Gingersnap + White Chocolate Truffles {7 Days of Festive Holiday Treats}

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If you had to choose only one flavor that embodies fall, what would it be?

For me, it’s ginger, without a doubt.

(I’m pretty sure this is because of these cookies, which I vividly remember my mom frequently making in autumns gone by.) Even when I don’t have homemade Molasses Crinkles on hand, I can usually find a box of store-bought gingersnaps in my cupboard (which are surprisingly delicious!).

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Dark Chocolate-Coated Cranberry Cake Bites {7 Days of Festive Holiday Treats}

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I have a stock-pile of recipes building up. I’m not quite sure how that happened since I’ve been posting much more than normal lately, but I’m definitely not going to complain! However, I’ve noticed quite a few treat recipes that are fall-ish and/or perfect for festive holiday gatherings, and I wanted to get them all posted before this holiday season has come and gone....

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Thai-Inspired Pumpkin Soup

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At the beginning of fall I can’t wait for all things pumpkin. Then there inevitably comes a point when Ooh, pumpkin soup! turns into Oh…pumpkin soup. I’m not quite at that point yet (I’m a die-hard fan…still can’t get enough Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup!), but if you are, this soup is for you. (Really…I wouldn’t steer you wrong.) It’s less like pumpkin soup and more like peanut-y satay sauce. And I don’t know about you, but the sauce is my favorite part of satay....

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Butternut-Maple Butter and Spiced Maple Scones

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A couple weeks ago I was at a farmers’ market and I couldn’t help but stock up on winter squash. (Don’t blame me though…who could turn down a beautiful sugar pumpkin for $1?!) I also got a gorgeous, nearly four-pound butternut squash for under $2. And maybe the best part (even though it isn’t squash), was a huge (and I do mean huge…it was also almost four pounds!) rutabaga that I picked up for $1! When you buy more than you can use, you’re basically at the point where a bargain is no longer a bargain. Luckily, this was not the case since all the […]...

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Autumnal Afternoon Tea

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A couple weeks ago I hosted a cozy afternoon tea with an autumnal flair. It was so much fun and there was talk of making it seasonal affair, which I think is a wonderful idea! I’m going to be sharing the recipes I made throughout the next month or so, but for now I’m going to let the photos do the talking....

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Perfect Summer Party Foods

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This is the easiest pasta salad ever:  Mix 3/4 lb cooked pasta with 1 batch Best Dressing, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), and 3 scallions (thinly sliced).  Perfect pool party food! As kids, the one thing my sister and I wanted during summer was a pool.  (Ok, that’s a stretch.  We also wanted a dog.  And a cat.  And a boatload of Fla-vor-ice freeze pops to eat, and a backyard “fort” to camp out in.)  But really, we begged and pleaded with my parents for a pool for as long as I can remember....

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A Lamb Feast

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In many cultures, meat in general and lamb in particular is what you serve to guests…especially guests you really like!  (Since it’s usually the most expensive part of the meal, serving meat demonstrates your hospitality.)  I ate more lamb in the Middle East in just a couple months than I ate in the rest of my life combined.  (Middle Easterners are a generous, hospitable group of people…lamb was on the menu often!  Plus my hubby has a lot of family members, and each one wanted the chance to host us.) Stateside Mike and I generally don’t eat as much lamb, except during the Eid right […]...

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Red Velvet Macarons

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I had to save the best for last with my Valentine’s Day meal. After my white hot chocolate, your dessert cravings will probably be satiated, but there’s always room for a pretty little mac or two, right? ;)...

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White Hot Chocolate

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If you’re like me and have a the-darker-the-better mindset when it comes to chocolate, you’re probably wondering why on earth I used white chocolate to make this drink. I’m with you, trust me, I am....

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