I can confidently say the qualities I really want in a man (and those that would just be extras). I don’t think it’s being picky at all to know the qualities we are looking for in a man.

Every failed relationship has taught me something valuable for a future relationship.


Waiting. So much waiting. John Waller’s song While I’m Waiting has brought me peace at many times and reminded me to be patient.

Some Desires Don’t Die Down

I’ve always wanted a large family… but being single for so long just does something to keep that desire stirring. There is nobody to tell me that my family is complete, and the desire to expand my family hasn’t gone away.

Unfortunately, I won’t be doing that biologically now thanks to the news I received in this blog, but adopting is still in the works.


Faith is to hope of things that are unseen… and I have faith that the Lord has not forgotten me.  No matter how hard some days, or nights, may be, I have faith that my Heavenly Father knows exactly what He is doing with my life.

What are some lessons that being single, or being married taught you?


Get Down Downtown 2017 – Street Festival

Get Down Downtown 2017 – Street Festival

While other families are getting ready to Trick or Treat on the Square, I’m looking back at pictures from Get Down Downtown 2017.. It’s an annual street festival hosted by Searcy, Arkansas filled with fun, food, and vendors. The food is my favorite part.

I blogged about my experience last year and couldn’t get away with not blogging about it this year.

Get Down Downtown - Searcy Street Festival 2017

Let’s see what we got up to that day..

It’s turned into a family affair involving myself and children, my mom, and the kids’ grandpa. First stop was a stroll through all the vendors and picking out which food trucks we wanted to eat from.

So many vendors at Get Down Downtown Street Festival

Getting treats from some of the Farmer’s Market vendors like Wildflour bakery is a must. This street festival actually lasts through the weekend, but Saturday is the day to go (because the Farmers’ Market vendors are set up!)

Yummy treats from Wildflour Bakery located in Searcy Arkansas

Abby picked out an oatmeal cream pie and somehow managed to eat it with her panda hoodie/scarf on. It was so hot this day. Everybody was amazed that she was able to wear this hat in the heat.

Abby shopping at the Farmers Market Searcy Arkansas


Losh and his grandpa took a train ride on the Boogie Train.. The man asked if Losh would be able to hold on and boy, did he have to hold on. This little train boogied its way in circles… very fast “OH MY GOSH MY KID IS GOING TO FALL OFF” circles.

They loved it.

Losh and Jerry taking a Train ride Losh and Jerry on Train Ride

Free Stuff and Food

Losh takes after his grandma. He loves all those goodies that people give away at their booths. He ended up with a bag full of stuff. He got everything from cups to pencils to pads of paper and bracelets. All kinds of stuff he doesn’t need, but can’t turn down.

Then it was time to get some food. We shared funnel cake, nachos, lemonade, corndogs, and even BBQ.

Ordering food at Get Down Downtown 2017 Street Festival

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And picked up a few vegetables before heading home. Can’t forget those delicious – and fresh – vegetables from local farmers.

Farmers Market Finds at a Street Festival

Does your area have a street festival?
What’s your favorite part?

Apple Pie Cheesecake – #Recipe

Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe

Do you like pie?

Do you like cheesecake?

Do you like cheesecake pie?

Then you are going to love this Apple Pie Cheesecake recipe!

Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - by Aduke Schulist

Forgive that terrible infomercial intro, but this Apple Pie Cheesecake is seriously the best thing you will make this Fall. It’s the kind of recipe where everybody wants a copy. I suggest not giving it to them 😉

I gotta say, the first time I ever made this recipe was also the first time I ever baked a cheesecake. I was a little nervous of how it would turn it, but this Apple Pie Cheesecake recipe is hard to mess up.

So, keep the recipe for yourself, but share this delicious dessert with your friends, family, coworkers.. Or you know, just hide in your closet after the kids go to bed and eat it yourself.

Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - with Granny Smith Apples

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Apple Pie Cheesecake
  1. Cook apples, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon over medium heat until apples are tender. Set aside
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, oats, butter, remaining cinnamon and 2 Tbsp of the remaining sugar. Press into spring form pan.
  4. Beat cream cheese, vanilla, and remaining sugar in medium sized bowl until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, and mix until blended.
  5. Arrange half of the apples on top of the crust to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Be careful not to overlap the apples. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crust.
  6. Bake cheesecake for 60 to 80 minutes, or until center is almost set. Refrigerate for about 4 hours before removing from pan.
  7. Garnish the top of the cheesecake with the remaining cooked apples.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - Garnished with Cooked Apples

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Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe - Garnished with Cooked Apples by Aduke Schulist

Fall Bucket List – #ItsFallYall

It’s Fall Y’all! – My Fall Bucket List

Yeah, so it’s been Fall for a minute, but I’m still trying to catch up here! I have so much happening and so many plans. Like most basic girls, Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, it’s the most gorgeous time to be outside, and the activities are all so much fun. I have a few that I want to accomplish this Fall, so here’s my Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List - 2017 by Aduke Schulist

Family Portraits

I attempted this goal last year, but we kind of skipped over Fall where I live, at least, we skipped over the gorgeous changing of the leaves that I so desperately want in our portraits. I’m hoping this year the trees give me some gorgeous colors as a backdrop for some much needed updated family portraits. It has been YEARS since I got a portrait of myself and the kids, and let’s be honest, the last time they didn’t turn out too well.

Fall Family Portraits circa 2013
Fall Family Portraits circa 2013
Pumpkin Patch

Y’all, my kids have NEVER been to a pumpkin patch. Like, EVER! Sad, right? I think every year I will take, but then something always comes up. I’d love to take them this year.

Bake ALL The Pies!

Fall is equal to pie season for me. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie.. I want them all! And I want to bake them all.

Apple Pie Cheesecake
Apple Pie Cheesecake
Get Me Some Fall Scents

I am one of those wax cube junkies. I have one in my bathroom and one in my living room at all times. It’s time to switch them to Fall scents.

Confession = I used some of my Fall scents year round.

Okay, maybe I don’t have to complete switch them, but I need to fill up my current stash with some delicious smelling Fall scents. I just love the “leaves” smell. It’s a nice blend of earthy and clean, and I currently don’t have any!

Go On A Hay Ride

Who doesn’t love taking a ride through the woods on a trailer full of hay? Is this just a southern thing? Do other states have hay rides too? Help a girl out here!

Abby with Hay - Berryhill Bike Trail Searcy Arkansas

Have A Bonfire

Our entire area is currently in a burn ban. Unfortunately, this means no fires until that ban is lifted. I’m holding out hope that it will be lifted soon and we can fire up the fire pit and roast some marshmallows.

I guess that’s it… A pretty basic Fall Bucket List. Connect with me on social media (@AdukeSchulist) to see all our fun Fall adventures.

Have you ever been on a hay ride? 

What’s on your Fall Bucket List? 

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