Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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If you're a fan of cranberry sauce shaped like a can like I am, you will love this sliceable jellied version. Much better tasting than the canned version and without any added gelatin. Disclaimer: This post sponsored by ALDI markets.  Compensation will be provided to The Suburban Soapbox for this post, however, all opinions and statements are my own. It's here! Thanksgiving is pretty much here....ok, so it's tomorrow but I'll be cooking all day long so I kinda count it. Except, I will … [Read more...]

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...]