Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Luxury Dinner Party

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 3, 2010

Hi folks, this poet is back for Challenge number three!

For this, we were asked to host a luxury dinner party,


It should have much style and be personal too,


So here’s what I did to express myself to you…


I present to you our first ever Vegan Thanksgiving,

We would eat delicious food but nothing once living,



Don’t leave, I promise this meal is delicious!

I have some organic wine to persuade you (and it’s totally nutritious).


I’d love for you to join us, come wine and dine,


Us adults and the kids, we had a delicious time!

(However, if I said there were leftovers I’d be lying…)

You see, the word Vegan often makes people cringe in fear,


But I’m here to show you Vegan can be tasty and spread lots of cheer!


My challenge to you is to create new and fun traditions,

Print off this guide should you wish, to help you on your mission.

[Yes, I typed up 16 recipes as a fun little addition]


But do as I say, not exactly as I do,

It wouldn’t be my dinner party without a funny flop or two…


[Hopefully incinerated pecans won’t happen to you…]

All week I have been testing and experimenting so,

You can follow this plan and your own meal will glow.


So here is what I served, starting with the delicious wine,

A couple glasses down the hatch and you will really shine.

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Throw on some high heels and a cute little frock,

Soon your man will want to help you around the clock. ;)


Follow the wine with Eggplant Toasts and Lemon Cashew Cheese,

A fun twist on traditional Bruschetta, they are the bees knees.



Now for the Cranberry, Pear, and Candied Pecans on Greens,

Always start off light to feel like a Queen.


To round it out, some Roasted Nuts in a Rosemary Glaze,

Oh boy did these nuts incite quite the praise.


As you can see the appetizers were light,

To make sure you save room for the main course delight…

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First up, ‘Frank Approved’ Glazed Walnut Loaf and Gravy for our roast,

If you’re wondering about Frank you’ll find out at the end of this post!


Nope, This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole,


But this dish was at the top of my dinner party poll!

Now for the High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes with a secret twist,


Even my bean hating husband just could not resist.


Homemade Fluffy White Dinner Rolls with ‘butter’,


These rolls made my guest’s hearts go all a flutter.


Hmm what’s missing, oh that’s right delicious veggies on the side!


Olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon had our guests enjoying Brussels with pride.


And last but not least these beautiful, yet bitter berries…


Were made into a sauce with a visit from the maple syrup fairy.


Now for the grand finale, loosen your belt a notch or three,

I actually prefer to wear an empire waist and set my food baby free.


For dessert, Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream,


This spicy luscious frosting made everyone beam.

And now I present, the smashing hit of the night…

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Chocolate brownie,


Pumpkin Pie,


And pecan crunch delight.


With silence and smiles, we devoured every last bite!


Now before I go, I have a few secrets to share,

On How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party with Flare.


No need to break your budget just a few dollars will do,

Hit up the Dollarstore for placemats, decorations, baskets, and a stick of glue!


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Next, the grocery store for gourds, pumpkins, and some fruit,


Just look at those place settings, they were easy and disgustingly cute!


Get some inspiration from food magazines and books,

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Gather your clippings and recipes then set off to COOK!


Last but not least, my favourite secret to share…


Surprise your guests with take-home baskets of delicious vegan fare!


Don’t forget to click this link for the recipes all in one place,

Now you can plan ahead at your very own pace.

This now concludes our First Annual Vegan Thanksgiving,

Frank enjoyed it too and will happily go on living… ;)


If you enjoyed this post, please consider showing your support by voting for me in the Food Blog Challenge (you click the heart). Thank you for your support! :)

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{ 229 comments… read them below or add one }

Freya October 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Ok, er, one word – WOW!
Love the poem, LOVE the food, love the style, love everything! THIS post deserves the reader’s choice award :P
Oh, and can I come to yours for Thanksgiving!!??


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

haha of course you can! bring pumpkin butter, im going to be out…by tonight. ;)


Ashley October 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Omg! That looks SO yummy! (and very PRETTY!) Please ship me a portion immediately to Canada….


claire October 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I seriously wish I could have been there for this amazing feast. ALL OF IT SOUNDS AND LOOKS SO DELICIOUS!


[email protected] knackfornutrition October 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm

This is absolutely stunning. You really should win this competition for presenting something like that. I really enjoyed this post…it is so beautiful!


Krystina October 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This was absolute perfection.


Leilani October 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Okay Angela, seriously…you are too cool for school. I mean I have no words, just the fact that maybe your amazing, yeah just maybe :) ha kidding you are the freaking bomb girl!!!!! I am impressed and I don’t impress easily. There nuff said :)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

OH MY GOSH. A) you deserve to win this competition. B) I wish you were in my family so I could actually eat this at Thanksgiving instead of getting asked why I don’t eat meat. C) I might have to do a second Thanksgiving dinner just for my close family!!


reader October 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

This is INCREDIBLE angela!!! You blew me away with this one, and your enthusiasm shines through again:)


Leah @ L4L October 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm

So cute! I love that you hit up the dollar store – I should frequent it more often.


Christine October 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm


I have so much trouble picking who to vote for in this competition, but this dinner party is over the top!! You clearly put a lot of time and effort into this.


Lauren October 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm

WOW!!! *Applause* Amazing- you put SO much effort into it! You are such a motivated cook! :)


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Love! You deserve to win the whole shebang. Love the poem for the post. All the details. And of course every fabulous looking bite. I’m impressed! But then again, wouldn’t expect anything less from your amazing self. :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Wow, looks like you did an AMAZING job!

I love the looks of the dessert. : d


lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I’d marry you.


Courtney October 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Wow wow wow – you are incredible!

Every last detail looked amazing – so excited to make as much of it as I can! You’ve got my vote!!


kristin October 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Angela, you are amazing! I’ve always been impressed with your posts, but this one blew me away. The poem, the menu, the details…your effort is just above and beyond. Fabulous!

~ Kristin (a fellow Canadian) :-)


Elizabeth October 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I LOVE this post! Your party was so beautiful! I am printing the recipes as we speak and planning ahead for our vegan Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. You ROCK! :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

You amaze me. This is seriously your calling – what you were born to do! You have my vote and (p.s. – thanks for the recipes!)


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I think you were a poet in your past life :). You sure went all out for this and it looks fabulous!


Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) October 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Angela this was incredible!! You so deserved the readers choice award for #2, and I hope you get it again with this! The food looks spectacular, the poem was adorable and thanks so much for throwing in recipes and decor tips!!
Best of luck beautiful; your talent is going to take you straight to the top!


Lisa October 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I love the gorgeous table. You set a beautiful fall spread! I’m really looking forward to having our kitchen remodel finished so we can have dinner parties. I love entertaining!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Wow, you really put your blood, sweat, and tears into this one! I can’t believe all the cooking and baking you had to do in order to pull this off. You must be exhausted!


Tonya October 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

OMG that post made me soooo hungry!
I’ve just discovered your web site – your photos are amazing… good enought to eat.


Charlotte October 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

YES!! I have been waiting for this post ALL DAY and it so sorely did NOT disappoint! So excited to watch you succeed!


Libby October 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Wow – what a dinner party. So wish I’d been a guest. The table looks stunning and the food amazing. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks so much for typing them all up – that must have taken you ages.



alexa @ Sohdalex October 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Amazing Job!!


Miriam October 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Love that post, awesome dinner!! I now wanna try some of these recipes!! And Frank is too funny!!! :)


Sarah October 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm


I do not comment very often, but read daily. All I can say is–No wonder you were reader’s choice! You put your whole self into each of these challenges. How amazing for people to look at pictures beautifully capturing your very passions :) I hope you win.


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA October 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You have seriously outdone yourself, Angela.

And thank you SO MUCH for the recipe PDF. I am definitely modeling my Thanksgiving dinner after yours!


Katie October 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Wow, looks amazing! But I’m pretty sure fruits and vegetable were “once living” ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

haha yes yes indeed they were!


Kristina @ spabettie October 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

ah, Frank the *spared* turkey !!

Angela, I LOVE this post!! I will ABSOLUTELY be voting for you! this is awesome… I would love to come to your house for Vegan Thanksgiving! :D


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

This was spectacular! I can’t even imagine how much time, hard work, and effort went into this feast, but we all appreciate it, whether we were able to be there and enjoy, or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if another Reader’s Choice was in your future ;)


Little Bookworm October 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Love the poem and the food! It all sounds absolutely amazing – good luck! :)


Amanda October 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

AMAZING! I want to throw a vegan Thanksgiving now too! I just don’t think I can wait the two months to do it…


Amy October 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I shout a “Brrrrravo!” of rolled “r’s” for thee.
Your visual feast shall pass challenge 3.
Plus, you have given me inspiration
to serve a main course sans mutilation.


melissa (fitnessnyc) October 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm

So stunning. Truly glamour fare, in a gorgeous setting. You attention to detail is flawless!


JL goes Vegan October 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Stunning dinner and presentation. And you were quite generous to offer us a .pdf of all the recipes! Thank you, thank you!


Lin October 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

WOW Angela!!!! What an impressive spread!!! Great job!!!


Tania October 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Omg Ange, a-mah-zing!! Someone needs to give you a show or something!! SO well done you smart cookie!! :)


Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Wow Angela, everything looks amazing! Sweet potato casserole is my mom’s signature Thanksgiving dish so I’ll definitely have to check out your recipe – I’m sure it’s healthier than her version!


Miss @ Digression from the Midwest October 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I was looking forward to see what you would serve for Luxury Dinner Party and you did not disappoint!!! Those meat loaf truly look original and I look forward to making them!


Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook October 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

WOAH! Everything looks amazing, Angela! You definitely have my vote! AMAZING work!!!


Aimee October 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I just have to echo all the Wows from above. Your guests were so lucky to be invited to such a creative and clearly delicious feast. Thank you for sharing your recipes.


Keri October 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

So clever!! Beautiful place settings and the food looked delicious!


Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats October 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Holy yummy vegan meal, OSG!
This all looks amazingly delicious and I have terrible food envy now! Not to mention a huge hankering for Thanksgiving now.
If only you had made vegan green bean casserole. My favorite!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Oh my goodness this is like the most awesome post you’ve ever done and that’s saying a lot since I totally love your blog and all your posts. This is such a winner!!!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

There’s nothing I can say that everybody else hasn’t already said :D


Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

In your own words…. disgustingly cute! Please invite me over for dinner!


Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

OH. my. gosh. You inspire me so much! This dinner looks amazing, I love that you keep proving that vegan is not only as good as, but BETTER than traditional cooking! Keep up the amazing work :)


hippierunner October 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Amazing! Amazing post. Amazing looking (and I’m sure, delicious) looking food!


Lisa October 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

you are AMAZING!


Betty October 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Such hard work! :) Beautiful.


Katheryn October 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Everything looked beautiful and scrumptious! Lucky guests!


Jess October 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I love this post! So creative in everything you do!


Olivia @ Blissful Runner October 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Angela, I think you channeled Martha Stewart for this one — very impressive!!! You are so incredibly talents is so many many ways.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Thanks everyone!


Ricki October 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

What an adorable post and AMAZING looking meal! Everything looks spectacular. How I wish I could have been there!! From the appetizers to the pecan/pumpkin/brownie pie, everything sounds perfect. And I love the table settings–such a great idea! You are truly a culinary genius. :D And Happy (early) Thanksgiving!!


anna October 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Oh my gosh! I love this, and you made it rhyme and everything! :)
You are super super talented and that salad looks amazing!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

HAIL ANGELA, hehehe . . . thanks for the bundle of recipes, I totally need them. Thanksgiving and Christmas always trump me!


suburban housewife October 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Too cute! You did such a great job….kudos to you!


Lizzie October 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!! I mean YES! And no. Yes, because it just looks amazing and no, because I can’t make any of these just yet :) I showed them to my (now health focused) husband (coming off eating a vegan cupcake when we were at a local bakery for lunch yesterday) and he couldn’t believe it was a vegan – everything looks beautiful and delicious! Congrats!


stacey-healthylife October 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

That is so good. Everything looks beautiful and so tasty. I LOVE the decorations. I promise to vote for you. :) :) :)


Nikki October 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm

You should have your own VEGAN SHOW on FOOD NETWORK!


Emily October 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Gorgeous and delicious!! Love the Thanksgiving theme and your amazing decorations! Everything looks so great and delicious; this is making me a bit more excited for my first meat free Thanksgiving!! Wonderful job Ange and good luck!!


christyn @ All Ways Nutritious October 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

wow!! you are awesome!!! thank you so much for all your hard work and nicely preparing all the recipes from your thanksgiving dinner….i cannot wait to make the chocolate brownie, pumpkin pie pecan dessert….omg…my mouth is watering. i am curious about the walnut casserole to. i made the maple glazed nuts and everyone loved them!!! i can’t wait until your cook book comes out…i know there will be one, one day…probably soon. wishing you all the best!!! your hard work and dedication to this blog is very much appreciated.


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

THIS IS AMAZING. You’re such a good host to have a goody basket. Totally jealous.


Danielle October 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Absolutely amazing! Your creations (food, decorations and poetry) make my heart sing :D


Melissa October 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Everything looks beyond amazing! You did a fabulous job, with one day notice, or not. Chocolate brownie pumpkin pie pecan crunch delight? W-O-W! Is that even legal? You look beautiful and glowing in all these pictures! I will most definitely be voting for this entry.


Toronto Girl West October 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I knew you could be counted on for a fabulous entry!!! :)

In fact everything looks so good it even inspired me to try an all vegan feast in the future. Which is crazy considering I’ve never really had an all vegan meal. Raw food excluded.

I’ll be voting for you again!


Danielle October 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I want to go to a dinner party like that!!! :D


christina cadden October 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Love it! Love the entire thing! I wish I would have been there to enjoy it but I think I will be making some of your recipes in the future!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Oh my word!! You are over-the-top A-mazing! 1) Your table is exquisite!! 2) The pic of you and Eric is A-dorable!! 3) I gotta get those tAsty dessert recipes stat!!


Lisa C. October 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Amazing, amazing post! Very original and delicious looking!


Kerri October 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Best post ever!! I’m not even vegan but now I want to host a vegan Thanksgiving!


Rachel October 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Wow – I am one of the see-vegan-and-get-scared people and this just looks amazing! You may have just convinced me to give it a go.
Hats off to you and your lucky guests :)


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies October 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Adorable and love this!!! Love the idea of the cranberries and the maple syrup…plus still, that gingerbread…yum!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Angela I am just blown away by your post! I love how much thought and care you put into posts. The poem, the pictures, THE FOOD, the table setting, everything. Beautiful and well put together.



Bridget October 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Ange, why must you be so freaking amazing! Seriously, that food is making me jaw drop (and drool). Congrats on a great dinner party
You are my top vote :)


Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Unbelievable! I would have LOVED to be there for that meal… just your photos and writing made me smile, I can’t even imagine how fantastic it was in person.
You’ve done an amazing job and, as usual, you’ve got my support and my vote!


Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

AMAZING! And thank you so much for putting in the time to type up all the recipes for us! I will be making some of this over the holidays to prove to my family that Vegan eating CAN be delicious :-)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Your table looks like it came straight from Martha Stewart herself! And of course the food looks incredible too. :D


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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats October 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Super impressive :) Go you!!


Whitney @ Whitinspired October 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

You make being Vegan seem so easy. All of that looks so ridiculously delicious. Excellent job!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

No doubt everything was absolutely incredible! I’m jealous of your guests :P They got to enjoy so much delicious food and amazing company!! :)


zoe October 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

love everything about this post! especially the writing. and the food! but that may just be the english major and vegan in me ;) regardless, everything looks so delicious! dinner parties are so much fun and yours looked like it was a great time. thanks for all the recipes! i will most definitely try my hand at one or two of them :)


Heather October 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Amazing post Angela. Everything looks delicious and beautiful! I will be keeping this menu and recipes to try out. I’m sure you will do amazing at this weeks challenge!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

“I have some organic wine to persuade you (and it’s totally nutritious).”–LOL, I love the way you think!

Ok this is beyond amazing, Angela! Holy sh*t you have outdone yourself. And just in all your spare time whipped up a 16 recipe downloadable PDF file, no biggie :) Wow!!!

My hubs hates beans too. Until I made some roasted chickpeas that came out tasting like honey roasted peanuts, I just blogged about them. But I had been CRAVING NUTS since I saw your nut post earlier in the week. For those allergic to nuts, I created my own “peanuts” using chickpeas but anyway, I like to sneak some beans into this casa too!

Your food, the post, the whole thing….AMAZING!!!!! And you look cool as a cucumber thru it all, no less!


Claudia October 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

what a great meal Angela! your guest are very lucky to have you cook for them.
Thanks for the inspiration!


Christena October 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

And the Food Blog challenge rises to a whole new level……

Girl, I’m pretty sure you are the “next big thing.” This was above and beyond….possessed, even! :) This baking/writing/photography/blogging is your calling and you totally blew this challenge out of the water. I truly appreciate your effort. This was fantastic.


Dawn October 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Wow, everything looked sooo yummy!!!!! Just fabulous!!! Another great post, thanks Angela. Those were some lucky dinner guests! :)


Sara October 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

You really do go above and beyond!! Great work, it looks amazing :)


Emily October 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Verrry well done Angela. You make such an elegant dinner seem so effortless! I love how you posted the burnt pecans. That’s happened to me more than once!


MarathonVal October 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

That was an incredible post Angela!!! I am soooo impressed with all of the time, effort and creativity that went into this meal and post. It looks absolutely perfect.

Hope you had a great weekend! :)


Virginia @ YtotheUmmy October 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

this is INCREDIBLE!! wow, I am so impressed! good for you :)


Katie October 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

This must have taken FOREVER!!! Amazing!


Laura October 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Oh my goodness, Angela! What an adorable party!! :-) maybe you have a future in event planning… want to start with my wedding?? ;-)


Stacie October 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I’m in a post-Thanksgiving fog after reading your blog! Seriously?! Are you kidding me? Someone pinch me–is this a dream?!
Angela–you are off the charts talented. WOW!! Your readers cannot thank you enough for all your inspiration, hard work, thoughts and sharing them with us!….and then you top it with something like this?!–such an honor! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing ALL of your recipes. (Tom the turkey says thanks too!) You could get paid good money for those. Watch out Martha Stewart and Food Network–here comes Angela!


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Wei-Wei October 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Words really cannot describe how amazing you are! I’m definitely, DEFINITELY voting for you!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I LOVED this!! You are so creative Angela! You’ll definitely be getting my vote.


Robin October 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

So, Angela. . . when do you sleep!?! :) Amazing job!


Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites October 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Wow…just wow :)

You are so talented. Your food looks amazing, your photography makes me feel like I’m there, your decorating skills are phenomenal, and your writing style is warm and inviting. I have a serious case of the warm-fuzzies after reading this post. You deserve all the success in the world, Angela…so amazing!


GlowingBIL October 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Thanks for the great dinner Ang!

I loved the gravy with the walnut loaf
I stuffed my face so full my wife called me an oaf
and both kids ate the sweat potatoe ‘cake’
I think the marshmallow toppings made my tooth ache
Now I must end this very bad rhyme
With two kids running around I’m always out of time

:) See you soon Sis


Meredith Lilly October 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Magnificent! *clapclapclap* :D


nancylicious October 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

this entire spread looked divine! i love your poetry, too. definitely a feast for all senses with the thoughtful visual touches. YUM! happy canadian thanksgiving! NS


Sondi October 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Wow. This all looks amazing. Can I ask how long it took to put all of this together? And where did you get your apron? It’s super cute!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I spread it out over the full week (Tues-Sat) and I typically prepped from 5:30-8:30am most mornings with two 8 hour days both Friday and Saturday. The apron is from Anthropologie.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

ps- I am thinking about doing a post outlining what days I made what and what things I made in advance!


Christine October 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

I would love to know what you made in advance and how you organized all the cooking! That is the most intimidating part of cooking if you ask me, timing everything…..and I never seem to get it right! A behind the scenes look at how you pulled it off would help the whole process seem less overwhelming. And let us know what foods hold and which are better served right away. Thanks and great job!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

yes yes yes! Will do forsure :)
I will also add this new info to the PDF that I made and re-upload it afterwards.


Kelsey H October 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Angela you seriously outdid yourself with this one! Thanks SOOOOOOO much for typing up all the recipes. I might have to only tackle one at a time, but it will so be worth it! Probably tackling the gingerbread cake first;)


Lynna October 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Angela, this is so lovely and it really shows off your creativity. I can’t believe you pulled this together on such short notice! Truly amazing and inspiring. I can’t wait to try that Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Crunch pie. yuuummm. Thank you for putting so much time into this and sharing it with all of us!!


Pamela Martinez October 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Congratulations Angela! This meal looks fabulous! Now that the Food Network has it’s sights on you, they will realize that you have something that is not out there. You have the road of greatness ahead of you. Your recipes appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike. You don’t alienate meat eaters, you just put it out there that there are other ways to enjoy delicious food using healthier ingredients. You are coming out at a perfect time when people are looking for someone to show them how to cook healthier because most of us honestly do not know how. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do next!


[email protected] October 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This looks like an amazing dinner! I love the table decorations too. Simply amazing. Please invite me to your next dinner party? :D


Shanna, Like Banana October 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Wow! I love so much about this post!

Love that you are rockin’ the hot red lipstick
Love that you wore heels to cook
Love the table decor
Love the pecan pie deliciousness
Love that you didn’t forget the vino ;)
Love that you did this in honor of the Best Holiday Ever!


Roanne October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Fantastic!!! :D


LauraB @ foodsnobstl October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

This is one of the coolest posts/dinners I have ever seen. It all looks so good. You make me want to become a vegan! Or, at least try eating it more often.


Halley (Blunder Construction) October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Angela, it is so amazing to see you hit your stride with these challenges! This is truly AMAZING, what an incredible effort and great success! You have really upped the ante for this round, BRAVO!!!


Bridgette October 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I love your blog it is always one of the first ones I open in my Google Reader. I mostly read and lurk but today I had to comment. You are very inspirational and I love your creativity with words and food. I will print the recipes and try a few things (sweet potato casserole, definitely the gingerbread and chocolate pumpkin pie). Keep up the good work, now where do I vote


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thank you! Voting begins tomorrow morning I believe :) I will update this post with the link,


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Once again, amazing AMAZING job!! I’m so happy I got to come and eat all of this!!! :) You are such an inspiration to the entire food blogging community Good luck with the next round – I know you’ll be in it!!


gina (fitnessista) October 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

you are amazing.
that is all :)


Gina October 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

You did such a wonderful job! You’ve totally inspired me to create a wonderful & delicious vegan Thanksgiving for my non-vegan family :)


Charlie October 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

All this food looks delicious!! And the table is beautiful. I actually love to go to the dollarstore!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Wow – incredible Ange!


Gloria October 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Wow!! You.. are… awesome. :D I’m definitely going to try some of your recipes out for Thanksgiving dinner!


Moni's Meals October 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

My dream Thanksgiving! Well done Angela!


Rachel R. October 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! It all looks delicious…love your take on this challenge! I have to make that bread and the walnut loaf looks so interesting. Mmmmmm. Good luck!


Allison October 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

You are an absolute goddess in the kitchen! Everything looks so delicious!


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) October 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Wow – I was completely blown away by this post!


[email protected] October 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

What an incredible post! Your table was gorgeous, as was all the food. And vegan too!


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

you couldn’t have done a better job…seriously, nothing was left out! i love it :)


Tanya @ Vegan Faith October 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I want to come to Thanksgiving at your house! Great job Angela!


Bobbi McCormick October 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Sad I didn’t advance but so happy to CHEER you on girl!! Great party :)


Ashley Craft October 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

This dinner looks AMAZING!!!!! Everything looks so beautiful and delicious! You have a gift! :)


Ashley October 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm

You are absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, completely wowed!! The place settings are perfect…everything is perfect! The food looks + sounds to die for. I WANT THAT PIE. The poetry rocked and you look so happy + gorgeous!!! xo


Emily October 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm

TOO Cute! I love everything!


Nicole October 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

wow. you’re amazng and so creative. you deserve everyones vote missy!


Stace October 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Wow! You really need to consider holding a cooking class. I’m from Toronto and I’m sick of being a terrible vegan cook (and I have the added challenge of needing to be gluten free). My dreadful cooking doesn’t entice my boyfriend to lay off the meat and cheese much either!

Wishing for help one day,


Amber K October 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

The food, the table setting, the poem? Angela you truly never disappoint.

Thank you so much for sharing the recipes!!


Lori October 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

AMAZING!! This is your best post every, everything is perfect in every way. I read daily, but rarely comment :) but had to after reading this. Thanks for being so inspirational, motivating, and giving….your readers love you!!


Susan October 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Absolutely wonderful! And Frank was happy too!


Allison @ Food For Healing October 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm

very nice! i can’t wait to do a thankgiving supper for the family one day, might just do a small one for me and the boy this year, not vegan, but vegetarian


FlyingRoo October 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm

No tofu turkey here! :-D


Jenn (GH) October 4, 2010 at 12:31 am

Oh my goodness! How creative and beautiful! Loved it!


Laura October 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

If this isn’t a post to bring the “silent” followers out into the open, I don’t know what is. I’ve read your blog every day since April… actually, when I first found it I read the entire thing from the beginning (and I’m sure that’s not unusual!) Each time I think you couldn’t possibly be more inspiring, I’m left shaking my head in awe by a post like this. I can’t wait to (well, try to) whip up some of your creations for my first vegan Thanksgiving next weekend!


Ulrike Riebl October 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

you are absolutely AMAZING!!! how did you prepare all this in this short amount of time?? i’m impressed!! (as always!!) and thanks for the recipes!!


Emmanuelle October 4, 2010 at 4:14 am

Wow, I’m losing my English over this post, this is amazing!


Cara Craves... October 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

Most impressive!
Every last detail looks perfect…minus the burnt pecans! Ha!


Rs October 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

Awesome, simply awesome! You really made my day!!! It all looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!


Natasha Wilson October 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

Wow, Angela! This is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing your work with everyone. You definitely get my vote each time :) It is so wonderful to see such a beautiful and warm vegan “Thanksliving” (that’s what we call it around here, lol).


Marika October 4, 2010 at 6:35 am

Wow, you really outdid yourself! The number of different dishes you prepared is amazing. I’m impressed!


Dani @ Body By Nature October 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

AMAZING! You’ve got my vote!!


Kristy October 4, 2010 at 6:48 am

Girl – You freaking rock every challenge! I am speechless!


Elizabeth October 4, 2010 at 6:48 am

Your presentation was amazing. The menu was outstanding. Thank you for all the recipes. I was starting to stress about hosting Thanksgiving dinner now that I’m vegan (last year as a vegetarian it was easy, just don’t eat the turkey — but this year I won’t even cook turkey, don’t have to.)


Therese October 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

LOVE it, Angela! Everything looks amazingly delicious! Every year my best friend and I have a vegetarian Thanksgiving together which we celebrated yesterday this year! It’s easily one of my favourite traditions!


Jemma @ October 4, 2010 at 6:57 am

This poem is fab! The food looks amazing! :)


Chase @ The Chase Project October 4, 2010 at 7:01 am

You are so cute! I saw your tweet last night saying, “I’d pay big bucks for someone to type these recipes for me.” and now I know why! Such hard work you put into it! Great job, Angela!


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 4, 2010 at 7:15 am

That party looks gorgeous and all of the food looks AMAZING!


kelly October 4, 2010 at 7:22 am

Amazing! Now I want a vegan Thanksgiving!! :)


Faith @ lovelyascharged October 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

So, is it Thanksgiving yet? Please?


melissa @ the delicate place October 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

omg. i’m coming over haha! i seriously think you should win this round, no joke. that was adorable and quite a feast! (i’m taking some ideas of my thanksgiving to share with my family!)


Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure October 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

Oh my gosh you are so adorable, thanks for such a fun inspiring post!


Jennifer October 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

Absolutely amazing!! The table looked so pretty, and the food was making me drool. :)


Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 4, 2010 at 8:09 am

1. Your table setting is absolutely gorgeous & exactly my taste :)
2. The food sounds delicious (obviously)
3. I love, love your poems– so talented!


Seglare October 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

What a beautiful, delicious-looking dinner party! :) You’ve done an enormous job!


Natasha October 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

This is amazingly beautiful. You did a MARVELOUS job … It’s just so elegant! :)


AGS October 4, 2010 at 8:45 am

One word: Wow.


Kelly Michelle October 4, 2010 at 8:49 am



Michal October 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hahahahaha! You are ridiculously clever! How did the Turkey get named Frank?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

bahahah good question!!!!

He just screamed FRANK to me. I wish I knew why. lol.


Jess October 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

I was so blown away by this post that I went over to FoodBuzz specifically so I could vote for you! And I’m not even a vegan :).


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

aww thank you! xo


MB October 4, 2010 at 9:12 am

You are just so adorable. I love your luxury dinner party.
I may even attempt to make those pumpkin brownies. They look amazing. I had some fresh pumpkin apple bread this weekend and I may try to make that too. You don’t know how crazy it is for me to even think about wanting to bake things. Party on!


Debbie October 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

Love how you created your own menu according to the theme of your dinner menu!
Lots of pictures and nice table settings! Of course the food looks inviting and “comforting!”
Voting now!

Much luck!


Kelly H October 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

You are absolutely fabulous! Good luck!


Jenny October 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

This all looks delicious! I love the rhyme too :)


Kat October 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

LOL! Girl — this is so cute! Great post, and the dinner party looks amazing. Totally inspired to find my inner Martha Stewart and trick my loved ones into eating vegan offerings ;)


kari October 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

HI Angela, this was beautifully done and every dish looked amazingly delicious. i voted for you!


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life October 4, 2010 at 10:22 am

Holy cow! Angela, you are amazing!! I am so inspired by you!!


Hangry Pants October 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

This was excellent.


Celia October 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

Fabulous through and through…bring on November!!


Maya October 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

Oh. My.

First off, I love the recipes all in one place! I can’t believe there were not one but TWO desserts AND take home goodies. Your guests were treated like royalty.

You should start a Martha Stewart living magazine, vegan style!


Amy October 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

WOW! I have only been vegetarian since June and just this weekend I was telling some friends that Thanksgiving was going to be hard for me. Not any more! This was wonderful. I am now going to host my own party with your guide as inspiration! Thanks you so much!!!


Camille October 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

Oh my goodness, everything looks wonderful! (Especially the dessert) :)


Rachael October 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

This looks AMAZING!! Definitely trying out some of these recipes in the near future.

P.S. You are adorable. I totally love the apron!


Steph October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am


Everything looks incredible – presentation and food wise! I feel like I was there (although my tummy wishes it was). I cant wait to recreate this :)

Also – bonus points for the recipe collection!

Wishing you the best in the contest!!!


elise October 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

my goodness angela!! to say im impressed wouldnt even be expressing half of how much i am in awe of your thoughtful preparation. this post had to have taken a month to prepare! you are truly amazing.


Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face October 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

This looks amazing. I keep coming back to this post– the words, the pictures, and the absolute joy are just so happy and inspiring to me. I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this! :)


[email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear October 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

WOW! you look SO stylish cooking in your high heels and the meal looks amazing. I’m not a vegan and don’t know many vegan dishes but I would eat all of those!


Clare @ Fitting It All In October 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

As a semi-new vegetarian I had been contemplating how to approach Thanksgiving this year. Now I have tons of fun recipe ideas and can maybe even win over my meat eating family!


carri z. October 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

went away for the weekend
then came back to THIS!
blown away.
i want all of this NOW!
though i fear it would
take me about 27 years
to plan and make.

and all so BEAUTIFUL!!

congrats on a gorgeous dinner!

so inspiring!


Jessica October 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

wow. I want to come to your house for Thanksgiving!

I just want to tell you how yummy your pull apart rolls are. I made them last night. I actually messed them up a little, because my yeast didn’t work too well (it may have been old or my water was too hot), but the taste was amazing- I love the slight sweetness. I am making them again this soon.


Mama Pea October 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Oh my gosh, Ang. This is just gorgeous. Can you come cater my Thanksgiving? I am so inspired!!!


Allison October 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Your meal looks delicious and your table looks so festive and pretty! Great job!


Krissy October 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

You rock!! Loving the recipe guide. Now when are you writing a cookbook?? :)
Oh…and I totally voted for you.


Kate October 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I cannot possibly imagine anyone else coming up with something more fabulous than this. Totally awesome, Angela. And I love your apron too :) Anthro is the greatest, right?


Lea October 5, 2010 at 5:59 am

What a beautiful post! The food looks so amazing and I am really intrigued by the gravy!


shana October 5, 2010 at 6:04 am

This looks absolutely amazing. I recently converted to the Vegan lifestyle and had NO IDEA what I was going to do for the upcoming holidays… Thanksgiving was ALWAYS my favorite. Thanks so much for your brilliance and for sharing this with all of us =)

I love your blog!


T October 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

Breath-taking post, wowzers! You spent a lot of time on that dinner party! Holy-moly I hope you win!!! My kitchen is a disaster after cooking a one-course meal and it takes so much time, I don’t know how you do it!


Susan October 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

Amazing post Angela!! Wow, even though I love turkey, I would totally pass it up for this meal! Per usual though, I think the dessert looks best ;) Also, ain’t no shame in Dollar Store decorations!


Whit @ Amuse Bouche October 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

I am cracking up, are you seriously going to be able to rhyme through this entire competition?!?!
talent, sister, talent!



Amelia from Z Tasty Life October 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

adorable (and gorgeous photos), as always! Voted.

(see my entry here:


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace October 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

It’s folks like you Angela that make me proud to tell people I don’t eat meat! Fall is my favorite time of year and seeing the beautiful meal you have prepared for one of my favorite holidays during this time of year (next to Halloween and Christmas) w/o the fact that a beautiful and helpless animal has been killed to make it like that. Thank you for providing this for us! I voted hands down for you in this competition cause YOU ROCK!!!


LC October 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Immediately voted for you after reading this post. First time voting in the competition because this is just too spectacular not to.

What a tremendous amount of work! SO impressive.


Margaret October 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Angela! amazing. Which one of these deserts are you bringing to my Thanksgiving dinner. I think I think I should also put you in charge of setting the table. How creative – you are truly great at what you do. Keep up the creativity. Hope you make it into the next round.


Anna October 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

You should be extremely proud of this post and everything that you put into it. This looks sensational and SO inspiring!!


Lauren October 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

This post is absolutely wonderful!! I’m so impressed by your rhyming skills. I’m so excited for Thanksgiving now and I hope I can fit some of your dishes onto my family’s table :)


Casey Angelova October 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

For a vegan meal it looks very appetizing. My only issue is that if there is no turkey, how can use tryptophan (cause of “turkey coma”) as an excuses to get out of doing dishes! Great post! You have my vote!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

haha how about pumpkin pie brownie coma???


Felicia October 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

This is amazing! I love your blog, you are so beautiful and talented!


Caitlin October 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Absolutely amazing, Angela!

You definitely are deserving of my vote for this round of the contest!!


Natalie October 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

love your menu, your table, AND your apron. voted for you! hope we both move forward. :)


Tamara October 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

Everything looks incredible! Thanks so much for creating the menu/recipes PDF!


Violetta Maria Dima October 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

OMG I am soo excited and proud, all thanks to you and your fabulous recipies :-) Ok so yesterday was thanksgiving and we all get together at my moms house and have supper. This year I brought a regular apple pie and your pumpkin pie brownie. Now I have a large romanian family that thinks it is unnatural not to eat at the very least eggs, milk, and cheese. And every time I had ever brought something vegan in the past no one really ate it (hence the apple pie). But this year it was the exact opposite. No one touched the apple pie and the whole pumpkin brownie was devoured with in minutes and followed with compliments on how it was the best “pumpkin pie” ever, and questions for the recpie. So thanks :-) helping me show my family that there is delicious cruelty free food out there. Mabie next year I can covince them to have a all vegan dinner… ( probably not but ill try lol)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

Great news!!


Valerie October 13, 2010 at 8:47 am

I just wanted to pipe in to thank you for this amazing post and for putting your recipes in a PDF file for us to use! I was so inspired I invited my family over for a thanksgiving meal – we ended up serving 16 people! We used some of your recipes and some of our own that we’ve used before – the biggest hits out of yours were for sure the Gingerbread with icing and Pumpkin Brownie. I LOVED the gingerbread recipe especially and plan on making it every year for Christmas. We used our own tried and true stuffing recipe (from a friend), gravy recipe (the Golden Gravy from Real Food Daily cookbook), experimented with the lentil, mushroom, wild rice timbales from Fat Free Vegan, and also made the Green Bean casserole from the Fat Free Vegan blog. The meal turned out extremely gourmet and delicious and people were very impressed! It was a very happy blogger-inspired thanksgiving. Anyway, thank you so much for all your continuing inspiration! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

So glad to hear this Valerie!


Erin October 18, 2010 at 4:49 am

Angela, quick question for you! I am going to make the sweet potato casserole this weekend and in your recipe it doesn’t call for milk (or almond milk of course, since its vegan) but in the directions section you say to add the milk. How much should I add?

Sorry for the basic question, but I’m cooking for 15 people and I’m quite the novice cooker, and recently converted from vegetarian to vegan so I am experimenting quite a bit! I would normally just ‘experiment’ if it weren’t for the poor people who are becoming my guinea pigs :)


Amanda July 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

That all looks so good! Do you have the recipe for the dinner rolls? I can’t seem to find it!


Veggie Kate September 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I love it!! I just may have to see which of these items I can make out here on the little island of Saipan…. soooo excited to try to start spreading vegan ideas to people! It’s a meat-and-rice culture, and I am thrilled if I get to help people move away from that, at least a little bit! This looks fun and delicious!!


Heidi November 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

You are absolutely amazing!! This will be my family’s first vegan Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to try out all these fabulous recipes and use my in laws as guinea pigs!! LOL. Can’t wait!


Elena August 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hi Angela!
What temperature and for how long did you cook brussels sprouts, white turnips and carrots? I see the ingredients, but no directions for some reason…Thank you! Everything looks so yummy, can not wait to taste!:)


Shauna October 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

Can I make the topping for the pie without the pecans? Not for me but my brother is allergic to nuts :(


Nina November 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Pumpkin Pie Brownie was a big hit! Even for my daughter who does not like canned pumpkin :) Thanks!


Sarah November 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

HI Angela !!

I stumbled upon the brownie pumpkin pie recipe on pinterest and I am so excited to make it for thanksgiving! I was just wondering, do I have to make it and bake it right away? Could I prepare, freeze, and then bake it the night before or the day of?

Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!!


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