Pumpkin Ice Box Cake

Pumpkin Ice Box Cake // Simply Happenstance:: Pumpkin Ice Box Cake ::

I love traditional pumpkin pie… but I also really like variations of it to indulge in on Thanksgiving Day! Just like me.. my kids all adore foods made with pumpkin, so I decided to whip up this ice box version and try it out on them! {I seriously had a hard time photographing the cake… as they were attempting to dive right in!} 

Although the recipe may look daunting, with day before preparations, I promise you it isn’t hard! In fact, many of you probably prefer make-ahead recipes… am I right? If you are trying to spread out your cooking/baking… this may be the dessert for you! You can easily prepare this the day before and then piece it all together just prior to serving. 

Pumpkin Ice Box Cake  Recipe at simplyhappenstance.com #pumpkin #dessert #iceboxcakeWhat I like most about this lightly sweetened pumpkin cake is that it isn’t heavy. After eating loads and loads of appetizers, the full Thanksgiving meal, and indulging in drinks… who wants a heavy dessert?! Not me! Something light, yet boasting with flavor, is what I crave!   [READ MORE]

Pumpkin Date Smoothie

Healthy Pumpkin Date Smoothie:: Pumpkin Date Smoothie ::

I have to admit, I have a smoothie addiction, and right now I am love Pumpkin Smoothies.  My favorite one is at a local juice bar.  It’s a seasonal smoothie, so I thought I needed to come up with my own Pumpkin Date Smoothie before I have to go COLD TURKEY, which wouldn’t be a good thing this time of the year {wink}.

Yummy and healthy Pumpkin Date Smoothie  [READ MORE]

Easy Mashed Potato Casserole

Make ahead Easy Mashed Potato Casserole for the Holidays.:: Easy Mashed Potato Casserole ::

It’s crazy to think that in just 8 short days we will be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, but don’t panic! This recipe for Easy Mashed Potato Casserole will allow you to plan ahead and stress less on the big day.  [READ MORE]

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip:: Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip ::

I’m an appetizer and dessert girl. {In fact, I could almost do away with all other types of meals. Small bites of scrumptious food, paired with some fresh fruit or a salad, is sometimes all that I want!} Trader Joe’s makes a delicious spinach artichoke dip that they sell in their freezer aisle. My husby and I have been hooked on it for a while. We love dipping spicy soy + flaxseed chips or pita wedges into the creamy mixture! Since it’s a favorite light lunch for us, I thought I would try to make my own version of the dip… only healthier {that way I can eat more of it, right?!!}. 

Healthier Spinach Artichoke DipThe original recipe I found on the Food Network created by Ellie Krieger. I adapted a few items in the mixture with ingredients that I prefer {like Greek yogurt in place of sour cream}.  I love how it turned out and I hope that you do, too!   [READ MORE]

Chocolate Almond Oat Bars

No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars {simplyhappenstance.com}-44:: Chocolate Almond Oat Bars ::

{no-bake + gluten-free} 

Let’s talk about these chocolate bars! I’ve been trying to cut back on processed sugars over the past year {ok… several years!} It’s not always easy, since I’m the busy mama of four, have a crazy love of baking, and have a total sweet tooth! These days, I try to sweeten the treats I make using raw honey, when I can. I feel so great when I’m able to offer my kids a wholesome, homemade treat using fine, simple ingredients. These Chocolate Almond Oat Bars are just that. 


Pumpkin Waffle Cone Ice Cream

Pumpkin Waffle Cone Ice Cream the perfect fall treat.:: Pumpkin Waffle Cone Ice Cream ::

We are celebrating today with a big scoop of Pumpkin Waffle Cone Ice Cream.  Today my baby boy is 8! I can hardly believe that my little guy has become such a big boy. We have planned a family trip for this big day, but first there is always room for ice cream.  Pumpkin Waffle Cone Ice Cream for breakfast sounds like a great way to start off our weekend celebration!  [READ MORE]