Mini Pecan Pies {12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies}

I’ve realized that I should have dubbed this series 12 Weeks of Christmas Goodies rather than Cookies but it’s too late now. I apologize to any of you that were totally excited about pure cookie bliss. Hopefully these will make up for any disappointment. Who doesn’t love a mini treat? Today, I bring you one

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Monkey Bread

Family traditions, especially those revolving around holidays, are deeply cherished by Joel and me. We both grew up with special Christmas breakfasts and monkey bread was something that always graced Joel’s Christmas table. Because we still go home to visit our parents for Christmas and rotate houses each year, we have our personal family traditions

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Dinner Roll Sandwiches

You can only eat leftover turkey and ham for so long before you revolt. Or go crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving and all the food that comes along with it but I just can’t stand leftovers. I suck it up for a day or two but then I just can’t take it.

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Pretzel Cookies {12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies}

Ok, so I totally watched Elf last week. It’s not my fault, it was on TV. I couldn’t stop myself. I know there are two camps out there – those that are all about Christmas the second Halloween is over and those that think it is necessary to get past Thanksgiving first. I am usually

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Gratitude Rolls

These Gratitude Rolls are another amazing Pinterest find. See, good things do come from obsession. The idea is you write what you are thankful for on a little piece of paper then roll it up in your roll of choice and bake. I have also seen them over at The Girl Who Ate Everything where she wrapped the

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Brined and Roasted Turkey {My 1st Turkey}

I have never, ever made a turkey. I have never eaten a brined turkey but I know about all the hype. So I thought for my first turkey, I would go all out and hope for the best. And it turns out it was pretty simple. The hardest thing was rinsing the turkey and getting

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Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I was so blessed as a child to have been welcomed in the kitchen. Since I was young, I helped mix batters (and licked beaters), cracked eggs, peeled potatoes and “piped” frostings. It was something I enjoyed and my parents always nurtured that love. I am so grateful that they took the extra time in

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Caramel Corn

You know those recipes that you make so often that you can just open the cookbook to the exact page. And the page has stuff spilled and crusted all over it. This is totally one of those recipes. Except I can’t always open it since it’s caramel that has spilled onto the pages and they sometimes

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Sweet Potato Cornbread

I have been on a total sweet potato kick recently. It’s just that time of year and Noah totally loves them. It’s such a unique use of sweet potatoes and is pretty easy to throw together. It would be a great easy alternative to homemade rolls on Thanksgiving if you don’t have the time and/or patience for such things.

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