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January 2019 Recipe Round Up- Cozy Winter Recipes

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Happy New Year, everyone! We are planning to continue our monthly themed recipe round-up in 2019 with some returning bloggers as well as several new faces. We are all excited to share recipes with you each month to help you meal plan and prepare for upcoming holidays, seasons, etc. through the year. This month we are featuring cozy winter recipes -- recipes and meals to warm you up on cool January days. Please continue reading to see all the recipe ideas and comfort foods.

~Breakfast~
Loaded Egg & Toast Cups from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Egg & Cheese Pancakes from Crafty Cooking Mama
Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal from Savory Moments
Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes w/ Vanilla Bourbon Peaches & Syrup from The Saucy Southerner
~Sides~
Sour Cream & Chive Jumbo Biscuits From Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Mulled Cranberry Wine from Crafty Cooking Mama
Spicy Latin Baked Cheese Crisps w/ Pepitas from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck
~Soups &a…

Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Every year I made Christmas cookie trays for friends and family.  There are the classics like sugar, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin, then I pick a few different cookies that add color or flavors that we'd all enjoy.

I saw these Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies on Taste of Home's Ultimate Cookie Countdown, and immediately added it to my Pinterest board for this year's trays.  When I went to print it out, I realized that the recipe is from my fellow blogger friend Colleen from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice!

I made the recipe exactly as stated except that I rolled the dough balls in turbinado sugar instead of granulated.  I just love the sparkle and crunch it gives them.  My cookies were very puffy as they came out of the oven, but flattened a bit as they cooled.  Next time I'd keep the dough balls chilled between batches, my fridge was just too stuffed with holiday dinner items to do it this time.

These were a hug…

Top 10 Desserts of 2018

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For my final top 10, I've rounded up my favorite desserts that I've made throughout 2018.  This was really the hardest list of all to compile, because there were just so many good ones this year!

I am a huge chocolate cake fan, and I wasn't going to let my birthday slip by without indulging.  I found this fantastic recipe that included ricotta cheese that allowed me to have my cake and up the protein count in it too! Best Chocolate Cake Ever


You've probably heard of upside down cake, but how about Upside Down Apple Pie? I took a step towards conquering my fear of pie crust and I sure didn't regret it.


This Very Vanilla Slow Cooker Cheesecake took a real leap of faith on my part.  I have never, ever made dessert in the slow cooker before. I was pleasantly surprised at how this turned out! Beautiful texture, and great flavor.  Best of all, no cracks!


All of my #ChristmasCookiesWeek recipes were huge hits here, but I forced myself to choose just one for the round up…

Top 10 Main Dish Recipes of 2018!

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My look back at the best of 2018 continues, and today I'm focusing on main dish recipes.  It's so easy to fall into a pattern of making the same things over and over again, but this year I worked really hard to try and change things up. 

I love to make copycat recipes of meals that I order from my favorite restaurants, like this Granny Smith Pizza. Tart apple, crispy bacon, grilled chicken, candied pecans plus Grana Padano cheese.  It takes pizza to a whole new level.


They won't even miss the bun when you serve up these Cheeseburger Bowls! I've made them on the grill or inside on the panini press, and they're always amazing.  Sometimes I add some crispy chopped up bacon to the mix, and sometimes I melt the cheese on the burger.


Black beans were one of my new food discoveries in 2018.  They've made a lot of appearances in main dishes and appetizers.  Next year they may even find their way into a few desserts! Black Bean Chicken with Rice 

Sometimes the best r…