Better with Bagels

This week I thought we’d take a look at a breakfast staple, the bagel, with some bagel recipes as well as creative ways to use bagels in other recipes.


Water bagels

Baby bagels

Stuffed bagel buns

Whole wheat

Pumpernickel bagels

Asiago bagels

Everything bagel biscuits

Marble rye

Hearth bagels

Everything bagel mini monkey breads

Everything bagel sticks

Jalapeno cheddar bagel

Everything bagel bites

Easy no-yeast yogurt bagels

Sourdough bagels

Even more recipes:

Pizza bagels

Everything bagel strata

Breakfast bagel casserole

Double bacon, bagel and egg casserole

Ham bagels with honey mustard cream cheese

Bagel pudding with prunes and raisins

Everything cream cheese

Creamy vegetable spread

Sun dried tomato cream cheese

Mini bagel chips

Bagel salad

Have you made bagels at home?

A Craving for Cider

To finish the year out I thought we’d take a look at recipes that feature or include cider in them.


Cinnamon cider

Hot spiced cider

Hot cranberry apple cider

Cranberry apple cider punch

Slow cooker apple cider sparklers

Peachy spiced cider

Spicy spiked cider

Sparkling ginger hard apple cider

Cider smash

Apple cider sundown

Sparkling cider and cara cara orange punch

Warm vanilla cider

Hot spiced cider tea

Treats and Eats:

Apple cider baked doughnuts with maple glaze

Cider doughnuts

Apple pancakes with boiled cider syrup

Cider cinnamon spritz cookies

Apple cider caramels

Spiced cider cheesecake

Cinnamon dumplings with apple cider syrup

Jellied cranberry sauce with hard cider

Glazed cider cookies

Butternut cider sage bread

Cider brined turkey breast

Apple cider glazed salmon

What are your favorite cider recipes and treats?

Celebrating with Gingerbread

Today we’re going to sample a classic holiday treat: gingerbread!

Baked Goods:

Pumpkin gingerbread with orange glaze

Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

Gingerbread waffles

Cider gingerbread bundt cake

Gingerbread pudding cake

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies with cream cheese filling

Gingerbread pancakes

Gingerbread poke cake

Banana gingerbread muffins

Gingerbread apple streusel coffee cake

Gingerbread 7 layer bars

Orange gingerbread muffins

Slow cooker apple gingerbread pudding cake

Gingerbread cheesecake

Gingerbread icebox cake

Guinness gingerbread

Old fashioned gingerbread

Gingerbread and lemon curd trifle with blackberry sauce


Gingerbread cookies

Chewy gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread hazelnut cookies

Gingerbread biscotti

Gingerbread man mug mates

Gingerbread snow globe cookies

Gluten free gingerbread cookies

Other Sweet Treats:

Gingerbread marshmallows

Gingerbread cocktail

Gingerbread martini

Gingerbread hot chocolate

What are your favorite gingerbread treats?

Stockings for Santa

As we get closer to the Christmas holiday I thought this week we’d take a look at some creative stocking ideas, just in case you need some creative projects, are looking for a distraction project, got a new fireplace this year or just love decorating with all things Christmas.  Some are one dimensional (not helpful for putting stuff in), and others have lots of room for gifts (and hopefully not coal).  I’ve also included a few project ideas on how to hang them just in case you didn’t get that fireplace this year, and some other stocking-inspired decor projects.


Stocking holder with glittering knobs

Simple wooden stocking holder with a place for a photo


Watercolor resist paper stockings

Snowman felt stocking

Superhero stockings

Burlap stockings

Hemstitch stockings

Knitted fisherman stockings

Fair Isle stockings

Bernat monogram stocking

Crochet reindeer stocking

The (knit) stocking story

Crochet holly stocking

Woven stocking

Quilted flannel stocking

Sugar plum crochet stocking

Crochet snowman stocking

Checkered stocking

Plaid stocking with shearling cuff

Wool woodlands stocking

Pom pom stocking

Pet stocking

Crazy quilted stocking

Quilted stocking

Potato print stocking

Christmas flower stocking

Felt stocking

Festive crochet stocking

Even more projects:

Holiday pillow with stocking design

Stocking terrarium

“Dear Santa” shadowbox with stocking

Mini stocking banner

What creative stockings are you hanging this year?

Celebrating with Candy Canes

Today to get our holiday season started, I thought we’d take a look at some crafts and treats inspired by or including candy canes.


Candy cane stripe wreath

Candy cane planter

Candy sleigh

Gingerbread cookie ski men

Candy cane Christmas mice

Candy cane reindeer

Candy cane jar

Puzzle piece candy cane

Crystal candy canes


Candy cane spoons

Candy cane ball pop

Peppermint crunch bark

Pink peppermint stick ice cream

Peppermint stick cookies

Candy cane fudge

Candy cane lush

Peppermint bark hearts

Candy cane marshmallows

Chocolate and peppermint stars

Mini peppermint meringue cups with ganache

Peppermint yule log

Candy cane cookies

White chocolate peppermint drops

Candy cane dipped strawberries

Candy cane reindeer pops

Candied candy canes

Candy cane thumbprint cookies

How do you enjoy your candy canes?

Cranberry Celebrations

With the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, today we’re celebrating and starting the week off with a classic Thanksgiving ingredient: cranberry!

Breads, Muffins and More:

Sourdough date nut cranberry muffins

Cranberry orange braided bread

Cranberry walnut bread and muffins

Whole grain vegan cranberry nut muffins


Yogurt cranberry coffeecake

Cranberry orange babka

Sausage and cranberry strata

Cranberry apricot coffee cake

Dinner and Sides:

Cranberry stuffing

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry orange sauce

Cranberry glazed appetizer meatballs

Cranberry wild rice bake

Apple, cranberry and sage chicken

Cranberry sauce with cognac

Cranberry sauce with ginger and clove

Cranberry stuffed pork chops

Turkey and cranberry ravioli

Brussel sprouts with pecans and cranberries

Cakes, Pies and Cookies:

Soft and chewy vanilla, orange and cranberry cookies

Nantucket cranberry cake

Oatmeal and flax cranberry cookies

Harvest apple cranberry cake

Cranberry nut biscotti

Cranberry upside-down cake

Cranberry crumb bars

Cranberry gooey butter bars

Carrot cranberry cake

Cranberry almond cheesecake squares

Cranberry macadamia bars

Cranberry tartlets

White chocolate cranberry cookies

What are your favorite cranberry recipes?

Parties with Pumpkin

Today we’re taking a look at some awesome and tasty pumpkin recipes that are great to make and enjoy throughout the autumn season and especially as we come up to Thanksgiving.

Breads, doughnuts and muffins:

Pumpkin crumble mini loaves

Pumpkin bread

Pumpkin cake doughnuts

Inside-out pumpkin muffins

Whole grain pumpkin banana bread

Coconut pumpkin bread

Mini pumpkin pie pancake muffins

Gluten free pumpkin muffins


Pumpkin streusel coffeecake

Pumpkin gingerbread with orange glaze

Pumpkin pancakes


Pumpkin soup

Savory pumpkin Parmesan rugelach

Savory pumpkin ravioli

Pumpkin mac and cheese

Pork and pumpkin chili

Pumpkin chicken chili

Pumpkin and goat cheese risotto


Cakes, Crisps, Tarts and Pies:

Pumpkin spice cakes

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin cream cheese pie

Pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin honey bun cake

Dutch apple pumpkin crisp

Pumpkin banana mousse tart

Bars and Cookies:

Praline pumpkin dessert

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Pumpkin pie bars

Pumpkin pie sugar cookies

More Sweet Treats:

Pumpkin roll

Spiced pumpkin praline roll

Bourbon vanilla pumpkin roll

Pumpkin bread pudding

Pumpkin cream cheese danish

Pumpkin ginger polenta with stewed fruit and mascarpone cream 

Pumpkin parfaits

Pumpkin caramel cannoli

Pumpkin pie milkshakes

Pumpkin pecan braid

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?

Favorite French Toasts

Today as we get into the holiday season I thought we’d start off with a great special breakfast idea whether you’re looking to make a random Tuesday better or for a special holiday treat: french toast.


Bee Keeper’s pain de mie

Cinnamon raisin sourdough bread


Classic Challah

Texas toast

French Toast Recipes:

Apple french toast bake

Praline french toast

French toast roll ups

Slow cooker caramel apple french toast

Bananas foster french toast

Muffin tin cream cheese nutella french toast

Cinnamon french toast sticks with spicy cider syrup

Creme brulee french toast

French toast with Cognac and citrus

Panettone french toast casserole

French toast with brie and pears

Mascarpone stuffed french toast with salted caramel banana sauce

S’more french toast

Cinnamon baked french toast

Pumpkin spice french toast casserole

French toast bread pudding

Caramelized sourdough french toast 

Drunken french toast

Cranberry stuffed french toast

Coconut almond french toast casserole

French toast with brown sugar banana syrup

What’s your favorite french toast recipe?

Haunted Games and Spooky Surprises

With only a couple of days until Halloween, today we’re taking a look at some fun activities and games to make the coming days go a bit quicker and for some fun on Halloween, especially if this year you’re not planning to go out and trick-or-treat.

Toss-through ghost game

Stick the eyeball on the monster

Pin the spider on the web

Pop goes the pumpkin

Spider toss game

Murder mystery games

Glow in the dark slime

Halloween feel box

Battle of the balloons

Halloween guess who game

Pumpkin hunt

Mummy wrap

Pin the stem on the pumpkin

Candy corn catch

Frankenstein tin can bowling

Doughnuts on a string

Poke a pumpkin

Halloween bingo

Feed the monster

Mummy sack race

Witch pitch

Spider web walking game

Eyeball slime

Shoot the skeleton

Candy filled balloon pumpkins

Skeleton scavenger hunt

Mini mummy pinata

What fun activities and games are you planning for this Halloween?

Caramel Apple Cooking

As we get further into this Autumn season and closer to Halloween, I thought we’d take a look at some recipes inspired by an autumn and Halloween classic: the caramel apple. 

Cakes, Crisps, Tarts and Pies:

Caramel apple cake

Caramel apple pie

Caramel apple oatmeal crisp

Caramel apple tart

Caramel apple upside down cake

Caramel apple crisp

Caramel apple pie

Salted caramel apple slab pie

Salted caramel apple cheesecake crisp

Caramel apple cheesecake

Dark chocolate caramel apple crisp

Caramel apple sheet cake

Caramel apple cream pie

Caramel apple cheesecake dip

Gluten free caramel apple crisp

Biscuits, Breads, Buns, Donuts and Breakfasts:

Caramel apple biscuits

Caramel apple cinnamon buns

Salted caramel apple doughnuts

Bread machine caramel apple and pecan bread

Caramel apple flatbread

Sweet Treats:

Caramel apple bread pudding

Apple cider caramels

Caramel apple bars

Caramel apple lush

Caramel apple nut bars

Apple crostata with caramel sauce

Salted caramel apple s’more bars

Baked apples with rum caramel sauce

Apple turnovers with caramel sauce and ice cream

Gooey caramel apple hand pies

Caramel apple egg rolls

Caramel apple soft pretzels


Cinnamon caramel apple martini

Caramel apple cider

What are your favorite caramel apple inspired recipes?