A post (by me!) from Today’s Woman Now: What To Wear To Thanksgiving This Year

Today’s Woman Now: What To Wear To Thanksgiving This Year.

Whether you’re getting dressed up, going casual, caring more about comfort, or simply staying in and owning the sweatpants look, there are so many ways you can go when it comes to holiday dressing. This Thanksgiving, try one of these inspired looks and you’ll be sure to impress whatever family you haven’t seen in a year or simply look super chic without looking like you tried too hard.

First, if you’re going to get dressed up, say with a dress or skirt, be sure to complete the look with a well-tailored and stylish coat. Like the Marc Jacobs one above, it is always safe to go with one that has a belt or that has some length, which gives it a more sophisticated and sleek look. With layering, you can tend to get bulky if you’re not careful. A good coat also makes a great first impression when reuniting with everyone for the holidays.

Next, if you’re going casual but still want to impress, try jeans and a sweater – a fall look you can never go wrong with if worn properly. Try a statement sweater with jeans and a pair of leather boots. Or, go with a simple sweater but add a statement vest, like this J. Crew one in a classic holiday red or even a trendy fur vest.

knit sweater dress mixes both dressy and casual if you’re not sure which way to go. A simple cream-colored one as seen above is a pretty neutral that gives you the opportunity to dress it up with fun accessories or stay casual with leggings and a plaid scarf.

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

For this past Thanksgiving, I also made these simple and semi-homemade raspberry cheesecake brownies. These brownies, look so much more complicated than they really are and are soo good! Definitely a good sweet to take if you are not hosting or if you need any type of house warming gift.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box of your favorite brownie mix (I like to use Ghirardelli dark choclate)
  • 1 cup cheesecake recipe (see below)
  • Fresh raspberries

Cheesecake:

  • 1 block regular cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Create brownie batter and put into pan just as you would regular brownies. Next, take the cheesecake recipe and put a few golf ball size dollops on top. Take a knife and swirl the brownie mix and cheesecake. Bake as directed on brownie package.

For the raspberries, you can either put them on before you bake, or sprinkle on top once fresh out of the oven. You can even make them a little sweeter with a light natural syrup to drizzle on top (this is my favorite way).

For the last option:

Take berries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1-2 tsp water. Mix together and let sit in the fridge while brownies cool. Drizzle on top.

There you have it, a simple, easy, delicious and impressive looking dessert!

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Coconut Orange Glaze

Since it was just Thanksgiving, I obviously was a baking fool! Recently, my parents had brought my sister and I a pumpkin walnut cake mix from Snoqualmie Falls in Washington this past month. So, this recipe is not for a cake or anything big but a glaze that I concocted to pair with the cake. My sister and I decided to make mini bundt cakes with this mix and then glaze them with a coconut orange glaze. This glaze really enhances the pumpkin flavor and the walnuts. This glaze is super easy peasy as well!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbs orange juice (I used fresh squeezed)
  • 1/4 tsp coconut extract
  • Add a little orange zest for extra flavor and presentation- optional

This recipe doesn’t make a ton but it was just enough for about 18 mini bundt cakes.

Hope you enjoy!

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Devil-licious Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

Attention chocolate lovers! If you want to impress your guests this Thanksgiving or any other holiday, I highly suggest you use this recipe. It is a recipe I got from my mom and for years, people have hounded her for this recipe. It is super moist, super delicious, and super easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 small package instant chocolate pudding (not sugar free- sorry dieters!)
  • 1 box dark chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 8oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 12oz. chocolate chips

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all ingredients, excluding the chocolate chips, in a large bowl. Once well mixed, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Grease with non stick spray (not flour) a large bundt pan.
  • Bake about 50 minutes (or less depending on your oven).
  • Let cool and then sprinkle with powdered sugar on top.

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Seriously, you just whip this all together and bake! It is so easy. The sour cream makes it super moist and you can even add variations such as different types of chocolate chips (butterscotch, dark or white, peppermint, peanut butter, whatever). If you like the peppermint idea, try adding a few drops of peppermint extract in as well. Very holiday-ish! However, the original recipe you cannot go wrong with. If I am not taking this to a party or get-together, I like to serve it with a dollop of cool whip! Sooo good!! I also have miniature bundt cake pans that I use sometimes to make individual cakes to share (mind you that if you try this bake for less time).

Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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