If I bought every beautiful fall decor piece I fell in love with, I would be a poor, poor, woman. My dogs would have to get modelling jobs (they could do it, they’re really cute), we’d need to sell our condo and probably my KitchenAid. I refuse to sell my KitchenAid! So instead, I took to Pinterest and rounded up the best DIY fall decor ideas I could find and am sharing them with you here today. To me, the “best” DIY decor means something that looks like something that could be sold for real money, was really simple to make and with easy to come across and inexpensive materials. I can appreciate the amateur DIY look but it’s not for me. I want my DIY projects to look like I paid $30 for them at Homegoods so everything I have below will reflect that.
Mmmmmmm Mozzarella Sticks yummmmmmmmmmm. Cheese and bread and butter and ranch and marinara. See how I’m finding it tough to actually compose proper sentences about this appetizer? That’s because to me, Mozzarella Sticks are too good for words. The recipe that I have to share with you today is a bit different than your typical panko crusted mozzarella stick that you might be used. In fact, maybe referring to them as Pizza Sticks rather than Mozzarella Sticks may be more accurate of a description. Either way, they’re amazing. A hybrid, if you will. The best past is that they require 4 ingredients (yea you read that right) and take about 5 minutes to prepare. When I am cooking with the oven I like to play a little game with myself called “Can I Beat the Pre-Heat?” and I challenge myself to get all my prep done before my oven preheats. This recipe was a rare occasion when I Beat the Pre-Heat! Woohoo!
I made this appetizer for a girl’s night (and my guy tried some too) and we absolutely loved them. This recipe is a new favorite and has immediately become a staple as a quick appie to whip up when I have people coming over but no time to cook an elaborate dip or something of the nature. Seriously. They’re so delicious and warm and ooey gooey but almost as importantly… They come together sooooo quickly and easily with just a few common ingredients.
Christmas/Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner (they’re essentially the same in my house except for the fact that Christmas has more cookies) is basically the best meal ever. I wish it were practical to have this meal once a month but that’s not realistic because of the time commitment and the gluttony! Actually, even if I could have this meal everyday, I would probably not choose to because some things should be kept sacred. I don’t feel the same way about restricting Christmas decor or music to the month of December (as I listen to Under the Mistletoe on November 7th). These meatballs have all the festive flavors that will satiate your “Christmas dinner” craving but will take about 1/12 the amount of time/effort.
I served these turkey meatballs with boxed stuffing (it’s okay…) and some carrots for a well rounded festive tasting meal without the effort or time commitment. Plus, they’re pretty dang healthy so if you were to skip the stuffing and serve with something less guilty, you’d be off to the races with a very healthy meal. I’m taking some leftover meatballs (#TeamLeftovers) to work today and I’m pretty dang excited about it. My meal last night was delicious and somewhat indulgent with the stuffing but here we are on Monday and I’m ready for some healthier meals so these meatballs alongside a salad is perfect!
I made a big change to the sauce recipe that I think was a really good call so please read below for a tip to make this recipe that much better. Well, better is a stretch. It’s all about preference. As I write this I’m thinking about how awesome these would be to serve alongside some sweet potato cubes or mash for a healthier alternative. Next time!
Let me preface this post by saying that these cookies will not do the trick if you’re dealing with a crisis. If you’re going through a break-up or work drama or are having an indulgent girls night, DO NOT MAKE THESE COOKIES. These cookies are for after the break-up when you’re ready to pick yourself up and show him what he’s missing and get in the best shape of your life! I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t eat these but rather make them for my boyfriend and he enjoys them. He works out and wants to make sure he’s getting in enough protein in the day. I don’t work out. I should start… But that’s neither here nor there!
I like this recipe because it’s super simple and quick to whip up. I also love that I’m able to make something for him with all ingredients I’m familiar with that he can eat in place of something packaged and full of preservatives. Plus, he enjoys them. Probably not quite as much as my gooey chocolate chip cookies, but he does like them!
Read on below for a great, healthy protein cookie recipe with my tweaks.
Cranberry sauce is something that I thought would be kind of tricky to make from scratch but I have learned from this recipe that it isn’t tricky at all! In fact, it was the easiest and quickest thing on my Thanksgiving menu this year! It was easy and tasted so much better than its store bought counterpart. Which is kind of saying a lot because I have always loved canned cranberry sauce. I never thought it was gross or that I NEEDED to make it homemade, I just wanted to try making it from scratch. Turns out, I improved on an already good thing!
I have found in year’s past with canned cranberry sauce that it was either a bit too sweet (something too sweet for Amanda? Impossible!) or too tart for my liking. I love that by making my own cranberry sauce, I am able to control the sweetness and tartness. Another huge plus is that cooking this will make your house smell amazing while cooking and long after.
I’m going to keep my words here short and sweet, just like this recipe! It was tasty, extremely quick and easy to make and way better than the stuff you can purchase in a can. Also, this is one of those recipes that you’ll get so many compliments on for making something so tasty from scratch but make you snicker to yourself because you know how simple it was to make. Give it a try with my tips below!
Okay. This pie is amazing. It has won awards for a reason, that’s for sure. It get points for being festive, (serve this alongside Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving and you’ll be crowned Queen of festive cooking!) unique, and delicious. This BACON pie is unexpected and extremely impressive to guests. Bacon is having a moment (my whole life is “bacon’s moment”) with the recipe world and you’re seeing it pop up in all sorts of sweet dishes but this is the first dish I’ve come across where bacon is the star rather than a subtle hint. Because pecan pie is already dense, the bacon works so well.
This latte is the perfect thing for when you’re still feeling fall festive but you’ve nearly OD’d on Pumpkin Spice Lattes and need a bitttttttt of a break. If you’re REALLY sick of pumpkin, simply use regular chai tea opposed to the pumpkin chai tea I used. I love both versions just as much. Once Halloween comes and goes, I’m over all-pumpkin-all-the time but am not quite ready for peppermint everything. This Maple Chai latte is amazing and using a Pumpkin Chai tea bag keeps it fall festive.