Friday Favorites – Week 189 – With Fall and Halloween Decor

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites!  This week we have some really great fall and Halloween decor!  I hope it can serve as some inspiration as you prepare for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

But before we get to today’s features I wanted to make a couple of holiday announcements.  First off, I just posted information about my Holiday Gift Guide.  If you have an Etsy shop or other small business that you’d like have promoted here during the holidays, I’d love to have you!  Just check out my information post for details and send an email to simplysweethome@hotmail.com to get put on our calendar!

I’m also excited to announce that I will be lining up guest posters again this year to share holiday treat recipes.  This will include candy, cookies, cakes,  drinks, and anything sweet!  If you would like to be a part of this event, please email me and I’ll get an official invitation out to you! [Read more…]

Introducing Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish Pies and a Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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You can’t have holiday get togethers without dessert! Now with Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies making dessert just got easier, and it is just as delicious!



Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies come in 4 varieties:

 

-Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
-Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce
-Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing
-Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing

The pies go straight from your freezer to the oven and bake up in 80 to 100 minutes (plus a 2 hour cooling time before serving).  This is such a great time saver!  Without having to make or bake crusts or mix ingredients, you can have a dessert that tastes like homemade! And you’ll be ale to spend that valuable time making your other dishes, getting ready for the party, or just having holiday fun!

Beyond their convenience and great homemade taste, these pies are also easily customizable with their yummy toppings.  Use the topping that comes with each pie to decorate and add flavor, and also mix and match your pies and toppings!


I recently had the opportunity to try these pies.  Today I’m sharing the Pumpkin Pie with you.  This pie fills your home with the fresh aroma of cinnamon as it bakes.  And the taste is just like homemade!  You will love the creamy blend of pumpkin and cinnamon, and to top off this pie, it comes with cream cheese icing!  I think you will love the sweetness the icing adds to this classic dessert so much so that you may never want a slice of pumpkin pie without cream cheese icing ever again!


Mrs. Smith’s Pies are available at most Wal-mart Supercenters nationwide.  Look online to find retailers near you.

 

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Giveaway!  One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a full value coupon for a Mrs. Smith Signature Deep Dish Pie (up to $8.99 value) and a $50 William-Sonoma card.

To enter, please leave comments letting me know which of the four pies you’d most like to try and tell us how you would use this gift card.  Then use the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also gain extra entries by following Mrs. Smith’s on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Thanksgiving Desserts with Country Crock: Blackberry Cobbler and Pound Cake

With Thanksgiving around the corner,  it is time to put together the final preparations for my Thanksgiving menu.  Sometimes I make a complete meal for two here at home, and other times  I just have to bring a dessert or two over to a family member’s home for the big celebration.  But either way, I can always count on Country Crock to  help make my recipes healthier and  taste great.  Today I’ve got 2 fantastic Thanksgiving desserts that were made using Country Crock.

The first one is a blackberry cobbler.

 

One of my dad’s favorite desserts is Blackberry Cobbler.  Over the summer, I found this great cobbler recipe that is super easy to make!  I originally brought it to him for Father’s day, and he loved it so much, I told him I would make one for Thanksgiving.

Recipe for Blackberry Cobbler:

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh blackberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 large egg

1 cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons Country Crock, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted Country Crock over topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

And the second recipe I have to share is a pound cake!

When I was a kid, pound cake was always on the Thanksgiving dessert menu!  Pound cakes are perfect for Thanksgiving because, they are simple and they are loved by almost everyone.

Today I enjoy experimenting with different pound cake recipes.  I recently tried out this new pound cake, and again for this recipe I substituted Country Crock for butter.

Recipe for Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

5   eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

3 cups sugar

1/2 cups vegetable shortening

1 cup Country Crock

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  With a mixer, cream Country Crock and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

 

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

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12 Recipes for a Full Thanksgiving Meal

Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving yet?  Are you in charge of making a full meal for family and friends? Or do you just have to make a dish or two for the family potluck?  Today I’m sharing twelve foods that will help you to make a complete Thanksgiving meal.  I’ve got casseroles, side dishes, rolls,  dessert, and of course, the turkey! [Read more…]

Au Gratin Potatoes, Thanksgiving Sides, and a Giveaway from Country Crock!


As we prepare for Thanksgiving, a lot of fuss will be made over the turkey and dressing (or stuffing), but what about all the sides?  Without sides the meal just wouldn’t be complete, would it?  This Thanksgiving fill your table with vegetable sides, made using Country Crock.  

Country Crock has 0 grams of trans fats and goes great with every dish from corn on the cob and green beans to vegetable casseroles like Broccoli & cheese casserole and squash casserole.    The Crock Country Chronicle In The Kitchen always has great recipes, veggie tips, and other fun ideas, and they have some side dishes that will steal the show this Thanksgiving!   

Today I’ve got a fantastic side dish that I made this week using Country Crock:  Au Gratin Potatoes.   [Read more…]

Perfect Pies Giveaway

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With Thanksgiving coming up in just a few short weeks, it’s the perfect time to start planning your menu.  I, for one, always associate pie with Thanksgiving.   If you are looking for some inspiration to get you through the holiday season, considering checking out the book:   Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes from America’s Pie-Baking Champion by Michele Stuart. [Read more…]

13 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Today’s post is all about one of the quintessential flavors of fall: Pumpkin!

It’s amazing how many things you can make with it: cakes, bread, cookies, cupcakes, and even donuts!  And when combined with things like cream cheese and chocolate, the possibilities are endless!  Here are 13 Pumpkin recipes that I think you will love!

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Caramel Drizzle Freezer Pie

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I’m so excited to share this week’s recipe with you!  I saw this Caramel Drizzle Freezer Pie on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and I could hardly wait to make it!  The recipe comes from All Recipes, a great source for any cook or baker, and I just know you’re going to love it!

This is the perfect pie for summer time because it’s very sweet and it’s also served cold.  But I, for one, think it is the perfect pie for any time of year.  I’m actually looking quite forward to making it for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  And as if the taste of this pie wasn’t a good enough reason to make it, it’s also super easy to make, and the recipe yields 2 pies, so it’s perfect for parties and pot lucks.

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Easy Ideas for a Festive Thanksgiving

It’s not too late to think about adding a little fall flair to your Thanksgiving table.  Here some easy and inexpensive, last minute ideas.

Add color and style to your table using a table runner or place mats in red or orange.  Then use faux leaves and berries to create an inviting tablescape.

Create the perfect fall buffet by placing your food trays on top of pumpkins!  Or mix in some smaller pumpkins and gourds in and around your buffet.

Here’s a display that’s easy and very inexpensive. Take bottles or jars, and place the letters “T-H-A-N-K-S” on them.  (You could even recycle some mayonnaise or jelly jars and just shake up a little pain inside to add color.) Then place straw, fall flowers, leaves, corn husks, or anything else you can think of in each one.

The easiest thing you can do to add color and flair to any table is to add a bouquet of flowers.  Faux will do, but fresh is said to be the way to go if you really want to breathe life into your room.  And the best part is that the local grocer’s and farmer’s markets will have any leftover fall inventory on sale the week of Thanksgiving!
And you can always count on candles to add color and a hint of warmth of and coziness to any room.

And how about adding something fun for this kids?  It just takes a few simple ingredients to make this cute turkey that also doubles as a holder for appetizer kabobs!



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Southern Brownie Pie

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to share this classic, Southern recipe.  This Southern Brownie Pie is yummy served warm or cold, and it’s sure to please everyone at your table.  My husband isn’t really a chocolate fan, and he doesn’t like pies at all, but he couldn’t get enough of this one!
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Recipe for Southern Brownie Pie:

Ingredients:
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3 eggs (beat lightly)
3 TBS plain flour
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 pie crust (I used store bought)
Directions:First, make the pie crust. If you are not a good crust maker, you can use the frozen kind or the roll out kind. If using a frozen crust, let it thaw completely.
Get a medium sauce pan. Put the milk, butter, margarine, and cocoa in the pan. Turn the heat to low and slowly warm until everything is melted and mixed together. Stir occasionally so the mixture does not stick to the pan and scorch.Take the chocolate mixture off the heat.
Put a spoon of the chocolate mixture in with the eggs beaten in a small bowl. This helps adjust the temperature and keeps the eggs from curdling. Next, stir in the eggs, flour, vanilla.  Fold in nuts. (Chopped pecans or walnuts are good in pies; however, I left these out.)
Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes in a 9 inch pie pan (50 minutes in smaller pan). The pie is done when the center is set.
Tips for Serving:  This is really good when it’s hot, but it’s also good served cold or at room temperature. After it cools down, to serve it hot again, place in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  Top with ice cream or whipped topping and chocolate syrup for an extra sweet treat!

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