Our Downton Abbey Tea Party & Giveaway

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We had ourselves a little tea party last week.  And it was so much fun!  We were inspired by World Market's new line of Downton Abbey tea party stuff which is so cute, and since World Market threw a virtual tea party last Sunday, we decided it would be fun to do our own! My sister-in-law and I put this together.  She is kind of an herbal tea aficionado, since we don't drink 'real' tea in our religion. But we do enjoy peppermint and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Crack Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. And three times for the win...another version of crack.  Let's just get the record straight--it's crackers.  Crack for the crackers. Today's version (chocolate peppermint crack) is brought to you by M&M'S® and Glad Holiday Press 'n' Seal. I went to Target and got all my stuff-the M&M'S® White Chocolate Peppermint, the … [Read more...]

20 Fabulous Pie Recipes

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Thanksgiving is just a couple days away...craziness! Every year I make several pies, rolls, and something else like a fruit salad. I've even made the whole dinner one year. But this year we had Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, right before my mother-in-law passed away. That was special. So it's weird that the real Thanksgiving is happening now because it kind of already happened in my head. But that's no reason to not celebrate anyway! I'm so … [Read more...]

Easy Mini Apple Pies

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The other day I needed a quick dessert.  I bought some pre-made pie dough and some pre-made apple pie filling.  Together they cost less than $5.  Then I got out my cupcake pan and spread out the pie dough.  I used a circle cutter and cut some circles that I pressed into the cupcake pan.  Then I opened the pie filling and scooped a little into each mini pie. I used the dough scraps and rolled them out.  I cut them into strips which I wove … [Read more...]

Master the Mango!

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Mango is my favorite fruit.  I love nearly everything about it, and it's my go-to diet dessert.  I will just buy like five at the store, just for me to eat.  I love cutting them up, cutting two slices on either side of the hard center and then dicing the insides up.  I especially love the ones that aren't stringy, the ones that you don't have to floss right after eating.  Mango is also great on nearly everything; in salsa, on seafood, on chicken, … [Read more...]

Light Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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Everyone seems to have a great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bread.  But I wanted something that was a little healthier and I was actually pretty surprised when I couldn't find anything.  So I made up my own version of a lighter pumpkin chocolate bread.  I wouldn't necessarily call it healthy, but it's a little bit less guilt-ridden.  If you only have one slice (who eats only one slice?) it's 132 calories. And still moist and delicious. … [Read more...]

Three Layer Ice Cream Bars

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Schools in session, fall is in the air, and summer is sadly...over.  Sniff!!  We had a wonderful Labor Day celebration last weekend and I made these awesome, summery three-layer ice cream bars.  I used Dreyers ice cream for this recipe, the slow-churned rich, creamy, type.  I used S'mores, Drumstick, and Butter Pecan for these bars but you could use any ice cream combination you want.  But I have to say, this combo was amazing.  The buttery taste … [Read more...]

25 Incredibly Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

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Every time I've been to the grocery store lately, when I'm in the checkout line--I spot all the magazines filled with wonderful fall baking pictures. But check out this roundup and you will see some equally if not MORE wonderful fall baking pictures. More pumpkin recipes than you could possible dream of. Not a fan of pumpkin? I challenge you to look at these recipes and try one or two and THEN decide if you still really don't like it. Then I'll … [Read more...]