I hope you’re looking forward to this upcoming week as much as I am! Thanksgiving plans are pretty well set and now there’s just some last minute shopping, some prep and cooking for the big day! I’m so excited for it!
Today I have a last minute Thanksgiving dessert for you. Pumpkin spice cake. Yum! It’s somewhat between a cake and a pie in that it’s kind of soft, but it works perfectly because of that.
I hope you enjoy! It goes perfectly with my cream cheese frosting, so I’m attaching that recipe again as well.
I hope you enjoy! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Do you entertain at home, or go to family’s? We’re going to my parents’ house this year, and I am so looking forward to spending it with them again!
Today I’m going to be finding recipes for our Thanksgiving meal plan. I’m so excited about it this year because I get to do a lot of the planning! Thus far I have a list of dishes, I just need to find some gluten-free options for certain things like rolls and pie crusts. I have a few ideas, but I’m not quite sure which ones we’ll be going with.
We’re going to my family’s this year. I haven’t been there in three years and my husband’s never been. I am so looking forward to it! A real family Thanksgiving!
Last year it was just the two of us, and I have to say, it was quite relaxing and wonderful, but I’m looking forward to spending this one back at home.
I think Thanksgiving is more about the gathering, being with the ones you love, and just celebrating everything that we have. When I was a kid, we just had our immediate family, but there were enough of us that it still constituted a group.
We might also have a dear woman over, who has been like a grandmother over the years. I love the idea of spreading the joy of Thanksgiving by sharing it with others!
Do you have a large group of family and/or friends for Thanksgiving? Or do you enjoy it being a smaller group of closer ones? Do you have any unique recipes or traditions? I’d love to hear from you!
Did you get a chance to check out my gluten-free yellow quinoa cake? If not, be sure to check it out! Scroll to the bottom for the recipe. I’d also love to connect with you on Facebook where I’ll be sharing smaller posts and we can interact more.
This past weekend I had decided to experiment with mashed potatoes. My husband has been asking for them for awhile now, and since eating them at my friend’s wedding, I’d started to want them too (selfish, I know).
At first, I tried a recipe I found online.
They were okay, but neither of us was overly impressed. That’s when I knew I had to try it on my own.
The second time was much better! And I’ll definitely be making these again! I’m thinking they will be perfect to go with our Thanksgiving dinner. Can you believe it’s getting so close? There isn’t even a full week left in October!
We’ve been loving the fall weather. Have you been out and about enjoying it lately?
Either way, I hope you enjoy these potatoes! Just be careful, they can be rather addicting.
This Monday was an absolutely perfect day! I made a wonderful breakfast casserole/quiche for breakfast. (Today I have that recipe for you. If you don’t want to hear my tangent about Christmas and the holiday season, then feel free to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)
The smell of the casserole made me think of the holiday season. Quiche was always my family’s traditional Thanksgiving breakfast. We’d wait with anticipation for the amazingness that awaited us Thanksgiving morning. After a long morning of food preparation, family bonding, and just a general good time, of course.
Outside, clouds covered the sky in a beautiful blanket of white fluffiness. Which of course made me think of snow, which made me think about Christmas even more.
So what did I do? I turned Christmas music on of course! (Just a tad excited, remember?)
Then I thought, what more perfect way to add to this happy feeling than to have hot chocolate as well. So I quickly made some up for my husband and I.
I just use the hot chocolate recipe on the back of a container or something like that. I’ve been making it so long now that I don’t fully remember where it came from. It’s so simple. Just about a Tablespoon of powdered cocoa, a spoon or two of sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Fill the mug about 3/4 of the way full with steaming hot water, then add milk (or even eggnog) the rest of the way.
As I listened to the music, sugar cookies started to sound absolutely amazing. Being gluten-free, it’s been awhile since I’ve had sugar cookies. This year I want to change all that.
In my family, Christmas was (and still is) a big deal; full of food and music, movies and good memories. We’d go all out on cookies in particular, and last year I modified some of our recipes to be gluten-free, but I didn’t do all of them. As it gets closer and I start really getting into Christmas baking, I’ll share some of those with you as well.
This year I also want to try candy-making, as it’s something I’ve only barely dabbled in before.
So I was on a mission. A mission from God. (Man, I haven’t seen Blues Brothers in a long time.)
Okay, enough of that. I was on a mission to find the perfect gluten-free sugar cookies.
I’m not the best at baking when I deviate from recipes as you can tell from this post… But I’m working on it and getting better. So it’s only a matter of time! Which is a really exciting thought!
Anyway, I didn’t have much gluten-free flour, but I had a cake mix, so I decided to try to find a recipe that would include that. I found more of them than I was expecting, but they were all pretty much the same, so I have my own recipe card for that as well (I did change them slightly, otherwise I would just link to one of the many posts).
Look at those cookies!
I made a cream cheese icing for them with cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I have no idea what the measurements would be for that, so I don’t have that recipe for you. But you could try it yourself!
Have you noticed that stores are beginning to put their Christmas stuff out? How do you feel about it, are you excited to start the season, or feel that it’s too soon?