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Thanksgiving Dessert? This.

Still wondering what to make for Thanksgiving dessert tomorrow? I gotcha covered. Meet my new obsession. I’ve named her, “Cran-Apple Crumble with Salted Caramel Sauce.” Or you can call her cranny-salt-crack. Your choice.


Cran-Apple Crumble with Salted Caramel Sauce


1 pre-made graham cracker crust [judge me]
4-5 golden delicious apples, cubed
1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
2-4 tbsp butter
1 packet [single serving] instant oatmeal packet, brown sugar & maple syrup
granulated sugar
half & half


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine; apples, cranberry slices, oatmeal packet, and McCormick Cinnamon Sugar Seasoning.
  2. Pour mixture into pie crust, dot with butter evenly.
  3. Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until apples are softened.
  4. Prepare salted caramel sauce while crumble is baking.
  5. Serve with your choice of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or cool whip [my choice] and drizzle salted caramel sauce on top!
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I don’t bake. This is an illusion. I swear. So either I’m an illusionist or this was that easy. Who doesn’t want tasty & easy? Don’t answer that. I’m still in shock I made a salted caramel sauce. I! I made that. And was seriously so simple it was like a dream. Or an out of body experience. Or maybe it just tasted like a dream? I’m gonna go with all of the above. This crumble is sitting on the corner of awesome & bomb diggity. Jump on it.


Party Perfect Blue Cheese & Fig Crostini



The holidays are upon us! It’s time to be festive and jolly…by golly. Together with my food-soul-sister-partner-in-crime [Sarah] we’ve cooked up some seriously deelightful & seriously simple appetizers that will make your holiday entertaining a snap.


Blue cheesy baby. It does so much with so little. Add a few slices of dried fig on top & you’ve got a winning bite.

Party Perfect Blue Cheese&Fig Crostini


french baguette
blue cheese
dried figs


  1. toast baguette slices under broiler for approximately 2-3 minutes
  2. spread blue cheese & top with dried fig slices
  3. serve & enjoy!
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I’m sharing 1/4 of the crostini recipes Sarah and I toasted up last weekend right here [you’re welcome]. No your eyes aren’t fooling you. There are three savory crostini’s on that beautiful [ombre] plate. There’s one more sweet treat that I’m alluding to. Interested? Check out her blog post here for the brie crostini tutorial. For the remaining two crostini creations, check out our Taste, Gather, Enjoy website. What’s Taste, Gather, Enjoy? It’s our brain child. Our mobile-cocktail party-pop-up-shop. We come to you, with ingredients, menu and decor ideas in tow to help you throw a stress-free and fun cocktail or dinner party in your own home or business! It’s the most wonderful time of year. Also know as…the most hectic time of year. Let us help you! We’d love to help you with any of your holiday entertaining needs. And in the meantime… we’re helping you put together a few bites that will put the wow in your weekend. Take a breath, another sip, and savor it all!


The Intangible, Tangible Words

So when you’re struggling to find the words to express your inner-most thoughts and feelings, often reading words from someone else can either spark a surge of your own or at the very least give you the moment of ‘yessss’ that you’ve been desperately searching for. I’ve had a couple yesss moments this week already. Words are powerful, even if they’re not your own. The tangible comfort of pure relatable-ness that words can string together is true linguistic magic..reach out, hold on, and carry these with you.

1. “Life is not a race with some imaginary finish line, so stop comparing your journey to everyone else’s. Being a real adult is about finding out what makes you happy and going for it. Everything else will fall into place after that.” // The Ten Commandments of Modern Dating – Elite Daily

2. “We are fat and sick and dying because we have handed a basic, fundamental and intimate function of life over to corporations. We choose to value our nourishment so little that we entrust it to strangers. This is insanity. Feed yourselves. Feed your loved ones. And for God’s sake, feed your children.” -Alton Brown // 23 Delicious Food Quotes – (a)Musing Foodie

3. “What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?…This disease of being “busy” (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and wellbeing. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.” // The Disease of Being Busy – On Being

4. “Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun,” and “forget the facts and remember the feelings.” // Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’ Is The Best Non-Self-Help Self-Help Book Ever – Splitsider

5. “The single word for vertical, 0 to 1 progress is technology.” // Zero to One – Peter Thiel with Blake Masters 

6. “It’s when things feel really wrong that one gets the best sense of what feels really right, you know? I decided it was time to quit dicking around already and start to take my intuitions seriously.” // One Year Older ( And Wiser Too) – Hey Natalie Jean


Thursday Things…


writers block is a brutal brutal beast. a beast I am currently battling.
i feel like my car just died in the HOV lane on 270 during rush hour.
all these thoughts-words-feelings are zooming past and i can’t budge.
i’m stuck in this place somewhere between a flood of words and no fluid way to funnel them together.

at this point i can only be honest with myself about it and not force it. forced words aren’t authentic.
one day I’ll find the right words, and they will be simple.
simple & powerful.


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