14 Chinese New Year Recipes

baked coconut sticky rice cake

Yesterday we shared festive Chinese New Year crafts you can do with your kids to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 19th. Today we bring you some of our favorite Chinese New Year recipes. . 14 Chinese New Year Recipes . Baked coconut sticky rice cake from Jeanette's Healthy Living . Marbled red vinasse eggs from Pig Pig's Corner . Almond thins from Kitchen Chaos . Hong Kong egg cakes from Ginger and Scotch . Fried laughing balls from Madam Kwong . Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) from Closet Cooking . Homemade fortune cookies from Snap . Chinese spare ribs … [Read more...]

Bean and Corn Salsa


Is your family getting excited for the football playoffs and the Super Bowl? We've had a lot of family in town recently and it seems like the conversations have been all football, all the time.  My Hubby is already planning to have people over for the big game.  (I'm sure his desire to host a big party is all about the love of football and has nothing to do with the new TV that now has a permanent home on our back patio...) While I'm happy for him to have people over for the game, there are a few things about hosting a party that I'm not so crazy about.  Like the hours of intense … [Read more...]

14 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

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Yesterday we shares some of the most adorable handmade valentines, and what better way to enjoy making those valentines than with a festive Valentine's Day breakfast? Here are 14 super sweet Valentine's Day breakfast ideas. . . 14 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas . Chocolate-covered strawberry muffins from Sally's Baking Addiction . Sweetheart cinnamon rolls from Lady Behind the Curtain . Sugar cookie waffle sticks from The Sweet Chick . Heart-shaped chocolate chip banana pancakes from Skinnytaste . Heart-shaped cinnamon sugar buns from Two of a Kind . Healthy … [Read more...]

Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes

cheesy bacon oven chips

Yesterday we shared some super fun Super Bowl party ideas, but a Super Bowl party isn't complete without a tasty spread. We've rounded up some delicious Super Bowl recipes sure to please friends, family and fans alike. . . 12 Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes . Baked brown sugar chicken wings with roasted red pepper cream sauce from Damn Delicious . Bacon mac & cheese egg rolls from Miss in the Kitchen . Ice cream football sandwiches from The Celebration Shoppe . Cheesy bacon oven chips with chipotle ranch dipping sauce from The Comfort of Cooking . Buffalo chicken … [Read more...]

Edamame Hummus

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I love New Year resolutions especially the healthy ones.  However, why do people feel they need to starve or deprive themselves in order to eat healthy?  It's a lie!  Healthy eating can be fulfilling, satisfying, and indulging.  Trust me... I love food and eating WAY too much to torture myself with flavorless eats.  Also, go ahead and snack!  If you're hungry (legitimately hungry not bored), eat away!  I eat frequently throughout the day and never waste time with counting calories because I choose to eat nutrition packed options like this Edamame Hummus.     Deliciously … [Read more...]

Party-Worthy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

pear and plum puff pastry tart

What better follow-up to our New Year's Eve party ideas than a post featuring our favorite party-worthy New Year's Eve appetizers? We've rounded up some of the most scrumptious and celebratory appetizers for ringing in the new year. . . 12 Party-Worthy New Year's Eve Appetizers . Blue Cheese guacamole stuffed mushrooms with buffalo sauce from Half Baked Harvest . Soft pretzel bites from Handle the Heat . Jalapeno quinoa corn dip from Pinch of Yum . Pear and plum puff pastry tart with blue cheese from Foodie Crush . Crab rangoon dip from Damn … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pistachio Clusters

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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...]

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...]