It happened. I had leftover pumpkins from Halloween and decided I would make soup out of them. I’m not sure why I was intimidated, it was super easy — yay for firsts!
What I loved about this soup is that it had a great texture to it. I could taste the veggies and they still had some bite. I like my soup with some bit and pieces of love still in it.
This soup would make an amazing course at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could even make it up early in the week and it will be fine in the fridge until Thanksgiving. Double “yay” for getting things done ahead!
This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.
I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!
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My approach to holiday decorating is pretty much like my approach to everything else — keep it simple but make a statement. I love those simple DIY ideas that just make something so much better. Case in point: turning plain white serving trays into festive holiday serving trays!
A great quality wrapping paper with a fun modern print is the only new holiday decor item I need this season. You can do so many things with it, the DIY Christmas decorations are almost endless. As for the paper itself, I am in love with Minted’s new line of wrapping paper. The designs are modern, festive and unique and the quality is amazing. Good bye shiny, thin gift wrap. My favorite designs are the handdrawn herringbone, berry kraft, and on the grid (which you can customize with your own photos, see below!).
You know what gets me excited? A dessert that appears to be a lot of fuss but in fact is super simple to make. Time is precious (especially during the holiday season) and complicated recipes just aren’t my thing. These Oreo Cookie Balls tool about 15 minutes to make and they taste amazing.
Hostess Tip: Make these balls well in advance of your party and keep them in the freezer until the day of your party. Pull them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.
It must be something in the air this time of year, but I’m obsessed with pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in everything from muffins, to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert. This pumpkin parfait recipe is more of a dessert but you can easily replace the oatmeal cookies with granola for a healthier option if you want to justify having it for breakfast. Or, you can be like me and just eat it for breakfast anyway. True story.
Hostess Tip: Make these up to a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Right before serving, top with whipped topping.
Fall is well underway and the season always tends to bring a bounty of apples. If you’re looking for new ways to serve these delicious fall fruits, consider incorporating them into your next appetizer. This recipe for Apple and Brie Crostini will intrigue adult guests and satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. It’s a true crowd pleaser and tastes like it took a lot more effort than it actually requires (a bonus!).