Cranberry Orange Muffins with Rosemary


I successfully hosted my very first Thanksgiving dinner this year! My mom and brother and his girlfriend made the 7 hour drive out to our new house and spent the weekend here with us. My mom helped me cook dinner on Thursday and everything went off without a hitch! We had quite a bit of dinner leftovers, which I was hoping for, but we also had quite a few ingredient leftovers. We stuffed the turkey with oranges and rosemary and then I made homemade cranberry sauce so I was left with a little bit of each of these leftover. I figured why not throw them all into a muffin tin and bake them for a quick and easy breakfast ;) Turns out, it was a good idea!

Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup fresh cranberries – chopped
2/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Zest from one small orange (about 2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 teaspoonsfresh rosemary – chopped
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Cranberries and Turbinado sugar for topping

Pre-heat your oven to 400-degrees. Chop your cranberries or pop them in a small food chopper to make it super easy!


Start the muffins by getting your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon all whisked together in a big bowl.

Add in your chopped cranberries and stir until they’re coated in flour.


In a smaller bowl, whisk together your milk, oil, vanilla, egg, rosemary, orange juice and zest.

Slowly pour the egg and milk mixture into your dry ingredients and hand-stir just until combined.



Line your muffin tin with muffin liners or spray empty tin with cooking spray. Spoon batter into cups or tin almost to the top.


Top with a few fresh cranberries and some turbinado sugar.


Bake at 400-degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in a middle of a muffin comes out clean.



What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers?

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.


Creamy Mushroom Pot Pies


I am a pot pie fanatic. I love everything about them. The gravy, the crust… okay that’s about it. To be honest I always pick out the vegetables in most store-bought pot pies. But if I make them at home, I cut the veggies up super small and cook them until they’re so soft I barely know they’re there and that is the only way I can eat them. I decided to make these little mini pot pies because I always end up wanting more crust when I make a normal sized pot pie. These little guys have the perfect crust to filling ratio, plus they are just adorable!

You could easily make these little babies with leftover turkey and Thanksgiving goodies! Stuff these pies with whatever your heart desires.

Creamy Mushroom Pot Pies Recipe

1/2 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
1/2 cup cooked broccoli, chopped
4 oz. Crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 whole milk or cream
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1 package double pie shell
1 egg, beaten

I used leftover chicken and broccoli to make this recipe. If you don’t have pre-cooked broccoli, cut florets off one head and place them into boiling water for 3-4 minutes until fork tender. Drain and submerge into an ice bath. Chop and set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees.

In a medium dutch oven, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and warm on medium heat. Add your carrots and celery and cook until they become slightly softened.


Add your mushrooms and garlic and cook until everything is softened completely and the mushrooms are browned and tender. Add your butter and garlic.


Melt your butter and then sprinkle in your flour and stir until everything is coated.


Cook for 1 minute until the flour browns slightly and becomes a paste covering all of your vegetables. Pour in your chicken broth and milk. It will be thin at first.


Cook on medium for 5-7 minutes until it thickens into a gravy. Stir in your salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, sage and red pepper flakes. Add in your chicken and cooked broccoli.


While your gravy is cooking, you can start on your pie crusts. Roll out your pre-made crusts and cut into 5-inch circles. You can trace a 5 inch glass with a knife, use a biscuit cutter, or do I like did and use a cream cheese lid that was the right size!


Place each round into a cup in a greased muffin tin. Fill with about 1/4 cup of the filling.


Top with another dough round and crimp the edges using your fingers to pinch it closed. Cut little vents in the top to stop it from bursting while it bakes. Beat one egg with a fork and then brush the egg wash onto each pie.


Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown on the outside and warmed through.



I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!


Our New Home


We’ve officially been moved into our new house for 3 months now and things are coming together. We had a lot of updates we wanted to do and we’re slowly making our way through them. While we’re busy checking off to-dos, I haven’t had much time to be in the kitchen and that makes me cranky. I needed something to cheer me up a bit (even if it doesn’t include cooking,) and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at some personalized holiday decor from Gifts For You Now. And let me tell you, nothing gets me happier than Christmas decorations! Back when I was planning my wedding, they sent me an engraved cutting board and so I was very excited to see what kind of seasonal goodies they had.

Take a look at some of my favorites from their custom holiday gifts.

The personalized doormat pictured above might be my new favorite thing. It’s better for indoor use which I actually love because I make my pups wipe their paws when they come in from outside. Oh, and Molly already loves it!


We had to have a customized Christmas ornament to commemorate buying our new house. 2016 has been amazing to us and I’m glad to have something that will remind us of this year.


These embroidered stockings are adorable. I asked Ben for his opinions on the styles because I want him to have a say in how our new house comes together. I was surprised he really wanted to go with more traditional stockings, but luckily Gifts For You Now had a ton to choose from that ranged from new and trendy to completely classic.

personalized christmas stockings

embroidered stocking

personalized christmas stocking

embroidered stockings

If you’re looking for a cute personalized gift for someone this holiday, I recommend checking out Gifts For You Now. I have some friends that work there and if you ever want the scoop on any of their products, ask me and I’ll get you all the answers you need!

I was sent the holiday gifts in this post from in return for a brief review. All opinions and thoughts are honest and my own.