Thanksgiving Recipes

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

  My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake…

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like that!  The time is just perfect for making these Lemon Snowball Cookies!  After all, what is more perfect for the cold weather than a tasty snowball bite of goodness? The holiday season is the time for making cookies.  There…

Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

Take a bite of these apple pie bars with ice cream

The Quaker Oats Company as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for some apple pie oatmeal bars! It’s fall! For me, that means three months of non stop baking, decorating and general holidaying.  I just LOVE this time of the year.…

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet

This cranberry pecan stuffed pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for a busy weeknight OR a special occasion. thegardeningcook.com

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. It’s time for a Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet. This cranberry pecan stuffed pork filet is the perfect comfort food recipe for a cool fall evening. This Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet is full of the taste of autumn. It has a…

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias It’s time for a roasted root vegetable medley. Fall flavors combined to make this roasted root vegetable medley a hit with your family. For me, fall is the time for anything cooked in the oven. I roast…

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

cinnamon baked apple slices

Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved.  I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I am using apple slices instead.  These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I…

10 best Bars Recipes to tempt your sweet tooth.

10 of my favorite bars recipes

My favorite type of desserts to make are bars and squares.  The main reason is the simplicity of making them.  Many bars recipes are no bake, and even the ones that require time in the oven are still easy to put together. They are also “forgiving” in that you can substitute one ingredient for another…

Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

These pecan pie cookies are the perfect choice for your next cookie swap, or to add to your holiday dessert table. My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

Treat your family to these apple crumble baked apples. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias Tis the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean tis the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

Tips for Making Perfect Fudge Every Time

Making fudge is a holiday tradition, until yours does not set well. Follow these 15 tips for making perfect fudge and yours will turn our great every time. thegardeningcook.com

Get perfect results every time with these tips for making perfect fudge. One of my favorite things to do this time of the year is to make fudge.  I think I have tried just about every combination imaginable.  Sometimes, my fudge comes out perfectly with very little effort, and other times I am literally pulling…

Turtle Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

This turtle chocolate pumpkin cheesecake will become a traditional holiday dessert. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenTheSeason #CollectiveBias The holidays are a time for me to bring out the big guns when it comes to desserts.   There is nothing quite like having family…

DIY Indian Corn Cakes – Thanksgiving Delight

This Indian Corn Cake centerpiece is the perfect dessert and decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Imagine how much fun the kids will have making and eating it! thegardeningcook.com

Indian Corn Cake Centerpiece This do it yourself project for Indian Corn cakes will really brighten up your Thanksgiving table.   The cakes are authentic looking and are easy to make.  The only problem will be keeping the kiddies out of this until after the meal. To make this project, you will need the following supplies:…

Chicken Pot Pie – Cinnamon Apple & Pear Salad – Easy Fall Meal

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

The Hectic Holidays are made much easier with a Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Apples and Pear Salad. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias ‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s…

Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

These pumpkin swirl mini cheesecakes are the perfect size for your Thanksgiving guests. They are a delicious blend of cream cheese, pumpkin puree and seasonal spices. thegardeningcook.com

It’s pumpkin time at my house with these pumpkin swirl mini cheesecakes. One of my mother’s favorite desserts at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. I’ve never been much of a fan of a whole pie, (I usually eat just the filling of the pie and leave the crust – I’m quirky that way…) and my husband…

Candy Corn Pretzel Balls

Candy corn pretzel balls

Time to celebrate the holidays with these candy corn pretzel bites. Ah yes….fall.  My favorite season. There are so many reasons to look forward to fall.  The cooler temperatures…all the gorgeous colors in the leaves, pumpkin decorating and oh yes…candy corn!  These candy corn pretzel balls are a delicious bite of sweet, salty, creamy fall…

Apple Cake with Caramel Honey Glaze – Perfect for Fall

Apple cake with caramel honey glaze

Make the most of fall by treating your family to apple cake with caramel honey glaze. What do all these have in common:  falling leaves, hoodies, carving a pumpkin, corn stalks, decorating, apples?  Of course!  It’s fall.  My favorite time of the year. And what could make it more perfect than this honey apple cake…

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain The holidays are here, and for many this means week so entertaining, indulging and basically forgetting to eat well.  Extra junk calories seem to be everywhere, from eggnog, to fudge, to chocolates in your stocking.  As fun as this is to enjoy all of these, it you do, it inevitably leads…

Hot Turkey Sandwich with Cranberries & Stuffing

Hot turkey sandwich with cranberries and stuffing

Printable Recipe:  Open Face Hot Turkey Sandwich with Cranberries & Stuffing With Thanksgiving and Christmas usually comes left over turkey and lots of it.  I have a variety of recipes to use it up.  I actually love left overs and buy a turkey much larger than I need so that I can make the taste…

DIY Baked Cornucopia Centerpiece

DIY Baked Cornucopia

Make your Own Baked Cornucopia Centerpiece for Thanksgiving! With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to get creative for your holiday table.  This DIY Baked Cornucopia Centerpiece is a different take on the traditional cornucopia that is so often seen this time of the year. There are many Greek or Roman Mythological origins for the cornucopia, often…

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Pilgrim Hat cookies

Perfect for Thanksgiving – Pilgrim Hat Cookies It is such fun to have some treats for the Thanksgiving table that the kiddies will love.  These sweet Pilgrim hat cookies are the perfect choice to tempt the little ones (and the young at heart!) this Thanksgiving. They are easy to do and will have them wondering…

My Favorite Turkey & Potato Hash

My Favorite turkey and potato hash

Printable Recipe:  Turkey & Potato Hash One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the seemingly non ending turkey left overs.  I always feel like the father in A Christmas Story drooling over the cooked turkey before the neighborhood dogs got to it! So excited for the week of left overs. This recipe is one…