Posts Tagged ‘pecans’

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Never buy processed oatmeal packets again. Get the taste of homemade oatmeal with the ease of instant with these homemade instant oatmeal packets. Just add your favorite mix-ins!

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Peanut Butter Turtle Cookie Cups

The classic turtle made with caramel, chocolate and pecans invites another member to the party in the form of a peanut butter cookie cup. Because everything is better with peanut butter.

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Fall Harvest Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias

Make holiday gatherings easier with a semi-homemade meal featuring Marie Callender’s pot pies and a fall harvest salad with fresh cranberry vinaigrette.
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Apple Pecan Praline Bread

Get a double dose of apples and pecans in this apple pecan praline bread. With apples and applesauce in the bread, and pecans inside and out!

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Blueberry Coconut Muesli Bars

These perfectly chewy bar cookies are packed with dried blueberries, muesli, and shredded coconut. They might even trick a coconut hater into liking them!

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Apple, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Salad

Your favorite black and blue flavors come together in this salad with the addition of tart green apple and toasted nuts.

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German Chocolate Larabars

Love larabars? Make your own version at home using your food processor. I added pecans, coconut, and German chocolate to mine.

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Turtle Brownie Bites

Enjoy these bite-sized brownies filled withed chopped pecans and topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecan halves.

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I don’t know about you, but moving stinks. Sure it’s exciting to move into a new place and get situated but the whole moving boxes and heavy furniture for extended periods of time thing I could do without. So while I slowly work on situating the new living situation, you guys can sit back and enjoy these turtle brownie bites. Whether you use a boxed mix or make the brownies homemade, all you have to add is caramel and pecans for turtley goodness.

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One year ago: Spicy Ranch Seasoned Hard Pretzels

Three years ago: Cheddar Baked Potato Soup

Four years ago: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
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Orange Glazed Green Beans and Butternut Squash

Citrus is a great compliment to ham but instead of glazing your ham, glaze your green beans and butternut squash in this festive side dish.

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Lesson learned: get a flu shot every year. This year was the first in 8 that I did not get a flu shot, mainly because I couldn’t get it for free anymore (oh how I miss the perks of being a student), and sure enough the flu found me on Christmas Eve of all days. I’ve been slowly recovering since with my biggest achievement coming in the form of a shower. Hooray cleanliness!

Before I realized what my sniffles were leading up to, I did help cook dinner on Christmas Eve for my parents (thankfully they had already passed the illness, likely to me). The menu consisted of smoked country ham from Benton’s, my dad’s homemade applesauce, cheddar biscuits, rosemary mac and cheese, and orange glazed green beans and butternut squash. I often pair ham with a citrus glaze but since we went with a smoked ham this year the citrus element went into the side dish instead. And it was the favorite part of the meal.

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One year ago: Almond-Pear Panino

Three years ago: Creamy Grape Dessert
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Browned Butter Fruit Cake Cookies

It’s the season for fruit cake! The combination of a chewy cookie, candied fruit, toasted nuts, and browned butter will convert even the fruit cake haters.

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You guys want some cookies!? – said by Corky Romano in a fake Girl Scout voice. Seriously, get your cookie faces ready because today you will be bombarded by all kinds of fantastic holiday cookies compliments of the 2014 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It’s just like a cookie swap party but it’s all done through the mail and who you are getting cookies from is a surprise! It’s the fourth year of this grand event and I’ve managed to be a part of it all four years, so yea it’s a good time and you should join us next year if you missed out. This year I received Christmas Cake Batter Cookies from Erin (Currently Coveting), Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Jamie (The Gaited Baker), and Cinnamon Pinwheel Bites from Ani (Confessions of a Foodie). I loved how all of them were different and festive!


As for my recipients, I sent fruit cake cookies to Janet (Babcakes Bakery), Liz (That Skinny Chick Can Bake) and Kristen (From Captain’s Daughter to Army Mom) and they got great reviews! I bet these cookies would convert fruit cake haters. How can you go wrong with the base for my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies combined with candied fruit and toasted nuts? Oh and in case that’s not convincing enough, I browned the butter. Because browned butter = amazeballs.

Follow #fbcookieswap for more holiday cookie recipes!

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Three years ago: Gingerbread Pancakes with Crumb Topping

Four years ago: Perfect Hamburger
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