If you put out a tray of Christmas cookies... the very first cookie I will look for is a chocolate one.  No exceptions.  I love chocolate and cookies are my favorite dessert.  So when I discovered a recipe for amazingly delicious chocolate Christmas cookies... I flipped. And I'm no gymnast!  These cookies are soooo good I'm also sharing them at a virtual Cookie Exchange with some of my fellow blogging friends.  Links to all their Christmas cookie recipes will be found at the end of this post. The Christmas season is filled with so many memories in the making.  I don't tend to dwell much in the past, … [Read more...]

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?   If you are... or need to bring a dish to pass... you'll love these terrific Thanksgiving recipe ideas that are sure to make your dinner fabulously successful. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   19 Recipes for a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner   Meal Starters... Roasted Sweet Potato Soup from Cooking with Curls Blue Cheese, Pear, & Walnut Autumn Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette from I Should Be Mopping the Floor How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board from Giggles Galore Main Course & Side Dishes... Make … [Read more...]

Is it apple picking season in your neck of the woods? Picking apples is so fun.  Really what's easier? There's nothing like going home with a bushel of apples and plans to make lots of apple treats. Just in case you need a few new ideas... we've got you covered.  The Project Inspire{d} team is drooling over these super, can't wait to make, yummy apple recipes! So... get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas...   30 Yummy Apple Recipes   Apple Cinnamon Roll by Dukes and Duchesses Apple Smiles by Just 2 Sisters Apple Monkey Bread Muffins by Upstate Ramblings Back to … [Read more...]

Can you smell it in the air?! It's almost fall and the Project Inspire{d} team can't wait. We have your go-to guide for delicious autumn inspired recipes and festive projects to make during this cozy, comforting, leaf crunching time of the year! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas... Fall Food and Crafts Guide   What to Eat 1. Mini Apple Pie Bites by All She Cooks 2. Nectarines and Cream Breakfast Loaf by The Simple-Sweet Life 3. Apple Cider Slushies by Clean and Scentsible 4. Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili by Frugal Foodie Mama 5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by … [Read more...]

Even though we haven't flipped the calendar to fall yet, our calendar squares are quickly filling up with all kinds of activities. It's a sure sign that summer is on her way out. When the calendar is filled, we often stress out about what to serve for dinner. This week we had an incredible number of terrific dinner ideas at Project Inspire{d}. You'll want to use these recipe ideas to help your plan your September menu. And if you've never done that before... do it! It really does make weeknight dinners easier! I'd love to hear which recipes made you drool. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great … [Read more...]

Chocolate! Just the mention of chocolate and I saw your ears perk up! Dark, Milk, Bitter, Semi-sweet... it all calls my name. Everything except white.  (And in my book white chocolate is not chocolate.) If you've got a chocolate tooth (which is NOT the same as a sweet tooth) or if you'd prefer to call yourself a chocolate lover or maybe even chocoholic... then you're in for the biggest treat today! I know your "pinning finger" will be busy  pinning these scrumptious dessert recipes for chocoholics.  Just sayin'!    10 Scrumptious Dessert Recipes for Chocoholics   Extra Fudgy KitKat … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! So many fabulous recipes for summer were shared this week. Lots of you are finding a perfect way to cool off and wow your family and guests. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  16 Cool Summer Treat Recipes   PinkLemonade Cupcake Ice Cream Cones from Atta Girl Says 3-Ingredient Lemon Mousse from The Kitchen is My Playground Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe from Saving Everyday Rustic Plum Compote for Ice Cream from Oh My Sugar High Pina Colada Popsicles from Better in Bulk No Churn Funfetti Cake Batter Ice … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! There were so many fabulous ideas for summer living shared this week. Lots of you a finding the perfect way to cool off and wow your guests with delicious and refreshing summer drink recipes. Many of us are enjoying the start of summer. But as much as we are relishing the beautiful weather, we are painfully aware that many of you have had too much rain and flooding and cannot wait to see the sun shine again. Our prayers are with you for relief and a speedy clean-up. And now onto the features... Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great … [Read more...]

It's Mother's Day weekend!  For many of you it's a time to honor mom or hopefully be honored.  For others... like me... it's time to purchase and plant annuals.  Container gardening is my favorite kind of gardening... hands down.  I love creating containers.  But, first it starts with lots of greenhouse hopping and planning and scheming to put together the perfect pots and window boxes. If you'd like a little inspiration... here are a few posts that should get your green thumb blooming. How to Plant a Window Box Garden :: Tutorial & Planting Tips Nine Steps :: Create an Extraordinary Container … [Read more...]

To celebrate my blogiversary this week, I'm giving away the fabulous book, "Love the Home You Have."  Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY.   Plus... there's still time to enter the GIVEAWAY for the colorful Ball mason jars and craft supplies. Mother's Day is only a week a way!  I can hardly believe it! If you're looking for some wonderfully refreshing salads and appetizers to serve for Mother's Day Brunch, these will surely a delicious addition to the menu. This time of year I love a great salad and can't wait to give these yummy looking recipes a try. Refreshing Salads and Appetizers   Please … [Read more...]

Back when I lived in the Buffalo area, this would be the weekend for lots of St. Patrick's Day celebrating.  And of course, noshing on good eats as well.  Just in case, you want to get your green on, or at least put something special on the menu for St. Patrick's Day, or even this weekend, check out these scrumptious St. Patrick's Day recipes. Are you hungry?  My mouth is watering for these.... Scrumptious St. Patrick's Day Recipes   Pin this image.  And stop by the featured blogs and pin their creations, too!    {Links clockwise from upper left … [Read more...]

What's your favorite sweet treat? If you're like me and a gazillion others... there isn't much better than a chocolate chip cookie.  Unless it's a chocolate chip cookie with a cup of cocoa.     Recently on Facebook I shared a recipe that looked really good and one of our An Extraordinary Day readers mentioned that she had a similar tried and true recipe that she LOVED.  I asked if she might share it with me.  Last night I whipped up a batch and shared them with friends and they were a hit. And because I can't keep all good things to myself... I had to share it with you.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

Everywhere you look there's lots of red and white and pink! If you're like me and enjoy a little Valentine's Day fun, then you'll love my Valentine Hand Pies. Truly I had the most fun ever making them... and eating them!   I just know you'll want to make some too.  Find all the details here.    Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... What are you afraid of? | JoyDay! The Best Ever Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce & Easy Too! Can I Tell You a Secret? Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: 9 Fabulous Valentine's Day Classroom … [Read more...]

Are you a chocolate lover? There's a saying I've seen floating around the internet for quite some time... Chocolate makes everything better. Today I'm here to tell you that chocolate hot fudge sauce makes everything better. Okay, maybe not everything.     But surely, it's the finishing touch to a brownie and ice cream sundae. I have to tell you, I'm a recent convert to hot fudge sauce. Recently my friend made it for my husband's birthday.  And as you might have guessed...I was skeptical. Why?  Because I was always disappointed whenever I ordered a dessert anywhere topped … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if the Christmas season gives you a sensory overload. Now don't get me wrong... it's not a bad thing.  I love every. little. thing. about Christmas from the trees to the sparkling lights and all the amazing savory and sweet treats.  What's especially good for me... all that goodness decreases my appetite.  I'm probably one of the few who lose a pound or two at Christmas.  Before you get all jealous or start rolling your eyes I need to confess... I can get in big trouble about the time Valentine's Day rolls around. Yup... that's my season to over indulge in everything chocolaty and … [Read more...]

I'm so excited you can join us for the follow-up to our Christmas Sweets & Treats Blog Hop. Yesterday, I joined with 33 super talented bloggers to bring you my Snowman Sundae and a fabulous round-up of Sweets and Treats from each of them. If you missed it... click here for a plethora of delectable delights. Christmas Sweets and Treats Linky Party   Brought to you by... My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia :: Domestically Speaking Cupcakes and Crinoline :: Yellow Bliss Road :: Setting for Four Stone Gable :: A Pumpkin & A Princess  :: ‎An Extraordinary Day Twelve O Eight :: A Night Owl :: At … [Read more...]

Are you looking for a family friendly sweet treat for the grand finale to the big dinner? How about  dessert that you can pretty much make ahead, quickly assemble, and then serve with great aplomb? I've got just the thing for you... Snowman Sundaes     A snowman sundae is sure to be a hit.  I love that there's no baking involved.  It's really more like  craft project dessert. If there's a children's Christmas party on your calendar, you can even let the kids do everything except scoop the ice cream.  They'll have a ton of fun creating their own snowman sundaes, for … [Read more...]