[Mini] Pecan-Crust Sweet Potato Pies

Whenever I’m asked to choose my favorite holiday, I’ll quickly say “Thanksgiving.” There are so many things that I love about Thanksgiving- the food (of course), the traditions, spending time with loved ones and the excitement of the Christmas season right around the corner. Sadly, I wasn’t been able to spend the holiday with my family last year and won’t be able to again next week but I’m lucky enough to have some great friends to share the day with.

Greg and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year- and we’re pretty excited about it! It will be our first holiday in our new house and it will be nice to experience and share some of our favorite traditions here with our friends. We’re doing it pot-luck style and everyone is bringing a few different dishes. As I was sitting here thinking of what to prepare (besides a gigantic turkey!), I pondered upon a few different dessert ideas. To me, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving unless you end the meal with pie (or, preferably, a few different types of pie!). I wanted to make something that’s somewhat traditional – and give it a bit of a facelift. My mind immediately went to two different types of pie: sweet potato and pecan. Then I thought- why don’t I combine the two?

For me, my least favorite part of a pie is the crust: it’s all about the filling. I wanted to create a recipe where the crust was every bit as delicious as the filling- a pie that had delicious, harmonious flavor in every bite. I think I achieved it with this recipe. ;)

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Currently: November 2014

Happy Monday, friends! We’re already half-way through the month, so it seemed like a good day for a Currently post. Before we get started, here’s a photo from my snowy hike yesterday.

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It was all of 30 degrees out, but it seemed like a heat wave compared to the weather we had last week!

Currently: November

Current books: Nothing at the moment, but I ordered Andy Cohen’s new book from Amazon the other day (which is supposed to arrive tomorrow).

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I also ordered his first book, which I (sadly) didn’t even know existed until recently. I love Andy Cohen and think he’s the most talented person on television!

Current music: I’ve been listening to a lot of Shovels & Rope (and saw them in concert last night). They were amazing- and I was out until midnight (which is crazy, considering I usually go to bed at 10 pm, even on weekends).


Current guilty pleasure: I was going to list this song for the answer above, but the amount of times that I listen to “Stay With Me” each day (and sing at the top of my lungs) has totally turned it into a guilty pleasure. 

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Beauty Faves & Hair Washing

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Hello! Brrr... it is COLD and snowy here in Colorado. I'm starting to get used to the bi-polar weather we have here- I think. I went from hiking in capris and a tank top one day to freezing in a down coat the next (I'm more of a fan of the … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

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For as dominant as my sweet tooth is, it's also very particular. I love ice cream (and my favorite is vanilla bean!)- but don't care too much for most types of cake. I am a total dark chocolate addict, but am not crazy about it in the form of cake or … [Continue reading]

Currently: October 2014

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Whoa- two posts in a week... can you believe it?! Because I will be rambling enough down below, let's just get right into it: Currently: October Current books: I recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and can confidently say that it's my … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 5 Months [or 22 Weeks] Post-Op (!!)

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It's October 20th- which means that it's been exactly five months since I had ACL Reconstruction Surgery (and tomorrow will mark exactly 22 weeks). Honestly, that's pretty hard for me to wrap my head around! I know that I say this in every post, but … [Continue reading]

Bodypump 91 Review

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It has been a loooooong time since I wrote a Bodypump Review, and I vowed to get back into doing so with the latest Bodypump release. Even though my gym launched Bodypump 91 almost four weeks ago, I know that most other clubs are just now getting … [Continue reading]

Creamy Delicata + Apple Soup

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As much as I've tried to hang on to summer (and make it last forever) I've decided to finally let go. Fall is here- and that's not a bad thing. Even though I'd forever state that summer is my favorite season, fall probably comes in a close second. … [Continue reading]

Currently: September 2014

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TGIF! Man, September has been a whirlwind of a month! Greg was traveling during the first two weeks and the day after he got back I set off for Maryland for a week and a half. I had to fly to Baltimore for work (for Expo East) but went a few days … [Continue reading]

Tipsy Peach Smoothie

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Prior to living in Colorado, I didn't realize that peaches were something that the state was known for. Like many people, I automatically associate peaches with Georgia (although Maryland has some delicious ones as well!). I've come to find out that … [Continue reading]