Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf

Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf

This Pumpkin Bread recipe is even BETTER than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf! If you're looking for an amazing pumpkin bread recipe, look no further! This Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf tastes amazing, is easy to make and the perfect treat to enjoy with your Pumpkin Spice Latte! About 15 years ago - it was just after I got married, I discovered Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf. It was love at first site - or perhaps - love at first bite! I couldn't decide what I loved more; the cinnamon and spice flavors, or the incredible rich, pound-cake like consistency. From this point on, I needed to make a decision. I was either going to go broke buying mass quantities of this incredible pumpkin treat, or I needed to find/create a recipe that replicated this treat perfectly. After quite a bit of trial and Continue Reading...

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Looking for an easy, cheesy potato side dish? This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole recipe is made in the crock pot or slow cooker, making it the perfect make-ahead side dish!  Creamy, cheesy and completely delicious, these potatoes are perfect for holiday meals, cookouts and pot-luck dinners! If there ever was a side dish that I've made over and over again, it's this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe!  I originally discovered this recipe when I lived out west in Boise, Idaho.  (You can't live in Idaho without coming away with some of the best potato recipes ever!)  It's not only a simple recipe, with basic ingredients, but I've adapted it to be made in the crock pot or slow cooker.  Because all the cooking is done in the slow cooker, it's the perfect Continue Reading...

Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge

Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge

Gorgeous red velvet fudge topped with crushed peppermints is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season!  This delicious fudge recipe is perfect for your holiday candy trays, cookie exchanges and Christmas parties!  Leave this fudge for Santa and he's sure to leave you an extra present or two! As a kid, I helped my mom make loads of Christmas cookie and candies in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  The types of sweets varied year to year, but the one thing that we always made was fudge!  Typically the traditional chocolate type with walnuts, but we got more adventurous with peanut butter fudge, and even made our way into chocolate mint territory. Mom and I would typically make at least 8-10 types of cookies and candies, and would store them in the big deep-freeze that is still Continue Reading...

Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters

Salty and sweet come together for the most amazing gooey treat!  These Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters are simply made with just four ingredients, making them the perfect Christmas candy!  Fantastic for gifting, cookie exchanges, holiday parties or anytime you need to satisfy your sweet tooth! I would venture to say that one of my all-time favorite sweet treats is caramel.  When paired with chocolate and nuts, you can stop me in my tracks!  I blame my love of this sweet treat on my father.  Not only does he have a fierce sweet tooth that he lovingly passed on to me, but Dad also loves caramel treats just as much as I do.  I especially love a salty-sweet treat, and these Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters do not disappoint! Not only are these sweet treats delicious, they are Continue Reading...

Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail

Want a delicious, classy cocktail that everyone at your holiday party will love?  My Pomegranate Citrus Champagne Cocktail is made with sweet blood orange slices, pomegranate juice and seeds, citrus vodka and topped with Champagne.  This libation is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and fantastic for brunch, too! Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or maybe a holiday party with friends and family?  At one point or another, I've hosted pretty much all of these types of events, with family, friends or a mixing both.  My general thoughts on the success of a party is to have ample amounts of alcohol!  I say this for a few reasons; 1) It's not really a party without drinks (its really just an after-hours meeting); 2) alcohol is typically a great way to break the ice, Continue Reading...

Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing

Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing

This stuffing recipe will be an instant Thanksgiving dinner favorite with everyone at the table!  Loaded with apples, sausage, mushrooms, pecans and more, this dressing is the ultimate side dish for your holiday meal! Can be made in the oven or slow cooker! In my humble opinion, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides!  Yes, the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, and you cannot have Thanksgiving dinner without a really spectacular bird. (By the way, I've got 3 Easy Tips for a Moist and Delicious Turkey that you need to check out!)  But, there are certain sides like good Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, asparagus or green beans, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls with butter are a must.  Another must: a really awesome stuffing recipe, like my Everything Thanksgiving Stuffing! I Continue Reading...

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Your favorite pie recipe made even more decadent and delicious!  Dark chocolate is added to this pecan pie recipe and topped with chocolate covered pecans for a show-stopping dessert!  This pie is perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert table! My husband is one of the biggest pecan pie fans I know.  Don't get me wrong - I love it too, however, pecan pie is always at the top of Jason's must-have list for Thanksgiving, or any other holiday for that matter.  It is most definitely rich and decadent with a crunch from the roasted pecans that can't be beat.  To give some new life to this dessert, I've taken my mom's classic pecan pie recipe, and added even more richness with some dark chocolate and then topped it with chocolate covered pecans.  This pie recipe will be absolutely Continue Reading...