Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 21/11 + Thanksgiving Desserts

Happy Thanksgiving week to my American friends!  I hope your menus are coming together nicely and your dinners turn out amazing!  In case you are still looking for a delicious dessert to serve I came across these two fall desserts that not only look yummy but easy to make as well.

The first is a Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie from my favorite site, Taste of Home:

image: Taste of Home

The next is a Creamy Pumpkin Trifle from Dashing Dish.  I always think trifles look so pretty on a table and get so many ohhhhs and ahhhhs.

image: Dashing Dish

So there you go, two easy dessert alternatives for you. Of course if you don’t like pumpkin then I am going to feel really bad that I didn’t share something without pumpkin.  So just in case, may I suggest some Apple Pie in a Goblet?  Seriously how cute and fun is this:

image: Taste of Home

And if you don’t like pumpkin or apples?  Well then I give up you’re on your own 🙂

Yesterday I pinned the cutest menu planning/grocery list printable.  And guess what?  It’s FREE, whoot!  Go check it out.

image: Seven Thirty Three

So I had a cooking disaster this past week with the waffle recipe that was on my menu.  Gosh they didn’t turn out at all and were in fact a soggy mess.  I ended up throwing them all out and my hubby made pancakes instead (because I was pretty grumpy by this time).  Blech.  Anyone else experience any cooking disasters?  Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday:  Slow Cooker Saucy Chicken Thighs

Tuesday:  My youngest turns 6 today!  His choice – homemade cheese pizza with Oreo Cupcakes for dessert

Wednesday:  Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake

Thursday:  Sunday Pot Roast (on Thursday, I’m such a rebel!) ~ I’ll be using my slow cooker

Friday:  Dinner out!

Saturday:  On our way to Ontario, yay!!  Of course we’ll be leaving lots of leftovers for hubby 🙂

Sunday:  Can’t wait to find out!


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32 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 21/11 + Thanksgiving Desserts

  1. 1
    Rita says

    Such beautiful looking desserts!

  2. 2
    Lynn says

    I think we all have cooking disasters, at least once in a while. I know I have them. 🙂 The oreo cupcakes on your plan sound so good! I hope you enjoy those.

  3. 3
    Tiffany says

    Happy birthday to your 6 year old! Thanks for linking to my Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake.

  4. 4
    Judi @ Frugal Frolic says

    Those desserts look yummy.. I’ll keep the pie in mind (occasionally my pumpkin cheesecake will go wonky!) 🙂

    Last weekend we forgot to put the oil in the waffles, and that was definitely a disaster as they would NOT come out of the wafflemaker. It’s not much oil, who would have thought how bad that could be? Eek, what a mess! We won’t be forgetting again soon 🙂

  5. 5
    Laura says

    Sorry everyone just realized I never adjusted the time in WordPress for Daylight Savings and MPM has been going up an hour earlier. Oops.

  6. 6
    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says

    Hi, Laura. Thanks for the early link up time this week :). I always look forward to seeing what’s on everyone’s menu. Actually, mine is very “Thanksgivingish”…I don’t have to host the big meal, I get to go to my in laws and then to my aunt’s later in the day :). Just have to contribute something to the buffet, but not make the whole meal :).

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen says

    I’m so sorry about the waffle recipe! We have modified that original recipe and make our version quite a bit, and they are a favorite in our house. You can find them in our menu plan from last week – as well as under “Waffles {of Insane Greatness}” on our recipe index page for Breakfast.

    However, when I went to make them last week, our waffle maker would not heat up 🙁 So, now i’m in the market for a new one? Any recommendations? I’m hoping to find one with “low” “medium” and “high” settings, or some sort of temperature control. We ended up using the batter for pancakes, but they were no where near as good as the waffles.

    • 7.1
      Judi @ Frugal Frolic says

      Hi SnoWhite!

      Waffle makers that don’t work are a crisis in our house 🙂

      We recently replaced our 20-year old Black and Decker wafflemaker — we were so sad to see it go! We like “just plain” square waffles, so after looking at all the alternatives, we chose to buy another Black and Decker. Not exactly in love with it, as I can already tell it will not last as long as the last one, but it does have low/med/high settings, and a “waffle” range, as well as an “off”, which the old one didn’t have ( you had to unplug it!). It also has the plates you can flip over, though we rarely use the flat sides. Good luck with your wafflemaker replacement!

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    Amy @ A Little Nosh says

    Had a recipe fail last night but it was probably my fault (usually is). I was making balsamic glazed green beans and I doubled the recipe, but didn’t double the pan. And I didn’t have a bigger pan to switch it to so my vinegar took FOREVER to cook down and the green beans absorbed so much of it during the process that they tasted just awful.

  9. 9
    Heather says

    Love the idea of a pumpkin trifle. I don’t often think about making trifles – but I should. I agree that they make a nice presentation. Thanks for sharing.

  10. 10
    Casey says

    These are the most appealing pumpkin desserts for the holidays and everyday.

  11. 11
    April @ Angel Foods Kitchen says

    Happy Birthday to your 6 year old!

    I was wondering how come there were already so many menus up when I got here, to funny.

    I had a cooking fail last week to. I was making my fluffy dinner rolls ahead of time to freeze for Thanksgiving dinner, and I doubled the batch. My machine couldn’t seem to handle that much dough and they barely rose when I baked them. Not pretty.

  12. 12
    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    Don’t feel too bad, Laura, I had a waffle disaster (just on Saturday morn) too: I had made our favorite waffles (it uses yeast and they are amazingly good), and left them to sit on the counter. I had used too small of a bowl and the dough was all over the counter by the time I came back. I put the bowl into the sink because there was dough all over the bowl and set to work cleaning up the counter while the waffle maker heated up.

    My husband comes into the kitchen to make coffee and thinks the bowl is ready to be washed out (full of dough?) and RUNS WATER IN IT. Ack. I didn’t know how much before I stopped him, so I went ahead and made them anyway. Disaster!! Soft, soggy waffles that wouldn’t crisp up no matter how long I cooked them. When I gave up on the waffles and thought I’d just make pancakes with the rest of the dough (I don’t give up easily!), they were rubbery and soft. Very weird, kinda like thick crepes. Just from extra water- sheesh.

    Oh well, now we get a good laugh at how bad they were. And my husband is not allowed in the kitchen while I’m cooking. 🙂

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      LOL, so glad I’m not alone!!

  13. 13
    Barb @ A Life in Balance says

    Recipe disasters are all too common in my kitchen, probably because I like to experiment a bit with the recipe. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting! There’s something here for everyone’s tastes!

    • 14.1
      Laura says

      I live in Canada in Alberta, just going to Ontario to visit all my family 🙂

  14. 15
    April says

    Hi! This is my first time posting one and I messed up =(. I promise to do better next time. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is cooking!

    • 15.1
      Laura says

      No problem, thanks for joining us!

  15. 17
    Julia says

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas this week. The pumpkin trifle looks amazing. I’ll be bookmarking it for sure!

  16. 18
    Queen of the House says

    Oh my goodness!!!!
    Those desserts look fabulous! 😀 I want to try them all! LOL!


  17. 19
    Anneh says

    I can sympathize! Yesterday I had TWO recipes fail! The first was a new self-icing cupcake recipe. Maybe I didn’t swirl in the icing properly, but they didn’t rise at _all_. In fact, some are concave. On top of that, I made a tried and tested roasted butternut squash soup that ended up tasting like all the ingredients were raw, even though everything was cooked thoroughly. I just left the pot on the stove, since I was too discouraged to decide what to do with it.

  18. 20
    Lisa says

    Love the pie in a goblet!! I’m not a pumpkin pie fan, but I do love pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing.

  19. 21
    Megan says

    Aww, so glad your husband was willing to step in and salvage dinner that one night. He sounds like a keeper 😉

  20. 22
    Messy Journey says

    I feel the cooking disasters… I have them all the time sense I’m a “creative” cook… aka my husband prizes me on being able to throw 20 ingredients into the pot and have it taste great…. most of the time lol… my blunders tend to happen the most, during baking! ( note… did a practice apple pie last night… and a quiche last week.. with homemade crusts… and well lets just say I now realize.. that I need to move my oven rack up a tad…. tastes good but if i didn’t add the bit of extra sugar, it would have burned instead of carmalized!)

    Happy Birthday to your youngest! My eldest if 5 and my youngest will be 3 in December.. they get SOOOO big SOOO fast!

  21. 23
    Kelly @ Dysfunctionally Functional says

    If I had a dollar for every time I had a cooking disaster (and every time I was late for something, such as this week’s Menu Plan Monday), I’d be living on an island, somewhere in the tropics, sipping daiquiris, Mai Tais, and pina coladas, and having someone else do all the cooking for me!

    Have a great week, everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate…Happy Week to those who don’t!

  22. 24
    Tammy says

    Hi! Thanks for the dessert recipes!
    Once or twice a year, I set off the smoke detectors, and my boys get a kick out of it!! lol
    Happy Birthday to your young man! Sounds like a yummy birthday dinner!!!

    My husband’s company sent us a prime rib roast, so my Thanksgiving menu will be as follows:

    Prime Rib Roast (Hubby’s cooking it.)
    Memaw’s cornbread dressing
    Mom’s mashed sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar, and pecans
    Homemade cranberry sauce
    Green beans (boys’ request)
    Corn (boys’ request)
    Cherry pie? (not sure on dessert yet)
    Cupcakes (boys’ requested)

    Thanks for hosting, Laura!

    I’m so thankful for so much!

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    [email protected] says

    Appreciate the recipe ideas – I’m planning to try the trifle recipe soon! I agree with what you said; it is fun to put a trifle on the table just to hear everyone ooh and aah!

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    [email protected] For A Week says

    I love the taste of apple. Thanks for sharing the fabulous apple pie recipe. I had tried this recipe , yummy its delicious.


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