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Thanksgiving Eve + Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe + The Best Turkey Trot

I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving. If you’re needing a quick 30-minute “do anywhere with no equipment” workout in, don’t forget about my Torch the Turkey workout! πŸ™‚

We traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina to celebrate Thanksgiving with Tanner’s mom. Before we left on Thanksgiving eve, we taught our annual Butterball Boot Camp at the studio.

Y2 Yoga Charlotte, NC

We had a packed house for a two-hour pre-Thanksgiving sweat fest.

Y2 Yoga

Tanner and I both have fitness backgrounds so we incorporate a mix of bodyweight intervals and strength training along with tons of hot flow into our boot camps. We mix it up every time we teach it. For this one I taught the first 30 minutes just like I’d teach a bodyweight strength-based class (as a preview of a new class coming to our schedule in January!) and then passed the baton to him to teach a 90 minute hot flow class.


I can only describe the next two hours as complete chaos as I rushed around getting ready to leave. I bathed both of the girls (at the same time…all three of us in the shower), cleaned the bathroom, folded laundry, showered myself, packed my stuff and food, etc. We left the house around 1 p.m. and picked up lunch for everyone from Namastay Kitchen on the way to Tanner’s brother’s house. We ate quickly when we got there and then got on the road.

Panko and Pecan Crusted Salmon

We arrived in Beaufort around 6:30 p.m. Tanner’s mom had dinner waiting for us. We had a panko-pecan crusted salmon, asparagus, sweet potatoes and salad.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Dessert was Pumpkin Crunch Cake which was just so good it was stupid. This thing sat out all night with spoons next to it. I think it was halfway gone by the time I went to bed.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

I shared this picture on Instagram and heard that you either a) wanted the recipe or b) already knew about the secret magical deliciousness of pumpkin crunch cake.

Here’s the recipe.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

From at

Prep: Cook: Yield: 18 servingsTotal:

An easy holiday dump cake featuring pumpkin, cake mix, pecans and more.

You'll Need...

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture and gently pat down. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the cake mix and then drizzle with melted butter.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes and start checking for doneness. You might need to go up to about 75 minutes depending on your oven.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Bake at your own risk.


On Thanksgiving morning I headed out for a mid-distance run around Beaufort. I mapped out a route with the help of Tanner’s step-father and had Tanner drop me off at my starting point.


I planned a route that would take me over two different bridges and through downtown. I don’t know if this is a throwback to my days of living in Charleston and running the Ravenel and Ben Sawyer Bridges on the regular but I love including bridges in my routes when I can.

Bay Street Beaufort

The portion of my run that went through historic downtown Beaufort was gorgeous. I ran down Bay Street and snapped this picture of the marsh and the bay.

Historic Beaufort Homes

And then I ran all through this historic neighborhood that is called “The Old Point” area from what Tanner’s mom told me. It was breathtaking.

Historic Beaufort Home

Look at these old Southern homes!


The highlight of my run was coming across a neighborhood Thanksgiving party where the neighbors set up Thanksgiving in the middle of the street, complete with dining room chairs, tablecloths, centerpieces, china and more.

Thanksgiving Neighborhood Party

I stopped and asked about it and one of the women setting up shared that it was an annual tradition. I think that is just so cool.


I wrapped up my tour of The Old Point with a shot of this incredible waterfront garden in someone’s backyard.


And the obligatory cannon shot. πŸ˜‰


Then it was up and over my second bridge. This one is an old drawbridge.

Beaufort, SC

I had a great view of the entire downtown from the top.


My run came in at 9.2 miles at an 8:39 pace. It was 73 degrees and sunny so I ran in my sports bra and got quite a good bit of sun.


Tanner picked me up and we swung into the grocery to grab a few things for Thanksgiving. I had a coconut water to hydrate.


And a beer post-shower! I saw some people playing cornhole and drinking beers while I was running and it sounded super refreshing. πŸ™‚

I’ll have Thanksgiving Part Two for you on Saturday with pictures from the meal.

Have you ever tried Pumpkin Crunch Cake?

Did you run on Thanksgiving morning?

What’s your favorite running scenery?

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Linda November 25, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Looks like a beautiful day! We lived in Hilton Head for a few years and used to take day trips and have lunch in Beaufort…there was a restaurant I enjoyed..can’t remember it’s na,e

  • Rebecca November 25, 2016, 3:32 pm

    Oh, Beaufort is just the cutest! My mom and I stayed there many years ago , I’m almost positive we stayed in the Old Point area. The little B&B we stayed at was so adorable, I can’t remember the name of it but apparently Barbara Streisand stayed there while she was filming a movie.

  • Karlie Kashat November 25, 2016, 8:11 pm

    I made that same pumpkin dump cake!! So amazing/addicting haha. Looks like an awesome Thanksgiving thanks for sharing !

  • Mila November 25, 2016, 10:32 pm

    I didn’t run Thanksgiving morning, but my fiancΓ© and I are actually doing a leftover Turkey Trot tomorrow! Can’t wait!

  • Emily November 26, 2016, 10:48 am

    Your running route looks stunning! I also love your hat–do you mind sharing where it’s from? πŸ™‚

  • Marsha November 26, 2016, 2:47 pm

    That cake! Oh my! It sounds incredibly delicious! Mouth was watering wishing I had some to try! And the scenery….so lovely! I ran short on Thanksgiving morning and rode 24 miles on my bike. Raced a 5K yesterday. We have a local race called Burn It Off. Nice alternative to all the crazy black friday madness!

  • Jolene November 26, 2016, 4:49 pm

    Looks like an awesome weekend and the weather looked perfect for a scenic run! I’m definitely going to make that dump cake! My daughter and I ran a 5k turkey wobble Thanksgiving morning. It made cooking for a Thanksgiving lunch tricky!

  • tara November 28, 2016, 1:23 pm

    i love the street thanksgiving idea ! how cool. only in the south….

  • Mrs Bonas November 29, 2016, 2:44 am

    I’ve tried to bake your cake pumpkin crunch, feedback from my family was that “I make the perfect dish for thanksgiving”.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Donna McLean January 5, 2017, 2:52 pm

    Was looking for a good healthy sweet snack/dessert on your blog today and just saw this post. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving visit with us, recipes we shared and your run-tour of beautiful Beaufort by the sea!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 11:14 am

      It was the most lovely holiday! Thank you for hosting! πŸ™‚

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