Happy Baby Happy Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products . All opinions are 100% mine.

Obviously, I like to cook, so I knew I wanted to make baby food. We started with avocado just before six months and have been trying new foods ever since. Along with the avocado, our peditrician wanted us to try baby cereal or oatmeal. After hearing that, I went home and started my research. I read blogs, forums, articles, and websites weighing the pros and cons on each brand. I knew I wanted something organic, something with added health benefits, and something with real ingredients – not chemicals. I picked Happy Bellies Oatmeal Cereal and have been hooked on the brand since. I even drove to three Targets to find it because it was sold out at each one I tried!

Happy Baby | Happy Holidays - Starting Solids with Happy Family Foods | Persnickety Plates

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Chocolate Mocha Swirl Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Chocolate Mocha Swirl Cookies

 Chocolate and mocha swirled together in a pretty pinwheel cookie. It’s time for the 3rd annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap! Julie of White Lights on Wednesday puts the swap together each year and I’ve had fun each time. The first year I made Fiesta Fudge Cookies and last year I made French Sables Korova Cookies.

Christmasdoodles - the classic snickerdoodle made festive with red & green sugar! | Persnickety Plates

Christmasdoodles aka Christmas Snickerdoodles

A classic snickerdoodle but red and green sugar give them a festive twist. It’s time for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap reveal! This was my second year participating and I think I had even more fun this year.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread | Persnickety Plates

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own.  Not much is better than fresh baked bread. Especially this light and flavorful Rosemary Olive Oil Bread.

Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup!) - perfect for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish! | Persnickety Plates

Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup) + Baby’s Dream Giveaway

Green Bean Casserole without the canned soup! Great for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish. Two things before we get started with today’s recipe. First – Thanksgiving is in three days. Holy cow. I’m very much looking forward to my favorite holiday and the 2.5 day workweek that comes with it. Second –…

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Super simple, semi-homemade, Spinach Ravioli Lasagna | Persnickety Plates

Quick & Easy Spinach Ravioli Lasagna

It doesn’t get easier than this semi-homemade Spinach Ravioli Lasagna! You guys. Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Did it sneak up on you as much as it did me? If you’re busy with menu planning and holiday prep, this idea for dinner doesn’t get any easier.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugared Candied Almonds - better than the mall! | Persnickety Plates

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Candied Almonds

Sweet and crunchy cinnamon sugar candied almonds just like you get from the mall or a festival but made right in your slow cooker! Over the weekend I was browsing through Pinterest and saw this recipe in my feed. I had other things to do but I knew I wanted to try it out immediately….

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Old Fashioned Plain Oatmeal Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

 Why buy oatmeal cookies from the store when you make these beauties right at home? The other night my husband mentioned that the next time he goes to the grocery store he wanted to pick up some Archway oatmeal cookies. Um, does he not know me at all? I love making cookies. Why would he…

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Quick & easy Baked Chicken Fajitas | Persnickety Plates

Baked Chicken Fajitas

Quick & easy baked chicken fajitas. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

Outback Steakhouse Grand Opening & Charity Event – Livonia, MI

Outback Steakhouse Grand Opening & Charity Event – Livonia, MI {& giveaway!}

Outback Steakhouse is getting ready to open their newest location in Livonia, Michigan on November, 12, 2014. To celebrate the grand opening and show support for the community, Outback is inviting locals to join them for a Charity Day benefiting the Livonia Chapter of the American Cancer Society. On November 17th, a portion of all sales…

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Apple Donut Mini Muffins

Bite sized mini muffins that taste just like cider mill cinnamon-sugar donuts! One of my favorite parts of fall is going to the cider mill. I feel sorry for you if you don’t have them in your part of the world. You get warm cinnamon-sugar donuts and cider slushes. I don’t even like cider, but…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, cake-like, pumpkin cookies filled with chocolate chips. I was walking through Trader Joe’s, getting fruits & veggies to make baby food, when I saw the canned pumpkin. Like everything at Trader Joe’s, the packaging made me want to buy it. So I did. (it doesn’t take much) I was also swayed by the Honeycrisp…

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Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Chunks of apple and swirls of cinnamon in this quick bread that doesn’t even need a mixer!

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