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Smothered Mashed Potatoes


If you’re looking for a little twist on a classic side dish that’s perfect for social gatherings, you have come to the right place. I can’t think of many people who don’t like mashed potatoes (do they actually exist??), so when you load them up with extra goodness, it comes as no surprise how delicious they turn out. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a fantastic time to try it out on unsuspecting friends and family. (more…)

No-Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Have you seen the insanity going on with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pies for Thanksgiving?? So, it turns out that only a certain number of these over-sized peanut butter cup pies were made. They sold out almost immediately, and now people are re-selling them for HUNDREDS of dollars. Well, how about we save you some money by making one at home for yourself?  (more…)

Thanksgiving Showstopper Cheesecake


Everyone seems to have their own designated responsibilities when it comes to Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law, Tracy, is a fantastic hostess and loves to cook. She usually makes the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and whatever side dishes that she grew up with in New Jersey. I believe cranberries are one of those, “It’s not Thanksgiving without this dish” kind of ordeals. My husband swears up and down that it’s not Thanksgiving without Sweet Potato Casserole. After one year of not having that at my family’s gathering, he was disappointed. So, I promised to make that for him when we didn’t go to his family’s house for Thanksgiving. Spoiled hubby. (more…)

Chocolate Pecan Pie


I was first introduced to Chocolate Pecan Pies about five years ago while working in the restaurant industry as a pastry chef. The restaurant where I worked sold these pies in bulk since they were a huge hit, so to save time they bought the pre-made pie crusts to be filled up with this delightful pie. After playing with the recipe, it just didn’t seem like there were enough pecans. It’s supposed to be a pie packed with nuts, right? My thoughts exactly, so I ended up doubling the amount of pecans used in that recipe.  (more…)

Apple Cider Donut Muffins


For my daughter’s science project this year, we picked a muffin topic. How do different types of flour affect the consistency and density of muffins? When she and my husband were reading over different topics to choose from, I about jumped out of my skin with excitement. “Let’s do THAT one!!” I cried. My daughter giggled, hubby said, “How about we let her pick?” Thankfully, her love of food runs deep and she chose this topic. Score. (more…)

Pumpkin Oreo Brownies


A few years ago, I made a match of Pumpkin Blondies, and it gave me just another reason to look forward to Fall Baking. When I started experimenting with this recipe again, the original batch had chocolate chips. The second batch had cinnamon chips. Although they were both incredible, it hit me like a ton of bricks that OREOS could so easily be added to these babies…and who doesn’t love Oreos?! (more…)

Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter


My kids go through bananas like you wouldn’t believe, so I grabbed some extra while at the store on the last trip. The good thing about having extra bananas laying around is how my brain starts to work when I notice them browning. Ohhh, what can I bake with those ugly brown bananas to create something blissful? Ladies and gentlemen, exhibit A. (more…)

Roasted Chipotle & Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes


Last month, I started an online school program at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Originally, we were told to prepare to spend 15-20 hours per week on school during this 14-week program. Well, those hours have almost doubled for me, since I typically dive head first into something I’m obsessed over without checking to see how deep the water is. (more…)

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies


More often than I like to admit, I get a real hankering for chocolate. It’s one of those things where I end up standing in front of the pantry, digging through the baking ingredient shelf, then cursing at myself to get out of there because I don’t have any healthy options to choose from. Then, I’ll go back to the pantry after fussing at myself to leave, and settle for a non-dairy chocolate bar. Although it can satisfy that craving, I can’t help but to dream of fudge brownies that melt in your mouth with each bite. (more…)

Blueberry Scones


I didn’t realize how completely in love with scones I was until I started actually making them. The first time I made scones were the traditional kind, made with gluten and white sugar. Although they were fabulous, the process of making them was more time consuming than these little puffs of heaven that you just drop on the pan like biscuits. These are super easy to mix up and plop on baking sheets, ready in about 15 minutes without all the side effects of not feeling all that great after eating one. (more…)