Festive Cranberry Hand Pies

Finding comfort in the traditions of the holidays is truly where I find some of my greatest joy.

With Thanksgiving just a few days away and my trip to Publix still not completed, I find time to sit and think about the dishes I'll prepare and the ones that are most special to me. I can't imagine a Thanksgiving meal without the French sage stuffing I grew up on, the best cranberries around and some good old traditional pie, because my Nana's pie crust is truly the best. Oh, and the pie crust cinnamon rolls my mom makes with the leftover dough, which inspired our most popular Rollings of Cinnamon apron.

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Mixing old traditions with new keeps things ever-interesting, so when my friend Erica at Yes Ma'am Paper Goods said she was making Cranberry Hand Pies for our photoshoot with Heidi I had already decided these little guys were going to be at the top of my menu this holiday.

A little behind-the-scenes, we set up this shoot to capture the essence of our collaboration project this year, our Family Recipe Card + Cloth. I think this may be my favorite product of all-time because my own family recipes are so special to me and these are just the most meaningful gift I can imagine. The stories we've heard from the folks who have purchased the gift set already are truly remarkable {and I can't wait to share after the holidays so as not to spoil any gifts!}

We wanted to shoot something visually beautiful and the burst of red cranberry for holiday captured this essence. We also wanted something a little traditional but a little on-trend and most importantly, something the kiddos + adults would love equally. Success my friends. You MUST make these - they're the perfect blend of savory and sweet in an oh-so-fun grab and go size.

Today, the recipe and some images from the shoot were featured over on SMP Living, along with some fabulous hand-lettered Thanksgiving tags from Erica that you can download. Pop over and get the recipe and take a peek below at a few more images from the shoot!

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Photography: Heidi Geldhauser | Custom Family Recipe Card + Cloth: Collaboration By Yes Ma’am Paper Goods + Heirloomed | Hand Lettering: Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods | Original Recipe: Bon Appetit | Table Linens + Aprons: Heirloomed | Wooden Feast Board: WoodKith

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Well, it's #NationalIceCreamDay and probably one of the best "holidays" I can think of. Summer in the South brings no greater treat than ice cream. And in my opinion, there are some things that simply can't get any better than homemade and ice cream is definitely at the top of my list.

Today's celebration doesn't just end with ice cream, but with the launch of a brand new item in our Southern Artisan Collection as we team up with local Atlanta hand-lettering artist Erica Loesing of Yes Ma'am Paper Goods for our new Family Recipe Card + Cloth gift sets.

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Oh my goodness if this doesn't capture the essence of an heirloom, I just don't know what does. This one is near and dear to my heart. I am so fortunate to have handwritten recipe cards from my mother, grandmother & great grandmother's collections - but I know not everyone is this fortunate. And even more so, I know in the future these authentic gifts will become even more scarce.

This gift set captures memories, tastes and ingredients of a loved ones most beloved recipe, beautifully hand scripted and meticulously designed on both a recipe card, as well as textured towel, making a treasured keepsake and special gift. Helping a family recipe to live on for generations gives this gift an even more powerful meaning.

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And, as a perk, here are two delicious ice cream recipes from some of the samples that Erica designed and that we shot for the launch of these beauties - Mom's Favorite Ice Cream and Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream.

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I'd love to know if you have a special family recipe for ice cream, too! And, hope you'll pop over to the shop to see some of the other family recipes we styled up for this extra special new product!

Also, be sure to click over and read more about artist Erica Loesing and see the full collection of paper goodies we are teaming up on!