Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites and $75 Crisp Cooking Tools Giveaway

Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites

Disclosure: I received Crisp Cooking Tools to facilitate this recipe post for Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites. Spinach Artichoke Dip is another one of my favorite appetizers. Once when I was pregnant and on bed rest, my friends came over for the evening to visit me. They asked if there was anything they would pick up for me and all I wanted was spinach and artichoke dip. I've got to admit that I ate the whole thing and it didn't even make me sick! Spinach artichoke dip is a popular appetizer for … {continue reading}

Sautéed Green Beans With Bacon & Farberware Cookware Giveaway

Bacon Green Beans

Disclosure: This Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon recipe was developed for Farberware Cookware as part of sponsored post. We finally have our Thanksgiving plans figured out...unless they change again. This year we will be spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws but we still need to decide who is bringing what. So far, I know that my in-laws will make the turkey, mashed potatoes and corn casserole. We will be bringing a ham, pecan pie and these green beans with bacon! … {continue reading}

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Donuts

Peppermint crunch donuts recipe

Although I enjoy mint desserts and candy year round, peppermint desserts always remind me of the holidays. It's been a long time since I've made doughnuts so I had to try making a peppermint version. First, I made some homemade, baked doughnuts, but they were so bland that even my kids didn't want them. Instead of trying another batch, I changed the game plan and made canned biscuit dough donuts instead. … {continue reading}

Tea Time Mason Jar Gifts

Tea time mason jar

Is it Coffee vs Tea or is it Coffee + Tea? I am most definitely a coffee drinker, but I would like to start drinking more tea, especially now that it is winter. I feel like I know next to nothing about tea and what makes a good tea, so I have some learning to do. In the meantime, I put together a mason jar gift for the tea lovers in your life. Tea time mason jar gifts can be customized with whichever products you want to buy as long as they will fit into the jar! It is so much fun to make and … {continue reading}

Time To Sparkle Link Party #87

Time to Sparkle Portraits

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs! Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The … {continue reading}

Cheesy Chicken Sausage Potato Skins

Cheesy sausage potato skins

I made the Cheesy Chicken Sausage Potato Skins as part of a sponsored post for Gold'n Plump. Potato Skins are another appetizer that my family loves. We order them at restaurants and purchase the frozen version to cook at home. Zack has been talking about my bloomin' baked potatoes and asking me when I am going to make them again. Instead, I decided to make cheesy chicken sausage potato skins and he helped me. While adding the cheese, he told me that his mouth was literally watering because … {continue reading}

One Pot Pasta: Turkey Alfredo Ziti

One pot pasta turkey Alfredo ziti #NewTraDish

This One Pot Pasta Turkey Alfredo Ziti recipe is the ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash up and is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? I love that Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. Much of the year is spent rushing from here to there. We need a holiday to remind us to slow down and be thankful. Thanksgiving is also a time to reconnect with family and friends. For my family, it is a relaxing day even though we have a … {continue reading}

Blooming Sweet Potato & O Olive Oil Giveaway

Bloomin' Sweet Potato

Disclosure: I received an O Olive Oil Collection to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. We went to a restaurant recently that had delicious sweet potato fries. My friend ordered them as an appetizer and we were delighted to discover that the dip they served with the fries was sweet rather than savory. It was a combination of marshmallow cream and cinnamon that I had to try making at home. Instead of making sweet potato fries, I had to try a Blooming Sweet Potato. … {continue reading}

Eggnog Macarons Recipe

Eggnog Macarons

Last year, I completely missed out on making eggnog recipes during the holiday season. So, I've got a few different ones planned for this year, if I can squeeze them in. The first is eggnog macarons with eggnog buttercream frosting! I tried making French macarons for the first time last May. Then, I made a bunch of them for my sister-in-law's wedding reception but haven't made them since. Every time I made macarons, I get mixed results...some of them turn out and some don't...but that is fine … {continue reading}

Blooming Apples On The Rachael Ray Show

Thank_you

 You guys...I have some really exciting news to share with you today! My Bloomin' Baked Apples were featured on the Rachael Ray Show today! Last week, I received an email from the Rachael Ray Show asking me to give them a call. To my surprise and delight, I found out that they noticed my blooming apple recipe online and wanted to have one of the chefs make it on the show. Of course I agreed and the show aired today! I just had to share the news with all of you because I'm not sure if you are … {continue reading}

Time To Sparkle Link Party #86

Time to Sparkle Portraits

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs! Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest The … {continue reading}

Meatball Pretzel Bites

Meatball Pretzel Bites Recipe

Disclosure: This easy appetizer recipe for Meatball Pretzel Bites was created as part of a sponsored post for Casa Di Bertacchi. Soft pretzels are one of the snacks my kids love. When we are at the mall, they always ask if they can get pretzels. They must not be the only ones joining the pretzel craze, because pretzels seem to be everywhere lately. We've seen everything from pretzel buns to pretzel pizza crusts! A few years ago, I started making homemade soft pretzel nuggets and we all love … {continue reading}

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad Recipe

Disclosure: I received Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware pieces to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. One of my family's favorite salads for holidays, family meals and even birthdays is Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This is a sweet salad so we often serve it with the desserts rather than the meal. Usually one of my sister's make the pretzel salad so this was my first time. I decided to add pecans and brown sugar to the recipe and I love how it turned out! This is week tow of the … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding

Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding Recipe

You know how most kids spend their candy money on gum and candy bars? When I was a kid, I spent my candy money on those things as well, but unlike other kids, I also bought pink wintergreen lozenges, Sen-Sen black licorice mints, sponge candy and chocolate turtles. I would buy the boxes of chocolate turtles when they would go on sale during the holiday season. They are still one of my favorites and sometimes I buy them from chocolate shops. So with that in mind, I decided to make Slow Cooker … {continue reading}