Friday, December 30, 2016

Fan Favorites 2016


A collection of Top Ten Recipes viewed by you, the fan, in 2016!  
Thank you for your support and for stopping by this year!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I love this time of year looking back on my blog for the year and seeing what recipes are most popular with the fans.  It's what keeps me motivated to keep doing what I do and can't wait to give you more of the same in 2017.  This year we have a variety of recipes that are sweet, savory, quick, easy, comforting and healthy.  Start the year out by planning your menu by trying some of yout favorites!  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Grilled Shrimp with Cranberry Salsa

Grilled Shrimp with Tangy Cranberry Salsa
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Almost time to ring in the new year and welcome 2017!  If you are looking for an easy appetizer that has a pop of flavor and looks kinda fancy, then you will love today's recipe.  This cranberry salsa comes together quick and goes perfectly with the grilled shrimp.  A great addition to your party table!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Overnight Eggnog French Toast


Overnight Eggnog French Toast recipe is the perfect make ahead meal for a holiday brunch. It is full of flavor with creamy eggnog, tangy fresh cranberries and crunchy pecans, all topped with an Orange Maple Syrup.

Overnight Eggnog French Toast with Cranberries
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I'm not sure about you but I have been super busy these last two weeks with getting it all done for the holidays.  Running from here to there, shopping, wrapping, baking and even working (cuz, oh yeah, I still need to do that!)  I've been MIA in the kitchen and haven't had a new post in about ten days and have really missed it.  So today I'm real excited to share this new festive recipe for you just in time for the holidays. 


You will love how easy this recipe overnight eggnog French toast is and want to add it to your brunch or breakfast table. 

Oh please say it was worth the wait!

Friday, December 9, 2016

No-Bake Gingerbread Cheesecake


No-Bake Gingerbread Cheesecake is the perfect easy holiday dessert! Individual no-bake cheesecakes, decorated festively for Christmas! 

Single Serve No-Bake Gingerbread Cheesecake
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Stop the presses!  I hope you haven't decided all your holiday desserts yet because you are going to love this easy, mini no-bake gingerbread cheesecake recipe.  They come together quickly and make a great addition to your festive table that your family and guests will love.  So go ahead and still make all the cookies you want, but leave room for these super cute mini desserts!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pomegranate Martini

Deck the halls with Pomegranate Martinis!  This adult drink will be a holiday hit!

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If you know me, it's no secret that I'm a fan of martinis with my favorite drink being a cosmopolitan.  I'm not sure exactly when I started ordering them though I have a feeling it was around the time Sex and the City introduced them!  Didn't we all?  Now with the holidays coming up, you will really enjoy this version made with pomegranate juice.  It's a festive drink that is perfect for the holidays whether you are hosting or just want to sit back and relax at home.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Dinner Menu Plan


Don't let the holidays put you in a tizzy - we have the perfect Christmas Dinner menu plan for you!

Christmas Dinner Menu Plan Recipes

Time to make a list and check it twice so you can prepare your holiday meal for those that are not naughty but nice!  We have some great choices from appetizers to dessert and even a recipe on how to make a festive stove top potpourri.  Sit back, relax, do some recipe browsing and have your menu plan done in a snap!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn


Got the munchies this holiday season?  This white chocolate peppermint popcorn with M&Ms makes a tasty snack for all!


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Today's post almost didn't happen.  I made the recipe, I sampled the recipe and then I sampled the recipe again a few more times and that's where it almost ended.  I very quickly got addicted to this tasty snack and probably could have finished it all by myself.  But knowing I had to get a post out, I had to walk away, get out the camera and shoot while resisting the urge to keep eating out of the bowl.  The combination of the white chocolate, peppermint with M&Ms was just perfect.  And since I like to share, I want you to get addicted too :) 

Friday, November 25, 2016

30 Holiday Energy Boosters


Keep your energy level up with these tasty energy bites and bars to help you get through the holiday season!


We are getting into the hustle and bustle season - so much to do and so little time to do it!  You might be running from here to there, shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping gifts and decorating.  What's a person to do that needs some extra energy?  Well today we are sharing 30 Energy Boosters to help you get through the holidays in a tasty way!  All of these treats are no-bake, can be made ahead, transported easily and are adult and kid friendly.  Keep calm and sanity on!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Overnight Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Banana peanut butter oatmeal, made overnight! This easy overnight oatmeal recipe is one you'll want to get out of bed for!

This peanut butter oatmeal is made with chia seeds, honey and walnuts, so it's a healthy breakfast, too.

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Am I the last person to discover how delicious overnight oats are?  Oh sure, I have been seeing them on pinterest and even on other friend's blogs, but have never thought to give them a try.  Well that is all changing since I now have made my first batch and I know it won't be my last.  I think originally I was just skeptical, like how can this work?  Well skeptic no more, in under 10 minutes I had these whipped up, in the refrigerator and did not have to fuss with breakfast the next morning.  They were ready to go and provided a nice healthy way to start my day.  And since I'm usually running late to work, e.v.e.r.y minute counts!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wild Rice Pear Pecan Salad


This Wild Rice salad is loaded with juicy pears, crunchy pecans, sweet craisins and is melded together with a honey vinaigrette dressing.

This Wild Rice salad is loaded with juicy pears, crunchy pecans, sweet craisins and is melded together with a honey vinaigrette dressing.
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Today's salad makes a perfect side dish for the fall or is great on its own to bring as a lunch.  You'll love the chewy texture of the wild rice and it is loaded with other goodies for your palate pleasure.  Being originally from upstate New York, I never heard of wild rice until I moved to Minnesota where it is a staple in many soups, salads and hot dishes (known as casseroles in NY!).  There is something about the texture that I really like.  It's not mushy, has a nice nutty flavor to it and technically it is a grass so feel free to graze on it all day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer


Sweet potato rounds with goat cheese are the perfect easy holiday party appetizer! This sweet potato goat cheese appetizer is beautiful and easy to make!

This sweet potato goat cheese appetizer is beautiful and easy to make!
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With a couple big holidays coming up curious minds want to know - are you a fan of sweet potatoes?  I am for sure and I like them mashed, baked, roasted, french fried and in gumbo (oh wait that is Bubba shrimp!) 

Kidding aside, I like them anyway they can be prepared.  Love the sweet flavor and if I can resist over dousing them in butter and brown sugar, they are pretty healthy too.  Today I'm sharing how to prepare them as a tasty appetizer.  The rounds are roasted, spread with a creamy goat cheese filling, topped with pecans and craisins and then drizzled with some honey. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Veggie Dip Poppers


These Veggie Dip Poppers are made out of creamy dill cream cheese, rolled in crushed veggie chips that you can pop into your mouth.  Let's party!

These Veggie Dip Poppers are made out of creamy dill cream cheese with, rolled in crushed veggie chips that you can pop into your mouth.  Let's party!
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Are you with me and ready to dump the last of the Halloween candy (plus just the yucky candy is left, right?)  And instead let's start thinking how we want to celebrate holiday gatherings.  If you like veggies and dip, then these little popper appetizers are for you.  Instead of using veggies to dip, they are used as a stem to pop them into your mouth.  Just a different take than having a veggie tray and these look cute on your party table.  Some years we have friends over, get invited to gatherings or both.  It's a good idea to have some quick appetizer recipes on hand to get the party going!

Monday, November 7, 2016

25 Best Holiday Cookies!

Tis the season for cookies and cash!  We have 25 top cookie recipes to share and a giveaway!

Tis the season for cookies and cash!  We have 25 top cookie recipes to share and a giveaway!
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No, it not too early.  It's time to make a list and check it twice - for cookie recipes that is!  Today several bloggers are coming together sharing their best holidays cookies for you to try - 25 in all!  And we have also teamed up for a $400 paypal giveaway to make the season a bit brighter for one lucky person.  Who doesn't like cookies and cash and more cookies - just add a glass of milk!  You'll be sure to find that perfect cookie to share with family, friends or even Santa :)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup

Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini soup comes together in under 30 minutes and is pure comfort in a bowl! A quick and easy dinner recipe.

This Creamy Tomato Tortellini Spinach soup is super easy to make and is such a comforting dish!
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Technically in our neck of the woods it's fall, it's also November and it's also supposed to be cold!  Well, someone forget to tell Mother Nature these things since the past few weeks temps have been in the 60's (even 70's last Friday) and this weekend more of the same. 
I'm not complaining though because I'm pretty sure we can't fool Mother Nature much longer.  When those colder temps do start coming in no matter where you are, you'll want to warm up with this hearty soup recipe.  It comes together in under 30 minutes so how's that for quick (and tasty!)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Menu Plan


Look no further as we have a great collection of recipes for your Thanksgiving table!
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Let's talk turkey today, as in Thanksgiving!  It's coming in a mere 24 days!  No need to panic though, we have your entire meal planned from appetizers to dessert.  Just browse through these recipes to see what catches your eye - your family, friends and stomach will thank you.  And it's really fine to over do it as there are so many good eats to try and only one day to do it.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Candy Corn Jello Cups

These candy corn jello cups are a light snack perfect for a Halloween party or an after school snack!
These candy corn jello cups are a light snack perfect for a Halloween party or an after school snack!
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Just popping in quick today with these tasty treats - Candy Corn Jello Cups - they are a great last minute addition to any Halloween party or make a great after school snack for the kiddos.  The layers of lemon and orange jello go well together and are topped off with a homemade vanilla jello mixture.  Just the right amount of sweetness in this light snack!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bourbon Honey Glazed Carrots


Bourbon honey glazed carrots are easy to make and add a pop of color to this great side dish!

These Bourbon Honey Glazed carrots are so easy to make and add that pop of color as a great side dish!
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Move over other veggies, there's a new side dish in town that packs a punch and is perfect for the upcoming holidays.  These Bourbon Honey Glazed Carrots are exactly what you need to dress up the table for your feasts. 

I think one of the best things about the holidays is having a table full of different side dishes to try.  I love my mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole and now I have these tasty carrots to make room for on my plate.  I might need a bigger plate though.  But what the heck, that's what the holidays are all about good eats.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Easy Butternut Squash Apple Soup


How does a comforting bowl of Butternut Squash Apple soup sound?  It is super creamy, flavorable and a bit spicy!
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We're getting into my kind of season - nope, not the holidays (though I do enjoy those too), but to me it's now soup season.  I'm kicking it off with these fall favorite ingredients in this comforting bowl of Butternut Squash Apple Soup.  It's made from scratch, really delicious, super creamy, and is under an hour away to being served at your table.  How's that for easy?  And oh, did I mention it's kicked up a notch with a tad of chipotle chili to give it a bit of spice with a smoky flavor?  Well, now you know and have all the details. I'm sure you'll want to be making a bowl of this soon!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Apple Pie Cinnamon Cocktail


Apple Pie Cocktail
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Today's recipe is for the adults and it's true confession time!  Some of you may or may not know this but I'm a cocktail sort of gal.  And with it being fall, I enjoy drinks with fall flavors such as this Apple Pie Cinnamon Cocktail.  Trust me, this really tastes like liquid apple pie and is not too heavy on the alcohol side since half of the drink is made with fresh apple cider.  It's tasty, not too sweet and would be perfect for a fall party or just sipping by the fire.  I'll definitely be serving this next time we  have some friends over.  Any takers?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Apple pecan oatmeal breakfast cookies are a sweet but healthy breakfast treat. Easy to make, they're perfect for a grab 'n go snack!

Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
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Time is going fast and in this busy world and trying to get out the door, some of us - me included - might not have time for breakfast.  Bummer, right?  But today we have a remedy for that with these Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies.  They are the perfect answer when you need breakfast on the go and they are loaded with good stuff for that energy needed to start your day off.  Sounding good? 

Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And another reason to make a batch is that from start to finish, they take under 30 minutes.  Keep a stash on hand that adults and kids alike can start their day off with, or any time a snack is needed (like after school).  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Halloween Menu Plan

The best Halloween Party Menu around!

If you love Halloween and especially love parties, then this post is for you!  We have our Halloween Menu Plan to throw the the best gathering ever. It's creepy, it's scary, it's spooky but all delicious!  Sure to please those ghost and goblins!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halloween Candy Bites




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Trick or treat!  Today I'm sharing these Halloween Candy Bites; not only are they super easy to make but they are also really tasty with chocolate, dates, pepitas and almonds.  The perfect snack for your little goblins that they can even help with.  While I made these myself, I could picture my granddaughter helping decorating this treats.  I can also see her dipping her finger in the chocolate mixture and smiling.  Having fun in the kitchen is where it is at with your little "sous chefs."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Apple Pancakes with Apple Maple Sauce


Apple Pancakes with Apple Maple Sauce
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Ladies and gents start your griddle as you are in for a real treat today!  We love these Apple Pancakes with Apple Maple Sauce.  They are the fluffiest pancake recipe I have ever tried and the apple topping sauteed in maple syrup is fantastic.  Don't wait for breakfast, have these any time your heart desires.  And in our case they were an afternoon snack.  Yep, you know being a food blogger means you might not be able to make and take pictures for the actual meal and this was one of those time.  Of course my taste tester never turns down the 'goods' even if it is close to dinner time.  Trust me - you, your family and friends will flip over this tasty recipe.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Easy Pumpkin Banana Nut Quick Bread

Pumpkin banana nut quick bread is the perfect snack for Fall. Bursting with fresh pumpkin puree, ripe bananas and walnuts, this quick bread recipe is a welcome treat with coffee or tea.

Pumpkin banana nut quick bread is the perfect snack for Fall. Bursting with fresh pumpkin puree, ripe bananas and walnuts, this quick bread recipe is a welcome treat with coffee or tea.
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The other day the DIY Guy was walking in the kitchen when he noticed some overripe bananas on the counter (well actually the entire kitchen smelled like bananas - they were that ripe!)  In the past, I maybe would have thrown them in the freezer thinking I would use them some day but this time he asked if I could make something. 
I also happened to have about a full can of pumpkin leftover that I didn't want to go to waste, so I thought why not try to combine the two and make this Easy Pumpkin Banana Nut Quick Bread. 

While this is not an original recipe, I did decide to kick it up a notch with a creamy maple glaze. That, my friends, really put it over the top!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies



Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips
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Let's talk turkey pumpkin!  Tis the season for all that goodness and today I'm sharing these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.  Most of us, or at least me, love all kind of recipes with this seasonal squash.  But hmmm, why does it have to be seasonal?  Pumpkin all year long sounds good to me but you need to stock up in the fall on some cans, as it's hard to find other times of the year.  Believe me I've tried!  No worries today though, so put your feet up, pull out a glass of icy cold milk, and enjoy a couple of these tasty treats.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad


Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
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We are getting into one of my favorite times of the year - fall.  The air is crisp, the leaves are turning colors and the holidays are coming.  How does this Apple Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad sound for your table?  It's the perfect vegetarian side dish that you, your family and guests will enjoy.  The roasted sweet potatoes and crispy apples are married with a Maple Vinaigrette that will tantalize your taste buds!