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Halloween + Thanksgiving decor tour

Our downstairs has been taken over by all things fall and we are both loving it.fall-table-setting

How cute are these copper leaf napkin rings? 4 for $5 at Target!

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I shared we are going to be sippin’ on this tonight while trick or treaters come by. I love these funny poison cups from Target. halloween-decor-hutchhalloween-decor-top-of-hutch
I’m trying to hide our candy from JPS…like he won’t see it on top there? hahalloween-decoration-dining-roomif-youve-got-it-haunt-it
I found these little napkins at Home Goods–my favorite place to find cute napkins.target-apple-cider-sign
Can you believe this little sign is only $5? thanksgiving-fireplace-decorationsthanksgiving-hutch-decorations

Whelp, thats a quick tour around here…can’t wait to break out the Christmas decor. I’ve been eyeing some things at Target already like this tray, these sweet little plates, and this cookie jar.


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reese’s puppy chow

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Did anyone else Reese Witherspoon’s hilarious instagram about Reese’s pieces?

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For me!? 😋💛 #ReesesPieces

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Well, I’m sure you’ll be changing your name to Reese so you can call this puppy chow your own, it’s just that good. I found the recipe on pinterest from Mom on Timeout. I have been thinking about it and after successfully completing Whole30 I was wondering if I should make it…but hopefully my husband eats most of it 😉

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I slightly changed the recipe to meet my own preferences but the inspiration is from the blog listed above. My adapted recipe is below. I didn’t want it to be overly sweet (like c’mon look at the ingredients!) so I used rice chex instead of chocolate, opted to not include peanuts and used chocolate almond bark instead of CandiQuik. The ingredients and proportions I used are below and steps are with the pictures.

Box of Rice Chex cereal (12.8 oz)
2- 3/4 cups powdered sugar divided into ziplock gallon bags
16 oz chocolate almond bark
1 cup reese’s peanut butter chips
1-10 oz bag of reese’s mini’s
1 bag of reese’s minatures, chopped either into 1/2 or 1/4

reeses-puppy-chowStart off by mixing a cup of peanut butter chips with Chocolate almond bark and melt to the almond bark directions, mine took just 90 seconds.

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Because my dishwasher was running, I laid out half of my chex and drizzled with the peanut butter/almond bark mixture and then layered the second half and did the same on top rather than mixing in a bowl and quite frankly, I’m glad I did that bark is annoying to get out of bowls and I could just toss the parchment.middle-of-making-puppy-chow
Take two gallon ziplock and put 3/4 cup of powered sugar in each bag, place half the mixture in each, zip and shake.puppy-chow-recipe
Unzip the bag and add the reese’s mini’s and chopped reese’s miniatures. I followed the other directions and honestly I don’t see any reason to throw the pieces in before. I think its probably easier to just pop them in at the end and do a quick mix, just be gentle so the chex don’t break.reeses-puppy-chow-simple-recipe

How divine does this look? We can’t wait to eat some while trick or treaters come by Monday night…hopefully this keeps us from eating their candy, hopefully.


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wassail recipe – the smell of my holidays

grandmother wassail recipe.jpgThis wassail makes all of my childhood (and who am I kidding, present day) holiday memories come right back. My grandmother always makes it and not only does smell amazing but its so delicious. Everyone in our family loves it and its always a staple. She always serves it in huge batches and I’m constantly refilling my mug. If you aren’t familiar with it, its basically an enhanced apple cider with German origins.
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The recipe is so simple. I’ll be serving this up here for us while we hand out candy to trick or treaters but made it ahead of time on the stove and bottled it in mason jars to have some to easily reheat and freeze since its just the two of us.

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3 parts apple cider
2 parts cranberry cocktail (if you use cranberry juice, use more sugar to sweeten)
1 part OJ or pineapple juice, or both)
Sugar to taste (approx 1-1.5 cups in a gallon)
7-8 cinnamon sticks, 5-6 whole cloves in cheesecloth
Bring to a boil and let simmer

I used:
6 cups cider
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1 1/4 cups sugar

Do you have any family favorite holiday drinks?

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award-winning spicy & tart blueberry pie

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I love participating in our local farmer’s market but the judges and competition are tough! This year I couldn’t believe I actually got third place! I pretty much went into it with low expectations but was thrilled!

The pectin in the apple really helps to firm it up so its more substantial and not soupy…if you’ve made blueberry pie before you know what I mean 😉

Filling:
3/4 cup sugar
4Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1) Combine 1 1/2 blueberries, the sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the water in a medium saucepan. Set over low heat and cook, stirring often until the blueberries have become very juicy and the sugar has dissolved. Mix the cornstarch with the remaining water, then stir in about a third of the blueberry juices. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, return to the heat and cook stirring constantly until thickened and clear (3 min)
2) Remove from the heat, scrap the filling into a medium bow and stir in the spices. Let cool.
3) Set a rack at the lowest level in the oven and preheat to 375
4) Fold the remaining blueberries and apple into the cooled filling
5) Scrap into the piecrust and spread evenly. Dot with the butter and arrange the top crust. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar
6) Place the pie in the over and decrease the temperature to 350 F. Bake until the crust is baked through and the juices are actively simmering, about 45 min.
7) Cool the pie on the rack and serve warm
Crust
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 Tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 12 pieces
1) Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor, pulse several times until combined
2) Add the butter and pulse again until the butter is finely mixed into the dry ingredients.
3) Use a fork to beat the eggs until the yolks are broken and pour into food processor. Pulse again until the dough almost forms a ball.
4) Invert the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead together 3-4 times to make it smooth.
5) Divide the dough into 2 pieces, form them into disks and wrap them each in plastic. Chill for a few hours before rolling.

6) Before rolling the dough, place on a floured surface and gently knead until smooth and malleable.

The recipe came from this book.

 


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Kennebunkport, Maine

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We had the best weekend exploring Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kennebunkport Maine!  As we were driving into town we were already plotting our way to come back. The town is SO charming and the shops people are kind and the other tourists are polite and clean! HAve you ever been where they are not? It’s truly a thing to note! I did some research on things to do before we went (see how I do it here) and it couldn’t have been a better day.
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Creating your travel itinerary from your phone!

Since I started my full-time career in summer ’11 I’ve been able to travel to sooo many places. Places I had never been too and really didn’t know anything about; often traveling alone for work. These are my tried and true steps on finding out the must-see’s at literally no cost, all from your phone.travel itinerary

  1. Google day trips to x.
    Usually you don’t have a lot of time on a work trip to explore, but even if you do, I think its smart to look for what people recommend if you only have a day or 36 hours. They always tell you the high points so you can base your schedule around some of these stops. I follow this blogger on instagram but was so excited to see her post on Kennebunkport!
  2. Yelp restaurants for lunch, restaurants for dinner.
    I can’t tell you how many times I pick a place and find out they don’t open until 5p and I was needing to sneak in a bite between afternoon meetings. Also, so many places are known for their lunch or dinner its fun to pick places based on WHEN you’ll be stopping by, not just an overall rating.
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  3. Ask a local!
    I’ll never forget when I travelled to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan we asked someone where they recommended and they really stumbled and said The Italian Oven which my co-worker and I were like umm okay..thinking it was olive garden-esque. We were exhausted and decided to go. It was so packed and was actually really amazing. Even though it might not be fancy the locals know where to go, whether for food or another adventure.
  4. Search the city/town on instagram.
    See what other people are seeing. It’s so easy to search by location or hashtag and learn more about where you are going and figure out what you want to see.IMG_9407
  5. Search/ask bloggers who have been there or live nearby.
    I just reached out to Lemon Stripes because she was just in Kennebunkport and I’m dying for her to post her spots. I love following her on snapchat and I can’t wait to see her picks (and pics!) in town.
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  6. Create a list.
    It might be silly but you need everything in one spot to help you when you arrive. a quick glance at your list is a million times better than having to rack your brain and scroll through your browser history to see the name of the best coffee shop! 😉

I’m having so much fun building my Portsmouth, New Hampshire + Kennebunkport lists, send me any reccs if you have them!


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cubicle decor inspiration

It’s partly because I’m a creative but who doesn’t like a little fancy in their cubicle? Although I’m the Director of Marketing I’m out in a cubicle and until the day I have my own office I’m decorating these grey half walls to keep me inspired.

These two shops (here and here) are so cute and affordable for pieces to spruce up your cube!

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But you love them
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A little fashion motivation
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I’m a huge list builder so this would keep me right on track

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Isn’t this mermaid so charming?

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These are sure to keep you motivated throughout the day!


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stamped fondant cookies

I am so happy with how these turned cookies turned out! I had seen similar cookies online but there wasn’t a tutorial just a single picture. I went on the hunt and sourced my own ideas for my in-laws fortieth anniversary party favors for this weekend. These sugar cookies are covered in a marshmallow fondant and stamped with this cute set of letters._MG_9097

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