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Shaggy Dogs – Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.

Shaggy Dogs - Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.
 
 


Originally posted December 14, 2007 – I have wanted to remake this candy recipe forever, and what better time than the Christmas season? These Shaggy Dogs are a little bit messy to make, but they really are super easy. If you are wanting to try your hand at making some candy this year but you are a little intimidated, these candies are a good start. Just be ready to get your hands a little bit messy! These would make another great addition to any holiday plate!
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Vanilla wafers are filled with a cherry cream cheese mixture, then dipped in chocolate in these fun no bake Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies.

Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies - these no bake cookies are festive and perfect for gift giving.
 
 


I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers today to bring you a virtual cookie exchange! I’m bringing these Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies – but make sure you scroll to the end to see all of the other awesome holiday cookies to fill your plate!

I always feel so far behind during the holidays. Actually, I feel so far behind on everything in life lately, but especially with the holidays.

We buy a real tree, so I always feel like it’s so late by the time we get it up – especially when I start seeing people’s trees go up before Thanksgiving.

My kids can’t decide on anything they want and are constantly changing their minds, so we haven’t even done the Christmas shopping, because I’m afraid there will be a big mind change which will result in even more trips to the store.
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This Cashew Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe is thick and creamy and decadent – a delicious and flavorful way to warm up when it’s cold outside!

Cashew Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe - thick and creamy and full of flavor!
 
 



Many times, while I am cooking or photographing recipes for the blog, I’ll be composing blog posts in my head at the same time. Thinking about stories to tie in, things that are going on that I’d want to talk about, or simply tips and tricks that have to do with the recipe.

Well, while I was making this hot chocolate recipe, I was kind of stuck. I wanted to think about how wonderful and comforting it is for a cold day or night, but when I looked out the window, or better yet – when I stepped out onto my porch, it didn’t make as much sense.

Because it doesn’t even feel like winter here yet!
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Tieks Review - Christmas Gift Ideas from Taste and Tell



Looking for Christmas gift ideas? I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things I am loving right now over the next few weeks to give you a few ideas of what to get for your loved ones or what to add to your wish list. Every girl needs the perfect pair of ballet flats, so today I’m doing a Tieks review!

I have been looking for the perfect pair of flats for years. As in over 6 years. I’ve bought everything from $20 Target flats to over $100 flats that the salesman at Nordstrom swore by.

But I never fell in love with any of them.
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This Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole is an overnight breakfast casserole that is filled with cranberry and orange flavors.

Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole - this overnight casserole is filled with cranberry and orange flavors.
 
 


This post has been sponsored by The American Egg Board

Can you tell that I’m a little bit obsessed with cranberry and orange this year? :)

I’m at it again, but this time I’m bringing you breakfast. We all know how crazy Christmas morning can be. I know when I was a kid, we would wake up hours before the sun came up. We would be so excited and wound up that it would be hard to go back to sleep. The rule was that we couldn’t wake our parents up that early, so we would eagerly await our parents so that we could start unwrapping presents.
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Moist and flavorful eggnog cupcakes are topped with a caramel eggnog buttercream in these festive and seasonal Eggnog Cupcakes with Caramel Eggnog Buttercream.

Moist and flavorful eggnog cupcakes are topped with a caramel eggnog buttercream in these festive and seasonal Eggnog Cupcakes with Caramel Eggnog Buttercream.
 
 



I remember the first time I had eggnog. It was New Year’s Eve. I don’t remember how old I was, but I was fairly young – probably 10-ish. My sister and I (it could have actually been more than one sister, but I don’t remember) were invited to a neighbor’s house. I remember drinking eggnog that night, and when the clock struck 12, we headed outside, banging pots and pans, thinking we were a pretty big deal.

**Side note to add – it has come to my attention that some people think that eggnog is an alcoholic beverage. Eggnog in and of itself is not alcoholic – typically made from milk/cream, sugar and whipped eggs – but alcohol is sometimes added. The eggnog we drank was not alcoholic, as well as the eggnog I use in my recipes. :)

I remember being somewhat enamored with that eggnog. Not completely in love with it, though. I’ve never been a big fan of drinking milk – I just don’t love the feeling of the thick liquid in my mouth and throat, and eggnog is like milk x 10. So these days, it’s usually on a few sips until I’m done.
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