15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!


 Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas


Can you believe that it’s already October?? Nutso! It seems like the summer was just beginning not too long ago. Now, it’s like the weather went from super hot to me freezing my butt off. Yesterday morning, I was sitting in our home office with a sweater on, my cozy boot slippers and fingerless gloves. I’m all about fall, but come on, I need a little easier transition than this!


Last night was date night for the husband and I. We went to see the movie “The Equalizer”, with Denzel Washington. Let me point out, that I watched the trailer and sooo wanted to see it. I’m not usually a fan of typical action movies, but this one had a great story. But the trailer to this movie did nothing to prepare me for the ****MINOR SPOILER ALERT*** blood bath that was about to ensue!


Don’t get me wrong, the movie was fantastic!  Especially during the parts where I wasn’t closing my eyes, plugging my ears and reminding myself in mantra style “It’s not real, it’s not real, it’s NOT REAL” over and over again. Yes, I’m a wuss and I’m ok with it. Next movie we see definitely has to be a comedy!


Anyhoo for us Canadians, Thanksgiving is coming up next weekend! Crazy it’s already here. One of my favourite food holidays. All the comfort food one can stuff in their face. I mean who doesn’t love it? And of course the inevitable post dinner food coma. Mmm…mmm…mmmmmm. Now the dinner part usually has it’s traditional menu items: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. But dessert? My favourite course of all.


So, if you need some Thanksgiving dessert ideas, I got your back Jack!


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas - www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer CakePumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake – HGTV


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Nutmeg Maple Cream PieNutmeg Maple Cream Pie – Smitten Kitchen


Paper & Birch  - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas  www.paperandbirch.com  Paula Deen Pumkin PiePumpkin Pie – Paula Deen


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Cranberry Bliss BarsCranberry Bliss Bars – Averie Cooks


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Apple PieApple Pie – Simply Recipes


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pecan Pie BarsPecan Pie Bars – Just a Taste


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Butterscotch BarsSkinny Pumpkin Putterscotch Bars – Skinnytaste


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Caramel Bundt CakeCaramel Bundt Cake – Bake or Break


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Sweet Potato Pie.jpg

Sweet Potato Pie – Bake at 350


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Cheesecake With Caramel SaucePumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce – Once Upon A Chef


Paper & Birch  - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas  www.paperandbirch.com  Cranberry Apple CrispCranberry Apple Crisp Recipe – Savory Sweet Life


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Super Moist Carrot CakeSuper Moist Carrot Cake – Sally’s Baking Addiction


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee CakePumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake – Two Peas and Their Pod


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Espresso-Layer-CakeEspresso Layer Cake – Taste Of The South Magazine


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Salted-Caramel-BrowniesSalted Caramel Chocolate Brownies – What’s Gaby Cooking

Now, even though it’s not Thanksgiving until next week, I think I’d better start “testing” recipes. You know, to make sure their good enough for the family and all. ;)
If you have any favourite thanksgiving dessert recipes, leave them in the comments below! Or ya know, say HI!:)
Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

One Response to “15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!”

  1. I don’t like gore filled movies! They freak me out. All of these yummy deserts gets me excited for Thanksgiving!

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Fall Recipes I’m Lovin’

It’s officially fall! Woohoo! I love fall. Love the colours, love the cooler weather & even love the rain. Yes folks, I admit it. I love rain. Love the sound of it, love how it kinda just washes things away. There’s something romantic about it. Here in Vancouver, you have to at least accept it otherwise you’ll never survive.
One thing I can’t wait for is, the weather to be cool enough that we don’t need our portable air conditioner. Our air conditioner although it cools the room down, the light from it’s little screen is SOOOO bright I can see it with my eyes closed. Nuts, now I have “Sunglasses at night” in my head.
Maybe it’s just me, but I wake up from a movement, a light nearby being turned on, a change in breathing and our neighbour in the building next to us: Smokey Smokerson. This cute little 80-ish old man who smokes (aka hacks up) his cigarettes at all hours of the night.
But the nights are finally getting a little cooler and soon we can roll that thing back down to the dungeon aka our storage locker. Cheers will be had, toasts will be made, and a possible parade in its honour.
Another thing that comes with fall is the plethora of comfort food. My favourite kind! You know you love comfort food! Love a bowl of somethin’ warm on a cool, rainy night.
Here are some of my favourite fall recipes I’m lovin’ right now. :)

Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin-Cinnamon-Cookies  www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Cookie Recipes – Two Peas & Their Pod 


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins www.paperandbirch.comCinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins – Annie’s Eats


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Carrot Coconut Curry Soup  www.paperandbirch.comCarrot Coconut Curry Soup – A Couple Cooks


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Baked Apple Cider Donuts  www.paperandbirch.comBaked Apple Cider Donuts with Pomegranate Glaze – 40 Aprons


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Morning Buns  www.paperandbirch.comMorning Buns – Brown Eyed Baker


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Maple Pecan Pie  www.paperandbirch.comMaple Pecan Pie – Leites Culinaria


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Soft-Pumpkin-Cookies-with-Cinnamon-Buttercream-Frosting  www.paperandbirch.comSoft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting – Six Sisters’ Stuff


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Autumn Chopped Salad  www.paperandbirch.comAutumn Chopped Salad – Iowa Girl Eats


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes  www.paperandbirch.comOld Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes – Pinch of Yum


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Coq Au Vin www.paperandbirch.comCoq Au Vin – Leites Culinaria


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes  www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Maple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – The Novice Chef


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Butternut Squash Soup  www.paperandbirch.comButternut Squash Soup – Food Network


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin Brownies  www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Brownies – My Baking Addiction


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - The-Best-Soft-Gingebread-Cookie  www.paperandbirch.comThe Best Gingerbread Cookies – One Little Project


Have a great weekend!


P.S. I love hearing from you, so please leave a comment below letting me know ya stopped by!  :-) 

One Response to “Fall Recipes I’m Lovin’”

  1. carmenvarner@gmail.com' ~ Carmen ~ says:

    Cinnamon sugar everything! Pumpkin spice everything! This is what fall means to me. The pumpkin maple cuppycake looks delish. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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Cookbook giveaway! (Winner!)

The Winner of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook is…….


#230 Diana Flynn: I would make cupcakes for my best friend’s baby shower :)
Congratulations Diana, please email: info@paperandbirch.com to claim your prize! Thank you to all of you who commented, tweeted and liked our Facebook page with your entries! Stay tuned, there will be another giveaway next month!


Paper & Birch - Hummingbird Cookbook Giveaway
Alright yo, it’s Friday! Can you believe it! This week has been super crazy busy. I’ve been in headless chicken mode more than once. Sometimes more than once in a day. But HALLELUJAH the weekend is here!
A couple of weeks ago I bought this cookbook a couple of weeks ago from Hummingbird Bakery. Yes, partly because I liked the cover – I tend to buy my wine the same way ;) But also because I wanted to try every recipe! They all look incredible yummy and sooo pretty.
Today also happens to be my birthday! We won’t say how old, but let’s just say there’s a 3 in it and leave it at that. It’s also the day that the iPhone 6 & 6Plus comes out and I think I may be more excited for that. Usually my husband gets the new phone and I get his hand-me-down, which is great. He even cleans it, puts it back in the box like it was new, just for me. He’s cute that way. :) But this year, I’m getting the new phone too! Booya!
So, I thought since I’m getting a present today, YOU should get a present today too!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Friday!
~Natalie :)

23 Responses to “Cookbook giveaway! (Winner!)”

  1. izawisiorek@o2.pl' Izabela Rusnak Wisiorek says:

    I love muffins

  2. afieldtrip@gmail.com' Amy says:

    i would probs make cookies or brownies first :)

  3. daisycv23@gmail.com' Christine says:

    would love to make Red Velvet Cupcakes

  4. […] Site Name: Paper & Birch Prize Description: Enter to Win a copy of Hummingbird Bakery’s Cookbook! Open to: US, Canada, 18+ Entry Deadline: 09/23/2014 Enter This Giveaway Here: http://www.paperandbirch.com/?p=1263 […]

  5. dwellenstein@cox.net' Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I will make the Cheesecake Brownies.

  6. sweepmom@comcast.net' Tari Lawson says:

    I would like to make the apple pie.

  7. cloud10277@gmail.com' Tracy Pryor says:

    I’d love to make the spiced pound cake.

  8. susansmoaks@gmail.com' susan smoaks says:

    i will make the red velvet cupcakes first. they are my favorite!

  9. lahlstedt@gmail.com' Lisa A. says:

    I would try the Red Velvet Cupcakes. Yummy!

  10. mmjohnson555@gmail.com' m says:

    Cupcakes for sure!!!!!

  11. kim.garot@gmail.com' Kim Hoa says:

    I would love to know how to make cupcakes

  12. pbandellie@hotmail.com' Ellie says:

    Brownies! yumm

  13. kimkmc@yahoo.com' McKim says:

    I’d like to make red velvet cupcakes.

  14. mariasimon1973@yahoo.com' MARIA simon says:

    love to make Red Velvet Cupcakes

  15. Ashley.l.ramsey@gmail.com' Ashley says:

    I just love cookbooks!!!!! I’d make the cupcakes.

  16. royalegacy@gmail.com' Danielle Royalegacy says:

    I would like to try their brownies.

  17. candieluster@gmail.com' Candie L says:

    I would love to make anything sweet. Thank you

  18. johnson.m.and.h@gmail.com' Holly E says:

    The Red Velvet cupcakes sound wonderful.

  19. mvantil@cfl.rr.com' MARY V says:

    I would make some of those yummy cupcakes on the cover! Thanks

  20. regnod@yahoo.com' Daniel M says:

    I’d do up some cupcakes

  21. Ladydi7755@gmail.com' Diana says:

    I would make cupcakes for my best friend’s baby shower :)

  22. atreau@gmail.com' Sand says:

    I would make the brownies on the cover!

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Giveaway on Friday!!

Paper & Birch - Giveaway

It’s Hump Day! Woot woot! This week has been CAH-RAZY! Last night a girlfriend and I went to a scarf dying class at Lululemon Lab. Who knew that you could dye fabric with plants and flowers? Not this lady! Was pretty neat.

Tonight I have my baking class that I started last week. Tonight we get to take our cakes home, which works out great since my birthday is on Friday. So, if you read my previous posts, I’ve been on a crazy baking kick lately. And I picked up a new cookbook last week that I wanted to make EVERYTHING in it. Seriously. Everything. If my husband and I didn’t go to the gym regularly, we’d be so fat right now.

Because I like y’all, I decided to have a little giveaway. You are gonna want this cookbook!

Stay tuned!

~Natalie :)

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Dream Kitchens!

It may be sunny out, but man it was cold this morning! Ok, so it’s not “Snowing in September Calgary Cold” but I couldn’t close the windows and turn the heat on fast enough this morning! Still cold 2 hours later with bootie slippers on too. Gotta love old apartment’s and their “take a lifetime why don’t ya” heating system! I mean 2 hours?? I usually don’t have that kinda patience and jack that thing up and end up sweating 4 hours later! Which my husband so lovingly reminded me of this morning. :P

I can’t wait to have a dream kitchen. Heck, I can’t wait to have a kitchen that has regular sized appliances!

Our kitchen is so narrow that if my husband and I stood side-by-side, we could play a game of red rover and no one would be gettin’ through.

Our fridge is so small, you can’t stand up a bottle of pop, or more importantly a bottle of wine. If I put a milk carton on the main shelf, that basically takes up half the space.

Our oven is so small, that I can’t bake with a regular sized cookie sheet. When we first moved in here, most of the things that went in the oven did so on a pizza pan.

So….the lesson here is our kitchen was made for elves, teeny tiny elves.

I cannot wait to have a big girl kitchen. My dream kitchen would be one with a oven big enough for a turkey – no make that 2 ovens! Gotta think big here. A fridge that I could fit a bottle of wine AND a carton of milk. And not having to use a deep freezer as the only prep area.

Oh to dream… :) Do you have your dream kitchen? If ya do, can you feel my jealousy from here? I betcha can!

Here are 10 dream kitchens, I would soooo love to cook in!


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Black & White Kitchen - Desire to InspireDesire to Inspire


Home TourSavvy Home Blog


Santa RosaHomedit


 Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Italianate-Villa-Lake-Washington_5Denoxa 


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - jen-langston-interiors-1Dust Jacket


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Lee CarolineLee Caroline


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Pioneer Woman LodgeThe Pioneer Woman


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Spanish Style Black:White KitchenThe Art of Awkward


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Susan+Greenleaf+San+Francisco+Home+classic+sCi1wjl3Ab3lLonny


Paper & Birch - Dream Kitchens - Vintage Interior HelgHannesdagbok

Happy Friday All!

~Natalie :)

P.S. I love hearing from you, so please leave a comment below letting me know ya stopped by! Let me know what your favorite things are :)

3 Responses to “Dream Kitchens!”

  1. Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t mind being forced to bake in one of these beauties :D I like feel and atmosphere of the “Savvy Home Blog” kitchen the most, but I feel like the others with more counter and work space would be better for a chaotic baker like me :D

  2. lydiawchen@gmail.com' Lydia says:

    Great posts. That looks delicious.

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