Holiday Cookie Contest Winner!.

And the Winner is…

The 2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Contest Winner is Brenda with Nana’s Raspberry Tarts. Congratulations Brenda! I hope you buy yourself something fun with your gift card!

Holiday Cookie Contest Winner

Holiday Cookie Contest – all the entries

For a complete list of recipes submitted this year visit the Holiday Cookie Contest Page

If you love holiday cookies, you might want to give my Brown Butter chippers a try!

For more fun and unique cookie recipes, have a look here on Instructables.

2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Contest!

Holiday Almond Cherry Biscotti

The Cookie Contest is Still on for 2021 and time’s running out!

I’m looking for all of my competitive friends for a fun little virtual holiday cookie contest! It’s like a cookie swap, but it’s a virtual recipe swap contest!

Festive Holiday Almond Cherry Biscotti recipe below!
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Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels

Bite-sized cream cheese stuffed bagels! So many options to choose from when you make my Copycat Dunkin Stuffed Bagels! Try Pumpkin Spice cream cheese filling or low-fat veggie!

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The Worlds Best Granola, Naughty Granola

Naughty Granola

2 Ghost Pirates and the Worlds Best Granola

I have had homemade granola on my mind lately. Then I read Dead Pirates of Cawsand, Blue Moon Investigations Book 5 ~ by Steve Higgs. As if I hadn’t already been craving homemade granola, the main character, Tempest Danger Michaels (yes, Danger IS his middle name…) finds the best granola on the planet!” He mentions the world’s best granola thirty times in the book! (32 if you include chapter titles) Needless to say, Tempest can not wait to have it. Every. Single. Morning. I’ve made two batches since I just finished this book and they didn’t last long!

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Salmon and Bean Puffs

Salmon Bites

Salmon & White Bean Party Puffs – …and Five eBookFoodie Party Food Favorites recipes!

Because It’s Finally Party Time!

Who is ready for some bite-sized party food! I know I am! You’ll love these crispy salmon and bean puffs! They are really easy to make. I use leftover salmon and they are wonderful. They are small and cook quickly! You can make these tasty crispy salmon puffs into salmon cakes or burgers also.

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Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

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Bailey Cates Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies with dark chocolate added.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Cookies – Inspired by the Magical Bakery Mystery Series by Bailey Cates.

Early on during the pandemic, I had a difficult time reading. I just couldn’t keep my attention on any book, and everything seemed stressful. After a few months went by, I realized that Bailey Cates latest Magical Bakery series book was out. Her books are always uplifting and inspiring. They are never too dark, or heavy, just good clean reading that always allows my mind to let go of its burdens and get lost in the fantasy of the magical Honeybee Bakery.

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Lime Shrimp Skillet with Zucchini

Lime Shrimp Skillet Dinner with Zucchini

If you have been following the blog for a while, you already know that Cilantro Lime Shrimp is one of our favorites! It’s easy to prepare and cooks up very quickly. I decided to upsize it with a larger cast-iron skillet or sheet pan and add zucchini!

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AraYES Crispy Meat-Filled Pitas

AraYES Lamb and Chicken with fresh herbs

Crispy Pitas Filled with Lamb, Chicken, and Spices … AraYES

If you are a fan of spicy lamb and crunchy toasted pita bread, you’ll love these AraYES Crispy meat-filled Pitas. I often make these with whatever I have in the kitchen. If I’m lucky I have fresh herbs like mint, parsley, or cilantro to mix in. I’ve made them a few times this past year and each time they’re a little different. These arayes are a great way to introduce new spices like sumac and za’atar into your spice cabinet!

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