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1 Dough, 4 Christmas Cookies

Save yourself some kitchen time this holiday season - this one dough recipe makes four different kinds of Christmas cookies! I love Christmas and the holiday season and all of the delicious and fun things that this time of year brings into my life. That being said, it's also a super busy time and I like to make sure that I'm using my time wisely. I'm making all kinds of slow cooker and one-pot meals this time of year so that I can spend more time baking cookies, celebrating with friends and family, sending out Christmas cards, and teaching my kids Continue Reading →


Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies

A dip in chocolate and some festive sprinkles turn year-round favorite peanut butter cookies into a delicious Christmas treat. I don't traditionally think of peanut butter cookies as Christmas cookies, but they are one of my all-time favorite cookies, so I thought it would be awesome to make Christmas peanut butter cookies! When you dip the cookies in a bit of melted chocolate and add a few festive sprinkles, you turn a year-round favorite into a tasty seasonal treat perfect for a party! And can we just talk about how perfect that chocolate and peanut butter combo is?! Few things are more Continue Reading →


Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars are simple holiday treats that you can probably make without needing a trip to the store. Watch out - they're addictive!  Confession: I have an outstanding "Mom Date" with a few of my girlfriends to watch Hallmark Christmas movies every Tuesday in December. We've watched Cookie Jar and another one with Candace Cameron Bure in it so far. I'm not sure how this informal mini-tradition started, but I'm so pleased it did. We planned it at a time when the bulk of our kids would be at school or preschool. So we all show up with our Continue Reading →


No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies are simple, delicious treats that can be made in just a few minutes!  There are few things more simple or more delicious than these amazing chocolate covered fluffernutter "cookies." These go by a few names - Ritz Cookies, Cracker Cookies, New Mom Cookies, Knarr Cookies, Ho-Ho's, and a handful of other family specific names. No matter what you call them, you are going to love making and eating these simple treats. These might be a no-brainer for some people, but I actually had never had these until a few years ago, when my sister-in-law made them one Continue Reading →


Soft Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

These soft gingerbread cut-out cookies are sweet, soft, and lightly spiced. They will quickly become a family favorite for the holidays!  Welcome to Cookie Week 2017! I'm so excited to share with you all kind of Christmas cookie inspiration this week (and next!) because this is the most wonderful time of the year indeed. Whether you are attending a cookie exchange, taking treats to work/school/a party, giving goodie plates to neighbors, or just needing a weekend baking session with your people, I have you covered. These cookie recipes are some of my all-time favorites and I can't wait for you to try Continue Reading →


My favorite things GIVEAWAY!

It's my favorite post of the year - my 2016 favorite things giveaway! Enter now to win goodies worth over $500! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering! Few things are more exciting to me than getting this annual giveaway ready for you! I have done this for a few years and it's one of my favorite ways to say thank you to you my wonderful friends and blog readers. I started blogging as a job almost exactly 5 years ago and I had no idea where this journey would take me. I'm so grateful for all of the things I Continue Reading →


2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Food, Farm, Family

This holiday gift guide is all about food, farm, and family. They are all items that you'll truly love or find useful - no clutter here!  I love a good gift guide and I love making them for you to enjoy too! I don't have a big house and I do have a lot of people in it, so when I think about bringing things into my home, I want to truly love them or for them to serve a very useful purpose. I was thinking about what to share with you, and the main topics of my blog kept coming to mind: food, farm, Continue Reading →


Thanksgiving Dishes from Bless this Mess

62 Thanksgiving dishes for your table, from appetizers to desserts. This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn't have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don't have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Thanksgiving recipes, Continue Reading →


Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving - and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn't forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don't you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How's that for awesome!? The beauty of these five Continue Reading →


8 Must-Make Pie Recipes for Your Holidays

8 Must-Make Pies

You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust - so I've pulled together my 8 favorite pie recipes for you, all in one place! After writing a huge post all about pie crust, I wanted to share a few classic, simple, perfect-for-every-holiday pie recipes to go with it. You need something delicious to fill your favorite pie crust and this post is just that - all things pie! I decided I'd group 8 different traditional pie recipes together for you. This way, when you need a pie to try, you can just pop into this post and look around Continue Reading →