Thanksgiving Recipes and Turkey Day Tips

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  Are you ready?  If you'd like to try some new Thanksgiving recipes this year or are in desperate need of a few tips to get you through the crazy days of cooking and baking, look no further!  I've rounded up some tasty recipes for you and at the end of the post I have a couple of infographics to help alleviate the stress of the holiday and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones. When I host Thanksgiving, or any … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup

To make guests feel special at your Thanksgiving meal, offer a beautiful bowl of Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup. The complex flavor and rich color make this soup an impressive start to any meal. Sweet carrots are balanced by fennel to bring you a unique starting course. You'll be amazed how easy it is to make!  I love making vegetable soups, especially creamy ones with amazing color. To start a big meal like Thanksgiving, you only need … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy French Fries with Dipping Sauces

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of McCain Foods, Inc. The opinions are entirely my own. I'm noticing a trend in my life right now. More time spent on holiday preparations and less time cooking, which means grabbing snacks or meals on the go. Do you ever get so caught up in a project that you realize you missed a meal? When I'm burrowed into decorating and meal planning, I often find myself snacking on fruit or anything … [Read more...]

Mini Cream Cheese Fruit Tarts

Although this post is sponsored by Welch's® Frozen Fruits, all opinions are my own. Kids are back in school, the grass doesn't need to be mowed as frequently ... you'd think life would be less busy now that summer's over, but no. I feel like fall season is full-on party season. There are football games, school open houses, family birthdays, and more to attend. Seems like every time I turn around I need to make food to take somewhere. I always … [Read more...]

27 Vegetarian Soup Recipes for You!

Happy World Vegetarian Day!!  In honor of celebrating vegetarians around the world, I'm sharing a round-up of 27 vegetarian soup recipes. From light and healthy to rich and creamy, you're sure to find a soup recipe from this collection of delicious soups from my fellow bloggers. Special thanks to each of them for sharing their recipes for all of us to enjoy. Just click the links below each image to find the recipes.Quick Vegetarian Chili  |   … [Read more...]

Black and White Chili: Enjoying a Little Me Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite past times is losing myself in a good magazine. In high school I'd immerse myself in fashion magazines, whether I was by myself or with a group of girlfriends. Today I still enjoy spending a little "me time" with inspirational magazines. This past weekend I enjoyed thumbing through PEOPLE … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Peppers

Hubby and I have been struggling to keep up with our vegetable garden this year. I haven't been able to get all the tomatoes canned before they wither on the vine. We were worried all the peppers would spoil until I had the genius idea to freeze them.  Okay, the genius idea wasn't mine ... I read somewhere that you could freeze them. It's so easy to freeze peppers and I want to share it with you in case you have the same surplus … [Read more...]

How to Make a Naked Cake

Do you love cake but find yourself scraping off a lot of the frosting before eating it? Say hello to the naked cake! It wears a bit of frosting between the layers but the sides are bare. Cake designers have elevated the naked cake to a work of art and I feel they're often prettier than their fully-frosted counterparts. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create your own beautiful version of a naked cake. I actually think this style of cake is … [Read more...]

Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aidells® & The Wine Group. The opinions and text are all mine.Summer! It heightens all the senses. Windows are open to smell the roses rambling along the fence. The sight of fireflies flickering in the fields delights children of all ages. And flavors from the garden enhance any dish you prepare in the kitchen. Today I'm sharing a tasty Spicy Sausage Penne Pasta recipe that's … [Read more...]

Red and White Wine Pairings

I don't really know how it happened, but a few years ago I developed a keen interest in wine varietals and how they enhanced the flavor of food. Without a doubt, a fine wine makes food taste better. A good pairing will pull out the nuances and layers of flavor, which is why having a glass of wine with a meal has become so popular.  Today I'm sharing a couple of red and white wine pairings with selections from Sequoia Grove, a winemaker in the … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies

When I have time, I enjoy cooking and baking from scratch. And I love using my growing collection of hand-carved spoons and utensils from Old World Kitchen. I recently received new cookie-making utensils from Old World Kitchen's Dreamware collection by Polder's Old World Market and decided to make my hubby's favorite cookie ... Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies (recipe is at the end of the post).These cookies have the perfect blend of a chewy … [Read more...]

37 Berry Recipes You’ll Love!

Summer is right around the corner!  Can you feel it coming?  When I think of juicy, early summer fruit I dream of berries and remember picking strawberries and blueberries at my sister's Michigan farm. Especially the blueberries, which I'd end up eating more than what I put in my berry basket. Today I'm sharing a round-up of several berry recipes ... a special thank you to my fellow bloggers for letting me share their tasty treats with … [Read more...]

Mexican Burrito Cups

I was recently asked by Sargento® to create a recipe using a new product, and I'd like to share it with you.For weekday dinners, I like quick and easy recipes that are full of flavor. Lately I've been craving Mexican food with a mix of cheese, beans, tomatoes and avocados. I decided to add other ingredients too, and stuff them into tortillas shaped like cups. The result? Fast and easy Mexican Burrito Cups that are fun and made with loads of … [Read more...]

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