There’s nothing like having to remind yourself to be thankful repetively, like traveling through some of the busiest airports during a holiday season. As I write, I am in between destinations, trying to find some inner peace at the Dallas airport. Screaming children, obnoxious adults, and grumpy staff will not bring me down! With a Venti Nonfat Chestnut Praline Latte, no whip, no foam, in hand, I am going to smile at every single person I make eye contact with, until the muscles in my face give out and I need a nap. Thank God that my in-laws drink too, because something tells me I’m going to need a stiff one when I arrive in Georgia tonight.
There is one undeniable bonus to spending a full day (6am-6pm) in an airport: a free, home-cooked (not by you) Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Obviously the emphasis is more on the family, and less on the food (did I mention the turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pie…shall I go on?). The only thing I’ve ever contributed to my in-laws Thanksgiving table is green bean casserole (cue the Hallelujah music). It’s not Thanksgiving without it if you ask me. I’m pretty sure it was invented by the Pilgrims, who clearly brought the Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup with them from the mainland.
In addition to the cream of mushroom, I’m also guessing they brought some pumpkin cheesecake too. It’s obviously not Thanksgiving without that either. But if you’re like me, you’ll always look for an easy way out when it comes to baking. So with the exclusion of buying a pie (erroneous!), here’s the next best, easiest option!
You’ll need the following: Two packages of cream cheese, one tub of Cool Whip, one cup of powdered sugar, and one package of Nestle Tollhouse Pumpkin Spice cookie dough. If you’d like to remain somewhat healthy, the low-fat options of the cream cheese and Cool Whip are the way to go.
Spread the cookie dough on the bottom of greased ramekins or a pie pan, and bake according to package directions. While that’s baking, mix the remaining ingredients together. When your cookies are done, pour the mix on top, and refrigerate for at least an hour. And you’re done!
Told you. Easy right? Now on to the green bean casserole!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Try to remember that you are blessed and be thankful for everything and everyone you have around your table on Thursday!