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easy chocolate mousse pie // halfway homemade series

Hello friends! If you’ve been following me over on instagram, then you may have seen this chocolate pie pop up in a tutorial I did with my friend Kristie from The Sweet and Simple Kitchen. We shared a number of “halfway homemade” recipes that are great when you’re entertaining, hosting for the holidays, or just need to whip up something asap.

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funfetti vanilla cake with vanilla butter cream // aka the perfect birthday cake

Happy Happy New Year friends!

Honestly, I’m not too sad to see 2018 go, and am very much looking forward to 2019 being a fresh start! Resolution always seem to mean well, but I find they’re often too much pressure. And then you mess up and go…well, I guess I have to wait until next year to try again! So I’ve stopped making New Year’s Resolutions, but I do believe that it can be a useful time for reflection and goal planning. What do you want to do with your life? How can you move towards those goals in the next 365 days? Maybe that means making reasonable, bite-sized goals for each month, or chatting with friends to keep you accountable. Don’t feel like you have to change every thing in your life in all at once! Make small, sustainable changes, and go from there!

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Christmas cookie box // a Christmas baking round-up

For as long as I can remember, my mom has made a bunch of different kinds of Christmas cookies, barks, bars, etc, and packaged them up on plates for gifts! Most people these days don’t really need anything for Christmas, but homemade baking is always appreciated. You can never have too many cookies, right?

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classic cookie box (with internet famous cookies!) and cookie tips

Oh hello friends! Today’s post is extra special, as I spent a Saturday baking up a storm with Kristie from The Sweet and Simple kitchen! She reached out to me on instagram a couple months ago…and I love that we’ve become fast friends! You might remember our peach blackberry pie adventure here, and you can read more about our first meeting there too.

So, for this collab, we decided to bake a few internet famous cookies…as well as a few of our favourite classics, and make an epic cookie box. They’re all linked at the end!

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how to cook & puree pumpkin

Oh hello friends! Today we’re talking about all things pumpkin! Living on a pumpkin farm means that I didn’t even understand that you could buy pumpkin in a can until I was an adult. Ha! My mom always cooked up a bunch of puree every Fall, and would put it in the freezer in 2 cup portions, so that we could easily pull it out all Winter long.

The good news is that it’s ridiculously easy to make! Honestly the hardest part about it is cutting the pumpkin open, especially if you have a large one. So many specialty pumpkins taste amazing, and some are actually a type of squash! Porcelain Doll, Blue Doll, Queensland Blue, Jarrahdale, Autumn Buckskin, Peanut Pumpkins, Cinderella, Sugar, and Baby Pam are just a few that we grow and that make sweet, creamy puree! I prefer something smaller like Sugar if I just want one serving of puree for a recipe, but I’ll go with one of the larger varieties when cooking up a big batch for the freezer. I love that they both decorate my house, and then are eaten. That’s a win win.

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