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Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins #MuffinMonday

After discovering last month that I'm not the only ginger fan in the house I immediately went looking for a recipe using it to make for this month's Muffin Monday. I found Lisa V's Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins on the Taste of Home site.  I did make two changes to her recipe.  First, I substituted Greek yogurt for the fat free because it's what I always have on hand. I also used dried cranberries instead of fresh. Usually I would also sprinkle the tops with some raw sugar, but I was debating a glaze so I didn't.  The key to muffins is really not to over mix them.  I like to use an ice cream scoop to portion out the dough into the cups. Before baking I popped a few extra dried cranberries on because I like people to know what's in them.  These smell amazing while they're baking and they taste even better. They didn't need the sugar or a glaze, they are perfect as is.  Thank you so much to Stacy from Food Lust People Love for hosting #MuffinMonday! Be
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Salted Caramel Fudge Drops

  Part of the life of a food blogger is thinking about holidays WAY before the average person does.  While most people are apple picking, I'm flipping through recipe books, checking out my Pinterest boards, and coming up with ideas for what I'm going to share with you for #ChristmasCookies Week.  My first choice is Salted Caramel Fudge Drops from Carole H, which I found on the Taste of Home site.   I love that they start with a sugar cookie mix and build from there. I like to use a cookie scoop to get consistent cookies.  The recipe calls for "caramel filled chocolate candies" and then sea salt.  I went the direct route and bought Dove Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Promises.  You could use Rolos, you could use caramel filled Hershey kisses or even Ghirardelli squares.  I did half the batch with the Promises, then I did half the batch with some semi sweet chocolate chips.  Again, you could really use any of the fun chip varieties that are out there, salted caramel,