Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe and Farberware Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a Farberware Cookware set to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe

My family’s favorite main dish for the holidays is ham. Last year, I shared a recipe for making ham in a slow cooker. That is still a great way to make ham, but this year I wanted to share a faster way to make a ham. This Glazed Holiday Ham is heated in a Dutch oven for about one hour. The recipe is adapted from a fantastic recipe that my sister-in-law uses to make glazed deli ham for sandwiches.

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Caramel Apple Truffles Recipe & Giveaway

I made these Caramel Apple Truffles as part of a sponsored post for Musselman’s Apple Butter.

Caramel Apple Truffle Recipe

 We had another gorgeous fall weekend here in Minnesota. On Saturday, the whole family raked leaves in our yard. In the evening we had an autumn get-together with friends. We visited, carved pumpkins and ate all sorts of delicious fall treats from popcorn balls and caramel apples to pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. Of course I wanted to bring something fun to share with everyone and decided to make Caramel Apple Truffles. Everyone raved about the truffles and there weren’t any left to bring home once the evening was over. What was my secret ingredient? Musselman’s Apple Butter!

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Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust

This post brought to you by Simply Potatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hashbrown Breakfast Pizza

Growing up, one of our favorite things to have for dinner was breakfast! We loved anything from pancakes to waffles and French toast to fried eggs. French toast was my dad’s specialty and it is what he would make us on those rare occasions when my mom wasn’t home to make dinner. My husband and kids love breakfast anytime of the day. Our favorites include omelets, egg bakes, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. And of course, everyone’s favorite side dish is breakfast potatoes! Potatoes are kid-friendly because they taste good. Mom’s love them because they are easy to prepare and it is a great way to sneak in some nutrition!

Last week, kids in Minnesota had Thursday and Friday off and they were all so excited. Vanessa went to stay with a friend on Friday night and Zack had a friend stay over here. On Saturday morning, I made this delicious breakfast pizza with a hash brown crust!

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Easy Queso Blanco Recipe – White Cheese Dip

Easy Queso Blanco Recipe

While we were on vacation in North Carolina last October, my sisters brought us to a local restaurant called Islands Fresh Mex Grill. Everything at the restaurant was delicious and we wished that we could’ve gone there more than once. There were 12 of us that the restaurant and we all agreed that our favorite item on the menu was the chips and queso!

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Bloomin’ Baked Potato Recipe

Bloomin Baked Potato

We had so much fun with the Bloomin’ Baked Apples I shared last month that my whole family decided that we needed to make some more bloomin‘ recipes. I’ve seen the fabulous bloomin‘ onion bread recipes online and one of these days I am going to try it but we wanted to go with something else. We tossed around ideas for other things that could be cut in a similar way and we decided on potatoes! Baked potatoes are good anyway, but then when you cut them, cover them with oil and salt and top them with cheese and bacon, you know they have to be delicious!

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers

This post brought to you by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers

Please tell me I am not the only one who loves appetizers. There are times when I order appetizers as my meal at restaurants. We recently went out to eat with a big group of friends and the mouthwatering appetizers completely outshined the main dishes! I like it when appetizers have a lot of flavor, some spice and of course, bacon is always a bonus. Today I want to share a recipe for Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers that is perfect for the entertaining. The sweet peppers add flavor and beautiful color to the dish. Inside is a creamy mixture of Texas Pete Hot Sauce, cream cheese and ranch dressing! Then, everything is wrapped in a piece of crunchy bacon. The combination is fantastic.

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Italian Cheese Steak Pizza Recipe

This Italian Cheese Steak Pizza recipe is the ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash up that the whole family will love and is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

Italian cheese steak pizza #NewTraDish

It’s no secret that my family loves pizza and we love sharing pizza with others! We have pizza with friends almost every weekend. Now that fall has arrived, pizza is perfect for sharing when entertaining friends and family. Everyone loves warm, cheesy pizza fresh out of the oven. We enjoy the traditional pizzas, but we also make grilled pizza, calzones, pizza dip and pizza balls when our friends are over. We also love making pizza mash-ups like macaroni ‘n cheese pizza or chicken alfredo pizza. Today I am sharing a new mash-up recipe or NewTraDish using two classic Ragú® recipes to make Italian Cheese Steak Pizza: Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza and Italian Cheese Steak Sandwiches. Instead of putting the Italian cheese steak on hoagie buns, I followed the instructions for the Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza and put everything on a prebaked pizza crust!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti Recipe

I drank some delicious Millstone Coffee as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti Recipe #MillstoneCoffee

It’s no secret that coffee makes the world go round! Coffee is the first thing that I consume in the morning and depending on the day, I will have several more cups throughout the day. Of course I drink coffee at home, but I also have it at my friends and families homes, in restaurants, from gas stations, at church and from coffee shops. The longer that I drink coffee, the more I’ve noticed that not all coffee is created equal. I am excited to tell you about a couple of gourmet Millstone coffee varieties that I’ve been enjoying lately. In addition to sharing the coffee, I decided that with all of the coffee tasting going on, I had to make a dessert to go along with the coffee. After much debating, I finally settled on biscotti. I’ve never made biscotti, but it has always been on my baking bucket list. Since it is fall, I thought pumpkin chocolate chip biscotti would be fitting. I love that I can drink it with both the Millstone House Blend and the Mayan Black Onyx!

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Candy Corn Truffle Bark Recipe

If you like candy corn, you are going to love this Candy Corn Truffle Bark recipe!

Halloween Dessert Recipe

Candy corn is one of the essential candies for fall! It was the first Halloween candy that I noticed in stores this year. I’m not sure how they got their product placed with the school supplies but it was there. Our favorite way to eat candy corn is to mix it with dry roasted peanuts. Someone once told me that the combination is supposed to taste like caramel apples?! I never got that but they taste great together anyway! A couple of year ago I started seeing all of the recipes online for homemade Butterfingers using candy corn and peanut butter. That is when I first discovered that you can actually melt candy corn to use it in recipes. I decided to use melted candy corn to make Candy Corn Truffle Bark. The smooth, fudge-like truffle center is a mixture of melted candy corn and vanilla frosting.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! So much has happened since I last posted. One of my sisters had a baby and another got engaged! One of my friends had a baby too, and I brought another friend in to have surgery on her knee. And my mom put the feelers out to see if I would be interested in making my sister’s wedding cake! Whew! I’m not so sure about making the cake, but I figured I had better do some practicing just in case. So, if you have any tips for me, please share!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite buttercream frosting recipes. I love this recipe because it includes marshmallow cream to make it lighter and fluffier. I put the orange frosting on top of cupcakes so that it looks like a pumpkin! These pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for fall.

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Bloomin’ Baked Apples Recipe

I made these Bloomin’ Baked Apples as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Bloomin Baked Apples

Every year we wait for the fall and apple season to come around! Growing up, we had an apple tree in our backyard. I remember my grandmother coming over to help my mom freeze apples. We had an apple peeler/corer that was a big help. My mom froze the apples for pie filling. All winter long we would have delicious, homemade apple desserts. This year, we are already enjoying the apple season. The bottom drawer of our fridge is full of apples. Vanessa is excited because she got her braces off and can easily eat apples this fall! I used some of our apples to make these delicious Bloomin’ Baked Apples. This was my first time making baked apples and I am so excited not only about how tasty they were but also about how easy they were to make.

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Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Spread Recipe

Last night when we got home, we parked in the driveway because Brian was using the garage. Zack jumped out of the car and was delighted to discover a salamander on the driveway! He quickly scooped it up and brought it into the garage so he could see it better in the light. I, on the other hand, got the heebie-jeebies and felt my skin crawling so I went inside. Christine went out to look at the salamander with Zack. All three of my kids love animals and will pick up frogs, snakes and now salamanders. It certainly isn’t something they inherited from me, but it is something that I’ve always encouraged in the (even when my skin is crawling). This is the first salamander they’ve seen “in the wild”. I remember when Zack was 4, he wanted to find one so bad and was always on the lookout. Well, it only took 8 years, but he finally found one!

Moving onto something much more pleasant, I made Pepperoni Pizza Dip that I wanted to share with you. I’m a dip kind of gal. I’ve been known to order warm dip as my entree at restaurants and this cheesy dip was delicious!

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

It’s Monday again and already the fourth week of school for my kids! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend some time enjoying the beautiful fall weather. We spent the weekend at our friend’s house in South Dakota. It was so relaxing and the weekend went way too fast! We were able to visit with lots of friends, we had a barbecue and bonfire and enjoyed our coffee while sitting on the front porch.

Speaking of going way too fast, there weren’t any of these Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies left to bring on our road trip, after sharing them with my nieces and nephews. But I wanted to share the recipe with you today because these bars are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza Recipe

I made this Triple Grape Fruit Pizza as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Fruit Pizza with Grapes #walmartproduce

Although grapes are one of my families favorite fruits and probably the fruit we buy most often, I’ve never made a dessert showcasing grapes and that had to change! We typically just eat grapes just as they are. Vanessa loves putting them in the freezer and eating them that way. I’ve used grapes in several different salads, in chicken lettuce wraps and I’ve put them on fruit pizza before. So, when trying to figure out a dessert recipe using grapes, fruit pizza came to mind, but I want the grapes to be the star of the show. That’s when I decided to make a triple grape fruit pizza using three kinds of grapes, each with a different color to really make the dessert eye-catching.

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Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Garlic rosemary pork tenderloin

I was visiting with a friend recently about food, which is one of my favorite conversation topics as you can imagine, and discovered that both she and her husband tried to focus their meals around protein. Since her husband works full-time and she was going to school for her nursing degree, they don’t have a lot of leisure time to prepare meals. I asked her what some of her favorite meals were. She told me that they use their crockpot a lot, especially in the colder months. During grilling season, one of their go-to meals is pork tenderloin. My friend said that they cut the pork tenderloin into slices (as know as pork medallions) before grilling it. That way, they only take a couple of minutes to cook!

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Last week, I realized that my blog is seriously lacking butterscotch recipes! I’m not really sure why, since I love butterscotch. My earliest memory of butterscotch is when older brother used to make cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding for the two of us. It was delicious, warm comfort food! So, I knew I had to make something with butterscotch in it and wondered if pumpkin would go well with butterscotch. I decided to give it try and made these outstanding Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

I like to have some sort of after school snack for my kids. Some days it’s popcorn, other days it’s cheese crackers and sometimes it’s a sweet treat. They are often my taste testers. My kids and two of their cousins walk to my parent’s house after school. I meet them there, give them rides home and share my desserts.

Earlier this week, I realized that it was almost time to go get the kids. I looked in my cupboards to see if there was anything I could bring them for a snack, but realized that most of the snacks had already been taken in school lunches.

So, I looked in my freezer and found a container of frozen peanut butter cup cookies! Bingo! I just needed a topping for the cookies so I quickly whipped up some peanut butter buttercream. I sprinkled them with some mini chocolate chips to make them look cute and headed out the door.

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Crispy Italian Breadsticks Recipe

Puff Pastry Breadsticks Recipe

Yesterday I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup and promised that I would share the recipe for the Crispy Italian Breadsticks also. When I made the soup, I knew that it wasn’t going to have a crust like traditional chicken pot pie, but I wanted to serve some sort of bread with it. I though about making pie crust crackers or biscuits before settling on breadsticks made from puff pastry.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Last spring, Christine and I met with one of my friends at a soup restaurant for dinner. One of the soups that they had on the menu was chicken pot pie soup. I had never heard of it, but since we love chicken pot pie, we decided to try the soupand were disappointed. We all agreed that a homemade version would be much better. With the cooler temps we’ve been having, it was the perfect time to try making it. The slow cooker chicken pot pie soup turned out great and I served it with thin, crispy puff pastry Italian breadsticks.

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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Pecan Pie Bars

My very favorite holiday pie is pecan pie! When I was a kid, my cousin convinced me to try a bite of the pecan pie that her mom had brought to the Thanksgiving dinner. Since she loved it so much, that I tried a bite and I’ve loved it ever since. Once I got married, I asked my aunt for her recipe and found that it is actually her mom’s recipe. Now, my husband and kids love it when I make pecan pie and our families request it for holiday meals. So, I decided to try making some pecan pie bars to share with you.

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