Recipes Ideas for the Holidays

It's almost here! Thanksgiving is only a handful of days away!

Maybe you need to bring something for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a Friendsgiving or a holiday party in the near future. Maybe you're hosting friends or family and need a little something special. I've got you covered! Here's a handful of recipes that are sure to impress.


Let's start with the best part: Dessert!

Above: Very simple Apple Galette. Easier to throw together than a standard pie, just as good.

Pumpkin Creme Brûlée: Way easier than they sound. For when you want to have all the pumpkin vibes, but don't want to bake a pie.

Apple Cranberry Pie: Pouring a caramely sugar mixture over the top of the lattice crust gives this pie a crispier top and caramelized flavor.  

Apple Crisp: Easy to throw together and feeds a crowd. Also, great reheated for breakfast the next day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes: For the people that need to have chocolate at every event. This is a classic combination that most people will love.

Pumpkin Tart with Gingersnap Crust: Something different for the pumpkin pie loves (a.k.a. me). Everything you want in a pumpkin pie with a thick, gingersnap crust.

Applesauce Cupcakes: One of my favorite cakes growing up. Similar to a carrot cake with the carrot. Moist and covered in cream cheese frosting. Yum.

Apple Crumb Pie: A classic with a crumbly topping instead of a top crust.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes: For the ice cream lover. Throw that pie into a blender with some ice cream and drink up!


Let's move on to Appetizers.

Baked Brie: Served with slices of green apple and crackers, this baked brie is addicting. Though it is best served warmed and melty, it's really a crowd pleaser. 

Pear and Goat Cheese Tart: If you like goat cheese, this tart is perfect. A mix of creamy goat cheese and sweet pears, topped with chopped thyme and honey, and sprinkled with a little black pepper to cut the sweetness.

Pumpkin Pie Dip: A sweet treat before dinner. Pumpkin and cool whip and dipped with gingersnaps. 

Pear and Brie Tart with Cranberries: Similar to the Pear and Goat Cheese Tart, this puff pastry-based tart has pears, brie, and dried cranberries mixed in. Best served warmed.


Need a Cocktail?

How about something with Apple Cider? Maybe an Apple Cider Margarita, Apple Cider Moscow Mule, or a SNAP and Cider Cocktail (above). Looking for something else? Maybe a simple Cranberry Fizz or a Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail!

Hooray for National Donut Day!

Today is National Donut Day, one of the best days of the year!

As donuts might be my favorite treat out there (with ice cream as a very close second), I thought I would share a bunch of donut recipes that I've made over the years. And in creating this round up, I realized that I need to work on some new ones in the coming months. They're so easy to make!

I hope you eat all the donuts you can find today! You need to celebrate the little things, you know.

A Fun Fall Round-Up

Now that my scarves and boots are out from their boxes, I'm ready to fully embrace fall in all it's jean-jacket, pumpkin-spice, sock-wearing goodness. I wanted to throw together a little round-up of a bunch of recipes that are perfect for chilly fall nights and DIYs that are great for getting into that fall spirit! 

I feel like I need to add a disclaimer that some of these posts include photos that are just awful. Happily, my photography has gotten much better since I started this blog and that is very apparent when you look back at some past posts. 

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie! What else do you need. You can just stop reading here.

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. These are perfect coupled with a cup of tea and some great TV.

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These make all hot beverages better. Truth.

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Apple Cranberry Pie is a great dessert to take for Thanksgiving or any other family/friend dinner-gathering. A great twist on a traditional apple pie.

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These Tile Coasters are so simple to make, you can make a set for every time of year! Black and orange stripes/chevron for Halloween?!

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of my go-to warm drinks while it starts getting chilly out.

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Applesauce Cupcakes are my serious addiction. I can't even make them anymore because I'll eat the whole batch. Bake at your own risk.

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Make your own Heart Teabags (or any shaped teabags) with some loose tea and coffee filters. Perfect for the fall weather or for a fun hostess gift!

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Candy Corn Felt Garland is super easy and really cute. 

Happy Fall!

Best of August

August is a bitter-sweet month. As lovely as the the summer has been, I'm excited for the changing of the seasons into fall. Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and I have big plans for the blog during the next month. Here are some of my favorite posts from last month:

With so many photos to frame and tons of wall space to fill up in our new home, it was a busy month for photos. I'm still loving these three different ways to display photos.

A couple trips to thrift stores and one to the flea market means more goodies. T has been racking up quite a few records recently, and we are so happy with our record player purchase this month! 

August featured these two DIYs, one for making paper flowers out of coffee filters and the other spotlighting our black and white striped rug we painted.

And finally, a simple post about list making!

Take on any good projects during August? Love to hear about them! I've got my scarves and boots ready in hand for September!