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Thankful for You!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving this year looks different for many of us. 2020 has not been a normal year, but we still have so much to be thankful for. 

One of the things that I am thankful for is you! 

Thank you for following along on my kitchen adventures. Thank you for trying my recipes. Thank you for sharing them with friends and family. Thank you for following me here and thank you for those that have joined us over on From Our Bookshelf

If you are a long time reader that has faithfully visited my site since 2008, thank you! If you are a new reader that just found my site and recipes, I hope you enjoy my tips and recipes, and thank you for visiting. 

I really am thankful for all my readers. My gluten free readers and my non gluten free readers. Those of you that deal with food allergies and those of you that don’t. I appreciate each and every one of you. You help make this site what it is. You also help encourage me to keep sharing recipes. 

Thank you for all your comments, reviews, and social media likes and shares. 

No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving this year I hope that you take time to truly give thanks. In the midst of a crazy mixed up year, we still have so much to be thankful for. 

I have found that even in the most difficult times there are so many everyday blessings that we take for granted. Maybe the gift of 2020 will be that we all appreciate all the things in life, big and small, that we didn’t appreciate enough or didn’t think to appreciate before this year. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Menu Plan

I almost didn’t share a menu plan. It is Thanksgiving week, yet it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving. I struggled to come up with the motivation to plan.

Like many of you our Thanksgiving will look a little different this year, but I know my week goes better with a plan. So I made a menu plan.

Breakfast Recipes

Pumpkin-Baked- Oatmeal

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Breakfast Bowls Homemade

Breakfast Bowls

Peanut Butter Chex Granola Bar Recipe

Peanut Butter Chex Granola Bars

Dinner Recipes

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Tater Tot Nachos Recipe

Tater Tot Nachos

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes and Turkey Legs

Dutch Rivel Soup

Dutch Rivel Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup in a bowl

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Dessert of the Week

Pumpkin Bundt

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Here is this week’s menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Gluten Free Breakfasts

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip-Coffee-Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake and eggs

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Gluten Free Dinners

Beef Taco Skillet

Beef Taco Skillet

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Gluten Free Dinner Roll

Gluten Free Dinner Rolls, turkey, and potatoes

Dutch Rivel Soup

Gluten Free Pennslyvania Dutch Soup

Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce over Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for a Small Group

Thanksgiving in 2020 might look a little different for most of us, so I came up with a list of Thanksgiving dessert recipes perfect for serving a small group.

Anyone else struggling to get into the Thanksgiving cooking mood? I hope that it is not just me.

I have been trying to decide on what desserts to serve next week for Thanksgiving. Since we don’t live near the majority of our family we are used to a fairly small Thanksgiving, but we usually have at least a few people over.

This year it will be just us.

We decided to keep is simple this year. Instead of a turkey I bought turkey legs. Which might seem odd, but my family loves them. Well, I don’t love them, but the rest of my family does.

I bought enough turkey legs for everyone to have one. It is easier than cooking a turkey and everyone is excited to skip the rest of the turkey and just enjoy the turkey legs.

I am not sure what we are doing for sides besides my gluten free rolls, but I will come up with something.

Dessert is where we are struggling because we want all the Thanksgiving desserts. However, we don’t need all the desserts.

My plan is to make several desserts that all freeze well so I can freeze the leftover desserts. That way we can enjoy multiple desserts on Thanksgiving day, but won’t have to eat them all right away.

I know I am not the only one serving a much smaller group this Thanksgiving. Most of us are dealing with the same thing, so I put together a list of Thanksgiving desserts that are all easy to make, use basic ingredients, and most of them are freezer friendly.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for a Small Group

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

This is my favorite pumpkin bread. My family has been making it for years. It makes the best pumpkin bread.

It freezes well either as a whole loaf or sliced. This bread is great for a Thanksgiving breakfast treat as well. We will be making several loaves of this next week.

Pumpkin Pie Cake without Cake Mix

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake is exactly what the name says it is. It is part pie part cake. It is kind of like a pumpkin dump cake, however my version does not use a cake mix. This recipe is similar to one my mom used to make. If you are gluten free I also have a gluten free pumpkin pie cake recipe. It doesn’t use a mix either.

I have never frozen the leftovers on this one because we never have any, but I think it would freeze fine in small single sized containers.

Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars

Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars are a must make every year at our house. We don’t always make them for Thanksgiving Day, but we make them at least once or twice during the fall and holidays.

Pumpkin bar leftovers freeze well. If you are gluten free I have a gluten free pumpkin bar recipe that is a gluten free version of this recipe.

Magic Pumpkin Bars

This is my take on the popular seven layer bars also known as magic bars. I added pumpkin and oats to the layers and they are perfect for Thanksgiving. They are also easy to make.

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Not everyone loves pumpkin. This flourless chocolate cake is perfect for those that prefer chocolate. It is easy to make and is rich and delicious.

It also makes a small pan so it is great for serving just a few people. I shared this recipe earlier this week and a reader already made it and commented on how good it was.

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

This is one of my son’s all-time favorite desserts. He loves it. I love how easy it is to make.

I have frozen this many times and it works great. So if you have leftovers freeze them for dessert later on. If you are gluten free this is easy to make using a gluten free crust or crustless.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

This is another recipe that we have been making for years. My daughter has even requested these as her birthday cake. The leftovers freeze well. I also share how I make them gluten free.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

My daughter has already requested that I make this next week. This can be a dessert, but it also works well for a breakfast or brunch treat. We love this gluten free coffee cake for breakfast on holidays.

This freezes great so freeze the leftovers for a special breakfast in December.

Mom’s No Bake Cheesecake

I really need to update the pictures on this recipe. I shared it years ago. I have been eating this cheesecake most of my life. It was my mom’s go to dessert during the holidays when I was a kid.

My mom made it for us and she took it to many family and church gatherings. It is so easy to make. It is also an inexpensive dessert. If you are gluten free use a gluten free crust or make it crustless.

Mom’s Chocolate Coconut Bars

This is not a typical Thanksgiving dessert, but my mom has been making these coconut bars for years. They are a simple old fashioned dessert that uses ingredients you probably have on hand. If you love coconut these are a must try.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

This is another recipe that works for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. We love this during the fall and holidays. Coffee cake freezes well so make a pan and freeze the leftovers for an easy and special breakfast next month.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Easy Pumpkin Pie

We can’t have a list of Thanksgiving dessert recipes for a small group without a pumpkin pie. This is my favorite quick and easy pumpkin pie to make.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake is a rich and delicious gluten-free cake that everyone can enjoy!

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Flourless cake is one of my favorite desserts to serve to company during the holiday because it is normal food that is gluten free. It also contains normal ingredients.

What is in flourless cake?

Flourless cake contains no flour and the ingredients are ingredients that everyone can easily get. Most flourless cakes are simply eggs, butter, sugar, and chocolate. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gourmet Magazine Flourless Chocolate Cake

There are a lot of flourless chocolate cake recipes out there. They are all similar and yet different. Each one is its own take on a classic recipe. 

This flourless chocolate cake is one that I shared way back in January 2010. That was less than six months after I went gluten-free.

When I was thinking about my menu for Thanksgiving this year I was reminded of this cake and knew that I wanted to reshare it with you. 

This recipe is adapted from a Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Gourmet Magazine from years ago. Does anyone remember Gourmet Magazine?

I kind of miss Gourmet magazine. The recipes were great. Some of them were complicated, but many of them were simple recipes like this one. 

The first time I made this cake it was for Christmas dinner in 2010. My family loved it.

It was a rich and dense chocolate cake that was so easy to make. Everyone loved it and could not believe that it was gluten free.

I have made it many times since then. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake Gluten Free

Gluten Free Dessert

This cake is great for everyone, not just for those that are eating gluten free because it is a gluten free cake that is a normal recipe. 

I have taken this cake to family gatherings, church dinners, and served it to company. It is a cake everyone enjoys. 

This cake is rich. It is a dense cake. It resembles a flourless brownie. This cake does not need frosting. However, it is delicious served with ice cream, berries, or both. 

Yield: 12

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake is a rich and delicious gluten free chocolate cake.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F  

Grease and 8x8 pan or line the bottom of a 10 inch spring form with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate with butter in a bowl in the microwave. Cook and stir every 30 seconds on until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture.

Add eggs and whisk well to combine.

Add cocoa powder to the chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined.

Pour batter into the pan and bake in the middle of oven 35-40 minutes, or until the top has formed a thin crust.

Cool cake. If using a springform pan invert onto a serving plate.

Notes

This can be made in an 8x8 pan or a springform or cake pan. If you want a prettier cake use a springform pan and serve on a pan. You can also line the 8x8 pan with parchment paper for easy removal to a serving platter.

Originally posted January 2010. Updated November 2020.

Menu Plan

It is the third week of November. That means next week is Thanksgiving! I will fully admit that it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving should be next week. This year has been so off that all the weeks and months seem to be blending together. 

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast Recipes

Peanut-Butter-Banana-Baked-Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin

Pumpkin Muffins

Dinner Recipes

Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili and Cornbread Cookies

Oven Baked Chicken Legs

Oven Baked Chicken Legs and Rice

Freezer Burrito Casserole

Freezer Burrito Casserole

Buttered Rice with Ground Beef

Buttered Rice with Ground Beef

Stovetop -Macaroni-and-Cheese

One Pot Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Peanut Butter Pancakes (breakfast for dinner)

Dessert of the Week

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake

Gluten-Free Menu Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to make sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Gluten Free Breakfasts

gluten free dairy free banana bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread and Eggs

Cinnamon-Roll-Muffins

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls – (make sure your sausage it gf)

Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

Beef Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet Dinner

Egg Roll In a Bowl with Noodles

Egg Roll In a Bowl with Noodles

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

One Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Gluten-Free One Pot Spaghetti

Breakfast Chili

Breakfast Chili

Gluten-Free Dessert of the Week

Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Breakfast Bowls

Skip the breakfast bowls in the freezer section and make them homemade!

Breakfast Bowls Recipe

Homemade Breakfast Bowls

Whenever I see breakfast bowls on fast food menus, or in the freezer section of my grocery store, I think of how easy they are to make at home.

Breakfast bowls are very simple. They are basically just potatoes, eggs, sausage, and maybe a few vegetables all mixed together. 

They are so easy to make at home!

I started making them at home for my family over ten years ago. It was back when they first became popular in the freezer section at stores. I knew that I could make them so much cheaper at home. 

I started making my own homemade version and I have been making them ever since. 

I first shared how I make them back in 2010. Last time I made them for restocking my freezer meals, I took new pictures so that I could update the images. They were in desperate need of an update. 

In our family, these really are not breakfast bowls because we eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Breakfast Bowls Homemade

Make-Ahead and Freezer Friendly

My favorite thing about breakfast bowls is that I can make up a large batch at once and we can enjoy it for several meals. This mixture also freezes really well and makes for an easy breakfast on busy days.

I freeze them in small containers perfect for one serving. They work great for an easy breakfast or lunch. 

I also love to freeze this in larger sizes as well for an easy breakfast for dinner. 

Breakfast Bowls Freezer

This recipe makes a lot, so if you are just making it for one breakfast you will probably need to cut the recipe in half.

We serve them as is, with cheese, or on a tortilla for a breakfast burrito. 

Breakfast Bowls

This really is more of a how-to or how I make them, not a recipe. I shared what I do, but you can easily change these up to make them just how you like them. 

Yield: 10 servings

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls Recipe

Breakfast bowls are an easy make-ahead freezer-friendly breakfast.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of frozen hashbrowns (cooked according to package directions)
  • 1 dozen scrambled eggs, cooked
  • 1 pound lean ground breakfast sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or other cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix all the cooked ingredients together and stir in cheese.
  2. Serve immediately or reheat and serve.
  3. For freezer meals let cool completely and freeze in freezer containers. Take out and reheat as needed.

Originally posted August 2010. Updated November 2020.

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal combines two favorite flavors into one delicious baked oatmeal recipe. 

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

It is no secret that my family loves baked oatmeal. I have shared many different baked oatmeal recipes over the last twelve years.

I am constantly changing up baked oatmeal to make different versions. Today I have a new version for you. It is a peanut butter banana version of baked oatmeal.

Peanut-Butter-Banana-Baked-Oatmeal

What Is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is a cross between a bowl of oatmeal and a dessert. The texture is totally different than a regular bowl of oatmeal. 

Baked oatmeal has turned many oatmeal haters into people that loved oatmeal. 

What Is In Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal contains oats, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, baking powder, salt vanilla, and add-ins like bananas, peanut butter, or chocolate chips.

My family likes the texture of quick oats in baked oatmeal, but you can use old fashioned oats. It will give it a slightly different texture, but it will work.

PB Banana Baked Oatmeal

Is Bake Oatmeal Gluten Free or Dairy Free?

Baked oatmeal is not usually gluten free or dairy free, but it can easily be made gluten and dairy free.

For gluten free baked oatmeal you need to use gluten free oats. You also need to read labels to be sure that the rest of your ingredients are gluten free.

My daughter eats mainly dairy free and I make dairy free baked oatmeal all the time. You can use coconut oil or a butter substitute in place of the butter and coconut milk or another milk substitute in place of the milk. Be sure to also make sure any add-ins like chocolate chips are dairy free.

Can I Freeze Baked Oatmeal?

Yes, baked oatmeal freezes great. Make as directed. Cool completely and freeze. Reheat and serve.

It can also be made ahead, refrigerated, and reheated as needed during the week. It will last several days in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe
Yield: 6 servings

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal is a quick and easy breakfast your family is sure to love!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick cooking oats- for gluten free version use gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana or about 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Spread in a greased 9×13 pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  5. If you like it a little crunchy on top cook for a few minutes longer.
  6. serve with warm milk poured over the top.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

If you cannot have peanut butter you can use another nut butter or a peanut butter substitute like Wow Butter or Sunbutter.

Menu Plan

Some of my favorite recipes are on the menu plan this week!

Both the breakfast cookies and the pancake muffins freeze well, so they are both great recipes for making extra for the freezer.

Here is the plan for this week.

Breakfast Recipes

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Pancake Muffins for the Freezer

Pancake Muffins

Dinner Recipes

Migas

Easy Migas

Easy Crock Pot Roast

Easy Crock Pot Roast

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza

Beef and Bean Casserole

Mexican Beef and Beans 

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Oven Fried Pork Chops

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Pop Up Pizza 

Pizza Grilled Cheese 3

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Dessert Recipe of the Week

Crock Pot Caramel Apple Crisp from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Crock Pot Apple Crisp (This dessert is not pretty, but it is so good!)

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