Cranberry Salsa

Need an appetizer for your holiday get together but don’t have the time for anything involved? This is your answer.

Cranberry Salsa is sweet and tart and pairs perfectly with salty tortilla chips. Better yet, it only takes 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. Jalapenos add flavor and color, but not a lot of heat so this is perfect for everyone – even those who don’t like spicy salsas.

This red-and-green salsa is perfect for the holiday season! It’s festive and easy – what more could you want?

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

This comforting meal is perfect for a busy weeknight – with only five minutes of prep, you’ll have a dinner packed with fall flavors thanks to a few simple ingredients and the magic of the slow cooker.

The star of this recipe is the cranberry sauce – which also makes it an ideal use for any cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving dinner!

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Easy, Classic Cranberry Sauce

If you think you don’t like cranberry sauce, it’s because you haven’t made it yourself. Homemade cranberry sauce is far superior to it’s canned cousin – and it’s super easy to make.

This cranberry sauce is tangy and sweet and uses just four ingredients.

Adding this to your holiday menu won’t add a lot of work to your plate either – this can be made up to a week in advance and only takes about 15 minutes to pull together.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

You know the classic treat muddy buddies or puppy chow? Where you shake cereal in a combo of melted chocolate and peanut butter and then shake them again in powdered sugar? These cookies are and ode to that.

Fudgy chocolate is piped over soft peanut butter cookies and then they’re pressed into powdered sugar to coat. These cookies are absolutely a special treat!

Whether you’re making these as a stand-alone dessert or as part of a holiday cookie tray, they will definitely be a hit.

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Gingerbread Biscotti

This is the biscotti you want to dunk in your coffee (or hot chocolate!) this holiday season. I promise.

It has all the flavor of your favorite gingerbread cookie, in a thick, chewy bar perfect for sopping up your favorite drink. They are an opportunity to turn every coffee break into a holiday celebration.

Slices of gingerbread biscotti piled in a white mug with snowflakes and the words "warm wishes". More biscotti sit next to the mug.

And if you’re thinking, meh, biscotti isn’t my thing – I’m here to tell you that you need to try making it yourself. These are so, so much better than the dry and crumbly store-bought biscotti you’re imagining!

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Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic – but I never think of them as a Christmas cookie. In this recipe, they get some additional mix ins that make them absolutely perfect for the holiday season. These are soft and chewy, with sweet bites from the cherries and chocolate. They’re a great stand-along treat or a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray.

These are based on one of my Opa’s cookie recipes from his years working in a bakery, which means they’re foolproof. Because no-one has time for cookies that might not turn out perfectly in a bakery – or during the the holidays.

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The Best Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookies are an awesome option for Christmas cookies because they’re so easy to bake up. This dough is foolproof, can be dressed up a bunch of different ways, and can even be frozen – so you can prep it when things are not crazy and still have warm, fresh cookies ready for Santa!

Green and red swirl cookies spread out on a surface and in a bowl.

You can make these cookies your own by changing up the dough colors, dipping them in sanding sugar, or rolling them in sprinkles. I love leaving the dough uncolored and then dipping the cookies in red or green sugar. And rolling them in blue sprinkles make them perfect for Hanukkah!

Or, divide the dough and make a few different designs from one batch. The possibilities are endless!

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Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

I think carrots are the most underrated fall vegetable. They don’t get a lot of love, but picked after the first frost? So good. They also add so much color to the table!

This beautiful side dish will be a treat whether you’re making it for a holiday or a weeknight! It’s ready in about a half hour, and the pesto can bed made ahead, so it’s a no-fuss side that looks like you’ve put a lot of effort into it.

A close up of roasted carrot sticks in a white serving dish topped with pesto.

This recipe uses both the carrot and the carrot top, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to be conscious of food waste – we use the whole plant here!

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Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to cook up your sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving this year, look no further! These creamy sweet potatoes are topped off with sugary pecans for the perfect combo of soft and chewy, sweet and savory.

Made using fresh sweet potatoes, pecans, and maple syrup, they’re absolutely packed with the flavors of fall.

Overhead shot of a casserole dish with mashed sweet potatoes topped with pecans.

This side dish is also simple to make – and easy to make ahead – so you won’t get overwhelmed by adding it to your holiday menu.

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Crowd Cow Review: Simple, Sustainable Meat & Seafood

I received free product from Crowd Cow in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Do you know where your meat comes from? Where it’s raised? How it’s raised?

If the answer is “no, not really”, it’s ok – it’s exactly what I would have answered a few weeks ago.

We are a family who has had a farm share for years and knows all the local farm stands. But meat? That seemed really daunting. I couldn’t see myself going farm to farm tracking down what was on my grocery list. I didn’t see another option – until I learned about Crowd Cow.

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