Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We usually join my in-laws for a Thanksgiving feast, so I don’t spend much time in the kitchen on “turkey day.” While we are lazily watching parades, sipping coffee and cursing tangled Christmas lights, I know there are a few people who are planning to wake up in the middle of the night to hunt the best deals on gifts.

I applaud you tenacious people. Black Friday shopping is not for the faint of heart. That’s why I’m sharing a few make-ahead snacks to keep you going.

I’m no scientist, but I do believe waking your stomach up at 3 a.m. may mess with your metabolism. These snacks should keep the “hangry”— hunger-induced anger — away. I’ll be munching on a few myself to keep from growling about broken Christmas ornaments on the floor and yet another half-lit strand of twinkle lights.

Of course, I like to cook with as many Louisiana ingredients as possible. With local sweet potatoes, pecans and cane syrup, these Sweet Potato Pie Breakfast Bites are just about as Louisiana as they can get.

Since you won’t want to crank up a food processor in the wee hours, make these tonight. There’s no need to go to the store. Just use whatever you have on hand — substitute nuts or dried fruit or swap honey for cane syrup. As long as you have some protein and something sticky to hold it together, you can create just about any bite, like these cranberry ones. Take a little bag of bites to-go and munch on them between stops.

The holiday season is off to a delicious start. I’m so thankful for your readership this year. It never ceases to warm my heart when I hear about readers trying recipes and using Louisiana-grown or made ingredients. I appreciate your interest in local home cooking more than I can express. Here’s to more adventures!

Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at teresabday@cox.net.