Kisses of bliss
…that we just had to share with you!
Bliss in every bite Salty-sweet treat
“Whether it’s at a carnival or a Halloween party, caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats,” says Alyssa Rosenthal, FIRST associate editor. “But caramel can be tricky to make—not to mention high in calories. My swap: a caramel made with dates! To make, I process 16 oz. of Medjool dates, 1⁄4 cup of milk and 1 Tbs. of vanilla extract in a food processor until smooth. Then I push wooden skewers into 6 Granny Smith apples and use a butter knife to cover them with the caramel. To finish, I sprinkle on coarse sea salt and pop the apples into the fridge for 30 minutes to set. My taste buds and my waistline are thankful.”
Dazzling on a dime Fresh-picked joy
“Hot apple cider, vibrant flowers, hayrides…I adore everything about autumn,” says Melissa D’Agnese, FIRST senior editor.
“So to celebrate the season, I create mini harvest bouquets. To make each one, I cut 18 seasonal blooms and berries to 5 inches and pop them into a 3" water-filled juice glass. Next, I wrap a rubber band around the glass, slip wheat snippets under the band until the glass is covered and tie a ribbon around the glass. Then I place two bouquets on a tray to make a cheery centerpiece—for pennies!”
Crafting up smiles Spooky-cute gourds
“I got a great deal on mini pumpkins at the farmers market, but instead of carving them, I came up with a faster way to add festive flair: I dressed them up with paper bats,” says Patty Bontekoe, FIRST deputy editor. “To make, I cut bat shapes out of black scrapbook paper, drew on faces with a black marker and used pushpins to secure the bats to the gourds. The result was frightfully fun!”
Genius find Wonderfully witchy helper
“Every time I make a pot of my go-to pea soup, the dripping spoon dirties the counter,” sighs Melissa Sorrells, FIRST senior editor. “Then I found this enchanting gizmo: It doubles as a spoon rest and a steam releaser for covered pots. So cute!” (Spoon Holder, $14, AnimiCausa.com)
Makeup we A gorgeous glow
“As the weather cools down and I spend less time in the sun, my skin starts to lose its glow,” shares Lauren Gatcombe, FIRST associate beauty editor. “To help my complexion look as radiant as Kyra Sedgwick’s, I like to use an illuminating foundation. These formulas contain light-reflecting particles that make skin look dewy while also visually blurring wrinkles. And one that’s infused with vitamin E (like CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, $12, Ulta.com) hydrates enhances youthful radiance.”
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
—Laura Ingalls Wilder
What we’re clipping & magnet-ing to our fridge “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”