3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa {refined sugar free}

This 3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa is so easy, you won't even miss the mix! It's healthier and refined sugar free, so you can enjoy a daily cup of cocoa this winter. We still have a few weeks to go until winter is officially here, but tomorrow is December 1st and I am in full holiday mode! I'm ready to bake all the cookies, wrap all the gifts, and listen to all of the holiday music. We put our decorations up this weekend, and next weekend we'll get our tree. How about you? If you celebrate this holiday season, have you started shopping or decorating yet? Besides getting all decorated and ready for Christmas, this time of year I love to sit down and relax with a hot cup of something ... [Continue Reading]

Unique and Fun Gift Ideas for the Home Cook {Giveaway!}

If you're anything like me, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be quite the challenge. I love to give gifts that are a bit unexpected, and something that the recipient wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves. Often my best gift ideas come from items that I own myself and love! In that spirit, I've created this list of 10 unique and fun gift ideas for the home cook. You know, the hard-to-buy-for foodie on your list. All of these item are tried and tested by yours truly! *To enter the giveaway, read to the bottom of the post and answer the question by leaving a comment. :) ... [Continue Reading]

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

The holidays are for relaxing with friends and family, and this Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a perfect special occasion breakfast. It's full of warm spices and topped with a delicious crumble topping! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm sure you've had your menu planned for a while now. If you're hosting this year, I bet you've even gotten a head start on some of the preparations for the big meal. But have you thought past Thanksgiving yet? I love turkey day and all of the delicious food that comes with it, but I think I'm most excited about the long weekend that follows. Three extra days to relax and spend time with family. Things always seem to be go go go around here, so some time to slow ... [Continue Reading]

Smokehouse Almond, Goat Cheese, and Pomegranate Toasts

These Smokehouse Almond, Goat Cheese, and Pomegranate Toasts are a delicious combination of sweet and smoky, creamy and crunchy! These little bites are the perfect snack! The holiday season is in full swing, with Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not far behind it. How it's almost the end of November I'm not quite sure. Brad and I were out doing some shopping this weekend, and it just seemed strange to be hearing Christmas music in the stores already. I can't say that I minded it, though. I love this time of year! And there's another season upon us as well... football season! And what's the best part of watching the game? The snacks, of course! ... [Continue Reading]

Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a delicious treat to enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. I haven't been doing much baking lately. Instead, I've been focused on testing new holiday side dishes recipes. But December will be here before we know it, and that means we'll be doing all the holiday baking, right? This morning I was in a baking sort of mood, so I got to work on these biscotti. Brad keeps telling me that it's been way too long since I've made biscotti, so I made these for him. :) I used ... [Continue Reading]

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This cheesy Twice Baked Potato Casserole has all of the flavor of twice baked potatoes but is so much easier to make! This post is brought to you in partnership with REAL® Seal. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The big day is just one week away! I'm not quite sure how it's mid-November, but such is life. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We'll be hosting at our house this year, and I'm looking forward to getting together with family for good company and good food. We'll have turkey on our Thanksgiving table, of course, but really, the Thanksgiving meal is all about the side dishes, isn't it? My family has our favorite side dishes that we make year after year, ... [Continue Reading]

30+ Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

When it comes to holiday meals, it's all about the side dishes!  Oftentimes holiday sides are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, but it doesn't have to be that way.  Even during the holiday season, you can prepare healthy yet delicious foods for your family. I've done the work for you to round up this amazing list of healthier holiday sides, so now all you have to do is choose which ones to try first!  I hope this list will be a resource for you as you plan your Thanksgiving meal and Christmas menu. You might also enjoy following my Thanksgiving and Christmas Pinterest boards.  And now, the recipes! ... [Continue Reading]

Easy White Bean Dip

This Easy White Bean Dip is one of my family's favorite healthy snacks. It's made with just a few ingredients that you likely have on hand in your kitchen. It's healthy snacking time! Between me and the kids, it's pretty much always snack time in my house. I can't even tell you how many times during the day I hear the words, “Mom, I'm hungry!” And you know what? I'm just as bad as the little ones. I think they've inherited my metabolism because I am always hungry and reach for a snack every couple of hours. Which means I do my best to always keep healthy snack options on hand. Because, as much as I'd like to, we can't snack on cookies all day long. Some of our favorite snacks include ... [Continue Reading]