My Thanksgiving vicariously lived through Pinterest

The Ott’s are all going to be celebrating Thanksgiving apart this year. :(  I am so sad.  This also means that I won’t be cooking up a yummy Thanksgiving dinner with them either.  I kept seeing all these recipes on Pinterest the other night that I won’t be able to make!  So I am sharing them with you… Here are my must have recipes for Thanksgiving… courtesy of Pinterest and fellow bloggers.

The Glitter Guide posted an elegant DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape idea…  I love this centerpiece because it’s not your typical Thanksgiving orangey and yellow colors!  And I love the gold accents!  This is how I would have set the table….


Doesn’t this turkey look divine? Roast Turkey with Black Truffle and White Wine Gravy.


I love Martha Stewart’s Simple Stuffing… I always add cooked sausage to this recipe!


Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without Sweet Potatoes Casserole… with little marshmallows on top!


Call me crazy… but I have to have this jello salad as a part of my Thanksgiving dinner!  It’s better than cranberry sauce.  Thank you to the Wald family for introducing it to us Otts.


This has been a recent addition to my Thanksgiving must haves… Corn Souffle. Oh, so yummy.


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Did anyone notice that I did not include a healthy, green vegetable dish??? No green beans or brussels sprouts or spinach?? I say, “no, thank you” to those in my imaginary Thanksgiving!

And don’t worry… I definitely did not forget dessert!  I have to have apple pie!  Milly would always whip up apple and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving!

This apple pie recipe is courtesy of Robyn Stone from Add a Pinch!


Why isn’t today Thanksgiving ?!  I’m hungry….

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish??

Tracy Anderson’s Pumpkin Roll

Tracy Anderson’s Pumpkin Roll.  Kinda sounds like the name of one of her new, crazy muscle structure moves that gets rid of our “pumpkin rolls” after Thanksgiving… but it’s not.  It is actually one of her new recipes on her blog!


You wouldn’t normally think that a workout guru and desserts would go together (without the words “SAYS DO NOT EAT” in between), but they do with Tracy Anderson! That’s one of the many reasons why I love her.  If you sign up for her email updates, you will receive workout tips, recipes and more!

This recipe came in an email with the subject; Healthy Treats Without Tricking Your Body!  I obviously clicked on it right away.  The email was about how the holiday season is coming up, and that there are ways to enjoy treats without totally derailing our diet and workout goals.  The idea is to eat treats in moderation, as well as to eat treats that are not processed and full of preservatives.  Totally doable and realistic.  Right?  To prove it’s possible, she and her amazing chef, Megan, came up with a gluten-free pumpkin roll!

The pumpkin roll looked so delicious, that I decided to try it out!


I admit… I am not a food stylist.  I was trying to make everything look cute!  I added this pumpkin decoration that, in the moment, I thought looked good, but then afterwards, I realized it looked… odd.  Sadly, it was too late and was carried on throughout the whole baking process!  See…



It’s not like it was already sitting there for my Fall decorations.  I moved it around.  I even brought it over to the kitchen counter for a shot with the amazing filling!



Here’s the Pumpkin Roll all rolled up and ready to eat!


It was so delicious!  And the whole house smelled yummy, like Fall!  I would definitely make it for a Thanksgiving dessert!

Can’t wait for more Tracy Anderson recipes!  For this recipe, jump over to Tracy’s Blog!

Now off to the the Tracy Anderson Studio to (literally and figuratively) dance my butt off!  Bye!

Spooooooky Brownies

I have stumbled across this recipe quite a few times on Pinterest lately…

I thought I should give it a try!  These brownies are spooooky good, and so easy that it’s spoooooky!!

There are just two ingredients.  One box of brownie mix and one 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin.


Preheat the oven to 325.

Pour the brownie mix and can of pumpkin into the bowl.  Stir ingredients!


Grease the pan.  Pour the ingredients into the pan.

Bake the brownies for 39 minutes.

Let cool!  Then enjoy!


You can do something fun for Halloween, like cut them into cute shapes and place edible googley eyes on them!


You could also serve them with a little dollop of cool whip!  Yummy!  Try them!

Note:  You can definitely taste the pumpkin.  I love pumpkin, so I didn’t mind.  They are very rich though so you only feel like eating a little piece!  I think the light and fluffy cool whip will help cut the richness.