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Chocolate Coconut Brownies | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Coconut Brownies


Chocolate Coconut Brownies | alidaskitchen.com

‘Tis the season for holiday treats!  Chocolate Coconut Brownies are a wonderfully fudgy brownie with flaked coconut throughout.  This recipe combine two delicious flavors – chocolate and coconut – into an easy to make brownie.  There is a double dose of coconut with sweetened flaked coconut and coconut oil (though you could use regular butter if you do not have coconut oil).  Plus Chocolate Coconut Brownies are always especially cute for the holidays because the coconut reminds me of a tasty dusting of snow over the chocolate brownies. …

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole {No Soup}

For a healthier twist on a holiday classic favorite, try this easy recipe for a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is creamy, cheesy, made with Greek yogurt and without soup.  Thank you to Del Monte (through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select) for sponsoring this post!

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Now that it is November, we are eagerly planning our holiday menus. When planning side dishes, one dish that almost always appears at every family holiday gathering is Green Bean Casserole. It is the same, traditional recipe that everybody makes.  However, in preparation for this year, I decided to give Green Bean Casserole a healthier, tastier makeover. This result is a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is a huge crowd pleaser for the whole family!…

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Baked Pumpkin French Toast #SundaySupper

Baked Pumpkin French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper Baked French Toast is one of my favorite comfort foods that is easy to make and the whole family loves.  Now that the temperatures are getting colder, we are definitely in a fall comfort food frame of mind. I know I am not alone when it comes to my love for pumpkin anything, which is one of the quintessential flavors of fall.   With the warm flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon, this Baked Pumpkin French Toast is pure delicious fall comfort food!…

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Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

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Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake is a sweet, tangy vanilla cake bursting with juicy blueberries throughout. So simple, delicious and easy!

Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

All summer, I was planning to make a blueberry buttermilk cake, however my family eats through containers of blueberries so quickly, I never had enough to make the cake. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I ran across this recipe for a Lemon Blueberry Cake. With a few modifications, I thought this recipe could become a perfect Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake. I became obsessed with making this recipe, despite our love for everything pumpkin this time of year. Mid-fall is not really blueberry season.

Then I was at the grocery store, picking up the usual frozen peas and corn for the kids, and it hit me…frozen blueberries! Frozen blueberries (and fruits and vegetables in general) are a much more affordable, convenient and easy to serve option. I tossed a bag in my basket and looked forward to creating a Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake!…

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Heavenly Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

Transform your every day chocolate cake into something special with this Heavenly Chocolate Cake.   Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.

Heavenly Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

We are already starting to think of holiday eats and treats (and gifts, if you talk to Adam).  And of course the holiday season is not complete without delicious desserts.  As much as I love to bake, after busy days of being mommy taxi, taking care of the kids, exercising and working, I find myself with little extra time (and energy) to devote to making our favorite desserts. That is where quick and easy desserts, like this Heavenly Chocolate Cake, come to the rescue.  With just a few simple ingredients, this delicious cake can be made in minutes!

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Lemonade Cake | An easy cake made with real lemonade and topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!

Lemonade Cake

Celebrate the taste of summer with this extra special Lemonade Cake topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!  

One of my favorite sayings is ‘A party is not a party unless there is cake!’   I actually don’t know if that is a real saying or if I just made it up, but they seem like good words to live by.  Who doesn’t love a good party and cake!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

 Chewy, chocolaty and delicious, these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

I have tried many different chocolate chip cookie recipes  in my day.  There was a fantastic recipe I used to make when I was a kid,  and then my grandma’s recipe, plus many others in between.  There were pros and cons to each recipe, but in the end they were chocolate chip cookies and therefore delicious, right?  Then one day we had our real estate agent, and dear friend, over for a visit.  She generously brought us an oven mitt, a bag of chocolate chips and a recipe.  The recipe was for these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies, which ended up being the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had in my life!  

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Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Picnic Cake

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Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #chocolate #cake #picnic

Chocolate Picnic Cake is a simple chocolaty cake that is quick to make and perfect for a picnic or any gathering. It is light, fluffy and delicious!

After spending many months under several feet of snow, we finally got to enjoy some beautiful weather – 60s, sunny, perfect.  My kids have been so excited to go to playgrounds, blow bubbles, and play soccer and T-ball.

Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com

To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to plan a little picnic!  Seeing as no celebration is complete without cake, I quickly whipped together this Chocolate Picnic Cake for a special treat.

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Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl #SundaySupper

Nothing says Springtime (or Easter) quite like a carrot cake, and this Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl is no exception.  The cake is a classic, moist and delicious carrot cake, and inside is a beautiful swirl of sweetened cream cheese.

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

I wanted to make a new carrot cake-inspired recipe this year and was deciding between waffles and this cake.  Then Adam chimed in with a suggestion for carrot muffins. He claimed to have a good recipe and assured me ‘they are very easy to make.’   I was definitely intrigued by this good and easy recipe by my 4 year old, so asked how to make them.  Here is his recipe:

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies #SundaySupper

A chewy, chocolate cookie filled with a chocolate covered caramel candy and sprinkled with sea salt, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine the popular salty-sweet combo into a delicious cookie!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine two of my favorite flavors, caramel and chocolate, into a tasty, gooey caramel-filled chocolate cookie.  Plus a little sprinkle of sea salt gives it that salty-sweet combination that is so wonderful.  These tasty little cookies are also very easy to make!  …

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Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #OreIdaHashbrown #shop #cbias

Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups

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Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups are shredded potatoes baked in a muffin tin and then filled with broccoli, cheddar cheese and eggs.  These are a perfect addition to your Easter brunch menu!

Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups | alidaskitchen.com

I have been eagerly anticipating Easter for a while now – coming up with the perfect gifts for Easter baskets,  planning an afternoon with the bunny and working on our Easter brunch menu.  While I still have to get a couple more things for the baskets, our bunny play-date is next Saturday and the brunch menu is complete.  We were missing two brunch essentials – hashbrowns and muffins. So to make our menu complete, I decided to combine the two by making muffin cups out of shredded potatoes, and then filling the cups with a cheesy, broccoli egg mixture.   I headed to Walmart, picked up a bag of Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes, and got straight to work!  The result was a very simple to make Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups.

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Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake

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Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake is made with a mix of vegetables, quinoa, three cheeses and seasoned bread crumbs.  It takes minutes to prepare and then bakes into delicious brunch perfection!

With Easter Sunday only a few weeks away, I am working on planning our brunch menu. We always like to have something carrot cake-inspired (Carrot Cake pancakes are definitely a favorite!)  We also enjoy having  a savory egg bake, packed with lots vegetables and cheese.  This year, I wanted to give our egg bake a southwestern twist.  Then I discovered that Kraft Fresh Take has a new Southwestern Three Cheese flavor.  The savory blend of garlic, cumin and red chili pepper bread crumbs along with the Colby, mozzarella and cheddar cheese sounded just perfect for this Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake!

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast #SundaySupper

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is made with custard soaked French bread cubes and studded with juicy fresh blueberries and cream cheese throughout.  This dish is perfect for brunch, but I love it for breakfast for dinner because it is so easy.  It takes minutes to prepare, can be made ahead, and then just bake in the oven until golden and delicious.  The result is decadent, yet made on the lighter side using a ‘secret’ ingredient….

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Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna is filled with layers of three cheeses, kale and a hearty mushroom Bolognese sauce, creating a rustic, earthy pasta dish perfect for a special occasion!

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

This week the Sunday Supper Movement is joining Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate an incredible milestone.  Their Hearty Burgundy wine is celebrating its 50th birthday this year!  Today we are sharing ways to pair, cook and entertain with Hearty Burgundy.  For this celebration, I wanted to create something extra special.  While the Hearty Burgundy pairs well with chili, Italian meat sauces and grilled sausages, I thought mushrooms would also pair beautifully with this flavorful wine.

The inspiration for Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna started with a mushroom Bolognese sauce.  It is a chunky sauce made with dried porcini and baby bella mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, red wine and rounded out with mascarpone cheese.   The sauce is wonderful simply served over pasta, but I wanted use it to create something fit for a special celebration.  Something special, like Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna!  This lasagna is filled with layers of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses mixed with kale, mozzarella and the rustic, earthy mushroom Bolognese.  A little extra work goes into making this dish, but it is a labor of love and a delightful way to celebrate the Hearty Burgundy….

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Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding for Two | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding for Two | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding is studded with chopped Whoppers candies, chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate syrup and drenched in a  light custard.  This fun dessert for two takes minutes to mix together and then  bakes for about 30 minutes.

One of Mike’s favorite treats are Triple Chocolate Malted Cookies.  He also loves Whoppers candies.  Actually, he is pretty much crazy for anything chocolate malt, so I thought it would be fun to make a special dessert with this favorite in mind.  I wanted to make a dessert for two, and Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding jumped to the top of the list…for obvious reasons….

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Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins combine two of the best flavors of the holiday season – cranberry and gingerbread – into a delicious breakfast treat.  The tart cranberries complement the sweet and spicy gingerbread beautifully.  These muffins would be a wonderful treat for Christmas morning, or any time you’re craving something festive for winter that is easy to make….

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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge #SundaySupper

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is a wonderful, festive fudge recipe that is super easy to make with no candy thermometer required!

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Over the summer I found a fudge recipe that has now been sitting in my ‘to-make’ pile for months.  It’s for Pumpkin Pie Fudge, looks fabulous, but requires a candy thermometer.  Having to use a candy thermometer was just a little too high maintenance for what I had in mind, so the recipe sits.  Then I found a fudge recipe that requires no candy thermometer, and I was intrigued.  White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge that is super easy to make?  This could be wonderful (and dangerous!)

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Chicken Scampi with Roasted Vegetables

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Chicken Scampi Pasta with Roasted Vegetables from Alida's Kitchen

Chicken Scampi with Roasted Vegetables puts a delicious twist on a classic, healthy favorite and is made in less than 20 minutes.   A weekend-worthy dinner made with weeknight-level effort! 

As we are in the height of the holiday season, life just gets busier and busier.  We make lists, check them twice, the gifts, the cookies the parties, it seems endless.  It is times like these when I like to have quick and easy recipes at the ready.  With a home-cooked meal made in less than 20 minutes, less time in the kitchen means more time with family and friends. That is where this Chicken Scampi with Roasted Vegetables is perfect! …

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Mocha Truffle Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

Mocha Truffle Cookies

Mocha Truffle Cookies combine the classic chocolate and coffee pairing into a tasty little cookie.  Easy to make, perfect for any occasion!​ 

Whenever I think about my grandma, aside from her baking prowess, two things come to mind.  Wherever we went, we were always together, like joined at the hip together.  I thought she was always following me, and I overheard her say how she thought it was cute how I always followed her.  One thing for certain was how much we both loved coffee!  After dinner, she and I would often enjoy a little cup of decaf together.  I remember one of the last Christmases with her, we were sitting at the table, holding our dainty cups of coffee.  She looked at me and not so subtly whispered ‘you know what we need with coffee?  chocolaaaaaaate!’  It makes me smile just to think about it.  She was so funny and so right on!  The combination of chocolate and coffee is up there with chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and milk (or chocolate and chocolate!)    …

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Red Wine Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Red Wine Chocolate Cake #SundaySupper

Red Wine Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Red Wine Chocolate Cake is a decadent chocolate bundt cake that is as delicious as it is easy to make.   The red wine in the batter gives this cake a sophisticated flair, making it a wonderful finale to your Holiday meal, or any special occasion.

This week Sunday Supper partnered with Gallo Family Vineyards to share Memorable Holiday Meals: Holiday Traditions and Recipes using wine in the recipe.  When it comes to memorable Holiday recipes, a cake always stands out as something special.  So when we received two bottles of wine from them – Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon – this Red Wine Chocolate Cake came to mind immediately.  Their full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has tastes of rich black fruit and spice, which I thought would complement the chocolate perfectly….

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Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls | alidaskitchen.com

Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls

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Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls | alidaskitchen.com

Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls are a delicious yet simple chocolate truffle made with only 4 ingredients.  These are one of the easiest desserts you will ever make and also one of the tastiest!

This recipe starts with the classic Oreo Cookie Ball with a pretzel twist.  The pretzels add a subtle salty component to the truffle, giving it the salty-sweet combination that is always so popular.  This recipe makes plenty, which is good because they will disappear quickly.  Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls will make a wonderful addition to any Holiday treat platter, or for any occasion….

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Easy Ice Cream Pie #recipe uses only 3 ingredients, so good! | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Ice Cream Pie

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Easy Ice Cream Pie is a delicious, creamy pie that can be made in minutes and chilled to perfection.  With this dessert, some family size meals and more, you have an instant dinner party in your freezer!  

In preparation for holiday celebrations and entertaining, it’s that time of year when you’re making your lists and checking them twice.  If you’re like me, you have it all planned out…or so you think.  Then your kids take a short 20 minute nap, have extra activities for the holidays, they need you to play trains, need help put on socks, or just neeeeeeeed something! Sound familiar?  (please say yes!)   Life happens, right?   That’s why I have found some tricks to help make meals and entertaining easier during this busy holiday season….

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Peppermint Brownie Sundae | @alidaskitchen

Peppermint Brownie Sundae


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This Peppermint Brownie Sundae is made with a fudgy brownie covered with peppermint ice cream and your favorite toppings.  A classic and delicious combination is perfect for the Holidays!  

Peppermint Brownie Sundae | alidaskitchen.com

This Peppermint Brownie Sundae starts with one of my favorite fudgy brownie recipes.  The brownie is sturdy enough to withstand the ice cream topping without becoming soggy yet it melts in your mouth with fudgy goodness.  A little peppermint extract to gives the brownies some Holiday flair, but that is optional.   You get plenty of peppermint from the delicious peppermint ice cream!  I wait all year for my favorite Edy’s Slow Churned Peppermint Wonderland ice cream that is a limited edition available through December.  The fact that it is ridiculously rich and creamy with only half the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream is just a bonus.

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M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups are a chewy, chocolate cookie studded with chocolate chips that is baked into a cookie cup and then topped with your favorite M&M candies.  These are always very popular!

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com

‘Tis the season to be busy in the kitchen!  We have been busy baking cookies, baking with chocolate, baking something new almost every day it seems.  While it is easy to get caught up in making the latest cookie stuffed in a cookie or some otherwise intricate dessert, I always like to have some easy, tasty recipes that are sure to be a hit at any party.

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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars #SundaySupper

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars are a decadent dessert made on the lighter side that is simple to make.  If you’re intimidated by making a full cheesecake, or just looking for a quick and easy recipe for a cheesecake fix, then these bars are you for you!  In 30 minutes you make the crust, the cheesecake filling, and even a fresh raspberry sauce….

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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

If you love that salty-sweet combination, then you will love these Chocolate Pretzel Cookies.  Studded with chopped pretzels and chocolate chips throughout, these cookies are sure to delight folks of all ages.  Chocolate Pretzel Cookies cookies take minutes to prepare, so they can easily be whipped together any time.   Plus the whole pretzel garnish on top of the cookie is just so cute!…

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Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

30+ Perfect Party Dips and Desserts #HolidayHelper

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Over 30 recipes for Perfect Party Dips and Desserts made using cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream that are easy to make and great for a crowd.  For all of these recipes and more, be sure to visit my Perfect Party Dips and Dessert board on Pinterest!

Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

Lately I have been receiving many requests for party menu ideas, as people begin planning their Holiday festivities.  I thought it would be fun to share some recipes from my favorite bloggers.  I gathered the most amazing appetizer and dessert recipes ~ think savory dips and spreads, as well as dessert dips and simple cheesecakes.   They are all easy to make, many require no cooking or baking, which is all very welcome when it comes to planning a party!

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Candy Cookies in a Jar

Candy Cookies in a Jar

Candy Cookies in a Jar | alidaskitchen.com

Candy Cookies in a Jar is a recipe for cookie mix that is filled with lots of goodies and decoratively arranged in a jar.  These are fun and easy to make, plus they make great gifts for the Holidays.  This particular recipe is for Chocolate M&M Cookies, but any cookie recipe could be used following the same layering concept.

With the Holidays quickly approaching, some blogger friends and I thought it would be fun to share some cooking-related handmade gifts.   If you find yourself buying more and more gift cards each year, then these gift ideas are for you!  We have covered the bases to create a wide variety of gifts that are unique, easy and fun to make for your friends, neighbors, the person who has everything and that person who you just have no idea what to buy for them!  Plus there is an awesome giveaway too!…

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Sweet Potato Pie without crust and a brown sugar-oat topping | alidaskitchen.com

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet Potato Pie made without crust | alidaskitchen.com #PAMSmartTips #ad

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie is a delicious pie made with sweet potatoes, a brown sugar-oat crumble topping and without a crust.!  Since there is no crust, this dessert is a healthier alternative and super easy to make!

Every Thanksgiving, I look forward to making Crustless Pumpkin Pie.  It’s always delicious, a bit healthier, and never disappoints.   This year I thought it would be fun to mix things up and try a sweet potato version of this favorite pie.  I love sweet potatoes just as much as I love pumpkin, so why not try a Crustless Sweet Potato Pie!…

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Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

Poppy Seed Cake

Poppy Seed Cake from Alida's Kitchen

This Poppy Seed Cake is a classic buttermilk coffee cake studded with poppy seeds and a cinnamon swirl in the middle.  It is perfect for a dessert, brunch, or even a special breakfast treat.

This Poppy Seed Cake recipe is from my mom.  It is one of my favorite treats that she makes for special occasions.  She got this recipe many years ago (we’re talking decades) from the hostess of a ladies luncheon.  She said everybody at the party was asking for the recipe.  That’s always a good sign!

I made a last minute decision to whip up this cake, and as a result had to make a few changes from the original recipe based on what I had on hand.  I used vanilla extract since I was out of almond extract.  I also used oil in place of butter because I had one stick of butter left that I was planning to use to make cookies!  Feel free to use almond and/or butter in place of what is noted below.  Either way works great!…

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