Maple walnut rum fudge

November may be over soon, but that doesn’t mean that holiday treats are taking a back seat. Next up is December… which is loaded with epic holiday food – especially desserts.

I don’t prepare any big holiday dinners in December like I do for Thanksgiving, but I DO make a TON of Christmas cookies, cakes, bars, and fudge.

This is one of my favorite fudge recipes – it’s quick, simple, and blends fall flavors with winter flavors beautifully. This is always a big hit with my family, and its sure to be one with yours, too.

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Turkey pot pie casserole

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you hosted the holiday like we did, you definitely have leftovers. Don’t get me wrong – Thanksgiving leftovers are definitely a joy – but sometimes leftover turkey can get dry and boring. This version of turkey pot pie keeps the meat juicy, and the addition of roasted veggies packs some flavor and heartiness.

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Semi-homemade apple cake

Fall is the ideal time for apple recipes.

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, this recipe certainly comes in handy. From start to finish, this super-simple apple cake only takes around 35 minutes to prepare and tastes REALLY good.

It also makes a perfect day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast  😉

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Autumn squash soup

A chilly fall day calls for a hot bowl of homemade soup.

Squash is abundant in all the grocery stores, and butternut squash is one of my favorite varieties. I have made this soup before with roasted butternut squash as well as roasted acorn squash, but this time I used yellow squash instead. All three taste fabulous in this versatile recipe.

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Scallion & cheddar mashed potatoes – a crockpot recipe

Brrrrrrrrr…

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s friggin’ cold here in New York.

Cold weather means hot drinks, roomy sweatshirts, the holidays, and most importantly… comfort food. And what’s more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potatoes?!

Oh… REALLY EASY & CHEESY mashed potatoes. That’s right… I make these right in the crockpot, and they require VERY little work. These are perfect as a Thanksgiving side because we all know you’ll be too busy cooking the bird & other fixings to worry about some mashed taters…

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A double feature – Pumpkin “pie” fudge loaf AND Pumpkin spice walnut muffins

If you like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and healthy desserts – these are for you.

The first recipe is for a very moist and fudgey pumpkin bread. It has a consistency similar to pumpkin pie, with a bit of a cakey texture. It’s absolutely delicious while managing to also be low in sugar, dairy free, and egg free. Toast some up at breakfast or serve it with a dollop of cool whip at dessert – either way, you win.

The second recipe is for the EASIEST pumpkin spice muffins you could ever make. It’s literally 3 ingredients, including the walnuts I added (which are completely optional by the way).

This Basic B knows what’s up.

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Apple cinnamon pork chops

Everyone knows that pork chops and applesauce are a winning combination, and an epic comfort food duo.

I don’t have applesauce right now, but I do have a bunch of fresh apples ready for eating. Apples are a perfect autumn ingredient, and for once I’m not using them to make a dessert – they are also wonderful in savory dishes. Baking apples with sugar and spices will soften the fruit and create a wonderful caramelized syrup that would go perfectly with seasoned pork.

After trying this out, I realized I was 100% right. This is DELICIOUS. We ate our pork with french fries, but this would be even better with roasted (or mashed) sweet potatoes, a green salad, and some warm crusty bread. YUM!

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Sweet & chewy oat bars

I LOVE these oat bars. They’re ideal for a grab-and-go breakfast, a quick snack, or a healthier dessert.

The sweetness from the bananas and honey perfectly balance out the bitterness from the dark chocolate (or the tartness from the Craisins if you would like to go that route) and wonderfully complement the taste of peanut butter.

This recipe is already egg and dairy free, so if you wanted to make it completely vegan you can just substitute the honey with some maple syrup.

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