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12 Days of Christmas: Maple Bacon Baked Brie

As promised, here is the recipe for the Maple Bacon Baked Brie I made over the Thanksgiving holiday. My family wiped the plate clean in a hot second! I guarantee this appetizer will be a hit at your next holiday soirée. Plus, it’s quick and easy to prepare!

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Maple Bacon Baked Brie

Adapted from Delish


  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tube Pillsbury crescent roll dough
  • 1 wheel Brie
  • 2 tbsp. pecans
  • Bread and crackers, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain fat. Add maple syrup to skillet and stir until combined.
  2. On a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet, roll out the crescent roll dough. Place brie on top and top with all but 1 or 2 tablespoons of maple-bacon mixture. Fold up each corner of the dough like a pinwheel.
  3. Top with pecans and remaining maple-bacon mixture.
  4. Bake until golden brown (cover with foil if too dark).
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!


12 Days of Christmas: Poinsettia Punch

Happy Monday everyone! Today marks day one of my “12 Days of Christmas” series where I’ll be sharing holiday themed recipes and gift guides weekly until Christmas! Find the Poinsettia Punch recipe below. This holiday cocktail is festive and pretty, perfect for holiday entertaining. Plus, it’s super easy to prepare!

12 Days of Christmas: Poinsettia PunchSweater: Club Monaco (similar here) / Bar Cart: Abbyson Living

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12 Days of Christmas: Poinsettia PunchSilver Lacquer Tray: West Elm

I love these lacquer trays (direct link above). They come in various colors and sizes, including lucite. Trays look great on coffee tables, desks, and are also fun for breakfast in bed!

12 Days of Christmas: Poinsettia PunchBar Cart: Abbyson Living

Holiday Poinsettia Punch


  • 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) chilled cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) chilled orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) vodka
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60) Cointreau
  • 2 bottles (each 750 ml) chilled dry sparkling wine or Champagne
  • 8 orange slices, each about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick
  • 2/3 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g) fresh or frozen cranberries


In a large punch bowl or pitcher, stir together the cranberry and orange juices, vodka and Cointreau. Pour in the champagne and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the orange slices and cranberries and serve immediately. Serves 12 to 16.

Kate Cooks: Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl

Let’s get this week started! I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been out of routine since Labor Day weekend. Let’s be real, probably since the Fourth of July…It’s time to kick it into gear and get back to healthier eating. My pomegranate berry smoothie bowl is a take on Acai Bowls that have become so popular lately. Nékter Juice Bar and Tout Suite are two spots that serve delicious acai bowls in Dallas and Houston, respectively.

Pomegranate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Pomegranate Berry Smoothie:

Inspired by Whole Food’s Pretty in Pink smoothie.

  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Coconut Water
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Frozen Banana
  • Agave nectar

I didn’t include exact measurements because I usually just blend different ingredients in my Vitamix until it tastes good. Frozen fruit works best for a thicker consistency. Here’s a simple guide to building a nutritious smoothie:

  1. Pick your fruits
  2. Add some greens (if you dare!)
  3. Pick a liquid base (examples: juice, almond milk, yogurt, coconut water)
  4. Pump it up with add-ins (examples: peanut butter, chia seeds, coconut butter)

Pomegranate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

What’s the point of eating your smoothie from a bowl? Well, it’s fun to play with different toppings; it’s like an ice cream sunday for breakfast! Toasted coconut flakes and granola add some crunch and texture you don’t get with a traditional smoothie. The topping possibilities are endless. It’d be easy to go overboard and start adding chocolate chips. 🙂

Pomegranate Raspberry Smoothie

Nékter’s Superfood Açaí Bowl is packed with tons of goodness. Their bowl is made with: Açaí, banana, strawberry, blueberry, spinach, kale, chia seeds, and cashew milk blended together and topped with hempseed granola, strawberry, blueberry, banana, goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, bee pollen, and agave nectar.

If you have a favorite smoothie bowl combo, let me know! I’d love to try it out.

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