VLOG: Family Thanksgiving in Las Vegas 2015

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My dad never asks for anything so when he mentioned he wanted to go to Las Vegas, we decided to make it happen! My sister and I flew in from Seattle while Pete the Greek traveled from Michigan. We had a Thanksgiving weekend we’ll never forget!

Vanilla Pumpkin YUM!

I host our annual Friendsgiving celebration every year and since a majority of my friends are misplaced Michiganders like myself, watching the Detroit Lions game is a tradition we don’t miss. Being on the West Coast means kickoff is at 9am so we start the day with breakfast and mimosas.

This is the EASIEST and oh-so-tasty holiday recipe you’ll find! Vanilla Pumpkin muffins are perfect for Thanksgiving morning and only needs TWO ingredients. Pick up some pumpkin pie filling and a box of French Vanilla cake mix. (You could also try different cake flavors if you’re feeling adventurous!)

Mix both ingredients into a medium size bowl. You’ll think it needs water, eggs, or oil. DON’T do it! You could, however, add chocolate chips which is what I did.


Blend the two using a mixer or simply a wire whisk. (I don’t even own a mixer since I only cook once a year. Eek!) Place paper linings into your muffin tin and fill each cup nearly to the top. Stick in the oven that’s preheated to 400 degrees for 15 minutes and you’re done. It’s as simple as that!

The Vanilla Pumpkin muffins took me 5-10 minutes to prep and are ready to go for Thanksgiving morning. I might throw a dash of powdered sugar on them but honestly, they’re great as is!


Steal this recipe. Use it as your own. Wear extra comfy pants tomorrow and don’t worry about your weight. It’s Thanksgiving…enjoy it!


(1) Can Pumpkin Pie Filling

(1) French Vanilla Cake Mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the ingredients. Line muffin tray and fill with mixture nearly to the top. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Seeing Red

Ellen Tailor Red Nails Shoes Vest

Maybe I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift too much. Maybe I’m getting into the holiday spirit. Regardless, I’m on a red kick. From red shoes to red nails, I’m loving everything red.

Today’s outfit was all about comfort. I had a ton of work to finish up before heading out for the long weekend then made a mad dash to the grocery store. Luckily I beat the rush and made it out with a cart full of Thanksgiving necessities. I’m hosting Friendsgiving at my house again this year and really enjoy cooking for everyone. I especially love these amazing vanilla pumpkin muffins I whip up. What’s your favorite holiday dish? Got any recipes you care to share? I’d love to hear them!

Shop the Look

Vest: Dress Barn; Sweatshirt: Old Navy; Shoes: Target; Bracelet: Stella & Dot; Watch: Michael Kors; Camo Hair Tie: Shop Love Me Knot; Nails: Essie “Really Red”