Apple Pomegranate Salad

Posted on Dec 27th, 2009

This is the easiest holiday salad ever, especially if you use a tub of frozen whipped topping (although the real stuff tastes much better).  It…

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Best Toffee Ever

Posted on Dec 11th, 2013

I have tried many, many toffee recipes over the years. Quite a few of them have been complete failures (and I have a funny feeling it wasn't the…

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Browned Butter Spoon Cookies

Posted on Nov 26th, 2010

Spoon Cookies, or Lusikkaleivat, are a traditional Finnish cookie.  I've been wanting to try these for awhile now, and I'm so glad I did.  I mixed…

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Brussels Sprout & Bacon Salad with Cranberries

Posted on Dec 6th, 2012

I may never eat cooked Brussels sprouts again!  Which isn't really saying much, since I rarely eat cooked Brussels sprouts to begin with.  The…

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BYU Mint Brownies

Posted on Mar 15th, 2011

Back in the day, I attended Brigham Young University.  One of the most popular items at the campus cafeteria were these mint brownies.  Besides…

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Cadbury Mini Egg Truffles

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012

This is a fantastic truffle recipe on it's own, but I couldn't resist hiding one of my favorite Easter chocolates inside.  Because the only thing…

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Chicken and Rice Crepes with Bechamel Sauce

Posted on Apr 5th, 2010

This is a special occasion dish at our house.  I often make it in place of the traditional ham for Easter dinner.  It requires a bit of extra…

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Chocolate Covered Raspberries

Posted on Feb 1st, 2014

It seems that chocolate covered strawberries get all the attention when Valentine's Day rolls around. And for good reason. They're beautiful and…

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Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake with Ganache Frosting

Posted on Feb 6th, 2013

I should be clear right off the bat.  Layer cakes are not my forte.  Not at all.  But this cake turned out beautifully.  Baking the cakes in…

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Cinnamon Valentine Caramels

Posted on Feb 9th, 2011

I'm not a big candy maker, mostly because of all that waiting and stirring.  I didn't even own a candy thermometer until I saw these caramels over…

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Classic Cornbread Stuffing

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2010

I am of the opinion that the stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner! My mom used to start saving bread ends well before Thanksgiving so…

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Posted on Apr 6th, 2010

I don't know why I don't make deviled eggs more often.  I love them!  They are a good way to use up all those hard boiled eggs at Easter time,…

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Posted on Nov 17th, 2012

Everyone needs a go-to pumpkin pie recipe, and this is the one that never fails me.  There are so many versions of pumpkin pie out there, but this…

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Coconut Chocolate Pecan Pie

Posted on Nov 18th, 2013

I love a good pecan pie. It's right up there with pumpkin on my list of favorite Thanksgiving desserts. Actually, I think I love this coconut…

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Coconut Layer Cake

Posted on Apr 7th, 2010

This cake is so delicious! And starting with a boxed cake mix make it so easy. You can even use frozen whipped topping instead of whipping your…

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Cranberry Almond Cake

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011

Folks, this cake is fabulous! Absolutely fabulous!  It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart, and the streusel topping is, well . . . hard to…

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Cranberry Butter

Posted on Nov 14th, 2013

Over the summer, I tried a recipe for strawberry butter. I was pretty much in strawberry heaven. So when I came across a recipe for cranberry butter,…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Posted on Nov 27th, 2011

I tried this fabulous dip at Thanksgiving and it shot straight to the top of my list of favorite holiday appetizers.  I'll be making it again for…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Posted on Nov 28th, 2012

This cake was amazing! Dense and moist, it was perfect mix of sweet and tart.  And I love that it's simple to make, yet elegant enough to serve as…

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Cranberry Dark Chocolate Holiday Pie

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2010

I had never seen anything like this chocolate cranberry pie when I came across the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website--and I mean that in a good…

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Cranberry Meatballs

Posted on Nov 28th, 2010

These are a lot like those grape jelly meatballs (I know, it sounds weird, but they're pretty good) using cranberry sauce in place of the jelly. …

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Cranberry Nut Bread

Posted on Nov 19th, 2009

Cranberries are one of my favorite in-season fruits during the fall and winter months (right up there with pomegranates!) In fact, I always buy extra…

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Posted on Nov 15th, 2013

Every holiday season I try several new cookie recipes. Most of them are tasty, but only a select few go into the permanent recipe file with favorites…

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Cranberry Spiced Cider

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2011

I love making warm cider at the holidays.  I think I enjoy the smell as much as the taste.  I love this cider because it has the usual spice, along…

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Cranberry Waldorf Salad

Posted on Nov 29th, 2009

This Cranberry Waldorf Salad is beautiful to serve at the holidays, but honestly, it's delicious any time of year. Just by a few extra bags of…

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies

Posted on Nov 19th, 2013

I'm so excited about the new line of seasonal baking mixes from Pillsbury®! Just in time for the holidays, they've got fun and festive offerings…

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Easy Peppermint Bark Cookies

Posted on Dec 17th, 2011

I don't know how many unsuccessful attempts I've made at peppermint bark in my life.  I love the idea, but it never works for me.  The dark…

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Easy Poppy Seed Cake

Posted on Mar 25th, 2010

This cake is simple, easy, and everyone loves it.  It strikes me as a springtime dessert, so I often make it for Easter.  For a lemon version,…

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Easy Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Posted on Nov 9th, 2013

Vegetables don't get much easier than this Sauteed Garlic Asparagus. It's perfect for Thanksgiving because it doesn't take up space in the oven and…

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Eggnog Cheesecakes with Dulce de Leche

Posted on Dec 8th, 2010

My husband loves eggnog and cheesecake, so when I saw a recipe for eggnog cheesecake, I knew I had to try it.  This can also be baked in a…

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Eggnog Ice Cream Pie

Posted on Nov 24th, 2012

This is a fantastic holiday dessert that's easy to put together and has a big wow factor.  And it can be made ahead of time, which is something I…

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Posted on Dec 16th, 2010

Snickerdoodles are the perfect base for this festive holiday cookie.  Straight out of the oven, the eggnog taste isn't as strong, but give these…

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Favorite Egg Salad

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2011

With Easter just around the corner, I'm expecting to have an excess of hard boil eggs.  If I don't use them to make Deviled Eggs, then I'll be using…

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Focaccia Artichoke Stuffing

Posted on Nov 6th, 2013

The stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. And I never thought I'd find a recipe that could rival my grandmother's traditional…

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Four Spice Crackle Cookies

Posted on Nov 29th, 2011

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what these cookies are made of.  They're one of our all-time favorites, and one of the first recipes I…

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Frightening Finger Cookies

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009

These frightening finger cookies are almost too realistic to eat.  My boys beg me to make these every Halloween.  I usually double the recipe so we…

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Frozen Cranberry Salad

Posted on Dec 20th, 2012

I love this salad!  I think my husband and kids love it even more than I do.  It's simple, delicious and can be made ahead of time.  Which is a…

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German Sweet Chocolate Pie

Posted on Nov 29th, 2009

My family is very opinionated when it comes to pie, but this is one we all agree on.  It really is one of my favorites.  It's not too sweet or…

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Green Eyeball Pizza Bites

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2013

If you're looking for something quick and creepy to feed the kids before they head out trick-or-treating this month, then I've got the recipe for…

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Green Onion Cheese Ball

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009

I usually make this cheese ball at Christmastime, and it's one of the reasons I look forward to the holidays!  I've found that the easiest (although…

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Honey Glazed Ham (Slow Cooker)

Posted on Dec 27th, 2009

This is my absolute favorite way to prepare ham. It's so easy to remove the lid of the slow cooker for basting and the ham always stays moist.  Not…

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Independence Day Ice Cream Soda Bar

Posted on Jun 19th, 2013

Did you know that June 20 is National Ice Cream Soda Day?  Not that you needed an excuse to enjoy an ice cream soda.  To celebrate, I've got a…

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Introducing: A Week of Thanksgiving Side Dishes and a Link Party Invitation

Posted on Oct 25th, 2013

I don't know about you, but when it comes to planning my Thanksgiving menu, I always get hung up on the side dishes. I serve the traditional mashed…

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It’s a Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange (Link Party)

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2013

I'm so excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. Holiday cookie…

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Mini No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes

Posted on Mar 12th, 2013

These tasty (and adorable) little key lime cheesecakes are a perfect St. Patrick's Day treat.  Everyone loved them, especially my husband, who is a…

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Mock Butterfinger Bars

Posted on Dec 21st, 2010

Yes, this recipe  has a short and somewhat strange ingredient list, but trust me, you're in for a treat!  Our friends recently brought us a plate…

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Mummy Pops

Mummy Pops

Posted on Oct 26th, 2010

Once I got the hang of it, these were pretty easy to put together.  I broke a few Oreos in the process, but that's okay--I just at those.  Be sure…

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My Thanksgiving Menu

Posted on Nov 20th, 2012

There are so many choices when it comes to your Thanksgiving Day menu.  I tend to go the traditional route, although I do like to change up the side…

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No-Bake 15 Minute Thin Mints

Posted on Nov 30th, 2013

Okay, these fabulous chocolate mint wafer cookies might take you 20 minutes to make. Especially if you stop to eat all the unused cookie cream…

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No-Bake Cheesecake Mousse

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014

If you're looking for an easy yet impressive Valentine's Day dessert, look no further. Really, this no-bake cheesecake mousse is perfect any time of…

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Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt

Posted on Dec 12th, 2010

I saw this recipe over at Cookin' Canuck and made it within the hour.  Which proves it's always a good idea to keep a few jars of Nutella in the…

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Oreo Truffles

Posted on Feb 6th, 2010

These are really easy to make, as long as you skip the chocolate dipping and just roll the truffles in sprinkles or crushed cookies.  If you are…

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Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

Posted on Apr 12th, 2010

Scalloped potatoes are just so good!  And this recipe is simple and delicious. It's not exactly low-fat though, so I try to save it for special…

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Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2010

The first time I tried this salad, I was a little apprehensive.  Peas as the main ingredient in a salad just seemed a little strange to me, but I…

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Pecan Crusted Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Nov 14th, 2012

I confess, I've never been a big fan of the marshmallow topped sweet potatoes that always make an appearance at Thanksgiving.  But I love these! …

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Peppermint Meringues

Posted on Dec 4th, 2012

Thank goodness these melt-in-your-mouth morsels are fat free, because I can't stop eating them!  If only they were calorie free too.  I like making…

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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Posted on Dec 10th, 2012

I absolutely love these sugar cookie bars!  And so does everyone who has ever tried them!  It's one of those recipes that people always ask for.…

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Peppermint Truffle Brownies

Posted on Dec 4th, 2010

I saw these truffle brownies awhile back and thought they might be fun for the holidays with a little peppermint topping. They require just a bit…

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Pomegranate Cheesecake

Posted on Dec 17th, 2013

My husband is a huge pomegranate fan, so when I saw this cheesecake over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe, I knew I had to give it a try. The base is a plain,…

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Pomegranate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Dec 7th, 2011

I've tried a lot of over-rated Christmas cookies over the years.  This is not one of them.  These cookies are amazing, and are quickly becoming a…

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Pumpkin Chip Cream Pie

Posted on Nov 12th, 2013

First, if you haven't entered the Hamilton Beach Blender Giveaway, head on over and do that now! Now, let's talk pie! My 9 year-old took one bite…

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Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2010

The frosting is the star of these cookies, and it's a nice change from the cream cheese frosting that often accompanies pumpkin desserts (I love…

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Posted on Nov 14th, 2010

When I saw this recipe over at 3B's--Baseball, Baking and Books, I couldn't wait to make it.  Because what's not to love about a pumpkin and cream…

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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Posted on Nov 14th, 2011

This is a quick and easy pumpkin dessert, and my whole family loved it.  Even my husband, who doesn't typically like pumpkin desserts.  I think it…

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Pumpkin Spice Blossoms

Posted on Oct 19th, 2012

These cute little cookies are were inspired by the classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie.  The buttery shortbread cookie base with a dusting of…

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Quinoa with Roasted Corn and Scallions

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013

I know it doesn't sound that exciting, but this quinoa and corn dish was absolutely amazing! I couldn't stop "testing" it before I put it on the…

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Raspberry Cream Gelatin

Raspberry Cream Gelatin

Posted on Dec 28th, 2009

I usually make this Jello salad at Christmas because the color is so pretty and festive. Some people (especially kids) don't care for the raspberry…

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Raspberry Mousse Pie Bars

Posted on Jan 25th, 2013

These raspberry mousse pie bars are absolutely amazing!  The flavor and texture are just perfect--sweet, but not too sweet, and incredibly smooth…

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Posted on Feb 13th, 2013

If you need a last minute Valentine's Day treat, then this is the cookie for you.  Using a box cake mix is a fabulous shortcut, especially when it…

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Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

Posted on Jan 27th, 2011

Valentine's day is right around the corner, and these sandwich cookies are a perfect red and white treat.  They're also really, really good!  You…

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Reuben Sliders

Posted on Mar 20th, 2014

I'm sharing another fantastic recipe over at Marzetti Kitchens today. These Reuben Sliders are packed with flavor and so easy to put together with a…

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Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast

Posted on Nov 4th, 2012

I decided to do a test run of this recipe before Thanksgiving, and let me tell you, it was amazing! The picture does not even come close to doing it…

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Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing and a Giveaway

Posted on Dec 20th, 2013

I always keep a supply of stocks and broths in my pantry, especially during the holidays, when I know there are going to be plenty of side dishes on…

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Strawberry icebox cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Posted on Jun 12th, 2012

This strawberry filled no-bake dessert has summer written all over it.  Not only is it loaded with fresh strawberries, but you don't have to turn…

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Swedish Pancakes

Posted on Feb 16th, 2010

The cookbook I adapted this recipe from calls these "crepe-like" pancakes.  I'm not sure what the difference is, or if there even is one, but my…

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Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2010

I've been making the same cranberry sauce for years, and for good reason. It's simple and delicious. This recipe is very similar with the addition of…

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Posted on Mar 14th, 2013

I've tried several recipes for Irish Soda Bread, and this is by far my favorite.  It bakes up into such a beautiful loaf that I can hardly believe…

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Twelve Tempting Valentine Treats

Posted on Feb 8th, 2013

Looking for a special treat for your Valentine?  Or perhaps a fabulous dessert to end a romantic dinner.  Or maybe you prefer a Valentine themed…

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White Chocolate Mousse Cherry Pie

Posted on Nov 10th, 2012

Wow! This was incredible!  There are no words, really, to describe how fabulous it was.  And despite all the steps, it was really quite easy to put…

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White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels (Guest Post)

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2013

If you're looking for an easy, last-minute holiday treat or neighbor gift, then I'm sharing the perfect recipe for you today over at Kleinworth and…

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Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Posted on Nov 29th, 2009

I'll be honest, I could live without cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, but it just doesn't seem right to skip it.  And it does look pretty on the…

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Yellow Bean and Mushroom Gratin

Posted on Nov 4th, 2013

I have a confession to make. I've never like that green bean casserole that is so popular at Thanksgiving. Well, minus the French fried onions, that…

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