Chocolate Dipped Almond Cookies |

This whole thing started with my wish to teach my 10 year old daughter a little bit about the true spirit of Christmas. To reinforce to her and her friends that it’s better to give than to receive. And I have to say, my wish was granted in spades.

My daughter is an only child. And let’s face it, she is totally and utterly spoiled. And I am 100% okay with that.

We’re, ahem, “more mature” parents who’ve lived a lifetime of pre-kid fun, travel and experiences. So when she surprised us and showed up in utero with an unanticipated pee test (which is a whole ‘nother story for another day,) it was no surprise to us or those around us that she’d have 100% of our attention, our love, and the keys to our wallet.

But in turn, my husband and I agreed that this girl was in no way going to grow up a prima donna. A spoiled brat. A young adult who doesn’t appreciate the love and luxuries she’s been lucky enough to receive. And in my opinion, that’s our job as parents. To be sure to instill the work ethic and gratitude that damn well better be drilled into our children’s core.

And because of that, the idea of Santa’s Milk Drive was born.

Santas Milk Drive Great American Milk Drive |

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15 Holiday Appetizers with 5 Ingredients or Less

by Hayley Putnam on December 10, 2014

15 Appetizers

The holiday season is in full swing, which means all month-long we’ll be toasting and hosting–a–plenty as we walk out of the room to adjust our waistbands to make more room for more. More. MORE!

In between decorating and shopping, we’ll be scurrying off to holiday dinners and parties of all sorts, as well as throwing our own. Since December brings such a flurry of activity, and our time is limited and precious, we’ve gathered up 15 simple but amazing holiday appetizer recipes using five ingredients or less.

Simple to make? Yes! Short on flavor? NO WAY!

From the usual suspects, like baked brie and crostini, to a made-over version of the nostalgic party fave—the cheeseball—these festive 5-ingredient appetizers are the perfect way to spread the cheer with the ones you love, and give you more time to mingle!

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Holiday gift giving calls for sharing your favorite things. Just ask Oprah.

One of my holiday traditions is delivering gifts to the neighbors, something to make their day a little better, a little brighter and a lot creamier.

And to be completely transparent, it doesn’t hurt to build a little good will for those times we forget to bring in the garbage cans, or when my husband’s outdoor speakers are left on all night, because let’s face it, not everyone likes to slumber the summer nights away to Led Zeppelin. Hand held high!

And that’s why this year I’ll be delivering a Mac ‘n Cheese Gift Basket to some of my favorite friends in the ‘hood. It’s a gift that’s perfect for families in need of an easy meal after hitting the school holiday sing along or for contributing to the cheesy spirit at the neighborhood Ugly Sweater Party. Whoa, pun totally intended! Cheesy.

Pomegranate Martini Recipe

by heidi on December 8, 2014

Pomegranate Martini

Are you a garnish-er, or a garnish-less?

I think it’s pretty evident by the looks of the recipes I post on this old bloggity blog that I’ve  become a garnish-more type of gal. You may say YAY!, you may say EW!, but either way, the garnish is my go-to, and not quite shockingly, cocktails have yet to escape my embellishing.

A dip of gold sugar here, a drop or two of fresh pomegranates there and a stir stick that’s fresh and fragrant are what make my seasonal Pomegranate Martini totally festive and bright.

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Friday Faves

by heidi on December 5, 2014

Friday Faves

Whoa. Has it really only been one week since Thanksgiving? It’s like the moment the dishes were finished (oh wait, I didn’t do the dishes!) my head was pointed North and ready to dive right into Santaland. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

I’m trying my best to not get caught up in the must-do’s and will-try’s of the holiday obligations and instead am taking it one minute at a time.

And that’s why I had to take a minute, regroup and do as Frankie says—Relax!—and put my feet up in front of the fire. It’s my favorite spot this time of year.

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Martin Luther King and Killians Farm

We arrived back home from our week in Memphis and Nashville on Thanksgiving day just as most of you were diving into the cranberry sauce. It was an incredible trip and I’m so glad to have shared it with my lil’ ol’ family, learning more about our country’s history and to visit friends we haven’t seen for far too long. I have a few posts about our trip with a few eats mixed in that I’ll be sharing soon. And let me just say, there’s nothing quite like true, Southern-style food.

Since we were unprepared and unmotivated to cook the turkey ala dinner king once we rolled our bags into our home sweet home, instead we wandered down to our friend’s house and crashed their dinner. They’re good like that. I ended up getting in the kitchen for a bit but Sherrie had prepared nearly everything, including this amazing pie that you should make any day of the year.

But that was a whole holiday ago! Time to get into the latest swing of the season with a few Friday Faves…

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