Chocolate Maple Pecan Bars

With the holidays upon us {um, can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?!}, most kitchens are gearing up for major cooking and baking. From mid-November through the end of the year, my oven really gets a work out between cooking holiday meals and baking yummy holiday treats like chocolate maple pecan bars.

The perfect substitute for traditional pecan pie! Chocolate maple pecan bars are amazing and so delicious.

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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.

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms on Pedastal_wm

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Homemade Gifts: Paleo Pumpkin Granola

I’m excited to announce that I have teamed up with 29 incredibly talented and creative bloggers to share some fun neighbor gift ideas. Make sure to check out all the ideas below and visit everyone’s blogs for more details.


Back in September, I quietly set about doing Whole 30 for the month. I post a few snippets here and there on Instagram but I definitely wasn’t shouting to the world that I was immersed in a whole month of new eating habits. During the month, I craved granola because I could no longer have my delicious granola bars that had become snack staples in my life. Of course, being September, I needed pumpkin too so this paleo pumpkin granola was born.

The most delicious homemade pumpkin granola and it is paleo too! Totally Whole 30 compliant.

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2013 Christmas Home Tour

Ok, so this is the Christmas home tour that almost didn’t happen.  The loss of a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas really threw me for a loop and got me all behind.  Add a trip to New York City for a weekend and our annual Christmas party and I’m lucky I even have presents purchased {we’ll just pretend at least one those is wrapped…mmm k?}  Of course, I did decorate for Christmas so I wanted to share it with you.  Come on and take a tour of our home! Home Tour Label [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Felt Santa Filled with Candy

Kids Make Christmas

Happy Holidays! We are Mary Ellen, Margaret, and Mary Catherine from Spindles Designs. We  are a Mother-Daughter’s team who love to bake, quilt, and craft. Mom Started it all and Mary Catherine and I love keeping up the creative traditions. Thank you Shannah for allowing us to share our Christmas Kids Craft with you.

Christmas Cookie Recipe – A Crafty Christmas

Wow, December is really flying by!  I am so excited for Christmas but am totally having trouble dealing with the wait.  Good thing I have been keeping myself busy.  One thing I’ve been excited to do this Christmas season is to be part of Nap-time Creations‘ A Crafty Christmas event!  So, if you are visiting from Nap-time Creations, welcome!
Crafty Christmas

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Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge

Fudge is like THE Christmas time dessert for me.  I think it is because my mom and grandma always made it in pretty much any variety you can imagine starting the day after Thanksgiving.  There were always tins of it at my grandma’s house for us to enjoy during our visits.  This year, I wanted to make my own fudge and decided to make peppermint marshmallow fudge.

Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge with Label_wm

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Guest Blogger: Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Garland

Happy Holidays, everyone! I’m Consie and I blog over at Atop Serenity Hill about face and body painting, cake decorating, photography and anything else that comes along on my creative journey. I am excited to be here today (thanks, Shannah!) to share my coffee filter Christmas tree garland with you! Coffee filter Christmas tree garland • #Christmascrafts #easycrafts #Christmas

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Guest Blogger: Easy Christmas Ornaments

Hi all! I’m Julie and I blog about kids, food, and life at Teaching Good Eaters. While most of my posts at my own blog are focused in getting kids to eat good food and bringing some peace to your mealtimes, my most popular blog post by far, was about making really easy and really inexpensive homemade gifts for kids.

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Easy Mod Podge Christmas Decoration

Christmas decorating is pretty much my favorite thing to do in our home each and every year.  It takes me at least a week to get everything out and I am always looking to add new things to our existing items.  Of course, I am also looking to keep our spending in check so I find myself making things a lot more than I used to.  Plus, I am pushing myself to work with new craft tools or ones that I’ve been pretty unsuccessful with in the past.  I knew I wanted to add some more Christmas words to our decor so I created this easy mod podge Christmas decoration one afternoon.
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