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Holiday Recipe: Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

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I have never had canned, processed cranberry sauce. I've seen it slide in a can-shaped lump into a serving bowl, get mushed around, and presented beside the holiday bird, but I've never tried it. Hmmm, I wonder why? For many years I thought I just didn't like cranberry sauce. The idea of that bright red weird-looking jelly on turkey just did not appeal. Until the day I had HOMEMADE cranberry sauce. It was like my world opened up. I discovered the most delightful tartness to compliment a salty … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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With as many cute and creative ideas out there, a cupcake is always a fantastic choice for any gathering or celebration! These little fall pumpkin cupcakes are a wonderful treat to celebrate my sister Natalie and her husband Chris’s wedding anniversary. Pumpkin Cupcakes Makes 18-22 Cupcakes What You Need: • Hand mixer • Two large mixing bowls • Parchment paper • ¼ measuring cup • Cupcake baking tin • Cupcake papers • 1 quart-sized ziplock bag • Toothpicks … [Read more...]

Gourd Place Cards

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The warm colors and unique shapes of the ornamental gourds I harvested just a few weeks ago lend the perfect touch to a holiday table as they highlight how I am feeling this time of the year. I am thankful I can bring the outdoors in when the nights get chilly. I'm thankful to the garden for providing abundance and color to my life. And I am thankful to my friends and family who will help me to enjoy the results of days toiling in the soil. My little garden gems are transformed to … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Printables

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Spruce up your Thanksgiving traditions this year with these fun new (and free) holiday printables from Evermine/My Own Labels. We created some elegant decorations to display at your annual family feast including a new Alphabet Garland in Magnolia style (shown above). Don't forget to decorate your dinner table with custom place cards and printable acorn napkin wrappers too! These Acorn Napkin Wrappers are a unique addition to your holiday table. Available in three autumn color choices, … [Read more...]

Autumn Leaf Cookies

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Fall is my favorite time of the year – every day of it, especially the late days harvesting and the crisp cold days before Thanksgiving. I love starting my holiday baking early and these beautiful cutout cookies are perfect for the autumn season. They always make unexpectedly delightful gifts before the big holiday rush. They ground me in this season that I love. Maple Sugar Cookies From Christmas Cookies 1997 special edition of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. • ½ cup unsalted … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Pear Jam

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Pears aren't a fruit I normally come by during the canning season, which is why I was so excited when my husband's aunt let us have access to her pear tree this year. I immediately knew what I wanted to make with her pears: pear-cinnamon jam from Food in Jars blog. I've had my eye on this recipe for a long time, and can safely say that it exceeds expectations. So this year, for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, I thought I'd bring a gift basket with two or three jars of the pear-cinnamon … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Spice

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A bottle of pumpkin pie spice can be a really handy thing to have around the house, especially during the fall season when pumpkin and apple flavored baked goods are in full swing. Unfortunately, most store-bought versions are stale and exorbitantly priced, so I like to make myself a big homemade batch from whole spices to use throughout the season. This year, because our pumpkin harvest was so bountiful, I've decided to give a few of our smaller sugar pumpkins away to friends of ours who … [Read more...]

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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When the holidays come around I think of large stuffed turkeys with all the fixin's, the aroma of fresh herbs like rosemary and sage, and a tart but fresh tasting cranberry sauce. With all the fresh cranberries available around here the sweet cranberry jelly log that comes in the can just won't be found on my table. I am so lucky to live where the cranberries grow, at least where 17 million kilograms of cranberries are grown in bogs each year. A crisp fall day walking through the cranberry … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butter

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We've got an abundance of pumpkins in our family garden this year, so I thought it'd be fun to roast a few of our extras for pumpkin puree and pumpkin butter. I'm especially excited about the pumpkin butter because there's so much you can do with it. You can go simple and spread it over toast like you would with jelly, or you can add a teaspoon or two into your morning yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothie. I've also heard it works great as a replacement for pumpkin puree in soup, and homemade pumpkin … [Read more...]

Hoot Nibbles: Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

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In keeping with the quick satiation of my sweet tooth, I’ve become a collector of cookie recipes. I find that making cookies is a quick and cathartic process that you can spend a weeknight doing, and enjoy for a few weeks (or less, in my house). I found the idea for the owl-shaped shortbread cookies from this photo. However, there was no recipe to accompany it. The construction seemed simple: whole-almond beak and chocolate-chip eyes, on shortbread cookies. Always on the hunt for stretching … [Read more...]