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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread & Blendtec Giveaway


Blendtec Giveaway

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread is the perfect gift or treat this holiday season. A quick bread with tons of cinnamon flavor, chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread - a great treat this holiday season.  Make as gifts, or keep it for yourself!

Have I got a treat for you today!  You have the chance to win a Blendtec blender.  I have one and absolutely love it.  I actually wrote about it when I made White Chocolate Almond Butter.  A year later, and I still love it!

Today I am sharing a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread over at Your Homebased Mom.  All November long Leigh Ann has been a co-host of Bake Craft Sew. Your Homebased Mom is the site for all kinds of edible gifts,  Mique from  Thirty Handmade Days, is about all things crafting, and Cindy of Skip to My Lou is doing a whole month of sewing ideas.

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Bacon Cheese Straws


Bacon Cheese Straws

Bacon Cheese Straws – A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

Bacon Cheese Straws - A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

I love trying out new cookbooks. I remember even as a kid always thumbing through my moms cooking magazines and books. She subscribed to quite a few different monthly magazines that would come, and each month I would go through and tell her which ones she should make. It isn’t that much of a surprise that I am writing this blog, all about trying new recipes. Recently I was sent Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook. David Venable is the host of QVC’s popular cooking and dining show “In the Kitchen with David®.   [Read more…]

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs


Leftover

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs – Turn leftover stuffing into turkey and stuffing meatballs.  Quick, easy, and great the next day.  Dip in leftover gravy or cranberry sauce!

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs - Turn leftover stuffing into turkey and stuffing meatballs.  Quick, easy, and great the next day.  Dip in leftover gravy or cranberry sauce!

We are just days away from Thanksgiving.  I trust that most people have their menus set at this point.  So I am switching gears and giving you a leftover idea.  These turkey and stuffing meatballs are the perfect thing to do with your leftover stuffing.  I can only take so many sandwiches before I am over leftovers, so I need to switch it up.  And these meatballs are just the thing to do that.  Meagan from A Zesty Bite did a version of these that got me thinking.  So I got to work and came up with my own idea.  And if you want a sweet thing to do with some leftovers, be sure to check out these Sweet Potato Cupcakes!

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Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage


Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage in a light tomato sauce - dinner is ready in 20 minutes!

 Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage – a quick and easy dinner that is perfect for any weeknight.  Chicken sausage and fennel are tossed with gnocchi in a light and creamy tomato sauce.

Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage in a light tomato sauce - dinner is ready in 20 minutes!

Thanksgiving is next week! Are you ready?  I am excited to be able to spend a few days with family and just relax!  Things have been so busy around here lately, it will be really nice to take a few days off.  My son even said that this last weekend felt like a 3 day weekend, because we were so busy and fit so much stuff in.  I have mentioned before that my son is part of Lego Robotics, and my husband and I are 2 of their coaches.  Well, they had their State Qualifier competition last Saturday.  This is their fist year with robotics, and they made it to state!  So in January we will go to Denver to compete at the state level.  We are very proud of how far they have come, and the kids are so excited!

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Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce


Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a great way to enjoy steak!

Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce is a great meal to serve for the holidays, a special weekend, or even on a weeknight. Steak is marinaded in a latin inspired sauce, and then grilled and topped with Chimichurri Sauce.

Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a great way to enjoy steak!

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to visit Certified Angus Beef® in Wooster Ohio.  They brought 10 bloggers in to see their culinary education center, meet with their chefs, and get cooking for the weekend.  It was such a wonderful experience.  I learned so much about beef; how to pick out the right cut, how to cook it, how to slice it and more.  The chefs prepared a few meals for us, so we pretty much ate like royalty.  Prime rib, lobster stuffed beef tenderloin, truffle fries, and so much more.  Seriously, I probably didn’t need to eat for a week after I got home!

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Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds


Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side to have for the holidays! Doesn't take up any oven space!

Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side dish for your holiday table.  High fiber grains with leeks and sunflower seeds makes a great alternative to stuffing.

  Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side to have for the holidays!  Doesn't take up any oven space!

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This weekend we had my son’s Lego Robotics competition.  They did great.  It was so fun to see all of their hard work pay off.  For 4th graders, who have never done this before, they came a really long way over the last two months.  It will be fun to see what happens next year.  So now that life is calming down a little bit, it is time to start thinking about the holidays.  Planning a menu, getting the decorations together, and making sure the day will be great.

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Mexican Rice Skillet


This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you’ll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

I am kind of in love with skillet dinners lately.  They are so quick and easy to make, plus you can change them up in so many different ways.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet was the start of it.  Mexican food is one of our favorites, so I switched it up and made an Enchilada Pasta Skillet that was a huge success.  So this Mexican rice skillet was the next progression.

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting


Sweet Potato Cupcakes - Turn one of your favorite side dishes into dessert! Moist spiced sweet potato cupcakes topped with a marshmallow frosting are a great dessert for fall!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting – Turn one of your favorite side dishes into dessert!  Moist spiced sweet potato cupcakes topped with a marshmallow frosting are a great dessert for fall!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes - Turn one of your favorite side dishes into dessert!  Moist spiced sweet potato cupcakes topped with a marshmallow frosting are a great dessert for fall!

Is it cold where you live?  It has been in the single digits for highs here this week.  Very unlike normal Colorado weather, and I can honestly say…I do not like it one bit!  I am not made the for the cold, despite the fact that I grew up in the Mid-West.  I am always cold, huddled under a blanket, lots of layers, and most likely with a hot drink in hand.  I just do not like winter.  Next week we are back into the 40’s, so at least this is relatively short lived.  But less than a week ago we were 70 degrees, so it is quite the shock to the system.

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No Bake Biscoff Bars


Win a copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

Are you ready for the holiday baking season? It is pretty much upon us.  I have to admit, I am not quite ready.  This year has just gone by far too quickly, I want it to slow down a little!  But today, I am here with a special treat for you.  I have mentioned Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen before.  She is one of my very dear friends in this blogging world.  We were roommates at a conference earlier this year, and I was able to visit her when I was in Ohio a few weeks ago.  So this post is kind of special to me today.  In case you didn’t know Katrina came out with a cookbook (The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook)!!!  She worked so hard on this book, and it is gorgeous and so full of great recipes.

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Green Bean Casserole


Green Bean Casserole - a holiday favorite minus the canned soup!

Green Bean Casserole – a holiday favorite minus the canned soup!

Green Bean Casserole - a holiday favorite minus the canned soup!

We are just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving.  Are you ready?  Do you have your menu planned?  We are spending Thanksgiving with our family this year, so I am not in charge of cooking.  We usually have many of the same things though, so I am pretty sure I know exactly what will be on the menu.  I am very much into traditions, but sometimes I like to switch things up.  I am known for always having too much food around, and the holidays are a prime example.  The more side dishes the better!  One thing that will always be on our menu though is Green Bean Casserole.

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