Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

This Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball is always a party favorite!  Super creamy, loaded with bacon, and wrapped in pecans for a delicious and easy appetizer!

I don’t know about you, but I am getting SUPER excited for the holidays! Our first Christmas party is coming up this weekend, and I have yet to decide what food I’m bringing. Big fancy holiday meals are great, but let’s face it… what I really look forward to are all the appetizers! I could seriously make a meal out of shrimp cocktail, chips and dip, brown sugar bacon-wrapped weinies, and spinach artichoke dip. I’m kind of drooling a little just typing that…

I have a vast collection of appetizer recipes I love, but this one has always been at the top of my list: the Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball. It has just 6 ingredients (plus crackers for serving), can easily be made ahead (perfect for parties!), and is just simply delicious. Savory, creamy cheese spread, loaded with real bacon pieces, and wrapped up in a blanket of crunchy chopped pecans… this NEEDS to be part of your holiday! Or Super Bowl! Or birthday! Or New Year’s! … you get the picture. ;)

This Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball is always a party favorite!  Super creamy, loaded with bacon, and wrapped in pecans for a delicious and easy appetizer! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #91

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Three Ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge by The Gunny Sack

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies by The Recipe Critic

Peppermint Mocha Coffee by Love Grows Wild

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Fudge by Inside BruCrew Life

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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Learn how to make your own play dough at home! Fast, easy, and keeps the kids entertained for hours! 

I’ve shared tons of recipes here on Love Grows Wild over the past few years, but I must say that this one knocked my socks off. It’s not food though, my friends… it’s homemade play dough! The boys and I tried a little kitchen experiment a few weeks ago and whipped up this play dough in just a matter of minutes. It was super easy to do, and the kids played with this stuff for hours! I’m thinking this is going to be the perfect gift for all the kiddos on my Christmas list this year.

Learn how to make your own play dough at home! Fast, easy, and keeps the kids entertained for hours! Details at LoveGrowsWild.com

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Christmas Home Tour 2014

Welcome, friends, to our Christmas Home Tour! Please kick back, relax, and stay awhile as I share our home all dressed up for the holidays. And because this wonderful time of year is all about spreading the Christmas cheer, I have 27 other bloggers’ holiday homes to share with you as well! Just scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to find their links.

For those of you who come here often, you know I’ve been busy decking the halls for quite some time now, and I’ve been bursting at the seams to show you how everything turned out. For those of you who are new here, I just want to say, WELCOME!

Our home is always a work-in-progress, and even though I just decorated my living room this summer, I’m already coming up with ideas to change things around. I promised myself I would enjoy the holidays and all my beautiful Christmas decorations before tackling any major DIY projects in here, because you probably don’t want to look at a half-decorated Christmas tree in the middle of sawdust, lumber, and paint cans, right? I thought so. :)

My Christmas decorating style is a mix of creamy white neutrals, natural wood elements, a little bit of rustic charm, and a whole lot of metallic and glitter glam. It wouldn’t be Christmas without glitter all over your floors for weeks, right? I love keeping this neutral color scheme because it allows me to change things up year after year without having to completely scrap everything I have and start over. The look I was going for is warm, cozy, inviting, and the perfect space to curl up with a soft blanket, some hot cocoa, and your favorite Christmas movie. Let’s start the tour!

Christmas 2014 Home Tour at LoveGrowsWild.com - Take a peek inside this beautiful holiday home and get ready to be inspired!

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Peppermint Mocha Coffee

This Peppermint Mocha Coffee is the perfect holiday beverage to start your day! You will love the deliciously sweet chocolate-peppermint flavor, and it is SO simple to make!

As I sit here typing this post, you better believe I have a mug full of this Peppermint Mocha Coffee sitting on my desk. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am now slightly addicted to sweet, candy-cane-filled, oh-so-chocolatey drink. It’s WICKED good, you guys. So if I sound like I’m buzzing around on a caffeine high, it’s probably because… I am! And shortly after reading this post, I’m almost certain you will be too!



This Peppermint Mocha Coffee is the perfect holiday beverage to start your day! You will love the deliciously sweet chocolate-peppermint flavor, and it is SO simple to make! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Let’s talk coffee! I cannot live without my morning cup of steaming hot goodness. I stumble down the stairs each morning, quickly pour some coffee grounds into the magic machine, and after adding a liberal amount of hazelnut creamer and sugar (I actually prefer stevia), I take the glorious first sip. Ahh…

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #90

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Snow Globe Christmas Treats from The Gunny Sack
Peppermint Swirl Fudge from The Recipe Critic
Silent Night Twinkle Light Canvas from Love Grows Wild
Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from Inside BruCrew Life

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Jocelyn:

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Hot Cocoa Cookie Bars
from Sunny Side Ups

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Washi Tape Gift Bags & Tags
from The Pin Junkie

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Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Trees
from Frugal Coupon Living

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Easy Holiday Yarn Trees from Made In A Day

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Holly Jolly Christmas Word Art Printable from Love my DIY Home

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Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
from OMG Chocolate Desserts

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Little Bits of Love

Little Bits of Love | LoveGrowsWild.com

Hello again, friends! I’m so happy you’re here for this month’s Little Bits of Love post. I have so much to share!  I’m not quite sure how we’re less than 3 weeks away from Christmas already… I kind of broke out in a cold sweat just saying that. #truth

So the big triumph for our family this month was finishing up harvest. Yay! In case you’re new to Love Grows Wild (by the way… welcome!), I’ll bring you up to speed real quick. My husband grew up on a farm and has wanted to be involved ever since he was a little boy. Over the years Jeremy has worked a variety of different agriculture jobs (hay baling, owned a livestock feed mill, worked at a fertilizer company), but he’s never had an opportunity to come home to the family farm and follow his one true passion in life… until this year. This year he worked side-by-side with his uncles, and we grew our first crop of corn and soybeans. I can’t even begin to tell you the joy it brings my heart to see my husband starting this adventure he’s always dreamed of, and although we still have a LONG way to go before we are where we want to be, we’re on the right path. We may not have much in our bank account right now, but we have big dreams and a hell of a lot of ambition and drive. I know we can do this. [Read more…]