Just Like Grandma Used to Make

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By: Bianca Miller (@littlehouseinop)

Cooking and baking have always been ways for me to relax, find calmness and bring joy to myself and others. I’ve always believed recipes have a way of bringing people together in more ways than one, and this recipe is no different. In fact, it isn’t just a recipe; it’s a memory, a tradition and a reminder of my Grandma Donna.

As long as I can remember, when we spent the holidays at my grandparents’, my grandmother would make at least three batches of Scotcharoos. Usually, she would hide a bonus batch in the basement and only her favorite grandkids knew the hiding spot of her secret stash (don’t worry, I always knew the hiding spot).

No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

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Hey there, everybody!

What is your “kryptonite” food? Like no matter what you try to do, if you are anywhere near it, you’ll break down and have a bite!
Mine is cheesecake.

If you can relate then you need to make this No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake! It is smooth, scrumptious and brings sweet flavor to the next level!

Plus, when you top the cheesecake with chocolate caramel candies, your tastebuds will go into overload! Oh, and it’s super simple to make, too.

I’m serious, you can thank me later.

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

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I have to be honest. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I don’t like the holiday or the meaning behind it, I’ve just never been interested in celebrating it. My husband and I don’t swap gifts or go to a fancy dinner. In our household, it’s honestly just another day. Until this year!

Hear me when I say I’m not going all in. We’re starting small on our Valentine’s Day celebration, but if we’re going to start somewhere it must be with food! This year I’m making Red Velvet Heart Pancakes!

Not only do I love everything red velvet, but breakfast is one of my favorite meals and these little heart-shaped pancakes are full of festive fun. Whether you’re like me and want to celebrate small or these would be a small part of an elaborate celebration, they’re sure to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Creamy Raspberry Mocha Parfait

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Hello there!

What have you been up to during these chilly winter months? I have been getting my new house up to par and, of course, trying new things in the kitchen.

I’m really into mixing different flavors, especially when it comes to treats. Today, I’m sharing this new recipe for Creamy Raspberry Mocha Parfait.

It’s light, fluffy, flavorful and combines a few of my favorite things: coffee, whipped topping and raspberries!

This is perfect to chow down on with friends or enjoy solo at home after a meal. It’s my new favorite way to end mealtime!

Jazz Up Family Dinner with Zucchini

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By: Bianca Miller (@littlehouseinop)

These Zucchini Boats are delicious! I have made a variety of different types of boats, but these have to be my FAVE. I mean, look at these little tiny pepperonis and perfectly melted CHEESE. Not to mention, these little boats mimic pizza with better ingredients and are SO easy to throw together.

Savory Cheese Balls

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Calling all cream cheese lovers! If you are anything like me, you’re always on the hunt for new recipes to bring to holiday gatherings. I don’t want anything that will take forever to make or prep, and that’s why I fell in love with these Savory Cheese Balls. Most of the ingredients were in my pantry but with a quick and low-cost trip to the grocery store, you’ll have an amazing appetizer everyone will be sure to devour.

Sprucing Up a Breakfast Staple

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By: Happy Leaf Blog (@happyleafblog)

Before we get into the holiday season, it’s time to remember that not every meal can consist of cookies, pies and candy. If you’re like me, you need a substantial yet tasty meal to get yourself through the shopping, gift wrapping and all those fun little to-dos that pop up during the season.

My Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal hits the mark: It’s a hearty breakfast with the fiber you need to get your holiday spirit flowing through New Year’s. I love it just because it’s simple, satisfying, nutritious and a budget-friendly breakfast that yields leftovers. Plus it contains seven pretty-good-for-you ingredients! Meanwhile, the pecan topping is sweet, nutty and rich without a ton of sugar.

Easy Tiramisu Dip

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Hi there! Do I have a treat for you today! It will literally blow your mind by how awesome, simple and kid-friendly it is.

This Easy Tiramisu Dip, served with wafers or fruit on the side, makes for a delicious treat for a few people or a holiday crowd.

With cream cheese and mascarpone cheese blended together to make a smooth texture and satisfying sweetness all in one bite, it’s the best way to bring together a festive spread.

Creamy Mac and Cheese Casserole

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It’s getting so chilly outside! When did that happen? Time flies when you’re having fun and cooking for loved ones.

I have one of my family’s favorite recipes to share with you today. It’s creamy (obviously), rich and literally everyone loves it. It’s a classic!

It’s a Creamy Mac and Cheese Casserole. It’s perfect for any get-together or just a quiet evening at home with family, but warning, there will most likely be leftovers. But that’s OK with me!

 

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