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A Thanksgiving Feast – Last minute ideas

I am off work again making good use of my vacation time I have to use up. I am also using today as a food prep day for Thanksgiving. I tend to make the desserts while my Aunt and Uncle make the main meal. I figured I would share some of the things I am going to making this year as well as some of the items I have made in the past in case you need some last minute ideas for your holiday table. 



I will be making these apple pie cupcakes this year, fingers crossed all goes well. 

Stuffed Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Icing- super simple cupcake stuffed with apple pie filling and topped with an amazing icing.
These chocolate peanut butter bars are a must, I’ve been making them for over 7 years. The original recipe is from Kraft. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - Buckeye Bars


Some past recipes I’ve made for Thanksgiving 


Cranberry Pear Sauce  – This is a nice take on the traditional cranberry sauce. It doesn’t take a long time either, just 15-20 minutes. 

Thanksgiving Worthy Cranberry Pear Sauce
Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars – Magic bars or 7 layer bars are on of my favorites, this is my take on making a classic just a little better. 

Chocolate Toffee Cookie Bars


Caramel Pear Pie  – This has to be my most favorite pie I’ve made. A little different than the traditional apple pie, but all the soft inner filling you expect. You could do half apple and half pear too. 

Caramel Pear Pie

Homemade Sausage Stuffing – I made this a few years back and I mix it up every time I make it, some time using chorizo, cranberries, raisins, and/or wine in place of some of the chicken stock. I did cut the bread pieces smaller though so it gets a little crunchier. 


Homemade Sausage Stuffing

Gluhwein – Mulled Wine – This is perfect for wine you’ve gotten for a gift but don’t really like or for really cheap wine. Using it for mulled wine makes it even better. Side note: I am not a fan of red wine but I love a red mulled wine. 

Gluhwein - Mulled Cider

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Apple Frosting – These were such a surprise. I made them not sure what to expect but were seriously delicious. Very similar to eating a caramel apple but without the hard shell of the apple. 


Caramel Apple Cupcake with Apple Frosting

No matter what you are bringing to the table I hope it is surrounded by loved ones. I am thankful for those of you who take the time to read my blog, and/or comment. I am thankful for the friendships I have made, and even some of you whom I have met in person. 


What are you making for Thanksgiving? 

Are you travelling for Thanksgiving? 



  1. Is it bad that I want all of this for breakfast!!! That sausage stuffing looks incredible! happy thanksgiving! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • No that is not bad at all! Haha! Thank you. I don’t normally eat stuffing but I think the sausage really makes it a filling side dish. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Heather says:

    Great recipes, I love me some magic cookie bars!! I wanted to make an apple pie but I may have to check out that caramel one instead! Happy ThanksgivinG!!

    • Magic bars are so good. I don’t want to make them because I will eat them all. Adding caramel is always a good idea!

  3. OMG… yes to those cupcakes!

  4. Linda sheridan says:

    Yes! Grateful for every big and little thing. All of this looks wonderful! I am making masked potatoes- at least 5 lbs and mint squares. Mashed potatoes are time consuming, it’s nice the host doesn’t have to make them. I have had good luck taking in the crock pot. Enjoy your day with your loved ones. Love. Steph’s. Momma

  5. Ah both of those cupcakes sound amazing! I can’t wait to eat my face off tomorrow!

  6. The pear pie is calling my name.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Those apple pie cupcakes sound delicious! I just made my pumpkin cheesecake last night!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  8. I’m usually to full to enjoy desserts but I could eat that sausage stuffing all day everyday. I think turkey and stuffing are what I look forward to the most. Enjoy your thanksgiving tomorrow!

  9. I am alllll about those chocolate peanut butter bars! YUM!

  10. You can just give me all the cupcakes in this post, all the apple caramel goodness has my mouth watering!

  11. THAT PIE YOU MADE!!! looks so profesh and delicious!! you must blog about the apple pie cupcake thingy– it looks amazing. happy thanksgiving!

    • Thank you, pie is tricky but easier than most people think. The Apple pie cupcakes were a hit. I totally recommend making them.

  12. those apple pie cupcakes seriously look amazing. i would make them, but they wouldn’t make it to the meal because i would eat them all at once. no shame. have a good thanksgiving girl!

  13. Wow, so many desserts! Yum!!!!!! That sausage stuffing looks so magical. Also, we make Gluhwein in my family, too! So glad someone else [in the states] knows what it is. I have the spices all ready to go for this year’s =]=]


    • Thank you, yes they have been through the year but I love making up new recipes. I had Gluhwein in Germany and I fell in love with it. I never liked red wine but I tried it and it is amazing, I was determined to find a way to make it here.

  14. Let me know how those cupcakes turn out, those look delicious and I’m intrigued with the surprise in the middle concept. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Give me all the caramel apple! I saw the cupcakes you made on instagram and almost licked my phone.

  16. that all looks SO, SO good. i’m impressed with your culinary skills and your determination to make yummy.

    • Thank you, I love experimenting. It has been fun looking back at all the recipes I made, it was hard to pick favorites.

  17. ooh yes! i am not a cook, but i sure enjoy the tasting part 🙂 i hope you had a great thanksgiving. you looked GORGEOUS in that vampy lip.

  18. These all look delicious! I hope that they turned out amazing and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • They came out pretty good, though my cookies weren’t as soft as usual since I am still getting used to my new oven.

  19. All of these things look so good! But especially the mulled wine and peanut butter bars!


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