Butternut Squash & Arugula Salad

Butternut Squash & Arugula Salad | The Gray Boxwood

Autumn gives us so much: cool weather, beautiful trees, festive holidays and amazing squash to cook with! You don’t have to grow your own like me to enjoy the flavors of the season. Farmers’ markets and grocers have so many varieties piled high this time of year and I just can’t wait to use them in the kitchen! A quick and simple way is with a roasted squash salad. Set on a bed of arugula, this salad is the epitome of why I love autumn: it doesn’t take a lot of work to enjoy the simple and fresh flavors!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies | The Gray Boxwood

There are many variations of whoopie pies. Chocolate may be the first that comes to mind, but after you make these, pumpkin will be the only whoopie pies you think of! Last year I debuted these delectable sweet treats but was never fully satisfied with the filling. This year, I’ve perfected the pies to bring you the best version! They’re moist, lightly spiced, filled with a cream center and did I mention they’re pumpkin!? Perfect for fall, perfect for anytime!

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Spiced Ginger Cutout Cookies

Spiced Ginger Cutout Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

If you haven’t noticed, I love fall: the weather, the decor, the entertaining, and especially the baking! Have you ever noticed how fall baking is somehow instantly cozier? The cool winds may be blowing outside, but inside, the oven warms the kitchen and the spices warm the baked goods. These cookies are the quintessential autumn cookie for me. Spiced with real ginger and sweetened with molasses, they are my go-to for trick or treaters. And they just so happen to be one of my personal favorites. A recipe passed down from my great grandma (with a few tweaks), you’ll want to make this your family recipe as well!

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Outdoor Fall Luminaries

Outdoor Fall Luminaries | The Gray Boxwood

As the weather gives way to earlier sunsets, lighting walkways and porch steps with candles is the perfect way to welcome guests and give an instant cozy appeal. Carved pumpkins are the perfect spot for the candles, but they sadly can’t last all season. Usually lanterns are my go-to choice, but to switch things up this year, I made a few quick and festive luminaries using vellum bags. Vellum is a wax-like bag that can withstand some of the fall weather elements and is thin enough to let light through, so it’s perfect for this project. Leaves are my choice for a luminary. They can be out all autumn long and are classically simple.

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