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40 Holiday Baking Recipes

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It’s that time of year kids!  My holiday baking season has started.  I’m already getting texts about making Buckeyes, cookies and pies.  One of my favorite things about the holidays is spending time in the kitchen!  My kids love to help me bake, and I love having my little sous chefs to squish on while the dough comes together.  All this I why I’m super excited to be bringing your

Spiked Holiday Punch

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  I’m am very happy to announce the upcoming nuptials for Becca from It’s Yummi! to Brian Donovan this Thursday the 31st of October 2013.  To celebrate Kelley from Miss Information and I are throwing Becca a virtual bridal shower!  We gathered together 10 of Becca’s blogging friends to share fall and Halloween inspired crafts and food that would be perfect to help any fall bride celebrate. It’s become a big

National Food & Drink Holidays

food & drink holidays

January – Soup and Oatmeal Month 01 – Bloody Mary Day 02 – Cream Puff Day 03 – Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day 04 – Spaghetti Day 05 – Whipped Cream Day 06 – Shortbread Day 07 – Tempura Day 08 – English Toffee Day 10 – Bittersweet Chocolate Day 11 – Milk Day 15 – Strawberry Ice Cream Day 16 – Fig Newton Day 17 – Hot-Buttered Rum Day 19 – Popcorn

Tuesday10: Favorite Holiday Movies


It’s no secret I adore Lena.  She is just the bee’s knees and an all around wonderful person with amazing style.  Sometimes I can’t help but jump in on her Tuesday10 posts.  Especially one about my favorite holiday movies, sold!   In no particular order – my holiday movie loves.     Scrooged “Would ya please… for the love of God and your own body, hold the hammering!”   Elf I’m

Holiday Hosting & Entertaining // Tips & Tricks

Bring the Right Win

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are 100% mine.   This time of year can be realy nerve racking.  If you’re house is holiday central, not only are you trying to find the perfect present for everyone, you’re also trying to make an amazing Christmas dinner AND get the house ready for company.  It’s so much to do!  But

5 Tips to Get Your House Holiday Ready

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One of the biggest challenges I run into whenever we’re having family over for a holiday (Christmas, birthdays, or otherwise) is getting the house looking like a bomb didn’t go off.  Anyone with kids knows this is not an easy task.  I swear my 5 and 3 year olds know when I need to get things spiffed up, and make an extra effort to be messy.  While we pick up

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Maple Bacon Popcorn

It’s Popcorn Lover’s Day.  Fun holiday right?  I feel like I fit right in.  Popcorn is wonderful and delicious.  It’s a happy snack and comes in so many different forms and flavors.  Caramel, Butter, Cheese, Jalapeno, Ginger Teriyaki, Kettle Corn.  Cracker Jacks, Popcorn Balls, Fiddle Faddle.  The lists go on and on.   When I was in junior high, I would make popcorn and drizzle it with chocolate syrup, yum!  I like

Dark Chocolate Black-Bottom Pie

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Happy Pi Day!   Did you know the mathematical constant Pi had it’s own holiday?  It does.  Fun facts about Pi: Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. Cool, huh?     The first Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in San Fransisco.  Today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

Chocolate Wasted Cake


It’s National Chocolate Cake Day.  This pretty much sounds like the best holiday ever.  I mean, come on.  It’s an excuse to bake and eat an entire some chocolate cake. I spent last night making this cake for you.  Can I just tell you how hard it is to keep a two year old calm and collected when there’s chocolate cake, candy bars, and chocolate chips floating around the counter.  A few

Celebrating the Holidays with Honey Baked Ham!

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This sponsored post is written my be on behalf of The Honey Baked Ham Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Ever since I was little we had family meal traditions.  Turkey at Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas.  But not just any ham, a ham from The Honey Baked Ham Company.  It was magical.  Everyone would sneak into the kitchen and steal pieces as the rest of the meal was prepared.

No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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Happy Cheesecake Day everyone!  Cheesecake is one of my favorite all time, possibly my dessert island, desserts.  I’ve asked my mom for a cheesecake for my birthday instead of regular cake more times than I can remember.  Let’s celebrate today with a No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake!! This cheesecake tastes awesome and is just perfect for the hot summer months – or whenever.  Weather and season don’t

Irish Capookie

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Happy Pi Day everyone!  Or pie day for all you non-math nerds.    Today is officially the 1 year mark to my wedding.  It’s weird to finally be all like, “it’s one year away.”  Until now I’ve been ahead of the game and all the wedding timelines, and now I’m in them for real.  To put my mind at ease, I made pie.  And not just any pie.  The craziest

Creamy Baked Spaghetti


Happy Spaghetti Day everyone!  I’m so excited to be sharing this dish with you today.  It has so many of my favorite things – ground beef, pasta, cream cheese, french fried onions.  YUM!!  Grab a fork and let’s eat!   Creamy Baked Spaghetti   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Salad in a Jar Serves: 8 Ingredients 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti

My 12 Favorite Cakes from Sprinkle Bakes


To celebrate cake day, I was going to do something practical and make you all cake stands.  But I wasn’t willing to fight the crowds to go shopping for the stuff I needed.  I’ll make it up to you later.  Promise.   So instead to celebrate Cake Day, I’m paying homage to my favorite cake blogger.  While cake isn’t the only sweet treat around Sprinkle Bakes, Heather makes cakes that

Chocolate Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies

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Happy Chocolate Day everyone!! Seriously, who thinks of these holidays?  This one is totally brilliant.  I first made these cookies for Sophie.  I’m sure you all remember her from the Unique Sweets Challenge we co-hosted in July.  Sophie loves pink and chocolate – can you see why we’re friends?       Of course I had take this chance to pay a little homage to one of my all time

Charred Filet of Beef with Chile-Corn Sauce


I worked at a steak house for 5 years.  I love eating a good steak.  I’m a snob about people ordering their meat well done – ewww.  There’s nothing worse than seeing a gorgeous filet being cooked to death.  But fear not, this recipe with bring your favorite filet (or any steak really) to great new heights.  The relish is lovely and the sauce gives a wonderful creamy spice to

Frito Pie

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I miss playing music.  It’s almost impossible to play my viola with the kids awake (they want to touch and see and yell at me if I say no) and I can’t play when they are asleep…what if they wake up?  We can’t have that.  *sigh*  Someday soon I’ll get my chops back.   In high school I was in orchestra, a fiddle performance group, marching band, and concert band.

Knock Off Thin Mints

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I was a brownie.  I was.  Brown sash, weekend meetings, knot tying, all that stuff.   Every year when our troop sold cookies I would always sell the most.  Go me!  I think it had in large part to do with my dad buying 10 boxes of peanut butter cookies and my mom taking my sign up sheet to the hospital where she worked.  PICU nurses on a 12-hour shift

Something Wicked Halloween Art

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape. All opinions are 100% mine. I don’t know what makes today different, but I’m finally in the Halloween spirit.  I mean, it’s my favorite holiday and I always look forward to it, but now I feel like we’re on the final countdown.  Maybe I’ve just listened to Europe one too many times with the boys. 

Sand Art Brownie Mix

Sand Art Brownie Mix

Oh my gosh you guys.  The giveaways I have going on today – just WOW!  The big one is a KitchenAid Pro Stand Mixer.  I got one two years ago for Christmas, her name is Louise, and she’s just the best thing ever.  That giveaway is at the bottom of this post.  But as an extra special treat I’m giving away a prize pack including some of my favorite brownie