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Creamy and Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

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Make this traditional Creamy and Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole extra special by replacing the canned condensed celery soup with an easy homemade version!  I know.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so it's probably too late to add this to your holiday menu...but my family loves eating this creamy and cheesy hashbrown casserole long after Thanksgiving has passed. Truth be told, my mom usually makes this casserole for Christmas and sometimes even New Year's, so I view this dish as more of a winter holiday side item than for Thanksgiving.  Plus, we're usually in a mashed potato coma on Thanksgiving … {click for more...}

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Homemade Condensed Cream of Celery Soup

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Learn how to make Homemade Condensed Cream of Celery Soup - it takes just a few ingredients and about 20 minutes to replace those cans of goo with a version you can feel good about eating! Growing up, we ate a lot of casseroles, though most of the dishes my mom made used canned condensed soup.  And not long ago, I got my hands on my grandmother's old recipe cards, and guess what?  Nearly every casserole recipe in her box used canned condensed soup. If you want to know the truth, some days I still love eating those "old-style" casseroles from my childhood that used all those cans. … {click for more...}

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Mexican Skillet Breakfast Casserole

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This Mexican Skillet Breakfast Casserole is sure to satisfy hungry family and friends.  Filled with sausage, cheese and veggies, this hearty breakfast can be prepared the night before, making busy mornings stress-free! There's not much more that I like more on a lazy weekend morning than a warm, hearty breakfast - especially when I don't have to do much more than turn on the oven. With just a few minutes of prep time the night before, all I need to do in the morning to have this Mexican Skillet Breakfast Casserole on the table is wait 30 minutes for it to bake - which is just the … {click for more...}

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Rum Frosted Eggnog Bread

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Packed with holiday flavors - eggnog, nutmeg, vanilla, and rum - this Rum Frosted Eggnog Bread is the perfect addition to your holiday breakfast table! You guys.  The very best thing ever has just happened to me: Silk came out with a Holiday Nog.  This seasonal classic offers all the creamy, rich flavor of eggnog without the eggs, dairy, saturated fat or cholesterol.  Score!  Plus, it's only 80 calories per 1/2 cup.  Do you even know how much of this I plan to drink this season?  And how can I convince Silk to produce this stuff year-round?? Now, if you're not as huge of an eggnog fan as I … {click for more...}

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White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake

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Mascarpone Cheese makes this White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake extra creamy; the Oreo crust makes it extra decadent, and the candy cane topping makes it the perfect dessert for the holidays! Okay gang, here's the scoop. Today's post is not my usual. If you know me at all, you know that I hyperventilate at being the center of attention (or even the side of attention, if you want to know the truth). Seriously, I had major anxiety the day of my wedding - not nerves over getting married - but about the fact that there were going to be 200 people looking at me. Today's post is kind of … {click for more...}

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Cranberry Orange Fluff

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Cranberries, oranges, pineapple and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy make and go Cranberry Orange Fluff. This is the kind of holiday side dish that makes me nostalgic for childhood. My grandmother always made marshmallow fruit salads - but being the picky kid that I was, I wouldn't eat them. Now just hand me a spoon and the serving bowl and I'm good to go. And with the holidays just right around the corner and a million obligations jotted down on my calendar, I love having a go-to super easy dessert that I can make and take.  The best part about this dessert (side … {click for more...}

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Favorite Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

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Ohmygosh. I've been looking forward to today for weeks. Wanna know why? Because I'm giving one of YOU one of THESE: Since we're heading into the holiday season, I wanted to take a minute to say a heart-felt thank you to you guys: my invisible internet friends.  I never dreamed three years ago when I started this little ol' blog that it would become anything more than just a storage spot for recipes to share with my family.  But it has.  It's given me great opportunities to travel, make friends all over the globe, and follow my passion for cooking and writing. And none of that would have … {click for more...}

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Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

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With just a few ingredients, five minutes to stir things together and get them on the baking sheet, and 10 minutes of baking time, you can have these Cheesy Garlic Biscuits on the table and ready to serve. Reminiscent of those cheddar biscuits from your favorite seafood restaurant, these are a million times better and super easy to make. Can you believe the holiday season is just around the corner?  I have to admit, I'm already starting to get a little bit stressed about putting together holiday meals and juggling all of the tasks on my list while still keeping my sanity.  It's my goal … {click for more...}

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One Pot Chicken Alfredo

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This easy and creamy One Pot Chicken Alfredo is ready in about 30 minutes - and tastes just as good as a dish that you'd order at your favorite Italian restaurant.  Even better?  Everything - including the pasta - is cooked in just one pot! Holy moly, this is our new favorite weeknight pasta dish.  I'm constantly trying new recipes and every time I find one I like I have a tendency to say "this is our new favorite," but in this case it's true.  I found this one pot dish at Number 2 Pencil, and if you haven't checked out Melissa's site, you need to get on that, pronto.  She has soooo … {click for more...}

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Easy Orange Coffee Cake

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This Easy Orange Coffee Cake takes just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes to bake - it's perfect for a quick and easy breakfast treat, and special enough to serve when entertaining. I'm not sure if this is technically a coffee cake, but it is a fabulously easy sweet bread to serve in the mornings alongside a cup of coffee...so to me, that's a coffee cake. ;-) It's such an easy "recipe" that I debated about even sharing it, but I made it as a quick and easy last minute breakfast last weekend and it was so super good that I decided I'd be doing you a disservice by not sharing. … {click for more...}

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