8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

It’s pie season! Each year I ever so carefully assemble the ingredients for the pies at our family Thanksgiving. We are a mighty gathering of four people, and each year I somehow manage to make at least six pies. It makes no sense and I think it drives my mom crazy to have all that leftover pie hanging out in the fridge for days after Thanksgiving, but my brother and I use it as an excuse to eat pie for breakfast. There are worse things. I normally stick to a pretty solid rotation of pies for the holiday :: two pumpkin pies, one deep dish apple pie, and a pecan pie. Last year, I added this chocolate crust pumpkin pie to the rotation to mix things up, but this year I’m contemplating adding something a little different but still traditional. I love the idea of having another fruity pie on the table, but maybe something like a lemon cream or coconut would do good as well. I’m doing a #pieweek over on Instagram for the next few days and am tallying up votes for which additional pie I should make. Suggestions are welcome if you have a family favorite or a recipe you’ve been dying to try! Happy weekend!

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Rhubarb Raspberry Streusel Tart with Lavender Whipped Cream from Wit & Delight

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Fig and Lemon Cream Tart from Hummingbird High

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Chocolate Pecan Slab Pie from Camille Styles

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie from A Cozy Kitchen

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Gluten Free Bourbon Cherry Pie from The Bojon Gourmet

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Lemon and Earl Grey Tart with Buttermilk Chantilly from Hint of Vanilla

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie from This Brown Kitchen

8 best pie recipes to try this Thanksgiving

Hawaij Apple Pie with Cardamom Whipped Cream from My Name is Yeh

I did a juice cleanse and this is what happened.

I did a juice cleanse with Juice So Good and this is what happened. | This Brown Kitchen

I’m one of those people who’s willing to try any wellness trend at least once. Hey, I don’t want to write any idea off until I try it myself. So suffice to say, when the Juice So Good team reached out and asked if I wanted to try one of their juice cleanses I of course said yes. For someone who is a proclaimed juice-lover, I’ve never actually done a juice cleanse before. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to try, but I never got around to it. And truth be told, the idea always kinda scared me. Could I – someone who freaking loves food – go three days without eating anything and sustaining myself off juice?? Turns out I can and I did. For y’alls reading pleasure, I have here my thoughts throughout my cleansing experience.

Monday

830am – Literally spent 5 minutes trying to open my bottle of green juice. Is this some kind of foreshadowing for how this cleanse is going to go?
1245pm – Wow I’m not actually hungry yet, maybe I have more will-power than I thought. I do miss my midday snack though.
2pm – This lemon cayenne juice is straight FIRE. (in the best way possible)
410pm – Okay. I couldn’t even finish this beet juice because I’m so full from drinking liquids all day. Who knew I could make it even this long without eating??
626pm – So this is when I should be eating dinner. Instead I’m drinking a cashew milk. I mean it’s good cashew milk but now I kinda wish I could eat food off of a plate.
804pm – I just drank so much tea to keep myself from remembering how this is my late evening snack time. Mmmmm snacks.

Tuesday

745am – WHY AM I SO TIRED. I feel like I’m wearing foggy goggles and could probably stay in bed and sleep for another 8 hours. Y THO.
830am – Okay green juice. Give me life. I need all the life.
940am – Alrighty I’m feeling better after that sunshine juice – but man I wouldn’t mind having a sandwich right now. Mmmmm. Bread.
1137am – I don’t want this beet juice. But I need to drink this.
142pm – This Cayenne Lemonade is everything. I love this drink. I feel like it cleanses my soul.
242pm – All about this green tea. I feel like Kermit when I drink tea. Like I’m sippin’ on that tea.
445pm – Carrot juice. Yes. It’s like my favorite vegetable – I basically consider this an orange super juice.
629pm – YAAAAS CASHEW MILK. This stuff is liquid gold literally bless the juice mavens.
813pm – Okay. I. Am. Hungry. It only took my two days to feel actually hungry and now I would like a pizza. But I just have to get through tomorrow. UGHHHH.

Wednesday

725am – While I am actually hungry, I do feel light and airy and like I could rule the world.
847am – Green juice yes. While I am sipping this I am plotting my breakfast tomorrow. Eggs and avocados and bread I cannot wait.
1130am – I AM HUNGRY.
1257pm – Literally I have to get through only half a day more. Cayenne Lemonade fuel me now!!!
114pm – Legit will continue making this lemonade for myself because I’m addicted now.
337pm – What if I make a grilled cheese tomorrow?
520pm – Boiling up this quinoaaaaa, packing up this tupperwareeee, getting ready for tomorrow’s bowllllll.
647pm – The last cashew milk. I will miss you most of all, dear friend.
858pm – I’m going to sleep now so I don’t think about food and make it through the night.

I did a juice cleanse with Juice So Good and this is what happened. | This Brown Kitchen

I actually quite enjoyed the experience and was surprised by how far I got without feeling actively hungry. I did realize how often I do snack as a form of filling the time when I didn’t have the option to, and maybe that’s because I work from home and the kitchen is always right there. I woke up on the morning after my cleanse feeling refreshed but also ready to eat. You don’t really appreciate the joy of foods until you cut them out, but now I love and am trying to be more present about the foods I eat and the process of eating. Would I do it again? Sure. But not for a while. Maybe at some point in the new year I’ll plan for another juice cleanse, but like I said in my Instagram stories, I don’t think a juice cleanse should be a long term practice and isn’t a long term fix. I think it’s a great wellness practice that can really help you reset in your health practices and makes you super aware of your daily practices. So here I am – one juice cleanse deep, and feeling ready to take on the world.

Thanks to Juice So Good for providing me with their 3 Day Juice Cleanse!

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a beautiful tablescape with cheetah is the new black

Hello from Minneapolis! I know, I was just here less than two weeks ago – but I’m back again for work and boy has the weather has gotten even colder in that short amount of time. (I even packed my heavier winter coats just so I would have an excuse to wear them this year!)

While in town, I’m also getting to catch up with some of my favorite people that I didn’t catch on my last trip and I am so excited! I know it’s only been 4 months since I left, but when you leave a city that has come to feel like home, leaving the people that made it feel that way is even harder. Speaking of home, in just another week and a half I’ll be back in the best state ever – TEXAS. I’m going to be spending 48 whole days in the Lone Star State over the holidays. The last time I spent that much time at home was three years ago for summer vacay – isn’t that so crazy?? I’m hoping that I can really deck out my parents house with all the holiday trimmings and be my most festive self. YAY for the holiday season! (:

Hope y’all have a wonderful week, and here are some of my favorite links from this past month from around the web ::

I did a juice cleanse! Can’t wait to share my hilarious recount of all the thoughts I had during those 3 days.

How 5 successful women start their workdays. My kinda morning inspo.

I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Chickpea Curry on Camille Styles and it’s now a new fave in my dinner rotation.

Loved getting to put together this amazing cheeseboard for a chic and spooky dinner party set-up (pictured above – get more deets!)

This illustration is the sweetest.

I need a slice (or two!) of this chocolate coconut pumpkin bread ASAP.

31 ideas to feel better for when you’re having a bad day – my go-to idea is to organize everything!

This might just be the cutest way to cook pumpkins this season.

Already planning for Thanksgiving dinner – this recipe might make an appearance as a side dish.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’m still searching for the perfect pie recipe to try, what’s your favorite?

bulletproof coffee

a bulletproof coffee recipe with camerons coffee | this brown kitchen

a bulletproof coffee recipe with camerons coffee | this brown kitchen

Can y’all even believe that we’re at the end of October?? I feel like every year we reach this point and I become all reminiscent of the fact that time moved so quickly and we somehow ended up at the holidays. What are y’all going to be for Halloween? Last year I was Dr. Mindy Lahiri and I have yet to think of a costume that is as simple and fun as that one was for me, (ehem, all I had to do was buy a doctor’s coat!) so suggestions are welcome! I’m will not be going out for Halloween this year either, as the morning after I have to catch a 6am flight back to Minneapolis. So I will be in bed early after watching It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and eating some of my Chocolate Quinoa Bark. Also – after finishing my juice cleanse this week, I am finally reunited with my one true love – coffee. So I’m super excited to share this recipe for one of my favorite ways to take my Cameron’s Coffee :: in bulletproof form. Now that the weather has cooled down a smidge here in California, I feel like I can finally start drinking some hot coffee here and there. Now don’t get me wrong, I am an Iced Coffee/Cold Brew gal through and through, but there is something super special about waking up to that chilly and crisp air and cozy-ing up to a hot brew. 

a bulletproof coffee recipe with camerons coffee | this brown kitchen

a bulletproof coffee recipe with camerons coffee | this brown kitchen

I’ve been working my way through the different blends that Cameron’s Coffee sent me, and while the Organic French Roast has been my favorite, I just brewed up the Organic Sumatra Blend this last weekend and it was amaaaazing. It was just the right amount of rich and earthy in flavor but not overwhelmingly so when drinking it black. Since I normally take my coffee with some kind of milk or cream, the fact that I could drink this coffee with minimal cream was super nice, which is why I ended up making my Bulletproof Coffee with this blend. So, Bulletproof Coffee. You’ve probably heard of it or seen it in some cheesy list of health and wellness trends you should try. While this style of coffee has gained a certain amount of notoriety for being the coffee that uber healthy people drink, it really couldn’t be simpler to make at home and actually does pack some wonderful health benefits to it as well. In it’s trendy origin, Bulletproof Coffee was a mix of coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil. Since its popularization, it’s turned to a general mixture of coffee with healthy fats which is much more my speed as if you’re drinking this every single morning, MCT oil can start to add up in the bank account. So what are the health benefits of drinking Bulletproof Coffee? Starting your day with this kind of drink helps give you an extra dose of energy with your coffee, gets in a good helping of healthy fats first thing in the day, and can help with improved cognitive function. So this is where my nerdy self gets super excited about health functions. Your brain needs healthy fats to function at its best. Since our brains are composed of mostly fat, fueling yourself with healthy fats can help your brain work better as it encourages ketosis, which provides energy to our brains and stimulates an increased production of neurotransmitters that play a role in our learning and memory. And if nothing else, coffee tastes super good with that extra creamy layer to it!

a bulletproof coffee recipe with camerons coffee | this brown kitchen

So my version is a little different than a normal Bulletproof Coffee because I add a spoonful of spices to it for some additional benefits in my cup. I add about a teaspoon or so of my chai spice mix which is just a blend of ground cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pepper, cloves, and nutmeg, but you can use any spice blend that you prefer. I also use ghee instead of straight grass-fed butter, but again, totally up to you depending on what you have on hand, and I also add a heaping spoonful of coconut cream because I’m obsessed with that white gold. So you’ll just toss all of the ingredients into a blender with the coffee, blend for a few minutes so you get that frothy top and your morning will be set. Give it a try, let me know what you think, and share your favorite ways to brew with me!


bulletproof coffee recipe

makes 2 cups of coffee

ingredients ::

16 oz hot brewed coffee (I like the Organic Sumatra Blend)
2 tbsp melted ghee
1 1/2 tsp chai spice
2 tbsp coconut cream

directions ::

  1. add all of the ingredients into a blender. blend on medium-high speed for about 1 – 2 minutes until everything is combined.
  2. pour into serving mugs. enjoy!

Thanks to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post!