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Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals of the year! I love the food (especially the stuffing!), and the chance to be with family. Growing up, holiday meals were always enjoyed over a beautifully set table, and I always looked forward to it! It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, but taking the time to make the table a little more special made the whole dinner more memorable.

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For this table, this year, I opted for a simple, yet elegant table with striking elements such as the gorgeous pewter chargers, complimented by beautiful white plates from Juliska and large eucalyptus arrangement.

Whenever I set a table, I pick one or two pieces to design the whole table around. For this table, it was these gorgeous pewter chargers!  I chose a simple grey table runner, striped grey and white napkins, and rustic wood candle holders so that the chargers would really shine. Then I added some pops of red with roses in bud vases and candlesticks, and some fresh green eucalyptus in this beautiful textured ceramic vase!
 


I always think it's fun to surprise guests with one or two really special treats. Sometimes it's a delicious cocktail, calligraphy, or favors. For this table I set up mini charcuterie boards at each place setting, for each guest to enjoy as we gathered. So cute and so easy, and a really fun conversation starter!
 

I can't get over these beautiful Berry & Thread dinner plates from Juliska. They are so well made - you can see in the photos how solid they are! The details are beyond gorgeous - I love the subtle texture they add with the raised thread and berries design around the edge.

Investing in a set of quality white plates is so helpful for entertaining all year round - you can use them for any color scheme, holiday, or your everyday family dinner. And the simple design means these plates can be used for any table you have in mind, from rustic to glam!





The Berry & Thread collection has so many gorgeous pieces from serving dishes to glassware, and I was so excited to use the Berry & Thread cake stand to serve pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes! (The pumpkin cupcakes were adapted from my Pumpkin Caramel Layer Cake recipe.)

 


Thank you to Juliska for gifting their items used in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Vanilla Chai Glaze

Pumpkin Muffins with Vanilla Chai Glaze


These are the most delicious pumpkin muffins ever! Moist, perfectly sweet, and warmly spiced. Topped with cinnamon streusel and vanilla chai drizzle, these easy muffins are perfect for cool fall mornings and afternoon snacks. These homemade muffins are full of autumn spices and pumpkin flavor that nobody can resist!



As you might be able to tell from my recent recipes, I'm a wee bit obsessed with pumpkin! It's such a delicious fall flavor, and autumn only rolls around once a year! The chai drizzle on these muffins is next level, you seriously have to try it! These are like a chai pumpkin spice latte in pumpkin form, and it's amazing!

 





Muffin Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Streusel Ingredients: 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Chai Spice Mix: 

1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoons cardamom
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Vanilla Chai Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Chai Spice Mix (Above)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with liners.

For the streusel: mix together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Set aside. 

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar. In a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, combine all the wet ingredients, pumpkin through vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Fill each well about 3/4 full of batter, and top generously with the streusel, gently pressing the streusel into the top of each muffin. Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and allow to cool completely before drizzling with glaze.

For the glaze: combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and chai spice mixing together with a fork. Transfer to a plastic piping bag, and drizzle the glaze over each cooled muffin.






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Bourbon Apple Crisp

Bourbon Apple Crisp


Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall recipes! It's a tradition in our house to bake some easy fall sweets, turn on a fun Halloween/autumn movie (Hocus Pocus anyone?), and smell the delicious autumn recipe baking while we watch it. Way better than a fall scented candle because your house smells amazing, and you get to eat it!



This apple crisp has a super delicious secret ingredient - Brown Sugar Bourbon soaked raisins! The bourbon flavor is subtle, and adds a deep warm flavor to compliment the tart apples. Soooo good! Just remember that the raisins need to soak up the bourbon overnight, so there's just a tiny bit of planning ahead in this recipe.








Filling Ingredients: 

2 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples (about 5), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup Brown Sugar Bourbon 103

Topping Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons cold butter

Directions: 

In a small bowl, combine the raisins and Brown Sugar Bourbon. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to soak overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Toss together all the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl, apples through bourbon soaked raisins (plus any bourbon in the bowl that didn't soak in - waste not!). Spoon the filling into a greased 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

For the topping, stir together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers (my favorite method). Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.






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Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars


The leaves are starting to change colors where we live, and it's seriously feeling like fall! That makes my heart SO happy - I actually squealed with delight today seeing them and scared Charlotte by accident haha!

If you haven't noticed, autumn is by far my very favorite season. It's so cozy, and such a perfect time for fun fall baking recipes, snuggling up and watching movies...I could wax romantic about it all day long!

If you're looking for a super quick and easy fall baking recipe for this weekend, these pumpkin bars are it! Soft and cakey with just enough spice, these are guaranteed to be gone faster than you may like to admit. I'm such a sucker for pumpkin and chocolate recipes, aren't you?



These delicious pumpkin bars take 10 minutes max to whip up, and 30 minutes to bake. So in under an hour you could be enjoying scrumptious, gooey, melted chocolatey pumpkin bar goodness. No excuses, just make them! (And if you're looking for a super delicious cake, check out my Pumpkin Caramel Layer Cake recipe!)




Makes 24 Bars

Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F,. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter, and line it with parchment paper with a small overhang for super easy removal of the bars.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter through pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and combine with a spatula. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the dough into the prepared baking dish, using the spatula to make sure it's evenly spread. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.







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