Santa Hat Brownie Bites

My husband and I love hosting our friends and family at our house. It’s always nice to gather with people you care about to catch up and enjoy eats and drinks together. The dishes afterwards are the worst, but the memories make up for cleaning off any grime (I’m so cheesy). This past Saturday we […]

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Peppermint Popcorn Snowballs

There are few things I enjoy more than bonding over food with my daughter. We’ve had a lot of fun food experiences already – we’ve cheered to cheese cheese sticks, sipped happily on smoothies and enjoyed grilled octopus together at one of my family’s favorite restaurants. And to think she’s only two – I can’t […]

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Leftover Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Pesto

If you’re a fan of the TV show, Friends, you know all about the sitcom’s Thanksgiving episodes and the brilliance behind some of the turkey day story lines. Shout out to my favorite – The One Where Ross Got High. Thanksgiving is in some way featured every season (season 2 is the only one without […]

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Farro & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Not that I’m complaining, but it seems that the world is skipping over Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas these days. I’m guilty of it too and have found myself convincing my husband to start decking the halls with me in our home. Thankfully, he’s just as crazy about this time of year and we […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Today I’m talking about bacon-wrapped dates because the holidays are among us and it’s time to bring out all of the warm and savory apps. Can I get a YUM?! My mom has been making these salty, sweet bites for years now and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them over the years at our fall/winter gatherings. My […]

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Spooky Halloween Peanut Butter Cups & Chocolate Covered Oreos

With Halloween a few days away, I’m bringing out all of the tricks and treats for our family to enjoy this holiday! Being a mom has really made me appreciate and elevate all holiday traditions, and as our toddler has gotten older, it’s been so sweet watching her enjoy the traditions as much as we […]

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Dark Chocolate & Caramel Pretzels

Does anyone else enjoy the casual stroll through Costco with their spouse? My husband and I live for the days we’re able to walk around Costco together checking out their furniture and unbelievable cheese section (cheese in bulk, yes please!), and of course racing down the aisles to try every sample in the store. We’re […]

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Sparkling Cider

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!! Yes, even moms like me who don’t work a typical 9-5 still celebrate on Fridays because it means the weekend is just one sweet day away. Last weekend was great because I got to go on a date with my husband (shout out and thanks to the in-laws for watching the kids) and […]

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Baked Brie with Apples and Pancetta

I am convinced I have cheese in my veins. Not just because I love it, but because it’s been my BFF ever since I started eating. We’ve been through it all, me and cheese – breakups, holidays and fun times with family and friends. I used to snack on cheese with my Yiayia when we’d […]

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Happy Birthday, Marina Makes!

A newborn, career change, and over 100 posts later and the blog is a year old! It’s been quite the adventure starting Marina Makes, one that I never really thought I’d still be on, but here I am still keeping up and sharing my love for food and crafts. It’s still messy around here (very messy […]

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