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brown butter bourbon apple pie

Our local farmer’s market hosts seasonal fruit pie contests, you can see the pies I entered here and here. Before I realized I’d be out of town for the apple pie contest I was thinking about how to capture the judges attention with something a little different. JPS had such a good idea of just swapping peaches for apples…I did a little research and found a similar pie here and I used their guidance on spices for the apples but kept my own method for using brown butter bourbon and brown butter streusel because it’s simply divine.

What makes this pie SO AMAZING is that it isn’t overly sweet. It has a lot of rich flavor but not too much cinnamon or sugar just a really satisfying piece of apple pie. JPS doesn’t claim to like sweets although he gobbles up any cookies I make…but he can’t stop raving about this pie! If a pie can win him over, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at your house!

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halloween sugar cookies (and my fave sugar cookie recipe)

I’ve never been a big fan of decorating for halloween but this year I’ve had the itch to make sugar cookies for every occasion so I’ll even cave for halloween. I searched for some inspiration and found these adorable bats and decided to turn my tulip cookie cutter upside down and into a ghost!halloween sugar cookies - bats and ghosts!

These came out so good!
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simple DIY Easter centerpiece

This year I get to host a mini-Easter…no baton has been passed, but I’m counting a vacation date blunder on my in-laws behalf a chance to have some fun! I’ll only be hosting 6 people (luckily!) but I wanted to bring a little pop to our table. This is literally such a fast and simple DIY for an Easter centerpiece.
diy easter centerpiece | as GOLD as it gets blog

I already owned the glassware, but you could use a bowl or vase if you had one. I also already had paint but you can buy acrylic craft pain for under a dollar at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels. The grass was just about a dollar and the eggs were $2.99. These eggs aren’t real, but they aren’t plastic eggs either (although you could use them, I just didn’t want to see the seal of the traditional easter eggs).
what you'll need - easy DIY easter centerpiece

Literally paint your eggs, let them dry and throw them in – wahhhh lahhhh! Perfect (and easy and fast and cute!) Easter centerpiece. diy easter centerpiece | as GOLD as it gets blog


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dress up your christmas cards

I love designing photo christmas cards – and by designing, I mean a quick drop & drag of our pictures into the templates. This year I thought our envelopes looked a little plain and used some striped washi tape over the sealed envelope.

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I love using washi tape but never trust it to actually seal anything. I also use it in my planner to section off projects or vacations, on presents to add a little pop or on the fridge to easily peel off. With so many colors and patterns, your options are limitless!