Don’t Show Up for Game Day Without One of These! (15 Delish Dip Recipes)

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Is there a more perfect party food than dip? There's so many varieties available, and a plethora of delicious items to use as dippers. Plus, you can make it ahead for easy prep and everyone loves a great dip recipe! On that note, the Big Game is coming up (on my birthday this year, woo-hoo!) and you DO NOT want to show up without one of these mouthwatering dips to liven up the festivities. Whether it's cheese based or veggie, in a bread bowl or layered, these Game Day perfect dips are just … [Read more...]

BEST EVER Crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe!

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Yesterday we got our first snowfall of the season... all .2 inches of it. My kids were so excited they tried sledding on what was basically grass slightly dusted with frost. To ease their snow-craving hearts, I threw a few ingredients in the slowcooker to make their favorite winter beverage before I left for school pickup and it was ready for them when they got home-- Crock-pot Hot Chocolate! It's super easy to make, takes just a few ingredients we almost always have on hand, and WOAH is it … [Read more...]

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Wing Recipe (Gluten-Free Appetizer Idea!)

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A poignant memory for me was moving out of my parent's home and into my first apartment (nine states and a 16 hour car ride away). In the midst of the chaos of packing the night before I left, my mom was rushing to finish writing something and in the last hours handed me a few index cards filled with her unmistakable handwriting. Looking closer, I realized they contained several of my favorite recipes-- her Orange Kabobs, Russian Tea Cookies, and our household favorite-- Baked Teriyaki Chicken … [Read more...]

Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Spiced Mixed Nuts Recipe {Easy Entertaining Idea!}

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The holidays are here, and that hopefully means an influx of guests and fun celebrations over the next few weeks! As each year passes I like to think I grow older smarter, and with age wisdom comes the rising urge for simplicity-- especially when it comes to entertaining. One pantry staple that makes holiday entertaining simple is a can of Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts; they’re a classic crowd pleaser whether you serve them straight up or take a few extra minutes to add in a few ‘extras’. One such … [Read more...]

25 Most Pinned Side Dish Recipes (for Thanksgiving and Christmas!)

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Let's face it, turkey may be the 'star' of the Thanksgiving meal but what we really crave are those incredible side dishes! Stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, the works-- side dishes are the jewels in the Thanksgiving crown. So which recipes are the BEST of the BEST? Here are 25 of the MOST PINNED side dishes, perfect not only for your Thanksgiving table but for all your special meals, holidays and beyond. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn | Damn Delicious Honey Maple Roasted Carrots | The … [Read more...]

Leftover Halloween Candy S’Mores

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I'll be honest-- when I was a kid, there was no such thing as 'leftover Halloween candy'. That stuff was gonzo in a day or two flat. But times have changed; less of us are allowing all night binge fests and more are stretching out the Halloween haul to last for several weeks. No judgement here; do what you must! But *if* you happen to have leftover Halloween candy or are planning a Halloween party, these tasty treats are sure to be a hit: Leftover Halloween Candy S'Mores! I first spotted this … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Dip Recipe {Perfect Fall Dessert!}

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Does anything scream FALL more than pumpkin dip inside a pumpkin?! I mean, it's a double pumpkin-y treat!  It takes just 5 minutes to make this delicious pumpkin spice dip that's best served with your favorite fall cookies. You don't NEED to display it in the pumpkin; however, taking a few extra minutes to hollow one out to place the dip inside takes it over the top and will make you the hit of whichever party you grace with your presence this fall. I added in Cool Whip to cut the … [Read more...]

My New Favorite Way to Make Brussels Sprouts

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There's two things I know for sure: 1, I thought I hated brussels sprouts until I tried them as an adult and 2, my husband always appreciates when I cook them outdoors because of (shall we say) their unique aroma. I'm sad I didn't give these little guys a try earlier in life, because unique fragrance or not boy was I missing out! Brussels sprouts have a wonderful taste and can really pick up the flavors around it. You haven't lived until you've had brussels roasted with BACON, let me tell you. I … [Read more...]

20 Unexpected & Delicious Ways to Use Balsamic Vinegar

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Oh hai! Where have you BEEN all summer? ;-) Just kidding, I know I've been somewhat sporadic in posting but this has been such a fun-filled rollercoaster-ride of a summer, a "we're-moving-no-we're-not" type summer, that I don't even know where to begin. I'll explain more after the weekend, but suffice it to say we're soaking up every last ray of sunshine and splash of the pool before school starts next week. Which has nothing to do with balsamic vinegar, but I digress. Where was I? Right. … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel S’Mores Recipe… yes, I went there.

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Yes, I went there-- I jumped aboard the salted caramel bandwagon and came up with a grilled S'mores recipe that will knock your socks off. Because S'mores. And Salted Caramel. And grilling season. Seriously, does life get better than this? In mere minutes you can put a few simple ingredients together and come up with the dessert that most epitomizes summer campfires, gatherings, and BBQs.  Plus I figured out how to make S'mores on the grill for those of us who don't have access to a firepit. … [Read more...]

Lemonade Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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Sometimes when I share the name of my blog people are confused. They're like, 'you have a blog about lemonade recipes?' Which would make sense, but in 5+ years of blogging, would you believe I've only posted one actual lemonade recipe? Despite the metaphorical name, I'm kinda obsessed with lemonade so I'm kicking off the party with a special dessert-- Marci from Vegging at the Shore is here sharing her delicious lemonade strawberry cheesecake bar recipe! Cheesecake is a wonderful thing and … [Read more...]

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs {Homemade Gift Idea!)

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I have a treat for you today... a recipe for a homemade gift you'll that's perfect for pampering the ones you love-- Peppermint Bath Bombs! These little treats pack a powerful punch when added to a warm bath. Place them under running water and they'll dissolve and fizz and create a wonderful soaking environment. Best yet, you can add whichever scents you choose. I used peppermint because it's seasonal and invigorating, but add lavender for calming, rosemary for energizing, RC or eucalyptus for … [Read more...]

25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

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You guys, as someone who tries to eat gluten-free this one was torture to round-up, TORTURE! All those layers of soft, flaky puff pastry surrounding everything from Nutella to brie to pepperoni, and all I can do was dream. But with the holidays coming, I knew I had to take one for the team and gather the BEST, most DELICIOUS puff pastry ideas because you deserve them. Puff pastry is one of the easiest ways to create swoon-worthy appetizers and desserts that will have your guests raving about … [Read more...]

Cake Decorating Made Easy {& Thanksgiving Cake Idea!}

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Cake decorating has always intrigued me-- it seems like a handy skill to have, the power to create a design to match any occasion using the simple canvas of a caketop. Plus it serves as a front to my serious addiction to buttercream frosting. And I mean 'hide-in-the-pantry-and-eat-all-the-frosting' kind of issues! What better way to feed the addiction than learn easy ways to decorate cakes? via Making Lemonade on Instagram However there's that little issue of skill. It takes time to learn … [Read more...]

25 BEST Bake Sale Treats and Recipes

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With all the fairs, holidays, church and school events going on right now we're smack dab in the middle of bake sale season. You know at some point you'll have to face the bake sale table so might as well be prepared. Here's a host of ideas that range from 'I only have 10 minutes to whip up some insanely clever treats' to 'I worked on these for 3 hours and wanna ROCK the bake sale this year!' Choose the one that works best for you, and happy Bake-Saleing! How to Have a Fabulous Bake Sale from … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe (in your Slowcooker!)

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If I had known making homemade applesauce was this easy, I would have been making it ALL THE TIME. So, okay, it takes a few minutes to peel and chop the apples but other than that the slowcooker does all the work, quietly and competently. Plus the house smells amazing, and after a few hours you have delicious chunky applesauce that everyone will love. And LOOK, only TWO INGREDIENTS are needed unless you want to add a teeny bit of extra spice or sweetness. All natural, all … [Read more...]

“Hamburger” Cupcakes {Fun Food Hack for Tailgating or Bake Sales}

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My neighbor stopped over yesterday with the cutest little cupcakes I ever did see-- miniature hamburger cupcakes!  Not only would these be adorable party treats but also a kickin' tailgating snack. Turst me, make these and they'll declare you WINNER of the school bake sale. They were so lifelike that at first my son, who's very anti-hamburger, said "no thank you".  But once his sister dove in and started eating layers of cupcake and brownie he soon changed his tune. While they look super … [Read more...]

Oatmeal with Quinoa Breakfast Recipe {Gluten-Free}

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I've been on a gluten-free journey for a year and a half now. I say 'journey', because I sure haven't been perfect with it. The truth is, when I'm eating a gluten-free diet I feel great and when I'm sneaking in gluten I fee terrible. The evidence is pretty clear: for me, gluten-free is the way to go. Perhaps the meal that's most difficult to tailor to my diet (I'm also egg and dairy free, sadly) is breakfast. So when I was challenged to come up with a recipe using Udi's new line of Ancient … [Read more...]

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Freezer Meals

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Cooking meals this summer was easy. I basically stocked chicken, fish, sausage and veggies in the fridge and we grilled out every night that we were home. All the other meals were eaten out-- usually by the pool, and for me through a straw (cocktails, y'all). ;-) All that's about to change as school starts up and seasons change, and to be honest, I'm kinda glad-- for now. However, this fall is proving to be no less busy than summer was so I need to get my ACT together. The idea of prepping my … [Read more...]