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17 Pie Ideas To Keep You Warm This Winter

17 Pie Ideas To Keep You Warm This Winter

It’s the most magical time of the year. Winter is always special. There’s nothing we like more than getting comfortable with a blanket, book, cup of tea or hot chocolate and a nice slice of pie, preferably near the window when it’s snowing. Plus, they make ideal lunch or dinner for your friends and family. If you’re looking for pie ideas for this winter, you came to the right place. Throughout this article, we’re going to mention 17 amazing pies that will keep you warm this winter. Let’s start.

  1. Spiced apple pie with fluted round cutouts

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    Let’s take a classic American pie to a whole new level. This pie is easy to make, contains ingredients that you can purchase just about anywhere and you get to enjoy nice, delicious apple pie in an hour or so in six easy steps. Cinnamon and nutmeg give this wonderful dessert that winter “feel” we love so much. Get the recipe here.

    1. Raisin pie

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      This raisin pie is perfect for family visits over Christmas holidays. Also, studies revealed that raisin reduces risk factors of heart disease. In order to make this pie all you need is to get a few basic ingredients and to follow four simple steps. This pie, also, contains cinnamon which makes it perfect for winter. The entire dessert is decorated with little hearts made with heart-shaped cookie cutter. The final result is subtle, elegant, and expensive-looking desert that you’ll want to upload to your Instagram account. See how it’s done right here.

      3. Divine blueberry pie

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        Who doesn’t like blueberries? Not only they’re considered a superfood due to their numerous health benefits, but they only taste divine. Some ingredients you need for this pie include cinnamon, blueberries, and lemon juice. Preparation is very simple. Even if you don’t cook or bake at all this pie will still seem like it was made by a pro. Find out how to make this perfect two-step pie here.

        4. Tomato, cheddar and basil pie

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        tomato pie

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          Let’s step away from desserts for a while, shall we. When you’re in baking mood, you might as well make a pie for dinner and lunch. Plus, if you want something delicious and quick, then this recipe is perfect for you. Preparation time is 30 minutes and you bake it for about 40 minutes only. Ingredients like tomatoes, cheddar and Parmesan cheese will make everyone ask for an extra slice. Plus, it’s probably going to be the prettiest pie you’ve ever made. Get the recipe here.

          5. Spinach, ricotta and pimento pie

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            Although this time of the year is magical, it’s still characterized by viruses, the flu, etc. This pie contains spinach which is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, yet delicious at the same time. To prepare for and make this pie you only need 55 minutes. The pie will simply melt in your mouth. Plus, it’s perfect for your healthy lifestyle. Find out how to make it by following this link.

            6. Pumpkin, ricotta, and caramelized onion tart/pie

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              You’ve probably never though of combining these ingredients, but once you try this marvelous pie you will want to do it more often. If you need a delicious pie and have only 30 minutes to spare, this one is the ideal choice for you. Get the recipe here.

              7. Vegan tortilla pie

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                If you’re a vegan you probably thought you won’t find anything here that you could make. This recipe is just for you. To make this simple and yummy pie you need peppers, cumin, beans, and other healthy, yet tasty ingredients. You will love this easy-to make pie and the combination of red and yellow. Here’s the link for your perfect savory vegan pie.

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                8. Spiced pear and almond hand pie

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                  If you’re preparing a dinner for your friends or having a party but want to impress everyone with your baking expertise, then you should make these little hand pies. Why them? It’s because there’s going to be enough for everyone, they’re all the same size so you don’t have to worry one person will get a smaller slice. To make this spiced pie you can just buy frozen puff pastry and avoid all the fuss. Plus, combination of almonds and pear is magnificent. Get the recipe here.

                  9. Maple granola pecan pie

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                    We’re take one more traditional dish to a whole new level with this pie that is suitable for absolutely every holiday or family-gathering situation. Plus, it’s super delicious and ideal for winter. Find out how to make an updated version of traditional pecan pie right here.

                    10. Pear, date, and sesame pie

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                      Are you adventurous and love experimenting? This pie is what you need. Pears are versatile and are perfect in any combination and this pie is no exception. Plus, all that sesame will make the pie look like it has been sprinkled with snow. Learn how to bake this pie here.

                      11. Fruit pie with crumb topping

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                        Here we have amazing blueberries once again and the crumb topping that is extremely fun to use. In advance, Blueberries contain many antioxidants and have many health benefits. When cooled off this pie is perfect for hot summer days when you need sweet refreshment. However, when it’s warm, it’s ideal for cold winter days when you just want to eat delicious pie and watch your favorite show. Recipe is here.

                        12. Chocolate pecan pie

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                          Chocolate and pecans are a perfect match and this pie is the proof of this wonderful relationship. Combination of vanilla, chocolate, almonds, and pecans will make you want winter to never end. You can go step further and serve the pie with whipped cream. Yummy! Get the recipe here.

                          13. Bourbon pie

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                            What can warm you up in matter of seconds? The answer is simple, it’s bourbon. Now, instead of drinking bourbon like you just joined some Gentlemen’s club, you can, simply, add it to this delightfully easy-to-make pie. Find out how, right here.

                            14. Triple chocolate pumpkin pie

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                              You won’t be able to resist this pie. It’s rich and contains all your favorite ingredients (vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and pumpkin). The pie is very easy to make and once you do it will look like you purchased it in an expensive store. How great is that. Here’s the recipe

                              15. Honey pie

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                              honey pie

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                                Honey is a wonderful addition to all desserts. Plus, it’s organic and contains a wide range of health benefits. Combine honey with nutmeg and vanilla to create a perfect pie. The pie is simple, has minimalist appearance and very easy to make. What are you waiting for? Recipe is here.

                                16. Coconut custard pie

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                                  If you’re looking for a perfect holiday dessert, this could be it. After all, who says you can’t much on warm pie with coconut and imagine yourself on some tropical island? This easy-to-make pie’s instructions are right here.

                                  17. Chocolate tofu pie

                                  chocolate tofu pie

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                                    Here’s another recipe that both vegans and non-vegans can enjoy. To make this pie you need only four ingredients and that’s it. It tastes delicious sand you’re going to find yourself making this pie every week, because you don’t have to bake it. You can serve it plain or top it with whipped cream, your choice. Get the recipe here.

                                    Conclusion

                                    It’s the holiday season, which only implies there’s going to be a lot of baking in your home. Recipes listed in this article are delicious, easy to make, and contain ingredients you can find just about anywhere. So, what are you waiting for?

                                    References

                                    http://www.marthastewart.com/274980/25-perfect-pies#213954

                                    http://community.epicurious.com/post/5-pies-to-keep-you-warm-this-winter

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                                    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                    Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                    Final Thoughts

                                    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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