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Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad ~ AKA, Thanksgiving Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro! Hey there, strangers! Well, can I just say that I was NOT intending to go all last week without sharing a recipe. But alas, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging…and unfortunately, last week said life brought us a very sick little 4-year old, numerous {Read More}

{Overnight} Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal {with no burnt edges!}

Wake up to a warm, wholesome breakfast with this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal…and don’t miss the secret trick to prevent the edges from burning! There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the heavenly smell of breakfast wafting through the air. And if that breakfast just so happens to taste like pumpkin pie…well, all the better! Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is a rather lengthy, adjective-heavy title for such a simple recipe, {Read More}

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

You’re just three ingredients away from this sweet and creamy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip, a simple,Ā scrumptious recipe for game day, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert, or just about any special occasion or get-together! Who’s up for a quick and easy, minimal ingredient, sweet fall treat? We’re talking three ingredients and just a few minutes here, people, for a tasty fruit dip that will get gobbled up in no time! I’m telling you, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is going to become your {Read More}

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate! Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

Cran-Cherry Sauce

Sweetened with honey and brightened with citrus, Cran-Cherry Sauce strikes a perfect balance between tart cranberries and luscious cherry preserves, making it the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! Welp, only a little over a week to go until Turkey Day, friends! Soon I’ll be shifting gears and bringing you Christmas recipes, but not before I share at least one more Thanksgiving dish today…homemade cranberry sauce with a twist! Now everybody knows that homemade cranberry sauce is head-and-shoulders-above the gelatinous {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, making it a delicious and effortless addition to Thanksgiving dinner, while freeing up the oven at the same time! Well, November is already flying by at record pace, so I do believe it’s time to start getting serious about Thanksgiving menu planning. Do you already have a set-in-stone menu that you adhere to each year, or do you like trying new recipes? Orrrr do {Read More}

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

This gorgeous Holiday Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh Honeycrisp apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette! Well, friends…with Halloween behind us and November well under way, the holiday countdown is officially on! Since I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to give each holiday its due before rushing on to the next one, my thoughts are currently on Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch. šŸ˜‰ And this salad, y’all? It {Read More}

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are soft, moist, and loaded with pumpkin, chewy oats, warm spices, and rich chocolate chips for a perfect fall treat! Happy November, everyone! Are y’all tired of pumpkin yet? Hopefully not, because I have one last pumpkin treat for you this season…and I think it was worth the wait! This past weekend, we celebrated a special milestone birthday for my hubby. As is customary every year, I baked him a homemade pecan pie, since {Read More}

Bacon Cheddar JalapeƱo Cornbread

Bacon Cheddar JalapeƱo Cornbread is moist, tender, and loaded with extra flavor from crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and spicy jalapeƱo, making it the perfect accompaniment for all of your favorite soups, stews, and chilis! So…I’m posting this recipe today because cornbread accompanies soup, and soup is associated with cold weather, and maybe if we build it, they will come. Or, in this case, maybe if we act like fall temperatures have arrived, they finally will. Because, Y’ALL. It hit 100 {Read More}

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies {Healthy Oat Smoothies}

A thick, creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a cinnamon-spiced, honey-sweetened fall spin on a healthy oat smoothie! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…it’s that time of year, y’all. And I’m trying not to go overboard with the pumpkin recipes that I share here, but I must admit that my mind is constantly pondering which of my favorite, tried-and-true recipes I can pumpkin-ify. My kids are obsessed with Healthy Oat Smoothies, and I’m not about to argue with any breakfast or snack consisting of {Read More}

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash features vitamin-packed butternut squash coated with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then roasted until tender and sweet for a gorgeous, golden fall or winter side dish! If summer produce is best eaten fresh, fall produce was made to be roasted. Roasting is actually my favorite way to enjoy veggies year round, but I tend to shy away from it during the hotter months, seeing as how it can quickly heat up the whole kitchen, thereby {Read More}

Halloween Candy Corn Bark

Sweet and salty Halloween Candy Corn Bark features white chocolate studded with candy corn, pretzels, and peanuts, then drizzled with semisweet chocolate for a fun and tasty treat! The other day, I asked my Facebook followers if they prefer their Halloween treats to be cute or scary/gory. The consensus was for cute treats, which is totally how I feel about the matter. I mean, who wants to eat a cupcake that looks like a brain when you could enjoy festive, {Read More}

Macaroni & Cheese Soup

Creamy, decadent Macaroni & Cheese Soup topped with crispy bacon is the ultimate cool weather comfort food! I’ve got four words for you today, friends: Macaroni and cheese SOUP. The End. And now onto the recipe! Okay, okay…just kidding. We’ll get to the recipe shortly. In the meantime, you wouldn’t want me to skip over the flowery descriptions and glowy photos of this deliciousness, now would you?! So! Mac & Cheese Soup. It’s a thing, y’all. In fact, it’s a {Read More}

Apple Pie Caramel Apples {Disney Copycat Recipe}

Tart green apples coated in chewy caramel, dipped in white chocolate, and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar are an uncanny copycat of Disney’s Apple Pie Caramel Apples…and they truly taste like apple pie! Happy (almost) fall, y’all! What say we celebrate with some mouthwatering Apple Pie Caramel Apples? Many of you know that I’m a monthly recipe contributor over at Lil’ Luna, and this past summer, Kristyn asked me to share a recipe for these Apple Pie Caramel Apples during {Read More}

Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings is a comfort food classic, featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings. I absolutely can’t wait to share today’s recipe with y’all. In fact, as I type this, my mouth is watering and I wish I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling goodness in front of me right now…at 11:17 p.m. Consider it a late, late dessert, or an early midnight snack, or maybe just {Read More}

Pumpkin Gingersnap Icebox Cake

Pumpkin Gingersnap Icebox Cake is an easy, no-bake fall dessert of pumpkin, cream cheese, and fresh whipped cream layered with gingersnap cookies that transforms into soft, creamy cake after chilling in the refrigerator! Have you ever enjoyed the wonder that is icebox cake? It’s really quite amazing. What starts out as a whipped cream-based mixture layered with some sort of cookies/graham crackers/wafers turns into a soft, moist, creamy concoction, totally reminiscent of cake. And today, I’ve got a pumpkin variation {Read More}

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Tender apples, warm cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup flavor this wholesome Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, sure to become a new fall favorite! Y’all already know that I’m a baked oatmeal aficionado, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve concocted a new seasonal rendition for you. This autumn, how does a big serving of Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal sound? It’s loaded with chewy oats, studded with chunks of apples and crunchy pecans, spiced with cinnamon, and sweetened with maple {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup is a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! We interrupt this month of holiday recipes to bring you a cozy, slow cooker soup that can be enjoyed all winter long! It’s probably no secret by now that I love cooking with beans. From side dishes to soups to crock pot suppers, beans are nourishing, filling, and inexpensive. It’s easy to infuse them with other flavors and they {Read More}

Thanksgiving Quote Free Printable ~ “Gather with a Grateful Heart”

I’ve been inundating y’all with Thanksgiving recipes this month…so how ’bout a little break today for a fun, free printable? It’s the quickest, easiest way to add a little decor to your table this Turkey Day! Many of you know that every so often, I enjoy creating holiday and seasonal free printables to share on the blog. Last Thanksgiving, I put together a free 8- by 10-inch Thanksgiving quote printable that ended up being one of my most popular printables {Read More}

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter + Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop!

Juicy, tender turkey is slathered with sage-infused butter, shingled with crispy bacon, and glazed with maple syrup in what just might be the best Thanksgiving turkey you’ve ever tasted! Today I’m setting out to prove that bacon indeed makes everything better! And not only am I sharing this amazing Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon & Sage Butter recipe, but a couple dozen of your favorite food bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes as well for a full Thanksgiving menu of delicious {Read More}

Garlic & Herb Stuffing

Garlic & Herb Stuffing is a savory, simple Thanksgiving dressing featuring both French bread and cornbread, and it can be customized with your favorite herbs and add-ins! So last week I brought you Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mini Pecan Pies. This week I’m bringing you this delicious Garlic & Herb Stuffing, a tasty veggie side, and quite possibly the best darn turkey you’ll ever try. ANNND, you do not want to miss the awesome Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop happening right {Read More}

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies are individually-portioned in a muffin pan and fun to eat, featuring a tender, buttery crust (no rolling pin required!) and a sweet, nutty filling. You probably think I’m posting pecan pie because of a certain impending holiday that starts with Thanks- and ends with -giving. Well, that may be so…but the truth is, last weekend, we celebrated my husband’s birthday. And he’s not a big fan of cake but he looooooves pecan pie, so every year I {Read More}

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, featuring a smooth, creamy filling and a topping of either toasty marshmallows or crunchy pecan streusel. November has arrived and that means one thing…time to start thinking about the ol’ Thanksgiving menu! I don’t know about y’all, but one dish I must have on my Turkey Day table each year would be sweet potatoes. I realize that some people are solidly in the mashed potatoes camp — and don’t get me {Read More}

Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews

Brimming with fruit and nuts, Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews is a honey-kissed, autumn spin on the ever-popular Sonoma Chicken Salad. Every time I make chicken salad, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. I absolutely love the stuff. And as much as chicken salad has the reputation for being a “ladies who lunch” kind of recipe, I have to say that my kids and my husband scarf it down, too. In fact, my boys straight up {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cider ~ Starbucks Copycat

This all-natural copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream…in a mug! Oh my word, y’all. Move over hot chocolate…I have a new favorite warm drink for chilly days! This Caramel Apple Cider is, simply put, amazing. In fact, I can’t really think of a better description than what I wrote in the flowery line at the top of this post. It tastes just like warm, spiced apple pie topped {Read More}

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that’s perfect for a chilly day! I’ve got another crock pot wonder for y’all today! This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was pulled from my most-frequently-made-for-the-longest-span-of-time recipe file. In other words, it’s an oldie but a goodie and well worth the hype of being one of our all-time {Read More}