Mascarpone cheese and maple syrup come together for the luscious frosting that tops these molasses cookies!

Molasses Cookies with Maple Mascarpone Frosting

Mascarpone cheese and maple syrup come together for the luscious frosting that tops these molasses cookies!

Creamy mascarpone and real maple syrup come together to frost these soft molasses cookies. (to skip to recipe, scroll to the bottom) Christmas with the in-laws consists of many things, but the three things that instantly come to mind are: mulled wine, molasses cookies and three-layer Christmas Jello.  Personally I could heave the Jello out the window, but the other two I'll devour with glee!  I know lots of folks love their Jello, however I am not one of them.  I just don't see the point.  But I digress, this post is not about Jello.  This post is about molasses cookies! I love the deep, rich taste of molasses cookies.  My Christmas tray usually displays these Molasses Butterscotch Cookies.  I adore these cookies, but sometimes you … Continue reading →

Pecan pie bars filled shredded coconut and semisweet chocolate chips!

Coconut Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie bars enhanced with shredded coconut and chocolate chips!  One Christmas morning when I was about seven years old, I woke up to a stocking full of whole walnuts and clementines.  What kind of sick, cruel joke was that?  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.  I was crushed.  To make things worse, "Santa" didn't even include a nutcracker.  What was I supposed to do with whole walnuts?  I've resented those nuts ever … Continue reading →

Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts are mixed with lettuce and then tossed with bold flavors in this simple salad! #PantryInsider

Brussels Sprout Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts are finely chopped and tossed with bold flavors in this simple salad!  If you were to ask me when I was young what vegetable I hated I'd shout out Brussels sprouts!  My experience as a wee lass led me to believe that they were bitter, bland and taste way to cabbage-y.  I hated them.  That was the one side dish I dreaded the most each Thanksgiving.  Sweet potatoes came in a close second, but I learned early on that a little … Continue reading →

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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Rich chocolate mint cookies hugging a luscious and creamy mint filling! These chocolate mint cookies will pick you up when you are having a bad day.  It’s the mint I think, it seems to be mood enhancing.  I’m sure someone did a study somewhere.  These chocolate mint cookies are exactly what I needed after my last hair cut.  It’s not that I got a bad cut, it’s just that I walked out of the salon a little poorer and much more deflated.  I’ll … Continue reading →

Cranberry sauce is fresh and sweet with a subtle hint of spice! Chipotles, honey and orange juice round out the flavors in this vibrant dish!

Honey Chipotle Cranberry Sauce (Turkey Burgers)

Smokey chipotle peppers and sweet honey come together in this cranberry sauce! It’s quick, easy and bursting with flavor! My family and I had the privilege of meeting a couple of celebrities.  Who are these celebrities, you ask?  They were two plump turkeys from Cooper Farms.  Yes my friends, we had the pleasure of meeting this year’s pardoned turkeys.  Not everyone can say they’ve met a famous turkey: I can officially say I met two! I have … Continue reading →

Fluffy angel biscuits studded with cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch seasoning!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Angel Biscuits

These angel biscuits are so light and flakey! Each biscuit is studded with cheddar cheese, bacon and flavored with ranch seasoning!     It’s so hard being a make believe person.  Between the toothfairy, the Elf, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, I’m just worn out.  I have no more good ideas, no inspiration, no originality.  It’s rough. I bring this up because my youngest just lost her first tooth.  Somehow along the way my older kids … Continue reading →

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Favorite Things Giveaway (And a Few of My Favorite Things)

Enter to win three $25 Gift Cards!     I am so excited to be participating in this Favorite Things Giveaway!!  It’s just in time for the holidays.  I am going to spend my day going through everyone’s posts in search of the perfect gift ideas for me...I mean for my family!   If you were to ask me what products I absolutely love, today I would list everything here: 1. The Gap 1969 Always Skinny Jeans -  I never … Continue reading →

This easy strata recipe is hearty enough for any meal of the day! #pantryinsiders

Easy Breakfast Strata Recipe

This easy breakfast strata recipe is a rich and hearty way to start the day! I am honored to have partnered with Pompeiian as a #PantryInsider.  This original recipe and my opinions are all my own. I hadn't given Black Friday much of a thought until I got a preview of Target's sales circular.  I saw one phenomenal deal and now I'm totally obsessed.  Now I must have these Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at the price listed on the … Continue reading →

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Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

<" alt="alt description" /> Perfect gingerbread latte buttercream swirled over rich chocolate mocha cupcakes! I’ve been in the mood for Christmas for months now.  I think the mood first hit back in July when I walked into Hobby Lobby and was struck by all their lit up Christmas trees.  It was a big red and green reminder that Christmas is ONLY … Continue reading →