5 Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving may be over, but my fridge is still filled with leftovers. If you’re in the same boat, here are a few ideas to put your leftovers to good use. Let the feast live on! Continue reading “5 Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers”

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Pie

It’s the best week of the year: Thanksgiving week!

Short week, long weekend and more pie than you know what to do with. JK. We’re obvi going to eat it.

What dish are you in charge of at your Thanksgiving dinner this year? The BF and I are heading to both of our families this year so I’m on the hook for six (!) pies. Seven if you count our post turkey day friendsgiving. Good thing I find pie making pretty therapeutic. (Except when I burnt the butter twice today…)

Fall pie crust design with leaves

My turkey day pie marathon has officially kicked off for our annual “MergeGiving” at the office tomorrow. (Merge = our agency’s name).

Rather than make my usual pumpkin pie recipe that my coworkers have all tried, I decided to shake it up.

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Pie for Thanksgiving | via Pies Before Guys

Which brings me to this Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Pie. I used my Continue reading “Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Pie”

Downloadable Tech Backgrounds for November 2018

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Happy November! It’s officially pie month, aka the best month of the year. Who is ready for the Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving pie baking marathons?

Here are some tech backgrounds to inspire all your pie baking this month. Each download includes November calendar wallpapers for desktop, phone and tablet dimensions.

Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with these fun November themed wallpaper backgrounds! Continue reading “Downloadable Tech Backgrounds for November 2018”

How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Mini Pies

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving–aside from pie, obvi–are the leftovers. There’s just something about eating leftover stuffing in your pajamas that makes it taste 10x better.

How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Mini Pies

Traditionally, a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich is a fan favorite, but I’m here to push the boundaries.

Which is why I bring you: Thanksgiving Leftover Mini Pies.

How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Mini Pies

It’s everything you love about turkey day leftovers wrapped in warm pie crust. There’s nothing better.

Dough-licious. Continue reading “How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Mini Pies”

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers, Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

If you thought Thanksgiving couldn’t get any better, you’re in for a big surpise. Allow me to introduce you to the ultimate Thanksgiving leftover…

Pumpkin. Pie. Milkshakes.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers, Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes | Pies Before Guys

…because we all know you get way too full on stuffing and sweet potatoes to finish all that glorious pie.

And who could let a slice of pie go to waste?

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers, Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes | Pies Before Guys

After the strenuous day of turkey eating and wearing yoga pants, you’ll love this recipe because it’s easy as pie 😉.

Seriously…all you need is a slice of leftover pie, ice cream, and Continue reading “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers, Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes”

Hap-PIE Thanksgiving


May your plate be full of pie and your glass full of wine.

I have a few other #piegoals today too…

  • Transport three pies without ending up with a pie casserole in my trunk
  • Convince my family to eat dessert before dinner
  • Make sure everyone knows I’m thankful for pie
  • Sneak a second (or third) slice of pie
  • Manage to stay awake after all that pie
  • Contemplate what pie I’ll make next

Thanksgiving table of pie

I hope all your pies came out beautifully and taste even better. Have a dough-licous Thanksgiving. See you on the other side (with our fat pants on).


Friendsgiving Essentials


We can all agree that the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is TWO Thanksgiving dinners. So this week as everyone gets their to-do lists organized, we shall toast to the genius who created Friendsgiving.

Obviously the critical question on your Friendsgiving to-do list is: what pie am I making!? I would be seriously offended if that wasn’t your first priority.

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But people also get hungry for non-pie foods (weird…), and thirsty for things that are not pie shakes (strange…), and they want to take instagram worthy pics (gosh humans are needy). So I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Friendsgiving essentials for the overachiever in all of us.

Time to roll out the fat pants.


Fill your plate

Friends don’t let friends get hangry.

  • The real reason I need fat pants is stuffing. If it was acceptable I’d probably eat an entire meal of the glorious dish. WOW your friends with this drool-worthy wild mushroom stuffing
  • No one says no to bacon—except maybe your one vegetarian friend—but that just means more bacon for you. Check veggies off your list with these bacon brussels sprouts. Yes, you do need these in your life right now.

Fill your glass

Drinks worthy of a toast.

Fill your already full guests

No one will judge if you eat dessert first.

Fill your camera roll

If you didn’t instagram, did it really happen?


  • No matter which pie you choose, go all out with your pie crust: add some leaf cutouts, put something witty on top, craft a mind-blowing turkey out of dough…whatever floats your boat. Cue the impressed insta stories.
  • Note to self, take cute pics before your second helping of stuffing. Regardless, a cute banner takes your friendsgiving to the next level. Head to your nearest craft store and get to work. Stickers and pre-cut paper are your friend–or you can be a lunatic like me and cut scrapbook paper into the shape of leaves by hand (I don’t recommend it 😆).

Cheers to an epic Friendsgiving!

Friendsgiving - Love this pumpkin pie idea

Pumpkin Pie: Friendsgiving Edition

Friendsgiving is a great time to remember the pieorities in your life. Why are we thankful for pie?

  1. Pie will never call you fat
  2. Pie won’t stand you up
  3. Pie doesn’t judge when you take a second helping of stuffing
  4. Pie won’t make Wine feel like a third wheel
  5. Pie will always love you

Cue this year’s epic Friendsgiving, otherwise known as the pre-game to Thanksgiving—where we demolished not one, but two pie classics: pecan (courtesy of Meg) and pumpkin.

I’d love to share a beautiful photo of both pies side by side, but I’ll be completely honest with you: I have a one track mind. We served and ate all of both pies before even remembering we had a camera, so just trust me on this one.

By “all of both pies”  I literally mean there was not one crumb left to photograph so you’ll have to settle for a nice photo of our Friendsgiving banner, and dream about what Meg’s pecan pie must have looked like.

Fun banner to make for Friendsgiving this year

Thanksgiving round two is only four days away—so happy early Thanksgiving from our pie video and this pumpkin pie recipe to your table full of turkey. Until next month!

Friendsgiving Pumpkin Pie


1 prepared double all-butter crust
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 2/3 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch ground cloves
1 tsp molasses
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup carrot juice


Make the crust: Roll out your prepared double pie crust, arrange in pie pan, and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Then pre-bake (or “blind bake”) your crust.

Prep the filling: In a heavy-bottomed skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Continue to cook; the butter will foam and then begin to turn golden, then nut brown; whisk occasionally. When the butter is nut brown, immediately add the brown sugar, whisk, and then carefully add the water to loosen.

Bring the mixture to a boil and continue simmering until the mixture smells caramelized and starts to darken. Slowly add the heavy cream (the mixture will bubble rapidly) and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pre-baked pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and yolks together with the salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, blend the pumpkin puree with the allspice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, molasses, and lemon juice until smooth. With the machine running on low, stream the brown-butter butterscotch through the food processor’s feed tube and process until combined. Stream in the egg mixture, followed by the milk and carrot juice; blend until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides with a rubber scraper. Strain the filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a separate bowl, pressing through with a rubber scraper.

Pour into your pre-baked pie crust. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, rotating 180 degrees when the edges start to set 30 to 35 minutes through baking. The pie is finished when the edges are set and puffed slightly and the center is no longer liquid but still quite wobbly. Be careful not to over bake or the custard can separate; the filling will continue to cook and set after the pie is removed from the oven.

Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Serve slightly warm, at room temperature, or cool. The pie will keep refrigerated for 2 days or at room temperature.

Happy Friendsgiving!