Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

boubon chocolate pecan pie

My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!

My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pie

So sorry I have been missing in action! I went from Italy to Hawaii to Disney then to Atlanta (all in 6 weeks), but I am baaaaackk! Thanksgiving is only 4 days away so I thought I would make it quick, easy and and offer up my 5 favorite Thanksgiving recipes. These are always on my holiday menu, and I know you’ll love them! I hope everyone is getting exciting about Thanksgiving because I am!

Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie via Ingredients, Inc.

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub

Rosemary Thyme Citrus Rub via Ingredients, Inc. 

My Favorite Cornbread Dressing

My favorite Cornbread Dressing via Ingredients, Inc.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole via Ingredients Inc.

Fall Quinoa Salad

Fall Quinoa Salad via Ingredients Inc.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my sisters and I are already planning our holiday menu. You don’t have to be unhealthy this Thanksgiving. This year, choose healthier Thanksgiving meal options and still be able to enjoy your delicious meal, but without packing on the extra pounds. With these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets you can still celebrate Thanksgiving with the foods you love by using healthy recipe. I am so excited to share this recipe from the the experts at bistroMD. With only 150 calories with 12 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of 4 protein, you’ll feel great about enjoying this amazing pumpkin dessert!

Espresso Tiramisu

Espresso Tiramisu

Since yesterday was National Espresso Day I thought I would share this recipe for Expresso Tiramisu perfect for anytime of the year. This recipe was actually crated by Cooking Channel Stars and mixology duo, Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark, but I made it last week and it’s amazing! This recipe starts with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso pods which makes this recipe even simpler. Enjoy for the holidays this week, Christmas or when ever you are having a tiramisu craving!

7 Favorite Peppermint Recipes

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I have already started on my holiday cards and holiday baking recipe list. my three kids and I love peppermint so I started researching some recipes and ideas for food gifts and desserts with Peppermint. Here are  7 favorite peppermint recipes and ideas starting with my Peppermint Milkshakes.

Star Mint Meringues via Better Homes & Gardens

Peppermint Bar Brownies via Love and Olive Oil

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub via The Idea Room

Soft Peppermit Candy via Taste of Home

Peppermint Ice Cream Pie from Nestle Meals

Peppermint Protein Shake from Best Cleanse Recipes

5 Thanksgiving Desserts

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next weekend, and my family and I have started planning our menu. We included my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, but while I was searching for more ideas, I found these other amazing Thanksgiving desserts. What is on your menu?

Thanksgiving Treats for Kids via Anna and Blue Paperie

Mini Pecan Pies via Urban Bliss Life

Cranberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes from Spoonful of Flour

Nutter Butter Cupcakes by Mommy Savers

Apple Pie Recipe

I know it’s my second apple related post this week, but my kids and I have been so into apples lately. We all have been craving a warm apple pie so I love this Apple Pie recipe from my friend, Rosemary. This was SO good! My youngest son, Zachary, said it was “spectacular”. This Apple Pie recipe is super easy too and lighter than most, and it’s great with or without a scoop of ice cream. See why to eat more apples in my post on the Health Benefits of Apples. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I have already started to search for Thanksgiving recipes to create our family menu. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my and the kid’s favorite holidays, and I hope you’ll enjoy this lineup. Here are some of my top 10 Thanksgiving recipes, starting with this super easy recipe for Brussels Sprouts Tomato Salad via Ingredients, Inc. Happy November!

Roasted Stuffed Onions via Smitten Kitchen

Fig and Cranberry Compote via Real Simple

Paleo Idea: Mashed Cauliflower via Elanas Pantry

Wild Rice with Mushrooms via Southern Living

Mini Pumpkin Pies via Offbeat & Inspired

Sage and Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin via Martha Stewart

Quiona with Cranberries, Almonds and Mint via Ingredients, Inc.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake via Cooking Light

Champagne Punch via Foodiecrush

 

10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

October and Pumpkin season is almost here, so I have been making my list for 10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes starting with my Lightened Up Pumpkin Muffins, I always purchase mini pumpkins for my table, and as soon as I put them out last week, my kids started getting excited for pumpkin recipes and Halloween. I can’t believe they are already talking about what they are going to “be” for Halloween, but fall is always so much for the kids. Please leave a comment telling me what is your favorite pumpkin recipe and hope your week ahead is a great one!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili via Just a Taste

Pumpkin Spice Whoppies via Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Pumpkin Donuts via King Arthur Flour

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes Via Averie Cooks

Pumpkin Pie Bites via Bakerella

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Cake via Urban Baker

Pumpkin Pancakes via Martha Stewart

Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting via House Beautiful

Pumpkin Butter via Skinny Taste

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This weekend I have been in search of a great Pumpkin Pie recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You see, I’m getting off easy this year (yea!). I’ve hosted Thanksgiving at my house the past several years, but my sister and I swapped holidays this year (her request). I still have to make several things to bring to our family event of over 20 people. Since she assigned me the Pumpkin Pie, I have been searching for something new and different. The recipe (above) is a Pecan Streusel Topping from my friend Marge at A Sweet and Savory Sweet Life. It looks so fabulous, and it was one of the first ones I came across. Here are some others, including a “lightened up recipe from Cooking Light as well as vegan version. Enjoy!

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pecan Pie by Parsley Sage, Desserts and Line Drives

Pumpkin Pie Pops from Munchkin Munchies

 Pumpkin Pie Bites from Bakerella

 Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Vegetarian Times

Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Cooking Light

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