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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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Cranberry Nut Chex Mix - a holiday twist on the classic! This easy recipe is made in the microwave and you won't believe how delicious it is!

Do you have any holiday traditions?

I’m not a big tradition person. I like to change things up every year but there are a few things that we do every year without fail.

We always do a gingerbread house competition between me and my husband that no doubt ends with one of us shouting “THAT’S NOT FAIR! YOU ONLY WON BECAUSE MY ROOF COLLAPSED!”. We always find a church or neighborhood that does a huge light display and we get hot chocolate from a coffee shop beforehand. And we always make Chex Mix™.

Chex Mix is a must.

Cranberry Nut Chex Mix - a holiday twist on the classic! This easy recipe is made in the microwave and you won't believe how delicious it is!

Chex Mix is one of my favorite things to make around the holidays. I love sweet and salty, I love all the different textures, it’s just my favorite.

And my kids enjoy it because they get to help. There’s lots to pour, lots of stirring, and even some microwaving which makes it the perfect recipe to make with kids. Plus, they’re always very proud to give away their homemade Chex Mix as gifts to their friends and teachers.

Cranberry Nut Chex Mix - a holiday twist on the classic! This easy recipe is made in the microwave and you won't believe how delicious it is!

This Cranberry Nut Chex Mix is one of my favorite Chex Mix recipes. It’s just Cinnamon Chex (which is my fave variety of Chex!) mixed with walnuts and dried cranberries and then tossed with an orange juice and brown sugar mixture. And it’s all made in the microwave so it doesn’t get any easier!

It is so delicious – you won’t be able to keep your hand out of the bowl!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite Chex Mix recipe is. I’d love to try some new ones this holiday season!

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