Recipe: Peanut Butter Fondue

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of great opportunities for entertaining. My trick is to have a few tasty treats prepared beforehand so that they’re ready to go, like this twist on traditional chocolate fondue. Peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser, and this sauce tastes like liquid peanut butter fudge. Best of all, the peanut butter fondue can be made up to two weeks ahead and stored in the fridge, so once your party guests arrive, all you need to do is heat and serve.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Loaf Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

November means one more month of shameless pumpkin plugs (without judgement!), so I decided to take advantage of that fact with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe. It’s simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day spread—keep it out on the kitchen counter so your dinner guests can help themselves to a slice (or two!).

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pumpkin loaf cake recipe

pumpkin loaf cake recipe


Design to Dish: Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

chocolate dipped spiced shortbread cookies

My October wedding anniversary might make me biased, but I just love fall weddings! Spring and summer tend to be the most favored, but autumn is a lovely and beautiful time of the year to get married, too. You can easily incorporate natural elements and rustic textures that are so season-appropriate, and I think fall strikes the perfect balance between cozy and glam—a fabulous combination for a wedding, don’t you think?

Today’s recipe, Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies, was inspired by the flavors of fall: warm, heart-warming spices like cinnamon and cloves, paired with rich, decadent chocolate. They are so irresistible! I meant to make a big batch to give to friends, but we ate them all by ourselves!

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Recipe: Halloween Miniature Candy Apples

Halloween is pretty laid-back at the Hall house—we order take-out, dispense candy to hordes of kiddos, and watch scary movies. To keep things festive, though, I usually add one easy homemade treat, like these pint-sized candy apples. Don’t worry, I’m not handing them out instead of Snickers bars (doesn’t everyone have bad memories of the candy apple- and popcorn ball-dispensing neighbors?). No, these are strictly for the grown-ups, a sweet treat to prevent you from raiding your kid’s candy stash, plus just the right amount of Halloween nostalgia.

Get the recipe for these mini candy apples after the jump.


Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Three): The Poisoned Apple

Poisoned apple halloween cocktail with dry ice by kelli hallWith Apples, Tequila, and Pomegranates

If pressed to pick my poison, tequila is always my drink of choice. This potent potion (the final concoction in our three-part Halloween cocktail series; be sure to also check out The Black Heart and Swamp Swill Martini) is spiked with just enough tequila flavor to counteract the sweetness of the apples, and I’ve added a few dry ice chips to the drink to create swirls of smoke—a cautionary warning about this sinister concoction…

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Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

October is often your last chance to relax before ramping up for the busy holiday season. So, in honor of all things cozy and warm, I wanted to share this delicious homemade buttermilk scone recipe with you. Enjoy them yourself, of course, but don’t forget that baked goodies are a great, inexpensive gift to give—simply attach a thank-you note or include the treats in a get-well-soon basket (just remember to inquire about food sensitivities and allergies!).

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DIY: Spooky Halloween Centerpiece (That’s Entirely Edible!)

Add a little fright to your dinner table with a spooky Halloween centerpiece that’s totally, deliciously edible. If you’re having friends over for a Halloween party, your guests can nibble on this sinister spread of dark plums, grapes, and berries and a creepy-crawly cheese ball that combines blue cheese, dates, and pistachios. I displayed the centerpiece on my favorite mint-green milk glass cake stand. It’s a fun and unexpected color palette for Halloween and proves that the holiday can be spooky and sophisticated.

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and ingredients, you’ll be able to put this together in just minutes. Read on for the recipe and instructions after the jump…


Design to Dish: Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

chocolate sugar cookie cut outs halloween party ideas

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays—I love how the weather is a little cooler, the sky a little darker and moodier, the food comforting and cozy. Some people really go all in for creepy, gory Halloween stuff, but I prefer my Halloween whimsical, charming, and old-fashioned, and I love the idea of throwing a really wonderful, timeless Halloween party for friends and neighbors. My party would be full of pumpkins and treats, hay bales and cornstalks, and massive amounts of festive fall fun!

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved decorating sugar cookies (and eating them!). My kids love them too. It’s a great way to get in the spirit of whatever holiday is coming up. If you give the cookies a chocolate twist, they are even more perfect for Halloween! Chocolate sugar cookies cut out in fun Halloween shapes would be a great party favor for a Halloween or harvest party, or a fun party-time activity! Keep reading for the recipe…

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Two): Swamp Swill Martini

halloween dirty martini with cockroach olive garnish by kelli hallWith Gin, Olive Brine, and an Edible Palmetto Bug

For the second Halloween cocktail in our three-part series (the previous drink was The Black Heart, a dark and mysterious concoction made with figs), I created this cocktail to celebrate fall in the Carolinas. In the swampy South, October is the time of year when the creepiest creatures emerge from their hiding places—including the icky Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the hugest cockroach you’ll ever see and the unofficial South Carolina state bird since it also has wings, eeeek!). This Palmetto Bug, however, is made for chomping: He’s fully edible, with a black-olive body and chive antennae (sprayed with black food coloring). The cocktail is essentially a dirty martini with a nice, salty flavor to suggest swamp water and fresh herbs floating around to add a bit of murkiness.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Latte

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

The start of fall really only means one thing: pumpkin spice lattes. Since we all know and love them, I figured I would combine them with one of my other current faves, chai, to make a perfectly fall concoction with this pumpkin chai latte recipe!

You only need a few ingredients and it’s as quick and easy as your favorite hot chocolate recipe…