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Bacon Ginger Bread Cookie Dippers

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Once we finish stuffing our faces this week during all the Thanksgiving Day festivities, it’s seriously time to think about Christmas. And when I say ‘seriously’, I mean cookies. Sure you can go for your run-of-the-mill holiday cookies or you can take your cookie experience to a whole new level. So today I am literally pushing the flavor boundaries of the holiday dessert realm with these Bacon Ginger Bread Cookie Dippers paired with Heluva …

Cherry Spice Bread, recipe

Cherry Spice Bread

It is not even August and all I can think about is the Autumn baking season. Cakes, pastries, muffins, scones, and breads! Oh, I can just smell those sweet aromas now. Fall is my absolute favorite season for the baking alone. And it is always at about this point in summer that I start getting the itch. Sneaking warm, seasonal spices into my late-summer creations, I secretly smile when someone bites into a cookie and says “this reminds me of Thanksgiving”. Mission accomplished! So, when the lovely people at Northwest Cherry Growers sent me a bushel of ripe cherries, I …

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Orange Vanilla Protein Squares

Snacking. One of America’s most underrated pastimes. Eating between meals? It’s an art form. If it were up to me, snacking would be a spectator sport. I can see it now: bright lights on a big field, the stands filled with eager enablers, a seasoned professional walks onto the fresh-cut grass, he downs a whole bag of potato chips, the crowd goes wild.  Okay enough of my food fantasies. Clearly I have an unhealthy obsession with snacking and have recently committed to making more health-conscious choices. That’s why I was excited to team up with Bob’s Red Mill to create …

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Bourbon Bacon Scones

You are probably very familiar with scones. They’re sweet, delicious, and hail from Great Britain… what’s not to love? They are a morning staple that never fails to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Truly a perfected food. Or are they? I set out to challenge the traditional notion of the scone by making a savory, meat garnished version. The results were excellent. Now, I am absolutely not saying that they can rival the classically sweet treat, but they certainly are a delicious alternative when you want to shake things up. Plus I have added a bit of …

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Smoked Paprika & Mustard Croque Monsieur

The weekend is almost upon us and thus you should start thinking about your Sunday brunch menu. Admittedly, my weekend menu usually includes a coffee and oatmeal bar on the run… I am the mom of a toddler, so it is not the glamorous feast you’d expect from a professional foodie. Regardless of my current chaotic morning routine, when the stars align and the wind sails in from the East, I like to put together a killer brunch. So with a busy schedule in mind, I created a delicious twist on a super easy recipe that is sure to knock …

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Sautéed Onion & Garlic Tomato Scones

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own. There are a few staples that can be found in everyone’s cupboards. Olive oil, a jar of cinnamon spice, canned beans, pasta sauce, nuts. You’re quietly nodding your head, aren’t you?  Well, let’s dust one of these babies off and bring them back into the dinner rotation. Pasta Sauce. Specifically, RAGÚ® Sautéed Onion and Garlic Sauce. I have teamed up with the brand to bring you a quick and easy recipe to shake up your dinnertime rut. How do Sautéed …

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The Fantastical Paris Chez Sharon

Every week my email box is flooded with questions: How do I make cupcakes without a cupcake pan? Where did you find that tablecloth? Can you send me a piece of that cake you made last week? I try to answer all of these as honestly as I can, but sometimes I simply can’t reply to everyone… and no, I am not going to send you a piece of cake in the mail… plus, I already ate it all. Well, one of the most common questions I receive, is who are my favorite chefs to follow on Instagram. I have …

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5 Must-Try Dessert Recipes

GUEST WRITER: Robin Young Burinskiy of Feather & Flint Robin is a writer & photographer living in the suburbs of Boston. Blogging occupies all of her waking hours—from 9 to 5, she’s the managing editor & content writer for a growing company’s blog; and in her free time, she recently started Feather & Flint, her lifestyle blog. She writes thought-provoking pieces about relationships & careers; gathers recipes & playlists for the perfect dinner party; posts photos & advice from her world travels; and so much more.  Follow along with Robin: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+.   At the risk of revealing …