Maple Snickerdoodles

I barely baked cookies over the Christmas holiday and was in the mood to do some baking the other day. Cookies it was! My kids like snickerdoodles – they’re also super easy to make. This recipe has a little bit of a twist with the addition of maple syrup and they’re so good. I don’t think I’ll make regular snickerdoodles anymore now that I’ve tried them this way. The maple is the perfect addition to the cinnamon-sugar in this cookie. They’re soft and chewy and oh sooo good!

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Air Fried Ravioli

My air fryer has been getting a lot of use with my new way of eating. I’ve been making air fried chicken tenders (so good!) and experimenting with veggies. I’ve been wanting to make air fried raviolis and whipped together a batch of them for my kiddos and husband. It was a great way to experiment and have a delicious snack for them.

They’re super easy to make … just a few steps and less than 10 minutes in the air fryer and you have a great snack or appetizer! They’re perfect for the Super Bowl.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

You’ll probably start noticing things will be changing on the blog slightly. I’ll still be baking delicious desserts and snacks for my kiddos. I started an 8-week challenge at the beginning of the year that has focuses on a clean eating, low carbs and lots of veggies. I’m already seeing success and feeling much better – less joint pain, sleeping better and feeling more comfortable in my clothing.

This risotto was one of the last foods I made before I started the challenge and I’m so glad I attempted it. I thought it was delicious and love the creaminess. My family is not a big fan of risotto, but that’s ok. I really enjoyed it! It would be the perfect compliment to a roasted turkey or grilled steak.

The best part of this recipe, it’s made in an Instant Pot! No need to spend time stirring your risotto.

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Cranberry Cheesecake Pie

When you have leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving, it’s always fun to see what other ways you can use them. My daughter was begging me to make something with them and found this great recipe that would use up some of the ingredients in my kitchen.

My daughter and husband LOVED this recipe. It was tart from the cranberries and creamy with the perfect pie crust. I don’t make my own pie crust, I know … but I found that Marie Callender’s frozen pie crust is just as good as homemade.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

My kids LOVE hot cocoa and now that they’re home virtual learning, they’re always asking for a cup after they finish school. One of my goals in 2021 is to reduce the amount of pre-packed foods in our home. Having this recipe will help that and make me feel better that there’s not random ingredients in the hot cocoa my kids are drinking.

This recipe was really easy to make and beside the dry milk, I had everything in my pantry to make it. I made both my kids a cup after I made the batch and enjoyed it topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. My daughter said “it’s almost the best cup of hot cocoa” and my son said “it’s the best ever Mom!” Needless to say, you know who’s my favorite kiddo 😉 The recipe only takes a few ingredients and a food processor. Another simple and easy recipe!

Cup of hot chocolate and jar of mix with mini marshmallows on the side
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Peanut Butter Blossoms

My kids have been asking me to make these cookies and I finally gave into their requests. Ironically, I have never made these cookies before … but I know I’ll be making this recipe over and over.

The peanut butter cookies are delicious. They’re soft and full of peanut butter flavor. They’re rolled in sugar before baking, which gives you a slightly crunchy bite. Plus they’re super easy to make and can get your kids involved in the process. Though you might have to watch them closely so they’re not eating all the kisses.

peanut butter blossom cookies on a red tray with white words and snowflakes
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Turkey Soup with Pasta and Spinach

We made it through our first major holiday of 2020 – Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the same being able to spend it with our extended families, but we made the most of it. I’ve been wanting to buy a fresh turkey and finally had a chance this year. It was so good and I’ll definitely be continuing this new tradition. In normal years, we usually eat at a family member’s house, so I usually don’t have many leftovers. This year, we were in our glory and had a plethora of leftovers.

After a few days of eating leftovers, I knew I had to rework the turkey into something different. I’ve been in the mood for soup and so glad I made this recipe. It was so good and simple to make! You could easily swap out cooked chicken for the turkey. I ended up making turkey bone broth in the Instant Pot and used that for my stock. It made the soup even more flavorful.

a bowl of Turkey soup with bowt ie pasta and vegetables
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Sweet Cornbread

I originally blogged about this recipe in 2013. I’ve made it several times a year and it’s the only cornbread recipe I make now.

It’s delicious, really, really delicious. There’s just a touch of sweetness and it’s the prefect compliment to a bowl of spicy chili. The top and sides are crispy, but the middle is soft and crumbling. I prefer it at room temperature, while my husband likes it a little warm with a smear of butter.

chunks of sweet cornbread
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Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs and Brussels Sprouts

Can I share a secret? This is the first time I’ve made a sheet pan dinner. I’m not sure why I have never made one before, but I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! This recipe was so easy to make and my kids devoured it.

Usually when I make chicken, the kids complain how “dry” the chicken is … even though it’s not dry at all. They barely said two words as they inhaled the chicken and Brussels. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again!

Honey-mustard chicken thighs with Brussels sprouts
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One Bowl Pumpkin Bread

I’ve been itching to make something with pumpkin and decided on a recipe for pumpkin bread. I didn’t want to make my usual recipe for bread, so off I went to Pinterest. The first recipe I came across was this recipe for One Bowl Pumpkin Bread – perfect!

The bread was so good too! My family inhaled it and are already asking me to make a second loaf. It was packed full of pumpkin flavor, moist and delicious warmed up with a smear of cream cheese.

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