Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Stuffing

I am so excited to be participating in a great blog hop today where we are sharing ideas for Thanksgiving dishes. I have been experimenting with different stuffing recipes this year and am totally in love with this cranberry walnut quinoa stuffing.

A great gluten free replacement for regular stuffing! I love the idea of making a cranberry walnut quinoa stuffing for Thanskgiving!

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Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa

Thanksgiving always leaves a bunch of leftovers in our house. I know most people try to give them away so they don’t have to worry about the food going to waste or having to eat the same thing over and over again. I am just the opposite. I love leftovers and always look for a way to use them in different ways so no one says “turkey, again!” Being major lovers of Tex-Mex and Mexican food {my 4 year old eats orders a bowl of guacamole for himself at dinner}, I knew I wanted to put a little spice into my leftovers dish this year and make turkey tacos with cranberry salsa.

Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to make delicious turkey tacos with cranberry salsa. #UseYourLeftovers

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40+ Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes

It is no secret that our annual Christmas party is my absolute favorite party I have all year. I mean, I ramble on and on about it all year so, when it finally gets close, i start to get really excited. Of course, no party is ever complete without delicious food and drinks. Over forty other bloggers totally agreed with me so we got together and compiled an amazing list of holiday cocktail party recipes that would be PERFECT for any holiday event you are throwing.

Over 40 delicious recipes that are perfect for a holiday cocktail party!

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Pinworthy Projects Link Party

Happy Friday! We survived another week. Are your weeks getting crazier as we near Thanksgiving and Christmas? Mine certainly are. I find the activities are now almost every day which makes it difficult to keep up.  I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my family during the upcoming holidays though :)

Speaking of quality, let’s talk features! There were some awesome ideas linked up last week. Here were a few of my favorites:

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Creative Ideas for Your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes // Death by Chocolate Slow Cooker Dump Cake // 25 Indoor Activities // 2 Ingredient Coconut Bars // Tres Leches Cake // Orange and Spice Pound Cake

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Mushroom and Red Wine Beef

Easy meals that taste great are a must in our house so I am so excited to partner with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces for this post to show you how a delicious dinner can be on your table in 15 minutes or less. As always, while I may have been compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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So, we’ve started adding getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas to our busy routine. It isn’t like I had a whole lot of spare time anyways so now we have even less time to get everything done. Of course, with the expenses of the holidays, I am working harder than ever to keep our eating out under control. It is times like these that recipes like this one for mushroom and red wine beef become so important!

Simple and easy recipe for mushroom and red wine beef.

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Thanksgiving Quinoa Stuffing with Pancetta

We are ticking away the days until Thanksgiving at a fast pace. It is almost scary to think it will be here in just a few weeks. Now is the time when most of us are thinking about our menus, selecting recipes and finalizing shopping lists. As you work on yours, I have a great recipe that you should consider making a spot for on your table: quinoa stuffing with pancetta.
The dressing {or stuffing depending on where you are from} is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I like to try all different versions and you can sometimes find two or three on our table for the holiday. This quinoa version is perfect for anyone who wants or needs to be gluten free.

This is a great recipe with all the flavors of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing but made gluten free by using quinoa instead. Quinoa Stuffing with pancetta is an awesome gluten free option.

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Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Every year, I host a Christmas party where we invite all of our family and friends to come and celebrate with us over drinks and food. I start planning the menu about 2 months in advance and am always looking for new things to add to it. I had been toying with the idea to recreate a favorite appetizer from a local Italian restaurant but that sort of morphed into this bacon macaroni and cheese bites the more I played around with it.

Delicious bacon macaroni and cheese in a little party perfect bite

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Beef Tips with Béarnaise Sauce

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There are times when Mathlete and I plan to go out to a nice dinner alone and never end up making it because of schedules or babysitter problems or life in general getting in the way. It is those times that I like to have a few “fancy” dishes that look like they came from a fine restaurant but are really easy to to make at home. I recently make beef tips with béarnaise sauce, made with white wine vinegar, and roasted asparagus for just one of those nights.

Steak Tips with Bearnaise Sauce

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Spicy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop

Every year, we host a big Christmas cocktail party. I think about it all year and really put a TON of effort into putting it together. For me, party food has a few requirements: taste good, look good and be easy to eat without utensils.  It doesn’t hurt to be something that a lot of guests are at least mildly familiar with too.  When, I was prepping for an upcoming party, I was searching for things to make that I knew would be a hit and would also be easy to eat.  These spicy spinach artichoke stuffed mushrooms immediately came to mind.

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Mini Stuffing Muffins

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Holy almost mid-November already. Where is time going? Have you started thinking about Thanksgiving yet? We like to try and get together for a little pre-Thanksgiving with our friends {a Friendsgiving if you will} so I am definitely heavily focused on Thanksgiving recipes right now. Our meals with friends tend to be the kind where you can grab a few things and eat them on the move between one group of friends to another or while trying to keep all the kids at the table and eating. These mini stuffing muffins are the perfect option for that kind of meal because they are one bite and require no utensils!

This is the greatest idea to make Thanksgiving parties so easy! Make mini stuffing muffins so they are one bite and don't require any utensils.
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