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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top 17 posts of 2017

With the coming of a new year, it seems like a great time to reflect on the past year. So here is a look at the recipes you loved the most in 2017!


      Somehow 2017 is coming to a close.  I am not quite sure how that happened.  It seems like just yesterday I was making Easter bread and Easter egg blondies for our Easter celebration.  Then it was straight to red, white and blueberry salads for the 4th of July and we steamrolled right through apple pie steel cut oatmeal, an apple dinner salad, apple and bacon pizza, applesauce cake with caramel frosting and a peanut butter yogurt fruit dip for #appleweek.

     The next thing you know we are roasting fall vegetables, making sweet potato casserole and churning out the sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and peppermint mocha shortbread cookies for Christmas.  After all of that good food and loads of the fun we have had along the way, I am still scratching my head wondering how we got here!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Healthy Eats

A collection of healthy recipes to get the new year started off right!



     Oh my goodness, Christmas was a whirlwind around here.  Little Dude loves celebrations of any sort. He is a sucker for a party, just like me.  He loves to make sure things are festive, decorated and of course that there is candy on the table for pretty much any gathering.  So it is not surprising that he was really excited about Christmas.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Grandma's Copycat Kelly's Cheese Soup

This cheese soup is a copycat recipe my family has enjoyed for years. It is full of vegetables, pasta and creamy cheesy goodness. It's a regional favorite and soon to be a favorite for you as well!


      My town has a group of restaurants that are some of the most popular in town.  They are all owned by a local family and have some of the best food around.  In fact, my husband worked at one for a good part of his twenties.  It serves pizza and Mexican food.  I know it sounds like a strange combo, but it really works.  Add in pitchers are margaritas and you are really in business.

      Kelly's is the Irish pub version of the four hot spots.  They serve great burgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken fingers and all of the things you would expect at a family pub.  They also have a salad bar with everything you would expect plus big fluffy cinnamon rolls and their famous cheese soup.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt Cake

This fun chocolate and cherry filled bundt cake comes together in a snap and is so much fun to serve and eat. It was one of the recipes that my mom had loaded and ready in the recipe box she gave me and it is a family favorite!


     Does your family go through food phases?  Mine certainly does.  For a little while one thing is all the rage.  For a little while a few years back it was bundt cakes.  My mom and grandma collected everything that had to do with them.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Skillet Cornbread

There is nothing like a cast iron skillet full of fresh cornbread from the oven. It is perfect with soup, stew or chili. It is also amazing with some butter and a drizzle of honey!


     'Tis the season of soups, stews and chili. There is just something comforting about knowing there is a pot perking on the stove or something simmering in the slow cooker.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Super Simple Rum Balls

A flavorful adult treat perfect for the holidays, these no-bake rum balls are quick to make and even better when made ahead. They'll warm you from the inside out!


      Sometimes a quick and simple treat is in order.  Luckily these rum balls are just that thing.  They are best when made a few days in advance, but they require very little work and no time in the oven.  So they are perfect when the holiday baking season is in full swing and the cookie trays are filling up faster than the oven can cook them.

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

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

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

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.