holiday

Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

Setting holiday tradition within the family is something we all work towards.  This year we are starting a new tradition on Christmas eve at my house.  My family (parents, brothers and sis-in-law) is coming over, and we’ll bake cookies for Santa with the girls, snack on hors d’oeuvres,  sip on hot chocolate and wine, watch some classic Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music.  It will be a casual afternoon […]

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Gift Ideas this Holiday Season

White Christmas

While my girls dream of a white Christmas and dolls galore, I’ve been dreaming up some good gift ideas to share with all of you!  There is something for everyone — the coffee and tea lover, the little chefs, the family, and some green holiday gifts. Enjoy! For the Coffee and Tea Lover: Bodum Milk Frothers are great for coffee lovers.  They can use this to create a cafe style […]

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Cranberry Orange Ginger Smoothie

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

We are not planning to serve the traditional cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving.  I’m usually the only person who eats it, and I can do without.  Instead, I plan to make this cranberry orange smoothie to have with brunch.  It has all the same flavors, minus the cooking time and added sugar!  It was a hit with my extremely critical taste testers — my 2 and 4 year old.  My four […]

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No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Bars

No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Bars

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without something sweet.  Agreed? We all deserve something special after a long day of cooking and entertaining, but without all the trouble of baking a pie.  The chocolate lover in me is never completely satisfied with the traditional pumpkin or pecan pie anyways, but with this recipe it was love at first bite!  Chocolate, pumpkin, pecan, gluten free, AND NO BAKE …sounds like a fairytale ending for […]

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Quinoa Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Cherries

Quinoa stuffing with Butternut Squash, Sage, and Cherries {vegan and gluten-free}

As I was making this quinoa stuffing, so many memories of past Thanksgivings were going through my head — our afternoon visit to the barn to take treats to our horses, I ran my first half marathon with one of my best friends on Thanksgiving day years ago, all the food, time together as a family, being thankful, decorating the Christmas tree listening to Christmas music, football, and the fireplace […]

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Sweet Potato Casserole {vegan and gluten-free}

Sweet Potato Casserole {gluten free and vegan}

  When Thanksgiving starts to creep closer, the first thing I crave is sweet potato casserole.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and will do so the days following Thanksgiving until every last bite is gone.  It makes me wonder why I don’t make it more often. For years now, if I ate a sweet potato casserole at a friend or family members house that I loved, […]

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Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter_

Apple and pumpkin butters are always a favorite of mine this time of year.  Starting a cool, crisp fall morning with apple or pumpkin butter spread over cinnamon raisin toast sounds like a little slice of heaven.  Have I mentioned before how much I love this time of year?   I’ve never made my own pumpkin butter, but it was time to try! Confession…I didn’t use pumpkin in the “pumpkin” […]

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