Food, Life

A Danish Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This past Sunday, I hosted my first ever Thanksgiving dinner with the help (ok, he did more than help) of Nicolas for his wonderful family. Just because I am overseas does not mean that I will ever skip out on one of my favorite days of the year, not to mention the leftover turkey sandwiches! The evening was nice and cozy, and I was so happy to share some of my favorite American traditions with them.

I kept the meal fairly simple, compiling some of my mom’s favorite recipes along with some recipes I found online (I will list the ones I can at the end of the post.) After watching my mom decorate the table and prepare the food for so many years, I was so eager (and nervous) to try it myself! I began preparation the day before making the appetizer and desserts. We also decided to go with turkey breasts instead of a whole turkey for obvious reasons. 🙂 Everyone helped pull the meal together (including my mom and dad via FaceTime), and I was SO pleased with how it turned out!

Thanksgiving Menu


Orange cranberry muffins (and bread from leftover batter)


Cranberry sauce (I like canned best 🙂 )

Traditional turkey stuffing

Green bean and tomato salad

Red cabbage coleslaw

Mashed potatoes


Herb roasted turkey breast with gravy


Pumpkin pie streusel bars with whipped cream


This year I am so thankful for another wonderful year Nicolas and I have spent together, his sweet family, the opportunities life has blessed me with, and my amazing family at home that I will be seeing in a few short weeks! I hope you all have a great holiday with family and friends, and thanks for stopping by Breakfast at Madison’s again 🙂


Recipe links worth trying!

Herb roasted turkey breast with gravy

Cranberry orange muffins

Pumpkin streusel bars


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  • Reply Beth (A Mom's Life) November 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Madison! This food is beautiful and I’m sure it was delicious. I know your mom is proud!

    • Reply Madison Marie November 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Thank you, Beth! That means so much 🙂

  • Reply Billie Jo November 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Madison! I am so very proud of you! It looks amazing! Look at you…Adulting. And really doing it well! Love you! Miss you! Mommy : )

    • Reply Madison Marie November 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Hehehe “adulting”.Couldn’t have done it without you! <3

  • Reply Carrie Bachand November 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    It all looks so lovely – and so delicious Madison! I bet your Danish family loves that you’re sharing some new traditions with them as well. It’s nice to start your own memories with your sweet Nicholas too. Thanks for sharing dear Gal! xoxo

    • Reply Madison Marie November 26, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Awe, thank you so much!! They were so excited to try this American tradition 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Danielle November 28, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Madison! Everything looks wonderful! You did an outstanding job! I’m sure Nicolas and his family loved it! ♥

  • Reply Kelli November 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful day filled with old and new traditions.

  • Reply mamasmercantile December 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    How wonderful that you were able to share some of your amazing traditions.

  • Reply scarlett reigel December 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    You did excellent and I am sure everyone enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast!

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