The Organized Life, November Paint Bucket

I know it’s shocking…

I know it’s scary…

November is here 😱

The best way to avoid holiday freakout   😲

Is to be as organized as possible…

Right now, this week, before all the hustle and bustle begins, take some time to think about holiday food

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, giving a party, or baking for friends, now’s the time to get a head start

My monthly bucket list is a life saver for me, it is a short list of seasonal dishes that I put together at the beginning of the month for quick reference so I don’t spend hours pouring over cookbooks and recipes

Here are some things that sound good for November at our house

You can see the recipes and photo inspirations on the Pinterest board here


Mama Mia Sliders

Sausage & Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Pumpkin Naan Pizza from Climbing Grier Mountain

Garbage Bread from Cookies and Cups


Creamed Kale with Pearl Onions from the Food Network

Slow Cooker Ricotta Rosemary Creamed Corn from Carlsbad Cravings

Pancetta & Porcini Potato Gratin from Closet Cooking

Roasted Root Vegetables

Main Dish

French Onion and Gnocchi Soup from Half Baked Harvest

Grilled Pesto Chicken with Wild Rice Pancakes

Fall Panzanella Salad from French Gardener Dishes

Slow Cooker Golden Chicken Pasta from the Food Network

Mushroom Thyme Pot Pie from Bon Appetit, November 2016


Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls from Cakes Cottage

Cranberry Ice Cream

Apple Pie Monkey Bread from the Pinning Mama


Bread cornucopia

Cranberry Vinaigrette


Here’s what I made from the October Paint Bucket

Pizza in a Pumpkin turned into Ham & Cheese Pumpkin Pies


Beer Battered Cheese Curds turned into Skellie Bone Bites


White Cheddar Cranberry Dip from Little Broken turned into White Cheddar Cranberry Fondue with Rosemary Crostini



Halloween Coleslaw combined with Fall Salad with Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette from the Café Sucre Farine for Pumpkin Patch Salad


Pumpkin Stuffed Shells from Damn Delicious turned into Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta Pillows with Chardonnay Béchamel


Cheesy Bacon Hassleback Zucchini from Sugar Free Mom turned into Zucchini Hassleback Heros


Bewitched Ice Cream turned into Tipsy Witch Salted Caramel Ice Cream


Birthday Cake Lasagna turned into Butterscotch Cake Bars


Blueberry Croissant Puff from Olla-Podrida turned into Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding


It was another delicious month!

Here are some ideas for transforming these dishes into holiday fare

White Cheddar Cranberry Fondue is perfect for your holiday snacking, Thanksgiving or Winter holidays  🐔   🎅🏻   ⛄️   ❤️

Ham & Cheese Pumpkin Pies can easily be transformed into holiday “turkey treats” 🐔 or “Santa sandwiches” 🎅🏻  by using a different cookie cutter

Serve Sausage & Pumpkin Pasta  🎃  during the long Thanksgiving weekend for a change up from turkey and dressing

Zucchini Hassleback Heros are already red and green, keep this dish in mind for a light meal to offset holiday goodies

Turn your Tipsy Witch Salted Caramel Ice Cream into Tipsy Elf Ice Cream by using red or white icing on the cone and a holiday candy buckle or peppermint

The cone below isn’t edible, but now there is food spray paint available! Spray your cones with Wilton Red Color Mist and then add the “cotton” with piped white icing


Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding can just as well be made with frozen raspberries for a wonderful holiday brunch dish

Raspberry Almond Cake

Let the holiday season begin!!

🎃   🐔   🎅🏻   🎄   🎉   ⛄️   ❤️












14 Responses to “The Organized Life, November Paint Bucket”
  1. Jodi says:

    Oh so lovely!

  2. November promises to be wonderful food…the ricotta Rosemary creamed corn sounds fabulous! Happy Sunday, Jenna!

  3. So honored to be feautured in this delicious line up Jenna! Thank you.

  4. Yum, Jenna, I want to live at your house! I think I could have some fun with edible spray paint and I’m drooling just imagining sausage and stuffing balls!!! Linda

  5. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Oh my, all of this food sounds yummy! I love all of the delicious food that we make this time of year. Thanks for all the great ideas! I hope that you have a happy and blessed Sunday!!!

  6. Oh there are SO many good recipes here. Thank you for sharing. I too am trying to get a jump on the holidays. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Lynn Bean says:

    Great display of recipes! They all sound so good. Good points about thinking and planning ahead. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Mary says:

    Just thinking about November makes me weary Jenna! Thanks for all the tips, links, and inspiration!

  9. Summer Daisy says:

    Love the Butterscotch Cake Bars ♥

  10. I am doing exactly that — making my food plans and wrapping/shopping plans, aiming to get the out of towners out of the house by mid-November. Thanks for some good reminders and recipes, too!

  11. Helen Adams says:

    I always just love your Bucket List, I get lots of great idea’s and yummy food! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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