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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Flower Pot Cookie Cups

Flower pot cookie cups are the perfect treat for celebrating spring

This post, flower pot cookie cups, is sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions are mine alone.

I’ve shared before that the kids really enjoy participating in our backyard flower and vegetable garden. I thought it would be fun to celebrate spring and reward their hard work with a special after school treat: flower pot cookie cups.

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How to Naturally Dye Brown Easter Eggs

These natural dyes are food safe and work great for other natural tie dye projects!

Thank you to Nellie’s Free Range for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone.

I’ve always wanted to experiment with using natural dyes to dye our hard boiled Easter eggs, but I’ve also been a little intimidated by the idea. 

Over the last few years we’ve made the switch to exclusively using Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. Since their eggs come only from Certified Humane Free Range hens that live healthy, happy lives, I feel better about serving them to my family. So, it only seemed fitting that we would go the more natural route for egg dye this year.

But the big question was…can you dye brown eggs? The answer is, yes! It creates even deeper natural tones, and I’m going to show you how! Continue reading

15 Kid Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Treats

These St Patrick’s Day treats are almost as sweet as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

St. Patrick’s Day is often known for its festivities and libations, but these kid friendly St Patrick’s Day Treats are perfect for classroom parties, scavenger hunts, or preparing together at home. 
 
Made with Lucky Charms cereal, quick cooking oats, and white chocolate chips, these no-bake Lucky Charms Granola Bars from We are not Martha are a fun special treat for your loved ones at St. Patrick’s Day and year round!
 

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Play with your food: Ladybug on Grass Open Faced Avocado Sandwich

 This post and lunch idea, Ladybug on Grass Open Faced Avocado Sandwich,  is sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of Brownberry Organic White made with Whole Wheat Bread.

One thing I’ve really loved about virtual school this year is the little moments I have with the kids, like preparing lunches together. More time in the kitchen has helped them explore new food options and get more confident preparing their own creations.

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