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Close up of caramelized Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

I know, I use smoked paprika in everything, but that’s because it makes everything so good. Especially when it’s combined with pure maple syrup, which kind of has a hint of smokiness itself. This simple smoked...

Fluffy as a cloud and with a rich buttery finish, these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes will be the star of any weeknight dinner or holiday meal! Budgetbytes.com

The Best Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

“Is butter a carb?” That quote kept running through my head as I was making (and devouring) these super fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes. It’s one of the best movie lines EVER and the...

Overhead view of green bean casserole in an oval dish with a spoon

The Best Green Bean Casserole (no canned soup)

Green Bean Casserole is a mid-century Thanksgiving classic. It originated during a time when recipes were rife with canned goods and other processed foods. Now, more than 50 years later, tastes have shifted back...

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes are an easy, deconstructed version of the classic sweet potato casserole that is manageable enough for weeknight dessert. BudgetBytes.com

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes

I’m totally getting my autumn-vibes on this weekend with these Streuseled Sweet Potatoes. They’re a super simple dessert that is almost like a deconstructed sweet potato casserole. Because it’s so simple you can have...

The earthy flavor and subtle sweetness of molasses makes these Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls the perfect addition to your fall holiday table. BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls

It’s been a long time since I’ve baked bread, but this week I needed the therapeutic ritual to help slow my mind. I decided to make a variation on basic dinner rolls because turkey...

These Chocolate Glazed Macaroons feature a combination of vanilla, almond, and fresh orange zest for an extra fragrant and flavorful cookie. Budgetbytes.com

Sally’s Chocolate Glazed Orange Macaroons

Sweets are not my strong suit, so when another blogger offers to let me publish one of their cookie recipes, I’m all about it. Because I know you guys like cookies, right? These Chocolate Glazed...

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider is an easy and festive drink for all your holiday party guests. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

It’s party season! Between Thanksgiving and the New Year I feel like every weekend is booked up with parties, parties, PARTIES. So, I’d love to give you at least one idea for easy party...

This Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad combines winter flavors in a warm and filling side dish. BudgetBytes.com

Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad

Who needs a salad after all that food Thursday?? (👋 Hi, me!) Today I whipped up this super simple Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Salad to fill the vegetable void I was feeling. Brussels sprouts...

This Savory Vegetable Stuffing is full of so much color, texture, and flavor that it will be loved by meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. BudgetBytes.com

Savory Vegetable Stuffing

Okay, one last Thanksgiving post before the big day! I couldn’t let this year get away from me without making some stuffing (yeah, my yankee blood still calls it “stuffing” and not “dressing” like...

This simple cranberry sauce only requires three ingredients but has enough flavor to add excitement to your holiday meal. BudgetBytes.com

Classic Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I guess I take pleasure in the little things because I was most excited about this Classic Homemade Cranberry Sauce out of everything that I cooked today. The simplicity of this sauce is unreal...

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a simple way to add a little something extra special to your Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Let me introduce you to a little magic called brown butter. If you thought butter makes everything better, wait until you try the nutty, caramel-scented version of butter. It takes just a few minutes to make,...

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like condiment whose uses go far beyond the Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

My favorite thing about “holiday food” is cranberries. I love cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, cranberry everything. I think they’re incredibly beautiful and I love their super tart-tangy flavor. So, when I saw this...

This one quick, easy, and insanely flavorful Mushroom Herb Gravy will satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Step by step photos. BudgetBytes.com

Mushroom Herb Gravy

What makes gravy? Well, its basically a liquid thickened by roux (flour particles coated with fat). You can use any liquid (broth, milk, cream) and you can use any fat (meat drippings, butter, olive...

Toss that boxed mix and make this fast and Easy Homemade Cornbread, which makes a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Budgetbytes.com

Easy Homemade Cornbread

Cornbread is a highly underrated side dish. You can whip up this deliciously sweet and moist homemade cornbread recipe with just a few pantry staples, and it makes a perfect side dish for breakfast,...

Chocolate Cayenne Crinkles - BudgetBytes.com

Chocolate Cayenne Crinkles

It’s Christmas cookie time! Every year I make at least one type of Christmas cookie. It’s a fun tradition and they make an easy, super inexpensive gift (who doesn’t like cookies?!). This year I...

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

Last week my sister was like, “Hey, are you coming here next week for Thanksgiving or what?” and I was all like, “Next week?! What do you mean, there’s at least another month before...

This Cranberry Almond Cake is super fast to prepare and the perfect festive dessert for the holiday season. BudgetBytes.com

Cranberry Almond Cake

Cranberries are the new pumpkin. I want fresh cranberries in everything lately. I had half of a bag of cranberries stashed in the freezer and almost made a second batch of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal,...

Candied Almonds

Candied Almonds

Okay, new rule: These Candied Almonds are NOT allowed in my house. I’m bringing them with me to work tomorrow. Hopefully I can survive the night without eating them all. These are some dangerous...

Italian Holiday Cookies

italian holiday cookies

I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one Christmas cookie. But what kind? There are bazillions of delicious Christmas cookies out there! I decided to get all nostalgic and make...

This spicy hot cocoa is rich and warm with a touch of earthy cinnamon and a slight kick from cayenne pepper to heat you up inside and out BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Hot Cocoa

I made an impulse buy the other day… one of those little packets of Mexican hot cocoa mix. I constantly crave hot cocoa this time of year so I thought I’d give this Mexican...