I LOVE creating a tablescape! It was by far my favorite part of playing hostess for my Friendsgiving dinner. I wanted to keep it clean, neutral but have soft undertones. I also wanted to distract from the fact that it was set up on a folding table in the middle of our living room (850 square foot apartment problems haha). I think that the runner added great texture and interest. I also think it paired well with the linen tablecloth. I loved getting to use my marble napkins and gold flatware from our registry! I served everyone's mac and cheese with cornbread topping and sage in these cute stoneware bowls. The guys got the big pumpkins and the girls got the Le Crueset ones..kind of sexist but let's be real the men ate a lot more! I bought a big bundle of fresh eucalyptus from my local florist and just laid it flat down the table. I set up my Tablescape a day before the dinner and it was totally fine to leave them out of water. They will probably last for like a week instead of two but it was worth it to not have to set up the table on the day that I was doing so much cooking! All of these items are linked below. Just click on an image to shop!
What do you do when its apple season and pumpkin season?! You combine the two into the ultimate pie recipe! This Pumpkin Butter Apple Pie is fall personified in each bite. This pumpkin butter recipe is enough for the pie and for you to keep some pumpkin butter on the side. I used the pumpkin butter in my oatmeal and overnight oats. It'd also be great on waffles, pancakes and crepes..YUM! I think that half of the success while baking can be attributed to the right tools so I linked all of the ones that I used at the bottom of this post. Happy cozy baking!
Ingredients for filling:
5 cups of peeled and diced honey crisp apples
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t pumpkin pie spice
1 t sea salt
1/3 cup raw cane sugar
2 T pumpkin butter (recipe below)
1.5 T all purpose flour
Ingredients for Crust (I frequently sub a homemade pie crust for an Immaculate Baking Company pie crust that I keep in my fridge):
2 cups flour
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 t cinnamon
2/3 cup + 2 T unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven
Peel and slice the apples
Toss apple slices with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin butter and unbleached flour in a bowl and set aside
Make the crust by whisking the flour, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then, use a pastry cutter to add in the 2/3 cup of cold butter until its crumbly
Add very cold water, 1 T at a time, until a dough forms
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and use your hands to mold it into a ball
Divide the dough into 2 parts, 1 for the bottom and 1 for the top of the pie
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough
Add one of the flat doughs to the pan
Use a crust cutter (the one that I use and love is linked below) to cut the other half of the dough into whatever designs you want
Add filling to pie crust lined pan
Top with the lattice dough cutouts
Brush the top of the dough with the leftover 2 T of melted butter
Bake for 30 minutes and then place tinfoil over the edges of the crust to prevent them from burning
Bake for another 15 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown
Serve warm a la mode!
Pumpkin Butter Recipe
4 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
4 T pure maple syrup
Place all items into your slow cooker and mix.
Cover and let cook on low for 8 hours.
Cool completely and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 weeks.
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Is it just me or are traditional "gift baskets" ridiculously outdated?! Does anyone actually eat the apple in the baskets or remember to bake with the mix from them?! I get it though, it's hard (and time consuming) to think of cute combinations of gifts for people though. Enter Knack....
Knack is a modern gift service that creates custom baskets or helps you purchase curated gift baskets with unique items. It has that artisan, small shop feel but online! They even have an online concierge who can help match you with the best gift box. I think that their boxes are PERFECT for housewarming gifts, host/hostess gifts, gifts for work associates...you get the point.
I already buy so many of these brands and have bought so many of these exact products as gifts before. In fact, I usually stock up on this cement candle because its my 'go to' hostess gift along with a set of cute matches. So, I trust that they are buying quality products to put in their boxes since I have used and loved so many of them.
They break gift boxes down by gender, occasion (get well, baby...), and hobbies. I think their website is so user friendly, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for (without going in knowing exactly what that even is)! My box is the Just Breathe knack!
Knack is currently running a promotion to help Hurricane Harvey survivors, which I love! For each of these boxes, they will send the same box to an organization that is supporting people impacted by the Hurricane. If you purchase a Moment of Play Knack, they will send one of these boxes to children in shelters. If you buy a knack under the 'toiletries' category, they will also be sending those boxes to victims of the hurricane. All of the proceeds from these sales will be used to purchase more boxes for those affected.
This post is sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are my own!