Here are some last minute gifts you can make right in your own kitchen.

White Chocolate Pretzel Toffee…

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I’ve been baking, taking, and consuming these decadent, gift-worthy treats for the past month.

And now I must go collapse.

I hope you enjoy!

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Chocolate-Espresso Toffee Cookies



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Toffee-Nutella Fudge


This recipe was my experimenting with Alton Brown’s Peanut Butter Fudge recipe that I posted here during my Peanut Butter saga. A comment made by one of you lovely readers inspired me to try replacing the peanut butter with nutella. Genius.

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Caramel-Toffee Cheesecake Bites

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Hello beautiful bite.

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Toffee-Pecan Brown Sugar Cookie Bites


Kind of a long title. But you know what you’re getting. Or at least you think you do. These were the recipe I was least excited for… and I liked them best. And they’re the easiest. Well, the fudge was pretty easy but powdered sugar destroys my kitchen. No matter how careful I am, it gets everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

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White Chocolate Pretzel Toffee


There’s something you should know about my little family.

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests with Maple-Bacon & Goat Cheese


These are the perfect egg recipe for your Christmas morning brunch. Or perhaps you’re more the New Year’s Brunch type. Or possibly Easter brunch is your groove. Or Mother’s Day brunch. Or heck… just have brunch tomorrow.

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Sweet Potato Risotto


Are you ready to play a game? Well, you’ll have to read quite a bit more if you want to know what it is. If you’re too curious to wait, I put the game in bold letters so you can easily scroll down and find it. But what fun is that? If you do read on until you find it and you don’t enjoy yourself…. well, let me know and I’ll give you your money back.

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White Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, and (Leftover) Roast Turkey

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There is nothing better than a bowl of hot soup or chili to make you feel cozy on a cold day. And cold days are rare here in Phoenix.

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Italian Sausage & Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is fun to make in individual servings, as well, but making the whole pie is a bit quicker and I was definitely short on time for actual cooking on this night for dinner…


There are some make-ahead tricks that will help you save time and money for this dish!

Due to the craziness of my night when I shot this particular recipe, I unfortunately don’t have a picture of the pie cut into. I’ll admit, it’s not the most beautiful colored dish (topping each slice with a bit of chopped fresh parsley definitely boosts the color and flavor a bit but it’s not necessary).

I will tell you though… no matter what you think of the look of this pie, it is comforting, gratifying, and downright delectable…

Make it on a day you need some extra comfort… it will be delicious no matter when you decide to pop it in the oven!

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Honey-Almond-Date Biscotti

It’s time for a snack!

One of my favorites is Biscotti with a cup of coffee or espresso… I could snack on this ANY time of day…


You can make it more of a dessert by giving it a dip or drizzle of white chocolate. These make a GREAT gift for biscotti-lovers in your life… my extras went to my mama… which reminds me, we are due for a coffee/biscotti date mom! 🙂

The actual baking made for a good “date” with my girls… although they like to help with the measuring/ mixing process, their favorite part is…

LICKING THE BEATERS!!!……   Big surprise, huh?



Sigh… as delicious as coffee and biscotti are… there’s nothing I like more than the smiles of these two little girls! 🙂

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