Sparkling Cranberry Paloma

A festive and refreshing cocktail, just in time for the holiday season.  This Sparkling Cranberry Paloma is simple to make with just a few ingredients.  Great for parties....big or small. Happy December, everyone!  It's a soggy one today, I can hear the rain and, frankly, I wish it were snow.  There..I said it. I like the first, it's when it snows for days and doesn't melt for weeks....and every single time you go outside you hear the crunching of ice under your feet that I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Root Beer Float Poke Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. All opinions are my own. #BrighTENtheSeason What could be better than a root beer float?  How about a Chocolate Root Beer Float Poke Cake?  Tender, moist chocolate cake is soaked in a root beer concentrate then topped with root beer spiked pudding and a fluffy whipped cream.  So easy to make and a dream to eat. I love nostalgic food….my whole purpose in life, I think, is to create … [Read more...]

Easy Turkey Tortilla Soup

A fantastic way to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into a family meal everyone will love.  Turkey Tortilla Soup is easy to make and is loaded with southwestern flavors.  Adjust the seasonings to make it as spicy or mild as you want. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Everyone in the US, that is.  To all my International friends....Happy Thursday. :-)  Landon has been asking for weeks how many sleeps are left until Thanksgiving....well, I'm thankful that the day has finally arrived so that I … [Read more...]

Monte Cristo Sandwich with Cranberry Jam

Leftover turkey and cranberry sauce are the stars of the show in this classic sandwich. Sweet, savory and bursting with flavor, the Monte Cristo Sandwich with Cranberry Jam is like french toast on steroids....completely amazing and fantastic on a crisp winter day. So easy to make. Tomorrow is the big day....the day we eat so much we all get bigger.  And need bigger pants.  The day we wish we didn't have that last bit of stuffing drenched in gravy.  The day we end up falling asleep by 6:00 … [Read more...]

5 Minute Maple Bourbon Gravy // Video

Forgot the gravy?  This 5 Minute Maple Bourbon Gravy is whipped up with just a few ingredients from your pantry in less than 5 minutes. Don't like bourbon?  Leave it out, this gravy is completely customizable. Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! Who was lucky enough to score the entire week off?  But it's not really a week off if you're hosting dinner on Thursday, especially if you have any family weirdness to anticipate.  Lucky for me, I have a low-key holiday on my agenda and I get to … [Read more...]

Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust

The creamiest, cheesiest mac and cheese ever. Five cheeses are blended together with a creamy béchamel sauce, tossed with pasta and topped with a crisp, buttery panko topping.  Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust is sure to become your favorite recipe of all time.  So easy to make. Yesterday...we talked salad.  I love that salad but I also love some gut-busting meals....aka comfort food.  Things that are smothered in cheese, dipped in butter, swimming in sauce.  And then I'll … [Read more...]

Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Juicy pears are roasted with bourbon and brown sugar then combined with leafy greens, blue cheese and sweet, crunchy candied walnuts for the most memorable salad ever.  Bourbon Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts is dressed with a light and tangy apple cider vinaigrette, perfect for the holiday season. I'm not a big salad eater.  I want to be...I want to be that person that cooly shuns a big, juicy burger blanketed with melty cheese on a big, soft bun for a bowl of raw … [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate Stirrers

An easy, homemade gift that's simple and so amazingly tasty, you may have a hard time giving them away. Perfect in a gift basket or to serve at your upcoming holiday parties. It's coming...are you ready?  The holiday season is almost here....if you've been to the may already be here.  In fact, it's so HERE at our mall that there's already been an uproar about the new Santa it a habitat?  A display?  Whatever, it looked like the planet Krypton in the movie Superman. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Coffee Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidaySweetTreats#CollectiveBias Chocolate for breakfast!  Chocolate Turtle Coffee Cake is topped with buttery pecans, smooth caramel and sweet chocolate for the most amazing coffee cake ever. The perfect reason to eat chocolate cake for breakfast.   I'm a chocoholic. From Halloween until January 2....I shovel it in as fast as I can.  Not everyday but if I eat just one … [Read more...]

Chicken Divan Casserole

Cheesy, creamy Chicken Divan Casserole is a classic dish every family will love.  So easy to make, it’s perfect for busy weeknights.  One pot dinner bliss. A few weeks ago (I KNOW….I’m so behind on telling you all where I’ve been), I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Greenville, NC….not to be confused with Greenville, SOUTH Carolina.  Which is where I thought I was going for a number of weeks, but luckily…I checked my travel itinerary and got the whole geography thing figured … [Read more...]