Jelly Doughuts (Sufganiyot)

Growing up, my Dad used to get us doughnuts from the bakery on Sundays. Boston cream and jelly. They’re still my favorite doughnuts.

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I had no idea doughnuts were traditional for Hanukkah until we started celebrating with a friend – when asked what we could bring, that’s what she suggested. For the first few years, I was too afraid to actually attempt them myself – we just made a trip to the bakery.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions. I always make a massive amount of cookies – both traditional family favorites and new ones – to share.  We bring the cookies to every holiday party we’re invited to, and then fill some containers for recipients of the church’s wish tree and make up a big platter to go to the soup kitchen’s Christmas dinner.

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These were one of my new tries for this year. I was drawn in by the color – it’s always fun to vary the cookie tray up with more color – but the subtle flavors really won me over.

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Dark Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Pears

Caramel apples are so fun – and synonymous, for me at least, with fairs and being outside in the fall. Dark Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pears are their classier cousin – a little more refined and perfect for your holiday table.

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I’ll willingly confess that for years I’ve wanted to be the person that could easily whip up something chocolate dipped. I always thought there was some huge secret I was missing out on – and it turns out there was… good chocolate.

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Gingerbread is my favorite holiday flavor. It may be because my German grandfather always sent us enormous batches of gingerbread cookies, but for me the flavors of gingerbread are just synonymous with the season.

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This dip is the easiest gingerbread dessert you’ll find – no bake, and ready for company in 5 minutes.

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Caramel Cranberry Pear Tart

Pies are a Thanksgiving staple, but sometimes can be tedious to make. When I want the flavors of a pie without all the work, I opt for a free-form tart, like this beauty.

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This is a really simple dessert, but taking the time to cut the pears into fancy fans makes it a showstopper.

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November Recipe Round-Up {Thanksgiving Recipes}

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Spending a day with family eating and counting our blessings is totally my jam. I’ve already been planning my menu for the year – and if you haven’t yet, we’ve got you covered!
This month’s recipe round-up is Thanksgiving themed. From basic go-to dishes to nontraditional desserts to ways to use up leftovers, we’ve got a little of everything for you below!

Don’t forget to check back at the end of each month to see the next themed round-up to help you with your meal ideas and menu planning! Keep reading to see all the November ideas.

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Buttermilk Passion Fruit Pound Cake with Blood Orange Glaze

It’s the final #FreakyFruitsFriday of the year, and I’ve saved the best for last! How do I know this one is good? Well, I brought it to book club and came home with one slice. If you saw the spread our book club puts on, you’d understand what a feat that was!

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This cake featured two of the awesome “freaky” fruits Melissa’s Produce sent – passion fruits and blood oranges.

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24 Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats

What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate and peanut butter.

24 Chocolate + Peanut Butter Treats

Seriously, it’s my favorite combo – and by blog shows it. Below, I’ve rounded up two dozen of my favorite chocolate and peanut butter treats that I’ve blogged so far.

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Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffins

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #Choctoberfest . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Choctoberfest recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Raise your hand if you’re raising a strong-willed child! I love my daughter immensely, but sometimes I swear she just wants to push my buttons.

For example, her 3-year-old preschool class lets you sign up to bring a snack on Fridays. What did she insist she wanted to bring? Spicy pizza muffins.

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For the record, I have never made any spicy pizza muffins. Nor do I think she would eat them – never mind serving them to a group of 3-year olds.

After much, much negotiation, we settled on chocolate muffins instead.

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October Recipe Round-Up {Halloween & Fall Recipes}

October is here – and I am HERE for it! It’s one of my favorite months – full-on fall fun that ends with Halloween. What is there not to love?

This month, the recipe round-up features Halloween and fall recipes from our blogger group, including a lot of really fun ideas for serving up Halloween meals and treats.

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