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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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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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