Gingerbread Cake with Candied Cranberries and Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft Gingerbread Cake by Natalie Paramore 5

The holidays always have a way of getting me back in the kitchen. Something about this time of year has me wanting to bake up a storm and break out the fancy dishes. Ok maybe not the fancy dishes part but I’ve definitely been logging a few more hours in the kitchen lately. I’ve always loved gingerbread so I decided that this year it was about time to go all out and make a cake!

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Apple Rose Tart

Fall is my absolute favorite, favorite time of year! The smells, the colors, the clothes, the food and oh those leaves! Those gorgeous falling leaves! I get so excited from about October 1st until January each year. The holidays and the weather always get me all cozied up and in a great mood for seemingly no reason everyday!

Apple Rose Tart _11 NPAnd every year in about August I start pinning and mentally planning all the gorgeous recipes and tablescapes that I will try out that season. And each year without fail I get through, um maybe, one or two of those before the season comes and goes! I get so caught up enjoying everything around me that I forget I make my own pumpkin pecan bread or gingerbread house.

Apple Rose Tart _5 NPThis year fret not though! At least I planned ahead enough to take a gander at this gorgeous apple pie! I spied some delectable apple rose tarts peeping into my Pinterest feed and I knew that this is the year that I must try it out myself! After reading and researching lots of blogs and techniques on how to make the perfect apple rose I decided on this simple take. Easy enough to get some little hands to help out this season or if you’re me a nice little task while catching up on the latest Real Housewives. Yes, you heard that right, I am total fan. Guilty pleasure right here. I can’t get enough of those shows!

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Fit Fridays with Chelsea Moore of Rō Fitness

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It’s that time again! Fit Fridays is back this month with Rō Fitness! I got the chance to check this place out after my friend Jane Ko gifted me a two week membership to Class Pass, thanks Jane! I had this place on my list because it’s so close to my office and hello gorgeous lake views while you’re working out! I love that you can get a full body workout in just 45 minutes. I took my class outside on a Sunday morning and it was the perfect pre-brunch activity. I highly recommend it! Not to mention they have showers and a cafe on-site for your post workout routine.

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