Apple Pie Pizza

Apple Pie and Pizza. Two things you don’t typically combine… but, I promise that these little apple pie pizzas will be a hit this fall!

This quick and easy dessert is perfect for fall! Apple Pie Pizza is made using canned biscuits! #delicious #fall #apple #dessert #applepie #fingerfood

 

I love to eat apples all year long, but this time of year, the local apples are in season and they just have such a sweet flavor, that I have to take advantage of using apples in as many recipes as I can—in addition to just slicing and eating them raw…

Apple Pie Pizza… a quick and easy dessert

These are a perfect finger food… and a quick, easy dessert to make for Thanksgiving—an unexpected twist on the traditional apple pie.

This quick and easy dessert is perfect for fall! Apple Pie Pizza is made using canned biscuits! #delicious #fall #apple #dessert #applepie #fingerfood

Open the package of refrigerated biscuits, pull in half (so that you have twice as many biscuits, just half as thick).

Sprinkle cheese on top of biscuit dough.

This quick and easy dessert is perfect for fall! Apple Pie Pizza is made using canned biscuits! #delicious #fall #apple #dessert #applepie #fingerfood

Add diced apples on top of cheese.

Top with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oat mixture

Apple Pie Pizza Recipe


Apple Pie Pizza

  • 1 package, refrigerated biscuits (5 counts)
  • Colby jack cheese
  • 2 apples, diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • cinnamon to taste
  • ¼ cup quick oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Open the package of refrigerated biscuits, pull in half (so that you have twice as many biscuits, just half as thick).

Sprinkle cheese on top of biscuit dough.

Add diced apples on top of cheese.

Top with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oat mixture

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.


 

This quick and easy dessert is perfect for fall! Apple Pie Pizza is made using canned biscuits! #delicious #fall #apple #dessert #applepie #fingerfood

 

So even though we aren’t quite to Thanksgiving yet, I decided to try these out as part of a mini party for my kids, my nieces, and nephew to decorate pumpkins that I am going to use for my Thanksgiving tablescape… and, of course, to enjoy all autumn.  I say mini party because every time the kids get together and have fun, just creating memories as a family, it truly is like a party…

How to make your own painted pumpkins

I bought several small pumpkins and gourds, of all colors and sizes, some craft paint, and of course, glitter.

Make your own painted pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving... such a fun craft for fall! #pumpkin #paintedpumpkin #glitterpumpkin #homedecor #falldecorations #thanksgiving #halloween #autumn

I chose the colors that I knew that I wanted to match the type of decorating that I wanted to do and what I thought would go nicely on my Thanksgiving table.

…and let the kids choose how they wanted to paint and/or decorate their pumpkins. Make your own painted pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving... such a fun craft for fall! #pumpkin #paintedpumpkin #glitterpumpkin #homedecor #falldecorations #thanksgiving #halloween #autumn

*By the way, we used small paper plates to put the paint on, so each child had their own “paint pallet,” and the table is covered with a cheap, plastic table cover, so clean up is super easy!

I think they came out very nicely…

Make your own painted pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving... such a fun craft for fall! #pumpkin #paintedpumpkin #glitterpumpkin #homedecor #falldecorations #thanksgiving #halloween #autumn

Thanksgiving Tablescape idea

And we also painted some leaves, pine cones, and acorns for fun accents… and it all looks quite pretty on my Thanksgiving table…

Thanksgiving Tablescape // Make your own painted pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving... such a fun craft for fall! #pumpkin #paintedpumpkin #glitterpumpkin #homedecor #falldecorations #thanksgiving #halloween #autumn
Thanksgiving Tablescape // Make your own painted pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving... such a fun craft for fall! #pumpkin #paintedpumpkin #glitterpumpkin #homedecor #falldecorations #thanksgiving #halloween #autumnWishing your family a very “Thankful, Grateful, Blessed” Thanksgiving…

An Attitude of Gratitude

Being Grateful All Year Long

Being Grateful All Year Long

Every year during the month of November, we see the 30 days of thankfulness challenge… and that’s wonderful. I know that with Thanksgiving coming up, I am typically more mindful of all the people and things in my life that I am thankful for as well. With Thanksgiving less than one week away, here is a great idea to get kids (and adults!) in a more thankful frame of mind: Make a Thankful Tree.

Work on this during Thanksgiving week with the kids or have a few leaves at each place setting and as you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, have each person write what they are thankful for on one or two leaves and decorate the Thankful Tree together as a family.

Really easy– and inexpensive– to do:

  • Gather a few small branches or twigs from trees in your yard
  • Arrange in a large vase
  • Make leaves out of construction paper or card stock (click here for a leaf pattern)
  • Punch small hole at one end
  • Tie strings in approximately 1″ loops to hang on branches
Photo via: hallmark.com

Photo via: hallmark.com

This can be used as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or just a beautiful autumn decoration. I really also like that you can use this leaf pattern, or any festive leaves that you cut out, in several decorative ways.  Use as: place cards, labels for food at an hor d’oeuvre table, tie around the stem of a wine glass as name cards.

Photo via: hallmark.com

Photo via: hallmark.com

 

While it is important to have a thankful heart around Thanksgiving, I want to make a concerted effort to display this gratitude all year long– for 365 days in a year.  Start each day with an attitude of gratitude.

So how do you keep a thankful heart every day of the year?  Life gets busy and it is so easy to get bogged down with all of the things that make us unhappy, rather than focusing on all of the good that is present in our lives every day.  Here is a list of ten ways to keep a thankful heart and attitude throughout the entire year:

  1. Read a daily devotional, like Our Daily Bread
  2. Subscribe to a daily email that is inspirational or motivational, such as The Daily Quotes or Daily Inspiring Quotes
  3.  Keep a thankful journal
  4.  Volunteer at a local hospital, retirement home, or community center
  5.  Serve food at a local soup kitchen
  6.  Donate gently used items to charity
  7.  Thank God for all the blessings in your life, each and every day
  8.  Say “Thank you” to others often
  9.  Smile more
  10. Speak positively rather than focusing on the negative