A Taste of Home: Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad

Michelle of The Brown Eyed Baker

“It seemed that my grandma could make ambrosia appear out of thin air, and we never ran out. How is that possible?!

Actually, it’s possible when you’re talking about an Italian lady who felt that the best way to show people you love them is to feed them. Then feed them some more. Then, even when they’re so full they can barely speak, you urge them to eat more, claiming that you hardly saw anything on their plate. That’s love.”

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A Taste of Home: Aunt Mary’s Pizzelle Cookies

Mother's Day A Taste of Home

I’m feeling particularly nostalgic this Mother’s Day. April would have marked my grandmother’s 91st birthday—she passed way in October. I’m incredibly grateful for the 40+ years that I had with her, and when Tree Classics asked me to share an heirloom recipe I knew this was the perfect opportunity to explore her recipe box. It didn’t take me long to settle on making her pizzelle cookies. I can’t remember a holiday without them, and hers were my absolute favorite. Not overly sweet, crispy, with a subtle vanilla flavor. Many Italians use anise to flavor and I am firmly in the “I strongly dislike anise/black licorice” camp, so vanilla is a perfect alternative.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Yay for March! This means spring and all that it promises is on its way! It’s also the month when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the Luck of the Irish. As you know, I love celebrating all things holiday, and St. Patty’s Day is no different. Continue reading “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day”

5 Holiday Meals with a Healthy Twist

With the new year right around the corner, it’s easy to put off your diet for 2016 while you’re experiencing food-filled holiday celebrations at the tail end of 2015. The winter holidays are packed with irresistible feasts near the end of November and December, giving you all the more reason to pick up a few new and healthy recipes you can treat yourself to between dinner parties and family time.

Here are five healthy alternatives to a few traditional meals to let you get through whatever the holidays have to throw at you.
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Traditional Home Décor Ideas: 5 Recipes for Leftover Pumpkin

With the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins just around the corner, you may be wondering what to do with all the left over pumpkin pulp from your jack-o’-lanterns. It would be a shame, after all, to throw away so much fresh and nutritious food. Pumpkins are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins A and C, and potassium, as well as Omega 3 and 6.

No matter what traditional home décor ideas you have in store for your pumpkins, here are five recipe ideas to get the most out of these seasonal gourds and ensure that your Halloween season is free of worry and waste.


Pumpkin Waffles

pumpkin waffles
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Perfect for the morning after you carve out your jack-o’-lanterns, this Pumpkin Waffle recipe will ensure right away that the leftovers of your fresh pumpkin décor don’t go to waste. Easy and quick to prepare, this recipe requires ingredients that are easy to find in your kitchen or at your nearest grocery store. See the full recipe by PumpkinWaffles here.

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