Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Wow. I’m pretty sure it’s been over a month since my last Weekend Wanderlust post. Where has the time gone? This particular edition will cover more than the weekend because I also promised to tell you about my recent trip to Las Vegas. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Travel – Last week, literally 24 hours after my trip to NYC, I hopped on a plane and flew to Las Vegas for a long weekend. This was my first time in Vegas and the farthest west I’ve been in the United States so I was pretty excited. Plus, it was a family vacation which meant it came without the added stress of weaving work into it. I went with my dad and his wife, my brother and his wife, my step sister, my aunt, and two of my cousins. Other than the traveling (One flight was a red eye/), it was a pretty fabulous trip. We spent most of our time on the Strip checking out the casinos and seeing the sights. My favorites were Aria, Caesars, and Wynn. I’m not a big gambler, but I did play a few penny slots. We also saw Zarkana which is a Cirque Du Soleil show. It was amazing. On our final day, we headed to Hoover Damn and Red Rock Canyon. One man-made, one nature-made, both incredibly beautiful.

 

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Jump – During our time at the Red Rocks, all of my family jumped in front of the rocks to create a really neat jumping picture like this one. When I have a few spare minutes, I’m going to frame them all together. To spare my family any embarrassment, I won’t show their pictures here, but I will show the final framed piece. All-in-all it was a wonderful trip and a huge reminder of how important family is. I consider myself so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. (Also, I’d like to point out that little roll poking out of the top of my jeans. To everyone who’s ever asked, “How do you stay so thin?” now you know the secret. I don’t. I blame that bit of excess on Fall Cookie Week.)

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Eat – This past weekend I had the idea to have a Dip Dinner. My BFF and I and lots of our friends each created a dip, brought it to a friend’s house, and feasted on the deliciousness. I made my Out-of-this-World Corn Dip and this Pumpkin Dip for dessert. Others brought crab dip, jalapeño popper dip, buffalo wing dip, pepperoni dip, and so many more that I can’t name them all. While it wasn’t the healthiest of dinners, it was pretty darn delicious. Paired with a few board games, a broken chair (Yes, I broke a chair as a result of laughing too hard), and lots of laughs, it was a recipe for a perfect evening.

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Drink – In addition to my dips, I whipped up a batch of my Sangria Tinto. Even in fall, it’s the perfect little treat!

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Caffeinated – While we are on the subject of drinks, I would also like to mention that I picked up my first PSL (otherwise known as Pumpkin Spice Latte) at Starbucks. I was a tad disappointed, however, because it just wasn’t as good as I remember. I will certainly be giving it another chance, but for now I’m happy to stick with my always favorite White Chocolate Mocha. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many I drank in Las Vegas. I’m pretty sure my family thinks I have a problem. (I know I’ve said this before, but I live nowhere near a Starbucks, so when I’m surrounded by them, I tend to overindulge.)

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Decorate – Around here I’m in the process of finally clearing out my gift shoppe and gearing up for some painting and major redecorating. It should be a pretty exciting and beautiful process. I can’t wait to take you along on this new adventure.

Weekend Wanderlust No. 28 | Inspired by Charm

Featured – In fun personal news, I was featured in one of BHG’s Special Interest Publications. Their newest Holiday Recipes issue is on newsstands and includes a recipe I helped create for Apple-Cinnamon Winter Sangria. If you happen to see it while you’re out shopping, be sure to check it out. I’ll share the recipe on the blog at some point this winter.

That’s it for today. I will have some exciting news tomorrow that I think my fellow interior / decorator / DIY lovers will appreciate. Stay tuned!

Wow. I’m pretty sure it’s been over a month since my last Weekend Wanderlust post. Where has the time gone? This particular edition will cover more than the weekend because I also promised to tell you about my recent trip to Las Vegas. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Travel – Last […]




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#BHGstyle  | Inspired by Charm (Photo credit: Avi Gerver Photography)

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to join my friends from Better Homes and Gardens in New York City again for their Blogger Stylemaker Event. If you remember, I went to NYC last year for their first annual event.

This year’s event was extra special because BHG invited even more bloggers and made it an all-day occasion. In the morning, we had workshops in which we received tips on working with a magazine, learned about table styling from Eddie Ross, and heard about design and food trends. We also had a chance to meet so many of the fabulous people at BHG who work with the physical magazine and the digital side of things.

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I have had the honor and privilege of working for BHG for over a year now. I write for their Style Spotters blog and their Delish Dish blog. In addition, I’m their Pinterest Contributing Editor. You can find the blogs here and here and my Pinterest board here. I can’t speak highly enough of all of the women and men who are a part of this magazine. Their talent is endless and they are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. It is pure joy to be a small part of this rockstar team.

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After the workshops, BHG hosted a panel where three of their Stylemakers spoke and answered questions about their personal style, tips and tricks, and design trends. Maxwell Ryan moderated the event with panelists Kayce Hughes, Eddie Ross, and Annette Joseph. You can read about these panelists and see their spaces in the September issue. (Which I must say, is one of BHG’s best issues!)

As if all of that wasn’t enough, I also got to meet or reunite with some of my absolute favorite bloggers. These folks are seriously some of the best-of-the-best. Talented, gorgeous, and beyond kind. Let me introduce you…

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In the top left, is the uber-talented Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone. Top right is yours truly, Kelly from Just a Taste, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas (who I worked with via Cracker Barrel), and Julie of The Little Kitchen. In the bottom left, is sort of a Buick reunion with Jess from Bows and Sequins and Julie again. In the bottom right, is one of my favorites from the BHG Digital Team, Kaelin.

After lots of cellphone pictures, we had some fun in the photo booth. Maybe a little too much fun.

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#BHGstyle  | Inspired by Charm

Pictured above are some of my fellow BHG Bloggers, including Chelsey of The Paper Mama, (yours truly again), Kelly of View Along the Way, Joni of Lay Baby Lay, Jen of I Heart Organizing, Kirsten of Simply Grove, and Kirsten of Kirsten Krason Interiors

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These are a few of my favorite home, interior, and DIY bloggers! From left to right are Stacy of Not Just a Housewife, Jen of I Heart Organizing, Melissa of The Inspired Room, Laura of Finding Home, and Jess from Four Generations One Roof.

Throughout the event, BHG was displaying lots of these images on a huge billboard-sized screen outside the event. So, I can officially say that my face was on a billboard in New York City. Pretty awesome, right?

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Overall, the event was beyond amazing! I also got to meet a few other wonderful bloggers not pictured above, including Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer (who I will be visiting near Portland, Oregon in October), Rachel of Pencil Shavings Studio,  the super sweet Diane of In My Own Style, and SO many more I know I’m forgetting.

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I even had a few spare minutes to explore the magic that is New York City and sip on a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Now, if that isn’t a wonderful trip. I don’t know what is.

I’m thrilled to report that BHG has so many fabulous ideas, plans and dreams up their sleeves. I’m so excited to see the awesomeness unfold and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Hope you are having a beautiful fall weekend. Did you notice any familiar bloggers above?

Professional photo credit to the fabulous Avi Gerver Photography

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to join my friends from Better Homes and Gardens in New York City again for their Blogger Stylemaker Event. If you remember, I went to NYC last year for their first annual event. This year’s event was extra special because BHG invited even more bloggers and made it […]




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Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

First things first. My sincere apologies for disappearing from IBC this week. As you may or may not know, I’ve been on the road for the past nine days. Last Wednesday I was in NYC for three days with my friends from Better Homes and Gardens (more on that tomorrow). Then, from Saturday through Thursday I was in Las Vegas for a family vacation (more on that next week). While I managed to keep things moving for Fall Cookie Week, I clearly dropped the ball while in Las Vegas. Anyway, I’m back. And, as I mentioned, I will fill you in on all of that stuff soon plus share some exciting news about the month of October.

In the meantime, I’ve been dying to tell you about this recipe for Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs. They are insanely delicious. I actually made them a few weeks ago and knew I had to put the recipe on IBC.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

The inspiration for this recipe comes from the always fabulous, drool-worthy Iowa Girl Eats. She created a recipe for Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Since buffalo sauce and blue cheese are like peanut butter and jelly to me, I decided to give her recipe a little twist.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

I also couldn’t find ground chicken at my grocery store (Limited shopping is a disadvantage of living in a small town.), so I substituted turkey. To be honest, when it’s ground up and covered in buffalo sauce, I’m not sure I could tell the difference.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

I doubled this recipe and I’m so glad I did. These are incredibly delicious meat balls They have a nice spicy-kick to them as well, so be warned. This recipe may also be somewhat healthier due to the lean meat and egg white instead of a whole egg. (To cut even more calories and fat, you could use less butter in the final steps.)

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Okay, let me tell you how to whip these up.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

Here’s what you will need:
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 small red onion, grated
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 egg white
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon powdered Ranch Dip mix
4 ounce block blue cheese cheese, cut into 1/2” cubes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Let’s get cooking:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With a fork, stir together turkey, onion, garlic, egg white, bread crumbs, and ranch dip mix in a large bowl. Mix until just combined. This recipe will make 16 meatballs. Divide mixture into quarters, then make each quarter into 4 balls.

Press a cube of blue cheese into the center of each ball then form the mixture around cheese to seal. Roll into a ball.

Place meatballs on a non-stick sprayed cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet and then bake for 16-18 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add buffalo wing sauce and stir to combine. Add cooked meatballs to skillet using a spoon to coat them with sauce. Place a lid on the skillet and turn heat to low to keep the meatballs warm.

Alternatively. you can finish the meatballs in a slow cooker like I did. Simply put the butter, buffalo wing sauce, and meatballs into a slow cooker and set on high for about 20 minutes or until warm.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Let me tell you these are amazing.

If you are a blue cheese lover like I am, that little pocket of cheese goodness is kind of magical.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs | Inspired by Charm

Thanks again to Iowa Girl Eats for the incredible inspiration. I’m off to unpack and catch up on some work. What do you have planned for the weekend?

First things first. My sincere apologies for disappearing from IBC this week. As you may or may not know, I’ve been on the road for the past nine days. Last Wednesday I was in NYC for three days with my friends from Better Homes and Gardens (more on that tomorrow). Then, from Saturday through Thursday […]




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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Last week I was delighted to join the girls of Eighteen25 again for Spooktacular September! I shared this recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Because I love it so much, I thought I would share it here too! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love being in the kitchen, exploring every conceivable way to incorporate pumpkin into my creations. Last week I made a batch of cinnamon rolls. So this week I decided to give them a fall-inspired twist and sneak some pumpkin and spices into the dough.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

I started off with Paula Deen’s Cinnamon Roll recipe. (With a few tweaks, it’s the best, bar none.) I then searched other Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll recipes to come up with my own fabulous recipe. Let me tell you – they are pretty amazing! Just another reason to love pumpkin. I topped them off with a maple cream cheese icing that is the perfect complement!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Let’s check out the recipe for these little rolls of pure joy!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Here’s what you will need:

Dough:
¼ ounce package yeast
½ cup warm water
½ cup scalded milk
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 egg
4 – 5 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
½ cup softened butter, plus more for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Maple Cream Cheese Icing:
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
¼ cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon Mapleine (maple extract)
¼ teaspoon salt

 

Let’s get baking:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a stand mixer bowl, combine milk, sugar, melted butter, pumpkin puree, spices, salt, and egg with a spoon. Attach the bowl to the mixer with the dough hook attached. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead with dough hook for about 5 minutes. (If not using a stand mixer, knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.) Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread softened butter all over dough. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Then sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of 13 x 9 baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, Mapleine, and vanilla until smooth. For a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

That’s it!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Now, I know that making dough at home is slightly intimidating, but I promise you it’s a lot easier than it looks. Plus, once you taste these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, you realize it was all worth it.

Yep, they are that amazing.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

And the golden orange color of the baked dough is quite beautiful.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Thanks again to Jamie, Jodie, and Jennifer for having me on Eighteen25. Be sure to check out their blog for dozens of fall-inspired idea.

 

 

Last week I was delighted to join the girls of Eighteen25 again for Spooktacular September! I shared this recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Because I love it so much, I thought I would share it here too! Enjoy! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love being in the kitchen, exploring every […]




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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I can’t believe it. This final recipe wraps up another Fall Cookie Week here on Inspired by Charm. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. For those of you who are missing décor, DIY, and home-related posts, have no fear. I have something really special planned for the month of October so please bear with me a little longer.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

For you fellow bakers who have been joining me for Fall Cookie Week, there is a Link Party after the recipe to link up all your fall-inspired treats.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I decided to share another of my favorite cookies to end this cookie week. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. And with these particular cookies, the chocolate drizzled all over the top is literally and figuratively the icing on the cake … er … cookie.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

As with most of the cookies this week, these come together quite quickly. It’s basically just a peanut butter cookie recipe.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I love all of the unique touches to this cookie as well – the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup tucked away inside and the glorious drizzle of chocolate on the top.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

It just looks like a cookie you want to eat.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Here’s how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

Here’s what you will need:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

Drizzle:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon shortening

Let’s get baking:

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light
and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Roll dough into 1-1/4-inch balls. Press a miniature peanut butter cup into
each; reshape balls.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

For drizzle,melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and shortening in a microwave (or in a double boiler). Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. (I allowed my mixture to cool slightly and then put it into a Ziploc bag. I snipped off a tiny portion of the corner of the bag so I could drizzle the cookies.)

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Now, tell me that doesn’t look gorgeous.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

It took every ounce of my will power not to gobble them up in one evening with a big glass of milk. Like, seriously.

Okay. I’m officially finished sharing cookie recipes for a while. To be honest, I’m kind of ready for a change.

But, before we completely wrap this up, it’s time for you to let us know about amazing fall baking creations.

Fill up the link party below with all of your fall baking yumminess! I will be highlighting some of my favorites via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest over the course of the next week.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me this week and watching me bake up a storm. It’s been a blast!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the sweet treats in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

I can’t believe it. This final recipe wraps up another Fall Cookie Week here on Inspired by Charm. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. For those of you who are missing décor, DIY, and home-related posts, have no fear. I have something really special planned for the month of October so please bear with me […]




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Cream Wafer Cookies

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have noticed that I was out of town the past couple days. I was actually in New York City again, hanging out with my friends from Better Homes & Gardens and dozens of fabulous bloggers. I will put together a recap for you on Monday.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Anywho, back to Fall Cookie Week. It’s hard to believe it’s already Saturday and there are only two cookies left. Have no fear though, I saved a couple extra-special cookies to close out the week. To be honest, today’s cookie is pretty much my favorite cookie in the whole wide world. I kid you not. I make them every Christmas and eat them for breakfast for weeks. It’s like a little piece of heaven.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

This year I decided to make them early and give them a fall twist. While the flavor is the same, I jazzed up the dough and frosting with a little food coloring to make them resemble candy corn.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Now, before anyone says anything, I realize I messed up the color order. Traditional candy corn has orange in the center. I guess over the past year I’ve had ombre so deeply ingrained in my brain that I wasn’t thinking correctly. I’m just going to say that this color order is my creative expression of candy corn. Hope that’s okay with everyone.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

You’ll notice that these cookies are primarily flour, butter, and sugar … but mostly butter and sugar. I think this explains why they are so amazingly delicious. My BFF and older brother will also attest to their awesomeness.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I’ve seen various ways to make these. My recipe is from my mom and I think it’s perfection. Usually the dough is kept its natural color and the filling is dyed green and red for the holidays, but as I said above, I’ve changed things up a bit for fall.

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Anyway, on to the recipe (which, by the way, I usually double.)

Candy Corn Cream Wafers

Here’s what you will need:
Wafers:
1 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar for dusting
Optional: food coloring

Filling
1/2 cup butter, unsalted and softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 – 4 teaspoons heavy cream
Optional: food coloring

In a bowl of a stand mixer (can also be done with a hand mixer), beat the butter until pale yellow. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour, then the cream. Mix until just combined. At this point, you can divide the dough in half and add yellow and red food to half of the dough to make it orange in color. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. I recommend something about 1 1/2- to 2- inches in diameter.

Add sugar to a small bowl. Lightly coat cut dough pieces with sugar. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Prick twice with a fork.

Bake at 375 degree F for 7-9 minutes or until just barely starting to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For the filling, in a bowl of a stand mixer (can also be done with a hand mixer), cream the butter until pale. On low, add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of heavy cream. At this point, you can also add the food coloring. In this case, I used yellow.

Once the wafers are cool, carefully spread filling on one wafer and then top with another.

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I seriously can’t explain how much I adore these cookies.

While they are a little bit time consuming, they are completely worth the effort. The resulting wafers are flaky discs that literally fall apart and melt in your mouth. The filling just brings it all together with sweet and buttery goodness.

Candy Corn Cream Wafers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

So what do you think of my Candy Corn Cream Wafers? Will you be giving them a try?

Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the sweet treats in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – ???

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have noticed that I was out of town the past couple days. I was actually in New York City again, hanging out with my friends from Better Homes & Gardens and dozens of fabulous bloggers. I will put together a recap for you on Monday. […]




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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Yes, I have another chocolate pumpkin combination. It wasn’t really something I planned; it just worked out that way. Of course, this is Fall Cookie Week and deliciousness is what it’s about.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I love the idea of pumpkin and chocolate chips together. Do you remember when I made Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins? That was over three years ago. That is still a fabulous recipe, but I hope my blogging skills have improved since then.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Back to the cookies. Unlike the Frosted Pumpkin Cookies, which are more cakelike, these are more cookie-like. If that makes sense.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

They are still soft and chewy but they have crispier outside

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Plus, as I mentioned before, because of all of the wonderful spices in the dough, the pumpkin flavor really shines through. It IS all about the spices.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Okay, let me show you how to whip up a batch of these.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer), whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Add the vanilla, pumpkin and egg and whisk until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix together. Fold in chocolate chips. Cover the dough and chill for at 30 minutes or overnight.

Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

Roll the dough into 1″ balls. Slightly flatten the dough balls with your hand or the bottom of glass. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

And that my friends wraps up another cookie in our week! They look pretty tasty don’t they?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I’ll see you back here tomorrow as I’m sharing my absolute favorite cookie with a little fall-inspired twist. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the sweet treats in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

Yes, I have another chocolate pumpkin combination. It wasn’t really something I planned; it just worked out that way. Of course, this is Fall Cookie Week and deliciousness is what it’s about. I love the idea of pumpkin and chocolate chips together. Do you remember when I made Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins? That was […]




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Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

It’s hard to believe that today marks the midpoint of Fall Cookie Week! I sincerely hope you are enjoying it. What’s been your favorite so far? Personally, mine would have to be yesterday’s Frosted Pumpkin Cookies.

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Today I’m changing things up a bit by making a bar cookie. Some folks might not think bars are actually a cookie, but for the sake of this week, let’s just assume they are.

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I wanted to have a cookie with apple in it, so when I found this recipe for Autumn Apple Cookie Bars, I knew I had a winner. Plus they have butterscotch and coconut, which makes them that much better.

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I’ve always been a huge fan of butterscotch. If you who have a Dairy Queen in your neck of the woods, you won’t be surprised to hear that butterscotch was always my preferred Dilly Bar flavor when I was a kid. So delicious!

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Anywho, these bars are obviously a cinch to put together. Other than crushing the graham crackers and chopping the apples, you basically just dump everything else into the pan. And you must line your baking pan with aluminum foil! I learned that trick when I made my Oreo Filled Brownies and it has been a lifesaver ever since. Removing and cutting up things is now so simple.

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Okay, okay. On to the recipe!

Autumn Apple Cookie Bars

Here’s what you will need:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 ½ cups peeled, cored, finely chopped Granny Smith apples, or other firm, tart apples
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Let’s get baking:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with foil. (This will make cutting these bars a breeze.) Then lightly coat with no-stick cooking spray.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle oats over crust. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over oats. Layer with apples, butterscotch chips, coconut, and walnuts.

Bake for 28 to 33 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. When cool, lift up with edges of foil to remove from pan. Cut into individual bars.

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Don’t they look decadent? If you love coconut, butterscotch, and apples, you seriously can’t go wrong with these. So yummy!

Surprise! I’m adding a ninth cookie to Fall Cookie Week! Stop by the Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish blog where I’m sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Palmiers.

Pumpkin Chocolate Palmiers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

These are certainly the fanciest cookies of the week. The chocolate and pumpkin work so well together.

The resulting cookie is soft, chewy, and packed with flavor.

Pumpkin Chocolate Palmiers | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

You can read all about it and get the recipe here.

And in case you missed it yesterday, be sure to enter to win a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Stand Mixer!

Autumn Apple Cookie Bar | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the sweet treats in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – ???
Sunday – ???

It’s hard to believe that today marks the midpoint of Fall Cookie Week! I sincerely hope you are enjoying it. What’s been your favorite so far? Personally, mine would have to be yesterday’s Frosted Pumpkin Cookies. Today I’m changing things up a bit by making a bar cookie. Some folks might not think bars are […]




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Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Okay, so these are officially one of my favorite cookies. They are so amazingly soft they practically melt in your mouth, plus they are pumpkin so that clearly makes them a 10 out of 10. I kid you not.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

And don’t even get me started on the frosting. It’s basically butter and sugar whipped up to creamy decadence. How can you go wrong!?

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I also love this recipe because it’s simple. There is no need to wait for the dough to cool or spend time rolling out the dough. You just scoop it on to the cookie sheet and pop it into the oven. Love that!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Easy, pumpkin, melt-in-your mouth delicious – the recipe for a perfect cookie. And that’s why they are one of my new favorites!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

And you may have noticed from the title of this post that I was able to include a pretty fabulous giveaway in Fall Cookie Week. The folks at KitchenAid are giving away a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in your choice of color! How appropriate, right? All of the details will be at the end of this post so be sure to enter!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

All righty, onto the recipe!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Here’s what you will need:

Cookies:
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (add until desired consistency / firmness)
extra ground cinnamon sprinkled on top (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves and nutmeg. Beat until combined.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Then, add the pumpkin. Beat in as much of the flour as you can using the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

For frosting, in a small saucepan heat butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. (I made a double batch of the frosting and ended up using all of it. I recommend doing the same.)

Spread frosting on the cooled cookies. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon, if desired.

That’s it! Seriously, don’t they look amazing?

I can’t even!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Okay, now it’s time for you to enter to win a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in your choice of color. As usual, I’ll be using Rafflecopter to manage this giveaway because it makes the process super easy. The widget will appear below; just give it a few seconds to load. If you want to watch a video or read more about how to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway, click here. 
All right, let’s do this!

KitchenAid Giveaway | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

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Frosted Pumpkin Cookie | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

A huge thanks to the folks at KitchenAid for generously providing this awesome prize! And don’t forget to whip up a batch of these cookies ASAP. You won’t be disappointed!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the cookies in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

This giveaway is available to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be randomly selected. I was not compensated to host this giveaway, but KitchenAid did provide the prize.

Okay, so these are officially one of my favorite cookies. They are so amazingly soft they practically melt in your mouth, plus they are pumpkin so that clearly makes them a 10 out of 10. I kid you not. And don’t even get me started on the frosting. It’s basically butter and sugar whipped up […]




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Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

In case you are wondering, I’m not sitting at home surrounded by cookies and holding a big glass of milk. I wish. I estimate that during the past five days I have made about 27 dozen cookies. That’s a lot of freakin’ cookies.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I actually ended up giving almost all of them away. Most went to my BFF and her family; the rest are being enjoyed by my mom, dad and grandparents. I did keep a handful of personal favorites for myself. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Today’s cookie is what I consider an adult cookie. That simply means that as a kid I would have turned my nose up at it because it’s basically a nut-based cookie, As an adult I think it’s pretty darn fabulous, but unfortunately that also makes me feel old.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Anyway, this cookie has some of the quintessential flavors of fall. The pecan, almond, and maple work together so nicely to create a little flavor party in your mouth.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

This cookies are finished off with a glaze of pure maple syrup right when they come out of the oven. The syrup is such a genius and delicious idea. It adds a great depth of flavor.

Are you salivating yet? Good. Let me show you how to make these.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps

Here’s what you will need:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Let’s get baking:

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In another bowl, using the paddle attachment on your mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until pale. (A hand mixer and a bowl would work just fine.)

Into the mixer bowl, add the vanilla and almond extract and beat until smooth. Add the pecans and beat until blended.

With the mixer going at low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until a stiff dough is formed.

Using a cookie scoop, shape dough into 1” balls. Place the dough balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and while hot, brush them with the pure maple syrup.

Remove cookies from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

And that’s a wrap for Butter Pecan Maple Crisps!

I absolutely love any baked goods that use almond extract. There is something about that flavor that is just so comforting.

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

These are another great cookie for tea or coffee dunking. A few of these and a big cup of coffee could be my breakfast any fall day!

Butter Pecan Maple Crisps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for an extra special Fall Cookie Week treat!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the cookies in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

In case you are wondering, I’m not sitting at home surrounded by cookies and holding a big glass of milk. I wish. I estimate that during the past five days I have made about 27 dozen cookies. That’s a lot of freakin’ cookies. I actually ended up giving almost all of them away. Most went […]




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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I’m so glad you enjoyed yesterday’s Caramel Gingersnap Cookies. I think that Fall Cookie Week is off to a great start!

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Today’s cookie is a little invention of mine. My mom gave me a recipe for pudding cookies last week and I wanted to give them a try. I also did some online searching and found a few other pudding cookie recipes.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I combined elements from several of the recipes to create my own version. Since I also had a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses on hand (which are amazingly delicious), I decided to wrap the dough around the kisses.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

The resulting creation is what I like to call Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

They are soft, chewy, and have a delightfully pumpkin-y surprise in the middle. That’s pretty much everything a cookie needs to have, right?

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Here’s what you will need:
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag of pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Let’s get baking:
In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

Then in a bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer here), cream butter and sugars together.
 Add the dry pudding mix and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Slowly incorporate flour mixture, being careful not to over mix.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Take a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a 1” ball, then flatten it with your hand. Place a Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kiss in the middle and form the dough around the kiss. Re-roll the dough into a uniform ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 8-12 minutes. Remove cookies from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Not too bad for my first pudding cookie! I was actually expecting them to spread out a little more, but was pleased they held their shape.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

That wraps up Day 2 of Fall Cookie Week on IBC. Another delicious reason to celebrate the season!

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Will you be whipping up a batch of these cookies? Do you love those Pumpkin Spice Kisses as much as I do?

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the cookies in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

I’m so glad you enjoyed yesterday’s Caramel Gingersnap Cookies. I think that Fall Cookie Week is off to a great start! Today’s cookie is a little invention of mine. My mom gave me a recipe for pudding cookies last week and I wanted to give them a try. I also did some online searching and found […]




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Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Surprise! You’re in luck. Fall Cookie Week is starting a day early. I actually began baking all of the cookies this weekend and it looks like I’m going to have one extra variety. That means there will be eight recipes instead of seven. Beginning with this post, I’ll be sharing one recipe every day this week.

I’m also trying to coordinate some sort of giveaway into this week, but I haven’t finalized those details yet. Stay tuned. If there is a giveaway, I’m pushing to have it on Hump Day.

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

For our first cookie of the week, I made Caramel Gingersnaps.This recipe combines the spices of fall with sweet gooey caramel for a winning combination.

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

To pull this off, I took a recipe I had for gingersnap cookies and just added caramel bits.

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

The resulting cookie is super soft and bursting with flavor. I’ve actually always been a fan of gingersnaps. My mom made them, so I guess I find some sort of comfortin them. As crazy as it sounds, their flavor reminds me of home and family.

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These are also one of my favorite cookies for dunking in tea. The heat warms and softens both the cookie and the caramel. It’s magic!

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Okay, it’s time to get Fall Cookie Week officially started by telling you how these are made.

Caramel Gingersnaps

Here’s what you will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
1 11-ounce bag caramel bits

Let’s get baking:

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

Then, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the softened butter. Add the brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides, if needed. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well, scraping down the sides as needed again.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet on low speed. Mix until just combined. Then gently fold in the caramel bits. Cover mixed dough with foil and chill for 3-4 hours .

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with asilicone mat or parchment paper as some of the caramel may run.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place balls one inch apart. Flatten slightly with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are just turning brown. Be careful not to overcook these, which would result in a harder cookies.

Remove cookie from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Delicious, soft, and caramel-filled gingersnaps. You really can’t go wrong with these. Not only are they great for the fall, they are perfect for the holidays, too.

Caramel Gingersnaps | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

So what do you think? Will you be giving these cookies a try!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the cookies in IBC’s Second Annual Fall Cookie Week:

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

Surprise! You’re in luck. Fall Cookie Week is starting a day early. I actually began baking all of the cookies this weekend and it looks like I’m going to have one extra variety. That means there will be eight recipes instead of seven. Beginning with this post, I’ll be sharing one recipe every day this […]




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Fall Cookie Week  | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I have some very exciting news! Fall Cookie Week is back on Inspired by Charm and this year it will be even better. If you were around these parts last year, you’ll remember I made lots of different cookies for an open house I was having in my Gift Shoppe. Even though the shoppe is closed, I thought that Fall Cookie Week should continue. – I really don’t need an excuse to make and share cookies for an entire week!

Fall Cookie Week  | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

So here’s how this will work. Starting on Monday, September 16, for seven days straight, I will share one fall-inspired cookie recipe per day. That means a total of seven fabulous cookie recipes.

To give you a quick and easy reference, here are all of the cookies I will be baking.

Fall Cookie Week | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Sunday – Caramel Gingersnaps
Monday – Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Tuesday – Butter Pecan Maple Crisps
Wednesday – Frosted Pumpkin Cookies // KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway
Thursday – Autumn Apple Cookie Bar
Friday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday – Candy Corn Cream Wafers
Sunday – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // Fall Baking Link Party

So deliciously fabulous, right?

And I want all of you to join in the fun as well! If you are a blogger and love to whip up fall-inspired goodies as much as I do, I will host a Link Party on Sunday, September 22 for you to link up your delicious creations. I love being in the kitchen this time of year so I’ll take any baking inspiration I can get.

Fall Cookie Week  | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Feel free to follow along on Instagram this weekend as I’ll be sharing a fewsneak peeks of what’s to come next week. In the meantime, check out last year’s cookies. (I’ll be updating those posts over the weekend since there are some formatting issues from when I switched to my new blog layout. Plus, I will add in some printable recipes.)

Okay, I’m off to start baking! Are you excited for Fall Cookie Week? I hope you’ll be in your kitchen, too.

Have an amazing weekend, friends!

I have some very exciting news! Fall Cookie Week is back on Inspired by Charm and this year it will be even better. If you were around these parts last year, you’ll remember I made lots of different cookies for an open house I was having in my Gift Shoppe. Even though the shoppe is […]




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A list  | Inspired by Charm

I was coming up completely empty on what to blog about today. Blogger block perhaps? Thankfully, I stumbled upon this fabulous list from Erin of BlueBirdBaby and thought it would be the perfect thing for today. We all need a little time to reflect, right? I then remembered a few weeks ago I started a series called 30 lists of 30. So, this couldn’t be more perfect. (Even if I had to add two more items to the original list.)

If you would like to join in as well, leave a link to your list in the comments.

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making : lists in hopes of getting organized to get stuff done.
cooking : dozens and dozens of cookies. More on that tomorrow.
drinking : chai tea. Specifically this kind. I blame it on the fall.
reading : Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
wanting : to find a go-to pair of shoes for the fall. Maybe these?
looking : for ideas for fall crafts.
wishing : I lived closer to a craft store. The nearest Michaels is 1.5 hours away. Save me!
playing : Katy Perry – “Roar” on repeat. I know. I’m still obsessed.
wasting : time and energy worrying.
enjoying : all the new fall and holiday magazines. I can’t get enough.
waiting : patiently to finally visit Portland, Oregon this October.
liking : my breakfast oatmeal swirled with a spoonful of almond butter.
wondering : why terrible things happen to awesome people.
loving : Joy Cho’s new studio space. Have you seen it’s awesomeness?
hoping : to start turning my old gift shoppe into my office ASAP.
listening: to new albums from Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban.
marveling : at this beautiful and fun marriage proposal.
needing : to taste this giant layered cookie cake.
sowing : a plan to shed a few pounds. (Um, right after I taste that cookie cake).
smelling : cinnamon. Especially after baking these pumpkin cinnamon rolls and mixing up this sangria.
wearing : gingham and jeans.
following : Emily Henderson. Forever and always.
noticing : pumpkins. Everywhere. And I love it.
knowing : that life is short. Give it all you’ve got and love as hard as you can.
thinking : about hosting a Halloween Party this year.
bookmarking : this recipe for Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato Biscuits.
opening : boxes from Zara. A couple new pieces for the season.
giggling : about this cat sweater. The sad part is I kind of liked it. Kind of.
watching : Orange is the New Black. I think I watched the first season in two weeks. I’m obsessed.
feeling : uper excited for next week. A little travel and lots of yumminess on the blog.

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Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

We have been experiencing a bit of Indian summer these past couple days here in Central PA. Of course, this is the time I planned to do some baking for the blog. It never fails.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, today I’m making bread that is slathered with Nutella. You can’t go wrong with that, right?

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

I was doing a little searching on Pinterest and came across this recipe for Braided Nutella Bread from the fabulous Suzanna of Kokocooks. She created this recipe for World Nutella Day. So a big thanks to her for bringing this awesomeness into the world.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

I will also tell you that her loaf looks a bit nicer and fluffier than mine. I probably used too much Nutella. Which in my book is really not a problem.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

I was excited to try this recipe because of the braiding technique. It’s actually more of a twist, but the effect is still pretty cool.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

I was a little bit nervous about attempting the braiding, but it was a lot easier than it looked. Clearly I haven’t mastered the technique, but I think it still looks pretty.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

Let me show you how this delicious loaf comes together.

Braided Nutella Bread

Here’s what you will need:

½ teaspoon yeast
1 cup warm water
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup Nutella
Cornmeal for dusting
1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon of water to use as an egg wash

Let’s get baking.

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of the water. Let sit for 10 minutes to activate.

Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. After add yeast and the remaining water, mix on low with a dough hook attachment. Turn speed up to medium, and knead dough for about 7 minutes.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap, and then set in a warm place. The dough is ready when doubled in size – about an hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to form a rectangle, roughly 12 x 15”. Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving a ½ inch border of dough. (I found it helpful to heat the Nutella in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds. This makes spreading it much easier.) Roll tightly and place on a parchment-lined / silicon-lined baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. Twist ends overtop each other, making sure to turn cut side toward the top. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let sit 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush surface of the bread with the egg wash. Bake bread for 20 minutes. Raise temperature to 425°F and bake until lightly browned on top, about 5-7 minutes more.* Remove from oven, and let cool before serving.

*My bread got a little bit darker then I would have liked. Keep a close eye on your bread when you increase the temperature.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

Even though it’s a little dark, it looks pretty sensational, doesn’t it? Let me tell you, it tastes even better than it looks.

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I’m pretty certain that Nutella can make almost anything taste great.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

Look at all those wonderful swirls of chocolate-hazelnut goodness.

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

All right, it’s time to enjoy a slice of this with a big glass of cold milk. Thanks again to Kokocooks for the recipe and inspiration. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and if you’re looking for an even easier recipe involving Nutella, be sure to check out my Nutella Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing. You won’t believe how simple and delicious they are!

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We have been experiencing a bit of Indian summer these past couple days here in Central PA. Of course, this is the time I planned to do some baking for the blog. It never fails. Anyway, today I’m making bread that is slathered with Nutella. You can’t go wrong with that, right? I was doing […]




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Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

You may remember that back in June I teamed up with Black Box Wines to create a super easy and wonderful delicious recipe for Sangria Tinto (basically red sangria). Since so many people were huge fans of that recipe. I thought I would put the other box of Sauvignon Blanc to good use and create a sangria inspired by autumn!

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Seriously, these Black Box wines are the perfect size for creating a generous batch of delicious sangria.

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Coincidentally, I was at the liquor store last week and discovered this bottle of Apple Pie Vodka. I picked it up, thinking I could find a use for it down the road. It added an extra-special touch to this sangria. So after a little recipe research and testing, I came up with a delicious Apple Cider Sangria!

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

It’s an exquisite blend of crisp apple, spice, and everything nice!

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Plus, doesn’t it look picturesque in this Mason Jar-inspired drink dispenser from Pottery Barn? Love that!

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Okay, let me show you how to put this together. Then I’ll tell you how you could win up to $2,500 thanks to my friends at Black Box Wines!

Apple Cider Sangria

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 1/2 cups cinnamon simple syrup*
1 box Black Box white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc.)
2 cups Apple Pie Vodka
2 cups ginger brandy
4 cups apple cider
1 cup grapes, sliced in half
4 apples, cubed
4 pears, cubed
8 – 10 cinnamon sticks

Let’s put it all together:
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 2 days. Serve over ice.

*Bring 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.

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Sounds pretty delicious, right? Trust me. It is! And it’s just the thing for your fall celebrations. I also love snacking on the fruit after it has had a chance to soak up all of that fall flavor. This is the kind of healthy snacking I could get used to! Haha.

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Okay, now that you have the recipe, let me tell you how to enter to win up to $2,500!

“Lose the Bottle” Contest

So here’s the deal. Black Box Wines wants to know all about your first experience with boxed wine. They are hosting an awesome contest where you are encouraged to share your story about the first time you lost the bottle.

The contest is open until September 15 with a cash prize incentive for entering – up to $2,500! Sweet deal, right? The winning entry will be determined by a combination of fan votes and an internal Black Box judging panel.

How to Enter the Lose the Bottle Sweepstakes:
Simply visit the Black Box Wines Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes tab. Tell Black Box Wines who you were with, why you lost the bottle, and even how it tasted! You can check out all of the current entries and vote on your favorites here!

Prize Details:
One Grand prize winner receives up to $2,500 based on number of entries at end of contest:
500 entries – $500
1,000 entries – $1,000
1,500 entries – $1,500
2,500 entries – $2,500
Dates & Eligibility:

The contest began on July 15, 2013 @ 03:00 pm (US/Pacific) and ends on September 15, 2013 @ 11:00 pm (US/Pacific). You must be at least 21 years old to enter. You can read the official contest rules here.

Apple Cider Sangria | Inspired by Charm

Now, go whip up a batch of this delicious fall-inspired sangria and enter for a chance to win some big money! Think of all the wine you could buy with that! Good luck!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are mine.

You may remember that back in June I teamed up with Black Box Wines to create a super easy and wonderful delicious recipe for Sangria Tinto (basically red sangria). Since so many people were huge fans of that recipe. I thought I would put the other box of Sauvignon Blanc to good use and create […]




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Indoor Plants | Inspired by Charm

First things first. Many apologies for my absence on the blog and social media last week. My mind and heart were somewhere else. I won’t get into details here, but if you are the praying type, a very close friend of mine could greatly use your positive thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you so very much.

This month all of us on Lowe’s Creative Idea Bloggers team were challenged to prepare our homes for guests. As September rolls in, we are quickly reminded that the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. Whether it’s just for a meal or an overnight stay, it won’t be long before friends and family will be filling our homes.

Indoor Plants | Inspired by Charm

As you have probably surmised, lately I’ve been obsessed with indoor plants. While houseplants have been around forever, it seems they are becoming more of a staple in today’s decorating world. I’ve noticed that a lot of folks on the blogs I follow are also passionate about plants. Whether it be the uber-popular fiddle leaf fig, succulents, air plants, or tabletop gardens, gorgeous greenery is definitely on trend.

Indoor Plants | Inspired by Charm

Using plants in your decor can be a quick and easy way to make your house feelmore inviting. As the weather grows crisper and the days get shorter, I get a little desperate to see some healthy green foliage. Thankfully, Lowes has an amazing selection of plants to add the life and verdancy my decor needs.

Indoor Plants | Inspired by Charm

You may have spotted these on IBC before, but I found a few plants that were already potted and ready to go. Clustered with a cake stand and candle on my table, I have an instant centerpiece.

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I love entertaining, and one of my favorite preparation tasks is setting the table. Even though I adore fresh flowers, I tend to shy away from them because of their short lifespan and expense. As you may remember, I enlivened one of my summer tablescapes with a couple clippings from the backyard and that same potted aloe vera plant.

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I also added some life to my bedroom with this huge cactus. It works perfectly with the tabletop garden I created last month.

Welcome Guests with Indoor Plants

I’ve even brought in some bigger plants, including this palm tree, which you may remember seeing in my temporary office.

Welcome Guests with Indoor Plants

Welcome Guests with Indoor Plants

I hope these ideas give you inspiration and encouragement to use greenery in your space. Let me know in the comments below, what your favorite interior plants are. I’m always looking for an excuse to buy a few more plants for my home.

For even more ideas, visit Lowes Creative Ideas. You can also sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine, which is loaded with inspiration! There’s also a magazine app so you can have inspiration on the go! And, don’t forget to follow Lowe’s on Pinterest or on Instagram!

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I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network (along with some other fantastic bloggers). I did receive a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies to complete my project. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

First things first. Many apologies for my absence on the blog and social media last week. My mind and heart were somewhere else. I won’t get into details here, but if you are the praying type, a very close friend of mine could greatly use your positive thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you […]




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Pumpkin Brownies | Inspired by Charm

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, September marks the beginning of fall for me. Because pumpkin is among my favorite flavors, I am always more than excited to have an excuse to start some fall baking. I found this recipe from Better Home and Gardens for Pumpkin Brownies. I made it even easier by using a box of brownie mix rather than making the brownies from scratch. My box mix of choice right now is Chewy Fudge Brownies from Duncan Hines.

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You can hop on over to BHG’s Delish Dish to read all about these brownies and to get the recipe.

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For more fall-inspired sweet treats, check out last year’s Fall Cookie Week where I made Chocolate Cherry Cookies, Pumpkin Blondies, White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Krispies, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, and Pumpkin Blossoms!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, September marks the beginning of fall for me. Because pumpkin is among my favorite flavors, I am always more than excited to have an excuse to start some fall baking. I found this recipe from Better Home and Gardens for Pumpkin Brownies. I made it even easier by using […]




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Hump Day Giveaway | Ever Blooming Originals via Inspired by Charm

I hope the long weekend was fabulous for each of you. It’s hard to believe that summer is unofficially over. Mother Nature must have already been notified because chilly temperatures have arrived around here. The only reason that I look forward to the end of summer is that fall is the next season in line. I honestly wish that fall could last forever.

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I thought it would be fun to kick off this fall with a little giveaway from one of my favorite people. You may remember a while back when I did a couple giveaways with the always fabulous Colette of Ever Blooming Originals. She creates gorgeous wreaths and door decor for every season. I seriously want one of each. You can see all of her creations at her site, Ever Blooming Originals.

Colette has returned to give away one of her latest creations – a Pumpkin Wreath! Isn’t she the best? I actually got my hands on one of these wreaths last week and it is perfection. And did you see that black and white chevron bow? I’m in love!

Hump Day Giveaway | Ever Blooming Originals via Inspired by Charm

Okay, now it’s time for you to enter to win one of Ever Blooming Originals‘ Pumpkin Wreaths. As usual, I’ll be using Rafflecopter to manage this giveaway because it makes the process super easy. The widget will appear below; just give it some time to load. If you want to see a video or read more about how to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway, click here. 
All right, let’s do this!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. (Those viewing this in an email or blog reader will need to visit the actual blog post by clicking here. The widget may not appear if you are on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.) Again, please allow a few moments for it to appear. Simply answer the question in the widget to be entered to win this fabulous prize! Bonus entries are available for following along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and BlogLovin’.

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While comments below are always appreciated, you must use the Rafflecopter widget above to be entered to win. Good luck, everyone!

Be sure to check out all of Colette’s beautiful creations on her website. You can also get social with Ever Blooming Originals by liking their Facebook page.

As a final bonus, Ever Blooming Originals is graciously offering a special discount for readers of Inspired by Charm! Enter the coupon code: CHARMED10 at checkout to save 10% on any order. This coupon is valid through September 15, 2013. Colette will also be giving a free wreath hanger with any wreath purchase! It’s a double bonus!

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A huge thanks to Colette for all of her awesomeness!

This giveaway is available to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be randomly selected and will be named at the top of a post. I was not compensated to host this giveaway, but Ever Blooming Originals did provide the wreath.

I hope the long weekend was fabulous for each of you. It’s hard to believe that summer is unofficially over. Mother Nature must have already been notified because chilly temperatures have arrived around here. The only reason that I look forward to the end of summer is that fall is the next season in line. […]




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