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Pine Cone Shaped Holiday Cheese Ball

Pine Cone Shaped Holiday Cheese BallThis post is sponsored by REAL® Seal

Pine Cone Shaped Holiday Cheese Ball. I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Thanksgiving is in TWO WEEKS. Maybe I’m just alarming myself. Probably the case. You see, I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the VERY FIRST TIME ever. No pressure right. Who am I kidding. So much pressure. I’m not a planner. Like at all. I’m most definitely in the fly by the seat of my pants category. I’m incredibly jealous of those who have plans. Who make plans. Meal plans especially. It would save me SO much time. Being that this is an important meal, I’m doing my best to embrace planning. And by embrace I mean forcing myself.

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Cake. No matter what is going on, I think we can all agree on cake. Especially when it’s chocolate cake with pecans and drizzled with WHISKEY CARAMEL SAUCE. It’s a show stopper for sure. It’s big, bold, and beautiful (is that a soap opera? I don’t watch a lot of tv anymore but that sounds familiar). I’m always for cake. Always. This one though, you won’t be needing a giant wedge. A little sliver of slice will suffice. It’s deeply decadent. It also let’s me feel like less of a piglet and that’s always a good thing. Not that I’m opposed to a giant slice of cake, when it’s on the lighter side, because y’all, I am an eater after all.

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Old Fashioned Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

I did a little cake thing. Ain’t she purty. I plan on making this beauty for Thanksgiving this year. For once, I’m actually planning ahead. Soley because I’m hosting dinner this year. I’m half excited, half petrified. Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community that I’m proud to a part of is all about these things as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. There are more than 20 blogs sharing recipes today!

The idea is based on an old-fashioned potluck dinner party. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party  (I called cake) so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner, but you can see the entire menu at the bottom of my post in our recipe roundup.

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Fried Cheese Curds with Sriracha Ranch Dipping Sauce

Fried Cheese Curds

Fried cheese curds. That’s really all I need to tell you. Because. It’s cheese and it’s fried. I would’ve had you stop right then and just ask for a bowl but I’m going to do my best to explain how absolutely amazing these are, if, by chance you haven’t had them. I had the great pleasure of having them in Wisconsin a few years back and I’ve been hooked every since. What exactly are cheese curds? Lemme tell you, they’re squeaky fresh delectable cheddar cheese in it’s natural random shape and form before being processed into block of cheddar.

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Baked Brie Naan with Rosemary & Walnuts

Baked Brie Naan with Rosemary and Walnuts

It’s fall y’all! I love this time of year when it’s cooler but not quite cold. The leaves are falling, we’re pulling out our boots and cooking up comfort foods in the oven without fear of overheating the house. Some of my favorite dishes happen during this time of year. I don’t mind at all spending a little extra time in the kitchen making appetizers and desserts. Especially when they’re both sweet and savory. This recipe is exactly that. Woodsy rosemary and nuts combine with tart cherries and bourbon over a bed of oozing baked brie all sitting on top of toasted naan bread. What’s not to love about all that? It’s going to be my go to holiday appetizer and I’m betting it might be yours too.

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Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Doughnuts are my jam. As good as Krispy Kreme doughnuts are (and yes I rack up my fair share of reward points – I just admitted doughnuts are my jam so it should not be a shocker) there’s something special about homemade doughnuts. Working with dough, it’s therapeutic to me. I will never not be amazed with dough. Is it hard? No. Time consuming? Yes. Making doughnuts from scratch takes time. That glorious dough needs time to work it glutenous magic. This is a great recipe to tackle on the weekends when you have a little more time on your hands. Or you could make the dough the night before (which I actually prefer doing) and then just fry them the following morning once they’ve had a chance to rise again. As a non morning person this is a good thing for me.

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