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Hodge’s Favorite Things: Free Thanksgiving Crochet Cuteness

Excited HodgeHodge is very excited for Thanksgiving. I mean, look at him. He can’t sit still, he’s so excited.

He says he’s jumping for joy because there’s just so much to look forward to. The food. The football. The friends and family. The food. And all the Thanksgiving decorations and toys he plans to crochet to make the season as festive as can be.

This year, Hodge has helped me gather some of his very favorite free Thanksgiving crochet patterns to share with you. He says you should make them all and proudly display them on your mantel for everyone to see. Or if you will be traveling this Thanksgiving, any one of these would make a very unique gift for the host and a sure conversation starter.

Hodge's Favorite Things Thanksgiving 2014

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Thankful for Pizza

My husband and I made our very first turkey pizza a decade ago, when we both had to work on Thanksgiving day and didn’t have time to make the traditional dinner. Since then, it’s become a beloved tradition we sometimes honor on the day after Thanksgiving to make use of leftovers. I’m quite certain your family will love it too… at least more than turkey noodle soup!

Start by spreading gravy over a pre-baked pizza crust (we usually use Boboli). Add a layer of stuffing on top of the gravy. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese next, and cover with shredded turkey. Consider adding a drizzle of additional gravy, some corn niblets, cranberry sauce, or whatever sounds good to you. We used to start with a layer of mashed potatoes, but it makes the pizza really heavy and doesn’t add much flavor—but if you’ve got some killer mashed potatoes, go ahead and give it a try! Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is completely done and the cheese is melted.

If pizza’s on your list of things you’re thankful for, you must try this one. It probably won’t be as pretty as your Thanksgiving day spread, but I’m willing to bet it’ll be just as tasty.


FREE Thanksgiving Printables!

Anyone else just getting started on their Thanksgiving plans? Thank goodness for free printables. Amanda’s Parties to Go is offering some really cute printable banners, table decorations, and place settings this year. Just follow the instructions on her blog at Amanda’s Parties TO GO: FREE Thanksgiving Printables!  Basically once you Like her Facebook page and click on “Click Here” for the Thanksgiving Freebie, you’ll be offered the free download as a thank-you, and you’ll be ready to roll! I wish preparing the meal were this easy.