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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Calling all cinnamon roll lovers!!! Have I got a cookie for you?!? Clear your schedule  because you need to put “Bake Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies” at the top of your to do list. From the very first batch all I could think was WOW…these cookies […]

Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

Looking for the perfect last minute side to bring to your holiday gathering? Well Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans are here to help! Dress up green beans with a delicious maple glaze that’s simple, sweet, and savory. A little splash of Jack Daniels Tennessee […]

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Call it stuffing or call it dressing, it really doesn’t matter as long as you call it delicious!!! Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Our take on this Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing is a classic, no frills, anything but basic holiday stuffing recipe. Even your pickiest of eaters will love this one. This recipe is great for large gatherings and can easily feed a crowd. An easy, family favorite dish that requires minimal prep work, leaving you a little extra time to mingle with guests, check on the bird, or catch a little bit of that football game. This tried and true recipe proves that sometimes simple really is best!

Here’s all you need: pork sausage, celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, rubbed sage, poultry seasoning, white bread, wheat bread, eggs, and chicken broth.

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When I said minimal prep work, ooh I meant it! Chop up some celery into small, bitesize pieces. And do the same with the onions too. I mean one could even do this ahead of time. Hint, hint!!! Need to make a dish to pass? Volunteer to make the stuffing. We’ve got ya covered. Easy breezy!!! Anyone can do this!

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Next, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, celery and onion over medium heat. Don’t worry about greasing the pan, the grease from the pork sausage will be enough to keep your veggies from sticking. Cook and crumble the meat until its no longer pink and the veggies are slightly tender. Drain any excess grease if necessary. In all honestly though I really didn’t feel the need to!

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Turn off the heat and stir in the mayo, mustard, sage and poultry seasoning. Sage gives this Thanksgiving stuffing a bit of a gourmet feel. Ooooh-la-la! Get ready to pass out the recipe. Or take it to your grave and pretend that you slaved away all day over this fabulous little side. It’ll be our little secret!

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Now onto the “bones” of this recipe, the bread! Believe it or not, stale bread works best in stuffing recipes. If you’ve got the time, place the bread in a single layer on the counter and leave it out overnight. I flipped this in the morning and let it sit for a couple extra hours to get both sides nice and crunchy. But if you don’t have that kind of time, or you ummm…just plain forgot, you can cut it into chunks and toast it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Both methods will work just depends on your style!

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Next cut the bread into cubes.  This recipe calls for both white and wheat bread but you could always mix it up and toss in some sourdough too. Or maybe even some corn bread! Feel free to mix it up or add your own personal flair!

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In a small bowl, (or pyrex cup if you need to measure the liquid) whisk your eggs and chicken broth. Ok so you’re probably going to wanna work in batches from here on out if you’re making the FULL recipe. Because I for one, don’t have a bowl big enough to hold this massive amount of stuffing.

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So……in the largest bowl you can find in your kitchen…..mix half the bread cubes with half of the sausage mixture and mix to combine. Then pour half of the chicken broth mixture over top and gently toss to coat. We’re looking for this mixture to be moist but not mushy. #stuffinggoals Repeat with the remaining bread cubes, sausage mixture, and chicken broth mixture. Spray two 13X9 inch casserole dishes with cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing to the casserole dish and loosely cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley to garnish. There you have it folks!! A picture perfect classic Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe that will stand the test of time. I guarantee you’ll be passing this dish around the Turkey Day table for years to come. Gobble til you wobble!!! Looking for more easy recipes to survive the biggest cooking day of the year?!? Try our Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole!  Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing by Happylifeblogspot.com #stuffing #thanksgiving #thanksgivingrecipes #dressing #turkeystuffing #turkeydressing

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

November 18, 2018
: 24 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (12 ounces) bulk pork sausage
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 4 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 loaves (16 ounces each) day-old white bread, cubed
  • 1/2 loaf (16 ounces) day-old whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Chopped fresh parsley to garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the celery and onion into small pieces. In a large skillet, cook the sausage, celery and onion over medium heat. Cook and crumble the meat until its no longer pink and the veggies are slightly tender. Drain any excess grease if necessary.
  • Step 2 Turn off the heat and stir in the mayo, mustard, sage and poultry seasoning.
  • Step 3 Cut day old bread into cubes. (Or toast fresh bread cubes in the oven at 325 degrees for about 25-30 minutes if day old is not available).
  • Step 4 In a small bowl whisk your eggs and chicken broth. Mix the bread cubes with the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Pour the chicken broth mixture over top and gently toss to coat. Work in smaller batches if necessary.
  • Step 5 Spray two 13X9 inch casserole dishes with cooking spray. Transfer the stuffing to the casserole dish and loosely cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Step 6 Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley to garnish. Enjoy!!

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Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini bread is great and all but aren’t Zucchini Cupcakes even cuter?!? I mean it just doesn’t get any better than these adorable hand held little bundles of joy. In fact, I’m already planning on growing zucchini in my garden next year just for this recipe! […]

Everything Dinner Rolls

Everything Dinner Rolls

Our Everything Dinner Rolls go with well…..EVERYTHING!!! Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, yet fancy enough to serve at a holiday meal, like say…Easter for instance. I find myself constantly coming back to this recipe, especially at the holidays. It’s great in a pinch because […]

Easy Eggnog Fudge

Easy Eggnog Fudge

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…..my hubby is an eggnog freak!!! No he doesn’t do weird things with eggnog……but he IS pretty eggnog obsessed!! He absolutely loves it and cannot get enough. Unfortunately for him, it’s only available for a short time around the holidays, so I try to sneak in a few eggnog inspired treats so he can get his fill. I found this eggnog fudge recipe a few years back, included it in some homemade Christmas gift baskets and it was an instant hit with our family!! This year I’ve added it to my Christmas cookie trays because after putting in a 12 hour cookie baking marathon over the weekend, I am loving me a good no bake recipe right about now!!! I know you can relate. This fudge is super simple, only 6 ingredients, and perfect for a last minute Christmas gift…..just make sure you keep a few squares for yourself!! You can thank me later.

Here’s all you’ll need: eggnog, sugar, white chocolate chips, butter, marshmallow fluff, and a little nutmeg.

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Start by lining a 13X9 pan with aluminum foil, then spray with cooking spray.

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Combine sugar and eggnog in a Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally. I almost forgot to mention, Eggnog Fudge is basically a one pan wonder. I love a good recipe that leaves me with minimal dish washing.

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Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir occasionally as it’s coming to a boil. Once it starts to boil, stir constantly (and continue to do so) and heat for 10 minutes. Stir with caution. No splashing! No reckless abandon!  This mixture is very hot and sticky. If you are a klutz in the kitchen just shut it down right now!

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Remove the mixture from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips, butter and marshmallow fluff. Getting the fluff out of the jar is probably the hardest or at least the stickiest part of this recipe! Does anyone know an easy way to do this??? I’m all ears!!! Stir until the white chocolate chips are melted and the butter and fluff are completely incorporated. The mixture should be nice and smooth!! Also you can skip your arm workout today after all that stirring.

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Pour the fudge mixture into the foil lined pan. Spread evenly until nice and smooth!

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And last but not least, sprinkle with a little bit of nutmeg. This is my favorite part of the whole recipe!! This little nutmeg dusting is clutch. You want to do this right away before the eggnog fudge has a chance to start setting up. Allow the fudge to cool completely to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour until it’s nice and firm. Once you’re sure that it’s completely solid all the way through, lift the foil out of the pan. Cut the fudge into 1 inch squares.

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Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Or if you’re up North like us Buffalo folks, you can store in the mudroom or on the back porch! (yep! That’s a thing!) You know it’s not going above 30 degrees anytime soon!! Santa called and said he wants some eggnog fudge on his cookie plate this year! If you’re totally eggnog obsessed like us, then you’ll love our Last Minute Eggnog Dip as well!

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Easy Eggnog Fudge

December 19, 2017
: 24
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups eggnog
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 (7 ounce) container marshmallow cream
  • nutmeg for dusting
Directions
  • Step 1 Line a 13X9″ pan with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Step 2 Combine sugar and eggnog in a Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally.
  • Step 3 Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir for 10 minutes as it boils.
  • Step 4 Remove the mixture from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips, butter and marshmallow fluff. Stir until the chips are melted and everything is fully incorporated.
  • Step 5 Pour the fudge mixture into the foil lined pan. Spread evenly until smooth. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Step 6 Allow the fudge to cool completely to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour until firm. Once it’s completely solid, lift out of container, and cut into 1 inch squares. Stir in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites

Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites

It happens to us EVERY holiday! We’re busy people. We usually have to be somewhere, or have people coming over, or have to cook. I wake up and start working in the kitchen and I get so busy that I forget to make us breakfast. […]

Chocolate Overload Cake

Chocolate Overload Cake

So let me talk about this cake for a minute! I baked this up for the blog and dropped a few slices off with family and friends. My brother, Danny and sister in law, Sarah, were two of the lucky recipients. After I dropped off […]

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas cookies?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well I’m here to tell you that you do! Grrrrllll……..I got you! They very well could be the easiest cookies you will ever make! I’ve been adding them to Christmas cookie trays for years now and everyone has been none the wiser of my cookie shortcut. You see, the cookie dough is actually…..wait for it….CAKE MIX! Of course you’ll need to add a couple more ingredients, but the basic dough is just cake mix, eggs, and oil. You can play with the flavors and pick your own add ins. I’ve used chocolate cake mix with Christmas colored M&Ms here to make them festive, but adding Reese’s Pieces instead is one of my all time favorite combinations. What are you waiting for??? Let’s get baking!

Here’s all you’ll need: cake mix, oil, eggs, Christmas M&Ms.

Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Yep! Everything in one bowl. I told ya this would be easy!!

Mix with a hand mixer on a low to medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes).

Stir in the M&Ms or the add in of your choice! I recently hosted a slumber party with my niece and nephew and we paired white cake mix with chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and they turned out fab! They love baking with Aunt Lisa!

Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve done these two ways and both have worked wonderful. Traditionally I would portion out spoonful sizes and roll them by hand into balls. This dough is very sticky. The key to working with it is a light touch. Pretend they are very delicate as you roll them. BUT…..I’ve recently used my cookie scoop to drop them by the spoonful and it’s an excellent alternative to getting your hands dirty! You can place additional M&Ms on top to make them extra pretty.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes on the middle and top racks of your oven. Don’t forget to rotate your cookie sheets about halfway through baking so you get that nice and even bake. Remove from the pan and allow cookies to cool. I bet Santa would love a batch of these paired with a nice, big glass of cold milk!

Cake Mix Cookies

December 6, 2017
: 24 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup M&Ms
Directions
  • Step 1 Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms.
  • Step 2 Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls if desired.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Sausage Balls

Cheesy Sausage Balls

Is it just me or does it feel like once December 1st hits on the calendar, time actually speeds up??? I swear I blink and suddenly it’s Christmas Eve! Maybe it’s the millions of things I have to do from now until then. Or maybe […]