Feeling Thankful + Fall Pinterest Party

by Jenn (eating bender) on November 26, 2014

Well hello there, day before Thanksgiving. Where did you come from?

I didn’t plan to take almost an entire month off from blogging, but the semi-break has been helpful in finding time to cross off at least some of the to-dos in the four months we have left as a family of two. Baby Bender’s nursery is starting to look pretty spiffy, and I am starting to look like I’m basting my own Thanksgiving turkey. :) But I am loving every minute – the bigger my belly gets, the more I get to feel our little dude practicing his karate. At this rate, he’ll be a black belt by Christmas.

We’re looking forward to a Thanksgiving similar to those we’ve been enjoying over the past several years, with an abundance of family, food and feelings of gratitude for the many people and things we have to be thankful for. If you’re celebrating tomorrow, I hope you enjoy every minute.

And just in case your menu isn’t quite set in stone, I thought it would be timely to share the results of our fall Pinterest party, which happened during my trip to Chicago last month. It was amazing to have the chance to plan and prep with Lauren, Kelli and Monica (who flew in from her new home in California!) at least once more before any pint-sized additions are added to our group.

I would recommend any of the dishes and drinks we made for your table tomorrow.

Fall Pinterest Party

Fa-la-la-la Fall Pinterest Party Menu

Beverages: Apple-Pie Spiced Cider and Mock Champagne (pinned here and here)

Appetizer: Apple and Cheddar Cheese Soup (pinned here)

Main Course: Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Shells (pinned here)

Side Dish: Baked Tomatoes, Squash and Potatoes (pinned here)

Dessert: Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread with Vanilla Glaze (pinned here)

Note: The majority of the delicious food pictures below are courtesy of Monica.

As usual, we divided the tasks and responsibilities. I started out by chopping up the ingredients for our Apple and Cheddar Cheese Soup.



This soup was truly awesome – my favorite part was the blending at the end.


While Lauren was cooking the soup’s onions and carrots, Kelli was hard at work on our first drink: the Apple-Pie Spiced Cider.


It was a perfect blend of sugar and spice. We skipped the brandy, but I bet that’d add a real kick.


As our true culinary professional, Monica helped with a little of everything, including prep for the Baked Tomatoes, Squash and Potatoes, which Lauren then artfully placed in the pan (her favorite job).


Monica also got the Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Shells ready for Lauren to stuff. Check out the master hard at work. Such an intense look of concentration.




Annnnd she sliced the apples and biscuits for our Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread with Vanilla Glaze!




Finally, all that was left was to fill our mason jar glasses with Mock Champagne


…and set the table for a fall-themed feast.



So, how did it all turn out, you ask?








I’d say Pinterest perfect. :) The mocktails were deliciously fruity and the soup, shells and baked tomatoes, squash and potatoes were the right amount of flavor and heartiness for an autumn day.

But the pull-apart bread…oh, the pull-apart bread.


I made another batch as soon as I got back to Arizona. It was quick, easy and amazing!

Big thanks to Kelli for hosting, to Monica for flying all the way from California and to Lauren for just being herself (and hosting me!). I miss you ladies already, but am grateful that we’ve created an abundance of tasty memories to treasure forever – and now a party for every season!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



1 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner November 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

Everything looks so vibrant and beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving, Jenn!
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2 Jenn (eating bender) November 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Thanks, Chelsea – Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

3 Karla November 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

This party looks off-the-charts! Incredible people, tasty food and drink and lovely decor. Thanks for bringing us inside the fun, Jenn!

Also, you totally made me LOL here: “I am starting to look like I’m basting my own Thanksgiving turkey.” Not true! You’re looking like a glowing mama-to-be. :)
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4 Erica November 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I want a belly shot :) :). Pleasssseee. I’m so excited for yall! 4 months?! Time flies. This looks like an incredible party. I think the vegetables and stuffed shells would be my most favorite parts

5 Monica November 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Yesssss… much better to relive the fun a month later :) Love the recap and the graphics you put on the collage! So glad we were able to have this Pinterest party before adding our own little additions to the group… especially when you throw in some apple pull-apart bread (I want some now!) Mandu was excited to meet Spidey for the first time, though their meeting was a bit strained with our tummies in the way, haha. That minor problem will fix itself soon enough.. :) Can’t wait to hear details on the nursery in the coming months! Happy Thanksgiving!
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6 Liz S. November 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

SO fun!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving, dear Jenn!

7 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

I love that you girls do this! It looks like so much fun! I wish my friends would do it, too. Maybe when we move and I could fit more people in my kitchen. :)
Happy Thanksgiving!
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8 Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel November 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I love seeing foodies in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. What a fabulous idea!!

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