Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies are an easy holiday hack to transform your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe into a holiday version!  A hit of peppermint extract adds a cool festive touch, while crushed peppermint candies add a crackling sugar top and throughout. Scroll past recipe card for a full tutorial and photos! This is…

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Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and I am woefully unprepared. I think because Thanksgiving was so late this year, I’m way behind on everything. If any of you are in the same boat and are looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts, I’m your gal! Yesterday. This was maybe my favorite movie of 2019. And…

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy Christmas gift, this homemade citrus extract is a great option! Keep reading after the recipe! A few years ago, one of our most popular posts, and one of my favorite, go-to homemade Christmas gifts was homemade vanilla. I still think it’s an awesome idea. However, there are…

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This creamy, fluffy, flavorful breakfast casserole is made with basic ingredients and no bread.  Chili Cheese Souffle Squares require no overnight sitting so this dish can be on the table in just about an hour!  Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even a make-ahead prep for the week.  Scroll past the recipe to find step-by-step photo…

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This Peppermint Candy Cane whipped cream gets both its beautiful blush color and sweet flavor from crushed candy canes!  It’s perfect for holiday desserts like Peppermint Chocolate Bundt Cake, or dolloped onto your favorite cup of cocoa.  What’s the best type of candy canes? Alternately you certainly can just add pink food coloring and peppermint…

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We’re here, people!  Less than a week left until Turkey Day and another chance to share some of our favorite holiday meal ideas with you.  I’m gathering some of my favorite main and side dishes today and stay tuned Monday when Kate will be talking Thanksgiving dessert!  Without further ado, here are some of the best…

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It seems like cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes are kind of the ugly stepsisters of the Thanksgiving table–they’re presence seems to be guilt-induced, there’s plenty left over, and those leftovers often find themselves cold and lonely in the refrigerator as the rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey get eaten in the days after Thanksgiving. Well,…

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Soft, flavorful bread with a focaccia-like texture, perfect for tearing and dipping.  Try it along side a bowl of your favorite soup for a  relatively easy, elegant, homemade, soul-satisfying meal. This bread tastes a lot like the loaves that you get at Macaroni Grill, only (at least I think) better: warm, soft, a little salty;…

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This Maple Dijon Vinaigrette recipe has been getting 5-Star reviews!  This is the recipe for the salad I designed to go with it with tender mixed greens, crisp apples, toasted pecans, and salty bacon.  It would be just as delicious with a mix of other favorite fall ingredients.  Feel free to use pears instead of…

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So last summer, we released our Summer, Simplified meal plan which was 7 weeks of dinners that you could make in 30 minutes or less where you didn’t ever have to turn on your oven. It was a HUGE hit and we got so many requests for something similar that was better suited for the colder…

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This Taco Soup is one of my family’s FAVORITE meals! I love this recipe because it’s super easy–make it on the stovetop or toss everything into your crockpot and let it simmer all day. Plus, it uses up a whole bunch of refrigerator and pantry staples: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, taco seasoning (you can…

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We love a good snack tray; it’s a fun and fancy way of serving a bunch of snacks and holiday snack boards are extra fun.  This one is perfect for parties, after school snacks, and having on the table as your little trick-or-treaters are getting ready to go!  In this Halloween edition snack tray, you’ll…

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