Weekly Round Up: National Bean Day Recipes

January 3, 2014 by  
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Happy New Year! It’s time to move on to yet another important holiday: National Bean Day which is celebrated on January 6th! Okay, not as important as New Year’s, but it is a very good holiday when you love to cook in stolen moments! Here are some of the best of the web, then some of mine as well.


White Bean Dip with Parmesan Crisps by Burnt Apple
Pinto Bean Tamales Recipe for Randall Beans
Pinto Bean Tamales via Solid Gold Eats
Fava Bean Recipe
Fava Beans via Granola Mom 4 God
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Crock Pot Red Beans & Rice via Got2HaveFaith
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BBQ & Coffee Baked Beans via Kitchen Psycho
White and Green Bean Casserole
White & Green Bean Casserole via A Fun Foodie
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Tomato Bean Power Muffins via Daily Mom


Ginger Sesame Green Beans via The Everyday Home

I have SO MANY bean recipes that I had to narrow it down to just a few:

Coffee Bean Cookies (aren’t they so cute!?)

Here are a few more:

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Weekly Round Up: Holiday Hor D’oeuvres

December 19, 2013 by  
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I love Christmas cookies, I really do, but you can’t eat them ALL DAY LONG or as the only appetizer during holiday get togethers. You’d get sick of them, and most likely, sick in general. Everyone does Christmas cookie recipes for a round up, so I figured, why not doing something a little different than everyone else. I am the one that has to find time to cook, so this will probably save others time, too! Here are some of the best festive appetizers I found!

Here is the list of the pretty appetizers:

Baked Apples
Crock-Pot Baked Apples via Skinny Chef

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites via Yummy Mummy Kitchen
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Baked Brie & Sun Dried Tomato Dip via Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom

Mutabbal (Middle Eastern Eggplant & Tahini Dip) via For the Love of Yum
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Pinecone Cheese Ball via Crafts a la Mode

Mini Beet and Goat Cheese Salads via The Endless Meal
Shrimp Wrapped with Roasted Red Pepper and tied with Green Onion.....
Gift Wrapped Shrimp Bites via Apron Strings

10 Minute Caprese Skewers via Iowa Girl Eats

I have a few that would be good additions to this as well!:

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Tempura Fried Green Beans
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Stuffed Artichoke

By the way, big thanks to Cara at Fox Claws for helping me find these fun recipes! She makes pretty incredible nail polish racks like this Roxy rack you can get at her Artfire or Etsy store!

Wood Nail Polish Rack - Large, 1 Tier - 'Roxy' Rack Line

Did I miss any of your favorite festive appetizers? PLEASE SHARE!!

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Weekly Round Up: National Hot Cocoa Day Recipes

December 13, 2013 by  
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Hot cocoa (or sometimes called hot chocolate) is often thought as a winter holiday drink. Little do most of us know that hot cocoa has its own winter holiday! December 13th is National Hot Cocoa Day! Get excited and celebrate Hot Cocoa Day with your family and try these pretty unique and delicious hot chocolate recipes. Let me know which you liked and if I left your favorite recipe off the list, please message me! I’d love to add it to the round up!


Snickerdoodle Cocoa via Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Whiteout Cocoa via Sprinkle Bites

Homemade Mint Cocoa via Could I Have That?

Nutella Hot Chocolate via The Hungry Housewife
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The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa via The Pretty Bee
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3 Ingredient  Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate via Over the Big Moon
Homemade Gingerbread Hot Chocolate by ©Bakingdom
Homemade Gingerbread Hot Cocoa via Bakingdom

Raspberry Hot Chocolate via Momma's Meals

Creamy Crockpot Hot Cocoa via Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Happy National Hot Cocoa Day! :)

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Weekly Round Up: National Brownie Day Recipes

December 3, 2013 by  
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A little known holiday in December is coming up on the 8th. That’s right, it’s National Brownie Day! I think this day deserves some attention and celebration by creating its own brownie round up, don’t you agree? Here are some of the best I could find from foodie bloggers.

Andes Mint Chocolate Brownies via Kara’s Party Ideas


Sophisticated Slutty Brownies via OC Mentor


Nutella Brownies via Buns In My Oven


Snickerdoodle Brownies via Dreamsicle Sisters


Peppermint Bark Brownies via Pink Cake Plate


Potato Chip Brownies via A Beautiful Mess


Gluten Free Coconut Black Bean Brownies via Citron Limette

Of course, here are some of my brownie recipes to join in the celebration!:


S’More Topped Brownies


Ditch the Box & Never Look Back Brownies


Fudgy Brownies with Chocolate-Espresso Frosting


Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownie Cups

Did you use any of these recipes? Have any favorites to add? HAPPY NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY, FRIENDS! :)

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Caramel Apple Cookie Bars

November 13, 2013 by  
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Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. It means sweater-weather, chilly days, colorful trees, an abundance of soups, and all of my favorite flavors – including pumpkin and caramel apple. Fortunately, it seems to be a favorite with the rest of the family too, judging by the amount of fall-inspired treats we consume and the copious amounts of fall decorations that fill our house. Eric is my perfect partner in crime for making sure our fall coma lasts well into the early days of winter since his love of the season definitely rivals mine.

If you’ve been a regular reader for any length of time, I’m sure none of this comes as a surprise to you. My archives are definitely filled with recipes that feature fall flavors in all their glory. But since I never tire of them, I’m always excited to find new recipes and food items that I can incorporate into our fall meals. That’s why I was instantly smitten with the new fall-inspired flavors from Pillsbury® - Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cookies, Caramel Apple Cake, Caramel Apple Cookies, Caramel Apple Frosting. Does it get any better than that? Endless yumminess!

I had so much fun thinking up different recipes that could be created with these fun products. My brainstorming list was over 2 1/2 pages! I finally settled on these Caramel Apple Cookie Bars and was not disappointed. I opted to create a buttery, shortbread style crust that would hold up well to lots of toppings while not overpowering any of the caramel-y, apple-y goodness.

Caramel Apple Cookie Bars

  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tub Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting
  • 1 – 2 apples, depending on size
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans or peanuts would be equally delicious.)

1. Pour cake mix into a large bowl and cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and set in the middle. Cool for at least 20 minutes.

3. Spread 3/4 of the frosting on top of the cooled cookie base.

4. Cut the apple(s) into very thin slices and arrange in overlapping rows on top of the frosting.

5. Scoop remaining frosting into a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. Carefully pour frosting evenly over the apple slices and then sprinkle on chopped nuts.

6. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!

One thing to note about these bars is that they are very sweet, which is a good thing because a little goes a long way. So, this would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving dessert buffet or any other fall parties you throw or attend.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The recipe and opinions are my own. I received free product and monetary compensation for my role as a Pillsbury Celebration Starter Ambassador.

©/® The J.M. Smucker Company. Pillsbury is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC, used under license.

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Weekly Round Up: Happy National Nut Day!

October 18, 2013 by  
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During all the excitement for Halloween and changing seasons, no one really knows about this amazing holiday that we all should be celebrating (except for those with allergies, obviously!). National Nut Day is celebrated annually on October 22nd. Americans loooove our nuts. In fact, nearly one out of every 10 of us eats nuts, or a nut product, at least once a day!

There are tons and tons of recipes of all types that contain at least one kind of nut. No surprise, huh? I gathered some yummy-looking ones and a couple of my own.  Let me know which you are going to make! :)

Baked Tilapia Recipe with Pecan Rosemary Topping #fish #healthy #recipe

Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping via Cookin' Canuck

Chocolate Kahlua Date Nut Bread via Dying for Chocolate

Butternut Squash-Pecan Gratin with Goat Cheese via Recipe Link
Chestnut Stuffing with Shiitake Mushrooms, Apricots and Fresh Herbs
Chestnut Stuffing with Shiitake Mushrooms, Apricots and Fresh Herbs via A Zest for Life

Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Peanuts via Kalyn's Kitchen
Recipe: Blueberry-Almond Dark Chocolate Bark 
Blueberry-Almond Dark Chocolate Bark via One Green Planet

Roasted Cauliflower with Cashews via Projects Around the House

Now for some CDSM recipes! :) 


Harvest Pasta Skillet


Zucchini Nut Muffins with Pineapple

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Peanut Butter Pie w/ Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
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Candied Pecans

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Weekly Round Up: Pumpkin Recipes

October 11, 2013 by  
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This time of the year, pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING abounds. As soon as the end of September arrives, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-scented candles, everything you can think of, show up in stores. Nothing quite compares to making your own pumpkin treats, so I decided to put together a WRU of some of the best foodie pumpkin recipes on the web.

Pumpkin Ravioli
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sausage & Spinach via Evolving Motherhood
Pumpkin Butterscotch Fudge
Pumpkin Fudge via Mom On Timeout
Pumpkin Apple Butter- tastes AMAZING on bread, biscuits, or in oatmeal.  Also a great gift! #pumpkin #recipes
Pumpkin Apple Butter via Sweet Bella Roos

Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes via Feed Me, Seymore

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes via Eat.Pray.Wear.Love.

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese via Brooklyn Farm Girl
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing via Life, Love and Sugar

I have a few pumpkin recipes that are yummy, too! Try some of these on for size:


Pumpkin Pie Baked French Toast

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
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Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Pumpkin Cream Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

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Weekly Round Up: National Taco Day Recipes

October 4, 2013 by  
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Happy National Taco Day, CDSM friends!

I didn’t know there was a day set aside for tacos either, but since there is and we love tacos, I figured I’d put together a WRU for yummy taco recipes! Let’s celebrate National Taco Day (October 4th) by making a new taco recipe, not by going to Taco Bell and getting one of those greasy things. Deal?

Here are some of the best recipes I found. There are HUNDREDS to choose from, so if one of these doesn’t suit your fancy, you will definitely find one that does. :)


Flank Steak Tacos via The Lemon Bowl
Oven Tacos Recipe
Oven Tacos via Yes We Coupon
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Slow Cooked Steak Tacos via The Bump
Losing Weight Recipe
Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing via Surprise Me Daily
Super Simple Shrimp Tacos Recipe
Simple Shrimp Tacos via Just a Pinch

Easy Chicken Ranch Tacos via Six Sisters' Stuff
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Healthy Jalapeno-Lime Tacos via Funk n Foodies

Yum, right?? Here are some of my taco recipes as well:


Taco Skins

Barbecue Beef & Rice Tacos
Pork Tacos
Kinda Taco Pinwheels

Be sure to let me know which recipe you choose, or if you like another one, share! I’d love to learn more, and I’m sure others would, too! Enjoy your taco day! :)

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Weekly Round Up: Homemade Snack Chips!

September 13, 2013 by  
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I don’t know about you and your family, but my family and I are huge chip eaters. We eat all sorts of chips. They’re so easy to put in school lunches and put in a bowl for snack… But they’re so full of sodium and other yucky stuff that I would rather not give to my kids. To help matters, we make our own and bag them for lunches and snacks.

I made this weekly round up of all sorts of chips: kale, apple, spinach, you name it! Enjoy!

Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potato Chips via Undressed Skeleton
Kerala Banana Chips via Blend With Spices
Baked Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips via Mon Amy
Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips recipe
Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips via Divas Can Cook
Cinnamon Apple Chips via Survival Guide 4 Moms
Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Potato Chips Recipe
Gluten Free Cheddar Potato Chips via Gluten Free Recipe Box

And here are a couple of my recipes:

Homemade Spicy Tortilla Chips
Homemade Russet Potato Chips (with homemade horseradish dip!)

Did I miss any of your favorite homemade chip recipes??

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Weekly Round Up: Homemade Donuts Recipes

September 6, 2013 by  
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It’s getting really close to that time of the year. Fall means so many things, but one of my favorite parts is DONUTS!!! And you know me… I love trying to make them myself, so I put together a round up of yummy-looking recipes that I want to try and you all can, too!

Canned Biscuit Donuts via The Wilson World
A healthier version....but tastes oh so GOOD!
Healthy Mini Baked Donuts via Family Fresh Meals
Peanut Butter Cups Donuts via Edible Perspective
The BEST Homemade Donuts You'll Ever Have via A Cup Of Jo
Mickey's Apple Cider Donuts
Mickey's Apple Cider Donuts via Spoonful
Baked GF/DF Homemade Donuts via Cassidy's Craveable Creations
Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Holes Recipe
Homemade Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Holes via Michelle Smith

Here are a couple of my favorites from CDSM for you to try, too!

Homemade Donuts (with Many Topping Choices!)
Blueberry Fritters

Did I forget your favorite donut recipe? Share with us! Happy beginning of fall, everyone! :)

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