Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

Thanksgiving is next week and I’m hosting it at my condo for the first time this year.I’m a little nervous but looking forward to having my family at my home. This year I’m going for the healthy and simplicity route when it comes to my menu. I’m really loving squash at the moment and I am making this delicious recipe for Maple Glazed Acorn Squash as a side dish. The great about this recipe is that it’s easy to make and doesn’t require several ingredients. Using Maple syrup, cinnamon, all spice, and salt as a rub, your guests will be wishing they had more. 

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Maple Glazed Acorn Squash
Serves 3
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash The Perfect Thanksgiving Side


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
45 min

Total Time
55 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
45 min

Total Time
55 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 acorn squash, sliced and seeded
  2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  5. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  6. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Arrange sliced acorn squash on a baking sheet.
  2. Season with olive oil, cinnamon, all spice, maple syrup, and salt.
  3. Bake in the oven on 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.
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This post is sponsored by Mode Media.

TOMS for Target

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I was so excited to hear that TOMS decided to partner with Target this holiday season. The TOMS for Target collection holiday gift collection launched in stores this past Sunday across the country. The thing I love most about this collection is that its affordable and allows the average American the opportunity to enjoy something they may not have had a change to purchase otherwise.

The other great thing about this collection is that it has a charitable tie.
Like TOMS “one-for-one” model, with each gift purchased by Target shoppers, a gift will be made to a person in need.  Donations will include one of the following:  one blanket via American Red Cross, one week of meals via Feeding America, or one pair of shoes via TOMS.  Feel the love of giving back this season.  One-for-One.  For All.

To view the entire collection, click here.

This post is sponsored by Target and TOMS.

10 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Settings

Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and many of you are probably writing up your grocery shopping list as we speak. I recently read an article that a key to planning a stress-free thanksgiving is to plan at least a month ahead. While you’ve got your grocery list done, do you have your decor planned and ready to go? I’ve found 10 stylish Thanksgiving Table Settings that are sure to wow your dinner guests. 

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Kid’s Thanksgiving Table Setting 

A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

 

A Rustic Thanksgiving Table

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A Modern Thanksgiving Table

A Modern Thanksgiving Table

A Blogger Thanksgiving

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An Outdoor Thanksgiving

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Around Atlanta: Young Blood Boutique

As part of Marriott Hotels’ Travel Brilliantly campaign to reimagine the future of travel, the brand and American Express are joining together to provide travelers with authentic, locally inspired experiences by making over the Greatroom lobby of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis into a pop-up store. The limited time retail experience will provide guests and local residents a flavor of the small businesses that make Atlanta unique, all right there in the hotel.

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In partnership with American Express, I was invited to interview Jessie White, co-owner of local boutique and gallery Young Blood Boutique about their business and pop up shop located at Atlanta’s Downtown Marriott. 

What ultimately made you want to open the store?

My business partner Rebecca and I took over the shop in 2013 after the previous owners and founders decided to move on to new projects. We’ve have always been huge supporters of independent craft and design and we were eager to jump in and get involved. We’re passionate about what we do and love finding new and exciting work to share.

When someone visits for the first time what can they expect?

We present a curated collection of our favorite independent artists from the around the country. We try to keep the atmosphere fresh and light so that the beautiful work of our artists stands at the forefront. We carry a range of goods from jewelry and art prints to small batch apothecary and objects for home.

How do you decide who you feature in your store?

We spend a lot of time researching to find new artists, but we also get a lot of submissions from artists. We strive to present goods of the highest craftsmanship. We want to make sure our customers are getting high-quality products that they not only love, but will last them forever. We believe quality of a higher caliber should always be one of the benefits of buying independent.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Every day is different. There’s always something new to do in addition to the normal boring business tasks (i.e. accounting!)…we write orders, talk with customers, research new artists…the best days are the ones that are dynamic and usually include good snacks to go along with checking things off our to-do lists.

What do you love most about your job?

I love getting to know our customers and their families. Many of them have been coming to Young Blood for years and we’ve had the opportunity to hear about their weddings, meet their children, or hear about their business ventures or travels. We might be biased, but we think we have a beautiful community here.

Are there any artists you look up to?

I really admire Betsy and Will of Betsy + Iya, from Portland Oregon. We’ve been working with them for years now and it’s been inspiring to watch their journey. They work really hard, but make it look so effortless to have a blast doing what they love.

How has the pop-up shop been going for you all?

It’s been great because it’s given us the opportunity to reach travelers who might not make it down to the shop. We’re excited to be a part of it and hope we can turn new people on to the awesomeness of indie design!

Photos provided by Young Blood Boutique, American Express and Marriott.

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

After an evening of passing out Halloween candy you may be looking for ways to use your leftover stash so that you won’t eat it all in one sitting. One of my favorite ways to get rid of Halloween candy is to use them in baked goods. So, I decided to get a jump start on my usual post holiday ritual by baking Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies. Reese’s Pieces are one of my favorite candies to snack one when I’m craving something sweet. 

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reese's pieces peanut butter cookies

Using my Acer Tablet provided by Intel, I created my grocery shopping list and headed to the grocery store to buy all of my ingredients. The one thing I love about this tablet is that it’s light weight and I can carry it in my purse. While in the grocery store I was able to look up other items I needed to make sure I purchased the right product. I also like using the tablet more than my phone because the screen is easier to read.  

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Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookie


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Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  3. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or king arthur gluten-free flour
  9. 3/4 cup reese’s pieces
  10. 1/4 cup of unsalted peanuts
  11. 1/4 tsp of salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed. Beat in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the reese’s pieces and peanuts. Cover the dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Drop chilled dough by tiny tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper or silpat. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be soft and may appear undone. They will firm up as they cool. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Adapted from From Sally’s Baking Addiction
Adapted from From Sally’s Baking Addiction
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