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Chicken Quinoa Salad

An easy to make healthy meal packed with quinoa, chicken, greens and fresh lemon flavor!

Snack Mix

A perfect after school snack for kids that is super quick, easy and fun.

Turkey Cheddar Pinwheels

These easy to prepare pinwheels have a nice combination of flavors and colors that everyone will simply love.

Penne and Meatballs

A make-ahead freezer-friendly recipe delivers delicious pasta and meatballs to your table in no time.

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Loaded Carnitas Nachos

By: Lauren Brennan, Lauren's Latest

The only thing better than nachos are Loaded Carnitas Nachos! With a few helpful tricks, you can have this amazing, homemade appetizer on your table in minutes!

Hassle-Free School Supply Shopping

Shopping for school supplies is easier when you know what you’re looking for. Let our lists below—broken down by school year—give you an edge.

Homework Help

Homework is part of daily life during the school year. If you make it as pleasant as possible, you can help improve your child’s attitude about schoolwork. This is where the homework caddy comes in.

Lunchtime Combos Made Easy

Sending lunch to school in a multi-segment box container means no more ho-hum lunches and no lunchtime rut for your student. Keep it healthy and fun with any of these combos:

Morning Routines

Once school starts, those lazy summer mornings are history. To ensure that weekday mornings run smoothly, it’s best to have a plan. Here’s a list to get your kids out the door with everything they need for a great school day. Once they’re on board, you’ll be rewarded with a moment to catch your breath as well.

Snack Stations

Kids are often hungry when they walk through the door after a long day at school. With varied lunchtimes, children are usually ready to fuel up once they get home. Lets’ make it easy for them to enjoy good-for-you snacks by creating an After-School Snack Station.

4 Easy DIY Back-To-School Plant-Based Meals

By: Margaret Chapman, The Plant Philosophy

Back-to-school lunches are here! I’m so excited to be sharing content geared towards vegan kiddos, however adults can have a little fun and make these for themselves too. Really this is perfect for all ages because you can modify each as needed. A little meal prep never hurt anyone.

Pineapple Orange Slaw

Pineapple, mandarin oranges and avocado will make this the best sweet and sour slaw you’ve ever tasted!

Summer Taco Bar

Throw a summer season party for friends and family and have whole array of toppings so everybody can enjoy this taco feast!

Salmon Asparagus Packets

Grilling salmon inside foil makes it incredibly flavorful, juicy and flaky. You are going to love this recipe!

Chicken BBQ Kebabs

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest, and these kebabs are just that!

Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is always key, especially when summertime heats up. If you’re physically active, you have even more reason to drink lots and lots of water. But let’s be honest: Water, though refreshing, can also be boring. Yet the more appealing juices, sodas, energy drinks and teas can be frighteningly high in sugar. A better bet is to infuse your own fruit-flavored water.

Light it Up!

Outdoor parties are practically essential come summertime and if these get-togethers slide into evening hours, you can easily keep the lights on with any of these lighting hacks.

No Mess BBQ

Summer’s here, which means barbecue season is in full swing! Whether you’re grilling for immediate family or inviting a crowd, these simple steps will make your event—and the clean-up that comes afterward—simple and fun.

Pretty as a Pineapple

Should you be looking for a little “wow” to brighten your summertime table, this pineapple vase is it! Not only is it fun and seasonal, it’s also waste-free as you’ll be using the edible fruit, too. To create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece, you need only an attractive, healthy pineapple, sharp knife and large spoon.

Shrimp Boil

Succulent shrimp, sweet juicy ears of corn, and smoky sausage - all in one pot!

BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Moist, flavorful meaty ribs are a summer classic. Choose your favorite level of doneness - fall-off-the bone tender or with a little bit of chew.

Blue and Red Velvet Cake

Moist delicious red velvet cake is a classic. We've taken it to the next level by topping the cake with beautiful fresh fruit.

Firecracker Vodka Lemonade

There's no substitute for fresh lemon juice in real lemonade. A shot of ice cold vodka adds a little extra pop to the flavor.

Tortellini Caprese Salad

All of the flavors of the classic Italian caprese salad are combined in this easy picnic pasta salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls combine with Italian dressing for a winning flavor combo.

Raspberry Lemonade Slush

Lemonade concentrate and carbonated lemon-lime soda combine for a sparkling, refreshing summer beverage. Red frozen pops and blue candy sippers add a fun twist.

Fresh Mango Salsa

Sweet-tart juicy Mango Salsa is a hit at any summer picnic. Serve it with chips, or spoon it over grilled chicken or on grilled burgers.

Grilled Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon heated on the grill takes on a whole new flavor and texture. The sweet smoky flavor is enhanced by the salty feta cheese and bacon.

Raspberry Banana Fizz

Adding carbonation to pureed frozen fruit provides you with a smoothie with attitude! The bubbles add a refreshing fizz to the beverage.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Limeade adds an extra sweet-tart flavor to the fresh fruits of summer and gives the fruits a glossy shine.

Hearty Picnic Baked Beans

Andouille sausage adds a smoky, slightly spicy flavor to thick and hearty baked beans. Baking time helps concentrate all of the robust flavors.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad Bites

Loaded baked potatoes and potato salad are family picnic favorites. We've combined both in these fun little 2-bite appetizers.

Fresh Fruit Tart

This tart can easily be made square, rectangular or round. And feel free to switch up the fruit to use whatever is fresh and in season.

More S'mores!

Summer isn’t summer without s’mores. Whether you’re looking for specific instructions on how to build your favorite campfire treat or a more relaxed mix-and-match approach, your s’more options are many!

Hot Dog Toppings!

Wherever you’re travelling this 4th of July, we have you covered with our regional hot dog and topping suggestions.

No-Sew American Flag Photo Backdrop

Want to send guests home with a snapshot of their time at your July 4th gathering? This lovely DIY backdrop is all you’ll need to furnish a patriotic photo booth.

"Firework" Poppers

Fireworks are fun, but you can shake things up a bit with these kid-friendly homemade poppers.

Bandana Bonanza

Bring red, white and blue outdoors with patriotic and festive centerpieces. These DIY projects are as easy as gathering a stack of inexpensive red, white and blue bandanas (dollar and discount stores are great places to look) and assembling as desired. Wrinkle-free bandanas look best on the table, so you’ll want to iron any that look less than perfect.

Sugar & Spice Rubbed Sirloin

Use this sugar and spice rub that caramelizes on the grill and creates a crackling, burnt sugar char and juicy, rare center.

Chili Rubbed Steak Tacos

Load these tacos with spice rubbed steak slices and lots of toppings for a satisfyingly salty crunch and soft taco. If serving guests, have them join in the fun by prepping and getting all the toppings ready for indulging.

Turkey Cheddar Burgers

These burgers will change your mind about ground turkey! A deliciously satisfying stuffed burger made with change of pace ground turkey, loaded with flavor.

Green Chili Burgers

Spicy and full of flavor, these burgers are sure to please everyone with their varied toppings. Pass additional hot pepper sauce for those who want an extra kick!

Lemonade: 3 Ways

This scratch-made lemonade is perfect to quench those summer thirsts with its tart, sweet and cold refreshment. Try our three variations below!

Piña Colada Shrimp Kabobs

Why limit that fabulous combo of rum, pineapple and coconut to a glass? Piña colada ingredients make a dynamite marinade for shrimp destined for the grill.

Basil Martini

This vodka based martini embraces a perfect balance of ingredients.

Craft Beer Bloody Mary

Try this modern take on a classic Bloody Mary, using your favorite craft beer and spicing things up!

Pink Champagne Bellinis

A quenching froth of fresh peach puree combined with dry pink champagne, which gives those less than perfect peaches a sunset colored cocktail.

Summer Berry Sauté

Enjoy this quick, incredibly easy and delicious dessert…perfect served over ice cream, frozen yogurt, toasted angel food or pound cake slices.

Blueberry Cornbread

Warm cornbread shot through with blueberries create a contemporary sidekick for grilled foods and picnic entrees.

Fruit Pizza on the Grill

A delicious and fun-filled way to end a summer meal, or treat everyone to a sweet snack from the grill, this fruit pizza will have everyone wanting another piece.

Signature Pizza on the Grill

Don’t panic! Making your own pizza dough and sauce is easy…and both can be made ahead of time! so that when it’s grill time, you are cool, calm and collected and ready for all the compliments!

Waffles on the Grill

Breakfast on the grill? Why not! Easily enjoy frozen waffles grilled and topped with fruit and maple syrup…what a way to start the day!

Easy Granola Bars

Granola bars can be simple to make—and you can make them your signature bars by changing the nuts, dried fruits and other add-ins.

6 Tips for the Perfect Backyard BBQ

Backyard grilling is more fun with friends, so call everyone over for the day or just for dinner. There are ways to simplify in order to spend less time working and more time mingling.

Sunny Sangria Bar

Treat your guests to a fun sangria bar. We typically think of sangria as being red or pink, but this bar will celebrate summer with cheerful orange and yellow accents. We’ll use white wine as a base and offer many different choices so guests can mix up their own unique concoctions—from strong to sweet and everything in between.

Beach or Pool Packing List

Hitting the beach, pool or waterpark is a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day. In all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to pack the items you’ll want for a more fulfilling trip.

Summer Skin Care

Our skin has been craving the bright, warm comfort of sunshine and the gentle breezes of summer. We may be anxious to wear our tanks, shorts, dresses and swim suits, but it’s important to take good care of that exposed skin throughout the season. Sunscreen, bug repellant and aloe vera are three summertime essentials you should never leave the house without.

The Favorite Brunch Burger

Build a delicious burger with eggs, lean beef, cheese and mayonnaise on a bun and there you have it: Brunch!

Barbecued Turkey-Apple Burgers

Shredded apple adds a touch of sweetness and makes these turkey burgers extra juicy. Sharp Cheddar and burger toppings keep them classic.

Piled High Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Slow cooking doesn’t have to take all day. When cooking on high, chicken breasts cook rather quickly. Just check for doneness with a meat thermometer.

Queso Potato Nachos

Serve these yummy nachos as an appetizer or as a side dish with tacos or steak.

Parmesan Ranch Grilled Potatoes

Steakhouse-style potato wedges are easy to fix on the grill, and the flavors of Parmesan and ranch are crowd-pleasing favorites.

Butter Rum Ice Cream Float

A classic summer dessert gets a new flavor combination with butterscotch and rum. Everyone in the family can enjoy this ice cream treat by substituting rum extract for the rum.

Waffle Sundaes

A sweet and toasty waffle makes a great base for this ice cream sundae.

Craft Beer Tasting for Dad

Dad will love a relaxing day punctuated by a Craft Beer Tasting. Spend a lazy morning together, maybe go out and do something in the afternoon, and then come dinner time, present your surprise—his favorite meal with something new and special.

Gifts for Dad

Sunday, June 18 is Father’s Day! The kids are out of school, summer has begun and it’s the season for fun. What’s your dad’s or husband’s favorite warm-weather activity? This year consider planning a gift package around something you already know he enjoys. It will give the season a fresh spin and let him know you’re interested in spending time together.

Carnation and Lily Bouquet with Printable Tags

Here’s a simple and beautiful DIY gift idea for you that is great for spring occasions such as Teacher Appreciation Day or Admin Appreciation Day, as well as Mother’s Day. Or just to brighten the day of a sick friend or someone going through a hard time.

Southwest Potato Skillet

This easy breakfast skillet comes together in no time. Swap out the sausage links with cooked chorizo and add a few more nacho toppings, like pinto beans, green onion and jalapeño, for a loaded breakfast skillet.

Sunrise Mimosa

Start the day with a bit of bubbly and color. This take on a mimosa gets all dressed up with a splash of grenadine. For a non-alcoholic version, substitute sparkling water or ginger ale for the champagne.

Banana Split Cake

All the great flavors of a banana split are featured in this stunning cake. Starting with a cake mix and instant pudding mix make this recipe simple!

Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches with Avocado

Created by: Six Sisters' Stuff

Mother's day is just around the corner - and it's never too early to start thinking of what you want to do for your mom! I decided to have my own brunch with just my little family - and whipped up these super easy croissant breakfast sandwiches.

Cherry Danish

Try this delicious treat with the sweetness and tart of cherry for breakfast, dessert or anytime you’d like!

Fruit and Nut Chopped Salad

Chopped salads make an easy do-ahead recipe that can be tossed together just before serving. This one gets its personality from fruits and nuts.

Mother’s Day Picnic

Dig out that picnic basket and your big outdoor blanket; Mom will love a field trip with her favorite people. It’s early spring and we’re all excited to get outside and visit our favorite parks, lakes and trails.

Make Mom a Flower Arrangement

Flowers for mom are a classic “I Love You” statement on Mother’s Day. While dandelions and daisies from the yard are sweet day-to-day tokens of affection, for mom’s special day create something a little more elaborate. It can be a fun activity for kids and co-parents to do together.

Chicken and Summer Squash Packets

These family-favorite grill packets are a great make-ahead meal. They can be assembled the night before and refrigerated. Just add a couple minutes of grill time.

Grilling Dinner Packets

Using little coblets of corn is a fun way to present these easy dinner packets for the grill. If you prefer, you can substitute 2 cups of fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels for the corn on the cob.

Tandoori Chicken Kabobs

Serve these Middle Eastern inspired kabobs with Jasmine rice, mango and/or cilantro chutney, and warm naan or pita bread.

Pork and Pineapple Skewers

Pork tenderloin is perfect for grilling because it stays tender and juicy. The sweet and slightly spicy rub blends nicely with the sweet pineapple.

Fajita Kabobs

Chicken or steak fajitas? It's easy to provide both when you grill them on individual skewers!

Salmon Burgers

Serve these healthy burgers with lettuce and tomato and your favorite burger condiments.

Bison Burgers

Bison is very lean but stays delicious and juicy when cooked to medium or medium-well doneness.

Pizza Burgers

These juicy burgers are full of family favorite flavors - Italian seasoning, cheese and pizza sauce.

Smoked Salmon

A brown sugar rub/marinade adds a beautiful glaze to this moist lightly smoked salmon. Fruit wood chips provide a delicate smoke flavor that is perfect for the delicate flavor of salmon.

Smoked Pork Chops

Brining keeps these thick pork chops juicy during the long smoking process. The dry rub adds great color and flavor.

Grilled Romaine and Berry Salads

Grilling adds a smoky note to the greens in this knife-and-fork salad, and brings out some of the natural sweetness. It blends well with the sweetness of the berries and vinaigrette.

Stir Fried Grilled Summer Vegetables

You can customize this recipe for delicious grilled vegetables. Add or substitute some of your favorite vegetables, such as fresh mushrooms, bell pepper strips or pea pods.

5 Easy BBQ Tips & Grilling Hacks

It’s finally time to move the cooking outside! Find your favorite apron, make sure you have all the tools you need, and start compiling new recipes. Here are a couple tips to incorporate into your grilling adventures this season.

Global Taste: Dry Rubs to Spice up Summer Grilling

Grilling season is upon is! Wouldn’t it be great to prep a few things in order to save time on busy summer nights, or when you feel like throwing an impromptu get-together? These spice mixes will pair well with meats and fish you love, and if you’ve never grilled fresh vegetables and fruit—here’s your chance.

Vertical Fern Wall

Everyone is anxious to get outside in spring, and this project is easy enough for one afternoon and will make your backyard space more inviting. Recycle a wooden pallet to create a lush fern wall.

Cheeseburger Bites

These little sesame seed buns pack a flavorful punch stuffed with classic cheeseburger ingredients.

Diploma Daiquiri

After years of hard work you have earned it - a cold and refreshing strawberry daiquiri!

Hot Italian Sliders

Melted cheese, tangy vegetables and savory Italian meats will make these easy to make little sandwiches the hit of the party.

Loaded Potato Dip

Potato chips have found their perfect match in this dip loaded with cheese, bacon and chives.

Graduation Party Meal: Build Your Own Gourmet Baked Potato Bar

That comforting aroma of hot baked potatoes right out of the oven will call anyone into the kitchen. Whether they’re doodling in yearbooks, staring at their phones separately-together, or playing a game of bean bag toss in the yard, grads will come running.

Tech Gifts for Grads

Technology is a part of our everyday lives, and it has become a big part of professional success for new grads. Help the graduate in your life by gifting something truly useful to jump-start their next steps. 

Fresh and Fast Guacamole

It only takes a few minutes to create classic restaurant-style guacamole that’s bursting with flavor.

Spicy Fancy Fajitas

A perfect juicy Flat Iron Steak for a Cinco de Mayo party. The tenderness combined with spicy Poblanos, sweet onions, bell peppers makes this an unforgettable dish. Taco night with a mango salsa, hmmm, unbelievable!

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla

One tiny can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce goes a long way. Use a lot or a little to flavor these smoky quesadillas, then freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray for next time.

Avocado & Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

Pre-cook your Mexican chorizo at the beginning of the week and you’ll be ready to pull together breakfast tacos that are fast and filling.

Chorizo Queso Dip

Use this versatile chorizo and cheese dip as a party appetizer, taco filling, or at the center of a delicious breakfast omelet.

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Decedent devil’s food meets dulce de leche when you opt to cover this Mexican chocolate cake with the suggested caramelized sugar frosting.

Fizzy Lime Sodaritas

Margaritas not peppy enough for your party? Add a generous splash of bright and bubbly Mexican soda to a base of tequila, lime and orange juice.

Mexican Snack Squares

Think of these pillowy, cheesy squares as a Tex-Mex take on a traditional pizza – with refried beans, sour cream, and green bell pepper topped with a pile of shredded Cheddar.

Mexican Buffalo Chicken Dip

The cool tang of blue cheese gets a south of the border kick in this dip made with refried beans and taco seasoning. Try serving with a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles or a little cayenne pepper.

Mock Margaritas

You don’t need tequila to throw a fun fiesta. Just blend up a pitcher of this tart and tangy frozen treat. Don’t forget to salt the rim! (

Homemade Churros

The simple goodness of these slivers of dough tossed in cinnamon and sugar gets even simpler when you use a Bisquick mix to make the dough.

Berry Fizz Punch

Your kids will love the fruity taste of this fizzy mocktail almost as much as they’ll love helping you mix the ingredients together.

Chicken Taco Soup

This slow-cooked soup delivers rich flavor without a lot of hands-on time. The only hard part is resisting the urge to taste it as it cooks.

Shrimp Cocktail

Take a cocktail party favorite to the beach with this Bloody Mary-inspired appetizer.

Sopes

Made with the corn masa that’s essential to Mexican cuisine, Sopes are small, thicker tortillas with rim to contain the toppings. Try beans, Mexican cream, avocado slices, and sprinkle of Queso Fresco or farmer’s cheese.

Mini Ranchero Eggs

Perch a complete breakfast on a tortilla base with this fun alternative to the usual eggs and toast.

Mexican Charro Beans

Beer, bacon, and beans come together in meaty dish that will take any burrito to new flavor heights.

Rustic Molcajete Salsa

Fresh salsas are a staple of any Mexican menu. Use a volcanic rock molcajete or a mortar and pestle to grind the ingredients and fully combine the flavors.

Shrimp Ceviche

Mix salad shrimp, pico de gallo and a little lime juice to create a cool summer ceviche that’s perfect for patio entertaining.

Classic Mexican Red Rice

Toss a few ingredients in while your rice is cooking to infuse it with the full flavor of fresh ingredients.

Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Bourbon adds the perfect touch of savory flavor to the smoky marinade in this recipe. Pineapple provides a touch of sweetness to complete it.

Ginger Mint Julep

This variation on a traditional mint julep adds just the right amount of ginger-zing.

Strawberry Filly Lily

Inspired by the Kentucky Oaks, this cocktail is worth taking the day off to enjoy with the races!

Roasted Tomato-Bourbon Jam

Bourbon, tomatoes and jam? It’s a combination you’ve gotta try. This savory spread pairs nicely with cheese and many types of meat, poultry and fish.

Orange Buttercream Bourbon Balls

If you like Old Fashioned cocktails, you’ll love these bourbon balls. With angostura bitters and a bit of orange, it’s a cocktail in candy form!

Hot Brown Pizza

The Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich can be reinvented in so many ways, but the basics of cheese sauce, turkey and toasted goodness must not be tampered with!

Chocolate Walnut Derby Bars

What’s better than a bourbon-spiked walnut bar? Adding chocolate, of course. Use nonstick foil to line the pan for easy release and clean cutting.

Sausage and Cheesy Grits Casserole

Do you love cheesy grits? Then surprise your family and friends with this tasty brunch casserole. Use red, yellow or orange bell peppers for added color.

Cayenne Spiced Pecans

Sweet and sassy…and quick and easy. These supremely snackable pecans can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Galloping Toward Victory

Come Derby Day, get your little ones into the competitive spirit (and exercise their seemingly endless energy) in this race to the finish!

Crowning the Table with Roses

The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because of the garland of 554 red roses draped over the winning horse. (Fun fact: Kroger has made this garland for the Derby since 1987!)

Monkey Bread Muffins

With refrigerated rolls and a few everyday ingredients on hand, you can have ooey gooey warm caramel rolls ready anytime. And kids love eating monkey bread!

Overnight Egg and Sausage Casserole

Egg bakes are great make-ahead dishes for busy times or holidays. They require time for the bread to soak up the custard mixture, so spend a few minutes assembling the casserole the night before and have this yummy family favorite dish ready to bake for brunch in the morning.

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Start a tradition of decorating Easter cookies with the kids or grandkids. This dough is easy to work with and the cookies are sturdy enough for little hands to do the decorating.

Mini Cheesecake Nests

Fun and festive individual cheesecakes are easy to serve! The papers peel right off, so there's no time spent slicing. Just serve on a platter or on individual dessert plates.

Garden Patch Cupcakes

Kids will enjoy decorating these fun cupcakes with chocolate crumb "dirt" and that naughty bunny Peter Rabbit.

Lemon Mint Peas

Garden peas are a classic spring vegetable. Lemon and a hint of mint add to the fresh spring flavor.

Fresh Fruit Platter with Ginger Lime Dressing

This beautiful fruit platter can be made ahead. Peel and slice the fruit, and store each kind separately in the refrigerator. Prepare the dressing and refrigerate until serving time. Just arrange the fruit and whisk the dressing before serving.

Cherry-Glazed Ham

Slightly tangy cherry sauce adds a beautiful glaze to the ham. Served as an accompaniment sauce, it enhances the smoky flavor.

Easter Fun

Encourage the young guests at your Easter celebration to run for their candy and hunt for their eggs!

Basket Bonanza

Easter baskets are traditionally all about the candy, but you can treat the basket recipient to a whole lot of fun by changing things up a bit.

Lovely Lilies

Spring has (finally) sprung and you’ll likely want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Even when you’re indoors, you can stay mindful of nature’s bounty and beauty by arranging vibrant floral bouquets and bringing them inside.

Semolina-Crusted Alaskan Halibut

Semolina is a bit courser than most flour, has an awesome texture and creates a great crust for Alaska halibut. I really enjoy semolina and seafood together. It’s a simple and humble pairing that lends itself to all kinds of sauces and flavors. It won’t distract you from the most important thing on the plate: the fish!

Lemongrass Lemon Meringue Pie

Bursting with fresh lemon taste, this pie is a springtime classic. Serve & enjoy the sweet and tart flavors of this delicious dessert.

Party Plan: Mad About March Viewing Party

When the brackets are in and it’s getting close to tip-off time, we’ve got everything you need to host a marathon party that’s guaranteed to win over your guests.

Beer-itas

Lime beer margaritas are perfect for a game day crowd.

Sriracha Sloppy Joes

A spicy twist on the classic sloppy joe that cooks in the slow cooker so it’s ready whenever your crowd is ready to eat.

Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip

Adding a little of your favorite brew gives this creamy cheese dip a flavorful kick. Try a dark porter for a more robust taste, or a wheat beer to keep things nice and light.

Game Day Ranch Guacamole

Homemade guacamole gets even more exciting with the addition of an Anaheim chile and some ranch seasoning.

Personal BBQ Chicken Pizza

These mini-pizzas make a great game-time snack or an easy weeknight dinner – just toss a salad together while the chicken is marinating and you’ll have a complete meal ready in minutes.

Island Teriyaki Meatballs

Turn these tangy meatballs into a dozen tropical sliders by rolling the meat mixture into patties. Serve topped with more red onion and pineapple on a toasted Hawaiian sweet roll or slider bun.

Ranch Buffalo Wings

Ranch Buffalo Wings

If you know you’re going to be dipping your Buffalo wings into ranch dressing, why not just bake the flavor right into the sauce?

Party Plan: St. Patrick's Day

From tips on tasty drinks and appetizers to fun and easy decorating ideas, you’ll have the luck o’ the Irish on your side this St. Patty’s Day.

Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasted cabbage with a bit of garlic and caraway is perfect as a side for roast meats or even a vegetarian main dish.

Pub Cheese with Guinness

Irish cheddar blended with Guinness beer, garlic and mustard makes the perfect spread for crackers, bread or pretzels.

Lime Sherbet Punch

Festive green punch is a little sweet, a little tart and a whole lot of fun.

Grasshopper Cupcakes

The combination of mint and chocolate is irresistible in these cupcakes finished with a whipped cream frosting.

Irish Brownies

Stout beer brownies with Irish cream frosting for a sweet taste of Ireland.

Ginger Whiskey

Ginger beers give a nice spicy ginger kick to this cocktail.

Kid’s St. Patrick’s Day Fun

If you have the younger set over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you can keep them busy and entertained while also teaching them a thing or two about March 17.

Indoor St. Patrick’s Day Décor

Deck the halls for your St. Patrick’s Day party, and do it kid-style as your little ones draw, cut, staple, glue and paint their way to festive party décor!

Party Plan: Mardi Gras

Check out a parade of fun party ideas and recipes to help make your Cajun celebration fun for everyone.

King Cake Dip

All the flavor of king cake with almost none of the work.

Mardi Gras Grab Bag of Games

If you’re gathering friends and family to help you celebrate this holiday known for its high energy and excess, you’ll up the fun factor by pulling any of the following games out of your party hat.

Mardi Gras Photo Booth

What better souvenir to send home with your party guests than a picture of them letting the good times roll at your Mardi Gras festivities?

Bringing it On: Mardi Gras-Style

A decadent holiday deserves decadent décor. You can pull it off without having to spend oodles of money or overmuch time and effort.

Setting the Table

One you have your Mardi Gras menu planned, your feast is as easy as assembling the recipes (and the ones found here really are that simple) and setting a table worthy of Mardi Gras.

Buggy Bottle Caps

Teach younger generations about upcycling while also encouraging their creativity with these sweet little critter crafts!

Tulip Solo

If there’s one sure sign of spring, it’s tulips. Poking through the barren ground, they brighten often drab end-of-winter surroundings with their beautiful, vibrant and springy hues.

Refrigerator Magnet Planters

Why toss the wine corks when you can instead transform them into adorable miniature planters, complete with live greenery? Making these cute refrigerator magnets is simple and quick and you likely have most of what you need on hand already.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

While spring cleaning traditionally involves more than just a quick vacuum and wiping down of the bathroom mirror, it also doesn’t have to be a month-long cleaning marathon.

Frozen PB and Grapes

Take frozen grapes to the next level with a dip in peanut butter yogurt for a healthy treat with a creamy twist.

Eggs and Toast Muffin Cups

How do you make eggs and toast for a crowd? Try a muffin cup. Buttery toast is the perfect crust for loaded scrambled eggs.

Pineapple Agua Fresca

When is water more than water? When it is blended with fresh pineapple and a hint of honey.

Seared Halibut with Pesto

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Fresh pesto is a snap to make, and in this recipe meaty halibut is seared and finished in the oven.

Fusilli & Arugula Salad

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.

8 Ways to Welcome Spring

I love making small changes to my home to welcome the coming seasons. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it reminds me of flowers, fruit and sunshine. Below are some of my favorite ways to ring in the spring season.

Breakfast Enchiladas

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting. 

A Healthier Easter for Your Kids

Created by: By: Molly Hembree, RDN, LD - Dietitian

Make this Easter both entertaining and health conscious for you and your family by following some of these helpful tips.

Party Plan: Valentine's Day

From tips for a cozy night at home to recipes for a fantastic gathering, we’ve got plenty of Valentine’s Day ideas to warm your heart.

Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Surf & Turf takes on a whole new tasty meaning with these Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers! Start with a juicy Black Angus burger, then add a light and creamy crabmeat topping and crispy bacon. It’s an impressive burger perfect for a special night in.

Salmon with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When it comes to romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day, sharing a home-cooked meal is a memorable, cost-effective and meaningful experience. For a romantic evening in, this baked salmon with lemon-caper sauce is a marvelous choice.

Baked Brie With Pecans and Apricot Preserves

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

For me, Valentine’s Day isn’t a day for expensive gifts, but honoring the love of your life by spending quality time together. A romantic dinner for two is the perfect way to do that. Make the Valentine’s Day meal more special than any other day with some gourmet eats from your own kitchen, like this decadent Baked Brie!

Heart-Shaped Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These sweet potato hearts fit the bill exactly. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper, or even drizzle them with melted butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar for the ultimate treat. Serve these beauties alongside your favorite Valentine’s Day entrée for a vibrant and nutritious meal.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

If you need anything to turn red, beets are your answer. In addition to natural color, you get to enjoy all of the super food properties from the beets. Plus, much like cooking with pumpkin, zucchini, or carrot, beets add moisture and a velvety texture. Their earthy taste pairs especially well with chocolate too. I call that a win-win situation.

Toffee and Chocolate Dessert Cheeseball

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

This simple dessert cheeseball is perfect for all ages to make, and it’s a treat the whole family can enjoy together after dinner. I love to see the look on my kid’s faces as we dig into a dish they helped make! Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to make memories on Valentine’s Day.

Mini Heart-Shaped Puff Pastry Pizzas

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These mini pizzas pack in a double whammy – not only are they miniature, but they are heart-shaped, which means they’re infinitely more adorable than your average pie. I also love that these are a perfect way to include the kiddos in your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Chocolate Truffles With Dates, Cocoa and Coconut

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Whenever possible, I try to keep my dessert recipes on the clean end, using whole food, un-processed ingredients. Of course, chocolate treats that don’t require a huge time investment and only call for a few ingredients are an ultimate bonus. This chocolate truffle recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, but also melt-in-your-mouth delicious all while staying on the healthful end of the dessert spectrum.

Creamy Strawberry Shake

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Strawberry shakes are one of my favorite treats to make throughout the year, but they’re particularly lovely on Valentine’s Day since they’re a pretty pink hue. Try out this recipe this Valentine’s Day in place of a sugary cocktail and you’ll get all the same delicious, special occasion flavor with none of the side effects.

Risotto with Asparagus

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Use good-quality Parmesan for a winning risotto. This recipe works well with fresh mushrooms, too!

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Many people skip the big gifts on Valentine’s Day, opting for a heartfelt card instead. Well, nothing is more heartfelt than making a handmade card from scratch. These glittery Valentine’s Day cards are easy to make and offer a great opportunity to get the kids involved.

Frost Your Own Cookie Bar

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sugar cookies are delicious, there is no doubt. A sugar cookie bar is a great reason to gather with family and friends and enjoy something sweet this Valentine’s Day. Whether you eat all the finished products or give them away, just enjoy and have fun!

DIY Heart T-shirt

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Show your kids how much you love them this Valentine’s Day by crafting a DIY heart t-shirt with them. The kids can make mom a homemade t-shirt as a thoughtful gift, or they can craft up a shirt for to wear on Valentine’s Day. It’s a win-win, and super cute.

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

With four kids, my mornings are very hectic and I don’t have much time to prepare a healthy breakfast for my family. I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time, and reheat each oatmeal cup within seconds. I think they taste wonderful plain, but you can also top them with some Greek yogurt and/or fruit!

Basil and Strawberry Infused Chia Seed Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

The new year is here and it’s time to make those resolutions! One of mine is always to give my body food and drinks that make me feel good, and water is always at the top of that list. Here is one of my favorite recipes to spice up plain water and get in the habit of drinking it a little bit more.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This snack is a lighter swap for any game day celebration that offers those familiar buffalo flavors with a fraction of the calories. I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.

Braised Winter Vegetables

Roast a big batch of winter’s best veggies and enjoy serving them in a variety of ways. Best yet, skip most of the peeling and chopping by purchasing ready-to-cook squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts in the produce section.

Southwest Chicken and Rice Bowls

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

I have found that the best way to eat lighter throughout the week is to prep some of my meals ahead of time so that they are ready to go in the fridge. When something is ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab it, rather than other less healthy options. This recipe is very simple and versatile so you can add additional veggies if you like.

Creamy Chicken Soup

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This is the time of year I love to cook big meals. That’s why I’m especially fond of hearty soups. Not only do they incorporate lots of fresh veggies, but they are so comforting and satisfying. This soup is also a perfect freezer meal because you can double or triple the batch and then just freeze what you don’t plan on eating that night for another day.

Easy Lunch Bowl Combinations

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Lunch bowls are a great go-to for lighter eating, and you can prep them at the beginning of the week for so many different combinations. Use this variety of grains, proteins, vegetables and toppings to mix and match for lunch throughout the week to come. Your veggies can be cooked or raw – it’s up to you!

Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Most of this flavorful and filling Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole can be prepared a day or two beforehand, making it the perfect light and quick dinner idea for a busy weeknight. Just give the eggplant a quick sauté, layer the casserole with the already prepared quinoa and cheese filling and simply pop in the oven!

Light Breakfast Hash

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Swap out the traditional bacon and egg breakfast for this light breakfast hash that’s full of sweet potatoes and nutrient-filled greens. It only takes a few minutes to make and is a great way to start your day off with a boost. Best of all, you can make enough for your entire family in the same amount of time it takes to make one serving.

Italian Chicken Bake

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This Italian chicken bake has just five simple ingredients, but tons of flavor! I use canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning to give the chicken lots of great flavor and moisture. The chicken cooks in the tomatoes, so it stays super moist and creates its own sauce. You can serve it over pasta or with bread so you have something to scoop up all that goodness.

Overnight Oats

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

For me, a new year means new goals and lifestyle adjustments to get back on track after the holidays. Meal planning has always been a great way to stick to my diet and make the best possible food choices available. One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats.

Simple Spaghetti Carbonara

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Savory and comforting, Spaghetti Carbonara is a tasty choice for a weeknight (or weekend) meal. It comes together very easily and it’s ready in almost no time. The egg sticks to the noodles, making them extra filling while the bacon, garlic and parsley add the flavor.

Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

The great thing about these Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls is that you can swap in whatever suits your own taste buds. I happened to use broccoli and red peppers, but you could also use snap peas, baby carrots, or green peppers, etc. Also, you can change out the chicken for pork, beef or even shrimp.

Winter Pimm’s Cup

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, we’ve all had our proper fill of holiday sweets and party drinks. This year I wanted to create something a little on the lighter side, but still incorporate those wintery flavors. This Winter Pimm’s Cup is a twist on a summer time favorite and is perfect for sipping.

Homemade Fridge Deodorizer

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

The refrigerator is the hub of the kitchen, the spot to store good eats. Unfortunately, it’s also an area that can get dirty, messy and stinky. The dirt and mess can be cleaned, but odors are more of a challenge. With this two-ingredient deodorizer, you can neutralize odors in the refrigerator. Quick and easy, and it works!

Party Plan: Football

From the opening kickoff to the final snap, these party ideas are a definite touchdown.

Cookie Dough Truffle Footballs

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

These delicious cookie dough truffles use an egg-free recipe that you don’t have to worry about eating raw. Even better, they’re a great way to make your food match your party theme. On game day, everyone is used to cheesy dips and comfort food, so surprise them with these football shaped desserts.

Corn Dip

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Are you hosting a party for the big game? This hot corn dip is a great party recipe and sure to be a crowd pleaser while watching your favorite team play. It’s made with a variety of cheeses, corn and green chilies. Sprinkle some chili powder on top before serving and you have a tasty appetizer to serve your guests.

Harissa Hummus

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When I’m getting sucked into a good football game, I reach for anything that I can dip a chip into. Homemade hummus is a crowd pleaser, and a healthful snack or appetizer option for friends and family.

Honey-Soy Chicken Wings

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

It wouldn’t be game night without a plate full of wings! But isn’t it time to break away from the same old wings and try something new? For a delicious twist on the original, try these tasty honey-soy chicken wings. Serve them as an appetizer at your next game night gathering and people will be begging for more.

Skinny Cheesy Corn Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Game day is all about the food, and usually it’s heavy, fattening and high in calories. But it doesn’t have to be! This cheesy corn dip is delicious and light, while keeping the same sweet, creamy, flavor we all love.

Potato Poppers

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football wouldn’t be complete without some good eats. Change up the traditional jalapeno popper by making these creamy potato poppers instead. No fork necessary! Since they can be prepared ahead of time, they are perfect for entertaining. Enjoy them cold, or reheat them for maximum flavor.

Slow Cooker Chili

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Slow cookers are great when hosting a party to watch the big game. Setting the slow cooker on first thing in the morning and having hot chili ready by the time guests arrive helps save time and allows me to focus on other tasks. This slow cooker chili recipe is as easy as it gets!

Ultimate Homegating Checklist

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football season isn’t just about the games. It’s about the good company, food and cheering for your favorite team. If hosting a game day party, you’ll want to make sure to have all the bases covered. Whether it’s the big game or just another Monday night, be sure to go over the ultimate homegating checklist so your guests are sure to have a great time.

Southwest Breakfast Poutine

Chilaquiles, meets poutine, meets breakfast. This smash-up recipe combines the best of each – salsa verde, fries and cheese curds, topped with a fried egg.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Sausage and veggies in a creamy sauce, topped with eggs, cheese and a crispy layer of tater tots – breakfast is served.

Savory Ham and Cheese Waffles

A savory take on a breakfast staple, these ham and cheese waffles are even more delicious served with a fried egg on top.

Apple Pie Pull Apart

Apple pie is appropriate for breakfast in this delicious, flaky pull apart bread and it comes together easier than pie.

Honey Pepper Bacon

Sweet and smoky with peppery heat, this upgraded bacon is the perfect breakfast side.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Traditional mac & cheese gets an upgrade when gnocchi stands in for pasta in this cheesy baked dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

A complete meal in one dish – chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes and spinach with a creamy ranch sauce baked to bubbling perfection under a layer of gooey cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Take your favorite appetizer – spinach artichoke dip – and turn it into dinner with this lasagna recipe.

Pan Fried Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Honey

Thin pieces of chicken are lightly breaded and pan fried until golden and crispy and finished with a drizzle of spicy honey. Try them on a biscuit with a few pickle slices for a delicious chicken sandwich.

White Chicken Chili

Chicken, white beans and peppers in a light creamy broth spiked with cumin and chiles.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick and easy chicken soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken and get dinner on the table in no time.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Everything great about buffalo chicken wings rolled into meatballs. Great as an appetizer or making buffalo meatballs sandwiches.

Coffee and Donut Milkshake

Dessert, breakfast or breakfast dessert? Whatever you call it this combination of coffee ice cream and donuts is delicious.

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a big party or looking for a quick recipe to enjoy in the comfort of your home while the ball drop, this recipe makes a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve.

Ginger Pear Gin Fizz

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

The New Year is a wonderful holiday for celebrating with friends and family, and I have a few New Year’s traditions I’ve been in the habit of following through on each year: sharing resolutions, making a big feast and creating a signature cocktail to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kir Royale

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

A New Year’s Eve celebration just isn’t complete without a sip or two of champagne! This recipe is a great one that pleases champagne lovers and champagne skeptics alike. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Homemade salads aren’t very exciting unless you have the right combination of toppings. Plain lettuce and dressing is no fun, but this Mediterranean Chopped Salad is full of flavor with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, Persian cucumbers and more. Toss it together with a homemade Greek dressing and you’ll be eating healthier in no time!

Oven Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

If you’re entertaining guests this New Years’ Eve and want to keep the menu healthful yet filling, oven-baked chicken with a side of roasted root vegetables is a great main dish. Preparing this recipe is very simple! The chicken comes out tender, flavorful, and is a great option for kicking off the New Year on the right foot.

Rock Candy for your NYE Party Drink

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, and to get excited about the year to come. Sparkling cider is a go-to party beverage on New Year’s, but I thought it would be fun to add some pizzazz and extra fizz to the party drink.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Stacy's Pretzel Thins

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This quick and delicious spinach-artichoke dip may just be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve, whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or welcoming the New Year quietly at home. The hot, cheesy goodness of this dip is even more scrumptious served alongside Stacy’s Pretzel Thins.

New Year Memory Prompts

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Watching the ball drop, clinking glasses of champagne and singing Auld Lang Syne are all good ways to celebrate the start of a new year. However, let’s not shuck off the last year too quickly. There was a lot of living that happened! Share memory cards with family and friends to remember the past year together.

3 Kid-Friendly NYE Ideas

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Ring in a brand new year with the little ones, even if the night ends at 9pm! Make your own party hats with fabulous tassels, print off glasses and color them wild, and do it all while munching on the glitziest popcorn! It’s the perfect way to send off the old and welcome the new.  

Party Plan: Holiday

Celebrate a winter wonderland of delicious dishes and decorative designs this holiday season!

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.

Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Making your own Christmas decorations is often inexpensive and a fun way to express your style. This Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree is so easy and really only takes a few dollars to make. It looks darling displayed on an end table or mantle.

DIY Christmas Mantel Box

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I just love decorating my mantel for each and every holiday. If you have an especially large mantel then it could be overwhelming to figure out what to decorate it with. I’ve come up with an easy DIY Christmas Mantel Box that you can change up year after year by filling it with different holiday items.

DIY Snowman Family

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a fun and easy DIY craft project for outdoor holiday décor? This cute snowman family is quick and easy to make and will be the perfect cheery way to greet houseguests this winter.

How to Create a Non-Traditional Holiday Table Setting

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When I want my home to feel festive for the holidays, but also fit with our unique style, I come up with an alternative, non-traditional color palette. There are ways to incorporate things to keep your house ready for the holidays without buying ALL of that red and green!

Find a traditional, wintery pattern in your favorite color! I always love black and white, so that’s what I went for with the plaid table runner.

Party Plan: Gift Giving

Get into the spirit of the holidays with thoughtful gift-giving ideas, while picking up a few decorating tips for yourself!

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Christmas Ornament Party Favors

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Holiday parties are my favorite kind of parties. I cherish inviting people into my home to see decorations and share favorite holiday recipes. We turn up the Christmas music, have lots of laughs, and then I send my loved ones on their way.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

DIY sugar scrubs are not only great for exfoliation, they make a wonderful homemade gift idea. This peppermint sugar scrub combines four simple ingredients for a stocking stuffer that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Once you’ve made the scrub, add a bit of red and white colored ribbon and jingle bells for a perfect homemade gift.

Party Plan: Thanksgiving

If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving, we’ve got some ways – both classic and new – for you to make it extra special and delicious!

Q&A: Turkey Brining

Is this the first year you plan on brining your Thanksgiving turkey? Or have you tried it before and wondered if there was a secret you missed out on? Maybe you’re just wondering if the extra effort really makes a difference.

Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Now that all the guests are gone, whip up these easy hand pies using leftovers to make the most of your meal!

Mango Cranberry Sauce

Add a refreshing, unique flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with mangos. An excellent alternative to the original!

Simple DIY Eucalyptus Wreath

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

I like to go all out with my holiday cooking and keep my decorations on the simple side. This DIY Eucalyptus Wreath uses only a few supplies and takes just a few minutes to make. When hung on the front door, it’s a nice way to welcome guests. It could even be used as part of a cool table centerpiece. One bunch of greenery will make several wreaths. Consider sending smaller versions home with your guests!

Leaf Balloon Pop Game

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

All holidays need an extra “pop” of excitement and balloons filled with a bit of confetti or candy are just the thing. Play this pop-tastic game with friends and family, young and old. It might get a little rowdy, but it’s full of fun.

DIY Rustic Wood Flower Centerpiece

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The Thanksgiving season means festive feasts with family and friends. Make the table even more inviting with a homemade, rustic floral centerpiece. Repurpose sticks from the backyard to create something of beauty that can be enjoyed for years. Because this centerpiece is made to fit over an existing flowerpot, it can be used over and over again. Just change the flowers out for a whole new look.

Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

‘Tis the season for enjoying moments with family and friends, sharing traditional foods together and – of course – giving thanks. This Thanksgiving, make the feast even more special by writing down the things you’re grateful for and then sharing them with each other around the holiday table.

Cranberry Citrus Punch

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Cranberries have always been a key part of Thanksgiving and now you can incorporate them into kid-friendly punch that’s easy to make right before the big feast. The cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lemon-lime soda make this non-alcoholic drink perfect for guests of all ages.

Pumpkin Lush Bars

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, swap the pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Lush Bars! Pumpkin pudding plus a thick cream cheese layer on top of a buttery crust and your taste buds will be doing flips.

Spiked Vegan Eggnog

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Eggnog is an incredibly flavorful and delicious beverage to share with friends and family around the holidays, but it’s rich in fat and sugar (no wonder it tastes so great)! While my family has been making the authentic version of eggnog ever since I was a small child, I began making a healthier version of the classic drink 3 years ago and have never gone back.

Cinnamon-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Fresh, seasonal, vegetable-centric sides are a favorite in my family, as we’re all big on vegetables, and these types of dishes add color and flavor to the feast. This cinnamon-maple glazed Brussels sprouts and acorn squash dish is made simple on the stove top. While there are a few steps to preparing the dish, the basic premise behind the recipe is simple: use one skillet for all of the cooking.

Cinnamon Sugar Diced Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year and try these cinnamon sugar diced sweet potatoes instead. They’re caramelized with coconut oil, sautéed with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a little cinnamon sugar and butter for the perfect sweet side dish.

Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, treat your family with a bright and colorful dish that delights the taste buds. With the combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans and dried cranberries, a Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley will quickly become a family favorite.

Party Plan: Friendsgiving

Gather your closest pals for a feast of great food and fun! Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish to share, we’ve got some delicious ideas.

Mango Bellini

Treat your guests to a sweet and tangy drink to wash the winter blues away.

10 Tips to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When it comes to entertaining, there are a few tricks I have up my sleeve. They’re simple but clever tips to remember to help you host with ease. You can easily adapt these to any entertaining situation. So read them, memorize them, and use them to make sure you host your best Friendsgiving dinner yet!

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