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The crunch of the leaves, the crisp, fall air…finally, I can say that Fall has arrived here in New Jersey. Besides Fall, one of the other things we love about living here is our great neighbors. The kind of neighbors you could (and we have) call on when you’re in a bind or need a quick favor. As we approach this season of thankfulness, one way you can pay it forward to your neighbors is with an open house. With busy schedules, sometimes neighbors can’t always make a get-together. Something that everyone seems to love is an open house – stop in, grab a quick bite to eat, say hi and be on your way. It’s just a nice way to connect with the people that make our neighborhood so great.
Decide on what you’ll serve. If it will be an evening open-house, you can’t go wrong with dessert and coffee. The best fall dessert? PIE! I decided to do a small pie bar. It would be easy to keep it set up for those that dropped by.
Send an invite (Download this one HERE). Send this out tied to a little mini pumpkin. My kids loved delivering them!
To make this happen, with minimal work, I turned to Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies.
I stopped by Walmart and was able to pick up a few. I decided on an Apple Lattice Pie, Razzleberry Pie and, my favorite, Pecan Pie.
With my pies ready to bake, all I had to do was set up my pie bar – and I wanted it to be easy, no-fuss. I decided to temporarily upcycle some plates and candle holders to make some pie stands for my pie bar. It’s so simple to do!
What You Need:
– Candle Holders
-Clear Removable Adhesive Strips
The great thing about this easy project is that you don’t have to commit to keeping the pie stands. I’ve made these before with glue, but sometimes it’s nice to maintain your plate / candleholders and have something new made from something old. All you have to do is place the adhesive strips on the top of the candle holder, flip plate upside down, and then center the candleholder.
And done! Instant pretty pie stand.
I dressed up my table in golds and orange tones of the season.
I made another stand from by simply placing the plate on a wreath.
Don’t forget the Reddi-Wip®! Because your pie bar will not be complete without it.
There’s something amazing about a great piece of pie with creamy Reddi-Wip® on top!
And there you have it – a simple pie bar for an open house that will look like you spent HOURS baking and prepping. And with the easy, deliciousness of Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies, you’ll be serving the best, prepared in a flash.
Leftover Pie Idea
By some miracle, if you have leftover pie (or you bought an extra one, like me!) you can try this recipe for Pecan Pie Baked Apples.
PECAN PIE BAKED APPLES
You’ll just need your favorite apple to bake with (I chose Fuji) and a baked Marie Callender’s Pecan Pie. Start by coring the apples and scooping out apple so that you have a nice baking shell.
Then fill the insides with the pecan pie. You can mix up the pie to include crust or just use the filling. Either way, the work on the stuffing for these apples is already done because these pies are perfection!
You’ll want to cut slits in the apple all around – before stuffing. This will make it easy to eat and allow for the filling to bubble into the spaces. YUM! You’ll then bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with ice cream or Reddi-Wip® and some cinnamon. Yum.
You can even deliver these to neighbors that couldn’t make it. We have one elderly neighbor that usually cannot get out much. These are a great treat to send over to her – a way to #PieItForward!