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Sugar & Spice Candied Nut Mix

Monday, November 18th, 2019

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Not a baker? You can still make this sugar & spice candied nut mix for gift-giving. Tossed in sugar and spices, this holiday nut recipe is a great gift to give or to share at your holiday dessert table.

Not everyone is a baker and that is why I wanted to share with you an easy sugar & spice candied nut mix that you can pull together for your holiday giving that is as impressive as any holiday cookie.

Making your own flavored nut mixes might not be something you have considered for the holidays, but once you try this delicious nut mix, you will have a hard time giving these sugared and spiced nut mixes away.

Tossing Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts With Egg Whites

For many years, I was embarrassed about my lack of baking skills. Despite taking courses on baking and cake decorating, I never could master the art making baked treats.

What changed though was my perception of my cooking skills after watching those early episodes of Rachael Ray.

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While Rachael Ray could make an incredible breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, brinner, etc.., she ALWAYS defaulted to store-bought dessert hacks and prepared doughs for making her desserts.

It helped ME to realize that just because you don’t bake doesn’t mean you aren’t an incredible cook.

Baking requires exact ingredients, weighing, and doing thoughtful baking practices (like sifting flour).

Cooking though is measured with my heart. I can test flavors, and taste-test as I go, adding and taking away as I cook.

I think the biggest challenge, for me, has been translating those recipes for you.

I mean, how do you say, add the salt until it tastes right on your tongue?


Let’s move on to this delicious recipe that you ABSOLUTELY can taste test until you get the perfect balance of sweet, salty, or even spicy.

Here are a few questions that get asked often on this recipe.

Sugar & Spice Candied Nuts After Baking Sugar & Spice Candied Nut Mix Adding Kosher Salt

Where is The Best Place to Buy Nuts for Gifts?

Let’s be honest, nuts aren’t the cheapest gift to give so I recommend shopping around for the best prices.

If you have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club, you can buy these ingredients in bulk to save on your cost per pound.

I also found this Reddit thread on where to buy the cheapest nuts and thought it had some incredible suggestions that I wouldn’t have thought of.

What Are the Best Nuts for a Holiday Nut Mix?

You can choose any combination of mixed nuts that you might love or just keep things simple and roast only your absolute favorite. In this recipe, I’m just using three of my favorites- pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

You can definitely use your own favorite combination for your sugar and spice nuts.

My favorite variety of nuts include pecans, almonds, and walnuts.

These nuts are then tossed with an egg white, water, sugar and some of my favorite holiday spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and allspice.

Once you pull them hot out of the oven, I sprinkle liberally with kosher salt to add that sweet and salty combination

I love so much in everything from my salted caramel mochas to my dark chocolate & sea salt brownies. The salt really adds to the flavors and helps make these even more addictive.

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How Do I Package Nuts for Gift-Giving?

This time of year, the craft stores are loaded with food packaging for your gifts. I love to check the seasonal aisles in Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Jo-Ann Fabrics.

The important thing is that they are airtight, especially if you are giving a large amount as a gift. While these paper boxes make a cute display, an inexpensive tin or even recycling nut tins will keep your treat fresher longer.

To make the most of your recycled container, consider wrapping it with festive gift wrap or scrapbooking paper to make it more unique.

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Don’t have a lot of money in the budget? No worries at all!

Did you know that you can order items IN BULK from the Dollar Store?

This shop usually has a TON of great packaging solutions for just one dollar.

Target’s Dollar Spot might also be a great option, if you have on a budget.

Can I also remind you how IMPORTANT it is to have this app on your phone when visiting your craft stores? It costs nothing and it gives you cash back on all your purchases. Here’s $10 to get you started ASAP.

Not only does this make a good amount for sharing, you can easily double the recipe.

Package these nut mixes up in a pretty box tied with ribbon.

I actually found these little Wilton boxes at our local grocery store, but I am sure they have something similar at your favorite craft store.

I lined the interior of them with a little tissue paper and finished them with satin ribbon.


Sugar & Spice Nut Mix
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
An easy nut mixture to create from spices in your pantry and perfect for your holiday snacking or giving.
  • ¾ cup sugar (you can use white or brown sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • 2 cups pecans, halves
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • Optional: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to make these into sweet & spicy nuts.
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the beaten egg white, sugar, and all of your spices (except the salt).
  3. Add the nuts and toss until evenly coated. Make sure to stir to coat each individual piece well.
  4. Spread nuts in a single layer, evenly, onto a greased or lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Spread out on parchment paper and sprinkle, while still hot, liberally with coarse salt.
  7. Package for your gift-giving needs.

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Gingerbread Biscotti Step-By-Step Tutorial

Monday, November 18th, 2019

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Did you know how easy it is to make biscotti? This great recipe shows you how to make this gingerbread biscotti treat that is perfect for dunking in a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Get the step-by-step tutorial and printable recipe on the blog today!

One of my favorite gifts to give is homemade biscotti.

This gingerbread biscotti is the perfect gift to give for the holidays or to share in this year’s cookie exchange.

Biscotti seems like a really difficult treat to make, but it is just as easy as making a regular batch of cookies.

The biggest difference is that you bake these treats twice to get a cookie with crunch.

Gingerbread Biscotti with a Cup of Coffee

What Are Biscotti?

Biscotti are an Italian twice-baked cookie.

You begin by baking these tasty treats in a loaf, then slicing with a serrated knife, and finish them with a second round of baking.

This yields a dry, crunchy oblong cookie that is perfect for dunking!

Are Biscotti Gluten-Free?

Many of our readers need to eat gluten-free so this is one of our most commonly asked questions. Biscotti are made with flour (this recipe is made with all-purpose and wheat flour) so biscotti are NOT gluten-free.

How Can I Make Biscotti Gluten- Free?

Substitutions for all-purpose flour in this recipe can be made by using oat flour instead. Here is a recipe for gluten-free gingerbread biscotti that may cater to your dietary needs more.

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Where Do I Find Molasses In My Grocery Store?

I can admit, the first time I started making gingerbread-flavored items, I had NO CLUE where to find molasses in my grocery store.

Is molasses in the cereal aisle with the pancake mixes or is it in the baking supplies aisle?

If you are lost too, I would suggest you check both aisles. While I have found it in my baking supplies aisle, some stores do carry it in their breakfast aisle.

Don’t think of it as only being stocked near the sugar either. This can be found randomly down by spices or even near the puddings.

Don’t want to hit your grocery store? Check here and order online instead.

How to Make Gingerbread Biscotti

This Gingerbread Biscotti is filled with all of the gingerbread flavors you love.

To achieve this flavor, we mix molasses, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon into our batter.

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Start checking these after twenty minutes (on your first bake time) and don’t leave them neglected after that point or you may have some burnt biscotti on your hands!

After baking these, for the first time, you will slice them with a sharp knife (serrated is a great option).

You should note that you start with a higher temperature, on the first baking, and then you reduce the oven temperature for the second round of baking.

Gingerbread Biscotti Baked a Second Time

Once they are sliced, you will spread them out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 

Bake them again.

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After finishing the second round of baking, allow these to cool completely on a wire rack before drizzling with glaze.

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These can be packaged in festive treat bags with a little ribbon and would make a cute accompaniment to a favorite homemade drink mix, coffee, or the makings of a coffee gift basket with my homemade peppermint syrup or gingerbread syrup for easy homemade lattes.

However you package it, solo or in a basket, I guarantee that this recipe will be a hit for your holiday giving and baking!

Gingerbread Biscotti
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4 dozen
A sweet and simple gingerbread biscotti recipe that is perfect for your holiday gift-giving!
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ tablespoons ground ginger
  • ¾ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • For Glaze: ½ cup confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk or light cream
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar, eggs, and molasses. In another bowl, combine flours, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix into egg mixture to form a stiff dough (depending on your humidity, the dough may be sticky).
  3. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a roll the length of the cookie.
  4. Place rolls on lined cookie sheet, and pat down to flatten the dough to ½ inch wide thickness.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON IT as it will go from done to burnt quickly.
  6. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
  7. When cool enough to touch, move over to a cutting board and cut into ½ inch thick diagonal slices.
  8. Place sliced biscotti on cookie sheet, and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until toasted and crispy. If the biscotti already looks a little "too" crispy, you can decrease your oven temperature to 275 degrees and bake for 7-10 minutes instead.
  9. Let cool.
  10. In a small bowl mix together the confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and milk until it is incorporated. Using a small spoon, drizzle back and forth your glaze over the biscotti. Allow the icing to harden before packaging.

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Make-Ahead: Brandied Orange & Cranberry Sauce

Monday, November 11th, 2019

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Make your own cranberry sauce ahead of the big dinner with this easy recipe. Fresh cranberries, oranges and brandy make this super easy recipe delicious and the perfect match for your turkey! It freezes beautifully for make-ahead dish!


Certain aspects of Thanksgiving preparation seem intimidating to me.

Making a homemade cranberry sauce was one of those things.

This recipe for Brandied Orange & Cranberry Sauce though was so easy to create and so delicious that I can’t imagine buying the canned variety again.

The holidays seemed like the perfect time to tackle making my own cranberry sauce.


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All of the flavor in this dish comes from, of course, the use of fresh cranberries and the zest and juice from fresh oranges.

You need a microplane (can be found at just about any kitchen supplies store) to achieve the finest orange zest to be incorporated throughout the dish.

The most time-consuming process about this sauce is the zesting and squeezing of your fresh oranges.

I promise that it will be worth it!

The other key component with this sauce is a tablespoon of brandy.

I tasted the sauce without the brandy and then I tasted the sauce after the brandy and the difference is substantial and worth the extra splurge.

An entire bottle of brandy costs about $6 and I incorporate this in everything from quick pan sauces for meats to my favorite slow cooker lemon chicken recipe to my fresh blueberry sangria lemonade.



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You want to cook this sauce until the berries have popped and the sauce begins to thicken.

 After the full cooking time I have listed, you may believe your sauce is still too thin and watery.

Do not worry!  

Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to come down to room temperature.  

A beautiful discovery will be found when you check back in your pot and realize that your sauce is thick and rich, just like you had always envisioned.

You see, cranberries have their own natural pectin (who knew?) that allows the cranberry sauce to thicken.

In fact, cranberries are one of the highest pectin containing fruits.


Brandied Orange Cranberry Sauce



This cranberry sauce recipe is a great make-ahead dish that you can start preparing now for your big day.

Once your sauce has cooled, you can place it in your freezer to save for the big day!

Just place your sauce either double-bagged in freezer bags and label or in a freezer-safe container.

I would pull it out a few days before the big day or for a quicker idea for thawing, place the freezer bag of sauce in a bowl of warm water for an hour, or until it has thawed. 

Any leftover sauce can be used to dress up your turkey sandwiches!

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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Holiday
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Once you make this cranberry sauce, you will never buy the canned variety again. Make this dish ahead & freeze for your Thanksgiving meal.
  • ⅓ cup orange zest (approximately the zest from four oranges)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ⅔ cup orange juice (I used the juice from four oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups cranberries
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  1. In a small pan over medium heat, combine the orange zest and water. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain, reserving zest and ⅓ cup liquid.
  2. To the reserved liquid, add the sugar, cinnamon, orange juice and lemon juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes uncovered, stirring often.
  3. Add cranberries; increase heat to medium-high and boil for about 30 minutes. The cranberries should pop and the sauce will be slightly thickened. Once cooled, the sauce will be much thicker (don't worry!)
  4. Remove from heat, stir in brandy.
  5. See above for directions on freezing or store in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.



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Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

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A completely fresh green bean casserole recipe that can be made-ahead and frozen for your Holiday feast. Once you try this fresh take on everyone’s favorite side dish, you’ll never go back to the canned type again! You can make this casserole gluten-free thanks to this smart recipe!

Have you been following along with our make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes? Today I wanted to share with you a make-ahead green bean casserole made with only the freshest ingredients.

The best part?

This one can be frozen and stored in your freezer for the big day.

I wanted to share my make-ahead meal preparation strategies for getting my Thanksgiving dinner on the table with less stress. As we all know, the more that we get done early, the more we can really enjoy the holiday with our family.

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Green Bean Casserole is one of those dishes that our family absolutely loves. I really wanted to create a dish thought that didn’t rely completely on canned food ingredients and instead upon fresh ones.

Most of us grew up on the casserole that contained canned mushrooms, green beans (frozen green beans, if you are fancy), and a can of french fried onions.

Since we have been adding more fresh dishes to our holiday menu, I thought I’d improve on this basic casserole.

In this green bean casserole recipe, fresh green beans and mushrooms are tossed in a delicious cream sauce.

The casserole is then finished with a blend of french fried onions with buttery panko. This, truly, makes the ultimate crunch topping.

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How to Make This Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole Recipe

To prep this dish ahead, I purchased some inexpensive foil pans and to make sure that there is no leaking from the lid. If you are preparing right away, you can just add the bean mixture to a casserole dish instead.

On the lid, I jotted down the instructions for the big day.

The panko & onion topping was poured into a baggie and placed in my pantry so it doesn’t get soggy in the freezer.

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The difference between the cream of mushroom soup canned casserole versus the fresh casserole is amazingly different.

The green beans are crispy, the mushroom cream sauce is rich and creamy, and the panko topping adds a crispy crunch.

Although this dish is far more time consuming than a canned casserole, one bite will tell you why it is worth the effort. As soon as I tasted my first bite, I knew that I would never go back to the canned casserole again.

Here are a few commonly asked questions about this make-ahead green bean casserole!

Where Can I Locate Panko in My Grocery Store?

Have you used panko before?

It really is one of my favorite items to bread and top dishes with.

Panko is a Japanese bread crumb that is light in texture and offers a coarse crumb texture to your breading.

Panko is made from wheat bread, but has a surprisingly golden color that looks just like that golden color and texture you love from your fried dishes.

While it may sound a little more exotic than our good old breadcrumbs, these are actually available at our local Walmart.

They often have these in two spots in the store- the Asian food section or the baking aisle.

I found the ones in the baking aisle were about twenty cents cheaper so I grabbed them over there. A box of these was about $2 so they are very inexpensive, but can add a lot of crunch to your dishes that you will soon become addicted to.

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I’m Gluten-Free. Do You Have Suggestions On How to Make Green Bean Casserole Gluten-free?

Lucky for you, so am I! This make-ahead green bean casserole can be made gluten-free. Substitute the all purpose flour with this great cup-for-cup substitute.

I have linked to the most affordable flour option that I can because I know how expensive being gluten-free can be. If you use this link, it should take an additional 25% off your order.

They also make gluten-free panko (YAY!) and I found this shop had the best price on it for this dish.

I have found gluten-free french fried onions at our local ALDI. This ingredient is always available around the holidays so stock up when you see it!

Want to save even more on your holiday ingredients? I HIGHLY recommend checking out Rakuten because you will get an additional percentage back AND it grabs the coupons for you!

Do You Have Any Suggestions on What Type of Containers Work Well for Freezing My Dishes?

Honestly, I would suggest checking out your local dollar store and stocking upon their disposable foil containers for the holidays.

You can’t beat $1 per item, can you?

They are, admittedly, flimsy. If you are looking for something more durable, try this option.

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Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole
Recipe type: Casserole
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Serves: 10-12
A completely fresh green bean casserole that can be made-ahead for your Thanksgiving feast. Once you try this fresh take on this casserole, you'll never go back to the canned type again!
  • ½ cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups canned fried onions (about 6 oz.)
  • 2 lbs green beans, ends trimmed and halved
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lb sliced white button mushrooms
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  1. In a small bowl, mix together panko and fried onions with two tablespoons of olive oil (or melted butter). Set aside.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add two tablespoons of salt and the green beans. Cook beans until bright green and crisp-tender, for about 6 minutes.
  3. Drain beans in colander and plunge into ice water to stop cooking. Set aside.
  4. Add butter to your now-empty pot and melt over medium-high heat until foaming subsides.
  5. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper them.
  6. Add the garlic next. Make sure to watch this so that it doesn’t burn.
  7. Cook this mixture until mushrooms release moisture and liquid evaporates, about 6 minutes.
  8. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Add cream, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced to 3½ cups, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Add green beans to sauce and stir until evenly coated. Arrange in even layer in 3 quart (or 13 x 9") baking dish.
  10. Store your onion & panko topping in a baggie in your pantry. Freeze in a freezer-safe container or in a foil pan. Allow the casserole to thaw 1-3 days before your event, covered with plastic wrap.
  11. Heat the casserole in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Add the onion topping and bake for an additional 20 minutes. You want to bake this until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling on the edges.
Follow the instructions within the post to make this a gluten-free green bean casserole

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Buttery Dinner Rolls in the Bread Machine

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make these buttery bread machine rolls in your bread machine. This is our favorite holiday roll, served up with melted butter and garnished with dried herbs. Add this super easy bread machine roll to your menu today.

Today I am sharing a foolproof bread machine roll that is perfect to make and freeze for the holiday season.

If you are looking for the perfect dinner roll, I have the perfect recipe for you.

These buttery bread machine rolls are my go-to bread recipe for all of our holiday meals.

I also love that you can switch out the toppings on the rolls to make them savory or sweet.

Just take a peek in your cupboard or fridge to dream up your own flavor combo.

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The bread machine became my most relied upon tool when whipping up pizzas, cinnamon rolls, and fancy bread for my family.

Be sure to read read this Bread Machine 101 article for some background information on the purpose of this appliance.

If you don’t have a bread machine, check at yard sales or at your local thrift shop. My last three bread machines have all been found in places like these. They are often priced at around $15-20 used!

Be sure to check there when doing your shopping!

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There is just so much to love about this roll recipe.

First of all, it isn’t sticky or hard to work with at all.

Secondly, it is quick to shape.

Third, it rises like a dream.

And fourth, you can customize the rolls to your heart’s delight.

One year I added cinnamon butter on the side or have brushed the rolls with butter and a generous shake of cinnamon & sugar.

The rolls I baked tonight, for example, accompanied our weeknight chicken noodle soup. For this flavor combination, I brushed them with a little butter, salt, and dried rosemary for a yummy finish.

If you have never made rolls before, try making a practice batch for your Thanksgiving feast, like I have shown here.

One batch of rolls will yield about 15 rolls.

Freeze the rolls after shaping. The dinner rolls can be frozen for a month, and then pulled from the freezer the night before your big day.

Allow them to rise overnight then bake as directed.

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Here are a couple of commonly asked questions on this Buttery Dinner Rolls Bread Machine recipe!

What is a Bread Machine?

A bread making machine or bread maker is a home appliance for baking bread.

The bread machine is simple in its construction and consists of a bread pan (or “tin”), at the bottom. At the bottom of the tin are built-in paddles, mounted in the center of a small of the tin.

This little oven is controlled by a simple built-in computer, the settings for which are inputted on the control panel.

Most bread machines have different cycles for different kinds of dough. Typically, cycles include the following cycles: white bread, whole grain, French, and dough-only.

Many also have a timer to allow the bread machine to activate without you even being present.

How awesome is that?

Some of the older bread machines have just a handful of simple settings while newer models offer more advanced cycles like making jam or cake baking settings.

To be honest, I don’t use the fancy bread machine cycles and mostly use the Basic and Dough setting, which can be found on every machine.

The basic cycle is just the basic setting for making a loaf of bread.

The Dough cycle (that we are using here) just completes the kneading and rising of the dough. Once the dough cycle is complete, you can take the dough out and shape it into these simple dinner rolls.

What is the Difference Between Bread Flour and All- Purpose Flour?

The biggest difference is just protein content. Bread flour has more protein content than all-purpose, which helps with gluten development. Recipes, like this dinner roll, call for it when an especially chewy and elastic crumb is desired.

Since we want these to be more elastic in nature, we are using bread flour in this recipe.

If you don’t have bread flour on hand, you can substitute with all-purpose flour in a pinch. Honestly, I do think it makes a difference in the texture of the roll when you substitute with all-purpose flour. Bread flour yields less crumbs and has a more elastic texture, both qualities I love in a good roll.

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Serves: 15
A foolproof bread machine roll recipe that can be customized with whatever compliments your meal- sweet toppings, savory toppings, or flavored butters. Freeze these for the holidays and bask in the compliments when hosting your holiday feasts!
  • 1 cup milk (110 degrees F.)
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (you can substitute with all-purpose flour if needed)
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  1. Place all ingredients in (in order given) in bread pan of your bread machine.
  2. Select DOUGH setting and press start
  3. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly-floured surface.
  4. Shape into balls of dough and place in a greased baking pan to make the rolls.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
  6. If freezing, freeze now (for up to one month).
  7. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake in a regular oven approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Brush with butter and favorite blend of seasonings or herbs (optional)

These are so beautiful and so delicious. Don’t be surprised if they are the only thing everyone talks about at dinner!



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Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole make-ahead green bean casserole make-ahead mashed potatoes make-ahead mashed potatoes

make-ahead apple, sausage, and sage sourdough stuffing

Bacon, Apple, and Cornbread Stuffing from make-ahead bacon, apple, and cornbread gluten-free stuffing

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Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy (With VIDEO)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019


Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from

Did you know that is possible to make your gravy recipe early and freeze it for the holidays. This gravy hack can be done by using turkey (or chicken) wings for your base. You won’t believe how delicious this recipe!

I’m back with another make-ahead recipe for Thanksgiving Day today.

This week I am sharing a fantastic Make-Ahead Gravy recipe that you can have waiting in your freezer for the big day.

I am excited about this recipe because it provides, yet again, one more dish that you can create to make your day as stress-free as possible.

Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from



To begin this recipe and create the base, without the turkey, you can use chicken or turkey wings and add onions that you roast in your oven to make those magical drippings that you need to create the base of this gravy recipe.

I was not able to locate turkey wings at our market so I substituted with the always available chicken wings.

Don’t be surprised if your kitchen already smells like Thanksgiving with just the base of this recipe!


Be sure to scrap those delicious pan drippings up from your dutch oven or roasting pan. These stuck on bits are what make your dressing so rich and flavorful. They also add a rich golden brown hue to your gravy.

Add chopped carrots, celery, fresh herbs, turkey or chicken stock, and a little poultry seasoning, salt, and ground pepper. All these additions really help to round out the flavorings in this make-ahead dish.

Allow this to simmer, stirring occasionally, for one-and-a-half hours. Add the flour mixture to the gravy to thicken. After straining, you can whisk in the flour and cook whisking constantly.

When reheating, simply warm in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until warmed. I like to put mine in saucepan over medium high heat.

There you have it, an easy make-ahead gravy that makes eight cups of delicious gravy for the big day!

Note: This should yield approximately five cups of gravy!

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Make-Ahead Gravy
Recipe type: Side
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15-20
Don't panic about the gravy this year! Try this easy make-ahead gravy recipe that makes eight cups of gravy for your Thanksgiving feast.
  • 6 turkey or chicken wings
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespooons olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 quarts chicken broth, divided
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • 1-2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (leave on the stem and add to the pot)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange a single layer of turkey or chicken wings in a large roasting pan. Scatter the onions over the top of the wings. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for 1-1/4 hours or until wings are browned.
  2. Place browned wings and onions in a 5 quart stockpot. Add water to roasting pan and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the the water from the pan into the stockpot. Stir in 6 cups broth, carrot, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper (to taste). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Remove wings from the pot and place on a cutting board. When the wings are cool, pull off the skin and meat. Discard the skin and save the meat for another use. Strain contents of stockpot through a large strainer into a 3 quart saucepan. Press on the vegetables to extract any remaining liquid. Discard the vegetables and skim the fat off the liquid. Bring the contents of the pot to a gentle boil.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk flour into the remaining 2 cups chicken broth until smooth. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the simmering turkey broth; simmer 3-4 minutes or until the gravy has thickened. Stir in the butter and pepper. Serve immediately or pour into containers and refrigerate or freeze.



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Bacon, Apple, and Cornbread Stuffing from make-ahead bacon, apple, and cornbread gluten-free stuffing

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Make Ahead Holiday Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Freezer Recipe from

Get an early start on your Thanksgiving dinner with this easy freezer recipe for make-ahead mashed potatoes. This method worked perfectly to make creamy, delicious potatoes! You can even save your oven space and reheat in your crock pot.


Can you believe that is already time to start talking about prepping for Thanksgiving? 

Lucky for you (and me), I have so many incredible make-ahead freezer dishes to share with you for the holiday.

This recipe for Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes has been a huge favorite of mine over the years.

These make-ahead mashed potatoes create the creamiest potatoes that freeze beautifully and warm up easily in the slow cooker.

My number one tip for holiday party and dinner preparation is to make as much ahead of time that you possibly can for your holiday feasts.

This mashed potato recipe is the perfect example of something that I used to stress about for the holidays and it is so nice to know that you can have these tucked away and ready to for the big day.

No need to take up space on your stove to reheat these, they heat beautifully in the slow cooker and can even be doubled for a big crowd.

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Here are my dishes and recipes that I create in my kitchen now for holiday prep later.

These are all recipes that you can freeze or create before your big day that will be a huge time-saver for your holiday parties and meals.

I talk a lot about this in my book, “The Good Life For Less.” In fact, I have an entire chapter devoted towards saving money and making the holidays easier on your family.


Prep These Dishes Ahead


Pie Crust Tutorial

Pie Crusts (freeze in disks)



Buttery Bread Machine Rolls

Dinner Rolls 




Cinnamon Rolls

 Cinnamon Rolls



Pumpkin Cornbread




Pumpkin Bread



Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce



Butternut Squash soup

Butternut Soup With Toasted Pecans


Make ahead Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes (see recipe below)


Sugar & Spice Nut Mix

Snack or Nut Mixes


With all of these dishes prepped in your freezer, party planning and meal preparation just got a whole lot easier.

It leaves your time free to focus on preparing your home and the main dish for your holiday meals.

Be sure to give these make-ahead mashed potatoes a spin for your holiday feasting.

I guarantee that these potatoes will go fast, are stress-free, and a huge crowd-pleaser!


Make-ahead Mashed Potatoes



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Holiday Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Holiday
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-15
Make these crowd-pleasing mashed potatoes before your holiday meal and freeze them until the big day. Reheat in your slow cooker to save space in your oven.
  • 5 pounds of potatoes
  • 1 block (8 oz) of low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup low fat sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup milk (or more if desired)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • Paprika (optional)
  1. Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Throw the potatoes in a large pot filled with cold water.
  2. Cook for 25 minutes or until fork-tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and put them back into the hot pot. Add cream cheese, butter, milk, sour cream, and salt. Mash with a potato masher or use a hand mixer to whip the potatoes.
  4. Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and label.
  5. On Your Holiday Day: Put potatoes in the fridge 1-2 days before to allow them to completely thaw. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray and put potatoes in the slow cooker. Brush the top of the potatoes with a tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with paprika. Cook on low for two to four hours.
  6. Alternate cooking method- Bake the potatoes at 350 degrees for thirty to forty minutes or until completely hot.


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Best Instant Pot Wings Recipe

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019


Best Instant Pot Wings Recipe from

These Instant Pot chicken wings only require three ingredients and five minutes of pressure cooking until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. Try this Instant Pot Recipe today!

I am so excited to start showcasing more recipes on the site and one BIG request I got from readers was for more easy Instant Pot recipes. 

It seems I talked many of you into buying one of these appliances on a Black Friday sale and then dropped the ball on giving you ideas for ways to use it. 

That’s really nice, huh?

In all honesty, three ingredient recipes have been on repeat in our house especially these easy ribs (one of our most pinned recipes on the site) and these pulled pork sandwiches

It seems when I get a formula down, with my cooking, I just keep repeating it. 

As tailgating season is approaching, I wanted to show how you can cook the chicken wings in your Instant Pot in just about 30 minutes or so. 

Best Instant Pot Wings Recipe

Best Steamer Basket for the Instant Pot

xoxo steamer basket for instant pot shop this steamer basket for your Instant Pot- you will love the handle on this for removal!

Although I don’t get sucked into the gadget game very often, I have found this steamer basket to be invaluable for cooking both my meat and my eggs. The basket fully holds what is inside and then can be lifted out by the center handle. I use it about once a week so I can confidently recommend this is a great addition to your kitchen arsenal.

When I first started blogging, I created a Honey Bourbon Chicken Wing recipe that I prepared in my slow cooker and I was so proud of my styling.
It was after this photo was posted that someone commented that they were surprised I didn’t, “trim my chicken wings.” 

How do I Trim Chicken Wings for My Instant Pot?

Trim the wings? 

I had no clue what that even meant. 

Wings weren’t something we ate in our house and I’m not the kind of girl who eats wings at a restaurant. It’s because I had no experience eating these that I didn’t know how to trim them for our family or what the wing was supposed to look like.

If you are still learning in the kitchen, I just want you to know that I’ve been learning right along with you. This wasn’t the first time I was wrong about the best way to prepare a dish and I really doubt that it will be the last. 

If you are looking for guidance on how to trim your wings for cooking, I found this tutorial very helpful for getting started. 

Best Instant Pot Wings from Once you have trimmed your wings, you are ready to toss them with salt and pepper. 

Next, you will add one cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot and rest your rack on top. Although I used water, I have also used chicken stock that has been leftover in my fridge. 

If you don’t have my rack, you can also use the rack that your pressure cooker came with. 

Rest the seasoned chicken on top of the rack, seal your Instant Pot, and then set the Instant Pot for High Pressure for 5 minutes. You will allow the Instant Pot to do a Natural Release for 5-10 minutes. 

natural pressure versus quick release diagram

What the Heck is Natural Release?

Not sure what the difference is between Natural Release and Quick Release? That’s okay! This appliance definitely comes with a learning curve. 

I found this diagram that should help visually explain the big differences between these two types of venting. 

When we are told to Quick Release our pressure cooker, that just means that you are going to turn that steam release handle (located on your lid) to the Vent position on top. This allows all the steam to come out fast and at once. 

When we do Natural Release though, we just allow our pot to cool a bit on its own and then after 10 minutes, the steam that is released will be much less and the float valve will drop naturally over time.

Keep in mind, this does not adjust cook times, but only the length of time you are waiting to start working on the next step in the recipe (our broiler finish!).

Remove wings from the pressure cooker and place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with tin foil and has a baking rack on top to allow the circulate underneath. 

With a basting brush, you can apply your favorite barbecue sauce or you can really spice them up with buffalo sauce or hot sauce. Since our family is wimpy-wimpy-wimpy, we stick to our Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Since the chicken wings are fully cooked, you will not need to bake chicken wings ahead of time. Instead of deep frying these, we rely on the less messy and lower calorie option of just broiling the wings for about five minutes on each side.

I also love any dish that doesn’t require me to shred the chicken for preparation. Once you slide these out of the broiler, you are ready for dipping and eating these.

Please do keep your eyes on the oven though because they can burn on top if they aren’t carefully watched and may need adjusting during the broiling.  

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Once these are done, slide them into a serving bowl and pair with your favorite dipping sauce. 

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do and I’m thinking it is going to be the perfect recipe to tailgate with. I can imagine preparing a batch of these in my pressure cooker and then throwing them into my slow cooker to keep warm for game days.  

This isn’t the only Instant Pot recipe that I’ll be sharing this month though. I’m also looking forward to sharing a pot roast pressure cooker recipe that I perfected that I just know you will want to add it to your menu planner too. 

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Best Instant Pot Wings Recipe

Best Instant Pot Wings Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 pounds
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 cup water (or chicken broth)
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Trim your chicken wings by following the instructions that I linked to above. Once trimmed, toss with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour water (or chicken broth) in the bottom, place the steaming rack inside, and finish by putting your chicken wings within the rack.
  3. Lock the lid, select High Pressure and adjust to 5 minutes.
  4. While the wings are cooking, prepare a baking sheet with tin foil and a baking rack that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Pour your sauce you will be using into a bowl, to baste on your chicken.
  5. Allow the pressure cooker to come to a natural release (I give it about 10 minutes) after the timer beeps, release the steam valve and then place the wings on foil-lined baking sheet.
  6. Broil the wings for 4-5 minutes (watching carefully to prevent charring). Flip the chicken wings over and brush the other side with barbecue sauce. Broil that side again for 3-4 minutes. Place on platter and serve with your favorite dipping sauce or additional barbecue sauce.



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Gluten-Free Meatball Sub Bites from try these gluten-free meatball sub bites

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Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Do you love pumpkin recipes and are on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free recipe to share for the holidays? Add this spiced pumpkin bread to your cooking agenda today! 

It has been surprisingly cool already here in the Midwest. As soon as those temperatures dip, this girl is ready with a few cans of pumpkin. If you are as excited as I am, you are really going to enjoy the blog this month because I tend to go ALL THINGS PUMPKIN in the kitchen.

Last Fall, I finally perfected a gluten-free pumpkin bread that I have held on to share with you until this year. I have tested this recipe on friends and family and NO ONE ever suspects that this quick bread doesn’t contain gluten.

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe buy this pan for an impressive loaf

To spice up my infatuation for pumpkin  even more, I decided to snag this beautiful pumpkin bread pan for my holiday baking. This  created such a beautiful loaf that my family, honestly, hesitated to eat it. 

They never suspected that it requires exactly the same amount of effort as a regular standard loaf. 

I was, in fact,  so tired from making this beautiful artisan loaf that they volunteered to clean the dishes. 

I love the trickery that I get away with around here.

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe flashback to our pumpkin patch days- how did my kids get so big?

Back in my early days of blogging, I helped write food and craft content for Kenmore for over eight years. There were many intimidating things I had to try as their spokesperson that really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Filming a YouTube contest for them (and receiving the YouTube feedback- OUCH!) was one of those challenging things I did for the brand. 

The other? 

It was working their kitchen booth at an American Baby convention.

I was asked to create and share a few of our family recipes, to be created for the thousands of attendees that would be at the event. 

Not only would I be making food for thousands, I also was supposed to hand out recipe cards with my picture and website on them to let them know who I was.

Those weeks leading up to the event had me in an absolute panic. 

You see, I thought they were asking ME if I would make all the bread for everyone and I had never cooked for more than twenty people. 

I laid awake all night trying to think about how this would be done in their kitchen booth space and how awful it would be if my recipe didn’t turn out. 

I am not kidding that I was CRYING about PUMPKIN BREAD for weeks.

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe I, nervously, arrived that morning, prepared to give all the attendees food poisoning and bad bread.  

As we prepared the booth space, I admitted to someone in marketing that this would be my first time cooking for so many people and that is when she started giggling.

“Amy, you aren’t making the bread for everyone. You couldn’t possibly make that much, not to mention, we don’t want anyone to get sick.” 

Hahaha. LOL. 

To my surprise, they had sent all my recipes to be prepared in a commercial kitchen by legit chefs. 

My REAL role was just to stand there, show them how to mix the ingredients, give samples, and distribute recipe cards.

Now that’s something that I could do. 

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

You know that whole, “Fake it until you make it,” stuff that they say you should do in business? 

It just goes to show that maybe you shouldn’t always sell something you can’t really do.

They did allow me to bake a couple of loaves though to hopefully lure people down to our booth space. It was amazing  how many people started traveling to our booth because the smell of the pumpkin and spices were so darn enticing in that huge space.

I’m not sure if milkshakes really do bring all the boys to the yard.

It could just be this pumpkin bread.

Now that you have heard my horrifyingly embarrassing story, let’s talk about some frequently asked questions that you might have about making your first batch of gluten-free pumpkin bread.

Don’t worry, this recipe is so much easier than you think!

How to Make My Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Best Gluten-Free Flour for Baking the gluten-free flour mix that I swear by

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

How Do You Make Gluten-Free Quick Breads?

In all seriousness, I swear by this baking flour as the perfect cup-for-cup substitution for your all-purpose flour. Typically, I find the texture of many flours to be gritty and a little off-putting. 

Can you mix up your own gluten-free flour mix?

Of course, you can.

I have to admit that I’m one of those moms that just hasn’t made time for it, especially since discovering how good this flour works in many of my recipes. 

I have not had a recipe fail on me yet with this flour blend.

The best part is that it does not contain the xanthan gum so you have more control over this addition when tackling all of your baking.

This dairy-free loaf gets its brown hue from the combination of pumpkin pie spice and ground cloves. 

You may notice the loaf in the fancy pan looks darker than the standard loaf. This is simply because the loaf has been inverted and you are seeing the bottom on the decorative loaf! 

Don’t have any pumpkin pie spice in the pantry? No worries at all! You can snag a recipe to mix up your own pumpkin pie spice from the spices you have in your cabinet

The bread has been sweetened with granulated sugar (rather than brown sugar) although you could sweeten it up with a handful of chocolate chips or some coarsely chopped walnuts to try out different flavors. 

Pour your batter into prepared loaf pans (sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment paper so you can remove them from the pan easily). 

Be sure to allow these to cool completely (room temperature) so that your loaf holds together. Gluten-free baked goods have a tendency to fall apart easily if they haven’t been allowed to cool completely. 

Despite these two loaves being in entirely different pans, they both took the same amount of time to cook.

If you are concerned if the middle is done though, be sure to test it. The best way to check (without damaging your loaf) is to have a toothpick inserted to poke the center. If it comes out with batter on it, you will need to cook it a little longer! 

What Type of Pumpkin Do I Use- I Get Confused at the Grocery Store?

One of the biggest mistakes I made, when first starting to cook with pumpkin, is picking up the wrong type of pumpkin at the grocery store. If you see a can that says, “Pumpkin Pie Mix,” (it looks like this), you do not want this type of pumpkin for your baking. 

Pumpkin Pie Mix is intended to just be mixed with milk and eggs to create pumpkin pies really fast. Lucky for you, you don’t need anything like that because you have this recipe in your back pocket.

Instead, you are looking for canned pumpkin (that will look like this) because it is ONLY pumpkin and allows you to add in your own sugar and spices to create your dishes. 

As you can see, the labels are almost identical and this can really throw people off when they are shopping for their recipes. 

What Else Can I Use Canned Pumpkin For?

I mean, what *can’t* you use pumpkin for? Our family loves pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chili, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin lattes, and even pumpkin pasta.

If that isn’t enough recipes for you? I can’t wait to share more this month!

Why Is It Even Called a Quick Bread?

Quick breads come together…well, quickly. The reason they are called this though is because these batters can be mixed up and then baked immediately, thanks to the addition of ingredients like baking soda and baking powder. 

Basically, if the ingredients don’t include yeast and a rise time, they are often referred to as quick breads. It’s not limited to bread recipes like banana, zucchini, or pumpkin breads though. It can also include muffins, cornbread, or quick rolls (like drop biscuits). 

Erin Waynick

I Don’t Need to Be Gluten-Free. How Can I Make This Bread and Retain That Gluten?

Well, aren’t you lucky?

This recipe is so easy to convert because the only gluten-free substitution we are making is the cup-for-cup flour substitution. If you don’t need to make this substitution, just make it with regular ol’ all-purpose flour. 

What is the Best Way to Store My Quick Breads?

Do you need to store the loaf if you ate the whole thing in one sitting?

I’m asking for a friend.

Should you have any pumpkin bread leftover, I have found a good airtight container is good to have in your arsenal. I found mine at our local Home Goods. These discount retail shops are a great place to shop for food storage solutions.

Remember, this does yield two loaves so you can always store your second loaf (or share it with a friend) 

What is the Best Way to Freeze Quick Breads?

You can freeze your loaves after they have cooled, to be enjoyed later. If you want to freeze them, I like to wrap them in a layer of plastic wrap, a layer of tin foil, and then place these loaves in an airtight freezer bag. 

Make sure to clearly label the bread as well as the date that you froze it. These loaves can be frozen for up to six months! It makes this recipe a perfect one to prepare and share for the holidays. 

How Long Should I Cook it If I Do This Pumpkin Bread in Mini Loaves?

Mini loaves are such a great way to share bread with others. Just look at how many loaves you can make with this pan!  They also make great hostess gifts. Although there is no “perfect” amount of time necessarily (because it depends on the type/size of the pans), I did find this advice very helpful for making time adjustments.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of today’s recipe and am looking forward to sharing more fun pumpkin recipes in the upcoming weeks! 


Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 loaves
Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe from This gluten-free flour makes gluten-free baking a cinch. Learn how you can spice up this loaf with chocolate chips or nuts for your own unique pumpkin combination. Storage tips for quick breads, how to pick the right canned pumpkin, and ideas for making creative loaves with bakeware are all included in this step-by-step post.
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin (read which pumpkin to buy at your local grocer in the post above)
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour (I recommend this brand for best results- I am always sad to hear when people attempt substituting and don't achieve the best results)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (I have even been known to throw in 3 if I’m wanting those spices to be a little bolder)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans (I recommend this pan for best results or this pan to make the pretty loaf I have featured).
  2. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend.
  3. Mix in eggs and pumpkin.
  4. Sift flour, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts or mini-chocolate chips (1 cup) if desired.
  5. Divide batter equally between prepared pans.
  6. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes.
  8. Using sharp knife, cut around the edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.


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Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe 5-ingredient gluten-free pizza dough recipe

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Gluten-Free Orange Chicken gluten-free orange chicken recipe

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28 Instant Pot Soup and Stew Recipes for the Soup Season

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Is it getting cooler where you live? I have to admit, this week was a bit of a shocker to my system with the temperatures dropping so quickly in Indiana. I have been hibernating this week and implementing ALL the strategies already for the cooler months.

One of my strategies I haven’t mentioned though is a weekly pot of soup that can save me from cooking a couple of nights a week AND for keeping us warm in the evenings.

Now that soup season is in FULL SWING, I thought I would share a gathering of Instant Pot soups that are my radar for my menu plans.

If you haven’t put an Instant Pot on your list of kitchen must-haves, I bet you will after seeing how quickly and easily you can pull together a pot of soup to enjoy all week long.

Last week I shared a recipe with you, but I also shared two gadgets that I think every Instant Pot fan will love, especially for your soup seasons!

The first is this type of lid that will make it easier to serve and reheat your soups for family meals.

There is nothing more awkward than trying to open and shut the sealing lid, amiright?

The other thing I absolutely love is this gadget that allows you to store your soup right in the pot in your fridge without any messes or spills.

If you can’t wait to get your pot back for the next meal though, many people also purchase additional inserts so that they can store a soup for their week as well as continue keeping the Instant Pot dishes in their rotation.

You can bet that an additional insert is on MY Christmas list this year.

And while we are on the topic of gadgets, if you haven’t bought one of these yet, it is a workhorse in our kitchen.

I, honestly, can’t imagine making soups or sauces without it…not to mention all that frothing of milk for my lattes at home.

I promise, I only recommend what I really love and TRULY use in our kitchen.

Speaking of what I love…how about some new recipes for your menu plan?

Here are 28 Instant Pot Soup & Stew recipes that I can’t wait to make this Fall & Winter!

instant pot gluten-free broccoli & cheddar

pressure cooker italian chicken soup

instant pot potato soup

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What is your favorite soup to make in your pressure cooker?


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