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My Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart makes a fun non-dairy breakfast treat for any occasion. Customize your healthy tart with whatever fruit's in season.

Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart

My Vegan Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Tart makes a fun non-dairy breakfast treat for any occasion.  Customize your healthy tart with whatever fruit’s in season. *I’m teaming up with So Delicious® today ~ thank you for supporting me and…

Fresh Cranberry Scones with white chocolate chips and a vanilla bean glaze ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Scones

Chilly morning?  Cozy up with these Fresh Cranberry Scones ~ they’re moist and flaky, loaded with lots of tart cranberries, and a touch of white chocolate ~ all topped with a vanilla bean glaze.…

Braised Red Cabbage ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Braised Red Cabbage

I’ll tell you one thing, Braised Red Cabbage might not be the most glamorous dish on the holiday table, but it provides a perfect sweet/tart element that brings everything else on your plate to life.  Plus you can’t beat…

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Sides

15 Easy and Colorful Thanksgiving Side Dishes ~ is your Thanksgiving table a sea of drab neutrals?  What a turnoff!  Wake up everybody’s taste buds with these 15 vibrant recipes.…

Making Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge capitalizes on one of the world’s great flavor combos ~ this homemade fudge is sophisticated, quick and easy, and definitely giftable. *This post is sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co™ ~ thank you for supporting…

Ancient Grain Salad made with farro, wild rice, and quinoa ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Vegan Ancient Grain Salad

This pretty vegan Ancient Grain Salad is so versatile, it goes from holiday table to working lunch without skipping a beat, and it’s as healthy as it is stunning. save the recipe! It’s all about the texture!   This…

Easy swirled chocolate bark, two ways

How To Make Swirled Chocolate Bark

How to make swirled chocolate bark for an easy last minute holiday gift — the combinations are endless and the result is stunning! Everybody has their favorite last minute holiday food gift — mine is bark.  And  lately I’ve…

Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here on Saturdays from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

All Natural Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Let your kids ‘bake’ alongside you with Homemade Gingerbread Playdough — it looks, smells, and feels just like the real thing! Today sharing one of my favorite things…homemade playdough!  I’ve made it countless times for my girls when they…

Za'atar Spiced Cashews make the perfect holiday starter!

Za’atar Roasted Cashews

Za’atar Roasted Cashews is a super simple crowd pleasing appetizer that brings together the exotic flavors of the Middle East, and comes together in no time! Nuts and the holidays have always gone hand in hand in my family. …

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil Gift Set

Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tips & Giveaway

Happy Cyber Monday guys!  This weekend was fun and all, but today I’m buckling down and getting super serious.  I’m a type-A gifter and I need to get a handle on my list before December 1st.  (Hey, I want…

Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Almond Lace Wafers

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here on Saturdays from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

Gravy made with Swanson Broth

Perfect Gravy Without the Bird

What’s your favorite part about Thanksgiving — the gorgeous bird?  The ruby red cranberry sauce?  The pies?  Family time?  Wrong.  The absolute best part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  You know what I’m talking about.  After all the warm…

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Blondies

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Blondies

Whole grain flour gives these Whole Wheat Gingerbread Blondies great flavor and a big nutritional boost! I’m so excited to be teaming up with one of my all time favorite brands today, Bob’s Red Mill.  I’ve been using and…

American Artisan Gene Wilson's Gingerbread Cookie Molds

American Artisans: Hobi Cookie Molds

Hobi  Cookie Molds is the fifteenth in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople, designers, and small companies across the country who share my love of handcrafted quality, and this is my chance…

Reader's Recipes: Swedish Sugar Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Swedish Sugar Cookies

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here on Saturdays from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here on Saturdays from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me! I’d say most of us have at least one or two obsessions when it comes to food. …

Warm and oozy baked Brie with Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries

Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Cranberries is an easy holiday appetizer, and it’s so darned pretty! Baked Brie doesn’t always come across my radar when I’m thinking about what to serve for guests.  I think that’s because it’s so…

Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Crinkles

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here every Saturday from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

Fun and festive Antipasto Skewers --- who needs salad?

Antipasto Skewers

I make these colorful and fun Antipasto Skewers all the time ~ everybody gets their own personal antipasto selection right on a stick! I’ve made these Antipasto Skewers for a couple of different parties this year and I thought…

Reader's Recipes: Italian Cookies

Reader’s Recipes: Italian Cookies

Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here every Saturday from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for…

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy! Ever since I made my own Irish Cream I’ve been itching to try…

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies are a delicious blend of fall spices, molasses, and chocolate in a super easy recipe that will quickly become a new holiday tradition! According to the calendar, Wednesday was the first day of fall, but…

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream proves that you don’t have to give up frozen treats just because the temperatures are dropping and the calendar says it’s Fall. I went back and forth whether to offer up a unique take on…

One bowl, soft batch style chocolate chip cookies

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Batch Chocolate Chips Cookies might be the world’s most perfect dessert.  Soft, chewy, full of buttery flavor and loaded with chips…trust me, you need these in your life! These Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies are amazing.  They have…

making beaded cocktail toothpicks

Minimal Monday: Beaded Cocktail Pick Tutorial

I’m popping in today to start the busy week with a quick tutorial on making the pretty little jeweled cocktail picks I used for my Drunken Cranberry Meatballs in THIS POST.  I had a lot of fun making them,…

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votive

Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votives

I love these easy Graham Cracker Gingerbread House Votives ~ I make a new batch every year with the kids! These little graham cracker cottages are the pre-fab version of  gingerbread houses, and they’re the way to go if…

cranberry chocolate nut pie

Pie Talk!

I’m so excited today because I’ve got my good pal Tricia Buice here, and we’re talking pie.  Tricia writes the beautiful blog Saving Room for Dessert, and in my opinion she’s an expert on pies of every kind, so…

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies ~ These are deep rich gingery butterscotch-y blondies studded with lots of white chocolate ~ guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! I’ve got an early case of runaway holiday spirit — I’m already…

Holiday Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves! Steamy hot mulled wine has been warming cold hands and whipping up holiday spirit for centuries.  I’ve just been waiting for…

chocolate dipped espresso shortbread

Turkish Coffee Shortbread Cookies

Turkish Coffee Shortbread Cookies are buttery and delicious with a striking flavor combination of strong coffee and warm cardamom ~ these are cookies to linger over! There are going to be lots and lots of cookies floating around the…

Fall and Holiday Baking

Is Your Kitchen Ready for Baking Season?

Here we are, poised at the starting gate, baking season is about to begin—  Is your kitchen ready?  Mine’s not.  In fact  this week I discovered we have the dreaded pantry moths!  I’ve spent so much time cleaning and…

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe!  It’s perfect for game nights, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in. This is an absolutely fabulous crowd pleasing appetizer, I’m telling…

Gingerbread French Toast

Gingerbread French Toast

Hey everybody— we’re complete slugs today in our house…I don’t even have the energy to write up a proper post.  But this Gingerbread French Toast has to be shared.  I can’t understand why anyone would go to the trouble…

Pistachio Shortbread 1

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies ~ a classic buttery shortbread slice and bake cookie loaded with fresh pistachios! I’m taking advantage of the surplus of nuts in the stores during the holidays to make lots of these buttery pistachio shortbread cookies…

The Top Ten Holiday Cookies

The Top Ten Holidays Cookies ~ these are classic, easy cookies to help you sail through the holiday baking season with ease! I know you can finds hundreds…thousands…of cookie recipes on Pinterest, but come on, when was the last…

White Chocolate Rocky Road Candy ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

White Chocolate Rocky Road

White Chocolate Rocky Road has to be the coolest of candies. It’s a fanciful hodge podge of snowy white chocolate, nuts, mini marshmallows and a colorful mix of jellied candies and dried fruit. If you’ve got a candy lover…

Cayenne Hot Chili Pepper Truffles

I will admit that occasionally I pursue a recipe idea just for the fun of it, or because it sounds good.  But not this one.  These Cayenne Hot Chili Pepper Truffles are not just a conversation piece.  The combination…

Classic Chocolate Truffle candy

The Classic Chocolate Truffle

Like a great cup of coffee, or a perfect scrambled egg, everybody needs to know how to make The Classic Chocolate Truffle! The theme of today’s post is: you can’t really improve on what’s already perfect.  The classic chocolate…

Speculoos Spice Cookies

Speculoos Spice Cookies are based on a classic Dutch recipe that makes perfect cut out cookies ~ these pretty snowflakes will be the stars of your holiday cookie assortment! Everybody’s got their favorite cookie cutters, and chances are they…

Minimal Monday: Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges

Don’t knock these uber simple Pan Seared Red Cabbage Wedges until you’ve tried them ~ this quick side dish is not only healthy, it’s positively addictive! Red Cabbage is one of ‘those’ foods.  You feel a twinge of guilt…

Cappuccino Melting Moments

Cappuccino Melting Moments

Little bite sized cookies like these Cappuccino Melting Moments are ideal for serving after a big meal.  I’m one of those people who can’t do caffeine after noon, so these cookies give me a little taste of coffee without…

Gingerbread with Spiced Rum Buttercream

Gingerbread with Spiced Rum Buttercream ~ a holiday dessert with all the bells and whistles of the old time ginger molasses cake, brought up to speed with a to-die-for spiced rum frosting. My mother used to make a square…

Easy Melting Moments Cookie Recipe

Melting Moments

Melting Moments are a classic, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie.  The vintage recipe has been passed down in my family for generations and we simply can’t get through the holidays without them! There are no curtains on our bedroom window that…

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

This Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake is a morning cake of epic proportions, rich with sour cream, nuts, and chocolate. I tasted this cake many years ago and have held onto the memory and the recipe.  It’s from Bon Apetit…

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt is one of my personal favorite recipes on the blog.  This easy dessert features deeply toasted almonds embedded in creamy white chocolate and the combination is unbelievable, you have to try it…