Garlic Baked Brie

Gooey melted cheese baked in a flaky puff pastry crust and topped with garlic, honey, herbs, and nuts—perfect appetizer for dipping.

For a fancy holiday dinner, baked brie is hands down one of my favorite appetizers that looks fancy, but is so quick and simple to make. This garlic baked brie is both sweet and savory, with garlic, caramelized honey, and lemon rosemary almonds baked in a puff pastry.

 

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Bacon Mac and Cheese Cornbread Casserole

This rich and savory Bacon Mac and Cheese Cornbread Casserole is perfect for game day, a holiday side dish, or busy weeknight meal.

This recipe, Bacon Mac and Cheese Cornbread Casserole, has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

If you’re looking for a savory,  hearty dish that’s sure to be a home run at the next game day gathering, a hit side dish on the holiday dinner menu, or a kid-friendly favorite for a weekday meal—this Bacon Mac and Cheese cornbread casserole is for you!

Casserole dish containing cornbread casserole with bacon and green onions on top

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Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Muffins

These double chocolate ZUCCHINI CARROT muffins are a great way to use up fresh zucchini and carrots…and taste a lot like the frozen store-bought version.

Thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this post, Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Muffins.

If you love those veggie muffins you can buy in the freezer section at your local grocery store – I have a treat for you! I’ve perfected a recipe for moist, delicious, nutrient-packed muffins that are made with a banana and a full cup of vegetables.

Eat them fresh out of the oven, freeze and reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds, or pop in lunchboxes in the morning for a tasty lunchtime snack!

Photo of carrots, zucchini, banana and a chocolate muffin

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Southwest Salad with 2-Ingredient Southwest Ranch Dressing

This Southwest salad is made with grilled corn and packed with protein for a great meatless Monday option. Made with a simple 2 ingredient Southwest ranch dressing for busy weeknights.

This recipe, 2 ingredient Southwest ranch dressing, is sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. 

Have you ever tried to recreate the amazing flavor of your favorite restaurant’s Southwest style salad, but come up short? I’m sharing my go-to Southwest salad including two recipes for delicious Southwest ranch dressing: including one with just 2 ingredients!

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Soba Noodle Salad with Almond Butter Dressing

This delish Soba Noodle Salad with almond butter dressing is packed full of colorful raw veggies and tossed in a refreshing almond butter dressing

This post, soba noodle salad with almond butter dressing, is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.

Nothing says summer entertaining like pasta salad, and this soba noodle salad recipe takes a delicious Asian twist with fresh veggies and a refreshing almond butter salad dressing.

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DIY Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Made with Upcyled Materials is a Fun Summer Activity!

Summer vacation is almost here, but the Midwest weather is still hit or miss. This weekend the weather was cold and rainy, so we decided to prep a few summer activities we can enjoy when temps warm up. This DIY egg shaped  sidewalk chalk is surprisingly easy to make and fun for kids of all ages. Continue reading

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Bake

This flavorful Nutella and Strawberry French toast bake is delicious for Valentine’s Day, or all year round!

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays I’ve come to appreciate so much more now that I have kids. I’m not one to go over the top with Valentine’s Day gifts, decor, or candy—but I do love making it special in those everyday moments.  In addition to our annual floating love notes, we have a few traditional valentine recipes we enjoy this time of year—like this Nutella and Strawberry French Toast Bake.

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18 Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts and Treats

There’s no sweeter holiday than Valentine’s Day, with its rich gestures of boxed chocolates and classroom treats! Below are 18 sweet Valentine’s Day desserts and treats that are perfect for sharing with someone special or taking to the office or classroom for a fun holiday snack.

  1. These cute Valentine’s Day Love Bugs are simple enough to make with the kids, and pretty enough to share with the classroom! Continue reading

14 Simple Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

There’s nothing like the magic of Christmas morning. That is, until it’s time to take a break from the fun and get busy in the kitchen. Wha-whaaaa.
 
If you prefer to focus more time on your family and less time in the kitchen for Christmas, you’re going to love these 14 simple breakfast recipes. These easy and make-ahead recipes make it easy to kick back, relax, and enjoy Christmas morning!
 
This moist cranberry orange quick bread is made with fresh cranberries and orange peel; perfect for the holiday season.
 

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20 Festive Christmas Cookies

Perfect for gifting or your next cookie exchange, these 20 Christmas cookies feature something for every taste!

Looking for the perfect Christmas cookies this holiday season – something that’s new and a little different? I’ve rounded up 20 delicious and festive cookie recipes that are sure to stand out during your next holiday gathering or cookie exchange.

These Christmas cookies range from traditional holiday flavors – gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint, and cranberry – to more creative flavors for creating new family traditions.

And, they’re pretty enough to make a thoughtful, homemade cookie plate for gifting to neighbors, coworkers, family and friends.

  1. Pretty and festive. Peppermint Christmas wreath cookies are simple sugar cookies frosted with peppermint and decorated.peppermint wreath cookies Continue reading

Hot Chocolate Cookies

These hot chocolate cookies include the best flavors of your favorite hot cocoa—gooey marshmallow, a drizzle of chocolate, and made with your favorite hot chocolate mix. Perfect for holiday cookie exchanges!

When I set out to whip up a batch of hot chocolate cookies a few weeks ago, I didn’t expect it to be so challenging. I tried multiple recipes that I found online, but time and time again, I found that  they were either really messy, weren’t cooking properly or consistently, or came out flat – literally!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract Gifts

Homemade Vanilla Extract Gifts Make a Thoughtful and delicious DIY Christmas PRESENT

I’ve always wanted to make my own homemade vanilla extract. I finally made my first batch early this spring. My goal was to make a large batch to keep some for myself, and to share with others for gifts at Christmas.

Vanilla extract is a thoughtful, DIY gift for nearly any recipient: friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, or holiday hostesses. After all, nearly everyone keeps vanilla extract in their pantry, right?

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12 DIY Christmas Gifts That Will Actually Get Used

Looking for thoughtful Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank, but will actually be appreciated and used? These homemade gifts are perfect for hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, or coworker gifts. Just the right amount of personal and practical, these DIY Christmas gifts will actually get used.

Treasure ornaments are a one-of-a-kind tree decoration made by filling empty glass ornaments with bottle-brush trees, jingle bells, sprigs of pine branches, colorful feathers, or any other pretty fillers you have on hand,clear treasure ornaments filled with colorful feathers

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball and Appetizers

This delicious Turkey Cheese Ball is perfect for serving a house full of guests on Thanksgiving

This festive Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball and appetizers were sponsored by BabbleBoxx. 

I’m a Thanksgiving traditionalist. There’s no use getting too crazy, because mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie are already perfection and should not be messed with. However…I love trying new side dishes and appetizers (as long as they don’t replace the classics!). This year I started sampling, testing, and tasting a little early to get and give a little Thanksgiving inspo.

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