November 29, 2016

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole

This post is sponsored by Kraft.

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole is a cheesy potato breakfast casserole that is loaded with fresh veggies and turkey sausage, making it truly holiday-worthy!

Holiday Hash Brown Casserole is a cheesy potato breakfast casserole that is loaded with fresh veggies and turkey sausage, making it truly holiday-worthy! #sponsored

I just love the month of December, don’t you? I genuinely look forward to the holiday season, complete with carols, twinkly lights, and the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. My husband and I both have three sisters each, which means we are blessed to be surrounded by lots of loved ones during our holiday celebrations.

Big family gatherings are always accompanied by big family meals. When planning a meal that needs to serve lots of people, a potluck is a great way to go! When everyone brings a dish to share, it takes the stress off of whoever is hosting and makes the event a collaborative affair. Making a dish to share with the ones you love is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit of giving, and when you have a potluck, no one is left out of the fun!
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November 21, 2016

Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring

This post is sponsored by Arm & Hammer and Gold Medal Flour and has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser.  All thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

A Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring transforms traditional baked soft pretzels into a beautifully braided wreath that is cheesy, garlicky, buttery, and totally party-perfect!

A Cheese Stuffed Braided Pretzel Ring transforms traditional baked soft pretzels into a beautifully braided wreath that is cheesy, garlicky, buttery, and totally party-perfect! #BestOfBaking #ad @Walmart

What comes to mind when you hear the words holiday baking?   You think of cookies, pies, cakes, and other sweet delights, am I right?  I'm sure that's the direction that most people's minds naturally go.

Not me, though.  I'm the girl that loves to get into the kitchen for our holiday cookie baking extravaganza every year and then I'll eat maybe two cookies.  Total.  Like, all Christmas.  The baking tradition part is so much fun and I look forward to it every year, but if you don't dig sweets, you don't dig sweets.  And I just don't dig 'em.
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November 17, 2016

Cheesy Crock Pot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

This post first appeared on Real Housemoms where I am a contributor.

This Cheesy Crock Pot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip is hot, creamy, and full of tender shrimp.  It's sure to be the hit of your next get-together!

 This Cheesy Crock Pot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip is hot, creamy, and full of tender shrimp.  It's sure to be the hit of your next get-together!

Every time I have people over, I like to go all out when it comes to the food I serve. I like for my menu to include it all: appetizers, a main course, and a dessert.

I’ve discovered over the years that actually pulling off a three-course meal isn’t always as easy as I think it will be, especially when you are serving up to 20 people, which is usually the case for our parties.
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November 15, 2016

Stuffed Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples

Stuffed Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples make a hearty and filling meal that is a comfort food classic.  It is perfect for when the weather gets chilly!

Stuffed Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples make a hearty and filling meal that is a comfort food classic.  It is perfect for when the weather gets chilly!
Everything about this meal just screams Fall to me.  There is just something about beautifully seared pork stuffed with a celery and onion-studded stuffing and tender apples bursting with cinnamon flavor that reminds me of cool weather and comfort food.  I guess that's because it IS comfort food.  At least to me it is!

To tell you the truth, though, I don't cook pork chops all too often.  My husband prefers chicken and beef, so we go with skip the pork more often than not.  This recipe ended up on our table thanks to a couple of thick cut pork chops that came with a meat package that we ordered.

I'll tell you what, I am so glad that they included some pork chops this time.  This recipe was a no-brainer when I saw them in our meat package and I just knew that even my honey would love them.  I mean, how could he resist these beauties brimming with stuffing?
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November 10, 2016

Whipped Feta and Corn Crostini

This post is sponsored by Libby's Fruits and Vegetables.

This Whipped Feta and Corn Crostini pairs pan-seared Libby's Whole Kernel Sweet Corn with salty feta cheese and fresh herbs in a delicious finger food appetizer that is perfect for parties!

This Whipped Feta and Corn Crostini pairs pan-seared Libby's Whole Kernel Sweet Corn with salty feta cheese and fresh herbs in a delicious finger food appetizer that is perfect for parties! #sponsored #Cansgiving @LibbysTable

I am the kind of girl who looks forward to Thanksgiving all year long.  There is nothing that makes me happier than inviting loved ones into our home on a crisp fall evening to celebrate the things we are thankful for over a great, epic feast.

As much as I love the entire Thanksgiving holiday from start to finish, there's one little problem that I run into just about every year...I always try to take on too much when I prepare my menu.  I am determined to prepare everything all by myself, and not only do it all, but I want to do it all from scratch.

The natural answer to that problem, which only makes sense, is to let my loved ones contribute their own dishes to the menu to take some of the load off of me.  I've done that before and, while it's lovely to let everyone bring something, I have come to realize that I am nothing but a Thanksgiving control freak.  I just can't help myself!
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November 3, 2016

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake

This extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake is made with a quick homemade sauce and loads of pepperoni.  You can add all of your favorite pizza toppings to make it your own!

This extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake is made with a quick homemade sauce and loads of pepperoni.  You can add all of your favorite pizza toppings to make it your own!

There are about a million and two ways to dress up your basic pasta bake.  You can all kinds of meats or veggies, but the basic ingredients usually stay the same: your pasta or choice, red or white sauce, and lots of shredded cheese.

I like to make creative variations on simple pasta casseroles using up whatever I've got hanging around in the fridge.  This time I decided to go the pizza route!  We are big pizza fans around here and I love to bring those flavors to all kinds of recipes like sandwiches, breads, and dips.  Pizza flavors go with almost anything if you ask me.

This easy casserole celebrates the classic pepperoni pizza and is loaded with oodles of shredded mozzarella and parmesan, a quick homemade tomato sauce, and sliced pepperoni in every bite.  The sauce can be substituted with your favorite jarred sauce, but I like to give a homemade touch to my recipes when I have the time. This easy sauce takes just ten minutes to make and is so worth it!
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October 29, 2016

Dunkin' Donuts Salted Caramel Coffee Review

This post is sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts.  All thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

Salted Caramel flavored coffee, lattes, and macchiatos are new at Dunkin' Donuts! They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and perfect for the Fall season.

Salted Caramel flavored coffee, lattes, and macchiatos are new at Dunkin' Donuts!  They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and perfect for the Fall season. #sponsored

When I was growing up, stopping at Dunkin' Donuts was a Sunday morning treat.  My parents would pick up a box of donut holes for my three sisters and I and those babies would be devoured almost instantly.  No one could resist them and I swear I can taste them just thinking about it!

Naturally, since I was just a kid and all, I was completely uninterested in the coffee that Dunkin' Donuts was selling alongside their famous donuts.
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October 27, 2016

Ham and Swiss Hash Browns with Rosemary-Apple Yogurt

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these Ham and Swiss Hash Browns with Rosemary-Apple Yogurt boast lots of thin-sliced ham, melted swiss cheese, and a dollup of creamy rosemary, apple, and mustard seasoned yogurt.

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these Ham and Swiss Hash Browns with Rosemary-Apple Yogurt boast lots of thin-sliced ham, melted swiss cheese, and an irresistible dollup of rosemary, apple, and mustard seasoned yogurt.  They are perfect for holidays!

One of my favorite memories from when I was a kid is big family breakfasts on the weekends.  I distinctly remember the intoxicating smells of bacon wafting through the house as my dad fried it up on the electric griddle while my mom whipped up bagels, eggs, and fried potatoes.

It's mornings like those that helped to shape my love for breakfast potatoes.

Yep, those mornings with my sisters and parents were all about the potatoes for me.
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October 25, 2016

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I am a contributor.

This Crock Pot Chicken Wings recipe is the best way to get bold, spicy, fall-off-the-bone wings.  You will never believe that they are cooked in the crock pot with just three ingredients!

This Crock Pot Chicken Wings recipe is the best way to get bold, spicy, fall-off-the-bone wings.  You will never believe that they are cooked in the crock pot with just three ingredients!

Aaaahhh, how I love chicken wings. Chicken wings, especially ones doused in buffalo sauce, are the quintessential appetizer that is perfect for almost any occasion, wouldn’t you agree? It doesn’t matter if it’s a game day, a birthday party, or dinner out at a restaurant, no one minds if there’s a big old plate of wings for everyone to munch on.

Lots of folks out there associate wings with restaurants or take out, but friends, I’ve got news for you. You can make delicious, finger-licking, spicy buffalo wings right in your very own kitchen. And they’re EASY to make, to boot!
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