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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Top Recipes of 2018

Take a look at reader favorite recipes from 2018. Are any of your favorites on the list? Get inspired and tell me the recipes you'd love to see next year!

     As we wrap up the year, I think it is always fun to look back and see how delicious things were.  Here is a look at some reader favorite recipes from 2018.  Some are new recipes and some are recipes that are favorites year after year.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Cheddar, bacon and ranch are a perfect combination of flavors for a cheese ball. Get your crackers ready and watch this disappear right before your eyes!

       The savory flavors of cheddar, bacon and ranch are the perfect combination for an out of this world cheese ball.  It is a perfect appetizer for any party.  Cheese balls also transport well, so they are great for tailgating and potlucks too! 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Mary-Ann's Sweet and Salty Caramel Snack Mix

This caramel snack mix has it all. It is sweet and salty, crunchy and delicious. Plus it can easily be customized to what you have on hand or your tastes!

     Sweet and salty goodness by the handful is always a good idea! Especially when it is quick and easy to make and so delicious! This furn snack mix will keep your hand coming back for more every time. It is a fun mix of cereals, pretzels and peanuts all wrapped in a caramel coating. You are going to want to make it for every party and holiday from now on!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash in the Air Fryer

Flavorful and easy, this Parmesan roasted acorn squash comes together quickly in an air fryer. It takes just a few minutes to prep and less than 15 minutes to cook to tender deliciousness.

       Roasting vegetables is our absolute favorite way to have them.  It is an easy way to make their flavor shine, but it can take a while for vegetables like squash. Not when you make them in an air fryer! This recipe coats acorn (or your favorite winter squash) in Parmesan and thyme and cooks them up quick. It is a delicious and easy way to stay out of a side dish rut!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Reindeer Chow (Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Puppy Chow)

This crunchy, sweet and delicious snack mix is perfect for the holidays. Reindeer chow, or dark chocolate candy cane puppy chow, is perfect for giving and eating!

      Chocolate and peppermint are a classic holiday flavor combination. This reindeer chow is a fun way to get that yummy flavor in a no bake and super fun snack mix. It is hard to stop eating it once you get started, so be warned!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

MiMi's Microwave Peanut Brittle

Sweet, crunchy peanut brittle is a classic candy that you can easily make at home. This updated recipe doesn't involve a candy thermometer, just a microwave. Make some asap!

     If you enjoy the sweet, caramelly crunch of peanut brittle you are not alone. It is a classic candy for a reason. But did you know you can make it in just a few minutes with a few ingredients in the microwave? You don't need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment. So gather up the ingredients and lets make a batch!

Monday, December 17, 2018

29 Easy and Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

The best Christmas breakfast recipe ideas in one place.  They are all either quick and easy or can be prepped ahead so that you aren't running around on Christmas morning.

       Christmas morning calls for a special breakfast, but nobody wants to spend all morning in the kitchen.  It's a time to celebrate and be with your family.  So I have collected 29 fabulous recipes that can either be prepped ahead or put together in a jiffy.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Buckeyes (Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls)

Turn that classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate into a great no-bake candy. These buckeyes look like the nut, but taste much better! 

     Turn peanut butter and chocolate into delicious no bake candy. This is a Christmastime must have in our family. These candies are easy to make, which is good because they disappear quickly. These buckeyes deserve a place on your holiday candy making list!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Frozen Mint Meltaway Pie

Make this modern twist on an old favorite. This no churn frozen mint meltaway pie is a perfect make ahead holiday dessert.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

      This fun modern no churn twist takes a classic department store recipe and makes it even easier. Turn mint meltaway candies into a show stopping dessert that you can make ahead of time. It is a chocolate and mint lovers dream come true.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

An easy to make no bake cheesecake loaded with candy canes is a perfect addition to your Christmas dessert table.


      Your Christmas dessert repertoire doesn't have to begin and end at cookies. This candy cane laden no bake peppermint cheesecake is a perfect holiday dessert. You can make it ahead of time and it doesn't require any oven space!

Vanilla Milk Punch

This super simple recipe can be made with 2 ingredients, but is even better if you spring for all 4. Vanilla milk punch is slightly sweet and really tasty, top it with whipped cream and sprinkles to make it an extra festive treat.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

     Sometimes we want something extra fun and festive but don't want to put a ton of effort into it.  This fun vanilla milk punch meets that need. Just mix together two ingredients for the base, then top with whipped cream and sprinkles to make it extra special. It is great warm or cold and can be made single serve or for a crowd.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Chocolate Covered Orange Cheesecake Truffles

Bites of creamy orange cheesecake goodness are dipped in chocolate to make this one of a kind no bake treat!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

     Imagine biting through a crunchy chocolate shell to have your teeth sink into a creamy orange center. Actually, don't imagine it. Whip up a batch and try it for yourself. Chocolate covered orange cheesecake truffles may just become your new favorite!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

French Maple Buttercream

This Maple Buttercream is the best ever! It's not too sweet and has just enough maple. It is cream, smooth and buttery in the best kind of way. You have to try it! 

      This maple buttercream is rich, smooth and delicious.  It is made in the French style of buttercream, with egg yolks which make it extra silky and sumptuous. You are going to want to put it on all of the things, but I suggest you start with maple pecan layer cake

Saturday, December 8, 2018

How to Make Simple Homemade Peppermint White Chocolate

Warm up from the inside out when you take a sip of creamy smooth delicious comforting peppermint white hot chocolate.

        This peppermint white hot chocolate is super easy to make. In just a few minutes you can have a comforting sip of goodness. It is perfect for a snow day, a great way to warm up on a cold day or a way to just indulge in a little bit of creamy luxury.

Friday, December 7, 2018

How to Make Simple DIY Snowman Mugs and Plates

These simple snowman mugs and plates are a perfect winter DIY. They are cute, dishwasher safe and darling filled with white hot chocolate or cookies.

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     Whether you make these easy snowman mugs and plates for yourself or make them to gift to others, they are sure to get a smile out of everyone who sees them. The plates make for a perfect base for all of your holiday cookie trays and the mugs are adorable when filled with white hot chocolate or steamed milk.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

How to Decorate Cute Rudolph Cupcakes

Super cute and easy to make, these Rudolph cupcakes are sure to make your day more festive!

This giveaway has been sponsored by Goliath Games. I was sent these games for the purpose of review, but all opinions are my own. #sponsored

     The Christmas season is always such a fun and magical time of year. Keeping that magic alive doesn't have to be hard. These fun Rudolph cupcakes are super simple to make and will spread cheer with everyone who enjoys one.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Toasted Ravioli in the Air Fryer

Make golden and crispy toasted ravioli quick and easily in your air fryer! This St. Louis classic appetizer is perfect for parties, game day or just because!

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Hamilton Beach.  I have received the a Hamilton Beach Air Fryer for review, however, all opinions are my own.  #ad #HamiltonBeach

     Have you ever had toasted ravioli? They are a classic in the St. Louis area, so naturally being located so close we are familiar with them as well. Get those golden crispy appetizers at home without the mess or smell of frying. Make them in an air fryer instead!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Festive Sugar Cookies in a Jar {With Printable Tag!}

These sweet sugar jars are loaded with festive sprinkles that are ready to be baked into sugar cookies. They make great gifts for teachers, friends or the big man himself!

      Whip up these festive jars filled with the dry ingredients needed for sprinkle filled sugar cookies. The printable cookies for Santa tag will give the recipient the directions to take the jar and turn it into delicious cookies. It is a fun to make and fun to give Christmas gift.

Chocolate Dipped Fluffernutter Cookies

The perfect combination of textures and flavors, these chocolate dipped fluffernutter cookies are a great no bake treat. Peanut butter and marshmallow come together for the ultimate sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy cookies.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

      Chocolate dipped fluffernutter cookies are the ultimate combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy. They take one of our family's favorite Christmas cookies to the next level with a little bit of marshmallow fluff. It is Christmas time afterall!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Frostbite Cookies

Frostbite cookies are the perfect combination of everything you'd want in a cookie. They have just a hint of peppermint, and that sweet buttery cross between being crunchy and melt in your mouth.

It is time to dust off those baking pans and get out the cooling racks, Christmas cookie baking season is officially here. We are celebrating all things Christmas cookies this week and I am kicking it off with the delicious frostbite cookies. They are sweet and butter with that perfect combination of crunch and melt in your mouth goodness.

Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week 2018

This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookiesWeek. The generous sponsors, YumGoggle, Sprinkle Pop, Silpat and Adams Extracts have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

It is time to celebrate all things Christmas cookies! #ChristmasCookiesWeek is always a fun assortment of festive cookies that are perfect for the holiday.  I have two fun recipes to share and my blogging friends are sharing TONS more!  Plus don't miss the #giveaway!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Stovetop Candied Pecans {2 Ways!}

Candied pecans made quickly in a skillet on the top of the stove are simple way to elevate so many dishes. They are great on their own too!

This post has been sponsored by Farberware Cookware, however, all opinions are my own. #ad #Farberware #MyFamilyCooks #Giveaway

      Candied pecans are the perfect little something to take so many recipes to the next level. They are great in salads, or eaten on their own as a delicious snack. Want to give your dessert that little extra something? Perch a candied pecan on top of the whipped cream.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gifts from the Kitchen with Celebrate365

Great ideas of gifts you can make from your very own kitchen. Give a gift that has the secret ingredient of love stirred right in! Get plenty of homemade gift inspiration in one place.

       It's time to make your list and check it twice, the big day will be here before we know it! Making gifts in your kitchen is a great way to show you care and give recipients something with that extra secret ingredient, love! This is a one stop shop for all of the best gift ideas from your kitchen!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Santa's Belt Cupcakes

These fun Santa belt cupcakes are an easy and super fun way to bring the ho ho ho to your Christmas holiday!

       The perfect Christmas cupcake has arrived! These cute and fun cupcakes look like Santa's belt. Spread the delicious magic of the season and bring these to all of your Christmas parties. They'll definitely be a hit at classroom parties as well!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fluffernutter Cookie Pie

It's a peanut butter cookie loaded with mini marshmallows and baked in a pie crust! It is like my childhood dreams in pie form!

       Imagine a soft peanut butter cookie dotted with bits of toasted marshmallow and nestled in a flaky pie crust. Actually, don't imagine it, get to baking so you can try it for yourself!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Sourdough Chocolate Banana Bread

Make life a little sweeter with a loaf of sourdough chocolate banana bread. It's a fun breakfast or a great simple treat.

        This chocolaty bread is loaded with banana. It's soft, moist, flavorful and perfect with a cup of coffee, tea or milk. Plus it is a great way to use some sourdough discard too!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating your skin never smelled so good! This DIY sugar scrub recipe is easy to make and is a perfect homemade gift too!

      Make this delicious smelling snickerdoodle sugar scrub in bulk, you'll be glad you did. Put some in small jars for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts or small favors at your Christmas party. It will leave you wuth silky soft skin and an amazing aroma.

Monday, November 19, 2018

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles

This comforting and simple to make meal is made all in one pot. Creamy chicken and noodles is a great weeknight dinner that is full of flavor and the whole meal is in one dish!

Today's we've got an awesome giveaway sponsored by Swiss Diamond. I have received product from Swiss Diamond, but all opinions are my own. #ad

This creamy one pot chicken and noodles dinner is almost like eating a perfect chicken pot pie, but without the fuss.  It is quick, easy and there is only one pot to clean when you are done. Feed your hungry family a filling and delicious dinner without any hassle. It is sure to fill them up and make them smile.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas!

We are kicking off the 4th Annual 12 Days of Christmas event with a collection of most popular DIY Christmas Ideas from 50 plus bloggers!

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas #DIYChristmas

     Christmas time is almost here and if you plan to do any DIYing this season, it is time to get started. Whether you are making your own decorations, making gifts or just looking for menu ideas we have you covered! 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Honey Roasted Delicata Squash With Fresh Cranberries

The perfect fall side dish has arrived! The combination of roasted delicata squash and cranberries lightly glazed with orange and honey will make your dinner plate sing!

       This roasted delicata squash is the perfect fall side dish. It is just a little sweet from the honey and a little tart from fresh or frozen cranberries. Plus there is a hint of citrus to bring it all together.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake

This lovely cake is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The warm maple syrup blends perfectly with pecans for an out of this world cake, the maple frosting is amazing too! Dessert is served and it's delicious!

     Layer upon layer of maple cake studded with delicious pecans and wrapped in maple frosting. It is a dream come true in cake form. Make it for birthdays, coffee with your friends or Thanksgiving. Now matter the reason, just do yourself a favor and make one for dessert as soon as possible!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lemonade Russian Buttercream

This silky smooth Russian buttercream is made with sweetened condensed milk and flavored with lemonade. Pipe some on lemon cupcakes for an luscious lemon treat!

      If you are looking for a super simple frosting that doesn't involve any cooking or powdered sugar, Russian buttercream is for you. If you are in the mood to give it a lemonade twist, you are really in the right place! Bake a batch of lemon cupcakes ASAP so you can enjoy this luscious lemon goodness without delay.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Red White and Blue No Churn Ice Cream

This festive red, white and blue ice cream is easy to make and no-churn so you don't even need an ice cream maker!

        This red, white and blue no churn ice cream is super easy to make and so patriotic. Make a batch for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran's Day. Then go ahead and make a batch for all of the days in between as well!

Friday, November 9, 2018

How To Make Cute Tom the Turkey Cupcakes

These cute Tom the Turkey cupcakes are easy to make and delicious too. The kids will love to help make them and your Thanksgiving dessert table will be that much cuter!

      Cute and easy describes most of my favorite holiday desserts and these fun Tom the Turkey cupcakes fit the bill! Your Thanksgiving dessert table just got a lot more fun and it's a perfect project to let the kids help.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Silky Smooth Fudge Frosting {Perfect for Piping!}

Silky smooth and super chocolaty, this fudge frosting is perfect for piping out designs on cakes and cupcakes. Of course is spreads like a dream too, make a batch and see for yourself!

       Super fudgy frosting that is perfectly pipable and ready to decorate your cakes, cupcakes and cookies. This recipe makes a luscious chocolate frosting that has a bit of sheen and is silky smooth. It's easy to make and delicious to eat too!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Devilishly Good Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are super simple to make, if you have a whisk and a mixing bowl you can do it! They are also soft, chocolaty and devilishly good.

chocolate cupcake with paper pealed down

      Soft and scrumptious chocolate cupcakes that are easy to make and have a rich chocolate flavor. These devilishly good chocolate cupcakes are going to become an instant favorite in your family like they did in ours. The hardest part will be deciding which frosting to top them with!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Cake and Cupcakes with Celebrate365

Let's celebrate with cakes and cupcakes! Come get recipe inspiration for all sorts of our favorite baked goods!

       It's time to get inspired with recipes for some of my favorite desserts, cakes and cupcakes. After all, as Julia Child would say "a party without cake is just a meeting!" So we are putting together our favorite cakes and cupcakes to inspire us all to get baking!

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Best Rich and Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Rich, creamy, delicious alfredo sauce is on of our very favorite dinners.  It is easy to make and and the whole family will love it, so make it for dinner as soon as possible!


      Alfredo sauce is rich creamy heavenly goodness all the way around. This recipe is super easy to make and it is sooooo good. Toss your favorite pasta in it or just dive in with a breadstick. You can't go wrong, make it and you'll see!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Five Spice Roasted Vegetables

Roasted fall vegetables are made perfectly tender and lightly caramalized with a hint of Chinese five spice to give them that extra something. It's a delicious fall side dish.

    Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite way to fix them all year long. Roasting brings out their natural sweetness and makes them so delicious. This mix of naturally sweet carrots, beets and squash marries so nicely with the five spice.  It is a side dish worthy of a place on your dinner plate.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Slow Cooker Hula Pork

This slightly sweet and slightly spicy pulled pork is easily made in a slow cooker. It is great on a bun, over rice or would make a fun filling for a fusion taco!

    A flavorful pulled pork that has just enough sweet and heat to make it interesting. It is so easy to make in the slow cooker and is perfect for sandwiches, over rice and more! The sriracha in the sauce makes it super yummy! 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

English Muffin Mummies

These super simple English muffin mummies are a perfect way to start Halloween. Just a couple of minutes and a few ingredients is all it takes to get the day off on an undead foot!

      These super simple English muffin mummies are ready to spook your breakfast table. They are an eerily good Halloween snack as well. Whip them up in a couple minutes and cackle in delight.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

This fun breakfast has the flavors of apple pie baked right into a nutritious oatmeal package.  It is easy to make and the leftovers are great too! 

      Apple pie baked oatmeal is a perfect fall breakfast.  It is cozy, delicious and loaded with apple goodness. The best part is you can make a batch on the weekend and reheat slices for breakfast throughout the week. (Ps. It is extra amazing with a dollop of vanilla yogurt on top!) 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Maw-Maw's American {Cheese!} Lasagna

My Maw-Maw's lasagna has a few surprising ingredients that likely make it a bit different from the one you grew up with, but it is so delicious. You have to make some for dinner soon! 

      The lasagna I grew up with has a few unexpected ingredients, but it is so good. There is a reason why my family keeps coming back to it after all of these years anyway. Make a pan full of my Maw-Maw's American lasagna for a perfect comfort food dinner. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Witches' Broomsticks Cheese Snacks and Other Simple Halloween Treats

Super simple and super cute ideas to make Halloween a little spooooookier without taking much time. These quick and easy ideas and recipes are perfect for when you are in a hurry!

       Holiday food can be so super cute. But honestly, sometimes our best intentions and actual amount of free time can't make those Pinterest beauties come to life. So here are some cute and fun Halloween ideas that will only take a few minutes to make.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Healthy Pumpkin Nice Cream

Have your pumpkin in a healthy ice cream form! This dairy free, healthy frozen treat is a great way to use ripe bananas and get your pumpkin fix!

     Pumpkin puree and ripe bananas come together to make a delicious frozen treat. This pumpkin nice cream is a perfect fall transition dessert for when you feel like pumpkin but it is still warm out.  It is also a healthy alternative to ice cream that still feels like a treat. Add a little caramel sauce and toasted pecans to really treat yourself well! 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tex-Mex Sheet Pan Breakfast

Simple to make but so full of flavor, this Tex-Mex sheet pan breakfast also makes a great dinner. Just chop the veggies and watch the magic happen!

Melissa's Produce sent me produce for recipe development. As always opinions are honest and my own. 

      This Tex-Mex style sheet pan meal is so versatile, adaptable and delicious. It is a nutritious way to start your day and it's great for dinner as well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Healthy Banana Granola

This healthy and delicious banana granola is the perfect topping for yogurt or is great in bowl with milk.

    Granola loaded with banana goodness is the perfect topping for fruit and yogurt.  It is naturally sweetened and easy to make too.  Just whip up a batch and give it a try!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Foccacia

Soft and chewy sourdough foccacia topped with cheese and garlic is the perfect side for any Italian meal. It's like one big giant bread stick only easier to make!

    Grab a piece of this cheesy sourdough foccacia to get that extra sauce left on your plate after a delicious pasta meal.  That sauce on is too good to waste and sometimes it's even better on the bread than the pasta anyway.  So get that sourdough fed and get ready to make some delicious bread!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Impossible Dragonfruit Pie

A crustless pie that comes together simply in a food processor or blender. This impossible dragonfruit pie is a great easy dessert!

     This crustless dragonfruit pie is impossibly easy to make. You can do it all right in a blender or food processor. It's a simple dessert that is so fun to make.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Tropical White Cake with Dragonfruit Buttercream

Soft white cake filled with blood orange curd and wrapped in dragonfruit buttercream. This stunning cake is a tropical fruit dream come true!

Melissa's Produce sent me a selection of "freaky fruit" for recipe development. As always, all opinions are my own. 

       What do you get when you combine moist white cake, blood orange curd and buttercream filled with the speckles of dragonfruit seeds? A bite of heaven, that is what. Decorate it with strawberry papaya and pomegranate arils for an extra special tropical cake.