My DIY Holiday Table Setting

Tamera Mowry Table Setting DIY

Rosemary Table Setting

We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!

I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.

Table Setting DIY

Rosemary Table Setting Idea

Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.

Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!

Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!

Xx
Tamera  

 

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp

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skillet apple crisp

One of the many reasons I love fall is because of the baking! This time of year always inspires me to get creative in the kitchen and to use seasonal ingredients like apples and pumpkins in my recipes. I also love to experiment in the kitchen, and try out recipes ahead of time that I think would be good for Thanksgiving. However, I am also doing my best to make sure that my family and I are eating as healthy as we can. That’s why I was so excited to come across this recipe for Easy Skillet Apple Crisp from Every Last Bite.

The recipe is paleo, vegan and refined sugar free — And you would seriously never know it! It is unbelievably delicious, and has just the right amount of sweetness. I love that I could serve or bring it to any holiday dinner, and it would comply with almost any dietary restriction (which is very hard to do with a dessert!). The recipe uses almond flour, walnuts and shredded coconut to create a crispy topping, that you would never know didn’t have grains or dairy in it.

When I made this recipe, I prepared 1.5x the amount of topping, because my skillet was pretty large, and I needed more topping to fill it. I would recommend having extra topping ingredients on hand, just in case you find that you also need a little more.

You can also prep this recipe the night before if you need to! Simply cook your apples 80% of the way, remove the skillet from heat, and cover tightly with tin foil. For the topping, make it ahead of time, and then store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. When you are ready to finish your recipe, re-heat your apples, finish cooking them on the stovetop, and then add your crisp topping and bake in the oven.

I will definitely be making this Easy Skillet Apple Crisp again this holiday season! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Please let me know if you make this recipe, and how it turns out for you! I would love to see!     

Xx
Tamera

everylastbite recipe

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp | Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 20 mins | Total time 25 mins | Serves: 4

Grain/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, SCD Legal, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Recipe created by Every Last Bite

 

INGREDIENTS

Apple Filling

  • 5 apples
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 11/2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp nutmeg

 

Crisp Topping

  • ¼ Cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ Cup almond flour
  • ¼ Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ Cup walnuts, roughly chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel and core the apples and cut them into small chunks. Place them in a bowl and top with the lemon juice to stop them browning.
  • Place the skillet on the stove on medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet and cook for approximately 2 minutes until hot then add in the apple pieces and stir to coat them in the sauce.
  • Cook the apples for approximately 8 minutes until they are soft.
  • While the apples are cooking, in a bowl stir together all of the ingredients for the topping. Spoon the mixture evenly over the apples. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden in color.
  • Serve the crisp topped with coconut whip or lemon cream

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This has been a whirlwind of a year, and I know it’s not over yet, but I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for everyone who has supported me on my blog and social media. I’m so grateful for the connections I’ve made, even the ones that didn’t take place in person.

Tamera Mowry 5 year anniversary Credit: John KlycinskiPhoto:  John Klycinski

As you know, the online world opens you up to instant feedback. Though I’ve been open about how it can be tough when impulsive comments come to the top, I’m thankful to have the chance to connect with the community and share my world. Through my site, Instagram and Facebook chats, I’ve gotten to know so many users and learn what they’d like to see from me. So thank you for following my journey and sharing your insight.

But as many photos as I’ve shared online, I’m also incredibly grateful for all the little moments that no one has seen. The small, everyday moments like unwinding with family after a long day, making my little ones laugh, acting silly with my girls… It’s true what they say, that it’s the tiniest moments that make the biggest impact.

It’s amazing how time flies, and believe me, I’m doing all I can to savor each of these moments, especially this Thanksgiving. There will always be triumphs and setbacks, successes and failures, but I’m thankful to walk through it all with THE best crew by my side.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of those small, comforting moments… And of course, lots of good food. Now, log off and go hug all of your loved ones! J

Warmly,
Tamera

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season

Are you guys feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Holidays stir up a lot this time of year – we’re excited to be in the company of those we love, many of which we don’t see as often as we wish we would. If you’re hosting, you’re also likely heading up a gathering for people of all ages, making it tough to cater to everyone’s needs – literally. Even the most casual gatherings come with at least some pressure, so I really wanted to tackle ways to truly make the most of the holidays we wait all year to enjoy – both for your guests AND you:

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season - Hostess Tips from Tamera Mowry

5 Ways to Be a Better Hostess

1. Learn from years past. Even if you didn’t host the last holiday gathering, you can think back and consider what stood out to you. What were the highlights? The near-disasters? Use those as a basis for planning your own party, before you dive in.

2. Don’t overexert yourself. Ask for help if you need it. I know some people really struggle with this – it’s so easy to think because you CAN do it all you should. In reality, people are often ready and willing to help – sometimes they just don’t think of it at first.

3. Keep expectations in check. Going off of that last point, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Remember, you probably know at least most of your guests pretty closely, right? …Don’t get too caught up in the planning that you forget what type of get together THEY like to attend. Keep it realistic!

4. Try something new. That said, the holidays only come around once a year. If you’ve been eyeing a tutorial like my DIY place settings or a recipe I’ve shared, now is the time to go for it! Do a trial run before the big day to work out kinks and get confident.

5. Keep it in perspective. Remember, when people look back on this event, they’re going to think mostly about the awesome day they spent with you – even if dessert took too long or one of the side dishes looked a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to your vision – different can be good too.

This time of year is so action-packed, and it’s all about to get crazier! But all this entertaining is truly all about love and comfort and warmth – don’t let anything get in the way of that.

What’s your favorite part of holiday gatherings? Any tips for avoiding stress?

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea

Hosting gatherings during the holidays can be a scary thought – you’ve got food, drinks, décor and guests to think about. And if you scroll through Pinterest for fall table inspiration like I’ve been doing, it can seem impossible to pull ALL that off, even for a simple dinner party. Luckily, simplicity can be beautiful this time of year, and you can actually get creative with what you already have to make your Thanksgiving or other fall tables come alive.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

This DIY place setting looks elegant but is so easy to throw together right before an event – even while dinner’s in the oven.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

You just need a place mat, the dishware you’ll be using, and your supplies: ribbon, a metallic pen, kraft paper or card stock, and whatever twine or ribbons you already have stashed away. Navy and cream make a rustic fall combo if you ask me :)

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Punch a hole in the card stock (or use ready made tags) and write out your message. I like the idea of writing words like “thankful”, “blessed”, etc., but you can also write guests’ names down if you have a lot of friends and fam gathering around the table.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Tie the tag to a piece of twine or string and then tie it and a few ribbons around your cutlery.

It’s such a simple design that really goes a long way in setting a gorgeous fall table.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about your plans!

Xx,
Tamera

How to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is something everyone can practice, regardless of all of our differences as humans. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do, you can practice gratitude, because it’s all about how you choose to see the world. There are days when thinking about what you’re grateful for comes easy – you have that “aha moment” where you count your blessings. But on a bad day this is a much tougher thing to do, and it’s hard to muster up the strength to think positive! It’s probably no surprise that that’s exactly when we need a gratitude practice most.

How to Practice Gratitude via Tamera Mowry

There are so many ways to practice gratitude, and I’ve tried or heard about many. There are gratitude jars, journals and motivational affirmations. In the end, it doesn’t really matter exactly how you practice gratitude – just that you do. That’s because making sure to remember the things you’re thankful for isn’t just a nice sentiment. It’s actually proven to increase joy and transform our lives! Still, if you’re not used to having a gratitude practice, there are a few ways to start injecting it into each and every moment.

A gratitude journal is one way to express thanks for even the littlest moments. You can incorporate this practice by setting aside ten or fifteen minutes each day to write a quick list of gratitude. On days this is difficult and you’re really struggling to find the positive in a negative, it’s helpful to have a number in mind. Don’t let yourself close that book until you’ve got to 10 things, for example. And be detailed. What happened today specifically that you’re grateful for? Don’t be afraid to reflect on your accomplishments too – the things you can control. If you made a difficult phone call or a first step to a life change, it’s SO worthy of giving yourself a pat on the back! And what’s more, this is a great thing to do as a family. Never fails to cheer me up.

Although journals are a great way to practice gratitude, I find that expressing thanks is so important throughout the day. That means reflecting on things as they happen – good or bad. If something makes you smile, take the time to say a little prayer of thanks, and go about your day. It really works wonders when you’re in a not so good mood! Sometimes – and this is toughest of all – you even have be thankful for negative situations. If something bad happens, search deep down for a positive. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, don’t let it kill your mood. Instead, be grateful you were in the car when your fave song came on. Or when big things happen – like not getting a promotion you wanted – be grateful you have the clarity about something that had been weighing on you.

On the day before Thanksgiving, it’s easier than ever to be inspired to invite gratitude into your life. I mean, friends, family, good food – it’s one amazing holiday. But the real test is keeping this practice up even when the day is done and life returns to normal and the positives aren’t as glaring. A few extra “thank yous” really do go a long way!

Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving. Would love to hear what you’re expressing thanks for this year.

Xx,
Tamera