The Bake-it-Better Challenge with Miss Jones Baking Co.

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With a steady stream of holiday parties from Thanksgiving all the way to the New Year, I have a lot of opportunities to make delicious desserts that are truly special to share with my family and friends.  But, you know what?  Sometimes, and I know this will come as a shock, I am really busy from Thanksgiving until New Year’s.  Crazy, right? Who knew?  Sometimes, I need a little help in the kitchen.
I just learned about Miss Jones Baking Co. and am so excited about using their products as my baker’s helpers this year! Not only are their baking mixes and frostings completely and utterly drool-worthy—they’re certified organic, non-GMO, plant-based, responsibly sourced, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are practically guilt free!
Miss Jones Baking Co. sent me some of their spectacular fudgy brownie mix and Salted Caramel frosting to try out.  (OK…twist my arm…)
In no time flat, I was able to whip up some gooey Turtle Brownies, with the simple addition of some chopped toasted pecans on top.
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The brownies were deliciously rich and fudgy, and the frosting was so light and fluffy you’d swear I’d whipped it up myself in my mixer.
(And nobody needs to know otherwise. Wink wink.)
Between November 11 and December 23, Miss Jones Baking Co. is holding the Bake-it-Better Challenge, which gives you the chance to win a Grand Prize worth over $1,500—including a $1,000 gift card, the full line of Miss Jones products, a KitchenAid Mixer, William-Sonoma Goldtouch Baking Set, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, and much more!
Plus, every entry means $1 donated to the SF-Marin Food Bank [https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/]. At this time of year, I know every little bit helps those in need—so join in the fun and make the holiday season sweeter for everyone!
It’s really easy to participate:
Step 1: Bake something fantastic using a Miss Jones baking mix or frosting. Get creative—ideas like pumpkin cake bars, chocolate and pecan cupcakes, maple and walnut sugar cookies. The Miss Jones website [www.missjones.co] has great inspiration, and using one of their mixes makes it super easy (and yummy, obviously).
Step 2: Take a photo of your beautiful treat and post it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #betterwithmissjones. If you’re submitting via Instagram, be sure to tag @missjonesco, too! If you’re submitting via Facebook, be sure to post your entry directly onto the official Miss Jones Baking Co. Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/missjonesbakingco/].
That’s it. For each entry containing the hashtag #betterwithmissjones, $1 goes to the SF-Marin Food Bank—and you can enter multiple times!
To learn more about the contest, go to: www.missjones.co/better. 
Let’s all Bake It Better this season!
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Simple Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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THANKSGIVING IS ON THURSDAY, PEOPLE!!

Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year?  Anyone?  Just me?  I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday.  I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

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Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.

Monster Cookies

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I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy.  That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference.  Fun? Check.  Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies?  Check.

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

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Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day treat to surprise your littlest (and biggest) leprechauns?  These ooey-gooey treats are the perfect thing.  They are ridiculously simple, taking only five minutes to make, and the result is pretty darn drool worthy.  In fact, my family preferred these to the “other” marshmallow-cereal treat we all know and love.  (Not that I’d ever turn one of those down, but these are pretty great.)

I started by measuring out ten cups of Lucky Charms cereal into a large bowl.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Corned Beef with Cabbage and Horseradish Sour Cream

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Every year at Saint Patrick’s Day, like a lot of you, I make corned beef and cabbage.  It’s a dinner we all really enjoy, and despite all of us enjoying it, I find myself only making it once a year.  I’m not exactly sure why, but that’s usually how it goes. And my family gets pretty excited when that once-a-year day rolls around! I’ve been making it for years, once a year, and after trying numerous variations on the old stand-by, I’ve decided that this version is my favorite…and the rest of my family agrees.

Valentine Heart Thumbprint Cookies

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If you’re looking for a little something simple and sweet for your loves this Valentine’s Day, these little gems are the perfect thing.  They are deceptively simple and, in all honesty, pretty darn cute.  My girls were more than a little excited when they came home to find these waiting for them after school.  Ah, the life of a food blogger…celebrating life’s holidays a little bit early, every time.

I started by gathering my ingredients, all of which I happened to have on hand already, which is always nice.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2015

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It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to announce this year’s contribution to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  This is my fifth year participating in this fabulous event, hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil. My job?  Bake up a fantastically new cookie recipe and ship out boxes of treats to three hungry food bloggers, Secret Santa style.  These delectable little cocoa-peppermint gems are what made the cut this year.  Dark, and fudgy, but with a peppermint zing that seems just about perfect this time of year, I couldn’t wait to send them out to this year’s recipients, Ginger from Stark Raving Delicious, Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox, and Annie from Annie One Can Cook.  Based on the response I got, I think they really enjoyed them!  Hope you do too.

Sour Cream Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake: Mix Up the Holiday with OXO On

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A few weeks ago, I was using my hand mixer while baking up something in the kitchen, and I mentioned to my husband that it seemed that the mixer I’d received as a wedding gift, nineteen years ago, was finally reaching the age of retirement.  It just didn’t have much get-up-and-go anymore, and it sounded pretty pitiful.  It was kind of sad, and bittersweet…mainly because I’m realizing that I’m old enough to send reliable appliances into retirement.  Not too long after the old mixer was put out to pasture, I heard from my friends at OXO, and they asked if I’d like to try out their new OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer! Do they have perfect timing, or what?

Stuffed Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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I know, I know.  Thanksgiving is on Thursday and this isn’t a recipe for pie.  I hope you’ll forgive my holiday faux pas once we get going.  In all honesty, I made these amazing little gems for a Halloween party, and I’ve had so many requests for the recipe, that I thought I’d present them to you as a possible addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.  They are deliciously sweet, sticky, and gooey, just the way a caramel apple should be. And, even though they aren’t pie, you’ll find they’re perfect for any fall celebration.  It’s not often that adults go nuts over cupcakes, but that was certainly the case when I made these the first time.