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A Simple Veggie Dish That Will Steal the Show This Thanksgiving

POPSUGAR is excited to present the first online look at this cinnamon butter baked carrots recipe from Becky Tarala, the blogger behind The Two Bite Club.

If your Thanksgiving menu is in need of a simple yet beautiful side dish to balance out all of your classic casseroles, cinnamon butter baked carrots are the way to go. This easy-to-make recipe features fresh carrots that are smothered in cinnamon butter and then baked in the oven until they are perfectly glazed and tender. With the stunning presentation and sweet cinnamon butter sauce, these carrots are sure to steal the show this Thanksgiving!

Menu planning for the holidays is no joke. Sure, when you first think about it, the whole process seems pretty simple and straightforward. You roast a big turkey, make a few sides, throw in a few rolls, and you’re good to go.

It’s when you actually sit down to make your shopping list that things start getting real.

A million thoughts start running through your mind. Is a 19-pound turkey big enough? Shoot, maybe not. Maybe we should serve ham, too. Add ham to the list. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows or without? No, wait. No marshmallows. A brown sugar pecan topping is better. Should I make homemade rolls? Plan for homemade rolls AND buy rolls from the bakery because you always take on too much and it’s good to have a back-up plan. SO. MUCH. TO. DO.

I’ve found that the best way to make sure I don’t forget anything is to write down each dish that I want to serve, adding more and more ingredients to my shopping list and as the menu takes shape.

I’ve hosted Thanksgiving in our home for quite a few years now and, while there will always be a million things running through my mind as I plan, I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with a well-rounded holiday menu!

One thing that I have realized over the years is that the first draft of my menu usually ends up a little bit on the rich side. (Yes, I have a first draft. I take this holiday hosting thing very seriously!)

I love to serve a variety of casseroles with our turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and, while everything I plan to make is absolutely delicious, my menu usually begs for something simple, fresh, and beautiful to balance out the heavy, rich dishes I initially crave.

That is how these cinnamon butter baked carrots came to be. I wanted to add one more easy-to-prepare side dish to our feast that would balance out the slew of casseroles. Carrots seemed to be the perfect choice!

I decided pair the carrots with classic flavors and dressed them with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Super simple, but absolutely delicious! Sometimes a little bit of simplicity is just what my menu needs.

After baking in the oven, the carrots come out perfectly tender and so, so good. For me, the best part is the sweet, sticky cinnamon butter sauce that the carrots bake in. Once you transfer the baked carrots to a serving platter, you drizzle that irresistible cinnamon butter over the top and it is like the icing on the cake!

If you decide to add these beautiful carrots to your menu this Thanksgiving, I think it’s only fair to warn you that the smell while they are baking is simply intoxicating. Once you get a whiff of that sweet cinnamon bubbling away, you will forget all about the turkey!

If your menu this year is in need of that one special dish to round everything out, these baked carrots are what you have been looking for. They will surely be the star of your holiday feast!

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

From Becky Tarala, POPSUGAR Food

Notes

This recipe can be prepped in advance and refrigerated until ready to bake. The amount of cinnamon can be increased to 1 teaspoon if you like extra cinnamon on your carrots.

Ingredients

  1. 15 carrots, peeled and stems removed
  2. 1/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/3 cup boiling water
  7. 1 tablespoon orange juice
  8. Fresh parsley, chopped, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Clean carrots and arrange in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. While the mixer is running, slowly add the boiling water and orange juice.
  4. Pour mixture over the carrots and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 90 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and transfer carrots to a serving platter. Drizzle carrots with the melted cinnamon butter from the baking dish. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories per serving
219

This Glorious Marriott Will Deliver a 10-Pound Doughnut to Your Door

Sure, you can make your own giant Funfetti doughnut at home, but what if you could order one through room service and have it delivered to your door? JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in California is doing just that! The hotel is now offering a “Donut Disturb” special in which a 10-pound doughnut is brought to you via room service for the reasonable price of $219. This package includes a round of milkshakes to pair with the doughnut and a $50 hotel credit to be used at the spa, golf course, or hotel dining.

How did the chefs create such a giant doughnut? It’s technically cake and it’s made fresh in house. Layers of vanilla chiffon cake, cream, and raspberry jam are molded into a doughnut shape and coated in fondant. A coffee lacquer is sprayed on the outside (to give it a fried doughnut appearance). Strawberry glaze is drizzled on top and then it’s finally coated in large homemade sprinkles.

Luckily for us, the team at Foodbeast ordered the doughnut so we can all live vicariously. Foodbeast founder Elie Ayrouth told POPSUGAR that the doughnut tasted “[l]ike the most delicious wedding cake possible.” He added, “[I]t’s definitely lavish, fun to order to the room to get your weekend going and then we just had it all weekend to pick at. [O]bviously [we] didn’t eat it all in one s[i]tting.” After seeing all the close-ups of this humongous doughnut, you may be inspired to book a trip to Desert Springs ASAP.

People Are Waiting in Hour-Long Lines For Disney’s Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket

In honor of Halloween, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have unveiled a whole new line of spooky souvenirs and treats, many of them inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. In particular, the Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket has left people running around the park in search of the consistently sold-out product.

The creepy-crawly bucket depicts the Nightmare Before Christmas villain and includes a hatch at the back that stores the popcorn. At $15, the bucket is pretty pricey; however, it does make for a unique collector’s item. That is, if you can find it! It’s been reported by visitors that lines for the popcorn bucket last nearly an hour. Fortunately, many people are sharing restock updates on Instagram.

Remember Disney’s viral Beauty and the Beast tumbler? Well, this is just like that, except way spookier. Ahead, see pictures of the limited-edition popcorn bucket.

People Are Waiting in Hour-Long Lines For Disney’s Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket

In honor of Halloween, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have unveiled a whole new line of spooky souvenirs and treats, many of them inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. In particular, the Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket has left people running around the park in search of the consistently sold-out product.

The creepy-crawly bucket depicts the Nightmare Before Christmas villain and includes a hatch at the back that stores the popcorn. At $15, the bucket is pretty pricey; however, it does make for a unique collector’s item. That is, if you can find it! It’s been reported by visitors that lines for the popcorn bucket last nearly an hour. Fortunately, many people are sharing restock updates on Instagram.

Remember Disney’s viral Beauty and the Beast tumbler? Well, this is just like that, except way spookier. Ahead, see pictures of the limited-edition popcorn bucket.

How to Make Skittles-Infused Vodka Shots

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

For any party, serve up these incredible rainbow shots, made from infusing Skittles candies into vodka. They are so sweet and colorful that it almost makes the shot-taking process easy . . . almost! Don’t forget to offer a bowl full of the candies as a “chaser.”

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

Skittles Vodka

From POPSUGAR Food

Notes

This recipe can be scaled up or down, depending on how many shots you are looking to do. The ratio is simply 1 part Skittles to 2 parts vodka.

Ingredients

  1. Vodka
  2. Skittles, colors divided

Directions

  1. In clean, airtight glass jars (we used mason jars), fill each halfway with Skittles. Top with vodka, then seal. Allow to infuse overnight. Alternatively, speed up the process by running the jars through a dishwasher on a standard cycle with no soap (but be sure the containers you are using are airtight).
  2. After the Skittles have (mostly) dissolved, strain each of the colors separately through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain out any remaining particles, starting with yellow, then orange, then red. Use separate filters for green and purple so the colors don’t bleed. Wash the bottles thoroughly, then return each strained Skittles vodka to the bottles. Cool in the fridge or freezer.
  3. To serve, simply pour into shot glasses and go for it!

How to Make Skittles-Infused Vodka Shots

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

For any party, serve up these incredible rainbow shots, made from infusing Skittles candies into vodka. They are so sweet and colorful that it almost makes the shot-taking process easy . . . almost! Don’t forget to offer a bowl full of the candies as a “chaser.”

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

Skittles Vodka

From POPSUGAR Food

Notes

This recipe can be scaled up or down, depending on how many shots you are looking to do. The ratio is simply 1 part Skittles to 2 parts vodka.

Ingredients

  1. Vodka
  2. Skittles, colors divided

Directions

  1. In clean, airtight glass jars (we used mason jars), fill each halfway with Skittles. Top with vodka, then seal. Allow to infuse overnight. Alternatively, speed up the process by running the jars through a dishwasher on a standard cycle with no soap (but be sure the containers you are using are airtight).
  2. After the Skittles have (mostly) dissolved, strain each of the colors separately through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain out any remaining particles, starting with yellow, then orange, then red. Use separate filters for green and purple so the colors don’t bleed. Wash the bottles thoroughly, then return each strained Skittles vodka to the bottles. Cool in the fridge or freezer.
  3. To serve, simply pour into shot glasses and go for it!

White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s Taste Exactly Like Cinnamon Rolls

A pumpkin-pie-flavored candy could go one of two ways, so we were a little nervous to try White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s. The new, seasonal flavor has arrived just in time for Fall and Halloween, and in the spirit of all things pumpkin spice, we tried the candy as soon as we were able to get our hands on one of the festive packages. Not everyone who participated in this POPSUGAR taste test is a fan of either pumpkin spice or white chocolate, but we took one for the team and crunched right into the hard candy shells filled with white chocolate and pumpkin pie flavors. And let’s not confuse these with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s and Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s from years past. These are entirely new and are available now in stores including Walmart and Target for $3 per bag.

So what do these M&M’s actually taste like? The verdict, is M&M’s totally nailed it with this flavor, and the bite-size candies taste exactly like pumpkin pie. Despite the fact that we know the candy is artificially flavored – it says it right there on the bag – we didn’t taste any chemical-like, artificial aftertaste as we have with other M&M’s flavors. The white chocolate base gives the M&M’s an almost pumpkin-cheesecake-like flavor, and we definitely get hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. We bet these would taste fantastic frozen, as well as in Fall desserts like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s a sampling of our reviews to give you a better idea of how people really felt about these M&M’s.

  • “I usually hate white chocolate, but these are a delight.”
  • “Dang, these taste just like pie. Color me impressed.”
  • “Subtle pumpkin flavor. You can definitely taste the white chocolate.”
  • “They taste like a cinnamon bun!”
  • “Took me a while to taste the pumpkin, but they’re not bad!”

If you’re already dreaming about filling bowls in your kitchen with this limited-edition M&M’s flavor, do yourself a favor and stock up! You just might be able to get away with serving these for dessert instead of homemade pumpkin pie.

White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s Taste Exactly Like Cinnamon Rolls

A pumpkin-pie-flavored candy could go one of two ways, so we were a little nervous to try White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s. The new, seasonal flavor has arrived just in time for Fall and Halloween, and in the spirit of all things pumpkin spice, we tried the candy as soon as we were able to get our hands on one of the festive packages. Not everyone who participated in this POPSUGAR taste test is a fan of either pumpkin spice or white chocolate, but we took one for the team and crunched right into the hard candy shells filled with white chocolate and pumpkin pie flavors. And let’s not confuse these with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s and Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s from years past. These are entirely new and are available now in stores including Walmart and Target for $3 per bag.

So what do these M&M’s actually taste like? The verdict, is M&M’s totally nailed it with this flavor, and the bite-size candies taste exactly like pumpkin pie. Despite the fact that we know the candy is artificially flavored – it says it right there on the bag – we didn’t taste any chemical-like, artificial aftertaste as we have with other M&M’s flavors. The white chocolate base gives the M&M’s an almost pumpkin-cheesecake-like flavor, and we definitely get hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. We bet these would taste fantastic frozen, as well as in Fall desserts like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s a sampling of our reviews to give you a better idea of how people really felt about these M&M’s.

  • “I usually hate white chocolate, but these are a delight.”
  • “Dang, these taste just like pie. Color me impressed.”
  • “Subtle pumpkin flavor. You can definitely taste the white chocolate.”
  • “They taste like a cinnamon bun!”
  • “Took me a while to taste the pumpkin, but they’re not bad!”

If you’re already dreaming about filling bowls in your kitchen with this limited-edition M&M’s flavor, do yourself a favor and stock up! You just might be able to get away with serving these for dessert instead of homemade pumpkin pie.

Le Creuset Released an Entire Millennial Pink Collection, and OMG, It’s Gorgeous

I hope you’re in need of some new cookware, because you’re going to want every single thing from Le Creuset’s new (millennial pink!) collection. Officially called the Sugar Pink Collection, the lineup of new kitchen items includes blush-pink dutch ovens and so much more, all in Le Creuset’s signature enamel material and chic design. Honestly, everything is so gorgeous that it doesn’t matter how small your kitchen is – you’ll want to show it off on your counter at all times. From soup pots to skillets and tiny teaspoons, here’s the complete list of pink Le Creuset items you’ll want to add to your kitchen wish list.

Le Creuset Released an Entire Millennial Pink Collection, and OMG, It’s Gorgeous

I hope you’re in need of some new cookware, because you’re going to want every single thing from Le Creuset’s new (millennial pink!) collection. Officially called the Sugar Pink Collection, the lineup of new kitchen items includes blush-pink dutch ovens and so much more, all in Le Creuset’s signature enamel material and chic design. Honestly, everything is so gorgeous that it doesn’t matter how small your kitchen is – you’ll want to show it off on your counter at all times. From soup pots to skillets and tiny teaspoons, here’s the complete list of pink Le Creuset items you’ll want to add to your kitchen wish list.