Thai Sweet Potato Soup

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Every year, I serve a similar menu for Christmas. Mathlete doesn’t love turkey so, after Thanksgiving, we don’t have that again until next Thanksgiving. I started making a beef tenderloin a few years ago and it is always a hit. For the days leading up to Christmas though, I like to have things that are sort of non-traditional so no one gets tired of sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes or any of the other classic holiday dishes before Christmas ever even arrives. I was reading an article the other day called Peanut Butter Reimagined and loved the idea of using peanut butter in savory dishes. It has been cold and rainy here so Thai Sweet Potato Soup sounded like the best way to warm up.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup has a delicious peanut butter taste and is perfect for cold winter days.

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Pinworthy Projects Link Party

I’m so late for a very important date…the one I have with you each and every Friday. I can’t tell you how crazy this week has been with trying to get my oven fixed before Christmas {it is still broken} and finalize all of our Christmas plans. Not to mention being up all night working on these gift wrapping ideas for wine bottles {hint: you’ll need a sock and dish towel}. Thanks for being so patient with me.

There will be no party next week since it is the day after Christmas. We’ll start off the new year with a bang though :)

Now, let’s get this party started:

Pinworthy Projects Party

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3 Easy Ways to Wrap Wine Bottles

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If you have ever met me, you know that I love wine which is why I am so excited to partner with Mirassou to share with you how wine makes the perfect hostess gift. Although this post was sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #MirassouHoliday

So, I am a total wine lover. If you have ever met me in real life or even talked to me online {maybe stalked my Instagram}, you know that I love to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine. Of course, when I need to take a gift to a hostess for a party or dinner, wine is my go to selection. Not only is it an easy choice but it is something almost anyone can use and enjoy. Mirassou wines are one of my favorites because they are reasonably priced (starting at about $12 per bottle) and pair well with almost any holiday dish. Of course, after selecting the perfect wine, I have to decide how to wrap it for my hostess. Here are 3 easy ways to wrap wine beyond the traditional gift bag.

Three easy ways to wrap wine beyond the boring bag.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

With all of the craziness of Christmas time, it is hard to find time to sit down and relax. It seems I am always running around trying to get that last gift purchased or running to the store for more tape to finish wrapping presents. In the middle of all that, I try to just take a moment and relax so I don’t get too overwhelmed. My favorite way to do that is with a mug of Mexican hot chocolate.

Delicious Mexican hot chocolate has a hint of spice and it topped with cinnamon marshmallows.

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A Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen

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Last year, we made the decision to upgrade our appliances and add some stainless steel to the mix. Since I have two young kids (7 and 4) and do a ton of cooking and baking in the kitchen, I was a little worried about they would work out. My dark counter tops constantly need to be wiped down to avoid looking messy and I wanted to avoid that with my appliances. I took the leap though and do love the appliances. I don’t love seeing fingerprints or food smudges on it though which, with┬ákids and a busy kitchen, is just inevitable. You can totally see what I mean

We even find a way to get fingerprints and grime on the ice dispenser.

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17 Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

With Christmas morning always being crazy hectic, I like to have a few make ahead breakfast recipes that I love to be able to make in the days before. That way, we wake up to a breakfast that requires minimal work and, if needed, can just cook while we check out what Santa brought everyone. Of course, I use these make ahead breakfast recipes all throughout the year too.

17 make ahead breakfast recipes that are perfect for Christmas morning and beyond.

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Mint Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies

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As a blogger, I love being able to share my passion for cooking and baking while working with brands that I have been a fan of for years. Thank you to Pompeian for partnering with me to bring you this holiday recipe. #PompeianHoliday

What are your favorite flavors at Christmas time? Mine is hands down the combination of chocolate and peppermint. After I made my chocolate peppermint cake mix cookies, I was totally craving some more sweets with mint flavor. So, I decided that mint chocolate olive oil brownies would make the perfect addition to my holiday treat collection.

The most delicious combination of peppermint and chocolate. These mint chocolate olive oil brownies are my new favorite.

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Chipotle Chocolate Truffles

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If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen my saga of the broken oven. Just when we thought it was a glitch, the oven completely died. Of course, that happened 3 days from our annual holiday party which was totally stressful. I immediately had to rethink all of my holiday party recipes to limit how much of it needed oven time. That meant no cookies, puff pastries or anything like that. Instead, I decided to make the star of the dessert table chipotle chocolate truffles. 

A simple no bake dessert that is full of rich chocolate flavor and the perfect hint of spice!

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Let’s Party!

Um…what a crazy week! We have our annual Christmas party this coming weekend and, in addition to being without any childcare, our oven died too. It has been absolutely crazy trying to get into any sort of routine around here and find something to eat for dinner too ;) At least my internet is working so I can check out what you guys shared last week!

12.5 Pinworthy-Projects-Party-Features

Snowman Cherry Cheesecake // Dollar Store Christmas Decorating
DIY Snowflake Ornament // Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake // DIY Christmas Garland
Painted  Noel Pillow // Christmas Home Tour

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Peppermint Mocha Donut Recipe

When Mathlete and I were dating, I was totally addicted to Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks. Almost every date we went on either started or ended with a trip to Starbucks for my beloved drink. I don’t order the Peppermint Mocha as much during my trips to the coffee shop but I still love the flavor as much as I did way back then. I’ve been working on our Christmas menu and decided that I had to incoporate those favorite Christmas flavors in some how. I will definitely be using this Peppermint Mocha donut recipe Christmas morning {and probably at least every week from now until then} because it is thing to make for a yummy Christmas treat!

Peppermint Mocha donuts are the perfect addition to Christmas morning breakfast!
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