This article offers some of the best ideas for simple no bake desserts for the holidays.

Simple No Bake Desserts Thanksgiving

Y’all. I love Thanksgiving. I am a big fan of a lot of holidays. Christmas and my birthday included. But I do believe Thanksgiving may be my favorite.

It may be the fall weather, the pumpkins and mums and cornstalks. Oh, I love me some cornstalks. And pumpkin pie. add a tub of coolwhip here. A pumpkin pie is always one of the first things I bake in the month of November. This is my favorite gluten free crust.

I tweeted earlier tonight that I may or may not have been practicing my table scape for Thanksgiving dinner tonight. My mom and I made a quick run to Hobby Lobby today on a mission for large wreaths and garland for Christmas. While I left with a slew of ideas and no wreath or garland, I did pick up this book that has been on my list for a bit and some fabulous round, gold mats that I can not wait to use. Obviously. As I started setting the dining room table tonight for Thanksgiving.

Gold place mats hobby lobby

On to the Thanksgiving menu ……

Planning the Thanksgiving menu is always near the top of everyone’s list as the holidays begin approaching. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

Desserts. Hello? Is this not the best part of the menu? Ok. Maybe just around here. But it’s definitely popular with most.

In all of my planning and searching and pinning, I have found these 30 ideas for Simple No Bake Desserts for Thanksgiving. Y’all are welcome. Many of these can easily be made gluten free. I will definitely be using one a few of these throughout the holidays. Who doesn’t love Simple No Bake goodness??

Easy-peasy goodness.

30 Simple No Bake Desserts

  1. Easy No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Icebox Cake
  2. No Bake Cannoli Cheesecake
  3. No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie
  4. Black Forest Mousse Cake (No-Bake)
  5. Creme Brulee No Bake Cheesecake
  6. Easy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  7. No Bake TWIX Caramel Apple Salad Recipe
  8. No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake
  9. No Bake Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Pie
  10. Chocolate Toffee No Bake Cookies
  11. No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie
  12. No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Dessert
  13. No Bake 2 Layer Pumpkin Pie Recipe
  14. Easy No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Cup
  15. Mini No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes
  16. No Bake Peanut Butter Butterfinger Pie
  17. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
  18. No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake
  19. Black Bottom No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  20. Lightened No Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie with Gingersnap Crust
  21. No-Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe
  22. Mini No Bake Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecakes
  23. No Bake Pumpkin Pie
  24. No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
  25. Pumpkin Pie Dip – Easy and No Bake
  26. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  27. No Bake Banana Cream Pudding Cheesecake
  28. No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Layered Dessert
  29. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  30. Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Pie

Simple No Bake Desserts Thanksgiving

Do y’all have a favorite dessert or dish for the holidays? Tell me in the comments or link to the pin.

We’ve all heard the word. Divorce. None of us set out to get married to get divorced. I know I didn’t. I know I also thought for years “that will never happen to me.”

I also know I am one of those people who just smiled through it all and kept chugging along. All while dying on the inside.

It all happened a few years ago. It all started more years ago than that. And today I sit here remarried. And happy. But most importantly, healthy. I’ve lived through another type of hell since getting divorced, but walking through a season of divorce can suck every living breath out of you. Literally.

No story is the same, but many have similarities. Some deal with narcissists. Some adulterers. Some face parental alienation. Some have lived through abuse and addictions. And some of us have faced it all.

What I do know is no one is ever prepared for it. There is no 12 step program to prepare for divorce, and there is no fix-it button found through any step of it. It all feels so unreal. You wonder how you will make it through some days. And some days, even just hours.

While I have no regrets, I wish there were things I had known, mostly about myself, during that season.

3 Things No One Tells You About Divorce

3 Things No One Tells You About Divorce

You are braver than you realize.
You are going to have people who tell you it’s not the way. You may have others asking you why you stayed as long as you did. You will have doubt and fear and every other type of anxiety creep up on you at all hours. You will have people who tell you to stick it out for the kids. But I am here to tell you some relationships are more detrimental to children than a broken one. It takes a huge amount of courage to stand up for yourself and demand a better life for yourself. Not for your kids. Not for your parents or for your friends. But for yourself.

You will lose friends.
And truthfully? The ones you do lose, you didn’t need in the first place. People’s true colors shine through the hardest times. And some won’t abandon you because they’ve taken the other’s side, but simply because they are shocked. And don’t want to get involved. Those aren’t the ones you want in your inner circle anyway. Just remember–friends are friends for a reason, for a season, or for life. You will find out through this season which category each of yours fall in. And that’s ok. If they aren’t in your corner holding you up and cheering you on each day, delete them. As harsh as that may seem, it’s for your health. The only people who need to be in your inner circle are those who are for you. Not necessarily only those who agree with everything about you. But those who are grounded and guarded and have your best interest at heart. Those who will say the hard things to you. And stand by you regardless of your faults and failures.

Divorce is like a death. Just without all the food.
The process of grief is the same. You lose someone, and possibly that side of the family–whether you wanted to or not–your norm is only a memory and all of life changes. But unlike when someone dies, you won’t have casseroles and meat trays delivered to your door. Let yourself grieve. There will be an ebb and flow to healing. It’s ok that some days you are just getting through and not necessarily the super-hero you once were. It’s really ok. Because in the end, you will be a stronger and braver super-hero than you could ever imagine.

Things no one tells you about divorce


If you have a blog, you are a blogger. If you earn any amount of income from your blog–whether through affiliate links, paid ads, ad networks, sponsored posts, etc.– you are required to file taxes. Don’t stress. These tax tips are simple. And whether you have an online or a brick and mortar business–filing taxes is just a part of being a business owner.

**I am not an accountant or financial expert. I am sharing these tips on a personal level. I suggest you consult with a reputable accountant and have all of your questions answered by a for-real professional.

I remember hearing people say for years that “If you don’t make over $600, you don’t have to worry about it.”


If you don’t earn a minimum of $600 from one company, they may not liable to give you a 1099.
But YOU as the earnER are liable to report it.

ALLLLLL earnings, y’all.

If have earnings from an affiliate account, you claim it.
If you sell ads on your blog, you claim it.
If you write a sponsored post, you claim it.
If you receive products for review, you claim it. What?! Yes. You are to claim the value of the products received. The end.

Bottom line–if you make it, you claim it.


Do people find loopholes? Of course. Hence, our country is in the state it is in.
Hello? Debt. People are always looking for an easy way out. And avoiding taxes is at the top of many lists.
No worries–I’m not going there. Yet.

But as an entrepreneur, your goal should be to succeed.

And in America, with success comes taxes.
It’s just how it is. Federal and state, unless you live in one of these states.

What deductions can bloggers take on taxes?

If you spend money on your business/blog, part of these expenses can be deducted.

**Let me re-emphasize: I AM NOT AN ACCOUNTANT OR FINANCIAL EXPERT. I’m just typing this post and you are reading it. It’s like we are just sitting around, having a nice, little chit-chat, ok? Okay.

(refilling your sweet tea)

Below is a list of common deductions bloggers may take on their taxes:


  • Your blog design or template
  • Business cards
  • Purchased ads on other sites
  • Photo editors, like PicMonkey
  • Blogging related e-courses
  • Social media scheduler, like this one
  • Blog planner
  • Blog conferences or workshops
  • Hotel and transportation costs associated with a blogging event
  • Supplies for projects or recipes that you use in tutorials on your blog
  • Computer
  • Printer, printer paper, toner
  • Camera, lens, SD cards
  • Customized email signature
  • Web hosting
  • Domain name fees
  • Paypal fees
  • Stock photo fees
  • Software used in your business, such as inDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office
  • Email marketing service
  • Fonts
  • Accounting fees
  • PO Box fees
  • Postage fees
  • Blog coaching/consulting

There are also allowances for home office space and furniture. But be careful, y’all. The stipulations are strict. Again, this is something a professional accountant can advise you on.
Save your receipts. Let me repeat that.

SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS. Organize them, file them, love them, hate them. Just save them.
They are your “proof” of your expenditures.

You may sit there and think “Well, I don’t have to worry about that. I don’t make any money from my blog.”
Think again.

You never know where your blog may lead you. And if you start early (aka NOW), you will be that much further ahead come next year at tax time.

And then you can thank me for telling you to SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS. <wink>

I jest.



Maggie-Peyton and I had a 2+ hour layover Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. 1000s of people scurrying through the airport, and we walked by this one young guy in fatigues who was making small talk with an older gentleman.

As we walked by, we overheard the young guy say “Today was my last day as a Navy Seal.” Assuming he was moving on to better things, we paused and said, “Congrats to you!”

When I made eye-contact with him, I realized how young he was. He said, “Well, I got kicked out.” I immediately responded in my momma voice with “Well, hopefully, you have learned a lesson through all of this.”

He proceeded to tell us that he was on his way back ‘home’ to make his life right. I said, “Well, ironically, I am on my way to visit my son in jail tomorrow who I pray is also on the path to making his life right.”

He was taken back.

He proceeded to tell me that he went into the service after a season of bad decisions and of potentially facing 7 years in prison. And today at only 19, he was facing yet another season.

How to survive parenting

In all my momma-ways, I encouraged him that there is a reason The Lord gives us second and sometimes third chances. He believes in us. He knows we were made for more. He made us for more. “Chip” didn’t hesitate to tell us that he was probably on his chance #837Z. In his words, “New Jersey has strict laws regarding drugs.” I said, “Imagine that! So does Florida and Arkansas and the other 47 states!” I told him again, “There is a reason you are still being given chances. It’s called grace.

“If you remember anything from tonight, you remember that this strange, old woman at the Charlotte airport told you that your life matters. You were made for great things. Go home. Do what you need to do. Own your mistakes. And make your momma proud.”

My momma-heart was all-kinds-of-swelled up when I walked away from him. I wanted to pinch his head off, hug him, and call his momma.

He may never remember me. He may never take anything I said to heart, but I pray my Maggie-Peyton does. I pray that both of my children always remember that there is no shame in life that The Lord’s grace can’t cover–or that a mother’s love can’t forgive.

Our hearts may be crushed and torn apart at times through this whole parenting-thing, but The Lord’s love and grace for us as parents are more than enough to carry us through any season.

Remember that y’all.

Whether it is the hard days with a toddler, sleepless nights with a newborn, dealing with a smart-mouthed tween, or facing seasons of a teen making bad choices – there is nothing The Lord won’t see you through if you solely depend on Him.

I’m living proof.