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Fool proof- 15 minute pie crust recipe

Monday, November 19, 2012

I know there are a lot of "fool proof" pie crust recipes, but those never worked for me! I was at a church activity and we were making apple pies. All I could think was.... I'm in trouble I don't make good pie crust.

I was pleasantly surprised! The recipe was easy to follow and could be made in 15 minutes- from start to finish. I was amazed. I have seriously made this pie crust probably 200 times, no kidding. I got this pie crust recipe about 3 years ago, but before this cherished recipe I never made homemade pie crust. The crust literally takes less time than jumping in the car and buying crust! How can you beat that!!!!

Fool proof {15 minutes from start to finish} Pie Crust Recipe:

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp shortening
4-5 tbsp cold water

1. In a medium size bowl place the the flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender. If you don't have a pastry blender use 2 forks (hold one fork in each hand and slice throughout mixture at the same time.
 2. Sprinkle water 1 tbsp at a time until all flour is moistened. (for the water I fill a small cup with a little ice and add water to it and that makes good cold water!)

3. Shape into a ball and roll out on floured surface.

***Note: This recipe can be cut in half when making only a one-crust pie***

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Goode's Pecan Pie Recipe- best pecan pie EVER!

This will be your one and only pecan pie recipe you need! It is delicious and moist and has a the best flavor..... it has a secret ingredient that makes it just the best pecan pie you've ever had- EVER! If you have never had a Goode's pecan pie, you really haven't had pecan pie.... yea it's that "goode". I'm a huge fan of pecan pie and fell in love with the first bite. Now you can too

So the secret ingredient is- Drum roll please..... vinegar. I don't know what it does, but it makes it perfectly sweet! Wait no longer here is the recipe for the world renown Goode's pecan pie. This pie is simply delicious and just in time to make for your thanksgiving dinner. We are starting to make our pies in just 2 days!!! We also have a fool proof {15 minutes from start to finish} pie crust recipe.

 Goode's Pecan Pie Recipe

3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white karo
3 tblsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp white vinegar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, except the pecans. Add the pecans and pour in the mixture into a unbaked pie shell. Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 25-30 minutes. Testing for doneness with a knife inserted in the center. Pie is done when knife comes out clean.

****Note: I had Goode's pie over a year ago and recently went back to Houston last month and had their pecan pie again. There pie is quite gooey in the center, but not runny and is still done. If you want a firmer filling center {like typical pecan pies} you will want to cook yours for 45-50 minutes.

Happy Baking!
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Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookie- A MUST try!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

For me thanksgiving is all about the pie{not even a huge pie lover, besides pecan pie, but there is just something with the tradition of having lots of different pies for thanksgiving}...... so if I have a dessert or treat other than pie at thanksgiving it has to be REALLLLLY good for me to approve it! And I have found a couple that definitely classify in that category.

First Salted Caramel Shortbread cookies- you and your guest will be swooning over this dessert as my family and I have over the last couple of weeks..... It was so good, that  I made them a week later to share with my sister when I went to visit her in California {she's a cookie connoisseur and loved them too.} I have since made them one more time..... there are that good.

This is my new favorite cookie.

Salted Caramel Shortbread cookies

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour

1 bag caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk
4 oz chocolate melts
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, beat butter on high speed until creamy. Beat in sugar and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour until mixed. Note: dough might need a little additional flour. Dough will be soft, but should not be sticky.

2. Roll out the dough either between 2 sheets of wax paper of lightly flour the surface. (wax paper works great and makes for easy clean up!) You want your cookies about 1/4" thick. Cut with round cookie cutters.

3. Bake at 350 on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12-14 minutes. Cookies should barely be light golden.

4. In a medium microwavable bowl, Microwave caramels, milk and butter uncovered on high 2 minutes and 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Frost each cookie with 1 teaspoon. The first ones you frost the caramel on will spread a little so don't go all the way to the edge, unless you want the carmel to go over the sides.

5. Melt chocolate either in the microwave (50% power 1 minute and 30 seconds)
or in the oven: bake at 170 (or as low as your oven will go) put chocolate melts in a oven safe bowl and  in 8-10 minutes the chocolate should be perfectly melted. If there are any little clumps still left- take out and stir until completely melted. Drizzle chocolate over caramel and sprinkle with salt.
*** Note to drizzle chocolate take a ziplock bag and barely clip one corner . Fill with chocolate and you have an disposable piping bag!

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Glitzy Thanksgiving Collection

When I was designing our Glitzy Thanksgiving Collection I wanted to create items that would be practical- items that really are useful in a dessert bar, but more likely your dinner table, as most people will not be creating a dessert bar, but using the pieces in your table setting.

Thanksgiving Decorations:

Glided pumpkins from Home Goods and gold leave floral spray from Zgallerie

I think this pumpkin would be easy to make yourself though. you would just need glitter/ sequins and glitter glue. I glittered some branches like this. took less than 20 minutes and turn out GREAT!

For the place settings on the table we had gilded green floral sprays with pinecones.... (notice a pattern- just add a few touches of glitz to make your Thanksgiving sparkle). The centerpiece had more gilded pumpkins.

Also we hung these glittery pinecones! (Also, found these at Homegoods)

Here are the items in our Glitzy Thanksgiving printable package to add special details with:

3 designs of pie to go boxes- great for guest to take home an extra pie of pie or two..... or package up a special treat as a favor for sharing Thanksgiving together!

Cupcake toppers/party circles that can be used in many different ways

Blank food labels that can also be used as name place cards

Wine bottle labels (4 different designs)

2 different blank menu cards
 2 different recipe cards
Here are all the items in the collection

Now for the Thanksgiving desserts! 

Thanksgiving is usually all about the pie!If I make anything other than pie for Thanksgiving it has to be GOOD and I mean GOOOOD! So I had some traditional pie desserts and also some fun unique twists on the traditional pie desserts. 

I wanted a one stop spot for everything so I am also including all of the Thanksgiving dessert recipes we used as well!

These I actually ended up making these Carmel Pistachio Cupcakes as I went along. They were suppose to be these pecan pie cupcakes but the pecan filling frosting never sat up and I had it in a cooled location for over 8 hours! So I improvised and came up with this cupcake that I think they are delicious!

To represent Cherry pie I made these mini cherry pie cookies! Super easy and were so good! I use my fool proof- 15 minutes pie crust recipe to make these fun cherry pie cookies.

But these Salted Caramel Shortbread cookies were hands down my favorite find ever!!! I altered the recipe a bit because the Caramel was sticky to the teeth. Heres the tried and true recipe. They were devoured in minutes!

I am a true Pecan pie LOVER!!!! I went to Houston, Tx a little over a year ago and had Goode's Pecan pie. I was seriously in heaven! They have mastered the pecan pie. I scoured the internet and found their secret ingredient: vinegar. It makes such a difference. Here is the recipe for this deliciousness!  I also have fool proof crust that can be whipped up in less then 15 minutes- no chilling or anything!   


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Glitzy Thanksgiving- Place setting & table decorating ideas

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Decorating and Stylizing the Thanksgiving table is something I absolutely LOVE doing. When I was an Interior Designer place setting and dishes were one of my favorite things to buy for my clients. That might explain my obsession for dishes and why I have way too many dishes of my own. (I can't help it... I need them all!) For all the added paper touches the items can be purchased in our Glitzy Thanksgiving collection

I like a layered but mixing different pieces form different collections to create a designer look. For this setting above I use a tera cotta leaf plate as the bottom dish for a splash of color. The middle plate is a rustic neutral dish then topped with a warm brown turkey plate. The small turkey plate can be used for salads or a roll plate. I liked this plate as it created texture to the setting like the leaf plate below.

For a little sparkle we added a glided pinecone spray and placed the name card in the center .

4 different wine labels in our Glitzy Thanksgiving collection 

Add a pop of color to your Thanksgiving table with colorful napkins. It can really transform your place setting.  For a added personal touch choose on of our 6 napkin wrappers to gather your napkins with

 Or if you wanted a flat folded napkin add your Thanksgiving menu card on top or even have a dessert menu card listing all the desserts and wine that will be served.

There are 2 Thanksgiving Menu cards included in our Glitzy Thanksgiving collection

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Glitzy Thanksgiving Collection {Sneak Peak}

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We have lots of great printables for your Thanksgiving table and dessert bar! Here is a sneak peak of our pie take home boxes from our Glitzy Thanksgiving Collection! With our pie take home boxes your guest can take a slice home with the leftovers or fill with a special treat for each guest as a favor! Add an extra special touch by attaching a wooden spoon so they don't even have to dirty a dish!

Keep checking back for our best Thanksgiving recipes {desserts and favorite side dishes to serve.}

Our Glitzy Thanksgiving collection! Full details on how to make this entire spreading coming over the next week with fool proof recipes easy, glitzy Thanksgiving decoration tips for your tables.

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Glitzy Thanksgiving Invitation

Friday, November 9, 2012

I have a sparkly and glitzy Thanksgiving collection and coordinating invitations to share with you! I have 2 different options for the invites. One a fill in the blank or a custom invite that we put your party details in for you.

I will be sharing my Glitzy Thanksgiving collection with you soon and all of my favorite dessert recipes for you to make your Thanksgiving meal perfect!
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{free printables} 2012 Election Party!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

 It's that time again.... Election 2012! Obama vs Romney....I thought it would be fun to have a election party since I always look for any reason to throw a part. Plus we all know we will all be watching as the ballots are counted.... you might as well enjoy it while you see if you candidate will win.

This could be great for adults and kids. Teach your children how the election works and have them follow along by coloring in the state who they think will win! I know I will be filling one out. Whoo hoo! Let the election begin.

It's simple..... Make your prediction by coloring in the states: Red for Romney and Blue for Obama. Then wait for the final tally and see who is closest. You can download the election party sheet here

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