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  • Amelia Island, FL {Sweet & Spicy Pecans}
  • Holiday Ham With a Citrusy Kick
  • Vegan chocolate mince pies and other Christmas foods
  • Pot Roast Grilled Cheese Recipe
  • Skillet Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Amelia Island, FL {Sweet & Spicy Pecans}

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We spent the first part of the week in paradise. 

We spent 3 nights in Amelia Island, FL. We went to the spa, played golf, walked on the beach and just relaxed. It was so nice! 

The beach at Amelia Island is unlike any other beach I’ve been to.

It has the most amazing shells! 

This year there were tons of starfish and horseshoe crabs on the beach too.

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I took these Sweet and Spicy Pecans for us to snack on in the car. 

They were so good and super simple to make.

The recipe is… Continue reading

Holiday Ham With a Citrusy Kick

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There is nothing like those special dishes we look forward to all year at the holidays … but it’s less than fun to hover over a hot stove or spend hours scrubbing dishes afterward. As with many meals, the slow cooker is your friend here; it gives you the slow-roasted taste of holiday specialties with only a few minutes of prep work ahead of time.

This ham recipe is great because it boosts a traditional spicy-sweet ham glaze with the kick of citrus, making a pretty predictable dish something special. For my money, ham is the best holiday centerpiece because… Continue reading

Vegan chocolate mince pies and other Christmas foods

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Can it really be only a week until Christmas day!  Inconceivable!  I feel I have done enough festive baking for the season already.  For a start, I’ve already made three batches of mince pies. But if there is another week, I reckon I might squeeze in another batch before the big day.  I have been enjoying experimenting with baking mince tarts and other Christmas foods.

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I am not fond of making pastry.  It is fiddly and either too thick or too thin, too crusty or too soft.  And I really hate pastry recipes that call for an egg yolk.  I… Continue reading

Pot Roast Grilled Cheese Recipe

Pot Roast Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Pot roast grilled cheese is a great option if you are looking to use up leftoever meat from a pot roast. I must confess that I actually prepared a pot roast just for this grilled cheese sandwich! The juice from the dutch oven or slow cooker can be used as an au jus for dipping the grilled cheese sandwich in, it is truly amazing. This grilled cheese is topped with leftover pot roast meat, white cheddar cheese, and sautéed onion. I like to prepare my grilled cheese on… Continue reading

Skillet Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

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I’ve never been a big fan of shepherd’s pie.  I don’t have a good reason other than it’s… just not my thing I guess.  But when I saw this version of shepherd’s pie in the new Cook’s Country Magazine, I couldn’t resist.  I mean, look at those potatoes!  Look at that filling!  It’s basically a chicken pot pie topped with buttery potatoes, then baked.  Nothing wrong with that, eh?

This shepherd’s pie varies from the classic version in that it uses chicken instead of lamb (duh), but also in the potatoes.  Typically, a… Continue reading

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie {No Machine Required}

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My favorite Christmas dessert is the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake from Chick-fil-a. It is a glorious day when they start serving that shake. I wish I could have one everyday, but unfortunately my pants won’t allow it. 

I made an at home version of my favorite shake and turned it into a pie. The best part about this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie is that you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it! Woo Hoo! Plan on making this the day before you want to serve it so the ice cream can really harden up before… Continue reading

Bacon Boursin Green Beans

Bacon Boursin Green Beans

by Pam on December 15, 2014

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I saw this recipe on The Endless Meal and how could I possibly resist green beans with bacon and Boursin cheese? I couldn’t. My son is a huge fan of Boursin cheese and I knew he would love this side dish – I was right. It took less than 15 minutes to make and seriously tasted amazing. We all, even my daughter who isn’t a fan of cheese, loved these green beans. This side dish is special enough to serve at holiday meals but easy enough to make throughout the… Continue reading