Of course, apple pie is the go-to dessert everyone knows and loves. Whether you’re serving deep dish, double crust, lattice-top or Dutch crumb, it’s tough to beat this American classic. This year, up your pie game by trying some new twists on a family favorite. Marry apple with other tasty ingredients to deliver a whole new crowd pleaser. Good apple combinations include cranberry, raisin, raspberry, dates and pear. Toss nuts into the filling, or switch up spices, swapping cinnamon for Chinese five-spice. Trade pastry for a ginger snap or cinnamon graham cracker crust. You can freeze unbaked apple pies for a quick dessert that’s equally cozy and impressive. Or save your freezer space by making home-canned apple pie filling. It comes together in a snap with a boiling water bath and turns out wonderful fresh-tasting pies for the holidays and beyond.
Great Room With Vaulted Wood Ceiling and Exposed Ductwork
This charming great room wows with high ceilings, industrial metal supports and exposed ductwork. Stone walls give the space an Old World feel, yet contemporary sofas and animal hide chairs bring an amazing, updated element. Space to store logs near the fireplace is both functional and decorative, and the TV above the fireplace makes this room truly multipurpose.
This cozy living and dining space has a warm, welcoming feel. The white wicker chairs and long wood dining table give a cottage farmhouse feel while the living area offers a more sophisticated contemporary sitting area with warm elements. The varied styles are blended seamlessly with a uniform color palette.
The front porch of this home is like a stylish preview of coming attractions. Deep benches are topped with thick cushions in rust orange, the color a pretty combination with the paneling on the front door and soaring roof.
A long island with a waterfall countertop is a graceful transition in this open concept home between the kitchen, with its warm, wood cabinetry, and the cooler, brighter palette of the rest of the room.