Hot Cocoa Station

Hot Cocoa Station

Tis the season for hot cocoa! Warm up and embrace the Christmas season by creating a customizable hot cocoa station in your home with a decadent slow cooker hot cocoa recipe.

Hot Cocoa

What are the holidays without a cup of rich, decadent hot cocoa?! It’s a beverage synonymous with Christmas, and perfect for those cold snowy days of winter. One sip, warms the soul and makes you feel instantly cozy inside.

As much as I love a cup of hot cocoa, it may be the hot cocoa toppings that are the best part of this winter drink.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

So, I thought I would share with you how to create a hot cocoa station that includes not just the delicious hot cocoa, but all the toppings too! It’s a fun way to serve hot cocoa for family movie night, a Christmas party, children’s birthday party, or even an adult holiday gathering. I promise you, adults will love this just as much as the kids!

Cocoa Station

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Welcome to the first Fabulous Friday Link Party Blog Hop!

The Fabulous Friday Link Party is a place for bloggers to link their best posts every Friday and potentially get featured the following week. The Link Party has now extended its presence to some bloggers who link up regularly. Today the 6 hosts and 6 talented bloggers are launching their 1st Fabulous Friday Blog Hop. Follow along to see all of the amazing Christmas entertaining inspiration.

All the links to the hosts and their featured blogger friends are at the end of the blog.

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How to Set Up a Hot Cocoa Station

The Hot Cocoa Station Base

I began creating our hot cocoa station, by starting with a base. I placed a plaid red & white table runner down on the counter, and then placed an old vintage wooden sled on top of that. The sled helped to add height to our station, and added cute Christmas nostalgia to the hot cocoa station as well!

Hot Cocoa Station

Pro Tip: After bringing the sled out of storage, I did make sure to clean the wooden sled with hot soapy water a couple of times, since food was being placed on and around it.

Hot Cocoa

Cups for Drinking Hot Cocoa

For your hot cocoa station, you can choose to use disposable hot paper cups, regular coffee mugs, or maybe a combination of both. I have disposable hot paper cups next to our hot cocoa but I also have coffee mugs on the shelf above it.

Hot Cocoa Station

Disposable paper cups are convenient because guests can easily throw them away when done, and most importantly…you won’t have to wash a bunch of dishes after the party. There are really cute disposable Christmas hot paper cups available. I found our disposable hot cocoa cups at the Target dollar spot for only $3.

Cups for Hot Cocoa

These disposable hot paper cups would be a cute addition to a hot cocoa station as well.

Hot Cocoa Station

The Hot Cocoa

The most important part of a hot cocoa station, the hot cocoa!

Now, you could have instant hot cocoa at your station with hot water available to guests to make their own, instant hot chocolate. However, I have the easiest and most delicious hot cocoa recipe that literally takes minutes to mix together, cooks for a few hours in the crock pot, and tastes absolutely incredible.

Hot Chocolate

You and your guests will love this decadent hot cocoa recipe. Recipe included at the end of this blog post!

Hot Cocoa

I placed our crockpot full of hot cocoa on one side of the sled, next to the cups for serving. Guests can easily fill their cups with a soup ladle placed in the hot chocolate filled crockpot.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Cocoa Toppings

The most fun part of any hot cocoa station is the toppings! The hot cocoa toppings you serve are completely customizable to what you and your guests love to add on top of the hot cocoa.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

Topping Ideas for Hot Cocoa Station

  • Marshmallows
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Whipped Cream
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Wafers
  • Mint Bits
  • Toffee Bits
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Truffles
  • Meringues
  • Sprinkles
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sno-caps
  • Course Sea Salt
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
Hot Chocolate Toppings

Supplies Needed for Displaying Hot Cocoa Toppings

Hot Cocoa Printable Tags

How to Display Hot Cocoa Toppings

Tie red & white baker’s twine around the top of each jar. I circled the twine around each jar about 4 times, to ensure a full red & white affect. Pull the twine taut and tie a knot. Make sure to leave long ends to be able to tie a tag to the jar.

Download and print your free hot cocoa topping tags here!

Hot Cocoa Printables

Cut out printable tags, and then punch a hole in each tag to thread twine through. Place a tag on each jar, tying a bow around the tag with the twine for a whimsical touch. Trim twine ends for a finished look.

Hot Cocoa Station

Add toppings to corresponding jars.

Pro Tip: Use the tall canning jars for taller toppings, and the shorter jars for smaller topping pieces.

Arrange the topping filled jars on and around the sled, keeping shorter jars at closer reach for little hands.

Hot Cocoa Bar

Add scoops or spoons to the jars for scooping or place them off to the side for people to easily grab and scoop toppings.

Hot Cocoa Station

You can even add some fun holiday Christmas lights to your station for an even more fun and whimsical touch! The little Christmas tree lights added such a festive glow, and I loved the little pop of green they provided! Here’s a similar strand of lights you could use at your hot chocolate station.

Hot Cocoa Station

Hot Cocoa Station Sign or Banner

A hot cocoa station is not complete without a sign or banner!

Cocoa Banner

I found this adorable “Cocoa” banner at Target which I hung from peg hooks above our hot cocoa station.

Here are some other super cute banners that would be the perfect addition to your hot cocoa station.

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More Christmas Inspiration

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Christmas Décor

There is even more Christmas inspiration at the end of this post from my blogging friends. Be sure to check out their amazing Christmas entertaining ideas!

Hot Cocoa Mugs

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Crockpot Hot Cocoa

Course: BeverageCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

cups
Prep Time

5

minutes
Cooking Time

6

hours 
Calories

485

kcal
Total time

6

hours 

5

minutes

Rich & decadent hot cocoa made with only 6 ingredients and slow cooked to perfection in the crockpot.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups 1% Milk

  • 2 cups Heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, whisk together milk, heavy cream, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour milk mixture into crockpot.
  • Add chopped chocolate to crockpot.
  • Turn crockpot to low, and set for 5-6 hours.
  • Stir hot cocoa about every hour to ensure chocolate does not stick to the bottom of crockpot and burn.
  • Once hot cocoa is done turn crockpot to the warm setting to keep warm for drinking.
  • Use ladle to pour hot cocoa into cups. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Whole or 2% milk can be substituted for 1% milk.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate can be used in place of dark chocolate.
  • Add fun toppings to the top for even more delicious cup of hot cocoa!

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Fall is all about coziness and comfort food. When I think of fall comfort food, two things come to mind…pumpkin and pasta! There is nothing more filling and comforting than a big bowl of hearty pasta. Add in some pumpkin and you have an amazing fall meal that the whole family will devour!

Typically, most people associate pumpkin flavors with sweet fall treats or desserts (check out my 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins). But pumpkin is also yummy and delicious in savory dishes too. The funny thing about this recipe I created? I used a jar of of sweet spiced pumpkin butter to create the savory pumpkin ricotta cheese mixture for our creamy pumpkin pasta. (We’ll talk more about this in a minute!)

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

This recipe is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight for dinner but also decadent enough to be served as a side dish next to the Thanksgiving turkey. Either way, give this comforting fall dish a try, your family is going to love it!

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Ingredients

  • Short cut pasta: I used Eliconi pasta which is essentially just a larger rotini shaped pasta.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flour
  • Spiced pumpkin butter: A can of pumpkin puree could be used in place of pumpkin butter.
  • Chicken broth: Vegetable broth could be used for an all vegetarian dish.
  • Milk: Light cream or half & half could be substituted for a richer sauce.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses: I used a bag of shredded provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina cheese.
  • Ricotta cheese: I like whole milk ricotta for this recipe.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Eliconi Pasta

For the Pasta Topping:

  • Sage leaves
  • Diced pancetta
  • Crushed, buttered saltine crackers: To make this cracker topping, combine about 1/4 cup melted butter with 1 cup crushed saltine crackers. Mix together until crackers are coated in buttery goodness.
  • Shredded Italian cheeses (same as above)
Toppings for Pumpkin Pasta Bake

What is spiced pumpkin butter?

Pumpkin butter is a fall fruit spread. Did you know pumpkin is actually a fruit?! I did not until recently! Pumpkin butter is made from pumpkin puree with the addition of warm & sweet spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc.) along with a sweetener such as brown sugar or honey. 

It tastes similar to pumpkin pie and can be used as a spread on toast, crackers, biscuits, ice cream, or just about anything you can think of.

I decided to use pumpkin butter in a more savory way by adding it to our creamy pumpkin pasta. Pumpkin butter is sweet, however when you combine it with the right savory ingredients, the balance of sweet and saltiness is absolutely delicious.

Pumpkin Pasta

How to Make Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by cooking your short cut pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.

While the pasta cooks, add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate along with the pancetta.

Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove béchamel sauce from heat once thickened.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

Pumpkin Ricotta Cheese

Assembling Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Begin by evenly spreading a 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish (these are some of my favorite baking dishes).

Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.

Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta casserole with shredded cheese.

Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Serving Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Allow casserole to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.

Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness. You will definitely go back for seconds!

Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Pro Tips

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depth of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is super sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!
Comforting Fall Dinner

Storing Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Leftovers

Store leftover pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

461

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

Cozy up this fall with a bowl of creamy pumpkin pasta. Cooked pasta is layered in a casserole dish with a béchamel sauce, pumpkin butter ricotta cheese, and shredded Italian cheeses. It’s then baked in the oven and topped with fried sage leaves, crunchy bits of pancetta, and buttered cracker crumbs creating the most delicious, comforting fall meal.

Ingredients

  • 17.6 oz. package Eliconi Pasta

  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp. Flour

  • 1 cup 1% Milk

  • 1 cup Chicken broth

  • 1 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

  • 1 cup Whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 2 cups Shredded Italian cheeses (provolone, asiago, parmesan, & fontina)

  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  • Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Topping
  • 1 cup diced Pancetta

  • 1 cup Buttered & crushed saltine crackers

  • 1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese

  • Handful sage leaves

  • 1/4 cup Spiced pumpkin butter

Directions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain.
  • Add olive oil to a frying pan and cook the diced pancetta. Once the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove from pan with a slotted spoon (keep as much of the fat renderings in the pan as possible) and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • In the olive oil/pancetta renderings, add a handful of sage leaves and fry until crispy (this only takes a minute or so). Once crispy, place the sage leaves on the paper toweled line plate with the pancetta.
  • Add flour to the oil and stir to combine. Cook roux for about 1 minute. Slowly pour chicken broth and milk into the roux, whisking as you pour to prevent lumps of flour. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sauce bubbles and begins to thicken to create the béchamel sauce. Remove sauce from heat once thickened.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine spiced pumpkin butter, ricotta cheese, Italian cheeses, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Evenly spread about 1/3 of the béchamel sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place 1/3 of the cooked pasta in an even layer on top of the béchamel. Then evenly spread 1/3 of the pumpkin ricotta mixture on the pasta, with 1/3 of the shredded Italian cheeses on top of that.
  • Continue layering the béchamel sauce, pasta, pumpkin ricotta, and cheeses in 1/3’s. Finish the top of the pumpkin pasta with shredded cheese.
  • Bake creamy pumpkin pasta in oven for about 20-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and top & corners are browned.
  • Allow dish to cool for about 10 minutes. Garnish top of pasta casserole with a few fried sage leaves.
  • Serve creamy pumpkin pasta in a bowl (a bowl gives more room for hearty helpings!) then top with a dollop of pumpkin butter, pancetta crumbles, crushed crackers, shredded Italian cheese, and a couple of fried sage leaves for garnish.
  • Enjoy the comforting pumpkin pasta goodness!

Notes

  • Cook the pasta to al dente. The pasta will continue cooking in the oven.
  • Other short cut pastas that would work well in this dish; farfalle, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, or penne.
  • Take the help from the store and buy pancetta that is already diced.
  • Frying the pancetta and the sage leaves first, will add depths of flavor to the béchamel sauce.
  • Taste the spiced pumpkin butter before adding to the ricotta cheese. The pumpkin butter I used was not overly sweet. If your pumpkin butter is very sweet you may want to use less in this recipe.
  • Add chopped cooked chicken breast or turkey breast to this dish for added protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts would be a great crunchy topping too!

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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving & Christmas

Simple tips on how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using rich textures, neutral colors, and cozy elements.

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Tis the season for all things holiday. Well…almost! We are coming up on the most magical time of the year but also the busiest, right?! There is so much to do for the holidays from shopping & baking to parties & festivities. It can get overwhelming at times with everything we have on our list of things to do.

But, what if I could help you check one thing off your list by sharing how to style shelves in the kitchen for not one, but two upcoming holidays?!

How to Style Shelves

Last week, during one of our many rainy days lately, I challenged myself to style the shelf in our kitchen with décor that could easily be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wanted to create a look that was neutral, natural, cozy, and collected that could be used for multiple holidays. Surprisingly, I think I may have achieved that by using items we already had in our home!

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Let’s take a look at how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the new year. Leaving you with more time for your other holiday activities!

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The Basics of How to Style Shelves

There are a few basic tips to remember when styling a shelf for any season or holiday. Use these simple tips as a guide when beginning to pull objects together to place on a shelf.

  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Use a combination of old & new objects.
  • Include natural elements.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
Kitchen Shelf Décor

Choose a Color Palette When Styling Shelves

This might be the most important step when deciding to style shelves with décor for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I decided to stick to a neutral color palette utilizing shades of white, cream, green, and tan. Each of these colors together are warm & cozy, and could easily be used for one or both holidays.

Kitchen Shelf Décor

How to Style Shelves Using Old & New Objects

One of the things I love to do when decorating is to shop our home! As I said before, almost all of the objects I used on our kitchen shelf were pieces we already had in our home. The white plates, bowls, and mugs were stored away in our pantry, so I brought those out and stacked them on the shelf to add layers and create depth.

Farmhouse Kitchen
How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The white ceramic houses were a gift from Dave a few Christmas’s ago. I use them in our Christmas décor each year. Not only do they have special meaning to me, but I love the cozy charm & character they add to the décor in our home.

White Ceramic Houses

These ceramic houses are no longer available however, I found this ivory ceramic Christmas village set from Pottery Barn that is beautiful, or this more smaller, more affordable white decorative ceramic village set from Target is cute too.

Stoneware in the Kitchen

The only new object styled on our kitchen shelf, is this deer stoneware pitcher. I found this while researching my favorite Christmas décor finds for 2022 and had to have it! I think it looks so cute hanging here and although it has a reindeer on the pitcher, I felt it did not necessarily scream Christmas.

Farmhouse Kitchen

How to Style Shelves With Natural Elements

No matter the season or holiday, I always love to have fresh natural elements in our home. It adds beauty and coziness!

Pitcher of Eucalyptus

I had to think a little bit about which natural element would work best here for two holidays. The answer…eucalyptus! Fresh eucalyptus is a great year round option as a filler for flower arrangements, but also placed in a vessel all on it’s own.

Natural Elements on a Shelf

On our shelf, I filled a white pitcher with water and added fresh eucalyptus stems with small leaves. These small eucalyptus leaves reminded me of rosemary and pine stems that most of us use in our holiday décor, so I thought it was the perfect natural element to add here.

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How to Style Shelves With Height

Add items of varying heights to the shelf. This allows the eye to move from item to item on the shelf, creating visual interest.

The white pitcher filled with eucalyptus was a little stout for the shelf, so I simply placed the pitcher on a stack of dishes. It instantly made the pitcher appear taller, and added the right amount of height to the center of our shelf.

How to Style Shelves

Don’t forget to make sure the items on your shelves look balanced! For instance, don’t place all of your tall items on one side of the shelf. Mix items of varying heights throughout your shelf for a cohesive, balanced look.

How to Style Shelves

Add Layers for Depth on Shelves

Layers add personality and coziness to your shelves!

One of the ways I like to add layers to a kitchen shelf is by stacking plates, bowls, and mugs.

How to Style Shelves

Layers can also be created by placing items in groups of odd numbers. I created a group of three objects on either end of the shelf using the ceramic houses, a faux potted evergreen, candle, and a stack of bowls.

Kitchen Shelf

Adding layers to your shelf will prevent it from looking flat, dull, and boring.

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

Final Thoughts on How To Style Style Shelves for Thanksgiving & Christmas

With a few pieces you most likely have in your home you can style your kitchen shelves for not just Thanksgiving but Christmas too!

  • Use neutral colors such as varying shades of white, cream, green, and tan.
  • Display your holiday china that may be sitting in a pantry or hutch.
  • Decorate your shelf with items that have special meaning to you.
  • Bring in the outdoors with natural elements.
  • Add height and layer items for depth and visual interest.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder. This recipe makes a hearty dinner for the family with plenty of leftovers for the week. The best part, the slow cooker does most of the work for you!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

The chill of autumn has arrived in New England. It seems like all at once the air shifts from the warm, humid days of summer to the cool, brisk days of fall. I am always amazed at how this happens almost over night.

Chicken & Corn Soup

One of my favorite ways to warm up the family on these chilly autumn days (besides a blazing fire in the wood stove) is by serving a delicious, comforting soup for lunch or dinner. There is something about a hearty bowl of soup, stew, or chowder that not only warms the belly but the soul too.

This slow cooker soup will do just that. Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is creamy and delicious, packed with tender chunks of white meat chicken and loaded with vegetables. Perfect for filling hungry bellies.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

As this slow cooker chicken & corn soup slowly cooks on the counter, your home will be filled with the most delicious aromas. When hubby comes through the door and says, “What is that amazing smell?”, you know you have a good recipe, right?!

Chicken & Corn Soup

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Clove of garlic
  • Potatoes (I used gold but brown or red potatoes would work too.)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • Chicken broth
  • Bay leaves
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cooked bacon
  • Half & Half
Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

You are going to be amazed at how easy this soup is to make! After dicing and slicing the vegetables, everything is added to the slow cooker, which does most of the cooking for you.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

To start, you will need a 6 quart slow cooker. This is a similar slow cooker to the one that I used for this soup recipe.

Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. Then add peeled & diced carrots, thinly sliced leeks, potatoes cut into about 1″ sized pieces (I left the skin on), and the minced garlic.

Drain the can of green chilies, and add the drained chilies to the slow cooker along with the 2 cans of creamed corn.

Fall Slow Cooker Soup

Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker. Throw in the bay leaves, then cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours (until the chicken is fully cooked).

Once the chicken is cooked, shred the chicken with two forks (either in the soup or remove to shred and add back to slower cooker).

Add the half & half, cooked bacon, parsley, chives, and salt & pepper (to taste) to the soup. Cook on low for another 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Hearty Fall Soup

Garnishes for Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

I like to sprinkle a little chopped bacon for crunch, chopped chives for freshness, and cracked black pepper for seasoning to the top of our slow cooker chicken & corn soup. This also adds a little pop of color to the creamy, white soup.

Garnishes for Chicken & Corn Soup

My family also likes to add shredded cheddar cheese and a few oyster crackers to their soups as well.

What to Serve With Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

This soup is hearty enough to be served on it’s own!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

However, crusty bread is always great accompaniment with any soup. It’s perfect for soaking up those last few bites of broth so every drop of soup is eaten!

Here are a couple of other ideas on what you could serve alongside this chicken & corn soup.

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Garden Salad
  • Cornbread
  • Paninis
  • Beerbread
  • Or…how about serving your soup in a bread bowl?! So yummy!
Hearty Fall Comfort Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Corn Soup

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Slow Cooker
Chicken & Corn Soup

Course: DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooking Time

6

hours 
Calories

895

kcal
Total time

6

hours 

15

minutes

Slow cooker chicken & corn soup is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder. This recipe makes a hearty dinner for the family with plenty of leftovers for the week. The best part, the slow cooker does most of the work for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Boneless Chicken Breasts

  • 3 Carrots, diced

  • 1 Leek, sliced

  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced

  • 3 Medium Gold Potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces

  • 1 7 oz. can Chopped Green Chilies

  • 2 14.75 oz. cans Creamed Corn

  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • Handful Freshly Chopped Parsley

  • Handful Freshly Chopped Chives

  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

  • 3-6 Strips Cooked Crispy Bacon, diced

  • 2 cups Half & Half

Directions

  • Combine chicken, carrots, leeks, potatoes, garlic, green chilies, creamed corn, chicken broth, bay leaves, and salt & pepper in slow cooker. Stir to combine, then cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.
  • Uncover slow cooker and use two forks to shred chicken.
  • Stir in half & half, bacon, chives, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and cook another 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with extra diced bacon, fresh parsley, fresh chives, and cracked black pepper. Serve hot.

Notes

  • Gold, brown, or red potatoes can be used for this recipe. The potatoes can either peeled or not. I chose not to peel the potatoes to add a little more nutritional value to the soup.
  • Leeks may need to be cleaned before using since they are grown in sandy soil. To clean leeks, slice them into 1/8″ half moons and place in a bowl filled with cold water. Leeks will float while the sand will fall to the bottom. Drain leeks and dry before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Light or heavy cream can be used in place of half & half.
  • Serve this soup with a side of crusty bread or in a bread bowl.

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Country Cottage Wallpaper in the Kitchen & Entryway

Country cottage wallpaper is the newest update to our cottage farmhouse kitchen & entryway.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

I can happily say that we have officially checked one more thing off the checklist when it comes to kitchen renovation…our country cottage wallpaper! It felt like this paper was never going to be hanging on the walls in our kitchen/entryway, but alas it is finally up. And, to say I’m OBSESSED with our new wallpaper would be an understatement!

There is so much to love about our new country cottage wallpaper from the neutral colors, to the beautiful print! If you look closely you will see groups of acorns, budding & blooming flowers, and oak leaves.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

I’m sure you remember the wallpaper we had in our entryway previously, if not you can check it out here.

The old peel & stick olive branch wallpaper from Magnolia Home (which Dave & I had installed ourselves a couple of years ago) needed to go. As much as I had loved it at one time, it was beginning to bubble, it felt like it was not matching the aesthetic of the rest of our home, and I wanted a neutral wallpaper we could wrap around the entire kitchen.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

If you’ve been thinking of adding wallpaper to your home, here are some things to consider and how to choose the right wallpaper for your space.

In full discloser, I am not an expert on wallpaper or wallpaper installation. My views, suggestions, and opinions in this blog post are simply from my love and limited knowledge & experience with wallpaper.

Country Cottage Wallpaper Things to Consider

  • Measurements: Take good, accurate measurements of the area you want to wallpaper. This will give you an idea of how much wallpaper you will need and to create a budget. (A wallpaper installer can help with final measurements to ensure enough rolls of wallpaper are ordered.)
  • Budget: Once you know how much wallpaper is needed for the area, decide on a budget. Wallpaper can range anywhere from $10 to $600+ per roll. You do not want to fall in love with a wallpaper that is outside of your budget! Also, consider if you want to hire a professional installer. The cost of labor for your project should be factored into your budget as well.
  • Hiring a Professional: Hire an experienced, professional wallpaper installer. It is the best decision Dave and I ever made (and possibly saved our marriage)!
  • Type of Wallpaper: There are a ton of different types of wallpaper from vinyl, painted, bamboo, peel & stick, etc. Decide which type of wallpaper will work best for your project (your wallpaper installer can help with this too).
  • Where is the Wallpaper Being Installed: Some types of wallpapers are not ideal for certain spaces. For instance, grass cloth is not an ideal wallpaper choice for a kitchen or bathroom because of humidity & cleanability. So, make sure you take the room the wallpaper will be installed in, into account when deciding on the type of wallpaper you want to install.
  • Order a Sample: Always order or take home a sample of wallpaper. Something that may look good online or in a store may not look the same in your home. Wallpaper is an investment so you want to make sure you’re making the right choice when it comes to the style, design, and color of the wallpaper you chose for your home.
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Choosing a Country Cottage Wallpaper

With the decision made to install new wallpaper in the kitchen and the entryway, I began my quest to find the perfect wallpaper on Wallpaperdirect.com. What I liked about shopping wallpaperdirect.com was the large selection of wallpapers to choose from, along with a number of filters (type, color, style, brand, price point, etc.) to help narrow my search.

For our kitchen I knew I wanted a single colored, traditional, symmetrical patterned wallpaper. A print that almost looked like a stencil and would blend in seamlessly with the rest of our neutral colored walls downstairs (our entire downstairs is open concept).

Pure Acorn Wallpaper by Morris & Co

After doing a little searching, I ultimately found pure acorn wallpaper from the Morris Pure Wallpaper Collection. I instantly knew this was the country cottage wallpaper I wanted for our home. And, it fit within our budget! We ordered samples of 2 of the colors, pure acorn linen/ecru and pure acorn ivory/pearl. This way we could decide which color looked better in our home. Pure acorn in linen/ecru looked best once we placed the samples on the wall, so that is the color we ordered & installed.

Pure Acorn Wallpaper

Installing Country Cottage Wallpaper

There are 3 ways to install wallpaper based on the type of paper you purchase.

  • Peel & Stick: This is the least expensive wallpaper option. Most homeowners can install this wallpaper without the help of a professional installer. The benefit of peel & stick wallpaper is that it can easily be removed with little to no harm to painted walls. So, if you are afraid of making a long term commitment to wallpaper, this could be a good option for you. In all honesty, Dave and I have hung peel & stick wallpaper, and will never do it again (it almost lead to a divorce lol!).
  • Traditional Pasted: The traditional way of hanging wallpaper is by pasting the back of the wallpaper and then hanging the pasted paper on the wall. This can be messy and cumbersome if you’re not a professional.
  • Dry Hung: This is the newest way to hang wallpaper. Wallpaper paste is applied to the wall and the wallpaper is then placed on the pasted wall. Some of the higher end wallpaper brands have started manufacturing their wallpaper to be hung this way. It is an easier method for hanging wallpaper and one in which a homeowner could potentially do on their own. This is how our wallpaper was hung.
Country Cottage Wallpaper

I highly recommend hiring an experienced, knowledgeable, professional wallpaper installer. Not only will a professional make your life easier, but you can count on a nicely finished product that will be completed in about a quarter of the time it would take you. We were lucky enough to find David of boston.wallpaper several years ago and have used him for a total of 3 wallpaper projects now!

Pro Tip: A good wallpaper installer will cover all switch plates & electrical outlets with wallpaper that matches the pattern on the wall.

Pure Acorn Wallpaper

How to Pick the Right Country Cottage Wallpaper

The right country cottage wallpaper for your home really depends on what you love and the aesthetic you are trying to achieve.

Take good measurements and come up with a budget. Once you know those things, you can begin to browse the internet or your local retailers for the right wallpaper. Order samples and hang those in the room you are thinking of wallpapering. Take your time and enjoy the process! The perfect wallpaper will speak to you and you will know when you have found the right one.

Country Cottage Wallpaper

Remember, wallpaper is not permanent! Although it’s an investment, it does not need to stay in your home forever. So, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and add a little country cottage wallpaper to the walls of your home, it can always be changed!

Other Country Cottage Wallpapers

Here are some other Morris & Co. wallpapers from Wallpaper Direct that would look beautiful in a country cottage home as well.

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Country Cottage Wallpaper

I hope you love our new wallpaper as much as we do! I look forward to sharing it in our home with you for years to come.

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Heirloom Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece

Wow your guests with an elegant fall centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals that only takes minutes to create.

Cozy Fall Kitchen

With pumpkin season in full swing, I find myself drawn to the boxes and boxes of fresh heirloom pumpkins at our local supermarket & farmer’s market. I can’t resist grabbing one or two each time I head to the store. The types, varieties, colors, and textures of heirloom pumpkins are vast & endless. Which makes shopping for them so incredibly fun!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Heirloom pumpkins are full of character and are beautiful all on their own whether they are grouped together at a front entrance, lining a staircase, or stacked on top of each other on a counter or table.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Today, I am sharing with you another way to utilize a real heirloom pumpkin to create an elegant centerpiece for an autumn gathering or for a Thanksgiving table.

Your guests will think you spent hours putting this centerpiece together, but it will only take you minutes!

Sink Full of Flowers

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece Supplies

These are the supplies I used, however the flowers and pumpkin can easily be swapped or changed for what is readily available in your area.

  • 10″ Round Musquee de Provence Heirloom Pumpkin
  • Glass or Plastic Vessel (Something to hold the flowers inside the pumpkin.)
  • Clear Tape
  • Sharp Carving Knife
  • Sharpie
  • White Roses
  • Marigolds
  • Chamomile
  • Ecualyptus
  • Golden Rod
  • Droopy Fall Accent Flower
Heirloom Pumpkin & Flowers
Fall Flowers

Creating an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Starting the Centerpiece

To start your pumpkin centerpiece, you will want to find a vessel that will easily fit inside your pumpkin. I had this glass bowl which was the perfect width and height for our pumpkin.

Glass Bowl
This glass bowl was the right size and shape to easily fit into our pumpkin.

Trace the widest part of the bowl around the top of the pumpkin with a sharpie. With a sharp knife, cut out the outline of the bowl on the pumpkin. Remove the top of pumpkin and all of the seeds from inside of the pumpkin, discard.

Heirloom Pumpkin
With a sharp knife, cut out a shape at the top of the pumpkin big enough to place a vessel inside of the pumpkin, and remove all seeds.

Create a grid on top of the vessel with clear tape (see photo). This will help to keep the flowers in place when creating the arrangement. Place vessel inside the pumpkin, and carefully add water to the vessel.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Create a grid with clear tape on the vessel.
Pumpkin Vase
Place the vessel into the pumpkin and carefully fill vessel with water.

Adding the Flowers to the Centerpiece

Now the fun part, adding the flowers to the centerpiece!

Full disclaimer…I am no flower arranging expert! I like to start my arrangements by adding a few of the larger flowers in groups, and then adding in the smaller “filler” flowers around the larger flowers as I go.

Flowers in Pumpkin
I started this arrangement by adding a small group of roses along with a marigold.

Here is another view of how I began the arrangement in this pumpkin centerpiece. The flowers around the outside of the centerpiece should be shorter with longer flower stems toward the middle of the arrangement for height.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Keep shorter flower stems on the outside of the arrangement and longer ones towards the middle.

Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in. I like to save the droopy stems like eucalyptus until the very end and add those to the outer edges of the arrangement.

Creating a Pumpkin Centerpiece
Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in.

Finishing the Centerpiece

Don’t worry if the flowers in your pumpkin centerpiece do not look “perfect”! There is no right or wrong way when arranging flowers. A beautiful centerpiece should look natural, organic, and free flowing.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Pumpkin Centerpiece

Turn your pumpkin around and look at it from several different angles. If something looks bare, add in a few more stems. If something looks off, take out a few stems and adjust until you achieve your desired look.

The important thing to remember is to have fun creating a fall pumpkin centerpiece for your home!

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

How to Style an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

I placed our heirloom pumpkin centerpiece on a wood slice right on our kitchen island for our fall home tour. You can view our recent fall home tour, by clicking here.

I love the simple, organic beauty of the pumpkin on the wood slice.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

This pumpkin centerpiece would be the perfect addition to any fall tablescape. I created a pumpkin centerpiece last year for a fall tablescape in which I added candles and smaller white pumpkins around the heirloom pumpkin centerpiece.

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How long will a heirloom pumpkin centerpiece last?

Since this centerpiece is made with a real pumpkin and fresh flowers, your centerpiece will last anywhere from 3-5 days. Here are a few suggestions to getting the longest life out of your centerpiece.

  • Make sure there is no foliage in the water. Remove all leaves and any foliage from the stems that may be at water level.
  • Start with a clean vessel.
  • Cut the stems at an angle.
  • Keep centerpiece cool.
  • Refresh the water daily.
  • Remove any dead or dying stems to keep centerpiece fresh.
Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Other Pumpkin Centerpiece Ideas

I love this pumpkin centerpiece with a faux pumpkin & florals from Liz Marie Blog.

This gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece was made with fresh florals along with a faux pumpkin from Sanctuary Home Décor.

The Crowned Goat shares a quick & easy heirloom pumpkin centerpiece using a dough bowl & pumpkins.

I recently shared a decoupage pumpkin using napkins that would make a great centerpiece too!

Fall Flowers

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Ghost Garland for Halloween

Ghost Garland for Halloween

A spooky ghost garland is the perfect addition to cozy Halloween décor.

Ghostly Halloween Décor

As a fan of all things cozy, the Halloween décor in our home tends to be on the spooky side rather than scary.

When I saw these adorable fabric stuffed ghost picks at Michael’s, I knew they would be the perfect, spooky addition to our Halloween décor. I bought every single ghost pick they had in the store (in full transparency there was only 6 lol!).

My vision for these adorable stuffed ghosts…a ghost garland!

Ghost

Before we discuss the ghost garland, can we take a second and talk about why I am obsessed these little stuffed ghosts? There is a lot to love about these little guys between their small size, puffy shape, and adorable ghostly faces. But what I love the most about them…the rick-rack edges! Can you stand the cuteness?? It’s the cutest & coziest detail to these adorable, spooky little ghosts.

Ghost Pick

Now that we’ve established how much I adore these little guys, let’s turn them into an easy to make, spooky ghost garland.

Ghost Garland

What You Will Need to Make a Ghost Garland

Ghost Pick & Twine

How to Make a Ghost Garland

To start your ghost garland, you will need to remove the stick on the bottom of each ghost. Twist and turn the stick until it becomes loose enough to easily remove.

Ghost Picks

If the stick is hard to remove, you can take a wire cutter and cut the stick as close to the ghost as possible. Then, either remove the rest of the stick from the ghost or push the rest of the stick inside of the ghost further until it disappears.

Ghost Garland
Measuring Out the Ghosts

Roll out the twine into a straight line on a flat surface. Leave about 1 foot of extra twine at the start of your garland. Place your first ghost on the twine, measure out about 12 inches from the first ghost, and then place your next ghost. This will give you an idea of where you want to glue your ghosts to the twine. I liked spacing the ghosts 12 inches apart, but you could certainly place the ghosts closer or further apart.

Ghost Décor

Flip your first ghost over and place a small dollop of hot glue on the back of the ghosts head. Quickly and carefully place the black twine into the hot glue. Using the end of the hot glue gun, smudge the hot glue so the twine is fully emerged into the glue. Allow glue to fully dry (takes just a minute or two) before moving onto the next ghost.

Hot Glue on Ghost

Continue hot gluing each ghost to the twine. Measuring about 12 inches between each ghost.

Ghost Garland

Once you have hot glued the sixth and final ghost to the twine, leave about 1 foot of additional twine at the end of the garland.

Ghost Garland

Add a small loop to both ends of the twine to finish the garland. The finished garland will be about 6 1/2′ in length.