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Half a Heart: Peppermint Hot Cocoa for Valentine’s Day

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If you’re like me, you still have a few mini candy canes hanging around from Christmas.  Well, who says candy canes are just for Christmas?  After all, one candy cane is shaped like half of a heart.  Why not put two hearts together and call it hot cocoa for lovers? Très apropos for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I’d say.  So, keep those candy canes stashed for another few weeks and consider this hot cocoa idea your Plan B if you don’t nab a reservation or a babysitter come February 14th.  Extra points if you drink your mugs beside the fire.

What you’ll need:

Good quality hot chocolate mix

organic milk

mini candy canes

freshly whipped cream

Note: I highly recommend owning a Mr. Coffee Cocoamotion if you enjoy hot chocolate.  The Cocoamotion creates perfectly frothed, hot cocoa in minutes.  You don’t have to worry about burning the milk if you have to step away for a moment, or worse, hot chocolate bubbling over the edge of the pan all over the stove.

Alternatively, you could put together a Peppermint Chocolate Affogato by using this recipe and then substituting good quality peppermint ice cream.

25 Savory Pumpkin Recipes

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25 Savory Pumpkin Recipes

It’s that time of year when pumpkin recipes fill your readers, web searches and Pinterest pages. I’m a pumpkin addict as much as the next person – going crazy once October hits. But through all of the recipes, I’m going to guess that 90% of them are sweet recipes. And while there is definitely nothing wrong with the sweet recipes, you can’t forget that pumpkin is good for dinner as well!!
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celebrate: national breakfast month

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National Breakfast Month

One of my all-time favorite things is breakfast. So of course – I love everything that has to do with breakfast. And I’ll take it all – pancakes, waffles, eggs and bacon. I will never turn breakfast away!

Lucky me – this month is the perfect time to celebrate all things breakfast. It’s another quirky food holiday – National Breakfast Month – but I say it’s an excuse to eat breakfast any hour of the day!
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30 Hot Dogs to Celebrate National Hot Dog Month

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It’s the end of July! And my favorite food month, because it’s Hot Dog Month! Just because the month is ending doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good hot dog, so I’ve compiled a list of 30 great hot dog recipes from around the web for you. There is one here for everyone!

Hot Dog Recipes
*Southwest Green Chile Cheese Dogs from Everyday Southwest * Corn Pup Muffins from Chocolate Moosey * Taco Dogs from Taste and Tell * Bacon-Wrapped Tex-Mex Dogs from Diethood * Grilled Fajita Hot Dogs from Home Cooking Memories * Poppy Seed Pretzel Dogs from Mom on Time Out * Continue reading “30 Hot Dogs to Celebrate National Hot Dog Month” »

celebrate: 20 can’t miss red, white and blue recipes

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20 Red, White & Blue Recipes

Call me crazy, but I think I actually enjoy the 4th of July as much – if not more – than Christmas. I always look forward to this holiday and the patriotic spirit that comes with it. I love the flags, the fireworks, and the abundance of red, white and blue everywhere you look.

And of course, since I’m a food fanatic, I also love the abundance of red, white and blue food everywhere you look! Here are 20 recipes from around the web that you can’t miss this year! Continue reading “celebrate: 20 can’t miss red, white and blue recipes” »

celebrate: mother’s day

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Berry Tasty Breakfast Cups

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!!

I know that, as a mother, I dream of breakfast in bed, flowers, and drawings from my children.  It really is  a time that I love to sit back and think about what a blessing it is to have my 3 beautiful children.

Every mother’s day, my mom plans a big dinner to invite everyone over for so that all of her daughters and daughter in law don’t have to cook dinner that night. (I know – it doesn’t make total sense since she is a mother, too!!) But since dinner is already taken care of, the husbands and kids get to take care of breakfast, right?

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celebrate: national grilled cheese day

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Did you know that tomorrow is National Grilled Cheese day?

Well, in honor of such a fine day, I wanted to share with you a recent grilled cheese discovery I made!  I love to use my panini maker, and one day I ended up with the combination of ham, havarti cheese, and fig butter!  It was such an interesting combo, and figs go great with cheese and meats!  I find my fig butter at my local Trader Joe’s.

So, what are your favorite grilled cheese pairings?  Do you like jams with your savory sandwiches?

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Leftover Ham Recipes

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25 Leftover Ham Ideas | Cafe Zupas

Happy Easter!

The day has come for the marshmallow bunnies and creme filled eggs and jelly beans galore.  But let’s not forget one important component of Easter – the ham!

I love ham.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the Easter meal.  But for many of us, we will be left with a whole lotta ham when the holiday is over.  But have no fear!  Ham is perfect for leftovers.  And for more than just that ham and swiss sandwich.  Here are 25 great recipes that you need to try to get rid of those leftovers!

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