Do you need a water softener? A Water Softener for My Home #water #softener #home #repair #hardwater
This post is sponsored by Morton Salt. As always, all opinions are my own.

As you know, I’ve been busy making improvements to my new home. While some of them have been more obvious (like my cozy new deck space), others are taking place behind the scenes.

For example, my water softener and water filtration system, which I’m excited to tell you about today.

Shortly after moving in, my friends over at Morton Salt contacted me about their Water Softener Salt. Not knowing whether I had hard water, they sent me a free hard water test strip.

And as you may have guessed, since I’m writing this post. I discovered that I had hard water at my new place.

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In case you’re not familiar with hard water, it has a high mineral content, which is primarily calcium and magnesium. In your home, hard water can cause spotty dishes, dry skin, stained clothes, and rust build up on appliances.

Do You Need a Water Softener?

You’ll need to determine if you have hard or soft water. You can visit the Morton Salt website here and ask them to send you a test strip. It’s free!

I hired a local plumber to install my softener since my plumbing skills are limited. It actually fit perfectly in my garage. It doesn’t make for a beautifully styled photo, but it does get the job done.

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The black container to the left of the tank is called the brine. This is what holds the Water Softener Salt. This container should always be half full of salt. You simply add more salt whenever needed. Depending on your system and water usage, it’s usually about 1 bag per month.

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How Does a Water Softener Work?

Well, it’s pretty simple. The brine tank (the black container) contains resin beads. When the water passes through them, the minerals in the hard water are attracted to the resin and removed from the water. This turns the hard water into soft water before it flows into your home.

Adding Morton Water Softener Salt recharges the resin beads so the softener can perform at its best.

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Do you need a water softener? A Water Softener for My Home #water #softener #home #repair #hardwater

Morton offers a variety of water softener salts. I’m using the Morton Clean and Protect Plus Rust Defense. This variety gives you better tasting water, fewer rust stains in your bathroom and kitchen, brighter laundry, and longer-lasting appliances.

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My particular water softener unit also contains a charcoal water filter, so I’ll never need to buy a water filtering pitcher or attach any units to my faucets. The water is softened and filtered before it enters my house.

I love that!

What Are the Benefits of Soft Water?

There are quite a few benefits of having soft water. First off, it leaves your hair and skin feeling clean after your shower. Soft water also makes your laundry bright and your dishes spot free.
In addition, softening your water can improve the taste of your drinking water.

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Do you need a water softener? A Water Softener for My Home #water #softener #home #repair #hardwater

Another reason I was excited to get a softener installed is my upcoming kitchen remodel. Soft water helps to protect appliances from harmful build up and makes cleaning them easier.

With new kitchen appliances, a new washer and dryer, and even new toilets, soft water will help to extend their life, plus prevent mineral build up. Win-win-win!

Bet you didn’t expect a lesson in water today.

I am super happy with my new water softener and the benefits of using Morton Water Softener Salt.

If you want additional information about soft water, head on over to the Morton Salt website. While you’re there, you can also get that free test strip to test your own water.

This post is sponsored by Morton Salt. As always, all opinions are my own. As you know, I’ve been busy making improvements to my new home. While some of them have been more obvious (like my cozy new deck space), others are taking place behind the scenes. For example, my water softener and water filtration system, […]




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Creating a Family Room Design Plan #decorating #interiordesign #familyroom #moderncountrycolonial

It’s finally time to tackle a few indoor projects. First up, a design plan for my family room.

It’s hard to believe it’s officially fall. It’s even harder to believe I’ve already been in my new home for more than three months. While I’ve made a lot of progress, I had wanted to be further along by now. Even though things haven’t panned out exactly as planned, I’m allowing myself a little latitude and moving forward with excitement.

With the holiday season sneaking up on us, there are two big spaces I would like to tackle: my family room and my den.

These spaces function fine with the furnishings I had in my apartment, but they just aren’t what I envision in this house. We’ll save the living room for another day. Today I want to talk about my family room design plan.

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As I mentioned before, this is my favorite room in the house. It’s probably where I spend most of my time. And while I’m dreaming of big fires on cool fall days and frigid winter nights, the space isn’t very cozy yet.

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Here are my current issues with the room…

  • Without any windows on the back wall, it’s a dark room. I don’t really mind it, but I would like to brighten things up with furnishings.
  • I’ve discovered I don’t like the leather couch. It’s either cold or sticky. I’d rather have fabric against my skin than cold, sticky leather. Also, this couch seems a bit too large for the space.
  • The TV cable runs from the closet (to the right of the fireplace) across the floor to the TV. (The cable has been edited out of these photos so you can’t see it.)
  • There isn’t enough seating. I went back and forth on the layout of this room. It’s challenging. However, I think I’ve come up with a good solution.

With all of that in mind, here’s my plan for the space:

#Bayberrry House Family Room Design Plan:

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To give you an idea of what I’m thinking, I have a couple inspiration images. (Coincidentally, both of these inspiration photos are Christmas related, but that works since the holiday will be here soon, and I’m already thinking about where to put the Christmas tree.)

The first image is from Brian Patrick Flynn. (He’s awesome btw; you should give him a follow on Instagram.)

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Image Credit: Brian Patrick Flynn

The skeleton of the room is obviously different, but this image gave me the idea to do two matching sofas.

I love this idea because it creates comfort for everyone. I noticed that when my Mom visited or a friend was over for a movie, I gave my guest the sofa while I took the chair. Even though I was perfectly comfortable in a chair, it’s nice to nestle on a sofa when watching a movie. (Sometimes you just want to be horizontal, right?) Having, two sofas allows for more coziness.

While we’re looking at this picture, I also should note that the Christmas tree will go to the left of the fireplace behind the sofa (where the cactus is).

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Then I stumbled upon this image from the latest Pottery Barn catalog, and it reinforced my decision to do double sofas.

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Image Credit: Pottery Barn

So pretty, right?

On the wall opposite the fireplace will be a large console for storage and TV components. I’m also working with my electrician to mount the TV above the console and add a sconce on each side.

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For the coffee table, I selected this leather ottoman. The goal for this room is comfort so I thought this could offer additional seating, including a place to sit if you want to be even closer to the fire. It’s also a comfortable place to put your feet up should there be more than one person on the couch. I will add a large tray to the ottoman so there is a surface to place drinks and snacks.

In the design plan above, I did include pieces I’ve already selected for the space. The larger pieces (sofa, ottoman, console) have been ordered and are on their way. I’m still on the hunt for sconces, pillows, and accessories.

(I haven’t linked to anything but will provide sources once everything is in place.)

Other things to note:

  • For now, I will keep the wall color as is. One wall in this room will get repainted during the kitchen remodel so I may opt for a different color then.
  • I’m also considering swapping out the natural wood mantel for a thick white painted slab. I have no intention of painting the brick. However, I think a chunky, white mantle could brighten things up a bit.
  • Once the sofas are in place, I will make decisions about side tables and lamps. This could mean a narrow sofa table behind the sofa to the left of the fireplace or a couple small side tables. Neither of the inspiration images has lamps but I do need lamps, so I’ll have to figure out what will work.
  • I also need a larger area rug. Although I love this one, it’s just a couple feet too small.
  • I’m on the fence about curtains for this room. Right now, I’m digging the no-curtains look.

As I mentioned previously, my design scheme for the entire house is Modern Country Colonial, so I think this plan suits it well. While the larger pieces are neutral, I will incorporate color through the rug, pillows, art, and accessories.

I hope this gives you an idea of what I’m planning. I’ll pop back in when I have updates and more information about the space.

Now, I’m off to find throw pillows!

It’s finally time to tackle a few indoor projects. First up, a design plan for my family room. It’s hard to believe it’s officially fall. It’s even harder to believe I’ve already been in my new home for more than three months. While I’ve made a lot of progress, I had wanted to be further […]




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Spooky Spider Cheeseball for Halloween #appetizer #recipe #halloween #snack #cheeseball #spooky

Creepy, crawly, and delicious, these Spider Cheeseballs are the ideal Halloween appetizer recipe.

With Halloween only a little over a month away, I thought now might be a good time to share a few ideas and recipes to help you celebrate! First up are these Spider Cheeseballs.

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “Really, Michael? Another cheeseball recipe?”. I know, I’ve been on a cheese kick lately, but let’s just ROLL with it. (Pun intended.) I like to compare my obsession with cheese to an artist who works in a particular medium for a time. Apparently, my current medium is cheese shaped into balls.

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Even if you’re not as excited about cheeseballs as I am, there’s no denying that these Spider Cheeseballs are a fun Halloween treat.

Spider Cheeseball for Halloween:

I recently styled a Halloween table (I’ll be sharing that with you soon.) and wanted to add a couple food elements. While a tablescape can look beautiful on its own, I think a few treats and drinks can complete the look.

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Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe #halloween

In fact, I actually made two cheeseballs – these spiders plus this Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball. If you look closely at that post, you can see a few cheeseball spiders tucked among the grapes.

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How do you make a Spider Cheeseball?

It is so easy.

Toss all of your ingredients into a bowl, mix them together, and form the mixture into small balls. As you can see I made two different sized spiders.

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The base for this particular cheeseball has a delicious herb flavor mixed with cream cheese and goat cheese. I think the combination is well-suited to the spiders.

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Before adding the “legs,” roll each ball in black sesame seeds. These will give your spiders a wonderful texture and color.

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For the legs, I tucked small pretzel sticks into the cheeseball. For the larger spider cheeseballs, I used whole sticks, and for the smaller cheeseballs, I broke the sticks in half.

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Just pop them in the refrigerator until serving time.

While you can use the pretzel sticks to eat the cheeseballs, I also like serving them with crackers.

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Spooky Spider Cheeseball for Halloween #appetizer #recipe #halloween #snack #cheeseball #spooky

Be sure to get creative with your presentation. I think the “spiders” look extra creepy climbing over green grapes. I even tucked in a few fake plastic spiders for more variety. Halloween appetizer perfected!

Want more Halloween recipes? Try these:

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Spooky Spider Cheeseball for Halloween #appetizer #recipe #halloween #snack #cheeseball #spooky

No matter how you serve these Spider Cheeseballs, they are bound to be a tasty and spooky Halloween treat.

Spider Cheeseballs for Halloween
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 15 mins   |   Total Time: 25 mins
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Creepy, crawly, and delicious, these Spider Cheeseballs are the ideal Halloween appetizer recipe.
Ingredients
  • 2 packages 8 ounces each cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup black sesame seeds
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • Additional pretzels and crackers for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and olive oil until smooth. Then beat in the goat cheese, green onions, garlic, dill, oregano, salt, and pepper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (for small spiders) and 3-inch balls (for large spiders). Then roll the balls in the black sesame seeds to coat.
  3. For the small spiders, use four pretzel sticks broken in half to create eight legs (four on each side of the ball.) For the large spiders, use eight pretzel sticks to create eight legs (four on each side of the ball.)
  4. Cover the Spider Cheeseballs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until you're ready to serve them. Serve with crackers or additional pretzel sticks.

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Creepy, crawly, and delicious, these Spider Cheeseballs are the ideal Halloween appetizer recipe. With Halloween only a little over a month away, I thought now might be a good time to share a few ideas and recipes to help you celebrate! First up are these Spider Cheeseballs. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “Really, Michael? […]




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These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delicious fall treat! #donut #applecider #fallbaking #recipe #apple #bakeddonut

These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delightful way to celebrate the season. Moist and rich with fall flavor, they can be served for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

I have a sweet treat for you today. Last week I shared my latest fall tablescape and hinted at a couple tasty recipes. Today I’m back to share these Baked Apple Cider Donuts.

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Like many folks, when it comes to fall, I’m a sucker for anything apple cider or pumpkin flavored. (Hence this recipe for Baked Apple Sider Donuts!) However, I do prefer homemade or freshly baked goodies over “fake” pumpkin things.

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A few years ago on one of the Fall Home Tours of my St. Marys’ home, I showed you how to make Baked Pumpkin Donuts. Since they were so delicious, I thought I’d make them again but switch up the flavor with apple cider.

These are actually mini-bundt cakes, but I couldn’t resist calling them donuts because of the holes in the center. It seemed so much more suitable.

What I love about this particular recipe is that they are simple to make. You just need two bowls and a whisk. That’s right, no mixer is required. (I know it’s not a big deal, but sometimes it’s nice not to have to clean the mixer.)

How to Make Apple Cider Donuts:

To make these Baked Apple Cider Donuts, mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another and then mix them together. (It’s really that easy.)

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I decided to use this cute mini-bundt pan to bake these donuts. I just love the shape. In fact, it might look familiar as I have a full-sized version of this pan which I used to make both my Funfetti Coffee Cake and my Lemon Pistachio Bundt Cake.

Once they are out of the oven and still warm, brush them with butter and press a generous amount of cinnamon sugar on them. This will give them that beautiful deep cinnamon color and add a crunchy outer shell.


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These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delicious fall treat! #donut #applecider #fallbaking #recipe #apple #bakeddonut

With that, your Baked Apple Cider Donuts are complete!


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They are wonderfully moist and full of apple spice flavor. I think you’re going to love them!

If you liked this fall-inspired recipe, you’ll love these:

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If you’d like to make a batch yourself, you can find the full recipe below. Enjoy!

Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe:

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Servings: 12 donuts   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 20 mins   |   Total Time: 30 mins
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These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a delightful way to celebrate the season. Moist and rich with fall flavor, they can be served for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your donut (mini-bundt cake) pan with a baking spray*. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, apple cider, extra-virgin olive oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan filling each cavity about three-quarters full.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow the donuts to sit in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Then invert the pan to remove.
  6. In a small bowl, make the topping by whisking together the cinnamon and sugar. Brush each donut with melted butter. Then, using your hand, press the cinnamon and sugar mixture onto each donut.
  7. The donuts can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Recipe Notes

*The particular pan that I used for this recipe will bake six donuts at a time. I baked half of the recipe first, removed the donuts from the pan, and then baked the remaining half. Alternatively, you could use two of the same pans.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

Inspired by the bold and bright colors of the season, I created this chic and colorful outdoor fall tablescape to enjoy the beautiful autumn days.

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Did you know that the first day of fall is this coming Saturday!? I still don’t know where the summer went. As sad as I am to say goodbye to summer, fall is my favorite time of year so I will welcome it with open arms. (I’m just going to avoid thinking about what follows fall.)

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Once again, I’m thrilled to team up with some blogger friends to share a collection of fall-inspired table settings. At the end of this post, I’ve linked up everyone involved.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to click through all of the links below. I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas to help you decorate your home and table for the season.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape

With the transition of the seasons in mind, I thought I’d create this chic and colorful outdoor fall tablescape to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall. That’s why I mixed bright and bold colors with pumpkins and gingham.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

When I’m putting together a tablescape, I’m usually inspired by something I’ve seen or purchased. (If you remember the table I shared last week, that beautiful tablecloth from HomeGoods provided me with inspiration.) This time around, I was inspired by the orange, pink, and purple colors of these beautiful dahlias.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

The dahlia is among my favorite flowers. I love how it works so well for summer and fall. I found these particular blooms at the grocery store (Whole Foods). After arranging them in a couple white vases, I was able to quickly put the rest of my table together with things I had on hand.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

Earlier in the day, I picked up some of these white pumpkins and white acorn squash. They were just what I needed to add that quintessential touch of fall in the center of the table.

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For placemats, I opted to use these white and orange gingham ones. You might be surprised to know that they are actually paper! They are from a company called Hester & Cook, which has some of the most beautiful paper entertaining products. (I used one of their runners to decorate my Friendsgiving table last year.) I think their paper goods work well for an outdoor table and make clean-up extra easy!

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Once again I relied on my dishtowel napkin trick. (The trick is simply using dishtowels as napkins!) These were among my recent finds at HomeGoods. The colors matched so well.

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A small leaf-shaped plate (from Target’s Dollar Spot) finishes off the place setting. I topped it with just a small sprig of flowers to tie all the colors together.

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The final touch was a pair of lanterns outfitted with candles for the perfect flicker and glow.
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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

Voila! My chic and colorful outdoor fall tablescape is complete. Too cute, right? Now we just need to fill it with fall snacks and drinks.

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Chic and Colorful Outdoor Fall Tablescape Ideas #fall #tablescape #outdoor #tablesetting #falldecor

As always, I hope that this table inspired you and your fall entertaining endeavors. For more creative tablescape ideas, be sure to check out the links below.

Happy Fall, my friends!

More Fall Tablescape Inspiration:

A Burst of Beautiful | The Learner Observer | Home Made Lovely | The DIY Mommy

Finding Silver Pennies | Town and Country Living | Satori Design for Living | My Sweet Savannah

City Farmhouse | Rooms FOR Rent | She Holds Dearly | Anderson + Grant

Inspired by Charm | Summer Adams | Paint Me Pink | The Wicker House

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Who wouldn’t love a cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup? Combining two flavors I love, these Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of my favorite treats!

These Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are an easy and delicious cookie recipe. #fall #fallbaking #fallcookieweek #peanutbutter #chocolate #peanutbuttercup #recipe

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to bake. That’s why I created Fall Cookie Week here on Inspired by Charm. This is a series I started back in the early days of blogging. If you’re curious about (or missed) any of my FCW recipes, you can find them all below. There are so many delicious fall cookie recipesI know you will love!

Fall Cookie Week Recipes:

Fall Cookie Week 2018 will be returning next weeks on Monday, September 24th. In the meantime, these Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are a blast from the past and one of my favorite fall cookie recipes recipes! What’s not to love?

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How to make Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies:

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

I decided to share another of my favorite cookies to end this cookie week. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

And with these particular cookies, the chocolate drizzled all over the top is literally and figuratively the icing on the cake … er … cookie.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

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

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

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

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

It just looks like a cookie you want to eat.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

These Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are an easy and delicious cookie recipe. #fall #fallbaking #fallcookieweek #peanutbutter #chocolate #peanutbuttercup #recipe

If you want to make these cookies, I’ve shared the full recipe at the end of this post.

Want more Fall Cookie inspiration? You’ll love these recipes:

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Now, tell me that doesn’t look gorgeous.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

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

Thank you so much for enjoying Fall Cookie Week with me every year. It’s always a blast!

These Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are an easy and delicious cookie recipe. #fall #fallbaking #fallcookieweek #peanutbutter #chocolate #peanutbuttercup #recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Inspired by Charm #IBCFallCookieWeek

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  |   Prep Time: 20 mins   |   Cook Time: 30 mins   |   Total Time: 50 mins
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5 from 2 votes

Who wouldn't love a cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup? Combining two flavors I love, these Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of my favorite treats!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups unwrapped
Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light
  2. and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  5. Roll dough into 1-1/4-inch balls. Press a miniature peanut butter cup into
  6. each; reshape balls.
  7. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  10. For drizzle,melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and shortening in a microwave (or in a double boiler). Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. (I allowed my mixture to cool slightly and then put it into a Ziploc bag. I snipped off a tiny portion of the corner of the bag so I could drizzle the cookies.)
(This post was originally publish in September 2013.)

Who wouldn’t love a cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup? Combining two flavors I love, these Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of my favorite treats! Fall is one of my favorite seasons to bake. That’s why I created Fall Cookie Week here on Inspired by Charm. This is a series I started back […]




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Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

This Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball is an easy, beautiful, and tasty appetizer that’s just right for fall entertaining.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Thank you all so much for the love on my fall tablescape. It was fun to create, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Today I’m sharing the Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball recipe that I teased you with in that post.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with my mom about one of my earliest memories. I was in first grade and had left my snack at home. I still remember my mom showing up at the classroom with my cheese and crackers. I think it’s the pure joy I felt at that moment that makes the memory so strong.

Some thirty years later, my love of cheese and crackers still runs deep.

Sidenote: I found the acorn salt and pepper shakers at HomeGoods. You can also find them on Amazon here.

In the past, I’ve experimented with creative cheese balls, including ones shaped like apples, pumpkins, and a Christmas tree. However, for this Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball, I opted for a classic shape with bold flavors.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball

If you’ve never had bacon in a cheese ball, you’re totally missing out. It is out-of-this-world delicious. In this particular recipe, the salty bacon and sharp white cheddar cheese pair beautifully with the sweetness of the dried cranberries. It’s a cheese pairing made in heaven.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Beyond the fact that it’s cheese, I also love serving this cheese ball because it’s so simple to make. You simply blend everything together, roll it into a ball, and you’re ready to go. (The recipe does recommend refrigeration. But if you’re in a pinch for time, you can serve the cheese ball right away.)

You can also have lots of fun with different flavor combinations suited to the season or your celebration.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Speaking of customizing your cheese ball, I styled mine to go with a Halloween tablescape. Here’s a sneak peak.

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While the colors of this cheeseball work beautifully for fall, changing a few of the garnishes adds an element of spooky chic, don’t you think?

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

All you need is a mini clever and some beet crackers for a whole new look!

No matter how you serve it, I’m certain you and your guests are going to love the flavors of this Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

If you liked this cheeseball recipe, you’ll love these too:

Happy Fall Entertaining, my friends!

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball
Servings: 8 people   |   Prep Time: 10 mins
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This Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball is an easy, beautiful, and tasty appetizer that's just right for fall entertaining.

Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries divided
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Crackers for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whip the cream cheese to soften and smooth any lumps.
  2. Add the white cheddar cheese, bacon, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Blend everything together.
  3. Place the mixture on a piece of plastic wrap. Form it into a ball and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until the cheese ball is firm.
  4. On a plate, mix together the remaining 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon parsley, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Roll the cheeseball in this mixture to evenly coat.
  5. Serve with crackers.

This Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball is an easy, beautiful, and tasty appetizer that’s just right for fall entertaining. Thank you all so much for the love on my fall tablescape. It was fun to create, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Today I’m sharing the Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball recipe that I teased […]




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Stylish Fall Decor Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

If you’re feeling the itch to decorate for fall, you’re in luck today. I’m sharing colorful fall decor ideas for your dining room.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

It’s an exciting day in blogland because I’m teaming up with 15 blogger friends for the Seasons of Home series. Today each of us is posting a tablescape for fall. And since a table setting alone wasn’t enough for me, my post also includes sneak peeks for upcoming recipes, a cocktail idea, and more!

It’s also very exciting as this is my first fully styled interior room in my new home! Yay!

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

I am thrilled that you’re here to check out my tablescape and fall decor ideas. At the end of this post, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out all of the beautiful table settings that are part of this series. These are some amazingly talented bloggers and decorators. I’m certain you’ll get an idea or two … or twenty!

Fall Decor Ideas for Your Dining Room:

Call me crazy, but styling a table might be one of my most favorite things to do. (I have been busily furnishing my new dining room for this very reason!)

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Stylish Fall Decor Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

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The inspiration for my tablescape was this tablecloth from HomeGoods. As soon as I saw the colorful pattern, I knew it would be perfect for the season. From there, everything else seemed to fall into place.

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I decided to have fun with the tablecloth by placing it on the diagonal. This is certainly not a traditional or formal way to use a tablecloth, but I love the casual vibe. It’s less fussy and much more inviting.

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It also helps to show off my dining table legs. They are just too pretty to hide.

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As you know, I like to shop the dishtowel section for napkins. That’s where I found these golden yellow checked “napkins.” (I actually bought them at HomeGoods the same day I got the tablecloth.) I think they add a happy punch of color that complements the tablecloth.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

From there, I used my classic white plates and topped them with these scenic fall harvest plates. Aren’t they beautiful?

With touches of gold elsewhere, gold flatware worked perfectly on this table. I got my set from West Elm a few years ago. (This set is similar.)

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

For glassware, I brought out my favorites. These French-inspired wine and champagne glasses.  I love the shape and design of these glasses, and they are so reasonably priced.

With the main pieces in place, I completed the looks with lots of festive fall touches. In the center of the table, a wood cutting board holds an arrangement of flowers I picked up at the grocery store. The blooms are in a gold-rimmed pitcher from a local antique store. I just love the look!

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

I also lit candles to create a fall glow. To me, candles are a must for fall dining.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

This year I decided to splurge on some plush velvet pumpkins. (I believe these Plush Pumpkins were the ones that inspired all the copies we see in stores today.) These guys are the originals with real pumpkin stems. The  quality is amazing. Aren’t they beautiful? I think they amp up the feeling of abundance of the tablescape, plus I plan to use them for many years.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

You might have noticed a few other changes in my dining room. I replaced my old chairs with these white modern shaker style ones. I think they are perfect!

I also did a console swap! I moved my wood mid-century piece into the family room and this black metal buffet into the dining room. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner, but it works so well

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

Since I’m still on the hunt for a new bar cart, I decided to set up a bar on my “new” buffet. These gold-rimmed coupe glasses make the perfect vessel for Apple Cider Sidecars. Boy are these tasty! I can’t wait to share the recipe with you. They are made with cognac. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed cognac until I took a sip! These may be my new go-to fall cocktail.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

Speaking of tasty treats. I whipped up another cheeseball recipe. You know how much I love a cheeseball. (Remember the pumpkin-shaped ones I made last year? You can find them here and here.)

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

This new one is made with dried cranberries, walnuts, bacon, and goat cheese. The flavor combination is amazing. It might be my new favorite. You can grab the recipe for this Cranberry, Bacon, and Walnut Cheeseball here.

To wrap up this colorful and festive fall tablescape, a sweet treat was in order. How about Baked Apple Cider Donut Cakes?

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

I previously made Baked Pumpkin Donuts, so this variation seemed like the perfect follow-up. They are so moist and flavorful, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe. (I’ll be sharing it in the coming days – stay tuned.) I baked them up in this cute mini bundt cake pan.

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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

What do you think of my tablescape? Feeling a bit inspired to pull out your fall decor?

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my dining room and gathered fall decor ideas that you might try when the time is right.


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Colorful Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room #fall #decorating #decor #diningroom #falldecorating

Before you click away, be sure to take a look at the posts below. I’m certain you’ll find more fall decorating inspiration. Enjoy!

Seasons of Home Fall Decor Tablescapes:

Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie | Home Stories A to Z

Love Grows Wild | Craftberry Bush | Kindred Vintage | Inspired by Charm

Zevy Joy | Nina Hendrick | Liz Marie Blog | My Sweet Savannah

Julie Blanner | French Country Cottage | Boxwood Avenue | Rooms for Rent

If you’re feeling the itch to decorate for fall, you’re in luck today. I’m sharing colorful fall decor ideas for your dining room. It’s an exciting day in blogland because I’m teaming up with 15 blogger friends for the Seasons of Home series. Today each of us is posting a tablescape for fall. And since […]




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Home for Fall: Songs for Autumn Playlist #music #songs #folk #playlist #fall #autumn

Fall and folk go together like peanut butter and jelly. Home For Fall: Songs for Autumn is my latest Tuesday Tunes Playlist inspired by my fondness for fall and folk/country music!

Happy Tuesday, dear friends! This past weekend it rained for three days straight. Along with the rain, came cooler temperatures and falling leaves, which instantly stirred the love for autumn in my heart. (I was even tempted to light the first fire in my new home.) That’s why I decided to put together a new playlist of folksy fall songs.

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It’s hard to compete with the Christmas season, but fall is a strong contender for my favorite time of year. For me, the flavors, colors, smells, and sounds of autumn are a treat for the senses. I also love that fall encourages relaxation and cozy nights on the couch next to a fire. That’s exactly why I created this playlist of fall songs.

Whether you’re sitting at home next to a stack of fall issues of your favorite magazines, sitting around an outdoor campfire roasting s’mores, or driving around town in search of the perfect pumpkin, this just may be your new go-to playlist. I know I’ve been listening to it non-stop as I start to plan, bake, and decorate my new home for autumn.

 

My Favorite Fall Songs:

As with all of my playlists, you can use the media player below to listen to this collection of fall songs. You can also find the playlist on Spotify by clicking here.

 


I often create new collections of tunes, so feel free to find me on Spotify if you’d like to follow along.

Finally, I’m always looking for new music. What are some of your favorite songs or artists to listen to in the fall? Is there anyone new I should be listening to? Please let me know in the comments below.

Fall and folk go together like peanut butter and jelly. Home For Fall: Songs for Autumn is my latest Tuesday Tunes Playlist inspired by my fondness for fall and folk/country music! Happy Tuesday, dear friends! This past weekend it rained for three days straight. Along with the rain, came cooler temperatures and falling leaves, which […]




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A delicious Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria cocktail recipe! #fall #sangria #autumn #cocktail #recipe #redwine #redsangria

This Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria recipe is made with red wine and seasonal fruit and spices and is a delicious cocktail for celebrating the glory of autumn!

A delicious Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria cocktail recipe! #fall #sangria #autumn #cocktail #recipe #redwine #redsangria

Fall entertaining is upon us. Maybe you’re hosting Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) this year, or you’re simply gathering with friends to mark the end of another work week. Whatever the occasion, this Autumn Harvest Harvest Sangria is the perfect specialty libation for the season.

Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria

Sangria is simple to make, yet it looks super special. It’s likewise something that most people enjoy. I also find it helpful that you can mix up a large batch if you’re expecting a lot of guests.

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This Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria incorporates fresh apples and pears and was inspired by my visit to an orchard. A cinnamon simple syrup gives it spice for the season.

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How Do you Make Sangria?

In case you’ve never made sangria, don’t worry. It’s so simple. Just toss all the ingredients into a large pitcher, stir, and refrigerate for a few hours. That’s it!

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Another wonderful thing about sangria is that you can whip it up the day before your event. It just gets better as the flavors meld together.

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I am in love with the colors of this particular blend. It looks like autumn in a glass, don’t you think?
With your delicious Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria prepared, you’re ready to celebrate the season in style.

Cheers!

If you like this fall cocktail recipe, you’ll also love:

Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria Recipe:

Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria
Servings: 6 people   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Resting Time: 1 hr
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This Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria recipe is made with red wine and seasonal fruit and spices and is a delicious cocktail for celebrating the glory of autumn!

Ingredients
  • 1 bottle light-bodied Spanish wine (I used Rioja.)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup pear or apple brandy
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup*
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple cored and chopped
  • 1 green pear cored and chopped
  • 1/2 orange quartered and sliced
  • Seeds from one pomegranate about 1/2 cup
  • 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, apple cider, brandy, cinnamon simple syrup, and fruits. 

  2. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight prior to serving.

Recipe Notes

*Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
6 cinnamon sticks

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and the liquid just starts to thicken. Transfer the liquid to a heatproof container, add the cinnamon sticks, and chill for at least 4 hours.

This Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria recipe is made with red wine and seasonal fruit and spices and is a delicious cocktail for celebrating the glory of autumn! Fall entertaining is upon us. Maybe you’re hosting Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) this year, or you’re simply gathering with friends to mark the end of another work week. Whatever […]




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Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Whether you just need an easy homemade cookie for dipping or you prefer not to throw away excess pie dough, these Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies are a delicious dessert treat you can make with just a few ingredients.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm

How to Make Pie Crust Cookies:

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

What to serve with Pie Crust Cookies?

As I mentioned, served plain, they are great for snacking. They also work beautifully with sweet dips like:

You can also use them to decorate pies! They would look beautiful with these recipes:

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 | Inspired by Charm

Be sure check out my Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream recipe to see I used my Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies.

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies Recipe:

Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 10 mins   |   Total Time: 20 mins
Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies | Inspired by Charm
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Whether you just need an easy homemade cookie for dipping or you prefer not to throw away excess pie dough, these Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies are a delicious dessert treat you can make with just a few ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 pie dough (IBC's go-to pie crust, store-bought, or leftover pieces)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar to combine. Sprinkle the cut dough with the cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Usually, you can re-roll and cut the extra dough once or twice before it becomes unworkable.
Recipe Notes

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.

You can get the recipe for my go-to pie crust HERE

Whether you just need an easy homemade cookie for dipping or you prefer not to throw away excess pie dough, these Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies are a delicious dessert treat you can make with just a few ingredients. How to Make Pie Crust Cookies: Honestly, I hesitate to even call this a recipe because […]




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I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting are a delicious dessert recipe to kick off Pumpkin Spice season!

I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

It’s officially September, so we can start talking about all things fall, right? Ready or not, I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends to do just that. We’re celebrating our Tastes of the Season series with all things pumpkin!

I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

That’s why I whipped up these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting. And if that’s not enough pumpkin goodness for you, there are 19 more recipes linked up at the end of this post. From savory to sweet, I’m certain you’ll find something to love.

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How to Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies:

In case you’ve never had a whoopie pie, it’s two soft cake-like cookies sandwiched together with frosting. As Ina Garten would say, “How bad can that be?” Whoopie pies are traditionally made with chocolate cookies and white frosting, but I decided to shake things up a bit for fall.

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I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

For the cake-like cookies, I went with a pumpkin flavor. Canned pumpkin and lots of seasonal spices create a rich taste of fall. I also busted out my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe because it goes great with pumpkin. (You only need a half batch of frosting for this particular recipe.)

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To amp up the frosting flavor, I whipped in salted caramel sauce and an extra pinch of salt. It’s a quick little addition that makes the filling for these whoopie pies extra special. And it pairs beautifully with the pumpkin. I used a store-bought salted caramel sauce. (It’s often near the ice cream toppings in the grocery store.) However, you can make your own, if you prefer.

For more visual interest and flavor – and a bit of crunch, I rolled half of the whoopie pies in chopped pecans. I couldn’t resist putting all the flavors of fall in one delicious whoopie pie. Yes, please!

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I love these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting for a delicious fall dessert recipe. #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #fall #baking #dessert #whoopiepie

If you want to give these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies a try, you’ll find the recipe below. Enjoy and happy baking!

If you liked this pumpkin recipe, you’ll love these:

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 2 dozen   |   Prep Time: 20 mins   |   Cook Time: 15 mins   |   Total Time: 35 mins
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
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These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting are a delicious dessert recipe to kick off Pumpkin Spice season!
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
Filling
  • 1/2 Cream Cheese Frosting recipe
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chopped pecans optional
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the pumpkin.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. In the meantime, prepare 1/2 batch of My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting* recipe. Once prepared, beat in 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat until incorporated.

  6. Once the cookies are cooled, spread (or pipe) the frosting onto the bottom of half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. (Optional: Roll the frosted edges of the cookies in chopped pecans.)
  7. Store whoopie pies in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

*You can print the recipe for my Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting HERE.

Tastes of the Season Blogger Recipes:

Pumpkin Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by Ella Claire | Pumpkin Pie Baklava by A Burst of Beautiful | Keto Pumpkin Cranberry Scones by Home Stories A to Z | Baked Pumpkin Donuts by Boxwood Avenue | Nutella Pumpkin Spice Croissants by Craftberry Bush

Pumpkin Spice Butter by Tidy Mom | Pumpkin Peach Smoothie by Nesting with Grace | Orange Pumpkin Pie by So Much Better with Age | Pumpkin Sugar Cookies by Zevy Joy | Pumpkin Spiced Rooibos Latte by Farmhouse on Boone

Pumpkin Bread Pudding by Love Grows Wild | Mini GF + Keto Pumpkin Cheesecakes by The Chronicles of Home | Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Muffins by Anderson + Grant | Pumpkin Butter Goat Cheese & Bacon Appetizer by Nest of Posies | GF Pumpkin Muffins by Maison de Pax

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Inspired by Charm | Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo by Town and Country Living | Pumpkin Custard by My Sweet Savannah | Mini Pumpkin Pies by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Pumpkin Spice Waffle Recipe + Dessert Bar by Summer Adams

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Choosing a run and a table for a dining room. #diningroom #decor #decorating #rug #table #moderncountrycolonial #colonial #modern

As the title of this post suggests, I got a rug and a table for my dining room and thought you might like to see them. (Those of you with an eagle eye might have noticed these changes in the background of my Apple Streusel Cake post.)

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When I share a decorating post these days, I feel like I need to include a disclaimer. As I wrote about in an earlier post, I’m currently planning to remodel the kitchen in my new home. (Work is still several months away, but I’m making progress getting all the pieces in place.)

Because the kitchen will be the heart of my home, the remodel will impact every room on the first floor. (Primarily because all the hardwood floors will be refinished.) However, the dining room will be affected the most. One wall section will be removed, and a couple windows will be installed. In addition, the French doors will be replaced.

I am eager to decorate my home, but it seems silly to do much before all of the kitchen changes are complete.

Does all of that make sense?

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However, with fall nipping at our heels and the holiday season fast approaching as well, it was time to make some progress in my living spaces so I can share IBC-worthy decorating ideas and beautiful table settings with all of you.

That led me to pull a few triggers in my dining room.

I had been using the 40-inch round table from my apartment, but it was too small and too modern.

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Choosing a run and a table for a dining room. #diningroom #decor #decorating #rug #table #moderncountrycolonial #colonial #modern

I researched tables online and decided to purchase this table from Wayfair. I think the style works well with my overall design scheme, and I’m excited about styling a white table. (I had a wood table in my old house.)

To my amazement, the table arrived in perfect condition. (Since it’s all white, I was concerned the finish would get damaged in transit.) The table is a good size, and there is a leaf should I decide to extend it. I’m not sure it will stay here forever but at just under $500 with a coupon code, I will get my money out of it.

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I also stumbled upon this rug at HomeGoods. It’s from the Magnolia (Joanna Gaines) collection at Loloi. I have another rug from there which I love, so I was excited to find this one. I think the colors will be beyond perfect for fall, and I should be able to make it transition nicely into winter too. (If you can’t find the rug at your HomeGoods, you can find it online here.)

The chairs in the space are the ones from my apartment. I will likely swap those out.

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Choosing a run and a table for a dining room. #diningroom #decor #decorating #rug #table #moderncountrycolonial #colonial #modern

I scored the vintage bench at a local shop. I’ve never before had a bench at a dining room table so I thought it’d be fun to try it out. I’m not sure it will stay here forever, but it should work well for fall.

Near the table is the console table I had in the office of my apartment. I’m trying to get away from loads of mid-century furniture so it will probably have to go. It’s a bit too orange-red anyway.

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But since it’s not the worst, for now, I’m making it work. I might even paint it and replace the legs. I’m thinking that would better suit the space, but it could be like putting lipstick on a pig. What do you think?

The art on the console is a HomeGoods find. Isn’t it great?

The light fixture and paint color were here when I moved in. I don’t mind the fixture. I’d prefer clear bulbs, but it looks okay, at least for now. (I may replace it once the kitchen is complete.)

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Choosing a run and a table for a dining room. #diningroom #decor #decorating #rug #table #moderncountrycolonial #colonial #modern

I did a little digging through the paint cans left at the house and found out the paint color in this room is Early Evening by PPG Porter Paints. I figured a few of you might be curious. It’s a beautiful color.

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Although this room has a long way to go and is likely to change a lot over the next year, I’m excited it’s looking and functioning better.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my in-progress dining room.

As the title of this post suggests, I got a rug and a table for my dining room and thought you might like to see them. (Those of you with an eagle eye might have noticed these changes in the background of my Apple Streusel Cake post.) When I share a decorating post these days, […]




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This Apple Streusel Cake is delicious fall dessert recipe. #apple #cake #streusel #baking #fallbaking #fall #recipe

This Apple Streusel Cake is a delicious baked recipe for fall. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, you’re going to love this sweet treat!

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This Apple Streusel Cake is delicious fall dessert recipe. #apple #cake #streusel #baking #fallbaking #fall #recipe

While I’m still enjoying summer here in Pennsylvania, I realize many folks like to plan ahead or start the fall season as early as possible. That’s why today I’m kicking off the new season with an autumn-inspired recipe for Apple Streusel Cake.

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As I did last year, I’m teaming up with a group of blogger friends to celebrate the “Tastes of the Seasons.” Every month from now through the end of the year each of us will share a new recipe inspired by the season.

This month, we are taking inspiration from the apple, one of the classic flavors of fall. I’ll be linking up all of the bloggers and their recipes at the end of this post. Be sure to visit each one for even more apple-inspired recipes.

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You might remember last year around this time I made this delectable Apple-Cranberry Slab Pie for the “Tastes of the Seasons” series. It’s such a fun and tasty recipe. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Since I made a pie last year, I decided to go with a cake this time. I couldn’t do a plain ol’ cake, of course, so I’m tossing in a generous amount of crunchy, flavor-packed streusel.

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How do you make Apple Streusel Cake?

It’s actually easy and doesn’t require a mixer. I love recipes that aren’t a lot of fuss, and this is one of them.

You start off by sautéing fresh apples to soften them and amp up their sweetness and flavor.

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This Apple Streusel Cake is delicious fall dessert recipe. #apple #cake #streusel #baking #fallbaking #fall #recipe

Those sweet, soft apples get layered in a baking pan with a super easy cake batter and LOTS of delicious streusel. It may seem like too much streusel, but it’s not as you will discover once the cake is baked and you take a bite of it.

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After the cake comes out of the oven and cools slightly, it’s time to top it with a simple icing. Then the only thing left to do is eat it! This recipe would be great for breakfast or brunch, but you could go all out and add a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel for the ultimate after-dinner dessert. You’re welcome!

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This Apple Streusel Cake is delicious fall dessert recipe. #apple #cake #streusel #baking #fallbaking #fall #recipe

While any cake is best served warm, this recipe is also tasty the next day. How can you go wrong with layers of cake, apples, and streusel?

If you liked this apple-inspired recipe, you’ll also love:

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Apple Streusel Cake Recipe:

Apple Streusel Cake
  |   Prep Time: 30 mins   |   Cook Time: 40 mins   |   Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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This Apple Streusel Cake is a delicious baked recipe for fall. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, you're going to love this sweet treat!
Ingredients
Streusel:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced peeled apples (I used Granny Smith.)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8-inch springform pan (or a 9-inch square baking pan).
  2. Next, prepare your streusel by stirring together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle this mixture with the melted butter and vanilla. Toss together with a fork to combine.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the apples in the 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Stir in the brown sugar. Simmer, uncovered, for about 60 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the melted butter and toss with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir just until moistened. (The batter will be lumpy.)
  5. Spread about 1 cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the apple filling over the batter in an even layer. Sprinkle with 2/3 cups of the streusel mixture. Drop the remaining batter in small mounds onto the filling. Sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the icing by whisking together the powdered sugar, spices, salt, and enough apple cider to create a drizzling consistency.
  8. Serve warm, drizzled with the icing. (The cake is still delicious served at room temperature.)

For more amazing apple goodness and beautifully styled recipes, be sure to visit my blogger friends below. They are some amazingly talented folks. I’m certain you’ll find a recipe or two (or even ten) you’ll want to make this fall season.

Enjoy!

Tastes of the Season Blogger Recipes:

Slab Apple Pie + Caramel Sauce by Ella Claire | Applesauce Sheet Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting by Love Grows Wild | Apple Spice Streusel Cake by Inspired by Charm | Baked Apple Slices by Julie Blanner | Cinnamon Maple Sourdough Apple Pie by Farmhouse on Boone

Brioche Apple Bread Pudding by Boxwood Avenue | Apple Cider Pound Cake by Anderson + Grant | Apple Crumble Muffins by A Burst of Beautiful | Banana Apple Cake Bread by Sweet C’s | Rustic Apple Strudel by So Much Better with Age

New England Apple Crisp by Nina Hendrick | Maple Apple Oatmeal by Finding Home Farms | Chocolate Apple Mini Cakes by Zevy Joy | Artisan Apple Bread by Nesting with Grace | Low Carb Apple Sandwich Snacks by My Sweet Savannah

Apple Peach Crisp by Summer Adams | Roasted Apple and Butternut Squash Soup by Town & Country Living

This Apple Streusel Cake is a delicious baked recipe for fall. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, you’re going to love this sweet treat! While I’m still enjoying summer here in Pennsylvania, I realize many folks like to plan ahead or start the fall season as early as possible. That’s […]




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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe
This post is sponsored by Walmart. As always, all opinions are my own.

These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream are a simple and delicious way to celebrate some of the best flavors of summer.

These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

If you’ve never grilled fruit, it might sound sort of odd. However, I’m here to tell you, it’s amazing. Serve the results over vanilla ice cream, and you may have just found your new favorite summertime dessert.

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Today I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the folks at Walmart to bring you this Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream recipe just in time for Labor Day.

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If you’re hosting an end-of-summer get-together with friends and family, this will be the perfect dessert to tantalize their taste buds. (It’s also quite pretty, don’t you think?) So when you’re shopping at Walmart for your Labor Day food and party supplies, pick up a few locally grown* ingredients to create this dessert recipe. Because Walmart has fresh produce for you every day, you’ll find exactly what you need to grill up a treat everyone will love.

Did you know that Walmart has a 100% freshness guarantee? If you’re not satisfied with their produce, they’ll give you a full refund! How great is that!? And yes, in case you’re wondering, all the cute decor on my table is from Walmart!

*Local produce varies by location. 

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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

Now, with our fresh fruit in hand, let’s make this dessert!

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How Do You Make Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs?

The kabobs are simple to make. First, prepare your fruit. I cut my peaches and watermelon so they were about the same size. (Tip: When you’re picking out your peaches, go for ones that are on the firmer side since they’ll soften when grilled.)

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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

Then skewer the fruit and place your kabobs on an oiled grill on medium-high heat. Cook the kabobs for 3-4 minutes on each side or until you get some nice grill marks on the fruit.

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What makes grilled fruit so delicious is that the natural sugar in it is caramelized by the heat and flames. It’s kind of like roasting a marshmallow. The sugars cook/burn to create that really deep, rich flavor.


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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

Once you’ve grilled the kabobs, serve them on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream. The warm caramelized fruit and cold ice cream are a match made in heaven. I also tossed in a cookie for a little crunch and a piece of mint for color and a fresh summer flavor that pairs nicely with everything.

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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

And with that, dessert is ready!



Have I convinced you to give grilling fruit a try? I hope so. You’re going to love it!

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Have fun with this easy and delicious Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream recipe. I promise your Labor Day guests will thank you!

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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream make a delicious summer dessert! #kabobs #dessert #peaches #watermelon #grilled #recipe

Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream
Servings: 4 people   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 8 mins   |   Total Time: 23 mins
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These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream are a simple and delicious way to celebrate some of the best flavors of summer.
Ingredients
  • 4 peaches pitted and sliced (32 slices)
  • 4 cups 1-inch cubed watermelon (32 cubes)
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 4-8 shortbread or sugar cookies
  • Wood skewers
  • Fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Begin by soaking your wood skewers in water for about 10 minutes. Set your grill to medium-high heat and brush the cooking grate with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Once the skewers are well-soaked with water, place the peach slices and watermelon cubes onto each. In all, you'll need 8 skewers of fruit.
  3. Place the skewered fruit onto the grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until grill marks form on the fruit. Remove the skewers of fruit from the grill with tongs.
  4. Add 3-4 scoops of ice cream to a bowl. Top with two grilled fruit skewers. Garnish with a cookie and a sprig of fresh mint.

This post is sponsored by Walmart. As always, all opinions are my own. These Grilled Peach and Watermelon Kabobs with Ice Cream are a simple and delicious way to celebrate some of the best flavors of summer. If you’ve never grilled fruit, it might sound sort of odd. However, I’m here to tell you, it’s amazing. […]




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This recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect sweet to enjoy on a crisp fall morning. Everyone will love the rich pumpkin flavor of these cinnamon rolls.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love being in the kitchen, exploring every conceivable way to incorporate pumpkin into my creations.

Last week I made a batch of cinnamon rolls. So this week I decided to give them a fall-inspired twist and sneak some pumpkin and spices into the dough.

Let’s make some Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls!

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How to make Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls:

If you’ve ever made cinnamon rolls before, the process is pretty similar. The only big change is adding pumpkin puree and including lots of fall spices.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

Let me tell you – they are pretty amazing! Just another reason to love pumpkin. I topped them off with a maple cream cheese icing that is the perfect complement!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

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That’s it! These just might be my new favorite pumpkin treat.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls | Inspired by Charm

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

Yep, they are that amazing.

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

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If you like these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, try these recipes too:

Let’s check out the recipe for these little rolls of pure joy! I hope you’ll give them a try!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
  |   Prep Time: 1 hr 30 mins   |   Cook Time: 45 mins   |   Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
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This recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is one of my favorites. It's the perfect sweet to enjoy on a crisp fall morning. Everyone will love the rich pumpkin flavor of these cinnamon rolls.
Ingredients
Dough:
  • ¼ ounce package yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup scalded milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 egg
  • 4 - 5 cups all-purpose flour
Filling:
  • ½ cup softened butter (plus more for pan)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (plus more for pan)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Mapleine (maple extract)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. 

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

  3. When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread softened butter all over dough. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Then sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
  4. Coat the bottom of 13 x 9 baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
  6. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, Mapleine, and vanilla until smooth. For a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.
*Originally published September 24, 2013*

This recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect sweet to enjoy on a crisp fall morning. Everyone will love the rich pumpkin flavor of these cinnamon rolls. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love being in the kitchen, exploring every conceivable way to incorporate […]




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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

Grab a glass of sangria and meet me out back! We’re going to take a look at my modern country colonial deck!

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A couple weeks ago I showed you around my newly decorated side porch. Well, today I’m finally taking you on a tour of my deck.

I’ve actually had this space styled and functional for a while. However, because of one thing or another, I just never got around to photographing it. It has been a rather wet and muggy summer, so maybe I can blame my procrastination on that.

Regardless of the reason for the delay, here’s my deck, all decked out (Pun intended)!

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

The look of this space was inspired by the Modern Country Colonial aesthetic that I’m going for in my entire home. You’ll see all three design elements interwoven in the space.

I’m so pleased with how the deck turned out. I wanted it to be more functional for entertaining and dining, and I think I’ve achieved that. It can now accommodate a group of guests in style. (If I’m entertaining just a few folks, I can use the cozy lounge area on my side porch.)

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This large trestle-inspired table is the perfect size and pairs nicely with the modern black metal chairs. For more interest and personality, I opted for different head chairs.

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

I always love having a chaise lounge chair on a deck, so that was a must for me. When I found these, I thought they’d be great in the space, and they are. I didn’t want anything that needed cushions since this deck does not have a roof. The unique design of these loungers makes them comfy without the need for cushions.

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

Opposite the loungers are the round bucket chairs I had at my apartment. I love how they look on the deck. They are just the right size for that area and offer extra seating for guests.

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

You may have noticed that my large cactus is spending the summer outdoors. It’s done amazingly well here. It’s growing new arms and has even flowered twice! (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know this was a special event.)

I also had room to tuck in a grill. It sits outside the door to the kitchen, which makes it extra convenient when I’m grilling.

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I intentionally chose a more neutral palette for the deck. Even though I haven’t done much entertaining yet, I wanted a color scheme that would accommodate party decor, seasonal decorations, and festive foods in every color of the rainbow!

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

This space has worked so well for a couple outdoor photoshoots that I’ve done for the blog, and I am already looking forward to styling a few things for fall! I’ll be sharing a post later this week, so you’ll see how much the color pops.

Because it was late in the season when I was able to get this space together, I sort of missed the proper flower planting season. While I was able to incorporate some color, I think next year (and maybe even this fall), I’ll be able to add in even more color with my plantings.

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling tips and inspiration. #outdoor #deck #decor #styling #modern #country #colonial

Nonetheless, I’m loving my modern country colonial deck decor. It’s been a lot of fun bringing it all together and watching it grow and change over the summer. I hope you’re digging it as much as I am.

Oh, and here’s a view of the deck from the backyard. I wasn’t sure what to think about the shape of this deck at first. Now, I’m totally digging it.

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The furnishings are from a variety of places. I’ll link up everything below if you’re looking for sources. Please note that some items were from summer collections, so they may no longer be available for purchase.

Thanks so much for joining me on the deck!

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Modern Country Colonial Deck Styling Sources:

Black Metal Chairs
Outdoor Dining Table
Black Armchair
Outdoor Chaise
Weber Grill
Rattan Chair
Metal Side Table
Umbrella
Umbrella Stand
Galvanized Lanterns
Black Ceramic Lanterns, Tree Trunk Tables, and Pots from HomeGoods

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Modern Country Colonial #bayberryhouse

Well, friends, it’s finally time. Today, I’m sharing more about the plans and design direction for my new home, Bayberry House.

I moved into Bayberry House a couple months ago. Since then I have been super BUSY with home improvement projects. I got the upstairs floors refinished and had a radon mitigation system and a water softener/water filter installed. I’ve also drawn up plans for a major kitchen remodel (details soon), created a landscape plan (details soon), and made arrangements for a new roof (details soon). And the list goes on….

When it comes to decorating, however, things have been a bit slower. I did make progress on my side porch (which you can see here) and back deck (details soon). Because I wanted to spend time relaxing outside this summer, creating these cozy and functional outdoor areas was a high priority for me.

In case you’re new here (or just need a super quick recap), for about 9 years I lived in a large home in St. Marys, PA. I then rented an apartment in Pittsburgh, PA for a year, sold the St. Marys’ house, and bought a five-bedroom home that I named Bayberry House. The folks who purchased my previous home wanted it fully furnished, so I was left with only the furnishings from my one-bedroom apartment. As you can imagine, this was both cleansing and concerning. Thankfully, the apartment furnishings seem to work well enough in my new house so that it’s stylish and totally functional.

So where do I go from here? (Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage because this post is a long one.)

If you’re a long-time follower, you’ll know that my style has always been eclectic. For me, this is a blessing and a challenge. While I see beauty in many different eras and designs, this can sometimes be overwhelming. I will probably always embrace a variety of styles, but in planning the decor for this new home, I wanted to refine my look a bit.

I decided to do this to help narrow my search when sourcing for my designs and to give the entire house a cohesive feel. I’m calling my refined eclectic style: Modern Country Colonial.

While that may seem fairly straightforward, I should tell you that I struggled with using the word “country.” In today’s design world, “country” is often viewed as dated, non-trendy, and definitely not stylish.

As I pondered using that descriptor, I wondered how my work would be perceived if I incorporated a style that wasn’t in line with what the “top people” in the industry are doing.

I also realize that in the blogging world, we see a lot of farmhouse and country these days. I’m one of those people who shy away from things that have become super popular. So please know, if you’re bored with “farmhouse” style, that is not what I’m after.

Side note: Speaking of “farmhouse,” the term is widely misused. If your house isn’t on a farm, it’s probably not a farmhouse. (Erin Napier of Home Town wrote an excellent article about this.)

Back to decorating my new home: I’m inspired to decorate it as I please. It’s my place after all. Realizing that I may fail along the way and sometimes question if I’m “good enough,” I’m excited about designing this new-to-me space.

With that being said, I thought I’d show you some images that I’m using to help inspire my space planning. Although I typically don’t like to use others’ images on my blog, I feel it’s necessary for visually clarifying the direction I want to take my home.

I’ve linked up the original source below each photo. If you like something in the photos, I encourage you to click on those links and learn more about the person who created them. I’ve also made a Pinterest board in case you want to see even more of my inspiration. You can follow along with that here.

Below are a few examples and explanations of what Modern Country Colonial means to me. While the photos below may include ideas that pertain to all of the words, I decided to organize things in three sections to better explain my thinking.

Modern

For me, modern means bright, clean, and orderly. Modern design uses the color white to create a crisp, light-filled, open space.

Modern design also embraces using color in unique and unexpected ways. Yes, I can totally appreciate a neutral space, but a colorful space is a must for me.

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Image: @redesignhomellc on Instagram

Image: Humprey Munson

Another big and less obvious thing I love about modern design is that it is very intentional. I have hoarder tendencies because I like so many things, so my goal will be to limit my selections to what is functional and/or makes my heart sing.

Modern also means creating a smarter home and taking advantage of new technologies and features to make the space work for me. This includes things like a home security system, modern appliances, and connectivity.

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Images: @haysbartonhomes on Instagram

Country

Just look at the brick fireplace in my den/family room. This is country. This is what I love. I thought long and hard about moments in life that brought me the most joy and the spaces where I felt most inspired. This always leads me back to the country.

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Image: Manhattan Nest

Let me paint a couple pictures for you:

1. Imagine being around an outdoor fire pit made of brick or stone. The fire is crackling, and lights are strung above. A few close friends have joined you, and they’ve shown up exactly as they are. Songs by The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons are playing in the background. You’re wearing jeans and a button-down shirt and sitting on a plaid flannel blanket. Snacks are served on rustic wood cutting boards and in cast-iron dishes. The food is seasonal, simple, and fresh.

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Image: Jersey Ice Cream Co. (Old Chatham Farmhouse)

2. There’s a strawberry rhubarb pie baking in the oven. The pie dish is chipped from years of use. The rhubarb is from a plant your grandparents had growing in their garden for years. Your cup of coffee, now cold, sits on the kitchen counter. The handle is dusty with flour from the pie crust you just made. Bedsheets are hanging on the clothesline in the backyard because there’s honestly nothing better than sheets dried outdoors.

Do you feel it? That’s country to me. While it’s a definitely a look, it’s also a feeling. It’s a flavor that’s rich and bright and fresh.

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Image: @burtsbrisplease on Instagram

There’s also nothing fake about it. The wood is weathered from age, not paint. Real flowers are tucked into mason jars, and a few of the flowers are wilting and dropping petals on the table. It’s shopping at antique shops and finding vintage treasures no one else will have. Everything has a story.

It’s gingham. It’s plaid. It’s cozy. It’s welcoming. It’s home.

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Image: @house_1924 on Instagram

Colonial

My house is a colonial so this was a no-brainer. When designing a space, I think it’s important (and in many cases easier) to work with the bones and style of the space. Obviously, there are exceptions, but this just makes sense to me.

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Image: @lauralmercantile on Instagram

Modern Country Colonial #bayberryhouse

Image: @maxhumphrey on Instagram

I searched for definitions to help explain what colonial style is, and Better Homes & Gardens explained it best:

“Admired for its simple lines and rich, subdued colors, it emphasizes woods and other natural materials. Whether formal or rustic, Colonial-style interiors have one unifying thread: the look of handcrafting in every element.”

I love that. And how perfectly does that combine my goals for a modern and country space?

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Image: @theletteredcottage on Instagram

Modern Country Colonial #bayberryhouse

Image: @cuttingedgehomes on Instagram

In my design, this plays out in adding more molding throughout the house. It means incorporating custom cabinetry in my kitchen and other areas of my home. It also points me in a certain direction when choosing colors for my spaces. I think it also gives me permission to blend traditional and rustic.

I also hope this inspires me to get back to crafting and creating and making. At its core, I want this home to be a reflection of me and always feel welcoming to others.

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Image: DeRosa Builders, Greenwich CT

And that’s it, my friends. My Modern Country Colonial vision for Bayberry House. I am looking forward to bringing my designs to life and honored to invite you along on this styling journey.

I hope that sharing my thought process has helped you see my goals and inspired you to create a home you love no matter what your style may be.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I start to talk about more specific plans for each room and begin the process of my kitchen remodel. It’s going to be so exciting!

 

Well, friends, it’s finally time. Today, I’m sharing more about the plans and design direction for my new home, Bayberry House. I moved into Bayberry House a couple months ago. Since then I have been super BUSY with home improvement projects. I got the upstairs floors refinished and had a radon mitigation system and a […]




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

No matter the time of year, the bright and bold flavors of this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe are sure to delight your guests. It’s the perfect autumn appetizer!

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

In this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe, the humble cheeseball gets a makeover with dried tomatoes, Italian cheeses, and a variety of seasonings. These intense flavors are the perfect complement to your favorite crackers, crudités, or chips.

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

Inspired by my Everything Bagel Cheeseball and my Apple-Shaped Cheeseballs, I looked to one of my favorite flavors, sun-dried tomatoes, to inspire this delicious recipe!

How to make a Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball:

Because I first made this cheeseball in the fall, I pumpkin-ified it. To do this, I removed a stem from a small pumpkin* and inserted it into the top of the cheeseball. Then I used a chopstick to create grooves from the base of the pumpkin to the stem.

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

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

*Tip: I recommend cutting off the very top of the real pumpkin and then peeling away the pumpkin flesh so that only the stem remains. Attempting to just snap off the stem may cause it to break.

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In case you don’t have any small pumpkins, you could make a faux stem by drizzling balsamic vinegar on a thin breadstick and toasting it in the oven to deepen the color. Using a pretzel rod is another alternative.

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

I love the coloring of this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball and how the spices and bread crumbs give it great texture and depth.

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However, if you prefer an intense orange color, let me suggest rolling it in Nacho Cheese Doritos instead of the breadcrumb mixture. Just put the Doritos in a large plastic baggie and smash them with a rolling pin. Pulverized, they are the perfect shade of orange.

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

That’s how I made these little mini cheeseballs to go along with my larger one.

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This cheeseball is outstanding as a pumpkin, but you could shape it in another way that fits the season and your party theme. It could be a sun this time of year or a football in the fall.

No matter how you shape and finish the Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball, the flavor is just what you’d expect – rich and savory and bursting with sun-dried tomato goodness. Yum!

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

Also, if you like my festive fall cheeseball display, check out my “Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen” post HERE.

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

If you liked these pumpkin-inspired cheeseballs, I bet you’ll love these too:

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Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball
Servings: 10 people   |   Prep Time: 15 mins
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No matter the time of year, the bright and bold flavors of this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe are sure to delight your guests. It's the perfect autumn appetizer!

Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes drained and blotted (to remove excess oil)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • Thin crisp breadsticks and crackers for serving
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes. Form the mixture into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Once the cheeseball has set, roll it in the bread crumb mixture to evenly coat.
  3. (To make your cheeseball resemble a pumpkin, add a real or faux pumpkin stem to the top. Then use the tip of a chopstick or the back of a butter knife to create grooves.)
  4. Serve with thin, crisp breadsticks and crackers.

No matter the time of year, the bright and bold flavors of this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe are sure to delight your guests. It’s the perfect autumn appetizer! In this Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball Recipe, the humble cheeseball gets a makeover with dried tomatoes, Italian cheeses, and a variety of seasonings. These intense flavors are the […]




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These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. #recipe #pickled #squash #yellowsquash #summer

These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. Whether you’re adding them to a sandwich, serving them on a cheese board, or eating them right out of the jar, you’ll love this pickled yellow squash.

These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. #recipe #pickled #squash #yellowsquash #summer

Every time I think about pickling something, that skit from Portlandia comes to mind. “We can pickle that!” Anyone else? (You can watch it here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.)

Anywho, several years ago I came across a recipe for Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles in one of my magazines. I tore it out and have hung onto it since then. Last week when I spotted a basket of yellow squash at the local farmers market, I decided it was finally time to give that recipe a try.

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The whole idea of pickling squash was new to me, so I was curious how the pickles would taste. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. They are delicious!

Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles:

They taste a lot like bread and butter pickles: sweet and vinegary, So good! If you closed your eyes and took a bite, I doubt you could tell they are made from squash.

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I also love the red onions in this recipe. They are as wonderful as the squash. Pickling dulls the overly pungent taste of the onion, which might be why pickled onions have become sort of trendy these days. (They seem to be served on tacos a lot.)

As with their regular pickle cousins, these yellow squash pickles would be great served with a sandwich or included with other seasonal snacks on an appetizer board. (They would have been perfect on my Summer Cheese Board!)

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These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. #recipe #pickled #squash #yellowsquash #summer

However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be equally happy eating them straight out of the jar. Yum!

You can grab the recipe for these Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles below. Enjoy.

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These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. #recipe #pickled #squash #yellowsquash #summer

If you like this Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles recipe, you’ll love these:

Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles
Servings: 2 pints   |   Prep Time: 20 mins   |   Cook Time: 20 mins
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These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. Whether you're adding them to a sandwich, serving them on a cheese board, or eating them right out of the jar, you'll love this pickled yellow squash.
Ingredients
  • 4 small yellow squash cut in1/4-inch thick slices (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
Instructions
  1. In a large non-metal bowl, combine the squash and onion. Sprinkle salt over the vegetables and stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Then, drain the liquid from the vegetables.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, and dry mustard. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the squash and onion mixture and then return to boiling.
  4. Remove from heat. Ladle the hot vegetables and liquid into sterilized canning jars.
  5. At this point, the jars can be processed for long-term canning or covered and stored as-is in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  6. Chill at least 24 hours before serving.

These Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles are a mouth-watering summer snack. Whether you’re adding them to a sandwich, serving them on a cheese board, or eating them right out of the jar, you’ll love this pickled yellow squash. Every time I think about pickling something, that skit from Portlandia comes to mind. “We can pickle that!” […]




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This Birthday Cake Shot recipe is a tasty and fun birthday cocktail idea. #cocktail #recipe #shot #birthday #birthdaycake

This Birthday Cake Shot is a fun and delicious way to celebrate someone’s special day. Rimmed with frosting and sprinkles, this creamy birthday shot is one everyone will love.

Complete with frosting and sprinkles, this Birthday Cake Shot is the perfect cocktail to celebrate a birthday. #cocktail #birthdaycake #shot #birthday #cake #recipe

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. It was the big 3-5! I planned a low-key day which was just what I needed. Although I love any excuse to celebrate, this year I wanted to simply relax, watch movies, and play it cool. And that’s excitedly what I did.

However, I also realized that this special day was an excellent opportunity to celebrate life and all the good things in it, which is why I crafted this Birthday Cake Shot!

Complete with frosting and sprinkles, this Birthday Cake Shot is the perfect cocktail to celebrate a birthday. #cocktail #birthdaycake #shot #birthday #cake #recipe

What I love about this recipe is that it only has a few ingredients and is super easy to make. It also looks and tastes wonderfully festive.

What’s in a Birthday Cake Shot?

There are three main ingredients:
White chocolate liqueur
Whipped vodka
Frangelico

To give this drink its festive birthday touch, you’ll also need frosting and sprinkles. – What’s a birthday cake without frosting?

Complete with frosting and sprinkles, this Birthday Cake Shot is the perfect cocktail to celebrate a birthday. #cocktail #birthdaycake #shot #birthday #cake #recipe

This Birthday Cake Shot recipe is a tasty and fun birthday cocktail idea. #cocktail #recipe #shot #birthday #birthdaycake

How Do You Make a Birthday Cake Shot?

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To make a Birthday Cake Shot, you start by rimming your shot glasses in frosting and then dipping them into sprinkles. (I used my favorite cream cheese frosting, but any kind will do.)

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Complete with frosting and sprinkles, this Birthday Cake Shot is the perfect cocktail to celebrate a birthday. #cocktail #birthdaycake #shot #birthday #cake #recipe

Then, in a cocktail shaker with ice, add equal parts white chocolate liqueur (I recommend Godiva.) and whipped vodka (I recommend Pinnacle.) along with a splash of Frangelico.

Whipped Vodka is the perfect ingredient when you want a whipped cream or icing flavor in your cocktail. I actually prefer it over vanilla vodka. (If you’ve made my Jingle Juice Punch recipe, you’ll know what I mean.) I also like the addition of Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur, because it has a toasty/baked-cake flavor.

Complete with frosting and sprinkles, this Birthday Cake Shot is the perfect cocktail to celebrate a birthday. #cocktail #birthdaycake #shot #birthday #cake #recipe

Finally, pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into your prepared glasses and raise them in a toast to the birthday girl or boy!

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So simple, right?

While the alcohol content in these liquors isn’t too high, you could add half & half if you want to dilute it a bit.

However you make it, this Birthday Cake Shot is a tasty and celebratory way to honor anyone’s special day. Cheers!

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This Birthday Cake Shot recipe is a tasty and fun birthday cocktail idea. #cocktail #recipe #shot #birthday #birthdaycake

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Birthday Cake Shot
Servings: 2 shots   |   Prep Time: 8 mins
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This Birthday Cake Shot is a fun and delicious way to celebrate someone's special day. Rimmed with frosting and sprinkles, this creamy birthday shot is one everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 1.5 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces whipped vodka
  • .5 ounce Frangelico
  • Cake frosting and sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by rimming your shot glasses with frosting; then dip them into the sprinkles to coat. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the white chocolate liqueur, whipped vodka, and Frangelico. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into the prepared shot glasses and enjoy!

This Birthday Cake Shot is a fun and delicious way to celebrate someone’s special day. Rimmed with frosting and sprinkles, this creamy birthday shot is one everyone will love. This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. It was the big 3-5! I planned a low-key day which was just what I needed. Although I love […]




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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

Summer is made for porch sitting. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to share my Modern Colonial Porch Styling with you today. I hope you enjoy this peek around my space and that it inspires you in styling your own outdoor oasis.

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This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. As always, all opinions are my own.

Yes, my dear, patient friends, I am starting to make progress at the new house. I’ve been pondering the stylistic direction I want to take in this new adventure and trying to balance that with my urge to “just have fun and decorate.” Today, I’ve combined both approaches and created an outdoor space I’m loving.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

For this Modern Colonial Porch Styling, I teamed up with my friends at Bed Bath & Beyond. Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking: “Bed Bath & Beyond doesn’t have outdoor furniture.” Well, you’re right, but you’re also wrong. (And don’t feel bad. I thought the same thing.) Although the brick-and-mortar stores don’t carry loads of outdoor furnishings, their huge online selection is amazing. It’s really a fabulous place to shop for unique, seasonal products, home decor, and furniture.

They offer hundreds of options on their website, and I couldn’t be more excited to show you what I chose to style my space.

In furnishing my side porch, I first had to figure out how I wanted to use it. Since I also have a deck, I decided to reserve the porch for lounging by myself or relaxing with friends. This meant I needed a conversation set rather than a dining set.

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I ended up choosing pieces from the Modway Marina Collection. I was attracted to this furniture for several reasons. First of all, the aesthetic is transitional. The shape and materials keep it classic while the bright white cushions and sleek lines make it modern.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

I also love that most of the pieces can be rearranged. The sofa is made up of three sections so should I want a longer piece or a sectional down the road, I can add to it or rearrange the parts.

My porch is covered which meant that choosing furniture with cushions was a no-brainer. I can have comfort without worrying about removing the cushions every time it rains. Even if the all-weather cushions get wet, they will resist most of the water.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

From there I styled things with a few pillows and a throw for added comfort. You can find the pillows I used here, here, here, and here.

For the color story, I decided to play in the blue and purple family. It’s a scheme that wouldn’t work in my previous home so I was excited to try it here.

I also needed places to set drinks, a book, or my laptop.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

So in between the two armchairs (or in this case armless chairs), I went with something unique and modern – this sleek glossy black table. It’s unexpected in the best possible way and ties in the existing black features of the home. I’m aware it isn’t designed for outdoor use but tucked against the wall, it’s rarely touched by the sun or rain.

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For the coffee table, I opted to use two of these round teak end tables. The porch is a bit narrow, so a large coffee table just wouldn’t have worked. What I like about these two drum tables is that they can function as a coffee table or be moved off to the sides of the sofas as end tables.

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To ground all of this and define the conversation area, I added a rug. It makes things feel homey and inviting. Even better: it hides some of the imperfections of the 70-year-old concrete slab.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

Of course, plants were a must in this exterior space. In a nod to the past, I chose classic concrete planters. (This one and this one.) And because this porch is on the west side of the house where there are a lot of trees, I went with shade-loving plants.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

I also used these pots in the planting bed just outside the porch. My landscaping is struggling a bit, and while I will address this in the future, the potted plants are a great interim source of life and color.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

Speaking of plants, I also dotted lots of baby Pilea plants around. They are my latest favorite! I purchased a Pilea this spring, and it produced a ton of little offshoots. I transplanted them into terra cotta pots, and they have been doing amazingly well!

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From there, I added in a few more accessories to up the style and function of the space. The candles in these beautiful modern lanterns will give an evening glow and sparkle.

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I even pulled in a few entertaining essentials: outdoor glasses and pitcher, navy buffalo check napkinsplates, and a bottle caddy for fresh flowers. I can already see myself serving drinks and snacks to my guests.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

And you might have noticed these vintage Bingo cards I’m using as coasters. I found them at a local sale and thought they were the perfect touch of whimsy for my porch.

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All-in-all, I think this space with its Modern Colonial Porch Styling is ready for its big debut.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

I hope you enjoyed this look around my porch and found a few ideas and new products for adding a dose of happy to your own outdoor rooms.

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Gather ideas for styling your porch for summer from this Modern Colonial Porch Styling #porch #decor #decorating #outdoor #furniture

Happy Decorating, Everyone!

A big thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Summer is made for porch sitting. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to share my Modern Colonial Porch Styling with you today. I hope you enjoy this peek around my space and that it inspires you in styling your own outdoor oasis. This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. As always, all opinions […]




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I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

This Ricotta Toast with Three Jams is a deliciously sweet breakfast treat that can be ready in minutes. Three jams make this ricotta toast extra special, but feel free to use as many or as few as you like.

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

A while ago my mom told me about a treat that she and her friend enjoy. They spread goat cheese on toast and top it with fresh jam. Being a fan of goat cheese and jam, this sounded so good to me.

Flash forward to a week ago when I spotted a similar idea while scrolling on Instagram: Ricotta Toast with Three Jams. In my subsequent research, I discovered that ricotta toast is actually “a thing” and there are a variety of ways to serve it. Naturally, I had to give it a try.

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

I loved the idea of serving it with jam based on the idea from my mom and Instagram, so that’s what I did.

To start, I bought jam (from Freedom Farms) and freshly baked whole wheat sourdough bread (from Mediterra Bakehouse) at the farmers market. I also picked up a quality ricotta from the specialty cheese section at the supermarket.

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

Since this recipe only has three ingredients, you want to make sure you use the best possible ingredients. It will make all the difference.

How to Make Ricotta Toast with Three Jams:

Once I had my ingredients on hand, I used my mixer to beat the ricotta for about five minutes until it was creamy. I also added a pinch of salt.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you may be tempted to add sugar. Don’t. I promise you it’s not needed.

With the ricotta ready, I toasted the bread. Then I spread the toast with some of the ricotta and topped that with blackberry jam, raspberry jam, and grape jelly.

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Before it could get cold, I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down to enjoy my treat!

I was fairly certain I was going to like it, and one bite was enough to know for sure. It is so good, my friends! The creamy ricotta has just a touch of tang and pairs perfectly with the freshly toasted bread and berry jam. Yum!

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

I love Ricotta Toast with Three Jams for an easy beautiful breakfast treat. #ricotta #toast #breakfast #berry #jam #jelly

If you don’t like ricotta, you could certainly use goat cheese. If you don’t like either of those, try cream cheese!

However you fix it, this is an easy and creative way to make something unique and delicious for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

I hope you give this Ricotta Toast with Three Jams recipe a try! If you do, be sure to pop back in and let us know what you think.

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Ricotta Toast with Three Jams
Servings: 2 servings   |   Prep Time: 6 mins   |   Cook Time: 4 mins   |   Total Time: 10 mins
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This Ricotta Toast with Three Jams is a deliciously sweet breakfast treat that can be ready in minutes. Three jams make this ricotta toast extra special, but feel free to use as many or as few as you like.
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of good quality bread I used whole wheat sourdough.
  • 8 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons of three different jams
Instructions
  1. Place the ricotta into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes until the cheese becomes creamy. Add a pinch of salt and mix well to combine.
  2. Toast the sliced bread.
  3. Spread the ricotta on the toasted bread. You'll want about 2 tablespoons per slice depending on the size of your toast. (You will have leftover whipped ricotta. Just put it back in the container and store in the refrigerator.)
  4. Top with three different jams of your choice. Serve and enjoy!

This Ricotta Toast with Three Jams is a deliciously sweet breakfast treat that can be ready in minutes. Three jams make this ricotta toast extra special, but feel free to use as many or as few as you like. A while ago my mom told me about a treat that she and her friend enjoy. […]




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This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is a delicious and easy-to-fix dessert that’s perfect for summer. Made from a box cake mix plus fresh strawberries and coconut, it’s a cake anyone can create and everyone will enjoy.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

It’s been a while since I made and shared a cake here on IBC, which is sort of odd because of my fondness for cake. Even though I’m currently without an oven (Yes, I made this in my little smart oven.), I decided to whip up this Strawberry Coconut Cake.

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This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

As you know from many of the recipes I’ve shared here, I delight in things that look and taste special but are simple to make. This cake is just that!

How to make Strawberry Coconut Cake:

As mentioned above, this recipe calls for a box cake mix which practically makes it foolproof. Small additions, such as pureed strawberries, coconut, and strawberry jello, give a typical box cake amazing flavor and color, quickly taking it from boring to bold.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

I also love that this recipe calls for my favorite cream cheese frosting. It’s an IBC favorite, so I’m super excited whenever I get a chance to use it.

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To customize the frosting for this recipe, I stirred in 1/2 cup of coconut, which I chopped. It’s a subtle addition that enhances the frosting texture and makes it pop with the taste of coconut.

Speaking of surprises, I also added a layer of sliced strawberries between the two layers of cake. The color and flavor of the fresh berries are a wonderful touch. Again, it’s an extra detail that will make this cake truly memorable.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

Oh, and if you’re crazy about coconut, you can even press some onto the frosting once you have frosted the cake. I opted not to do this because I wanted fresh strawberries, strawberry flowers, and strawberry leaves to be the focus of my decorative garnish.

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

I was incredibly lucky and happened to find a big strawberry plant at the Farmers Market an hour before I decorated this cake. I had planned to use fresh flowers, but this was even better. Talk about serendipitous!

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

And for those of you who are long-time IBC readers, this cake may remind you of the Naked Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake I made a few years ago. I garnished that one with fresh flowers. It’s still one of my favorite cakes. It photographed so beautifully.

Anywho, If you like strawberries and coconut, I hope you’ll give this cake a go. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Summer Baking!

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is an easy to make dessert perfect for summer. #dessert #cake #strawberry #coconut

Strawberry Coconut Cake
  |   Prep Time: 30 mins   |   Cook Time: 30 mins   |   Total Time: 1 hr
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This Strawberry Coconut Cake is a delicious and easy-to-fix dessert that's perfect for summer. Made from a box cake mix plus fresh strawberries and coconut, it's a cake anyone can create and everyone will enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup coconut chopped
  • 1 batch Go-to Cream Cheese Frosting Go-to Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup coconut chopped
  • 6-8 strawberries sliced. plus additional strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the white cake mix, strawberry gelatin powder, all-purpose flour, and baking soda. Whisk to combine. Next beat in the oil, eggs, milk, pureed strawberries, vanilla, and coconut extract. Then stir in the chopped coconut.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of each layer comes out clean.
  4. Cool the pans on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pans and leave it on the racks until it is completely cool.
  5. While the cake cools, make your cream cheese frosting. Prepare as directed, but mix in 1/2 cup of chopped coconut.
  6. Once the cakes are cool, spread a layer of frosting onto the top of one cake. Top with sliced strawberries. Place the second layer of cake on top of that and frost the rest of the cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Recipe Notes

Cream Cheese Frosting recipe can be found by clicking here

This Strawberry Coconut Cake is a delicious and easy-to-fix dessert that’s perfect for summer. Made from a box cake mix plus fresh strawberries and coconut, it’s a cake anyone can create and everyone will enjoy. It’s been a while since I made and shared a cake here on IBC, which is sort of odd because […]




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