Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Apple & Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Fresh, crisp apples and fennel are paired with blackberries, celery and toasted almonds to make this delicious salad.  Topped with a creamy blackberry vinaigrette, this delicious side dish comes together in just minutes!  Perfect paired with chicken or salmon and also makes a wonderful holiday side! Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried fennel.  It was always something rather mysterious that I saw in the supermarket, but never actually put in my cart and purchased.  This all changed when I recently tried a fresh, crispy salad at my local Wegmans supermarket, and it included fennel!  I had no idea that you could eat fennel raw, let alone have it bring the amazing flavor that it did to the salad.  From here, I decided that I needed to create a salad of my own and include this Continue Reading...

Jumbo Chocolate Covered Pretzel Hearts

Jumbo Chocolate Covered Pretzel Hearts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSweetness #CollectiveBias The ultimate salty-sweet treat for your Valentine's!  These delicious homemade chocolate covered pretzels are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!  Decorated with M&M's® Strawberry candies  and paired with a gorgeous DOVE® Valentine's Day tin and American Greetings® Valentine's Day cards, these jumbo pretzels make for the sweetest surprise for your sweethearts! Don't you just love Valentine's Day?  The chocolate, sweets, and childhood memories of exchanging Valentine's to friends in your class.  I love treating everyone in my life to special V-day goodies to show just how much I love and appreciate all that they do to make life Continue Reading...

Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect to treat your Valentine's, these Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting are amazing!  Baked instead of fried, these donuts make for a fun classroom Valentine's treat, a great weekend breakfast for the family or sweet workplace snack! Have you ever baked donuts before?  A while back I bought a couple of donut pans, and it's been donut heaven here at our house ever since!  We've made Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts, Blueberry Muffin Donuts, Coconut Glazed Donuts, and now these fun, colorful Red Velvet Donuts!  Since this recipe starts with a regular boxed cake mix, making these donuts couldn't be easier! Much like the classic cake, I made some creamy, delicious cream cheese frosting to pair with these moist, delicious donuts.  When thinking this beautiful red cake Continue Reading...

Panettone Baked French Toast

Panettone Baked French Toast

Did you get a Panettone for the holidays?  Make my Panettone Baked French Toast - perfect for breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning, and  great for when you have guests and want a really fantastic (and EASY!) breakfast that will feed a crowd! About 12 years ago, my husband traveled to Italy for his job.  He was there for about 6 months, and was there over the holidays.  A very common gift between friends, neighbors and coworkers is a big, beautiful loaf of Panettone.  It's basically a big cake-like bread, bejeweled with raisins with a wonderful citrus flavor. Jason received a few loaves of Panettone.  We didn't really know what to do with all of this delicious cake-like bread.  Because it was just the two of us, we decided to slice it up, freeze it, and make French Toast with Continue Reading...

Coconut Fudge with Macadamia Nuts

Coconut Fudge with Macadamia Nuts

If you're a coconut lover, this fudge is for you!  White chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts make for the most amazing sweet, rich candy treat!  Perfect for the holidays or anytime you're in the mood for some tropical flavors! Anytime during the holiday season, I love making batches, and batches of fudge!  All different flavors and lots of add-ins, like nuts, OREO's, candies and more!  My new favorite fudge creation is this Coconut Fudge with Macadamia Nuts!  Made with just a few simple ingredients, it's not only easy to make, but even easier to eat! This fudge has very similar flavors like my White Chocolate Coconut & Macadamia Nut Cookies.  Much like my cookies, this fudge has a white chocolate base.  It's simply melted in the microwave with sweetened condensed milk, Continue Reading...

Crock Pot Chocolate Almond Candy

Crock Pot Chocolate Almond Candy

With just 4 ingredients and your slow cooker, this easy to make candy recipe is perfect for your Christmas cookie trays!  Chocolate and almonds come together to make a delicious treat that is not only great during the holidays or any time you're craving chocolate! Hands down, this is probably one of my all-time favorite Christmas candies, with my Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and my Salted Caramel Fudge Cups coming in a close second.  Not only because it's completely decadent and delicious, but because its so darn easy to make!  With just four ingredients, all you need to do is add these to your crock pot or slow cooker, and let it do the work for you! You'll start with semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla candy coating, chocolate candy coating, and lightly Continue Reading...

Saint Nickarita – The perfect holiday cocktail!

Saint Nickarita – The perfect holiday cocktail!

Cranberry and lime flavors come together with tequila for the most amazing holiday cocktail!  Perfect for all of your Christmas parties and holiday gatherings, this easy, delicious drink is perfect for enjoying under the mistletoe! Do you have any Christmas parties or holiday gatherings coming up?  Could you use some fresh, new ideas for holiday cocktails that don't involve eggnog?  If you answered yes, then you're definitely in the right place!  This Saint Nickarita is not only the perfect holiday libation, it's festive, easy to make and wonderfully delicious! The past few years I've hosted a little holiday party at our house.  I invite a few of our friends and neighbors over for some food, drinks and holiday cheer.  It's nothing fancy, but I do serve some Continue Reading...