Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

Farberware Cookware Set & Baking Sheet Set Giveaway: Day 4

It's Day 4 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Let's get in the kitchen today - who needs some new pots and pans and baking sheets?
Farberware is here to save your day.

Farberware Cookware Set & Baking Sheet Set Giveaway: Day 4
Are you guys having fun yet?

We are already on Day 4! Make sure to head back to days two and three and get entered too - there is still time.

Now, if there is ONE thing we have all learned in 2020, it is the way around our kitchens. We are all home, cooking and baking, much more than we have in past years. Whether it's my famous banana bread {which saw a lot of traffic this past Spring} or you take the more savory route with a big pot of soup, our kitchen pots, pans and baking sheets are getting a lot of use.

If yours are looking a bit dingy or chipped, today is your day!

Farberware Cookware Set & Baking Sheet Set Giveaway: Day 4

First we have Farberware's 120 Limited Edition Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set. In this gorgeous retro aqua color!

This set features a thick aluminum disk wrapped in ultra-durable, edge-to-edge stainless steel plate, with a full cap base that provides faster, more even heat for cooking. This built to last cookware set performs like new much longer than an ordinary pan. With retro handles, this set includes a saucepan, stock pot, nonstick frying pan, three beechwood kitchen utensils and a bonus recipe card.

And just when you thought a new cookware set was cool, let's not forget about baking! The holidays need cookies and treats, don't they?

Farberware Cookware Set & Baking Sheet Set Giveaway: Day 4

Second, we have Farberware's 120 Limited Edition Nonstick 3-Piece Baking Pans Set. In this beautiful rose gold color!

Featuring solid-gauge steel construction, these sheet pans resist warping and have long-lasting nonstick inside and out for great food release with quick cleanup. Oven safe to 450 degrees, they are ideal for making family-sized batches of chocolate chip cookies, crisping up French fries or roasting chicken and vegetables. Plus the sheet pans are dishwasher safe for fast, easy cleanup.

Two great sets of Farberware products for you!

How about that!

Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I'll be choosing one winner via those social media handles as well. U.S. residents only please. Two random winners will be chosen on December 7th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Farberware for partnering on this post. Their holiday deals are still going strong so please visit their site for your shopping needs.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Charcuterie Board Gift Pack Giveaway: Day 3

It's Day 3 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today is all about snacking! Three cheers to Cabot Cheese, my friend Megan at The Chicish Chick and some cute Pioneer Woman products, your holiday table will never look better.

Charcuterie Board Gift Pack Giveaway: Day 3

Day 1 and Day 2 have been big hits so far! If you missed them you still have time to enter so make sure to go back here and here for multiple chances to win.

Now today is all about holiday entertaining!

Yes, this year looks different. Unfortunately we are not gathering in large groups and many of us are not seeing many family members, BUT that doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the holidays like we have in the past.

One of our favorite traditions of years past {especially with my side of the family} is to have the main kitchen island filled with snacks and munchies. And what is the big hit of this past year? Charcuterie boards! These boards are filled with cheeses, nuts, meats, crackers, fruits, chocolate and more. They are such a fun way to eat and snack...and make your food look pretty!

Charcuterie Board Gift Pack Giveaway: Day 3

Since charcuterie boards are all the rage, I wanted to make sure they were incorporated into this year's giveaways. My dear friend Megan, from The Chicish Chick, is a fellow Iowa lifestyle blogger. This Fall she released both a charcuterie board design book + these cute, individual charcuterie boards!

They are perfect for place settings during the holidays. I encourage you to drool over her photos HERE. Megan has incredible taste and her place setting photos are gorgeous. She has many left in her store, so make sure to grab some for your table today.

Charcuterie Board Gift Pack Giveaway: Day 3

Now, having a cheese board isn't enough...I had to include more fun goodies. Cabot Cheese and I have worked together many times over the years, they are always very gracious to me. I mean you can't have a charcuterie board without cheese, right?

I drool over their Sharp White Cheddar Cheese every time I'm at Costco {their big block lasts me forever}. I highly suggest grabbing a block of their cheese the next time you are grocery shopping you won't be disappointed.

On top of cheese, you also need some utensils! The Pioneer Woman has an adorable 4-piece cheese knife set that includes: a flat cheese knife, cheese fork, small spade and an open work blade knife. And I threw in her cute and adorable bowl - perfect for olives, nuts or fruit spreads.

Charcuterie Board Gift Pack Giveaway: Day 3

So, here's the fun part!

TWO winners will receive the following:
Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I'll be choosing one winner via those social media handles as well. U.S. residents only please. TWO random winners will be chosen on December 6th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Cabot Cheese and the The Chicish Chick for partnering on this giveaway. Please visit their sites for your holiday shopping needs.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dirt Road Candle Co. Giveaway: Day 2

It's Day 2 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

Today I'm bringing a fan favorite to the table - the most popular candles here in the Midwest.

Dirt Road Candle Co. Giveaway: Day 2

Hey friends, it's Day 2!

If you missed out on yesterday's kick-off be sure to head HERE and get entered. It's a dandy! And today is just as fun.

So back in 2016 I happened upon a starter candle company here in Iowa, ordered one and immediately fell in love. Fast forward four years later and that little candle company is now a BIG candle company. HUGE candle company. What Michelle has done with her business is one for the books.

Dirt Road Candle Co. has exploded from it's humble beginnings. I finally met Michelle is real life this Fall when we met for lunch and she was everything I knew she would be - down to earth, real, funny, laid-back and just sweet as punch.

Dirt Road Candle Co. Giveaway: Day 2

What I love about small businesses is that we all support each other. Michelle is a long time supporter of my food blog and I now only buy her candles {seriously, it would be like cheating if I even thought about buying a different brand}.

If you follow Michelle on Instagram {you should} you'll see not only her candle business, which continues to grow, but you'll also see her farm life - her cows, her husband's business, their new home - and just how much she loves her customers. I've told told Michelle if she lived closer to me I'd happily be her assistant.

Dirt Road Candle Co. Giveaway: Day 2

What is so much fun about Dirt Road Candle Co. is that each season she comes out with a handful of seasonal scents. Each year they keep getting better too! Her candles are hand poured in small batches and she only uses pure, renewable, American grown soy wax that is paraben and phthalate free with a 100% cotton wick.

I've had many favorite scents over the years and I'm so happy Michelle agreed to partner in this giveaway!

THREE winners will receive the following:
  • 16 oz. Sweet Muffin Candle {one of my favorites}
  • 16 oz. Holiday Scent Candle {Spritz Cookie, Cozy Christmas or All Is Bright}
  • $25 shop credit to Dirt Road Candle Co.
  • Bottle of antique matches
Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as I'll be choosing one winner via those social media handles as well. U.S. residents only please. Three random winners will be chosen on December 5th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Michelle at Dirt Road Candle Co. for partnering on this post. Please visit her website for more holiday gift ideas!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Wayfair Gift Card + Air Fryer Giveaway: Day 1

It's Day 1 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

We are kicking off this series with a bang from my friends at Wayfair, plus my new favorite Air Fryer.

Wayfair Gift Card + Air Fryer Giveaway: Day 1
Welp! It's here! My 5th Annual holiday giveaway series kicks off today and I could not be more excited {and exhausted}. After months of planning I have 12 days of fun lined up for my faithful readers who have supported me since 2009.

Yes, I've been food blogging for 11 years!

Today is a great day to have happened upon my blog because Day 1 is a dandy. Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with some wonderful companies and I'm always so happy when they want to give back as well.

Wayfair Gift Card + Air Fryer Giveaway: Day 1

Wayfair and I have partnered together so many times over the years. They are a wonderful company to work with! Do you remember my delicious Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two recipe? That sweet dessert was developed while working with them.

I've made it MULTIPLE times and I have no shame in admitting that.

What I love, love, love about Wayfair is that you can purchase almost anything from them. Need a new couch? How about a blender? Maybe an outdoor patio set? They have it ALL.

When in talks with Wayfair I told them, this year I not only want to give them cash to purchase whatever they want off your site, but I want to give them product as well. And they said yes - why not! I had been eyeing an Air Fryer for months for myself {well, my family too} we went ahead and ordered a couple for you guys too!

Wayfair Gift Card + Air Fryer Giveaway: Day 1

Yes, you are reading this right!

TWO winners will receive a $100 Wayfair gift card + a GoWISE USA 3.5 Liter Programmable Air Fryer.

Use the Wayfair cash to buy whatever you want and use the Air Fryer to dish up all your favorite foods to your family! We've been LOVING this Air Fryer. It is great for reheating leftovers {burgers, hot dogs, leftover pizza}, plus we love heating up our favorite appetizers on the weekends {mozzarella sticks, mini tacos, potato skins and more}. Cinnamon rolls on a recent Saturday morning were also a big hit.

We are a family of 5 and this size has worked well for us. Usually two batches of cooking fills us up!

Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter. Also, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I'll be chosing one winner via those social media handles as well. U.S. Residents only please. Two random winners will be chosen on December 4th.

A big, beautiful thank you to Wayfair for partnering on this post. For many wonderful gift ideas this holiday season please visit their expansive site.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Eggnog Cookies

All the flavors of eggnog in a cookie!
These are soft and slightly spices, plus they jazz up a holiday dessert platter.

Eggnog Cookies

I wanted to give you a fun new cookie before my BIG holiday series kicks off on Tuesday! If it is your first time around these parts set an alarm to check back in on December 1st {and for the remaining 11 days after} as this year is my 5th Annual 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.

It's exactly like it sounds - I give away a TON of stuff! Each day I feature a company and/or product and then turn around and sprinkle all the fun onto you. It's a super popular holiday series that has grown big over the years, so stay tuned.

But before we get to that - it's cookie time!

Eggnog Cookies

Honestly, I don't remember drinking eggnog growing up. I'm not sure why? I'm guessing it just wasn't something my Mom bought during the holidays.

Several years back I became a Brand Ambassador with Kalona SuperNatural in Kalona, Iowa. I use and love their dairy products {so creamy and rich and just fabulous} and low and behold last year they sent me their eggnog.

Well there was no turning back after that!

It's incredibly rich and thick and full of cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. I immediately started putting it in my morning coffee as a creamer {if you haven't tried this, put it on your holiday to do list}.

Eggnog Cookies

One morning while drinking my coffee I dreamt up these Eggnog Cookies. I mean, why not put eggnog in the batter?

Seemed like a good idea to me! So I got to work. These are the perfect cookies to make if you have just a small bit of eggnog left in the fridge. Just a half of a cup gives these cookies an underlying creamy, nutmeg flavor. It's not overwhelming - yet it's perfect.

And to pump up the volume a bit, don't forget to add the holiday sprinkles! My 6 year old added them to mine. It got a bit messy, I'm sure I'll be sweeping up sprinkles for months....but she had fun. 

Eggnog Cookies

These perfect drop cookies are soft and tender and with the small bit of cream of tarter in the dough, it also makes them a bit chewy in the middle.

The eggnog, additional cinnamon and nutmeg really bring out the holiday flavors in this one - they will make people go, "what kind of cookie is this again?". Be prepared to share the recipe, people will ask for it.

These are great fresh out of the oven and stay good for a few days in a covered container, but they also freeze really well too. If you are like me I bake cookies all December long and freeze most along the way. Then when we go somewhere or just want a treat, I pull out a few samples for everyone to share.

Eggnog Cookies

I can't wait to see you make my Eggnog Cookies!

Snap a photo and be sure to tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} - I'll share the love! And until then, tune in the first two weeks of December for my holiday giveaways. I'm certain you'll enjoy the fun.

Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 26 Min
Taste the hint of eggnog in these soft holiday cookies! They jazz up any holiday cookie platter.


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t cream of tarter
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Kalona SuperNatural Eggnog (or any brand)
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup Christmas sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet with cookie spray.
  2. In a stand mixer combine the sugar and butter until smooth. Add in the eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, cream of tarter, cinnamon, nutmeg.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, measure the dough out into 12 small balls onto the cookie sheet. Top with a Christmas sprinkles.
  7. Bake for 16 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cookie rack.
  8. Keep the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.



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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

28 Holiday Appetizers

Holiday grub is here! Finger foods and appetizers are what make the time between Thanksgiving and New Years so much fun! 

Browse through this list of my 28 favorites.

28 Holiday Appetizers

I've always said I'd take a platter of snacks and appetizers over a big fancy meal any day. It's not that I don't love a great meal, but I love having a variety of foods to try. Just a couple bites and samples of everything, just a bit more fun you know?

And now is the time of year for those appetizers TO SHINE.

From right now...Thanksgiving week leading up to New Year's Day we munch and snack and get all of the holiday goodies we can get our fingers on.

I've picked my 28 favorites for you {because why make you do any work, that's my job}, so why not take a moment to browse and plan your holiday snacks with me.  And because I want to make it easier for you I've divided them up into four categories: dips, small bites, baked cheeses & spreads and meatballs. Plus two extra for fun.

Here we go!

28 Holiday Appetizers

Holiday Dips

28 Holiday Appetizers

Holiday Small Bites

28 Holiday Appetizers

Baked Cheeses & Spreads

28 Holiday Appetizers


28 Holiday Appetizers

Miscellaneous Fun

28 Holiday Appetizers

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Multiple Ways to Make Thanksgiving Stress Free with Hy-Vee

Thanksgiving is looking different this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose our special traditions. Here are 5 ways to keep those Thanksgiving memories alive with Hy-Vee.

This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine,

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With so many families not hosting big Thanksgiving dinners this year, it has made us all rethink our big feasts. We still want all the family traditions - the turkey, mashed potatoes and variety of pies - but we may have to do it a bit different.

Many of us traditionally travel to parents and grandparents {who handle all the big items} and we just bring a side dish to share - but this year a lot of us are being faced with the thoughts of making a full meal BY OURSELVES.

Don’t stress!

If this year has taught us anything, it is to take some help where we can get it. In this case, we all know Hy-Vee can cook up a storm, so why not take some help from them?

Hy-Vee’s Aisles Online is here to help us! Browse and fill your cart now with all the Thanksgiving essentials. Work in batches - add items to your cart as you think of them! That is the brilliance of online shopping. Everything is saved in your cart for easy access so you can check and double check your list before scheduling a pick up or delivery.

Make sure to also download the Aisles Online App to load digital coupons, see what’s on sale, rack up Fuel Saver rewards to save money on gas and best of all, shop from anywhere.

Buy a Ham, Get a Turkey - did you hear that? Hy-Vee is once again running their annual deal through November 30. You get a FREE 10 to 14 lb. frozen turkey with the purchase of a Hormel Cure 81 whole boneless ham.

Hy-Vee chefs are also always around to help. They have prepared a number of recipes and tips which you can find on their website. No need to create your own, they’ve already tested the great ones!

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Now, what if you are saying, “Ally, I don’t want to stress about cooking AT ALL this year”. That’s okay. Hy-Vee has you covered!

Go ahead and order one of their Holiday Meal Packs. They do the work, you eat well. Many families prefer the Meal Packs so they can not only save money, but also to save time. Instead of fretting over making a meal, these prepared meals give you more time to relax, watch the Thanksgiving Day parade or catch the big football game.

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This year, Hy-Vee is offering Holiday Meal Packs for 2, 4, 6 or more. For example, you can get a ham or turkey dinner that serves 4, with sides, rolls, gravy and a dessert for less than $50. What a deal!

Other options available: Brunch for 2, 4 or 6. Prime Rib Dinners, Bakery Bundles and other Gourmet options. Easy online ordering lets you customize your dinner, then all you have to do is reheat the meal according to directions.

Even if you don’t want to order a FULL meal - go ahead and take a little help with their dessert trays, charcuterie boards or fruit & veggie trays. Ease some of the work, so you can focus on what is important.

And let’s not forget, the day after Thanksgiving is still Black Friday!

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The perfect holiday gift for Hy-Vee is the Black Friday gift card promotion. On November 27th only shoppers can receive a $20 Hy-Vee gift card when you spend $150 in select gift cards. Available in store only. 

This is a great day to stock up on gift cards for teenagers, college students and for those family members who you won’t see this year during the holidays. Everyone loves the joy of a gift card!

Hy-Vee has us completely covered for Thanksgiving, don’t you think?

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