Healthy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizer

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Bringing a dish to a Thanksgiving celebration is a great idea but…if you don’t plan in advance,  it can be a nightmare! The stores (and the people) are downright insane. A simple, healthy appetizer and a bottle of wine are the perfect solution.

My Suggestion:
A slate chalkboard platter (you can find these everywhere today, I bought mine for only $9)
Red seedless grapes
Spicy olives & roasted peppers
Walnuts
Dried Cherries
Stilton Cranberry Cheese (a sweet/tangy blend that always appears in stores during the holiday season)
A colorful fall vegetable (purple cauliflower)
On the side, bring a box of crackers (I love the Dr. Kracker pumpkin seed ones)

Grab you’re wine and you are all set!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Xo

Thanksgiving Breakfast Cranberry Oatmeal

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Trying to stay healthy but still indulge in the flavors of the season?! Here’s a delicious, easy Thanksgiving breakfast that will keep you full and provide energy.

You’ll Need:
1/2C steel cut oats, prepared according to package
1/2C fresh cranberries
2T honey
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp ginger
Splash, almond milk

Make It:
Place the cranberries in a pan on medium high. Add the honey, cinnamon and ginger. Bring to a subtle boil and simmer until cranberries pop.

Stir cranberries into the oatmeal and top with a splash of vanilla almond milk.

Enjoy!

Farmhouse Fresh Hand Creams

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In the colder months, my hands get really dry and you’d think it would be easy to find an amazing hand cream. Most of them are either really greasy with zero fragrance or too overly perfumed. My favorite purse item this month, has been my hand cream from Farmhouse Fresh Goods a line of natural skincare products. I’ve tried it in Orange Sorbet and Fresh Melon. I actually just polished off the entire Fresh Melon so I’ll have to restock soon. They come in cute, travel-friendly packaging that reminds me of little oil paint containers. A little bit of this lush cream goes a long way. The melon scent is crisp, fresh and calming. The sorbet has pops of citrus and warm, spicy ginger.

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The texture is light and not overpowering at all. It lasts awhile, but I find myself reaching for it frequently because I love the clean smell! I’m getting ready to do my annual Christmas Favorite Things YouTube video and I definitely suggest Farmhouse Fresh Goods for holiday gifting. I’ve been grossed out by chemical infused beauty products lately and obsessed with green, all natural options. Some other cool products they sell that I plan on trying next:
– Sundae Best chocolate mask
– Wine infused overnight serum
– Clementine body oil
Have any favorite green beauty products? ! Let me know your favorites!!

Happy Halloween!! My favorite Halloween candy this year…

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Spicy caramel skulls from Veruca Chocolates are my favorite pick this season! You think it’s just an average caramel filling until the spicy pop of heat hits you at the end. It pairs wonderfully with the caramel and is not too overpowering. Their pumpkin truffle is artfully painted with a splash of orange and glittering edible gold. The skulls and bones are a scary mix of crunchy dark and milk chocolates.

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These peanut butter honey truffles from Hedonist Chocolates are designed by a local artist. They’re a lux, rich version of your average boring old peanut butter cup.

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I love the signature blue packaging on French Broad Chocolates and what’s inside is even better. Their pumpkin truffles are filled with a pumpkin spice Grenache and carefully dipped in white or dark chocolate.

I’m going as “cheese”, I found this shirt on http://www.zazzle.com

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And my best friend is going as a mouse:

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Happy Halloween xoxoxo

Breakfast…delicious for fall!!! Blueberry & Raspberry Pancake

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I love this recipe so much and I’ve been making it forever. I even have a video on it here Caitlin Cooks Pancake and I basically did the same exact thing except I added berries to the pan before pouring over the batter. My daughter went nuts over this (she loves anything I cook) but this one was a win. You can sprinkle it with powdered sugar (I’m cutting back) but if you want an added layer of sweetness, it’s heaven.

You’ll Need:
1/2C all-purpose flour
1/2C milk (I used 2%)
2T granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp almond extract
1/2C fresh berries
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1T butter
Powder Sugar (optional)

Make It:
1. Preheat oven to 425*. Butter a cast iron skillet and add the berries. Set aside.
2. Combine flour, milk, granulated sugar, extracts, salt and eggs. Mix with a whisk.
3. Pour batter into the skillet right over those berries.
4. Put pan in the oven and bake for 18 minutes or until brown on top (make sure you watch it so it doesn’t burn).
5. Sprinkle with a generous amount of powdered sugar, cut into quarters and serve immediately while it’s still warm!

Fall Apple Creme Brulee…with Greek Yogurt!

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Apples are everywhere this time of year and I’ve been experimenting alot of different recipes. This quick dessert requires minimal ingredients and it’s low on calories and sugar.

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You’ll Need:
4 apples, diced (I used Gala)
2C Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
Cinnamon, a few pinches (to taste)
Nutmeg, a pinch
3T raw sugar
1T butter

Make It:
Preheat oven broiler. Melt the butter on medium. Add the diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until apples are slightly soft. Divide in ramekins and let cool in the fridge for 30 mins.

Remove from fridge, top with yogurt. Sprinkle each with raw sugar. Broil until the sugar lightly caramelizes (not burns, lol). Remove, cool a few minutes and enjoy. Yum!! A high protein, healthy way to eat an apple dessert. Xoxo

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