Coming up in November is Thanksgiving–the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and have a feast! For those who have never done Friendsgiving, the concept is just like Thanksgiving, but with friends: each person brings a side or dessert and shares a meal together. If you are unsure of what to bring to your Friendsgiving get together, don’t worry–I  have compiled a list of the very best recipes from students on campus! 

  First, I want to share what recipes I will be making at my Friendsgiving function this year! I will be cooking up macaroni and cheese and pumpkin cheesecake bites. One of my sorority sisters will be making the turkey this year, so I plan to contribute a side and a dessert. For an easy dessert, these delicious pumpkin cheesecake bites use only a few ingredients: Oreos, butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. These cute mini cheesecakes are made in a cupcake liner, so each person can have their own mini pumpkin cheesecake with Oreo crust! The link to this delicious recipe can be found here.

Senior nursing major Annaclaire Orris thinks that stuffing is the essential side to have at any Thanksgiving-themed feast. Though stuffing can be labor intensive and take time, there are several recipes to ease the burden of cooking during the holiday season. One recipe to try this season is a slow cooker stuffing recipe. This recipe uses the typical stuffing ingredients such as bread, vegetables, and seasonings combined in a slow cooker and left for a couple of hours. For an easy slow cooker stuffing recipe, you can click the link here.

Early education major Sarah Beth White shared that her favorite side for any Thanksgiving-inspired meal is macaroni and cheese. She explained how this side always reminds her of her grandmother, since her grandmother always makes it homemade for the holidays. For those looking for a hit at any holiday function, a homemade macaroni and cheese is a great option to make. Though many people enjoy different types of cheeses, I included a recipe with gruyere and sharp cheddar, because I love a strong cheese flavor in my macaroni. Though this recipe may be a bit more labor intensive than those listed above, it is absolutely worth wowing your friends with the cheesy, gooeyness that comes with it. For a recipe bound to leave your friends asking for more, click here.

My final recommendation to dress your main course and sides is a lovely cranberry sauce, which is a favorite of Eagle Eye reporter Leora Winter. Cranberry sauce is the perfect item to add a sweet and tangy flare to your meal. It is extremely easy to make, as most of it entails boiling cranberries with sugar and other ingredients that you may like to add. This is a quick recipe that can be used alone on your turkey or with several items from your meal to make a left-over Thanksgiving sandwich, or a leftover casserole. Personally, I like to boil my fresh cranberries with water, sugar, and a touch of maple syrup, but here is a link to a traditional cranberry sauce recipe! 

November is the perfect time to get together with friends and family for a Friendsgiving celebration or a more traditional Thanksgiving with your family, and you will be sure to wow with these delectable recipes. Be sure to share your pictures with Eagle Eye on social media if you try any of these recipes! 


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