5 Holiday Gifts For The Entertainer In Your Life

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Holiday Gift Guide

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I LOVE picking out Christmas presents for my friends and family. However, it can also be very stressful. I want to make sure that I’m gifting something that they will love and probably wouldn’t have purchased on their own. As someone who loves to entertain, I’m always looking for products that will help me present a stunning meal and presentation from start to finish. Even if I’m just having people over for a game night, I want them to love every second! Here is my list of 5 Holiday Gifts for the entertainer in your life!

Copper Chef Pan

Copper Chef Pan Set

For those of you who follow my recipe posts, you probably know how much I LOVE my Copper Chef! It is perfect for weeknights when I’m just cooking for two, but it is also FANTASTIC for making larger amounts of food when I host dinner parties. I purchased the Copper Chef 5-Piece Cookware Set and Copper Copper Chef Induction Cooktop off of Amazon. The 5-Piece set comes with the 9 1/2 inch pan, Glass Lid, Fry Basket, Steam Rack, Square Fry Pan and Recipe Book. I also purchased the Copper Chef Induction Cooktop. The Induction Cooktop is extremely helpful because it keeps your stovetop available to cook other dishes on your stovetop.

Copper Chef

The Copper Chef has a stainless steel induction plate on the bottom that allows for fast and even cooking. It is also non-stick, so you don’t have to cook with oil or butter. This makes cleaning the pan a breeze and it is dishwasher safe! It is safe to use on all stovetops and you can even place it in the oven! There are multiple package options available or you can just buy the Copper Chef by itself. I already have several more products from Copper Chef on my Christmas wish list this year. The Copper Chef is an entertainer’s dream! One tip, you might want to give this gift a bit early this year so that they can use it for their holiday entertaining!

iRobot Roomba Vacuum 

Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Wedding Registry

Oh the Roomba. Where do I even start! Now this gift is on the pricier side, but it is definitely a winner. We received the Roomba as a wedding present and I don’t remember how I kept my floors clean before owning the Roomba. I must give my husband the credit for this one. I was hesitant to even register for this, but I am so glad I did. Yes, it is on the pricier side, but it is TOTALLY worth it! There are multiple versions of the Roomba depending on your specific needs. For example, our Roomba has patented tangle free brushes that prevent pet and human hair from getting stuck and tangled. We don’t have any pets, but I have long hair and this is a lifesaver! You can also program the Roomba to run at certain times on certain days. So basically, you never have to think about vacuuming! You can also purchase an iRobot Virtual Wall Barrier that will keep the Roomba from bumping into certain pieces of furniture or entering a room at all! The Roomba is super gentle when it does bump a wall, so it doesn’t cause any damage, however, even if it lightly bumps our bar car, it could cause our hanging wine glasses to break. The virtual wall prevents the Roomba from getting too close to our bar cart! 

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

Most of the Roombas also come with an app where you can schedule it to run from anywhere! The navigation system helps it maneuver around your furniture and it is low enough that it fits under most pieces of furniture in our home. This was a big deal for me, because let’s be honest, I’m not moving furniture every time I need to vacuum, so without the Roomba it is like waiting to see how much dust has collected under that piece of furniture when we move one day. This really comes in handy for entertaining because I don’t have to spend an hour vacuuming right before company arrives! I just press a button and let the Roomba do its thing while I cook or get myself ready. It honestly feels like we have a housekeeper here every day! I love having the lines in my carpet after the room has been vacuumed! Check out my full review on the Roomba here.

Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses and Electric Wine Opener

Electric wine opener and Wine Glasses

The Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are a must for all of my wine lovers out there! First, they are absolutely beautiful and have four different coordinating designs per set. This adds a stylish aspect to the glasses, but it is also very helpful for being able to identify your glass during a dinner party. How many times have you lost track of which glass was yours at a dinner party? I don’t like drinking after other people, so this has always been so annoying to me! With the Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses, you don’t have to worry! The collection includes multiple styles of glasses, so there is a glass for all of your favorite beverages! For example, I love these Mikasa Cheers Stemless Wine Glass. They are perfect a yummy cocktail or serving a beautiful custard or ice cream for dessert! They also have Mikasa Cheers Martini Glass, Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes, and Mikasa Cheers Beer Glasses to satisfy everyone at your party. Several of my friends have told me that they always get so excited to drink out of these glasses when they come over for a dinner party or game night!

Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses

Mikasa Cheers White Wine Glasses

Now that you have the perfect glasses, it’s time to open that bottle of wine! Normal corkscrews don’t always work and let’s be honest, they have been known to make you break a sweat and nobody wants that while hosting guest. Let’s not even talk about those embarrassing times the cork broke! This Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes opening a bottle of wine a breeze and also serves as pretty handy party trick! It will open 30 bottles of wine on a single charge and has a stylish charging station that is small and looks great on your countertop or bar! Let one of your guests try it out, it is a great conversation piece! This one is not as expensive and will be a very popular white elephant or secret Santa gift! They also have an Oster Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller combo pack to make opening and chilling a breeze! If you are feeling extra generous, throw in a bottle of wine, too!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Holiday Gift Guide 

Who doesn’t love the KitchenAid Stand Mixer? It has almost become a kitchen staple or décor piece for your countertop! With so many colors and styles to choose from, you can find the perfect Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers to fit your kitchen! When the hubs and I were registering for our wedding, I made a beeline for the KitchenAid Stand Mixers. I knew the exact color and style I wanted to register for. We decided to go with this KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield In Imperial Grey and I so was thrilled when my amazing team at work purchased this for my work wedding shower!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Imperial Grey

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit intimidated at first, but it is SO EASY to use and is a lifesaver in the kitchen! It saves me so much time and my hands and arms are so thankful for the break! The KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus Attachment with Peel, Core & Slice is currently on my Christmas list! There are so many different attachments available and to help you create recipes you never thought would be possible! While this is on the pricier side, it is the perfect gift for the chef in your life!

Keurig Coffee Maker

Keurig Coffee Maker

Coffee, iced coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, you name it, the Keurig Coffee Maker does it all! This is especially wonderful if not everyone in your home loves coffee or tea. That is definitely the case in our home. Jeremy can’t stand coffee! However, he does love hot chocolate, so the Keurig is perfect for both of us! I don’t have to make a full pot of coffee that will go to waste when I’m the only one drinking it! With so many different K-Cup options, there is something for everyone.  Keurig also has a The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System that is definitely on my Christmas list! While this is initially an expensive purchase, think of how much money and time you will save by skipping Starbucks every day! Check out my breakdown of how much I save every year on coffee since switching to a Keurig Coffee Maker !It is also great when you have guests over. If you need a large carafe of coffee for a brunch or dinner party, you can purchase a Keurig Thermal Carafe and brew a large pot. However, if you only have one or two guests, your guests can each pick a different flavor to suit their taste! I also love the K-cup Storage Drawer that goes under your Keurig! It doesn’t take up any extra counter space and it super convenient for having your K-Cups ready to brew! 

I’m always looking for new ways to entertain! What are your favorite entertaining products?

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How I Save Over $1,000 Each Year By Doing One Simple Thing

Keurig Coffee Maker

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I would like to start this post by telling all of you that I LOVE coffee. I was immediately drawn to the TV show Gilmore Girls and I think that is partly due to how much they love coffee on that show. Friends is hands down my favorite show ever and its main set is in a coffee house! Okay, you get the idea. I love coffee. It all started for me at the age of four. My Grandaddy started letting me have coffee with him when I would spend the night with my grandparents. He started out with a tiny bit of coffee and a whole lot of milk. He would gradually add more coffee each time and I very quickly grew to appreciate the delicious aroma and taste. My Daddy has always loved coffee as well, so we always had it home, too. Oddly enough, my Mom hated coffee until the last couple of years and now she is just like me and drinks it every single day. 

How To Save Money

I don’t remember the first time I went to Starbucks, but I have been a Starbucks lover for many years. While their drinks are delicious, I also just love the atmosphere. It is the perfect place to meet a friend, have a date, or to go to study or work for a change of scenery. I especially love it around the holidays! After I graduated college, I had an hour commute to my new job. It was an exhausting drive and knowing that I would end that drive with a trip to Starbucks was a much-needed reward! However, my bank account started to take a major hit! I was spending SO much money during my work week and I was also hitting Starbucks on the weekends! When I finally added up how much I was spending on coffee, I wanted to cry!

Cup of Coffee from Keurig

I knew I had to make a change, but I couldn’t give coffee up. That was just out of the question. I had heard about the Keurig Coffee Maker , but I had never really considered purchasing one because they are so expensive. However, I decided it was something to look into now that I knew how much I was spending on coffee every day. However, I was worried that it would be about the same price after I had to purchase the individual K-Cup coffee pods and creamer each year. However, after I sat down and did the math and decided that purchasing the Keurig would be a wise investment and oh goodness was I right! I have owned a Keurig Coffee Maker for 4 years and I am still floored at how much I save each year. It is also so easy to use and requires very little maintenance each year!

How I Save Money

Here is a breakdown of how much I currently spend on coffee compared to what I was spending before purchasing the Keurig:

Before I purchased a Keurig, I was constantly going to Starbucks and I would, on average, spend $5 per visit. That is honestly rounding down. Most of the time I would also get something to eat. However, for the sake of this example, I’m going to round down to $5 a day. If I purchased coffee at Starbucks 365 days a year, I would spend a total of $1,825 for the year.

Let’s say I only went to Starbucks five times a week for an enter year and spent $5 on average. 
Total Spent for the year: $1,300.00 

Here were my expenses for the first year I purchased the Keurig:
K-Cup Coffe Pods for every day of the year: $300.00
*Rounded Up on Price
Coffee Creamer for the year: $80.00
*Rounded Up on Price
Keurig Coffee Maker: $150.00
Water filters for the Keurig: $4.41
Note: The Keurig Coffee Maker comes with 2, so you would need to purchase 4 in the first year. Keurig recommends replacing the filter every two months. This would provide 6 for the first year. 

Total: $534.41
Savings: $1,290.59
*Drinking coffee every day of the year.

Expenses for every year after I purchased the Keurig:
K-Cup Coffe Pods for the year: $300.00
Coffee Creamer for the year: $80.00
6-Pack Replacement Water Filters for the Keurig: $4.41
Note: The Keurig Coffee Maker comes with 2, so you would need to purchase 4 in the first year. Keurig recommends replacing the filter every two months. This would provide 6 for the first year. 

Total: $384.41
Savings: $1,440.59
*Drinking coffee every day of the year. 

Drinking Coffee

Now please don’t misunderstand. I still go to Starbucks and I fully acknowledge that I wasn’t going to Starbucks every single day. However, even with me going five days a week for an entire year, which I am saddened to say I was doing easily, and more, I was spending a crazy amount of money just on coffee. Like I mentioned before, Starbucks is way more than just the coffee. It is the entire experience that I love. And let’s be honest, you can’t beat their Peppermint Mocha or Salted Caramel Mocha during the holidays and I get so excited for their holiday cups each year. I still love to meet friends for a cup of coffee or grab a cup to enjoy while I’m shopping at Target, but I’m not going every single day and my bank account loves me for it! I absolutely love my Keurig and I love how much money it saves me every year! You can find great coupons on Target’s Cartwheel app for K-Cups and places like Kohls, Costco, and Sams sell value packs of multiple flavors for great savings! For me personally, this was a necessary and exciting change for my budget! 

Are you a coffee lover and Keurig owner too? I’m always looking for new K-Cups to try out! What is your favorite blend?

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5 Reasons You Need This Item On Your Wedding Registry

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

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My husband and I absolutely LOVED registering for our wedding. Some of our friends had told us about funny and stressful experiences that they had while registering, but we had the best time! We decided to start at Bed Bath & Beyond and then go from there. We had such a great time that we not only registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, but we also decided to register at Dillards and Target! My husband is pretty easy going and we had already discussed certain things that both of us really wanted to register for before we left for the day. However, there was one item that my husband was insistent we have on our wedding registry, an iRobot Roomba!

For those who are not familiar, a Roomba is made by iRobot and is a programmable robotic vacuum cleaner. Basically, one of the best inventions ever made! I too wanted a Roomba, but these are on the pricier side, so I wasn’t getting my hopes up that we would receive this from one of our guests. Thankfully for us, we had some of the most generous friends and family in the world and we did receive our iRobot Roomba as a wedding gift. Jeremy (the hunky husband) was like a little kid at Christmas! He could hardly wait to see it in action and I must admit, I was really excited as well. Watch below to see it in action for yourself!

After owning a Roomba for over a year, I can promise you this is a product you want to have in your home! It saves so much time and it is one less chore you have to determine who gets to complete each week after you get married! Here are my top 5 reasons you should include a Roomba on your wedding registry!

It vacuums for you. 

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

Do I need to say more? How many hours have you spent pushing and pulling a heavy vacuum cleaner? I always hated having to maneuver it around big pieces of furniture and then wanting to cry when I chipped the paint off the side of my coffee table because I rammed the vacuum cleaner into it! I also like to run it right after I cook or bake. It is perfect for coming in after you to pick up crumbs!

You can program it to run any day at any time.

iRobot Roomba

This is such a cool feature and really comes in handy. You can program the Roomba to run at a time that is convenient for you. If you don’t want to hear it running or worry that it will get in your way, just have it run while you are at work or shopping for groceries. You will love coming home to a freshly vacuumed home!

Easily keep the Roomba away from certain items in your home. 

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

You can purchase iRobot’s Virtual Wall Barrier to keep the Roomba from going in certain rooms or to keep it from going near certain items you want to protect. For example, we have our Virtual Wall Barrier next to our bar cart. This is also really helpful at Christmas time when you don’t want the Roomba going near your Christmas tree or presents.

iRobot Virtual Wall

Certain models are specifically designed for long hair and pet hair.

Roomba

The Roomba’s tangle free technology is perfect for pet owners or if you are like me and have long hair! A few of our friends with pets have purchased the Roomba and they say it is a lifesaver when it comes to pet hair!

It charges itself!

Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Wedding Registry

Its navigation system will take it back to the docking station when it is done vacuuming and will automatically start charging. I really love this feature because I don’t have to do anything. I can schedule it to run, let it do its thing, and know that it will go back to the charger and be ready for our next cleaning appointment.

With multiple models and price points to choose from, you can easily find the Roomba that is right for you! If you are looking for the basics, The iRobot Roomba 614 might be the best choice for you. This is lower in price and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it definitely gets the job done! Or, let’s say you want the works! The iRobot Roomba 980 might be more up your alley. While it is higher in price, it comes with all the bells and whistles and then some. If neither option appeals to you, there are plenty in the middle to choose from. We decided to add the iRobot Roomba 860 to our wedding registry. This particular model had the tangle free technology that prevents hair and debris clogs, it is programmable for seven days a week, and we really liked the 3-stage cleaning system on this one. Whichever iRobot Roomba you choose, it will save you time, frustration, and will always leave you with beautifully vacuumed floors! 

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Christmas 2017 Target Dollar Spot

Target Dollar Spot Cocktail Napkins 2017.

2017 Christmas Target Dollar Spot

For those of you who know me, you know how much I love Target! I especially love their Dollar Spot and it is usually the first place I stop on my weekly, okay sometimes daily, trips to Target. If you caught my post earlier in the season on Target’s fall décor, you know that they once again hit it out of the park with their selections. Side note, I’m watching the World Series right now, so you might catch a couple of baseball references here and there. Also, the Astros are currently winning. Anyways, back to why we are all here, Target’s 2017 Christmas decor in their Dollar Spot! Y’all, it is lovely and oh so festive! Here are my favorite finds from Target’s 2017 Dollar Spot Christmas finds!

Target Dollar Spot 2017

Christmas Packaging and Wrapping

Christmas Wrapping Target Dollar Section

Where do I begin? I love planning out my packaging designs each year. The bags, the ribbon, the tags, it is just so fun! However, I really don’t like the amount of money I end up spending. Full disclosure, I have totally spent the same amount on the wrapping as I have on the gift inside of the wrapping. I know! It is so humiliating. But it happened and I have learned from my ways. Thankfully, I met Target’s Dollar Spot and that mistake has not been made again.

There are so many gift bags to choose from! Large gift backs, small gift backs, wine bags, and my very favorite this year, the adorable gift sacks! I don’t know about you, but I would flip a lid if someone gave me a gift in one of these adorable gift sacks. Hi, is this straight from Santa’s workshop? I also love the Texas design! For all of my non-Texas friends, I would love to see your state’s design! There are multiple gift bag designs in multiple sizes, so there are plenty to fit your style! Oh did I mention how inexpensive they are? Here is your holiday gift bag pricing guide from Target’s 2017 Christmas Dollar Spot:

Large Christmas Tree Truck Bag: $1

Wine Bag: $1

Draw String Gift Sacks $3 Each

Medium Best Time Of The Year Bag: $1

Black and White Small Bags: $1 for both! They are packaged in sets of two!

2017 Holiday FInds Target Dollar Spot

Target Dollar Spot Holiday Gift Tags

Target Dollar Spot Christmas Packaging

They also have so many adorable gift tags and wooden stickers to decorate your packages! I can’t wait to add these wooden Merry Christmas letters to one of my boxes! I’m also going to use a paint pen to monogram the star ornament! Here is the price breakdown for these adorable gift tags and gift tape:

Christmas Gift Tape: $1

Wooden Star Ornament: $1

Christmas Tree Gift Tags: $1 (Set of 2)

Joy Gift Tags: $1 (Set of 4)

Merry Christmas Gift Tags: $1 (Set of 3)

Merry Christmas Wooden Stickers: $3

From Santa Gift Tags: $1 (Set of 3)

Black and Gold Embellished Gift Tags: 1 (2 Sheets)

Christmas Decor

Christmas Home Decor Target Dollar Spot

Decorating my home at Christmas time might be my favorite thing to do. This year’s dollar spot has so many beautiful décor pieces for your home including fur stockings and beautiful stocking holders! I had to rein it in for this portion because I already have so much home décor for Christmas. However, I had to purchase this adorable mirrored sign for one of my shelves. They have so many cute things like this and they have the cutest little Christmas trees for countertops and desks.

Décor Sign: $3

Cocktail Napkins and Coasters

Target Dollar Spot Cocktail Napkins 2017.

Cocktail napkins and coasters do two things at a party: Act as beautiful accent pieces for your décor theme for the evening and SAVE your beautiful tables, bars, and countertops from the unspeakable beverage ring. We have all been there. Nobody likes to discover the ring at the end of a successful evening. These cocktail napkins and wooden coasters are just too adorable! The wooden coasters will also act as a great accessory when gifting a bottle of wine or whiskey!

Christmas Tree Wooden Coasters

Black and Red Check Christmas Cocktail Napkins

Target Wooden Christmas Coasters

Christmas Cocktail Napkins Target Dollar Spot

Cocktail Napkins: $1 Each (Set of 10)

Wooden Coasters: $3 Each (Set of 4)

Baking Pans, Baking Jars, and Baking Tins

Target Dollar Spot Holiday Baking Tins

Every year I have a day of holiday baking! I make so many delicious holiday treats, package them in pretty tins and paper with ribbons and bows, and give them out to neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends. I love it! I watch Christmas movies all day and bake away! Part of the fun is making the packaging for these tasty treats absolutely adorable and full of Christmas spirit. However, this can get pretty pricey. That is why I was thrilled to find these adorable holiday tins in Target’s Dollar section! They have several designs to choose from and they are the perfect size for giving away holiday treats!

Target Dollar Spot 2017 Joy Pie Pan

I am very excited about this Joy pie pan and Christmas tree ramekins. They will look fantastic on the table during the holidays! They also had a Merry Christmas pie pan and white snowflake ramekins! The giant jar is perfect for hosting your delicious and relaxing holiday gifts for friends! Whether you fill it with ingredients to make your perfect cookie recipe or fill it with your DIY Essential Oil bath salts, this is the perfect way to package your DIY Christmas gift! They also had a set of three mini glass jars as well!

Pie Pan: $5

Baking Tins: $3 Each

Christmas Tree Ramekins: $3 (Set of 2)

Glass Jar: $3

Holiday Cards and Gift Ideas

Target Dollar Spot Holiday Cards

If you need a quick and inexpensive gift for someone, the Target Dollar Spot has you covered! They have so many adorable packs of holiday and Christmas cards to choose from. This pack of 16 cards and envelopes came with 4 different designs and 4 different messages. I love packs like this because there is a card that will work for everyone!

Gift Cards: $3 (Set of 16)

Cozy Candles

Target Dollar Spot Candle

There are multiple candle scents to choose from! This one seriously smells like Christmas and it is wonderful! I also love the design. They have multiple scents in this size and they also have these super cute mug candles! These are perfect to go with a Starbucks gift card for your co-worker or as an extra stocking stuffer!

Target Holiday Candle 2017

Candles: $1

For The Men In Your Life

Target Dollar Spot Holiday Gift Guide 2017

There is even something for the men in your life! These super classy travel accessory bags are perfect for a stocking stuffer or to use as packaging for their gift! I love doing this! Instead of buy wrapping paper, put their gift in this adorable tote bag. It is two gifts in one! This will also make for a wonderful white elephant gift!

Accessory Zipper Bag: $3

For the Wine Lover

Target Holiday Gift Packaging

Pair one of the adorable wine bags with a bottle of Target’s new California Roots wine and a set of the wooden coasters and you have the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life for under $10! One stop shop and on a budget!

Wine: $5

Holiday Wine Gift Bag: $1

Coasters: $3

Have you already purchased your favorite finds from Target’s 2017 Christmas Dollar Spot? I would love to see what you found!

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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We are finally starting to get colder weather in Texas and I am so happy! I absolutely love this time of year. Not only is it time to bring out those adorable sweaters and boots, but it is also the start to the holiday season and delicious recipes! There is just something about this time of year that makes me feel like a kid again! My mom would always make one of her cold-weather staples for the first cold night of the season. One of my absolute favorites was her healthier Chicken and Dumplings recipe. Now, before you click away because I said healthy, hear me out. It isn’t THAT healthy, just a little healthier than your normal Chicken and Dumplings.

This recipe is really so easy to make and makes delicious leftovers! This has become one of my favorite recipes to make all year because it is super easy for my husband to take for lunch the next day! When we are trying to cut out the carbs, we just don’t add the biscuits and cream of chicken soup and we have a delicious chicken and veggie soup! 

I did something a little bit different with this recipe this time. I recently purchased a Copper Chef 5-Piece Cookware Set and it is amazing! I also purchased a Copper Chef Induction Cooktop and I would highly recommend purchasing this as well. The Copper Chef is safe to use on all cooktops, but the Induction Cooktop really comes in handy when you are cooking a large meal and need extra burners or space. I’m especially excited about this for the holidays! If you are a food blogger and like to post recipe tutorials or step-by-step instructions, the induction cooktop makes it really easy to have a clean photo or video demonstration. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit skeptical when I first saw the infomercial, but my opinion quickly changed the first time I used it in my own kitchen. 

This was the first time I made this recipe in the Copper Chef and I will never make it in any other pan! My husband even commented that this was the best I had ever made this recipe! If you aren’t familiar with the Copper Chef, I would highly recommend checking it out! Are you ready to make this delicious recipe? 

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts; Chopped
  • 32 oz. of Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Cans of Pillsbury Southern Homestyle Biscuits
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Carrots
  • ½ Chopped White Onion
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Celery
  • 1 Tbls. of Onion Powder
  • 1 Tblsp. of Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

Directions For Making Chicken and Dumplings:

Pilsbury Biscuits for Chicken and Dumplings

Bake one can of the biscuits and set aside. You will enjoy these with your Chicken and Dumplings! 

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

Chop your onions and carrots! I LOVE our Ninja Express Chop for exactly this type of recipe. Add all of your baby carrots to the Ninja Chop and push down on the top button one or two times. It chops the carrots perfectly! Repeat this step with half of a white onion. You can add large pieces of the onion to the Ninja Chop and just press down on the button one or times and it chops them perfectly! It is also SO easy to clean, so I don’t dread the cleanup process. 

Ingredients For Chicken and Dumplings

For this recipe, I really like the celery chopped a certain way. I think it is a texture thing. So instead of using the Ninja Chop, I like to use our Clever Cutter scissors. We actually got these in a White Elephant Christmas swap one year and we love them! They seriously save so much time and you can cut them right into the soup! Oh! They can also go in the dishwasher. Let the celebrating begin! 

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe Instructions

Add all ingredients except the biscuits to your Copper Chef or pot and place the lid on top. Bring to a boil on high. If you are making yours in a Copper Chef pan, I would recommend turning the heat up to 450. I originally started with 425, but decided to turn it up to 450. 

How To Make Chicken and Dumplings

Turn the heat to a medium-low heat and cook for 45 minutes.

How To Make Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Use your hands to roll 1 can of the biscuits into small balls and add them to the soup. Place the lid on to your Copper Chef or cooking pot of choice and cook on low for 30 minutes. 

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Serve with fresh biscuits and enjoy!

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Dinner Recipe

My Momma’s Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Delicious Chicken and Dumplings!
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Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Chicken Breasts; Chopped
  2. 32 oz. of Chicken Broth
  3. 1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  4. 2 Cans of Pillsbury Southern Homestyle Biscuits
  5. 1 Cup of Chopped Carrots
  6. ½ Chopped White Onion
  7. 1 Cup of Chopped Celery
  8. 1 Tbsp. of Onion Powder
  9. 1 Tbsp. of Garlic Powder
  10. Pinch of Salt
  11. Pinch of Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bake one can of the biscuits and set aside.
  2. Chop onions, carrots, and celery.
  3. Add all ingredients except the biscuits to your Copper Chef or pot and place the lid on top. Bring to a boil on high.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Roll 1 can of the biscuits into small balls and add them to the soup. Place the lid on your Copper Chef or pot and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with fresh biscuits and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: This is especially tasty with a tall glass of sweet tea!
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Wedding Gift Idea: A Year Of Firsts Wine Basket

Wedding Wine Basket - A Year Of Firsts

I love weddings! I seriously still cry every time I think about our wedding day. It was just so happy and even more than I dreamed and prayed it would be. My husband and I were blessed with the sweetest family and friends in the whole world. Not only did they give up their weekend to celebrate our wedding and marriage with us, but they gave us some of the most generous and thoughtful wedding gifts! I still have every single wedding card we received saved in a wedding memory box so that I can reminisce on the sweet wisdom and encouragement in each of those cards.

Wedding GIft Wine Basket

I have always loved shopping for wedding gifts for other people. I want to make sure I am giving them something that they will truly love! I usually stick to the wedding registry when selecting a wedding gift. However, one of my bridesmaids and her husband gave us something that was not on our registry and it was absolutely brilliant! They gave us a wine crate full of wine bottles and each wine bottle was labeled for a different “first” that we would celebrate together as husband and wife. It was absolutely beautiful. Aside from the fact that we were given a basket of WINE, each bottle had a different celebration for us to look forward to! First night married, first fight, first holiday, first dinner party, first anniversary, first baby, and first dental school graduation! The last one was very specific to us! We have joyfully celebrated with every bottle except two; first baby and first dental school graduation. Those will be enjoyed in our future!

Wedding Wine Basket

I loved this gift so much that I decided to make it for a baby shower I hosted. Now don’t freak out. This gift is for Mommy Milestones. Firsts for the mommy and daddy to celebrate with AFTER the baby is born. This was a big hit with the mommy and daddy-to-be!

Mommy Milestone Tropical Themed Baby Shower Gift

This past weekend, two of our sweet friends were married in Fredericksburg, Texas. For those who may not know, Fredericksburg is known for their beautiful vineyards. Our friends also happen to love wine, so I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to create another wine basket of firsts for the beautiful bride and groom! I found this lovely shop on Etsy called Lush Label and they create adorable custom wine labels with poems that match each of the firsts! I also used them for my Mommy Milestone Wine Basket I mentioned earlier. The shop owners are lovely to work with and their poems and labels are adorable!

Creating The Wine Basket

Wedding Gift Wine Basket

I have found that the easiest way to get the original wine labels off of the wine bottles is to put them in a bowl of room temperature water. I let them soak for about 30 minutes and then remove the label. I just use a wet paper towel and soap to pull any extra sticky stuff off of the bottle. Unless you are taking the label around the cork off, make sure the top of the bottle does not get wet! Dry the wine bottles and apply the new label. In my opinion, I think it is easiest to apply the side of the label first and then work your way to the other side. This will help prevent wrinkles! I chose a basket instead of a wine crate this time because I felt like it fit this country-wedding theme. This is also a basket that they can use in their home. I stuffed the bottom with plastic grocery bags so that my wine bottles would sit higher in the basket. I covered the plastic bags with this beautiful cream-colored sweater knit throw from Target.

Wedding Wine Basket - A Year Of Firsts

I draped the blanket over the edge of the basket and placed the wine bottles in the basket! This gift is perfect for any wine lover in your life and helps make many first memories so special!

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Wine Themed Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas

Bachelorette Weekend at Barons Creek Vineyard in Fredericksburg Texas

I may be biased, but I had the best bachelorette weekend in the history of bachelorette weekends! Over a year later and I still just swoon thinking about how amazing my bridesmaids were and still are! They planned the perfect wine themed bachelorette party and turned it into a full weekend in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

I had a total of 9 bridesmaids. Some people are still shocked at that number, but all of these ladies are my forever friends and I could not imagine doing life without them! Some of my lovely ladies live out of state and have tiny perfect pumpkins of their own, so they were not able to attend my bachelorette weekend, but they still made sure I felt their love from far away!

Bridal Party Fort Worth Texas Wedding
My beautiful bridesmaids! Photography: The Click

I have been in my fair share of weddings and I know how expensive and time consuming they can be. Weddings are so much fun, but they are also a lot of work and money for everyone involved. I told my girls that I would be thrilled with a staycation in our lovely town of Fort Worth, Texas. I just wanted time with my girls. However, one of my bridesmaids had other plans. A few of my other girls had already volunteered to host my showers, so she said she would handle the bachelorette weekend.

She did some research and asked if I would like to go to Fredricksburg, Texas for the weekend. I told her I would love that, but I didn’t want all of my girls having to spend a fortune! She told me that she had already worked it out with the girls and as part of my wedding gift, she would pay for the house for everyone! Part of my gift?! That is like two gifts! I was so excited! A weekend getaway with your besties in beautiful Fredricksburg? Yes, please! I was so excited, I could hardly wait! Here is how my beautiful bridesmaids planned the perfect bachelorette weekend in Fredricksburg, Texas.

 Bachelorette Weekend at The Colored Door Properties in Fredericksburg Texas

The Bachelorette Weekend House

Colored Door Properties Fredericksburg Texas - The Aqua Door

Colored Door Properties The Aqua Door Fredericksburg

We started the weekend with a road trip to Fredricksburg from Fort Worth. It was so relaxing just driving through the beautiful country with your best friends. It was a great way to start the weekend. When we arrived at the house we were all blown away! We rented the Aqua Door Guest House from The Colored Door Properties in Fredricksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg Texas - Colored Door Properties

If you are not familiar with The Colored Door Properties, please get to know these lovely houses and their owners immediately! They have a total of four guest houses: The Aqua Door, The Sapphire Door, The Coral Door, and The Emerald Door. I have only stayed at the Aqua Door, but I have swooned over photos from the other houses and they are all lovely! They each sleep a large number of people making them the perfect houses for a girls’ trip! These owners have seriously thought of everything! We could not get over how perfect everything was!

The Aqua Door - The Colored Door Properties in Fredericksburg Texas
I realize this photo is blurry, but it is just too cute not to share!

Fredericksburg Texas Rental Home The Colored Door Properties

The Aqua Door is only five blocks from Main Street, the main shopping street in Fredricksburg! So clearly this is a huge plus! The bedrooms are all different themes with beautiful bedding and two of the rooms are divided by a beautiful sliding aqua barn door! The bathrooms have plenty of mirrors and counter space, so we were all able to easily get ready together. The kitchen is huge and has everything you need to cook a giant meal together.

The Colored Door Properties Rental Home in Fredericksburg Texas

Colored Door Properties - The Aqua Door

The Aqua Door Colored Door Properties Fredericksburg Texas

Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas - The Colored Door Properties

The Colored Door Properties Fredericksburg Texas

There is a giant chalkboard wall in the kitchen where the owners wrote a special message to us for the weekend. They also had a sound system in the kitchen to play music while you cook. We had so much fun cooking and dancing in that beautiful kitchen! The backyard is absolutely stunning! There is a fire pit with chairs, string lights, a hot tub, and a bar! They even had yard games to play. We had so much fun sitting around that campfire each night and talking late into the evening. This house was made for a bachelorette weekend!

Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas
This adorable swing is one of the bedrooms!

The Colored Door Properties

The Aqua Door Fredericksburg Texas Home
The backyard is stunning!

Wine Tastings and Tours

Barons Creek Vineyards - Bachellorette Weekend in Fredericksburg

My girls hired Off The Vine Wine Tours to pick us up at the Aqua Door and drive us to Barons Creek Vineyards for a private tour and tasting! Y’all. This was LOVELY! Our driver from Off The Vine Wine Tours was amazing. He came straight to our guest house and was just a call away when we were ready to leave our wine tasting. It was so nice to have a driver for the day so that all of us could just enjoy the wine tastings and not worry about driving home. 

Off The Vine Wine Tours Fredericksburg Texas

Barons Creek Vineyards is stunning! Just stunning! Their property is stunning! Did you catch that? STUNNING! There are private villas at the back of the property that you can rent and they have a beautiful space for weddings and private events. Don’t even get me started on their wine! We all left with a bottle to take home. They also have a beautiful gift shop with so many goodies! Our tour guide was absolutely lovely.

Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas - Barons Creek Vineyards

I would highly recommend making a reservation for your tour and tasting! They book up very quickly and you definitely don’t want to miss out on experiencing their beautiful scenery and delicious wine! 

Bachelorette Party in Fredericksburg Texas - Barons Creek Vineyards

You can enjoy their delicious selections of wine in their tasting room for $18 per person or you can schedule a private tasting and tour in one of their four rooms. These prices range from $21 to $25 per person depending on the room. Check out their website for more information on their tasting rooms and pricing. 

Barons Creek Vineyards Bachelorette Party in Fredericksburg Texas

Barons Creek Vineyards is perfect for a romantic weekend away, a girls’ weekend, or the perfect wedding venue! I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary during your next visit to Fredericksburg! Wishing you could taste their wine now? You can! Well, almost! You can order their wine online and enjoy the taste of Barons Creek Vineyards in your home! 

Barons Creek Vineyards

Shopping

Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas

After our morning of tours and tastings, we did a little shopping on Main Street in Fredericksburg. The shops and restaurants are all so lovely! There are so many specialty shops and antique shops going up and down Main Street. We all found something lovely to take home from our weekend away. We only made it down one side of the street before we had to go back to get ready for our dinner reservations. Don’t worry, we went back the next day to finish our weekend with a full day of shopping!

Glitter Themed Night On The Town

Glitter Themed Bachelorette Weekend in Fredericksburg Texas
Glitter themed dinner at Vaudeville!

When my girls were asking what I wanted from the weekend, I told them that I wanted a classy weekend with a glitter-themed night out. I wanted all of us to wear sequin dresses. I know this sounds silly, but I wanted to do something a little differently than the normal black and white dresses. Being the wonderful friends that they are, they did not disappoint! Everyone looked absolutely stunning! We had dinner on Main at this beutiful restaurant AND store called Vaudville.

Vaudeville Restaurant Fredericksburg Texas

Bachelorette Dinner at Vaudeville in Fredericksburg

The lower level is a delicious bistro, the second level is a showroom, and the third level is their formal restaurant. It was absolutely perfect. We had a delicious dinner and enjoyed several glasses of wine. The atmosphere was stunning and we shopped in their showroom after dinner and walked away with some lovely finds!

Wine Glass Painting

DIY Paint Your Own Wine Glasses Craft - Bachelorette Party Ideas

After our beautiful dinner, we went back to the house to paint wine glasses! My girls really stuck to this theme! It was so much fun! They even brought a giant plastic tablecloth to cover the dining room table! We listened to 90’s music, painted our wine glasses, and enjoyed some wine while talking late into the evening.

Bachelorette Weekend Fredericksburg Texas
Don’t worry! We brought a protective tablecloth for the table!

I honestly could not have asked for a better bachelorette weekend. It was peaceful, relaxing, and so much fun. We laughed until we cried, tried some delicious wine and food, and shopped all day. This was truly the perfect bachelorette weekend. So now, I must end this post with a tribute to my beautiful host! My beautiful bridesmaid and one of my very best friends made this weekend possible. She thought of absolutely everything to make this the perfect bachelorette weekend! I’m raising a glass in my virtual toast, to the classiest host. Cheers to you, Sasha! I love you! 

Colored Door Properties Fredericksburg Texas Home

Did you have the perfect bachelorette weekend? Or maybe you hosted a beautiful weekend? I would love to hear your tips and ideas. If you have a blog post, please leave me a comment below so that I can check it out!

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Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread Recipe

Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread Breakfast Recipe

I love having company come to town and stay with us, especially during the holidays! It reminds me of when I was younger and the whole extended family would all stay at one family member’s house! It was the best! Everyone together under one roof spending quality time together while enjoying delicious food around one big table!

Having something yummy to eat at all times is a staple for Southern Hospitality! This is something my family can do in their sleep! My Granny, my Nina, my momma, and every single one of my aunts can give Martha Stewart and Paul Dean a run for their money! I promise you I gain 5 pounds after a weekend with my family! Standing around in my jammies with a hot cup of coffee, laughing and chatting away with my family is seriously like therapy! I absolutely love it! I decided when I was younger that I wanted my home to feel that way for all of my family and friends, too!

Apple Brown Sugar Bundt Cake Recipe

I actually like doing all of the little chores to prepare the house! Things like putting fresh linens on the guest bed, having a welcome basket with bottled water and toiletries that they might need, and having a framed sign with the wifi password on their nightstand. I want to make sure they feel completely at home! While I love having a stunning breakfast to present for my guests, I don’t want to spend hours cleaning up the mess! I want it to taste delicious and look amazing on my table, but I don’t want to lose precious time with my people while I’m having to clean up the kitchen! That is why this delicious Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread is the perfect breakfast and brunch recipe to serve to your guests! It requires very little prep work, very little mess, and it looks and tastes like you worked for hours in the kitchen! This is definitely a recipe you will want to print for your recipe box!

Breakfast Recipe Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread Ingredients

2 Cans of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

3 Chopped Apples (Granny Smith or Red Delicious)

2 Cups of Brown Sugar

1 Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 Tsp. of Salt

1 Stick of Melted Butter

Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread Recipe

Directions

Set oven to 350º F and coat your Bundt pan with oil. I was out of canola oil, so I used coconut oil and it worked beautifully!

Cut each biscuit in half. Set aside.

Monkey Bread Recipe

Add the sugar, apples, and salt to a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and biscuits. Lightly toss the biscuits in the mixture until fully coated.

Apple Brown Sugar Breakfast Bundt Cake

Layer the biscuits in the Bundt pan. As you layer, use a spoon to add some of the sugar and apple mixture in-between each piece of dough. Pour any remaining sugar and apple mixture in the bowl on top of the biscuits.

Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread

Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Every oven is different, so keep an eye on the biscuits to make sure they don’t overcook. Use a toothpick to make sure the biscuits are fully cooked. Let cool for 15 – 20 minutes. Place a bowl on the counter and pour the excess sugary syrup into the bowl. This will prevent the syrup from running all over your beautiful cake stand and it will be perfect to serve as a delicious caramel drizzle!

Bundt Cake Monkey Bread Recipe

Fall Bundt Cake Recipe

Place a cake stand or serving tray on top of the bundt pan. Firmly hold the bottom of the cake stand and quickly flip the bundt pan on top of the cake stand. Slowly pull the bundt pan off of the cake. Drizzle with the caramel syrup and enjoy!

Apple Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

Apple Brown Sugar Bundt Cake Recipe 

Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread Breakfast Recipe

Breakfast Monkey Bread Recipe

Do you have a go-to recipe that you love to whip up for company or just a lazy Saturday morning? I would love to try it out! 

Enjoy, friends!

Apple Brown Sugar Monkey Bread
A delicious monkey bread recipe for breakfast, brunch, and dessert!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cans of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  2. 3 Chopped Apples (Granny Smith or Red Delicious)
  3. 2 Cups of Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  5. 1 Tsp. of Salt
  6. 1 Stick of Melted Butter
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 350º F and coat your Bundt pan with oil.
  2. Cut each biscuit in half. Set aside.
  3. Add the sugar, apples, and salt to a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and biscuits.
  4. Lightly toss the biscuits in the mixture until fully coated.
  5. Layer the biscuits in the Bundt pan.
  6. As you layer, use a spoon to add some of the mixture in-between each piece of dough.
  7. Pour any remaining sugar and apple mixture in the bowl on top of the biscuits.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure the biscuits are fully cooked.
  9. Let cool for 15 – 20 minutes.
  10. Place a bowl on the counter and pour the excess sugary syrup into the bowl.
  11. Place a cake stand or serving tray on top of the Bundt pan.
  12. Firmly hold the bottom of the cake stand and quickly flip the Bundt pan on top of the cake stand.
  13. Slowly pull the Bundt pan off of the cake. Drizzle with the caramel syrup and enjoy!
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The Perfect Texas Pumpkin Patch

Sunset at Dewberry Farm Pumpkin Patch

Have you ever noticed that movies always have the best places in the world for the characters to hang out? Carnivals with the most picturesque views and delicious treats to help you have the perfect date or a fall pumpkin patch where you can pick out a pumpkin, make your way through a real corn maze, and eat a giant turkey leg while watching fireworks out in the country. I love watching these movies, but I always think to myself, where on earth do these places exist in the real world! Well, I still haven’t found that picturesque fair, but I finally found the perfect pumpkin patch!

The Perfect Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch Dewberry Farm Field

Jeremy and I love having a fall themed date weekend each year! We carve pumpkins, make caramel apples, and visit a pumpkin patch! We decided to research new pumpkin patches to visit this year and goodness did we hit the jackpot! Dewberry Farm is the greatest pumpkin patch I have ever visited! We are talking straight out of a Gilmore Girls episode in Stars Hallow amazing! Dewberry Farm is perfect for a family fun day or a date day! There is so much to do for both kids and adults!

Train at Dewberry Farm

Pumpkins at Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm is located in Brookshire Texas outside of Houston. They have a giant pumpkin patch full of beautiful pumpkins to purchase and hay bales all over the place to create the perfect photo setting. Behind the pumpkin patch is a giant Christmas tree farm (we are so excited to visit in December) and next to the pumpkin patch is a giant corn maze! There is a train and a hayride that will take you around the property and a wildflower garden where you can pick a beautiful bunch of wildflowers!

Christmas Tree Farm at Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm Pumpkin Patch

 

Corm Maze Dewberry Farm
We made it out of the corn maze!
Sunset at Pumpkin Patch
Sunset from the corn maze!

There is this adorable carousel sitting right by a quaint little pond with a bridge. Talk about a photo op! There are pig races (yes, pig races), pony rides, face painting, a candy cannon, jumping pillows, and so much more! During the fall, they have the Pumpkin Hollar. This is a building full of carved pumpkins! Each part of the building is a different them. It is amazing! They also have apple cannons. You load up a bucket full of apples, load them in a cannon and fire at your target! This was a BLAST, literally!

Dewberry Farm Pond

Games at Dewberry Farm

Apple Picking at Dewberry Farm

Shooting Apple Cannons at Dewberry Farm

Pumpkin Hollar at Dewberry Farm
They have the coolest pumpkin carvings and jack-o’-lanterns! 

No Tricks, Just Treats!

Food At Dewberry Farm

There are so many yummy food and drink options! Fried Oreos, fried pickles, turkey legs, hamburgers, Frito pie, ice cream, pizza… you name it! Everything is reasonably priced, so you can try several different yummies without spending a fortune! As you can see above, we didn’t hold back. When you arrive, they give you a bingo card with your wristband. There are bingo posts set up throughout the property and if you get bingo, you win a free drink! Oh! You have to try the Rooster balls. I promise they are awesome!

The Fall Fireworks Finale

Fireworks Dewberry Farm Purple

The farm is usually open until 6 PM on the weekends, but for two weekends during the fall, they are staying open until 9 PM for a fireworks show! This was truly one of the most amazing fireworks shows I have ever seen! It was absolutely stunning and made for the perfect end to a perfect date day. Talk about a romantic end to the date!

Hours and Pricing

Fields at Dewberry Farm

Admission for kids and adults is $29.95. Kids 2 and under are free. They also offer a discounted rate for seniors 55+ and all military and first responders. PARKING IS FREE! Admission includes all of the main attractions, entrance to the Pumpkin Hollar, a ride on the DewVille Express Train, your choice of Flower Picking or Apple Cannons, plus 4 activity stars to choose from for extra attractions. You can also purchase additional stars and/or tokens to participate in even more activities!

Happy Fall Dewberry Farm

If you want to take the kiddos out for a fun day, there will be plenty to do all day! They are open from 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturdays and 11 AM – 6 PM on Sundays during the fall. However, their last fireworks show for the season is THIS SATURDAY, October 21st! They will be open from 10 AM – 9 PM for fireworks. Since we were going for a date day and don’t have any kiddos yet, we decided to go later in the day. We arrived at 6 PM and had plenty of time to do everything we wanted to do! It really just depends on what you are interested in for the day. Here is their full farm map to help give you an idea of everything they have to offer.

Dewberry Farm Gift Shop
Dewberry Farm Gift Shop

We are so excited to visit again in December to visit their Country Christmas Festival! Christmas is MY TIME, y’all! I can’t wait! Don’t worry, I will fill you in on all the Christmas goodness happening at Dewberry Farm! Do you have a favorite pumpkin patch? I would love to hear all about! Leave me a comment below so I can check it out!

Happy fall, y’all!

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Fall Date Night: Carving Pumpkins

October Pumpkin Carving

Happy fall, friends! Boy did we have a full weekend of fall fun! We went to a pumpkin patch and corn maze (full blog review on that adventure coming tomorrow), tested out a few new fall recipes, and we carved pumpkins! Carving pumpkins is super therapeutic. You get your hands super messy, cut and carve, and pat yourself on the back when you are finished creating this beautiful pumpkin! This is something the hubs and I have always enjoyed doing together. We like to make it a full date day. We go to a pumpkin patch, pick out a pumpkin, have a fall themed meal, and carve our pumpkins while watching football! For all of my Frog fans out there, TCU is 6-0 and currently ranked #4! Go Frogs! Okay, back to pumpkins.

Let’s Get Carving! 

 Target Pumpkin Carving Kits

A couple of years ago, we found these delightful pumpkin carving kits at Target. Depending on the theme, there are six different pages with designs and four carving tools. The instructions are super easy and they actually work! Oh, did I mention that these are for 9 years and up? Carving pumpkins is not easy, friends. I will take all the help I can get! These kits are perfect for a date day, but they are also very kid friendly and will be great for a family pumpkin carving session. With that said, mom and dad, you will definitely want to help. The patterns are super helpful, but it is still difficult. 

The whole concept is also really helpful to create your own patterns! Just print out what you want and use the tools and instructions in the kit to carve your design! We always have a TCU pumpkin each year, so Jeremy did a quick TCU carving. I think he did a lovely job!

TCU Pumpkin Carving

This year, I chose Disney Princesses and Jeremy chose a fun pumpkin Halloween theme. We also saw a Star Wars theme, Paw Patrol theme, and Justice League theme. They had the Avengers and Spider-Man last year, but we didn’t see them this year. Each kit is between $4 and $6! They have 6 total designs that you can continue to use with your tools! This is a steal and you can save it to use again next year! After you clean out your pumpkin, tape your design to the pumpkin and use one of the tools to punch holes along the pattern. From here, I would suggest using a marker to draw the design pattern from the holes on the pumpkin. This will help you keep track and not just see a bunch of dots on your pumpkin! I started out doing the Beauty and the Beast them, but I didn’t draw it out after I punched my holes and I totally messed it up. 

Pumpkin Carving Instructions

Final Pumpkins! 

I decided to attempt the Cinderella theme instead and that went much more smoothly! Jeremy did a very convincing bat theme and I feel that it is just very “velcoming” on our patio. 

Cinderella Pumpkin

We had so much fun carving out pumpkins and we are pretty proud of how they turned out! Which one is your favorite? If you pick Jeremy’s, I promise you won’t hurt my feelings… ha! Have you carved a pumpkin yet this year? Happy fall, y’all!

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