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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Healthy Halloween Snack Plate

This Festive and Healthy Halloween Snack Plate is sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions are my own.

Halloween is often synonymous with the sugary treats we all love to give and receive on Beggar’s Night, but today I want to share a super cute snack plate that is healthy and totally simple to make!

This plate features Franken-kiwis, cheese brooms, boo-nanas, straw-mummies, clementine pumpkins, and spider eggs. 

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20 Unique Pumpkin Recipes

It’s pumpkin spice season, and you know what that means! Lots of opportunities to integrate pumpkin puree into your favorite fall recipes. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, these delicious and unique pumpkin recipes are sure to please!

Pumpkin Magic Bars are rich, thick, sweet pumpkin cookie bars layered not only with pumpkin but with butterscotch and toffee flavors as well! With creamy pumpkin, crunchy pecans, butterscotch chips, and toffee chips, it is a magical explosion of flavor and textures in every layer of this cookie bar bite!

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15 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Weekdays

Does the Back to School season have you scrambling in the mornings? These 15 easy breakfast ideas for busy weekdays will help you start the day with the fuel you and your family need.  Whether you’re looking for a make-ahead breakfast, quick prep recipes, or something you can meal prep and serve all week – this collection of recipes has got you covered!

  1. Sheet pan pancakes are not only an easy breakfast to make, but you can customize to suit everyone’s tastes! Make ahead and pop in the freezer to reheat. Also great for lunchboxes! Continue reading

20 Unique Apple Recipes for Fall

Looking for creative ways to use up those delicious apples you picked from the apple orchard this fall? Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, these delicious and unique  apple recipes are sure to please!

  1. If you enjoy the fried apples at Cracker Barrel you have got to try this amazing copycat recipe for the crockpot. They are so tender and full of flavor, just like the fried apples at Cracker Barrel.Copycat-Cracker-Barrel-Fried-Apples Continue reading

Marshmallow Ice Cream Recipe

Classic Soft Serve Style Vanilla Ice Cream – and the secret ingredient is Marshmallow!

Thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this recipe for marshmallow ice cream. All opinions are my own.

Today I’m sharing one of our favorite things to make in our house all year long: homemade marshmallow ice cream. As the name implies, a key ingredient is marshmallow, but the flavor of this ice cream is a smooth, creamy, classic homemade vanilla soft serve.Loaf pan filled with marshmallow vanilla ice cream and ice cream scoop

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