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Your family’s favorite Thanksgiving food, by state

Florida loves pumpkin cheesecake and the Carolinas love sweet potato pie. 

Your family’s favorite Thanksgiving food, by state

On Thanksgiving, families across the country gather around tables piled high with holiday dishes, but what those dishes are depends on which part of the country you call home. Turkey and pumpkin pie are staples throughout the nation, but according to new data from General Mills, the rest of the spread varies, state by state.


General Mills tracked recipe searches on BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com and Tablespoon.com leading up to last Thanksgiving, and organized them by the hottest food searches in each state.

The result is a map of America showing every state as the recipe its searchers desired. Some states are traditional, while others are, well, “chicken spaghetti."

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First, the traditional.

Connecticut searched for cranberry sauce instructions. Oregon needed help making bread stuffing. Illinois was super classic in its quest for mashed potatoes, and Delaware and Georgia just wanted sweet potato casserole.

South Dakota is represented on the map by a piece of pumpkin pie, the Carolinas are both sweet potato pie and New Mexico and Oklahoma are shown on the map as the pecan pie loving states their search results prove them to be.

When we cross some state lines though, recipe searchers start to stray further away from traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Apparently families in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia like to tuck into buffalo chicken dip before (or maybe after) the big bird, and Alabama and Tennessee are searching for sausage balls.

On the sweet side, monkey bread (which is apparently something like a caramel coffee cake) is the top recipe for Iowa and Nebraska. Alaska wants cinnamon rolls, and North Dakotans need apple crisp. Florida wants pumpkin flavored cheesecake, while Massachusetts and New York are a little less pumpkin obsessed: They'll just take the cheesecake, hold the squash.

The most obviously out-of-place Thanksgiving dish belongs to the largest state in the lower 48. A Texas-sized helping of “chicken spaghetti" draws your eye to the lone star state, but Texans aren't the only ones serving up pasta side dishes on the big day. Mississippians are also into chicken spaghetti, while Californians and Virginians are serving up a (slightly) more traditional side of mac and cheese.

Rounding out some of the most seemingly random Thanksgiving recipes: Arizona and Wisconsin are simply looking for “shrimp", and chilly Michigan is represented by chili.

The state-by-state recipe analysis is entertaining, but what's on the table at Thanksgiving isn't nearly as important as who is around it.

No matter if your family is slicing into a turkey or serving up a big batch of chicken spaghetti, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for family and whatever kind of food that family loves to share.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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