Turkey Time

As we dive further into fall every college student begins to realize that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Everyone knows that thanksgiving means family, food, and mom’s home cooking. As college students, these three promises are much more exciting than you ever realized growing up. This year I challenge you to mix up the traditions in your thanksgiving feast, try new recipes, explore, you never know what tradition you could start!

Pumpkin Hummus:

Hummus is all the rage this year so spice up your pre-meal snacks with a thanksgiving twist this year. This pumpkin hummus is not only delicious it will tide you over until its time for turkey!

1 ½ c. Cooked Garbanzo Beans, drained and drypumpkin-hummus-2-585x388

1 c. Pumpkin Puree

2 Tbsp. Tahini (sesame paste)

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

¼ c. Lemon Juice

½ tsp. Salt

½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon

½ tsp.  Ground Nutmeg

2 cloves Garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Coriander

Add all ingredients in a food processor and blend until nice and creamy. Serve with bread or veggies.

Apple Pie, in an apple!

This is not only a healthier option than the traditional Apple Pie, it different, fun, and easy to make! These are pictures of my personal apple creations but they are linked to the blog where I originally found the recipe. I recommend keeping these an immediate family tradition unless your extended family is small!

Apple-Pie-25-6 Granny Smith Apples (make sure they can stand on their own)

1 tsp. Cinnamon

¼ c. Sugar

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Pie Crust (Homemade or Pre-Made)


1. Cut off the tops of 4 apples, remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller, careful not to puncture the peal. Salvage as much as possible to use later!

2. Remove skin from remaining apples and slice thinly. Mix apples with sugars and cinnamons in a bowl. Scoop mix into hallowed apples.

3. Roll out pie Crust and slice into ¼ in strips. Cover apples in lattice pattern with pie crust strips.

4. Place in 8×8 pan with just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with Foil and Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove Foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies

These cookies are among the top 5 I’ve ever made or eaten. They were absolutely fantastic and combine my two favorite things about fall. They are delicious warm and cool, enjoy!

1 c. unsalted butter, nearly melted applecidercookies

1 c. granulated sugar

½ tsp. salt

1 (7.4) oz. box Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

3 c. all purpose flour

1 (14 oz.) Caramels

1. Preheat oven 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of cider mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, then mix in the baking soda and baking powder. Add flour and mix until just combined.

3. Scoop dough, flatten slightly in hand and place caramel in the center. Work the dough around the caramel sealing well. Place 2 inches apart on sheet.

4. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. After baking carefully slide parchment paper, with cookies onto counter, let cool until no longer soft but still slightly warm. Remove from parchment paper to finish cooling.


I hope that these recipes have inspired you to get creative this thanksgiving and spice up the Holiday with new and fun traditions. Happy Thanksgiving!


Chloe Deranek

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Chloe Deranek

Chloe Deranek is a senior nursing major at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN. Her favorite things include reading, laughing, and tea, "A lot can happen in a Year"

  • Okay I want to make every single one of these! They all look SO yummy!

    • Chloe Deranek

      Thanks! My personal favorite is the apple cider cookies! Too die for warm and cold:)

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