Thoughts about Thanksgiving
Of all the holidays each year, Thanksgiving is my favorite. There is just something about gathering with my family and friends to take time to give thanks and enjoy a good meal that brings me true joy. The fact that Thanksgiving has not become commercialized is perhaps the biggest draw for me. There is no shopping frenzy involved, no need for ornate decorations, and it doesn’t take months to prepare. It is about family, food, and friendship. It’s about taking time to share a meal, to visit, to be grateful, and to enjoy being together — and that’s what I love.
We get together, we visit while the food is being prepared, we catch up on what’s happening in each others’ lives, and then we eat — invariably too much; then we play games, nap, and such until it is time for pie. After the pie, it’s more games, singing (there’s always singing involved when my kids get together) and listening to the grandkids tear through the house in hot pursuit of each other. Football doesn’t figure into Thanksgiving, at our house, unless my oldest grandson or my Oklahoma son-in-law happens to be there; although I have to admit that in years gone by, Kelly did rather enjoy watching football on Thanksgiving. Evening means leftover turkey stuffed into a roll or a plate of stuffing doused in gravy, appearing at the game table, and yet more pie. Did I mention, pie is a thing at my house for Thanksgiving? We can’t even eat it all!
It’s All about the Pie
So today, I’m sharing some pie recipes, because if nothing else, Thanksgiving pie closely follows the potatoes and gravy in popularity at Thanksgiving at my house. Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie are my personal favorites, and I’ve been on a quest to find some new recipes to try, so I’m sharing those here. If you like fruit pies, custard pies, and deliciously decadent pies, check out my Pi Day Part II post.
I haven’t tried all of these recipes myself, yet (and probably won’t ever get to all of them), so if you try one, let me know what you think in the comments.
Pumpkin and Pecan Inspired Pie Creations
Of course, I’m partial to Nanette’s Turtle Pumpkin Pie, but these are some other pumpkin pie recipes I’ve found to give a try.
Pumpkin Pie Bombs from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts
Plop some pumpkin pie filling mixture onto the center of a square of crescent roll dough, roll them up, brush each with melted butter, and roll them in cinnamon sugar to assemble these delightful treats. Once they’re baked and cooled, you won’t be able to wait to pop one or two (or more!) in your mouth.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from A Treats Affair
Get the best of the cheesecake and pumpkin pie worlds by combining elements of both! This recipe gives you the rundown on how to do so expertly. Made with a graham cracker crust and layering cheesecake with pumpkin, this recipe does require some time and effort. But it will be well worth it!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites from Delish
These bites look incredible. You’ll need gingersnaps, graham crackers, cream cheese, white chocolate, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and coconut oil to throw them together.
Pumpkin Cream Pie from AllRecipes.com
This recipe is perfect for the holidays. Topped with whipped cream and crushed pecans, this is a sweet treat you don’t want to miss out on. And if you have guests over, neither will they!
Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
Pumpkin, pecans, and cobbler are each by themselves a stellar fall classic. Combine them all together in this well-thought-out recipe for the “ultimate fall dessert.” Top the cake with ice cream and dig in to discover the hot caramel sauce on the bottom — and the pecans on your way there!
Caramel Apple Pecan Streusel Pie from Baked By an Introvert
Combine the sweet tastes and crunchy textures of fall classics like apple and pecan in this intricate dessert. There are four steps to making this pie: pulling off the buttery, flaky crust; covering the apples in cinnamon; creating the pecan streusel topping; and topping it all with a sweet, gooey caramel sauce that will bring it together nicely.
Pecan Pie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks blog gives you step-by-step directions complete with pictures for this tasty treat. The commentary is delightful, too.
Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
This pecan streusel pumpkin pie is to die for. You’ll love how the flaky crust, spiced pumpkin filling, pecan streusel, and maple whipped cream combine for a treat that will have your mouth watering.