I always recommend having a few recipes that you can turn to in a pinch. The recipe for these Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze is one I keep handy for an impromptu breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or evening dessert.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago I shared my colorful fall table with you. As promised, I’m back with my recipe for the Pumpkin Muffins included in that tablescape.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. Sure, cakes and cupcakes are pure magic, but a muffin is a treat you can enjoy any time of the day. In fact, when I ran the B&B, I would often freeze leftover muffins from breakfast so I could enjoy one whenever the mood struck. A few seconds in the microwave was all that was needed.

These pumpkin muffins aren’t fancy, but they’re full of fall flavor thanks to seasonal spices. And the maple glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

To add to their allure. I baked them in this adorable pumpkin muffin pan. I found mine at HomeGoods, but you can pick one up here. Or you could use a standard muffin pan. The muffins will taste the same.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Also, I added chopped pecans to my muffins. If pecans aren’t your jam, I recommend walnuts. You could even make these muffins extra decadent by adding milk chocolate or white chocolate chips. I’ll leave that up to you.

Whatever you decide, I’m certain you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

 

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze

Makes 12 muffins

Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional

Maple Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2-4 tablespoons milk

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Use a baking spray to grease your muffin tin. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ginger, and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin, melted butter, and sour cream until blended. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until almost blended; then stir in the pecans until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. (Divide the batter evenly so the muffins will be the same size.) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan, invert so the top of each muffin is up, and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.

To prepare the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and one tablespoon of milk at a time. Add the milk until you achieve a consistency that will uniformly coat your muffins. Brush on the glaze with a silicone brush.

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How’s that for a fun and easy recipe? What I especially love is that no mixer is required.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze make the perfect fall breakfast, brunch, or dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re in need of another muffin recipe, check out my Really Good Blueberry Muffins here.
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#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner
This post is sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios.

Back in July, I teamed up with my friends at Wonderful Pistachios to give you a look at my new home office, share some smart snacking ideas, and host the #WorkSmartSnackSmart giveaway. Well, last month I hopped on a plane to Boston and set up a pistachio-filled snack area at a dentist’s office in the adorable little town of Lincoln, MA. Today, I’m going to show you how it all turned out.

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You may remember that Wonderful Pistachios asked people to share an image of their healthy workspace on Instagram. After the contest deadline, a winner was chosen. The winner received a new mini refrigerator along with a year’s supply of Wonderful Pistachios products. Pretty good deal, right?

I loved this concept because Wonderful Pistachios truly are a healthy snack to have around the office. They are known as The Mindful Nut. Taking the time to crack each pistachio may help you slow down and savor the moment instead of mindlessly snacking. Pairing the pistachios with fruit and cheese may just be the ultimate satisfying treat.

While I didn’t do a major design makeover, I did come bearing decorative accessories to spiff up the winner’s space and provide storage for all the pistachios. I also snapped a few before photos so you could see what the space was like when I started.

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

The snack area was just behind the reception desk. Although the space isn’t large, there is room for a small refrigerator, microwave, storage, and a small desk area for eating and more storage.

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

As you can see, the space also serves as a place for posting work-related flyers and notices.

To make way for the new Wonderful Pistachios refrigerator and caseloads of pistachios and almonds, I first cleaned out the space.

Once there was room, the mini fridge was tucked into place and loaded with bottled FIJI Water. Then, I filled in with a paper towel holder and a few baskets and a cake stand for storage and display.

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

Next, I brought in as many Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds as I could. I normally wouldn’t set out this many snacks at one time, but I thought it’d be a fun for the office staff to see the bounty when they arrived at work the following day. (There were more bags and boxes of pistachios and almonds to refresh this supply when it ran low.)

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

With all the nutritious and delicious snacks in place, the final step was to add a few decorative accessories, including a new clock, art, and fresh flowers.

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

It’s details like these that make a space feel special and homey.

And with that side dish of style, the grand prize was officially delivered and served!

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

#WorkSmartSnackSmart Wonderful Pistachios Office Refresh Giveaway Winner

I love opportunities like this because they allow me to give back to IBC readers. Now, this dentist’s office in Massachusetts has baskets and drawers loaded with healthy snacks which will be perfect when hunger strikes. With Wonderful Pistachios, staff members can satisfy their cravings for something savory and crunchy without compromising their healthy eating goals. It’s a win-win.

Thanks to all who entered this giveaway, and thanks to Wonderful Pistachios for making it possible. It’s been a treat in so many ways.

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Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

Often, I end the week with a cocktail, but today I’m shaking things up. We’re kicking off this Monday with Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail. This tasty fall libation makes a great start or end to the week.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

As much as most of us love all-things-apple during autumn, let’s not forget about pear. I’ve been waiting to make this cocktail since August, and this weekend, I finally took the time. And boy am I glad I did.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

I seem to be developing a thing for pear-inspired cocktails. Earlier this month I posted my Pear Moscow Mule. A few years ago I shared a Pear Martini, which still happens to be among my favorite drinks.

Pear seems to lend itself well to cocktails and liquors. To my palette at least. If you’ve never had pear vodka, I definitely recommend picking up a bottle or sampling it at your favorite bar.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

This cocktail comes together quickly. It starts with gin. (Which happens to be another reason I’ve been waiting to make this cocktail.) I picked up this bottle of gin from Wigle, which is right here in Pittsburgh. I’m typically not a gin drinker (so I can’t speak to how it compares with the competition). but I enjoy it, and I’m all about supporting local businesses.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

Back to the gin. I added spiced pear liqueur, pear juice, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and a dash of cardamom bitters. Cardamom has a distinct flavor that’s a bit citrusy, spicy, and herbal. It pairs nicely with fall spices such as cinnamon and nutmug, so it’s perfect for this cocktail.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

All of that gets shaken up with ice, poured over more ice, and garnished with a slice of fresh pear and a sprig of thyme.

If you’re looking for a new signature cocktail for Thanksgiving (or any fall celebration), this is it.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail

Makes one cocktail

Here's what you will need:
1.5 ounces gin
1 ounce pear juice
.75 ounce spiced pear liqueur
.50 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 or 3 drops cardamom bitters
Slice of pear and sprig of thyme to garnish

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, pear liqueur, lemon juice, and a dash of cardamom bitters. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of pear and sprig of thyme.

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Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

 

What I love about this cocktail is that it’s both refreshing and seasonal at the same time. Plus, it’s not overly sweet so it’s easy on your palette.

Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail is the perfect signature cocktail for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration.

Shake one up and let me know what you think. Cheers!

Often, I end the week with a cocktail, but today I’m shaking things up. We’re kicking off this Monday with Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail. This tasty fall libation makes a great start or end to the week. As much as most of us love all-things-apple during autumn, let’s not forget about pear. I’ve been waiting […]




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Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

It’s Friday the 13th … in October. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? To mark the day, I thought you might enjoy these Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes with red marshmallow filling.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

As you’ve probably noticed, I have a thing for novelty baking pans. Last year I made a skull cake for Halloween. I’ve also baked gingerbread houses for Christmas, and earlier this year, I whipped up pumpkin cakes. So, when I spotted this tombstone pan at HomeGoods, I knew I could make something to die for. (See what I did there?)

Side note: You can find the tombstone cake pan here (via Amazon) if you don’t have any luck at HomeGoods.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

When planning what to make in these new molds, I knew I wanted a dark colored cake so chocolate seemed like a good idea. To add to the creepiness factor, I thought I’d put some sort of oozy red filling in the cakes. Then it hit me – I’ll make ding dongs!

(Just in case you didn’t know, ding dongs are little chocolate snack cakes filled with marshmallow creme.)

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

With ding dongs for inspiration, I got to work. I whipped up a simple chocolate cake batter and filled my pans. For these molds, you’ll want to fill them slightly more than halfway. Once baked, this amount of batter will ensure that the mold is completely filled.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

After it comes out of the oven, the back of each tombstone will be domed. I just trimmed off this excess cake with a serrated knife to create a flat back. This step is optional, but if you want a more authentic looking tombstone, I recommend it.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

From there, I whipped up the marshmallow creme filling and dyed it red. I then put it in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

To fill the tombstones, I first created a hole through the center with a wood skewer. I wiggled the stick around in the hole to make it a little larger and then piped in my marshmallow creme.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

For a finishing touch and to keep the cake moist, I coated the tombstones in a simple confectioners’ sugar glaze. When I made the skull cake last year, I learned that the glaze also enhances the details of the cakes.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

For a final haunted effect, I piped some of the leftover red marshmallow creme on the outside of the tombstones. This step isn’t required, but I found it helpful to disguise the holes where I piped in the filling. Plus, it adds to the whole effect. What do you think?

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Here’s the recipe for my haunted Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes. Cheers, witches!

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes

Makes 8-10 snack cakes

Here's What You'll need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk

Marshmallow Creme Filling:
1 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2-3 teaspoons red food dye

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your baking mold by spraying it with baking spray. Dust lightly with cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; set aside.

With a mixer, beat the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk.

Fill the molds about 60% full. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes about clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove the cakes from the mold and allow them to continue to cool. Once completely cool, use a serrated knife to cut away the domed back of the cake, if desired.

In the meantime, prepare the marshmallow creme filling. Place the marshmallow creme and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and red food dye. Mix well until light and fluffy. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.

Prepare the confectioners' sugar glaze by whisking together the confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. For a thinner glaze, use additional milk. Set aside.

To assemble, use a large wood skewer to create a tunnel from the bottom to the top of each tombstone. Once inserted, wiggle the wood skewer to create room for the filling. Pipe the marshmallow creme filling into each cake. Carefully wipe away any excess.

Use a pastry brush to add the confectioners' sugar glaze to all sides of the snacks cakes.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Before serving, use any leftover red marshmallow creme filling to decorate the outside of the tombstones.

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Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

I’m all about the creepy-inspired treats. Whether you’re hosting a party of your own or attending someone else’s, these Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes will certainly be an unBOOlievable treat.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

I think the red marshmallow creme filling is the perfect touch. How about you?

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Give these treats a try and let me know what you think. If you’re looking for additional seasonal goodies, take a look at my Pumpkin Cheeseballs, Ghost Cupcakes, Creepy Cocktails, and Chocolate Skull Cake.

Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes - the perfect haunted Halloween dessert recipe.

Happy haunting, ghoulfriends!

Don’t forget to download and print my FREE Halloween Recipe Card Printable. You can find that here.

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It’s Friday the 13th … in October. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? To mark the day, I thought you might enjoy these Chocolate Tombstone Snack Cakes with red marshmallow filling. As you’ve probably noticed, I have a thing for novelty baking pans. Last year I made a skull cake for Halloween. I’ve also baked […]




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This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

Say what you will, but I just can’t stop baking with pumpkin. Today I’m back with my recipe for Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

When it comes to desserts, bread pudding and cobblers/crisps/grunts and such are among my go-to’s. Pie is also a favorite of mine, but I suppose that belongs in another category.

A couple years ago I got this Staub White Pumpkin Cocotte with the intention of making a pumpkin bread pudding. It only took me two years, but it’s finally happened. And boy, am I happy it did. This stuff hits all of my must-haves in a dessert.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.
This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

Let me explain.

I started with challah. This is an egg-based bread that’s a little sweeter and denser than most bread. This makes it perfect for breakfast-style dishes such as French toast or an egg bake since the bread works well to soak up things like custards.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

Speaking of custard, that’s what I whipped up next. Naturally, I used real pumpkin and all the spices that bring out that pumpkin flavor we love so much. All those eggs and the half and half in the custard make this pudding rich and worthy of being called a dessert.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

The cubed challah bread goes into the cocotte and is followed by the custard. All of that is left to soak for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

The next day, you stir in white chocolate chunks or chips before baking and add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for good measure.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

 

In about an hour, you will have the perfect fall dessert. It’s rich with pumpkin flavor and seasonal spices, and the white chocolate gives an extra layer of decadence.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall. This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

I recommend serving this bread pudding with a big dollop of homemade whipped cream. (You could do ice cream, but I think whipped cream is the way to go.)

Voila. Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding for the autumn win!

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Serves about 12 people

Here's what will you need:
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (15-ounce can) pumpkin puree
2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 cups cubed challah (Cut the bread into 3/4" cubes.)
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips (or chunks), divided
Extra cinnamon and homemade whipped cream to garnish

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, half and half, milk, sugars, salt, spices, and vanilla.

Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish or 9 x 13-inch pan. Place the cubed bread into the dish and pour the pumpkin mixture over the top. Refrigerator overnight or a minimum of 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Before baking, add 1 cup of white chocolate to the bread and custard mixture; stir to combine. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips. Then dust with cinnamon.

Bake 50-60 minutes until the pudding is set and begins to brown. If the top is browning too quickly, cover the baking dish/pan with aluminum foil.

Serve warm with homemade whipped cream.

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This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

This is the perfect way to end any fall feast. Skip the pumpkin pie and instead whip up a big dish of this Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

This Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding made with challah bread and pumpkin custard is the perfect dessert for fall.

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Say what you will, but I just can’t stop baking with pumpkin. Today I’m back with my recipe for Pumpkin White Chocolate Bread Pudding. When it comes to desserts, bread pudding and cobblers/crisps/grunts and such are among my go-to’s. Pie is also a favorite of mine, but I suppose that belongs in another category. A […]




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Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

With All Hallows’ Eve just a few short weeks away, I’m popping in to share more spooktacular ideas for celebrating the holiday.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Today I’ve teamed up with a couple blogger friends who are doing the same. (Links are at the bottom of this post.) In fact, we have a mix of fall decor and spooky chic ideas, so there’s something for everyone. However, here we’re focusing on the spook with a few haunted Halloween entertaining decor ideas.

Once again, I’m back in my dining space. I cleared off my eerie eyeball table setting to try something a bit different.

Let’s start over at my bar cabinet.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

A few months ago I found this iridescent tea set at HomeGoods. Although not designed for Halloween, I thought the color scheme of black with gold accents would fit the vibe of the season.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

I also purchased a skull that seemed to match so I used that for a planter. I continued the iridescent look with black candles that have glitter strands. Isn’t the combination perfect?

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Above the beverage cabinet, I swapped out my art for something a bit more seasonal and then filled the rest of the space with gold and black accents, including this butterfly specimen and my beloved black and brass pumpkins. (The psychic art and specimen jar are from Grandin Road.)

Over on the table, I continued the black and skull theme. The plates and the brass skull were both HomeGoods scores. I love ’em.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

This time I used black gauze for a tablecloth. I made more holes in the cloth and pulled it at various spots to enhance the distressed look.

The black candelabra is also a Grandin Road find.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

To complete things, I added a few spiders for a spine-tingling thrill. I enlisted my trusty gauze cloth again, this time in white. I wrapped it in my fiddle leaf fig tree to create a web. Then I tucked in the spiders here and there to play up the scare factor.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

With that, my haunted table is ready for the witches, warlocks, ghouls, and goblins who visit my apartment.

Haunted Halloween Entertaining Decor Ideas for adding spooky chic style to your dining room.

Before you head off, be sure to give my fellow bloggers a visit below for more October decorating ideas. Enjoy!

Meme Hill Studio – Fireplace Mantel with Velvet Pumpkins
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Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

You’re in for a treat today. Not only am I posting my recipe for these tasty Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese, but 12 of my blogger friends are joining me to share their favorite Thanksgiving sides. So grab your loose-fitting pants and get ready for a feast. The Tastes of the Season series continues today on IBC.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

A couple weeks ago, I went to a fantastic event called Outstanding in the Field. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a culinary experience that travels around the country throughout the year, teaming up with local farmers and chefs to create a dinner in a field / on a farm. One long table is set up and a 100+ people are fed farm-to-table dishes inspired by the farm and chef.

Outstanding in the Field | Inspired by Charm

Outstanding in the Field | Inspired by Charm

At the dinner I attended, carrots were among the starter dishes. When I first saw the plate, I assumed it was a delicious medley of roasted carrots, sweet pecans, and goat cheese. Although I thoroughly enjoyed what the chef had prepared, I had something sweeter in mind. I couldn’t get my version out of my head so I thought I’d make it myself.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

I began by oven roasting carrots with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and pepper.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

While the carrots roasted, in another pan I sautéd pecans with a bit more butter, brown sugar, maple syrup (for that great fall flavor) and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Once the carrots were fork tender, they came out of the oven. I plated them and sprinkled them with goat cheese crumbles and the candied pecans I had just made. For more color and flavor, I finished things off with fresh thyme leaves.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Perfection.

My Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese were exactly what I had in my mind when I saw that plate of carrots at the dinner. I’m thrilled I was able to recreate what I had imagined.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

The tangy goat cheese compliments the sweetness of the pecans wonderfully. The sprinkle of thyme is the perfect finishing touch and a compliment to the season.

Let me walk you through the recipe.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese

Serves 4-6

2 bunches of carrots, peeled
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves to garnish

Candied Pecans:
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup roughly chopped pecan halves
1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Then line a baking sheet with foil. Place the carrots in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and evenly distribute the pats of butter. Also, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the carrots are just fork tender. During baking, turn the carrots 3 or 4 times.

While the carrots are roasting, prepare the candied pecans by melting the butter in a small pan on low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the maple syrup, brown sugar, and pecans. Stir about 2 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Remove the candied pecans from the heat and stir in the flaked sea salt. Set aside.

Once the carrots are cooked, put them in a serving dish. Sprinkle them evenly with the candied pecans and goat cheese. Finish the dish with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves.

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As you have probably noticed, something sweet can be a nice complement to a savory meal. This is why people often serve something like candied yams or sweet butternut squash at Thanksgiving.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese - fall Thanksgiving side dish recipes

If you’re looking for a dish that’s a bit different, give these carrots a try. They are simple to make, and the flavor combination is on point.

Now, before you head off to enjoy your day, be sure to check out the entire collection of Tastes of the Season Thanksgiving side dishes below. I’m certain you’ll want to try a recipe or two or three…

Happy cooking!

Apple Walnut Cranberry Sauce by Ella Claire | Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole by Nesting with Grace | Herb and Garlic Roasted Carrots by Craftberry Bush | Bacon Green Beans by anderson + grant | Pumpkin & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes by My Sweet Savannah

Sweet Potato Pie by City Farmhouse | Sweet Cornbread by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Sally Lunn Bread by House 214 | Cranberry & Brie Bites by Finding Home Farms | Avocado Bacon Butternut Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette by Nest of Posies

Cranberry Pretzel Salad by Zevy Joy | Sweet & Savory Cornbread by Julie Blanner | Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans & Goat Cheese by Inspired by Charm

You’re in for a treat today. Not only am I posting my recipe for these tasty Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese, but 12 of my blogger friends are joining me to share their favorite Thanksgiving sides. So grab your loose-fitting pants and get ready for a feast. The Tastes of the Season […]




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Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

Surprise! As you probably know, I’ve been sharing a new recipe card printable for every season. Typically, I launch a new card at the start of a new season. This year, however, I decided to add another card to the collection. Check out the 2017 Halloween Recipe Card Printable.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

I have been especially caught up in the Halloween spirit this year, so I figured a card inspired by All Hallows’ Eve was a must. And even though I say this every time, I think this design is my new favorite.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

The card layout is the same as in the other 2017 designs (Spring, Summer, Fall). I also went with watercolor graphics again. This time, though, they’re a combination of everything Halloween – bats, pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, ghoulish balloons, and more. The best of spooky chic.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

Halloween is a fun time to experiment and try things a bit beyond your comfort zone. These cards allowed me to do just that. I think they’re to die for.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

I am in love with the haunted house that’s on back of the card.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

I even broke out my life-size gold skeleton (from Grandin Road) to assist me in snapping the pics for this post. I think they turned out delightfully haunted.

Free Halloween Recipe Card Printable download #halloween #recipecard #printable

As with all Inspired by Charm recipe cards, the printable is free. It’s my gift to you. You can download it here. As always, I recommend printing the cards on cardstock or another kind of thick paper.

Check out my full collection of free printable recipe cards. All of them are linked below:

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I hope you enjoy these seasonal cards. While I originally intended to wrap up the 2017 series with my winter card, I may have to sneak in an extra card for Christmas. Stay tuned!

Surprise! As you probably know, I’ve been sharing a new recipe card printable for every season. Typically, I launch a new card at the start of a new season. This year, however, I decided to add another card to the collection. Check out the 2017 Halloween Recipe Card Printable. I have been especially caught up […]




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Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Thank you for your patience with my lack of posts earlier this week. I took a little blogging breather. As I learned from reading Brené Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness, “There is the in-breath and there is the out-breath, and it’s easy to believe that we must exhale all the time, without ever inhaling. But the inhale is absolutely essential if you want to continue to exhale.”

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been catching up and spending a little time re-nesting in my new space. I organized a few things, thought about my decorating plan, did some research (and then went shopping), and got motivated to continue work on my spaces. During all of this, I realized I owed you a living room update. – I got a rug more than a month ago but never shared it.

So here it is.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

It’s the Magnolia Home Tulum Rug by Loloi. You can find it various places online. I purchased mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond and used one of their 20% off coupons.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

I fell in love with this rug as soon as I saw it. I add initially planned to use it in my bedroom, but it didn’t quite work there. Thankfully, it makes a beautiful addition to my living room. I am in love with the color, pattern, and big chunky tassels.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

When I added the rug, I also swapped out several of the throw pillows with ones I purchased from West Elm. I was actually struggling with my selection of the green chair because it seemed a bit out of place with my other color choices. To tie it in, I ended up with a green pillow and a green vase. Just like that, everything made so much more sense.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

You might have noticed another addition to this space.

I had been trying to decide what to put opposite the green chair – more seating, a bench, or something else. Then, I happened upon this plaid patchwork pouf at a local store House15143. The pouf just spoke to me.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

I’m sure with that choice I’m breaking so many design rules. And even though it may not remain in this space, there was something about it that simply seemed right. Plus, it felt so perfect for fall. And if those weren’t enough reasons, my cats adore it! So, win-win-win.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

I’ve also ordered curtain rods to test out curtains and sheers for this space and my office. As for painting, I’m still on the fence. My plan now is to paint my office, see how it looks, and go from there. Fingers crossed.

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Choosing a Rug For My Apartment Living Room - modern loft apartment decor

Whatever happens, stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more updates in the coming weeks.

As always, thanks for joining me back here on IBC and inviting me into your busy life. It’s an honor and a privilege to share my home with you.

Rooms Sources:

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Rug | Magnoila Home Loloi Rugs
Sofa | West Elm
Side Chair | West Elm
Coffee Table | West Elm
Plaid Pouf | House15143
Media Cabinet | Crate & Barrel
Overhead Light | Schoolhouse Electric
Planter | Rejuvenation
Gray Fur Pillow / Green Pillow / Striped Pillow | West Elm
Side Table / Bench | HomeGoods

Thank you for your patience with my lack of posts earlier this week. I took a little blogging breather. As I learned from reading Brené Brown’s latest book Braving the Wilderness, “There is the in-breath and there is the out-breath, and it’s easy to believe that we must exhale all the time, without ever inhaling. […]




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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.
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.

Back in August, I had the opportunity to visit Hoffman Family Farms, a dairy farm in Potter County, PA. Inspired by the fall season, my visit to the farm and chatting with Josh Hoffman (the farmer), today I’m sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream that I’m sure you are going to love.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Before I do that, let me tell you a bit about the dairy farm and how it inspired me to create this recipe.

As you probably know, I’ve been working with America’s dairy farm families and importers to share dairy-inspired recipes here on Inspired by Charm. They thought it would be fun for me to visit a local dairy farm to learn more about where our milk comes from and how it’s produced. I was totally on board with the idea, so up to Hoffman Family Farms, I went.

Dairy Farm Visit | Inspired by Charm

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the Hoffman Family. Three generations of them to be exact. Did you know that 97% of dairy farms are family-owned and operated? Tricia, one of the farmers, led the tour. She showed me around the different areas of the farm, including the barn that holds most of the cows. The Hoffman Family Farms has over 850 cows that get milked three times a day. They produce about two million pounds of milk per month. The milk goes to local plants which make things such as Butter and Yogurt. You might not be aware that milk is produced in every state, and that on average most milk only travels 300 miles from farm to store. So, the milk you drink has likely come from a farm that’s not too far from your home.

Dairy Farm Visit | Inspired by Charm

I also had a full tour of the calf barn where I saw a calf that had been born only a few hours earlier. I even got to bottle feed a few calves. They were so sweet.

To finish off the tour, I was invited into the milking parlor. While I didn’t get to actually milk any cows, I learned a lot from watching the process from start to finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the dairy farm and came away with a greater appreciation of our nation’s farmers. I’m so thankful to be able to enjoy food and dairy that is produced locally by such hard-working farmers.

Dairy Farm Visit | Inspired by Charm

I also noticed the pride the Hoffman Family Farms has in their work and how well they treat their animals. Comfortable cows produce the best milk, and their cows certainly look happy.

Dairy Farm Visit | Inspired by Charm

Now you’re probably wondering how this inspired me to make ice cream. Well, not only am I obsessed with everything pumpkin-spice at the moment but during my tour, one of the farmers mentioned that his hobby is making ice cream. His siblings went on and on about how delicious it is, so I thought I would give it a go.

My goal with this recipe was to create something that tasted exactly like pumpkin pie. I wanted the creaminess of the custard, the spice from the cinnamon, and the crunch of a buttery pie crust. So that’s what I created.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

If you’ve never made ice cream before, you should know it does take time. It’s pretty simple, but since cold ingredients are key, it requires hours in the fridge and freezer to get it right.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

For my ice cream base, I started with heavy cream and egg yolks. Then I sweetened things up with sugar and dark brown sugar (for added color and flavor).

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

Seasonal spices were added to enhance the pumpkin flavor. I used cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Of course, pumpkin puree was essential. To get the pumpkin pie crust crunch that I wanted, I baked up some of my Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies and tossed those in at the very end of the ice cream churning. They were the perfect addition to this recipe.

After the ice cream firmed up in the freezer, it was ready to serve. I couldn’t resist a large bowl topped with a few more pie crust cookies for garnish.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Fall dessert perfection!

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

You guys. This stuff is amazing. It’s easily the creamiest ice cream you’ll ever eat. Not only that, but it tastes exactly like pumpkin pie. Better, if that’s even possible.

I love the bits of pumpkin pie crust scattered throughout the ice cream. The leaf-shaped Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies make the perfect garnish.

You will definitely want to add this recipe to your fall “must-make list.”

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - a creamy and rich ice cream with all of flavor of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Makes about 1 quart (Serves about 6 people)

Here's what you will need:
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of 1/2-inch pieces of Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies (You can find the recipe here.)
Extra Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies for garnish

In a 2-quart pan over medium heat, combine 2 cups of the cream, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar. Cook 5-6 minutes until bubbles form around the edges of the pan.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and the remaining 1/2 cup of cream and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.

Once ready, remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Then, pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Do not allow this to boil. Cook at a low simmer until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and leaves a defined line when a finger is drawn through it. This will take 5-7 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.

Place the bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice water. Stir until cool. Whisk in the pumpkin and vanilla extract. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on top of the pumpkin mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate to chill for at least 3 hours. The colder, the better.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and process according to your machine's directions. (I have an electric ice cream machine and processed my ice cream for about 20 minutes.) During the last minute of churning, add your Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies to combine. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm. This can take 3-5 hours, but I recommend overnight for a firm ice cream.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

Do you see those little bits of pie crust in there? It is so good, so creamy, and so fall. If you get as excited about “Pumpkin Spice Everything Season” as I do, this Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is going to be your new best friend.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream - the perfect fall dessert with the rich and creamy taste of pumpkin pie.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and the glimpses of my visit to Hoffman Family Farms. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend visiting a farm in your area. You will learn firsthand about where your food comes from and the vital contributions of our nation’s farmers.

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. Back in August, I had the opportunity to visit Hoffman Family Farms, a dairy farm in Potter County, PA. Inspired by the fall season, my visit to the […]




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Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m so excited to show you how to make these Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies. Whether you just need an easy homemade cookie for dipping or you prefer not to throw away excess pie dough, these will do the trick.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Honestly, I hesitate to even call this a recipe because it’s as simple as sprinkling cinnamon and sugar onto pie dough and baking it. However, these cookies are delicious and part of something I’m sharing tomorrow, so this recipe is rather important.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

I think the idea for these cookies came about when someone made a pie and didn’t want to discard the dough scraps. Instead, that excess dough was sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked, and turned into a tasty little treat.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Like many others, I took the recipe one step further and brought out seasonal cookie cutters to create adorable little cookies.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

If you can find them, I recommend cookie cutters like these. Not only are they the perfect size, but they come with a built-in stamper that creates a nice detail on the cookie. In this particular case, I used a leaf-shaped cutter, and the stamper made the vein of the leaf.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

So what do you do with the cookies? As I mentioned, served plain, they are great for snacking. They also work beautifully with sweet dips like my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dip or Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

I especially like them as a garnish for desserts. Add them to a bowl of ice cream, use them to dress up your pumpkin pie, or decorate a cake with them. As you can tell, the options are many.

So whether you want to whip up a batch of pie dough to make dozens of these or just don’t want to waste your extra pie dough, I hope you find this helpful.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies

Makes 4-6 dozen

1 pie dough (IBC's go-to pie crust, store-bought, or leftover pieces)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, roll out the pie dough. Use cookie cutters to cut detailed shapes or a knife to cut strips or squares.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar to combine. Sprinkle the cut dough with the cinnamon and sugar.

Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Usually, you can re-roll and cut the extra dough once or twice before it becomes unworkable.

Note: This recipe is more of a general guideline. How much dough you have and the size of your cookie cutter will determine how much butter, cinnamon, and sugar you will need and how many cookies your recipe will yield.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Be sure to swing back here tomorrow to see how I used my Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies in an extra-special, seasonal recipe.

Today I’m so excited to show you how to make these Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies. Whether you just need an easy homemade cookie for dipping or you prefer not to throw away excess pie dough, these will do the trick. Honestly, I hesitate to even call this a recipe because it’s as simple as […]




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Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

There’s so much to love about fall. Today, I’ve put together several colorful fall entertaining decor ideas along with a delicious and easy recipe for Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze. I hope my table, decorating ideas, and entertaining tips inspire you to enjoy this delightful season.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Over the past month or so, I’ve taken a design break with my apartment. There’s still so much I want to do. I just needed a breather to collect my thoughts and make more plans for the space. With the arrival of fall, I’m excited to get back to work and finish some of the projects on my to-do list. I say this because (as you’ve probably noticed), I’ve been sharing my little dining area a lot lately. I suppose it’s a reflection of my excitement about my new table and chairs. It’s also been loads of fun to create different table decor ideas.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Last week, I wrote a post for the HomeGoods Design Happy blog which featured this colorful and modern tablescape complete with a tasty fall pumpkin treat. I was so pleased with it that I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

The idea for the table began with this colorful plaid tablecloth I found at HomeGoods. To be honest, I’m typically not big on tablecloths, but I saw this one in the store and immediately fell in love with the color. From there, the rest of the table quickly came together.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Once again, I decided to include my pink plates from West Elm. (Friends, please know I tried hard to resist the whole millennial pink trend, but I simply adore how the color looks for fall.)

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

From there, I kept things casual by using a cutting board and cake stand (also HomeGoods finds) to build a centerpiece where I could create a collection for practical, beautiful, and easy entertaining.

My pumpkin muffins went on the cake stand, and the additional plates, napkins, and cutlery are handy for last minute guests.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

This fall has been warmer than usual so I decided to incorporate local blooms in colors to match my tablecloth. A basket of pears and plums from the farmers market brings in traditional yet unexpected seasonal color.

Finally, a scattering of seasonal pumpkins and gourds (both real and ceramic) complete my autumn-inspired table.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

What do you think?

I love this kind of tablescape because, but it’s relaxed and at the same time, cohesive, seasonal, and welcoming.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

And don’t get me started on those pumpkin muffins. I know they look innocent, but they taste heavenly, and they are simple to whip up. They are perfect for breakfast but will work equally well for an afternoon snack with tea or coffee.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

If you’re after the recipe for these Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze, you can find it here.

Colorful Fall Entertaining Ideas and Table Setting Inspiration

Thanks for joining me on IBC today. I hope you enjoyed my colorful fall entertaining ideas. What colors and styles are you in love with this season?

There’s so much to love about fall. Today, I’ve put together several colorful fall entertaining decor ideas along with a delicious and easy recipe for Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze. I hope my table, decorating ideas, and entertaining tips inspire you to enjoy this delightful season. Over the past month or so, I’ve taken a […]




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Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Today on IBC, I’m kicking off this spooktacular time of the year with a wicked and eclectic Halloween table setting.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

I’ve come to realize that I like Halloween a lot more than I thought I did. Like Christmas (but in a totally different way), there’s a certain enchantment about Halloween. Movies and shows such as “Teen Witch,” “Harry Potter,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Elvira,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “Halloweentown” have always captured my attention. I think the element of magic brings a sense of excitement and anticipation. Does that make sense?

Sidenote: “Teen Witch” is still one of my top five movies of all time. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

Because I really do enjoy Halloween, I decided to have more fun with it this year and share some creative ideas that may inspire all of you.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

And since I’ve been enjoying decorating my new round dining table, I thought I’d start with that.

My friends over at Grandin Road, the masters of Halloween, kindly sent me a few of their Halloween products, which you will see gracing my table.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas


Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

I opted to forgo a traditional tablecloth or placemats and went with this gray gauze instead. You can find it at most stores that carry Halloween decor, and it’s not very expensive. It works perfectly as the base for a table setting. (I used the same kind of cloth in black for my Halloween table last year.)

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Next, I added white dinner plates, plum-colored napkins (which were chosen to match the orchid), and a set of Witchy Word plates from Grandin Road. I thought they were perfect.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

For my centerpiece, I used a single potted orchid. I think the orchid, especially in this deep purple color, has an eerie beauty befitting the holiday. From a certain angle, its flowers look like little dragon heads.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideasWicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

To give it a little sparkle, I brought out my vintage brass coupe glasses. Brass is one of those details that works well for Halloween decor. I found these glasses at a thrift shop this summer.

As a final touch, I scattered a few black metal pumpkins and a bunch of oversized eyeballs around the table. Aren’t they fabulous!? With minimal effort, your table looks perfectly creepy.

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

Wicked and Eclectic Halloween Table Setting  - spooky chic tablescape decor ideas

I hope you liked this quick and easy Halloween table setting. Now all you need are some good friends, food, and a cocktail, and you’re ready for a spine-chilling evening.

Happy Halloween!

Today on IBC, I’m kicking off this spooktacular time of the year with a wicked and eclectic Halloween table setting. I’ve come to realize that I like Halloween a lot more than I thought I did. Like Christmas (but in a totally different way), there’s a certain enchantment about Halloween. Movies and shows such as […]




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Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Well, dear friends, we did it. The sixth year of Fall Cookie Week (FCW) here on Inspired by Charm is almost complete. Today, we’re wrapping it up with these Frosted Apple Cider Cookies. ‘Cause, what’s fall without apple cider?

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Thank you all so much for joining Julie and me for this week of autumn-inspired baking. In case you missed anything, you can find my cookie recipes here and Julie’s recipes here. If you missed the FCW Giveaway, there’s still time to enter. You can get to the giveaway by clicking here. Finally, if you make any of our cookies, please share a picture on social media. We’d love to see what you do.

For my final cookie, I took some inspiration from these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies I made back in 2015. They were (and still are) one of my favorites, so I wanted to bring them back in a new way.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Since this year’s collection of cookies was lacking something “apple-y,” I used the flavor of apple cider to guide my recipe creation.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

The cookies are a traditional drop cookie and are easy to make. Loaded with applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves, they have a wonderful flavor. They are also a soft cake-like cookie if that’s your jam.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

The frosting is where I went bold with the flavor of apple cider. I used a spiced apple cider instant drink mix. I discovered this stuff during the first FCW in 2012 when I made these Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies. The spice mix punched up the flavor of the cookies, so I used it again in this frosting. As usual, it didn’t disappoint.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

I thought the cookies needed a little something to dress them up, so once they were frosted, I topped half of them with chopped pecans.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

If pecans aren’t your thing, use a different nut or maybe a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

Frosted cookies have long been among my faves. I have a feeling the apple cider frosting will make you a fan as well.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Here's what you will need:
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups applesauce
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Apple Cider Frosting:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 packets spiced apple cider instant drink mix
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and applesauce, mixing to combine.

Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

With a medium scoop, drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

While the cookies cool, prepare the frosting. In a pot over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and milk. While constantly stirring bring the mixture to a boil; then remove from the heat. Stir in the butter, spiced apple cider drink mix, and salt.

Add the confectioners' sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. The frosting will firm as it cools, so work quickly to frost your cookies. If the frosting seems too thin, add a bit more confectioners' sugar.

Use about 1 tablespoon of frosting for each cookie. Top with chopped pecans (if desired) before the frosting sets. Pack and store in an airtight container.

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Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

 

It’s such a pretty and flavor-packed cookie. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.

Frosted Apple Cider Cookies dessert recipe #FallCookieWeek

It has been my pleasure to present Fall Cookie Week again this year. If you want to see the full collection of recipes from this and past years, you can find them here.

Now, before you head off, be sure to swing by Julie Blanner’s site. Today she’s made No-Bake Cookie Butter Bars. Check them out and grab the recipe here. They are fabulous! Also, be sure to poke around Julie’s site a bit. You’ll be so glad you did. While our design aesthetic may differ, I am a huge fan of her work and how she captures and shares her life and home.

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And that’s a wrap for FCW, folks. Stay tuned to IBC for lots more fall inspiration and Halloween ideas. See you next week!

Well, dear friends, we did it. The sixth year of Fall Cookie Week (FCW) here on Inspired by Charm is almost complete. Today, we’re wrapping it up with these Frosted Apple Cider Cookies. ‘Cause, what’s fall without apple cider? Thank you all so much for joining Julie and me for this week of autumn-inspired baking. […]




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Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

Are you visually stuffed yet? I hope not because we have a couple more days to go in Fall Cookie Week! Today we’re showcasing these Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting!

(In case you missed it, be sure to enter the FALL COOKIE WEEK GIVEAWAY! All the details can be found here. Good luck!)

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

I always like to include a bar cookie when I’m putting together an assortment of cookies. Although a bar cookie might not match some folks’ idea of a cookie, I think it’s an excellent addition to a cookie collection. Plus, I love that cookie bars tend to take less hands-on time to prepare.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

Not that you need an excuse to make 5 dozen+ cookies, but here ya go!

For these cookie bars, I started with a pumpkin cookie base. It’s similar to a sugar cookie or snickerdoodle. However, this recipe has real pumpkin and lots of seasonal spices to make that pumpkin flavor come alive.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

With the cookie base made, next up was the maple buttercream frosting. For the past couple years, I’ve been ordering maple syrup from my friend (and fellow blogger) Laura of Finding Home Farms. I love using it in recipes. Laura and her family started making and selling maple syrup a few years back, and I’ve been in love with it since my first taste.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

If you can get some of her syrup, I highly recommend it. If not, check your farmers market, country store, or local grocery. Pure maple syrup is best. Skip the “maple-flavored syrup” since it’s just a sugar syrup to which maple flavoring has been added.

So, to finish these cookies, I made a standard buttercream that I with the maple syrup and more seasonal spices to bring it all together.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

Once the sheet of pumpkin cookie goodness has cooled, I added the buttercream frosting and popped the whole thing in the fridge. This allows the frosting to set which makes it slicing a bit easier.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

I chose a triangle shape for my cookie bars, but you can cut them however you like.

It’s that easy. You’ll have 60 or more cookies in no time. It’s a yummy way to celebrate fall.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Makes about 60 bars

Here's what you will need:
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Maple Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cups confectioners' sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
Cinnamon sugar to garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 18 x 13 x 1-inch baking sheet with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes or until fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the pumpkin and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and beat until just combined.

Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking sheet. Dust your hands with flour if the dough is sticky.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Do not overbake.

While the baked cookie dough cools, prepare your buttercream frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter for about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar one cup at a time, adding a splash of milk as needed to keep the frosting smooth. Finally, add the pure maple syrup, maple flavoring, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix to evenly combine.

Spread the buttercream frosting over the cooled bars then sprinkle with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar. Slice into desired size and shape.

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Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

The combination of pumpkin, maple, and seasonal spices is a match made in cookie heaven. It’s all the flavors of fall in one sweet treat.

Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting are the perfect fall dessert recipe full of seasonal flavor.

What do you think? Are you digging these Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting? Are you a fan of cookie bars or do you prefer more traditional cookies?

I hope you’re enjoying Fall Cookie Week. In case you missed anything, catch up with all the recipes here. Also, if you make any of our recipes, share them on Instagram. Tag @inspiredbycharm or @julieblanner and use the hashtag #FallCookieWeek. We’d love to see your creations!

Now, before you head off, take a peek at Julie Blanner’s newest recipe. Today she’s made Glazed Apple Pie Spice Cookies. Apple pie in cookie form? Yes, please! I know you’re going to love this recipe. Read more about it here.

Glazed Apple Pie Spice Cookies | Julie Blanner #fallcookieweek

As always, Happy Fall Baking!

Are you visually stuffed yet? I hope not because we have a couple more days to go in Fall Cookie Week! Today we’re showcasing these Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Maple Buttercream Frosting! (In case you missed it, be sure to enter the FALL COOKIE WEEK GIVEAWAY! All the details can be found here. Good luck!) […]




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The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

The fun of Fall Cookie Week continues here on Inspired by Charm. Today’s cookie is dedicated to peanut butter fans everywhere. These Peanut Butter Lover’s Peanut Butter Cookies are loaded with more than three cups of the creamy stuff, making them the perfect way to indulge yourself this autumn.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

Fall Cookie Week 2017 | Inspired by Charm

As you know, it’s Fall Cookie Week (FCW) here on Inspired by Charm. My blogging buddy (and real-life friend), Julie Blanner and I are sharing 10 fall cookie recipes to help you celebrate the season. If you’re new to the series, don’t worry; you can find all of the recipes here. Today is extra special because Julie and I are incorporating a giveaway into the series to help you celebrate with us. So before you click away, check out the bottom of this post to see how you can enter to win some gift cards to Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.

But, before we get to the giveaway, let’s talk cookies. That’s why you’re here after all.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

Of all the classic cookies out there, peanut butter cookies will always be one of my faves. In fact, I prefer them to chocolate chip. So today I thought I’d give pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and apple cider a little break and send all my love to peanut butter. Of course, in true IBC style, I wanted to do it bigger and better!

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

To create the ultimate Peanut Butter Lover’s Peanut Butter Cookies (say that three times fast), I decided to stuff an already delicious peanut cookie with more peanut butter.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

The “stuffing” is so simple to make. It’s just peanut butter and powdered sugar mixed together until smooth. The mixture is then rolled into balls and chilled in the freezer while you make the dough.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

Once the dough is ready, that ball o’ peanut butter goodness is rolled up inside it and baked in the oven.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

Served warm, the filling is gooey and drippy in the best possible way. Once cooled, they are just as delicious and peanut buttery. You’ll love them either way.

Let’s bake!

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies - peanut butter cookies stuffed with more peanut butter. #FallCookieWeek

Peanut Butter Lover's Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

Filling:
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Cookies:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Additional sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, prepare the filling by combining the peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Scoop into small balls about 1-inch in diameter. Put in the freezer until ready to use. (The balls do not need to be frozen, just cold and firm.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and sugar for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and the vanilla extract, and mix until thoroughly combined. Next add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.

To prepare the cookies, roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball, then flatten into a circle. Wrap the dough around one of the chilled peanut butter balls. Pinch the edges together to seal, then roll in the palms of your hands to form a ball.

Roll the cookie dough balls in sugar and place them on a baking sheet (about 1-2-inches apart), flattening each ball slightly with your fingers. Repeat until all of the dough and peanut butter balls are used.

Bake until the cookies are golden on the bottom, about 13-15 minutes. Serve warm for a gooey inside. (But they are just as good at room temperature.) Pack and store in an airtight container.

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These cookies are incredibly good, my friends. If you ever find yourself making peanut butter cookies, taking this extra step will put them over the top. It’s a fun and decadent surprise for anyone who doesn’t know what’s inside.

You’ll be glad you did.

Speaking of incredible, let’s talk about the FCW Giveaway I mentioned.

Because Julie Blanner and I love our readers, and because we want you to share in the fun of Fall Cookie Week with some of our favorite kitchen supplies, we’re giving away gift cards to Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel.

Enter to Win the Fall Cookie Week Giveaway | Inspired by Charm

We wanted to include as many of you as possible, so here is how this will work. Three lucky readers from IBC and Julie Blanner will each receive 1 $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card and 1 $50 Crate & Barrel Gift Card. (Julie and I are using the same entry form so there will be three winners in total. This giveaway is not sponsored and comes directly from us to you.)

To enter to win, use the form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual blog post by clicking here.) Simply enter your email address in the form for a chance to win.

 


 

This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email.

Best of luck to everyone!

Before you go, don’t forget to check out Julie’s cookie recipe. Today she’s made these Chocolate Turtle Cookies. Chocolate, pecans, and Rolos? Um, yes, please! I’ll take a dozen or two. See how they are made and grab her recipe here.

Chocolate Turtle Cookies | Julie Blanner #FallCookieWeek

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The fun of Fall Cookie Week continues here on Inspired by Charm. Today’s cookie is dedicated to peanut butter fans everywhere. These Peanut Butter Lover’s Peanut Butter Cookies are loaded with more than three cups of the creamy stuff, making them the perfect way to indulge yourself this autumn. As you know, it’s Fall Cookie […]




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Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Welcome to Day 2 of Fall Cookie Week 2017! Today I’m going to show you how to create these incredible Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert. #fallcookieweek

Fall Cookie Week 2017 | Inspired by Charm

Fall needs caramel, right? Whether molded around an apple, drizzled on cream cheese, or sandwiched inside two spicy chocolate cookies, it’s an essential flavor this time of the year.

Today, however, I’m passing on the caramel and opting for its decadent cousin, dulce de leche. As I explained in my Salted Caramel Cheesecake Dip post, 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. Typically, in recipes, one cannot be substituted for the other.  (Speaking of fall flavor, be sure to check out cookie recipe Julie Blanner made for FCW at the end of this post.)

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert. #fallcookieweek

The idea for these cookies was to combine crispy, deep chocolate with smooth, rich caramel. As Ina Garten would say, “How bad can that be?”

The cookies are a typical icebox slice-and-bake style, which makes them super easy to make. Everything gets mixed together, formed into a roll, and then chilled until firm.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

To give the dough a more seasonal flair, I added cinnamon and cayenne. The pepper doesn’t make these cookies spicy hot. Rather, it adds depth of flavor and makes them warm and comforting.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Once the cookies are baked, they get sandwiched together with creamy dulce de leche to create one glorious union.

I’ve become a firm believer that all cookies should be sandwiched together with some sort of frosting, icing, or sauce. Who wouldn’t want two cookies that count as one, right?

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert. #fallcookieweek

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Here's what you will need:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 jar (about 13 ounces) dulce de leche

In a large bowl with a mixer, beat the butter on high for about a minute. Then add the sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper. Next, beat in the egg and vanilla. Then, beat in the flour.

Divide the dough in half, cover and chill for about an hour or until the dough has stiffened some and is easy to handle. Then, shape each portion of dough into a 6-inch roll. Use a little flour to help in forming the roll, if needed. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and chill until firm enough to slice. About 4 hours.

Once the dough is firm, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the rolls into 1/4-inch slices and place the slices about an inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake 14-15 minutes or until the edges are firm. Cool on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes; then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Spread dulce de leche on the bottom of half the cookies. Then top each with one of the remaining cookies. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Even though these sandwich cookies aren't over-the-top fall, they would make a great addition to any cookie spread at a seasonal get-together.

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Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert.

Be sure to join Julie Blanner and I tomorrow as FCW continues! (In case you missed anything, all the cookies are linked up here.)

Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies - fall baking cookie recipe #fallcookieweek

And speaking of Julie, today she’s whipped up these amazing Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies. Even though there are cookies in every nook and cranny of my apartment, I may just have to make a batch of these myself. I love anything with brown butter. You can do the same. Check out her post and grab the recipe here.

As always, happy baking!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies combine spiced chocolate cookies and rich dulce de leche for a delicious fall dessert. #fallcookieweek

Welcome to Day 2 of Fall Cookie Week 2017! Today I’m going to show you how to create these incredible Dulce de Leche Chocolate Sandwich Cookies! Fall needs caramel, right? Whether molded around an apple, drizzled on cream cheese, or sandwiched inside two spicy chocolate cookies, it’s an essential flavor this time of the year. […]




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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
1 cup pumpkin puree
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, pumpkin puree, 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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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

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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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