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The 10 Most Forgotten Thanksgiving Dinner Items

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If you’ve ever hosted a Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve probably noticed that it can be a little stressful! While the holiday is one of the biggest and most beloved of the year, the pressure of putting together the perfect meal can be a lot. Between managing decorations, dessert, merriment, and drunk uncle Bob, things can get forgotten.

According to Shipt, here are the 10 most forgotten Thanksgiving essentials. So go ahead and double-check your pantry and update your list!

  1. Cranberries (33%)

  2. Fragrant Spices (such as Thyme) (30%)

  3. Napkins (23%)

  4. Beverages (21%)

  5. Pumpkin Spices (20%)

  6. Pie crust (20%)

  7. Potatoes (17%)

  8. Plates (16%)

  9. Table and autumn-specific decor (15%)

  10. Candles (14%)

Okay, so maybe ALL of these aren’t totally essential, but no Thanksgiving could be complete without cranberries, pumpkin spice, pie crust, and potatoes!

Recently, we wrote a blog with Thanksgiving recipes inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Here is a Real Estate Agent Spokane favorite, and you’ll definitely need to remember the cranberries!

by Jessica @ How Sweet Eats

Cranberries are a classic Thanksgiving food, whether you’re making a compote, a fresh cranberry sauce, or dumping the cranberry jelly straight from the can onto your plate. And it’s hard to imagine anything more PNW than goat cheese - okay, okay, aside from coffee and microbrews, obviously!

When you combine these two powerhouse flavors in a creamy spread, you come out with a sensuous winter treat you’ll be making for months to come. We recommend pairing this spread with a rosemary cracker for the ultimate one-two punch.

Whipped Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice

  • 1 tablespoon sugar honey or maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

  • 1 11 ounce goat cheese log, softened

  • a pinch of salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate arils for garnish

  • fresh rosemary for garnish

  • bread crackers and/or chips for serving


  • Place the cranberries, pom juice, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries are simmering and breaking down. You want them to be completely broken down and sort of thick and saucy, about 10 or so minutes. Transfer it to a bowl. Let the mixture cool completely.

  • In the bowl of your food processor, pulse the goat cheese until it starts to come together. Turn the processor on and let it blend and whip the goat cheese until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and pulse. Scrape in about 1/4 cup of the cranberry sauce mixture to start and pulse a few more times so everything gets combined. You can blend it completely so it's smooth or you can leave it a little chunky. You can also add more cranberries if you want, but I like to serve it on the side separately too!

  • Transfer the spread to a jar or bowl. At this point, you could cover/seal it and keep it in the fridge overnight before serving. Otherwise, serve it garnished with pomegranate arils, fresh rosemary, with crackers and bread for spreading.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever forgotten on Thanksgiving? Share your story in the comments below!

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​​Carrie Meyer, leader of the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team, transferred to real estate after a 30+ year career as a paralegal (Certified Legal Assistant). Her combined experience in law and real estate makes her a tour de force in contracts and negotiations. Carrie specializes in helping individuals and families relocate to Spokane to find their best life.

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