NEW Martina McBride Cookbook Giveaway

Are there any country music fans in the audience? I'm excited to give away a copy of the new Martina McBride cookbook entitled "Martina's Kitchen Mix" with the subtitle, "My Recipe Playlist for Real Life." (This post contains affiliate links.)   Country singer Martina McBride shares 150 recipes in her new cookbook. I just received a copy of the book to review and have already made a couple of the recipes and love them. Like these … [Read more...]

Christmas Crafts and Recipes

Today is round two of featuring Christmas inspiration from my fellow bloggers. On Tuesday I showcased trees and decor. Today is all about Christmas crafts and recipes! CHRISTMAS CRAFTS When I saw these adorable Christmas pixies made by my friend Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique I was totally smitten! She shares the pattern and instruction for making your own whimsical pixies.   I also fell in love with the set of soft vintage … [Read more...]

Homemade Eggnog for the Holidays

Do you get nostalgic around the holidays like I do? I remember Christmases from my childhood and the great joy the holiday held. Part of those fond memories includes favorite foods and treats. And so, with a nod to nostalgia, I'm sharing a simple homemade eggnog recipe with you!   Once again I'm joining the Seasonal Simplicity tour hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie. Today a fun group of bloggers, including myself, are sharing a … [Read more...]

Individual Chocolate Souffle with Creme Anglaise

Are you searching for a memorable Christmas dessert to serve this holiday season? I love making an impressive chocolate souffle that people think you slaved over - but in reality is pretty easy to bake. I'm sharing this delightful recipe as part of a Christmas dessert blog hop organized by Kristen at Ella Claire. You'll find links to other bloggers' favorite holiday dessert recipes at the end of this post. Baked in ramekins, an individual … [Read more...]

25 Must-Make Fall Desserts!

Is it just me, or does everyone like to bake when fall rolls around? I'm sure the cooler weather makes it easier to turn the oven on and create delectable fall dessert recipes. Here's a list of 25 must-make fall desserts you don't want to pass up! First up on the fall dessert list is my favorite Sweet Potato Spoon Bread with amazing caramel pecan sauce. It's just the right size dessert!   Next up is a beautiful Pear Cake Tatin by … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa

Fall means football, and football means chili!  In today' case, it's Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa. Whether you're watching a football game or enjoying time around the table with family, nothing beats a soul-satisfying bowl of chili during cooler weather.   Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's tour of wonderful fall recipes. I had every intention of baking something, but I had such a craving for chili and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins: It’s October!

In my household, the last three months of the year are all about baking and spending time in the kitchen. And right now I'm lovin' these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! I've already made them twice in the past week.   It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's Cozy Living Saturday! My blogging friends and I have come together to give you several ideas for creating cozy warmth and inspiration for the month of October. All … [Read more...]

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

What's not to love about the fall season? The Earth explodes in color and gives up its amazing harvest of wonderful foods. It's time to get back into the kitchen to whip up some wonderful autumn dishes. Today I'm sharing an easy and tasty appetizer of roasted figs with goat cheese, honey, and pistachios.   Last weekend I hosted a Tapas and Sangria party on the back deck by the pond. Everyone loved the roasted figs appetizer. A few … [Read more...]

Pasta Pomodoro with Lentils

Say hello to Pasta Pomodoro with Lentils! This is an easy, Tuscan-inspired pasta recipe that adds the richness and texture of lentils.   This recipe really hit the spot for me!  I'm a pretty picky eater and a dish has to be above average in order for me to make it more than once, and I'll be making Pasta Pomodoro with Lentils over and over. You can make this recipe with a homemade tomato and basil sauce, but if you're short on time, … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies: Mmm, Good!

When I have time, I enjoy cooking and baking from scratch. And when the fall season rolls around, the desire to bake is amplified!  All those wonderful pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple flavors are just waiting to be turned into something special. But today, I'm featuring tasty Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies!   These cookies have the perfect blend of a chewy inside and crispy outside, and they're easy to make, which is always a plus. When … [Read more...]

Basil Pesto Cavatappi with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

One of my favorite herbs is basil with its unique fragrance and flavor. You'll find it in our garden every summer. And one of my favorite recipes to make with it is Basil Pesto Cavatappi similar to the dish you'll find at Noodles and Company.   This year we grew basil in our vegetable garden and in garden pots. Much to my surprise, the basil in the pots fared much better. Maybe the basil in the garden was too crowded by the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo: A Seasonal Favorite

It's the season for pumpkin spice and all things nice!  And today, I've got a nice treat for you with a Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo recipe.   Lucky for you, I'm not the only one sharing a pumpkin recipe. You'll find oodles more at the bottom of this post. My friend Kristen at Ella Claire organized today's tasty event that celebrates the wonderful pumpkin! Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo is so special, you'll want to make sure you serve it … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread with Caramel Pecan Sauce

Late August and early September is harvest time here in Illinois. Farmer's markets are overflowing with produce and it's a great time to cook. Today I'm sharing a fall favorite - Sweet Potato Spoon Bread with decadent caramel pecan sauce! Yes, please!!   This is the first time I've made a dessert using sweet potatoes. I've always wanted to try my hand at sweet potato pie but have yet to cross that one off my bucket list. Stay tuned … [Read more...]

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