2017: A Year in Review

A year can hold so much, yet it's easy to overlook the many moments that should fill us with lasting gratitude. That's why, come New Year's Day, I like to nestle in and really look back at the love and care I put into this, my corner of the web. I do this so as to celebrate, rather than denigrate, my efforts. It's all too easy to critique the times when I didn't post frequently, or to compare myself to other bloggers, but when I see all these recipes, adventures and posts together, I find contentment in the nostalgia (and my ever changing hair).

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An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck

If you’re craving the comforts of fall for every course, then this Apple Themed Menu is for you! 

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

To celebrate the ripe old age of six, my sisters threw me a 101 Dalmatians party that friends still talk about (or, at least, I still talk about). There was definitely a snowman theme at some point (I’m a January baby), a beach “getaway,” an innocent sock hop when most parties included spin-the-bottle, and an Amélie themed shindig well into adulthood. Do you see the common thread? I LOVE ME A THEME PARTY, and dinner parties are no exception.  

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

Shortly after I met Ashley, a fellow Pittsburgh food blogger, I met her yard, and all the design gears in my brain started to spin. The ivy, the dappled light, the wooden deck… all of it begged for a dinner party. We hatched the idea for a Pittsburgh food blogger potluck, and because I was involved, we hatched the idea for a themed Pittsburgh food blogger potluck, more specifically an Apple Themed Menu.

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

So on a sunny Sunday, I styled some of my favorite plaids, baskets and gourds. Then, eight of us gathered, told our two truths and lies, shared lessons learned,  demystified instant pots, and combined all of our culinary creativity into one apple themed menu, from sips to sweets. It made bidding farewell to summer a little bit easier, a little more ceremonious. 

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

If a fall gathering is on your horizon, consider challenging your guests to a themed potluck of your own, or if you’re feeling like a super host, take a stab at recreating this blogger-tested apple themed menu. Or, if you’re feeling like a reasonable human being with realistic goals, give these recipes a whirl over the course of the season. (full menu below)

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com
Special thanks to the Urban Farmer for putting his graphic design skills to work to create the menu. 
From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com
Ashley of My Heart Beets testing her Apple Cider Punch

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com
Lindsey, “The Food Mood Girl” with her Apple Cheddar Scones

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com
Curried Apple Pilaf | Carrot, Apple Ginger Soup | Apple Cheddar Scones

From The Orchard: An Apple Themed Menu for a Pittsburgh Blogger Potluck // www.WithTheGrains.com

From The Orchard:
An Apple Themed Menu 
(Gluten-Free)

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