Tomato Tart

We have a great family friend back in Texas who made this tomato tart for us when we visited over the holidays. She inspired me to re-create the tomato tart she made for us that evening and even though it is nothing close to how amazing hers was, this one came surprisingly close! I wasn’t able to get the original recipe she used, so I played it by ear and found a similar recipe online  She used puff pastry for the crust and I used store bought pie crust. She used a mixture of cheeses and I used a mix of white cheddar and ricotta. This is one of those recipes where you can totally just mix and match whatever you think sounds good.

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Snickerdoodles {The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013}

This year I participated in the 3rd annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by love & olive oil. I missed last years and was so happy I got to participate this year! There seriously is nothing better than coming home to a box of cookies at the door :) I went with a classic this year and sent out my favorite snickerdoodle recipe- Mrs. Sigg’s. I’ve made them before and kept the cookies sealed for days and they still taste soft and chewy!

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Thanksgiving Recap: Place card cookies + Pecan Pie

My sweet sister surprised me with a piping kit to decorate cookies and cakes. This Thanksgiving, I wanted to try my hand at piping icing onto cookies (it is much more difficult than it looks) to make place cards for our Thanksgiving dinner. We had an unusually warm Thanksgiving day in Denver so we brought out the football and tailgate games in the back yard :)

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A few years ago, I received this great book on decorating cookies. I was so glad I was finally able to put it to use!

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Autumn Butters

Some of my favorite fall goodies are fruit and vegetable spreads. I love pumpkin and apple butters in place of jams or preserves on my morning toast and even mixing in pumpkin butter into my pumpkin bread batter. Keep in mind, none of these actually have butter in them (sorry, Paula).

I have always had such a love for canning and appreciate the flavors of fall that I see around. I’ve listed some of my favorite autumn butters below. One of my favorites is actually from Trader Joe’s which I picked up when I was in California last week. I’ll have to try my best to ration it until we get our own Trader Joe’s :)

1. Blackberry Farm Pumpkin and Pear Butter

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2. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter

TJ's Pumpkin Butter

3. Williams-Sonoma Cinnamon Apple Butter

WS cinnamon apple butter

Images via Blackberry Farm // Trader Joe’s // Williams-Sonoma

What are some of your favorite autumn goodies?