Recipes for holiday gatherings

If you’re wondering what to bring to a Thanksgiving gathering, here are a few yummy ideas for inspiration.

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread With Orange Glaze is always a hit.

Reeses Bark

Reeses Peanut Butter Bark

This recipe for Reeses’ Bark is from the Hershey’s website. It is yummy, easy and SO pretty!  Seriously, a 20 minute recipe. I’d definitely melt the chocolate over a double boiler instead of in the microwave.  It just turns out a lot better.

Easy  Homemade Eggnog

Easy Homemade Eggnog

This Easy Homemade Egg Nog is cheaper than store bought, and is very rich and creamy without requiring any raw eggs.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

If you’re cooking with little ones, try this easy recipe for Jam Thumbprint Cookies.  It comes together very quickly, and kids can help with some of the steps.


If you would like more easy recipes, be sure to check out my cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill. (Hint: it makes a great Christmas gift!)  I’m taking the week off from blogging, but I wanted to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.  Thanks so much for coming here to read each week.


  1. I made the Reese’s Peanut Butter bark for our church’s Thanksgiving feast and it was a great hit – not one piece was left! Yum, and so easy!!! So, I just bought more ingredients so I can make some for US to eat – LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Will have to try your eggnog this year. Hate to pay the price grocery store has set, ridiculous would thoroughly explain it.

    Then our absolutely most fantastical bestest ever dessert has to be what we call ‘the dessert’ – that’s it. Everyone in our family knows exactly what is being asked for

    You will need: sour cream, french vanilla pudding, fruit (fresh, canned, or frozen)
    mix equal parts sour cream and pudding (follow directions),
    layer with your fruit and top with a cherry (optional) and whipped cream


  3. That bark was great. I made it for a party, and it was very popular. I can’t wait to make it again.

  4. Hello
    I have your cookbook and made your bran muffin recipe but it came out terrible. Way too salty (1 table spoon) and I only got 2 dozen muffins. I followed the recipe exactly. Im just wondering if perhaps there is a typo? I was really looking forward to these.

    • Yikes! I’m so sorry you were disappointed. Yes, that should have been a teaspoon of salt, and I guess sometimes different muffin tins are different sizes..? The other ‘oops’ that I’m aware of in the book is the pizza dough recipe. You will probably need 3-4 more cups of flour than the recipe says.
      Anyway– I’m really sorry to disappoint you. Hope you enjoy other recipes in the book more.
      Thanks for writing!

      • Thanks so much for clarifying. It was probably just all the extra salt that made them inedible. I’ll make note of the pizza recipe too. Looking forward to trying some other recipes.