Easy & Sentimental Christmas Thank You Cards

This year more than ever I am feeling the need to really bestow upon my boys gratitude and the ways to express it! During the holidays they receive so much and a simple thank you just doesn’t seem adequate for me anymore. The more my kiddos receive, the bigger my worry becomes that they will come to expect these gifts and not appreciate them as they should. With this heavy on my heart, the kids and I did some acts of kindness this month. We made cookies for family, friends, teachers, our mailman and UPS man. We made really nice cards and cookie platters for our local police & fire stations. And we donated toys to Toys for Tots. Although we could be doing so much more, my heart feels so full with what we’ve done so far!

christmas thank you cards

One thing I’ve always overlooked is the impact a ‘Thank You” card can make on the recipient. After all, what better way for my kids to reflect on how thankful they are for something they’ve been given, than by taking the time to put it into words, all on their own. After racking my brain for a cute and equally thoughtful ‘Thank You’ card idea, I remembered a little craft I saw online a while back called ‘thumbprint Christmas lights’. And that’s when I decided it would make the perfect easy & sentimental Christmas thank you card!

Christmas thank you cards

To make your own you’ll need:

White paper (preferrably card stock)
Black Sharpie
Pen or pencil
Paint in assorted colors ( finger paint or acrylic)

Start by folding a piece white paper in half ( I prefer card stock for this project). Now using a black sharpie, draw what will be your string. Notice I made little rectangle grooves for where the lights will “adhere”. In a corner somewhere I wrote the child’s name and age. This will be the front of your child’s card.

Christmas thank you cards

At this point, I had the kids write out their cards. I made a list of who gave them what, and we discussed a few template ideas. Keep it simple and to the point unless your child wants to write extra. I noticed the more words that I tried to encourage, the more mistakes they made, and the more frustrated they became.

Christmas thank you cards

Once they’ve written out all of their cards, place your paint colors of choice on a paper plate.

Christmas thank you cards

Using their index finger, have them dip the tip of it into the paint then press it down against the little rectangles so that it looks like a bulb connecting to the string. Continue this method with each color, creating a pattern.

Christmas thank you cards

Let it dry for several hours then write “Thank You” on the front and mail them to their new homes! And there you have it. An easy & sentimental Christmas Thank You card for your loved ones.

Christmas thank you cards

New Years Fortune Cookies

After searching high and low for the easiest & tastiest fortune cookie recipe, I have found the Holy Grail fortune cookie magic! Now when say ‘high and low’ I mean I stayed up until 2:00 am testing recipes..That’s how serious I am! When I think of New Years, I think of new beginnings & hopes for good health, happiness & fortune. Which is why I thought New Years Fortune Cookies would be so fun to create. This recipe is easy, the cookies bake quickly and everyone will be impressed! The chocolate & gold sugar are completely optional but highly recommended.

New Years fortune cookies

Unfortunately as it was very late (and to be honest I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out), I didn’t get a lot of ‘step by step’ pictures but I did grab a few..

Start by making your batter as instructed below. A crucial part of making fortune cookies is using a tablespoon to put them on the baking sheet, using the backside to make a round, flat circle. And only baking 3-4 at a time so that you’re able to work with them while they’re still warm.

New Years fortune cookies

Cook for 7-8 minutes so that the edges are slightly brown. If you undercook, they will tear when they’re bent. If you overcook, they will snap. So play with the time a bit to find that happy medium. For my oven, it was 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Follow the steps below and then place them in a muffin tin to cool & keep their shape.

New Years fortune cookies

Once they’ve cooled, 30 minutes to 1 hour, melt about 1 1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips, then dip the ends of your fortune cookies into the melted chocolate.

After you’ve dipped your cookies. Allow them to set for a good 15 minutes or so. I recommend doing this on a wire wrack over parchment paper or foils that the excess chocolate can drip off.

new years fortune cookies

After 15 minutes, sprinkle gold or silver sugar (or sprinkles) and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes!

Enjoy!

 

New Years Fortune Cookies
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Recipe type: cookie
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The perfect addition to your New Years celebration!
Ingredients
  • ¾ C. sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • 3 T. water
  • ½ C. melted butter
  • 1 C. all purpose flour
  • gold or silver sugar for decorating (optional)
  • 10 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips ( optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and prepare your fortune strips
  3. With a stand or hand mixer, whip your egg whites and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until frothy
  4. Now add in your water, vanilla, melted butter and flour and mix just until combined
  5. Your batter will be somewhat thick, resembling a pancake mix.
  6. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the batter and use the bottom of the spoon to gently spread your batter evenly to make a flat, round circle.
  7. I like to bake 3-4 cookies at a time. The reasoning behind this is that you need to shape your cookies while they're hot. If you bake too many at a time, they will cool down before you can shape them.
  8. Bake for 7-8 minutes
  9. When your cookies come out of the oven, flip them over once then place your fortune in the center
  10. Gently, using your spatula, fold your cookie in half, then using a mug, place the cookie onto the edge of the cup and push the ends down to make a fortune cookie shape, quickly placing the cookie in a muffin tin to hold its shape..
  11. After your fortune cookies have cooled and set (about 30 minutes to an hour).
  12. Melt your chocolate chips and dip the edges of your cookies in the chocolate, allowing to set on a wire wrack over parchment paper or foil.
  13. Let the chocolate settle for about 15 minutes then sprinkle with your sugar or sprinkles and refrigerate until chocolate is completely set.
Notes
Have fun and be creative with your fortune strips!
 

Crockpot Black Eyed Pea Soup with Ham & Cabbage

In our home we are big on traditions!  Especially when it has to do with the holidays! About three years ago we adopted a new tradition that we’ve come to enjoy which is preparing Black eyed peas for New Years day! In the South, black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day tradition. And it is believed that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year!

black eyed peas

I’ve tried preparing black eyed peas a few different ways and wasn’t too crazy about them until I came up with this crockpot black eyed pea soup with cabbage and ham recipe. It is so comforting and PACKED with flavor!!

Soaking Your Peas

The first step to making this soup is soaking your beans in water overnight. If you don’t have the time, you can do a “quick soak” by bringing your beans and water to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove them from heat, cover the pot and soak them for 1 hour. Finally, drain and rinse your beans.

black eyed peas

Place your soaked beans in your crock pot. Next, chop your veggies and drain your diced tomatoes.

black eyed peas

Add them into your crock pot along with your ham hocks or shank, minced garlic and chicken broth. Now add enough water to cover all of your ingredients by about an inch or so. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

black eyed peas

Once your soup is done cooking, season with salt & pepper to taste. I recommend waiting on this step until the very end to prevent making your soup too salty!

black eyed peas

Crockpot Black Eyed Pea Soup with Ham & Cabbage
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ham hocks or 1 ham shank
  • 1 1lb. bag of black eyed peas
  • ½ head of green cabbage
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking your beans in water overnight OR "quick soaking" by boiling the beans for 2 minutes removing from heat, placing a lid on your pan and soaking for one hour. Regardless of method chosen, after soaking drain & rinse your beans.
  2. Place beans in the bottom of your crock pot along with ham hocks or shank.
  3. Chop your veggies, garlic and drain your tomatoes, add to your crockpot
  4. Pour your 32 ounces of chicken broth and enough water to cover your ingredients by an inch or so.
  5. Cook for 6 hour on high or 8 hours on low.
  6. Once finished add salt & pepper to your liking.
  7. I recommend enjoying with crusty baguette!
 

Grinch Movie Night

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s a classic! A Christmas movie we’re sure to watch every holiday season. We spend most of our weekend evenings watching Christmas movies during the month of December. So I thought it would be super fun to have a themed movie night featuring none other than, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Not only is a themed movie night fun at the time, it’s special nights like these that create memories to last a lifetime!

Setting up your Table

I started this little movie night with a small table that I purchased at Costco a few years back and a red plastic tablecloth. I actually had some wrapping paper on hand that had the “Grinch colors” so I thought that would make an extra cute runner down the center of my table. If I hadn’t found the wrapping paper, I would have purchased a yard of fabric that goes with our theme. I actually prefer using fabric because if it gets dirty, you can throw it in the wash and re-use it over & over! Plus, the patters are endless. I bought these cute tissue pom poms to hang overhead and my favorite touch.. This super cute and easy to make tissue tinsel garland! Check out my blog post here for easy instructions!

Grinch Juice

The Grinch Juice was my favorite treat! It’s requires 3 ingredients, it’s super simple to make and looks so FUN and vibrant! To make your own Grinch Juice, you’ll need 1 packet of lime kool-aid, 1 small jar of maraschino cherries, and red sanding sugar.

grinch juice

  • Make your lime Kool-aid as directed, set aside
  • With a lemon wedge, coat the rim of your glass then dip the wet rim into your red sugar
  • Place desired amount of cherries at the bottom of each glass, then carefully pour your kool-aid in.

grinch movie

That’s it! I like to throw in a cute red & white straw for special affects!

Grinch Popcorn

You may have seen this stuff floating around the web for some time now. Although I can’t take credit for coming up with this adorable treat, I will share with you the page where I found the full recipe, below.

The original recipe calls for red M&M’s. I was having a hard time finding only red M&M’s so I went with a different red & green candy instead. I put the popcorn in these cute little plastic tumblers that I ALWAYS have on hand for these kinds of things!

grinch popcorn

//Please ignore my “Mary Lou” sign.. it was a long day! hahaha!//

The best part is, you can package up the leftovers in a cellophane baggy & ribbon, and hand them out as thoughtful treats for friends!

Here is the original link where I found the Grinch popcorn recipe.

Whoville Puddin’

Now I know what you’re thinking.. This isn’t pudding. I went back & forth on whether or not to make jello or pudding and obviously jello won! This jello treat was so cute and super easy to make. Literally all you’ll need to do is prepare you green lime jello, pour it into your little plastic tumblers, & let them set. Right before serving, top with a little whipped cream and sprinkles!

grinch movie

I found these adorable plastic spoons that I wanted to use so right after I poured the jello into the tumblers, I set the spoons in. This way the jello sets around the spoons!

 

If you’re not a Jello fan. Go with green pudding instead!

Grinch movie night

 

grinch movie night

 

The boys had the BEST time!! My oldest said he felt like he was at a restaurant/ movie theatre with the table & treats infront of the TV screen!

grinch movie night

& there ya go! All the tips & tricks you’ll need to throw your own Grinch Movie night. I’ve also put together below, my amazon picks that helped me with my movie night!


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How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Our very favorite Christmas tradition, our North Pole Breakfast!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on The Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you’ve probably heard of The Elf on The Shelf! Our Elf’s name is Elfie. Original, right? ha! He arrives each year sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 2nd. In other words, he arrives when mom gets around to finding him, and mentally preparing myself for hiding him in fun and creative places night after night. I know some of you mamas relate with me on that one?! haha!

The thing we look forward to most with our Elfie, is the North Pole breakfast that he arrives with! Now each year is different. If you are very organized with your Elf’s arrival, then you can have your Elf arrive with it each year. As I mentioned before, I’m not very organized with our Elf, so some years he arrives with it, and others he brings the special North Pole Breakfast a week later. My kids don’t seem to mind.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What exactly is a North Pole Breakfast?

 A North Pole Breakfast is a a breakfast that our Elf on the Shelf brings with him, sets up himself and brings/ makes, a decadent breakfast primarily consisting of sugary treats and lots of Christmas decorations. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why should the Elf get all the credit? If this is your mindset, by all means, start this tradition as something that YOU create! You will receive  all the praise and your kiddos will not enjoy it any less! OR this can be a tradition sent from the big guy himself, Santa! Whatever you decide on, start this tradition this year! Your kiddos will LOVE it and have these memories forever!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What to Serve

Last year I bought Kellogg French toast sticks and this year I went with their mini pancakes. They’re super convenient for this kind of thing because all you need to do is warm them up in the microwave. I found the little Santa picks at Target & made cute little pancake stacks!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

One thing we always make sure to have is these powdered sugar donuts.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Another favorite was this strawberry jello with whipped cream & sprinkles!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

MY personal favorite is the hot cocoa bar that Elfie sets up!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

I picked up the cute little Christmas mugs at Target last year. Made some hot cocoa spoons simply by melted semi sweet chocolate chips, dipping a white plastic spoon in it, topping each with broken candy cane or sprinkles, and letting them lay flat to dry. Then you can use them to stir your cocoa! Also included in the hot cocoa bar, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and candy cane sticks! The kiddos grabbed their mugs, I poured warm water in each, the emptied their cocoa packets and added their desired toppings. Now is that fun or what?!

I also like to serve some sort of fruit variation. Last year I made a fruit “Christmas tree” with apples & raspberries, using raisins for the trunk, then a cheese, star, tree topper!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

The year before last I served these little fruit cups in Christmas cupcake liners. Ultimately, think of items you can prepare the night before or quietly the morning of. Go with easy finger type foods that won’t take a lot of work or make a lot of noice to whip up. After all, you don’t want to go to all of this trouble then ruin the surprise!

Extra Special

A few of the details that helped make this North Pole Breakfast so special..

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

We have a small collection of Christmas books so it’s awfully special that our Elf always bring a little present with him and what is it you ask? Well, a Christmas book to add to our collection, of course!

These Christmas plates were found at Target. They match the hot cocoa mugs.

The “tablecloth” is actually just two yards of fabric that I picked up at Joann’s Crafts and folded in half.

The pretty decorative stars that I have hanging from my chandelier were a Target dollar spot find.

Chair covers, food platters & napkins were found at the Dollar Tree.

For quick & easy shopping, I found some very similar options to help you plan your very own North Pole Breakfast!


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Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans

The Holidays have arrived and entertaining season is in full swing! The last few years I have found myself looking for the quickest, easiest dishes with the least amount of ingredients. However often those requirements don’t always produce the prettiest never mind the tastiest, of dishes. This Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pecans is not only quick & easy, it’s decadent and sooo delicious!


Isn’t it gorgeous?!

This holiday cheeseball with cranberries & pecans can be served with your favorite crackers, thinly slices apples or toasted baguette! And get this..4 ingredients is all you’ll need!!

You’ll notice I surrounded my cheeseball with the leftover cranberries & pecans for extra goodness with each bite! Totally optional..but highly suggested, haha!

Holiday Cheese Ball with Cranberries & Pecans
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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The perfect Holiday appetizer sure to impress your guests!
Ingredients
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 T. chopped green onion
  • 1¼ C. raisins, divided between 1 cup & ¼ cup
  • ½ C. chopped pecans, divided between 2¼ cups
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together your room temperature cream cheese, green onions, ¼ cup craisins, ¼ cup of chopped pecans
  2. Roll your mixture into a ball
  3. Mix together your remaining 1 cup of craisins & ¼ cup chopped pecans
  4. You can either roll your cheeseball into the mixture or gently push the mixture into the cheeseball, covering the entire ball
  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, thinly sliced apples or sliced baguette!
 

 

5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

If there’s one thing that you should know about me, it’s that I love to entertain. Like, we’re talking, love everything about it! I love having my home filled with loved ones. I love preparing delicious food for my guests. And most importantly, I loveee setting a beautiful table!

Thanksgiving is next week (how did that happen?) So I am here to help you with 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table! This post will help you do one of two things: 1. Create a table scape with what you’ve got using the tips that I’m sharing with YOU! or 2. You can purchase very similar items to create your own thanksgiving table, with the items i’ll be linking below! Whichever you choose, I hope you enjoy..Let’s get started!

1. Choosing your color scheme

Before you do anything else, decide on your color scheme. This year blue tones during the Autumn months are all the rage! My Thanksgiving color palette always consists of lots of gold and brown tones and then I add to it from there. The last few years I’ve used the same salad plates, and then added different pieces along the way. I purchased these salad plates at Homegoods 3 or 4 years ago and decided they were a great investment for years to come! Although I haven’t seen any since, I did find these on Amazon, that are very similar.

I went with a very classic salad plate that has multiple colors in the design that way I can change it up each year. There’s blush, orange, yellow, blues, and even green tones! See what I mean? By choosing a staple item with multiple colors i.e. salad plate, my options for accent colors are endless. A few years back I went with brown accents. This year I’m really excited about incorporating lots of blue! I found these beautiful napkins and the placemat that I used for my centerpiece, at Pier1.

2. Layers, Layers, Layers

You’ll notice that I didn’t use a tablecloth. Personally, I prefer the look of the polished wood to the cloth for Thanksgiving table-scapes. With that being said, I’m using large, round, gold placemats instead. If you’re more traditional and prefer a tablecloth, have at it. Start there. I also had some light blue placemats that were a bit smaller than my gold, round ones but a bit larger than my gold chargers, SCORE!! See how easily I added a whole extra layer to my place setting. And I didn’t have to spend a dime!  I always use chargers when hosting a dinner. I have a small collection and use them often for company. It’s so fun layering different shapes and colors to create a beautiful luxurious looking place setting. Another money saving tip is that I always always use my white dinner plates. There just simple white plates but by adding other layers below and above them, we’re really dressing them up!

3. Centerpiece

The centerpiece is very important because as you know, this will be your tables focal point. It’s important that whatever you choose, you keep it at eye level so that you’re able to see over it. You want to be able to talk to and enjoy each of your guests! Check around your house before you make a purchase. You’d be surprised  at what your already have laying around. This year I decided to showcase my pecan pie. {Recipe HERE!} And surprise! I already had this beautiful cake stand . In years past I’ve used various sized white pumpkins, candles from around the house with pinecones. Another idea..If your table is large enough, lay down a table runner and then place all of your Thanksgiving side dishes along it! This way no one has to get up from the table  for seconds and everyone can enjoy the beautiful food y’all worked so hard to prepare!

4. Place Setting Trinket

I’m all about leaving your guests with something to remember the day/ evening by. An individual, maybe even personal, place setting trinket for your guests to take home with them. Not only is it a super sweet gesture but it also adds more personality to your table! Maybe a small baked good, a little pumpkin, a personalized note or photo. Get creative with it! This year I typed out this ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’ onto pretty gold metallic paper. I cut each poem out, used my hole punch to make a little hole then attached a pretty ribbon that matched my color scheme. I found these cute little gold pinecones at Hobby Lobby and tied each poem to it.

Isn’t that special?!

A few years ago I made mini chocolate chip pumpkin breads in these cute little ramekins that I found in the dollar bin at target! I packed each one in a cellophane bag and tied raffia around it.

 

5. Finishing Touches

By finishing touches I mean stemware and napkins. Napkins are fun because you can do so much with them! If you’re working with neutral plates & chargers, I’d recommend using a bolder, livelier napkin. As you can see my salad plates are the main attraction for my settings so I went with a solid napkin. You can fold your napkins and place them under your salad plates, like I did this year. Place them to the left of your settings (traditional table protocal), or tie a decorative ribbon around them and place them in your water glasses!

As for your stemware. I like to have both a water glass and a wine glass at each setting. Not only does it give your table a very polished look, it’s a functional addition. I know that almost everyone at our gathering will have water or iced tea and a glass of wine. If you’re serving a certain beverage of the evening, by all means, use the appropriate glasses.

Here are some products that I recommend to create your own Thanksgiving table scape! Almost all of these items are Amazon Prime, therefor they’ll ship within 2 days!

I hope that you enjoyed my 5 Easy Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy goodness and loved ones!


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Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Tis’ the season of all things pumpkin and what better way to celebrate than with pumpkin recipes galore! I am not a pumpkin fanatic by any means, but this Pumpkin French Toast Bake is just the right amount of pumpkin, cinnamon, fluffy, creamy & sweet! Can you think of anything better? I can’t either..

Quick & Easy

My favorite part about this Pumpkin French Toast Recipe is that it’s so quick & easy! Convenience is key, am I right?! If you’ve read my Blueberry French Toast Bake post, then you know that my hubby is our weekend breakfast chef around here. After preparing lunches and cooking dinner all week, I would rather do anything than wake up on Saturday morning and make breakfast. But… I said it before and I’ll say it again, I love love love a good breakfast bake. The beauty of this recipe is that you can put it together the evening before. Simply toss it in the fridge and forget about it until you’re ready to bake it. You see, the longer it sits before baking, the more time all that yummy pumpkin custard has to soak into the bread, therefore the better it tastes!

Look at that yummy cinnamon & brown sugar topping!!


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Pumpkin French Toast Bake
Whether you make this the night before or the morning of, you will certainly LOVE this
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish
  2. Cut your French bread into cubes and place them In your greased casserole dish, set aside
  3. In a large bowl, crack and whisk your eggs. Add in your milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice, combine and set side
  4. In a small bowl, combine your brown sugar and cinnamon. Reserve half for later, and sprinkle the other half over your bread cubes
  5. Pour your pumpkin mixture over your bread crumbs
  6. Cover your french toast bake and let sit for 1 hour-over night. The longer your bake has time to soak up all that yummy custard, the better It will be!
  7. Bake at 350, covered 20 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle your remaining brown sugar cinnamon mixture and cook for an additional 25 minutes
  8. Serve warm with maple syrup!
Recipe Notes

If you don't have the luxury of making this the night before, allow at least an hour for your Pumpkin French Toast Bake to sit before baking.

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Grandma’s Pecan Pie

Grandma’s Pecan Pie is just that! My husband’s grandma Gloria’s delicious pecan pie recipe. To be completely honest, I had never been much of a pecan pie fan until I married my husband and tried his grandma’s pie. It is the perfect amount of chewy & gooey and also that little crunch from the whole pecans! My husband adores this recipe so it didn’t take long once we were married for me to realize that this pie was the key to his ‘holiday heart’! hehe.

The perfect Crust

Grandma Gloria doesn’t specify what kind of crust you should use but personally I usually go with the store bought-2 pack of roll-out crust and I’ve never had any complaints! I purchased these adorable little pastry cutters from Amazon and use them every year for my pies! I highly recommend purchasing your own if you plan on baking for Thanksgiving.

The trick is to make an egg wash and lightly brush each leaf bottom with your mixture then gently place your leaves around the border of your pie. The egg wash will act as a glue.

Isn’t that absolutely gorgeous?!

Once you’ve placed your leaves just how you like them, brush your leaves with the remaining egg wash to result in a beautiful golden border.

Also, I highly recommend chilling your pie once it’s completely cooled. The first time I made this pie I was so disappointed to find it mushy and almost soggy. I called Grandma Gloria right away and she explained to me that I needed to let it chill. She suggested that I lightly cover it and let it set in our garage (some place cool) over night. Sure enough, the next time I made her pie I used her tip and it was perfection!  If you don’t want to place it in your garage, the refrigerator will do the trick.

Here are the items that I used In this post to achieve a beautiful version of Grandma’s Pecan Pie!

Autumn Pastry Cutters

 

Emile Henry Pie Dish

 

Pastry Brush

 

Marble Rollin Pin

 

 

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Grandma's Pecan Pie
The most delicious and decorative pecan pie you will ever enjoy!
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Instructions
  1. Place one of your pie crusts in your greased pie dish, and the other on a floured surface
  2. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of either milk water to create an egg wash and set aside
  3. Use your leaf pastry cutters to cut out your leaves and place them around your pie crust border, using a pastry brush & your egg wash, brush a little of you egg wash on the bottom of your leaf to act as a glue
  4. When you've created your border with all of your cut out leaves, set your pie aside
  5. In a large bowl combine your pecans, 5 eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and melted butter
  6. Add your pecan mixture to your pie crust and use remaining egg wash to brush your leaves to achieve a golden color
  7. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes ten minutes then reduce heat to 325 and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until your pie is set
  8. Give your pie several hours if not over night to set, otherwise you will have gooey pie slices!
Recipe Notes

After 20 minutes of baking, check your pie for golden leaves. If they're starting to crisp and turn color, I suggest covering the edges with some foil to prevent a burnt border! Just tear small rectangles of foil and place them gently around the edge of your border.

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My October Book Review

My October Book Review!!

whew! How is it already November?? It feels as though wee barely made it through October, not to mention Halloween! Anyone else with me on that one? As the kiddos get older these Holidays are becoming a little more challenging what with trying to keep up with our family traditions and creating new ones as well! This year we decided that next year we will NOT be carving pumpkins. I’m thinking of a much less stressful technique.. Maybe we will paint them!? Has anyone else given up on that tradition? Any other suggestions are welcome!

Octobers books were-with the exception of one book-exceptional! I love when that happens! They were all very different, and I like that! It’s hard for me to read 3 or 4 books consecutively when they’re very similar because I often get the characters & story lines mixed up. Maybe that’s just the busy, distracted mama in me. ha!  I started the month with..

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
I was very excited to dive in to this one but found myself extremely disappointed. Liane Moriarty is the author of two of my favorite reads from last month, Big Little Lies & What Alice Forgot. So I had very high hopes here! This novel is about a group of old friends that get together for a last minute BBQ at a neighbors house. At this BBQ something happens that will change their lives forever! Personally, I felt like the event that had taken place wasn’t substantial enough to permit such a heavy build up. I was expecting something catastrophic and that- it was not. I also felt like at 517 pages, the book was entirely too long! But, as I said before, I absolutely loved her other two that I’ve read so I will definitely give her another chance!

 

The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne
This book has been around for a good ten years or so and was all the rage for quite a while! This was actually my third time reading it so I thought it would be a good one to review! I’d suggest this book for many reasons. The Secrets whole belief system  revolves around the law of attraction and the manifestation of your thoughts. It’s actually a very powerful, not to mention helpful, book that most anyone could benefit from!

 

The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewel
Ahh! This one! It was so good! I read this book in 3 sittings and could’ve easily read it in 1 if the time permitted. The main character Adrian Wolfe has been married three times (hence the title). He can’t seem to get this marriage deal figured out. He’s made some mistakes but he’s still such a likable guy! What happens to his third wife and the leading up to it, are not what you’ll expect and I think you’ll enjoy every twists & turns throughout!

 

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
Another book that I really enjoyed this month! This book has been circling around on all my favorite reading blogs lately so I was very excited to check it out. Its about a mother & daughter who move around often. The mother is an artist and gets the itch to pick up and move every time she finishes a project. But why is she moving so often and why can’t she stay put? This read was suspenseful and offered a depth that I wasn’t expecting. I loved it!!

 

 

I hope you’ll at least read one, if not all three of this months recommendations! And please, let me know what you think of them! What are some books you’re enjoying right now? Please share!!

 

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