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Party Plan: Mad About March Viewing Party

When the brackets are in and it’s getting close to tip-off time, we’ve got everything you need to host a marathon party that’s guaranteed to win over your guests.

Beer-itas

Lime beer margaritas are perfect for a game day crowd.

Sriracha Sloppy Joes

A spicy twist on the classic sloppy joe that cooks in the slow cooker so it’s ready whenever your crowd is ready to eat.

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Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip

Adding a little of your favorite brew gives this creamy cheese dip a flavorful kick. Try a dark porter for a more robust taste, or a wheat beer to keep things nice and light.

Game Day Ranch Guacamole

Homemade guacamole gets even more exciting with the addition of an Anaheim chile and some ranch seasoning.

Personal BBQ Chicken Pizza

These mini-pizzas make a great game-time snack or an easy weeknight dinner – just toss a salad together while the chicken is marinating and you’ll have a complete meal ready in minutes.

Island Teriyaki Meatballs

Turn these tangy meatballs into a dozen tropical sliders by rolling the meat mixture into patties. Serve topped with more red onion and pineapple on a toasted Hawaiian sweet roll or slider bun.

Ranch Buffalo Wings

Ranch Buffalo Wings

If you know you’re going to be dipping your Buffalo wings into ranch dressing, why not just bake the flavor right into the sauce?

Party Plan: St. Patrick's Day

From tips on tasty drinks and appetizers to fun and easy decorating ideas, you’ll have the luck o’ the Irish on your side this St. Patty’s Day.

Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasted cabbage with a bit of garlic and caraway is perfect as a side for roast meats or even a vegetarian main dish.

Pub Cheese with Guinness

Irish cheddar blended with Guinness beer, garlic and mustard makes the perfect spread for crackers, bread or pretzels.

Lime Sherbet Punch

Festive green punch is a little sweet, a little tart and a whole lot of fun.

Grasshopper Cupcakes

The combination of mint and chocolate is irresistible in these cupcakes finished with a whipped cream frosting.

Irish Brownies

Stout beer brownies with Irish cream frosting for a sweet taste of Ireland.

Ginger Whiskey

Ginger beers give a nice spicy ginger kick to this cocktail.

Kid’s St. Patrick’s Day Fun

If you have the younger set over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you can keep them busy and entertained while also teaching them a thing or two about March 17.

Indoor St. Patrick’s Day Décor

Deck the halls for your St. Patrick’s Day party, and do it kid-style as your little ones draw, cut, staple, glue and paint their way to festive party décor!

Party Plan: Mardi Gras

Check out a parade of fun party ideas and recipes to help make your Cajun celebration fun for everyone.

King Cake Dip

All the flavor of king cake with almost none of the work.

Mardi Gras Grab Bag of Games

If you’re gathering friends and family to help you celebrate this holiday known for its high energy and excess, you’ll up the fun factor by pulling any of the following games out of your party hat.

Mardi Gras Photo Booth

What better souvenir to send home with your party guests than a picture of them letting the good times roll at your Mardi Gras festivities?

Bringing it On: Mardi Gras-Style

A decadent holiday deserves decadent décor. You can pull it off without having to spend oodles of money or overmuch time and effort.

Setting the Table

One you have your Mardi Gras menu planned, your feast is as easy as assembling the recipes (and the ones found here really are that simple) and setting a table worthy of Mardi Gras.

Buggy Bottle Caps

Teach younger generations about upcycling while also encouraging their creativity with these sweet little critter crafts!

Tulip Solo

If there’s one sure sign of spring, it’s tulips. Poking through the barren ground, they brighten often drab end-of-winter surroundings with their beautiful, vibrant and springy hues.

Refrigerator Magnet Planters

Why toss the wine corks when you can instead transform them into adorable miniature planters, complete with live greenery? Making these cute refrigerator magnets is simple and quick and you likely have most of what you need on hand already.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

While spring cleaning traditionally involves more than just a quick vacuum and wiping down of the bathroom mirror, it also doesn’t have to be a month-long cleaning marathon.

Frozen PB and Grapes

Take frozen grapes to the next level with a dip in peanut butter yogurt for a healthy treat with a creamy twist.

Eggs and Toast Muffin Cups

How do you make eggs and toast for a crowd? Try a muffin cup. Buttery toast is the perfect crust for loaded scrambled eggs.

Pineapple Agua Fresca

When is water more than water? When it is blended with fresh pineapple and a hint of honey.

Seared Halibut with Pesto

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Fresh pesto is a snap to make, and in this recipe meaty halibut is seared and finished in the oven.

Fusilli & Arugula Salad

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.

8 Ways to Welcome Spring

I love making small changes to my home to welcome the coming seasons. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it reminds me of flowers, fruit and sunshine. Below are some of my favorite ways to ring in the spring season.

Breakfast Enchiladas

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting. 

A Healthier Easter for Your Kids

Created by: By: Molly Hembree, RDN, LD - Dietitian

Make this Easter both entertaining and health conscious for you and your family by following some of these helpful tips.

Party Plan: Valentine's Day

From tips for a cozy night at home to recipes for a fantastic gathering, we’ve got plenty of Valentine’s Day ideas to warm your heart.

Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Surf & Turf takes on a whole new tasty meaning with these Surf & Turf Bacon Burgers! Start with a juicy Black Angus burger, then add a light and creamy crabmeat topping and crispy bacon. It’s an impressive burger perfect for a special night in.

Salmon with Lemon-Caper Sauce

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When it comes to romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day, sharing a home-cooked meal is a memorable, cost-effective and meaningful experience. For a romantic evening in, this baked salmon with lemon-caper sauce is a marvelous choice.

Baked Brie With Pecans and Apricot Preserves

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

For me, Valentine’s Day isn’t a day for expensive gifts, but honoring the love of your life by spending quality time together. A romantic dinner for two is the perfect way to do that. Make the Valentine’s Day meal more special than any other day with some gourmet eats from your own kitchen, like this decadent Baked Brie!

Heart-Shaped Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These sweet potato hearts fit the bill exactly. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper, or even drizzle them with melted butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar for the ultimate treat. Serve these beauties alongside your favorite Valentine’s Day entrée for a vibrant and nutritious meal.

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

If you need anything to turn red, beets are your answer. In addition to natural color, you get to enjoy all of the super food properties from the beets. Plus, much like cooking with pumpkin, zucchini, or carrot, beets add moisture and a velvety texture. Their earthy taste pairs especially well with chocolate too. I call that a win-win situation.

Toffee and Chocolate Dessert Cheeseball

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

This simple dessert cheeseball is perfect for all ages to make, and it’s a treat the whole family can enjoy together after dinner. I love to see the look on my kid’s faces as we dig into a dish they helped make! Spending time in the kitchen with your kids is a great way to make memories on Valentine’s Day.

Mini Heart-Shaped Puff Pastry Pizzas

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These mini pizzas pack in a double whammy – not only are they miniature, but they are heart-shaped, which means they’re infinitely more adorable than your average pie. I also love that these are a perfect way to include the kiddos in your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Chocolate Truffles With Dates, Cocoa and Coconut

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Whenever possible, I try to keep my dessert recipes on the clean end, using whole food, un-processed ingredients. Of course, chocolate treats that don’t require a huge time investment and only call for a few ingredients are an ultimate bonus. This chocolate truffle recipe is not only quick and easy to prepare, but also melt-in-your-mouth delicious all while staying on the healthful end of the dessert spectrum.

Creamy Strawberry Shake

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Strawberry shakes are one of my favorite treats to make throughout the year, but they’re particularly lovely on Valentine’s Day since they’re a pretty pink hue. Try out this recipe this Valentine’s Day in place of a sugary cocktail and you’ll get all the same delicious, special occasion flavor with none of the side effects.

Risotto with Asparagus

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Use good-quality Parmesan for a winning risotto. This recipe works well with fresh mushrooms, too!

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Many people skip the big gifts on Valentine’s Day, opting for a heartfelt card instead. Well, nothing is more heartfelt than making a handmade card from scratch. These glittery Valentine’s Day cards are easy to make and offer a great opportunity to get the kids involved.

Frost Your Own Cookie Bar

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sugar cookies are delicious, there is no doubt. A sugar cookie bar is a great reason to gather with family and friends and enjoy something sweet this Valentine’s Day. Whether you eat all the finished products or give them away, just enjoy and have fun!

DIY Heart T-shirt

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Show your kids how much you love them this Valentine’s Day by crafting a DIY heart t-shirt with them. The kids can make mom a homemade t-shirt as a thoughtful gift, or they can craft up a shirt for to wear on Valentine’s Day. It’s a win-win, and super cute.

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

With four kids, my mornings are very hectic and I don’t have much time to prepare a healthy breakfast for my family. I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time, and reheat each oatmeal cup within seconds. I think they taste wonderful plain, but you can also top them with some Greek yogurt and/or fruit!

Basil and Strawberry Infused Chia Seed Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

The new year is here and it’s time to make those resolutions! One of mine is always to give my body food and drinks that make me feel good, and water is always at the top of that list. Here is one of my favorite recipes to spice up plain water and get in the habit of drinking it a little bit more.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This snack is a lighter swap for any game day celebration that offers those familiar buffalo flavors with a fraction of the calories. I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.

Braised Winter Vegetables

Roast a big batch of winter’s best veggies and enjoy serving them in a variety of ways. Best yet, skip most of the peeling and chopping by purchasing ready-to-cook squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts in the produce section.

Southwest Chicken and Rice Bowls

Created by: Nellie Tracy, Butter With a Side of Bread

I have found that the best way to eat lighter throughout the week is to prep some of my meals ahead of time so that they are ready to go in the fridge. When something is ready to eat, you’re more likely to grab it, rather than other less healthy options. This recipe is very simple and versatile so you can add additional veggies if you like.

Creamy Chicken Soup

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

This is the time of year I love to cook big meals. That’s why I’m especially fond of hearty soups. Not only do they incorporate lots of fresh veggies, but they are so comforting and satisfying. This soup is also a perfect freezer meal because you can double or triple the batch and then just freeze what you don’t plan on eating that night for another day.

Easy Lunch Bowl Combinations

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Lunch bowls are a great go-to for lighter eating, and you can prep them at the beginning of the week for so many different combinations. Use this variety of grains, proteins, vegetables and toppings to mix and match for lunch throughout the week to come. Your veggies can be cooked or raw – it’s up to you!

Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Most of this flavorful and filling Eggplant Parmesan Quinoa Casserole can be prepared a day or two beforehand, making it the perfect light and quick dinner idea for a busy weeknight. Just give the eggplant a quick sauté, layer the casserole with the already prepared quinoa and cheese filling and simply pop in the oven!

Light Breakfast Hash

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Swap out the traditional bacon and egg breakfast for this light breakfast hash that’s full of sweet potatoes and nutrient-filled greens. It only takes a few minutes to make and is a great way to start your day off with a boost. Best of all, you can make enough for your entire family in the same amount of time it takes to make one serving.

Italian Chicken Bake

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This Italian chicken bake has just five simple ingredients, but tons of flavor! I use canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning to give the chicken lots of great flavor and moisture. The chicken cooks in the tomatoes, so it stays super moist and creates its own sauce. You can serve it over pasta or with bread so you have something to scoop up all that goodness.

Overnight Oats

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

For me, a new year means new goals and lifestyle adjustments to get back on track after the holidays. Meal planning has always been a great way to stick to my diet and make the best possible food choices available. One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats.

Simple Spaghetti Carbonara

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Savory and comforting, Spaghetti Carbonara is a tasty choice for a weeknight (or weekend) meal. It comes together very easily and it’s ready in almost no time. The egg sticks to the noodles, making them extra filling while the bacon, garlic and parsley add the flavor.

Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

The great thing about these Thai Chicken Burrito Bowls is that you can swap in whatever suits your own taste buds. I happened to use broccoli and red peppers, but you could also use snap peas, baby carrots, or green peppers, etc. Also, you can change out the chicken for pork, beef or even shrimp.

Winter Pimm’s Cup

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, we’ve all had our proper fill of holiday sweets and party drinks. This year I wanted to create something a little on the lighter side, but still incorporate those wintery flavors. This Winter Pimm’s Cup is a twist on a summer time favorite and is perfect for sipping.

Homemade Fridge Deodorizer

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

The refrigerator is the hub of the kitchen, the spot to store good eats. Unfortunately, it’s also an area that can get dirty, messy and stinky. The dirt and mess can be cleaned, but odors are more of a challenge. With this two-ingredient deodorizer, you can neutralize odors in the refrigerator. Quick and easy, and it works!

Party Plan: Football

From the opening kickoff to the final snap, these party ideas are a definite touchdown.

Cookie Dough Truffle Footballs

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

These delicious cookie dough truffles use an egg-free recipe that you don’t have to worry about eating raw. Even better, they’re a great way to make your food match your party theme. On game day, everyone is used to cheesy dips and comfort food, so surprise them with these football shaped desserts.

Corn Dip

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Are you hosting a party for the big game? This hot corn dip is a great party recipe and sure to be a crowd pleaser while watching your favorite team play. It’s made with a variety of cheeses, corn and green chilies. Sprinkle some chili powder on top before serving and you have a tasty appetizer to serve your guests.

Harissa Hummus

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When I’m getting sucked into a good football game, I reach for anything that I can dip a chip into. Homemade hummus is a crowd pleaser, and a healthful snack or appetizer option for friends and family.

Honey-Soy Chicken Wings

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

It wouldn’t be game night without a plate full of wings! But isn’t it time to break away from the same old wings and try something new? For a delicious twist on the original, try these tasty honey-soy chicken wings. Serve them as an appetizer at your next game night gathering and people will be begging for more.

Skinny Cheesy Corn Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Game day is all about the food, and usually it’s heavy, fattening and high in calories. But it doesn’t have to be! This cheesy corn dip is delicious and light, while keeping the same sweet, creamy, flavor we all love.

Potato Poppers

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football wouldn’t be complete without some good eats. Change up the traditional jalapeno popper by making these creamy potato poppers instead. No fork necessary! Since they can be prepared ahead of time, they are perfect for entertaining. Enjoy them cold, or reheat them for maximum flavor.

Slow Cooker Chili

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Slow cookers are great when hosting a party to watch the big game. Setting the slow cooker on first thing in the morning and having hot chili ready by the time guests arrive helps save time and allows me to focus on other tasks. This slow cooker chili recipe is as easy as it gets!

Ultimate Homegating Checklist

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Football season isn’t just about the games. It’s about the good company, food and cheering for your favorite team. If hosting a game day party, you’ll want to make sure to have all the bases covered. Whether it’s the big game or just another Monday night, be sure to go over the ultimate homegating checklist so your guests are sure to have a great time.

Southwest Breakfast Poutine

Chilaquiles, meets poutine, meets breakfast. This smash-up recipe combines the best of each – salsa verde, fries and cheese curds, topped with a fried egg.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Sausage and veggies in a creamy sauce, topped with eggs, cheese and a crispy layer of tater tots – breakfast is served.

Savory Ham and Cheese Waffles

A savory take on a breakfast staple, these ham and cheese waffles are even more delicious served with a fried egg on top.

Apple Pie Pull Apart

Apple pie is appropriate for breakfast in this delicious, flaky pull apart bread and it comes together easier than pie.

Honey Pepper Bacon

Sweet and smoky with peppery heat, this upgraded bacon is the perfect breakfast side.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Traditional mac & cheese gets an upgrade when gnocchi stands in for pasta in this cheesy baked dish.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

A complete meal in one dish – chicken, pasta, bacon, tomatoes and spinach with a creamy ranch sauce baked to bubbling perfection under a layer of gooey cheese.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Take your favorite appetizer – spinach artichoke dip – and turn it into dinner with this lasagna recipe.

Pan Fried Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Honey

Thin pieces of chicken are lightly breaded and pan fried until golden and crispy and finished with a drizzle of spicy honey. Try them on a biscuit with a few pickle slices for a delicious chicken sandwich.

White Chicken Chili

Chicken, white beans and peppers in a light creamy broth spiked with cumin and chiles.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick and easy chicken soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken and get dinner on the table in no time.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Everything great about buffalo chicken wings rolled into meatballs. Great as an appetizer or making buffalo meatballs sandwiches.

Coffee and Donut Milkshake

Dessert, breakfast or breakfast dessert? Whatever you call it this combination of coffee ice cream and donuts is delicious.

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a big party or looking for a quick recipe to enjoy in the comfort of your home while the ball drop, this recipe makes a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve.

Ginger Pear Gin Fizz

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

The New Year is a wonderful holiday for celebrating with friends and family, and I have a few New Year’s traditions I’ve been in the habit of following through on each year: sharing resolutions, making a big feast and creating a signature cocktail to enjoy throughout the evening.

Kir Royale

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

A New Year’s Eve celebration just isn’t complete without a sip or two of champagne! This recipe is a great one that pleases champagne lovers and champagne skeptics alike. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Homemade salads aren’t very exciting unless you have the right combination of toppings. Plain lettuce and dressing is no fun, but this Mediterranean Chopped Salad is full of flavor with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, Persian cucumbers and more. Toss it together with a homemade Greek dressing and you’ll be eating healthier in no time!

Oven Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

If you’re entertaining guests this New Years’ Eve and want to keep the menu healthful yet filling, oven-baked chicken with a side of roasted root vegetables is a great main dish. Preparing this recipe is very simple! The chicken comes out tender, flavorful, and is a great option for kicking off the New Year on the right foot.

Rock Candy for your NYE Party Drink

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year, and to get excited about the year to come. Sparkling cider is a go-to party beverage on New Year’s, but I thought it would be fun to add some pizzazz and extra fizz to the party drink.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Stacy's Pretzel Thins

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This quick and delicious spinach-artichoke dip may just be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve, whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or welcoming the New Year quietly at home. The hot, cheesy goodness of this dip is even more scrumptious served alongside Stacy’s Pretzel Thins.

New Year Memory Prompts

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Watching the ball drop, clinking glasses of champagne and singing Auld Lang Syne are all good ways to celebrate the start of a new year. However, let’s not shuck off the last year too quickly. There was a lot of living that happened! Share memory cards with family and friends to remember the past year together.

3 Kid-Friendly NYE Ideas

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Ring in a brand new year with the little ones, even if the night ends at 9pm! Make your own party hats with fabulous tassels, print off glasses and color them wild, and do it all while munching on the glitziest popcorn! It’s the perfect way to send off the old and welcome the new.  

Party Plan: Holiday

Celebrate a winter wonderland of delicious dishes and decorative designs this holiday season!

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.

Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Making your own Christmas decorations is often inexpensive and a fun way to express your style. This Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree is so easy and really only takes a few dollars to make. It looks darling displayed on an end table or mantle.

DIY Christmas Mantel Box

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I just love decorating my mantel for each and every holiday. If you have an especially large mantel then it could be overwhelming to figure out what to decorate it with. I’ve come up with an easy DIY Christmas Mantel Box that you can change up year after year by filling it with different holiday items.

DIY Snowman Family

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a fun and easy DIY craft project for outdoor holiday décor? This cute snowman family is quick and easy to make and will be the perfect cheery way to greet houseguests this winter.

How to Create a Non-Traditional Holiday Table Setting

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When I want my home to feel festive for the holidays, but also fit with our unique style, I come up with an alternative, non-traditional color palette. There are ways to incorporate things to keep your house ready for the holidays without buying ALL of that red and green!

Find a traditional, wintery pattern in your favorite color! I always love black and white, so that’s what I went for with the plaid table runner.

Party Plan: Gift Giving

Get into the spirit of the holidays with thoughtful gift-giving ideas, while picking up a few decorating tips for yourself!

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Christmas Ornament Party Favors

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Holiday parties are my favorite kind of parties. I cherish inviting people into my home to see decorations and share favorite holiday recipes. We turn up the Christmas music, have lots of laughs, and then I send my loved ones on their way.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

DIY sugar scrubs are not only great for exfoliation, they make a wonderful homemade gift idea. This peppermint sugar scrub combines four simple ingredients for a stocking stuffer that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Once you’ve made the scrub, add a bit of red and white colored ribbon and jingle bells for a perfect homemade gift.

Party Plan: Thanksgiving

If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving, we’ve got some ways – both classic and new – for you to make it extra special and delicious!

Q&A: Turkey Brining

Is this the first year you plan on brining your Thanksgiving turkey? Or have you tried it before and wondered if there was a secret you missed out on? Maybe you’re just wondering if the extra effort really makes a difference.

Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Now that all the guests are gone, whip up these easy hand pies using leftovers to make the most of your meal!

Mango Cranberry Sauce

Add a refreshing, unique flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with mangos. An excellent alternative to the original!

Simple DIY Eucalyptus Wreath

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

I like to go all out with my holiday cooking and keep my decorations on the simple side. This DIY Eucalyptus Wreath uses only a few supplies and takes just a few minutes to make. When hung on the front door, it’s a nice way to welcome guests. It could even be used as part of a cool table centerpiece. One bunch of greenery will make several wreaths. Consider sending smaller versions home with your guests!

Leaf Balloon Pop Game

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

All holidays need an extra “pop” of excitement and balloons filled with a bit of confetti or candy are just the thing. Play this pop-tastic game with friends and family, young and old. It might get a little rowdy, but it’s full of fun.

DIY Rustic Wood Flower Centerpiece

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The Thanksgiving season means festive feasts with family and friends. Make the table even more inviting with a homemade, rustic floral centerpiece. Repurpose sticks from the backyard to create something of beauty that can be enjoyed for years. Because this centerpiece is made to fit over an existing flowerpot, it can be used over and over again. Just change the flowers out for a whole new look.

Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

‘Tis the season for enjoying moments with family and friends, sharing traditional foods together and – of course – giving thanks. This Thanksgiving, make the feast even more special by writing down the things you’re grateful for and then sharing them with each other around the holiday table.

Cranberry Citrus Punch

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Cranberries have always been a key part of Thanksgiving and now you can incorporate them into kid-friendly punch that’s easy to make right before the big feast. The cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lemon-lime soda make this non-alcoholic drink perfect for guests of all ages.

Pumpkin Lush Bars

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, swap the pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Lush Bars! Pumpkin pudding plus a thick cream cheese layer on top of a buttery crust and your taste buds will be doing flips.

Spiked Vegan Eggnog

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Eggnog is an incredibly flavorful and delicious beverage to share with friends and family around the holidays, but it’s rich in fat and sugar (no wonder it tastes so great)! While my family has been making the authentic version of eggnog ever since I was a small child, I began making a healthier version of the classic drink 3 years ago and have never gone back.

Cinnamon-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Fresh, seasonal, vegetable-centric sides are a favorite in my family, as we’re all big on vegetables, and these types of dishes add color and flavor to the feast. This cinnamon-maple glazed Brussels sprouts and acorn squash dish is made simple on the stove top. While there are a few steps to preparing the dish, the basic premise behind the recipe is simple: use one skillet for all of the cooking.

Cinnamon Sugar Diced Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year and try these cinnamon sugar diced sweet potatoes instead. They’re caramelized with coconut oil, sautéed with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a little cinnamon sugar and butter for the perfect sweet side dish.

Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, treat your family with a bright and colorful dish that delights the taste buds. With the combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans and dried cranberries, a Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley will quickly become a family favorite.

Party Plan: Friendsgiving

Gather your closest pals for a feast of great food and fun! Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish to share, we’ve got some delicious ideas.

Mango Bellini

Treat your guests to a sweet and tangy drink to wash the winter blues away.

10 Tips to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When it comes to entertaining, there are a few tricks I have up my sleeve. They’re simple but clever tips to remember to help you host with ease. You can easily adapt these to any entertaining situation. So read them, memorize them, and use them to make sure you host your best Friendsgiving dinner yet!

Pumpkin Ice Bucket

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

The holiday season is upon us, which means we’ll be hosting our family and friends often. Make your table extra festive with a Pumpkin Ice Bucket! It’s fast to make and adds such a fun touch to your bar area. Although I’m showing my ice bucket holding white wine, you can easily use it for soda, sparkling cider or champagne.

Friendsgiving Fringe and Watercolor Invitation DIY

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

We all know that Friendsgiving is all about spending time with loved ones, and of course, delicious food. So this usually has us focusing on recipes, shopping trips and coordinating dates and times to get everyone there. But how about taking a few minutes to pick up a few supplies from the grocery store, and inviting your guests in style (instead of a text message)? Follow this simple DIY to make fringe and watercolor invitations that will wow your guests.

Sparkling Cranberry-Lime Seltzer

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

There is something about a festive punch or a fancy glass filled with a colorful, fruity drink at a Thanksgiving get-together that sets the tone for the entire gathering. This easy-to-prepare non-alcoholic sparkling drink is a fun new way to feature cranberries at the holiday table, and one that everybody - young and old - can enjoy.

Paper Chain Photo Booth Backdrop

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

What’s the best part of the holidays besides the food? Taking photos! Photos with family, photos with friends, photos with everyone! Give your pictures a special pop with a paper chain backdrop. Paper chains are a cinch to make, use simple materials and can made in any color you want.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In order to ensure your vegan and vegetarian friends don’t leave Friendsgiving hungry, make these healthful and flavorful Thanksgiving Bowls. They’re vegan, gluten-free and are packed with all sorts of flavors and textures – including Thanksgiving favorites like wild rice, roasted sweet potato, green beans, candied pecans and even cranberry sauce. It makes for a festive entrée and ensures those who don’t eat meat aren’t left out of the celebration. I like the idea of adding garbanzo beans for a plant-based protein source, roasting them with spices to spruce them up.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Start a new side dish tradition this holiday season and serve these tasty roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion. They are quick and easy to make, which will free up time to spend with family and friends. The secret to this delicious side dish lies in tossing the Brussels sprouts in bacon grease before cooking, delivering a perfectly seasoned, crisp-tender vegetable that will delight everyone at the table.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

These easy pumpkin cupcakes are super moist and make a perfect fall dessert. The pumpkin pie spice brings all my favorite seasonal spices to the cupcakes and they are absolutely delicious! White chocolate “pumpkin seeds” take only a few minutes to make and are a fun Halloween candy all on their own. Put it all together and you have a festive fall treat!

Candy Corn Dip

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Inspired by a favorite fall time candy, this triple layer Candy Corn Dip is sure to be a big hit at this year’s Halloween or harvest party. Simply serve with fresh apple slices, pretzels or graham crackers, and watch it disappear!

Pumpkin Delight

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Pumpkin Delight is the perfect fall version of striped delight. It starts with the same graham cracker layer, then changes things up with a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin pudding before finishing off with creamy whipped topping. It’s a little bit of fall in every single bite, and is one of those desserts everyone will love.

How to Pair Mums in Your Fall Arrangements

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

Mums! They’re a fall staple for any household looking to create a seasonal arrangement. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, making them a versatile addition to your table decor. Here’s a trick for creating cohesive arrangements that stick to a monochromatic color scheme.

Eyeball Lychee Martinis

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These spooky eyeball martinis are the perfect cocktail for your Halloween celebrations. Lychees stuffed with blueberries make up the “eyeballs,” while vodka, triple sec, lychee syrup and lemon juice make up the base of the drink. Each martini is topped off with a little bubbly, and they’re ready for the party!

Spooky Fruit Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream for Halloween

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These spooky parfaits are the easiest thing to put together. Simply pick up your favorite fruit from the store (Halloween colors preferred!), chop it up, put it in fancy glasses and top with homemade whipped cream. For these parfaits, I used red plums, black grapes and blackberries. You can also use blood oranges, cherries, strawberries, blueberries or black plums.

Vampire’s Brew Sparkling Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is flavored sparkling water. This is also the perfect alternative to cocktails at a holiday bash, and something the whole family can enjoy. Since Halloween is on the way, here is way to turn it into a drink worthy of your celebrations. You can set up an entire bar of flavors for your guests to choose from!

Black Magic Margaritas

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

With a few extra steps and ingredients, you can turn all of your favorite cocktail recipes into “spooky” versions for your upcoming Halloween parties. Margaritas are our go-to drinks for get-togethers. And since I didn’t want to stray too far from our favorite recipe, I just changed up the color to make it festive and just the right amount of creepy for the holiday.

3 Easy Halloween Party Game Ideas

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The weather has turned mild, the leaves have started to change color, and Halloween is in the air! Whether you’re throwing a Halloween class party or having some friends over for games before trick or treating, these Halloween-inspired games are sure to be a hit. Not only are they fun for kids of all ages, but they’re easy to set up and play, using supplies that you probably have around the house already.

Cookie Pizza

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use some of that Halloween candy to make a cookie pizza for the whole family. The base is a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s frosted and then decorated with candy. You can make it your own by using whatever you have on hand, or just picking up some of your favorites at the store.

Ghoulish Floral Display for Halloween

Arrangements or pots of mums are almost expected in autumn, since they're available in such abundance. Give your potted flowers a ghoulish look for Halloween by painting a plant pot to look like your favorite classic movie monster. As an added spooky surprise, the monster face glows in the dark.  

Popcorn Balls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

As a child, my neighbor made these delicious popcorn balls for Halloween treats!

7 Layer Buffalo Chicken Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Classic 7 layer dip meets everyone’s favorite football season obsession – buffalo chicken. This dip can easily be prepared ahead of time, making it perfect for tailgating season. Spicy, creamy, cheesy and perfectly dip-worthy!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Sun-dried tomato dip is perfect for healthy snacking, but still delicious. You can eat it with chips, crackers or with veggies, your choice. Plus it’s super easy to make! It’s great to bring to a last-minute get together or to have in your fridge ready to serve. And an added bonus? It’s Paleo!

Mini Berry Tartlets

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a delicious finger food that will satisfy your sweet tooth at your next football tailgating party? Look no further than these mini berry tartlets....perfect for tailgating, picnics, barbecues and more.

Apple Manhattan

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Fall is the perfect time to gather with friends for football. For grown up fans, treat them to the fruit of the season - the apple. With a bit of apple juice and a slice of apple garnish, a classy drink becomes dressed for fall...perfect for tailgating.

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Tailgating season is quickly approaching! Gathering with friends to watch your favorite team play is always a great time. Whether you’re tailgating or hosting a Sunday game day at home, this slow cooker party mix is perfect for a large crowd.

Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These roasted vegetable stacked enchiladas are the whole nine yards when it comes to football food. They feed eight people (or more if you’re serving side dishes), they’re very pleasing to the palate, and they’re hearty enough that you don’t even miss the meat.

Lightened Up Potato Skins

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Baked potatoes, topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream, make for a hearty meal but can be high in carbs. These potato skins, lightened a smidge by removing the center of the cooked potatoes, make for a delicious alternative.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

Homegate Cleanup Tips

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Fall at our house means football season, and football season means tailgating. There’s nothing better than tailgating or homegating with friends and family before you cheer on your favorite team together. After the big game is over, there’s nothing you’re going to want to do less than clean up. Use these six quick tips to make homegate cleanup a breeze.

Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use your crock pot to make crispy-tender potatoes flavored with ranch. These potatoes are great with just about anything: roast chicken, pork chops, steak, fish…you name it! And just think of all the ways you could change up the flavor to enjoy them over and over again.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Sandwiches

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

This easy version of a classic Vietnamese sandwich uses a slow cooker to gently tenderize rich pork shoulder, seasoned with all the classic flavors that go along with a banh mi – soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Delicious!

Pumpkin Fudge

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

These days you can find pumpkin spice lattes, donuts, cake and even milkshakes. If you’re looking for one more dessert to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving then you’ll want to try this pumpkin fudge. It’s fairly easy to make if you put in just a little work.

Cinnamon Stick Candle Decor

Created by: Jamie Bare, The Crafting Chicks

Need a fun idea for a fall gift or fall décor? Grab some yummy-smelling cinnamon sticks and candles and make this pretty DIY candle. Try making a bunch and displaying them as a centerpiece this fall. Or make several for friend or neighbor gifts.

Party Plan: Weeknight Wins with National Family Meal Month

Fall comes and you’re back at it – school, a schedule and busy nights! Dinner needs to fit in somewhere, and we’ve got a great selection of recipes for your whole family to try together. Whether you’re looking for new inspiration, time-saving meals or just a way to mix things up, check out these sure ways to win on weeknights.

Southwestern Chili

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Chili…rarely do you find such a comforting, filling meal that’s not only really good for you (depending, of course, on how you make it and the toppings you choose), but so versatile in terms of how different it can taste based on the recipe you choose. This one is delicious!

5-Cheese Pizza with Arugula Salad

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

A pizza dinner is a great way to get kids involved, especially during National Family Meal Month. From shredding the cheese to dressing the simple salad, your kids can take control of putting this meal together. It’s cheesy and flavorful, and the peppery Arugula salad becomes the perfect topping and side dish in one!

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This breakfast pizza combines two favorite breakfast foods – scrambled eggs and bacon – with pizza crust and cheese. The result is absolutely delicious and the perfect way to get everyone around the table for National Family Meal Month.

Chana Saag

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In celebration of National Family Meal Month, this classic vegetarian Indian dish can be made easily in 30 minutes or less. Plus, when you have help from family members in the kitchen, the cooking process is a breeze.

Creamy Turkey Enchiladas

Created by: Ana Frias, Muy Delish

These turkey enchiladas are the perfect recipe to make traditional Mexican food while keeping it healthy. Keep frozen turkey stocked in your freezer for your healthy meal inspirations!

DIY Pasta Bar

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

While my siblings and I all have very different personalities and hobbies, we always agreed on what we loved to eat for dinner: pasta. When celebrating National Family Meal Month, a DIY pasta bar is the perfect way to get the whole family together for an easy evening of delicious eats and great company.

Family Pasta Bake Three Ways

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Whip up a flavorful and cheesy pasta dish that every member of the family can agree on and love, with this impressive and easy-to-make Family Pasta Bake Three Ways. Layers of rigatoni smothered in marinara sauce are sandwiched between chicken Alfredo and a creamy basil cheese layer in this family-pleasing pasta bake.

Garlic Bruschetta

Go meatless tonight with a dinner full of fresh, bright flavors! Your family will savor every moment together over delicious bruschetta and a satisfying pasta meal made with crisp red peppers, herbs, and creamy alfredo.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Busy weeknights call for quick and easy dinners. This one-pot beef stroganoff is a quick and easy version of the classic, so you can have it on your busiest night. Plus it’s more budget friendly than the original because you use ground beef to make it come together.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Tomato Soup

Serve up a classic lunchtime pairing that’s also perfect for dinnertime! Wholesome turkey and hearty bread team up with rich tomato soup to bring a homey, cozy meal to your family’s table.

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