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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Mint Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies

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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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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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Italian Meatball Soup

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For years, we have always gotten together and decorated our Christmas tree with friends and family. I love sharing one of my favorite Christmas activities with those that I love. Of course, with out busy schedules, we often end up decorating the tree during dinnertime which means hungry stomachs come along with the Christmas cheer. I like to have something that is easier to make but also filling for everyone to enjoy in between hanging ornaments. One of my favorites is Italian Meatball Soup.

Easy Italian Meatball Soup

Paleo Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Every Christmas, I make a breakfast casserole. It is the perfect thing for us to let cook on Christmas morning while we gather around the tree see what Santa has brought. My favorite version is one that I can put together the night before and pop in the oven when I first wake up. As I focus on healthier choices, I find myself swapping out things like potatoes for sweet potatoes and skipping bread all together. Knowing I will be eating plenty of homemade donuts and chocolate fudge on Christmas day, I figure I should also have a healthier option like this paleo overnight breakfast casserole on hand as well.

The perfect overnight breakfast casserole and it is healthy too!

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Gingerbread Cookie Cups

The moment November hits, I start dreaming of gingerbread. It is one of those things that I don’t really eat during any other time but absolutely love. Gingerbread loaf, gingerbread cookies…it really doesn’t matter. I was trying to decide what to make for our work potluck and knew that gingerbread cookie cups had to be it.

These mini gingerbread cookie cups are filled with delicious cream cheese frosting! Yummy!

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Easy Apricot Meatballs

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Hosting events during the holidays {or any time} can really be stressful. There is the menu planning, guest counts and so many other things to think about. Finding a few items that you can use instead of having to make everything from scratch can be a true game changer. My favorite “holiday hack” is using premade meatballs and then dressing them up with a delicious sauce to totally transform them into the perfect party snack. A recipe that is always a hit at parties is my easy apricot meatballs.

Easy apricot meatballs are the perfect party snack! With a hint of spice mixed in with the sweet sauce, they will have everyone commenting how delicious they taste.

 

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

So, I love fall. It is my hands down favorite season {since Christmas isn’t technically a season I can totally say that}! The crisp days, the crunch of leaves under your feet and all the delicious flavors like cinnamon, maple and squash. Our weather has finally stopped its seesaw pattern of warm and cool and so now I am ready to really jump in with the fall recipes on our menu plan. One of the first recipes I made for this fall has become one of my favorites. I seem to make this maple roasted butternut squash over and over but never tire of it. 

If you want fall on a plate, you want this maple roasted butternut squash recipe!

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Caramel Apple Pie Shooters

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Have you ever been relaxing on your couch or in bed and get a call that “surprise” you are going to have a visitor for dinner? Or maybe your in-laws decide to drop in for a little visit? This time of year those unexpected visits come a lot more frequently than they do any other. While I always love a chance to visit with friends and family, it can be a little stressful to throw something together on short notice when my to do list is already full of other “get ready for the holidays” tasks. So, I turn to a few go to ingredients that I keep on hand at all times to be able to make something quick but delicious, like caramel apple pie shooters, for everyone to enjoy…even on short notice. They are #ThankfullySweet and perfect for those unexpected visitors or even if you have plenty of time to plan but want to take a few shortcuts. #CollectiveBias

The perfect semi-homemade dessert: caramel apple pie shooters

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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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