Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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No canned soup here, this Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is made in 10 minutes flat and is the perfect serving size for an intimate holiday dinner for 4 or less.  Huge family coming for the holiday, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled to accommodate a lot of guests or big appetites! Disclaimer: I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes … [Read more...]

Spicy Cinnamon Maple Roasted Almonds

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Almonds tossed in a mix of spices and maple syrup before roasting are a great way to kick off any holiday party.  Sweet with a tiny bit of heat make this crunchy snack incredibly addictive.   Almonds are a staple at my house.  We usually buy a gigantic bag of raw almonds at Costco and work our way through it pretty quickly.  They go in smoothies, on top of yogurt, in my mouth.  They're simple and quick and a good way to avoid the bag of chips that may or may not be hidden somewhere deep … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps | The Suburban Soapbox

Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs

Green Eyed Monster Deviled Eggs | The Suburban Soapbox

Spooky fun for your next Halloween bash.  Deviled eggs stuffed with an avocado filling are a healthy alternative to the usual mayo-based eggs.  Dressed up to look like monster eyes, these will disappear so fast...it's scary! I haven't been to a Halloween party in years.  Like a decade or more.  I'm not a huge fan of Halloween...there's something about decorating the front lawn with gravestones and rotting corpses that is a little unsettling.  I'm a "happy" Halloweener.  I like the cute … [Read more...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

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Got 5 minutes?  Get a bowl, a spoon and five simple ingredients (not including water, salt and pepper) and whip up the best pizza sauce ever.  No cooking necessary.  You will never buy commercial sauce again.  I guarantee it. I'm a pizza snob.  For some reason, the pizza places in the 'burbs have a hard time getting it right.  The crust is always too puffy...the sauce too bland.  There are only a few places that I will go to for pizza and even they don't always get it right.  When I have … [Read more...]

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | The Suburban Soapbox

Bring on fall with a mouth-watering Spice Cake healthed up a little bit with tons of zucchini.  An extremely moist cake topped with creamy frosting that's good enough to eat out of a bowl.  Fall is almost here and this is the way to celebrate.    My cat ran away from home on Saturday.  That's a problem that I always underestimated.  Whenever I saw that someone had lost their pet I thought, "Oh...how sad."  I would keep my eyes peeled for said pet but never knew the torment that came with … [Read more...]

Palmetto Bloody Mary

Palmetto Bloody Mary | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing Bloody Mary ever created.  Slightly spicy with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, this cocktail was created using fresh tomato juice elevating the flavor to something completely incredible.   I tasted something wonderful. In 2008, my mother-in-law, Eloise, (who lived in Hilton Head at the time) picked my family up from the airport and swiftly whisked us away to an amazing paradise.  It was a beautiful resort in South Carolina....The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.  If you haven't been … [Read more...]

Southwestern Cucumber Sandwiches with The Laughing Cow

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by The Laughing Cow via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Laughing Cow. I think about food all.the.time.  It’s my job but I also can’t stop thinking about what I want to eat next.  What my next meal will be, will there be chocolate or butter or cheese?  I hope so.  It’s imperative that I plan ahead with some healthy choices because if I let the hangries … [Read more...]

Easy Bolognese French Bread Pizza

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Rich, meaty bolognese sauce spread on toasted, garlic bread and topped with cheese.  This Bolognese French Bread Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for those nights when schedules don't synch up leaving everyone to eat at staggered times.   This is the time of year when we start to get crazy.  I'm bracing for it....however, I know it's not going to happen this year.  Katie graduated in June and doesn't start school until September 22.  We are in a lull.  But because, for the past 18 … [Read more...]