POOF! It's 2015!!

WOWZERS! It be 2015 my friends! 

Helloooooooooooooooooo, it is 2015! 

How in the heck did that happen so fast? I feel like I blinked and zinggggg 2014 is gone! If I close my eyes it is all a blur of all of the haps of the year. I mean I seriously just got used to writing 2014 on my checks! I know that makes me sound a bit ummmm "slow" (be nice here gang), but in my defense, 

I write 1 check a month, 

to my landlord,

and I have a hard time remembering his name. 

ADD people, remember, ADD!

Top 10 Reader's Favorite Recipes of 2014

As the year draws to a close, let's look back at the top 10 of your favorite recipes of 2014.

And that is it gang, your top 10! I would love to hear which one is your #1, so leave me a comment and let me know!

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Leftover Turkey Pockets

These creamy little pockets of heaven make leftover turkey my favorite meal ever!

I love the holidays so much that I am one of the many people that tend to go through a little bit of after holiday blues. The decorations, the parties, the fun and festivities? Oh why can't they just go on all year long? But I guess we wouldn't appreciate them as much if they did right? So one of my consolations is that I get to eat leftovers. I don't know if anyone else gets quite as excited as I do about them. I look forward to sandwiches, soups, chowders, and salads. All of it makes my little heart go pity pat.

Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball

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Looking for an easy holiday party recipe to make, that is packed full of flavor? This Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball will not let you down. It is guaranteed to be a party fave!

Buffalo Cheddar Cheese Ball with chips and veggies

Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats #SundaySupper

These decadent Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats are the perfect way to satisfy one last sweet craving for the year. I warn you though, it will be hard not to crave them next year too!

This week's Sunday Supper is all about those end of the year cravings. You know, that little something that you have just been dying for? Maybe you have wanted some rich creamy pasta dish, or elegant seafood? Whatever it is, let go and indulge yourself. You deserve it, and we won't tell!

The end of the year is my time to just let go and have fun. All of my calorie counting goes right out the window. I pretty much avoid sugar all year long. I might make a treat here and there, but Kevin or my kids are my intended targets so I can dodge that calorie bullet. They aren't real happy with how that works out once they see the scale, but up until then it seems everyone is happy with the arrangement. Now my son and his fiance are expecting, so sweet treats are very welcome, so I know where they will be going for the next several months!! Although my son is already complaining a bit about his "baby weight".

Honey Mustard Roasted Turkey Breast

Moist, succulent turkey with a glaze made zippy with the use of horseradish. It is addictive, I warn you! 

Merry Christmas Eve my friends!! Today is the day of the big dinner in my family. Well, we actually have a couple days of eating, but it all starts today. We will start it off with cheese and meat platters, dips, cheese balls, chips, sliced baguette, and a lot of wine. The kids get here early and we watch a few holiday movies while everything is cooking away. We gather around the tree and each take turns opening a gift. Then there is the family photo in front of the tree, which always ends up crazy. Just check out a couple of the past years photos!

Slow Cooker Holiday Ham

Oh boy is my slow cooker getting a work out this year! I have been determined to come up with more recipes to use it for. Especially being a food blogger, I am game for anything that takes some work off of me and helps relieve some stress. Why did I not focus on this before? Ok, so I am a little slow, but I get there! My only issue now is, I wish I had more slow cookers! HA! It used to be the one I have would gather dust in the pantry most of the year. Ya, I would drag it out in the winter a few times to make soup or a roast (same old boring stuff), but now I am making Mashed Potatoes, and Creamed Corn, Pumpkin Butter, and even Dulce de Leche!

Vanilla Chai Fudge

This is quite possibly the creamiest, dreamiest fudge you will ever taste!

Aaahhh my darling foodies. Are you tired of sweet treats yet? Wait, did I really just ask that question? Is is possible to get tired of Christmas goodies? No nevvvaaahhhh!! I will gladly eat until I put myself into a sugar coma! I mean c'mon, if I am going to deny myself all year long, I deserve a month of going completely cookie/candy crazy. Am I right? I am right!

Cranberry Macadamia White Chocolate Fudge

This is the perfect holiday fudge with its chewy dried cranberries, and crunch macadamia nuts, all held together with creamy white chocolate fudge. Ohhh yes folks, this is a must make!

Well, here we are my friends. Christmas is a week away, and I am not even close to being ready. Where the heck does the time go?? They say times goes fast as we get older but holy crap, I think I am getting whiplash! I still have shopping to do, gifts to wrap, and believe it or not I still haven't finished decorating my dining room!! I know, Santa may revoke my honorary elf card!

Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

This Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche is so ridiculously simple but soooooo amazingly good! Don't blame me if you want to eat the whole jar!!

Have you gotten to the point that candy, cookies, and fudge are now their own food group? I have realized that the reason I rarely eat sweets through the year is that I eat a butt ton of them in December!! I would be hard pressed to think of a day in the last couple of weeks that I have not consumed some form of holiday treataliciousness. I keep telling myself that it doesn't really count because I never eat a full serving, just a nibble to taste test here and there. However, when you are making 6 different sweet treats in one day.......ya those nibbles add up fast!! I have been avoiding my bathroom scale (I used to weigh every morning) so much that it left me a note that said "Was it something I said?"! No no my dear scale, it was something(s) I devoured ate!

Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole

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Make Ahead Chipotle Breakfast Casserole - is not only easy to make for a holiday party, it's smoky chipotle flavor is sure to wake up everyone's taste buds and say #SeasonedGreetings!

I love this time of year!

Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and finally New Year’s Eve.

For as long as I can remember, it has been huge in my family. I remembering spending the holidays with friends, family, and mountains of food as far as the eye could see. After my kids were born, I began to pass these traditions down to them. Over the holidays our home was always packed full of our loved ones, and of course as much food as they could bring themselves to eat, which was a lot gang! But I love it.

One ongoing tradition that began, after my kids were born, is the Christmas brunch. I have always been in charge of it, and I love coming up with new recipes to keep the family’s taste buds tantalized. A favorite dish of mine to serve is the make ahead breakfast casserole. They are so easy to make, and you can personalize them with whatever ingredients your family enjoys. My family really loves my holiday brunch party recipes like Make Ahead Waffle Casserole, Make Ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole, and Make Ahead Sausage Breakfast Casserole, just to name a few. There would, of course, be other food served along with the casserole. But the casserole always seemed to steal the show.

Hot Buttered Rum Balls #SundaySupper

These aren't your Grandma's rum balls. With hot buttered rum mix, and spiced rum, these babies sing Falalalala la la la la!

The holiday's have some awesome traditional adult drinks. Eggnog being the most notable with it's bourbon, rum, or brandy, but there are plenty more that evoke the Christmas Spirit (bad pun I know). How about a Hot Toddy with it's lemony whisky kick? Or, my sweeties fave, Hot Buttered Rum?

Meatballs with Red Wine Marinara and Cheesy Herbed Polenta

Meatballs with Red Wine Marinara and Cheesy Herbed Polenta - Juicy meatballs smothered in luscious red wine marinara nestled in a rich creamy bed of cheesy herbed polenta.....heaven in a bowl!!

We are smack in the middle of the Christmas season and I am flat on my back on the sofa. Why you ask? Well, that is a darn good question! I guess I am going to plead old age? It seems that, ever since I turned 50, my body has found the need to notify me that certain parts of my body exist. LOUDLY!

On this fabulous occasion it is my back, which has been yelling at me to pay attention to it for the last day and a half. It is just about as annoying as a whiny toddler yelling, "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy. Lookie meeeeee"!  I know my back is there, there is no need to remind me, but it has chosen to remind me anyway. So I am seriously coming to you live (well, previously recorded) from my sofa. Thank God for laptops or I wouldn't be getting any work done. However I am on muscle relaxers, so I can not be held accountable if I start to randomly babble about tacos. I have been watching Food Network and the advertisement for the new show with Aaron Sanchez keeps running. It is called "Taco Time" and every time I see it my stomach starts to growl very very insistently. 

One-Pot Mexican Chicken Pasta #WeekdaySupper

One-Pot Mexican Chicken Pasta - A hearty dish that is bursting with all of your favorite Mexican flavors, plus it will be done and on your table in 30 minutes. 

One-Pot Mexican Chicken Pasta from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Things this time of the year are complete chaos at my house. Decorating, shopping, wrapping, shopping, entertaining, shopping, baking, oh and the blog *whew* I feel like I am spinning out of control sometimes. It seems like no matter how under control I have everything, something pops up and screams "Wait, what about me"! As much as I love this time of year, and believe you me I luuuuvvvvvvvs this time of year, it just seems like it is all a blur and then *poof* it is gone. A far cry from being a kid and feeling like it took forevvvvvvvvvvvvver for Christmas to get here.

Italian Wine Cookies

Italian Wine Cookies - These traditional Italian Wine Cookies are quick and easy to make. Perfect for your holiday gatherings.

These traditional Italian Wine Cookies are quick and easy to make. Perfect for your holiday gatherings. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Nothing beats a big ol' slice of meatloaf on a cold winter day, except maybe a big ol' slice of meatloaf stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon!

So Thanksgiving has come and gone, and visions of sugar cookies are dancing in my head. Shopping, and wrapping, and baking are all being crammed into my schedule, along with the other things I need to do for the blog. I honestly think that once December hits, I don't sleep again until after the New Year. I always say this is my favorite time of the year, but it is the most tiring time of the year too.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Put your slow cooker to work, and save that valuable counter space by making this Slow Cooker Creamed Corn from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Do you go through Thanksgiving withdrawal? 

I do! As soon as the leftovers are gone I am sad and want to do it again. 

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodies in Your Life

I have a a LOT of people ask me what they should buy for their favorite foodie this year. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite kitchen gear. I own all of the following items and use them all of the time. I honestly couldn't live (OK that is dramatic)....cook, without them.

Le Creuset
I bought a Le Creucet 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven years ago and have been in love with it ever since. It is my go-to soup pot and works perfect for braising roasts and chickens. I have had mine for 8 years and it is just like brand new! I have several other Le Creucet pieces on my wish list this year so if you have an in with Santa, send him to my Pinterest!!

Cast Iron Skillet and Grill Pan
If you told me years ago that I would be one of those people that said "I can't live without my cast iron skillet" I would have laughed. When I lived in the south everyone raved about them and cooked just about everything in them. I was a non-stick kinda girl then and thought they were all crazy. Now? Oh there really isn't anything that can compete with the sear you get in a cast iron skillet, or the perfection of grilling indoors on a cast iron grill pan!

Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Just like my Le Creuset pot, this Cuisinart immersion blender is a must have in my kitchen. I am a soup junkie and this terrific little tool makes blending creamy soups soooooo easy. No more burning my self, or making a huge mess transfering soup to a blender. Just grab the immersion blender and buzzzzzzzzz it to creamy goodness!!

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker
This year my slow cooker has already been getting quite the workout! I love nothing more that being able to set it and forget it. Then I am off to get a million other things done. Even though there is only two of us, I love making full recipes so I can freeze some for later meals. It makes using my slow cooker a win/win all the way around. We are getting this for one of our son's and his girlfriend for Christmas sshhhhh don't tell!

OXO Salad Spinner
What can I say about this salad spinner? It is a life saver!! I use so many greens and before I got this I had issues with wilting and *gag* sliminess even though I would wash and dry them as best I could. Once this salad spinner came into my life? I could give a relaxed sigh of relief because I was no longer wasting my herbs and greens!

Silpat Baking Mats
Now that I have begun to bake a LOT more, I discovered Silpat baking mats and OhhhEmmmGeeee where have they been all of my life? No sticking, no mess.....aahhhh I can relax and bake. I love it...and them!! They are a must have if you do ANY baking!

Core Bamboo Cutting Boards
Cutting boards are such an essential piece of kitchen equipment and this 3 piece cutting board set is all I need. Several sizes to choose from, and the ability to have more than one cutting station as I cook? Makes my life so much easier. Plus these bad boys are super sturdy, the will last forever!

Wine Bottle Stoppers
Do you have a wine lover to buy for this Christmas? My kids know how much I love wine AND Christmas, so they bought me these Holiday Wine Bottle Stoppers. Soooo ding dang cute. I love them! Keeps any leftover wine from going bad. If you prefer a non-holiday style you can grab a set of these for your wino errrr wine lover.

OXO Mixing Bowl Set
Another thing I have had for several years, this set of mixing bowls. I love the rubber bottom because it keeps clumsy my from sliding the bowl all over the counter (or off the counter completely), plus they are dishwasher safe. 8 years later, they are still good as new!

Silicone Untensil Set
Another Le Creuset item that I absolutely adore is this Silicone 7-Piece Utensil Set. I can't tell you how many rubber spatulas I went through before I got this set. I am not a hand washing kinda girl, so they would dry out, crack, and break. Plus my sauce brush...well it was a hairy mess BLEK! Now that I have this set I am baking, BBQing, and scooping away! I ❤ it!

Well, I hope I have been helpful in your quest to find the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. I can guarantee they would be happy with any of these wonderful products. Oh, and remember to tell Santa to check out my wish list on Pinterest OK?

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