Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

One of the joys of the Holiday Season are the specialty party foods! Like appetizers. I love appetizers! Little heavenly bites of YUM! One of my very favorite appetizers are these crab stuffed mushrooms. They’re easy to make, elegant, and beyond delicious…

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

You’re just 4 ingredients, and one slow cooker, away from enjoying these rich, creamy, crunchy chocolate peanut clusters. So Quick and Easy! A wonderful gift for friends, family, and neighbors. I’ve adjusted this recipe for the newer crock pots that cook at higher temperatures. Follow my instructions and they’ll turn out PERFECT every time…

Homemade Tamales

I was never a huge fan of Tamales. Then I tasted my friends Tamales! Whoa..Game changer! I begged her to teach me how to make them! She took pity on me. Thank heavens! Now they’re a yearly tradition at this Nest. Yes there’s a little bit of prep and work to them, but if I can make them…YOU can make them…

World’s Best Rum Cake

One of the “perks” of this time of year? Guilty Pleasure Desserts! This cake is a wonderful guilty pleasure. It’s everything you want a Holiday cake to be. It’s simple to make, moist, packed with buttery rum flavor, and crunchy delicious pecans. It melts in your mouth and has a “Swoon Factor” of 10+! I refuse to disclose how many slices I’ve had…just be warned…you may want to hide this one for yourself…

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

I’m kicking off Holiday Baking Season with one of my very favorite cookies! It’s like a candy and a cookie all in one! What could be better than that? (Not much…unless it’s fairies to do the dishes!) You’ll love the rich buttery chocolate cookie combined with the tender flavorful cherry. Top it off with the cherry chocolate frosting and BAAAA-ZINGA! One of the BEST Holiday cookies EVER! Hooray for Holiday Baking! We’ve got this…right…

Pork Roast with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

I’ve got a GREAT alternative to Prime Rib this Holiday Season. I realize with growing families not everyone can afford to serve Prime Rib! Yikes!!! I wanted to create a main dish elegant and tasty enough for your Christmas dinner table, yet hearty enough for the meat lovers at your Nest. I think I hit the mark with this Pork Shoulder Roast with a Cranberry Apricot Glaze. It’s good my friends. It’s REALLY good…

Spiced Ginger Ale Cupcakes

Looking for a last minute treat this Holiday Season? One you can whip up in a hurry because you may have forgotten you signed up to bring a goodie? Well…I’ve got ya covered! (What’s a girlfriend for?!!!) If you have a boxed cake mix and a can of soda…we’re in business! Get ready to have the BEST quickie cupcake in baking history…

Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole

I’m going to be busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm preparing for the “Big Day”! I’m sure I’ll have prepared way too much food and the refrigerator will be stuffed with leftovers. When we’re tired of Turkey Sandwiches, and reheated Turkey dinner…I’ll whip up this delicious comforting Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole. The addition of White sauce and Swiss Cheese changes it up just enough to make all those leftovers new and exciting…

Holiday Desserts

Still not sure what your serving for dessert on the “Big Day”! No worries…I’ve put together a collection of my Nest’s favorite holiday desserts. From fancy to simple and everything in-between. Whether you’re a first time baker, or a pro…my step-by-step instructions and recipes will help. They’re all here and waiting for you to come pick your favorite…

Cranberry Orange Cake

This time of year is the BEST time to bake! The smells that come wafting out of your kitchen are magical! Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice, Cranberry, Orange, Pumpkin…the list is long my friends! I’ve taken this classic Cranberry Orange Cake and updated it by adding an amazing Warm Buttery Orange Sauce! Serve this cake warm, with a healthy drizzle of that warm buttery orange sauce, and WOW your guests this Holiday Season…