Sometimes I wish I were a professional baker. I find immense joy in preparing food. I’ve mentioned before how much the chemistry of it all intrigues me, how certain items go together to create various flavors and textures. And I love making pretty things. You know those people who plate the food and smear the sauce just so and top it with a beautiful piece of green? Yeah, I would like that. So it’s no wonder that I think there is something extra sweet about individually served desserts. Everything you need is in one little cup, even if it is kind of overflowing, especially with whipped cream or ice cream. I made a peach crisp in ramekins at my mom’s house a few months ago and it was delicious. This Apple Crisp is a little twist on that recipe and ideal for the season.
I recently read that apple pie continues to be the favorite pie. I don’t agree, however. I don’t mind apple pie but if I have cooked apples, I want them to be covered in a buttery, oatey topping. What can I say? Butter and sugar baked together makes me happy. Plus, the apple mix needs to have good flavor. The cinnamon and nutmeg, all lightly sweetened. Bake these up and just the aroma will make your mouth water.
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I have had these holiday gift tags on my mind from almost the beginning of this Cricut Design Space Star challenge. I love simple, bold text and thought combining text and gift tags would be perfect. I am still enthralled with the intricacies the Cricut Explore is capable of. As a user of the Cricut brand through many machine versions, this one is by far my favorite. I smile with glee every time something I envision comes to life.
The options are endless!
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At this time of year, I really love tableware and table settings. Napkins, place mats, silverware, dishware, center-of-the-table decor – I want a huge collection. I dream of someday having the space to host one of the extended family meals we enjoy at during the holiday season and when I do, I want the table to be beautifully set. Since I don’t have the space for the people or the stuff, I have to settle for adding little things, like these foliage napkin rings.
Here’s how to make them yourself:
-Grab a few faux foliage stems and pull them a part.
-Use wire to make the stems into rings.
-Coat with spray paint. Allow to dry completely.
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It’s time for Christmas cards again and I must admit, I’ve been laying down plans for ours already. It shouldn’t be so complicated but since it includes getting a family photo, it does take time to plan. I have to choose clothing for four people, coordinating, of course, and then plan on where and when the photos will be taken. Actually, I really enjoy the process. It’s fun.
On top of that, I’ve also been cruising around the web checking on Christmas card templates. Minted asked me to choose a few of my favorites from their collection and share them with you. I really admire Minted and their collection of artists. As an artist myself, I like their method of promoting real work by real artists. They’ve curated a fantastic selection of unique work one could spend hours browsing.
But back to Christmas cards. I’m rather particular about how they look. I like the single photo options best although I did choose an Instagram-grid like one because it’s cute and clean. I also love red writing (shocking, right?). Red just has to be a part of the holidays for me. I look for cards with the “Merry Christmas” greeting because 1) I like it and 2) it gives me a firm deadline. Haha! I have to get them addressed and mailed in a timely manner or they will be late! And while I am not a font expert, I don’t understand the ins and outs and rules of it all, I am a bit of font snob. I love scripted text because it looks like it could be handmade and that feels more personal to me. Above are the eight top picks I limited myself to. What do you think? What do you look for when picking a Christmas card?
Now that I have my options, I best be getting back to shopping for coordinated clothing. :)
This post is sponsored by Minted and all opinions are my own.
Let me begin by saying, the cinnamon roll pie was not my invention. That being said, I’m going to take full advantage of the concept. I saw it mentioned here and immediately the delicious rolls I made earlier this year came to mind. I’m a fan of from-scratch rolls anyway and I knew the simple recipe would work perfectly. I love that the cinnamon roll pie takes a little of the production time away so that cinnamon roll taste gets to your mouth quicker. Plus, it changes things up just a bit. And it’s pretty, no? :)
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