Chocolate Covered Pretzels

posted on December 11 2014

Super simple to make, a guaranteed crowd pleaser and perfect for any holiday!

Let me introduce to you one of the easiest treats out there: chocolate covered pretzels. Perfect for any occasion.

{red + green for Christmas}

{rainbow sprinkles for birthdays}

{orange + black + green + purple for Halloween}

The possibilities with these are endless. Seriously.

  • Any type of pretzel
  • Any kind of toppings (sprinkles, crushed candy or nuts, etc.)
  • Any type of chocolate

I used a mix of chocolates. I find that the against the white chocolate the sprinkles stand out better. And, there's nothing better than sprinkles.

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Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

posted on December 8 2014

Chocolate cupcakes flavored with peppermint, topped with peppermint vanilla buttercream, candy cane pieces, and a chocolate drizzle.

I've been thinking about this cupcake combination for a few weeks now -- seriously. After strolling through the grocery store last weekend, I stumbled across a 1lb bag of candy canes on sale. That was when I knew it was time to bake these. I immediately headed home and started pulling this recipe together.

I wasn't looking for an extremely dark chocolate flavor, but just enough to tie together the peppermint flavor.

How can one resist this flavor combination? I know I can't. Especially during this time of year when you are surrounded by family, snow on the ground (except down here in Georgia), and presents starting to fill under the tree.

In this recipe you'll see a classic chocolate cupcake with a hint of peppermint flavor. It's hidden just enough so that the peppermint flavor isn't overwhelming with the...

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

posted on December 4 2014

Roasting transforms any vegetable, but sweet potatoes are heavenly. You won't be disappointed!

I'm a big lover of sweet potatoes. I honestly prefer them over regular potatoes. Now, if you asked me that 5 years ago, you'd hear the opposite. I always have at least three on hand.

Just like roasted garlic, I was debating if this is really a recipe because it's so simple. I don't even know how a person can not like sweet potatoes. They basically taste like a dessert. What's not to love?

The other day I noticed I had a decent amount of sweet potato excess so I decided to roast a few for lunches during the week. I ended up eating one for breakfast, I couldn't resist.

These are so versatile too -- sprinkle on some cinnamon and a drizzle of honey and you pretty much have a dessert. Oh man... I want that right about now.

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How To Roast Garlic

posted on December 2 2014

Roasting garlic is simple, so simple that I questioned if this was a recipe. But, it is a basic skill that everyone should know!

One thing I know is true: the more garlic, the better. Garlic knots with extra garlic, please.

If you aren't a fan of garlic, try roasted garlic. Roasting any vegetable is truly magical. It gives what your roasting such a fantastic flavor. As for garlic, it becomes less pungent and less spicy. Either way, I love garlic. We are BFF.

I was questioning posting this 'recipe' (can I even call it that?) because it's THAT simple. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and then you let it go for an hour in the oven. Simple, right? But, I bet there are a decent amount of readers out there that haven't roasted garlic.

Whether it's on a piece of crusty bread right out the oven, with pasta, stirred in a dish... roasted garlic takes it to the next level. You have to try it!

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Creamy Green Bean Casserole

posted on December 1 2014

This creamy green bean casserole is a fresh spin on the classic. Nothing from a can and worth every step!

I'd say 99% of the green bean casserole's out there are made from everything in a can. That's a BIG no for me. I just can't. I was determined to re-create this good ol'e casserole using fresh ingredients.

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

Thinking back to my childhood, I can't remember ever having green bean casserole at any holiday. But, I loooooove it. I could gobble it up like it's going out of style. 

Every extra step is 100% worth it, I promise you. You won't be disappointed.

Now, let's not ignore the fact that green bean casserole is -- for the lack of better words -- very rich. I mean, it's a comfort food. It's certainly not something that you'd eat all the time, that's why it's so special around the holidays.

....just make sure you wear your stretch pants.

Oh, did I forget the fried (baked!!) onions?...

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