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recipe: jillian harris’s no-bake pumpkin pie in a jar

Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean fall cooking has to end too. I’m a firm believer that pumpkin pie should become a staple dessert year round. Who’s with me?

pumpkin pie in a jar recipe: jillian harris’s no bake pumpkin pie in a jar

After meeting up with Jillian Harris last week, the lifestyle expert unveiled a few of her favourite autumn recipes that are just as simple as they are satisfying. Read on to learn how to make her no-bake pumpkin pie in a jar!

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fab find: ceramic salt and pepper holders

Need a quick gift for the host who has everything?! These artisanal salt and pepper holders are a perfect option! Read on to learn more about them and to see the rest of this earthy line.

noma salt square fab find: ceramic salt and pepper holders


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decor vs. fashion: leather magazine rack or tote?

Saddle-coloured leather with its warm caramel hue is one of my favourite things. I’ve had a leather handbag in a tanned hue for a few years now, and every year the texture seems to get softer and the colour, richer. The other day I was wandering around Anthropologie and the Saddle Ring magazine holder naturally caught my eye. It got me thinking about saddle-coloured leather accessories (and how I want them ALL), and so I’ve dedicated this week’s Decor vs. Fashion post to the top two on my must-have list right now.

If you had around $150 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: a magazine holder or a tote?

DecorVsFashion SaddleLeatherTote decor vs. fashion: leather magazine rack or tote?

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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?

thanksgiving menu pies the great thanksgiving debate: apple pie or pumpkin pie
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.

plastis ice cube tray  IKEA new use tuesdays: ice cubes

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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