With Halloween behind us, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving Day 2015 is just weeks away. I’m usually the Thanksgiving host in my family, and I’m all about keeping things simple. I’m a fan of easy Thanksgiving dinner menus, simple and delicious desserts, and spending a Happy Turkey Day with my family. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes, a new chocolate pecan pie recipe, as well as some great Turkey Day Hacks from my friends at Bounty.
I feel like Thanksgiving is one of those events that can get a little, well, stressful. There is a lot of food to be made, a lot of people around and a lot of messes to be cleaned up before the day is done. And naturally you want to make your house sparkle and shine and be spotlessly clean before inviting the entire family over to mess it up. 🙂
Any way that I can some time and stress with my Thanksgiving dinner prep, I’m all about that. I love some of the great #TurkeyDayHacks that Bounty has come up with to help make your day easier. Bounty will be sharing more great hacks on Facebook and Twitter as Thanksgiving approaches, but check out some of these great ideas…
- Wrap your produce/greens in a Bounty paper towel to keep them fresh longer.
- Place a moist Bounty paper towel over a bowl of hard brown sugar, then microwave to soften the brown sugar.
- Place cooked bacon on Bounty paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
- Turn a Bounty Quilted napkin into a napkin pocket for Thanksgiving.
- Create a turkey decoration suing an empty Bounty paper towel roll tube.
One of my challenges when preparing for Thanksgiving is keeping my little one occupied while I get cooking and cleaning done. I found a simple and fun activity for her that she could do while mom was busy baking pies. I cut Bounty paper towel roll tubes into pieces and turned her loose with some cut up tissue paper, sequins and a glue stick. She created one of a kind napkin rings for us to use for Thanksgiving.
While you could use any type of paper (or even stickers) for this, the great part about the tissue paper is that it’s lightweight, which allows you to use glue sticks. No heavy glue or glue guns needed, a totally toddler and little kid friendly craft.
Quick, easy and totally kept her amused long enough for me to whip up a delicious and easy chocolate pecan pie.
I’ve always felt pecan pie was a little on the sticky sweet side for my taste, and something about adding dark chocolate chips to it balances that out, and creates an amazing flavor combination. I’ll share this recipe at the bottom of the post. Some of my other favorite easy Thanksgiving recipes (that you can make a day or two ahead of time!) include…
Easy Pumpkin Pie – this is my go to pumpkin pie recipe. It’s simple and darn near foolproof.
If you want to shake up your pumpkin pie a bit, I highly recommend this Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie.
Get the great flavor of pumpkin pie in these delicious pumpkin pie cupcakes.
While I don’t typically think of myself as a huge gingerbread fan, these gingerbread bars with cream cheese frosting are AMAZING. Like addictively good.
And speaking of bars, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars are pretty fabulous.
Don’t forget apple! These apple pie cheesecake bars are so good you might forget about the pie.
Want more cheesecake? These mini pumpkin cheesecakes should hit the spot!
And speaking of mini, who doesn’t love their own mini pumpkin pie?
And here’s the chocolate pecan pie recipe I promised you! I keep this super simple and use a ready made pie crust from the store. You can absolutely make one from scratch, but truth be told I get an almost ridiculous amount of compliments on my pie crust. The one from the box in the refrigerator section of the store. 🙂
Easy Chocolate Pecan Pie
- 1 ready made unbaked pie shell or pie crust
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 TBSP all purpose flour
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 3 TBSP butter melted and cooled
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup and 1/2 pecans
- 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare pie crust or unwrap unbaked pie shell and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and eggs. Stir in the flour. Stir in the corn syrup, and once that is combined, stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Gently fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
Pour mixture into your pie shell. Place pie in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow pie to cool completely prior to serving.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bounty. All opinions however are mine and mine alone.