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Our Family Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts for 2018 (plus a peek at our Thanksgiving Menu)

I know this is a tad bit late but maybe it will be helpful for those of you still trying to find that perfect dessert for your family get together. Below are the 10 desserts that made the cut for our family Thanksgiving Dinner this year:

  1. Luscious Four Layer Pumpkin Cake
  2. Blackberry Pig in a Poke (I may try to experiment with a simpler version.)
  3. Chocolate Pudding Pie – (This was something I always looked forward too with my Mom-Mom)
  4. German Chocolate Pie
  5. Pumpkin Pie
  6. Pecan Pie
  7. Pumpkin Roll
  8. Brownies
  9. Easy Banana Pudding
  10. Cheesecake

I’m not sure if all of these will be homemade or store bought as I have quite a bit on my To-Do list already. I know that my oldest daughters will be helping with some of the dishes as well as other guests. Just writing this post has made me HUNGRY!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Want a peek at our Menu? Look below:

Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

I’ve also sent out a ‘draft’ with names beside each dish so everyone remembers who was making what… lol… I’m so forgetful sometimes it really helps. Many of these recipes can be found on our blog as well!

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White Texas Sheet Cake

This reminds me of the cafeteria cake we got when I was younger. It is really simple but really delicious. The chocolate icing is just perfect with the cake and it is probably my favorite part.

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Earthquake Cake

This is a dessert I’ve had a couple of times since I started square dancing. I love it… I mean it’s full of rich chocolatey goodness and layered on top of coconut and pecans… yum! Don’t plan on bringing home leftovers if you take this to a potluck though.

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July 16 – 22, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

French Toast Roll Ups, sausage

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Veggies

Dinner: ++

Boston Baked BeansGrandma’s Mac N CheeseCole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Popover PizzaSalad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fried Apple Pies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Easy Burrito Casserole, Yellow Rice, Salad

Cookies  (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Ham & Cheese sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Red & White PastaSalad, Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Chicken Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Chicken Cordon Casserole, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Mac ‘n cheese, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

PB & Banana Toast, Eggs

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Weenie Roast

Snacks/Desserts:

S’mores

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

July 2 – 8, 2017 Meal Plan

I almost didn’t get this out today. I had been working on it and procrastinating a bit. I planned on finishing this up yesterday but after I mowed during the kids quiet time I really didn’t feel like doing much of anything for the rest of the day. After dinner I went to sit down for a minute and was out until late last night. But here it is, I hope you all enjoy and have a blessed, safe, and happy Independence Day celebration!

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

Chicken Mexicana, Rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Jello w/fruit


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Poppy Seed Chicken, Rice, Green Beans, 7 Up Biscuits

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Something patriotic themed– will post the recipe as soon as I figure it out

(** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Cookout (Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and all the fixins)

Snacks/Desserts:

Something patriotic themed


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, French FriesSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, veggies

Dinner: ++

45 minute spaghetti sauce, noodles, SaladCheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Cake


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Ham & Cheese, veggies

Dinner: ++

Free Day

**(Check the freezer/pantry and use items to make a meal.)

Snacks/Desserts:

7 layer cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Breakfast for Dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Blueberry Dump Cake

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

June 25 – July 1, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Pancake Poppers, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Upside-Down Meatloaf,Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins/Root Beer Floats


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Spicy Chicken and Bowties, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast/Cookies  (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

Mississippi Pot RoastMashed Potatoes, Veggies

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels **new recipe, link will update soon

(** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets, Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Chicken Joes , French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, Chips,  Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Sopapillas (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles,  Fruit

Lunch:

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Dinner: ++

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Potato Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Banana Splits

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few lot of extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

June 18 – 24, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Alice Springs ChickenBaked Potatoes Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers/Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Bacon Wrapped Pork TenderloinMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets,  Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, Fruit

Lunch:

Soup (probably leftover soup), grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Crunchy ChickenMashed Potatoes, Cheesy Squash Casserole

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

April 30 – May 6, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Pancake Poppers,  Fruit

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

Snacks/Desserts:

cupcakes


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, Veggies

Dinner:

PintosEasy Collard Greenshoe cakes

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Broiled Parmesan TilapiaSteamed AsparagusSteamed Red Potatoes

**(Fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments later.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Red & White PastaSaladCheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Poppy Seed Chicken, Rice, Green Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Soup, Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Taco Ring, Salad

** (I will be making an extra taco ring or two as I have a special dance this night.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Sopapillas (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles, sausage

Lunch:

Ham and Cheese sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Upside-Down Meatloaf , Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, Cheddar Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

April 23-29, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Waffles,  Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Cordon Bleu CasseroleMashed Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

cupcakes


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Veggies

Dinner:

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Slow Cooker Baby Back RibsGrandma’s Mac N Cheese,  Cole Slaw

**(Crockpot Meal as Momma has a class in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

No Bake Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments later.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Breaded Pork Chops, Steamed Broccoli, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Chicken and Dumplings

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, veggies

Dinner:

Salisbury Steak w/GravyMashed Potatoes, veggies

** (I will put the patties and gravy into the crockpot after cooking as I have a dance this night.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fried Apple Pies (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

PB Toast & Bananas

Lunch:

Ham and cheese sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Daddy Can’t Wait CasseroleMashed Potatoes, Corn Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers

April 16-22, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Bird Nests, Grits, Fruit

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Easter Dinner (We have opted to do a cookout this year. )

Snacks/Desserts:

Coconut Cake

Pickled Eggs


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Veggies

Dinner:

Red & White Pasta, SaladCheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner:

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, 30 minute Rolls

**(Crockpot Meal as Momma has a class in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments later.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Eggs Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Root Beer Slow Cooker Pork, French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Chicken PillowsMashed Potatoes, Veggies (maybe a vegetable casserole?)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad, veggies

Dinner:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese, Veggies

** (Another crockpot meal as I have a dance this night.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Donut Holes (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Smothered Burgers, Chips, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Cake

March 26 – April 1, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Homemade Amish Cinnamon Rolls ** new recipe

Lunch:

soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Pintoshoe cakes, greens

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Apple Dumplings


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Tuna salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

root beer floats


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

hot dogs, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Breakfast for dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Mississippi Pot RoastMashed Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Crockpot Taco Soup, Rice, Chips

Snacks/Desserts:

Lazy Dazy Cookie Cake


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Briarpatch Casserole, Salad, buttered bread

Snacks/Desserts:

popcorn


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread, eggs, fruit

Lunch:

egg salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Land Your Man Baked BeansCole Slaw, rolls

Snacks/Desserts:

Sopapillas

March 19-25, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken, rice, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Popover Pizza, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Red & White PastaSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Goulash7 Up Biscuits

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Crockpot Chicken Marinara w/Veggies, Angel Hair Pasta, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggies

Dinner:

Easy Bean Tostadas, Rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Breakfast In a Cup

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Weenie Roast, S’mores

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn