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COLUMN: Six creative Thanksgiving dishes to bring to this year’s Friendsgiving

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, which means Friendsgiving season is officially here. If you find yourself invited to a Friendsgiving, but have no idea how to contribute, here are five easy but seasonally appropriate dishes to bring! 

Mashed potatoes  

It is way easier to make homemade mashed potatoes than you would think. You will first need to dice up your baby gold potatoes in small cubes. It is up to your discretion if you would also like to peel your potatoes. I choose not to peel my potatoes, because I prefer the taste of chunky mashed potatoes.  

You are now going to boil the diced potatoes in a pot of hot water for 20 to 25 minutes. Once the potatoes are tender, drain them and let them cool for a few minutes. Next, take a fork and mash the potatoes until the potatoes reach a consistency of your liking. Finally, stir melted butter and warm milk into the potato mixture and enjoy! 

Cinnamon rolls 

Baking cinnamon rolls requires almost no effort at all. All you have to do is pick up a can of cinnamon rolls and pop them in oven. Once the rolls come out of the oven and are cool, you can top the cinnamon rolls with the icing included in the packaging.  

Apple cinnamon roll casserole 

If you want to enhance the previous dish, you can turn it into an apple cinnamon roll casserole. For this recipe, you will cut the uncooked cinnamon rolls into quarters. Combine the chopped up cinnamon rolls with a can of apple pie filling. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cook for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Once the casserole is taken out of the oven, drizzle the icing over the finished dessert.   

Trail mix  

The fun thing about homemade trail mix is that there are no rules. You can combine a few of your favorite snacks in a jar and it instantly becomes a trail mix. A jar could include popcorn, nuts and chocolate or be a combination of gummy candies. Whether you are feeling creative or just want to create a trail mix without raisins, this is the dish for you! 

Spinach artichoke dip 

Whether you choose to make this dish from scratch or buy it from the frozen section, it is bound to be a hit. This dish can sit on the counter while your guests crowd around it and socialize.  

If you chose to make it from scratch, you will need to combine fresh spinach, sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella and artichoke hearts into a bowl. Thoroughly stir the mixture, pour it into a baking dish and then sprinkle an even layer of mozzarella on top. Finally, bake the dish for 25 to 30 minutes. The top of the dip should be dark golden brown.  

Thanksgiving salad 

This is an easy and refreshing meal that screams Thanksgiving. For this salad, you will combine mixed spring greens, sliced honey crisp apples, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese and candied pecans in a bowl.  

For the dressing, you combine a 1/3 cup of olive oil, a tablespoon of honey, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of minced shallot. Pour the dressing over the salad and enjoy! 

Have a great feast, Hoosiers! 

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