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Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans - VIDEO

November 16, 2017

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

*Note from Kelly 11/16/17 - This post has been SUPER popular over the past two years! I've updated it with a recipe how-to video! If you're reading this in your email inbox, click "Read more" below to view the video in your browser. Enjoy! 😊

I have a minor problem buying holiday baking supplies.

Like two plastic tub container's worth of holiday baking and gift-giving supplies. I guess it's more like a major problem.

They're all just so darned adorable I can't resist! I walked into Big Lots the other day and this hits me right near the front door:

It seriously makes me want to try different treat recipes just to fit them into those little treat boxes and bags for little gifts! Honestly though, those square boxes are the perfect size for a batch of cookies or fudge. I usually make up a few for teachers and friends, plus I get to bake as much as I want! And the cellophane bags are great for little treats and presents for kids. It just makes gift-giving that much more festive and special this time of year!

If you're planning on making some gifts from this kitchen this year as well, it's really important to start thinking about your list now while all the ingredients and packaging is readily available. Start with a list of people, then figure out what favorite treats you'd like to make, and decide how many batches of each are necessary. If you want to try a new recipe this year, like these Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans, now is the time to do it!

These pecans are wonderfully glazed and spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and are really simple to make - in fact, this is a great gift for kids to make for their teachers. Your house will smell wonderful as well!

Yield: 6 servings

Crockpot Roasted Sugared Pecans

Halved pecans tossed with butter, powdered sugar, and spices and slow cooked until glazed. These make wonderful Christmas gifts!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 5 mins


  • 1 lb pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  1. Place pecan halves in the bottom of a slow cooker. Drizzle melted butter over pecans and stir to coat well.
  2. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Leave the lid off and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread pecans onto a lined cookie sheet to dry completely, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or gift packaging.
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I'll tell you though, it will be hard to not eat the whole batch of these before giving them away!

Here are some more of my favorite gifts-from-the-kitchen recipes:

Chocolate Almond Marbled Sugar Cookies

Christmas Oreo Fudge

Eggnog Cookies

Crockpot Queso Blanco

November 13, 2017
This Crockpot Queso Blanco is the best queso dip recipe EVER! American cheese, diced tomatoes, chiles, and seasonings - perfect for your next party!

Crockpot Queso Blanco

Today is November 13th. My Christmas tree is up. It will remain up through Christmas. 😋

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Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

November 9, 2017
These Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes are decadent and delicious! Sauteed spinach in garlic with potatoes, cheddar, butter, and sour cream - a perfect holiday dinner side dish recipe!

Cheddar Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Between school, church, family visits, and various holiday parties, the holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's is completely booked up for us. I should say "completely" because I have a few Saturdays on the calendar with nothing on it, but it will fill up very soon. I want to try and enjoy this season, maybe even doing a few surprise spontaneous things with the kids in December, so when my Grandmom called to see what was on the kids' wishlists I decided to have them actually make their Christmas lists. I know it's early, but Santa wants to be done with shopping as soon as possible!

The heart-warmer award goes to my oldest, Silas. I told them to think of 10 things to put on their list. After thinking of three, he hold me he was done because he couldn't think of anything else. Of course I encouraged him to think of a few more things and he completed the list, but I love how he's not obsessed with getting a mountain of presents. 

spinach mashed potatoes

Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot - VIDEO

November 7, 2017
A decadent, homemade version of creamed corn for the Crockpot - you'll never go back to canned again!

Crockpot Creamed Corn

I'm seriously a maniac over creamed corn. I've always loved it. I remember always asking for seconds when my mom made it with dinner, usually chicken parmesan. It was SO good!

Creamed corn was one of those things that I really never thought of making myself at home. It always came from a can and if it tasted great that way, why make it at home? Honestly, if you're just starting cooking dinner for your family, there's nothing wrong with creamed corn from the can. I have to warn you, though. Once you make this recipe, there's no turning back.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice

November 6, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice recipe is a great holiday dinner side dish! Whole juicy tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings, and baked until hot - perfect along with turkey or ham!

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice
I absolutely love recipes like this one that I'm sharing with you today. It's an incredible, fresh, and flavorful meal during the busy week. It can also be a beautiful and impressive side dish for a big holiday dinner. The seasonings and flavors really meld together on their own, or really with any main dish as well.

baked stuffed tomatoes

If you've never roasted whole tomatoes in the oven, you really must try it. This time of the year, many of us are no longer able to enjoy garden-grown tomatoes, unfortunately, with the cooler fall weather here. We actually had frost last night and will again tonight. I was feverishly picking all of our tomatoes, even the green ones, to finish ripening on the counter. The plants, however, are now gone, and we're ready to start planning for big dinners, parties, and the holidays. 

stuffed tomatoes recipe

I think we can all agree that store-bought tomatoes have a much milder flavor than home-grown, which is why I highly recommend roasting or baking tomatoes whole, like in this recipe. The high oven temperature brings out the juices of the tomato. The bread crumb filling here combines with those warm, tangy tomato juices and the flavors just come together so nicely. 

Yield: 8 servings

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice

This Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Rice recipe is a great holiday dinner side dish! Whole juicy tomatoes stuffed with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings, and baked until hot - perfect along with turkey or ham!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 8 medium tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bags Vigo Boil in Bag Arborio Rice, cooked according to package directions


  1. Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out about 2 - 3 spoonfuls of flesh. Place prepared tomatoes onto a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs, butter, cheese, and seasonings. Spoon mixture into tomatoes evenly, packing down to fill them as much as possible.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and juicy, and bread crumb mixture is golden brown.
  4. Spoon cooked rice into the bottom of a serving dish. Place cooked tomatoes over rice. Serve immediately; refrigerate any leftovers.
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stuffed tomatoes

I really can't even begin to tell you how flavorful these tomatoes are with the rice! I definitely recommend doubling this recipe and making it to go along with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner feast. Your family will be so surprised and impressed with this dish!

stuffed tomatoes recipes

In this recipe, I used my favorite Vigo Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs, which are the the only ones made in their own facility with imported Pecorino Romano Cheese and 11 different spices in the blend. These bread crumbs are so versatile - you can use them to add flavor and texture to any meal! Of course I also love Arborio Rice Boil-In-Bag which requires no measuring for perfectly portioned servings ready in only 14 - 16 minutes. Not only is arborio rice wonderful in side dishes, but also as the base to your favorite one-bowl meal creation. Great in salads as well!

stuffed tomatoes with rice

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