Thanksgiving Ideas – Desserts!

For some of us, dessert is the most important part of any meal. For others, it’s an afterthought…and for some, it’s whatever can be bought because you absolutely hate to bake. Whatever category you fall into, there should be something here for you! We love dessert around here, so there were lots of recipes to choose from and most of them are pretty easy to whip up.

Pumpkin Spice Cake – this is a “doctored” cake mix and is full of Fall flavor.
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake – a little more labor intensive but a change from traditional pumpkin pie
Pecan Pie Brownies – I think the name speaks for itself. Elevate your traditional pecan pie with a brownie base! These have gotten rave reviews in the past.
Fudgey Mocha Nut Pie – Another pecan and chocolate combo…this pie is rich and delicious. We will be making this or Chocolate Chess Pie this year.
Chocolate Chess Pie – a Southern tradition that makes an appearance every year.
Chocolate Oreo Chess Pie – We made this one last year. It was amazing. There is also a Chocolate Chip Cookie version a.k.a. Baltimore Bomb Pie. It’s the bomb alright!
If you are looking for something super quick and easy, I have a round up of “dump cakes“, as in ‘dump and go’, just a few ingredients but oh so good. The above Blueberry Dump Cake is one of my favorite desserts ever.
These German Chocolate Cake bars are one of the most popular recipes on my blog. Or you could go for the “real thing” …
German Chocolate Cake – the frosting is phenomenal.
A few other things that may come in handy – this 5-Minute Chocolate Frosting is delicious, and because my son is allergic to nuts and is super picky, I will be making cookies with my favorite thick and chewy cookie base. I’ll be adding fall colored M’s which he loves.
I also have some ‘special diet’ recipes – Dairy Free Chocolate Pie which is so good no one would ever know what it’s made of; Low Carb Chocolate Eclair Cake; low carb, gluten free “Thin Mints“; egg free Chocolate Cake (aka wacky cake). This is my “” Pinterest Board too.
As you can see, we usually do things a little different than the traditional pumpkin and pecan pie! Well, I should say in addition to the traditional pecan and pumpkin pie. You can’t have too many desserts!
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Thanksgiving Ideas – breads

Bread may not seem all that important for Thanksgiving, but it is at my house. My kids will eat way more bread/rolls than anything else on Turkey day! Here are a few of my favorites…

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Butter Biscuits – these are so good!

Copycat King’s Hawaiian Bread – these can easily be made into rolls, large loaves, or a bread braid (if you are talented enough to do that…my technique needs work!) The dough can be mixed in a mixer or a bread machine…I love my bread machine!

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Cornbread

Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits


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Thanksgiving Ideas – Veggies

You’ve probably got your main dishes all figured out, but what about the sides? Today is all about the veggies…a necessary evil in my opinion. There is always the traditional green bean casserole, but here are a few other recipes that make eating your vegetables much easier…

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction – if I have to eat them, this is how I want to do it!

Cauliflower Au Gratin – low carb and surprisingly good (coming from someone who doesn’t like vegetables cauliflower very much!)

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans – because e’rything is better with bacon

Bacon Green Beans for a Crowd – a super easy variation of the above bacon wrapped green beans. Delicious.

What’s your favorite vegetable dish? Do you have to cover yours in sugar or bacon to eat them or is that just me!?

Yesterday’s post – Thanksgiving Ideas for the kids

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Thanksgiving Ideas – for the kids

Over the next few days I’m going to post some different Thanksgiving ideas since turkey day is almost here! Today is all about making the kiddies happy (and keeping them busy!)

Harvest Blessing Mix – fun for the kids to make, and to give as gifts. Each ingredients represents something..

Cornucopias‘ can be made out of store-bought ice cream cones, then filled with treats. I’ve done these on a few occasions, and tried a couple of different ways. They are kind of a pain, but super cute in the end. If you have a steamer/rice cooker, that is the easiest way to do it IMO, however, also works. This definitely requires an adult (but the kids can fill them!)
These are filled with Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix.

“Acorn” Cookies – no bake, just assemble and eat!

More edible cornucopias! No recipe, just Bugles chips with the ends dipped in white chocolate, then dipped in sprinkles and colored candy pieces (these are Sixlets). I made a Thanksgiving Snack Mix with them one year.

What do you do to keep the kids occupied while the turkey is cooking?!

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Happy Thanksgiving & Acorn Cookies

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has had a wonderful day full of food and family. I enjoyed both! It probably wasn’t necessary to try all the desserts, but I felt it was my duty as a food blogger 😉

You may have seen these Acorn Cookies on or ….

“Acorn” Cookies

  • Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • chocolate wafers, melted
Melt chocolate wafers, use the melted chocolate to “glue” the Hershey Kiss to the bottom of a mini wafer. Then use a small amount of melted chocolate to adhere the mini chocolate chip on top of the mini wafer. End result – cute little acorn cookies!
We used Caramel Hershey Kisses and they were tasty little treats. We also made Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats and added them with the acorn cookies to treat bags for the kids’ teachers. The treat bag tags were found at (free printable!). I have also discovered that you can cut the butter in the cereal treats back to 3 T., but it’s best not to cut it back to 2 unless you want really crispy Krispie Treats! Just a little FYI. Sorry teachers!
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Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides

Well guys, it’s the week of Thanksgiving. I’m excited and surprised at the same time. Last week was a doozy of a week, and not in a good way. I’ve been under some serious parental stress and I am soooo looking forward to some relaxation on Thanksgiving Day with my family. Later, I’ll probably talk about what is going on, but for now, let’s talk FOOD! We know that turkey is usually the star of the show, but what about the sides? They play pretty important rolls too. (Rolls for roles…get it?! hahaha. I’m so witty.)

Here are just a few ideas from the blog:

I am hoping to try out a couple of new recipes this year too. I want to make homemade cranberry sauce and maybe some type of Ambrosia salad, which always reminds me of my Grandma. My mom will be making her awesome stuffing and chicken salad too. My daughters want to make pecan pie and chocolate chess pie, and I’m planning on a special dessert for my mom’s birthday that we will be celebrating too.
What about y’all? What sides will you be having on Turkey Day?

Harvest Blessing Mix

I mentioned this mix last year, but I think it’s so cute!  It makes great little gifts – put in a baggie with the meaning of the ingredients attached! My son brought it home from pre-school a few years ago & we have made it ever since.

Harvest Blessing Mix

Bugles – represents a cornucopia…horn of plenty
Pretzels – represents arms folded in thanks and prayer
Candy Corn – During the first winter, the pilgrims were each allowed 5 kernels of corn per day b/c food was so scarce.
Raisins – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest
Sunflower seeds – Seeds represent the potential of a bountiful harvest for the next season, if they are planted and well tended.
Chocolate chips – What’s a mix without chocolate?