Category Archives: Recipes

Tips for a No-Stress Holiday Season // Harry & David

October 22, 2018

Easy Gourmet Holiday Food

Easy Gourmet Holiday Food

Every year I say I am going to slow down and enjoy the Holidays. Then, in one way or another things get busy, the stress sets in, and I am back to feeling overwhelmed.  Well, not this year!  I plan to enjoy the Holidays, simplify and let go of the things that don’t matter as much!

While I absolutely love being in the kitchen creating and cooking, during the holidays I find myself so busy with all the extra activities, and fun. 

Easy Holiday Food with Harry & David

I love that Harry & David Gourmet offers gourmet options created for everyday entertaining with elegance and ease when you need to take the stress out of bringing amazing food to the holiday table. I love that you can have items in the freezer ahead of time for when a holiday event pops up, and you can have confidence that you are prepared and have options at a moments notice.  I put together a dinner party complete with a create your own ham and turkey feast, the ultimate charcuterie and cheese board, a maple pumpkin layer cake.


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Soft Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies // Santa Bruce

September 21, 2018

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

You may be thinking, wait? What? Christmas?  But, I’m telling you, it will be here before you know it!  We are back partnering with Disney Book Group on this sponsored post to introduce you to their newly released book, Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins!

This adorable book is about a bit of a grumpy bear named Bruce who gets mistaken for Santa Claus by his forest neighbors. But, that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity.

It was fun to see my kids cuddled up to read about poor Santa Bruce who just can’t catch a break!  And, now of course my kids have Christmas on their minds and are all ready with their wishlists for Santa in September, ha!  Like I said, it will be here before we know it!

One thing I do love the most about the upcoming season is the Holiday traditions!  We love to bake treats, and hand them out to friends and neighbors spreading holiday cheer! The kids of course, always leave a plate out for Santa Claus, making sure to stay on the nice list.

I’ve been working on perfecting my gingerbread cookie recipe over the past year, and I think I’ve done it!  They are thick, flavorful, soft, and chewy!  Just the way I like them!  The kids love helping, and I love our time in the kitchen together!


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Savory Bread Pudding Recipe // New Years Day Brunch

December 26, 2016

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

This is sponsored advertising content from Sargento Foods. The opinions stated are my own.

With New Year’s Day approaching, I always like to have a plan in mind for some holiday eats.  We always eat seafood for New Year’s Eve, and for New Year’s Day brunch I like to change things up each year!

I am a huge fan of bread pudding, and I thought it would be fun and a little different to make a savory version!  I typically like more savory things to eat in the morning, and this bread pudding is a perfect make ahead option for New Year’s Day brunch!  You can make it ahead, and place it in the fridge overnight, and pop it in the oven when you are ready to serve brunch!  This comes in handy if you have had a late night out for New Year’s Eve!

Italian Sausage Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

Italian Sausage Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

I love to set my New Year’s Day brunch table with a few festive elements.  The kids think it is so fun to have some sparkling cider out of fancy glasses, and a few sparkly finishing touches.   The New Year is always a great time!  I love to reflect on the last year, and remember all of the good times, and I love the idea of starting fresh, and making new goals!

Sargent Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

This savory bread pudding has the perfect amount of cheese with a bit of Sargento Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese mixed in, and then finished off with Sargento Artisans Blend Shredded Parmesan Cheese for the top!  I love the flavor of Italian sausage added, but you could easily substitute with bacon, or even ham!  So many great flavors in this dish, especially with the onions, and fresh herbs.

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