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All Your Favorite Desserts in One Bite

One of the best things about the holiday season is there are ample opportunities for serving up tasty treats like delicious twists on a cheesecake recipe! It’s not that you can’t make sweets year-round, but having the whole family gather together is a perfect reason to whip up that amazing dessert recipe you’ve been saving. These Caramel Cookie Bars are just that dessert. They’re wonderful for any gathering, and they look (and taste) fantastic. But they’re surprisingly simple and quick, which makes them a lifesaver during the hectic holiday season. Continue reading

Snickerdoodle Cookies + Cream Cheese Frosting = WHAT?!

A snickerdoodle cookie is one of my favorite holiday cookies. They have the perfect balance of buttery softness and slight crispiness, with a warm cinnamon-sugar aroma that draws me in every time. I share these Cream Cheese Frosting-Filled Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies often with family and friends this time of year, which means my oven is almost always pumping out a fresh batch of snickerdoodles. This is especially handy for last-minute guests coming over for dinner and dessert!

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The Mac and Cheese Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

As much as I consider myself a foodie—and I love trying new and exotic foods—there’s something pretty wonderful about a simple and delicious mac and cheese recipe. Mac and cheese is perpetually popular with my kids, but it’s also one of my own favorite comfort foods. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of cheesy goodness. This Five Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe is a huge favorite at our house and gets rave reviews every time I make it!

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My Favorite Way to Do Salmon

You know those select few recipes you make time and time again? These Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese are going to become one of THOSE recipes. I’m talking week after week, month after month, you will continually find yourselves making these burgers. I have made them twice in the last week alone, but as the weather continues to warm and the days continue to get longer, I can only see my infatuation escalating.

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The Perfect Party Appetizer: Easy 4-Ingredient Pinwheel Roll-Ups

A few years ago, I began avoiding the chaos that the holiday season often brings. Now, my family and I choose to focus on what’s important to us: time together, great food and traditions, and visiting with friends and extended family. We do that by limiting the number of events we attend—and thoroughly enjoying the ones we choose. We also stick to healthy routines like getting enough sleep, eating well and keeping on top of household and school obligations. By doing this each year, we’ve made one of our traditions a restful, enjoyable holiday season that we look forward to each December. Continue reading

The Perfect Appetizer for Any Holiday Party

Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition. My mom would go all out each Christmas Eve by preparing a spread of appetizers that included chicken wings, bacon-wrapped wieners, cheese and crackers, crab salad and fresh fruit. She’d give us brand-new pajamas and we’d all change into them before starting a classic Christmas movie. Snuggled together, we’d watch the screen under the lights of our Christmas tree. For dessert there were always homemade holiday cookies and candies. It was wonderful! I love passing on childhood traditions like these to my children. Continue reading