These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Today I’m kicking off Fall Cookie Week with these Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies. Grab a glass of milk and your fat pants and let’s do this!

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking. Fall Cookie Week 2017 | Inspired by Charm

If you’re new to Fall Cookie Week (FCW), this is an annual series I started in 2012 to celebrate fall baking and my favorite flavors of the season. Last year, my pal Julie Blanner joined in on the fun, and we doubled the number of FCW cookie recipes. I am so excited that this tasty week is back and even more thrilled to be teaming up with Julie again.

Each day this week, both Julie and I will share a cookie recipe. That’s a total of 10 new, delicious, and fall-inspired recipes. If you need a new cookie recipe, look no further. Like last year, we are also doing a Fall Cookie Week Giveaway as a thank you to our readers. More details on that will be coming later this week.

Whether you’re new to Inspired by Charm and Fall Cookie Week (FCW) or have been a loyal IBC reader for years, I am so happy to have you. You can find past years’ recipes via my series page here. For newcomers, please know that besides baking, I post home decor ideas, entertaining tips, DIY projects, crafts, and more. Feel free to join the IBC Mailing List or follow IBC on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss a thing.

With all of that covered. Let’s bake!

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

I thought I’d start off this 2017 series with something unique but quintessentially fall: Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies.

I’ve been wanting to make a cinnamon roll cookie for quite some time, and today felt like the perfect opportunity. And though cinnamon roll cookies are fabulous on their own, I decided to fall-ify mine. Inspiration came from my recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (which are amazing).

These cookies are made in a similar way to cinnamon rolls. The dough gets rolled up after being sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar to create that classic cinnamon roll spiral.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Then, after some time in the refrigerator, the dough is sliced and baked.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Once cooled, the cookies are dunked in a sweet glaze.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

As you can see, this is an easy cookie to make, and because of the pumpkin addition, it’s ideal for fall. The resulting cookie is dense but still soft and rich.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

I’d say we have a seasonal winner!

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Makes about 6 dozen

Here's what you will need:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

With a mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, dry yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet until just combined.

Divide the dough into four equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each into an 8x6-inch rectangle. Sprinkle each with about 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture. Roll up tight starting with a long side. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the dough into 3/8-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on a greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are light brown. Remove from the sheet pan and allow to completely cool on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients. (Add more milk if needed, one teaspoon at a time, to create a thin glaze.) Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

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These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Aren’t they just the cutest? I think they would go great with my Waffle Cookies with Maple Glaze. How about a breakfast-themed cookie party?

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Now, before you click away, the fun continues over at Julie Blanner’s site. For her first FCW cookie, she’s baked up these Frosted Apple Butter Cookies and boy do they look and sound delicious. Frosted cookies are easily my favorite.

Frosted Apple Butter Cookies - fall cookie week fall baking

Click here to grab that recipe and read more about her first FCW creation for 2017.

I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for more fall baking!

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies will add seasonal flavor and fun to your fall baking.

Today I’m kicking off Fall Cookie Week with these Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies. Grab a glass of milk and your fat pants and let’s do this! If you’re new to Fall Cookie Week (FCW), this is an annual series I started in 2012 to celebrate fall baking and my favorite flavors of the season. Last […]




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These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

Stuffed Mushrooms are a classic, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms. Although this warm and hearty flavor combination works well any time of the year, I especially love these mushrooms in the fall and winter.

These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect appetizer recipe for the fall or any season.

It’s probably well established by now that my favorite things to cook are desserts and appetizers. I think it’s because they are my favorite things to eat. I especially enjoy it when a meal consists of grazing on appetizers, cheeses, and little bites. Clearly, this isn’t the healthiest way to eat, but boy is it fun and delicious.

These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect appetizer recipe for the fall or any season.

Whether you’re creating a grazing station for an upcoming party or an amuse-bouche for a dinner you’re hosting, I have to recommend these Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms.

These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

Their rich and hearty flavor and convenient bite-size make them the perfect seasonal nibble.

To prepare, simply remove the stems from mini portobello mushrooms.

These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

Then, stuff them with a combination of bread crumbs, cheese, sour cream, herbs, blue cheese, and walnuts. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

That’s it, my friends. And if you’re serving these in the fall, why not make one of my pumpkin-shaped cheeseballs to go with them? You’ll be known forever for your royal entertainment!

These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect appetizer recipe for the fall or any season.

Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 24 stuffed mushrooms

Here's what you will need:
24 large fresh mushrooms (I used mini portobellos.)
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Begin by preheating your oven to 425 degrees F. Clean the mushrooms and remove and discard the stems. Place the mushrooms stem side up on a baking sheet.

In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, sour cream, parsley, garlic, black pepper, blue cheese, and walnuts. Spoon this mixture into the mushroom caps. Lightly brush with olive oil.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown on top and heated through. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley if desired.

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These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

These  Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect flavorful appetizer for grazing and entertaining.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. What are some of your favorite fall bites?

Stuffed Mushrooms are a classic, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms. Although this warm and hearty flavor combination works well any time of the year, I especially love these mushrooms in the fall and winter. It’s probably well established by now that my favorite things to cook are […]




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My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

At this point, I think you’ve seen most of my Pittsburgh apartment. One space I haven’t shown you yet is my apartment balcony. Although it’s not large, I love having this outdoor area, and I’m excited to share it with you today.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

In all honesty, this space came together rather serendipitously.

I stumbled upon these two chairs at HomeGoods just before I moved to Pittsburgh. I actually purchased them for a project at my St. Marys’ house, but they ended up making the move with me and work well out here.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

As someone who loves to get my hands in the soil, I knew I’d need a couple planters. Last year I picked up these big containers at West Elm. Since I wouldn’t be using them in St. Marys, I brought them here, and they are now at home on my balcony.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

I love that the taller one gives some height, while the shorter one is large enough for an evergreen. I snapped up this unique guy on clearance at Lowes. It’s been doing well and even sprouted a few new branches. I’m not sure it will survive the winter, but it’s worth a shot.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

I also tucked in a couple other planters and filled them with herbs. I used the herbs, especially the basil, quite a bit this summer. Remember my trio of crostini recipes? A lot of the herbs in those were from this little garden.

This unique cement cactus is another HomeGoods find. (I think I got it when I picked up the chairs.) It’s just a fun, odd accessory. The pillows were from Target’s summer collection.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and for reference, here is a photo I shared last week from my dining room. The sliding doors to the balcony are just behind the table.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this peek. As you can see, it’s not grand, but it’s a welcome space in the city. By the way, my balcony overlooks an open area where the building management holds concerts, fitness classes, and pop-up markets. I have a great view of all the action.

My Apartment Balcony - small space apartment balcony decor and style ideas. | Inspired by Charm

I’m hoping to add a few fall touches to my balcony, so I wanted you to see it now before the transition (and before all of my plants dry up). The end of summer is always so bittersweet.

Hope you’re having a fabulous week. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for a quick and flavorful appetizer recipe that you’re going to love.

At this point, I think you’ve seen most of my Pittsburgh apartment. One space I haven’t shown you yet is my apartment balcony. Although it’s not large, I love having this outdoor area, and I’m excited to share it with you today. In all honesty, this space came together rather serendipitously. I stumbled upon these […]




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Butter Pecan Cupcakes + Fall Recipe Card Printable | Inspired by Charm

We’re doubling up on treats today here on Inspired by Charm. First, celebrate the sweet side of fall with these Butter Pecan Cupcakes. Then, check out the new printable Fall Recipe Cards.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

This fall I’ve been extremely fortunate to team up with so many outstanding bloggers to share dozens of recipes, decor ideas, and more. (Remember my kitchen and dining room tour from last week? Wasn’t that fun?) Today I’m back with another little Fall Blog Hop.

Fall Blog Hop | Inspired by Charm

On Monday, Layla from The Lettered Cottage shared her fall mantel. Yesterday, Beth from Home Stories A to Z set up an autumn tablescape. Today, I’m sharing a tasty recipe (and my Fall Recipe Cards). Then on Thursday, Lucy from Craftberry Bush is whipping up a fall craft. Finally, on Friday, Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors is wrapping everything up with more fall-inspired decor. It’s a spectacular week. Be sure to check everyone out today or pop back in on Friday when I’ll have everyone linked up.

First things first; Butter Pecan Cupcakes.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

When I was growing up, my Mom would always order butter pecan ice cream whenever we’d go out for ice cream. I remember giving her the stink eye because I thought, “Why in the world would anyone want that flavor?” However, sometime in my 20s, I tasted butter pecan Ice cream and totally fell in love with the flavor. It all made sense. My mom really did (and does) have great taste.

They say as you mature, so does your palette. Years ago, I shied away from any cake, cookie, muffin, or dessert that had nuts in it. Now I so appreciate the flavor and crunch that nuts give to some of my favorite recipes.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

With all that being said, if you like butter pecan ice cream or if it’s been a few years since you’ve had it, I think you’re going to love these Butter Pecan Cupcakes.

Both the batter and frosting are loaded with pecans toasted in butter. They add incredible fall flavor and texture.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

Even if you are a “nut-in-baked-goods-hater” like I was, you might just sing a different tune after trying these cupcakes. Plus, we probably all need a break from pumpkin-everything this time of year. (Unless you’re making my Pumpkin Pan Pie; then please carry on.)

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

Let’s whip some up!

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

Butter Pecan Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Here's what you will need:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 3/4 cups chopped pecans
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Butter Pecan Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2-3 tablespoons milk
24 pecan halves to garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with paper liners; set aside. In a skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans and cook 5-6 minutes until toasted. Allow the pecans to cool.

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

Then, with a mixer, cream together 1 cup butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the bowl down when needed. Beat in the vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Beat until just combined. Fold in 2 cups of the pecans and save the remainder for the frosting.

Scoop the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, prepare the Butter Pecan Frosting. With a mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together 5-6 minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing in between. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Add enough milk to achieve a smooth consistency. Fold in the remaining 3/4 cup pecans. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a spatula and top with a pecan half.

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These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

Yes, everything is from scratch, and I wouldn’t have it any other way for this recipe. It’s really not much harder, and the results will speak for themselves.

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

As I shared this recipe, you may have also noticed a new recipe card here and there. I’m so excited to present the 2017 Fall Recipe Card! In case you’re new to IBC, I’ve shared a free printable recipe card for each season of 2016 and spring and summer of 2017. (You can find links to 2016 here. The spring and summer 2017 cards are here and here respectively.)

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

These recipe cards are my little gift to you. The download is free so you can print as many as you like.

For Fall 2017, I opted for pumpkins. This year’s cards have sort of had a watercolor look, so I continued that as well. I think these latest cards turned out beautifully. Unlike spring and summer, I did try something different for the back of the card. I hope you like it.

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

You can get the free download by clicking here.

Today was fun, right?

2017 Fall Pumpkin-Inspired Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

These Butter Pecan Cupcakes are loaded with toasted pecans making them the perfect fall treat.

To recap, I gave you a recipe for some amazing Butter Pecan Cupcakes. I shared my new fall recipe cards. And, I also let you know about a little seasonal blog hop to follow. These ladies are super talented, so I hope you’ll check them out. I’ll update all of the links on Friday to make everything easy to find.

Hope your week is going well!

We’re doubling up on treats today here on Inspired by Charm. First, celebrate the sweet side of fall with these Butter Pecan Cupcakes. Then, check out the new printable Fall Recipe Cards. This fall I’ve been extremely fortunate to team up with so many outstanding bloggers to share dozens of recipes, decor ideas, and more. […]




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Fall Folk-Inspired music playlist - Tuesday Tunes 27 - Falling for Folk | Inspired by Charm

There are so many good things about fall, right? We’ve got cooler weather, pumpkins, fall festivals, apple cider, caramel drizzled everything, hoodies, boots, Halloween,… and the list goes on. One of the other reasons I love fall is that it has a soundtrack all its own. (And that soundtrack is full of heart and a bit of guitar twang.)

Fall Folk-Inspired music playlist - Tuesday Tunes 27 - Falling for Folk | Inspired by Charm

As you may know, modern folk music is among my favorite genres. That’s thanks in part to The Lumineers, Brandy Carlisle, Mumford & Sons, and so many other artists you probably have never heard of. There’s something about folk and Americana that lends itself to this time of the year. For me, fall is like a big ol’ hug that makes me feel warm and happy. Folk or folkish music does the same. Do you know what I mean?

I’m calling this new Tuesday Tunes playlist Falling For Folk. (I made another folk music playlist last fall. You can listen to that here.) This latest collection is mostly new-to-me songs with a few old favorites sprinkled in. I think it’s perfect to play at a fall gathering, on your way to the pumpkin patch, or while you’re whipping up something warm and tasty in the kitchen. Per usual, I’ve been listening to this playlist non-stop for the past couple weeks. I love it and hope you do, too.

Fall Folk-Inspired music playlist - Tuesday Tunes 27 - Falling for Folk | Inspired by Charm

If you want to fall into folk with me, you can listen to this playlist below or find it here on Spotify.

 

You’re also welcome to follow me on Spotify for access to all of my playlists and sneak listens to upcoming Tuesday Tunes.

Do you have a soundtrack for fall? What are some of your favorite songs of the season?

 

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There are so many good things about fall, right? We’ve got cooler weather, pumpkins, fall festivals, apple cider, caramel drizzled everything, hoodies, boots, Halloween,… and the list goes on. One of the other reasons I love fall is that it has a soundtrack all its own. (And that soundtrack is full of heart and a […]




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This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Pumpkin pie is a quintessential fall dessert that many of us both crave and appreciate this time of year. Today, I’m showing you how to create that classic flavor in a beautiful and different way with this Pumpkin Pan Pie.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

It’s a fun day here on Inspired by Charm as I’ve teamed up once again with my “Tastes of the Season” blogger friends to share my recipe for Pumpkin Pan Pie as well as links to 17 more seasonal pumpkin-inspired recipes. Need fall baking inspiration? Look no further. Everyone is linked up below. (And, in case you missed it, you can also check out our collection of apple-inspired recipes here.)

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

A Pumpkin Pan Pie (also known as a slab pie) isn’t new or revolutionary. However, one of my favorite things about recipe creation is putting my personal spin on things. Making it Inspired-by-Charmesque, so to speak.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Of course, I started things off with my go-to pie crust. I rolled out about 3/4 of the recipe, which gave me enough to cover the bottom and sides of a half sheet pan (lined with parchment).

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

The crust is then pre-baked a bit to keep it from getting soggy once that glorious pumpkin filling is added.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

I rolled out the remaining pie dough and cut out circles in various sizes. (As you can see, I didn’t have circle cookie cutters so I just used lids from things in my kitchen. It worked great.) I thought this would be a fun way to decorate the top of the pie and give it a modern twist. I also pre-baked these so that they would sit nicely on top of the pie. (Since they wouldn’t be baked with the pie the entire time it was in the oven so I also wanted to ensure the dough would be baked thoroughly.)

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Once the crust was ready, I mixed my pumpkin filling, spread it out over the crust, and placed the pie back in the oven. The pie takes about 30 minutes in total to bake. About 20-25 minutes into the baking, I added the pie crust circles in a random pattern to the top of the pie filling. This was a good time because the filling had started to set, allowing the circles to sit on the top rather than sinking into the filling.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

And that’s it. After the pie cools, you can slice it any way you like. I went with triangles for a more modern vibe. Plus it looks pretty.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

A scoop of fresh homemade whipped cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon finishes things off. (If you need a homemade whipped cream recipe, you can grab mine here.)

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Voila, a perfect fall dessert in a whole new way.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Pumpkin Pan Pie

Serves 16

Here's what you will need:
1 IBC's Go-To Pie Crust recipe (recipe HERE)
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
Homemade whipped cream and cinnamon for serving (recipe HERE)

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then line a 15x10-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Reserve about 1/4 of the pie dough. Roll out the rest in a16 x 11-inch rectangle. Place the dough in the prepared baking pan, cutting off any excess dough. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil.

In the meantime, roll out the remaining dough to about a 1/8-inch thickness and cut out circles in various sizes. Place the cut circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven before any browning appears.

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, salt, eggs, and half-and-half. Stir until just combined.

Pour the pumpkin filling into the partially baked pie crust and bake for about 30 minutes. (A knife inserted near the center should come out clean when fully baked.) About 20-25 minutes into baking, randomly place the pre-baked pie crust circles on the top of the pumpkin filling.

Allow the pie to cool completely on a wire rack. To serve, slice, plate, and top with homemade whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon.

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This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

Don’t those dots of pie crust make this Pumpkin Pan Pie look interesting and modern?

Oh, and because I know someone will ask, the black and orange napkins are from Grandin Road. You can find them here.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

This Pumpkin Pan Pie recipe is a classic fall dessert with a modern twist perfect for entertaining.

I hope you enjoyed this fun recipe and will give it a try this fall.

For lots more pumpkin-inspired recipes, be sure to click through all of the delicious things below. I’m certain you’ll find a few more must-try recipes. Enjoy your fall baking!

Pumpkin Custard Pie with Gingersnap Crust by Ella Claire | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bread by Nest of Posies | Pumpkin Creme Brûlée by Maison de Pax | Pumpkin Cake with Creme Cheese Frosting by Dear Lillie | Pumpkin Tomato and Bacon Soup by Craftberry Bush

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes by Boxwood Avenue | Paleo Pumpkin Chili by Nesting with Grace | Pumpkin Ginger Molasses Cookies by anderson + grant | Pumpkin Baked Brie en Croute by French Country Cotage | Nina Hendrick Design Co.

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies by A Burst of Beautiful | Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies by Love Grows Wild | Pumpkin Patch Muffins by House 214 | Pumpkin Maple Pancakes by Finding Home Farms | Miniature Pumpkin Tarts by Zevy Joy

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Miss Mustard Seed | Pumpkin Toffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting by My Sweet Savannah | Pumpkin Pan Pie by Inspired by Charm

Pumpkin pie is a quintessential fall dessert that many of us both crave and appreciate this time of year. Today, I’m showing you how to create that classic flavor in a beautiful and different way with this Pumpkin Pan Pie. It’s a fun day here on Inspired by Charm as I’ve teamed up once again […]




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A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm
A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm
This post is created with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. However, the views and opinions are my own.

If you ever need a beautiful, flavor-packed, all-occasion appetizer, look no further than crostini. Today I’m sharing three delicious crostini recipes that you can make for your next celebration.

In case you’re not familiar with crostini, it’s a tiny, open-faced sandwich. Like a sandwich, it’s layered with ingredients such as meats, cheese, fruit, veggies, and spreads. What’s not to love, right?

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Since cheese is one of my favorite foods, I often include it in recipes. And you might have noticed that this year I’m working with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers to share more dairy-inspired recipes and how the dairy foods we love to eat and drink we get from the farm, to our table. Did you know that there’s an ongoing effort to make dairy farms more efficient? Today, a gallon of milk is produced with 90 percent less land, 65 percent less water, and a 63 percent smaller carbon footprint than in 1944. The dairy community is committed to preserving our natural resources and creating a sustainable future for everyone, including their farms, families and their communities.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

For those reasons (and honestly because I just love me some cheese), each of my crostini recipes starts with a different cheese as its inspiration. From there, I shopped one of my local farmers markets for other fresh goodies to complement the flavors. These are truly farm-to-table recipes.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

To get started, you’ll need a baguette. I like to slice it on a diagonal. Doing this creates larger, fancier-looking slices. Place the bread slices in a baking pan, brush them with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Then pop the pan into your oven on broil for 4-5 minutes or until the bread is lightly browned. Toasting the bread this way not only adds flavor and crunch but also makes it a sturdy support for the toppings.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

While the bread cools, gather and prepare your toppings. I’m sharing three different recipes. Each one makes 24 crostini, give or take.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

First up, Mozzarella Caprese Crostini.

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Here, the toasted baguette is topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Tomatoes, which have been lightly tossed with oil, basil, salt, and pepper, are the next layer. The finishing touch is a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

This flavor combination is reminiscent of a classic caprese salad, and it’s just as delicious!

Mozzarella Caprese Crostini

Makes about 24

Here's what you will need:
1 baguette
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
6 large basil leaves, julienned
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Begin by diagonally slicing the baguette. Then, lay the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven and broil the bread 4-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, gently toss together the cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper.

To finish, layer the ingredients on the toast. Begin with mozzarella, then add tomatoes, and finally, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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The next crostini may well be my favorite: Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini. I think I love this one the most because blue cheese makes my tummy happy.

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

To make this, I first put a slice of fresh pear on the crostini. Then I crumbled on some blue cheese and added chopped walnuts for crunch.

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Because blue cheese pairs so well with something sweet, a drizzle of honey came next. Finally, since I have sage growing on my balcony, I added some of the baby leaves. What a cute and tasty bite!

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini

Makes about 24

1 baguette
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

6 ounces blue cheese
2 pears, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2-3 tablespoons honey
12 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Begin by slicing the baguette on the diagonal. Then, lay the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven and broil for 4-5 minutes until the bread is golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, toss the sliced pears with the lemon juice to prevent browning.

To assemble, layer the ingredients onto the toast, beginning with a pear slice. Follow that with a few crumbles of blue cheese and a sprinkle of walnuts. Finally, drizzle with honey and top with fresh sage.

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Blue Cheese, Pear, and Honey Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

For the final crostini, I paired together flavors inspired by a charcuterie: Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini.

Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

I began by spreading a layer of fig jam on the toasted bread for a touch of sweetness. Up next, was a slice of creamy brie followed by thinly sliced prosciutto.

Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Some peppery arugula tossed lightly with olive oil and salt and pepper finished off the top. Bellissimo!

Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini 

Makes about 24

1 baguette
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

8 ounces Brie
4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fig jam
2 cups baby arugula
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Begin by diagonally slicing the baguette. Then, place the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven and broil the bread 4-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, gently toss together the arugula, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.

Begin by spreading the toast with fig jam. Top with a slice of brie and prosciutto. Finish it off with a few pieces of arugula.

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Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini - Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Okay, I know that was a lot of information, but boy was it worth it! I could snack on any of these crostini every day of the week. In fact, the day I made them, they became my dinner. I couldn’t let one go to waste.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

Beyond being delicious and beautiful, another thing I love about crostini is that you can make it your own. If you’re not a fan of one of the ingredients I used, swap it out for something you love.

Also, get creative with new recipes. Shop your local farmers markets and cheese shops for cheeses and farm fresh produce. Your options are endless.

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

A delicious and easy appetizer recipe inspired by the farmers market. Trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed this trio of Farm-to-Table Inspired Crostini. Which is your favorite?

This post is created with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. However, the views and opinions are my own. If you ever need a beautiful, flavor-packed, all-occasion appetizer, look no further than crostini. Today I’m sharing three delicious crostini recipes that you can make for your next […]




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This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

The classic (yet trendy) Moscow Mule gets upgraded for fall thanks to a homemade spiced pear simple syrup. With a splash of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, this Spiced Pear Moscow Mule may become your favorite fall libation!

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

It’s been a fun, festive, and fall-inspired week here on IBC. I gave you a tour of my kitchen and dining space, shared two cheeseball recipes with you and even threw in dessert: Salted Caramel Cheesecake dip. After all that, it’s time for a cocktail.

Have you ever had a Moscow mule? It’s made from vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Simple but bright and refreshing. Plus, it’s served up in a frosty copper mug, which helps it feel extra special.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

You might remember that last fall, I created an Apple Pie Sangria. What really brought the sangria to life was the apple pie spice simple syrup I made to go in it. That got me thinking, “I should add a pear simple syrup to a Moscow mule.” Done.

To make the simple syrup (recipe below), just boil together pear juice, sugar, spices, and diced pear. Once the sugar dissolves and the liquid starts to thicken, it’s ready.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

A splash of this syrup in your Moscow mule will make it autumn ready. Feel free to adjust the amount, depending on how sweet you like your cocktail.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

To bring it all together, I’m using these modern Moscow mule mugs garnished with a slice of pear and cinnamon stick. Presentation is so important, isn’t it? (You can find the mugs here.)

Talk about the perfect way to welcome the season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

Spiced Pear Moscow Mule

Makes 1 cocktail

Here's what you will need:
2 ounces vodka
1.5 ounces spiced pear simple syrup*
1 ounce freshly squeeze lime juice
About 4 ounces ginger beer
Pear slice and cinnamon stick to garnish

Begin by filling your mug with ice. Add the vodka, spiced pear simple syrup, and lime juice. Top with ginger beer. Stir to combine. Garnish with a pear slice and cinnamon stick.

*Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
1 cup pear juice
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 pear, diced

In a small pan, add the pear juice, sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, allspice, and diced pear. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. The liquid should be slightly thickened. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and allow to cool.

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This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is as refreshing as it is comforting. The blend of spices along with the pear and ginger beer tastes delicious, and it’s fun to sip from a copper mug.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

Whether you’re celebrating alone or entertaining the crew, I hope you’ll stir up a few this season. Cheers!

The classic (yet trendy) Moscow Mule gets upgraded for fall thanks to a homemade spiced pear simple syrup. With a splash of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, this Spiced Pear Moscow Mule may become your favorite fall libation! It’s been a fun, festive, and fall-inspired week here on IBC. I gave you a tour […]




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Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I recently took to my dining room to add some fall style by creating a seasonal tablescape and embellishing my bar cabinet. Let me show you what I did.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I think I should have called this “fall entertaining week” on Inspired by Charm. Yesterday, I gave you another tour of my kitchen and shared seasonal cheeseballs with you. Today, I’m back to give you a look around my dining space with its nod to fall.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

It was just last week that I revealed my new dining table and chairs. The timing of their arrival was great since my brain was swirling with ideas for fall and Halloween decorating.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

This tablescape ended up being something quick and fun that I thought you might want to see. To start, I used round rattan placemats. I chose circular placemats because rectangular ones or even a runner can be problematic on a round table. And while rattan works any time of the year, I especially like the texture and warmth it offers in the fall.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Next, I added white plates topped with colorful plaid napkins I found at HomeGoods. On top of them, I went a bit nontraditional and used blush pink plates. It may be hard to tell in the photos, but it’s the perfect hit of unexpected color.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Some brass and black pumpkins (from West Elm last year)  finished off the place settings, and vintage polka dot glassware adds a fun and whimsical flair.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I’m part of a flower CSA from a local garden, so I put those blooms in a mason jar to dress up the table. The colors of the flowers and the napkins were a serendipitous combination.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I continued the decorative fun over in my bar cabinet.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Remember that vintage wood tray I hung on the wall in my kitchen? Well, I used another one here to corral a vase of Amaranthus, a basket of plums, and another brass pumpkin. I love using trays when decorating. Without the tray, this set-up might look a bit cluttered or random. Grouped together in this manner, it all looks organized and purposeful.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

A stack of books and candle complete the look.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I can’t tell you how much I’m loving jewel tones this fall. That deep rich burgundy is mesmerizing. And it works beautifully with the purple and deep turquoise.

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look around my dining area and gathered an idea or two for your own space. What colors or themes are inspiring your fall decor? Please let me know in the comments. (I have more spaces to decorate.)

Autumn decorating ideas to create Fall Style in the Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

As always, have fun creating your happy place!

I recently took to my dining room to add some fall style by creating a seasonal tablescape and embellishing my bar cabinet. Let me show you what I did. I think I should have called this “fall entertaining week” on Inspired by Charm. Yesterday, I gave you another tour of my kitchen and shared seasonal […]




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Turn on your oven, pile up those pumpkins, bust out the cider, and gather up some apples and pears. It’s time for fall entertaining in the kitchen!

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m so excited to be back for another fun, festive, and fall-inspired blogger collaboration: Seasons of Home. (Everyone will be linked at the end of this post.) My fellow bloggers and I will be showing you how we decorated our kitchens for the new season. We also decided to tie on our aprons and throw a recipe into the mix. If you’re looking for ideas for fall home decor, seasonal entertaining, and culinary creativity, you’ve come to the right place. So, be sure to check out the full line up of inspiration at the end of this post.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

As you may know (or in case you’re new, “Welcome!”), I recently moved from my home in the country to a new space in the city. While I certainly miss the charm and character of my 1917 house, it’s been a fun challenge to decorate a more modern apartment. Starting with a clean slate, I’ve made a lot of progress in just a few months, and Pittsburgh is truly starting to feel like home.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago I gave you a tour of my kitchen. In this post, I’m excited to welcome you back to see a few seasonal touches and a delicious spread of “pumpkin” cheeseballs … and a cocktail because “why not?”

As you can tell, the bulk of my fall decor is this festive display of tasty treats on my island. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) Living in a smaller space, I try to avoid excess stuff. Because I love to be in the kitchen, having it be functional is a top priority. (Of course, you know I can’t resist a pumpkin or two.)

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Wildflowers and a bowl of fresh apples from the farmers market add a touch of color to my countertops. The white ceramic pumpkin keeps things clean but gives the space a touch of autumn. Other pieces like cutting board and salt and pepper shakers serve a purpose and look stylish. I’ve also upgrade my soap dispensers.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Over against the sliding door to my balcony (which I’ll be showing you soon) is this butcher block stand that I found. It adds much-needed display, storage, and warmth to this area.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

Today, I decided to set up this space as a drink station. I’m serving Spiced Pear Moscow Mules and boy are they delicious. (The recipe will be posted on Thursday. Stay tuned for that.)

Aren’t those copper mugs so fun? You can find them here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The bottom shelf of the stand offers storage for my Staub pumpkin casserole dish, mixer, and canisters.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The little stand that’s next to it is purely a decorative touch. (I needed places for all my plants after going plant crazy this summer.) However, things could be rearranged to make it functional if needed.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I’m also slowly starting to hang artwork around my apartment, which, by the way, is a great way to make a place feel more like home. I found these rustic trays at a local thrift store. They are the perfect backdrop for a fun and seasonal sign I picked up at HomeGoods.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

You may have also noticed I started a collection of white vases and serveware on top of my upper cabinets. While I’m not typically a fan of displaying things above cabinets, I think a collection of like items (that I actually use) makes it feel more intentional, rather than “just a space that needs to be decorated.”

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And finally, the piece de resistance, the “pumpkin” cheeseball spread on my island.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I get that a cheeseball is kind of basic. However, when done in the right way, I think it can be a fun appetizer. (Remember my “apple” cheeseballs from a few years ago? They are still one of my favorites.) Plus, who doesn’t like a big ball of cheese?

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

For this presentation. I made two: an Everything Bagel Cheeseball and a Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball. (You can grab the recipes and read more about them here.) To make them a bit more seasonal. I broke off two stems from pie pumpkins and popped the stems on the cheeseballs. I also used a little trick to create some grooves in them. It’s little details like this that create the illusion of pumpkins.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.


Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And because two cheese balls weren’t enough to make a grand display, I doubled one of the recipes and split it into three parts to make three additional balls. While the base of the cheeseball was the same, I wanted to get a bright orange looking pumpkin so I crushed up a secret ingredient, and rolled them in that. I’d say the color was perfect. Wouldn’t you?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Again, for full recipes and details on the cheeseballs (and that secret ingredient), click here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

With the cheeseballs made, I assembled the display, starting with a cutting board and cake stand I picked up at HomeGoods. I used colorful ceramic berry baskets I had along with jars to hold crackers and breadsticks for dipping. Then I filled in the display with goodies from the farmers market: mini pumpkins, gourds, grapes, and these adorable baby eggplants.

Voila! Boring cheeseballs? I think not.

And with that, fall entertaining in the kitchen can commence.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed seeing my kitchen with a few seasonal touches, “snacking” on “pumpkin” cheeseballs, and “drinking” Spiced Pear Moscow Mules.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And because I got a little carried away (as you can see), I ended up setting my dining table and giving my bar cabinet a sprinkle of the season. Since this post is long enough, I’m inviting you back here tomorrow so I can show you those fall touches as well. I’d love it if you’d join me.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Until then, have fun touring the beautiful spaces (complete with recipes) below. If you weren’t quite ready for fall, I think you will be after this tour. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild

Craftberry Bush | Nesting with Grace | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner

Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah

Jennifer Rizzo

and our featured guest this week, Michael from Inspired by Charm

Turn on your oven, pile up those pumpkins, bust out the cider, and gather up some apples and pears. It’s time for fall entertaining in the kitchen! Today I’m so excited to be back for another fun, festive, and fall-inspired blogger collaboration: Seasons of Home. (Everyone will be linked at the end of this post.) […]




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Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

No matter what time of year it is, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball and this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball are sure to delight your guests. Shaped into pumpkins, they make the perfect fall treat.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I assume you found your way to this recipe from my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post. If so, welcome back. I am thrilled to share these recipes with you. (In case you haven’t yet seen that post, you can catch up here.)

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Truth be told, I love a tasty cheeseball. (Well, to be completely honest, I love cheese in any form.) Unfortunately, it seems that the humble cheeseball has gotten a bad rap. It’s been around forever and is viewed as boring by some. That’s why I decided it was time for a little makeover.

And this isn’t the first time I gave the classic cheeseball a makeover. Remember my Fall “Apple” Cheeseballs? Or my Mini Truffle Cheeseballs?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

First, I started with the flavor.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

The concept for the first cheeseball was inspired by the super trendy everything bagel. Obsessed with the “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning blend from Trader Joe’s, I assumed a cheeseball covered in the spices would be incredible. Boy, was I right!

It’s that classic flavor we’ve all come to love.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

While this cheeseball is outstanding on its own, I decided to take it one step further and shape it into a pumpkin. To do that, I removed a stem from a small pumpkin and inserted it into the top of the cheeseball.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

To remove a stem from a pumpkin, I recommend cutting off the very top of the pumpkin like I did here and then peeling away the pumpkin flesh. This will lessen the risk of breaking the stem.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

While the stem clearly made this look like a pumpkin, I also used a chopstick to create grooves from the base of the pumpkin to the stem. This extra step makes this illusion more realistic, don’t you think?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Serve the cheeseball with bagel chips (which I couldn’t seem to find) for the ultimate flavor combo. Let’s dig in!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 scallions, chopped
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
About 1/2 cup Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend*
Bagel chips and/or crackers for serving

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, horseradish, cheddar cheese, scallions, and bacon. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

Once the cheeseball has set, roll it into the Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend to evenly coat.

(To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)

Serve with bagel chips and crackers.

*You can make your own seasoning blend by combining equal parts dehydrated onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and garlic flakes. Add kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

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For my second cheeseball, I used one of my favorites: sun-dried tomatoes. Combined with Italian cheese, spices, and seasonings, this might be my new go-to for fall.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Again, I repeated the same steps to pumpkin-ify this cheeseball. I really love the coloring of this one and how the spices and bread crumbs give it great texture and depth.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

The flavor is just what you’d expect. Rich and savory and bursting with sun-dried tomato goodness. Yum!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and blotted (to remove excess oil)
1/2 cup season breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Thin, crisp breadsticks and crackers for serving

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Once the cheeseball has set, roll the ball into the bread crumb mixture to evenly coat.

(To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)

Serve with thin, crisp breadsticks and crackers.

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Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And because all of that wasn’t enough, I decided to make three smaller pumpkin cheeseballs. I simply doubled the base recipe for the sun-dried tomato ball and divided it into three parts.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I wanted an intense orange color for these three cheeseballs, so I busted out my secret ingredient: Nacho Cheese Doritos. I put them in a large plastic baggie and smashed them with a rolling pin. Pulverized, they were the perfect shade of orange, and they added a delightful flavor to my mini cheeseballs.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

For the stems of these pumpkins, I used thin breadsticks that I drizzled with balsamic vinegar and toasted in the oven to deepen the color. A pretzel rod would also work nicely.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And that’s it. With all the cheeseballs plated, I set everything up using a long wood cutting board and a matching cake stand to add height. Crackers and breadsticks filled various containers, while produce from the farmers market provided more color and seasonal flare. Operation fall entertaining complete.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

I hope you get a chance to enjoy both of these recipes during the cool months to come.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

If you liked these pumpkin-inspired cheeseballs, I bet you’ll love my apple-inspired ones as well. You can get the recipes and the details for those here.

Fall Cheeseball Appetizer Recipe

I also recommend checking out my mini cheese truffles. (AKA mini cheeseballs.) There are another fun take on this classic recipe.

Mini Fall Cheeseball Appetizer Recipe

No matter what time of year it is, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball and this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball are sure to delight your guests. Shaped into pumpkins, they make the perfect fall treat. I assume you found your way to this recipe from my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post. If so, welcome back. I am […]




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This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

If you’re looking for a decadent but easy fall treat, this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is going to become your new best friend.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

In case you missed them, last year I shared this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and last week I made a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip. Today I’m rounding out the trio with a Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip.

Of the three dips, this is the richest one in the best possible way. It’s incredible sweetness comes from marshmallow fluff and dulce de leche. For anyone who’s not familiar with it, dulce de leche is similar to caramel sauce but thicker and richer. It’s made with sweetened condensed milk or a combination of milk and sugar. I don’t recommend substituting one for the other.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

To make the dip, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, dulce de leche, and confections’ sugar are whipped together until smooth.

While that is delicious on its own, what makes this dip truly special is the topping. Chopped pecans, more dulce de leche, and a sprinkle of flake salt bring this recipe home.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

To make the dulce de leche thin so that you can drizzle it, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. (You can also add a splash of milk to thin it more if needed.)

Also, please don’t skip the flake sea salt or substitute another kind of salt. As you probably know, salted caramel is almost as popular as pumpkin spice, and there’s a very good reason. The salt-sweet combination is like a party for your mouth. Using flake sea salt, rather than table salt or kosher salt, is important because its flavor is more delicate and complementary to the sweet.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

One final note: I recommend using a shallow dish with a wide mouth so that you have a larger surface area for the toppings. However, if you do use a deeper bowl like I did, just toss on some more toppings once the dip is about halfway gone to keep that great flavor combo going.

With that, let’s eat!

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip

serves 12

Here's what you will need:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
7 ounces marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons dulce de leche

Topping:
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons dulce de leche, warmed in the microwave
About 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes*
Sliced apples and pears and assorted cookies for serving

Using a stand or hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, confectioners' sugar, and dulce de leche until combined. Transfer to a serving bowl**.

Top with chopped pecans, drizzle with warmed dulce de leche, and sprinkle with salt flakes.

Serve chilled with sliced apples and pears and assorted cookies.

*Please do not use table or kosher salt as it will not yield the same result.

**I recommend using a shallow dish so there is a lot of surface area for all the toppings. If you do use a deeper bowl, I suggest adding more pecans, dulce de leche, and salt flakes once half of the dip is gone.

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This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

You might be able to tell that fall is my favorite time to cook and bake. I hope you’re loving all of these seasonal specialties as much as I am.

This Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip  is a delicious and easy fall dessert idea for dipping fruit and cookies.

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If you’re looking for a decadent but easy fall treat, this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip is going to become your new best friend. In case you missed them, last year I shared this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and last week I made a Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip. Today I’m rounding out the trio with […]




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This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

As you know, hitting up the local farmers markets in Pittsburgh has been one of my greatest joys these past few months! The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables (and other goodies) has inspired a number of new recipes, including this Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

If you’re new to baking, don’t let the title intimidate you. It’s not nearly as complicated as it might sound. A crostata is a lot like a pie but much more forgiving and not nearly so fancy. And you don’t need a pie pan. You just fold over the edges of the pastry to trap whatever filling you decide to use. In this recipe, we’re using almonds and peaches, but you can use whatever you’d like. In fact, I’ve shared recipes for a Blackberry and Apple Crostata, too. As you can imagine, there are endless options.

The first thing you will need is pie dough. You can find my go-to recipe here or use your favorite. Pie dough can be a bit tricky to make at first, but once you understand how the dough should feel, you’ll be good to go. (I like homemade dough, but feel free to use store-bought if you prefer.)

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

I rolled the dough out in a circle and placed it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Next, I sprinkled the crust with a mixture of ground almonds, sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. When making a crostata, it’s a good idea to layer something (even plain flour) on the dough to help absorb some of the juice from the filling. This keeps the crust from becoming soggy. For this recipe, I used ground almonds because they add a flavorful crunch and complement the peaches.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Speaking of peaches, they are next! Before adding them to the dough, I gently tossed them with brown sugar to make them even sweeter.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

For the final step, the dough is simply folded over to hold in all of that sun-ripened summer fruit flavor. This is the part I love most about making a crostata. The rustic imperfection is part of the appeal of this delectable dessert.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

After a visit to the oven and some time to cool on the counter, your Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata is ready to enjoy!

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata

Serves 8

Here's what you will need:
1/2 batch IBC's Go-To Pie Crust (find the recipe HERE)
3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted and then finely ground
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 teaspoon lemon zest
1 egg (yolk and white separated)
4 large peaches, pitted and sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon coarse sugar

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12- to 14-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the dough to the baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together the ground almonds, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon zest, and egg yolk. (Reserve the egg white.) Spread this almond mixture in the center of the prepared dough, leaving a 4- to 5-inch border of dough.

In a large bowl, toss the peaches with brown sugar. Then, pour the mixture onto the center of the dough, spreading it out evenly to cover the almond mixture. Fold the edge of the dough up and over the piece, pleating it as you go and leaving the crostata uncovered in the center. Dot the top of the peaches with butter. Refrigerate the dough about 30 minutes until it is firm.

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Before baking, brush the dough with the reserved egg white and then sprinkle it lightly with coarse sugar.

Bake the crostata 50-60 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender. Transfer the crostata to a wire rack and let it cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

As I told you, it’s not a complicated dessert. And It is the perfect way to enjoy summer and fall fruit from the market.

This Peach and Almond Crostata is an easy and delicious dessert idea made with fresh peach and crunchy almonds.

Oh, and if you’re in the mood to indulge, top your piece of crostata with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Delicious!!

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As you know, hitting up the local farmers markets in Pittsburgh has been one of my greatest joys these past few months! The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables (and other goodies) has inspired a number of new recipes, including this Rustic Peach and Almond Crostata. If you’re new to baking, don’t let the title […]




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Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

As you may have noticed, I’m slowly transitioning to fall here on Inspired by Charm. (Don’t worry though, I’m still enjoying summer and will be sad to see it go.) Last week I highlighted IBC fall home decor ideas and DIY projects to inspire you as you get ready for the change of seasons. Today I’m back, as promised, to share some of my favorite fall recipes.

Though I enjoy cooking and baking any time of the year, there’s something especially wonderful about fall baking. Fall welcomes pumpkins, apples, and cozy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Given my love for these things, it’s no wonder I relish autumn. And while I have dozens of fall-inspired recipes, below are of few of my favorites. I’ve included your favorites as well, based on which recipes have garnered the most views here on IBC. I hope you enjoy this flavorful walk down memory lane and pick up a few ideas for your own cooking and baking.

You can click on any of the photos or links in the mint green color for more photos and information.

Sidenote: Selecting recipes was extremely difficult. I initially chose more than 25 and narrowed it down to these 13(ish). For more recipes, check out the IBC archives here.

Let’s start with Fall Cookie Week standouts. (Yes, Fall Cookie Week will be back the third week in September. Stay tuned!) These Frosted Pumpkin Cookies may be an all-time favorite. A soft cookie with a cream frosting. Perfection.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

My Soft-Baked Butterscotch Cookies were also a huge hit. I didn’t expect to like them so much, but I couldn’t get enough. I’ve already had requests from my family to make these cookies again for the holidays.

White Chocolate Soft Baked Butterscotch Cookies | Inspired by Charm - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you’re also a big fan of frosted cookies, these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies are the bomb. These Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies (not pictured) deserve a shout out, too. So unassuming, but so good!

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Also, I have to give a little love to these Caramel Apple Butter Snickerdoodles. Who wouldn’t enjoy a cookie with a caramel interior?

Caramel Apple Snickerdoodle - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

You’ve probably noticed that I don’t do a ton of savory dishes, but when I do, I try to do them right. Case in point: these single servings of Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. Talk about comfort food.

 - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

I will also be making this Fall Harvest Pasta Salad again this year. I was so pleased with how it turned out. The flavor combination is out of this world.


Fall Harvest Pasta Salad - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you’re a mac and cheese fanatic and enjoy savory pumpkin dishes, then this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with bacon is for you. It’s the perfect fall side.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

When it comes to picture perfect (and delicious), these apple-inspired cheese balls will impress your guests every time.

Fall Apple Cheese Balls - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Given my sweet tooth, I’ve shared a lot of desserts here on IBC. This Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread is easily one of the most popular. Not only is it simple to make, it’s crazy delicious.

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

If you want something a little fancier, try this Pumpkin Tiramisu. It’s a seasonal take on the classic dessert. I dished mine up in single servings, but you could make a larger pan if you’d like.

Pumpkin Tiramisu - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Need an autumn brunch or breakfast treat? These Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are a winner. Again, this is another super popular recipe on the blog.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without a round or two of cocktails. Right? This Caramel Apple Martini, which I shared back in 2014, is still a favorite of mine and yours. To make it, you only need three ingredients…and some caramel sauce of course. (I also made a creamy version which you can find here.)

Caramel Apple Martini - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

You know I love sangria, and I selected two of my recipes for you: Apple Pie Sangria (pictured below) and an Apple Cider Sangria. Both are tasty autumn libations.

Apple Pie Sangria - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Need something warm to serve on cooler fall days? This Mulled Wine is guaranteed to please!

Mulled Wine - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

And I can’t forget my Salted Caramel White Russians. Anytime I share this on social media, the comments, likes, and shares abound. Lots of folks seem to adore this cocktail, and so do I!

Salted Caramel White Russians - Favorite Fall Recipes | Inspired by Charm

Wow. That’s a lot of tasty fall goodness, don’t you think? Have you tried any of these recipes? Which one is your favorite? Are there any that you MUST add to your fall cooking/baking cocktail-making list?

As you may have noticed, I’m slowly transitioning to fall here on Inspired by Charm. (Don’t worry though, I’m still enjoying summer and will be sad to see it go.) Last week I highlighted IBC fall home decor ideas and DIY projects to inspire you as you get ready for the change of seasons. Today […]




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This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I’m always game for another beautiful and delicious fall dessert. Throw in a small hack to make it easier to put together, and I’m all over it. This Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie will give you all of those things, and I’m going to show you how to make it.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I’m thrilled to be joining 20+ bloggers for a new holiday recipe series called “Tastes of the Season.” Each month, from now through December, we’ll be sharing recipes inspired by the season. This month it’s apple-inspired recipes. I’ll share my recipe with you; then, at the bottom of this post you can check out the full collection by the incredibly talented folks I’m teaming up with. If you need an apple recipe for fall, look no further.

After my A Year of Pie series a few years back, I’m pretty comfortable with pie making. However, I know for some folks, crafting a beautiful pie with a homemade crust can seem like a daunting task. I think it’s the crust that most people struggle with. Making the perfect pie dough has a lot to do with knowing how the dough should feel. Once you’ve gotten that down, the recipe is a piece of cake … well, piece of pie.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Today, however, I’m freeing you from any worries about pie dough because this Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie is made from frozen puff pastry dough. That’s the simple hack that makes this recipe a breeze.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

While I usually recommend homemade dough, I find that frozen puff pastry works wonderfully. It gives this slab pie a pastry-like quality. And no one will guess you used frozen dough. I promise!

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Once thawed, the puff pastry is rolled out to accommodate a generous filling of apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and sugar.

Another piece of puff pastry goes on top to seal in all that goodness.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

After a trip to the oven, this fruit-filled slab pie is nothing short of perfection. Well, almost…Typically, I like my fruit pies topped with a generous scoop of ice cream. However, in this case I’ve opted for a buttery sugar glaze that makes ice cream irrelevant.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

When the pie has cooled, drizzle on the glaze. Give it a moment to set, then slice and serve. Now it’s perfect.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.


This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

The flaky layers of the puff pastry make this dessert a treat to remember and a recipe your friends and family with be asking for. In-season apples combined with tart cranberries celebrate the flavors of the season. It’s good stuff, my friends, and it doesn’t get much easier.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie

Serves 16

Here's what you will need:
2 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (about 7 cups) I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp.
1 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
About 3 tablespoons milk
Coarse sugar (for sprinkling on the top crust)

2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 - 5 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 15x10-inch baking sheet. In a large bowl, stir together the sliced apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, unfold one pastry sheet. Roll the pastry into a 16x11-inch rectangle. Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Spread filling over the pastry to within an inch of the edges. Evenly dot the filling with cubed butter.

Unfold the second pastry sheet; roll into a 15X10 rectangle. Place this pastry on top of the filling. Brush the edge of the bottom pastry with milk. Fold the bottom pastry over the top and gently press the edges together with a fork to seal.

Using a sharp knife, cut slits into the top pastry. Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 50-55 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the pastry is puffed and golden. If needed, to prevent overbrowning, cover the pie loosely with foil for the last 10-15 minutes of baking.

While the slab pie cools, prepare the butter icing. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir in enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency.

Drizzle the icing over the pastry once it's cooled. Slice and serve.

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This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

I kid you not. This is so easy and crazy delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

This Apple Cranberry Slab Pie is the perfect fall dessert. It's easy to make and the flavor combination is delicious.

Once you give this recipe a try, experiment with other pie fillings for a virtually endless variety of super-simple slab pies. Just know that I take zero responsibly for any pie-related weight gain. – However, winter is coming, so a little extra warmth probably won’t hurt any of us.

Like this recipe? Then be sure to check out the full “Tastes of the Season” apple-inspired recipe collection below.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls by Ella Claire

 Rustic Apple Cranberry Pie by Anderson and Grant

Apple Cranberry Slab Pie by Inspired by Charm (you are here)

Apple Donuts by A Burst of Beautiful

Caramel Apple Tart by Julie Blanner

Easy Apple Dumplings by Craftberry Bush

Apple Crisp by House 214 Design

Apple Cider Scones by Everyday Occasions

 Apple Fritter Skillet Bake by Nest of Posies

Rustic Apple Tarte Tatin by Maison de Pax

Paleo Gluten Free Apple Crisp by Nesting with Grace

 Crock Pot Applesauce by My Sweet Savannah

Gluten Free Apple Crisp by City Farmhouse

Baked Breakfast Apples with Oatmeal by French Country Cottage

Apple Blossom with Salted Caramel Sauce by Nina Hendrick Design

No Churn Apple Pie Ice Cream by Boxwood Avenue

 Bird’s Nest Apple Pie by Zevy Joy

Apple Upside Down Spice Cake by Love Grows Wild

I’m always game for another beautiful and delicious fall dessert. Throw in a small hack to make it easier to put together, and I’m all over it. This Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie will give you all of those things, and I’m going to show you how to make it. I’m thrilled to be joining 20+ bloggers […]




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My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

I’m calling it my dining “room,” but dining “area” might be more accurate, if you know what I mean. Whatever name we use for it, today I’m going to give you a look at how it’s finally coming together.

It seems like I’ve been waiting to share this space in my apartment with you forever. The dining table that I originally ordered (in the same style as the one you see) was damaged when it arrived back in early July. When I went to reorder it, it was backordered. Whomp. Whomp. However, it’s finally here and set up, and I’m super thrilled with it.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

What do you think?

I kept waffling about what table and chair combo I wanted for this space. I was leaning toward the table you see here, but I was hesitant to get it because it has become the “it” table over the past year. As I mentioned before, I’ve been trying to avoid “trendy” pieces as I decorate and furnish my new space.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

However, after doing hours of research and eliminating many tables because they were too large, this one turned out to be the best choice for me. (This table is available through a variety of online retailers; I ordered mine from LexMod.)

My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

This dining area is part of an open concept space in my apartment. In the picture below, my kitchen is to the right and and I’m standing in my living room to take the picture. This space is rather long, so I needed a table in a size and shape that would not overwhelm the space.

My Apartment Dining Room - ideas for decorating a dining room in an apartment.

Again, after lots of measuring and debating with myself, I decided that a round table around 40 inches in diameter would probably be best. I also knew that I wanted to have a wood element to warm things up and that it could be on the table or the chairs.

My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Having selected the table, I chose these walnut bistro/cafe-style chairs. I think they fit the space perfectly.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

Unfortunately, I don’t have a source to share for these chairs. Getting these chairs was challenging, and the place I ordered them from was difficult to work with. However, after I purchased my chairs, I did find something similar here on Rejuvenation. The main difference is the spindles on the back of the chair. I hope that helps.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

The fiddle leaf fig tree is real. I found it at a local shop called Farm & Forest. Thankfully it’s doing very well thanks to all the natural sunlight.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Treat - My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

Fiddle Leaf Fig Treat - My Apartment Dining Room | Inspired by Charm

The pot was a HomeGoods find. Originally priced at $60, I got it on clearance for $25. Score!

So that’s it, friends. You’ve seen my new dining room. While I certainly will miss the big barn table I have in St. Marys, I already have a few table setting posts in the works for the coming season. It will be a fun challenge to decorate this new space and table for entertaining. I’m excited to share more.

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

My Apartment Dining Room - white tulip marble dining table with walnut bistro chairs

I hope you’re enjoying seeing my new apartment take shape. It’s been a joy to have all of you on this adventure with me. I’ll be sharing more apartment updates (my new living room rug) with you next week. Until then!

I’m calling it my dining “room,” but dining “area” might be more accurate, if you know what I mean. Whatever name we use for it, today I’m going to give you a look at how it’s finally coming together. It seems like I’ve been waiting to share this space in my apartment with you forever. […]




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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

We all need an arsenal of recipes for seasonal celebrations. This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip will become one of your new favorites for fall entertaining. Whipped cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, and a healthy dose of seasonal spices will make this sweet dip a winner time and time again.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Last year I made this Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, and y’all went crazy for it. (Okay, I know I don’t live in the South, but I really wanted to say “Y’all.” I hope you don’t mind. I blame Pizzazzerie and Southern FATTY.) Anyway, following up on the success of that delightful Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread, I thought you might like a couple more recipes that serve the same purpose.

Naturally, a pumpkin variation was high on my list. After playing around with a few similar recipes I found online and in magazines, this is what I came up with.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

The notable difference between my recipe and many others is my generous use of seasonal spices. As I’ve mentioned numerous times here on IBC, when you’re baking with pumpkin, the key to bold pumpkin flavor is the spices. Don’t believe me? Remember when Starbucks used to make their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, but there actually wasn’t any pumpkin in it? It’s all about the spices!! Take a look at any of my pumpkin recipes, and you’ll always see the same things: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and possibly ground ginger.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Another thing that I love about this recipe is that it’s not in-your-face sweet. Because its base is whipped cream, it stays light and fluffy. However, it still has great tang thanks to the cream cheese. (I’ll be sharing a richer cheesecake dip next week.)

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

I recommend serving this dip with apple slices, pear slices, grapes, shortbread cookies, and graham crackers. All would be equally delicious. You could even get creative and turn this recipe into a trifle of sorts by layering it with pound cake, cubed apples, and a drizzle of caramel or butterscotch sauce.

Regardless of how you serve it, I think you’re going to love it!

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip

Here's what you will need:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Sprinkle of cinnamon to garnish
Apple and pear slices, grapes, and/or cookies for serving

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip heavy cream and confectioners' sugar about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Transfer to a large bowl.

Then, with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the whipped cream and beat on medium for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

To the mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and spices. Mix on low to medium speed until well combined. Again, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl if needed.

Transfer to a serving bowl and lightly dust with cinnamon. Serve chilled with sliced apples and pears, grapes, cookies, and/or graham crackers.

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

You can probably whip this up in under 15 minutes. It may take a few extra minutes to slice the apples, but overall it’s a super quick recipe with great results.


Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip - a delicious pumpkin spice fruit and apple dip perfect for a fall dessert.

I hope you give it a try. If you do, let me know what you think. Thanks, y’all!

We all need an arsenal of recipes for seasonal celebrations. This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip will become one of your new favorites for fall entertaining. Whipped cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, and a healthy dose of seasonal spices will make this sweet dip a winner time and time again. Last year I made this Caramel Apple […]




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This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

It’s been months since we had a tasty cocktail here on Inspired by Charm. Today I thought we could celebrate the final weeks of summer with a delicious tribute to the season: Watermelon Basil Martinis!

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I saw this cocktail on a menu a few months ago and have been dying to give it try. I wasn’t quite sure what the restaurant used to make its version, but as soon I read the name, a few ingredient ideas were dancing in my head. After a bit of testing, I’m pleased to tell you that the resulting libation is quite delicious.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

The base of the cocktail is watermelon juice muddled with fresh basil. To achieve this, you mash up a few pieces of watermelon with a couple basil leaves and then strain it to remove the pulp and seeds. What you end up with is a delicious juice that tastes like a summer melon with just a hint of basil.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

To make sure the watermelon basil flavor stood out in this cocktail, I relied on vodka for the main liquor. (When you’re making any martini, go with a top shelf vodka for the best results. As of late, my brand of choice is Tito’s.) In addition to the vodka, I used one of my favorites: St. Germain. This sweet liqueur, with flavors reminiscent of pear and lychee, perfectly complements everything else that’s happening in this martini. – If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, feel free to add an extra splash when you’re shaking up your martini.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm
This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Once everything is prepared, all of these goodies get shaken vigorously with ice, strained into a martini glass, and garnished with a tiny watermelon slice and fresh basil leaf.

If summer had a flavor, this might be it.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Watermelon Basil Martini

makes 1 cocktail

1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped
2 large basil leaves
2.5 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
Mini watermelon slice and basil leaf for garnish

In a large glass, muddle the watermelon with two basil leaves to release as much juice as possible. Strain through a fine sieve and reserve the juice.

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2.5 ounces of the watermelon juice, vodka, and St. Germain. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and basil leaf.

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This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I love a simple martini that’s made with ingredients I’m likely to have on hand. It’s perfect for winding down at the end of a long day or enjoying with a friend who stops by.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Join me in savoring these last days of summer with one (or two) of these Watermelon Basil Martinis. Cheers!

It’s been months since we had a tasty cocktail here on Inspired by Charm. Today I thought we could celebrate the final weeks of summer with a delicious tribute to the season: Watermelon Basil Martinis! I saw this cocktail on a menu a few months ago and have been dying to give it try. I […]




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Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Like it or not, fall is fast approaching. In fact, a week from today is September 1. To unofficially kick off fall here on IBC, I thought we’d take a look back at some of my favorite fall home decor ideas. Whether you’re ready for a change of seasons right about now or want to hold on to summer a while longer, I hope you find some seasonal inspiration.

Quick Disclaimer: Did you know that many of us bloggers have to create content a month or more in advance so that search engines like Google and social media platforms such as Facebook recognize our work as “relevant.” I won’t bore you with the details, but I ask for your kindness toward me and other bloggers who seem to share things a bit early.

In posting the ideas early, we also want to give you enough time to actually use these ideas this season. I hope that makes sense. Beyond bloggers, I hope you’ll also be kind to folks celebrating whatever season they want to celebrate. If it makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone, I say go for it! Thanks.

Fall Porch Patio Decor Ideas - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Having been blogging for 8+ years, I’ve managed to build quite a collection of content here on Inspired by Charm. (Follow IBC on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with archived content.) It’s fun for me to look back and see things I’ve worked on over the years and notice how I’ve grown and changed.

When I was recently scrolling through some of my fall content, it dawned on me that it would be fun to take all of you with me on a walk down memory lane. So today I’ll be sharing many of my favorite fall home decor ideas as well as some of the most popular fall content as determined by your shares on social media and how many times a particular post has been viewed. Today’s post will focus on home decorating ideas and crafts; next week, we’ll have a look at recipes.

You can click on any of the photos or links in the mint green color for more photos and information.

My Fall Home Tours are undoubtedly IBC reader favorites. The number of comments on the tours far exceed many of the posts here on the blog. This tells me that many of you enjoy touring around my home. It will be interesting to see how my Fall Home Tour comes together this year as I will be sharing a different space (my Pittsburgh apartment!).

Inspired by Charm Fall Home Tour - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas

I won’t overload you with photos and links because you can access all of my Home Tours here. Below are specific fall home tours:

Fall Home Tour 2016 – A touch of copper and a pumpkin or two (or twenty) made this tour a winner.
Fall Entertaining Home Tour 2016 – In this tour, you went gaga for my porch and the recipes!
Fall Home Tour 2015 – This Home Tour was featured as a 10-page spread in last October’s Cottage and Bungalows magazine!
Fall Home Tour 2014 – My first fall home tour! This mantel made it into HGTV Magazine!

Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Last year I also had fun decorating my deck. It turned out beautifully with seasonal foliage and a few Halloween and other autumn touches.

Fall Outdoor Decor Ideas - Deck / Porch Decorating  - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

If you enjoy getting crafty in the fall, I’ve shared lots of fun, festive, and simple ideas over the years. One of your (and my) favorites is this Color-Wrapped Wheat. It continues to wow year after year. I made it three years ago, and it still looks as fresh today as it did then.

Colored-Wrapped Wheat Fall Decor DIY - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This succulent pumpkin planter was and still is, among my favorite fall projects. I loved that I was able to reuse some succulents to perfectly blend summer and fall.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter DIY - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of getting creative with gourds, remember my “Acorn” Acorn Squash? Simply by adding a bit of twine to a squash, you’ve got a really beautiful, rustic, and oversized acorn.

"Acorn" Twine Wrapped Acorn Squash - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This Fall Cork Table Decor was a favorite project from last year. It was easy to make and created such an impact on my table. I also appreciate it,’s multi-use functionally. Whether you need a table runner, placement, or trivet – this will work!

DIY Fall Cork Table Decor - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I was also on a stamping kick last year, creating these custom and functional napkins as well as some seasonal treat bags. With the almost limitless variety of stamps and textiles, you can make whatever suits your fancy.

DIY Stamped Napkins - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Fall Stamped Treat Bag - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of a customizable fall project, this tag banner is just that. I created one for Halloween and two for fall. It truly doesn’t get any more simple, and you could customize these for any season or celebration.

DIY Fall Tag Banner - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

DIY Fall Tag Banner - Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

And if we go way back to 2013 (remember when my dining room was yellow/orange), you can grab a collection of tips for styling the perfect fall centerpiece. Four years later, the advice in that post is still solid.

Fall Centerpiece Decor Ideas -  Favorite Fall Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I could go on and on (and I will continue next week when I share some fall recipe favorites), but my hope is that these ideas have inspired your fall decorating spirit.

What were some of your best fall IBC moments? Let me know in the comments below. And as many folks say, “Happy Fall, Y’all!”

Like it or not, fall is fast approaching. In fact, a week from today is September 1. To unofficially kick off fall here on IBC, I thought we’d take a look back at some of my favorite fall home decor ideas. Whether you’re ready for a change of seasons right about now or want to […]




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Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Beyond making sweets and desserts, creating flavor-packed, beautiful appetizers is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share these Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites with you!

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

For me, BLTs might be one of the best sandwiches out there. They taste even better this time of year because tomatoes are in season and bursting with sun-ripened flavor. With BLTs on my brain, I decided to take them to the next level by turning them into an appetizer and throwing an avocado-pesto into the mix.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

If you’re looking for a tasty appetizer that’s fairly easy to put together and suitable for almost any occasion, this is it. Not only is the flavor combination on point, but it’s wrapped in bacon. What’s not to love?

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

To make these bites, I recommend starting with my recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon. (You can grab that recipe here.) I find it the best way to prepare bacon because it adds a bit of sweetness and keeps the bacon from getting overly crispy. The latter is especially important in this recipe because you need to wrap the bacon around the tomato when assembling the bites. Pan frying bacon is likely to make it too crisp.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

With your bacon ready, combine the avocado, cream cheese, basil pesto, and a splash of lemon juice. This sauce adds flavor and pep to the bites. (It also makes them super trendy given that avocado is all the rage these days.)

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

With those things prepared, you’re ready to assemble.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

Cut each bacon slice into three equal pieces. Then, with the avocado-pesto in a piping bag, pipe a line onto the bacon. Next, put on a few pieces of baby arugula. (You can use any green you like, but I prefer the pepperiness of arugula.) Finally, add a tomato and secure everything around the tomato with a toothpick.

Appetizer complete.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

While assembling the bites takes a little time, it goes pretty quickly. Of course, the resulting goodness is worth it.

The bites speak for themselves in looks and flavor!

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites

Makes 48

Here’s what you will need:
16 strips thick cut bacon, cooked*
½ medium avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups baby arugula
48 cherry tomatoes
Toothpicks

Begin by cutting each slice of cooked bacon into three equal pieces. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, use a fork to thoroughly mash together the avocado, cream cheese, pesto, and lemon juice. Put the mixture into a piping bag or plastic baggie. Cut off one corner of the baggie with scissors.

Assemble each bite by piping a line of the avocado-pesto mixture onto a strip of bacon. Top with 2 or 3 leaves of arugula and a cherry tomato. Secure the bacon and arugula around the tomato with a toothpick. Repeat for all of the bites.

*For best results, get my recipe for brown sugar bacon here. The bacon should be fully-cooked but not crispy.

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I think any celebration would benefit from these cute little guys, don’t you?

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm
Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites are a Flavor-Packed Appetizer wrapped with Bacon | Inspired by Charm

Give them a try at your next gathering and let me know what you and your guests think. Enjoy!

Beyond making sweets and desserts, creating flavor-packed, beautiful appetizers is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share these Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites with you! For me, BLTs might be one of the best sandwiches out there. They taste even better this time of year because tomatoes are […]




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Tuesday Tunes / 26 - Cool For the Summer - music summer playlist | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks back I shared a new country-inspired Tuesday Tunes, and it quickly became one of my go-to playlists. In fact, for a while, it was all I listened to. Two weeks later, I was feeling the need to switch things up so I created a new playlist that’s a sendoff to summer.

Tuesday Tunes / 26 - Cool For the Summer - music summer playlist | Inspired by Charm

Have you heard that Kesha is officially back with a new album? I wasn’t a fan of Kesha before, but her new tracks “Prayin’,” “Woman,” and “Learn to Let Go” have quickly become favorites of mine. I’ve also been playing Pink’s “What About Us” on repeat in anticipation of her new album. Plus, HAIM and Miley Cyrus are back with new music. Although I’ve always been a fan of Miley’s music, I so appreciate her new direction.

Inspired by all of this and the beautiful last days of summer, I’m calling this new Tuesday Tunes playlist Cool for the Summer. It’s a fun and happy mix of pop songs that put a groove in my step and shimmy in my booty.

Tuesday Tunes / 26 - Cool For the Summer - music summer playlist | Inspired by Charm

If you want to check out these tracks, you can listen to the playlist below or go directly to Spotify here.

 


 

While you’re on Spotify, take a look at my profile to see all of my playlists. You’re welcome to follow me there so you don’t miss a thing.

What new songs or albums are you most excited about? Let me know below. Happy Listening!

 

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A couple weeks back I shared a new country-inspired Tuesday Tunes, and it quickly became one of my go-to playlists. In fact, for a while, it was all I listened to. Two weeks later, I was feeling the need to switch things up so I created a new playlist that’s a sendoff to summer. Have […]




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Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

If you’re looking for a salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner, you’ll want to try this Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad. Bursting with bold flavor, it is so simple to make.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

After an embarrassingly unproductive work week, I redeemed myself in the kitchen this past weekend. Although I did get away for some bocce watching and authentic cuisine at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield, PGH, most of my time was spent testing new recipes and photographing the results. I can’t wait to share all of the yumminess with you on IBC.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

One of the recipes I whipped up was this salad. It’s loaded with toasted baguette, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, pancetta, and blue cheese. So many of my favorites in one delicious dish.

What I also love about this salad is that it’s a quick side for any meal, yet it feels kind of fancy. By taking the time to cook the pancetta and toast the bread (which honestly comes together pretty quickly), this salad instantly feels more special.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

If desired, you could turn this salad into a meal by adding grilled chicken or steak. The bread will soak in all those flavorful juices from the meat. You can’t go wrong whichever way you fix it.

Let’s eat!

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad is the salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner.

Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad

Serves 4-6

Here's what you will need:
4 ounces pancetta, diced
3 cups cubed baguette
1 head radicchio, chopped
4 cups roughly chopped red lettuce
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (or gorgonzola)
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until crispy - about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Cook the bread in the skillet drippings over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Stir until toasted.

In a large bowl, toss together the radicchio, red lettuce, blue cheese, pancetta, and toasted baguette. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Make this salad a meal by adding grilled chicken or steak.

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Voila! It’s that easy.

Oh, and feel free to make some substitutions if you wish. I know that everyone doesn’t like blue cheese. Try gorgonzola. It’s milder. Goat cheese would also work.

Voila! It's that easy.   Oh, and feel free to make some substitutions if you wish. I know that everyone doesn't like blue cheese. Try gorgonzola. It's milder. Goat cheese would also work.  I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to pop back over and let us know what you think.

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. If you do, be sure to pop back over and let us know what you think.

If you’re looking for a salad to complement a late-summer or fall dinner, you’ll want to try this Radicchio and Blue Cheese Bread Salad. Bursting with bold flavor, it is so simple to make. After an embarrassingly unproductive work week, I redeemed myself in the kitchen this past weekend. Although I did get away for […]




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What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago.

First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list?

Thankfully, despite not doing everything I planned, I did have a fulfilling summer. I was back in St. Marys for several weekends to celebrate Independence Day, our family reunion, and my own birthday. I’ve always enjoyed spending these times with people I love so it’s great being able to hop in my car and scoot back when needed. The three-hour drive seems to fly by.

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Also, an update on my self-watering planters for those who’ve asked. They’ve been amazing. In case you’re new to this conversation, I wanted planters for my St. Marys’ house that would take care of themselves when I’m not there. My friends at Grandin Road and Frontgate were kind enough to supply me with these two planters (here and here), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the planters.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

They are hollow and hold several gallons of water. I need to add water every 2-3 weeks which works perfectly with my visits home. So if you’re in a similar situation, or just want potted plants without the daily watering, I highly recommend these guys.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

In July, I took a trip to Texas with a group of blogger friends. We visited Round Top, Texas for a short retreat. With a population of 90. it’s the most magical little place. Twice a year there is a huge flea market/antique festival that draws thousands. It’s a wonderful spot to visit (even if you’re not antiquing). We stayed at The Vintage Round Top which I highly recommend.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

You might remember that my brother visited me in Pittsburgh this summer. (He stayed overnight, and I made blueberry muffins for breakfast.) Well, this past weekend, my Mom came down to see my new place. I gave her a tour of my neighborhood, plus we went shopping, visited a flea market, and ate at a few restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. It was a good to spend time with her.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Sidenote: I’ve been trying to share some of my big and not-so-big adventures on Instagram Stories, so If you want to follow along there, I would love to have you. It’s a great place to connect. Also, if you’re not part of the IBC Mailing List, you can sign up here. I’ve been sending out a fun weekly newsletter with a special note and links to content to help inspire your cooking, decorating, and entertaining adventures.

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Since I brought up Pittsburgh, I assume many of you are wondering how this new adventure has been treating me – if the move has been a good one. I will probably save deeper thoughts on this topic for a dedicated post, but I don’t want to leave you hanging. To sum up my feelings and thoughts about my current state, I’d say, “Treading water, but happy to be in the pool.”

I’ve officially been here three months (but closer to two as family happenings kept me in St. Marys for a bit). I had grand expectations and assumed that I would have tons of friends, be involved in many activities, go on magical dates, and be living my best life in no time. But that just hasn’t been the case. Things are taking a little longer than I had hoped, and mostly I have my own fears and insecurities to blame.

But with that said, I’m still excited to be here and happy I took the leap. I definitely have been enjoying the city. And I’m still crazy committed to putting myself out there and finding the things, places, and people that bring me joy. I hope that my feet are a more firmly planted in the not-too-distant future.

Again, I’ll try to explain more in another post … if you’re interested.

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A few more things …

I started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and can’t recommend it enough. It’s not a “happy” show by any means, but it does have some moments of heart and courage. The art and cinematography are stunning.

My blogging pal, Courtney of Pizzazzerie just released her latest entertaining book, and it is stunning. If you like hosting parties or want to start hosting them, you need this book. Check it out here.

 

I’ve recently been asked by Amazon to curate my own IBC shop on their site. You can check out and shop my Amazon favorites here. I’ll be updating them frequently, so check back often.

Anyone else super excited about the new Kesha album? I won’t say I love all the tracks, but I do have a few tunes on repeat.

I’ve recently discovered the joy that is Justin’s Honey Almond Butter and can’t seem to get enough. Also, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend is delicious on everything.

Finally, in case you missed it, Inspired by Charm is a finalist for Best Style & Design Blog in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards! I am so grateful for the nomination.

To help, please cast your vote for Inspired By Charm. You can vote once a day from now through Wednesday, September 6. Thank you so much! Please VOTE HERE.

All righty, I’m sure I’m forgetting a ton, but there you have it. Feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments or ask some questions, and I’ll do my best to answer. Have a great week!

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago. First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list? Thankfully, despite not […]




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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Whether you call them roll-ups or pinwheels, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become a party classic. In fact, I’ve shared two other recipes (Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels and Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups) that quickly became two extremely popular recipes here on IBC.

What I especially like about roll-ups is that they are easy to prepare. You can also make them in almost any flavor imaginable, and they are great for parties because they are a no-mess, one-bite treat.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

For these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups, you need to start with cooked chicken breast. My favorite way to cook chicken breasts (as taught by queen Ina Garten) is to roast them in the oven. Just drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then bake at 350 degrees F until cooked through. This is a super easy method that keeps the meat flavorful and moist.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

After the chicken breasts have cooled, shred them with your fingers and mix everything together.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Yes, this recipe calls for blue cheese. However, the blue cheese doesn’t stand out. It just enhances the other flavors. Even if you’re not a big fan of blue cheese, I think you’ll still love this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Spread the delicious mixture onto a tortilla and then roll it up. (I used whole grain tortillas, but any variety you like will be fine.) Pop the rolled tortillas into the refrigerator before cutting. This allows them to firm up, resulting in a prettier presentation.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Serve the roll-ups up with celery sticks, and you’re good to go! You could even offer a dip of ranch or blue cheese dressing, however, I don’t think it’s necessary.

I told you, super simple and so delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups

Makes 64

Here's what you'll need:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
8 (6 -inch) soft tortillas

In a large mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and garlic powder.

Add the chicken, red onion, celery, and Buffalo wing sauce. Stir to combine.

Spread about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Refrigerate the tortillas about 2 hours.

Slice each tortilla roll into 8 slices. Discard (or snack on) the two end pieces.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re like me and love anything “Buffalo chicken,” I recommend giving these a try.

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Finally, If you like this recipe and want more roll-up ideas, be sure to check out my other two recipes below.

 

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups | Inspired by Charm

 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo […]




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