Buttery Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls, Gloriously Tender and Exquisitely Yielding

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls | thecozyapron.com

A tender, loving and yielding heart provides pleasure and sustenance to those in our lives in the way that soft, warm, pillowy, tender and yielding buttery sweet potato dinner rolls warmly entice our appetite, and provide nourishment and fulfillment to the very core of us. The richly-golden autumn holidays are that uniquely splendid time of year when I feel my longings, my creativity, my emotions, and my empathy begin to open up deep within me the way an amazingly willing flower opens up to the beckoning ... {more please!}

The Best Basic Mashed Potatoes, When Getting Back to Basics Is Best

The Best Basic Mashed Potatoes | thecozyapron.com

Even though all the little extras added into a recipe sure can make it unique and tasty, there are times when getting back to basics and keeping things a little more unadulterated and simple, like these Best Basic Mashed Potatoes, is the most delicious and comforting way to go. Anyone who has frequented The Cozy Apron over the years probably knows by now that what I like to do is put a little spin or “twist” of my very own on just about every recipe that ... {more please!}

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar, Like Warm Little Spoonfuls Of Bliss On The Tongue

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar | thecozyapron.com

I adore the winter months, and only wish that here in Southern California we had more of an opportunity to feel the crispness, the coldness, the briskness, and the icy-chill in a black, star-studded evening sky. But alas, we don't. For now, all I have are my memories of the frigid winters of my childhood and teen years in Michigan where I took immense comfort in being bundled up, all snuggly, in coat, hat, and scarf, and I like to keep those close to my heart ... {more please!}

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed

Crispy-Roasted Smashed Parmesan Potatoes | thecozyapron.com

I won't speak for you, but I certainly prefer comfort, peace, and sunny skies to discomfort, difficulty, and foggy-grey days. If everyday life was left up to me, I'd love nothing more than to luxuriate in simplicity, ease, things always working perfectly when needed and never breaking down, complete harmony in all relationships, and an abundance of money coupled with a scarcity of problems. I have yet to meet anyone that would much prefer to find themselves in the midst of challenge, shortage, illness, or general ... {more please!}

Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things

Buttery French Green Beans | thecozyapron.com

Ah, the beloved Thanksgiving table! It can look like a never-ending line of saucy-ness, richness, sweetness and savory-ness, which frankly, is perfectly fine with me. That's exactly as it should be! The more buttery biscuits, pillowy rolls, flowing gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing (or dressing) and sweet cranberry sauce, the better; but for this Thanksgiving, I'm offering up at least one clean, green, simple and crisp take on a favorite, just to balance things a smidge! Green bean casserole is one of our favorite ... {more please!}

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing, and a Soft Place to Rest One’s Soul

Golden Autumn Corn Dressing | thecozyapron.com

Often times at the tail-end of a very long day, I find myself struggling to keep my eyes open. Perhaps you can relate? It doesn't matter whether I'm watching a really good movie or watching a truly fascinating show on a topic that any other time would have my full attention, I just can't seem to stop my eyes from fluttering and then finally closing, and my head from bobbing and nodding and then suddenly jerking up in fake awake-ness. And when things get to that ... {more please!}

Garlic-Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls with Asiago Cheese, and Indulging with Joy and Abandon

Garlic and Rosemary Pull-Apart Rolls with Asiago Cheese | thecozyapron.com

When I think of all of the fabulous food that is so much a central part of the Thanksgiving Day celebration, I get a sort of warm feeling in my belly, and a child-like excitement that we can partake in all of those wonderful goodies so whole-heartedly and with such sheer glee! Thanksgiving is a time to get together in the spirit of gratitude, love and remembrance for the gifts that we have in our lives; it's a time to ease the mind and dive freely ... {more please!}

Cheesy Southwestern Four Potato & Veggie Casserole, A Colorful And Flavorful Mosaic To Feast On

Southwestern Casserole

The world that we live in is an amazing place. It's full of colorful and shapely “bits and pieces” that make up the totality of our existence, just like the pieces of a puzzle make up a complete picture. All one needs to do is look out the window to bare witness to it. Whether one peers out and sees something natural such as the flowers in all of their brilliance, gloriously adorned in their colors and the various velvety robes that give them their individual ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: Cheesy Potatoes au Gratin, And Bundling Up To Embrace The Cold Outside

Potatoes au Gratin

The little traditions and special family rituals that go along with the holidays are very precious to me. I take comfort in them, and set them apart from any other little things that we do in our day to day lives as a family; because we seem to have come up with them — created them — specifically to invoke a sense of coziness, magic, warmth and connection with the spiritual, which is so very important to our family. And though each year the weeks leading ... {more please!}

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Gluten-Free Quinoa & Wild Rice Dressing, A Taste Of Healthy Decadence

Gluten-Free Dressing (Stuffing)

Decadent food is so much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday that to try to prepare too “healthy” a spread would most likely result in a frustrated and disappointed table of guests, and who would want that? Not I, for one. So let's just agree right off the bat that with this post, we're not going to be talking about how to “lighten up” this much delighted in and celebrated holiday meal. No, let's just say that we're going to try to find a way to ... {more please!}

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