Let’s Celebrate! 15 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

DIY tassel garland

Can you believe it's already time to ring in the new year? I swear 2014 was here and gone faster than a pan of brownies, but that doesn't mean I'm not excited to see what 2015 will bring. If you're all about welcoming the new year with a New Year's Eve party, you'll love these New Year's Eve party ideas we've rounded up for you this week. We've found everything from confetti-dipped balloons to a sequin photobooth. . . 15 New Year's Eve Party Ideas . Confetti-dipped balloons from Studio DIY . New Year's Eve centerpiece from No Biggie . DIY tassel garland from Linen, Lace … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pistachio Clusters

Pistachio Clusters-scatteredthoughtscraftymom

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  Here in Texas, the weather can be crazy in December.  Warm and in the 70s and 80s one day and then drop down to the 40s the next day.  I like to think of that as a good thing.  It always feels like a blessing to have the chance to work in a few final warm weather meals, outfits and outdoor activities before winter really sets in.  Though, like clockwork, every year on the weekend we plan to hang the outdoor holiday lights, the weather always turns out to be the coldest, windiest day in December.  This year was certainly no exception... … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Holiday Beverages

Holiday beverages for any occasion: gingerbread hot cocoa is a must-have!

  The holidays usually means gathering with friends and family for parties and other get-togethers to celebrate the season, and those gatherings almost always involve food, which is certainly okay with me! To go along with good food and company, holiday beverages are a must-have as well. We've gathered a wide variety of fabulous & festive beverage ideas to make those holiday celebrations even more memorable. From seasonal favorites that include peppermint & gingerbread to flavorful punches and warm drinks, we've got you covered. Homemade gingerbread hot cocoa from … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Waffles

Cranberry Orange Waffles Recipe - No Diets Allowed

Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal.  I can't get enough of light and fluffy muffins, waffles, and pancakes.  Last year, I started experimenting with fresh cranberries and created my Cranberry Orange Muffins and Chocolate Cranberry Muffins.   Oh, I've missed fresh cranberries!  They only make appearances during the winter so I've been anxiously scanning the produce aisles for their return... and at last, they've returned!  Cranberries are pretty tart and sour on their own.  However, when combined with citrus and a little sweetness, their flavor pops with … [Read more...]

Sweet & Savory Holiday Neighbor Gifts

whole wheat chirp cookies

Every year I'm at a loss when it comes to holiday neighbor gifts. Because we are in a very friendly neighborhood, we usually have quite a few gifts to give. That's why I'm all for something easy, and more often than not, an edible gift is also a budget-friendly gift. We've rounded up 15 sweet and savory holiday neighbor gifts that won't take a lot of time or money and are perfect for this season's gift giving. . . Sweet & Savory Holiday Neighbor Gifts . Holiday nog pull-apart bread from WhipperBerry . Chips & salsa from All Things Thrifty . Slow cooker cinnamon … [Read more...]

Creamy Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Creamy Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup - No Diets Allowed

I'm not sure where you live, but our Utah weather just dropped from 68 degrees to 30 degrees within a couple of days.  Baby, it's cold outside!  I guess it shouldn't surprise me since Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  Well, even if you don't have a recipe for your fabulous Thanksgiving Turkey quite yet, I have a plan for how you can use up all that leftover turkey.     Am I the only one who obsesses over soup recipes during cold weather? Trust me... this creamy leftover turkey noodle soup will quickly become a family favorite. You may want to cook two … [Read more...]

12 Leftover Turkey Recipes We’d Love to Taste

smoky bacon and turkey chowder

As much as I love turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I may love the leftovers even more. Whether leftover turkey is used in a soup, sandwich or other scrumptious dish, it's always a hit! Check out these 12 leftover turkey recipes for some post-Thanksgiving inspiration. . . 12 Leftover Turkey Recipes We'd Love to Taste . Smoky bacon and turkey chowder from I Breathe... I'm Hungry... . Turkey, mushroom and bacon puff pastry pockets from Recipe Girl . Hot turkey slow cooker sandwiches from Recipes that Crock! . Leftover turkey and mashed potato empanadas from Hello … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce Hand Pies

cranberry sauce hand pies

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I've got a big trip coming up and then I'll be back home just in time to start preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner at my house-  for 20 plus people.  I'm starting to feel just a little bit stressed just thinking about everything that needs to get done before then.  It doesn't help that just last weekend, my hubby decided our master closet needed to be repainted, and by pulling everything out of the master closet- it somehow caused the rest of the house to explode too!  Luckily, I have my Mother and Father right next door to help out with all the … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Toffee Apple Dip

Cream cheese toffee apple dip recipe. Simple ingredients and easy to make on a moments notice.

Nothing says fall to me like apples. Red apples, green apples, apple pie, apple cider. I want it all! Today I am sharing one of my family's favorite apple desserts - apple slices with cream cheese toffee apple dip. Yum! Seriously, it's such a favorite that my brother had it served at his wedding reception and I have one little boy that begs for it. The best part about this particular apple dip? The ingredients keep pretty well and are easy to store so this is a great one to keep on hand and bring out last-minute. Oh, and I neglected to mention it's a 15-minute make. Cream Cheese … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Side Dishes the Entire Family Will Love

Thanksgiving Side Dishes the Entire Family Will Love

As much as I love the changing colors and arrival of sweater weather, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the food. In fact, that's my favorite thing about October through December—all the glorious appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Today we're sharing Thanksgiving side dishes the entire family will love. And if they don't, they can go ahead and skip that slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. ... ... Thanksgiving Side Dishes the Entire Family Will Love ... Crispy potato roast from Joyously Domestic ... Balsamic brown sugar Brussels sprouts from Sweetpea Lifestyle ... Slow … [Read more...]