Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of my favorites! And with the cranberries, they are a perfect treat for the holidays. I have always loved this flavor of cookie, but the last time a made them was a couple years ago and they were from a mix (gasp!). I don't actually have anything against mixes, but I do like having control over just how perfectly my cookie tastes. I'm a control freak like that. ;) And these babies are just like I like them - full of cranberries and white chocolate, and soft and chewy. They're also pretty big cookies. The more, the merrier I say. And this is a merry time of year. And guess who was merry this weekend! Yes, I was. But mostly is was Jessie (our black lab). She turned 3 on Friday! I can't believe she's already 3. She'll always be my baby. :) I … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar and a Giveaway!

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I’m honored to have been selected by Darden Restaurants to create a recipe inspired by the seasonal desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse. You guys! I am SO excited to share my first giveaway on the blog with you today! When I was asked to try the seasonal pumpkin desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse, I couldn't wait! I absolutely LOVE trying desserts and comparing them. And getting to create a recipe inspired by one of the desserts is totally up my alley! Plus, I get to give one of my awesome readers (maybe you!) a gift card too! Does it get any better? Though I'm sure you can guess from the pictures and title of the post which dessert I chose to recreate, let's start by taking a look at the line up of desserts, shall we? The hubs went with me … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

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I'm so excited to share my first pumpkin recipe of the season with you! These pumpkin cupcakes are so moist, wonderfully spiced and pumpkiny! And the icing is pure heaven. Cinnamon and maple compliment the pumpkin perfectly! If you've tried my carrot cake, this is actually a new version of that recipe. And that cake is awesome! My niece turns 10 in a couple weeks and it made it onto her birthday list (right behind the ipad and headphones :) ). It totally amazed me how my nieces absolutely loved that cake when I made it for Easter a couple years ago. They've never forgotten it either. And these cupcakes are just as tasty - but with pumpkin and instead of carrot, and a few other differences. And who doesn't love a good cream cheese icing? This one is a lighter cream cheese icing. I wanted a bit … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?! It's crazy! And it's time to start planning out your meal if you haven't already. Last week I shared one of my Thanksgiving essentials - Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole. Today I share with you another true essential. Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows. No nuts here, my friends. I like it sweet, remember? Without this, my Thanksgiving feast is pretty much over. For the past few years I've been working on perfecting these sweet potatoes. They truly are my favorite and they must be just the right combo of enough sweetness, marshmallows and the right consistency. Not too runny. I could eat these for every meal, every day. Even for dessert. So if you don't already have a recipe you love, or even if you do, these would be some good ones to try. … [Read more...]

Double Pumpkin Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats

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I'm a fan of rice krispy treats. They seem fairly guiltless. And when you spice 'em up a little, you get to pack a lot flavor into fewer calories than cake requires. And there are days that I just shouldn't eat cake. Sad as it may be. I'm not one of those naturally skinny people. I have to work at it. So I worked really hard this past weekend and made these tasty treats. :) And they really do have a lot of flavor. A little more butterscotch-y than pumpin-y, but still yummy. They were quite popular among our friends. If you're anything like my husband, than you're tired of all the pumpkin already. But if you're like me then you're still excited about it. At least for another few weeks. Which would be good because I'm not done with pumpkin yet. So go ahead and enjoy these until I give you … [Read more...]

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

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This is one of my very favorite things to make eat. I actually try not to make it often because it makes quite a bit and I just can't stop eating it! Cheese and hash browns are an unbeatable combo. And the mix of salty and sweet is amazing. Plus, it's so easy to throw together. It's sweet, you ask? Why yes, I love sweet. You could take the sweet out, but I'd be sad. The sweet comes in on top of the casserole. The original recipe (I don't actually know where the original is from. For me it came from a friend over the phone years ago.) calls for regular old cornflakes crushed up and mixed with butter on top. I did that for a while, but my only problem with that was that after I used the 2 cups of crushed cornflakes that I needed, I still had quite a bit left in the box. And I don't eat unsweetened … [Read more...]

Overnight Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast Casserole

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The name of this recipe sure is a mouthful! It's a modified version of the Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole recipe(also a mouthful) from a couple weeks ago. In the spirit of the holidays and all things pumpkin I "pumpkin-ified" it - much to my husband's dismay. He gets pretty tired of all the pumpkin spice stuff everywhere this time of year. :) So in an effort to not have to eat the whole thing by myself, I made it at my parents house when we visited a couple weekends ago. It is was a big hit! And since my mom was going out of town the next day and was trying to get rid of everything in her fridge, I took the leftovers to a friend when I went to see her later that day. Unfortunately I didn't realize just how much of a hit it was with my dad. He went looking for the leftovers later … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It brings the best holidays - my favorite being Christmas - and it brings pumpkin flavored treats. Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere. Just how I like it. I don't really even go to Starbucks much during the year - I hate to drink my calories. But once the pumpkin spice latte is available, I'm there! And I have to keep going back to get the eggnog and gingerbread lattes too. They are all so good! The fabulous flavors of fall! So today I share with you my first pumpkin treat of the year. You can certainly expect more, but today is all about the pumpkin cheesecake! Oh, how I also love cheesecake. This has actually become a staple at Thanksgiving for me. After a fabulous meal with a taste of everything, I grab my dessert platter. A slice of pumpkin pie and a … [Read more...]

Overnight Cinnamon Baked French Toast Casserole

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This past weekend was pretty busy. It felt like we were just running from one thing to the next. It was all good stuff, just a lot. We went to the Panthers vs Falcons game yesterday (don't even get me started on the game - depressing - again). My older brother is actually a Falcons fan and has season tickets so his family and some friends already have a tailgate set up, so we joined. Normally we just bring a munchie to add. But Saturday night I checked with my sister in law at about 9pm to see if there was anything specific that would be good to bring. I should have known better. It was already late. We were on our way to a friend's birthday party (late) and I didn't really have to time to do much. But I hadn't gotten anything yet (I was lacking inspiration) and knew I'd have to go to the … [Read more...]