Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail

Hello again! December has been a whirlwind month and it is already almost time to ring in 2015. Our last post of 2014 is a winter-inspired celebratory cocktail perfect to bring in the New Year. Whether this year was full of exciting moments or challenges for you, I hope 2015 brings you happiness and good health. Thanks for continuing on this blogging adventure with us.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread is a holiday staple around my house.  Aside from gingerbread cookies, my sister and I always make these gingerbread cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting.  The tartness of the lemon mixes perfectly with the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting and adds a little excitement to these gingerbread cupcakes.

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa is healthy and versatile, but I do not eat is as much for breakfast.  Around the holidays, there’s so much baking and dessert-eating that I try to balance it out…a little bit.  So, I made this quinoa breakfast bowl.  This quinoa breakfast bowl is not only filling, but flavorful as well.  And it has bacon. BACON.  You can’t go wrong with bacon.  Toss in whatever veggies you want as well. So easy, so good.

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Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge

When thinking up holiday gifts, everyone likes food.  This candy cane chocolate fudge is festive, smooth, and just the right amount of sweet. This is an easier fudge recipe than some you’ll find, but it takes a little bit of effort. Your loved ones are worth it though, aren’t they?  Wrap up this fudge with a colorful ribbon and you have an easy gift.  Or, bring this to a holiday party and make lots of friends.  You can’t go wrong.

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Lightened Up Turkey Pot Pie

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you had lots of leftover turkey.  I also had leftover russet potatoes from the mashed potatoes (you know I’m all about the sweet potatoes), so I made a game time decision and baked up this leftover turkey pot pie!  Something about pot pies remind me of childhood and this one was no different.  Except that my body doesn’t need all of those extra calories that are normally in pot pies.  I decided to lighten up this pot pie with only one pie crust and chicken broth. Repurposing leftovers is one of my favorite things to do.  This recipe would also work well with leftover chicken or one of those rotisserie chickens you can find already cooked at the grocery store.  I like to give you options.  No excuses.

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30-Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? I’m still working on it, so I’m liking this cauliflower soup right now.  Lots of veggies and not a lot of work – just how i like it! Although I made this Meatless Monday soup with vegetable broth, you can use whatever you have at home.  Only have chicken broth? That’s okay, I won’t tell anyone.  As a side note, I pretty much always have some type of broth in my pantry and you should too.  You never know when you’re going to want some and although I live walking distance from a Trader Joe’s, I don’t want to make unnecessary trips to the grocery store.  Now, if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I still think you should give this soup a try.  I typically do not think cauliflower has much flavor, but this soup is on a whole different level and a tasty way to get some veggies into your diet in between all of the holiday unhealthy food!

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