Gifts for the Kiddos

Gift Guide for Toddlers and Babies1 Corolle Doll // 2 Easel // 3 Lion Umbrella // 4 Cow Apron // 5 Farm Wooden Puzzle // 6 Lucy Owl Stuffed Animal // 7 Flamingo Stuffed Animal // 8 Baby Doll Stroller // 9 Musical Egg Baby Rattle // 10 Pony Tails Soft Book // 11 Wooden Name Stool // 12 Wooden Animal Blocks // 13 Tutu and Headband // 14 Bibbie Bow Holder // 15 BlaBla Kids Lamb Pillow // 16 Finger Paint Set // 17 B. Toys Activity Block 

I am so excited about Christmas this year! At 20 months, Grace is still too young to understand about Santa (or at least I think she is?!) but she definitely understands the concept of opening presents! Here are a few things on her wish list and a few things she currently loves that would be the perfect gift for your little one under the tree.

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Avocado, Grapefruit, Beet, Walnut + Goat Cheese Winter Salad {For Two}

Avocado, Grapefruit, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad | Plum Pie

I am sure that I am breaking some sort of blogging rule by posting a salad recipe on a Friday. Salads are for Mondays after you have been eating crap all weekend long and you decide, Oh, it’s Monday, I am going to eat salads all week but then you only eat salad on Monday. For lunch. Since it is the holiday season, I was just thinking that maybe you are entertaining and just dying for a show stopping salad recipe. Or maybe you are procrastinating at work and trying to plan dinner for next week. Or maybe you are a person with self control and eats salad all week and on the weekends, too (what is your secret?!)

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Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

The best coffee table books to give as gifts!

Row One: Antiquaires // The Big Book of the Hamptons // Windows at Bergdorf Goodman // Tory Burch in Color
Row Two: Glamorous Rooms // Places to Go, People to See // Lanvin // Tom Ford
Row Three: Edible Selby // Mexico: The Cookbook // Vanity Fair: 100 Years // The Big Book of Chic
Row Four: Dinner Diaries // Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People // Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun // Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent

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Gift Guide: For the Entertainer

Gift Guide for the Entertainer + Ultimate Hostess | Plum Pie

1 Cheese Board // 2 Biscuit Home Cocktail Napkins // 3 Camille Styles Entertaining Book // 4 Jo Malone Travel Candles // 5 Tom Dixon Bone Napkin Rings // 6 Dinner Parties Book // 7 Stationery // 8 Lafco Soap + Candle Set // 9 Heart Nesting Bowls // 10 Tory Burch Soaps // 11 Cocktail Glasses // 12 Waylande Gregory Salt + Pepper Shakers // 13 Gold Leopard Coasters // 14 Anchor Bottle Opener 

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Roasted Chicken Stock

Homemade Roasted Chicken Stock | Plum Pie

We go through at least one rotisserie chicken every week. It makes for a quick protein with some veggie sides when you have 30 minutes to get dinner ready and a toddler pulling at your leg. I use it in all kinds of bakes like this quinoa bake or these white enchiladas or Andrew’s favorite, this jambalaya. And the easiest thing to make with leftover chicken is roasted chicken stock, of course. Throughout the week, I keep a bag in the freezer where I put picked apart rotisserie chicken bones, onion skins, and herbs that I don’t want to waste. I’ll put the ends of green onions or leeks, the leaves from celery and the peel of carrots or the half used box of mushrooms.

Homemade Roasted Chicken Stock | Plum Pie

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Chipotle Pimento Cheese

Spicy, Creamy Chipotle Pimento Cheese | Plum Pie

It’s pretty clear that we love pimento cheese around here. I mean this is the second pimento cheese recipe I have posted in less than a year. Pimento cheese is a staple in most southern households and growing up, you usually could find pimento cheese or chicken salad in the fridge at my house. But I never really was a fan of pimento cheese until after I was pregnant. It is so strange how your tastes can change after having a baby! Now I can’t get enough…clearly.

Spicy, Creamy Chipotle Pimento Cheese | Plum Pie

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Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing | Plum Pie

I hope that everyone isn’t already over pumpkin recipes because I have the best one. Yep. Delicious, cinnamon-spiked pumpkin cake covered in cream cheese frosting. I’m sorry that I have been sitting on this one for weeks. I’ve been meaning to post the recipe but have no excuse. In all honesty, I made this in the middle of September and again at the beginning of October. Oh, and again at the end of October. I’ve been so busy eating pumpkin bars that I clearly have had no time to post the recipe!
Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing | Plum Pie

I’ve made a lot of pumpkin recipes this fall much to my husband’s dismay. He claims he isn’t a fan of pumpkin but continues to “try” recipes over and over again. The so-called pumpkin haters in my house have not deterred me from making many pumpkin treats. I’ve made chocolate chip pumpkin bread and roasted butternut squash orrechiette. There’s been pumpkin cornbread (recipe coming soon) and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. And I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to Fall (read: pumpkin) recipes.

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Eleven + Twelve Month Baby Favorites

I know I say this every month, but this age is so much fun! Gracie is really loving playing with toys, doing anything involving water, and hanging out outside. She still played with most of her toys from months nine and ten and was mainly interested in things that were not toys such as iphones, remote controls, toilet paper, etc. Here are a few of her (and my) other favorites for months eleven and twelve:

Eleven + Twelve Month Baby Favorites

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