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10 Literary Quotes about Gratitude

We’re a mere couple weeks away from Thanksgiving…and in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season.

If you’ve just been on overdrive these last few weeks, take a moment and enjoy these gratitude quotes, pulled from a few famous authors and books. Use them on your Thanksgiving table or hang them on your wall as a reminder to be thankful for what you have, what you’ve learned and every little experience that has brought you here.

10 Literary Quotes about Gratitude

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody…even one’s own relations.
–Oscar Wilde

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…my wealth is not possession, but enjoyment.
–Henry David Thoreau

PROUST

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
–W.T. Purkiser

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
–Alphonse Karr

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–Roy T. Bennett

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
–Maya Angelou

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
–Neal A. Maxwell

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Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.
–Steve Maraboli

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10 Amazing Apple Recipes

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away…and we are smack dab at the forefront of apple season! This is my favorite time of year, when honeycrisps and pink lady apples are available in abundance.

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While it’s easy to turn apples into a pie or a treat on a stick, there are tons of other ways you can put fresh apples to use. From easy baked desserts to delicious fall drinks, here are 10 amazing apple recipes to get you in the spirit of the season!

10 Amazing Apple Recipes

French Apple Tartlets

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Applepom Fizz

1

Caramel Apple Cider

2

Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Apples

3

Dried Apples

4

Apple Pie Smoothie

5

Apple Cider Churros

6

Apple Cider Pops

7

Apple Pie Pop Tarts

8

Healthy Apple Crisp

9

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Braised Short Ribs with Cilantro Slaw

My first introduction to Matty Matheson was this MUNCHIES video for Braised Short Ribs.

It was basically love at first sight.

First of all, I wish I loved anything as much as Matty Matheson loves food. I mean just look at the joy on his face! Second of all, he’s literally the most colorful man I’ve ever seen. He’s like a big, loveable, cuddly coloring book.

As a lover of Cholula hot sauce and basically any meat that’s cooked low and slow, I bookmarked this recipe and continued my deep dive into the rest of Matheson’s videos.

It wasn’t until the first frost hit Chicago a few weekends ago that I decided it was time to finally bust out this recipe. Full of amazing flavor and stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness, this Braised Short Ribs recipe is just as good as it looks. Serve it with the homemade slaw and some salt and vinegar chips for a hearty, rich meal that is certain to warm you, body and soul.

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Braised Short Ribs with Cilantro Slaw

*Based on Braised Short Rib Sandwich Recipe, courtesy of MUNCHIES

Ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 poblano, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 3 bay leaves, dried
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 (6-inch) long short ribs (about 3 pounds)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (5-ounce) bottle Cholula® Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (I used an IPA)
  • 4 cups beef stock

For Slaw

  • 1 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat the oven to 325°F. Place garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño, poblano, carrot, onion, and celery in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Tie the cilantro and parsley sprigs together with string. Set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the ribs all over with salt and pepper and cook, turning as needed, until brown all over, about 10 minutes. Set aside on a plate.

Add chopped vegetables to the saucepan and cook until soft and the liquid has evaporated, about 20 to 25 minutes (it’s gonna start smelling amazing in your kitchen). Stir in the tomato paste and cook 2 minutes more.

Add the Cholula® Original Hot Sauce (yup, the WHOLE thing) and cook 2 minutes longer.

Add the beer and beef stock and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Again, I used IPA, but a stout or porter would also be really good here.

Return the short ribs to the saucepan. Top with herb bundle and dried bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, then place in the oven. Cook until the ribs are soft, about 3 hours.

For slaw, toss all of the ingredients together in a bowl about an hour before you’re ready to serve. Cover and refrigerate until ready to plate.

Remove the ribs from the oven and set aside (remove and discard the bones). Strain the liquid, discarding the solids. Place the liquid back into the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick and reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Roughly chop the rib meat and toss in the reduced sauce. Stuff into toasted buns and top each with the slaw. Serve immediately.

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13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Let’s take a minute and talk about the beauty that is the cast iron skillet.

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It can be used to make dinner, desserts, dips and so much more. Cleaning is a breeze, and really, the more you use it, the nicer it is to you. It really is a staple in any kitchen and is the best way for cooking bacon, chicken and even biscuits!

But that’s not all you can do…here are 13 clever things to make in your cast iron skillet!

13 Clever Things to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

Pecan Apple Dutch Baby

1

Country Egg Skillet

2

Veggie Pot Pie

3

Chocolate Cinnamon Skillet Brownie

4

Monster Skillet Cookie

5

Apple Pie Skillet Cobbler

6

Skillet Drop Biscuits

7

Curry Bread with Cheesy Dip

8

Strawberry Nectarine Skillet Crisp

9

Skillet Cookie

10

Garlic Lover’s Pizza

11

Refried Bean Dip

12

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pasta

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9 Heartwarming Fall Soups

Once the first day of fall hits, all I want to do is bust out my slow cooker and fill my home with the smells of homemade soups. Creamy squash soups or hearty meat soups, there’s nothing that won’t hit the spot on a cool, blistery fall day.

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These tasty fall soups have a little something for everyone…best of all, you can add or subtract ingredients as needed. A healthy and no-stress meal that will appease the whole family, these tasty fall soups are all you need to get in the spirit of the season.

9 Heartwarming Fall Soups

Beef Barley Soup

beef and barley

Creamy Autumn Squash Soup

squash

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle

Vegetable Soup

veggie

Curry Corn Chowder

curry lime

Butternut Squash Soup

soup

Lasagna Soup

lasagna

Tortellini Soup

tortallini

Chicken and Dumplings Soup

biscuits

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13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

As soon as the first leaf falls from the tree, I’m ready for Halloween. Pumpkins galore, Beetlejuice on REPEAT and the perfect excuse to eat Reese’s pumpkins without the guilt.

I also love making my home as cozy as possible in fall and winter, which means it’s time to bust out those crochet hooks! These adorable crocheted Halloween patterns will add a warm charm to your home while adding a touch of seasonal flair!

Best of all, most of these projects can be made in an hour or less…so pop in Hocus Pocus, put some apple cider on the stove, and get to crocheting these cute projects for Halloween.

13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

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  1. Spider Web Table Mat
  2. Crochet Cat Trio
  3. Bloodshot Eyeball Pillows
  4. Crocheted Spider
  5. Day of the Dead Candy Bowls (paid pattern)
  6. Mini Frankenstein Monster
  7. Crocheted Pumpkins
  8. Candy Corn Garland
  9. Trick or Treat Bag
  10. Ghost Coasters
  11. Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn
  12. Sweet on the Inside Crocheted Ghost
  13. Candy Bar Clutch

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12 Sexy Cinnamon Recipes

Nothing gets me in the mood for fall like a whiff of a cinnamon treat baking in the oven. Whether it’s cookies or a coffee cake, anything is made instantly better with a dash of cinnamon!

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Get in the spirit of the season with these 12 sexy cinnamon recipes, great for filling your home with amazing autumn aromas.

12 Sexy Cinnamon Recipes

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rugelach

rugulah

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

donuts

Easy Cinnamon Apple Crisp

cobbler

Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Apple Chips

apple chips

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

cinnamon cake

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

bread pudding

Cinnamon Leche

milk

Apple and Cinnamon Tray Bake

apple cake

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

frosting

Cinnamon Swirl Almond Bread

cinnamon swirl cake

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites

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