Thanksgiving Desserts – Must Try Recipes

This time of year always makes me happy! I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. There’s something to be said for a holiday that there are ZERO expectations…no presents…nothing. Simply time with family and friends. As always, I am always thinking about what we are going to be eating at Thanksgiving. If you’re like me, things like side dishes and appetizers are great, but the Thanksgiving desserts are what I’m really thinking about!

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Thanksgiving Desserts you MUST Try!

When you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkin pie…of course! Well, these white chocolate pumpkin pie bars definitely have the pumpkin part down and they sound absolutely delicious! I think Trisha at The Salty Side Dish knocked it out of the park with this delicious recipe! And it sounds so easy too!

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I can’t eat Oreo’s any longer (stupid gluten allergy), but one thing I used to love were Oreo balls. These Thanksgiving Turkey Oreo Cookie Balls are absolutely adorable and how cute would they look on a platter on the Thanksgiving dessert table?!?

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No dessert table would be complete with out cookies. Sugar cookies are great (and should be on every holiday table), but these pumpkin coffee cookies with maple icing are, not only unique, but perfect for someone that wants something small with a cup of coffee!

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Nothing screams fall like caramel apples. Truth be told, they are one of my favorite splurges. I love apples…so when you add chocolate, caramel and sprinkles, I get very excited! That’s why, when I saw these caramel apple cupcakes, I knew they would be an amazing addition to the Thanksgiving desserts table! Not to mention, the kids will love them too!

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The ideal dessert recipe to me is a no-bake recipe. That just screams easy to me! And I don’t know about you, but I need easy once in awhile! That’s why this no bake pumpkin cheesecake is perfect! My son loves cheesecake and he loves pumpkin everything, so I am sure he would love it if  made this for him this year!

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I’m all about cute and kid friendly. When you have a dessert table filled with various pies, it could seem rather disappointing to kids. Add something super cute and kid friendly like these adorable turkey cupcakes and I guarantee you, kids (and probably adults too) will be super happy and want one of these cupcakes!

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Do you have an Instant Pot? If you do or you are thinking about getting one, you need to try this Instant Pot pumpkin pie recipe! Not only does it look absolutely mouthwatering, but so easy to make too!! Anything that is either no-bake or something you can make in something that is NOT your oven, is a recipe for me. Especially when you only have one oven and you need it for other Thanksgiving goodies!

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Brownies are my weakness. Like I mentioned above, when you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the first thing that come to mind is pumpkin pie. Shake things up a bit this year and make these pumpkin cheesecake brownies. You get the best of three desserts, all rolled into one!

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So tell me, what is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Will you be making one of these delicious desserts this holiday seasons?


Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Try

I’ve told you before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is something to be said about just enjoying each others company without any other expectations. One of the things I like most about Thanksgiving are the side dishes! Turkey is good, but the side dishes are the best part! This round-up of Thanksgiving side dishes are definitely something you should consider for this years Thanksgiving meal!

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes. The creamed spinach at Boston Market was my favorite, until I made my own! Not only is my creamed spinach recipe Keto friendly, but it is BETTER than Boston Market’s! Make this as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Your family will thank you!

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Sweet potatoes seem to be a staple at Thanksgiving. This coconut ginger sweet potato casserole is not only healthy, but it is packed with flavor. Not only is this flavorful side dish delicious, but it is relatively inexpensive to make! Gotta love that!

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Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without stuffing. This next side dish is not your traditional stuffing recipe, but why not mix things up a bit (or have both traditional and non-traditional). This apple and cranberry sausage stuffing recipe is jam packed with deliciousness, but it contains NO BREAD! I’m super happy about that since I am gluten free!

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When I think of Thanksgiving food, I think of a few things…turkey (duh), stuffing, and cranberries. Rather than have a boring salad, serve this apple cranberry salad. This is super easy to throw together and it is packed full of flavor!

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If you love sweet potatoes, this next recipe is for you! This is actually a recipe I have bookmarked to make over the holidays. The rosemary roasted sweet potatoes sound heavenly. What do you think?

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All of the previous recipes are perfect for small or large gatherings. However, sometimes you want Thanksgiving side dishes that are for smaller groups. This fall wedge salad with romaine and butternut squash is perfect!

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Each and every one of these Thanksgiving side dishes are perfect for your holiday get together. Which one will you be making?


Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken – WW Recipe

We eat a lot of chicken in our house. I am always trying to find new ways to make it. Both my husband and I like spicy foods so I decided to make a cheesy jalapeno stuffed chicken breast. Well…correction, my husband made it. I had knee surgery yesterday and totally forgot to cook the chicken before the surgery. So, being the good guy that he is, he not only made the chicken, BUT he also took pictures for me too!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken Breast

Delicious recipe for a cheesy jalapeno stuffed chicken breast. WW friendly recipe at just 2 points!

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, smartpoints, stuffed chicken, weight watchers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3 people

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts pound slightly thinner
  • 3 small Jalapeno Peppers sliced in half; hollowed out
  • 3/8 cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese divided
  • 6 Pepper Seasoning to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking pan. I like to use this baking mat. It keeps the chicken up and gives it a nice crisp!

  2. Slightly pound your chicken a bit thinner and then slice the chicken open, leaving one side intact. 

  3. Slice your jalapeno peppers in half and hollow them out. Place half of the pepper in the chicken and cover with 1/8 cup shredded cheese. Set the other half of the pepper on top and close the chicken and secure with toothpicks (I use metal toothpicks. If you use wooden ones, soak in water first).

  4. Bake for about 40 minutes. Make sure you cook your chicken to an internal temp of 165 degrees. 

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I highly recommend that baking mat. The chicken cooks so much better on it and those little triangles keep the chicken up so that it’s not just sitting in it’s own juices while it cooks. The price for that mat is a really good one too!

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As you can see from the picture, my husband easily closed the chicken with one metal toothpick. If I were making this, I would have flipped the chicken halfway through, but he didn’t and it tasted just fine! I didn’t eat more than a few bites last night since I figured a giant, spicy chicken breast, was probably not the best thing to eat right after surgery! But it was really delicious and I can’t wait to eat it tonight!

It’s WW Friendly!

We used regular shredded cheese. So in doing that, it made this chicken dish 2 points. If you like, you could try using low fat or fat free shredded cheese and the points may go down. I, personally, prefer the taste of regular cheese and plan to just account for that. It’s totally up to you with what you choose to do. Either way, this is a very low point WW recipe!

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This cheesy jalapeno stuffed chicken breast recipe is just one of the many delicious WW recipes I’ve tried so far. I’ve found the plan really easy to adapt to my lifestyle and right now, I am recovering from knee surgery and have stuck to my points 100%! If you would like to sign up, I would love for you to use my link. You get a free month and so do I! Simply use this link and follow the sign up directions!

Looking for another delicious WW recipe besides this cheesy jalapeno stuffed chicken breast? Try this egg muffin recipe. Not only are they super easy to make, but you can freeze them too!


Halloween Class Party Treats

Both of my kids are out of elementary school. I have to admit, it’s so strange not having a child in elementary. Halloween is coming up quick and normally, right about now, I would be signing up to bring something to their Halloween class party. If you are looking for something fun to bring to your child’s classroom, you can to the right place! These are the best Halloween treats for your child’s class party!

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Halloween Class Party Snack Ideas

Class parties, especially the Halloween class party, were the things my kids looked forward to most in elementary school! If you are allowed to bring homemade treats to your class parties, then you must try one of these adorable treats!

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These creepy apple monster mouths are PERFECT for your child’s Halloween class party. I guarantee you, the kids will love them! Not only that, but they look easy enough to make that you can either prepare them ahead of time or it can be one of the stations at the party for the kids to make!

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I love these blood splattered cupcakes! Knowing kids, especially my own, they would like them too! Every class party my kids have had, always has a station where the kids make their own dessert item. These cupcakes are perfect for the kids to make by themselves!

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This next treat, BooNanas, are as cute as they sound. Perfect for preschool classrooms on up into elementary. Girl Raised in the South really knew what she was doing with this treat! Not only do kids like bananas, but they will love saying BooNanas (so much so, the banana may become the boonana permanently for the year)!

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Every Halloween class party needs the pumpkin decorated sugar cookies! Kids love sugar cookies and they will love these Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bag cookies by Food Fun & Faraway Places! Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite!

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I saved my favorite cookies for last! The Monster Eye cookies! I don’t know what it is about those candy eyeballs, but they are my absolute favorite little baking doodad. You can make anything fun with little eyeballs!

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Soooo….which of these Halloween class party treats is your favorite? Most importantly, what are you and/or your kids dressing up as for Halloween?


Must Try Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all the holidays. With Thanksgiving, there is absolutely zero expectations. No presents. Nothing but family and friends getting together, enjoying some good food and wonderful company. When we get together with family for Thanksgiving, we really enjoy the food part! These Thanksgiving appetizers are perfect for your holiday get together!

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When I think of Thanksgiving appetizers, nothing screams “perfect” better than this turkey veggie tray. We all want our kids to eat more veggies and I think this adorable veggie tray will do just that! The nice thing about this veggie tray is that you can customize it with the veggies you like best!

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I’m always down for trying new appetizers and having something that may not be the norm. Who wants to have the same things over and over again? I sure don’t! This Mexican Corn Dip from The Salty Side Dish definitely fits that bill!

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For the low-carb/Keto folks at your Thanksgiving, this next appetizer is perfect for them! Not only are these bacon wrapped smokies delicious, but they are a real crowd pleaser, as well. I like to make extra and store them in the fridge to have the next day. They reheat well too.

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This next Thanksgiving appetizer would be perfect as an appetizer or with the meal…your choice! However you choose to use it, the Turkey Cranberry Crescent Roll from This Mama Cooks sounds absolutely delicious. I may make it for my Thanksgiving this year!

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And finally, no holiday or family get together is complete with out this next recipe. Can you guess what it is? Deviled eggs! But not just any deviled eggs for Thanksgiving…these Pumpkin Deviled Eggs are super cute and totally appropriate for the holiday (and no, there is not actual pumpkin in the recipe…they just look like cute little pumpkins).

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So tell me, which Thanksgiving appetizers recipe is your favorite?