Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday is finally here and we have a ton of great savings happening in store and online!

Online

Entertaining Set– Originally $69.99, on sale for $49.99

3 Tier Server– Originally $69.99, on sale for $49.99

Buy the 3pc Baking Bowl set, get the 7pc Silicone Mix and Bake Set free

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Free gift with purchase over $125.00

10% off seconds 

20% off all Ceramic Knives

17pc Kitchen Tool Set- On sale for $34.99

Buy the 3pc Baking Bowl Set and receive a 6pc Mix and Measure Set free

Entertaining Set- On sale for $49.99

5pc Bamboo/Silicone Set- On sale for $24.99

Buy XL Platter and receive matching color Medium Platter

10pc Masquerade Cookware- On sale for $199.99

11pc Cutlery set- On sale for $109.99

3pc Bath Set- on Sale for $29.99

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Caramel Apple Bar

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There is nothing quite like a sweet, sticky caramel apple on a brisk autumn day.  The rich and gooey texture of caramel perfectly complements an apple’s crisp bite and the addition of chopped nuts is simply inspired.

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But why stop there?  We decided to embrace this autumn treat by setting up a full caramel apple bar, complete with a myriad of delicious dips and fun toppings. 

We filled our classic ramekins with graham cracker crumbs, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, toffee bits, mini marshmallows and, of course, chopped peanuts.

Apple Sticks

Instead of whole apples, we skewered apple slices on lollipop sticks.  The smaller portions allow for taste testing all sorts of delicious flavor combos. 

To keep your apples looking fresh, try dipping them in a lemon-lime soda first.  The citric acid wards off browning.

Apples Dipped

In addition to classic caramel sauce, we added melted dark chocolate and white chocolate to the menu, which yielded some pretty amazing creations.  Our favorite?  A s’mores apple slice, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.  Divine!

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Pie season is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than with an American classic: Pumpkin Pie.  We took this classic and made it mini as a part of our ongoing pie project, which translates traditional recipes into individual servings that are baked right in our Small Pie Baker.

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Cute as a button, the Small Pie Baker makes for a wonderful gift, especially when filled with homemade goodness. This year, we are baking up a big batch of these tiny treats, and giving them out to all of our friends who we won’t get to see over the holidays.

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The mini pies are a sweet gesture to let our nearest and dearest know that we are thinking of them.

Pie Crusts

While you can certainly go all out and use your favorite homemade pie crust, this time we took the simple route and used pre-made crusts, which are usually available in packages of two.  We found that each package of two yielded enough dough for four mini pies, as long as you use a bit of finesse and a rolling pin.

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The filling is an adaptation of what has been referred to as the world’s best Pumpkin Pie.  With a custardy base and the addition of maple syrup and yams, this pie simply cannot be beat!  

Mini Pumpkin Pies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 3 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  6. 1 cup drained candied yams from 15-ounce can*
  7. ¾ cup sugar
  8. ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  9. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  10. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  13. 2 rolled, pre-made pie crusts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream, milk, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla.
  3. Combine pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Continue to simmer pumpkin mixture, stirring constantly and mashing yams until thick and shiny, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat and whisk in cream mixture. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Use a rubber spatula to press the solids through the strainer. Re-whisk mixture.
  5. Unroll one pie crust and place in a Small Pie Baker. Trim around the edges, cutting away the excess dough. Form the extra dough into a small disc. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough in a circle large enough to fit into another Small Pie Baker. Repeat with the second pre-made crust.
  6. Carefully place pie bakers on the preheated baking sheet and pour the filling into the pie crusts. Bake for 10 minutes at 400° F. Without taking the pie out of the oven, reduce the heat to 300° F, and continue baking until edges of pie are set (instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 175° F), about 30 to 35 minutes longer. The center 2 inches of the pie should look firm but jiggle slightly.
  7. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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New Pet and Valentine Collections

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Fiesta Dinnerware always equals fun, but Fiesta Dinnerware that’s decorated? That equals tons of fun! We are excited to announce that we introduced not one, but two new decorated collections at the Tabletop Show: Valentine’s Day and Pet Lovers.

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Valentine’s Day

If you love Fiesta, the Fiesta Valentine’s Day collection is made just for you. White dinnerware decorated with a string of Scarlet and pink hearts and heart lockets is the perfect accent to a meal shared with those you love. The Valentine’s Day collection comes in the following pieces: Salad Plate MSRP $32.00, Java Mug MSRP $23.00 and Heart Bowl MSRP $29.00. It will be available beginning January 1, 2016.

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Pet Lovers

There’s no denying that Americans love their pets. Cats and dogs are family members, so it’s only fitting that we express and share that love on our coffee mugs for our friends and co-workers to see.

Fiesta is introducing a collection of Java Mugs featuring the following sayings:

  • I Work Hard To Give My Dog A Better Life (MSRP $25)
  • I Work Hard To Give My Cat A Better Life (MSRP $25)
  • All My Children Have Paws (MSRP $28)
  • I Love My Dog (MSRP $25)
  • I Love My Cat (MSRP $25)
  • I’m Only Speaking To My Dog Today (MSRP $25)
  • I’m Only Speaking To My Cat Today (MSRP $25)

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Holiday Butters

Holiday Butters This season, we’ve put together four compound butters, all boasting festive flavors that are perfectly paired with holiday fare. From savory roasted garlic and fresh herbs to creamy pumpkin and bright cranberry, each flavor is just as at home on freshly carved turkey as it is on a plush dinner roll.

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And don’t forget about leftovers!  Every leftover turkey sandwich deserves to be slathered with cranberry butter.  In fact, these butters can be used throughout the day.  Toast is made merrier topped with pumpkin spice butter and vegetables shine with rich garlic butter.

These butter recipes are tailor made to fit in our infinitely useful 8 ounce Ramekins.  If you’re trying to get extra fancy though, go for our Two Piece Dip Set, which includes a matching butter spreader.

Herbed Butter

HERBED BUTTER
Mix 1 tablespoon of minced parsley, 1-1/2 teaspoons of minced sage, 1 teaspoon of minced rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of minced thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of softened butter.

Cranberry ButterCRANBERRY BUTTER
Place 4 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries, 2 tablespoons of water, six strips of orange peel, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and ¼ teaspoon each of cardamom and nutmeg in a saucepot. Simmer over low heat until the berries soften, for about 4 minutes after it begins to simmer.  Remove from heat and extract orange peel.  Allow to cool to room temperature before mixing into one cup of softened butter.

Pumpkin Butter

PUMPKIN SPICE BUTTER
Mix 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, ¼ teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of sugar into 1 cup of softened butter.

Garlic Butter

ROASTED GARLIC BUTTER
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Slice the tops off of two heads of garlic and drizzle with a bit of olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place in the center of a sheet of aluminum foil and bring the sides up to form a pouch.  Put the pouch in the oven and roast for about 45 minutes, until garlic is softened. Allow to cool slightly and then squeeze out the garlic cloves.  Allow the garlic to cool completely before chopping and mixing into one cup of softened butter.

 

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Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are just a few weeks away. Have you started making your holiday gift list? With Fiesta Dinnerware, there’s pretty much something for everyone, from college students who are just starting to build up their kitchenware to the discerning Fiesta enthusiast who has just about everything (Fiesta).

We have a few ideas to make gift giving a breeze. There might even be a little something you’ll want to pick up for yourself!

For the Pet Lover

If you have pet lovers on your list, we have the perfect gift ideas for their fur babies. Did you know Fiesta makes pet bowls? If the rest of the house is dining on Fiesta, shouldn’t Fifi and Fido too?

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

 

For the Entertainer

Fiesta and entertaining go hand in hand. If someone on your list loves to plan elaborate dinner parties or impromptu get-togethers, that person is going to need serving pieces. The more the merrier!

 

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

For the Home Chef

Fiesta Dinnerware is made from fully vitrified china and is fired at an extremely high temperature, which basically means it’s super durable. In fact, it comes with a 5 year chip replacement warranty. Plus, it’s dishwasher, microwave and oven proof up to 350 degrees — and bakeware can go up to 450 degrees.

Between the Fiesta Dinnerware lineup and products with our license partners, we’ve got the Home Chef’s kitchen covered.

 

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

For the College Student

Most college students scrounge up a combination of mom’s chipped old dishes and discount store bargains. Why not start them out on a collection of kitchenware that will last a lifetime?

 

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

For the Hostess Gift

Forgo the ho-hum standard bottle of wine and give a hostess gift they’re sure to cherish for years to come. We like to bake homemade cranberry bread in a loaf pan as a thoughtful present at holiday parties.

 

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

For the Person Who Has Almost Everything (Fiesta)

We all know that person who has almost every Fiesta product in nearly every Fiesta color. That person might even be YOU! If that’s the case, you might be searching for that extra special something they might not have seen before. Or maybe you’ll want to splurge and give them a gift that’s on their Santa wish list. We have just the items to make them smile.

 

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

Fiesta Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list! From college kids to home chefs to pet lovers, there's something for everyone! www.alwaysfestive.com

To find the products listed above, please visit the Fiesta Dinnerware site at bit.ly/1ONQXxC.

No matter what you end up giving or getting over the holidays, the best gift is always spending time with loved ones.

 

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

 

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Two weeks before

  • Plan your menu: Don’t make more food than you need. While it’s ok to make sure you have more than enough food, don’t make so much that you will have trouble eating or storing it in your kitchen. This will save you the stress of unnecessary prep and money spent.
  • Write Your Shopping listsWhile you’re writing your shopping list, this will give you a jumping off point of what other things you will need to plan for. Having your shopping list done early will help you plan out which dishes you will need ahead of time. For example, will you need a rectangular baker or a XL serving platter?
  • Plan your tablescape: Take out items from storage and wash them, if needed.

Monday Before

  • Go grocery shopping for all items.
  • Write out on post-it notes which serving dishes will be used for which recipe.
  • Set your table to create a beautiful, yet functional tablescape.

Tuesday Before

  • Let turkey thaw.
  • Prep food ie, cut veggies and ingredients up to get them ready for your recipes.
  • Prep pie crust if making from scratch.
  • Cooking a fresh turkey? Pick it up from the store or local farm.

Wednesday Before

  • Cook side dishes that can be made early.
  • Peel potatoes and store in water in fridge.
  • Chill wine and/or alcohol.
  • Bake pies in oven early in the day.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Put appetizers in oven or finish preparation.
  • Take turkey out of fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Allow for at least four hours time for the turkey to cook (check recommended cooking times for the size of bird you have).
  • Make mashed potatoes 45 minutes before dinner.

These steps will help you do a little each day and prevent you from spending hours on your feet in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, allowing more time to be with your family enjoying food and laughter.

Thanksgiving Planning Tips

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Simple Fall Desserts

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One of our favorite parts about the cool chill of autumn is heating up the oven and getting our bake on! The falling temperature is a perfect excuse to bake some warm spice cakes and cookies, or just to whip up your favorite comfort foods. We’ve comprised a list of our favorite, simple fall desserts that you can make on the go. Dig in!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Fall without pumpkin isn’t really fall in our eyes, which is why we’ve included this tasty pumpkin cheesecake dip recipe from Oh Sweet Basil. This finger licking dip is way easier than making a cheesecake from scratch, and will still satisfy your pumpkin cravings. Recipe here.

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Spice Cake

Have a little extra time on your hands? Spice cakes are a delicious way of combining all of your favorite fall spices into one tasty treat. Add cream cheese frosting and autumn themed sprinkles, and you’ve got a dessert that is perfect to come home to after a chilly fall walk. Recipe here.

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Apple Pie Bites

One of our favorites parts of fall is going to orchards to pick apples. Though we love biting into a fresh, crisp apple, we’re also fond of chopping them up to throw in the oven! This apple pie bite recipe, from Budget Savvy Diva, is perfect for when you’re craving the taste of apples, but with some added sweetness. Recipe here.

Note: We recommend slicing the apples a little thinner to made sure they are baked all the way through.

 

For the kids:

We know kids love to help out in the kitchen (especially with the eating) so we’ve included a couple of fall recipes perfect for the little ones.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These precious little pumpkins are super easy to make, and way too cute to pass up! If you’re a chocolate covered pretzel fan, this recipe is a must. All you need are pretzels, green M&M’s, and orange melting chocolate to create a pretty (and edible) pumpkin patch. Recipe here.

http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2012/09/easy-pumpkin-pretzels.html

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Pilgrim Hat Cookies 

Last but not least, we whipped up a batch of pilgrim hats! These little cookies are perfect for Thanksgiving, and super simple to make. We hope you’re hungry! Recipe here.

Note: we used Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies as the base

 

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11 Must Haves for Your Thanksgiving Table

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this year we have been feeling especially thankful for all of our Fiesta lovers, collectors, and plate flippers, new and old. We are excited to see tabletops transform from dull and drab to fun and festive Turkey Day smorgasbords. If you’re drawing a blank on how to outfit your table, let us give you a hand!

 

  1. XL Platter– The most essential part of any Thanksgiving Day feast is the turkey, which makes the plate it’s served on absolutely vital! Our XL Platter is the perfect tool to carry your bird from oven to table, and to make it look even more appetizing.

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  1. Sauceboat– When you’re drizzling heaps of gravy over your turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, make sure you’re doing it in style! Our charming Sauceboat is a staple for any Thanksgiving dinner.

               For a limited time, when you buy a Sauceboat you’ll get a Small Platter for free!

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  1. Egg Tray– Deviled eggs are quickly becoming the hottest appetizers to have on menus, but we’d want them on our Thanksgiving table regardless. And what better way to present these little devils than on a personalized plate?

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  1. Covered Casserole– In our eyes, the side dish is just as important as the turkey, and with our new Covered Casserole, your side dish will steal the show!

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  1. Pie Baker– What’s Thanksgiving without a piping hot, homemade pumpkin pie? Wait- apple pie. No, pecan pie. Whatever your pie preference, we’ve got you covered with our small and large Pie Bakers!

               Starting November 18th, you can get 2 Pie Bakers for $25!

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  1. Bistro Bowl– To dole out all of those potatoes, salads, and stuffings, you are going to need a sizable bowl. Choose from our Medium, Large, or XL Bistro Bowls, depending on the size of your party, and the rumblings in their stomachs.

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  1. Salt & Pepper Shakers– Don’t count these little guys out! Our Salt & Pepper Shakers may be small, but they are just too cute not to include on your Thanksgiving table.

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  1. Square Handled Tray– Our Square Handled Trays are the perfect accessory for communal dishes. From pre dinner appetizers to post dinner desserts, this item is perfect for passing around the family table.

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  1. Rectangular Baker– For the rest of your baking needs, get your hands on our bakeware items: perfect for taking your dish from oven to table with festive flair.

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              Right now you can get a Rectangular and Square Baking Dish and get a Loaf Pan for free!

 

  1. Covered Butter– Another small, but completely necessary item on your Thanksgiving table. Besides, what’s Thanksgiving without some extra butter?

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  1. 4pc Place Setting– Last, but certainly not least, your guests will be ready to dig in to your colorful creations, but without plates and bowls, they’ll be left in despair. Pick up a couple of Place Settings to ensure your guests don’t go hungry!

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             Stock up now, because when you buy five 3pc, 4pc, or 5pc Place Settings, you’ll get the 6th one free!

 

Do you have any other Fiesta items that are essential to your Thanksgiving tables? Let us know in the comments!

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Thanksgiving Sweet Treats with The Sugary Shrink

Thanksgiving Sweet Treats

Thanksgiving is such a special time of year, at home in the Midwest or living abroad, this holiday remains an event at our house. The roots of our family traditions stem from my youth and the amazing holidays spent with my grandparents on their farm. And, I love how my little family has expanded those traditions and made them their own.

This year, I’ve planned a dessert table that can accommodate our friends here in Heidelberg. This is our fourth Thanksgiving as a group and it’s the usual suspects with a few extras mixed in. Our friends remind us that Thanksgiving is uniquely American and their exposure to a traditional dinner was brought to them only through sitcoms.

Many of our friends have said, “Every American sitcom has a Thanksgiving and Christmas episode.” Our hope the first year we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner was to simply avoid an international incident! A sit down dinner for 24 isn’t an easy task in the best of circumstances, but everything worked out wonderfully, as it usually always does.

Dietary restrictions of a few guests have prompted me to explore more types of desserts in ways I hadn’t considered before; allergies of all kinds have kept me on my toes. Offering every guest, several choices on the dessert table is important to me since most of the guests will have numerous choices as well.

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Mixing up textures inside a focused color palette helps me stay on point when designing a dessert table. Fiesta Dinnerware showcased against wood, metal, textiles, and glass highlights the beautiful lines and shapes I love. Balance is important, so I make sure I distribute these elements evenly across the presentation.

The Thanksgiving color combination was a simple and natural choice: Sage, Slate, Ivory, Paprika, and Poppy. These go seamlessly together and perfectly echo the colors right outside my window. Staying inside this chosen ensemble is critical for tablescape cohesion and design.

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I’ve anchored the table with a show-stopping arrangement in a Sage Medium Flower Vase. It’s stunning. I built this bouquet from silk flowers along with some other bits and baubles. I didn’t have any florist wire or tape, so I used a zip tie (we have plenty of those). All the colors from the table are represented in this design and the arching stem of flowers help frame the cake and draws focus to it.

The Triple-Layer Cake is made with two layers of carrot cake with a crust-less cheesecake middle layer, the frosting is a lightly tinted cream cheese buttercream garnished with a pair of petite-swirled Lollipops. Adding a small bow introduces another level of texture and elevates the textile component.

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Beginning on the left side of the table, in the Tapered Mugs I prepared a cranberry apple gluten-free crisp with a whipped cream topping. It’s as delicious as it sounds and even easier to prepare. This mug is quite generous in case you have two guests that just want a nibble, go ahead and share.

It is the case that I love the iconic shape of the Salt and Pepper Shakers, and I don’t have any desserts that required salt and pepper after everything is prepared. So, I thought about the best way to incorporate this steadfast piece and then it hit me; its possible guests would like a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon on their after-dinner sweets or lattes etc. I love this idea and will sure include it from now on. Keeping the salt and pepper shakers near a tiny placard can help alleviate any confusion.

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I’m happy with the results of staying inside traditions and having fun! These chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream are designed to mimic apple and blueberry pies, because offering real pies wasn’t enough. Using a tin foil cupcake liner is the small detail that mimics a traditional pie tin and piped-on latticework helps the candy-coated chocolates stay in place. Though the blue falls outside the color palette, I thought it would help convey the idea of blueberry pie. That choice falls to the baker, be your own best self on this decision.

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Because time is always a factor on Thanksgiving, I like to give myself permission to say, “I can’t do everything.” The pecan pie was bought frozen. Before baking, I popped it out of its tin and let it thaw a few minutes as it settled into the Slate Deep Dish Pie Baker. Just a few minutes less in the oven than recommended and this pie was good to go. Consider offering a warm vanilla cream sauce to pair with this pie. It’s a wonderful alternative to whipped cream and elevates the experience of this dessert. The Fiesta Mini-Disc Pitcher is a natural choice for pouring this delicate sauce.

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For this Pumpkin Pie, I needed to up my game by adding a decorative crust of pumpkin cutouts using a decorative pie crust cutter and I couldn’t have been happier with the results! Such a detail eliminates the question, “Is this pumpkin or sweet potato?” The Paprika Deep Dish Pie Baker looks wonderful sitting on an amber glass cake stand. Depending on your crowd, it might be a good idea to have an extra Pumpkin Pie or two on standby in the kitchen

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An Omni Tray shining in the sun… let me just sit a little longer so I can enjoy this. Again, the five-part tray set is a great place to consider different types of desserts and sweet treats for easy snacking and serving. On the left is shortbread cut on the diagonal. I didn’t prepare these, but supported a local baker building her successful small business in a sustainable way. This was a smart decision considering shortbread isn’t in my wheelhouse yet and I love supporting my friend Claire as she launches something new.

The acorns consist of a chocolate kiss and a mini-Nilla wafer with a small dab of buttercream keeping them together. These are an ideal bite of something sweet and look fantastic on top of cakes and cupcakes.

Oatmeal raisin cream pies are my favorite (I ate one for lunch from the vending machine during all three years of middle school). I prefer my homemade cream pies to the store bought, but when time is a factor don’t be afraid to mix things up! Buy the cookies but make your own buttercream and then enlist some help putting them together.

Consider dried fruit or nuts for the Omni Tray, especially for guests that might be shying away from processed sugars, gluten, or dairy.

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For an alternative dessert to all things baked, consider the classic Banana Nilla Wafer Pudding. It’s delicious and a perennial favorite. I chose to use Fiesta Ramekins to keep portion sizes consistent and the tables a bit tidy, but don’t forget about the Bouillon Bowls as a wonderful alternative. The whipped cream is a perfect topper for the pudding and if you’d like, maybe some cinnamon is the way to finish it, too.

Two gentle reminders, if your fridge has room, it’ll be easier to move the pudding in and out if you have a small tray or shallow dish the Ramekins can sit in. I love that the Fiesta Ramekins are just as functional and beautiful with a baked dessert or a cool one.

If cookies and graham crackers are off the list of approved foods, think about lining the bottom and sides of the dessert ramekin with banana slices. That opens up the possibility of using vanilla, banana, chocolate, or coconut pudding as the main attraction, because they all sound delicious with bananas and whipped cream!

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Dessert Plates! It’s like the floodgates of delicious open up when that first brave soul tackles slicing the pies and cakes. At our house, it usually sounds like, “Hon, can you come slice the pies and get things started?” Happy to. The Fiesta Dinnerware Salad plate is perfect for dessert portions and for handling the heavy load of the first round and returning for seconds. Are thirds a thing where you live? I’m just asking for a friend.

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There is something about a sliced pie or cake at the holidays that anchors me to the people I love and call family. Perhaps it’s linked to the love that went into cooking and baking for this special meal. Or maybe, it’s the connection of remembering to give thanks for all I have and then demonstrating that in a really tangible manner.

I have clear memories of my grandmother lifting the flour sack tea towels that had covered the pies all afternoon and unveiling the long-awaited pumpkin or pecan or apple pie that would soon be in my tummy.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year and planning for it is terribly exciting. I think the anticipation of spending the day with family and friends is a key component to how I feel about it. Not only is it a day to laugh and share stories, it’s a day to welcome kind words of thanks and sharing that compassion among one another. Even when the baby cries, an adult steps on a toy, or the rolls are a little overdone– there is magic and meaning in community. Be brave and find your people. Happy Thanksgiving!

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