Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

These make ahead mashed potatoes sure make Thanksgiving Day easier, and they are so delicious! Cream cheese and sour cream are involved...need I say more?

5 pounds potatoes, washed, peeled and diced
1/2 cup milk
8 oz. cream cheese softened
8 oz sour cream
2 tsp. garlic salt
dash of black pepper

Boil the potatoes (previously cut and peeled) until tender.
Place in your mixer with milk and give it a quick mash.
Add remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy (or your desired consistency)
Pour into your favorite greased casserole dish
Cover with foil

Place potatoes in the fridge for up to 3 days
When you are ready to bake, bake covered at 350 30-45 minutes.


Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

I spent a good portion of my life not even touching yams or sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. 
They just didn't seem to matter with ALL the other goodness available
...until a few years ago...
I decided to try a new recipe. Even still, I didn't put them on my plate until I heard for the 4th time that Thanksgiving that they were amazing and so I gave in. 
...and they changed my Thanksgiving dinner for life. 

4 sweet potatoes
1 cup of sugar
1 cup half and half
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

Bake sweet potatoes, scrape the insides into a bowl, and mash them with white sugar, half and half, eggs, salt & vanilla.
Place mixture in greased casserole dish
Then cut butter, flour, brown sugar & pecans until a crumbly topping is formed.
Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes
*can make ahead and refrigerate*