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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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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Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

This overnight egg casserole is loaded with breakfast sausage, topped with tons of cheddar cheese, and couldn’t be simpler to make. Prep it ahead, chill overnight, then bake in the morning for a delicious, hearty breakfast!

I cannot believe that after 2 years, 7 months, and 14 days of writing this blog, this is the first time I’m sharing my famous breakfast casserole with you. How have I not spilled the beans on this amazing recipe before?? If I’m being totally honest, I think I was waiting for the holidays to roll around because this happens to be the same breakfast we’ve eaten every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. It’s sort of a sentimental meal for me, ya know? I couldn’t just slap it up on the blog on some random Tuesday in the middle of summer… it needed to have a special introduction just in time for the holidays.

This easy overnight egg casserole is loaded with breakfast sausage and topped with tons of cheddar cheese. Chill overnight then bake in the morning for a delicious, hearty breakfast! | LoveGrowsWild.com

When I was a little girl, my mom would whip this casserole together before tucking my sister and I into bed on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning, we would wake up WELL before sunrise, and mom would pop the casserole in the oven and grab a cup of coffee while we patiently waited to tear into our presents wrapped in special cartoon wrapping paper. By the time we turned our living room into a giant mess of wrapping paper and toys, the whole family was starving and the breakfast casserole was hot and ready to be eaten. I can remember doing this Christmas morning routine every year with mom, and now that I have my own family, I’ve continued doing the same for them.  [Read more…]

My Christmas Kitchen

Sponsored by World Market // If you follow me on Instagram, it’s probably no big secret that I’ve been busy decking the halls around here for the past few weeks, and now that today is officially the beginning of December, I think it’s time to start sharing all my holiday decorations with you! Today I’m starting in the heart of our home… the kitchen.


Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.comsources: table runner, napkins, plates, forks, coffee mug, cake plate

If there’s one thing we all have in common in my family, it’s definitely our love of food. We tend to plan our visits around the meals we eat and can’t get through breakfast without deciding on our lunch and dinner options for the day, so naturally, a lot of time is spent cooking together in the kitchen.

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

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2 Step Iced Sugar Cookies

My sugar cookie cut-outs are making a comeback on the blog this year, but this time with a new twist! I’m going to show you how to make the perfect iced sugar cookie in just 2 easy steps. No fussy royal icing or piping bags used here… just a simple icing technique that even your kiddos can do!

Learn how to make gorgeous, perfectly iced sugar cookies with just 2 easy steps! See details at LoveGrowsWild.com

One of my most popular recipes to date has been these sugar cookies, and I can definitely understand why. I struggled for YEARS trying to make pretty cookie cut-outs for the holidays, but it always ended up a disaster… the dough stuck to the rolling pin, I couldn’t get the dough out of the cookie cutter without tearing it, and when the cookies hit the oven, they would spread into giant, puffy lumps of dough that looked nothing even close to Santa or a Christmas tree.

But once I nailed down the perfect method for making flawless sugar cookie cut-outs, it felt like I had hit the jackpot, and I’ve enjoyed them every single Christmas since. And every birthday. And every Easter. And every President’s Day. And just about every Monday too, because let’s face it… Mondays deserve a good cookie. You guys gave them such rave reviews, I thought it was time to add a second version, so let’s dive right into the sugary details! [Read more…]

Pumpkin Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Tis the season for baking holiday cookies! We haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already debating which cookies I want to make for Christmas. I can’t help it… have you tried my sugar cookie cut-outs? I usually only make them for Santa Claus (snicker, snicker), and this year I’m working on a special FROSTED sugar cookie recipe that should hit the blog in the next couple weeks… I think you guys are going to LOVE it!

Sugar cookies are pretty high on my favorite cookie list, but a close second is definitely the snickerdoodle. Soft, pillowy, and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor. I have a serious addiction to these sweet little cinnamon treats! Remember the Pumpkin Apple Butter recipe I posted last month? Well I had a good amount of it left over after the photo shoot, so I decided to infuse my favorite snickerdoodle cookies with the pumpkin apple butter, and OH MAN, was it a home run! These cookies are light, puffy and rolled in cinnamon-sugar just like the perfect snickerdoodles, but with a delicious kick of pumpkin and apples! You will definitely want to add these sweet treats to your holiday cookie tray!

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Cauliflower Gratin

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new side dishes to add to my repertoire. It’s easy to come up with the main course, but then my mind blanks when it comes to the side items. For some reason, my brain goes straight to dessert.

Hmm… what goes well with pork chopsapple pie!

What should I make to go with meatloafbrownies!

Those sound like good pairings, right? ;) Well today I’m sharing a new side dish idea that I think you’re going to love: Cauliflower Gratin. This easy recipe swaps out the traditional potato with cauliflower that is baked in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with a delicious crunchy breadcrumb topping. If I have to be a grown-up and eat my vegetables like a good girl, I definitely prefer them to be smothered in a creamy, flavorful cheese sauce! Give me a big high five if you agree.

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s no secret that the biggest food holiday of the year is quickly approaching, and I’ve been doing my best to pump out some fabulous recipes for you to enjoy… butter and herb turkey, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (the really good kind!), smashed potatoes, brie biscuits, and of course banana cream pie. I’d say that’s a pretty good start to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

But because I want to make sure you’re 100% prepared for the big day, I’ve teamed up with some of my blog buddies to bring you 25+ new Thanksgiving recipes, complete with main dishes, sides, drinks, desserts, and more! Everything you need, all in one place. Just scroll down past my cauliflower gratin recipe to see the full list of our Thanksgiving dishes! [Read more…]