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Best Ever Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | Entertaining ideas, recipes, cocktail recipes and party ideas from @cydconverse

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe and I go way back. To my cold, drafty college apartment and one of the very first runs of the KitchenAid stand mixer my stepmother had gifted me for Christmas. (The one that still sits on my kitchen counter to this day!) But there is good reason I’ve been making these chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies all these years – they are crazy delicious!

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Elevate your yearly cookie platter game with an epic Christmas cookie board! Get the best Christmas cookie recipes, Christmas party ideas, entertaining tips, Christmas cocktails and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Up Your Cookie Platter Game with an Epic Christmas Cookie Board

We have so many parties coming up and I’m 100% living for it, friends! We’re hosting three days in a row this weekend, a combination of cocktails and full scale dinners so I’m making my lists and prepping today so I’m good to go. Are you hosting this week? I vote you skip fancy hors d’oeuvres and go right for an epic Christmas cookie board served alongside champagne. That sad old cookie platter has nothing on us.

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How to Make Homemade Marshmallows and a Peppermint Marshmallow Recipe | Christmas recipes, Christmas party ideas, entertaining tips and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Make it Merry with Easy Peppermint Homemade Marshmallows

Fact: I kind of hate marshmallows. Additional fact: Marshmallows are so much better when they’re homemade! And in our house where I keep all the fixings for a hot cocoa bar on hand all winter long, homemade marshmallows have a starring role in the show. Have you ever made them before? They’re easier than you think! I’m sharing my homemade marshmallow recipe (specifically, a peppermint marshmallow recipe) that you and your kids will love! Even you, fellow marshmallow hater.

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Fudge Dipped Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | Christmas cookie recipes, Christmas cocktails, Christmas party ideas and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Fudge Dipped Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

It’s cookie exchange day, friends! Every year my blogger besties and I host a virtual cookie exchange, going so far as referring to ourselves as the Christmas Cookie Squad. In short, below I’ve linked up every single Christmas cookie recipe you could possibly want this season, perfect for hosting or bringing to your own cookie exchange parties. I’m jumping into the game with these fudge dipped double chocolate peppermint cookies. They are melt in your mouth good and worth the tiny bit of effort it takes to crush up some candy canes! Join in the fun on Instagram with our hashtag #christmascookiesquad!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies with Pecans | Best Christmas cookie recipes, Christmas party ideas, and Christmas cocktail recipes from entertaining blog @cydconverse

My New Favorite Dark Chocolate Chip + Toffee Cookies with Pecans

Recently our neighbor and BFF Nikki perfected the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. They’re the pillowy soft, melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookie that people crave and beg you to make over and over again. (We have. And she has.) This cookie recipe was entirely inspired by said perfect cookies. I think of them as the slightly more sophisticated older cousin – dark chocolate chip toffee cookies with pecans.

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Best Camping Recipes! Raspberry Nutella mountain pies from entertaining blog @cydconverse

One of My Favorite Camping Recipes! Raspberry Nutella Mountain Pies

We are leaving out on our epic annual camping trip later this week so I’m currently up to my eyeballs in shopping, packing and prep lists. This is our seventh year in a row spending five days on an island with a huge group of friends, family and our boating family so I’ve got it down to a bit of a science when it comes to packing and prepping. Before we run away and play Gilligan for the week though, I wanted to share one of my favorite camping recipes with you – raspberry Nutella mountain pies!

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Brownie Pizza Recipe with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting | Love entertaining? Visit The Sweetest Occasion for fun party recipes, entertaining tips, festive cocktail recipes, party ideas and more!

Berry Brownie Pizza with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Has anyone figured out where 2018 is flying off to yet? How on earth are we already heading into Memorial Day weekend?! I’d make some sort of vague complaints about how life is just moving too fast, but frankly, I love this time of year best of all and my sister flies home in a few days for the long weekend sooo, I got nothing. (This is where I would enter one of those quizzical little shrug emojis I love so much in text messages if such things were acceptable in long form.) With Memorial Day, comes picnic season and with picnic season comes an uptick in entertaining and the need for crowd-wowing but easy dessert recipes. That’s exactly where this brownie pizza recipe comes into play, friends! It’s relatively easy to make, it’s insanely pretty (without requiring any fancy decorating skills, which I don’t have) and it’s topped with the most delicious strawberry buttercream frosting. That’s what we call all the wins!

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Mini Strawberry Pies in a Muffin Tin | Click through for entertaining tips, recipes, party ideas, cocktail recipes and more from @cydconverse

The World’s Cutest Little Mini Strawberry Pies in a Muffin Tin

A few miles down the road from where my grandfather lived when I was a kid, there was a u-pick farm with a big strawberry patch where he’d take me every summer. The farm has since closed, but not before I was able to take Em there when she was just six or seven months old to pick berries and gleefully smash them all over her face. Strawberry season has always held a special kind of magic for me and I’m sure that farm is partially why. While it’s not quite strawberry season yet for us (this far north it tends to be mid to late June), I know it is in many parts of the country so I thought we should make strawberry pies! Mini pies in a muffin tin, because tiny things are adorable and because, duh. Who doesn’t want their own little pie?!

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Loaded Lucky Charms St. Patrick's Day Bark | St. Patrick's Day recipes, fun St. Patrick's Day ideas for kids, entertaining ideas, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

Get Lucky with Loaded St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charm Bark

Well, friends, I am certifiably obsessed with making bark. If that wasn’t already self-evident, here’s another chocolate bark recipe, loaded with Lucky Charms and sprinkles just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Why do I love bark so much? In short, it’s incredibly easy and really fun to make. It’s such a sweet, simple novelty and people go crazy for it whenever I make a fresh batch. Our kids love to help sprinkle the toppings and after I make a big batch (if it’s not specifically for a party), I just tuck it into an airtight container in the fridge where it keeps for a couple of weeks without a problem. You can divvy it up into little cello bags for gifting to co-workers or neighbors, or send it to school for a special St. Patrick’s Day treat for the little leprechauns in your life! Basically, it’s inexpensive and quick to make, so you don’t have to plan it out days in advance, and you can switch up the flavors and colors however you want. Have I made the case for bark yet? If you haven’t given one of my many bark concoctions a try yet, there’s no time like the present! I promise you’ll be hooked.

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