Have you started thinking about teachers gifts? Mailman gifts? Neighbor gifts? That lady that once watched your kid when your husband was in the field and you had pink eye again gifts?

I, as usual, am totally stressed and overwhelmed over all of it.

I really want to DIY most of those gifts but you know I’m not much of a crafter so I’m thinking food is my best bet. And who doesn’t like to get food?

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

I love the idea of a small gift basket of some homemade treats, a delicious bag of coffee, and a cute Christmas mug.

Dunkin Donuts® has delicious seasonal flavors right now and I spotted them both in Walmart recently. They have Pumpkin Spice and then the one you see in this post, White Chocolate Peppermint.

Oh. Em. Gee.

I have been waiting all my life for white chocolate peppermint coffee! You probably know it’s my go-to winter coffee shop drink and now I can make it AT HOME. So excited.

For this cute gift idea, I used the Dunkin Donuts® White Chocolate Peppermint coffee, a super cute snowman mug, and some homemade Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti. All items were purchased at Walmart, minus the biscotti!

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

If you are interested in trying out the seasonal Dunkin Donuts® coffee, download the Ibotta app before you shop and save $1 at Walmart!

Dunkin Donuts® also has k-cup pods and creamers so be sure to check those out as well.

As for the Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti, this is my new favorite cookie! It’s so perfect for Christmas because the red cranberries and the green pistachios are just so festive. And everything is yummier when dipped in white chocolate.

These go great with coffee so if you’re thinking of gifting some Dunkin Donuts® coffee this holiday season, make some homemade biscotti to give with it!

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hillshire Brands Company. All opinions are entirely my own. 

How do you take a holiday from good to great?

I’m pretty content as long as I have my family, my dogs (#crazydoglady), and really yummy food.

I make pretty much the same meal for each holiday and each time, I look forward to the cornbread dressing most of all.

It is absolutely in the top 10 list of foods. I love any variety, I love the baked ones, I love the ones made on the stove, I just love them all.

This Sausage and Cranberry Cornbrad Dressing is such a delicious version. It has the cubed cornbread, leeks (which I use in all my dressings – you have to try it if you haven’t already), dried cranberries, and pecans. Plus, the star of the show, Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage!

The savory sausage with the sweet cranberries is so delicious and then all the different textures… seriously, it doesn’t get better than this!

You can find the Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage in the refrigerated meats section at your local Walmart and be sure to check out the Great Value products. I just love how easy Walmart makes shopping – especially this time of year when you’re constantly rushed and just need to get everything at one place. Walmart is perfect for that!

Check out joytothemeal.com for more recipe inspiration!

How do YOU bring #joy2themeal?

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Cranberry Margaritas - the perfect holiday drink recipe! So easy and so delicious!

The big day is this week!

Is your table set? Are you ready?!

I am definitely not and I’ll probably be up most nights this week. But that’s part of the fun, right? I enjoy the hectic Thanksgiving rush!

I also enjoy a good cocktail on Thanksgiving and I’ll be making these Cranberry Margaritas at some point tomorrow.

Cranberry Margaritas - the perfect holiday drink recipe! So easy and so delicious!

One of my favorite cocktail tricks is Agave In The Raw®. You know when you see a drink recipe and it calls for simple syrup and you’re like, “Ugggghhhh, I have to make simple syrup?! THE WORST!”

You can totally skip that when you use Agave In The Raw because it’s already syrupy and delicious. It’s also 25% sweeter than sugar so a little bit goes a long way. In this recipe, which makes 4 drinks, I only used 2 tablespoons of Agave In The Raw. Had I made a simple syrup with sugar, I would’ve used a whole lot more than 2 tablespoons.

It’s also gluten free and has a low glycemic index, as well.

Plus, and most importantly, it’s delicious! I love using it in baked goods, too!

For more info on Agave In The Raw or to find more recipes using it, check out the website! Find coupons for your favorite In The Raw products here! You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

Cranberry Margaritas - the perfect holiday drink recipe! So easy and so delicious!

These Cranberry Margaritas are seriously delicious and are sure to put you in a holiday mood. They are also so simple to prepare – just dump all ingredients in a blender and strain before serving! It doesn’t get any easier!

I hope you guys have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Margaritas - the perfect holiday drink recipe! So easy and so delicious!

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Snickerdoodles are and will always be my favorite holiday cookie.

I’m drinking a snickerdoodle iced coffee as we speak because I am that obsessed. How do you get me to buy something this time of year? Say it’s snickerdoodle flavored.

My husband had no idea what a snickerdoodle was the first time I made them and now, 10 years later, he still says, “What are those again? Ginger snaps? Sugar cookies?” every single year.

I wanted to make gluten free snickerdoodles this year because I’ve been trying to eat less paleo, more gluten free recently and have really been enjoying it.

The Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is perfect for recipes like this. I took the snickerdoodle recipes I use every year and substituted the Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and they turned out perfect.

Can we talk about how much easier it was than adding rice flour, xantham gum, tapioca starch, potato starch, etc. all separately? This mix contains all of those plus whole grain sorghum flour and it actually contains 2 kinds of rice flour.

The protein in the sorghum flour gives an almost wheat-like texture and helps with browning so it’s perfect for using in cookies, cakes, or brownies!

If you love snickerdoodles as much as I do and have been on the hunt for a gluten free recipe, you will love this one! The texture is perfect!

Before you head to the store, print out a coupon for $1 off a Bob’s Red Mill product! I highly recommend this Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, the almond meal, the coconut flour, the flaxseed meal, the hemp seeds… I could keep going!

Let me know in the comments if you’re doing any gluten free baking this year and please, please share any gluten free cookie recipes you love!

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Instead of our usual weekly family menu, the girls and I decided to each share some easy Thanksgiving recipes that could possibly help you plan the big day.

Honestly guys, I still don’t have mine figured out. I went to the store one night last week (alone!) for Thanksgiving supplies and was there for HOURS and then stayed up until midnight trying to fit all the groceries into our teeny pantry. And then I was so  proud of myself for getting it all done a week ahead of time!

And now I’m wondering if I need to double all the recipes.

Plus, I left the sweet potatoes off the plan!

And then someone requested my paleo deviled eggs.

So it looks like I’m going to the store again.

If you are like me and are still working on your plan, hopefully these recipes will help you out!

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