Saturday, November 19, 2011


If you need to gussy up a pie, check out this sweet pie topper for Thanksgiving. I just LOVE it! The idea was shared with me by a special friend, and I LOVE her too! I also love the black and white polka dotted utensils shown in the photo above. I think I will ask Santa for some ;o)

You can find the instructions here
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It gets so crazy this time of year, and I almost forgot about my blogging anniversary. I'm offering a giveaway for this anniversary, so I'll be picking out something I LOVE when I do a little shopping today. It will be something locally made in beautiful Upstate New York. If you are a follower, and leave me a comment, you are eligible for the giveaway. I'll pick the winner after Thanksgiving. Please make sure that I have your email address so I can notify you.

When I started this blog, I thought it would be a modern diary. I assumed only Mom, Hubby and my dear family and friends would be reading.

Three years later, and blessed with many blogging buddies, I humbly celebrate and smile at this adventure.
Thousands of insightful comments...
LOTS of smiles ;o)
Three years later...THANK YOU for being a part of my daily SMILES!

I am sharing one of my 2008 blog posts that is still viewed quite often. It's one of my favorite appetizers to serve for Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving menu is quite traditional, and I add something new each year. This year I have added a very simple appetizer. I have my friend Colleen to thank for the recipe that she shared from Woman's Day November 2008. The recipe is called Pumpkin Patch Bites, but I used a leaf cutter for Thanksgiving. I also added a little dijon mustard which the recipe didn't call for. The possibilities are endless with this recipe, it's great for all holidays, using different cookie cutters.

1 box (15 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts
6 oz. sliced Black Forest or Virginia ham
8 oz. sliced extra-sharp Cheddar, Swiss or Gruyere cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1. Heat oven to 425. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.

2. On work surface, unroll pie crust and cut each of the two crusts into 12 shapes.

3. Put ham and cheese in the center of each of the 12 leaves. With a small brush, brush beaten egg around edges.

4. Top with remaining leaves, carefully pressing on edges to seal. (I just pick
them up and press the edges together).

5. Place on prepared pan, and brush tops with beaten egg. I also made veins
in the leaves. Bake 10-12 minutes until light golden. Let cook on a rack for
a couple of minutes before serving. I think they are best served warm, but you
can make them ahead and just cover with plastic wrap until ready to bake.

Thank you for stopping by! You truly make me smile!

I am joining Seasonal Sundays with this post.


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Happy Blogging Anniversary - I so enjoy seeing what you have to share here on Mountain Breaths though I'm sorry to say with the convenience of google reader I don't always stop by to comment.

    After you shared those ham sandwiches the first time I have made them many times using cookie cutters for Christmas and Valentines. They are very popular for late night snacks at card parties :)

    Love the pie topper and I too love the b/w polka dot silverware - especially this morning when there are lots of b/w polka dots in my house for the baby shower :)

  2. I remember that post! Delicious! Congrats on three years, it's been quite a journey :)
    I hope Santa brings you the silverware!

  3. Happy Anniversary..time does go by so fast! Have loved reading your posts keeping me up-to-date on MC and all your relaxing times at the cabin, and esp your Moms pumpkin carving!
    I have a feeling Santa will be good to you...
    Congrats Sweetie!

  4. Happy Anniversary, Debbie! I thought about mine after the fact, unfortunately. We all got started about the same time ;)

    Love the pie topper idea and the black and white utensils.

  5. Happy Anniversary on your 3 years of blogging. I just finished my first year and the year went by so fast. You have a nice blog and I enjoy it very much. The appetizers look delicious and are so pretty. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!-----------Shannon

  6. I love the pie topper Debbie! Wonderful idea!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. And where have YOU been all my blogging life!! (3/2011) :o I love your blog and I am only here 2 minutes. Happy Blogaversary, I love the pie toppers and may have to borrow that idea. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to come back and explore more of your blog. Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  8. What a wonderful recipe Debbie! I know that my family and friends will love it, so thank you for sharing it with us. Have a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. What adorable little pies! We are having a quiet, nontraditional Thanksgiving this year so this would be the perfect bite! Happy Blogiversary to you & Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Happy Blogging Anniversary-I've always been a follower as you have a beautiful blog sweet lady! I remember that post, wow, three years, how lovely and fun! Happy up-coming Thanksgiving. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  11. These sound amazing.
    Have the best Thanksgiving, ever...
    xo bj

  12. Debbie, Congratulations on your blogiversary! What an accomplishment!
    And thank you for these dear little sandwich pies! I am making my pie dough tomorrow and will make extra for these little savory treats! So cute and delicious!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. ooh love the pie topper.. how wonderfully clever! thanks for sharing. Okay.. love love love the black and white flatware. Happy Thanksgivings.xo marlis

  14. Happy blogaversary!

    Sounds like a great recipe. I'm in charge of appetizers for turkey day. I'll add these to my list.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Those leaves sure do look appetizing alright. Kathi

  16. I remember those too, they look so good!
    I love that flatware too!
    I will go over and look at your friend's blog, I have never been there.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Blogaversary!

  17. Happy Anniversary..... I am looking forward to your Christmas decorating....those 12days of Christmas plates with a little Mackenzie thrown in???!! I always enjoy all your recipes.. I just recently shared your no bake blueberry pie one...Keep up the great blog.... when I want to check on line for something neat to look at, I go to your is always uplifting !! and always beautiful pics.....

  18. That pie topper really dresses up a pie. Happy Anniversary to you!

    I just love appetizers for parties and these sound really fun. Have a wonderful holiday!

  19. The pumpkin patch bites look (and I'm sure, taste) fabulous!!!

  20. Happy Anniversary! All the best for splendid holidays, Debbie.


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