June 12th, 2013

Holidays

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20 Plus Spectacularly Spooky Halloween Treats

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2015

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. I especially love all the spooky (and not-so-spooky) treats, so I'm collaborating with some of my favorite…

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25 Plus Fabulous Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love that it's all about delicious food and spending time with my family. And now that my kids are…

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25+ Fourth of July Recipes

Posted on Jun 20th, 2016

Independence Day is right around the corner, and it's always such a fun time for fun summer food! And I think you're going to love this collection…

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30 Plus Recipes for Valentines Day

Posted on Jan 25th, 2016

Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday when it comes to sweet treats. And this collection of recipes covers all the bases, whether you want to fix a…

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Posted on Jan 18th, 2015

It's always a challenge to find simple yet delicious ways to serve vegetables to my family, but these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Green Beans…

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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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Brown Sugar Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Posted on Mar 30th, 2015

My kids won't touch raw carrots with a 10 foot pole, but they all seem to love cooked carrots. Which is weird to me, because they're carrots either…

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Buttermilk Marinated Turkey Breast

Posted on Nov 13th, 2015

If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, or you just don't need that much turkey to begin with, this…

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Cheesy Lemon Parsley Potatoes

Posted on Mar 7th, 2016

Aside from steamed veggies, or the less fancy baby carrots and Ranch dressing, I don't have a lot of side dishes in my repertoire. But I believe you…

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Cherry Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

Posted on Nov 7th, 2016

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving dinner is the side dishes. I test drove this Cherry Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf with our dinner recently and…

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Chocolate Covered Gumdrop Hearts

Posted on Feb 8th, 2015

If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day treat with a homemade touch, I've got you covered with these Chocolate Covered Gumdrop…

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Sticks

Posted on Dec 1st, 2015

I love the idea of packaging up cute holiday treats and giving them away to neighbors, teachers and friends. And these Chocolate Covered Peppermint…

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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. But if I had to choose, I'd say raspberries…

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Chocolate Pots de Creme

Posted on Jan 28th, 2016

If you're looking for an elegant but easy dessert for a special occasion, you really must try these Chocolate Pots de Creme. The rich, silky…

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Chocolate Raspberry Bites

Posted on Feb 12th, 2015

I'm a big believer in keeping it simple. And these Chocolate Raspberry Bites are a perfect example. Made with just two ingredients, but oh so…

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Chocolate Raspberry Dream Bars

Posted on Feb 1st, 2017

I can't resist a dessert with lots of delicious layers, not to mention, any kind of chocolate and raspberry combination, so when I say these…

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Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

Posted on Feb 10th, 2017

If you've never made a trifle, what are you waiting for? They are so easy, not to mention, impressive. And this Chocolate Raspberry Trifle is the…

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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!  And these Classic Deviled Eggs are my go-to recipe. These deviled eggs…

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Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Posted on May 1st, 2014

One of my favorite things about celebrating Cinco de Mayo is having an excuse to make tres leches cake. So when I came across a recipe for Coconut…

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Cranberry Almond Rice Pilaf

Posted on Nov 7th, 2015

Rice is such an economical side dish, and one that my boys all love, so I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it. This Cranberry Almond Rice…

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Cranberry Apple Red Hots Cider

Posted on Dec 21st, 2015

I love keeping a pot of warm cider simmering in the slow cooker on Christmas Eve. I've tried all kinds of different recipes over the years, and this…

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Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Pork Medallions

Posted on Nov 19th, 2015

The holiday season is a time I tend to think more about what I'm thankful for, and despite it being a hectic time of year, I do try to slow down a…

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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 Chocolate Pecan Pie

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2016

If you love pecan pie, and even if you don't, you're going to love this Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Pie. Trust me, pecan pie haters, my husband is one…

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Cranberry Christmas Cake

Posted on Nov 30th, 2014

I'm not sure why, but I always feel like a cake is too "everyday" to serve as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert. But this Cranberry Christmas Cake…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars

Posted on Dec 15th, 2014

So many of the comfort foods I make for my family are oatmeal recipes--oatmeal cookies, baked oatmeal, apple crisp, and my favorite granola. In fact,…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Posted on Nov 27th, 2011

I tried this fabulous Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip at Thanksgiving and it shot straight to the top of my list of favorite holiday appetizers.  I'll be…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Posted on Nov 28th, 2012

One of my favorite ingredients for holiday baking is the cranberry. And this Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake is easily the best thing I've made…

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Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Posted on Dec 5th, 2015

We have a tradition of serving a variety of appetizers and finger foods on Christmas Eve, and if you're looking for a holiday appetizer that's super…

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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 Orange Crumb Cake

Posted on Dec 5th, 2016

If you're looking for something delicious to serve for Christmas morning breakfast, then this Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake is the recipe for you!I…

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Cranberry Pepper Jelly Turkey Breast

Posted on Nov 14th, 2016

I love trying out new turkey recipes in the week's leading up to Thanksgiving. And let me tell you, this Cranberry Pepper Jelly Turkey Breast was a…

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Cranberry Swirl Bread

Posted on Dec 14th, 2013

Oh my heavens! This beautiful Cranberry Swirl Bread may be the best thing that ever happened to the humble cranberry. And I love all things…

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Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Posted on Nov 1st, 2015

It's officially November. Which means the "holiday season" is officially upon us. One of my favorite things about this time of year is having an…

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Cookies

Posted on Nov 19th, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, Pillsbury has introduced festive new offerings like Holiday Sugar Cookie, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Dark…

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Donut Hole Snowmen

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014

Now that my boys are older, I don't make a lot of "cute" food. But everyone once in a while I just can't resist. And these fun Donut Hole…

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Dublin Coddle (Potato, Sausage and Bacon Hot Pot)

Posted on Mar 8th, 2015

I have this thing about corned beef. With the possible exception of a good Reuben sandwich, I just don't like it. So I'm always at a loss when it…

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Easter Recipe Round-Up

Posted on Mar 30th, 2017

By the time Easter rolls around, I'm so ready for spring cooking and baking to commence! So I'm super excited about this collection of Easter recipes…

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Easy Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

Posted on Dec 16th, 2016

If you ask my kids what my favorite flavor of ice cream is, they will respond without hesitation, "Rocky Road." So it's no wonder I loved these Easy…

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Easy Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Posted on Nov 9th, 2013

I love quick and easy vegetable dishes. And veggies don't get any quicker, or easier, than this Sauteed Garlic Asparagus. It's perfect for…

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Eggnog Pancakes with Homemade Vanilla Syrup

Posted on Nov 28th, 2016

For years we've had a traditional Christmas morning breakfast of biscuits and gravy. But that tradition is about to change, thanks to these Eggnog…

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Posted on Dec 16th, 2010

My husband is an eggnog fanatic (something he's passed on to our children), so I knew these Eggnog Snickerdoodles were going to be a huge hit at my…

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Favorite Chocolate Fudge

Posted on Dec 16th, 2015

I've tried a lot of fudge recipes over the years, and if I'm being honest, most of them haven't been all that great. This really is my very Favorite…

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Favorite Dinner Rolls

Posted on Nov 21st, 2014

Just in time for your holiday dinner, I'm sharing my family's Favorite Dinner Rolls recipe (although we have been known to eat them for breakfast,…

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Festive Fruit Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Posted on Jun 25th, 2014

If you're looking for something healthy and delicious to add to your Independence Day menu, this Festive Fruit Salsa is just what you need. This…

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Four Spice Crackle Cookies

Posted on Nov 29th, 2011

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what these Four Spice Crackle Cookies are made of.  These cookies are one of our all-time…

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Frozen Cranberry Salad

Posted on Dec 20th, 2012

I love this Frozen Cranberry Salad!  I think my husband and kids love it even more than I do. It's one of the easiest dishes to prepare on my…

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Fruit and Pudding Cake

Posted on May 24th, 2012

This Fruit and Pudding Cake is hands down my family's favorite cake. I actually can't believe I haven't shared it with you already.  …

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Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Coconut Orange Filling

Posted on Dec 1st, 2016

I have a soft gingersnap cookie recipe that I've been making at the holidays for over 20 years. It's pretty much a family tradition. I don't think…

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Green Bean Casserole Cups

Posted on Nov 4th, 2014

I have a confession to make. I've never been a fan of the green bean casserole that's so popular at Thanksgiving. But I've always wanted to like it,…

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Green Onion Cheese Ball

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2009

I always make this Green Onion Cheese Ball at Christmas time, and it's one of the reasons I look forward to the holidays! I've found that the…

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2015

My whole family loves Peppermint Patties! I always buy them for our Christmas stockings, along with a few extra bags to stash away in the freezer.…

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Honey Ginger Roasted Carrots

Posted on Aug 26th, 2013

For almost nine years my youngest has claimed he doesn't like carrots, until he tried these Honey Ginger Roasted carrots. I'm right there with him.…

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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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Irish Tea Cake

Posted on Mar 3rd, 2015

Like much Irish fare, this Irish Tea Cake is a simple recipe. You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now!As the name…

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Marbled Red Velvet Fudge

Posted on Dec 13th, 2016

When it comes to favorite family recipes, my grandma's fudge is legendary. Her recipe has been shared in family recipe books, and made at family…

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Mini Berry Tarts

Posted on Jun 18th, 2013

These Mini Berry Tarts look so pretty that no one will ever believe how easy they are to make! Just pretend that you slaved for hours in the kitchen…

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Mini Black Forest Cheesecakes

Posted on Jan 18th, 2016

I know you're probably just getting started with those New Years resolutions, but hopefully there's still room for a bit of indulgence in your life,…

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Mini Salted Caramel Cups

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016

When it comes to sweet treats, chocolate definitely tops my list, with caramel being a close second. So I was pretty much in heaven after I made…

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More Than 25 Memorial Day Recipes

Posted on Apr 28th, 2016

I can't believe that a month from now we'll be nearing the end of another school year and making plans for summer fun and backyard barbecues.I…

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Mummy Pops

Posted on Oct 26th, 2010

For some reason, Halloween treats are not my forte. But I love the way these adorable Oreo Mummy Pops turned out. And once I got the hang of it,…

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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 than this No-Bake Cheesecake Mousse. Really, this no-bake…

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No-Bake Salted Caramel Eggnog Cheesecakes

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2015

My husband's favorite thing about the holiday season is the appearance of eggnog on grocery store shelves. And his all-time favorite dessert is…

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Oreo Bats and Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

Posted on Oct 20th, 2014

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. One of the challenges of hosting a family…

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Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

Posted on Apr 12th, 2010

Scalloped potatoes are just so good!  And this Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes recipe is simple and delicious. It's a show stopping side dish for any…

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Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2010

The first time I tried this Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon, I was a little apprehensive.  Peas as the main ingredient in a salad just seemed a…

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Pecan Sandies Shortbread Cookies

Posted on Dec 12th, 2016

I am a huge fan of pecan studded shortbread cookies. And also Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, and snowball cookies. I love them all! And…

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Peppermint Brownie Truffles

Posted on Dec 20th, 2016

One of my favorite holiday flavor combinations is chocolate and peppermint. So it's no wonder that I found these rich, chewy Peppermint Brownie…

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Peppermint Meringues

Posted on Dec 4th, 2012

These Peppermint Meringues are one of the handful of holiday treats that my boys request every single year. Thank goodness these melt-in-your-mouth…

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Posted on Oct 13th, 2015

I've tried quite a few pumpkin cheesecake recipes over the years, and this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping is by far my favorite. My…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake

Posted on Oct 17th, 2016

If there's anything I love more than pumpkin, it's pumpkin and chocolate. It's such a great flavor combo! If you've ever had a pumpkin chocolate chip…

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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Posted on Nov 14th, 2011

This Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is a quick and easy pumpkin dessert that my whole family loves. Even my my husband, who doesn't typically like…

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Quick Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Posted on Nov 1st, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #20MinutesToTasty #CollectiveBias The…

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Quinoa Pomegranate Salad with Candied Pecans

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2016

When it comes to planning my holiday menu, I try to include as many make-ahead dishes as I can. Things just seem to go more smoothly when I can do…

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Posted on Feb 13th, 2013

If you need a last minute Valentine's Day treat, then these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are just what you're looking for!Using a box cake mix is a…

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Rugelach Bars

Posted on Dec 5th, 2014

  I love traditional rugelach. I've always shied away from making it myself, because it seems so labor intensive. So when I came across the idea…

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Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

Posted on Dec 27th, 2009

If you love honey glazed ham, you're going to love this Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham. This is hands-down my absolute favorite way to prepare…

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Snickers Candy Bar Fudge

Posted on Nov 26th, 2016

I confess, I'm not a huge fudge person. But I am here to tell you, if you make one fudge or candy recipe this holiday season, make this Snickers…

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Spiced Candied Almonds

Posted on Nov 19th, 2014

Dear readers, I'm so sorry about this recipe. Because you're not going to be able stop eating these Spiced Candied Almonds. Don't say I didn't…

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Strawberry Muddy Buddies

Posted on Feb 12th, 2016

It doesn't seem to matter what kind of Muddy Buddies I make, they never last long. And these Strawberry Muddy Buddies are probably the best variation…

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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 Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce recipe is…

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Sweet Potato Gratin

Posted on Nov 10th, 2014

I'm a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but the rest of my family doesn't generally care for them (crazy!).  Enter this Sweet Potato Gratin. My family…

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Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon Dressing

Posted on Nov 17th, 2016

My family is pretty divided when it comes to sweet potatoes. Half of us love them (including me!), half of us don't. But even the sweet potato…

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The Best No-Roll Sugar Cookies

Posted on Feb 10th, 2016

When I'm making sugar cookies for a crowd, I always make these sugar cookie bars.  But I've been searching for a fabulous, more traditional sugar…

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Thirty Plus Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes

Posted on Nov 17th, 2015

I love Christmas cookie baking season. Every year I make a few of our traditional favorites, and I always try several new holiday cookie recipes…

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Three Ingredient 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 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 Traditional Irish Soda Bread is by far my favorite.  It bakes up into such a beautiful…

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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014

I've seen these Turtle Thumbprint Cookies here and there around the Internet, but for some crazy reason, I never got around to trying them until…

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Twenty Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 6th, 2017

When I think of Valentine's Day desserts, I think of chocolate. Actually, I think of chocolate all the time, but especially on Valentine's Day. So…

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Twenty Plus Favorite Holiday Recipes

Posted on Nov 21st, 2016

I love this time of year! From Thanksgiving through the end of the year, there's nothing I'd rather do than gather my family around for good food,…

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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Bars

Posted on Dec 7th, 2015

Cranberries. White Chocolate. Macadamia nuts. Three things I love in one delicious bar cookie, and let me tell you, these White Chocolate Cranberry…

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White Chocolate Mousse Cherry Parfait

Posted on Feb 4th, 2015

I first served these White Chocolate Mousse Cherry Parfaits for our Christmas dessert last year, but I couldn't help thinking how perfect they'd be…

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White Chocolate Mousse Cherry Pie

Posted on Nov 10th, 2012

Wow! This White Chocolate Mousse Cherry Pie was incredible!  There are no words, really, to describe how fabulous it was.And despite all the…

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White Chocolate Mummy Pretzels

Posted on Oct 1st, 2015

These White Chocolate Mummy Pretzels are easily the easiest, cutest Halloween treats I've ever made. And that's really saying something. Because…

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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. So if you're looking for a cranberry…

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