Caramelized Pear, Bacon and Brie Bites

Happy New Years Eve! I am a huge believer in setting goals and writing them down to help you achieve them! I have goals posted up in my closet that I read every day while getting dressed and it helps me to be able to see them each and every day to help achieve them!  I am also a huge lover of appetizers and party food! When I was trying to develop a recipe for Krusteaz to share for New Years I couldn’t help but think of something bite size! And believe it or not this is my first recipe …

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Homemade Apple Cider

I was sent this recipe from a water company and made it and it was beyond amazing! We are normally not huge apple cider people but I could drink this daily! That is how amazing it was! I received my Christmas cards from Minted.com and listened to Christmas music while sipping on these apple cider and it was honestly a perfect moment! Plus the smell of this stuff cooking is amazing! My house smelled good all day long!  HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER INGREDIENTS: ·         12 medium apples, assorted types ·         2 oranges ·         4 cinnamon sticks ·         1 whole nutmeg ·         1 Tbsp. whole cloves ·         1 tsp. whole …

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Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Reindeer

These cute reindeer were simple and fun to make and another addition to the photoshoot from a few weeks back. What you do is melt down chocolate break pretzel in half to create antlers. Stick a marshmallow on a stick and dip the marshmallows in chocolate and attach the pretzels. Lay down on parchment paper to dry. Add white sprinkles for the eyes and a red nose!  Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Reindeer Marshmallows Sticks Chocolate Melts Mini Pretzels White Sprinkles Red Dot Sprinkles Melt down chocolate break pretzel in half to create antlers. Stick a marshmallow on a stick and dip …

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Donut Snowmen

Sometimes during the holidays life get so busy and you forget to slow down and spend some time with your children. I will admit that I literally have to schedule time to bake and do fun activities with my kids during the holiday months when I am baking orders 8 hours a day 6 days a week. Our family always does gingerbread houses together and my mom does “cookies with Nana” day where she takes all the grandchildren and gets matching aprons and cups and plates for each children customized and my kids look forward to it every year. I …

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Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Pie

I obviously have a hard time letting pie go after Thanksgiving. But as much as I enjoy a good slice of pie I enjoy a good slice of freezer pie even more. My kids feel the exact same way! I also love pairing a good freezer pie with a yummy cookie crust. And nothing pairs better in my mind than chocolate and peppermint to celebrate the winter holidays! I let my son be the first taste tester of this pie and he said it was the better after school snack ever! And is now going to be a staple at …

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Peppermint Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple of weeks ago I had a fun holiday photoshoot planned. I was asked to create a few different kid friendly recipes for the kids to enjoy as they sat on Santa’s lap and wrote letters to Santa. (You can read more about it here)  plus there is a free santa letter printable! Such cute fun ideas for your family on that blog! You will definitely want to check it out! When I was brainstorming what recipe I should add to the collection I came up with this little thing! It is a spin on normally chocolate chip cookies which …

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Turkey Brine and Turkey Tips and Tricks

The turkey should be the star of your Thanksgiving meal. There is certain steps that should be taken ahead of time to make sure that your turkey is juicy and delicious! There is nothing worse than having a dry turkey on your table for Thanksgiving.  Lets 1st start with picking out the right kind of turkey! Did you know that Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farm turkeys have no growth-promoting antibiotics, the turkeys are raised on independent owned farms who produce high quality, wholesome turkeys to help provide the freshest high quality turkeys for your family! Plus their companies goal …

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Adult Halloween Party 2015

Halloween is a BIG deal in our home. I host 2 different Halloween parties. One is with 12 women that come over at the beginning of the month and then during one of the last weekends of the month we have about 50 couples in our home for an adult only halloween party! This year was our 6th year doing it and is probably my favorite night of the year! Here are my previous years Halloween party posts here and here! The costumes each year just keep getting better and better! I always try to come up with something new …

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Pumpkin Crumb Doughnuts with Brown Butter Frosting

Let me just start with telling you one thing…these doughnuts are unreal! Like I had neighbors knocking on my door asking for these after I posted the “teaser” on Instagram. I even had 2 of my pregnant friends ask for my garage code to stop by and steal a couple. Then they text me and said that they were mad that they didn’t grab more! They really are amazing!  I am pretty sure it is because the main ingredient is one of my very favorite Krusteaz mixes! Their cinnamon swirl crumb cake mix is one of my favorites! I use it to make crumb …

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip

I am a sucker for dips. If I am at a party or going to a party the first thing that I do is head straight for the dips. I fill my plate with dip and chips and then hit up everything else after that. This dip is also a slow cooker recipe which makes it even better in my opinion. My family and I enjoyed this on Sunday while my husband and boys watched football. But with upcoming holidays this would be the perfect unique dip recipe for any family gathering or holiday party. It is more unique then …

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