Happy Thanksgiving with your Loved Ones

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and spend time with your loved ones. Here are 5 things for a happy Thanksgiving with your Loved Ones.

Organice Your Life - Circle of Five1. Organice Your Home for Thanksgiving

Clean up and organize your space. Make sure you have some  nice lighting like a fire places, candles or holiday lights.

Listen to beautiful music, like Maruja Retana's Thanksgiving playlist

2. Organice Your Agenda for Thanksgiving

Make sure you send your invitees a reminder of your and let them know if they need to bring something or not. Start planning and preparing your Thanksgiving celebration a day or 2 ahead of time. Make sure you have enough time!

Play an old fashioned board game with your guests. Not only good for your brain but also a lot of fun!

Or Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!

3. Organice Your Self for Thanksgiving

Again, make sure you have enough time to dress up and look great when you host your Thanksgiving get-together ..Take a nice shower or bath, relax and sleep well the night before. Hosting and preparing a Thanksgiving celebration is stressful even though it is nice to do, so you need to take the necessary steps to make sure you make it through without a migraine or exhaustion.

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Cook a beautiful dinner

Try one of the Organice Your Life delicious recipes below!

Starter: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Delicious light, smooth and sweet soup, a great start of any holiday dinner. (click on the picture for recipe)
Apple Butternut Squash collage

Main Course : Can be anything roasted

Like a Roasted Turkey, pot roast or a vegetarian substitute.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Antoniette Costa.

Antoniette Costa's brussels sprouts

Sweet potato Puree (Remove skin of sweet potato, cut in pieces, cook in water until soft. Drain and mash. Done!). or Roasted sweet potatoes!

Cranberry sauce (Cook fresh cranberries in apple juice and apple sauce. mix when soft. Add honey to make sweeter if desired).

Dessert: Abigail O'Neill's Pumpkin Pie

(click on picture for recipe)

Abigail O'Neill's Pumpkin pie

Organice Your Relationships for Thanksgiving

Try to invite people who are likely to have a good time together. Think less is more, meaning focus on a few good friends and family. If you don't have (a good relationship with) family, or if you live far apart, you invite your best friends. Remember, family doesn't have to be blood-related: you create your own family of loved ones! The more people you invite, the party will become more work and become less personal. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for your closest friends and family, and just have a beautiful time together!

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Organice Your Good Heart for Thanksgiving

You probably prepare too much food for Thanksgiving. Make something with the leftovers the next day, or make a leftover meal for yourself, or for those who did not come to your party. ((actually, our friend MasterChef Brasil contestant Fabio Nunes once made an amazing Turkey for dinner, and the next day came over to make the most unbelievable turkey, vegetable frittata I ever had!) Just know that a lot of people are pretty lonely during the holidays. If you know of someone that is going to be alone, invite them to your celebration! You will make it a night they will never forget. Sometimes doing a good deed is as simple as that!

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Love, Lonneke

One of the many Thanksgiving's at my home in NYC with my friends Fabio, Carolina and Dominique
One of the many Thanksgiving's at my home in NYC with my friends Fabio, Carolina and Dominique
Another Thanksgiving with my friends Fabio, Carolina and Alessandro
Another Thanksgiving with my friends Fabio, Carolina and Alessandro

Abi's Pumpkin Pie

Hi again! How's everyone?

Most people who know me know I prefer raw desserts (especially RAW CHOCOLATE!) but every now & then I'll cook an old fashioned favourite with local organic ingredients. Tonight I'm treating the family to pumpkin pie for dessert & I quickly jotted down the recipe as I went so I could share it with you. :) I haven't made it for years! Pumpkins are so fresh and lovely at the markets just now. I use fresh organic eggs in this recipe, because I have well loved hens of my own, but you could replace these with chia seeds.


2 cups pumpkin (I used the 'jap' variety, butternut is also lovely)

2 cups dates

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 cup water

COOK TOGETHER until most of the water is absorbed and the dates & pumpkin soft. Place into blender, then ADD:

1 270ml can coconut cream

3-4 organic eggs (OR two tablespoons chia seeds + 3/4 cup water)

1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

BLEND until smooth. Pour into prepared crust (below), sprinkle with cinnamon & BAKE 45 minutes in a fan forced over at 175'C or until the pie is nicely set through & slightly browned.


So simple!

2 cups wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup rice bran oil OR use a little organic butter in place of part of the oil

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Water. Just enough to bind.

MIX. Press into a lined pie dish & bake until semi cooked at 180'C.

I served the pie at room temperature with pure coconut yogurt & extra maple syrup


Actually quite nutritious & high in protein, good fats & fibre this pie would be perfect served after nice salad with lots of dark leafy greens or as it is with a pot of tea!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on March 19th 2012, updated in 2019

This recipe is great for Thanksgiving too!

AIP Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries

Since I try to follow the Autoimmune protocol Diet (AIP Diet) as much as possible, I had to discover new recipes. I spent some time looking for recipes that are lactose-free, gluten-free, and free of any other common food allergens. This AIP Coconut Cream Pie is one I made with coconut cream and blueberries, sweet potato flour and more delicious ingredients. My husband likes it too!

AIP Coconut cream pie with Blueberries AIP Diet

On the AIP Diet you eliminate seeds, nuts (except coconuts), grains, rice, milk products, fake sweeteners and certain herbs, fruits and vegetables. This makes it harder to eat any foods that are like bread, crackers, baked goods, desserts or pies. It takes a bit more time to find good recipes, but once you do, it truly makes you enjoy it when a recipe works out on the AIP Diet!

coconut cream pie baked AIP crust
coconut cream pie baked AIP crust

Bakery tools

I used some pretty nice bakery tools for baking this AIP coconut cream pie. This is what I used:

GreenLife Ceramic Bakeware Bundle, Turquoise (the round cake pan)

Smooth Stainless Steel Rolling Pin Pastry and Pizza Baker Roller Metal Kitchen Utensils Best for Fondant, Pie Crust, Cookie Flat Roll to smooth out the dough in the cake pan.

AIP Coconut cream pie with blueberries before putting it in the fridge

Favorite ingredients

These are some of my favorite ingredients I used for this recipe.

Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut, 7 Ounce Box (Pack of 6)Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Non-Dairy Beverage, Unsweetened Vanilla, 32-Ounce, (Pack of 12)NOW Foods, Beef Gelatin Powder, Natural Thickening Agent, Source of Protein, 1-PoundShiloh Farms Organic Sweet Potato Flour - 12 Ounce BagLet's Do...Organic Coconut Flour, 16 Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)Love, Lonneke

the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge
the coconut cream pie with blueberries after a night in the fridge


AIP Diet Coconut Cream Pie with Blueberries
A delicious pie perfect for those people following the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP)

Cuisine: AIP Diet
Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 8

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • For crust:
  • 2 bananas
  • ¾ cup sweet potato flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of (grass-fed) gelatin powder
  • for baking crust: 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • For filling:
  • Coconut Cream 7oz (200g)
  • Blueberries 6 oz
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or drink (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp honey

  1. Mix all ingredients for crust, except for the coconut oil.
  2. Roll into one big ball. (add coconut milk if it is too dry)
  3. Preheat the oven on 350 degrees.
  4. smear the coconut oil into a cake pan.
  5. Put the ball in the middle and use your fingers to spread it all over the cake pan.
  6. (you can also use a small pizza roller to spread it evenly.)
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes on 350 degrees. (or until crust is done well.)
  8. Take crust out of oven and let cool off.
  9. The filling:
  10. In a pan heat the coconut milk, coconut cream and blueberries for 10 minutes.
  11. Take off the heat and pour into mixer.
  12. Mix until smooth.
  13. Slowly pour the mixture on top of the crust.
  14. Let cool off and put in the fridge.
  15. Eat when completely cooled off and when the pie has become completely solid.
  16. Best is to keep it in the fridge overnight.

You can also make this recipe by replacing blueberries for things like lemon or strawberries.


Making of Model Chocolate

Carolina, Fabio, Dirk and I spent some time in my Organice Your Life® kitchen in NYC making delicious chocolate treats! We first went through the Model Chocolate book by top model & OYL contributor Abigail O'Neill, and picked our 2 favorite recipes.

Lonneke & Carolina making chocolateLonneke & Carolina 

Model chocolate book

Australian model Abigail just released her first chocolate & super foods book full of yummy desserts & treats called "Model Chocolate". And send us a copy too to try some desserts! So we spent the whole night preparing the recipes and we had a lot of fun!

From the many, many recipes, I chose the pie Love Me Bittersweet Jaffa Pie and Carolina chose the cookies.

model chocolate book

Love Me Bitttersweet Jaffa Pie

The pie is a mix of pure, organic ingredients like shredded coconut, pure chocolate nibs & powder, orange oil, orange juice, macadamia nuts and dates.  It is probably the most expensive pie I ever made, as most of the ingredients are not cheap, but it is one of the best pies I ever tasted! The amount of each ingredient was really perfect, you could really taste the orange oil & juice in the "aftertaste". And all the ingredients are uncooked, organic and actually healthy for you! Of course you don't eat the whole pie at once, so after the pie was made, and we all had a piece with a nice cup of tea, we split the remaining pie and Carolina & Fabio took their half home. We later found out we all ate a little piece each night after dinner as a treat until it was finished! So the whole week we all enjoyed it. So in the end it was something we could enjoy for so long it wasn't an expensive pie at all.

macadamia dates coconut flakes 1The ingredients for the crust of the pie are mixed together in a blender.

making crust of raw pieFabio is making the crust of the pie by pressing the pie mixture really well to get a solid and strong bottom of the pie

pouring of chocolateFabio ads the chocolate mixture onto the crust

Carolina pouring chocolateCarolina sprinkles raw cacao nibs on top.

Model chocolate book 1Model Chocolate book with the chocolate pie after coming out of the fridge.

Model Chocolate pie 2We love a piece of this chocolate pie!

The whole recipe for this delicious pie you can find in the Model Chocolate book .

Chocolate cookies

The cookies were a mix of ingredients like chocolate powder, spelt meal, maca, macadamia oil, coconut oil. These pictures are going to be posted in an article by Carolina so stay tuned!

What are you making next from the Model Chocolate recipe book?

Love, Lonneke

All pictures copyrighted by Organice Your life® 

First published in 2013, updated in 2019