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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What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Turkey Enchiladas!

It may be a day early but it’s definitely not too late to get some creative ideas for all those Turkey Day leftovers! Come on y’all, we all know there is going to be tons of turkey and sides, sides, sides stocking your fridge the day after the feast. And we just can’t let all those tasty morsels go to waste, but let’s be honest, there’s only so many times in a row I can eat the same meal.

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And that’s where I came up with this smorgasbord of an idea, Thanksgiving Enchiladas! Ok, ok, ok, I know you’re thinking whhhhaaatttt? But stay with me. These put a little Tex-Mex spin on leftovers, which turns out pretty tasty! Plus, there always seem to be tortillas around our house, which makes this even easier.

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Sour cream and cranberry sauce? Might sound weird but this makes a sweet, tart and creamy sauce!

Corn and sweet potatoes? No brainer.

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Add some turkey and assemble.

Check out my post on Brit+Co. for the full recipe and how to.

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What are some of your favorite leftover recipes and ideas?

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Hello on this brrry cold start to Thanksgiving week. How are you planning on staying warm this week? I am thinking of adding soup to my Thanksgiving menu! Speaking of menus, I am sharing some of my tips for some last minute, easy and affordable ways to deck out your table for the feast this Thursday. From sparkles, to metallics to flickering tea lights, these simple ideas will be wowing your guests!

Thanksgiving Tablescapes_Natalie Paramore 1Last night my roommates and I hosted our annual Friendsgiving. We usually spill out on to our porches, but since the weather didn’t cooperate, we borrowed some tables, rented chairs and table cloths and set up in our living room. My roommate Lara got all Pinteresty and spray painted little pumpkins and squashes with metallic spray paint. This is definitely a Pinterest project that is easy to execute and really elevates your table decor! Tip: Be sure to spray a day or two ahead of time, aka, do this today or tomorrow.

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One trick we used at my birthday dinner laying out burlap as a table runner. So easy, very affordable, you can find this at any craft store for a few dollars. Lay out the burlap down the middle of the table, then place the decor on to burlap and voila! Gorgeous and simple table decor. Thanksgiving Tablescapes_Natalie Paramore 3Old wine bottles make great holders for sparkly branches. Insider tip: Most fall decor is on sale at stores, so grab some while they last! Use that left over spray paint to give old wine bottles some sheen.

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The more bumps and lumps you can find on gourds, the more fun the are to use as centerpieces.

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Serve water in glass bottles. You can find vintage ones like these at places like Homegoods for $2-$3 each. Talk about a bargain!

Thanksgiving Tablescapes_Natalie Paramore 8Canning jars make adorable holders for tea lights! From flickering and friendly to intimate and inviting, the little lights will draw everyone around the table!

 

For more tips for your Thanksgiving feast, check out my chat with Keri Bellacosa this morning on My Fox Austin this morning!

 

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