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 mall...it may already be here.  In fact, it's so HERE at our mall that there's already been an uproar about the new Santa habitat....is 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...]

Easy Vodka Sauce

Simple, tangy pasta sauce with a bit of creaminess that's ready in less than 30 minutes.  This Easy Vodka Sauce is easy to make and better than many restaurant versions.  A secret ingredient puts it over the top! I've said it before...I'm not a fan of red sauce.  I don't know why, maybe it's too acidic for me but I would rather have a heaping pile of pasta tossed with butter, olive oil and cheese than pasta swimming in a pool of marinara.  Unless it's my marinara because it's fabulous but … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Gin Fizz

Tart, sweet apple cider is turned into a festive cocktail just in time for the holidays.  This Apple Cider Gin Fizz is bubbly and filled with fall spices for a memorable drink all your guests will love. Holidays and cocktails just kinda go together...don't you agree?  I don't know if it's because it's just a cause for celebration or because of the crazy family members but a cocktail in hand makes the whole experience a billion times better. Unless you don't drink...then maybe you should … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Simple Syrup

A fall staple you didn't know you needed until now.  So easy to make, Apple Cider Simple Syrup will be your new go-to ingredient for all your autumn inspired cocktail and drink recipes.  Three ingredients...that's all you need. I'm not one of those people that glorifies "busy".  In fact, I hate being busy...it's stressful when I have a week packed with appointments, meetings and business travel.  Now, don't get me wrong...I LOVE my job.  It's the best job in the world but it seems like … [Read more...]