Quick Clean Tips For The Holiday Season

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WipeAwayHolidayMess #CollectiveBias To have the best stress-free holiday you can have, now is the time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the holidays. Nothing feels better than sitting down to a holiday meal with family and friends in a cozy and clean home. The cleaning part can be overwhelming especially when you have to cook a large elaborate meal and your schedule before the holiday season is swamped with never ending to-do lists and activities. Today, I am sharing how I…

Cranberry Dark Chocolate Granola Bars (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)

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These homemade Cranberry Dark Chocolate Granola Bars are packed with superfoods – whole oats, hemp seeds and pepitas. Keep these in the freezer for easy grab-and-go snacks during the holiday rush for a healthy energy boost! Today’s post is a guest post from Michelle at Vitamin Sunshine. Earlier in November my baby boy was born and Michelle was very kind to offer to guest post on my blog during this first month. She has a fabulous food blog where she shares mouthwatering recipes low in sugar, gluten-free and always full of healthy ingredients. Check out her chewy irresistible granola cookies  that…

Smoked Salmon Crostini and Wine Pairing

Smoked Salmon Crostini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CallieCrew #CollectiveBias Smoked Salmon Crostini paired with Chardonnay wine is very easy to put together and perfect for a girls night in, entertaining or a game day appetizer. I love to spend time with girlfriends chatting about exciting things in our life – travel plans, good food, work success and just having fun. We always have such a great time together catching up, and laughing non-stop. If you want a perfect night in,…

Apple Almond Cake (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Apple Almond Cake (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

This simple apple almond cake is made with just a few simple ingredients. But don’t let its simplicity fool you – it’s delicious and has a very delicate apple and almond flavor. It is paleo and gluten-free too! I love that it’s moist and very light, not too sweet. It’s perfect for an afternoon coffee or tea. The combination of apples and almonds is also fantastic! I usually love to mix apples, walnuts & cinnamon when I bake fall cupcakes or cakes. But this time I wanted to try something different, and it turned out amazing! This cake will also go…

Harvest Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Harvest Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Are you looking for a great holiday side dish recipe? How about this delicious, healthy Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad that is surprisingly quick and easy to put together? It makes enough for 8-10 serving sizes depending on your appetite. You can also make several days ahead of time and refrigerate it to be ready for Thanksgiving or any holiday. Just add the chopped baby kale and the balsamic vinaigrette before serving. I prefer to eat it warm, so I would warm it up first before adding the final touches. This holiday side dish is absolutely fantastic and you will get rave…

Pork Medallions with Creamy Mushroom Marsala Sauce

Pork Medallions with Creamy Mushroom Marsala Sauce

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all mine. Fall weeknight dinners don’t get more convenient than this – marinated pork tenderloin roasted to perfection and served with a creamy mushroom marsala sauce and your favorite side or salad. And the best part is that it takes less than 30 minutes to cook. You will love this tried and true, quick and easy method for preparing a pork loin. Searing the pork forms a lovely crust sealing the natural juices, and then roasting it in the oven to perfection. It’s super simple…

Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizers

Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizers

I feel like the holidays are around the corner and while we all enjoy holiday parties and time spent with family, this time of the year can become overwhelming, stressful and expensive. So today, I am sharing with you how to decrease your holiday party stress by making these easy delicious Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizers. These pretty and elegant appetizers are easy to make – a no-bake recipe that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and they are inexpensive . The appetizers are perfect not only for holidays but also for Game Day, a family get-together or a light afternoon snack during…

Flourless Walnut Chocolate Cake

Flourless Walnut Chocolate Cake

This decadent and light flourless walnut chocolate cake is gluten free and so delicious! It is moist and the white chocolate glaze pairs wonderfully with the light walnut cream between the layers. Match made in heaven! I have been experimenting with baking gluten free cakes and this one turned out fantastic! It rises beautifully even though there is no flour. I used ground walnuts and almond meal as a substitute, and of course baking soda and baking powder. Also, separating the egg whites from the egg yolks and beating them with the mixer separately, makes them so fluffy and creates…

Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy

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These delicious and juicy Salisbury steak meatballs with mushroom gravy are great over egg noodles, mashed potatoes or over mashed cauliflower bake. They are made in one skillet and come together in less than 30 minutes. A great dinner idea for busy weeknights. The flavors of the sauce are so good – mushrooms, onions and beef stock. Fall is almost around the corner, and I have been dying to make some warm, juicy meatballs  with delicious gravy. I can’t wait for colder days, trees changing their leaves, warm beverages, and comforting meals. These meatballs hit the spot. True comfort food made with…

Spicy Chicken Riggies

Spicy Chicken Riggies

Spicy Chicken Riggies or Spicy chicken rigatoni is a hearty pasta dish made with sauteed chicken, peppers, and rigatoni pasta, all tossed in a delicious creamy ragu sauce. It’s an Italian – American dish that is very popular in the state of New York. This chicken pasta dish a true comfort food – warm, hearty and brings the whole family around the dinner table. This dish reminds me of my childhood – the flavors and the smell of the pasta sauce cooking on the stove bring memories of my childhood. Home cooked meals are so special and I hope to be able…