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Peppermint & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate and peppermint. Why not combine these tasty duos into one trio? Dark chocolate peanut butter cookies with crushed peppermint candy cane on top.

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Are you familiar with the Christmas car costumes that appear this time of year? The reindeer antlers and nose or the elf ears and hat? Do you think they are ridiculous? If so, then I think you are zero fun. My friend Suzanne and I have been on the hunt for the reindeer get-up for years, ever since we first laid eyes on it. Unfortunately it proved to be nearly impossible to find as it was sold out in every store we checked year after year. We did find it online but that felt like cheating. Well guess what? While at Walgreens on a totally different mad hunt (searching for chalk – who knew chalk would be such a hard thing to find), I walked right past a display full of the reindeer costumes. Done and done. My car is adorable and I don’t care what anyone says.And then like an idiot, I rolled down my window while driving (had to get rid of a bug) and one of the antlers flew off. Thankfully I was able to turn around and retrieve it.

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Along with silly car costumes, another thing that appears around Christmas-time is a plethora of candy canes. Like it or not you will somehow end up with at least one in your possession. To help you find purpose for all those minty holiday treats (or fruity if you’re lucky enough to get a fancy one), PB&Co has challenged a group of bloggers to come up with #CandyCaneHacks aka solutions to excessive candy canes. So I did the first logical thing that came to mind – smash to bits and sprinkle on top of cookies. Using a trusty 4-ingredient flourless peanut butter cookie recipe, I made dark chocolate peanut butter thumbprint cookies filled with more dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and topped with crushed peppermint candy cane. Want more peppermint flavor? Add peppermint extract instead of vanilla to the cookie dough.

Want to get your hands on some of Peanut Butter & Co’s peanut butter? Use the Rafflecopter widget located at the bottom of this post and enter to win 2 jars of your choosing. Can’t wait? Use the code ” YUMSQUADLOVE” and receive 25% off their online store for the month of December. And follow #CandyCaneHacks for ideas on how to pair candy canes with your favorite peanut butter.

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One year ago: Chicken and Pesto Stuffed Shells

Two years ago: Sugar Cookie Spoons for Hot Cocoa

Four years ago: Blueberry-Almond Turtles
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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Speculoos Icing & Baker’s Secret Giveaway

These gingerbread cinnamon rolls topped with speculoos icing would be a great for breakfast on a holiday morning.Make it easier on yourself my preparing the night before.

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Thanksgiving may still be on it’s way but I’m ready to pass over the pumpkin and start on some gingerbread. So I went ahead and made these gingerbread cinnamon rolls. If you have a lot of time in the morning, you could make these rolls all at once. Or you can divide the process by refrigerating the rolls overnight and then in the morning all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Then they get coated with a speculoos icing. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning breakfast option to me.

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I was inspired to make these cinnamon rolls when I got my hands on Baker’s Secret new colored metal bakeware, which are pretty enough to serve out of.  Feel free to use them this holiday season for baking and serving without needing to dirty up another dish. To help you out, I have two pieces of Baker’s Secret colored metal bakeware to giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

One year ago: DOVE® Christmas Chocolate Drops

Two years ago: Penne with Trapanese Pesto

Three years ago: Butter Pecan with Brandy Ice Cream
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Spatchcocked Turkey with Champagne-Thyme Gravy & #OXOTurkeyDay Giveaway

The biggest Thanksgiving problem is always how much oven space and time the turkey hogs. Try this sptachcocked turkey that not only takes up less space but is done in 90 minutes!

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Turkey, the Thanksgiving staple. However I actually did try to convince my parents into having smoked ham this year instead but that was meat with instant dismissal. Maybe for Easter. It is true though, all the potatoes, green beans, and stuffing seems better fit for turkey. So a turkey is what I cooked when I hosted Friendsgiving at my friends home, marking only the second time I have ever cooked a Thanksgiving meal and both times in someone else’s kitchen. Thankfully I brought along some trusty OXO tools to make this adventure less stressful than the last time, because cooking in someone else’s kitchen is never as easy as your own.

  • Poultry Lifter – This is one heavy duty tool used to lift your turkey unscathed onto the serving platter.
  • Twine Dispenser – Although I did not need twine for a spatchcocked turkey this is a really handy tool if you do truss your turkey or use twine in other baking/cooking adventures. Pork loin roulade anyone?
  • Angled Baster with Cleaning Brush – Whether you are basting your turkey or sucking up the pan drippings everyone needs a good baster. It even has little feet for resting on the counter.
  • 2 Cup Fat Separator – Easily removes fat from pan drippings, comes with it’s own stopper and strainer, had measurement markings, and is heat-resistant.
  • Stainless Steel Butter Dish – Pass the butter! And don’t worry about butter fingers with this good grips butter dish.

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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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Spinach and Feta Chicken Rollatini & Cookbook Giveaway

Chicken rollatini is easier to make than it looks. This version is stuffed with spinach, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes and coated with almond flour.

Prevention RD Cooking and Baking with Almond Flour

I’ve been following Prevention RD for awhile and had the pleasure of reviewing Nicole’s first cookbook, Everyday Healthy Cooking, and was excited to get my hands on her second installment, Cooking and Baking with Almond Flour. Although I do not have a gluten allergy/intolerance I do have some close friends who are and I find myself playing with almond flour more often. In her newest cookbook, Nicole provides gluten-free recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and between-meal snacks. Recipes include honey-almond granola clusters, banana nut waffles, caprese quinoa bake with balsamic reduction, cranberry pumpkin bread, meyer lemon–raspberry cupcakes, key lime pie bites, and many more.

Similar to her first cookbook, Nicole also includes Cook’s Comments, Fun Facts, and Nutrition Notes that teach readers how to adjust portion sizes, make heavy recipes “light,” and convert recipes for non-gluten-free friends. In addition, each recipe includes nutrition information including the amounts of calories, carbohydrates, and fats.

And guess what? I’m also giving away a copy of her cookbook to one lucky reader! Enter using the Rafflecopter located at the end of this post.

Spinach and Feta Chicken Rollatini

The first recipe I tried was the lemon bars. I was super excited because I have never made regular lemon bars, let alone gluten-free. Unfortunately the crust floated to the top when I poured the filling over it and although it still tasted wonderful it was not very pretty. I’m not entirely sure what I did wrong except maybe I did not bake the crust long enough.

The second recipe I tried is the one I am sharing with you. Chicken breasts are stuffed with spinach, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes then coated with an almond flour-Parmesan mixture. It was a no-fail recipe both in execution and flavor. I am a huge fan of nut-crusted chicken and the nutty flavor that it adds – so much better than regular bread crumbs.

One year ago: Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Two years ago: Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Three years ago: Apple Butter Granola
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Spicy Nuts and Pretzels & Ultimate Beer Lover’s Giveaway

Learn the secrets for all your favorite bar snacks and what beers pair best with them with the new Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour Cookbook.

Beer Lover Happy Hour

From the award-winning author of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook, comes the new brew-worthy cookbook called The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour containing over 325 recipes for the best bar snacks and beer cocktails. With recipes such Spicy Friday Night Nuts and Flying Buffalo at the Tap Pizza, you will discover the tricks to making the usual favorites and some fun new finds. Every bar snack also comes with pairing suggestions to maximize the experience for your taste buds. And today I am happy to have this boozy cookbook take a pit stop on my blog complete with an “Ultimate Beer Lover’s Oktoberfest Celebration Giveaway” which includes:

  • 1 signed copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour by John Schlimm
  • 2 Humane Society of the US T-shirts (1 male M, 1 female M)
  • Lucky Brand Jeans Gift card for 1 free pair of jeans
  • 6 Straub Brewery Pilsner Glasses
  • Coleman soft cooler with hard liner (red)
  • Weber Barbecue Apron, black
  • 1 OXO Steel Bottle Opener
  • Set of 2 wooden snack bowls
  • Set of 4 wooden coasters

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

Spicy Friday Night Nuts

Before you run off to enter to win that beer-ific prize pack check out these nuts! In addition to being a quick recipe to throw together, I already had all the ingredients on hand. Talk about some last call happy hour snacking. If you are feeling daring there are recipes for making your own margarine and worcestershire sauce (recipes included at the bottom) but I just stuck with the store-bought stuff. I also used the oven method for preparing this recipe, giving it a nuttier flavor, but it can also easily be made in your microwave.

Need more snacks? I’ve also included the recipe for some Hippie Cayenne Sourdough Pretzels. Grab a beer and enjoy!

One year ago: Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal

Two years ago: Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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#10DaysofTailgate Giveaway

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Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! We have nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes scheduled to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. Think chicken wings, skewers, sweet nibbles, and cocktails. The event runs September 20th through September 30th. Just remember: your fork does not go into your monitor…no matter how much you might want to taste some of these dishes. Okay? Get ready…get set…

Go! Let’s start with a huge – HUGE! – thank you to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. These sponsors have contributed great prizes for a gigantic giveaway. We have an incredible giveaway for this event. There are fourteen different prize packages which are detailed in the rafflecopter. The rafflecopter is below and will go live on September 20th. Please check back, if you’re reading this before our kick-off.


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Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with What’s your favorite tailgate dish? Many more ways to enter in the Rafflecopter widget [below].

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 18 and older. The #10DaysofTailgate 2014 giveaway runs from Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00am PT through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:00pm PT. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1, 2014. Winners will also be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond in that time a new winner will be chosen. For more information, see the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget.

Disclaimer: Our generous sponsors are providing the prizes free of charge.  Participating bloggers may have received product related to these brands to use for #10DaysofTailgate. All opinions stated are their own.

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No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 5 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to share some amazing ice cream recipes with you. I hope you belong to a gym. We’ll all need it by the end of the week!

Ice Cream Week 2014

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one! After checking out the recipe, be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

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Ever stress yourself out so much you teeter on the verge or vomiting or crying? Yea I’m there. Ever since this part-time adjunct teaching opportunity came up I have been freaking out both in excitement and nervousness. The reason it has been such a challenge deciding whether to accept or not is not a matter of wanting the job, it is a matter of feasibility due to being in Memphis while I currently reside in Knoxville.

Pros: Related work experience, extra money (albeit small), keep current part-time job and free rent with parents in Knoxville, stay at a friend’s while in Memphis
Cons: Only one class for 6 hours a week, driving 11 hours a week (hence the income increase being small)

It is also only for 10 weeks which could be either a good thing and a bad thing. Setting the monetary gain aside (since it is basically negligible) it comes down to one question – is it worth driving 11 hours a week to get experience teaching one class? Maybe I should wait until next term to see if they would have more than one class available? Unfortunately this kind of decision cannot be riddled out by making lists or asking others’ opinions, it’s a gamble. Experience is good to snatch up when you can but sanity is also important.

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It’s time like these when I look to food for solace, specifically dessert. Enter in this no-churn s’mores ice cream. I thought for certain that upon freezing the marshmallow creme would cause the ice cream to be rock hard. In fact the exact opposite occurred creating the fluffiest and creamiest ice cream I have ever made. To make things even better, it tastes just like a s’more with plenty of milk chocolate and graham cracker bits. Let your worries drift away for a few scoops-time.

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Blueberry-Kiwi Lemonade Shake #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 3 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to treat you to tons of amazing ice cream recipes. Ice Cream Week is shaping up to be the best week ever!

2014 Ice Cream Week

Our sponsors for the event have provided us with some great prizes. A huge thanks to Cake Boss, Anolon, Microplane, WÜSTHOF, Page Street Publishing and Quarry Spoon. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have tossed in a bonus prize of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker because they think everyone should own one!

Here’s what is up for grabs, One Winner Takes All:

1 Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine in White
One Cake Boss Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop with Red Silicone grips
One Cake Boss 4Pc Ice Cream Bowl Set, Icing Pattern
One Anolon Advanced Bronze 2 Qt Covered Straining Saucepan with Pour Spout
One Microplane Herb and Salad Chopper
One Microplane Premium Classic Grater in White
One WUSTHOF CLASSIC 9-inch Double Serrated Bread Knife
One Copy of the Cookbook Making Artisan Gelato by Torrance Kopfer
One Copy of the Cookbook Everything Goes with Ice Cream by Koralee Teichroeb
One Copy of the Cookbook Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro
One Copy of the Cookbook The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester
One Copy of the Cookbook Eat More Dessert by Jenny Kellar
One Copy of the Cookbook The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
One Copy of the Cookbook Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post!

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Guess what? Today also lands on yet another food holiday – National Lemonade Day! Instead of making a milkshake with milk and ice cream, I substituted the milk with lemonade and then added some fresh fruit along with vanilla ice cream. Blend it up and you’ve got a perfect summery shake!

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One year ago: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Two years ago: Mango Frozen Greek Yogurt
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