15 Best Recipes of 2015 from FakeGinger.com- snacks, cocktails, easy meals, and even dog treats!

Happy Monday guys!

Today I thought we’d do something fun. I went through all my analytics from the past year to see which recipes were the most popular and these are the top 15. Normally I do a separate post of all my favorite recipes from the year as well but these are all my faves too!

I’ve made almost all of these recipes more than once and each one gets rave reviews from readers. I’ve got a cocktail, a few easy meals, some delicious appetizers, crowd-pleasing sweets, and even a couple homemade dog treats.

It turns out that you guys are also crazy dog ladies/men. I have found my people.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these recipes or if you feel another recipe should’ve been included in the list!

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10 Delicious Holiday Appetizers that are perfect for your New Years celebration!

Who’s excited for New Years?!

I am stupid excited. This is probably my favorite time of year! And yes, I realize that I say that about Mardi Gras, Easter, summer, and Halloween. I can’t help it. I get excited!

Today I’ve got a delicious list of holiday appetizer that would be perfect for any party you’re attending. I always always always do baked brie but I’m thinking of switching it up this year. I made this gumbo dip for Christmas Eve and I may actually make it again for NYE. It was SO good.

While we’re talking New Years, what are you cooking on New Years? I always do black eyed peas because that’s what I grew up with but I feel like they haven’t been doing the good luck job the past few years. Are you doing something besides the peas? I need ideas!

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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5 Desserts for the Holidays - treats to wow the crowd during the holidays!

Happy weekend, guys!

With Christmas less than a week away, the girls and I decided we’d rather share our favorite holiday desserts with you than a regular ol’ menu plan.

I mean, we’re all eating Lean Cuisines and fast food this week anyway, right? Because who has time to cook?

If you’re looking for some delicious desserts to wow the crowd at your holiday party, try one of these! They all sound fabulous!

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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One week to go guys! Eeeeep!

I am SO not ready. It doesn’t feel like Christmas here in Texas (after 4 winters in Colorado) and therefore, I kinda don’t believe that Christmas is next week. I’m in denial.

Nothing’s been wrapped. I still haven’t mailed the gifts that need to be mailed. I have definitely not planned food for the holiday.

So I thought, in honor of me being a mess this year, we could talk about these easy Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies and 10 ways to make the holidays less stressful.

Because I need both cookies and less stress right now.

10 Ways to Have Less Stressful Holidays

  • Make the holiday dinner easy! Skip the fancy sides and opt for ham or turkey on fancy rolls! Minimal work required and who doesn’t love a sandwich? Pick up a variety of mustard and mayo to keep things interesting.
  • Wrapping Santa presents for more than 1 kid? Use a different wrapping paper for each kid – they AND you will be able to see who’s is who’s at a quick glance.
  • Enjoy the cookie/chocolate/cake/whatever. It’s okay to indulge sometimes.
  • Having overnight guests? Make sure the bathroom is stocked with fresh towels, seasonal hand soap, and Cottonelle® Ultra Comfort Care or Scott® 1100 toilet paper.

  • Pick one or two easy Christmas cookie recipes (like these Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies or these or these!) and stick with it. Fight the urge to make 15 varieties!
  • Stay home! I know, I know, we all want to see family but traveling is stressful! Skip the cross country flight and use Skype instead.
  • An easy way to add cute decor to your living space? Kleenex® Perfect Fit holiday canisters are super cute and something we all could use in our home this time of year!

  • Go for a quick run. Ugggghhhhh, I hate myself for including but dang, don’t you feel better after a workout?
  • Say no. It’s okay to skip the cookie swaps, the Christmas parties, the gift exchanges. I promise it’s okay.
  • Use Viva® Vantage® paper towels have a scrubby texture to clean up all your holiday messes. A Viva® paper towel is also perfect for catching sprinkles while decorating cookies for Santa!

If you need an easy cookie recipe, this is it. It isn’t really quick unless you have one of those fancy waffle makers that makes 6 at a time but it was kind of mindless work – you know what I mean? Like, I was doing dishes and wiping the counters in between cookies.

I also really love using a waffle iron. So.

They’re really delicious and depending on how long you cook them, they can either be cakey or crispy. If you want cakey, do only a minute. If you want a more crisp cookie, cook closer to 2 minutes.

The glaze is absolutely delicious. If you love peppermint this time of year, these are definitely the cookies for you!

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Right now you can find cash back offers on Kleenex, Viva, Scott and Cottonelle at Walmart, your one stop shop for all your holiday needs! On the Ibotta app, you’ll find $1 off Cottonelle 12-count or larger, $1 Scott 12-count or larger, and $1 Viva 6-ct or larger. Plus, buy two products and get an extra $1 back!

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies - delicious Christmas cookies with just the right amount of spice. Santa will love these!

My ultimate favorite type of cookie is any kind with crunchy coarse sugar on top.

Related: whenever I go to a coffee shop, I always go for the drink with coarse sugar sprinkled on top. Why is crunch in a drink appealing? I don’t know.

I just love it.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies - delicious Christmas cookies with just the right amount of spice. Santa will love these!

The best sugar to use for that kind of thing is Sugar In The Raw®. It is perfect for topping cookies, pies, muffins, anything that needs a little sweet crunch on top! Plus, it’s unrefined and unbleached which I appreciate.

It was especially delicious on these Soft Gingerbread Cookies! It added a bit more sweetness to the spicy cookies and that crunch that I love so much.

I really don’t like crunchy gingerbread cookies so every year I make soft ones and these are my favorite. They stay fat and really soft and I can’t get enough.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies - delicious Christmas cookies with just the right amount of spice. Santa will love these!

If you’re working on your holiday baking, look out for the 2 pound bulk box of Sugar In The Raw if you’re on the East Coast. West Coasters, key an eye out for the 24 ounce bag!

For more info on Sugar 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 FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies - delicious Christmas cookies with just the right amount of spice. Santa will love these!

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