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Bacon Mac N Cheese

Bacon Mac N Cheese is pure decadence. A creamy sauce of heavy cream, sharp cheddar, white cheddar and mozzarella cheese is melted together until smooth, folded with crispy bacon pieces and pasta shells. Every crevice of every shell is filled with a cheese sauce so...

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Pumpkin Donuts are everything you could want in a pumpkin donut and more. A sweet, cinnamon-spice-speckled pumpkin cake batter is piped into a donut pan and baked to golden brown perfection. Then, rolled in melted butter and coated with a...

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate makes all your hot chocolate dreams come true! Creamy coconut milk is swirled together with bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate and almond extract until hot and steamy. Ladle the coconut hot chocolate into a chocolate and toasted...

Apple Butter Cheesecake

Apple Butter Cheesecake is as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Perfectly spiced apple butter is swirled with a classic, tangy cheesecake batter and poured over a buttery, graham cracker crust. Topped with a cinnamon sour cream topping, this cheesecake is one for...

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings

Smoked BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings is an appetizer that is the best of both worlds! Sweet bbq sauce is swirled with hot and tangy buffalo sauce to make each chicken wing the perfect bite. Smoky, tangy, sweet and spicy crispy chicken wings that will disappear before...

The Monthly Scoop – September 2019

Welcome to another post of The Monthly Scoop! September has already come and gone and it was a pretty darn good one. The kitchen was busy as 11 recipes were made and posted, the smoker whipped out several meat-sweats-worthy meals and we started to jump into Fall with...

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad

Harvest Apple Chopped Salad is everything that you could want in a simple salad recipe and more. Fresh, chopped kale is tossed with honeycrisp apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds and a homemade honey mustard dressing. Each bite is bursting...

Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza

Sometimes you just need a slice of pizza, and thats where this Fresh Mozzarella and Pepperoni Pizza comes in! Creamy, fresh mozzarella slices melt perfectly into the crispy pepperoni so that each bite is loaded full of flavor and stringy cheese. A dinner recipe that...

Spiced Apple Butter Bread

Spiced Apple Butter Bread is a perfect fall baking recipe! Each slice is like a warm, sweet apple wrapped up in a cinnamon blanket. Serve the bread warm from the oven with a smear of extra apple butter and it's a match made in heaven! Apple butter is like an apple...

Toasted S’mores Cupcakes

Toasted S'mores Cupcakes are a cupcake lover's dream come true! A moist and decadent chocolate cupcake is topped with a swirl of marshmallow fluff cream cheese frosting, dusted with crumbled graham crackers and a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Each bite will have you...

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a perfect weeknight dinner! Colorful bell peppers and chipotle chicken simmer and caramelize together on one sheet pan. Scoop it all into a tortilla, top with some sour cream and fresh avocado and you have a delicious, simple dinner on...

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs is a simple twist on a classic hot dog dish. Hot dogs are piled high with a quick, homemade chili, a generous sprinkle of cheese, and then baked until crispy and melted. Serve them up with a dollop of sour cream, fresh green onions and, of...

How to have a Cozy Christmas Morning

If you know me, I am just absolutely in love with the holidays. Yes, that may sound oh-so basic, but I love the family, friends, food, warmth, laughter, and all the good feels it brings! Gathering around with loved ones is one of my favorite things to do, especially when there is yummy food involved! Christmas morning is no exception to that. So let’s grab a blanket, put on our fuzzy socks and make it a Cozy Christmas Morning.

Ever since John and I got married, we started to realize the importance of making Christmas morning special. We were no longer with our families right away and had each other to spend the morning with. Here’s a few ways how we make our Christmas morning special and cozy:

Take it slow, Snuggle often, Savor the time

We are always so used to getting up and hitting the ground running right away in the morning, so it is nice to have a morning to just savor the time together and snuggle our sweet pups. Even if you are single or don’t have furry pups to snuggle, just take a few extra minutes to relax and savor a few more minutes snuggled up under the covers! It won’t be wasted time. Especially if it’s cold outside – getting out from under the covers is just so hard!

Eat Breakfast in Bed

You are never too old to eat breakfast in bed. There’s just something so fun about being able to make a quick dash to the kitchen, load up with goodies and sneak back under the covers before all the heat escapes. Here’s a couple of our favorite drinks and breakfast treats to enjoy in the morning:

Make Your Own Traditions

As I was mentioning earlier, we realized that once we were married we had the chance to make our own Christmas traditions! Don’t worry, we are still hanging onto all the ones that we have with our families, but it has been so special and fun to start our own. Even if it is something so small, make it yours. Married or not, you can do it. One way that we have started our own tradition is to make and give each other stockings on Christmas morning. They don’t have to be full of anything spectacular or expensive, and that is what makes them so fun and casual.

Wear Comfy Clothes!

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it really does make a difference! If you’re anything like me, you are so much more yourself when you are comfortable in what you are wearing. If you are into the matching pajama thing, do it! Otherwise, I think its fun to pick out something cozy to wear, even if it is just a new pair of socks or some comfy sweats! Here is what we love this year:

PS: you can never go wrong with a good ol’ Christmas scented candle either!

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