Serving of pumpkin cake with cinnamon frosting and icing leaf

Thanksgiving fun

We love to try new recipes, so a ‘foodie’ day like Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity.  I am sharing a recipe I created for Pumpkin Butter Cake with Cinnamon Frosting, and including a free printable of a Thanksgiving Treat Topper. Also some links to amazing turkey and fruit dip recipes.


The pièce de résistance was this gorgeous turkey! It was extrememly moist, and surprisingly didn’t taste like bacon at all (unless you ate the bacon off the top. Which we totally did. Because well, it’s BACON!!).  We decorated it with fresh oregano, which is my favorite herb. Grow some — it will take your cooking to a whole new level!

roasted turkey with a bacon weave

Another big hit was the Pumpkin Pie Dip.  [Note to self: photocopy the recipe ahead of time because you will get many requests for it!]


The food labels and these wine tags are from my Thanksgiving collection. I chose the Autumn Leaves background (there are 3 backgrounds available).

wine glass with custom tag attached

Instead of Pumpkin Pie (which is too mushy for my taste), I decided to create my own recipe for a pumpkin-pie-like cake. I am not a fan of pie crust – I know lots of people are, but it isn’t my favorite – so I used a cake mix and made it more like a cookie crust. I made them 3 ways: small Fall-shaped cupcakes (using a silicone pan), jumbo cupcakes, and a cake. All 3 varieties were yummy! Not that I tried them all.
OK maybe I did.  🙂

I topped them with leaf-shaped icing decorations from Wilton, but the undecorated ones were equally delicious. I flipped the leaf-shaped one over so you could see the crust.

4 pumpkin-shaped cupcakes with cinnamon topping & Wilton colorful icing leaves

I wanted to make these adorable edible acorns (made with Hershey’s Kisses, mini Nilla wafers and mini chocolate chips) but didn’t feel like just putting them into a bowl. So I made them into favors, and created a favor topper to match. The wording was inspired by the acorn contents. {You can get the treat topper printable free on my Freebies page or via the link at the end of this post}

Here is a close-up of the treat topper, in case you can’t read it in the photo. It says, “Plant seeds of Thanks & Giving… always”.


Bacon-Blanketed, Herb-Roasted Turkey recipe from The Runaway Spoon
Autumn Leaves Food Labels from my Etsy shop
Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe from
Pumpkin bowl from Pier1 (Fall 2011 seasonal item)
Pumpkin Butter Cake with Cinnamon Frosting recipe here (adapted from Paula Deen’s ‘Gooey Pumpkin Cake’ recipe)
Thanksgiving Treat Topper printable here

My sister Rochelle can’t resist the Pumpkin Dip…

Woman eating pumpkin pie dip

Candy turkey placecard holder with Fall placecard attached

Thanksgiving Printables

If ever there was an occasion for a beautiful and coordinated TABLESCAPE, it’s Thanksgiving!

Never fear! I have several different place cards available in my Etsy shop, and they come with coordinating buffet labels.

Here is a food tent / label, with the ‘Mixed Leaves’ print. There is also a damask background and a striped one.  Some of the labels are pre-filled with common Turkey Day foods, and some are blank for you to write on or type on in your paint or graphics-type program.

Food tent labeled Mashed Potatoes on a Fall table

Below is a name placecard with the Damask background. There are two wording options: “So blessed that John is here,” and, “So thankful that John is here.”

Table setting with edible turkey placecard holder

3 sets of Thanksgiving placecards


We also made a few other fun Thanksgiving foods…

Honeydew melon with skewered fruit that looks like a turkey  kids thanksgiving table

I made Turkey favors for our guests out of Moon Pies, and my 5-year-old wanted to make one, too. Although he had a very different interpretation of ‘turkey’. Based on his dinosaur face (maybe you don’t recognize it, but a Mother knows these things), I’m guessing he was making a dino with two big teeth. LOL!

2 different moon pie turkeys

Food label on a Fall table

Now the only issue is, which of the beautiful centerpieces on Pinterest to use on the big day?!

  • Turkey Moon Pie adapted from La*T*Da
  • Turkey melon idea from Family Fun Magazine
  • Directions for the Popcorn-stuffed paper bag turkey (on kids table) here
  • Can’t remember where I got the Candy Turkey idea from, but they are pretty self-explanatory.  I turned them into placecard holders by taping a toothpick to the back of the name tag, and sticking that inside the Oreo filling.  Low-tech but the kids were thrilled when they walked in and saw their table.  🙂


Pinterest logo

Pinterest fun…

I did this today and, well, it happens often enough that I thought it needed it’s own word (a la Sniglets from the 80’s)! I hoped that others might relate, and that I’m not the only one…

Bulletin board with definition of Pimnesia

Follow my Pinterest boards so you can see how many times I repin myself!


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