10 Creative Thanksgiving Appetizers and Treats

10 Creative Thanksgiving Appetizers and Treats

Looking for fun and creative ways to jazz up your Thanksgiving table this year? Check out these 10 creative Thanksgiving appetizers and treats!


Turkey Cupcakes from Crayons and Cravings

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all about apple and pumpkin pie. These turkey cupcakes are not only cute but sure to be a big hit with kids. They’re colorful, tasty, and so much fun for kids to create.


Turkey Sugar Cookies from Conservamom

This fun and easy Turkey Thanksgiving Sugar cookies recipe will be a huge hit wherever you serve them. Grab your favorite Sugar cookie recipe and make it sparkle with this fun tutorial. Everyone will gobble them up!


Turkey Brownies from Swirls of Flavor

Turkey Brownies is an easy recipe for homemade brownies topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream and turkeys made of candy! So much fun for kids to make and eat! Turkey Brownies are guaranteed to become a holiday tradition!


Turkey Veggie Thanksgiving Tray from On My Kids Plate

This turkey veggie tray is an easy and fun platter to bring to any Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving party. The kids will love this fun turkey and you’ll have all your appetizer snacking ready to go as your Thanksgiving day feast cooks. This turkey vegetable platter is perfect for a crowd, especially if you have guests who are vegetarian, vegan or have food allergies. We made this fun turkey platter for a crowd, and the kids and adults both really loved it.


Acorn Donut Holes from Hodgepodge Hippie



Best Deviled Eggs for Thanksgiving from Dancing Through the Rain

These fun turkey eggs are the best deviled eggs for Thanksgiving, and all of your guests will comment on them. They are incredibly cute, but also incredibly easy. The perfect combination!


Thanksgiving Turkey-Shaped Cheese Platter Appetizer Recipe from Melanie Cooks

What could be a better Thanksgiving appetizer than a turkey-shaped cheese platter?  See how quickly this turkey will be dismantled and only crumbs left.


Turkey Cheeseball Thanksgiving Appetizer from In the Kids Kitchen

While the real turkey is roasting in the oven, you and your guests can enjoy this fun and festive turkey cheese ball appetizer. If you’re in a hurry, you can put together this turkey cheese ball in about 5 minutes – can’t beat that!


Turkey Leg Treats from Bitz & Giggles

A super fun Thanksgiving twist on rice krispie treats that will delight the kids.


Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Truffles from The Soccer Mom Blog

Cute fall dessert…check! But wait, there’s more!! Stir one of these pumpkin spice truffles into a cup of milk or coffee for a decadent surprise…

24 Healthy Treats for Kids of All Ages

24 Healthy Treats for Kids of All Ages

A healthy treat provides kids with energy and helps them receive nutrients on a daily basis. Check out these fun, delicious, healthy treats that your kids will be sure to love!

1. Healthy Chocolate MockShake from Snappy Gourmet
2. Caramel Apple Dip from Know Your Produce
3. Jello Legos from Brooklyn Active Mama
4. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark from Courtney’s Sweets
5. Chocolate Hazelnut Bars from Chisel and Fork
6. Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting from Low Carb Yum

7. Homemade Fresh Fruit Popsicles from The Best Ideas for Kids
8. Banana Doughnuts + Whipped Matcha Frosting from A Uniquely Edible Magic
9. Homemade Strawberry Lemonade from Natural Deets
10. Rainbow Yogurt Bites from Exploring Domesticity
11. Homemade Avocado Ice Cream from This Old Gal
12. Homemade Hummus from The Welcoming Table

13. Healthy Date Bars from Flavours Treat
14. Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Bites from Finding Zest
15. Gluten-Free Baked Mini Powdered Doughnuts from Strength & Sunshine
16. Parmesan Crusted Air Fryer Chicken Tenders from Recipes From A Pantry
17. Healthy Chocolate Clusters from Food Meanderings
18. Broccoli Tater Tots from Know Your Produce

19. Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Chop Muffins from On My Kids Plate
20. Oatmeal Almond Butter Chocolate Cups from Cakes to Kale
21. Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops from Courtney’s Sweets
22. Banana Oat Muffins from Hungry Healthy Happy
23. Mango Pineapple Sorbet from Finding Zest
24. Strawberry Enegry Balls from Bubba Pie

Taco Salad: A Tasty New Additon to Your Weeknight Menu

Taco Salad: A Tasty New Additon to Your Weeknight Menu

There are several ways to make a taco salad. I decided to share our family’s favorite way to make one. The ingredients are simple.

What you’ll need…

Tostito Cantina Thin & Crispy Chips
Hamburger Meat
Shredded Cheese
Ranch Dressing

Taco Salad Ingredients

Start by cooking your meat on the stovetop until done. While the meat is cooking, chop up your vegetables.


Once these steps are completed, layer your salad by placing the Tostitos chips at the bottom of your bowl. Next, add your hamburger meat. Add the vegetables on top of the meat. Top with shredded cheese. Lastly, add Ranch dressing if you wish (a few family members don’t). That’s it! Simple, easy and inexpensive!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad in Bowl

Love this taco salad? Check out this scrumptious broccoli salad or this awesome Big Mac salad.

I’ve had several people ask me where the plates and oven mitt are from. They are part of the lovely Pioneer Woman collection.

13 Pumpkin Patches to Visit in East Tennessee this Fall

13 Pumpkin Patches to Visit in East Tennessee this Fall

It’s fall, y’all! A trip to the pumpkin patch makes for a great annual family tradition. Nothing says fall like a trip to the pumpkin patch. Hayrides, petting zoos, yummy fall treats, pumpkin picking and games galore!

If you are thinking about visiting a pumpkin patch this season, I’ve compiled a list of tips to make your next visit stress and worry-free! I have also compiled a list of local pumpkin patches and corn mazes in East Tennessee.

Be sure to click on the links to each pumpkin patch or corn maze for more detailed information.

Tips for Your Next Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

It’s important to research the place you plan to visit before your trip. Visit their website to see what activities and food options are available, admission and parking fees and hours of operation. It is best to plan ahead so that you know how to dress, whether or not you need to pack snacks, how much money you will need in addition to admission and parking fees. Some places offer certain activities at an additional price and you don’t want to incur surprise costs.

Here are a few tips to consider when visiting a pumpkin patch:

  • Visit early morning or late in the day to avoid the mid-day heat.
  • Apply sunscreen. A nice fall day can still be sunny.
  • Pack appropriate medication if you have fall allergies in case of any flare-ups.
  • Bring a tote bag or a collapsible wagon for transporting pumpkins, especially if you plan to get several pumpkins.
  • Don’t forget to pack hand wipes and/or hand sanitizer, especially if you plan to eat while there.
  • Be sure to bring cash as some farms only accept cash.
  • Take lots of photos. The kids will love to look back on the memories.


Local Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes to Check Out for Family-Friendly Fun This Fall


Oakes Farm 
8240 Corryton Road, Corryton, TN 37721

Includes Admission to the Corn Maze, Back 40 activities, a Hayride, and the Flashlight Maze

Adults ages 11 & up: $12.95
Children ages 3 – 10: $10.95 Ages 2 and Under: FREE
Add a pumpkin for $5.50


Echo Valley Corn Maze
915 Bethel Church Rd, Jefferson City, TN 37760

Includes 3 Large Mazes, Kid Maze, Hayrides, Big Outdoor Playground, Zip Line, Pumpkin Cannon, Picnic Area with grills available. Refreshments, Evening Bonfires, Kids Niblet Train, Pumpkin Picking, Corn Shucking, Animal Feed (for Petting Zoo), Indoor Plumbed Restrooms, Discovery Barn (Featuring: Petting Zoo, 2 – 60 ft. Tunnel Slides, Loft Hay Play Area)

General Admission – $10 (Includes Mazes, Playground, Discovery Barn & FREE Parking)
The WORKS – $15 (Includes Mazes, Hayride w/ free pumpkin, Playground, Discovery Barn, Niblet Train, Animal Feed & FREE Parking)
2 & Under Free (Does not include Pumpkin)
* Children under age 11 MUST be accompanied by an adult.


Ballinger Farm
2738 Renfro Road, Jefferson City, TN 37760

$11 including tax per person – includes all we have to offer
2 and under – free with paying adult
Group rates are available.
Payment by cash or check only.


Myers Farm
3415 Gap Creek Rd, Bulls Gap, Tennessee 37711

Myers Farm has varied pricing. For detailed pricing and attraction information, click here.




Deep Well Farm
9567 Highway 11 E, Lenoir City, Tennessee 37772

Deep Well Farm has a variety of packages available. For detailed pricing and attraction information, click here.



Hyde Farms
7545 Highway 411 S, Greenback, Tennessee 37742

$10 Admission: Includes maze, hayride, and all ground activities.
Pick your own pumpkin, only $5.00



Maple Lane Farms
1126 Maple Ln, Greenback, TN 37742

Maple Lane Farms has varied pricing. For detailed pricing and attraction information, click here. For anyone interested, they also have a haunted corn maze.


Narramore Farms
199 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston, Tennessee 37763

Admission: $7 (4 years and older)
3 years and under: FREE
All Pumpkins: $5

Over 20 activities for kids and adults of all ages. Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, onsite grown popcorn, hand made food and treats.


Kyker Farms
938 Alder Branch Rd, Sevierville Tn 37876

Ages 6 & up: $14.50
Ages 3-5: $7
Ages 2 & under: Free

Kyker Farms Corn Maze has 5 mazes to keep you Kornfused, but that’s not all.  Kyker Farms is stock full of family fun for all ages including: Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch, Tunnel Slides, Straw Crawl, Corn Tub, Swings, Corn Cob Swing, Corn Hole, Kyker’s Kritter and Educational Barn, Kyker’s Korn Hopper (bouncing pillow),  Bee Line (zip line), Trike Track, Farm Facts Maze, Haunted Trail, Zombie Blasterz (Zombie Paintball Adventure),  Bonfire sites, Concessions.


Old McDonald Farm
16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, TN 37373

Admission: $12.50 per person; children 3-years-old and younger are admitted free of charge. $11 per person for groups of 25 people or more. Also offering Military, Police, Firefighters, & Paramedics special admission price of $11.00 per person

Visit the corn maze, pet farm animals at the Critter Barn, mine for gems, enjoy a hayride through a real, working farm, and much more.


Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
490 County Road 67, Riceville, TN 37370

Adults: (Ages 13+) $10
Children: (Ages 3-12) $8
Ages 2 and Under: Free
Military Discount: $2 for the service person (ID required).

Admission to farm includes: Corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin field, animal petting barn, Obstacle Course, Hippity Hop Track, Tricycles (adult and child), Duck races, Tractor dig, and Redneck horseshoes. Pumpkins sold separately 50 Cents per pound.


The River Maze
1371 Hwy 64, Ocoee, TN  37361

Ages 3 and older- $11.90 plus tax: This price includes all 5 mazes, hayride, animal area, CornHole, corn box, CornBall, JumpPad, Raccoon Rollers, Farm Chore Frenzy course, horsey tire swings, “The Fairy Tale Trail” and more. You must purchase tokens for the Cow Train, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting & Corn Cannon. Pumpkins are also available for purchase!

If you want to only come and pick your own pumpkin out of the field, price is $5+ tax for your hayride plus the price of your pumpkins!

Group rates: 15-34 people-$11.00 plus tax, 35+ people-$10.50 plus tax


Autumn Acres
1096 Baier Rd, Crossville, TN 38571
General Admission: $12.00 (includes tax)  (Adults & Children ages 3 and up)
Children ages 2 & under: Free
VIP Admission:  $17.00 (includes tax)

General Admission includes: 10 Acres of Corn Mazes that includes 3 mazes (Farm Tracks Maze, FSI Maze, Trivia/Biblical Maze), Unlimited time on the Mega, Bouncing Pillow, Hayride around the farm with a stop at the Pumpkin Patch (Pumpkin Priced Separately), Country Critters Petting Zoo, 3 Little Pigs House, The Chicken Coop, Goat Walk Attraction, The Kids Corral (Slides, Tunnels, Hay Mountain, & More!), Corn Crib, Tire Tower, Rope Mountain, Life Size Game Arena, Pirate Ship Playground, Mega Tunnel Slides, Animal/Horse Swings, Swings Set, Charlotte’s Web, Use of the Picnic Shelter, Use of the public fire pit, and Steer Roping.

12 Savory Fall Instant Pot Recipes

12 Savory Fall Instant Pot Recipes

The Autumn Equinox arrives on September 23, 2019! What better way to celebrate the first day of fall than to celebrate with a savory fall instant pot recipe? Be sure to stop by these amazing blogs an check out this list of delicious fall recipes. Let me know if you try one and what you thought of it!

1. Instant Pot White Chicken Chili from Freezer Meals 101
2. Easy Instant Pot Potato Soup from Three Little Ferns
3. Instant Pot Vegetable Soup from Easy Family Recipe Ideas
4. Cheesy Chili Noodles: One-Pot Dinner Idea from Kenarry
5. Hearty Minestrone Soup from Jan’s Family Notebook
6. Curried Chicken and Vegetables in the Instant Pot from Cooking with Carlee

7. Instant Pot Pot Roast: Making Beef Roast in an Electric Pressure Cooker from Mom Foodie
8. Instant Pot Cheeseburger Soup from The Farm Girl Gabs
9. Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff from Instant Pot Party
10. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from Cooked By Julie
11. Instant Pot Roasted Fingerling Potatoes from Simplistically Living
12. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup from Dear Creatives