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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...}



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...}



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...}



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...}



Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato Casserole

This Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level! This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!

This Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!   So, it's that time of the year around my house when my mashed potato loving husband starts casually offering up hints about potatoes.  Specifically mashed potatoes.  No kidding, this guy could probably eat a slow cooker full of mashed potatoes all on his own - in one serving. I don't make mashed potatoes that often, because they're not typically on my "trying to eat healthy" diet plan, but when the Tall Boy starts coming home … {click for more...}



Pistachio and Raspberry Financiers

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Pistachio and Raspberry Financiers are the perfect little sweet to serve when you want a fun pick me up.  Made with a base of pistachio and topped with one tart Driscoll's raspberry, these elegant but easy treats are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea. If you haven't heard of or made financiers before, today is your opportunity to change that.  Oh, and you simply must.  These petite little sweets are perfect alongside tea or coffee, or just a perfect little treat to grab and go.  In fact, that's how the name "financier" originated: a French pastry chef created these cakes near … {click for more...}



Brown Sugar Pound Cake and $350 MightyNest Giveaway

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This Brown Sugar Pound cake is dense and moist, and the combination of brown sugar and maple flavoring makes it an instant hit.  The brown sugar icing alone is out of this world! There's not a whole lot that I love more than a really awesome pound cake.  Mostly because they're super easy to make, and when you drench them with a to-die-for brown sugar fabulous glaze...well, let's just say that I ate more of this cake on my own than I should admit. I have to tell you, I am sometimes weary of bundt-cake baking because I've had occasions when my cake didn't come out of the pan perfectly. … {click for more...}



5-Minute Pizza Crust

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With just a few minutes and two ingredients, you can have this 5-Minute Pizza Crust on the pizza pan and ready for baking! This is the perfect way to make weeknights extra special - and stress free! Let's face it: weeknights are busy, amIright?  Even if you don't have kids, chances are you have a million things going at any one time.  And if you do have kids...well, if you're like me, you haven't had a free moment since the minute they were born. But there's no reason you can't have {semi-} homemade pizza on a weeknight.  I'll be honest: this whole wheat pizza crust is still my … {click for more...}



Cake Batter Blondie Bars

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These Cake Batter Blondie Bars are filled with cake batter flavor, without the use of a cake mix.  And you can't go wrong with any dessert that is packed with sprinkles! You guys.  These bars are the best things ever.  Ever. They are straight out of my bloggy BFF Dorothy's cookbook, Dessert Mash-Ups.  You read Dorothy's blog, Crazy For Crust, right?  Hers was one of the first blogs I started reading on a regular basis when I started my own blog, and Dorothy was one of the first blogger friends I made.  Seems weird, right?  That you can make these invisible internet friends who … {click for more...}



Classic Pumpkin Pie

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When the holidays roll around, there is just nothing like a Classic Pumpkin Pie.  Even better - it's super simple to prepare and is always a hit at the table.  With just 15 minutes of prep time, your holiday planning just got off to a quick start!  I think sometimes food bloggers sometimes get so focused on creating the next newest and biggest twist on the original that we often forget about the basics.  The classics.  The good old staples that many home cooks want to make. I'm just as guilty as the next blogger.  But as I started to think about what I want to make for the holidays, … {click for more...}