Blood Orange Pomegranate Mimosas with Vanilla Bean Sugar + a video!

img_2749 I’m in love with these mimosas! They absolutely scream the holidays to me. The vanilla bean sugar rim mixed with the fresh blood orange juice and pomegranate juice is such an amazing combination. I kinda want to rim every cocktail with vanilla bean sugar from now on. I’m having a moment with vanilla bean..as you may have seen earlier this week!
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Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Pistachio Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze

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The title of these muffins is kind of ridiculous, I know. I couldn’t leave anything out! Every ingredient in these muffins contributes to their amazingness. They taste like the holidays. Tart cranberries, fragrant orange, and crunchy pistachios mix together perfectly. I used whole wheat flour, and they’re sweetened with just maple syrup! So, they are a bit lightened up as well! I had to top the muffins with a vanilla bean glaze, because vanilla bean makes everything wonderful and warm.
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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

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This might be one of my favorite recipes to date. I CANNOT get over how good it is! I know it may not seem like the healthiest dish, but it is lightened up. There only six ounces of cheese in the whole recipe, and you get a good six to eight portions out of it. It makes a BIG, cozy pot that you can enjoy all week long in this chilly weather. Also, who doesn’t love a one pot meal?! Chili + mac and cheese = a match made in heaven.
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Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Greek Yogurt Chipotle Crema

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I swear I could eat Mexican food for every darn meal and be completely happy. I’m pretty sure my waistline wouldn’t appreciate that though. So, these are a lightened up version of loaded nachos, made with crispy sweet potato “chips!” They’re AMAZING. And somehow I didn’t even miss the chips! The sweetness of the potatoes mixed with the spicy/smoky beef and chipotle sauce is perfection. I hope you’re not sick of all my sweet potato-centric recipes lately..I just love them so much!
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What I’m Loving + Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

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I’ve been meaning to share one of these types of posts for awhile. They’re so fun! There are so many wonderful things I’ve been loving lately and wanted to share with you guys. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just wanted to tell you about these fabulous products! Plus, tis’ the season and I know we are all looking for gift ideas. These are all smaller gifts that could even work as stocking stuffers!
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Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

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These might be the fudgiest, most delicious brownies I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot of brownies. They’re definitely my dessert of choice. I’ll choose them over freshly baked cookies, cake, pie, you name it. I can’t help it! They’re just too good. These are FLOURLESS and made from ground up hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Then drizzled with more dark chocolate. So rich and decadent. There’s really no other way to describe them!
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Thanksgiving Leftovers Everything Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

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How was everyone’s Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving weekend? I hope it was filled with loved ones, tons of delicious food of course, relaxation, and maybe some shopping! Mine sure was. Now it’s just less than a month until Christmas, which is pretty insane, but it’s hands down my favorite time of year. I love all the time with family, gatherings with friends, cookie swaps, Christmas music, food, and just that magical feeling in the air..it makes me feel like a kid!

So back to this sandwich. Omg. Thanksgiving leftovers are the BEST. I basically stuffed an everything bagel (the best kind of bagel) with mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, and two runny eggs. I also slathered the bagel with cream cheese mixed with cranberry sauce..so so good! The savory and sweet combo in this is to die for. I hope you aren’t sick of leftovers yet…
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Cranberry Pear Moscow Mules + a video!

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It’s time for festive holiday cocktails. Are you ready? I totally am. I’m not much of a drinker unless it’s red wine, a mule, or the occasional hoppy IPA. These are SO delicious. Dangerously delicious actually. I used cranberry juice, sweet pear nectar (it’s like pear juice but pulpy and thick!), a touch of lime juice, and spicy ginger beer. Then I garnished them with beautiful sugared cranberries..they look like snow covered sparkly balls! SO so pretty. I want to decorate my house with them.
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Creamy Mushroom and Thyme Tart

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I’ve always been a huge mushroom lover, but for some reason, I haven’t cooked with them much in the past year. I have no idea why because they’re AMAZING and so flavorful. This tart is making me want to put them in everything. I think I’ve been having a moment with too many brussels and sweet potatoes, so I’ve forgotten about some of my favorite veggies! It’s time to switch things up. This tart is only SIX ingredients and it tastes so fancy and sophisticated! Thanks to our friend, puff pastry.
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Parmesan Herb Sweet Potato Stacks


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This is one of the easiest, if not the easiest recipe on my blog, and one of the most delicious. I might be kind of biased, because sweet potatoes are very close to the top of my favorite foods list. Case in point here, here, here, here, and here…just to name a few.

I can’t help it! I eat them for breakfast with my eggs and veggies, roasted as a dinner side, roasted and dipped in peanut butter (is that weird?), baked and stuffed with chicken and peppers (like fajitas), buffalo chicken, and even yogurt and granola. You name it, I’ve done it. These stacks are no exception to my love.
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