New Year

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens. There is… Read more »

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens.

There is great power in hope. In a deep belief that better days are ahead of us. There is massive strength in intention. With it brings a listening ear, seeing eyes and an open heart for where to live out of that intention.

We also know that after a year like 2020 whatever we think we can control and aspire to is ultimately outside of us and yet, here we are. We not only survived but I’m sure in many areas, ways that most likely surprised us, we thrived.

2020 was a year of great discomfort. Because we felt the lack of control so fundamentally and daily, I’m sure many of you, like myself, felt the body tightening anxiety and apathetic ache of depression at times. Every day revealed death, suffering and an end to normalcy. The privileged and comfortable lenses that hid my eyes from injustice fell away and the world will never look the same. And still beauty exists. We may have had to look harder or see it in simplicity; like a perfectly made cup of coffee, a profound sentence that shifts us to the core, or a sweet cherry tomato grown in your own garden. But it’s there.

In that great discomfort and dis-ease I found a truer version of me. And I’m certain many of you could say the same.

As the calendar has steadily, albeit slowly, marched towards a new year, a new beginning, I’ve thought often of myself standing at the cusp of 2020. I imagine myself like Ebenezer Scrooge, getting visited by a ghost from the future. This ghosts paints a dire picture of the coming year. The death, loss, heartbreak, isolation, financial stress, division… okay, I’ll stop.

I would have punched that ghost in the face and ran for cover.

I can’t help but think that had I known all that were to happen in 2020 I’m not sure I would believe it to be survivable and yet here we are.

We survived and I truly believe that in many ways were stronger than ever. I’m taking that truth with me into the new year and all the years to come. Whatever comes we can survive it. Even when it feels un-survive-able. Hour by hour. Day by day. And in a few moments of grace you’ll forget you’re simply surviving and you’ll notice goodness, beauty, love and these are the things that keep pushing us forward.

So I am leaving 2021 plans without resolutions. Without specific goals. Instead I want to focus on the values and intentions I want to bring to each and every day. How I see the world and what I can bring to it; these are the things I can control.

One of my resounding values that I hold dear is to find the beauty in each and every day. I hope that perhaps together we can find and bring beauty to a world that so desperately needs it.

Happy New Year.

 

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri (with Printable Gift Tags!)

Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them. I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things. …

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Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Stovetop potpourri in a glass jar with a gift tag tied to it

I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things.

Maybe it’s because I find myself spending way too much time on the cleaning side of TikTok, or maybe it’s because I pulled a jar of cinnamon sticks from my cabinet two weeks ago that expired in 2015.

Not exactly sure, but here we are.

Once I pulled the 5-year-old cinnamon sticks from my cabinet, I decided to just pull out every single jar, check the expiration dates, decant some of them and organize them a bit.

Along with 3 jars of cinnamon sticks I also some found some cloves, star anise and ginger that needed to used, so I whipped up a batch of stovetop potpourri the next day.

Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of the festive scent that it puts in the air.

Move over Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream candle, there’s a new fave scent in town!

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Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie

Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie is an unexpected twist on a classic fall dessert. The gingersnap crust and light texture is sure to make this pie one of your new favorites.

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Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie is an unexpected twist on a classic fall dessert. The gingersnap crust and light texture is sure to make this pie one of your new favorites.

Slice of marshmallow pumpkin pie on a white plate

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How to Make Buttermilk (4 Easy Substitutes)

Did you forget to pick up buttermilk at the store? Once you know 4 easy methods for how to make buttermilk, you’ll be able to whip up a quick and easy substitute in just a few minutes. Do you ever just get a dessert craving and have to make something right then? Obviously I’m a …

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Did you forget to pick up buttermilk at the store? Once you know 4 easy methods for how to make buttermilk, you’ll be able to whip up a quick and easy substitute in just a few minutes.

homemade buttermilk substitute comes together in 5 minutes and requires only 2 ingredients. Skip the grocery store and make your own!

Do you ever just get a dessert craving and have to make something right then?

Obviously I’m a little baking obsessed, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I will often decide to make something randomly. 

Whether it’s Fresh Strawberry Bread, Moist Banana Cake, or The Best Chocolate Cake, there’s nothing more disappointing than getting halfway into making a recipe and realizing that I’m out of buttermilk.

It’s even worse when it happens after I have put on my comfy clothes for the evening and do NOT want to go to the store.

Luckily, I’ve got a few quick and easy buttermilk substitute tricks in my back pocket just for times like this. Once you know how to make this tangy baking staple, you’ll be able to whip up any number of baked goods on the fly no matter what you have in your fridge!

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal! Even though the holidays are looking and definitely feeling very different this year, doesn’t mean that I’m not still all about festive fall desserts that are loaded with cozy seasonal spices – […]

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal!

Overhead view of a plated slice of bread pudding next to a baking dish of pumpkin bread pudding

Even though the holidays are looking and definitely feeling very different this year, doesn’t mean that I’m not still all about festive fall desserts that are loaded with cozy seasonal spices – and of course pumpkin.

Although we’re not having our traditional Thanksgiving family dinner this year, I am still going to whip up one heck of a meal. I will admit though that I am a little behind on planning that meal, but I’m going to get organized this week.

One thing I know for sure is that it will include pumpkin roll, pumpkin crunch cake and quite possibly this Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

I first shared this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. I remade it recently and felt it was time to remind all of you how delicious it is as well. 

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Tart, fresh cranberries combine with sugar, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier to create an incredibly delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

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Tart, fresh cranberries combine with sugar, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier to create an incredibly delicious and unbelievably easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Cranberry sauce in a white bowl, surrounded by greenery and cinnamon sticks

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Flaky pie crust, sweet chocolate filling and toasty pecans make for the best Chocolate Pecan Pie. No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a slice of this chocolatey pie – don’t forget the whipped cream! This post is sponsored by Karo® Corn Syrup. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking […]

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Flaky pie crust, sweet chocolate filling and toasty pecans make for the best Chocolate Pecan Pie. No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a slice of this chocolatey pie – don’t forget the whipped cream!

Baked chocolate pecan pie in a white pie plate on top of a plaid towel

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Do you have a recipe that is a must at your Thanksgiving table?

I definitely have friends that have to have certain dishes every year, or they can’t consider it to be Thanksgiving.

For some it’s green bean casserole. For others it’s corn casserole or cranberry sauce

For my family, it’s homemade pecan pie. It’s just tradition!

If my loved ones aren’t able to end their meal with a slice of pecan pie, they just don’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving dinner. 

And I’m not gonna lie, homemade pecan pie does have some serious nostalgia for me. One bite and I’m right back to being a kid and enjoying Thanksgiving at my Nana’s house.

This year, I did decide to change up the classic slightly. Don’t worry, my family will still get their pecan pie – it’ll just have a chocolatey twist to it. 

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Pumpkin Dip

Creamy Pumpkin Dip made with cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.

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Pumpkin Dip is creamy and dreamy. This sweet dip is made with just a handful of ingredients and tastes just like pumpkin pie filling! 

Pumpkin dip in a white bowl surrounded by fruit, pretzels, and cookies

I’ve been in a pretty serious dip mood lately. I think I’ll blame it on Trader Joe’s and their ever-expanding collection of dips.

From their garlic dip to their spinach artichoke dip and bacon cheddar ranch dip, I’m pretty obsessed at this point. Let’s just say that lunch around here is often raw veggies and all the Trader Joe’s dips.

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Simple Baked Apples

Inside-Out Apple Crisp- Baked Granny Smith Apples stuffed with oats, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. A simple, quick dessert for a cozy fall evening.

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These Simple Baked Apples use just a handful of ingredients to make a delicious fall dessert. Serve with caramel sauce for a more elegant twist on an apple crisp! 

Overhead view of baked apples in a white baking dish

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been staring down a very large bag of apples we picked up at the orchard.

It was definitely a case of being in the moment and buying all the festive things at the little orchard store. From apples and handmade caramels to gallons of cider and cute pumpkins, we went all in.

These simple baked apples were the perfect way to use up some of those apples for a quick and delicious mid-week treat!

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Simple Syrup Recipe

Have you ever made simple syrup at home? With this easy simple syrup recipe, you’ll never bother buying it at the store again! There are a lot of things that I’ll go to the store to buy. Not necessarily because I can’t make my own version at home, but because I have limited time to […]

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Have you ever made simple syrup at home? With this easy simple syrup recipe, you’ll never bother buying it at the store again!

A large and small bottle of simple syrup with a measuring cup of sugar in the background

There are a lot of things that I’ll go to the store to buy. Not necessarily because I can’t make my own version at home, but because I have limited time to spend on certain things.

Puff pastry? I could totally make it but I’d rather buy it.

Graham crackers? Sure, homemade ones are delicious but when I’m making graham cracker crust or eclair cake, store-bought is the way to go.

Other things are worth making at home, mostly stuff I can make in batches and store in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer.

I’m talking about pumpkin pie spice, taco seasoning, salted caramel sauce, and simple syrup. 

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