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For the Love of Color

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I love color. You would never know it from the neutrals in my house, but my brain is FULL of color. All. the.time. My kids joke that they stopped asking me my favorite color, because I could never give them an answer. I just can’t choose and it would change everyday anyway. Instead they started asking me, “What’s your favorite color right now?” Yes, it’s that bad. I love them all.

It turns out that although humans have probably loved color since God created the rainbow, real evidence of the analysis of color isn’t found until the 15th-century writings of Leonardo daVinci and Leon Battista Alberti. Later, Isaac Newton would pen his color theories dealing  mostly with primary colors from a scientific standpoint in his book entitled Opticks. While art and color (or lack of color) have always been part and parcel of the artistic process, the invention of synthetic pigments in the 19th century changed the course of art forever.

As chemists began creating synthetic pigments, colors changed. New vibrant hues, not created from herbs or flowers or natural minerals, began showing up on canvases and while the established art society wasn’t super delighted about it, many newer artists and others who wanted to push the envelope saw it as a new world to explore. How would the use of new, vibrant color change the impact of the art they were creating?

Many artists took these new colors as an opportunity to “stick it to the establishment” of the traditional and elitist Salon and Académie des Beaux-Arts.  When these artists, who were later given the title of Impressionists, began employing these colors in their works, many viewers and potential buyers were shocked. A few of them were even outraged and called them gaudy, but the Impressionists were undaunted and let the colors speak. They rejected the final washes of thick varnish to tone down their colors and used vibrant colors to indicate light and shadows. Renoir was famous for saying,“No shadow is black. It always has a color. Nature knows only colors … white and black are not colors.”

Here is a great article on the pigments that were created during this period that would change the course of art history. Many of the pigments developed during this time period  like Cerulean Blue, synthetic Ultramarine Blue, Mars Red, Lemon Yellow, and Viridian Green are in my palette today, and I am thankful. Some of the new pigments didn’t last the test of time because they were either toxic or unethically produced, but these innovations paved the way for artists to use color to express their emotions and to evoke similar emotions in the viewer. It is hard to imagine from my viewpoint in history that all these colors were new and exciting. Artists were not only creating, they were innovating. They were exploring uncharted territory and putting these new colors through their paces and figuring out what would work and what wouldn’t.

During this time period a theory about color usage called Simultaneous Contrast noted that colors placed in proximity to one another change the way we perceive those colors. This was an exciting discovery for artists who were searching for new ways to express themselves. For example, complimentary colors placed next to one another make each color seem more vibrant and other colors placed in proximity change the viewer’s perception of those colors.

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This painting by Matisse is a perfect example of this color theory in practice.

Pisarro, Degas, Van Gogh, Signac, Seurat and their contemporaries employed these techniques to draw the viewers attention to certain focal points and to evoke an emotional response.

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Artists began using these techniques and color theories in their works. A good article that explains this in more detail with examples can be found here. I took the above photo at a recent Degas exhibition. This picture doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of these colors. The orange-red makes the complimentary blue color sing and was, literally, awe-inspiring.

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This Van Gogh draws the viewer ‘s eye immediately into the cafe with his usage of color. I could stare at this for hours.

So, as I pick up my brush and sit down to paint again and I consider the juicy colors that fill my palette, I am grateful to those who paved the way and changed the course of art history. Thanks to them, and the development of so many gorgeous pigments, my inability to pick a favorite seems terminal.

 

Open

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A new year, a new word, a new intention. This year is dedicated to being open and seeing what that means. The introvert in me recoils at the thought, but since I am almost an even split (so says Meyers-Briggs) there is a part of me yearning for connection with others. It is a strange dichotomy, but it usually means I dread being with people, then I have an AMAZING time with them and can’t wait to do it again, but I am drained when it’s over and need a few days of solitude afterward to regroup. So this year I am silencing that voice that never wants to leave the comfort of my nest and saying yes to more things and people. Already I feel the change and see the connections forming. This post is the most personal post so far and really out of my comfort zone, but I am learning to let that go and be open in this arena as well.

It has been far too long since I have posted anything here! The holidays and then the flu and then an amazing long girl’s weekend retreat and then life just did it’s thing and now it’s almost half-way through February and I am finally catching my breath. Whew!

It has been a whirlwind of a year already and it is only February. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds. Part of being open for me has meant opening up as many pathways to creativity as I can. This means trying everything that inspires me and seeing what has resonance and what feels right…trusting the intuitive process…finding my voice and being comfortable sharing it…letting go of the idea of a perfect result and being open to embracing the act of creating. I am discovering that under all my colorful flowers lies so much more I want to say. Getting in touch with that and really expressing all that lies beneath is an intimidating process for a girl who perfected people-pleasing.

I have decided to shift gears a bit on this blog. I will still share recipes and great stuff that I find, but I am going to include more of my art adventures. I have another blog (that is being neglected) so maybe I will put recipes over there. I am spending a lot of time experimenting with different media and substrates as part of being open to finding my artistic voice, so maybe my experiments will help someone else along their journey. I have learned so much from others who have been generous with their experience, so in that same spirit I hope to inspire others.

I found a quote that I will be carrying with me on my journey this year. I share in in the hope that it may encourage you, too.

“At any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, to to step back into safety.” –Abraham Maslow

Custom Art Journal or Book Cover

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Art journals are meant to be looked at and enjoyed. They are meant to be shared with others and touched, but they need to be protected. Pre-made covers are available online , but I have made a few journals in odd sizes, so I was wondering how to protect those. My time spent scrapbooking came in handy and gave me a lightbulb moment that not only solved the problem, but is a simple and inexpensive solution for all my albums and journals. To make your cover, you will only need a few supplies.

You’ll need:

16 gauge clear vinyl sheet (I bought 3 yards at Joann Fabric at $6.99/yd and used my 60% off coupon so it only cost me $8.39 for 3 yards or $2.80 per yard–I’ll have enough to cover lots of journals!)

A Fuse tool (these retail for $29.99 at Michaels, but I used a 50% off coupon)

Scissors

Pencil

Lay out plastic sheeting on a large surface with the paper backing facing up and lay your journal open on top. If either cover has a fold-out on it, be sure to open the fold-out completely so that your sleeve fits around the farthest edges of the journal.

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If you’ve never used a fuse tool before, the pointed tip is for cutting vinyl and the spoked-wheel tip is for fusing plastic.

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Screw the wheel tip on the tool for this project.

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Plug in your Fuse tool–it will take 10 minutes for it to heat up enough to fuse the vinyl.

Use your pencil to trace around the open journal leaving 1/4 inch allowance on the top and bottom and 2-3 inches on the sides to create the flaps.

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Cut the vinyl using your scissors and fold plastic over the ends of the journal to create a flap. Press firmly to crease the plastic. I used my pencil, but a bone folder would be great for this.

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Place the metal ruler over one end of the flap and line up the open slot in the ruler with the edge of the journal. Be sure to keep the paper journal inside so you allow enough room for the journal to slide into the flap easily, but snug enough so that it won’t fall off. Place the wheel of the Fuse tool in the slot of the ruler and roll it slowly, but steadily back and forth to seal the vinyl. Fuse BOTH ends (top and bottom) on one side of your cover. Watch out, the ruler gets hot too! Don’t ask me how I know this–I just do. :-/

***Before you fuse the other end, make the crease while your journal is SHUT. Otherwise, you may not make the sleeve long enough to accommodate the journal when it’s shut and it will buckle your journal. Don’t ask me how I know this, I just do 🙂 I’m not perfect, remember?

Fuse the remaining end and you’re done 🙂 The best part is that you can make these in any size and for any purpose. I love this little tool!! I can tell this is going to come in handy for making lots of projects. It will also be great for creating wipe-able worksheets for my little guy so he can practice letters and numbers (even tic-tac-toe) using dry-erase markers.

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Hope you found this useful. Follow my blog for updates and new projects and recipes coming soon.

Handmade Art Journal Binding Project

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As I mentioned in my first post on this blog, my artistic pursuits began as part of a challenge this year. Since April, I have made several of my own art journals. Most of them for various classes I have taken, but this one is just for me–no theme, no purpose other than play. You can use any paper you choose, depending on the the type of media you want to work with, I am making mine from various heavy watercolor papers. They are thick and sturdy and they can handle a variety of types of supplies. I tend to use watercolors, gouache, colored pencils, pen, and sometimes acrylics. This paper is great for that. If I decide to play with pastels, I will need to apply a layer of pastel primer or gesso to the page first, but it still works really well. You can use this same method for creating a journal or sketchbook for any medium by changing the paper.

An empty art journal is a beautiful gift for the artist in your life. They will love it even more when they know you made it just for them 🙂

This is a super simple journal that is perfect for beginners.

You’ll Need:

Large sheet(s) of heavy paper. I used 30×22 sheets of 140lb Arches and Fabriano watercolor paper in hot press (smooth finish) and cold press (rough finish) One large sheet of watercolor paper, when cut and folded will make 12 pages that measure 10 inches high by 11 inches wide if the strip are only folded in half.

Awl or other pointed instrument to poke the holes. A Japanese Screw punch is great, but I don’t have one yet.

Waxed Linen Thread (or embroidery floss or dental floss) You can usually find this is the binding/leather-working section of the craft store or on Amazon.

Bookbinding needle

a sheet of something thick like cardboard or a cutting mat to lay your book on to punch the holes–you won’t love having holes in your table :-/

Begin by cutting down your large sheet(s) into the size you want your journal to be. I cut each large sheet into thirds, making each smaller sheet 22×10.

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When folded, the pages (or folios) will be approximately 11×10. Using this method, one large sheet of paper cut down and folded this way will give you a journal with 12 pages. Each page will be 11×10. I bought this paper on a great sale at my local art supply store for $5 per sheet, so this journal will be inexpensive and handmade (which is the best part).

Here is an awesome tutorial by Teesha Moore that shows her method of making an art journal. She also folds each folio into three sections so that pages have fold-outs on them. This is hard to describe, but here is a picture from one of my journals that shows this technique.

Teesha also covers this in her tutorials. You can make your journal however is best for your purposes.

Once you have your large sheet cut into thirds, fold each of the cut pieces in half or in three sections–however you like them. Then, lay them on top of one another making sure the edges are somewhat straight. Mostly, just be sure the middle seem is lined up with the layers underneath. Don’t get too caught up in making it perfect. I personally don’t do perfect. Part of its charm is the handmade feel it has ❤

Holding your pages securely, lay them on a sheet of cardboard or your cutting mat and poke 5 holes along the center seam.

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The center hole should be equidistant from each end and fall in the very center if you measure top-to-bottom. Punch 2 holes about an inch from the top and bottom edges. Lastly, punch the last two holes between the middle hole and the top and bottom holes. I didn’t measure mine, it’s really not necessary.

Once you have your holes punched you will begin the binding process. You can paperclip or use binder clips to hold your sheets while you work, but if you use heavy watercolor papers, they shouldn’t shift much. Once you have your papers secure, thread your binding needle with the waxed thread.

You can think of your holes as being numbered from #1 at the very top to #5 at the very bottom.

Here is a graphic to guide your stitching:

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Here are a series of pictures that show the binding stitch steps:

1. Begin by threading your needle from the middle hole (#3)–moving from the outside through to the inside. Leave a three inch tail hanging on the outside. You will use this to tie off at the very last step. I like to tie off outside so the knot isn’t inside my journal, but you can make yours any way you want.

2. Bring your needle back OUT through the #2 hole. Your needle is now on the  outside of your journal.

3. Thread your needle back IN through the second (#1) hole and pull thread snug. Your needle is now inside.

4. Push your needle back OUT through the #2 hole and pull the thread snug. Your needle is now outside.

5. Thread needle back IN through hole #4 and pull thread snug.

6. Push needle back OUT through #5 and snug your thread.

7. Go back IN through #4 and pull thread snug again.

8. Finally, push the thread out through #3 the center hole and tie off to the tail you left on step 1.

That’s it!! You did it! Simple AND beautiful. It will be even more beautiful when it is full of your gorgeous art work.

Here’s a peek at one of my hand-bound journals. This one was created for a gouache class taught by Mary Ann Moss. This was a super fun class. I love Mary Ann’s style and sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. For this journal we did a more complex binding stitch. This was a real challenge since I hadn’t ever done any binding before and it uses several signatures (sets of pages) and handmade covers. I made the covers using 8×10 canvas board and a paint by numbers canvas board. I painted the front cover and used scrapbook papers to line the inside covers.

 

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Here are some snippets from one of my other hand-bound journals.

December Daily Project-An Exercise in Gratitude

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Two years ago I began documenting and photographing our Decembers because they are such a special time in our home. I wanted the traditions and the miracle of Christmas to somehow have a place where we could visit it throughout the year and be a reminder in years to come when we no longer live under the same roof. The first two years I loosely followed Ali Edwards and her December Daily project and she inspired me to tell our stories. I was drawn to her intentionality as she moved through the days of the season–even creating a “Reason Why” introduction. Live intentionally. I love this. I try to live this way regularly, but I hadn’t incorporated it into my scrapbooking or memory keeping.

Here are a few snapshots of my previous albums:

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This one is from last year using mostly products from October Afternoon:

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and this one is an on-going album that we add to every year full of our random acts of kindness:

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Here are some snapshot peeks at the inside:

This year, I am jumping in with Ali and the December Daily project with both feet. Because I am enjoying so many other projects and my little man requires so much of my attention, I decided to buy her kit this year and focus my time on telling our stories instead of spending so much time designing my pages and creating my own format. In the end, my children (and theirs) will cherish these frozen moments and the miracle of Christmas that we celebrate. I am so grateful to Ali Edwards for creating this beautiful way of intentionally  savoring the Christmas season.

I met Ali Edwards about 13 years ago at a scrapbooking convention (CKU) in Dallas. I liked her immediately. She is warm and real and generous with her talent. These are all things I greatly admire. I have watched her build a successful business and a crafting community that is as warm and generous as she is–and that is a beautiful thing.

This week before December I am beginning to set up my album with pages for things I know we will be documenting: Buying the Tree, Decorating the Tree, Baking Cookies, Random Acts of Kindness, Wrapping Presents, Holiday Cooking, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holiday Play List for 2016, Driving Around to See Lights, Christmas Movie List…you get the idea. These pages will be moved around and adjusted as the month progresses, so nothing is set in stone. This is just a jumping off point–and a great way to play with all the amazing stuff in the kits!

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I will post more in December as I begin my actual documenting process to hopefully inspire you to record your own Christmas memories! You can follow my blog and be notified when I create new posts. I’d love to have you follow along.

Yummy Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

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The hardest part of being gluten-free, for me, is the holidays. I’ve baked my Mom’s incredible cinnamon rolls for the last few years and I was really bummed about not being able to enjoy them this year, so I was determined to find a gluten-free recipe that would fill the gap. Recently, I did a food sensitivity test and was off the charts for dairy, sooooo good-bye dairy 😦 I modified this recipe to make it dairy-free as well. I had to go purchase a few of these flours, but they also carry them on Amazon. I’ll link them in the recipe for you because I’m sweet like that.  🙂

You’ll Need:

DOUGH:
⅔ cup milk–I used So Delicious brand unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
1 tablespoon Earth Balance Butter Substitute
1 packet (7 g) yeast
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup (83 g) potato starch
½ cup (80 g) brown rice flour
¼ cup (29 g) finely ground almond flour
¼ cup (34 g) tapioca starch plus more for flouring your surface (I used Arrowroot Starch for this)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon xanthan gum
2½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon vanilla
good quality plastic wrap for rolling out (and up!) the dough
FILLING:
⅓ cup Earth Balance butter substitute, softened
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a pie plate.
DOUGH:
Combine yeast and sugar in large mixing bowl.
Microwave coconut milk and 1 tablespoon butter substitute to approximately 110-115 degrees-about 45-55 seconds. Whisk into yeast mixture and set aside to proof.
Meanwhile in small bowl whisk together potato starch, brown rice flour, tapioca starch or arrowroot starch, almond flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.
Once yeast is proofed add in egg, oil, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Mix gently and then slowly add to the flour mixture. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat for 1½ minutes – beating long enough is essential, GF flours are “thirsty,” the dough will thicken & lose it’s stickiness as you beat it. If it isn’t starting to form a dough ball and is too wet, add a bit more almond flour until dough starts to pull together.
Roll out the dough: (please watch the video!) this is a sticky dough that you’ll want to roll out to approximately a 13″ x 10″ rectangle. What I have found works best is covering my work surface with a good quality plastic wrap and then a light layer of tapioca (or arrowroot) starch. I place my dough in the center and cover with a bit more starch and another sheet (or two) of plastic wrap. Roll out to the needed size and then carefully peel off the top layer of plastic wrap.
Using a knife or spatula gently spread the ⅓ cup softened butter over the dough evenly leaving ½” space around the edges.
FILLING:
In a small bowl combine brown sugar & cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over dough.
To roll your dough: start on one of the shorter sides and gently begin rolling your dough into a long log form. Use the plastic wrap to help you “lift and roll” the dough as you go along. Try to make it a nice tight roll, however do not try to unroll it and re-do it. You’ll end up with a sticky mess.
Sprinkle lightly with tapioca starch again. Dip a sharp knife into tapioca starch then cut the rolls into 8 pieces.
Place the rolls, cut side down, in the prepared pie plate*. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, place in a warm spot, and let them rise for 15 minutes. **I had to let mine rise 45 minutes.

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Bake 22-27 minutes until tops are golden brown.

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This recipe came from this great blog:

Read more: http://recreatinghappiness.com/breakfast-recipes/gluten-free-cinnabon-copycat-cinnamon-roll-recipe-updated-and-now-easier-to-make/#ixzz4QsEROhYY

I strongly encourage you to check out her site to see how she rolls out the dough. It IS sticky. I cut my rolls and placed in a pan and then let it sit to rise for about 45 minutes. Once the dough rises, the rolls should touch each other in the greased pan. They will continue to rise as they cook.

I flip mine onto a plate.

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I also made a dairy free caramel to drench mine, but I also found this link with a bunch of dairy-free whipped cream recipes and this one for dairy free frosting recipes. I know, you’re welcome ❤

Turkey Brine-Cajun Style

We made this for the first time last year and liked it so much we made it again for Christmas. It has a little heat from the cayenne pepper, but it is so good with the homemade sweet and tart cranberry sauce to balance it out. Last year I only brined the turkey for 24 hours and we decided this year to kick it up a notch, so we are brining it for 48 hours and also injecting the brine into the meat–yum!

You’ll Need:

2 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp paprika

1  Tbsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp dried thyme

1 Tbsp ground pepper

1 Tbsp onion powder

4 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 cup salt

1 cup brown sugar

4 rosemary sprigs

1 beer (can or bottle-stout has more flavor–gluten free beer is an option too)

I used a brining bag and injector like this:

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Boil all the above ingredients in 1 quart of water. Remove from heat and let cool.

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Add 1 more quart of ice water to the brine to help speed cooling.

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At this point I injected the brine into the breasts and legs of the turkey.

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Place raw turkey in brining bag or sealable container. Pour brine over the turkey and add water until turkey is submerged. Keep cold until ready to cook. Best results when brining the turkey for at least 24 hours 🙂

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You’ll need to squeeze all the air out of the bag and secure it well. I will squish it around and turn it over tomorrow. Gravy made with this turkey brine is amazing. I hope you love it–we do!

The Best Southern Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

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Remember when I said all my recipes would be simple? I lied. Well, kinda. This one IS really simple, but it takes a few more steps than I like in my cooking…BUT this is Thanksgiving!!! The rules get changed for the holidays in my house. Pumpkin pie before dinner? Ok. Christmas cutout cookies for breakfast? Sure! The holidays are such a special time. On THAT note, here’s my super-special stuffing (ohhh alliteration!) recipe. The original recipe came from Southern Living magazine years ago, but I have changed it over the years and don’t even use a recipe anymore. You will love me after you eat this. You may not love me when you’re doing up all the dishes from making it, but just think of me when you get to the eating part.  😉 Sorry for the terrible pictures, but I started cooking when my little man woke me up at 5 am today :-/ Did I mention I’m not a food stylist?

***I am doubling my recipe because it freezes really well and my son loves it so much he had me make it again after Thanksgiving last year. To avoid making it twice, I am just doubling my recipe this time. I will give the recipe for a single batch, but you will see pictures of my doubled ingredients. I hope that isn’t too confusing. Also, I am making mine gluten free, so I won’t be adding the cubed stuffing (like Pepperidge Farm) to mine. I have made it both ways and it’s great either way. Also, I am adding pecans, but you can skip those too. Remember, YOUR food YOUR way. Season it to your tastes and feel free to add or subtract ingredients–I did!!

You’ll Need:

1 box cornbread (prepared according to package instructions and crumbled)

1 bag cubed stuffing (any kind will work, I think I’ve tried them all over the years)

1 lb sage sausage (I use Jimmy Dean, but the ingredients aren’t great so next year I think            I’ll make my own.)

1 large yellow onion chopped

3 tart apples peeled and diced (Granny Smith or Jonathan varieties work well)

2 tsp dried sage

1/2 C fresh parsley (it tastes good without it too)

1 1/2 C pecan halves or pieces

1 stick of butter (I will use equivalent of Earth Balance for dairy free)

1 container of chicken broth (usually 1-3 cups–amount will depend on how dry your ingredients are and how dry you like your stuffing)

Salt and pepper to taste

Make cornbread and crumble into a very large bowl. Add cubed stuffing if desired. Mix in pecans.Cook sausage, drain, and add it to the cornbread and pecans.Add sage, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix well.

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Sauté onions and diced apples in butter until light brown.

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and then add to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Taste it and season it to your taste.

Transfer ingredients into an oven-safe baking dish. I use a large casserole dish. Pour 1 cup of broth evenly over the top of the stuffing. You can add more during the cooking time if you like your stuffing less dry. I usually add about 2 cups during the cooking time. If you cover the stuffing with foil it will be moist. I usually cover mine and then remove the foil for the last 15 minutes to brown the top. Bake 45 minutes at 325 degrees.

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Enjoy!!

Amazing Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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This time of year is so special. I miss watching all the trees change in the Midwest. Our weather is just starting to cool off enough for jeans here. I love so many things about fall. I especially enjoy holiday traditions. I love the feel of doing something each year that has so many warm memories attached to it. There are a few recipes that were family favorites growing up and we all looked forward to them. We probably pestered my poor mother to death to make her famous pumpkin pie. It is THAT good. I still have the original recipe, but I’ve made a few changes to it now that I am gluten and dairy free. I promise, it still tastes just as good. In fact, my kids said this version tastes better. I think they might be right, but I’ll have to try it a few more times just to be sure  😉

One of the best things about it (besides how it tastes) is that it’s super simple. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting until it’s cool enough to eat!

**This recipe can be made in the traditional way, just use whole cow’s milk in place of the 3 cups of coconut milk and pour into regular pie shells.

Preheat oven to 400

You’ll Need:

2 gluten free pie crusts (this recipe makes 2 deep dish pies or 3 regular pies)

2 small cans of pumpkin puree OR 1 large can (NOT the pie mix)

2 C white sugar

2 tsp. ginger

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 can coconut milk (2 C.)

1 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk from a carton.  You can use all of one and none of the other, I just like the canned kind because it is so rich and thick.

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Whisk all  ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined and pour into crusts.

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Bake for 45-60 minutes. Go do something fun or creative while you wait because your house is about to smell amazing!!

While we waited for the pies to bake, my little man has his own cabinet in the kitchen and he did this:

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and I did this:

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..and then we *might* have danced in the kitchen to Christmas music 🙂 Even my bigger boy danced with me—Shhhhh…he would KILL me for writing this!!

Check your pie at 45 minutes. All ovens are different. Pie is done when toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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That’s it! I’m ashamed to say I could eat one all by myself. So simple, and delicious–just the way I love it. I hope you love it too! I have more great projects and recipes coming. Follow my blog so you will get all the updates! I hope this pie becomes part of your holiday traditions ❤