Christmas Holiday Neighbor Treat Bags + Printable Tags

[pinit] Free Printable Modern Christmas Tags copy[pinit]

We made some modern printable Christmas gift tags for our neighbor holiday treat bags and you can download them here for free at the end of this post.  The download contains all versions of the tags on one 8x11.5 sheet so you can print them all on one page.  I customized 2 of the tags with a neighbor message in case you want to make some festive Christmas baked goods for inexpensive, handmade neighbor gifts.

Holiday printable gift tags

I found an old vintage Christmas tin at the antique market and decided to use it to package my famous no-bake cookies; Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter No-bake Cookies.  I taped the "Holiday Treats" tag onto brown craft paper, added washi tape, hole punched and added a twine bow.  For a vintage look I sand distressed the edges.  Easy, fast, and totally sweet.

Cookie Printable Christmas Neighbor Gift Tags

These cute treat bags are from the Dollar Tree.  I think 4-5 per package is what you get for your buck.  My neighbors loved what they found inside, and I think you would too...

Make White Chocolate DIpped Holiday Pretzels

White Chocolate Dipped Holiday Pretzel Rods

Christmas cakepops #christmasdesserts

Holiday Cake Pop DIY

How to make Holiday Cake Pops

Neighbor Gift Printable Set copy

To download the printable, right click the above thumbnail and the full res version will appear.  Print at home or at your favorite printer service.  I recommend white cardstock.

Check out 60 Plus Adorable Christmas Cookie Recipes

60 Plus Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes by @savedbyloves


Head over here (this post has been moved from Taste Every Season to Saved By Love Creations) and check out the 60+ Christmas Cookie Recipes we rounded up for you!  These make great neighbor gifts and treats for your holiday parties and potlucks.  We are making some as we write this.  Enjoy!

Over 50 Turkey and Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes to Make

[pinit]#leftovers #thanksgivingrecipes #turkeyrecipes 50+ things to make with your Thanksgiving Leftovers[pinit]

Head over to Taste Every Season for our roundup of 50+ things to do with your Thanksgiving Leftovers.  You will find great ideas for leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and more.  Yum.

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe and New Food Blog

[pinit] Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe @savedbyloves[pinit]

What Thanksgiving couldn't use a mouth watering lemon meringue pie?  Check out our new fledgling food blog, Taste Every Season, and make your own version of grandma's best lemon meringue.

Best Ever German Chocolate Cupcake Recipe


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It happened.  I baked.  From scratch.  It is a first.  These German chocolate cupcakes turned out to be delicious.  There was a minor set back with the glaze and I had to improvise, but you would never know they weren't exactly what they were supposed to be!  If you aren't a baker and want to impress your friends with a culinary treat, this recipe is for you.  If your an experienced baker, add this to your arsenal.  You can't go wrong with German chocolate, right?  This recipe is from Anne-Thornton at the Food Network, with a couple of happy accidents that made my recipe differ slightly!

german chocolate cake recipe

Ingredients 1 Chocolate Cake recipe (see below) Glaze: 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I bought a bar assuming it was 6 ounces and it was 4, so make sure) 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon brewed coffee Topping: 3 egg yolks 12 ounces evaporated milk 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 cups packed sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (if desired) 1 3/4 cups toasted pecans, chopped Directions You will need:  silver/foil-lined muffin cups, 1 (2-ounce) ice cream scoop and 1 (1/2-ounce) ice cream scoop Make sure all of your topping ingredients are at room temperature, except for the shredded coconut which you should keep in the refrigerator or freezer just until needed.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 regular muffin pans with muffin cups.

Chocolate Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 4 eggs, at room temperature for 30 minutes 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk (or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together onto parchment paper. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 4 or 5 minutes. Add your eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until completely incorporated before adding each additional egg. Mix in the chocolate and vanilla, making sure to combine really well. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, in 3 batches, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Make sure to let it mix thoroughly.

Use a 2-ounce ice cream scoop and portion out the Chocolate Cake batter evenly into the muffin cups. Pop the pan in the oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes, turning the pans halfway through. You'll know it's done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool in the pan on a rack. For the glaze: Mix the cream, chocolate, honey and coffee in saucepan on low heat. Stir until smooth. Let it cool a bit. For the topping: Put the egg yolks, evaporated milk, brown sugar and butter in a separate saucepan. Place it over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and the butter melts. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until thick, 8 to 10 minutes or so. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, coconut and pecans. Allow to cool.

How to Make German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dip the cooled cupcakes in the chocolate glaze. Place on the rack and let the glaze harden.

How to Make German Chocolate Cupcakes

Scoop the topping on the cupcakes with a heaping 1/2-ounce ice cream scoop.  Enjoy!!


American Chocolate Week: Walmart Bakery + Starbucks = #DeliciousPairings

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart  

We are in the middle of marathon training in this house, which means there is a lot of tired and hungry.  When things get tough, it helps to reach for some of my favorite things - enter coffee and chocolate.  Coffee is a must in my daily routine all year round, but especially during training.  My chocolate consumption increases too.  It is a fantastic fuel source and I feel like I deserve it with all the running.  This is one of the great perks of being a runner, after all!  Plus it is American Chocolate Week.  I have a patriotic duty to partake.

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

With American Chocolate Week in mind, we took a trip to Walmart over the weekend, visiting the in-store Starbucks Mocha demo.  I am a huge Starbucks coffee fan.  I visit the stores when out and about, but more often brew at home with Starbucks whole beans from the grocery store.  In Walmart stores nationwide you can find Delicious Pairings display to help you pair various Starbucks coffee blends with different bakery goods, creating deliciously paired breakfast or treats to savor.  At the demo, we learned that pairing Starbucks Mocha blend with a chocolate treat really compliments the flavor of the coffee.  This was enough of a reason for me to purchase the Starbucks Mocha Grounds in the coffee aisle, and The Bakery at Walmart Brand Double Chocolate Muffins in the bakery...

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

I brought my goodies home and brewed a pot of the new Starbucks Mocha.  I tried the coffee black, which is not my usual.  I am a cream and sweetener kind of coffee drinker.  It was actually pretty good.  The Mocha flavored coffee is made with a light roast bean, so I could take it black without protest.  The flavors were strong and pleasant, but after a few sips, I was ready for something to take the edge off of the bitterness.  I took a bite of the double chocolate muffins with a sip of the coffee... BLISS.  The coffee bitter notes were subdued by the chocolate, and the chips melted on contact with the hot liquid for a delightful celebration of American Chocolate Week in my mouth!   The flavors complimented one another for a duo worthy to be called a delicious pairing. I can see this becoming a regular happening!

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

To learn more about the Mocha Roast and Double Chocolate Muffins, visit the links:

Starbucks Mocha Ground Coffee

The Bakery at Walmart Double Chocolate Muffins

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Amazing Hot Wings Recipe

#Recipe for easy to make, AMAZING hot wings from @savedbyloves


My husband is a chicken wing fanatic to say the least.  I decided I wanted to do something unexpected for him, and one thing he has learned not to expect from me is... well, cooking in general really.  When I do take on the kitchen, it usually involves tossing frozen meat into the crock pot, turning the knob to low, and coming back 8 hours later to retrieve the result.  Ever noticed you don't see many recipes on here?  There is a reason.  Not my area of expertise or interest.  Usually if I attempt something new, it doesn't come out exactly photograph and share worthy.  This chicken wing recipe, however, did.  I don't even like wings normally, and I couldn't get enough of these.  The aficionado was quite impressed too...

How to make amazing #ChickenWings

That is his "Oh my goodness, there better me 20 more of these" face.  I was delighted to see how pleased he was with the outcome.  I actually went out and bought this deep fryer (yep, had never used one) for the recipe.  It was only 29.99 at my local Kohl's, down from $59.99.  The house smelled like a county fair, but it was totally worth it, and we will be having these frequently.

Here is how I did it...


3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 15 chicken wings oil for deep frying 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup Frank's hot sauce 1 dash ground black pepper 1 dash garlic powder


  1. Mix together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Place chicken wings in a casserole dish and evenly coat them with flour mixture.  I just sprinkled one side, flipped over and sprinkled other side.  Lots of the mixture will be in the bottom of your dish.  That's fine. Cover dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer.  I used Vegetable oil in the Presto Cool Touch deep fryer and filled it to the max line.  This allowed me to cook five wings at a time in the basket in the next step.  I heated the oil for 15 min per instructions with the deep fryer.  There is no temp gauge on this model.  It automatically knows like magic.
  3. To make the wing sauce, combine butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter melts. Remove from heat and put to the side.  Move on to cooking the wings.
  4. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown. Carefully remove from deep fryer.  The Presto has a cool hook that you can sit the basket on to let the grease drain.   Place wings in serving bowl, pour on hot sauce mixture and stir together. I served with celery and blue cheese.

Just writing this post makes me want more!  Now that John knows I can do this, BW3's isn't going to cut it anymore.  What are your favorite wing recipes?

Amazing Chicken Wing Recipe from @savedbyloves


Fruit Pizza Variation Recipe

Fruit Pizza Recipe

Taking a break from the regular craft tutorials here at SBLC, I thought I would share this awesome fruit pizza recipe that I got from my momma.  Not sure where she got it, but it is super yummy.  The pictures of the finished dish show this recipe doubled, and in a rectangular dish instead of the round cookie sheet.

Fruit Pizza Variation

This recipe makes 10-12 servings


3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups flour


1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


10 oz package Hershey's vanilla milk chips

1/4 cup cream

8 oz package cream cheese, softened

assortment of fruit pieces (strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, blueberries... anything you want)

Fruit Pizza Recipe

  • For crust, cream together butter and powdered sugar, blend in flour and press mixture onto bottom and sides of  12 inch round pizza pan (pictures show bigger rectangle pan with this recipe doubled).
  • Bake at 300° for 20 min until lightly browned.  Cool completely.
  • For filling, melt chips in cream in a saucepan.  Beat in cream cheese until smooth.  Spread over cooled crust.  Chill.
  • For topping, combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.  Stir in juices and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.  Cool.
  • Slice and arrange an assortment of fruits over chilled filling mixture.  Pour cooled topping over fruit and serve immediately, or store in fridge.

Enjoy!  Tune in tomorrow for 8 superfoods to incorporate into your diet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nests

Easter recipes Today's project is yummy and springy- adorable, brought to you by Debbie at Refresh Restyle...
  Ingredients: 1 C Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels 1 1/2 C Chow Mein Noodles Jelly Bean Eggs Double boiler Muffin Tin Non Stick Cooking Spray   In a double boiler melt the morsels.

Add chow mein noodles, mix until coated.

Spray a nonstick cooking spray in to the muffin tin. Place about 2 T of mixture in muffin tin, one at a time. Shaping to the form of a nest.   This should make 6 nests (double recipe if needed). Place in refrigerator until the coating hardens. Remove and add jelly bean eggs.

Pretty and tasty perfect for spring!

I hope you will give them a try and visit me anytime at

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Thanks for having me Johnnie!

Recipe: Game Day Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws Need a quick, easy, crowd pleasing appetizer with no baking experience required?  These scrumptious cheese straws are sure to fit the bill. With just five common ingredients, you are looking at 5 minutes prep time, 15 minutes in the oven, taste... priceless. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp BBQ powdered seasoning, or seasoning of your choice (I have used cajun and ranch and loved them both)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter - sliced into pieces 1/4 inch or so thick
Directions: Place ingredients into food processor and mix, or mix by hand into a dough.  Roll out into sheet 1/4 inch thick on flour coated parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Don't over knead or roll as the straws won't be as flaky.  Cut into long straws about 1/2 inch wide.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 min at 350. Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with ranch dressing or you choice of condiments! Game Day Appetizers Easy Game Day Appetizer