Snowball Bites

 

Snowball Bites

I’m dreaming of a…

Can you fill in the rest? Yes, a…White Christmas! Well, right now, that is certainly not looking the case as it is disGUUUUSTing outside, with drizzling December rain. Where’s the pretty powder? Thumbs down mother nature! Booo!

But I’ve got a cure and it involves…snow and rum. WHAAAT??

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No Bake Oreo Bites

 

Oreo Bites

“Just one bite.”

These are the three words I say to myself constantly over the holidays as the food comes out in its glorious splendor. Just one bite can’t hurt, right? Well, we all know that several “just one bites” can quickly snowball, turning into five…twenty…and boom, unwanted tummy rolls and guilt trips a plenty. 

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No Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

 

PB & J

It, hopefully, is no surprise that baking dozens of Christmas cookies is fairly low on the totem pole of priorities for me this holiday. Don’t get me wrong, normally, I would relish in spending a whole weekend elbow deep in butter and sugar, busting out the family sugar cookie recipe and going to town. I’m that gal.

Or maybe was that gal.

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Turkey Pesto Soup

 

Turkey Pesto Soup

It’s heeeeeere!

We have entered that threshold between the major holidays. With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas around the corner, I always feel that this three weeks or so is claustrophobically compressed.

You understand what I mean.

So much needs to be done, remembered, said, to pull it all off. And the pressure to have things all good and right honestly drives me bananas. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why is it that every year I start with the intention of “keeping this year simple” and inevitably it gets complicated and frustratingly muddled. Grrrr!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole

Grateful. That is what I am. It may seem obvious given what holiday is tomorrow, but honestly if I had to chose one word to describe life right now, that would be it. Grateful. I feel full of bittersweet blessings that, thank God above, have only made life richer and worth savoring and the occasion of this holiday all the more important.

I can always find things to be thankful for: a full belly, a roof over my head, and health, for example, but this year I find myself being the most​appreciative of three things that I most certainly do not want to take for granted.

Number one…

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Pumpkin Puff Pastry Pie

 

Pumpkin Puff

Tic, toc, tic, toc. The countdown is ON and I have a declaration to make. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And it has been for as long as I can remember.

Normally, I am not one to declare a favorite whatever. You know…a favorite band, a favorite color, a favorite book. Seriously, my Facebook profile is witness to this. It’s nearly impossible for me to decide on such absolutes and there are just too many options out there.

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No Cook Cranberry Sauce

 

No Cook Cranberry Sauce

Bleh. Blah. Boring. Such words should never be associated with Thanksgiving – especially the food. Have you ever noticed, though, that many Thanksgiving staples – the stuffing, the turkey, mashed potatoes, the green bean casserole, for example, all have similar color palettes?

The same, albeit delicious, golds, browns, and beiges are in abundance. 

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Sautéed Kale Salad

 

Sautéed Kale Salad
 
In the mood for a healthy, cleansing, and plain delicious dish?

It’s been a while since I posted a green recipe, one filled with nothing but the GOOD stuff for you, as the past few posts…the Yumprint Tutorial aside…have been filled with such yumminess as pumpkin, butter, apple, and sugar. And as I write that I’m now salivating! Not that I’m an unhealthy eater, but I feel like a salad. A good one.

So to prove that The Cooking Canvas is versatile in all things homemade and delicious, today I bring you a super simple recipe that I have been making lately: the Sautéed Kale Salad. Seriously folks, it is easy as pie…

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Yumprint Tutorial

 

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Introducing the new tutorial for Yumprint, a place where the recipes you love are taken to the next level.

 
Howdy readers! Awhile back I realized that I needed to share one of the handiest and dandiest tools that I have found that helps me not only organize my recipes that I post, but also other ones I find online. Sure, I am a BIG fan of Pinterest and find all sorts of inspiration there for the future, but Yumprint helps me organize what I want to make in the present and what I have made in the past. **Plus!** There is a grocery list feature that I use on my iPhone. Yes, I am one of those people in the grocery store with my phone in hand. Don’t judge me, join me! 

So to help explain how awesome Yumprint really is….Drumroll please! Bummmmm dadadadadadada……

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