Perfectly creamy, these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are nothing short of spectacular. Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!

Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!

Any good meal, needs at least one stand-out side dish.  It doesn’t need to be fancy, or have lots of ingredients, it simply needs to taste good and compliment what its served with.  That is definitely the case with these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.  Not only do they taste wonderful, they are perfectly complimentary to whatever your serving with them – beef, seafood, turkey, chicken or pork.

Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!

These potatoes have a fantastic texture.  Perfectly creamy, but not over processed or gluey.  The butter, sour cream, cream cheese and half-and-half serve to make these potatoes wonderful.  Salt and pepper added to your taste preference is all the seasoning you need.  The last ingredient is some shredded Parmesan cheese I typically stir in about a 1/2 cup and then top the potatoes with another sprinkling just before serving.  It not only tastes amazing, but looks really pretty as well!

Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!

It takes a bit of time to boil the potatoes – don’t rush this process, as you’ll just end up with lumpy potatoes.  When peeling the potatoes, cut them into smaller 1/2″ slices, that way they won’t take as long to cook all the way through.  You’ll know they’re done when they are tender when pieced with a fork or knife.

Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!Here’s how easily these potatoes come together:

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
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Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!
Ingredients
  • 2½ lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½" pieces
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. (1/2 brick) cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • ½ c. half and half
  • ½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste (I add about ½ tsp each)
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, add the peeled and cut potatoes and cover with water until all potatoes are covered. Add the 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the water from the potatoes.
  2. To the hot potatoes, add the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and half and half. Mash with potato masher until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan cheese will still hot. Top with reserved cheese and serve right away.

With just a little patience, you’ll have potatoes that are restaurant quality!  So much better than the instant stuff – once you have these potatoes, you’ll never go back!  Take my word for it, home-made Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are worth the little time it takes to make.

This holiday season, or any time of year, enjoy the real-deal!

Erin

Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal!

 

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Hello, and welcome to another week of Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!  I’m thrilled to have all of you back to share all the fantastic things you’ve created over the week.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away?  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday – mostly because I love food and how it brings us together and family, friends and community.

All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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  Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

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Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Karly’s Cranberry Oat Quick Bread

Paige’s Lighted Marquis “Joy” for Christmas

Mandee’s Miniature Printable Notebooks

Erin’s 3 Easy Steps to a Moist & Delicious Turkey

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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These Spiced OREO Pumpkin Balls by Some Day I’ll Learn look like the perfect little Thanksgiving Treat!

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

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With the extreme cold weather that has taken over, these awesome  Quick Fleece Arm Warmers by Our Peaceful Planet looks so cozy and warm.  With the recent cold snap that’s taken over, I just might have to make myself a few pairs!

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Are you tired of dry, bland turkey? Have no fear – I’m going to show you three easy steps to serving a moist and completely delicious and flavorful turkey this Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

 

After hosting several Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I’ve come to the conclusion that without a really delicious turkey, your holiday dinner can be a bit of a let-down.  Turkey can be moist, juicy and flavorful when you do the right things ahead of time.  Brining your turkey is probably one the easiest ways to add some great flavor and moisture to your bird.  Once you brine a bird, you’ll never go back!  I’m going to show you three easy steps to get that delicious turkey on your table this holiday season!

 

So lets get right to it!  Here are your three easy steps to a Moist & Delicious Turkey:

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

 

Step 1: Prepare your turkey and brine.

Start by defrosting your turkey.  If you’re making Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, you’ll likely need to take your turkey out of the freezer by Sunday.  Depending on the weight of your bird, it will need at least 48 hours to defrost, if not more.  Check the label of your turkey, along with the weight to see how long it will take to defrost.  My turkey was 12 lbs and took about 2 1/2 days, not counting time in the brine.

Prepare the brine.  There are lots of great brine mixes out there.  Williams-Sonoma makes a great brine mix, and Urban Accents also makes a nice all-in-one brine kit that includes the brine mix, brining bag and turkey seasoning.  You can also make your own at home – the primary ingredient is salt, along with other seasonings like rosemary and sage.  Customize it to your tastes by including things like orange rind, cloves, onion, garlic and even chopped apples.  The brine not only acts as a tenderizing agent, but also flavors the meat nicely.  I firmly believe this is the way to a truly juicy, flavorful turkey!

Once you have your brine, you’ll need to boil it to dissolve all the salt.  You’ll let it cool completely, and add more water. (Follow the directions on the brine package.)  You can also add apple juice for a nice flavor.  When your brine is completely cool, you’ll pour it over your turkey into a large brining bag. (A brining bag is like a huge zip-lock plastic bag, big enough to hold a turkey. They can be found at most grocery stores, especially during the holidays.)  From here, seal up the bag with the turkey and brine and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

 

Step 2: Prepare your turkey to roast.

Once you’re ready to roast your turkey, you’ll need to do just a few things to get it prepped for the oven.  First, you’ll need to thoroughly rinse your bird after taking it out of the brine.  (Discard the brine and the bag.)  As you can see in the picture above, I laid some old towels in the sink so the turkey wouldn’t slip as much.  Rinse it well. From there, transfer the turkey into a roasting pan, and pat dry with paper towels.  Next, drizzle the turkey with olive oil and rub all over the skin – this will help it attain a nice golden brown color.  Lastly, lightly season the skin with the seasoning of your choice – you can go with a poultry seasoning, or add whatever fits your tastes.  I added a light sprinkling of rosemary, sage and pepper.

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

 

Step 3: Roast your bird.

This is the easy part.  Simply put the bird in the oven and let the warm aromas fill your house.  When deciding how long to cook your bird, check the label and weight of your turkey for the cook time duration.  This will depend primarily on the weight of the turkey.  I cooked mine at 325 degrees, and with it being about 12 lbs, it roasted for about three hours.  It will need to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Once its done cooking, let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before cutting.  This will help the juices settle and ensure a moist cut of meat.  Garnish with some pretty herbs like rosemary sprigs, thyme or sage.  Add in a few apples, pears or grapes for some color.

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

And there you have it!  The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a flavorful, delicious turkey.  With some preparation and planning, you can have one of the most flavorful turkey’s that your family has ever tasted.

Fair warning: cook an awesome, juicy, flavorful turkey, and you’ll likely be asked to host the holiday dinner again!  ;)

Blessings to you and your family for a joyous holiday season!

Erin

Tired of dry, bland turkey?  I'll show you three easy steps to a moist, flavorful and completely delicious turkey!

 

 

Today I’ve got a special treat for you!  With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, I teamed up with some other fantastic food bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  We’ve got you covered with ideas for every course of your meal, including Main Dishes, Vegetables, Sides, Potatoes and of course Pies and Desserts!  Below my recipe you’ll find links to all of the fantastic recipes for your Thanksgiving meal.  Enjoy!

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I wanted to bring you one of my favorite salads to serve on this wonderful holiday!  My Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.   Loaded with lots of goodies like mandarin oranges, pecans and cranberries, it brings the perfect complimentary flavors to your turkey dinner!

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal.  The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

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Every Thanksgiving recipe your heart desires is included in this Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  See all of the recipe links at the bottom of my post.

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!

When it comes to planning side dishes for Thanksgiving, or any meal for that matter, I always find it complimentary to have a side dish like a fresh salad to accompany the other hot, albeit, mushy sides.  I love mashed potatoes and stuffing just as much as the next person, and these will definitely be on my table for Thanksgiving.  However, I also like a dish that has some fresh, crunchy textures and flavors to go along with the comfort foods.

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!This salad is really easy to pull together – in fact it can be done right before you serve dinner.  It takes just minutes to toss your ingredients together and have it on the table.  You can also prep this salad a few hours before and have it in the fridge, and once your ready for dinner, simply toss with the dressing.

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!

The dressing for this salad is delightful!  Made with just a few simple ingredients, along with some orange juice, and orange zest, it brings a really nice flavor to the salad.  Not overly heavy, the balsamic dressing is great to toss on the salad just before serving or serve on the side and have your guests dress themselves.

Here’s the easy recipe for my Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans:

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 small heads of lettuce - Red Leaf, Frisee, Bib or Butter lettuce work well, rinsed and torn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1½ c. fresh cranberries (+ 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. water)
  • 2-3 sliced green onions
  • ½ c. brown sugar or candied pecans
  • ¼ c. goat cheese crumbles
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • juice of ½ orange (about ¼ c.)
  • zest of ½ orange (about 1 Tbsp)
Instructions
  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, add the fresh cranberries along with the 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp sugar. Stir. Microwave for about 2 minutes until the cranberries begin to pop. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, add the rinsed and torn lettuce greens, oranges, onions, pecans and goat cheese crumbles. Toss to combine. Add the cooled cranberries and toss.
  3. For the dressing: in a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, honey, juice and orange zest. Thoroughly whisk and immediately pour over the salad. Toss to coat. Serve right away.

Note: if you are expecting left-overs, keep the dressing on the side.  Once the salad is dressed, it doesn’t keep well.  The salad will keep better if its not dressed.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I hope your able to enjoy lots of food, family, friends and giving thanks for all the blessings in your life.  I’m always appreciative of my family, my sweet boy, my hard working husband, the food on our table and so many other aspects of our life that others my not be fortunate enough to have.  We may not have a lot, but what we do have I’m so very grateful for.  Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Erin

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!

 

Main Dishes
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Maple – Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage | Five Heart Home
Turkey Tetrazzini w/ Mushrooms and Kale | The Fountain Ave Kitchen
Orange Balsamic Glazed Ham | Cherished Bliss
Turkey Soup | Carmel Moments
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey | Thoughts from Alice

Vegetables
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Cauliflower Gratin | Love Grows Wild
Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole | Five Heart Home
Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans | Delightful E Made
Sautéed French Green Beans | Cherished Bliss

Potatoes
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Potatoes Au Gratin | Yummy Healthy Eats
Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Live Laugh Rowe
Honey-Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Cooking with Ruthie
Cheesy Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes | Cherished Bliss

Sides & Breads
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Harvest Grain Rolls | Heather’s French Press
Jello Salad | Your Homebased Mom
Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread | Five Heart Home
Brown Rice | Uncommon Designs

Pies
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie | Cooking with Curls
Apple Pie Waffles | Club Narwhal
Raspberry Pie | Dessert Now Dinner Later
Triple Layer Chocolate Pie | I Should be Mopping the Floor
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pecan Pie | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Desserts
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

No Bake Brown Sugar Cheesecake w/ Spiced Pears | Baking a Moment
Nutella Kahlua Truffles | Kleinworth & Co
Pumpkin Cupcakes & Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Cupcake Diaries
Cream Filled Coffee Cake | Tastes of Lizzy T
Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine | Wine and Glue
Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake | Maison De Pax

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Hello, and welcome to another week of Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!  I’m thrilled to have all of you back to share all the fantastic things you’ve created over the week.

This past week I attended my very first in-person Blogger Conference, Mixed.  I have to say it was a fantastic experience learning along with my fellow food bloggers.  The conference was held at the Mountain Lake Lodge, which is where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.   Mixed was such an amazing experience, mostly because of the fabulous people who were there.  I love the collaborative effort that comes along with blogging.  I’m already looking for another conference to attend in 2015 – hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you!

All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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  Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

Karly at A Simple Pantry | PinterestFacebook |  Instagram | Google + | Twitter

Paige at A Dose of Paige | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Erin (that’s me!) at Delightful E Made | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Mandee’s Free Floral Banner Graphics

Karly’s Thanksgiving Chalboard Printables

Erin’s Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Truffles

Paige’s Felt Christmas Garland

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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This Banana Swiss Roll with Chocolate Cheese Filling by Winnie at Winnish looks amazing!  That filling looks so delicious!

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

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This Orange & Spice Pound Cake by Kristi over at I Should Be Mopping the Floor looks so fresh and delicious!  I would love a big slice with a cup of tea!

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Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee with these special people.  After all, enjoying time with your family and friends and giving thanks for the special people in our life is what Thanksgiving is all about. #Feast4All #CollectiveBias

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.

Thanksgiving day often becomes busy and rushed, especially if you’re hosting and cooking the big meal.  Having hosted Thanksgiving many times, I know first-hand that breakfast tends to get overlooked if not forgotten completely.  Having Nescafe Tasters Choice Coffee along with Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is the perfect way to get your Thanksgiving day off on the right foot, and even enjoy some festive Thanksgiving flavors as well!

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving? Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.

I enjoy Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer in my coffee practically every day.  When I saw that Nestle came out with a Pumpkin Spice flavor, I was so excited!  Not only is it a great way to add a bit of sweet, pumpkin spice flavor to your coffee, but the taste takes you home, no matter where you are.

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.  Having Nescafe Tasters Choice House Blend Coffee on hand is such a great solution for Thanksgiving morning, especially if you’ll be hosting overnight guests who will be joining you for breakfast.  I love how simple it is to make!  The flavors of the coffee are wonderfully smooth and mild and perfect for any coffee lover in your house.

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.

Nescafe Tasters Choice House Blend Coffee and Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Creamer can both be found at Walmart.  The Nescafe Tasters Choice House Blend is located in the grocery section on the coffee aisle.  The Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Creamer is located in the refrigerator cases within dairy section.

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.  Setting up a little breakfast station on Thanksgiving morning is the perfect solution for a quick, easy start to the day.  My Fall Favorite Pumpkin Bread is a delicious and easy option to pair with the Nescafe Tasters Choice Coffee and the Nestle Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer.  Having the pumpkin bread made ahead of time is good way to go, so all you have to do is slice up a loaf and have your friends and family help themselves!

Entertaining family and friends over Thanksgiving?  Take a few moments to enjoy your family and friends with a light breakfast and a delicious cup of coffee.

Taking some time to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee on Thanksgiving morning with your friends and family is a wonderful way to enjoy the true meaning of Thanksgiving!  I’ve been blessed with fantastic people in my life, like my dear friend and neighbor, Chrysoula. Since we don’t live near our family members, friends like Chrysoula, her husband Basil and kids have become our surrogate family.  Its so nice to have them near, and enjoying a few moments to catch up is one of the many things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving!

I hope you’re able to take some time to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and visit with your friends and family this Thanksgiving.  Stepping away from the stress that often comes with the holidays, and enjoying time with the special people in our life is what its all about.

Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Erin

 

 

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These Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls are the perfect Thanksgiving treat for you and your family!  Made with everyone’s favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink.  Cheers! #OREOCookieBalls

Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

 

From the end of summer all the way through the Christmas season it seems everyone loves to enjoy the classic, and uber-popular, Pumpkin Spice Latte.  What if I told you that you could turn that delicious drink into a OREO Cookie Ball using just a few ingredients?  That’s right!!  These Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls are completely delicious and utilize golden OREO’s as the delicious pumpkin-spiced center.

 Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

These yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls are the perfect treat any time during the fall, perfect for Thanksgiving and even great during the Christmas season.  Garnished with a fun green straw, they could even be considered an OREO pop!  These would be great to enjoy with your coffee after Thanksgiving dinner or a great snack when you’re doing your Black-Friday shopping.

Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

These Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls are the perfect little treat to have leading up to Thanksgiving, or anytime you’re craving that delicious Pumpkin Spice flavor.  Its such an easy treat to make that you’ll want to get your kids involved in creating these adorable goodies!  My 6-year-old son help me make these.  He had so much fun crushing the cookies, rolling the balls, and even dipping them into the candy coating.  We had such a blast, and a few of these treats may have disappeared during the process. ;)

Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

The inside of these scrumptious OREO Cookie Balls are fantastic!  Just look at that moist, delicious OREO goodness!

 Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

You can find Golden OREOS, along with the classic cookies and the fun seasonal flavors all in the cookie section at Walmart.  Walmart also has a coupon available for OREO’s – click here to get the coupon.  Such a great way to save during the holiday season!

Here is the easy OREO Cookie Ball Recipe:

Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 48
Prep time:
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Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Truffles are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Mix the cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 minutes. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate; place in a single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Customize it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

To turn these classic OREO Cookie Balls into a delicious fall or Thanksgiving treat, I made a few simple adjustments to give them a fun fall flavor to mimic a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Instead of the traditional OREO’s I substituted Golden Oreos.  To the crushed OREOS and cream cheese, I added a bit of instant coffee granules (1 tsp.) and pumpkin pie spice (1/2 tsp.).  Additionally, instead of using the traditional Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate on the outside of the ball, I used orange candy melts (a 12 oz. pkg) flavored with a bit of pumpkin pie spice (1/2 tso.).  I then topped them with melted white candy melts(about 4 oz.) to simulate whipped cream, and then sprinkled with a little extra pumpkin pie spice.

I cut traditional straws into thirds, yielding a 2 1/2 – 3″ mini-straw.  I inserted the straws into the OREO Cookie Balls right after rolling them.  I froze the balls with the straws inserted, which made dipping the balls into the candy coating really easy.

This Thanksgiving, make a batch of these fun, delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte OREO Cookie Balls.  They are a great way to celebrate the season and give thanks for the many blessing we have in our life.  Enjoy!

Erin

 

Made with everyone's favorite OREO cookies, along with a few other ingredients, these OREO Cookie Balls are flavored to taste just like the classic drink. Cheers!

 

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If you like salty-sweet and chocolate & peanut butter snacks, then these Reese’s Banana Snackers are for you!  Sliced bananas are layered with Reese’s Spreads and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #CollectiveBias

Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #shopIf you’re anything like me, then you know about those mid-afternoon cravings when you MUST have a salty-sweet snack.  I am absolutely crazy about chocolate and peanut butter, so when I came across the new Reese’s Spreads, I was so excited!  I often find myself going though the pantry and fridge searching for something to satisfy my sweet/crunchy/salty craving.  The Reese’s Spreads would not only satisfy those cravings, but also deliver that authentic Reese’s flavor in a new and enticing way!

Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #shop

Reese’s Spreads is completely versatile, and can be spread on just about anything your heart desires.  From toast to waffles, apples, pretzels and vanilla wafers, the possibilities are endless!  I went straight for the bananas, as I knew this would be a fantastic combination.  Sliced horizontally and then in half (banana sliced into quarters) the bananas made for the perfect surface to spread the delicious Reese’s Spreads.  I then topped the Reese’s with lots of goodies including salted peanuts, Reese’s Pieces (of course!!), pretzels and mini chocolate chips.  These Banana Snackers made for one fantastic afternoon snack!

Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #shopOnce my son was home from school, I offered him a Banana Snacker and his face lit up!  (He’s a little like his Mama with loving salty-sweet snacks!)  The Reese’s Spreads tastes amazing!  It tastes very similar to everyone’s favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but in an easy-to-spread form.  It’s the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors!  These Reese’s Banana snackers would be awesome to pack up and take in the car for a yummy snack before football practice, or a delicious treat to offer the neighborhood kids while they are playing outside.

Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #shopThe Reese’s Spreads can be easily found in the Peanut Butter section at your local Walmart.  Would you like to try with Reese’s Spreads?  On Novemeber 13th – 16th, 2014, there will be in-store demos happening where you can sample this delicious Reese’s Spread.  To see if your local Walmart is participating, click here.

Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts.  The perfect snack to satisfy any craving! #AnySnackPerfect #shop

Check out how easy these Reese’s Banana Snackers are to put together:

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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
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Sliced bananas are layered with Reese's Spread and topped with your favorite crunchy treats like pretzels, chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces and salted peanuts. The perfect snack to satisfy any craving!
Ingredients
  • 1 peeled banana, sliced in half, then horizontally (quartered)
  • 4 Tbsp. Reese's Spread
  • Toppings of your choice: Pretzels, Reese's Pieces, Salted Peanuts, Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Peel and sliced banana into quarters (half then horizontally). Spread 1 Tbsp. of Reese's Spread on each banana quarter. Top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy right away. (A serving would be 2 banana quarters.)

As you can see, this snack is super-easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!  What would you top with Reese’s Spreads? I hope you enjoy these delicious Reese’s Banana Snackers as much as my family and me.  ~Erin

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I’ve been quite busy this week, as I’m getting ready to attend my very first blog conference!  I’m attending Mixed, which will be held in Southern Virginia.  I’m so completely excited to get to meet other fellow-bloggers, network with some brands and expand my blogging knowledge.  But first I have to wrap up about 800 things before I leave on Friday morning.  :)  If you’re attending Mixed as well, drop me a note – I would love to meet you in person! :)

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Erin’s Riesling & Port Poached Pears with Baked Brie and Pecans

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These Riesling and Port Poached Pears with Baked Brie and Pecans are nothing short of spectacular!  These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

As many of you know, this is my absolute favorite time of year.  I have many reasons why I adore fall, but one in particular is the abundance of produce available at the grocery store and farmers market.  One of my fall favorites is pears!  The past several weeks I’ve been taking home bags of pears, which are fabulous and in season right now.  One of my recent pear creations: Riesling & Port Poached Pears with Baked Brie and Pecans.

These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

Poaching pears is a really simple, easy process.  First, select one of your favorite USA Pears.  I enjoy many varieties, but one of my favorites is the Bosc (or Boscdre).  All 10 varieties of pears are in season right now!  Like many varieties, Bosc are firm, yet sweet, ripen beautifully and are perfect for poaching!  Many people prefer pears perfectly ripe, there are an abundance of uses for crisp and under-ripe pears.  They are especially idea for poaching.  To determine if a pear is ripe, simply apply gentle pressure at the narrow “neck” of the pear with your thumb.  If it yields to pressure, its ripe.

As you seen in the photo above, the poaching process is very simple.  First, peel the pears (using a vegetable peeler), leaving the stem.  Then using a melon-baller, or spoon, scoop out the core, leaving a hallow center.  Lastly, add the pears to your poaching liquid, and simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.  Aren’t they beautiful!!

These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

When deciding on a poaching liquid, there are many options.  Traditionally, poaching is done in a wine and sugar liquid, but you could do just about any flavor combination your heart desires.  Try experimenting with tea, burbon, coconut milk, beer or coffee.  I went with a Riesling and Port combination, as the sweet wine goes wonderfully with the savory brie and pecans.  Along with the wine and port, I added a cinnamon stick, whole cloves and orange zest.  This made for an amazingly flavorful poaching liquid, and it definitely came through in the delicious pears!

These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

This Riesling & Port Poached Pears with Brie and Pecans looks and tastes amazing, but is really is simple to make.  The poached pears can be done ahead of time, refrigerated with the liquid, and brought out just before serving.  Poached pears are not only a great appetizer but also great in desserts and even fantastic in salads and side-dishes.  These would be perfect for a wine night with your friends, or a wonderful appetizer for a holiday party or gathering.  With the holidays just around the corner, you definitely need to try this!

These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

Served with sliced baguette, brown-sugar toasted pecans, and brie, the Riesling & Port poaches pears look and taste fabulous!  Here’s how easily they come together:

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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
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These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer. The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!
Ingredients
  • 4 medium-large USA Pears (I used Bosc)
  • 1 bottle Riesling wine
  • 1½ c. Port wine (dessert wine)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
  • zest of one orange, (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 small wheel of brie cheese
  • 1 puff pastry sheet (in frozen food section)
  • 1 egg
  • Toasted pecans
  • 1 sliced baguette
Instructions
  1. Rinse and peel the pears leaving the stem. With a spoon or melon-baller, scoop out the center core of the pears. In a medium saucepan, add the Riesling, Port, cinnamon, cloves and orange zest. Add the peeled pears into the liquid. Simmer for 35-40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife. Let the pears cool in the liquid, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To prepare the baked brie, let the puff pastry thaw to room temperature. (Follow box directions). Place the small wheel of brie in the center of the sheet, and fold the edges into the top center of the cheese. Beat the egg, and brush the puff pastry on all outside surfaces. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.
  3. Top the baked brie with the poached pears, and serve with the pecans and baguette slices. Enjoy!

As you can see, poaching pears is really simple.  It yields beautiful, colorful pears that are perfect for any occasion!  I hope you enjoy.

~Erin

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These pears are incredible easy to make, and will be a show-stopper at your next party or holiday gathering as a gorgeous appetizer.  The perfect pairing with cocktails or wine!

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