Pound Cake French Toast

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Or should I say, French cake?

One of the things I love most about hosting Thanksgiving at my house is that we get to keep all the best leftovers – like my aunt’s moist and fluffy pound cake, which just happens to make the most decadent breakfast ever when you dip it in batter and fry it. #thankful Continue reading

The Perfect Pie Crust

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In season one of Gilmore Girls, while Lorelai (played by the ever-wonderful Lauren Graham) is trying to decide whether or not to go on a date with her daughter’s teacher, she shares these wise words:

“I’m attracted to pie. It doesn’t mean I feel the need to date pie.”

Up until recently, I thought this was sage advice. But now, I’m thinking maybe she never had a piece of pie quite like this…

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Mulled Cider Muffins

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Ahh, fall…

My favorite time of year has finally arrived, and I’m ready to make the most of this all-too-fleeting season. For many, taking full advantage of autumn means apple picking, hay rides and drinking an exceedingly unhealthy amount of pumpkin spice lattes. And, don’t get me wrong, I intend to do all of those things. But, for me, fall is all about the food.

This season is bursting with nature’s best – from picturesque landscapes to heartwarming ingredients. And I plan to enjoy it all to the fullest.

Today, that means making mulled apple cider muffins. Yum.

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A Visit to Vermont

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There could not have been a more perfect time for my first visit to Vermont. Everywhere I looked there was something beautiful to see: richly colored leaves in every autumn hue, wildflowers, and endless rolling hills.

If your eyes are longing for a fall treat, take a look at some of my favorite snaps from the weekend!

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Butternut Squash Soup

…with a fresh thyme crostini

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What better way is there to ring in the first cozy weekend of October than with some creamy, savory butternut squash soup? There isn’t one. This is, in fact, the best way to celebrate October’s arrival. If you don’t believe me, just try it for yourself. Continue reading

DIY Painted Acorn Potpourri

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You know what they say. When squirrels hand you acorns, make potpourri.

Recently Apartment Therapy featured a painted acorn project that I had pinned from Home Stories A to Z last fall and was itching to do once the acorns started coming down in droves this year. I was so inspired by this adorable acorn makeover, but I knew I wanted to add my own twist to this fun and simple project. After one sniff of my newly foraged acorns, I knew what that twist needed to be: potpourri. Continue reading

September Sunshine and Secret Gardens

DSC_0431 The first cool days in September are always some of my favorite days of the year. The sun is still bright with evidence of summer in the blooming flowers and green trees, but the air has that autumn chill that makes me giddy. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the last bits of the summer season. On a particularly lovely September day, I hit the road to check out a little-known public garden near my home in northern New Jersey. Continue reading