Category Archives: entertaining + food

Tuesday | November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving’s Little Visitors

I like to always have a special treat for our little visitors at the Thanksgiving Table! Since bakeries usually charge a small fortune for their individually wrapped cookies, try looking for fall themed cookies at your local Whole Foods or supermarket. Whole Foods has a wonderful “cookie by the pound” display.


So, I snatched up these cookies this afternoon and wrapped them myself at home. I will put a cookie on each place-setting at the children’s table, and it adds a wonderful decoration to the table!! And the kids love seeing cookies on their plates when they arrive!!




Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday | November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Desserts

This year for Dessert on Thanksgiving Day I will be serving four items… Apple Pie, Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie and Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding!! I think my sweet tooth and I are more excited for dessert than we are for dinner!!! I love the pumpkin cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and this recipe tastes exactly like it. I discovered the banana pudding when we had dinner at our friend Ashley’s house a few weeks ago! She made it for us and it was amazing so I am taking a shot at recreating it on Thanksgiving!

I have family members bringing the apple and pecan pies. Don’t be afraid to ask for help on turkey day, its a lot of cooking for one person!! I will be preparing the pumpkin cheesecake and the banana pudding myself, and here are the recipes!!

Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding / Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

TPD- Thanksgiving Dessert



Tuesday | November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! This is my favorite holiday and the one that I host every year. I love having all our family over. My kids have a great day with all their cousins! AND there is no pressure of shopping or gift giving! Its just all about being together!

That said, there is also a lot of planning that goes into Thanksgiving! I have started my planning this week… and it all starts with The Menu! This is our Menu for this year…



Shrimp Cocktail, Marinated Green Tomatoes on mini baguettes, Candied Pecans and Almonds, Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries, and an Apricot Brie Puff Pastry.

TPD- Thanksgiving Apps


Turkey with Stuffing and Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Butternut Squash Soup

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans Gremolata

Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole

Candied Carrots

TPD- Thanksgiving Dinner

Candied Nuts / Cranberry Sauce / Curried Butternut Squash Soup / Green Beans Gremolata / Sweet Potato Casserole / Candied Carrots