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Green Chile and Bacon Crescent Rolls

These Green Chile and Bacon Crescent Rolls are brought to you in collaboration with General Mills® to help bring you easy recipes to include in your holiday traditions! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are gearing up for traditional celebrations, whether it's our own traditions or traditions as hold with family or with friends. This year Pillsbury ® wants us to share our traditions as well as make new traditions! It seems like our Christmas traditions grow every year! Right now, our current tradition is to celebrate Christmas both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day! On Christmas Eve, we have brunch at my parents with just my immediate family where my mom makes prime rib, then we go up to Joe's parents' in Santa Fe for an open house where all of their family and friends gather for frito pies and posole. Then on Christmas Day, Joe's mom makes a traditional meal for a smaller gatheri

Cranberry Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

These Cranberry Pecan Thumbprint Cookies are brought to you in collaboration with Betty Crocker® to help bring you easy and festive cookie recipes this holiday season! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. This year, spread cheer with simple surprises! The holidays are meant to show those you love that you care about how much they mean to you. For busy individuals, sometimes it's a little harder to find the find to do special things for those especially during the holidays. I've found that  Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter Cookie Mixes  are a great way to help you create something special to share with friends and family! While doing my regular shopping at Walmart, I've come across Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter Cookie Mixes that already have the dry ingredients mixed together and measured out. Through the years I've found that these are great mixes to help you make homemade cookies and they also serve as a great base for mak

Mandelbrodt (Jewish Biscotti)

It’s another year of one of my favorite times of year, The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap! This is my fourth year participating and I look forward to this every year. Not only do I get to sample some wonderful cookies, it’s also an opportunity to meet new bloggers and be introduced to some amazing new (to me) blogs! This event also helps to raise money and awareness for Cookies for Kids' Cancer ! One of the challenges for me when choosing a cookie make for this swap is that the cookies need to be sturdy enough to withstand the postal service as well as a cookie that can withstand being at room temperature until it arrives. I had so many different ideas, but the more I thought about them the more I wasn’t sure if they would be the right recipe. I’ve never been so stressed out on deciding on the perfect cookie, I don’t know what’s going on with me this year! I finally decided on Mandelbrodt from Mindy Segal’s Cookie Love , which is one of my favorite cookbooks.

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies) #InternationalCookieExchange #IntnlCookies

Welcome to a special post today! I am participating a bloggers International Cookie Exchange hosted by Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere and Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla . For this exchange, bloggers choose a different recipe from around the world to make and create a post to share with others! This is such an exciting cookie exchange for me because not only do I love to try different recipes, but I love to also try foods from different cultures.  Every year I give away cookie platters to friends and family. There are a couple of staples that I make every year ( bisochitos , chocolate crinkle cookies , white chocolate cranberry macadamia orange fudge ), but I am always trying to incorporate new and different recipes every year. I also take note throughout the year of different cookies that I can give away as well. So for those of you who want to switch up your cookie platters, this is a great event to get some new ideas now with the holidays fast approaching!

Butterbeer Cupcakes (#thebookclubcookbookCC)

Welcome to another month of The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew! This month Erin from The Spiffy Cookie is hosting and she chose Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw that Erin chose this book because the Harry Potter series is one of my favorite book series and I've been so intrigued by the idea of butterbeer and other edibles from the books. I was introduced to these books in high school and have been hooked ever since! I used to babysit my art teacher's children and her daughter insisted that I borrow her Harry Potter books and read them. Honestly, I had absolutely no interest in reading them. I didn't know what the books were about and I didn't want to read a kid's book, but I couldn't disappoint my teacher's daughter, so I read the book and was instantly pulled into the books! I devoured them and tried to get my family and friends into them as well. One of the things I love about the Harry Potter series

Greek Pork Chops with Zucchini and Feta (#thebookclubcookbookCC)

We are already in our 4th month of The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew! The premise of this cooking crew is that each month a different blogger will host a different month and choose a book where other bloggers will participate by making and creating dishes inspired by the book. This month is being hosted by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm , who chose "Three Junes" by Julia Glass.  "Three Junes" is three different yet interconnected stories spanning three different Junes and are through the perspective of a different person with each story/June. Ashamedly, I have not yet finished reading the book but am about halfway through. I am conflicted about some characters, especially the mother in this book, I have to reserve any final judgement until I actually finish the book. There are a lot of different food and dishes talked about in the book; among them are Dennis' creations which sounded amazing and I thought about doing a version of one of his

Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake

Today I am featuring a Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake from a fellow blogger, Jocelyn Delk Adams from Grandbaby Cakes , who just published her first cookbook! Jocelyn is one of my favorite bloggers who is as sweet as can be and is always publishing mouth watering recipes on her blog. I cannot wait to BAKE my way through her cookbook-- it's fabulously filled entirely with cake recipes! One of my favorite things that I love about Jocelyn is that she created Grandbaby Cakes as a tribute to her grandma, who is known for making incredible cakes. This touches my heart because my blog's name is a homage to my own grandmother whose recipes (and recipes inspired by her) I've featured on my blog. We lost my grandma this summer, so my blog's tribute to her is extra special. As I mentioned above, Jocelyn's cookbook is filled entirely with cake recipes and is separated into sections by type of cake: bundt cakes, sheet cakes, layer cakes, etc. She offers sev

Green Chile and Garlic Dip

This Green Chile and Garlic Dip brought to you in part by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser to help you make fun tailgate recipes and bring you easy clean up ideas! As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. #GameTimeClean #CollectiveBias One of our favorite past-times is tailgating, whether it's before a football game or after one of Joe's old softball games. And, of course, one of the things I am always in charge of is bringing food. While I love to bring desserts, I am sharing with you one of our favorite recipes that I love to make. While I've done several different versions, of this recipe, but this particular recipe has managed to be one of our favorites! It's creamy, smoky, a little spicy, with a hint of garlic! The last time I made this dip, I used fresh green chiles that I just bought that morning. I bought an entire sack of chile and placed it on the counter when I got home so that I could peel and seed them. The natural juices