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Spiced Apple and Tangerine Spritz {with mocktail option}

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!
 
Hi! Ok guys. I’m just going to preface this post by saying that holy-cow I’m not sure I’ve ever made a cocktail at home that I have loved SO dang much.

It is seriously that good, you guys.

So good that we’ve been (ahem) “testing” it just about every night as an after-dinner-let’s-play-cards drink. Needless to say, between myself, my husband, our roommate, and friends stopping by our place we’ve THOROUGHLY tested this recipe. Probably somewhere in the range of 20 or so times in the last week 😳

And the funny thing is, we’re not usually the type to even whip up a fancy make at home cocktail. We generally reach for a glass of wine, hard cider, or beer (for the boys), with the occasional espresso martini thrown in there before nights out on the town.

BUT THIS DRINK. Oh man. I’m borderline super-obsessed and just so so excited to share the recipe with you guys.

Because it’s so easy to make! And so lovely to drink.

And absolutely PERFECT for the fall! All dressed up with fall ingredients like apple cider, juicy and sweet tangerine juice, cinnamon, and spiced rum – or vodka if that’s more your style. But even if you usually aren’t into dark / spiced rums, I would urge you to give it a chance in this spritz cocktail because I’m generally not super into them and somehow it just works.

This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast! This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast! This spiced apple and tangerine spritz is the perfect fancy make-at-home drink for fall! Made with spiced rum (or vodka!), fresh apple cider, bright tangerine juice, and finished with sparkling hard apple cider for a festive and delicious beverage worthy of a toast!

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Maple Chili Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Pomegranate (paleo + vegan)

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory, sweet, and loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory and sweet - loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!
 
Okay guyssss! The final stretch is here.

My dinner plan is made and most of my shopping is done. I spent the weekend running around and gathering all the necessities for the BIG DAY.

AKA now my refrigerator and pantry are absolutely at their max capacity 😛 And fitting it all wouldn’t have even been possible without A LOT of rearranging. Hiiii 18 pound turkey! 👋🏼

We might have to eat out for the next few days since I’m pretty sure literally nothing else will fit in my refrigerator. Either that or buy the ingredients for dinner and head straight to the kitchen to cook.

We’re not traveling to see family for this holiday, but instead taking it easy and eating all the yummy things and giving thanks with the perfect little family of friends that we’ve got here in Seattle.

Which means that even though we’re hosting, we kind of get off easy on the cooking portion of things, because we’re doing the big dinner potluck style.

I’ll be making the maple glazed spatchcocked turkey from Play’s Well With Butter – substituting ghee for butter, my paleo (and vegan!) healthy green bean casserole, a gluten free southern style  stuffing (bacon included 💯), two kinds of gravy (my gluten free and vegan mushroom gravy, and a more classic style), the stunning holiday hummus from With Food and Love for pre-dinner snacking, and this gorgeous perfect pumpkin cheesecake (with gluten free gingersnap cookies for the crust) also from Plays Well With Butter for dessert.

Plus an apple tangerine rum spritz cocktail (that’s the last thanksgiving recipe coming your way in a day or two!) to get the good vibes rolling while we finish making all the tasty things in the kitchen.

Everyone else is filling in the rest.

Aaaaand how could I forget, ALSO these maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranates bc I’m 100% #teamsidedish 😜

These maple chili glazed carrots with thyme and pomegranate are an easy and delicious side dish for your holiday table. Paleo, vegan and oh-so-yummy! Savory and sweet - loaded up with fresh and bright pomegranate seeds to delight your taste buds!

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Twice Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Casserole {gluten free + paleo option}

This twice baked garlic parmesan sweet potato casserole is a savory twist on a classic autumn side dish. Made with smooth and luscious sweet potatoes, parmesan cheese, and roasted garlic. Nourishing, delicious, and full of flavor! 

This twice baked garlic parmesan sweet potato casserole is a savory twist on a classic autumn side dish. Made with smooth and luscious sweet potatoes, parmesan cheese, and roasted garlic. Nourishing, delicious, and full of flavor! 
 
Ohhh the classic sweet potato casserole. Many Thanksgiving tables would not feel complete without it.

But we’re gonna do it a little different this time and take the savory route. As everyone who has ever sat down to a traditional Thanksgiving table knows, typically the sweet potato side dish leans toward the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum. Ingredients like maple syrup, pecans, marshmallows (no offense but I just can’t with that last one), are the usual suspects.

This recipe swaps those sweet ingredients out for more savory, punchy ones like parmesan cheese and roasted garlic. And because you still have the natural sweetness of the sweet potato you end up with a dish that hits every single note on your palate. <– YES!

If you want you can call me a rule breaker, but I’m gonna be a rule breaker taking giant bites of this delicious twice baked garlic parmesan sweet potato casserole, so I ain’t made about it 😉

This twice baked garlic parmesan sweet potato casserole is a savory twist on a classic autumn side dish. Made with smooth and luscious sweet potatoes, parmesan cheese, and roasted garlic. Nourishing, delicious, and full of flavor! 

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