holiday

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

Fresh Lemon Bars

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There's nothing quite as welcome in the dreary winter months as a sweet & tart lemon dessert!  One of my family's very favorite things about January here in Florida is picking the fresh lemons off our little lemon tree. We usually are able to squeeze and freeze enough juice to keep our family drinking homemade [...]

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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In our family, Christmas movies and hot chocolate go hand in hand, and we are incapable of having one without the other.  Every year we look forward to getting in our PJs and watching all our favorites--The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown [...]

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

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I love me some Starbucks anytime and anywhere, but during the holidays that pretty green & white logo is even more tempting.  Not because of the Peppermint Mochas or Gingerbread Lattes, (though they are delicious), but because of the yummiest treat on the planet.....Cranberry Bliss Bars. Mmmmmmmmm...... For those of you who haven't been lucky [...]

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

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I'll be honest, I'm not normally a big fan of marshmallows.  My girls, on the other hand, can't get enough of them, and when I saw they were charging $16.95 at Williams Sonoma for a box of 15 hand crafted peppermint marshmallows, I knew I had to figure out how to make these lil' puppies. [...]

Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I'm sure we all have our own holiday must-haves, but for me it is just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without Brussels Sprouts! I love them boiled or baked or sautéed, but my absolute favorite way to prepare these cute little buggers is roasting them with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, & parmesan cheese. [...]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Friends, it is time to face the cold hard facts:  November & December are not kind when it comes to counting calories. One Thanksgiving dinner alone can provide the caloric requirements for a small country, and that's not even counting the pie.  (Mmmmmmmm......pie.....) I hate watching my weight, I really do.  I especially hate that [...]

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

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My husband really, really loves apple pie.  It is the only dessert he ever asks for.  But being the devoted wife that I am, I would only ever make it for Thanksgiving.  Because let's face it:  Apple pie is a lot of work.  Between the homemade crust and all those apples that need to be [...]

Pumpkin Bread French Toast

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Okay I know this is my second pumpkin recipe this week, but since next week and month will be filled with 31 Days of Less & More posts, this was my last chance to share this perfect-for-fall french toast recipe. And friends, trust me when I say you need to try this recipe. It is [...]

Skinny Pumpkin Bread

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There is just something about fall. Come September I am ready for boots and sweaters and a whole lot of coziness.  I crave maple syrup and hot apple cider and soup of all kinds. And pumpkin.  Oh, how I crave pumpkin! This year, since I am still *trying* to be good, I thought I would [...]

Best Ever Homemade Mac & Cheese

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Mmmmmm....is there any comfort food quite as, well, comforting, as homemade mac & cheese?  Sure it's a little more effort than, say, that stuff in the blue, but oh man is it worth the extra time!  The best part about this recipe is that it will either feed a crowd or make enough to freeze [...]

Sweet & Sour Crockpot Meatballs

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Everyone needs a quick and easy "go-to" party or potluck recipe, and this one is mine!  It doesn't matter how many of these little sweet & sour crockpot meatballs I make or how few people I am serving them to, by the end of the party the crockpot is always empty.  The best part is [...]

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake {Tutorial}

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Oh, the cake! I knew as soon as we decided on a mermaid theme for Trouble's 4th birthday that a sand castle cake would be perfect.  I had seen a few really photos on Pinterest, I just couldn't find any detailed instructions.  Since paying hundreds of dollars for a professionally decorated cake was out of [...]

Irish Pub Pasties {Recipe}

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We have a great little Irish pub in my town called The Celtic Ray, and as St. Patrick's Day approaches I thought it might be fun to come up with my own interpretation of one of my favorite items on their menu--the Pub Pasty (pronounced PAH-STEE).  For those of you not familiar with this yummy [...]

Overnight French Toast {with Warm Maple Butter Syrup}

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I've made a version of this amazingly decadent french toast recipe for so many different gatherings--and shared it with so many of my friends over the years--that I honestly can't believe I haven't posted it here until now.  It is absolutely delicious yet super simple to make and practically fool-proof. Best of all, it can [...]