peanut butter mousse pie is my fave

November 26, 2013

Today’s tasty post is from Rebecca Hansen of First Mate Photo. This pie will be present at my Thanksgiving table and I’m pretty sure it will convince even pie haters to serve up a big slice.

peanut butter mousse pie

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

For the Crust:

  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted

For the Mousse:

  • 1¼ cup peanut butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Bar for embellishing

Preheat over to 350.

In a food processor blend all the cookies until they’re a fine crumb. Add in the butter and process until it holds together. Pour the mixture into your tart pan and press into the bottom and sides. To get a nice smooth crust use the bottom of a glass or a measuring cup. Put the pan on a baking sheet and into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. The crust should be very dry and firm when it’s done.

peanut butter mousse pie

In a mixer combine the peanut butter and cream cheese. Add in the powdered sugar and mix. Add in 1/4 cup of the cream and whip until smooth. Then add in the remaining cream and beat until peaks form and your mixture resembles whipped cream. Finally, gently mix in the vanilla.

Gently spread the mousse into the tart and top with shaved chocolate. Three cheers for pie!

peanut butter mousse pie

See more from Rebecca in her Etsy shop and on her new blog, Present (her daughter’s first birthday party was super cute).

martha stewart holiday crafting is my fave

November 25, 2013

christmas craft party | you are my fave

The holidays are definitely my favorite time to make so I decided to force my friends into enjoying it too by having a little crafting get together. Sure it was unseasonably warm for trying to get into the spirit, and there were lots of babies at our feet, and I failed to remember it was a morning party before I had made an entire table of desserts – but I like to believe my guests had a good time. Here’s the rundown of our craft date making festive branch trees:

christmas craft party | you are my fave

We started by painting inexpensive clay pots with Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in medallion. Everything’s better metali-cized.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

After placing a foam flower frog in the bottom of the pot, the branches were arranged. I bought the branches at a floral store but they could easily be foraged. To make sure things stay put, a layer of sand was poured on top. The pinecones covered it up nicely.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

The best part was decorating the branches once they were set. I had a whole slew of ornaments from the Martha Stewart Merry Metallics line that added just the right amount of sparkle.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

Look at that beaut. Project holiday complete.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

Of course I can’t forget about the black and white spread. The treats that I included were:
- whoopie pies
- mini chocolate chip cookies
- dark and white chocolate peanut butter cups
- brown buttered rice krispie treats
- puppy chow
- black and white cookies
- vanilla macarons
- coconut macaroons

christmas craft party | you are my fave

For quick decorations, I hung up rolls of crepe paper (which I originally saw in Martha Stewart Weddings) and had striped mylar balloons blown up.

There you have it, now go throw a holiday craft party of your own.

photography: Nicole Coleman

All of the product featured in this post was provided by the Martha Stewart Living team to celebrate the ‘Tis the Season of Doing holiday campaign going on now at The Home Depot.

a scratch off activity advent is my fave

November 22, 2013

scratch off activity advent calendar | you are my fave

scratch off activity advent calendar | you are my fave

There’s something so satisfying about a scratch off card. Even when you don’t have a penny and the crud ends up under your fingernails. For the week’s final advent, you can make your own scratch off cards that reveal a festive activity for each day. Get the free download and instructions right here on Julep.

More posts you’re sure to like:
- If you can’t get enough advents, here are 15 more
- The prettiest home in all the land (and they have kids!)
- Wrap your gifts up all nice
- I thought I was slightly tired of the woodland themed until I saw this first birthday party
- 15 modern alphabet prints (Beck is obsessed)
- Best of the week! (including a pop-up party invitation)

a cardboard reindeer advent is my fave

November 21, 2013

Today’s creative advent is from Ally, the cool cat behind Now That’s Pretty.

cardboard reindeer advent calendar | you are my fave

We’ve just moved into a new house with big empty walls so making it Christmassy seemed quite daunting when it didn’t even seem that homey yet. Our solution? A giant reindeer advent calender of course. Once December first rocks round we’re going to take it in turns to fill the little bags with vouchers, sweets and lame jokes but for now he’s just sitting there all majestic. We’ve been trying to think of a name for him for a while but we’re kind of stumped; if anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

To make your own, you will need:
- A cardboard reindeer pattern to adapt. I used this one by Mike Pinder.
- Lots of cardboard
- White and red paint
- A glue gun
- 25 Gift bags
- Scissors/ xacto knife
- A Pen

1) Print off and cut out your template.
2) Draw around your template onto cardboard and cut out using scissors or an xacto knife. This is the longest part of the project.
3) You will need to alter the antlers of your reindeer to have 12 little knobbles on one antler and 13 on the other.
4) As your antlers will have things hanging off them you may need to reinforce them. Draw around your antlers onto some more cardboard and then cut out just the central beam.
5) Using a glue gun attach this to the back of your antlers.
6) Paint your pattern pieces on both sides and allow to dry.

cardboard reindeer advent calendar | you are my fave

7) Assemble your reindeer!
8) To make your mount cut out two pieces of card board of the desired shape and add slots for your reindeer to fit into on one of the pieces.
9) To make your mount 3D add a stripe of cardboard around the edges of the piece without slots.

cardboard reindeer advent calendar | you are my fave

10) Using a glue gun, glue the slotted piece on top.
11) Paint your mount red and allow to dry.
12) Now simply slot your reindeer in and you’re read to hang treats!

To attach our reindeer to the wall we simply made two holes in the back of the mount and then used picture hooks to attach him. Voila!

cardboard reindeer advent calendar | you are my fave

See more from Ally on Now That’s Pretty

a confetti popper advent is my fave

November 20, 2013

Of all the advent calendars I’ve seen, this one might disperse the daily prize in the most fun way. With just a little tug, confetti and candy for all! Or at least for one, these aren’t piñata sized.

confetti popper advent calendar | you are my fave

confetti popper advent calendar | you are my fave

confetti popper advent calendar | you are my fave

To make your own, you’ll need:
- 24 empty toilet paper rolls
- patterned paper (I used some from the Rifle Paper Co line at Anthropolgie)
- tape
- twine or cord
- small, circle labels
- filler

Wrap paper around each toilet paper roll and adhere with tape. Make sure you leave extra paper at the bottom and fold it up like you would the end of a present. Then stuff it inside the roll so the bottom is fully covered. Thread the twine or cord through the paper and knot on the inside so it stays put and grips the paper for a good pull. Number each one with a circle label and stick to the middle of the pull string. Stuff the goodies in the top and pull for a fun reveal.

confetti popper advent calendar | you are my fave

You could easily punch holes in the top to string and display. But then you might not be able to prevent tugging all the strings in one go and that might lead to countdown disappointment.

photography: Nicole Coleman
styling: Jenn Elliott Blake

a gift advent (and the first day of holiday handmade) are my fave

November 19, 2013

Hooray, it’s time for the third annual you are my fave holiday handmade! For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing daily projects to celebrate this holly jolly season. And this year I teamed up with the delightful Nicole Coleman and Jenn Elliott Blake so it’s going to be (dare I say?) the best year yet.

This week I’m starting with my favorites, advent calendars.

gift box advent | you are my fave

For these gift boxes that are perfectly sized to house your daily countdown treat – simply download and print each design, then cut and paste on top of 3×3 boxes. Fill with your favorite sweets to get a jumpstart on that holiday weight gain.

gift box advent | you are my fave

gift box advent | you are my fave

gift box advent | you are my fave

downloads: boxes 1 – 4, boxes 5 – 8, boxes 9 – 12, boxes 13 – 16, boxes 17 – 20, boxes 21 – 24

design: Kirsten Bingham
photography: Nicole Coleman
styling: Jenn Elliott Blake

a thanksgiving banner is my fave

November 14, 2013

Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.

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With a little bit of felt, some yarn, and spray glue you can make a Thanksgiving banner in less time than it takes to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Here is how you can make your own.

Step one: on a large piece of felt, make an outline of the word “thanks” with chalk.

Step two: cut out the inside of each letter.

Step three: make a one-inch fold at the top of your banner. Glue down the edge – don’t forget to leave space for the yarn to pass through.

Step four: glue down different colors of felt to the back of the banner – I sprayed around the letter cutouts and then placed the colored pieces down.

Step five: take another large piece of red felt and cover the entire back.

Step six: feed some yarn through the opening at the top and hang wherever you want!

And really this could very easily stay up the entire holiday season.

See more from Kelly on Cloudy Day Gray

pie labels are my fave

November 13, 2013

Since we have a family tradition of having close to 40 pies every Thanksgiving, I thought it was about time we implemented labels for efficiency’s sake. But not without a little cheekiness thrown in.
printable pie labels | you are my fave

printable pie labels | you are my fave

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printable pie labels | you are my fave

printable pie labels | you are my fave

For your own pie organization: download and print the labels, cut, and tape to a wooden skewer. Then cut yourself a thick slice. But remember, pecan is not worth the calories and never scrimp on the crumb topping.

Pie label downloads one & two
Design by Kirsten Bingham

a pie photo booth is my fave

November 12, 2013

Yes, it’s another photo booth backdrop starring my kid (sorry I only have one, I’m not a model making factory over here). I just believe that having a photo booth will liven up any occasion. Except maybe a funeral.

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

I thought a wall of pies would be fitting for Thanksgiving. Simply glue colorful paper in pie designs onto the back of paper plates and tack up with tape. This is a child friendly craft so put them in charge to keep them out of the kitchen.

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

paper plate pie photo booth | you are my fave

Yay, pie!

(thanks to Kelly for helping me brainstorm this idea)

pie crust place markers are my fave

November 11, 2013

You know that extra bit of pie crust that you never know what to do with (except shovel it into the trash or your mouth)? Here’s a simple solution.
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
By using mini alphabet cookie cutters and baking for just a few minutes, that pie crust turns into place markers for your holiday meal.
pie dough place cards | you are my fave
Bonus, kids will love playing and snacking on them too. I shared this tip, plus one more in Rachael Ray Magazine this month. I love Cyd’s golden turkeys idea.

Psst, more thanksgiving!
- A modern cornucopia
- Fun ideas for the kid’s table
- Seasonal crafts to keep the kids busy


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