Hot Eats and Cool Reads: December 2015

Dec 30, 2015

Lemon Lime Basil Margarita Recipe

A refreshing cocktail with the perfect combination of citrus and basil flavors! Definitely a new favorite!


A refreshing cocktail with the perfect combination of citrus and basil flavors! Definitely a new favorite! Lemon Lime Basil Margarita Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Happy New Year everyone!

I hope 2015 was a fantastic year for you and your family! It was a busy, but great year for my daughter Ella and I. In 2016, I hope to get back to blogging more regularly and bring some more bookish and recipe posts your way. Ella will also be starting a kid blog with DIY's, recipes and other fun stuff. As soon as I have all the details, I'll be sharing with you! We are super excited to start her blogging journey together and I know you'll love what she has to share!

Dec 28, 2015

Greek Hot Dog Recipe

Perfect party food or a quick weeknight dinner! Warm the hot dogs in the slow cooker for easy prep!

Perfect party food or a quick weeknight dinner! Warm the hot dogs in the slow cooker for easy prep! Greek Hot Dog Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We celebrated with my Dad and the family on Christmas Eve, and we'll be celebrating with my Mom on New Year's Day! I'm also looking forward to staying in downtown Minneapolis this weekend for a friend's birthday celebration! Tons of great food, drinks and dancing are on the agenda. Sounds like a blast to me! 

Dec 22, 2015

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe

These cookies are full of chocolate and peppermint goodness! Topped with a delicious Candy Cane Kiss! Great for any Christmas cookie exchange!


Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies




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Dec 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Balsamic Barbeque Smoked Sausage Bites Recipe

A great appetizer for any holiday celebration or party! The homemade sauce is packed full of flavor and it goes great with the sausage!


A great appetizer for any holiday celebration or party! The homemade sauce is packed full of flavor and it goes great with the sausage! Slow Cooker Balsamic Barbeque Smoked Sausage Bites Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


I'm really looking forward to Christmas at my Dad's this year! Everyone is bringing an appetizer and my Step-mom is making her usual holiday treats that we all look forward to. I love snacking all afternoon on a little of this and that while we drink wine, visit and play our annual present exchange dice game! I scored some fun prizes to give in the clearance aisle at Walmart today and cannot wait to see what everyone else brings!

Dec 14, 2015

Almond Banket Bars Recipe

These melt in your mouth almond bars are a great shortcut to the traditional Dutch banket! They are a wonderful everyday dessert or perfect for holiday Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations!  


Almond Banket Bars


These melt in your mouth almond bars are a great shortcut to the traditional Dutch banket! They are a wonderful everyday dessert or perfect for holiday Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations!



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Dec 9, 2015

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This is a delicious and easy to make pasta sauce! Perfect for dinner or a pasta bar party! Can also be made in the slow cooker! Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads!


I don't know about you, but I always look for easy homemade recipes when it comes to planning holiday meals. Less time in the kitchen, means more time with the family! When it comes to Christmas meals, we've been known to have brunch, a traditional ham or turkey dinner, and even a delicious Italian pasta bar!

Dec 7, 2015

16 Recipes for Any Garlic Lover!

If you've been following me for awhile, then you already know I have a huge love for garlic! Garlic gets added to pretty much everything I cook and most recipes wouldn't be the same without it!

I have a post coming up on Wednesday for a new pasta sauce recipe. I made the Buttery Garlic Bread shown below as a side for my new sauce! It was posted on the blog back in 2012 and really needed new pictures, so I updated those. Along with updating, I thought it would be fun to share all of these garlic recipes with you!

Are you obsessed with garlic everything like I am? If so, then you'll want to check out these fabulous recipes! 16 Recipes for Any Garlic Lover from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

Some are from my blog, and some from my awesome blogging buddies! They are all fantastic and packed full of garlic goodness! If you are a garlic lover, then this post is definitely for you!!

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