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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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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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

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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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TBT: Candied Bacon Corn Pudding

You all know that I am a total bacon lover! Especially during the holiday season, I make bacon all the time and it is often cayenne candied bacon too. I was thinking of Thanksgiving favorites that I could add a little bit of a different spin to an instantly thought how great candied bacon corn pudding would be!

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish: candied bacon corn pudding {casserole}

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Caramel Apple Enchiladas

Have you been apple picking this month? Well, if you haven’t and you can, I highly suggest you take advantage of the nice weather and go grab some of fall’s bounty. Then, once you have baskets full of apples and you are wondering what to make with them, come home and make these caramel apple enchiladas. You’ll thank me…I promise.

This is the perfect recipe to use all of our apples! I love this dessert idea.

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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.

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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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