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Pear-Cranberry Sauce

Can-shaped cranberry sauce may be nostalgic, but homemade cranberry sauce is almost as easy as using a can opener and you can add extra flavor by adding different juices and fruits.

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A Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal is not complete without certain items, one of which being cranberry sauce. Like most people I grew up with the can-shaped cranberry sauce and although I didn’t enjoy it as a kid I do now have a special place in my heart for that can-shaped gelled delicacy. However, it’s so darn easy to make and of course the best part is adding extra flavors to it. I’ve made regular, pomegranate, and now pear! Originally I had planned on using apple but switched to pear at the last minute because it would soften quicker than apple, and I was already using apple in the stuffing and the dessert so I craved a little diversity. Of course I then found out that one of my friends cannot stand pears, but oddly enough he was obsessed with this cranberry sauce.

And out of no where Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off” popped into my head. “And the haters gonna hate hate hate” make it stop, too catchy! But while I am talking about it my friends and I started making up our own lyrics after hearing it one too many times during Maggie’s birthday weekend and we are convinced that the line about the fakers would be better if it were “and the bakers gonna bake bake bake”. Weird Al parody anyone?

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One year ago: Gluten-Free Chipotle Cornbread Muffins

Two years ago: Streusel-Topped Milky Way Apple Butter Bread
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Holiday Time-Saver: Make Cookies and Cookie Dough Now, Freeze for Later

The holidays are upon us which means it’s time to stock up on butter for cookies! With Thanksgiving around the corning and Christmas and New Years a month later it is definitely cookie season. Save time later and start preparing now by freezing the cookies dough and/or freshly baked cookies. Head on over to Allrecipes.com to read my guest post about how to freeze your cookies and cookie dough for the holidays. Heck I use these tricks year round!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Allrecipes. The opinions and text are all mine.

Apple & Caramelized Onion Pretzel Stuffing

Change up your traditional stuffing/dressing with pretzels! Salty pretzel rolls, sweet apples, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, and sage.

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With two fantastic giveaways going on right now, I’ve really been enjoying the comments in response to both prompts. The comments in response to my blogiversary have been particularly awesome as I am learning more about all of you, especially those coming out of the woodwork who do not normally post. It’s nice to know you’re out there and are enjoying what I am dishing out to you.

I also want to come over for Thanksgiving dinner after hearing all the recipes you would make with the CW bakeware by CorningWare. In fact may have to track some of you down for those recipes. But first I will hold up my end of the deal and start sharing the recipes I made for Friendsgiving starting with the stuffing.

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This stuffing was inspired by the stuffing I made last year for my Thanksgiving dinner for two menu which was made with a bagel. After thoroughly enjoying the alternative bread choice in that stuffing I wanted to try another with pretzel rolls – one of my favorite alternative bread options. The combinations of salty bread, sweet apples, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, and the savory elements of sage made for an exceptional stuffing to serve with Thanksgiving turkey. It is baked in a separate dish from the turkey and can either be baked covered to retain it’s softness or uncover it at the end and cook a little longer for a crispy top. Whatever you preference, I’ve got you covered. Or uncovered ;-).
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Greek Yogurt Thumbprint Cookies & 4th Blogiversary Giveaway

One Greek yogurt thumbprint recipe, endless variations! These soft and chewy Greek yogurt cookies are the perfect base for your favorite coatings and toppings from sprinkles to jelly.

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Four years. Seriously, I have been doing this for 4 years? At the same time it sometimes seems like it has been longer than that but what a great 4 years it has been! I’ve met some of my favorite food bloggers and they were all as awesome as I imagined they would be. I also ate a TON of great food along the way. Speaking of food, helping me celebrate this happy occasion are a few brands which I frequent including Chobani Greek yogurt, Dollop frosting, OXO, Peanut Butter & Co., and Red Jacket Orchards. And they all contributed party favors!

4th Blogiversary Giveaway:

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These 5 party guests and I baked cookies together. We made super soft and chewy Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies coated in sprinkles, cinnamon-sugar or just left plain, and then topped with strawberry jam, cinnamon-raisin peanut butter, and hot chocolate frosting with marshmallow bits. One cookie recipe with tons of variety! And to sweeten the deal I’ve got a giveaway for one lucky reader. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post to enter.

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One year ago: The Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter Pie

Two years ago: Funfetti Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownies

Three years ago: Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

Four years ago: And so it begins
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Friendsgiving & CorningWare Giveaway

Whether your are hosting Thanksgiving with family or Friendsgiving with friends, you’ll love the colorful array of bakeware from CW by CorningWare.

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On Saturday I got together with some friends and hosted a Friendsgiving meal, which is the same as Thanksgiving but celebrated with friends instead of family. Basically it’s an excuse to another gluttonous meal in the month of November. Or maybe a stretching exercise for your stomach, preparing it for Thanksgiving? Either way it involved a lot of delicious food, wine, and a lengthy-gigglefest game of loaded questions (and random outbursts as I cheered on Ohio State against Michigan State – it’s not Thanksgiving without football).
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Single Serving Deviled Eggs

Everyone loves deviled eggs but they shouldn’t be limited to party gatherings. Have a craving? Whip up this single serving deviled egg and don’t worry about sharing.

Single Serving Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular dish to bring to parties. But what if you are craving deviled eggs without the prospect of any food-related gatherings on the horizon? I say it is perfectly acceptable to boil one and egg make one for yourself anytime.

And to reflect back on yesterdays post, Ohio State beat Michigan State last night! Ohio State was looking a little off during the first half while Michigan State took full advantage of it. Thankfully they came alive in the second half and sealed the win. It was a great game to end the evening after stuffing myself at Friendsgiving – I will share more about that tomorrow.

One year ago: Elvis Fluffernutter Rice Krispie Treats

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
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Healthy Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cups

Everyone loves peanut butter cups, but have you ever turned them inside-out? Peanut butter outside and a chocolate inside. Made with dates and coconut oil for a healthier treat!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturdays is in honor of my alma mater Ohio State and the best treat ever, buckeye candies, because nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate. But the most common treat involving this combination comes in the form of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Several years ago they came out with an inside-out variety that I quickly became fond of. Unfortunately for me they stopped making them as quickly as they appeared. Thankfully the internet is full of recipes and I stumbled upon a slightly healthier version make with coconut oil and dates. Now I will feel less guilty about how many I eat while stress-eating during today’s football game.

Why all the stress? Today’s football game between Ohio State and Michigan State may end up being the biggest game of the season. The winner will take the lead in the East Division and will likely go on to the Big Ten Conference championship. In other words I will be glued to the TV cheering on the Buckeyes!

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One year ago: Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Two years ago: Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes

Three years ago: Guest Post: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies by Food + Words
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Breakfast Nachos with Greek Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce

Is it breakfast for dinner, or dinner for breakfast? Enjoy these breakfast nachos any time of day with a homemade Greek yogurt hollandaise sauce.

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I have a confession to make. You know that egg dish commonly cooked for breakfast that starts with an “O”? Well I have been misspelling it my entire life. I have been spelling it phonetically as “omlet” and I swear I must have seen it written as such before or else it would not have been solidified in my brain. How many times have I ordered that dish at a restaurant and not noticed the spelling? News flash! It’s spelled “omelette” which in my opinion has too many e’s. Although upon further digging is appears that it may also be spelled “omelet” which is more tolerable. Unfortunately I was not consulted when they were working out the English language.

Today I did not make an omelet/omelette/omlet or however you want to spell it. I made nachos because today is national nachos day, and why not start celebrating early with nachos for breakfast. It’s not an omelet but it is breakfast food that involves eggs, cheese, and bacon. Oh and a homemade hollandaise sauce made with Greek yogurt.

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One year ago: Pumpkin Baklava Bars

Two years ago: Baked Purple Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Glaze

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Cake Batter Pancakes
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Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

Use up your leftover Halloween candy with these magic layer bars. Any combination of chocolate candy will work. You can even add candy corn if you so desire.

Leftover Halloween Candy Layer Bars

When was the last time you bought the exact amount of candy needed to meet the demands of all the trick-or-treaters that ring your door bell on Halloween? Chances are you either buy too little or too much, with most people landing on the side with excess. Other than picking out all your favorites to hoard, what are you going to do with it all? I say throw it all together and bake it into one glorious mess. With the help of a graham cracker crust and more sugar in the form of sweetened condensed milk this dream is a reality. I introduce to you the leftover Halloween candy bar layer bars. Use whatever assortment you have. In my case it was Reese’s peanut butter cups, plain M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Crunch, Twix, Kit Kats, Almond Joys, Milky Ways, Snickers, and Hershey’s cookies ‘n’ creme bars. Since 7-layer bars have chocolate, nuts, and coconut I figured that diverse candy selection covered it all with a little extra.

One year ago: Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

Two years ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Inedible Favorites – Luke 2.5 years & Griffin 4 Months

After fattening myself up in Seattle I flew south to LA to meet my newest nephew for the first time, Griffin! Unfortunately both he and his older brother Luke were asleep upon my arrival but that didn’t stop me from sneaking a peak and instantly melting. I had to resist the urge to snap photos right then and there. Little did I know how many opportunities I would have to capture Griffin’s angelic face while he slept. Exhibit A: captured while at the grocery store. So much hair. So much eyelashes. So much cuteness!

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