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No-Bake Trail Mix Energy Bites - filled with raisins, peanuts, chocolate chips, and M&MS! The perfect quick snack for hiking, beach trips, or school lunches!

Hi guys!

How’s the week going? What’d ya do last weekend?

We went out to the lake and had the best time. I’m obsessed with all things outdoors right now and thankfully, the tiny people I live with don’t seem to mind. We’ve hiked every trail in the area, swam in every lake, and I’m forever looking for new places to explore.

I’m already excited to spend every weekend for the rest of summer down at the lake.

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Ranch Pizza Rolls - easy snack or quick dinner idea! Ranch dressing, pepperoni, and cheese is rolled up in refrigerated pizza dough and baked until golden brown and delicious!

Heeeey guys, happy Monday!

You guys. I was sick all weekend.

All. Weekend.

How does this happen to me? I don’t know anyone that’s sick. I have no idea where I got it. But it was horrible and I’m happy to be feeling mostly better today.

The cold did, however, give me plenty of time to binge watch season 2 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I’ve never been more excited to get a notification on my phone than when Netflix told me that iy was available. I was obsessed with the first season and then I kind of stopped watching TV a few months ago and forgot about it. But it’s still amazing and I highly recommend it if you’re into weird musical/romantic comedy-type things.

I’m usually not but I love that show.

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Peanuts - the perfect party snack!

Happy Monday, y’all!

How was the weekend? We did Christmas on Saturday because I gave my ex the holidays this year. Santa came and all that. So I ate cookies literally all weekend and now I think I need to go on a detox for the next month and a half.

Also, super excited to put all the Christmas decorations away the second I hand the kids over to their dad.

Anyway, our Christmas was fabulous. As you know, this was the first one since the divorce and I had a moment of  “Whoa, I actually pulled this off all by myself” as I watched the kiddos open their gifts.

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Hey guys, happy Friday!

You got any holiday parties on the calendar this weekend? I’m attending both a kindergarten and a first grade holiday party today.

Gonna be wild.

Anyway, I wanted to share a delicious appetizer idea in case you are hosting a party or going to a party or just want something yummy to snack on while you watch Elf for the 15th time this month.

And I also wanted to mention my favorite sparkling wine because everyone loves the person that shows up with an amazing bottle of bubbly wine!

I have talked about my intense love of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in another blog post (meyer lemon cake recipe! click it!). The Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines are my go to for sparkling wines. They were the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros and were also the first to bring back clones from France to plant.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards has been open since 1986 and now have 335 acres under vine. In the last 5 years, they’ve earned over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ scores. They’re also one of the few wineries that still use a hands on harvesting method. Their people start at 2 in the morning and work until 10 am!

So for this recipe, I wanted something to pair with the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs. It’s made exclusively with hand-harvested Chardonnay and is known for it’s rich textural qualities and complex aromas and flavors.

It is absolutely amazing and pairs wonderfully with a soft cheese like a goat cheese. But since we’re in peak squash season, I wanted to make something with butternut squash. So I took some toasted baguette slices and topped them with honey roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, prosciutto, and crispy fried sage.

You guys, it’s so good. And it’d be perfect for any holiday party you’re hosting!

Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Crispy Sage

10 servings

Ingredients

2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 baguette slices
10 small prosciutto slices, cooked until crispy
1/4 cup olive oil
10 fresh sage leaves
coarse salt
1/2 cup goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss together butternut squash, 1 tablespoon olive oil, honey, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, making sure all the squash is coated. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until softened, about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your cubes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the baguette slices until golden brown and place on a platter.
  4. To make the crispy sage, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sage and fry on both sides until crisp, just a minute or 2. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with coarse salt while still hot.
  5. To assemble, spoon a generous amount of squash onto each toasted baguette slices. Sprinkle goat cheese on top. Top with a slice of prosciutto and a crispy sage leaf.
  6. Serve immediately.
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I partnered up with ALDI for this amazingly delicious Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie recipe.

Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie - the perfect holiday appetizer! The sweet and salty combo is so delicious!

Do you do appetizers at your holiday meals?

You know I’m a big fan of an appetizer and look for any excuse to have one. I’ve been known to be too full for a holiday dinner because I hovered over the cheese board all afternoon.

I feel like a baked brie is the most perfect holiday appetizer. It’s easy, takes just a few minutes in the oven, and who doesn’t love melty cheese with deliciousness on top?

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