Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I’m on the hunt for a delicious recipe for breakfast morning on Christmas and decided to do some testing. This is the first recipe I’d tried and it was really good. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls and the banana made them different and unique….plus I’m always looking for a way to use up over-ripe bananas. The maple glaze is amazing too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls are fairly easy to make – they take a little time and patience, but trust me… it’s so worth it!

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Zoodles with Scallops and Bacon

I love scallops, but rarely make them at home. My former coworkers would always know what I was going to order when there were scallops on the menu. Ha! I’m not sure why I don’t make them at home, but now that I have this recipe, I’ll be making them more often.

My husband and I both loved the zoodles, the lemony sauce and the crispy bacon. I used bay scallops, but I bet this would be delicious with sea scallops. Maybe next time! I also need to work on my searing technique. I think my scallops were a not dry enough – make sure you press out the water.

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Baked Brie with Sun-dried Tomatoes

My family loves baked brie and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. I usually make a version with brown sugar and pecans, but was searching for a savory recipe and found this one. It’s so simple, delicious and so pretty – perfect for your next holiday party. The creamy brie goes great with the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and a little bit of freshness from the parsley – it’s the perfect bite!

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Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Pies

Bite-sized desserts are just too cute! Last weekend was my company’s holiday party and we have a dessert bar made by all of our employees. I always try to make something new and this year I was craving something with peanut butter and chocolate. I found this recipe for bite-sized peanut butter pies with a chocolate crust. Flaky, chocolate crust filled with a rich peanut butter mousse and then topped with a drizzle of a chocolate and crushed peanuts – they are to die for!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

I had some leftover mini bags of pretzels from Halloween and wanted to use them up before they got stale. I found this quick and easy recipe for no bake peanut butter pretzel bars and whipped them up last night. My son helped me make them and enjoyed pouring the pretzel “sugar” into the mixture.

The bars are packed full of peanut butter flavor! The crunch of the pretzels are perfect and you can’t go wrong with a chocolate topping. They taste almost like a peanut butter cup.

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Instant Pot Copycat Wendy’s Chili

I love chili – it’s the perfect meal for a cold day! Even better is when you can whip up a batch of chili in less than 20 minutes and it tastes like it’s been cooking all day! This copycat recipe is the perfect time to participate in this month’s  Fantastical Food Fight. This month’s theme was “fast food copycat recipes” and had me thinking for a while of what to make. We don’t do much fast food anymore, but on occasion I will grab a bowl of chili from Wendy’s and enjoy!

I loved the flavors of the chili and while it wasn’t exactly like their recipe, it’s pretty darn close! My husband and I loved it and we kept going back for more!

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Kale, Cannellini and Barley Soup

It’s definitely soup and stew weather here in PA. My son is a big fan of soup – he’ll inhale it like it’s his job, and it’s one of the things I can consistently get him eat. He loved this soup, while my daughter grumbled about the kale. This soup is packed full of vegetables, barley and cannellini beans – it’s a bowl full of goodness. I bet it would be delicious with smoked sausage too!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Corn Muffins

Well it looks like summer might be finally over here in PA and that means bring on soup and chili weather! I made a new soup recipe over the weekend and whipped up a batch of these muffins to do along with it. They’re not your traditional corn muffin as they have a little sour cream in them to make them soft and tender and they’re dotted with pieces of pickled jalapenos.

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Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Cake

I know breakfast cake is a little deceiving since this recipe is nothing like cake….but casserole or strata sounds so boring. This was a HUGE hit with my kids, enough that my little picky eater asked for seconds and he was disappointed when it was gone. I went with bacon and cheese because I knew my kids would eat it, but I’d love to try it with roasted vegetables. There are so many options that you can do with it.

I used a springform pan to make it in, but if you don’t have one, a glass casserole dish is perfect.

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Low Carb Pumpkin Smoothie

I dabble in eating low carb occasionally so when I was invited to participate in a recipe challenge with Steviva, I was excited to create something that would be satisfying and be delicious. Steviva has all natural sweeteners that are terrific options for clean label cooking and baking. All of their sweeteners are low glycemic and free of chemicals and can be used to replace table sugar and powdered sugar in recipes.

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Smoothies are my go-to breakfast meal so when I received my products, I decided to go with erysweet as the sweetener in my smoothie. Erysweet is 70% sweet as sugar, doesn’t have an aftertaste and is perfect for beverages and smoothies. It is a great replacement for table sugar and a near 1:1 sugar replacement.

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