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Unique Pie Designs

We wanted to get you guys inspired with these beautiful pie designs we found online (click on the links for more details on each design).  I’m going to experiment with my own funky pie designs this weekend and post them on Instragram next week. So be sure to check them out!

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It’s Pie Time!

By Melessa

Today I wanted to show you a few fun gadgets I’ve invented for my day job as Designer and Art Director of Talisman Designs.  They make pie baking SO much easier (because, contrary to popular belief, the phrase “easy as pie” is wildly inaccurate, at least for most double crust pies).  Not to mention, these tools make perfect gifts!!!

Just as an FYI, I do not receive any kind of commission when I show you the things I have invented and designed.  I just love what I’ve created and, better yet, they work and will come in handy for the baking season.  “Where can I buy them,” you ask?  Just click on the links below!

Oh!  And THE Rachael Ray (yes, you read that right) will be featuring the Pastry Guide on her show this Thursday, November 17.  Don’t miss it!  Be sure to watch!!

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Best Stuffing (and Artisan Bread) on the Planet!

Confession: I love Stove Top stuffing.  And I know I’m not alone, because Target wouldn’t waste an end cap filled with it for three months straight if no one was buying.  However, our family has been trying to cut down on processed foods lately.  So, what’s a girl to do, just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving?  Turn to the pros, that’s what. Read More »

Food

Our Favorite Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

If you’re like us and love restaurants that are super low-key but have great food, then today’s post is for you!  Don’t get us wrong, we are huge advocates for eating super duper healthy most of the time, but it’s fun to go out have something sweet or awesomely greasy once in a while too.  We aren’t going to put anything into our bodies that just tastes okay–if it’s greasy and high in fat and calories, we want to make sure it’s delicious and worth it! Read More »

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Halloween & Day of the Dead

In America, most people are familiar with Halloween, but only in recent years has the Day of the Dead tradition increased in recognition and popularity.  We thought it would be fun to explore the history behind these holidays, and share a craft/treat that can be used for both!

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Jack o’lantern Pizza

By Laura

Years ago, my girls desperately wanted to get Papa Murphy’s jack o’lantern pizza, but at the time there was no way we could afford to eat out.   So, I grabbed my trusty pizza recipe and thus began our tradition of making jack o’lantern pizzas on Halloween before the kids headed out to trick or treat.  They’re the perfect choice, because they’re both fun and functional–even if dinner gets cut short by the neighbors begging to get started, the pizza is still great later.  And of course, you could also just use refrigerated pizza dough to speed up the process.  After all, you’ll need that time to get the kids in their costumes.

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Food

Butternut Squash Soup

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was crazy busy–we’ll fill you in on a part of that tomorrow.  Which reminds me: don’t forget to subscribe to our blog before noon tomorrow, so you can have a chance at winning “Our Favorite Things” subscriber box!

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Food,Making HerStory

Martha Soriano Paynter

Martha is Melessa’s sister-in-law. She was generous enough to invite us into her home to share her story of growing up in Mexico and teach us how to cook her family’s favorite comfort food, chilaquiles  (find the recipe below).  Welcome, Martha!

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Food

Fast Meal: Black Bean Burgers

By Laura

Our family had black bean burgers for the first time this summer, and now we love them (especially with sweet potato fries).  I tried some pre-made patties from the store, but I was not impressed–I won’t even go into my kids’ reactions.  When I made this recipe, however, the angels were singing!  My girls devoured them, and I didn’t even feel guilty about having a second.

This is a great meal for weeknights, when I don’t want to spend much time cooking.  I also love it because the ingredients are usually in my pantry and fridge.

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Food

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

 

By Laura

Years ago, my friend Elizabeth gave me this recipe (based on a similar but less tasty Martha Stewart version).  It quickly became a family favorite!  I stock up on canned pumpkin and chocolate chips every fall, so we’re always able to enjoy these treats.  Bonus: they’re incredibly easy to make, so kids can help!

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