Boozy Holiday Milkshakes

Dessert cocktails are a simple and fun addition to holiday celebrations. Serving dessert cocktails, like these Boozy Holiday Milkshakes, is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone. These milkshakes are a dessert on their own, but they would also pair beautifully with anything chocolate. The best part is that you only need […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

It’s that time of year when everyone’s calendars are sprinkled with holiday parties. To get in a festive spirit, I have been sharing a collection of desserts to bring to – or serve at – at holiday party. We started off simple with some store-bought favorites, and then moved along to halfway homemade desserts that utilize […]

Andes Candy Hot Cocoa

The first snow of the season has fallen, Christmas trees are up, and Santa made his appearance at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This means that it is officially Christmastime, and Christmastime calls for hot cocoa. Hot cocoa is so easy to prepare, that you should always be making it from scratch. […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party: Halfway Homemade Desserts

Ready for the next installment of What to Bring to a Holiday Party? I already shared my favorite store bought chocolates, and today I have two holiday dessert recipes that use brownie mixes to reduce the preparation time. The thing about using a mix is that no one will know, unless you tell them! I am […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup

In most households the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, a day filled with shopping. At my parents’ home the day after Thanksgiving is soup day. My father makes the most incredible soup using the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it is something we look forward to every year. This year I attempted […]

A Simple, Honest Braised Turkey

Brining a Thanksgiving turkey is a lot easier than you might think. Plus, it keeps your turkey moist and adds lots of flavor. I created a simple, no-fail citrus and tea brine that can be put together in just minutes. I brined my turkey for 24 hours using just a mixture of Honest Tea, Simply […]

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

  Mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. They are the one thing that everyone puts on their plate – which means that you need an exceptional recipe. My parents make the best most delicious, creamy, cheesy Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Since I moved to Chicago I have been bringing these mashed potatoes to Friendsgiving and […]

Roasted Carrots, the Easiest Thanksgiving Side Dish

Carrots are one of those vegetables that almost everyone loves. This recipe for roasted carrots can be pulled together with just five minutes of preparation time, and 45 minutes of cook time. The carrots are slathered in butter, seasoned with pepper, and roasted beside the turkey. The carrots will soak up the turkey drippings, loading […]

What to Bring to a Holiday Party, My Favorite Store Bought Treats

Today I am kicking off a series on what to bring to holiday parties. I’m a food blogger that realizes that not everyone who loves food knows how to make it. With that in mind, today I am talking about my favorite store bought treats to bring to a party. The What to Bring to a […]

Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is a pop the champagne and break out the china affair. I created an easy and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape that is worthy of my absolute favorite holiday. There are several DIY elements to this tablessacpe that you can mix and match with items you already own. I chose to focus on a neutral palette of […]

Egg, Cheddar, and Bacon Biscuits and Preparing for the Holidays with Aldi

  November is here which means that Thanksgiving (and Christmas!) are just around the corner. I have been working on planning holiday recipes that are easy to prepare for a big group. My parent’s house is always packed with people during the holidays, and with 8 adults under one roof breakfast gets tricky. Inspired by […]

7 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Do you have lots of Thanksgiving leftovers? Here are 7 different ways to use up those leftovers! 1. Make Stock 2. Turkey Soup 3. Potato Pancakes 4. Turkey Pot Pie 5. Shepard’s Pie 6. Potato Soup

Braised Chili Short Ribs

To kick off a new year of posts, today I am sharing the short rib recipe that my Mom used for our Christmas Eve Eve dinner. It was the first night that everyone was together for the holiday, so my Mom cooked us a special dinner. A couple of notes: the short rib has a […]

Chocolate Silk Pie

This is my favorite pie. By far. Trust me on this one. This smooth chocolatey pie has been a staple at Graham family gatherings for at least 15 years. I was reluctant to make it because I was afraid it would lose that special only-on-special-occassions feeling. I finally caved in and made it for a […]

Whole Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is far different from the one that comes from a can. Since there are whole cranberries in this recipe this cranberry sauce has a chunkier texture. This recipe has orange, lemon, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Both this from scratch cranberry sauce and the canned version make it around our table […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

There are so many options for Thanksgiving leftovers above and beyond sandwiches and repeats of Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some of my favorite recipes made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Some of the dishes can be frozen and enjoyed later if you are tired of turkey. Turkey Soup – My favorite way to use up the leftovers […]

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