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Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad

Holiday Brussels Sprouts Salad is loaded with sweet apple and pomegranate, toasty walnuts, and blue cheese for a fresh, gorgeous salad perfect for any meal! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 4 1/2 years of food blogging, it’s that y’all love a good holiday salad. And, as luck would have it, I love creating new ones for you! So with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to come up with another gorgeous salad that’s bursting with color, flavor, {Read More}

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

Bacon Green Bean Casserole is a delicious holiday or everyday side dish recipe, with fresh green beans and crispy bacon in a sweet & savory brown sugar glaze! Thanksgiving may feel like it happened yesterday, but get ready, y’all…it’s already time to start planning Christmas dinner! And one of the dishes I made for Turkey Day last month was such a hit that I can’t wait to make it again in a few short weeks. Bacon Green Bean Casserole is {Read More}

50+ Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Enjoy this collection of recipes for using up the leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday meals, from turkey to ham to veggies and more! Hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family, friends, fun, and FOOD! Odds are, right about now, you have lots of leftover food, whether that means turkey or ham or mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce or a little bit of all of the above. Well, lucky for you, I’ve put together a collection of mouthwatering {Read More}

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin is a decadent, delicious side dish loaded with bacon, Gruyere, and crunchy breadcrumbs…perfect for dinner parties or holiday menus! Thanksgiving, it is upon us! Although I have to admit that I occasionally forget it isn’t yet behind us, seeing as how stores have been decked with boughs of holly since the day after Halloween, and cedar trees along roadways ’round these parts are already laden with Christmas ornaments (keep Austin weird, y’all). But I’m plugging my ears {Read More}

Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes are tender and savory-sweet in this simple, healthy side dish that’s perfect for a regular weeknight or a holiday menu! Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious year-round, but fall and winter are the seasons that I find myself really craving them, buying them, and cooking them. Maybe it’s that I’ve always associated sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because this is the time of year I find myself regularly roasting root vegetables, which are then {Read More}

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

If you’ve ever wondered how to make Homemade Pumpkin Puree, it’s just a few easy steps to a healthy and delicious base for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes! Sometimes I feel like a fraud of a food blogger for the culinary achievements I haven’t accomplished. I mean, how can I call myself legit when I’ve never whipped up homemade chocolate croissants for a weekend breakfast or lamb chops for a dinner party? I haven’t mastered (or even attempted) an {Read More}

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria is a festive fall cocktail of white wine, apple cider, and sweet sliced Honeycrisps, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and more! Well, we kicked off the week with homemade pumpkin spice lattes and we’re closing it out with an entirely different type of drink…crisp, refreshing, Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria! I’m telling y’all, this is THE bubbly, celebratory cocktail for all of your fall parties and get-togethers, whether that means a tailgating party or a Halloween shin-dig or {Read More}

All-Natural Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is made with real pumpkin puree and warm spices for all-natural Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home! ‘Tis the season for PSL! As much as I’m a pumpkin lover, the truth is that when it comes to Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, I can take ’em or leave ’em. However, with the advent of another fall, it occurred to me that perhaps I’ve been missing out all this time. So I decided to devise my own {Read More}

{Quick & Easy} Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

When time is short and homemade isn’t possible, frozen bread dough is a quick and easy shortcut ingredient for making lovely Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any holiday meal or special occasion! When special holiday dinners roll around, sometimes you have the time (and energy) to make pillowy homemade dinner rolls, lovingly mixing and rising the dough…and shaping the rolls…and rising again…and baking…and brushing with butter…and serving warm…and impressing everyone! And sometimes…you don’t. But {Read More}

Holiday Salad ~ AKA, Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie 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}

{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}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham feature thin slices of potatoes drizzled with cream and layered with ham and cheddar for a decadent comfort food recipe that’s also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! Today’s recipe is a classic, folks — creamy, cheesy, decadent scalloped potatoes — and since ’tis the season for holiday ham, why not toss some of that in as well? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. 😉 Who doesn’t love Cheesy Scalloped {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}

Pecan Praline Honey Butter

A scrumptious twist on honey butter, this Pecan Praline Butter is laced with cinnamon and vanilla and studded with toasted pecans, making it the perfect spread for dinner rolls, pancakes, waffles, sweet potatoes, and more! Stop the presses, y’all. Today I’m sharing one of those recipes that’s so easy I almost feel bad calling it a recipe. But, despite its effortless simplicity, it’s one of the best darn things you’ll put in your mouth this holiday season.’ Pecan Praline Butter {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 Honeycrisp Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh apple slices, crunchy toasted pecans, chewy dried cranberries, zippy 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. 😉 And this salad, y’all? It {Read More}

{Overnight} Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal {with a secret trick for no burnt edges!}

Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is easy to throw in the slow cooker before bed for an effortless breakfast the next day…and with a special, no-stirring-required trick, you won’t have to worry about burnt edges in the morning! Boy am I excited to share today’s recipe with y’all! Like so many of you, several years back I came across a tempting Pinterest gem for cooking steel cut oats in the slow cooker all night long, resulting in a hot, {Read More}

Chicken (or Leftover Turkey!) Taco Crescent Ring

A Taco Crescent Ring is a tasty way to use up leftover chicken or holiday turkey, mixed with black beans, corn, & cream cheese, flavored with zesty taco seasoning, and wrapped in flaky crescent roll dough for an easy yet impressive appetizer or main course! This evening marked the first time in several weeks that I didn’t serve a slow cooker meal for dinner…and I have to say, my kids seemed a little excited that I was firing up the {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn is a rich, comforting side dish that’s the perfect addition to any holiday menu…because not only is this recipe delicious, but it also frees up the stove and oven! A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a 20th High School Reunion…and, seeing as how time apparently moves at warp speed, that high school reunion was actually mine. Now I’m not sure exactly how this happened. I mean, I remember 4th grade like {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}

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}

The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Adapted from our incredibly popular Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe, these 100% whole wheat dinner rolls are soft, pillowy, moist, easy to make, and truly the BEST! Sometimes it takes awhile for the lightbulb to go on. When I decided to share a homemade whole wheat dinner roll recipe with y’all in time for Easter, I experimented with several batches of rolls but wasn’t completely happy with any of the results. I mean, they were fine…but not perfect. I knew {Read More}

Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

Seasoned green beans are roasted until caramelized and then tossed with a balsamic reduction in this flavorful side dish that’s easy enough for a weeknight yet special enough for a holiday dinner! Before I get into too many holiday goodies and cookies and treats and food gift ideas, I thought that today was as good a day as any to bring you a recipe to augment your Christmas dinner. Green beans are a pretty safe bet as far as side {Read More}

Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce

Sweet and spicy Cran-Raspberry Jezebel Sauce, with its bold horseradish kick, is a versatile sauce that can be poured over cream cheese as an appetizer, served alongside holiday ham or turkey, or jarred up for gift-giving! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving? I have yet to decide if I’m more excited about the food, the family, or the football! At any rate, I’m willing to bet that most of you have already planned out and possibly purchased groceries for your Turkey Day {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}

Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken (or leftover turkey)

Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken is a quick, simple, balanced meal that comes together in one pot using leftover chicken (or turkey). After the past couple of weeks, y’all were probably starting to wonder if I would ever share a non-Thanksgiving recipe again. Well, today’s your lucky day! Because while I originally devised this one-pot meal as a quick way to get dinner on the table while incorporating leftover chicken, that chicken could be easily substituted for another variety of {Read More}

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Simple seasonings boost flavor and roasting brings out the natural sweetness of these easy-to-prepare Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan! For many years, I was a proud member of the Not a Fan of Brussels Sprouts Club. After all, the ones I recalled from childhood originated from a can and were served on an avocado green melamine tray in my elementary school cafeteria. I mean, YUCK. Way to turn impressionable kids on to healthy green vegetables! Anyway, it was many, many {Read More}

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter

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 at the bottom of this post, a couple dozen of your favorite food bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes as well for {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}