Today is a GREAT day. Not because it's Friday - even though that is a wonderful thing. Today is the official start of my Thanksgiving. Today is the start of a week of doing nothing but relaxing, cooking, eating, laughing, napping, reading, and spending time with family. I'm so excited. I'm going to start it off with a weekend that consists of attending a fun holiday decorating & entertaining workshop (more on that later), putting up a few Christmas decorations, getting a head start on grocery shopping, and getting in a pre-Thanksgiving workout. Did I mention that I was excited?? Ha. Anyway, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the links!

You guys LOVE your family!! Family has been the most popular answer to the question on Monday's Minted giveaway. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight, so be sure to stop by!

There are lots and lots of good gift guides out there, but this one was done with some serious love. It's by far my favorite one yet...

Speaking of gift guides, I've added a few more items to my little guide...

An all-inclusive guide to Thanksgiving etiquette - including Thursday's football schedule.

Sorry Mom, but I'm eloping in Paris when the time comes. So simple and so pretty...

In case you are already making plans for leftover turkey. Yum...

Sweet potatoes never looked SO DARN GOOD!

Philip Lim's studio matches his products... Beautiful.

Just good to know...

Image by Ryann Ford via Ryan Street Associates
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{One can't go wrong with this red, simple, classic, structured fit & flare. Love it. It comes in navy, too... }

I only have a few holiday gatherings penciled in this year - most of which are going to be casual. However, that hasn't stopped me from admiring this holiday attire, which all happens to be all in one place - Anthropologie. Is it me or have they really stepped up their holiday attire this year?? I feel like every time I log into Pinterest, I see a few of their dresses that others have pinned. I recently took a look around their holiday attire page to see what was going on, and I loved what I saw! Here are a few of my faves that I think would be perfect for the holidays or for any fun party during the year for that matter...

{Sheath dresses are my second favorite to fit & flares. They can be sexy without being too much. I adore this one...} 

{I'd wear this gold sequined dress to a lovely New Year's Eve dinner in a heartbeat...} 

{ I have yet to find a jumper that fits me properly, but I am DYING to try this one on! Perfection.}

{I think this tank with a good pair of dressy black pants- or cropped pants - a jacket, and a great pair of heels would be fabulous...}

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Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Oh my gracious people... I have got a TREAT for you today!! So this past weekend as I was indulging in an hour-long Pinterest marathon (don't you love those??), I ran across a recipe for this crisp. May I just say that I love apple crisps?? I love them especially in the fall when apples are in season. Anyway, that's not the best thing about this crisp. The best thing - I thought - was that the crisp could be made in just five minutes. I read through the recipe and thought, "Ha. That's funny. Impossible." But it looked so good! I read through the recipe again to learn that I already had all of the ingredients in my pantry plus a few more I wanted to add, so I thought I would give it a try...

People... THIS IS REAL! And so good!! It tastes just like an apple crisp that has baked for an hour in the oven. Just like it! The apples cook down and are really flavorful and tender. The crust is crusty, and buttery, and sweet. And speaking of "buttery," that flavor in this crisp comes from coconut oil - not butter, which is what crisp recipes usually include. The recipe is also made with whole wheat flour instead of regular flour. So with the coconut oil, whole wheat flour, the apples, oats, and the small serving size, I think this is semi-healthy - well minus the caramel I decided to drizzle over the top, but I couldn't help myself... :) But honey would be a great substitute. Once I got all of the ingredients organized, it really did take all of five minutes to assemble and cook it. The only caveat is that you really need let them sit for about five minutes to cool after they come out of the microwave. It is piping hot! It can be eaten right out the ramekin, spooned over the top of ice cream, or eaten for breakfast the next day (just cover and let it sit out on the counter overnight). It's just so, so, so easy to make and good...

Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home
Five-Minute Single Serving Apple, Cranberry & Caramel Crisp | Savor Home

Here is what you need and what to do (makes 2 single servings):
Adapted from Lindsay of A Pinch of Yum (I could hug her neck right now... )

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (divided)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (divided)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups chopped apples
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
Caramel for drizzling (I used a store-bought caramel), or honey for a healthier option

1. In a small bowl, add the coconut oil, oats, pecans, 2 tablespoons of the whole wheat flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and the salt. Stir until combined.

2. In another bowl, add the apples, cranberries, 1/2 tablespoon whole wheat flour, 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss to combine.

3. Add a small spoonful of the oat mixture to the bottom of 9 oz ramekins. Add about a cup of the apples to each ramekin. Really pack them in because they will cook down. Top the apples with the remaining oat mixture.

4. Heat the crisp in the microwave for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. The filling should be bubbling when its ready. It will be really hot when its done, so let it cool for 5 minutes or so before eating it! Drizzle the hot caramel or honey over the tops of the crisps. Enjoy!

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$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
How was the weekend?? I spent a LOT of it in bed under the covers dosing off/working/watching TV and just keeping warm. It was pure downtime and it was kinnnnnnd of amazing... I definitely have a case of the Mondays. If you are feeling the same, then I have something for you that just might cheer you up!!

The holidays are in full force in my world. I've planned our Thanksgiving meal (it's gonna be sooo good), I've started looking through my Christmas decorations to see what needs to be added or taken away, and I've started making my to-do list for the Christmas holidays. So excited! One of the things on my to-do list is to order holiday cards and order artwork to hang in my new bedroom and home office. One place I can get both of those things at Minted.com. I always order my holiday cards from them because they have so many beautiful and personable options. More importantly - they are great quality! The foil-pressed designs have always been my favorite. The real foil (that comes in silver, gold, and now - rose gold!) is so elegant and classy - and currently on sale! And speaking of their foil-pressed designs, have you seen their new foil-pressed art??? LOVE! I particularly love the print of this map (obviously) and the print of this quote (so, so true). Any of the artwork would make great gifts for others - and/or for yourself! Scroll down to see how you could win $200 towards your purchase of these items or anything else on Minted.com!!

$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home
$200 Giveaway | Minted.com via Savor Home

To win the $200 credit to use on Minted.com, all you have to do is answer the simple - but fun - question in the Rafflecopter below between now and Friday, November 21st at midnight! I can't wait to read your answers! The winner will be announced below on Monday, November 24th. Good luck!

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This post was sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Savor Home!

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It's Friday!! And it's FREEZING! I feel like we just skipped fall and went straight to winter or something... But I'm not complaining because this is my favorite season of the year after all. I'm writing this post in bed a few layers of blankets with a little hot tea at my side - and I'm as happy as a clam. What's going on this weekend? Aside from working on a few things for the blog and errand running, I plan to do a lot of what I'm doing right now - cozying up in warm blankets, watching a few of these documentaries on Netflix, and just relaxing! I hope you have a great weekend!

I've started my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide - the easy way! Ha. I'll be updating it often and will post a few special things here over the next few weeks!

"Sitting is the new smoking" was the first sentence of this post. Gosh that got my attention- and I'm glad it did! Very helpful...

There were so many great makeovers in the #OneRoomChallenge this year, but this makeover was my favorite...

I took two straight months off of work a few years ago, so I could completely relate to this article...

I had no idea that this could be made at home - in my own kitchen.

The holidays make lists like these that much more relevant...

I could party in this...

And wrap up in this...

Image via A Thousand Threads...

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