Archive for November 2016

Maple Glazed Ham with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes

November 30, 2016
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.

This Maple Glazed Ham with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes is a great recipe that combines all the best flavors of the season and a great idea to use leftover slices of your holiday ham! 

Maple Glazed Ham

You know it's the holidays around the house when you smell the ham baking in the oven. It just has that aroma of "special occasion" food that immediately brings me back to Christmas dinners around our dining room table in my childhood home. I want to give you a warning though - this recipe is so easy, you're going to want to serve it to your family year-round!

I can remember Christmas dinner as a kid, all dressed up with black Mary Jane shoes, tights, and red plaid dresses. My mom would put ribbons in our hair and, most years, my sister and I were dressed alike. Of course on Christmas morning we'd be in our pajamas, but as soon as lunch time came around, we'd do our hair and put on our dresses, just for the family to come over for dinner. I loved getting all dressed up and as I grew up, I looked forward to doing the same with my own kids!

Maple Syrup Ham Glaze

And then God decided to bless me with three boys, and that idea proceeded to go right out the window - ha! There was one year that Silas loved wearing ties to church every week, but that was fleeting. Now I'm just happy they have their faces wiped and all wearing clean pants before we venture over to my Mom's house to exchange presents with the rest of the family on Christmas day. I can't blame it all on them though - having three coordinating kid outfits is pretty stressful! And honestly, the boys couldn't care in the least.

As far as the holiday dinner is concerned, you don’t need to look any further than the Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham – it’s the perfect centerpiece to your table and is available in a variety of glaze flavors, so it’s so simple to prepare. You can even cook sweet potatoes and cranberries right along with the ham in one roasting pan!

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Maple Glazed Ham with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes

A maple glaze for ham with cranberries and sweet potatoes baked together in a roasting pan for a holiday dinner.



  1. Place ham slices flat side down in a roasting pan; set aside glaze packet.
  2. Peel and quarter sweet potatoes and place in pan around ham. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per each pound of ham.
  3. Remove from oven and remove foil from pan. Sprinkle sweetened dried cranberries over sweet potatoes.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together contents of glaze packet and maple syrup. Drizzle evenly over ham and sweet potatoes. Allow to rest 5 minutes.
  5. Remove ham slices and sweet potatoes to a serving platter and serve while hot. 
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Maple Syrup Ham Glaze Recipe

This ham is absolutely fabulous! And that amazing maple syrup glaze on both the ham and sweet potatoes is irresistable!

Maple Syrup Ham Glaze with Sweet Potatoes

In our family, it's impossible to have a family holiday dinner without Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham at the center of the table. The are endless leftover ideas for this delicious ham - from soups, sandwiches, and more, Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham can be used for easy, savory dishes the whole family will enjoy. I love using sliced ham leftovers to pack lunches for my husband and kids through the week with nice freshly sliced cheese, tomato, lettuce, and their favorite condiments - pesto is mine! I also like to cube the ham and add it to broth, beans, carrots, and a few cups of spinach with seasonings to taste, and let it cook away in the slow cooker for a great and easy weeknight soup. So many wonderful leftover ideas! They are available at grocery stores nationwide, as well. For more recipes and meal inspiration, visit or - I've found so many more recipes I can't wait to try!

Maple Syrup Glaze for Ham

What is your favorite leftover recipe for your holiday ham? Leave your ideas in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies

November 28, 2016
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadCheer #CollectiveBias

These Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray this year! Brownies made with pumpkin, ginger, and molasses, frosted, and topped with a gingerbread man cookie - so cute!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies

One of my favorite things to do as the Christmas season draws closer, is to make a list of all the different cookie recipes I'm planning on baking. We have a lot of people on our gift list, and I honestly love giving out personalized Christmas cookie trays to family and friends. We all have those people in our lives who are special to us and we want to give a gift to them during the holidays that lets them know how much we treasure their friendship. I will admit though, it can be a daunting task selecting special gifts for so many friends!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies Christmas Cookie Tray

Instead, I make an assortment of my favorite homemade cookies interspersed with my favorite Pepperidge Farm® cookies. I have high hopes every year of making delicious gingerbread man cookies with the boys, and I fail every time! On the few occasions that I actually had time to do cut out cookies, they tasted horrible or were hard as a rock. I opt for Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies every year instead - they are absolutely adorable and delicious as well. My kids love them, too!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownie

Inspired by our favorite Ginger Family cookies, I created these Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies. These are so fun! A pan of pumpkin gingerbread, topped with chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and frosting with a Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookie "standing" in the frosting snow. It's easy to get the kids involved in these delicious Christmas themed brownies!!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies

Gingerbread brownies with vanilla frosting and gingerbread cookies as garnish.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 15 Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies
  • white sanding sugar


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend butter, molasses, egg yolks, and eggs. Add in pumpkin and vanilla, beating well.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture just until moistened.
  3. Spread batter into a well greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Frost brownies and cut into 15 small squares. Top each square with a standing gingerbread cookie and sanding sugar. Serve immediately or package for gift-giving.
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies Recipe

The base Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies are so tasty and pair perfectly with the sweet frosting and sanding sugar. I'm planning on packaging individual brownies in treat bags for sweet treat gifts to give to friends and family!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownie Recipe

In addition to Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies, I've included Milano® and Pirouette cookies as well, you can find them at your local Target. Click here for a Cartwheel offer! They just look so pretty on a plate, don't they? These are great to have on hand during the busy holiday season to set out for unexpected guests. I just love how the Christmas season encourages us to get together with out loved ones, don't you? No need to be extra stressed during this time of year when there are yummy cookies to share! Be sure to check out more yummy recipes and fun tutorials here.

Which Pepperidge Farm® cookies are you planning on including your cookie tray? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Best Ever Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup

November 21, 2016
My favorite Thanksgiving recipes all in one post!

I hope you have enjoyed all the fall recipes I've shared with you lovely readers this season! I update this post each year with as a reference guide with all Thanksgiving recipes in one post. With Turkey Day just a few days away, I just would like to wish each and every one of you and blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Here is a roundup of my Thanksgiving recipes all in one place! Happy cooking!

My family likes to munch from the moment we all get together! It doesn't help that the yummy turkey smell hits you when you walk through the door at my mom's house. That gets our tummies growling! Here are some great apps to calm the hungry masses!

Cranberry Ambrosia Salad

Autumn Cheesecake Dip

Creamy Shrimp Dip

Crockpot Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip

Avocado Hummus

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dip

Side Dishes
Honestly? I think I look forward to the yummy side dishes more than the actual turkey! The Layered Sweet Potato Casserole tops my list for sure. They make great leftovers, too!

Crockpot Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Skins

Layered Sweet Potato Casserole

Brown Sugar Carrots & Cranberries

Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

Homemade Creamed Corn in the Crockpot

Sweet Balsamic Butternut Squash

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Caesar Green Bean Casserole

Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing

Main Dish
Of course I included my favorite roast turkey recipe, as well as some alternatives - who says it HAS to be turkey? Depending on the size of your crowd, you might need to plan a second main dish to feed them all - there's only so much oven space!

Super Moist Roasted Turkey Breast

Crockpot Thanksgiving Dinner

Fruit & Wild Rice Stuffed Cornish Hens

Roasted Garlic Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

Creamy Baked Ziti

There's more to Thanksgiving dessert than pumpkin pie! Here are some amazing and festive sweets to go with your after dinner coffee.

Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Crockpot Apple Pie

Sweet Potato Streusel Pie

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Frosting

Pumpkin Cheesecake Coffee Cake

Yum!! I'm so excited for tomorrow's feast! What dish is your favorite?

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Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilyPastaTime #CollectiveBias

This Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole is super cheesy and delicious! Cooked chicken combined with seasonings and elbow macaroni and cheese sauce, topped with bread crumbs - perfect for a holiday potluck!

Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole

I recently read a meme posted on Facebook by a local weather station that stated: When you live in Pennsylvania, if you're not happy about the weather, just wait 6 hours. That has never been more true where I live than this week!

Yesterday I woke up to a cloudless sky, sun shining, and unseasonably warm. In fact, when I went out to run some errands and realized as I came back that the boys were still inside watching TV, I made them go out and play. The radio station had just reported that in a few short hours, the temperature was about to drop 15 degrees, the wind was going to majorly pick up, and it was supposed to start raining. I honestly couldn't fathom that level of change in that short of an amount of time, but I wasn't going to have the boys waste precious hours burning energy outside.

Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole Recipe

Oh man, was I so glad I forced them to play out that morning! I had to quick run out again later Saturday night and the heat was blasting in my car because I was shivering so badly. I love winter, but I'm not quite ready for it to be here just yet. Anyone agree with me?

Chicken Macaroni & Cheese Casserole

This delicious Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole was created to take the classic macaroni and cheese side dish that we all know and love, and incorporate a few more ingredients so it qualifies as a meal. I call it a complete success and I know you will, too!  This is a wonderful comfort-food addition to any holiday get together as well. We have both a Christmas party and a school community potluck coming up this month that I can't wait to bring this dish to! I also love that this dinner can use up cooked chicken that might have hanging out in your pantry - a time-saver AND it uses up leftover food - score!

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Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole

Classic baked macaroni and cheese combined with cooked chicken, peas, and seasonings for a complete weeknight dinner recipe.
prep time: cook time: 35 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 8 oz Barilla® Elbows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 - 4 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a deep skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk and chicken broth.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and continue cooking until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese and whisk until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir in peas, chicken, and drained macaroni noodles. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining shredded cheese and bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow casserole to cool 10 minutes before serving.
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Chicken Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe

This is totally comfort food at it's finest, I'm telling you! Certainly feel free to replace the chicken with leftover Thanksgiving turkey or even ham if that's what you have on hand. Either of those would taste wonderful in this casserole!

Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole with macaroni

I was able to pick up a box of my favorite Barilla® Elbows during my last trip through Target and I was totally impressed with the variety of Barilla pasta that Target carries! Barilla's Classic Blue Box pasta allows you to bring enjoyment to you and your family every day happily and healthfully. Click here to learn more about Barilla's wonderful products. Don't forget to grab this Cartwheel offer for 20% off of Barilla Pronto Pasta expiring 11/26.

Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

What pasta dish is your favorite potluck recipe? Let me know in the comment section below!

Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Casserole