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Beer Roasted Brats and Vegetables

This Oktoberfest-inspired meal is the perfect fall dinner for a busy weeknight.  The flavors of fresh-picked mountain apples, sweet potatoes, and chicken brats are balanced with Belgian white ale.  Enjoy the flavors of the season with this healthy, no-fuss, and one-dish recipe!   Fall in the mountains means apple season!  I found myself with way more apples and local cider than …

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Scratch-made chicken and dumplings are the perfect comfort food for chilly fall evenings.  With some yardbird, root vegetables, and a few pantry staples, you can easily put together this southern classic.   Asheville temperatures have been dropping to the 40s at night.  Leaves are subtly starting to change colors, and the air is damp and crisp.  My simple recipe for …

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Pecan Snowballs (Wedding Cookies)

Although known by many names, Pecan Snowballs are a classic treat, blending simple ingredients for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie experience!  Pecan Snowballs are sophisticated enough to serve on any holiday party platter, yet simple enough to make in just one bowl – no mixer required.  We’re going old-school today with this timeless cookie favorite! I’ve never met someone who didn’t love …

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12 Tips for Hosting a Stress Free Holiday Party

Who doesn’t love a good holiday party?!  However, actually planning one can be stressful, expensive, and crowded, especially if you live in an apartment like myself.  As a young professional, space and budget are usually the biggest issues.  After hosting quite a few gatherings at my modest, one-bedroom apartment, I have learned a few tricks.  In fact, I  just hosted …

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies are a holiday favorite, bound to make an appearance at any Christmas party or cookie exchange. The simple marriage of peanut butter and chocolate is an irresistible classic.  We start with a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie then top each cookie off with a Hershey Kiss – perfection! This time of year, I always enjoy hearing …

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Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake is a cold weather favorite.  This is a simple, no-fuss recipe that comes together very easily with a few basic ingredients.  This is a spice-like cake with a great contrast in texture from the soft-baked apples and walnuts.  Fresh Apple Cake is a definite crowd-pleaser! 5.0 from 1 reviews Fresh Apple Cake   Author: Shug Recipe type: …

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Sweet Potato Pie, Oh My!

Sweet Potato Pie is a southern staple whenever the holiday season starts to approach.  Much like pumpkin pie, the texture is smooth and the flavor has some spice to it.  I don’t remember a single Thanksgiving without Aunt Gay’s famous Sweet Potato Pie.  I used her recipe as my inspiration.  This is the perfect not-too-sweet dessert for any fall gathering.  I …

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