on the menu ~ thanksgiving treats

To be clear, Thanksgiving in itself is a treat to me.
But I just wanted to share some more unique treats.
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We all love apple pie… and pumpkin pie… and pecan pie, all the traditional fare, but I like to mix it up once in awhile.
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I started making these little candy turkeys with Master M when he was a little guy; he’s so proud he’s busting at the seams (he’s 13 now mind you).
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Then Miss M took over & here she is making them with grandma, who is no longer w/ us & we miss her dearly, especially around this time of year.
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We haven’t done them in a few years now, but I still find them adorable.
Oreo cookies, whopper chocolates, candy corn candies, butterscotch or peanut butter chips all held together w/ chocolate frosting.
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We would gift them to friends and neighbors; I would use them at place settings; the kids enjoyed them w/ dessert.
Super fun & super easy.
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This year I made little acorns instead.
They are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.
I saw them in a facebook food group I’m a part of & I knew right away I wanted to make them.
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Miss M and her girlfriend helped me make them & it was super, duper easy.
And, yes, they are a bit messier than I would of have liked but the girls had fun & that makes me happy.
Mini Nilla wafers, Hershey’s kisses & butterscotch | chocolate chips again held together w/ chocolate frosting.
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Trying to figure out how to include them in my dessert table.
Speaking of the dessert table…I’m a traditionalist at heart.
I don’t really want to mess with my Thanksgiving menu too much.
I tweak things here & there every year, depending on the food trends but staying true to conventions.
BUT invariably we have pies left over year after year that I end up discarding ‘cuz it’s just not our thing.
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SO two years ago I made pumpkin pie parfaits instead of a big pie.
Everyone got their own portion and it was all gone by the end of the night.
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Layer your pumpkin filling recipe then ginger snap crumble then whipped cream & repeat.  top with a piece of ginger snap.
No left overs & looks so pretty.
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Last year I switched it to a pumpkin pie bread pudding, but I think I liked the parfait better AND a caramel apple bar instead of apple pie.
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I did a whole post on the caramel apple bar that you can read about here.
Have you finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet?
I’m almost there & working on my tablescape as well.
Happy Cooking!
sharing @:
what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
fall into fall @ diy by design
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow @ savvy southern style
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
vintage charm party @ charm bracelet diva
syc @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
home sweet home @ the charm of home
think & make @ table & hearth
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple & sweet friday @ rooted in thyme
shabbilicious friday @ the shabby art boutique
friday’s five features @ diy vinatge chic
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
sundays at home @ love of home
the scoop @ stonegable
amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home
show & share @ coastal charm
motivate me monday @ keeping it simple
something to talk about @ karen’s up on the hill
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch



  1. Jann Olson says:

    Really fun! I love a caramel apple bar. We love doing fun things like this with the kiddos. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. thanks jann! hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving. xo- mj

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