Easy Thanksgiving Pies and Sides | Fresh Fridays, November 18

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As I sit down to write this post, snow is falling softly outside; I am reminded that indeed the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving for us in the US will be here next Thursday and all my sites are set towards that feast.

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In todays newsletter I’m focusing on pies. I love pies and I honestly don’t have enough of them on the blog, that will be changing next year! Plus 7 knock-out Thanksgiving sides you don’t want to miss! Plus a GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment at the end of the post on what will you be cooking and baking? Are you traditional with a turkey and all the fixin’s? I have a few friends that deeply dislike turkey, so they make lasagna, or a roast and some even do sushi! However you are celebrating, I wish you and your family a day of laughter, deep conversations, warmth and love — and gratitude, for the bounty we have!

Wild Turkeys roaming the grounds at Glen Eyrie.

Thank you to all of you who commented and wished my husband and I a happy anniversary, we had a marvelous time down at Glen Eyrie, see below for a few pictures from our time in this beautiful castle. Browse the table of contents below for more.

7 Easy Pie Recipes

What is your favorite pie at Thanksgiving? I grew up in a huge family of pie bakers and eaters, all 3 of my brothers are fabulous pie bakers! But my husband and boys, they are all about the chocolate, so if I make a pie for them, it has to be chocolatey.

I hope you enjoy all these pie recipes, with my newest being this Creamy, Dreamy No Bake Eggnog Pie — it is never too early for eggnog, in fact you should try my new eggnog latte recipe too!

Slice of no bake eggnog pie on plate and topped with whipped cream with coffee in background.
Pumpkin Custard Pie with slice removed.

Pumpkin Custard Pie Recipe (Costco Copycat)

This pumpkin custard pie recipe is spot-on for a Costco pumpkin pie recipe! With a buttery crust, creamy custard filling; this is the best pumpkin pie, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

Gluten-Free Apple pie with slice removed revealing juicy layers of apples square image.

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Crispness in the air, leaves crunching underfoot, what better way to celebrate fall apple season than with a juicy, sweet-tart, delicious apple pie! The recipe is written as gluten-free, but you can make it regular too! With the crust and crumble topping made from the same dough, this is an easy fail-proof pie.

Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie slice on a plate with bite on a fork.

Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie Recipe

The rich buttery brown sugar flavors mixed into a creamy homemade butterscotch pudding nestled in a flaky pastry crust. This Butterscotch Cinnamon pie recipe is Heavenly!

Square image of whole easy key lime pie with dollops of whipped cream and decorated with wedges of key limes.

The Best Key Lime Pie

An Award winning Key Lime Pie and while not everyone would think of this for Thanksgiving, this recipe gets thousands of downloads every holiday season and for great reason! It’s simple, make-ahead and delish!

No bake chocolate pie with graham cracker crust with wedge removed on pie server.

No Bake Chocolate Pie

I have the easiest, most scrumptious no bake chocolate pie recipe for you with options for personalization. My mouth waters just thinking about the silky smooth texture and rich flavor in this dessert! Make in this graham cracker crust or using an Oreo cookie crust! Death by chocolate!

closeup of mini french silk chocolate pies with whipped cream and chocolate curls | #thefreshcooky

Mini Chocolate French Silk Pies

Smooth as silk, Mini Chocolate French Silk Pies are the bomb! Creamy, decadent chocolate French silk pie filling on a toffee graham cracker crust, with a dollop of vanilla bean whipped cream. If desired, make in a standard pie plate or 8×8 square pan.


Emile Henry French Ceramic Artisan Ruffled pie dish.

Emile Henry Ceramic Artisan Pie Dish

In honor of all of these fabulous pies and the wonderful readers all of you are, I am giving away one of these stunning Emile Henry Artisan Pie Dishes.

How to Enter the Giveaway

Simply comment at the end of the post with your favorite pie and why! Giveaway is for U.S. residents only and will be open through Sunday at midnight. Winner will be notified via email.

This giveaway is not in partnership with Williams and Sonoma, but paid for by The Fresh Cooky.

7 Slam-Dunk Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I tend to make the same thing year after year, because it’s requested and it’s delicious. And a couple of my favorite recipes have recently been added to the blog, so now you can make them too!

I started making this Fresh Green Bean, no canned soup, Green Bean Casserole with Bacon several years back and finally wrote it all down so you can enjoy it too! Best part, 20 minutes prep! And you can make it ahead of time and freeze if you need too, or just prep it all and tuck in the fridge until ready to bake! If casseroles aren’t your thing, make these stovetop Southern-Style Green Beans instead, ready lickity split!

Creamy, ultimate green bean casserole with serving on wooden spoon.

Besides having the Thanksgiving turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes, here’s a sampling of what our holiday table holds.

Broccoli au gratin in gratin dish.

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Au Gratin Recipe

I’ve been making this broccoli au gratin for years, super simple and ready in about 30 minutes, this cheesy broccoli dish cannot be beat! A simple low-carb holiday side, made with nutty gruyere cheese!

Square image for corn pudding casserole with square of corn pudding on a plate with a fork and yellow flowers behind.

Easy Corn Casserole without Jiffy

Easy corn casserole without Jiffy is so simple, using everyday, all-natural ingredients. This corn pudding recipe, simply put — is the best corn side dish. Plus easily adapt this recipe to be gluten-free.

Recipe image of white baking dish filled with cheesy funeral potatoes with a scoop removed.

Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

Cheesy potato casserole topped with buttery corn flakes, creamy, cheesy, easy with no canned soup. The best potluck and holiday dish ever. Make ahead and gluten free option.

Fresh Cranberry Relish

This has been our family recipe for decades, literally as long as I can remember a holiday I remember this bright jewel of a recipe. Fresh cranberries, oranges, nuts (if you like) and sugar, grind it all up and it is so refreshing and is tremendous served on your leftover Thanksgiving sandwich the next day!

Image of casserole dish filled with the best stuffing ever, a variety of bread types are used with chunks of sausage, nuts, apples and more

Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

An easy Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe that is the best, savory sausage, apple, walnut stuffing made with fresh pumpernickel, sourdough and brown bread, a new holiday tradition!

Square image of easy yeast rolls with several rolls in a red napkin lined basket.

Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners

A super easy light, buttery and delicious yeast roll; started in your bread machine for fresh, hot rolls in no time! Perfect recipe for beginners! Everyone who tries them loves them!

Holiday Praline Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

A simple side that I’ve been making for the past 30 years. Make it ahead, freeze and then thaw slightly before baking! Light, creamy, complex, with undertones of orange and cinnamon, touched with a hint of whiskey, not to mention the indulgent sweet pecan praline topping.

Photos from our Anniversary Weekend at Glen Eyrie Castle

As promised here are some photos from our weekend stay at the Castle at Glen Eyrie, which translated means, Home of the Eagles Nest.

Glen Eyrie castle all decked out in lights at night.

A beautiful bed and breakfast located in the foothills of Colorado Springs (near Garden of the Gods), this English Tudor-style castle was built in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs and is currently owned and operated by The Navigators.

Gorgeous rooms, stunning grounds; reasonably priced — I highly recommend you take a tour, reserve a spot for high tea, and stay a night or two. Each Christmas they transform the Great Hall in the Castle into a 1600’s Madrigal Banquet. It’s sold out for this year, but I’m preparing to get on that list for next year! Check out all of their upcoming events.

These opinions are all my own, I was not compensated in any way by Glen Eyrie.

We saw big horn sheep our first morning there and I was caught without a camera! We saw hawks, I think I spied an eagle and there were wild turkeys all over! Lucky for them they are protected! LOL!

Beautiful turkey flying down from rock ledge.

We took little hikes each day, one of them to the grave site honoring Dawson Trotman and his wife, founders of the Navigators. He bought the property in 1953 and died saving the life of a drowning woman in 1956.

“Thank You Delivery Drivers” Free Printable

Well it’s just about that time of year, unless you are one of those that buys Christmas presents all year long!

Last year I made this free Delivery Driver Thank You for people to print, it will ask you to sign up for my mailing list again, don’t worry it won’t add you twice! I am setting up my “Thank you station” this week.

Image of Delivery Driver Thank you printable on wall with snack bin filled with drinks and snacks.

Weekly Inspiration | Whoa! Easiest Way to Find Wonder Again

Below is a beautiful post from Ann Voskamp, with excerpts from her Advent Book The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmaswhich I highly recommend for Advent (check out my Advent recommendations)!

So this turns out to be the tenderest relief in a wild season: There are just FIVE Mondays from now and Christmas Eve.

And when the holidays hit in a year like this? We’re all choosing holy days more than hyped-up days.

“Holy days — over hyped-up holidays. Falling in love — over falling in debt. Wonder — over worry.”

When the holidays hit this year, we’re all not choosing to fall more in debt because of consumerism, but we’re choosing to fall more in love because of Christ.

Ann Voskamp Quote for Thanksgiving.

When the holidays hit this year, we’re all not going to be hit by all the worry — we’re choosing to be hushed by all His wonder.

Holy days — over hyped-up holidays. Falling in love — over falling in debt. Wonder — over worry.

The wonders of His love are everywhere — if you are in love with the wonder of Him. This is how the brilliant live.

So when she opens it up, I stop everything, and kneel right down.

Look, Mama!” She laughs like a shower of stars.

Our baby girl’s eyes are saucers — awed. (Read the rest of the post here)

Phew, this was a long one, I hope you enjoyed browsing and were inspired to make a recipe, sit with a cup of Christmas Chai and breathe in the wonder of the season.

May your holiday season be filled with less hurry, worry and stress and be filled with more child-like wonder, hope and peace.

With hope, great gratitude and love,

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. I forgot to mention my favorite pie!
    I actually don’t really like pies that much , I much prefer cookies, but I really like lemon merengue and lemon cream cheese pie. The best is sharing coconut cream pie from Julie DeMarcus mom’s recipe with ‘ the girls’!

  2. Hi my friend,
    So happy you had a beautiful anniversary.
    We had an early Thanksgiving this year and I made your easy corn casserole! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe, so I just forwarded it to several friends and neighbors!
    Happy Thanksgiving 🥰

  3. Every summer I would go blackberry picking. Then my grandmother would make a blackberry pie. It is still my favorite pie especially if it is made with wild blackberries.

  4. It might sound strange, but our family favorite isn’t really a pie. It’s Pumpkin crisp!
    A N Y T H I N G Pumpkin for them. I’ve already made it 5 times this fall…I’ve taken one to co-workers and so has my son! It’s always a hit!
    But if we had to choose a pie 🥧 , it’d be…you guessed it, the good ole standard pumpkin pie!
    What can I say, we’re cliche’. 🙃

    1. Pretty traditional Thanksgiving dinner for us. Turkey and all the usual fixings. My favorite pies are my mom’s apple pie and a pumpkin Praline pie. You blend brown sogar, butter and pecans into a paste and press it into the bottom of the pie crust and then add your pumpkin custard. It is always a favorite with that little surprise at the bottom.

  5. Oh, pie — how to choose just one as a favorite when there are so many great ones, and they’re all different! Since I can only pick one here I’ll go with…coconut cream on a cookie crust, with whipped cream, not meringue. Thank you for all your great posts and inspiration!

  6. I would have to say my favorite pie is Concord Grape Pie. It is a recipe that I got from my Great Aunt Mary about 40 years ago. It not only is delicious, most people have never heard of it!

  7. Thanks for the pumpkin pie recipe….will try that. And I have used the corn casserole without Jiffy, even though we live less than an hour from the Jiffy factory. Not fans of the lard in that box.

  8. Hi Kathleen,
    I look forward every Friday to my email from you. Every recipe I’ve has been a winner.
    I have never made a pie from scratch but you inspired me to make the apple pie
    for Thanksgiving.

    Thanks for all your great content
    Karen Mooberry

  9. My favorite pie – I have to tell you what a dear friend (gone now) used to tell me when he sat at our table on Sunday evenings where I often capped our meal with homemade pie: “There’s only two pies, I like – hot and cold pie!” 🙂

    Having said that, MY personal favorite is a gooseberry pie. It’s kind of different and reminds me of childhood! My dad and uncle would pick wild gooseberries but then my mom finally planted a row of gooseberry bushes. She would harvest them and then freeze them so we could enjoy pie long after the season. Gooseberries are quite tart and they need the sweetness of pie to be palatable.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. The no bake chocolate is my favorite and brings back so many memories of my childhood, all 6 of us kids loved this pie and Mom loved to make it for us.

  11. OH goodness. So many wonderful ideas and recipes Kathleen. Yank you for sharing. We wish you and your family a beautiful holiday season.
    Phyllis from

  12. You had me at toffee graham cracker crust for your chocolate French silk pie! But definitely knocked it out of the park with a dollop of that vanilla bean whipped cream! I am so so thankful for this recipe! This is what I’ll be bringing to my sister for our family Thanksgiving dinner! This is her favorite pie but with all that delicious bonus you added I cannot wait to watch her reaction when she takes a bite! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  13. My favorite pie is mincemeat, which cant be found anywhere nowadays. I am elder but still have the taste for it. You must remember some of us don’t have a large family to share with and maybe can give small amt recipes also. Blessings to all this season and hopefully the crime will reduce.

    1. Hi Pat, I do you give suggestions on most of my recipes, how to cut them in half and many of them can easily be made smaller. Pies are a little more difficult. But even those you could make into tarts and maybe freeze or make in a smaller springform pan or even a skillet. I will try and be more sensitive to that too! I’ve never tried mincemeat but I would love to! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Peanut Butter Pie. It’s like a Pecan Pie but you use peanut butter in the filling and sprinkle peanuts on the top. My Grandfather made it every year.