Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies {Christmas Tray 2012}

So red velvet just screams Christmas to me and these cookies are the perfect for the holidays. They start with a cake mix so they are very simple to whip up. I seem to always reach for cake mix whenever it comes to red velvet.  I think it’s because on one of Joel’s birthdays when

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Stovetop Sausage Mac-N-Cheese

One of my very favorite foods is macaroni and cheese…I guess I never fully grew up. But seriously, what’s not to like about pasta covered in cheese? I’m normally a baked mac-n-cheese kind of girl but this creamy stovetop sausage mac-n-cheese version definitely got me thinking. It takes less than 20 minutes to throw together

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Dilled Egg Salad

For me, egg salad is one of those things I have to be in the mood to eat and when I am it totally hits the spot. Egg salad doesn’t really require a recipe so this is just a start and you can add or subtract ingredients depending on your personal preferences. That being said,

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark {Christmas Tray 2012}

If you are on Pinterest, I’m sure you have seen this recipe floating around. The second I saw it, I knew it would have to be featured here for the Christmas Tray series! What is more perfect than pretzels, chocolate and salted caramel for Christmas? Nothing. That’s what. Down with peppermint. Long live salted caramel.

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Jello Cookies {Christmas Tray 2012}

When I saw these Jello Cookies, I thought Noah would love making and playing with the dough. Turns out, he just wanted to eat the dough. And do this. And this too. He did enjoy rolling them in the jello powder and flattening them on the baking sheet. There was a whole lot of “Noah do

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Vanilla Bean Granola

Happy Thanksgiving a day early! I hope that you are all ready for your Thanksgiving festivities and are able to spend this wonderful holiday with family and friends. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, especially those boys of mine. Here they are on Thanksgiving last year. This vanilla bean

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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Although this Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken looked delicious, I was worried about making it because it seemed involved and complicated with the pounding, filling, wrapping, breading and baking. Turns out it wasn’t so bad once I had all the required ingredients collected and placed in a little assembly line. I knew I would love this recipe

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Crock Pot Peanut Clusters {Christmas Tray 2012} + An Announcement

I have a very exciting announcement to FINALLY make. After a lot of thought, prayer and consideration we decided to move to Nebraska. Joel accepted a position at a sports software company in Lincoln, Nebraska (where we both graduated from college). We are so unbelievably excited to be moving so close to our families. We

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Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes

These crash hot sweet potatoes have to grace your Thanksgiving table. I mean it. They are so delicious that you should totally ditch the sweet potato casserole. I’m a little biased since I don’t generally like casseroles but these guys are SO GOOD. They are caramelized and crispy on the outside while smooth and creamy inside. I made two different

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