Easy as Pie Recipes!

No need to sweat it in the kitchen this year, take the pressure off with these two easy and fun pie recipes that will satisfy your dinner guests without exhausting the chef!

Food Network Kitchen's Vegan Pumpkin Pie For Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie

Place one frozen pie crust into a pie pan.  Mix together ¾ cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoons of salt, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 ¼ cups of evaporated milk, 2 eggs beaten! Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 more minutes. Be sure to cool the pie for about 2 hours before serving!

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Awesome Apple Pie!

Mix together 6 cups of thinly sliced, peeled apples, ¾ cups of sugar, 2 tablespoon of flour, ¾ tablespoons of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Place 1 frozen pie into a pie pan. Spoon the filling into the pie crust. Then, place the second pie crust on top and press . the edges together. Bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. To prevent the edges of the crust from getting burnt you can cover the edges with foil after the first 20 minutes of baking. Cool for 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

 

DIY last-minute name cards!

Nothing is quite as welcoming as finding your own name carefully and lovingly written by your hostess, letting you know that your spot has been saved, your place secured at the table, your presence desired.

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Autumn Leaves. Why not grab actual leaves from your yard and win the ultimate prize for reusing and recycling? Be sure to pick out particularly bright and beautiful leaves! Use a white out pen to write each guest’s on each leaf and place one leaf on each plate.

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Scrabble Table. Take a swing through your local thrift shop and pick up an old game of scrabble or bananagrams. Use the letters to spell out each guest’s name on their plate! Extra points if you play board games or cards as part of the dinner fun!

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Gobble Gobble.  Gather twice as many corks as you have dinner guests. Cut each cork lengthwise (hot dog, not hamburger style). Stick one toothpick into each cork half and use a hot glue gun to attach 6 or 7 red, orange and yellow feather shaped pieces of cardstock to the back!

Thankful Crafts!

The perfect ice-breaker is a low-pressure, interactive craft that all of your family and friends can participate in, taking time to truly reflect on the things and the people in our lives that we are grateful for!

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Cut a turkey body shape out of brown construction paper and attach googley eyes, a beak, and a top hat. Then place a basket with markers and another basket with feathers cut out of orange, red and yellow paper. Invite your guests to take a moment to jot down something in their life that makes them smile, brings them happiness, or reminds them to be grateful for each day. By the end of the night, your paper turkey will be overflowing with simple reminders that life is beautiful and worth being thankful for!

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Cut out as many strips of paper as you have guests at your party. Then write down a question on each piece of paper and place one question under each guests’ plate. The questions can be silly, thought-provoking, simple, or more complex, the more variety the better! “Do you prefer mountains or beaches?” “What is your favorite meal?” “When do you feel the most peaceful?” “What is your favorite place to take a nap?” “Do you think that every human is good deep down?” Then, throughout the meal, you can go around the table and each guest can choose another guest to ask their question to!

DIY Turkey-Day Centerpieces

If you don’t have time to completely redecorate your entire home for every single holiday, no worries! Keep your general decor in a neutral tones with gentle pops of color, then you can put your focus on the centerpiece of your dining room table and create a signature look for each special season!

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Crafty Turkey. Pull out your construction paper, get out your wooden popsicle sticks, plug in your glue-gun and scrounge up some googley-eyes. Then get to work and build yourself a fun Turkey centerpiece and matching place-settings for each guest!

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Golden Pine-cones. This one is as simple as it gets. Gather together a collection of 15 pine cones and spray paint them gold. Make sure to use your spray paint outside so you’re not inhaling the fumes inside your home! Then all you need to do is stack your pine-cones in the center of your table in a large shallow dish!

Fill glass bottles with grains and spices for a colorful arrangement.

Bottles of Thanksgiving, Collect a handful of empty wine bottles and clean them. Once they are dry, fill each bottle with different grains and colorful beans. Then place one colorful taper candle into each bottle to create a unique and stunning centerpiece!

Perfect Thanksgiving Entryways!

The moment your family and friends arrive at your home, you want them to feel welcome and you want to create a festive and aesthetically attractive atmosphere!

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Natural elements can make your entryway console table really come to life and add real texture to your decor. Stick with vase and containers that you already have on hand and pick up natural elements from your yard, a local park or discount craft store!

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Pick a central color. Instead of spreading your decor thinly with too wide an autumnal color palette, choose one color and make sure there is a pop of that central hue in each room of your home!

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Wooden Rustic. Reclaimed wood doesn’t have to find a home as a console table or a dining table, you can add smaller wooden pieces (vases, boxes, bowls) to your entryway to give your Thanksgiving gathering a farmhouse appeal!

Quick’n’Easy Decor Makeovers!

When the seasons change, it can be daunting to try and switch out your entire home decor to match the changing colors in nature! Instead, here a few key small spots in the home that you can focus on to create a big change!

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Towels. Swap out the hand towels and add a small candle in the same color palette to give your guest bathroom a subtle shift each season!

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Pillows. Keep the throw pillows, just change the covers every few months to give new life to your living room decor! If you want, you can also add seasonally appropriate throws and blankets to match the new throw pillows!

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Doormat. Ring in each new season with a different doormat! Try a colorful autumn leaf mat an artistic woven mat this fall!

No-meat main dishes!

Sick of trying to cook an entire Turkey in your tiny oven? Or just ready to leave the meat behind for a while and focus on other sources of protein? Here are two of my favorite no-meat main dishes to round out your Thanksgiving meal…

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Pumpkin Pot Pie!  A vegetarian option of the traditional chicken pot pie, this flavorful pie with the sweetness of pumpkin and the hearty quality of celery, onion, carrots and kidney beans will keep everyone happy and healthy!

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Veggie Burger a la Thanksgiving! Add some November flare to your regular veggie burger by topping the patty with mashed potatoes, green beans and a dollop of cranberry sauce! Celebrate an American classic with a vegetarian spin!