Holiday, Main Dishes, Pork, Tennessee Food

Cherry Bacon Pork Tenderloin (Yes.)

You won't believe how amazing this easy pork tenderloin recipe is. Featuring hickory smoked bacon and a homemade cherry barbecue sauce.

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

A bacon recipe so good, I don’t know where to start. Think about it. Salty-smoky bacon weaved and wrapped around a pork tenderloin, then glazed and baked with a homemade cherry barbecue sauce.

Yes, it is true. Bacon makes everything better.

If you are looking for something different to wow your family this holiday season, this is the recipe. Or why wait for the holidays? This recipe is so full of flavor and easy to make you should give it a trial run first. You know, for testing purposes.

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Christmas, Sides, Tennessee Food

Southern Sausage Cornbread Dressing (How to Win Thanksgiving)

Isn't this simply stunning? Wait until you taste it. Flavored with fresh sage, love this Southern Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Pretty sure wars have been waged about Thanksgiving Dressing vs Thanksgiving Stuffing. Where I’m from, it is always a hearty cornbread dressing that wins. We don’t stuff it in anything, ya’ll. We just serve it along all the other delicious holiday recipes. I have to admit, my recipe for Southern Sage Cornbread Dressing is just a little different.

First of all, we put sausage in it. For no other reason than the fact that I love sage-seasoned sausage.

But my favorite part? I haven’t decided yet, but I’ve narrowed it down to either the toasted cubes of buttermilk cornbread or the fresh sage. Our version of cornbread dressing smells and tastes amazing.

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Beverages, Christmas, Holiday

Warm + Cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

The best of the season, warm + cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider.

Crazy about cranberries, yes I am. You will be, too as soon as you taste your first sip of our warm + cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider.

And we have a little “grandma” trick up our sleeves with this seasonal apple cider recipe. Cinnamon candies!

This is the holiday beverage everyone will love. And it is so easy. Just pour everything into your crock pot and warm it up. Set up a self-serve beverage station and sit back and enjoy the holidays..

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Casseroles, Tennessee Food

The Very Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever

Dig into the best sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving.

Yes, I’m sure you have heard “best ever” before. No brag. I can say it because the recipe isn’t mine. This best sweet potato casserole gets rave reviews each and every Thanksgiving holiday.

This recipe belongs to my mom. Well, my step-mom, who is also my mom. I have a lot of mom’s. I’m a hot mess, so I need all the help I can get. Especially when it comes to tried + true Thanksgiving classics like the Best Sweet Potato Casserole.

I have to admit, I did tweak it just a little bit. Not because it isn’t perfect, but because that’s my thing. I know you are going to love this recipe just in time for the holidays.

p.s. We have this at pretty much all the holidays, it is THAT good.

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Fall, Sides

How to Make Savory Sage Winter Squash

Enjoy a rustic + seasonal side dish of slight sweet acorn winter squash tossed with olive oil, sage, and savory spice.

If you are in our 31-Day Grocery Budget Challenge, you may remember our little chat about shopping in the season you’re in. Savory Sage Winter Squash is an excellent recipe right now.

Toss slightly sweet acorn squash in a savory blend of sage + spice and olive oil and bake. Four ingredients. That’s all.

If you need an easy side dish and a little something different on the table, this is the winter squash recipe for you.

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30 Minute or Less, Appetizers & Snacks, Tailgate

How to Host a Football Party on a Budget

Food, drink and decor ideas for your next football party. Budget friendly.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

I am not sure what is better: watching a football game or hanging out with your friends. Enjoying sports, spending time with your friends and eating your favorite foods is always a winning combination. That’s why I love tailgating and homegating.

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30 Minute or Less, Italian, My Favorite Recipes, Sides

Hello, Portabellos! Marinated Tomato and Pesto Portabello Mushrooms

You are going to love our recipe for portabello mushrooms.

Guys. Let’s talk about this recipe for a minute. It isn’t hard. It isn’t really fancy. But Oh-My-Wow is it so good. These Marinated Tomato and Pesto Portabello Mushrooms are a dish you would expect to find in a restaurant. (Like…a nice one. The kind with cloth napkins and no prices on the menu and no peanut shells on the floor.)

Portabello mushrooms are the perfect side dish. Or, for my veggie-loving friends out there, this is hearty enough for a main course.

Beautiful fresh portabellos, topped with tart-martinated tomatoes and mozzarella…broiled to perfection and served with basil pesto. Is it possible to be in love-love with a recipe? Like romantically?

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Christmas, Featured

Pretty Pretty Holiday Pie Plates

Pretty Pretty Holiday Pie Plates + Pie Dishes

Holiday baking is so much more fun when you have a pretty pie plate to bake it in. We have searched through our favorite online retailers to find some of the prettiest pie plates and pie dishes to bake all of your Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies in.

These also make excellent gifts for bakers, food lovers, pottery collectors, and young couples starting a household.

And me, they would totally make a great gift for me. 🙂

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Chicken, Tennessee Food

Southern Fried Firecracker Chicken Tenders

Southern Fried Firecracker Chicken Tenders are my new crave-fave.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Don Victor. All opinions, recipes and ideas are mine alone. #TinyPepperHugeTaste #DonVictorFoods #CollectiveBias

I crave spicy food. Listen, when I was pregnant with my second daughter, I ate an ENTIRE JAR of pickled green chile peppers. In one sitting. (Maybe that’s where she got her smart-mouth? Hmmm…) But back to my point. Spicy food. These Southern Fried Firecracker Chicken Tenders are hot and spicy, just like I like ’em.

Buttermilk marinated overnight for extra zing, breaded and fried, these chicken tenders are zesty + moist + smoky. First, they are fried. Then, tossed in sauce. Next, baked. Finally, drizzled with more spicy-smoky buttered hot sauce.

You can send me thank you notes via email.

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