Is it time to pull out the cookie cutters, vanilla and sprinkles yet? The calendar tells us that this week is prime cookie-baking and candy-making time. Plenty of holiday season to wrap, give and munch all those homemade treats...what's on your list this year?
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What are your favorite CHRISTMAS COOKIE & CANDY Recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
We love these chewy, fruity cookies...perfect for cookie swaps and trays to share!
White Chocolate-Cranberry Cookies Enjoy this recipe from our cookbook, All Though the Seasons...it was shared by Shawna Brock from Elgin Air Force Base, Florida.
1/2 c. butter, softened 3/4 c. sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed 1 egg, beaten 1 t. vanilla extract 1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. baking powder 1/2 t. baking soda 1 c. sweetened dried cranberries 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating until combined. Add egg and vanilla, beat until smooth. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to sugar mixture, beating well. Stir in cranberries and chocolate chips. Shape dough in to 1-1/2 inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 2-1/2 dozen.
Pumpkin, apple, cherry, pudding, ice cream...no matter what you put into a pie crust, you know it's going to be good. There's just nothing better than a big slice after dinner with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
That's why we're sharing some of our favorite pie recipes with you today. From fruit fillings to a frosty ice cream treat, these pies are some of our favorites desserts, and we just know they're going to be some of your favorites too.
The big day might be a little more than a week away, but we're already dreaming of a perfectly golden turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for dessert. It's one of the best meals of the year and we all have our own favorite sides and trimmings. Share yours with us today!
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What are some of THANKSGIVING favorites? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
It may seem a long way away, but the most wonderful meal of the year is just around the corner. The turkey, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, the potatoes...our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Celebrating the 4th of July with red, white and blue is a given, but who knew there were so many sweet ways to show your spirit too?
We've gathered up a collection of all-American desserts from our favorite bloggers, and you're sure to find something here to satisfy your sweet tooth. Cue the fireworks and bring on the red, white and blue!
With the 4th of July right around the corner, we can't wait to celebrate our great nation's birthday. Today's project is sure to be the star of your table, and it's so simple, you don't even need a sewing machine.
Made from layers of soft felt and batting, this trivet is a great way to add a handmade patriotic touch to your celebrations and protect your surfaces...indoors and out!
Nix the neckties, ditch the "#1 Dad" shirts and forget the Father's Day flapjacks. We've got just the cool crafts you'll need to make this Dad's Day an absolute delight.
With the help of some of our favorite bloggers, we found some DIY projects that Dad's really going to dig. How about a duct tape wallet or a custom car wash kit? Whether is a classic framed favorite, a six-pack of sweets or a photo surprise, we've got the ideas that'll surely make Pops proud.
What are we doing inside on a beautiful day like today? Let's get out there, fire up that grill and enjoy the best of the summer season. We all have our favorite dishes to cook over the coals...chicken, ribs, steaks, even the humble hotdog. Plus, Fathers' Day is right around the corner, and you just know that Dad's going to be itching to get that grill going!
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What are your favorite GRILLING recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
Whether the important dads in your life are grill-masters, steak-lovers or crazy for cookies, they'll all love a homemade meal of their favorites on Father's Day!
We're sharing a collection of recipes that span breakfast to dessert, so no matter when you're celebrating Dad's big day you'll have something delicious to share with him. What better way to show your appreciation for everything he does for your family? Thanks, Dad!
Whether you celebrate with a picnic, a potluck or just a little get-together with family & friends, Memorial Day is right around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. Not only is it the unofficial kickoff of summer, but we get to celebrate and honor all those heros in our families! Whether you're going to a bright & cheery parade, hosting a cookout or picnicing in the park, we can't wait to hear what's on your menu.
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What are your favorite MEMORIAL DAY recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
If it's nice outside, you can bet that we're going to fire up that grill, mix up some lemonade and invite family & friends over to celebrate. What better way to enjoy the season that by whipping up a batch of these incredible burgers from 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches?
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Backyard Big South-of-the-Border Burgers
The chopped green chiles really add some flavor and zing to these scrumptious sandwiches. Looking to spice it up even more? Add a little bit of diced jalapeño or chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
4-oz. can chopped green chiles, drained 1/4 c. picante sauce 12 round buttery crackers, crushed 4-1/2 t. chili powder 1 T. ground cumin 1/2 t. smoke-flavored cooking sauce 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper 2 lbs. lean ground beef 1/2 lb. ground pork sausage 6 slices Pepper Jack cheese 6 sesame seed hamburger buns, split Garnish: lettuce leaves, sliced tomato
In a large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Form into 6 patties. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink. Top with cheese. Grill until cheese is melted. Grill buns, cut-side down, for one to 2 minutes, or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns, garnished as desired. Makes 6 servings.
Mother's Day is just around the corner...let's hope you've left your gift hints where they'll be found. But what about your favorite moms? They deserve a little love too!
Today, we're sharing a super-simple DIY project anyone (and we mean anyone) with a sewing machine and a spare hour can sew. Minimal supplies and just a few straight seams make it a cinch to stitch, and they'll love toting it to the market, on roadtrips or to the library...you will too!
Why not treat all the special ladies in your life? It's sew simple! Get all the details below.
Tea Towel Drawstring Bag Make 'em for your favorite moms and make one to keep too!
Before you get started...
Choose tea towels from your collection that are in the very best condition. This bag will need to hold some weight, so keep the more delicate ones for other projects, or just to admire. Before working with them, wash, dry and gently press with a cool iron.
Here's what you'll need:
• Tea towel (ours is 28" long) • 30" length of 1/2" wide twill tape • Safety pin • Tracing paper • 2 felt scraps • 2 buttons, 1/2" diameter
1. Keep the length of the towel and trim it to 8-1/2" wide. Matching the right sides and short ends, fold the trimmed towel in half.
2. Leaving a 1" opening 2-3/4" from the top on one side, use a 1/2" seam allowance and sew the sides of the bag together. Trim the corners to make turning easier, and press the finished seam open.
3. Press the top edge 2" to the wrong side. To form the drawstring casing, sew around the top of the bag at three points: 1-3/4", 3/4" and 3/8". Turn the bag right side out.
4. Fold one end of the twill tape and insert the safety pin through the folded end. Starting with the pinned end, insert the tape into the opening at the side seam. Run the tape through the casing and remove the pin.
5. Cut two flowers from felt. Stitch the flowers and a button at the end of the tape, as shown in photo.
That's it...you're done!
Not your bag? Here are a few more crafty projects to try...
Any night can be Mexican night as far as we're concerned, but next Monday's Cinco de Mayo is a fun occasion to spice up supper!
Today, we're sharing seven of our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes, so whether you're celebrating with friends or enjoying some extra flair with the family, these dishes will have you covered from dip to dessert.
It's dinner...with a kick!
Vickie's Gazpacho Dip
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Part salsa, part guacamole and 100% delicious, Vickie's Gazpacho Dip is our go-to dipper for any Mexican-inspired meal. Chips are a natural, but it's amazing on eggs too...and wrapped up in a tortilla with a little pre-cooked chicken. Recipe here.
What better day to fool your family & friends than on April Fool's Day? It's the perfect time to pull the old switcheroo and serve up some surprises for dinner. We just can't get enough of those clever dishes that look like one thing, but taste like another. How about some meatloaf "cupcakes" with mashed potato "frosting?" Or why not some pound cake "fries" with strawberry syrup "catsup?" No matter what psych-out you serve up, it's sure to be a hit.
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What are your favorite APRIL FOOL'S DAY recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
These breakfast treats from 101 Easy Everyday Recipes look like pancakes but eat like pizza. Drizzle with a little pizza sauce "syrup," and everyone's going to love this savory sensation.
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Savory Breakfast Pancakes
Want to make these pancakes even more special? Try stirring in some more of your favorite pizza toppings. Why not one with some sausage and black olives? How about another one with pepperoni and chopped banana pepper rings? The options are endless!
2 c. biscuit baking mix 1 c. milk 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 c. pepperoni, chopped 1/2 c. tomato, chopped 1/4 c. green pepper, chopped 2 t. Italian seasoning Garnish: pizza sauce, grated Parmesan cheese
Stir together baking mix, milk and eggs until well blended; add remaining ingredients except garnish. Heat a lightly greased griddle over medium-high heat. Ladle batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the griddle; cook until golden on both sides. Garnish with warmed pizza sauce and Parmesan cheese. Makes 15 pancakes.