Wait. Don’t move. Did you guys just feel that? It was the tiniest hint of a cool front in the air, even all the way down here in Miami. I’m scared to blink, or it’ll all go away as quickly as it came. This arctic dip into the upper 60s has me thinking all these crazy thoughts of sipping hot cocoa and gazing at twinkly lights under a cozy blanket. I even allowed myself to wear a faux fur vest out of the house. . . for a whopping 15 minutes.
I love this time of year. Thanksgiving. A time when we hit snooze on regular life and get to enjoy this precious paused moment in time with those around us. I’m thankful for so much this year: our family, our health, our home, and our friends who make it all that much more enjoyable. I’m also thankful for you. This blog has been a creatively cathartic outlet, and I really, really appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts and share your own as well.
I’m reminding myself to be intentionally thankful, even though it’s easy to focus on the tasks, to-dos. and the things that need fixing, like our oven that decided to give up on life just days before we planned to host Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so important to slow down and reflect on the things we’re grateful for. So, rather than crying about my broken oven, (or my air conditioner that took the plunge a week before my oven did. Sigh. I guess we’re just in that stage of homeownership when everything just falls apart. . .) I’m choosing to be thankful, instead, for a wonderful friend who graciously let me make a mess in her gorgeous new kitchen twice this week. (That amazing calligraphy in the photos below? That’s her work, too.)
Since I obviously can’t bake anything at my house these days, I had to come up with a back-up plan and search for a festive recipe for no-bake treats. Pinterest to the rescue! (Seriously, guys, where were we a decade ago when Pinterest didn’t exist? Walking around like cave people without mason jars, chalkboard everything, and step-by-step tutorials on how to get your eyebrows on fleek, no doubt.) Well, I found a super simple recipe for a traditional pumpkin pie alternative, and it’s quite amazing (no mason jars required).
No-Bake Pumpkin Parfaits
Prep time: 20 minutes; Yields: 4 servings
I found this recipe on Pinterest, but the original recipe* can be found here. (*I minorly tweaked the recipe, because I was lazy and didn’t feel like making my own whipped cream this time around. My kids were screaming. It was a time-saving survival situation.)
- One 4 oz. brick cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 18-20 ginger snap cookies, ground into fine pieces
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar and mix until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger until combined. Gently fold about 1/3 cup whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture.
Assemble the parfaits by layering the ground cookies, pumpkin mixture, and whipped cream. Repeat once or twice depending on the size of the glass. Garnish with cookie crumbs or nutmeg, if desired.
And there you have it. So simple to make, and quite enjoyable to eat! Besides, nothing makes me feel fancier than eating dessert with a demitasse spoon. Take that, broken oven. I dare you to try to ruin Thanksgiving! I’m excited to add these parfaits to the Thanksgiving menu this year. I think they’ll get along perfectly well with our traditional favorites.
What dishes are you looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving? What are you most thankful for? I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friends. Cheers!
“Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1