Crock Pot Peanut Clusters With Chocolate and Butterscotch

Crock Pot Chocolate Butterscotch Nut Clusters

In the spirit of holiday giving, I offered to do some baking for my husband to deliver to some of his favorite clients, his team and his co-workers. Since I am a food blogger, it was a great idea…the only problem is that I forgot that my husband started his Christmas vacation on Friday, so I only had one day to make all of the goodies. After doing a little brainstorming of what holiday cookies to make, I decided to do some multitasking by making a slow cooker dessert. These crock pot peanut clusters with chocolate and butterscotch were cooking, I was able to work on other treats. I also made Peanut Butter Blossoms, Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups, Peppermint Patties, Crispy Peanut Butter Bites and Hershey’s Pretzel Bites.

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Crispy Peanut Butter Bites

Crispy Peanut Butter Bites

Sometimes I don’t have time to sit and dip truffles or cake pops or cookies. Or maybe it is more that I don’t feel like making the time to dip them, especially when there are 60 treats to dip. So, instead of making crispy peanut butter balls, I made these Crispy Peanut Butter Bites with the dough sandwiched between pretzels and only dipped one half. This saved me so much time since I could hold onto one side of the cookies while dipping the other side…no chocolate forks involved!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #91

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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!

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Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Turtle Cookies – Caramel Filled Ritz Sandwiches

Turtle Ritz Sandwich Cookies

For some reason, it seems that when the holidays roll around and I start to have recipe failures. I thought these Turtle Cookies were going to be a quick and easy recipe success. The first time I made them, I used dulce de leche from a can. They were easy to make, they tasted delicious and the pictures turned out great. But the next morning when I saw the cookies, the chocolate coating had cracked on all of them! So, I tried again and again until I thought about moving on from this recipe idea, but decided I was going to find a way to make it work…no.matter.what. And I succeeded, so today I am finally sharing my recipe for Turtle Sandwich Cookies using Ritz crackers.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

Disclosure: I received Nutiva products to facilitate this Gluten Free Pumpkin Gingerbread Recipe post.

Grain free pumpkin bread

I’m hearing more and more about people who eat a gluten free diet. Although my family doesn’t have any gluten intolerances, I have friends and relatives that do and a couple even have celiac disease. My cousin, who is now an adult, was diagnosed when he was a baby. Boy, have things come a long way since then. Whether you eat a grain free diet due to allergies or due to lifestyle choices, I have a delicious recipe for grain free, gluten free Pumpkin Gingerbread that I am sharing today.

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Christmas Ooey Gooey Bars

Christmas Ooey Gooey Bars are the BEST holiday version of Rice Krispies Treats.

This recipe has three delicious layers and is perfect for parties!

Christmas Ooey Gooey Bars

Last night I got together with a bunch of my girlfriends for a Christmas sing-along. We shared fabulous holiday appetizers and desserts, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed visiting with each other. My cold is still hanging on so my singing was more like croaking, but they didn’t make me leave so that’s good! It’s always nice to take a few hours out of the busy week to reconnect with old friends. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Christmas Ooey Gooey Bars that people of all ages love, so it is a perfect recipe to bring to holiday parties!

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Three Ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Three ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge has white chocolate chips, peppermint frosting and peppermint Oreos. This Christmas dessert recipe is easy to make.

Three ingredient peppermint Oreo fudge

We lost our son in downtown Minneapolis this past weekend! It was a first for us and I sincerely hope it is our last. We took the light rail downtown with a large group of friends and we all went into Macy’s to visit the 8th floor auditorium Christmas display. It was busy, but not insanely crowded like it would’ve been later in the day. The little kids thought everything was super neat.

We stopped in the gift shop and then split up to head back down to the main floor. Some of the group went on the elevator with a baby stroller and some of the group went down the escalator. We made sure we knew where all of the little kids were but I didn’t even think about keeping track of the middle school and high school kids.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #90

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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 Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Peppermint Brownies In A Jar

Disclosure: I received Ball Mason Jars to facilitate this recipe post for Peppermint Brownies In A Jar.

Peppermint Brownies In A Jar

Peppermint and chocolate go together perfectly any time of the year, but when the Christmas season comes the peppermint desserts are the best! This year I made some pretty Peppermint Brownies In A Jar that can be given as gifts. There are delicious layers of fudgy brownies with chocolate buttercream frosting, peppermint buttercream frosting and crushed candy canes on top.

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Salted Maple Pecan Fudge

This melt-in-your-mouth Salted Maple Pecan Fudge is perfect for the holidays. This Christmas dessert is a delicious cookie exchange recipe!

Salted maple pecan fudge

We are still without internet and let me tell you that it is hard to be a blogger when you don’t have internet access. It has been three days now since the underground cable was cut, by the pipeline workers. Four technicians came out on Tuesday and none of them fixed it. Another technician was supposed to come today, but never showed up. So, now they are saying that someone is going to come here tomorrow to fix it. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Good thing my stove still works! I realized that my blog is seriously lacking in fudge recipes and Christmas is the time of the year when we all love fudge. So, today I am sharing a delicious recipe for Salted Maple Pecan Fudge.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

I made this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with a salad using Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces

Bacon cheeseburger soup #CampbellsSauces

Is there anything better than a warm bowl of hearty soup on a cold winter day? After having a couple of warmer days, the temperature dropped again and it is freezing cold. So cold that our neighbor’s pipes froze and we’ve had guys with jackhammers and heavy equipment, working between our houses, from dawn to dusk the last couple of days. They got a little overzealous in their drilling and cut through our phone and internet cable, so we are without service until someone can come repair it. In addition to all of that craziness, we’ve had some minor virus going around and we are getting ready for out-of-town guests this weekend. Whew! I needed an easy dinner recipe to make for my family, so I made delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!

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Snow Globe Christmas Treats

I made these Snow Globe Christmas Treats as part of a sponsored post for Hostess #HostessHoliday. All opinions are 100% mine.

Snow globe Christmas cookie

Winter and the holiday season are in full swing! Here in Minnesota there are days when we look outside and it looks like we are living in a snow globe. Large, fluffy snowflakes are gently falling and the ground is covered with a blanket of white. If we are lucky and the temperature outside is above zero, we love to head outside for a walk in the winter wonderland. So, with that in mind, I made a holiday dessert that embraces the fun and the beauty of winter. These Snow Globe Christmas Treats that are almost too cute to eat! They are easy to make and will be the centerpiece of any holiday gathering.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #89

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

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 Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Eggnog Cookie Cups

Eggnog Cookie Cups

Welcome back from Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful time. We spent Thanksgiving with Brian’s family and it was such a nice day. We stuffed ourselves with delicious food and had fun visiting with everyone. On Black Friday, we stayed home all day and didn’t buy a single thingvery “unAmerican” but wow was it ever relaxing!

Last year, we had so much fun making and EATING our Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups that we decided to try an eggnog version this year. The guys in the family are huge eggnog fans, while the girls are definitely in the chocolate camp. Brian and Zack love it when they can order eggnog shakes around the holidays. Zack quickly drinks the eggnog every time I’ve put a carton in the fridge and he said that they eggnog cookie cups are the best cookies ever!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mason Jar Gifts: Peppermint Mocha Java Jar

Peppermint Mocha Java Jar

My daughter’s favorite coffee drink of the entire year is the Ho Ho Mocha Mint from Caribou. She waits for it all year. When she can’t have that specific one she will buy the mint coffee drinks from other coffee shops and she even makes them at home. So, today I’m sharing one of my mason jar gifts for the peppermint mocha lovers called a Peppermint Mocha Java Jar. It’s an easy, homemade gift idea that can be assembled in a matter of minutes and it looks adorable!

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Just because the holidays are here and things are super busy, doesn’t mean that parents get a break from preparing meals for their families. The best thing to do is to choose a few easy to make meals and plan ahead by keeping the right ingredients in the house. Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for Easy Chicken Enchiladas that can be made in 30 minutes!

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #88

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

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 Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Five Weeknight Meal Ideas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alexia Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Who else has a hard time getting dinner on the table on weekdays? I would love to hear what your biggest issues are. One of my issues is that I don’t prepare ahead of time. My kids come home from school, we get busy and suddenly it is 5:30 and I have no idea what to make for dinner. So, today I am sharing five easy weeknight meal ideas that you can make in 30 minutes or less! Each one of these meals features a protein, a vegetable and an Alexia Foods product. The steak dinner was the favorite of the females in my family and Zack’s favorite meal was the Italian Sloppy Joes.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites and $75 Crisp Cooking Tools Giveaway

Disclosure: I received Crisp Cooking Tools to facilitate this recipe post for Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites.

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 parties. Today I am sharing a recipe for Spinach artichoke dip bites that is perfect for the holidays. They are a delicious, bite size snack with red and green accents.

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