8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

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1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

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2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

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3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

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4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

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5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

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6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

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7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

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8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.


1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.



4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.



5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.



6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.



7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.



8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.



9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”



10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!


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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

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Show your pride for America through the food, decor and more at your next July 4th BBQ party. Here are 10 fun patriotic BBQ ideas for you to try!


1. Put up a patriotic banner.

Banners are a hot item in parties these days, so why not hang up a patriotic banner at your BBQ? I love this American flag burlap banner. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, you might like this patriotic bunting.


2. Serve cherry pie with a star on top.

You can’t get more American than cherry pie, right? Well, except for apple pie maybe, but cherry pie’s red coloring brings an extra dose of patriotism. Try this easy mini cherry pie recipe that will delight everyone!

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3. Give your kids patriotic hairstyles.

If you have daughter(s) with long hair, have fun with it and give them patriotic hairdos! You can find many cute ideas here.

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4. Dress up your nails in red, white, and blue.

You could always simply paint your nails in a patriotic color, but why not jazz them up with glitter? Or try another one of these 5 patriotic manicure ideas.

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5. Paint mason jars in patriotic colors.

Mason jars are a staple for parties, so hop on the bandwagon and paint yours in red, blue, and white. Here is a great tutorial to turn a trio of mason jars into a cheerful American flag! Then you could use these jars to serve non-food items, such as plastic utensils, drinking straws, napkins, flowers, and unlit sparklers.

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6. Light up the party with patriotic lanterns.

If you don’t want to paint your mason jars, you could decoupage them with tissue paper and put in candles to create fun lanterns for your party! This can be done with just about any glass container you’ve got laying around the house.

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7. Turn fruit into patriotic displays.

Fruit is the perfect refreshing food for the hot weather of July, but why not turn the BBQ staple into something that’s fun and patriotic? Try these delightful patriotic fruit skewers that include marshmallows for added sweetness. Or turn a fruit pie into a beautiful American flag! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a patriotic fruit pie that everyone will ooh and ahh over before eating.

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8. Make American art with pallets and paint.

Have a pallet laying around? Chop it up and create this amazing American pallet art! You can use a scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw for this project.  Hang your finished creation on the front door to welcome your guests to your party or hang a row of three on your fence. Charming and free patriotic BBQ ideas are always best!

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9. Set up a patriotic hot dog station.

Hot dogs are as American as baseball, so how fun would it be to set up a hot dog station for your guests to make their own gourmet hot dogs? This great hot dog station also includes four suggested hot dog recipes that hail from four different spots in our country, which is so cool!

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10. Get a patriotic tattoo!

Don’t worry, I don’t mean a permanent tattoo. Pass out these glittery temporary patriotic tattoos to your guests, your friends, and your family to spread the patriotism. And there are so many other ways to use the temporary tattoos other than putting them on your skin! You could put them on balloons, plastic plates and cups, plastic servingware, windows, or anything that’s plastic or glass.


What do you think of these patriotic BBQ ideas? Will you use them for your next party? What other patriotic BBQ ideas do you love? Share away!

featured image via Frankly Entertaining.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Red Velvet Recipe Roundup

Raise your hand if you love red velvet! It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I love that holidays like Valentines Day, Independence Day, and Christmas give me an excuse to bust out the red food coloring. Here’s a roundup of red velvet recipes that includes cookies, crepes, and–of course–lots of cream cheese!

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Red Velvet Brownies

Chewier and richer than cake, smothered in cream cheese frosting and white chocolate curls, these brownies look absolutely decadent.


Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

A layer of brownies on the bottom and a swirly brownies-and-cream-cheese layer on top. Sounds like a winner to me!


Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

These are just so cute. Cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two fluffy red cookies…it’s the perfect little afternoon treat.


Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

I’ve made these cookies twice now and they were a hit both times. They’re delicious, they’re pretty, and they come together quickly. Cookies don’t get much better than that.


Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls 

Cream cheese frosting and cinnamon rolls were made for each other. Just add red and you’ve got a festive Valentines Day breakfast!


Red Velvet Cheese Ball

I usually think “savory” when I hear “cheese ball”, but this sweet version looks awfully intriguing. Served with vanilla wafers or graham crackers, it would be a great addition to any party.


Red Velvet Fudge

It’s fudge. It’s red. It looks friggin delicious. Do I really need convince you to try this one?


Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

I would love to snuggle up by a fire with a cup of this on a snowy evening. Of course I live in Phoenix, so that’s probably not going to happen, but a girl can dream, right?


Red Velvet Crepes

It’s probably best that crepes take so much effort to make because I might eat them every day. This version would be a great breakfast in bed for your sweetheart on Valentines Day.


Red Velvet Poke Cake

If that last one sounds a little high on the difficulty scale, try this gooey treat with cake mix, instant cheesecake pudding mix, Cool-Whip, and Oreos. Easy peasy.


Red Velvet Sheet Cake

When you’re feeding a crowd–say for a Valentines party–sheet cakes are definitely the way to go.


Red Velvet Layer Cake

Last but not least, for the traditionalist, this is my favorite red velvet layer cake recipe. I kind of want to eat the frosting on, well, everything.


Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.


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25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes

Hot chocolate is such a nice treat on a cold winter day!  These 25 fabulous hot chocolate recipes will keep you coming back for more for years to come!!

25 Great hot Chocolate Recipes To Try!

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Great HOT Chocolate Recipes!

25 great hot chocolate recipes

  1. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  2. Thick Italian Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  3. Oreo Hot Cocoa Recipe 
  4. Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Recipe
  5. Hot Chocolate Floats Recipe
  6. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce De Leche Recipe
  7. Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  8. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  9. Green Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  10. Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe
  11. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  12. S’mores Hot Chocolate Recipe 
  13. Hot Chocolate Spoons Recipe 
  14. Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate Recipe
  15. Malt Ball Hot Chocolate Recipe
  16. Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
  17. Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe
  18. Hot Malted Vanilla Recipe
  19. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe
  20.  Spicy Maple Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe
  21. Vanilla Bean white Hot Chocolate
  22. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Recipe
  23. Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate
  24. Belgian Hot Chocolate Recipe
  25. Pink Valentine’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

 What is your favorite hot chocolate recipe?



10 Treats to Make Using Biscoff Spread

It used to be that one of the reasons I looked forward to taking an airline trip was because I might get a package of Biscoff cookies with my complimentary beverage. Once I discovered that the rich, cinnamon cookies can be purchased at the grocery store, I gave up flying (no, just kidding). So imagine my delight when I discovered Biscoff spread: it’s all the delicious taste of Biscoff cookies in a spreadable format.  Move over, Nutella: there’s a new delicious snack spread in town!

But more than that, I am so excited about all the ways that I can use this delicious treat in a recipe!!

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10 Biscoff Treat Ideas

Great Treats to Make Using Biscoff Spread


Baked goods:

1) Biscoff Rice Krispy Treats: What a yummy spin on an old favorite

2) Chewy Biscoff Blondies: A gooey treat that the whole family will love

3) Pumpkin Biscoff Bread: An easy quick bread with great fall flavors

4) Apple Biscoff Bars: The perfect combination of cake and cookie, plus Biscoff and apples



5) Biscoff Iced Coffee: Give ho-hum iced coffee a cinnamon-y twist

6) Biscoff Smoothie: Greek yogurt and soy milk make this smoothie a winner

7) Hot Biscoff Milk: A yummy alternative to hot chocolate


8) Biscoff Fruit Dip: An easy after-school snack

9) No-Bake Biscoff Cookies: Cookies that you don’t have to bake? Yes, please!

10) Biscoff Yogurt Parfait: A breakfast parfait, loaded with fruit


Any of these great Biscoff treat ideas would be fun to make for your family!  Which one are you going to try?

6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts

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Eating clean doesn’t mean that you need to give up having a sweet ending to your dinner. Here are some delicious paleo desserts that are also extremely easy to make! (featured image via CrossFit Pulse)

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Cherry and Almond Butter Milkshake

All you need is a blender and you’ll have a creamy and sweet milkshake that’s more like a dessert than a smoothie. Add a cute straw and sip away!


  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 whole banana, frozen
  • 8 cherries, frozen
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey (adjust the amount to your taste)
  • 10 ice cubes (adjust the amount to your taste)

You can add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder if you want a more chocolaty flavor. This paleo dessert recipe makes two big milkshakes.

Banana Ice Cream

This paleo dessert recipe requires only ONE ingredient. You’ll need a food processor and you can add whatever toppings you want, but all you really need to make this dessert is frozen bananas. Find out how at The Paleo Mama!

Chocolate Mug Cake

You can’t beat a paleo dessert that takes only three minutes to make. This will come in handy when you just need a chocolate fix RIGHT NOW and you don’t want to gorge on candy. Mix up almond meal, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and an egg in a mug and microwave it. And then it’s cake time! Get the full recipe at Delighted Momma.

Grilled Peaches

I just recently tried grilled peaches for the first time. After the first bite, I wondered why the heck I didn’t try it years ago. I even used peaches that weren’t all that ripe and it came out so good. This recipe from Everyday Paleo adds whipped coconut cream on top. Yum.

Paleo Fruit Pops

My toddler is crazy about dessert and fruit. I just bought some ice pop molds and am excited to try this paleo dessert soon. It requires only almond milk and chopped fresh berries, but I’m sure frozen berries will work just as well. Try the recipe at CrossFit Pulse.

Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

Did you know that you can make your own coconut butter? It’s so easy and you’ll need some of it for this paleo dessert that requires only two ingredients. Guess what’s the other one? Find out how to make these delish balls and how to make coconut butter at Chocolate Covered Katie.


Now I’m hungry for something sweet. I’m off to grab a handful of frozen cherries, which you can buy in bulk at Costco. That’s another easy paleo dessert for you to try!


Looking for more healthy recipes? Check out this Banana Zucchini Cookies recipe and the Top Ten Zucchini Recipes.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!