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the great thanksgiving debate: apple pie or pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which means it won’t be long until we’re surrounded by friends and family enjoying a festive Thanksgiving feast. But, when the dinner plates are cleared and the coffee is served, which delicious Thanksgiving dessert will you be enjoying? Do you wait all year for that first slice of pumpkin pie, or do you prefer homemade apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?

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Whichever you prefer, our favourite pumpkin pie recipe and apple pie recipe are definitely worth trying. And, if you’re looking for other great desserts with that same festive flavour, why not try one of these tasty recipes.

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jillian harris’s fall entertaining tips

If you’re tasked with hosting a holiday bash this season, fear not: It doesn’t have to be stressful. Don’t believe me? Just ask Jillian Harris, the co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver and ultimate lifestyle expert.

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entertaining picks: cheese boards

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? There’s always a big turkey dinner with all the fixings (and pie, of course), but do you serve hors d’oeuvres, too?

Since a lot of prep and cooking effort goes into the meal itself, it’s best to keep appetizers simple. Cheese and charcuterie boards are a crowd favourite, and the best part is that once you assemble the board, guests can help themselves. Here are six amazing boards to set your snacks on, plus some tips for what to serve.

CheeseBoards Etsy entertaining picks: cheese boards

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new-use tuesdays: ice cubes

It’s as beautiful as it is functional. It cools, it soothes, it sparkles. No self-respecting hostess would ever be caught without it. For this weeks’ new-use highlight, I’m turning the spotlight on ice, ice, baby! Whether you buy it in bulk or make it yourself (perhaps in a fun shape, like one of these?), it’s an undeniable must-have and it’s got more uses than you might think. Check out a few of them below.

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Plastis ice cube trays, $2 each, IKEA.

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host gift idea: piebox

Pie holds a special place at my Thanksgiving table. While I’m not a turkey dinner person (I know!), I always look forward to the dessert course, and pie always pleases. If you’re making the effort to bake your own pie – be it pumpkin, pecan or apple – you’ll want it to arrive in one piece. This simple and attractive pine Piebox, handcrafted in Chicago, is the storing and transporting solution.

PieBox host gift idea: piebox

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fab find: a little princess

If you haven’t read this book, I strongly recommend you do! Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it’s one of my all time favourite stories from my childhood, but would be a great read at any age. You can only imagine how thrilled I was to see this gorgeous hardcover version (and how beautiful it will look styled on my bookshelf)!

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editor’s pick: the game of things…

I know, I know…this isn’t really ‘design related’. BUT I love board games and when I was sent a press release about ‘The Game of Things’ I just had to share. This game isn’t new, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year actually, but it’s a blast! For anyone who hasn’t ever played, I recommend you try it out – it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Perfect for those upcoming holiday parties or for fall weekends when your family just wants to bundle up and stay inside with a cup of tea.

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decor vs. fashion: copper pendant light or necklace?

Copper is, without a doubt, having a moment this fall. And whether you’re looking for traditional copper pots à la Downton Abbey or a sleek copper barware (Check out this set from Target!), you can be sure that the metal’s warm shine is undeniably timeless. I compiled my favourite copper items in the October issue of Style at Home and fell for the standout Perforated Metal Industrial pendant light from West Elm. I used it as the jumping-off point for this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post.

So, if you had around $90 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a copper pendant light or necklace?

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4 easy one-pot meal recipes

When it comes to cooking a large meal there’s one thing I haven’t quite mastered yet, and that’s timing. Because of this, when I’m on the hunt for a new recipe, I usually try to find easy one-pot meals. This way, I don’t have to worry about something overcooking, and it cuts down on the amount of dirty dishes.

If you feel you can relate, or are simply looking for a new recipe to serve family, friends or dinner party guests, why not give one of these tasty one-pot meals a try.

sah blog one pot recipe cannelloni 4 easy one pot meal recipes {Photo: Edward Pond}

1 Cheese cannelloni with spinach and artichokes
A one-pot recipe for cheese cannelloni that’s bursting with taste.

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