November 29, 2015

Mixed Nuts & Cranberry Magic Bars


Get ready for holiday entertaining with Mixed Nuts & Cranberry Magic Bars ~ they're perfect for celebrating the season!  Thank you to Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts for inspiring their creation and for sponsoring this post.

Mixed Nuts & Cranberry Magic Bars to Share with a Friend.  Suggested serving size is one bar.

The season of holiday entertaining is upon us!  There's nothing I love more about the holidays than figuring out what I want to make and bake to serve the ones I love ... whether it be for a small gathering with my family, a large holiday party, cookie exchange, church potluck, or a treat to contribute to a friend's get-together.  Making something tasty to share is part of the fun of the holidays!

One of my favorite go-to treats to make?  Magic bars.  Because they come together quickly, are easy to make, and most importantly, everyone loves  them.

But this holiday season, I wanted to take my magic bars up a notch and pack in a flavor combination just perfect for celebrating the season.  Enter ... Mixed Nuts & Cranberry Magic Bars, loaded with Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.

November 25, 2015

16 Creamy & Comforting Fluff Salads

Looking for creamy comfort?  Look no further than this collection of 16 Creamy & Comforting Fluff Salads!  With this yummy collection, there's certainly enough fluff to go around.

We all know and love them ~ those creamy fluff salads, typically made with some yummy concoction of whipped cream, marshmallows, and fruit.  Perhaps with pudding or Jell-o mix thrown in for added flavor & fluffiness. Or pecans for crunch.  Or even some chocolate goodness for an extra-special fluff salad treat.

Orange-Pineapple and Pistachio seem to be the most well-known and beloved.  Or perhaps classic Waldorf.  But what about banana split?  Or pina colada?  Or even peanut butter & jelly??  Yes, there appear to be some new flavors on the block.

Take a gander through this collection of 16 creamy & comforting fluff salads to see some old stand-by favorites, and some new got-to-try fun flavors.  There's sure to be one or two ... or 16 ... you'll love!

November 23, 2015

Cranberry Baked Buttermilk Pancakes

Got leftover cranberry sauce?  Enjoy it for breakfast with these easy {& tasty} Cranberry Baked Buttermilk Pancakes ... easy because they're baked in a 9x13" pan instead of individually-made standing at the stove top.  And we all love easy {& tasty}, right?

Do you ever have those moments of recipe inspiration that just randomly hit you smack in the face, and you have no idea where they came from or why you were inspired at that very moment in time?

Well, that's what happened to me with this Cranberry Baked Buttermilk Pancakes recipe.  The idea just hit me when I was standing in front of the refrig the other day.  It was mid afternoon ... not at all close to breakfast time, when the idea of pancakes should probably be on your mind.  I already had dinner planned ... so I wasn't wracking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to fix for dinner.  And I hadn't been working with cranberries that day at all ... hadn't worked with them in about a week, for that matter.

But when I spotted a container of leftover cranberry sauce perched upon my refrigerator shelf, a bolt of inspiration struck.

November 21, 2015

Glazed Sweet Potato Coins Recipe

Sweet potato coins bathed in brown sugar-butter glaze are the perfect addition to any Thanksgivng, Christmas, or Fall dinner.  And this Glazed Sweet Potato Coins recipe has a little secret ingredient to give the glaze great flavor while keeping it from being too  sweet.  

Each Christmas day, after breakfast and opening presents at my parents' house, we have Christmas dinner at my mother-in-law's.  She makes the full spread ... ham and  turkey, Southern cornbread dressing, cranberry salad, potato salad, rice & gravy, buttermilk biscuits, fresh coconut cake ... you name it.  And she always makes this Glazed Sweet Potato Coins recipe, too.

But over the years I've noticed something ... I've noticed something about these sweet potato coins and my husband.

You know what? ... my husband never takes any of the sweet potato coins.  Not once.  Not once in our twelve Christmases together have I seen him put a helping of Glazed Sweet Potato Coins on his plate.  And, typically, he loves  sweet potatoes.  Which, of course, got me to wondering why.  Why doesn't he allow Glazed Sweet Potato Coins to grace his plate?

So I asked him.  And here's what he said:

November 18, 2015

{The BEST} Classic Coconut Pie

Classic Coconut Pie ~ coconut deliciousness surrounded in moist-and-creamy, melt-in-your-mouth vanilla custard.  And that, my friends, is coconut goodness that just can't be beat.

Classic Coconut Pie ~ coconut deliciousness surrounded in moist-and-creamy, melt-in-your-mouth vanilla custard.  And that is coconut goodness that just can't be beat!

Mounds Bars.  Almond Joy.  Those little coconut macaroon cookies you can {usually} get at the Chinese buffet.  The 4-layer coconut cake my mother-in-law makes each year for Christmas dinner.  What do all these things have in common? 


And I can't get enough of them.  Each and every one.

I have always had quite a liking for the rich sweetness of coconut.  In fact, I've even on occasion been known to choose it over chocolate ... which for a confirmed choc-a-holic, is saying a lot.  While admittedly, the little coconut macaroon cookies you get at the Chinese buffet can  be a tad on the dry side, I'll still go for one {or three...} every time.

But do you want to know what beats all these coconut goodies, hands-down?  

November 16, 2015

Maple Crock Pot Ham Recipe

This Maple Crock Pot Ham recipe delivers up tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

Maple Crock Pot Ham ~ tender, juicy ham infused with the subtle sweetness of pure maple syrup.  And it truly couldn't be any easier!

One of my husband's favorite things to eat is a nice juicy ham.  Believe me, he can devour a ham in no time.  With the encouraging words of my mother-in-law, I recently mastered the art of ham baking ... And she's right, there's really nothing to it.

But you know what?

There's even less to preparing a ham in the crock pot!

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