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Friday, December 15, 2017

22 of the Best Cookies for Your Christmas Goodie Trays

So many great cookie recipes.  There will be something for everyone on your list. Christmas cookies have never looked so good!


     It is crunch time for holiday baking.  We have already passed out a healthy dose of Christmas trays, so I have my supply of cookies to a {somewhat} reasonable level.  Maybe I've made enough room to make more cookies?! Either way, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorites from our virtual cookie exchange and highlight a few that are on my list of goodies to make.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Maple Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is kissed with a bit of maple flavor to heighten the warm sweet notes. Such a small change makes a big difference!


        I know pumpkin pie is usually reserved for Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure why. If you like it, have it any time! I enjoy pumpkin pie baked oatmeal all fall and winter, so why not the pie too?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole

This Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Casserole is a smooth maple kissed filling topped with a perfectly crumbly and filled with oats and pecans. Your holiday table won't be complete without it!



      Fall and winter holidays call for sweet potatoes. They are definitely a Thanksgiving staple but also go well with a Christmas ham.  Come to think of it, they're delicious with an Easter ham or just because it's dinner time pork roast as well!

Friday, December 8, 2017

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies #ChristmasCookies

These festive cookies are a Christmasy twist on a favorite family recipe. They are no-bake and sure to put a smile on your face!


    Ho ho ho! I just love having plenty of cookies around during the holidays. I tend to bring a tray everywhere we go during the weeks leading up to Christmas. That is a lot of places, so I get to make a lot of cookies.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Big and Chewy Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies #ChristmasCookies

Chewy chocolate cookies packed completely full with chocolate and mint candy bits.  They are festive, easy and sure to please!



   The combination of mint and chocolate always makes me think of the holidays. Whether it's candy cane ice cream topped with simple hot fudge or a box of fine chocolates with mint meltaways, the flavors are sure to put a smile on my face and a ho ho ho in my head.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies #ChristmasCookies

These peppermint mocha shortbread cookies are just like the coffee house drink but in chewable form. Put some on your Christmas cookie trays to take them to the next level!

I received a bottle of Neilsen-Massey coffee extract for recipe creation.  As always, all opinions are honest and my own. 


      I know plenty of people who are gaga over pumpkin spice lattes. You know the kind. August rolls around and they anxiously await the announcement that they are coming and they run to the coffee shop the first day they are available. Don't get me wrong, I'll very happily drink one if you're bringing it to me. It's rude to say no to delicious things after all.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Cookie Exchange Celebrate 365 Style

It's Christmas cookie season! Come find some great new ideas for this year's cookie trays and share your best cookie recipes!


    Holiday baking season is upon us! I just love making treats to give to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  Of course we need a nice spread of treats out when guests come to visit this time of year as well.  There are some cookies that we have to have every year. It just wouldn't be Christmas without them. But I like having a few new treats each year as well, something to keep it interesting for guests and myself!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Uncommon Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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If you want help finding the perfect original gift that will stand out from the crowd, have I got the thing for you!  Whether you are looking for a birthday, Christmas or a personalized wedding present there is something for everyone!



   How is your holiday shopping going? I am normally one of those annoying people who has it all done by the time Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close. I know, insert eye rolls here.

     This year is different though. My list of people to buy for is longer than ever and there are very few checkmarks. I am just having the hardest time getting ideas for fun and original gifts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ellen's German Chocolate Cake

The German Chocolate Cake has all of the coconut and chocolate goodness you'd expect. It is a show stopper perfect for a party!


     In case you didn't know, this little corner of the internet all started with an email. It was winter and I needed something to entertain myself.  So I asked family members to send me recipes to make. I thought it would be good to get my hands on the recipes I loved growing up and perhaps get a few new modern recipes to try too.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Grandma's Chicken Broccoli Casserole

This chicken and broccoli casserole is a great way to get dinner on the table quickly.  It is a perfect way to use leftover chicken or turkey as well!



      My husbands's grandma sent me this recipe as a response to the original email I sent out that started this wild ride.  I had some leftover turkey breast from when I made turkey and homemade egg noodles.  This recipe seemed like a great way to use it up.  Obviously you can used leftover roast chicken, chicken breasts or you could pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store.