Pumpkin Pie with Merigunes

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I love the joy and festive spirit the holidays bring, but a wave of anxiety came over me when Black Friday ads began to circulate. My Halloween decorations were still up and the idea of prepping for Thanksgiving had slipped my mind. Once I’ve come to terms that Thanksgiving is in a few short days (how did that happen?!) I’ve been in full blown holiday mode.

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The spider webs, bats, and jack-o-lanterns have been packed away and replaced with hand painted pumpkins and chai spice candles. Thanksgiving prep is in full swing and I began recipe testing, much to Ian’s delight. First on my list, was dessert. As I’ve mention before, pumpkin pie is not my dessert of choice. However, topped with delicate meringues this pumpkin pie is sure to convert a non-pumpkin lover like myself. More importantly, it’s a true showstopper. This pie is guaranteed to get a few oh’s and ah’s from your dinner party guests. Can you really ask more from a dessert?! I don’t think so!

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Pumpkin Pie with Meringues

Ingredients:

For the pie:

  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
  • Pre-made pie dough

For the meringues:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartare

Directions:

For the pie:

  • Preheat oven to 400˚
  • Transfer the pie dough into a pie tin and crimp the edges. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the pie ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Pour the pie mixture into the pie crust and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven, open the oven door, and let the pie cool inside the oven. This will help prevent cracks from forming.
  • Take the pie out of the oven once it has cooled and chill in your fridge until you are ready to serve.

For the meringues:

  • Preheat oven to 200˚
  • In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly add in the cream of tartare and sugar one TBS at a time.
  • Once all of the sugar has been added, gently fold in the vanilla extract.
  • Spoon mixture into a pipping bag and form meringues in a variety of sizes on a silicone mat placed on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Once the meringues have cooled, arranged them on your pie before serving.

DIY Coastal Pumpkin Decor

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When summer ends and we enter into fall I’m often at a loss on how to decorate. I favor cool tones and shy away from filling our home with autumn’s traditional orange hues. While homes filled with rich plaids and orange pumpkins look stunning as I scroll through Pinterest, they don’t feel true to my personal style.

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On a quest to find harmony between my interior color pallet and celebrating the fall season, I chose to paint my own mini pumpkins. This is a great way to seamlessly incorporate festive pieces into your home – no matter your color scheme! Since I prefer cooler colors, I painted my pumpkins in shades of blue. After a few coats of paint, you would never know these started out as bright orange!

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DIY Coastal Pumpkin Decor

Materials:

  • Mini pastic pumpkins
  • White chalkboard paint (use as a primer)
  • Paint colors of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper

Directions:

  • On a newspaper lined surface paint each pumpkin with the white chalkboard paint.
  • Once dry, paint thin layers of your desired color until you reach the your preferred hue.
  • Paint the pumpkin stems gold and enjoy!

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

The buzz of summer events officially died down in October. While I’m sad that I have to wait six months to attend another street market or listen to music in the park, there is a small part of me that is thankful of a bit of quiet. With weekends free to explore, Ian and I have been making day trips to visit new towns and visit family.

October began with sake in hand at Boerner Botanical Gardens’ China Lights event. We missed last year’s event since we were on vacation in China, but I made sure we were able to attend this year! As soon as we walked through the entrance I was in awe. The display of lights was breathtaking and Ian and I enjoyed sampling sake, eating Chinese dishes, and catching a few stage performances.

Month in Review: October, 2018

As the leaves began to change color, I asked Ian to take a drive to Holy Hill. I heard the views from the church are best in the fall which meant this was the perfect time to make a visit. When we arrived at Holy Hill, we were immediately surrounded by a crowd. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones excited to see the view!

Month in Review: October, 2018

Later in the month, Ian traveled for a work and I took the opportunity to visit my sister. We spent the evening taking her little puppy, Poppy, on a walk, grabbing dinner, and catching up on life.

Month in Review: October, 2018

In search of a low key afternoon, Ian and I drove to the lake to sit by the water. One of my favorite pastimes is watching waves crash along the shore. I could have sat there all day, but eventually the cold got to us and we had to leave this beautiful view behind.

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

Our month came to a close with a day trip to Port Washington. Neither of us had visited their quaint downtown which made the afternoon feel like a mini get-a-way. We hiked up the hill to visit their lighthouse, strolled along the waterfront, and popped into a café for a warm cup of tea before heading home.

Month in Review: October, 2018

Month in Review: October, 2018

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