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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Coupon for my Etsy Shop!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Coupon for my Etsy Shop!

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Fall Fruit Pie

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Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing one amazing pie recipe, just in time to squeeze it in before Thanksgiving! This Fall Fruit Pie looks fabulous. I'm not going to have time to try it this week which means I'll have to have pie next week :) Pie is a Christmas food too right?! It's pie season, which is basically saying it's happiness season. Cake is fine and good for birthdays, but I really feel like pie says "home" and "homemade" more than just about anything. Crispy, crumbly pastry filled with warm fruit filling and topped with a buttery pecan Continue Reading →

Pumpkin Pie from Fresh Pumpkin

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Thanksgiving is here! I'm so grateful to be spending the week with my parents. We'll drive up to Indiana to be with grandparents and my large extended family on Thursday and I'm giddy with anticipation. It's been 6 or so years since we've spent this holiday with my family here in the Midwest and I'm excited for my kids to have a few memories of the things I enjoyed so much as a kid! I made this pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin for my husband's birthday and have been saving the recipe for this week! The pie is awesome. The addition Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Pumpkin


I worked with Emily from One Lovely Life today to bring you a really fun ingredient spotlight on pumpkin. Since chances are good you'll be downing a piece or two of pumpkin pie this weekend, you might as well know a little bit about them! And if you happen to remember a few of the facts and bust them out at the dinner table you might just impress your great Aunt Sue. Who doesn't love some good trivia?! I know I'm a sucker for it. Basics Pumpkin is a member of the same family as squash. I mentioned this with summer Continue Reading →

15 Perfect Pie Recipes

15 Perfect Pie Recipes

15 Perfect Pie Recipes is just the post you need to get you excited for Thanksgiving, or anytime for that matter. It's always a good time to enjoy pie, always. This recipe round up fetaures everthing from fruit and pumpkin pie to sugar cream and chocolate; there is something for everyone. My favorite pies are my mom's cherry, sugar cream, pumpkin, and pecan. Husband on the other hand loves all things cream pie. And I can't get anyone in my house to eat more than one piece of traditional apple pie. Weird right?! What's your favorite pie? Enjoy a little pie eye Continue Reading →

Sam’s Christmas Wish: Book Review


I'm a bookworm and love sharing book reviews with you when the chance comes my way, especially when it comes to children's Christmas books! Today we are chatting about the book Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant. Here's the synopsis: Sam Edwards isn't looking forward to Christmas, at least not this year. Since losing his job six months before, he hasn't had any luck in finding a new one. He isn't sure how he can give his family a merry Christmas, and the last thing he wants is charity from his neighbors. But when he falls asleep in his living room with his Continue Reading →

How to: Fresh Eggs for Giving (plus a Blendtec giveaway)

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You can't beat the simplicity of a lovely gift of colorful farm fresh eggs! Add a cute recipe for Easy Egg Casserole and you have yourself one savory gift that is sure to please this holiday season. I'm sharing the details on this gift idea as well as a printable recipe over at Your Home Based Mom today. Leigh Anne is hosting a holiday gift giving bonanza and I'm so excited to be part of it. You can visit the full post here. There was a perk in participating too! Here it is! Because I'm part of the holiday gift giving I get to Continue Reading →

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

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This is the first a pie recipe I've ever posted on my blog. Ever. Ok, that's not totally true. I posted this beauty (ha!) back in the day before I cared what my pictures looked like and no one read the blog (and that's not how I make chicken pot pie anymore either... maybe I should update that one!). But since I started caring, I stopped sharing pie. I have indeed been making pies since I started blogging, but you see, my pies aren't pretty. I've been forgoing sharing my favorite pie recipes with you because my pies are normal Continue Reading →

Currently… Fall Edition


Thinking… about ways that I can serve and bless the people in my life that could really use some extra love and support this holiday season. This has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I can't help but wishing myself extra rich so that I could send financial support to people I know and love. I know money doesn't fix everything but cancer, life, babies, illness, and job loss are expensive things. A generous gift of money certainly would relieve some stress, buy some fun seasonal extras, that of course can be done without, but having makes Continue Reading →

20 Stellar Potato Side Dishes

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20 stellar potato side dishes are just the kind of thing you need to get your heart and belly excited for Thanksgiving and holiday meals. The humble potato may be a simple tuber, but it's amazingly versatile in the kitchen. This post is the proof! And let's not forget the ever popular sweet potato. Enjoy gazing through all of these glorious starchy carb-filled recipes and save some room for dessert! Pie coming next week :) Do tell, are you on team marshmallow when it comes to sweet potato casserole or on team no way? I'm on team marshmallow! 1. Tex Mex Loaded Sweet Potatoes Continue Reading →