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ROLO-STUFFED PRETZEL TOFFEE COOKIES

 The ultimate sweet and salty cookies: stuffed with Rolos, toffee and pretzel pieces.

Rolo-Stuffed Pretzel Toffee Cookies, the ultimate salty/sweet cookie! #cookie #candy

If Fridays call for cocktails, then Tuesdays call for cookies, right?  Actually, if your name is Denise, then cookie day is actually Mon-Sun.  Aka: every day ;)

And yes, this makes two dessert recipes in a row!  I actually had a salad recipe for today but my photos were baaaaad.  So I have to redo my photos, and instead you get more sweets.  Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. <– see what I did there?

OK, OK.  Bad puns aside.  These cookies are awesome and you should make them.  How’s that for a tagline?

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CRANBERRY SAUCE MINI CHEESECAKES

Cranberry sauce is swirled into mini cheesecakes and drizzled on top.  The most delicious way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers!
Cranberry Sauce Mini Cheesecakes

So you may have witnessed my cranberry sauce rant in my Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce post.  If not, here’s the summary:  I am a total, crazy, cranberry sauce nut.

Well this year, I went a bit overboard…I made a double batch of cranberry sauce, and ended up with probably a liter of sauce for 8 people…and there were leftovers…oh so many leftovers!

And looking at the leftover cranberry sauce, and a few blocks of cream cheese that just happened to be hanging out in my fridge, this recipe was spontaneously born.

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CRANBERRY GINGER CIDER COCKTAIL

This simple drink combines apple cider, ginger beer, and fresh cranberries for a ridiculously easy cocktail!
Cranberry Ginger Cider Cocktail

This week, things started to click.

I wasn’t a Tasmanian devil trying to get myself and Kai out the door in the morning.  Things got accomplished at work.  Things got accomplished at home.  Kai didn’t cry when I dropped him off at daycare for the first time ever.

We are finally settling some sort of routine now that I’m back at work/school after a whole year of maternity leave.  What a relief!

Given that it’s Friday and I’m starting to feel like maybe I can do this whole mom/PhD/food blog thing, I’m in the mood to put my feet up and have a cold and bubbly cocktail.

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KALE, PEPITA & SUNFLOWER SEED PESTO

This delicious pesto ‘remix’ is packed with healthy kale and toasted pepitas and sunflower seeds.  Perfect on pasta, even better on pizza!
Kale, Pepita & Sunflower Seed Pesto

Hi hi hi!

I am writing from the depths of a turkey coma.  We had our {Canadian} Thanksgiving this past week-end!  There was turkey.  Sausage, cranberry and cornbread stuffing.  More turkey.  Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce.

And yes…three days later, a batch of turkey chili and some turkey tacos later and we are still.  eating.  turkey.

I needed a little turkey break…so we had this Kale, Pepita & Sunflower Seed Pesto on some pasta salad, to give ourselves a healthy turkey alternative.

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