Thanksgiving. The holiday that includes everything food. Dessert is one of our favorite parts about the Thanksgiving food, so we wanted to share some recipes (our favorites) from Pinterest from to make for Thanksgiving!

 

Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites

An easy recipe to let the kids get involved with! This is one of our favorites to make and customize depending on the season, so for Thanksgiving we want to create tiny turkey bites! Salty and sweet is such a great combination, so it’s guaranteed to be a hit for this dessert!

Ingredients:

  • Mini pretzels
  • Rolos
  • Candy corn
  • Candy eyes
  • Yellow Reese’s Pieces
  • Note: the amount of each ingredient is dependent on how many bites you will make

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°F. While the oven is preheating, place all your pretzels down on a lined cookie sheet. Place Rolos in the center of each pretzel piece. Put into oven for 1-2 minutes or until Rolo is soft (important: do not let Rolo melt!). Immediately after removal from the oven, insert 3 candy corn pieces into the side of the Rolo, on the one rounded side of the pretzel (the “bottom”). Add two candy eyes and one Reese’s Pieces sideways (for the beak) on top of the Rolo, pushing in slightly to create your turkey’s face. Allow to set, or speed up the drying process in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Suburban Simplicity

 

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie. However, pumpkin pie sometimes isn’t a fan favorite, so what better way to still serve pumpkin pie than in miniature form? This miniature pumpkin pies are adorable, in the fall spirit, and the perfect addition to your food arrangement.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4-inch round cookie cutter
  • Standard size muffin tin
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Mix pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl until smooth. Pour into pastry lined muffin cups to the top. Top with a pastry leaf if desired.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 20 – 25 minutes longer or until knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool 30 minutes in pan and remove to wire rack to cool for another hour for pumpkin filling to set completely.

Recipe from: Home is Where the Boat is

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Crisp

We didn’t forget about all you apple pie lovers! Use this super easy twist on apple pie to wow your guests on Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

For the pumpkin apple filling:

  • 15 ounce can (1 ¾ cups) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch thick slices

For the crisp topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

For serving:

  • freshly whipped cream or ice cream, if desired

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, ½ cup pure maple syrup, spices, and salt until well combined. Stir in apple slices. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker insert.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, white whole wheat flour and cinnamon. Use your fingertips to work the butter into the oat mixture until the mixture clumps together and the butter pieces are small. Stir in the ¼ cup maple syrup. Crumble the topping evenly over the filling in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 2 to 2 ½ hours or on low for 3 to 3 ½ hours, until the apples are soft. Turn off the heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour before serving (keeping the lid on). Serve with freshly whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Recipe from: Kristine’s Kitchen

 

 

 

It’s November, which means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner! At Oakwood Escrow, we love celebrating the holidays with our families, but hosting can get stressful. Here’s some tips to create an incredible centerpiece for this year!

 

Theme

First, you need to decide on your theme for your Thanksgiving table! Are you going minimalistic and sticking to neutral colors, such as whites and browns? Or are you going more traditional and bringing in all of the colors for fall, bright yellows and deep oranges? Once you know the theme you’re going for, it will be a lot easier to create a masterpiece!

Real pumpkins

You probably went to the pumpkin patch with your kids or family this past October, so recycle those tiny pumpkins you purchased and put them to good use! If you’re going simple, you can line the pumpkins up and down your table runner, and add little tea lights and greenery, leaves, vines, etc., around them to create a simple, yet beautiful centerpiece. If you want to get a little more creative, use a bigger pumpkin for the main piece on your table this year! Cut the top off the pumpkin as if you were to carve it, so it can be used as a base for a vase, floral arrangement, etc., this is where you can get creative! Add a plethora of orange, yellow, and red flowers to bring out the fall colors in your home, or add fall colored leaves and twigs amongst a few flowers to create a farmhouse feel to your table. The options are endless! Cut the tops off of smaller pumpkins to add tea lights in for extra decor, with your big pumpkin arrangement in the center!

Fall leaves

An easy, simple way to spice up what you already have! Use your normal Thanksgiving centerpiece and add some fall colored leaves around the table and down your runner. Bright yellows, deep reds, and rusty oranges are the perfect touch to add some fall vibes to your table. You can collect real leaves from outside, or head to your local craft store to pick some up at a cheap price.

 

Name tags

Get creative when it comes to name tags on place settings. Use teeny tiny pumpkins and attach a small leaf to the steam with twine and a name on it to add to your pumpkin theme. Cut out felt fabric in the shape of maple leaves, write the names in cursive, and back them with burlap to add a rustic feel to your table. Use pinecones, an easy and free alternative, to stick a name card into and add it to each person’s place setting. Involve the kids to these easy, simple crafts to let them join in on preparing for Thanksgiving!

Fall means holiday parties are around the corner, and if you’re hosting one this year, why not spice things up with a seasonal cocktail?! We want to share our favorite easy Fall cocktails that will ensure your party is a hit! All recipes are from Town and Country Magazine.

*Please drink responsibly.*

 

Apple Cider Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

How to make:
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then dip the champagne glass rims into water and into the cinnamon sugar mix. Fill flutes up ¼ with apple cider and top the rest with champagne. Enjoy this Fall twist on your breakfast cocktail!

 

Caramel Apple Mule

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Absolut vodka
  • .5 oz caramel syrup
  • 1 oz apple cider

How to make:
Shake the ingredients together with ice, then strain into desired mug over ice. Top the concoction with ginger beer, and garnish with an apple slice.

 

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1.5 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Cola
  • Mint

How to make:
Combine the Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice, Captain Morgan, and ice cream into a highball glass. Top with Cola, stir, and garnish with mint.

 

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This one is for those who want a little more challenging cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • 4 cups whole milk (divided)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream (marshmallows, shaved chocolate, pumpkin pie spice)

How to make:
Measure ⅓ cup of Kahlúa and set aside. Whisk together 1 cup of milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt into medium saucepan until fully combined. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and hot (do not boil). Whisk in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until mixture is heated. Move from heat right before boiling. Once moved from heat, immediately whisk in Kahlúa. Pour into glasses and add desired toppings.

Are haunted thrills what you love about October to prepare for Halloween? Don’t look any further, check out our favorite spots to experience haunted mazes and thrills in San Diego this October!

 

The Haunted Trail Balboa Park

Experience a thrill that is too big to keep indoors. Head to the historic Balboa Park if you dare to seek out two terror filled experiences. First, you’ll have to find your way out of the eXperiment maze, a horrifying maze where you’ll be stalked by your favorite horror characters. After you crawl and scream your way out of the maze, enter the mile long trail if you dare. The Haunted Trail winds around the park where you’ll feel like you’re trapped in Friday the 13th. Watch out for Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, and Pennywise as you creep your way through the trail. Who knows what, or who, will pop out next.

Location: at the corner of Balboa Drive & Juniper in Balboa Park

 

The Haunted Hotel

If you love Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp District, experience the terror the Haunted Hotel has in store for you. Make your way through the Haunted Hotel, where clowns will turn the corners unexpectedly while you fight your way through the zombie infested hallways and find yourself in the Morgue Autopsy Lab. Find out for yourself what other horrors are waiting while making your way out of this hotel.

Location: 424 Market Street, San Diego, Ca 92101

 

The Scream Zone

One haunt not good enough for you? Then experience The Scream Zone, San Diego’s largest haunted experience. With 3 horror filled attractions, you won’t know what hit you when you step inside The Scream Zone on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Make your way into the House of Horror, where you’ll be trapped by clowns and shaken up in the darkness, unknowing of where you are. Or pile into a wagon for the Haunted Hayride, where you’ll be taken into the darkness where terrifying clowns, demonic dolls, and bloodthirsty zombies are waiting for your arrival. Choose to go to the Karnevil, the terrifying freakshow that will leave you disoriented and petrified. If you’re up for the challenge, experience all 3 haunts and see which one leaves you running for your life.

Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, California 92014

October means Halloween is just around the corner! One of the things we love in October is heading to the pumpkin patch with the family to pick out the perfect pumpkin to create a one-of-a-kind jack o’ lantern. Check out our favorite pumpkin patches located near San Diego County!

 

Peltzer Pumpkin Farm

The Peltzer family-owned pumpkin farm is the perfect spot to bring the kids to enjoy a day filled with picking pumpkins and enjoying attractions. At the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm, you can enjoy gem mining, a petting farm, pig races, pony rides, a tractor garden, and train rides! Located in right outside San Diego County in Temecula, the Peltzer Pumpkin Farm will ensure you a day full of fun and make sure you get in the spirit of Fall and Halloween with the entire family!

Location: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA, 92591

 

Harbour Farm and Vineyard

Who said pumpkin patches are only fun for the kids? While the kids will still go crazy over this fall-themed patched with a bounce house, gem mining, hay rides, and a petting zoo area, the adults will have just as much fun! This patch offers live music, BBQ food, wine tasting, and frozen sangria slushies. Enjoy all the photo-op spots around the farm, and pick out the perfect pumpkin with the family for the holiday!

Location: 3326 Hwy 67, Ramona, CA 92065

 

Pumpkin Station Rancho Bernardo

While there are Pumpkin Station locations all around San Diego, Pumpkin Station Rancho Bernardo has them all beat! This pumpkin patch has free parking and free admission so you can walk around, pick your own pumpkins, and see all the farm animals. For only $2 per ticket for the attractions, you can venture into the corn maze and then enjoy a hayride right after! Bring the whole family for some fall-themed fun, and make it a competition to see who can make it out of the corn maze first!

Location: 13421 Highland Valley Road Escondido, CA. 92025

While Disneyland isn’t located in San Diego, it’s just a short 2 hour drive away, and we at Oakwood Escrow love to get out to Disneyland for the holidays, especially in October! Here are our reasons why Spooky Disney is the best!

 

It’s SPOOKY!

Disneyland in October is just spooky! Everything in both parks, Disneyland and California Adventure, is all decked out for Halloween! From the Headless Horseman in California Adventure, to the giant pumpkin and jack o’ lanterns hung in the trees in Disneyland, you can find spookiness throughout the parks. Halloween-themed snacks will be found around the park as well, so make sure you get your witchy fingers on an extra-spooky treat!

 

Get in the holiday spirit

This goes in hand with everything being spooky in the parks, so it just makes sense. When you have a spooky Oogie Boogie covered chocolate strawberry, a pumpkin spice churro with cream cheese frosting, and a Spoke-y Cone Macaron from the Cozy Cone Motel, how can you not be in the Halloween spirit? Everywhere you look you’ll see something Halloween-themed, hear spooky music, and feel the Halloween vibe in the atmosphere.

 

Enjoy spooky themed attractions

Can’t get enough spookiness from walking around the park? Head to the following attractions to experience a spooky twist on these rides: The Haunted Mansion becomes The Nightmare Before Christmas, Space Mountain becomes the Ghost Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy gets a Monsters after Dark twist, and Radiator Springs in Cars Land gets a full Halloween spin, with characters in costumes, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree! Experience all the Halloween-filled twists and turns of these rides and feel the spookiness among them all.

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Disney villains will make a special appearance this Halloween season for a meet and greet during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. A great Halloween experience for the kids, they can trick-or-treat after the regular park hours in their Halloween costumes and get some awesome treats! Don’t miss the Headless Horseman riding down Main Street and the Halloween-themed firework show!

It’s officially Fall and official October! We’re ready to trade in all things summer and prepare for the cooler months ahead. Decorating for the season is one of our favorite ways to get into the Fall spirit, so here are our top ways to move into Fall and head toward the holidays!

 

Candles

Nothing screams Fall and holidays like a good candle. We love all candles scented with pumpkin, warm spices, cinnamon, crisp flavors, etc. Adding in a few candles per room that liven up the area with their warm, Fall scents really gets your head into the Fall spirit, whether you’re aware of it or not. Scent has such a strong pull on our emotions, and something about the warm, cozy scents of Fall may help put you in a relaxed, serene mood. Pick candles that make you feel happy when you smell them and you can’t go wrong! Some of our favorites come from the Fall line at Bath and Body Works, which include Leaves, Sweater Weather, Caramel Pumpkin Swirl, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.

One of our favorites can be found here!

 

Decor

Your decor in your home most likely reflects your personal style and taste. What better way to show off your love for the holidays and Fall time than switching up a few pieces of decor? We know that decorating your home can be expensive, so adding a few touches of Fall here and there can really spice up your space without depleting your wallet. Whether it’s adding in a few new candles, a Fall themed blanket, wall art, or pillows, there’s a ton of ways to show off your personal style while adding that Fall touch to get you into the Fall spirit! We personally love to add a new centerpiece to our table with dark oranges and reds, adding pumpkin themed decor in warm tones to wall units and coffee tables, and placing a Fall themed wreath and doormat on your front porch to living up the outside of your home. Homegoods, Big Lots and Hobby Lobby are great places to buy Fall decor at an affordable price if you’re looking to spice up your home!

Check out this hanging piece!

 

Food

Fall food! You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge in Fall themed foods. Between smelling your Fall candles and tasting Fall comfort foods, you’ll be in the Fall spirit in no time! While summertime is great for acai bowls and lighter meals, something about Fall just calls us in to bake yummy treats and cook more meals. When it comes to desserts, anything apple, cinnamon, and of course, everything pumpkin comes to mind for baking. For cooking, heartier soups come to mind, such as butternut squash, cheesy potato soup, etc. Some of these soups can be super easy to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients! Play around with your Pinterest and find some new Fall recipes to try out for the family.

Try out this new recipe!

Here at Oakwood Escrow, coffee is an essential part of our day! Whether we head out to a coffee shop, or take a break from the office in a cafe, we love trying out new, local coffee spots. Check out these 3 awesome coffee shops in Encinitas!

 

Lil’ Jungle Java

Lil’ Jungle Java is a small drive thru/walk up window coffee shop in Encinitas that is serving up some fantastic coffee! They understand the struggle of not wanting to finish your watered down iced coffee, so they have solved all of your problems by using coffee ice cubes in your iced drinks. Being a family owned business, Lil’ Jungle Java will treat you just like family, and offer you incredible coffee drinks, frozen espresso drinks, and amazing chai lattes! You can’t go wrong when going to Lil’ Jungle Java, so what are you waiting for?

Location: 1500 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

 

Zumbar Coffee & Tea

If you’re into coffee, and we mean straight coffee, no fancy lattes, sugary syrups, or frappuccinos, then Zumbar is the place for you! We love getting all the fancy coffee drinks at other places, but sometimes you just need a simple mocha or cold brew, without 50 menu items to choose from. Just steps from the beach, Zumbar is the perfect stop to get your caffeine fix before a nice morning walk by the ocean!

Location: 111 Chesterfield Dr, Ste 115, Encinitas, CA 92007

 

Lofty Coffee

Trendy, quaint coffee shops are always a good find, especially when they’re close by the beach. Lofty Coffee gives you all the hip vibes and is located on North Coast Highway in Encinitas. This coffee shop is serving up local grown, organic sustainable products, and they offer milk substitutes, such as their homemade almond milk. While their drink menu isn’t extensive, each item is carefully crafted and will have your tastebuds dancing! Don’t forget to pick up a pastry with your coffee when you come visit Lofty!

Location: 90 N Coast Hwy 101, Ste 214, Encinitas, CA 92024

Weekends call for friends, family, and good eats! Nothing beats heading out to grab a bite along with a drink and great company. We want to share our favorite three spots in La Mesa to grab a drink with good friends.

 

The Pioneer BBQ

BBQ, burgers, and brews, need we say more? If any of those three interest you, you have to check out the newest BBQ and brew restaurant in La Mesa, The Pioneer BBQ. With a laid back atmosphere, The Pioneer is the perfect dinner spot to grab a brew with some delicious BBQ. Whether you’re a pulled pork or burger fan, mac and cheese and cornbread are always the best sides to accompany your meal. However, you may want to spice things up by getting the Smoked Pulled Pork Dirty Fries, which include mac and cheese on these decadent fries. Is your mouth watering yet? Head out to The Pioneer to satisfy all your BBQ cravings, while washing it all down with an ice cold brew.

Location: 8622 Lake Murray Blvd, San Diego, CA 92119

 

Bolt Brewery

If you’re looking to grab a beer with some friends, enjoy live music with some games and food trucks, Bolt Brewery has you covered. The space at Bolt Brewery is all outdoor, which allows for a great welcoming vibe with a yard filled with giant Jenga, cornhole, backyard Connect Four, and Disc Golf to name a few games. Although Bolt Brewery in La Mesa doesn’t serve food, there’s always food trucks right outside to grab a bite to eat with the wide selection of brews here. Not to mention, the beer garden is pet friendly, so bring your pups, friends, and lovers of beer with you for a great evening at Bolt Brewery!

Location: 8179 Center St., La Mesa, CA 91942

 

Helix Brewing

One of La Mesa’s hidden gems, Helix Brewing needs to be on your list of go-to brewery stops in San Diego. Helix Brewing has an awesome outdoor patio that creates an incredible relaxing vibe and experience due to its string lights, taco Tuesday taco trucks, dog friendly atmosphere, and outdoor games. With a wide range of beer flavors, Helix Brewing is a great spot to bring friends together to wind down after a long work week. Make sure to make it out to Helix Brewing this weekend to try one of their beer flights with your friends!

Location: 8101 Commercial St., La Mesa, CA 91942

Sometimes we all need a vacation. Instead of breaking the bank with traveling, enjoy the beauty of this city we all get to call home and have a staycation in San Diego! Here are our favorite tips to have the best staycation!

 

Hotel

To make your staycation feel like a real vacation, pick a destination that doesn’t necessarily feel like home. The hotel can really make or break your experience, because you are making it your home away from home after all. We love hotels where you can kick back, lay by the pool, enjoy a spa experience, and feel relaxed at. A few hotels we recommend are:

Hotel Del Coronado: This historical hotel sits right on the beach, where you can relax by the ocean or at one of their many pools, enjoy shopping steps from the hotel, bike along the boardwalk, or dine oceanside at the 1500 OCEAN Restaurant.

Omni Hotel La Costa: Located in Carlsbad, Omni La Costa is the perfect staycation getaway, with their eight swimming pools, award winning spa, tennis courts, golf courses, and easy accessibility to the beach and Legoland.

Paradise Point: Feel like you’ve stepped into paradise when you stay in Mission Bay at Paradise Point with their bungalow-style guest rooms hidden away in lush, tropical gardens on their 44-acre island, which offers five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, endless recreation options, and is just a short drive away from the beach, Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park.

 

Relax

One of the hardest things to do on vacation, especially if work often follows you home, is to leave work at the office. We highly recommend leaving your phone behind, turning off your notifications, and refrain from checking your emails. The whole reason for your staycation is to get away from the stress and consistency of work, so let yourself enjoy your time off! Be present and worry about work when you resume your normal life. Staycations are for unwinding and relaxing, so allow yourself time to do so!

 

Enjoy Yourself

While this goes hand in hand with relaxing, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and your time away from home, work, and everyday life. Whether you’re on staycation with the family, friends, or your partner, don’t forget to enjoy the moments you’re in! Splurge on a fancy dinner one night, take a spa day if you really need some relaxation help, and don’t forget to take photos. Vacation or staycation, you’re going to want to remember the time you had with your loved ones!