To Bake / Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pie

 

     Good morning! I have the best chocolatey pie for your thanksgiving table today! It's not anywhere near healthy, but people tend to forget about those kinds of things on holidays (myself included!). This pie (recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest) is basically a giant chocolate chip cookie in a pie crust, so you really can't go wrong. Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- 1 pie crust (I used store bought, but by all means, make your own!)

- 2 eggs

- 1/2 cup of ap flour

- 1/4 cup of brown sugar

- 1/4 cup of sugar

- 2 tsp. of vanilla

- 1 + 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

- 2 cups of chocolate chips

- 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease your pie plate. To make filling, mix together your eggs until frothy, then add the flour, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla. Add the butter, and continue mixing until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2. To assemble, press your pie crust into your pie plate. Then, pour about half of your condensed milk over the crust. 

3. Pour in half your batter, then top with the rest of the condensed milk. Add the rest of the filling on top.

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4. Bake for 55-60 minutes, then let cool for 20 minutes. 

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5. Serve warm and enjoy!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday! 

To Make Napkin Rings

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      Happy Thanksgiving friends! I have a super easy DIY to make your placesettings a little more special: clay napkin rings! With a simple shape, and a hint of gold, they add a nice touch to any tablescape. Check out the project below! 

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Materials:

- air dry clay

- a rolling pin

- a butter knife or an X-acto

- gold spray paint + painters tape

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Directons: 

1. Make a golf ball sized ball of clay, and flatten it with the rolling pin. Cut off all sides to create a flat rectangle. 

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2. Wrap the clay into a tube shape, and seal where the edges meet by rubbing a little water over the edges to smooth it. Let dry overnight. 

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3. Once dry, cover half of the tube with painters tape, and paint the other half gold. Let dry, and you're good to go! 

To Bake a Pie

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      Good morning! Today, I'm sharing the recipe for our Friendsgiving pie! It was a chocolate/caramel/peanut butter/brownie pie, and it barely made it through the night. I think there were like two bites left the morning after, that I promptly ate as breakfast. It's not the first pie I've made, but it was definitely one of the best. Get the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

- pie crust dough (I bought pre-made, but feel free to make your own!)

- 1 cup of caramel bits

- 3 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips

- 3 tbs. of unsalted butter

- 3 tbs. of creamy peanut butter

- 4 eggs

- 1 cup of light brown sugar

- 1/4 cup of flour

- 3 tbs. of heavy cream

- 1 tbs. of vanilla

- 1/2 tsp. of salt

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Directions:

1. Bake your uncooked crust at 450 for about 8 minutes, then remove from oven. Turn oven down to 325, and sprinkle the caramel bits onto your partially cooked pie crust so that it's ready for the filling.

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2. Melt your butter, chocolate, and peanut butter together over medium low heat. Stir frequently, and cook until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat to cool, and in a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, eggs, flour, cream, vanilla, and salt. Add in the chocolate, and stir until just combined.

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3. Pour mixture into crust, and bake for about 40-50 minutes, until the center of the pie is set. Let cool on rack, and either refrigerate until serving, or serve warm with ice cream. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Bake or Brake.

For Friendsgiving

 

     Good morning! I hosted Friendsgiving on Saturday, and wanted to share a few pics of the table we set up before the sun went down. Kristen came over and took more photos, so I will share those once they are ready, but until then, these provide a pretty good idea of the vibe I was going for!

      Setting up the table and decor was one of my favorite parts of throwing the party. I used greens from the supermarket, gourds, and candles to make the centerpiece.

     For the place settings, the only thing I added was napkin rings that I made, which will be on the blog this Thursday, so be sure to check those out!

     For placecards, I painted little fake pumpkins white and wrote my friends names on them. They all loved that personal touch, because lets face it, most people my age don't go to many dinners with assigned seating. That, and the string lights we hung everywhere were the special things that made the night fun. It really was gorgeous once the sun went down, and all of the candles were lit. I can't wait to share more! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Make Placecard Holders

 
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     Hi there! Friendsgiving is coming up so soon, and since I'm hosting this year, I decided to make it as special as possible. I'm covering all of the little details, from the napkin rings to the place cards. So today, I'm sharing the DIY for simple little clay place card holders. They're minimalist, but just festive enough! Check it out below!

Materials Needed:

- air dry clay

- copper spray paint

- a butter knife

- an edge to indent your card slot with (I used one of Bailey's blocks)

Directions:

1. Start making clay cubes by rolling a small ball of clay in your palms, and then slicing off the sides to create flat surfaces in the shape of a cube.

2. Indent your card slot with whatever edge you have, and then smooth out those edges.

3. Let dry over night.

4. Paint copper, and enjoy!

To Get Ready for Thanksgiving

     Sometimes, I put way too much thought into what I'm wearing for certain events. I just like to know ahead of time so that I don't have to think about it day of. This is especially true for holidays, like Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day I'm too busy trying to wrangle Bailey and get her ready for her grandmas house, while also making up some homemade cranberry sauce (recipe coming soon!) to think about my ensemble. Planning ahead has been one of the biggest lessons I've learned since becoming a mom. Life just simply does not work for me without it! Now, I have this wonderful little space on the internet to record my inspirations! This gives me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. I am by no means a high fashion blogger, but I do follow them (see Sea of Shoes, Collage Vintage, and Song of Style), so I can appreciate a photo of an outfit that you love.

     For my Thanksgiving outfit, I'm mostly thinking in terms of my favorite fall colors (see above). Those mainly being mustard, orange, and bright red, I have a few options. I'll probably end up choosing mustard and red. Those are the two that my eye keeps gravitating towards. I'm envisioning this beautiful yellow blouse I stole from my sister a couple of years ago paired with a red lip, cozy cardigan, and dark skinny jeans. Add in some ankle boots, and I'll be set!