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Mushroom and Bacon Tart

Mushroom and Bacon Tart

Mushroom and Bacon Tart. Are you ready to dive into this deliciousness? I am. I’m ridiculously excited about sharing this recipe. For many many reasons. The first is because is it by one of my best-est friends on the planet. Meredith. Not only that, it’s from her cookbook. Her COOKBOOK. I’m so proud of her and really do believe in this cookbook. Meredith knows FOOD. She’s so incredibly talented at putting foods together in ways that you might not even think of. Her flavor combinations and creativity continually blow my mind. Besides knowing food she’s just an awesome person Texan. To this day she remains the best airport pickup I’ve ever had. A giant sombrero and a cooler full of margaritas (not for her she was driving) to welcome us to the Lone Star state. Meredith is all about entertaining and so is her cookbook.

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies. I’m kinda of a cookie fiend. I can never ever eat just one. I’ve tried.  In fact I keep trying just to prove myself wrong. I’m winning on this bet even though I’m losing. Know what I mean? I prefer soft chewy cookies. I’m not really a crispy cookie kinda girl. Not that I would turn that one down mind you, I’d just have to dunk it in coffee or what not. I’m resourceful like that. These are melt in your melt good cookies that remind me of gingerbread just better.

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Holiday Cookie Roundup

Hot Shot Whiskey Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

WHISKEY BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Tis the season for baking cookies. Amiright? If you have a cookie swap to go to, or friends to gift edible goodies (your children’s teachers, the mailman, neighbors – the list is long), you’re more than likely looking at cookie recipes. Instead of having to search and bookmark multiple ones, I’ve put together a dozen plus cookie recipes all in one convenient location to make it easy on you. Now all you need to do is choose which one. Can’t help you on that one, I like them all.

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Momma’s Sugar Cookies

Momma's Sugar Cookies

Momma’s Sugar Cookies. I’ve had this post in draft form for 6 years. It just never seemed right to share because I didn’t think I could do the writing or the photography justice to convey how special this is for me. Let me say, I still don’t think I’ve done the photography justice, not really possible, it was taken with shaky hands, I just needed to do this for me. It’s taken me an entire week to cook and shoot because, as the title implies, this is my Momma’s recipe. I’m still missing her beyond belief. This is my first Christmas without her. It’s been a year of firsts without her. They’ve all stung.

I finally understand what it means when people say to remember those hurting and/or alone during the holidays. Growing up, I was aware of this, because my Mom was a natural mother hen. She would always invite people over (mostly the stray Air Force personnel) that didn’t have family, either at all, or close by and they couldn’t get home for the holidays. It was something we just got used to. Having extra people at the house. There was always room at her table. Always. I was aware, but didn’t fully understand what it meant to feel that way until now.  I used to love Christmas. This year it’s just,well, different. I’m trying to find joy in the little things, and making these cookies was one of them.

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Rocky Road Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies
Rocky Road Cookies. This is the only kind of rocky road I like ; ) The one that is rocky because of chocolate, nuts and marshmallows. Now I know some people think the nuts are optional, but you can’t have rocky road without nuts. You just can’t. If you opt to leave them out you’ve just got a fluffy chocolate road. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just not a rocky road. Details. They’re big to me. Also big to me are COOKIES. And ’tis the season for cookies.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving this week? I’m in a bit of a tizzy because I’m hosting this year. My first year EVER hosting the entire she-bang. No pressure. Okay, my head is about to explode, but I’m not thinking about it. Instead, I’m focusing on the food and the fat pants that I’m going to need on Friday. I have to admit, the side dishes are my favorite. Yes, I’m going to have turkey, because TURKEY. Honestly, I get more excited about turkey leftovers (turkey pot pie, turkey pizza, turkey sandwiches) but the sides are where it’s at for me.

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