Hunting for adorable temp-tations® Easter eggcessories? Found!

temp-tations® Old World Egg HuntEaster – with all the wonderful ways it’s celebrated – is just around the corner! So now’s the time to gather new Easter goodies, and create a charming presentation on your holiday table with darling new egg-shaped Nesting Bowls, egg-shaped Appetizer Plates, and Bunny and Basket Salt & Pepper Sets – all in a new twist on the Old World pattern called Egg Hunt. Featuring bright, happy colors, as well as adorable eggs with dots and squiggles, these favorites are oh so fun!

temp-tations® egg-shaped Nesting Bowls and  Appetizer Plates

The festive egg-shaped Nesting Bowls are perfect for serving everything from candy, cookies and sweets to dips, snacks and sides. And since they nest together for easy storage, they create a beautiful display in a hutch or on a sideboard. Lovely egg-shaped Appetizer Plates are versatile enough for everything from hors d’ouevres to snacks to desserts, and they make Easter entertaining an absolute joy.

temp-tations® Bunny and Basket Salt & Pepper Sets

The adorable Bunny and Basket Salt & Pepper Sets will charm children and adults alike and look wonderful as part of a spring centerpiece. Whether you’re a bunny-lover or a collector of salt and pepper shakers, you won’t want to miss out on these – and they’re available in both Old World Egg Hunt and Floral Lace seasonal colors :-)

A fanciful addition to your collection, these wonderful new temp-tations® will add a festive spring feel to holiday dinners, garden parties, Easter egg hunts and more!

And while you’re planning celebrations, don’t forget to go green this St. Paddy’s Day. Try yummy green-themed recipes that family and friends will love. The collection below includes some our most popular, most pinned recipes!

temp-tations® St. Patrick's Day recipes

(Recipes listed are from top to bottom, and from left to right.)

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Pasta Bake

Zucchini Quick Bread

Spinach and Cheddar Frittata

Green Bean Casserole

Pesto Broccoli Pasta Bake

Easy Cheesy Zucchini



Celebrate My Birthday with a New Signature Color, Free Shipping & More

temp-tations® New Signature Color, Eggplant

Yippee! It’s my birthday, and I’m excited to share so many new things with you. First off, you asked for it, and now it’s here – a gorgeous new Eggplant color that’s wonderfully elegant. And it’s my favorite :-) That’s why I’m so thrilled to introduce both Old World and Floral Lace in Eggplant in celebration of my birthday – for all of you who just adore the color purple like I do.

Get the look now and create a beautiful presentation on your table with new mugs, bowls, dinner plates, bakers and more. (Here’s an added bonus: since many of the new Eggplant items are available in Open Stock, you can get the number of place settings you need.)

temp-tations® Old World and Floral Lace in Eggplant

And because it’s my birthday, I want you to have your cake and eat it, too! That’s why you’ll get free standard shipping on orders of $40 or more, now through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.* Simply use promo code CAKE4ME in the shopping cart. But better hurry and get your favorites before this offer’s over.

I’m also eager to share new heart-shaped Floral Lace lovelies in hot colors that will warm up your kitchen and your heart in no time flat. In fact, they’re so bright and cheery, they’re the next best thing to a tropical vacation ;-) From charming measuring sets and mixing bowls, to heart bakers, muffin pans and ramekins, it’s time to get happy and brighten every day with Floral Lace favorites that are sure to make the winter blues melt away.

temp-tations® Floral Lace heart-shaped items in bright colors

Also, I’ve added more goodies in the new Hugs & Kisses pattern, like this heart-shaped measuring set and mixing bowl with whisk. They complement the Hugs & Kisses mugs and nesting bowls that made their debut a few weeks ago on So adorable, they’re all sure to spread the love. Enjoy!

temp-tations® Hugs & Kisses pattern

And finally, the Heart-Shaped Measuring Set is now available in Old World Nista-fetti, too! But if you love new Nista-fetti, better scoop it up quick. Since I launched the color combination earlier this month, it’s been one of my fastest-selling customer favorites! temp-tations® Old World Heart-Shaped Measuring Set


*Get free standard shipping on orders with subtotals of $40 or more through Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET. Enter promo code CAKE4ME in the shopping cart, and select standard shipping. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not applicable to orders shipped to Canada.

Love is All You Nista!

Introducing new Nistafetti color combination

In honor of all the temp-tationistas and temp-tationisters out there who love all things temp-tations, I created this exciting new Old World™ Nista-fetti color just for you! Featuring a combination of your favorite bright and lively colors such as eggplant, hot pink, and green, it brings a pop of color to your kitchen and countertops!

I just knew you’d love this color combo, and it has sold so quickly.  Inventory is already limited, and I’m working on the next round of designs. Do you have a favorite temp-tations piece you’d like to see in Nista-fetti? Share your Nista-fetti Wish List in the comments below, and I’ll keep you posted when the next batch arrives!

temp-tations® Old World Sentiment Heart Baker in Nista-fetti

Temp-tations lovers have been calling themselves “temp-tationistas” and “temp-tationisters” (or Nistas and Nisters, for short) for several years now, and have been gathering together on Facebook, on and on to share stories, recipes, and talk about all things related to temp-tations, food, fun and family. From the small group that started it all just a few years ago, the temp-tations love has blossomed and grown! And I just love that it’s an incredibly active, vibrant community of fans who are constantly sharing photos of their favorite dishes and collections, beautiful holiday tables and every day meals, cooking tips, and ideas for mixing and matching. All because you love temp-tations – and love is all you Nista!

temp-tations® Old World Heart-Shaped Muffin Pan in Nista-fetti

I designed Nista-fetti (or Nister-fetti, if you prefer, gentlemen) in honor of all the Nistas and the wonderful men we lovingly call Nisters. You inspire me every day, so this is a bright and lovely pattern to inspire you! And for something incredibly delicious that celebrates the creation of Nista-fetti, you’ll love this Nista Berry Cupcake recipe. Yum!

From heart-shaped favorites in Nista-fetti, to everyday essentials like the new 13×9 Amoré baker in Nista-fetti, you’ll find wonderful new pieces available in Old World Nista-fetti for cooking and baking all your favorite dishes. (Your response has been incredible, and inventory is already limited! Please know that I’m working on the next round of designs – so stay tuned.)

Are you a Nista or Nister? Share your story with us! We want to know.

temp-tations® Old World Nista-fetti


Top 10 temp-tations Fan Photos

It’s the final countdown of 2014! As a special thank you to all my fans I’ve compiled my Top 10 Fan Photos of 2014. It wasn’t easy…all of your photos are truly gorgeous! If you don’t find your photo, maybe you’ll find some inspiring ways to decorate with your temp-tations! Thank you all for a wonderful 2014 and I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

10. Taken by: Jennifer A.


9. Taken by: Melinda H.


8. Taken by: Jennifer S.


7. Taken by: Sherrie W.


6. Taken by: Karen S.


5. Taken by: Patricia P.


4. Taken by: Diane D.


3. Taken by: Angela B.


2. Taken by: Diane D.


1. Taken by: Kim C.












Top 10 temp-tations Recipes

The countdown continues, with my Top 10 Recipes from 2014! I just love sharing these delicious recipes with everyone. Anyone can be a great chef, with the right recipe and the perfect temp-tations baker. Let me know if you see your favorite recipe below!


10. Sausage, Egg & Cheese Puffs



1 pound ground breakfast sausage

10 eggs

1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese

1 (16 ounce) bag shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese

1 (7 ounce) can green chili peppers, drained

½ cup butter, melted

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion or garlic powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Sliced green onions, chopped bell peppers, diced ham (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage all the way through. Drain, crumble and set aside.

Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese, green chilies & any optional ingredients you like. (If prepping the night before, refrigerate at this point).

Stir in melted butter, flour, baking powder, salt, onion or garlic powder and black pepper.

Spoon into 24 lightly greased muffin cups.

Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until lightly browned.


9. Nutty Bacon Rollups



1 loaf sandwich bread (white or whole grain)

1 lb bacon (not thick sliced)

1 jar peanut butter – creamy or chunky, your choice!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Trim crust off bread and discard. Cut each slice in half horizontally, then set aside.

Cut bacon strips in half, then set aside. Spread each piece of bread with peanut butter and then roll up, starting with the short end. Wrap ½ slice of bacon around each roll and secure with a toothpick. Then place on your Lid-It, seam side down.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked and edges of bread are browned.


8. Easy Turkey Taco Bites



1 package small flour tortillas

1 pound ground turkey

⅔ cup water

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 cup shredded lettuce

2 cups finely shredded Mexican cheese blend

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Using a biscuit or round cookie cutter, cut 2-inch circles from the flour tortillas, ending up with 24 circles. Gently press each circle into your temp-tations mini muffin pan, then bake 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, cook turkey over medium-high heat until brown. Then add water and taco seasoning, and continue to cook over medium heat until thickened.

Remove from heat and spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each tortilla cup, then top with chopped tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.


7. S’mores Brownies



Nonstick cooking spray

6 double graham crackers

1 (17.6-ounce) package dark fudge brownie mix

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups miniature marshmallows

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 3.5-quart temp-tations baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Completely cover the bottom of the baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers.

In a large mixing bowl, prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Add vanilla extract, 1 cup of the miniature marshmallows, and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips to the batter, gently folding in.

Pour the batter over the graham crackers, using a spatula to spread evenly throughout dish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until set and toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.

Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips over the top. Bake 5 additional minutes and then let cool for 5 minutes more. Slice into 16 squares and serve warm.


6. Cherry Kiss Cookies



1 cup butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

6 drops red food coloring, optional

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased temp-tations® 13×9 inch Lid-Its®.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.


5. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rollups



1 loaf of soft white bread

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese

1 1/2 cups of sugar, divided

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsps cinnamon (or to taste)

½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Trim the crusts from the bread and roll the slices flat. Beat together the cream cheese, ½ cup of sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Spread the bread slices with cream cheese mixture and roll them corner-to-corner.

Mix the remaining 1 cup of sugar with the cinnamon and quickly roll the slices through the melted butter (or brush them with a pastry brush) and then through the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

Best served warm. These freeze very well.


4. Lasagna Rollups



1 lb Ricotta cheese

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic, grated


Salt and Pepper, to taste

Lasagna noodles (boiled just till pliable)

Pasta Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together Ricotta cheese, egg, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. You can also add chopped spinach if you want. Spread mixture on noodles, and roll up.

In large temp-tations baker, put down a layer of sauce. Place the rolled noodles seam side down, top with sauce, sprinkle with additional Mozzarella and Parmesan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so until hot and bubbly.

The filled noodles freeze well in a sealed ziplock bag.


3. Pizza Dip



1 lb. cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups ricotta cheese

1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 cup marinara sauce

2 cups grated mozzarella

4 ounces sliced pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add ricotta cheese and blend well. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic salt and the pepper and blend well.

Put the cheese mixture into your 2-quart temp-tations bowl, smoothing out the top. Top with the marinara sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and place the sliced pepperoni on top. Sprinkle with a little more Italian seasoning.

Bake in preheated oven approximately 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with sliced Italian bread, chips or crackers for dipping.


2. Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes




2 eggs

⅔ cup sugar

¼ cup pineapple juice

½ tsp vanilla

⅔ cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt


¼ cup butter

⅔ cup brown sugar, packed

⅛ tsp cinnamon

1 can pineapple rings

6 maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray your temp-tations Texas muffin pan with non-stick spray. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pineapple juice and vanilla until smooth. Then slowly stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved.

Pour 1 heaping tablespoon into the bottom of each muffin cup. Top with one pineapple ring and place a cherry in the center of each ring. Then pour cake batter over each pineapple ring, filling the cups ¾ full.

Bake for 22 – 25 minutes or until centers are set. Then remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

Run a sharp knife around each one to help loosen. Lay a wire cooling rack over the top of the pan and flip it over. Set rack on a cookie sheet, allowing excess sauce to drip off.


1. Cherry Cream Danish



2 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed

1 large can cherry pie filling

2 (3.25 ounce) vanilla pudding snack cups

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tsps orange juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Lay puff pastry sheets on a clean surface and cut each sheet into nine equal squares. Spread one heaping teaspoon of vanilla pudding in the center of each square, on a diagonal. Top with a small scoop of cherry pie filling. Fold the side corners over the cherries, forming a cannoli shape.

Place on your temp-tations Lid-It. Continue until all 18 are done. You will need to bake these in two batches. If desired, brush the tops of each one with egg wash (egg whisked with water) for a shiny finish.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Once cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth. Add more juice if necessary. Drizzle over each danish and serve.

















Top 10 Words of Wisdom

The end of the year is almost here! I’m counting down all my Facebook favorites, starting with my Top 10 Words of Wisdom! These quotes have inspired me throughout the year and continue to inspire me everyday. I hope you’ll enjoy looking back on this year as much as I have. Take a look and see if you can find your favorite.
























2014 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Winner

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The Recipe for the Perfect Holiday Gift, plus *FREE standard shipping

Perfect Holiday Recipe Bowl

Holiday time is upon us, and I know you’re making your list and checking it twice ;-) That’s why I’m so excited to introduce this gorgeous new Holiday “Recipe” Bowl, now in all your favorite Old World colors, including Poinsettia! This beautiful new sentiment bowl happily celebrates festive holiday traditions with a charming “recipe” for the perfect holiday, reminding us of what’s important in life, like cherished moments and family ties. What better way to show your loved ones how much they really mean. Nestled in a sweet keepsake box, the bowl makes a heartfelt holiday gift and is bound to become a treasured family heirloom!

I’m also thrilled to bring you my brand new gift picks for a festive and fanciful holiday table! Whether it’s Old World Poinsettia or Floral Lace Winter, you’ll find wonderful new pieces to bring color and style to holiday entertaining. From Old World Poinsettia & Floral Lace Winter Pitcher and Platter Sets and Floral Lace Winter Mugs, to Old World Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter Spoon Rests, Flower Prep Bowls and more, you can outfit your dining table and countertops in style. Shop now, and get FREE standard shipping when you spend $99!

Old World Poinsettia items

temp-tations® Floral Lace items

Another item you won’t want to miss is the new Oil & Vinegar Entertaining Set that includes the Old World Oil & Vinegar Cruet Set and brand new Old World Flower Prep Bowls. This new smart bundle (a combination of best-selling items + 15% savings) is as functional as it is beautiful. Use it for everything from salad dressings, dipping oils, sauces, veggies and sushi, to egg rolls, French fries and breadsticks!

temp-tations® Oil & Vinegar Entertaining SetAnd then there’s the new Celebrate the Holidays Baking Bundle, featuring a collection of best-selling items with special 15% savings. It’s truly the perfect set for festive holiday celebrations with family and friends, and includes the new Recipe for the Perfect Holiday sentiment bowl, set of two muffin pans, 6-pc. baking set with 9″ pie dish and mini pie dishes, and four dessert plates.


Shop new arrivals now.

Holiday Hosting Ideas: Celebrating the Season with Flair

temp-tations® Winter Whimsy Cheese TrayAs you busily prepare for the holidays by planning menus and family get-togethers, you’ll want to celebrate the season with flair. And a wonderful way to do that is with a brand new serving piece that promises to bring on big smiles. The adorable Winter Whimsy Cheese Tray Set with matching cheese markers and knives combines all-out fun with function, helping you happily serve snacks and appetizers at holiday gatherings big and small :-)

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Featuring the sentiment ‘Joy!’, cute little Christmas trees, polka dots that feel like snowflakes, and a charming black and white striped trim, it just doesn’t get any cuter than this! Plus, a little black pen comes with the set, so you can customize the cheese markers (1 snowman, 1 penguin, and 1 Santa!) based on what you’re serving, and the markers easily wipe clean, to be personalized again and again. The set also includes a spreader for soft cheeses, a knife for breaking up hard cheeses, and a fork for transferring portions to appetizer plates. Makes a wonderful holiday gift too, if you can part with it ;-)

Holiday Hosting Tip #1: A Hearty Appetizer Assortment with Something For Everyone

temp-tations® Winter Whimsy Cheese Tray Markers

Create a beautiful Cheese Tray presentation, and round it out with the perfect assortment of nibbles and crudités! Surround the tray with other temp-tations® ramekins and bowls (I used red Floral Lace here – love how it looks with the set) filled with crostini, crackers, crunchy almonds, fruits, and salty olives.

temp-tations® Floral Lace ramekin

That way, you combine textures and flavors that complement each other, and give everyone a choice of things to sample and savor. Plus, a cheese tray is the ultimate party dish – whether you’re having friends over for drinks, planning a cocktail party menu, or whetting appetites before sitting down to dinner. It’s easy, attractive and pulls together quickly – even at the last minute!

Holiday Hosting Tip #2: Rosemary Place Cards, A Delicious Hint of What’s to Come

temp-tations® Old World Red dinnerware with fresh rosemary place card

It’s often the small touches that make each guest feel welcome. So when you’re hosting a seated dinner, consider a fresh, lovely way to create place cards! Use card stock and a pretty, script font to print each guest’s name. Then take a sprig of rosemary and poke it through the card stock, so that it lays simply across the top. The look is classic, the aroma is wonderful, and it can’t help but be a delicious hint of what’s to come!

Holiday Hosting Tip #3: Candied Grapes for Decorating & Eating

temp-tations® Floral Lace Red ramekin

Incredibly easy, delicious and beautiful ideas are what I look for during the holidays, and these Candied Grapes are just the ticket. Serve alongside other appetizers, put them in bowls to add edible, sparkling décor to your holiday table, or use them to decorate a turkey on a platter. So easy to make! Simply rinse grapes in a colander, and sprinkle with your favorite flavor of Jell-O gelatin mix (I used strawberry). Toss gently and refrigerate for an hour to set. Serve in temp-tations ;-)

I hope your holidays are full of festive food and wonderful times spent with family and friends!

Holiday Hosting Ideas: Delicious Recipes for Your Holiday Table


temp-tations® bakeware and dinnerware

Hosting holiday get-togethers can be joyful, especially when you discover those simple and delicious holiday hits that everyone loves! That’s why I’m so excited about my brand new Holiday Cookbook, featuring over 200 Taste of Home holiday recipes that are easy, elegant and customized to fit temp-tations ovenware  :-)

And to give you a taste of what I’ll be serving for the holidays, I’m sharing a couple of my new cookbook recipes with you here. Plus a few sneak peeks of fabulous new holiday sets that’ll be available on Black Friday, only at!

First up is bubbly Broccoli Cheddar Spread, a delicious hot appetizer to serve with pita chips, crackers or crostini. A welcome change from the classic spinach dip, you won’t believe how fast and easy it is to make, and how much everyone will love it. And of course, you’ll want to serve it in these adorable Christmas Tree Stacking Bowls!

Broccoli Cheddar Spread recipe in a temp-tations® Christmas Tree Stacking BowlNext is a wonderful side dish that combines the best of fall fruits and vegetables! Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples are made special by the addition of brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon and slivered almonds, and this recipe complements any holiday entree – from chicken to turkey to ham. (Hint: both Jonathan and Cortland apples are tart with a bit of sweetness and hold up well in the oven, making them good choices for baking!) And the Sleigh Set Baker in Poinsettia is the perfect way to bake and serve them at your holiday table.

temp-tations® Sleigh Baker and Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples RecipeAnd finally, a luscious condiment recipe that can be spread on warm dinner rolls, croissants, biscuits, sweet potatoes and more. Cranberry Honey Butter makes a great holiday gift from the kitchen and features dried cranberries, honey, and grated orange zest – yum! (In this version, I added cranberry sauce to the recipe to get this beautiful pink hue.) Shown served in a temp-tations ramekin nestled inside a new Sleigh Set Baker in Poinsettia! What a beautiful look for your holiday table.

temp-tations® Cranberry Honey Butter recipe in  Sleigh BakerEnjoy the recipes from my new Holiday Cookbook, be on the lookout for these new sets on Black Friday, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

My New Holiday Cookbook with Over 200 Taste of Home® Recipes!

It’s here! My New Holiday Cookbook – Over 200 Taste of Home Recipes, Customized for temp-tations® Ovenware. 

So many of you have asked for a temp-tations® holiday cookbook, and now it’s finally here. But it gets even better…for my third cookbook, I teamed up with my friends at Taste of Home® and hand-picked over 200 recipes. Then, we customized each recipe to fit temp-tations® ovenware.

The result: easy and elegant holiday recipes that look as good as they taste!

Just like temp-tations®, Taste of Home® helps busy families make the most of mealtime with amazing, tried-and-true recipes created by home cooks around the country. These are the recipes I reach for in my own kitchen time and again, because the flavors are just like the ones I grew up eating around my mother’s table.

And this brand-new Cookbook brings all of them together in fresh and festive new ways…perfect for planning holiday menus!

Here’s a sneak peek at the yumminess inside.

Delicious Holiday Recipes
You’ll find over 200 easy and achievable recipes for every holiday occasion, from formal dinners, to brunches, to casual buffets. And every recipe has been specially developed in the Taste of Home ® test kitchens for a specific size temp-tations® dish, so there’s no guessing which dish to cookbook_lobster dinner.jpg

Gorgeous Recipe Photos
Just wait until you see the 70 breathtaking color photographs with recipes like Hash Brown Nests with Portobellos & Eggs, Hot Apple Pie Sipper, Cranberry Swirl Loaf, Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms, Pizza Macaroni & Cheese and Fudge Temptation Cake. I spent many, many delicious hours in the kitchen, exploring Taste of Home’s amazing collection of recipes to find the ones that I would be proud to serve at my own holiday table. And I can’t wait to hear which ones become favorites on your own holiday table.

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Tara’s Tidbits™, Gift Ideas, Menus and More!
Browse through eight festive chapters, including Joyful Brunches, Jolly Sides, Merry Entrees and Heavenly Desserts. I’ve even included a whole chapter devoted to delicious Gifts From the Kitchen. And, of course, you’ll find plenty of Tara’s Tidbits™ throughout – my very own helpful tips, substitutions and recommendations for how to make the most out of your time in the kitchen. So you can spend more time with the people who matter most. Sharing great food and creating new memories…that’s what temp-tations® – and the holidays – are all about! And, through this cookbook, I hope temp-tations® will become part of your family’s holiday traditions for years to come.

So, from my family to yours, may you create wonderful memories around your table, this holiday season, and always!

Wishing you and your family festive holiday feasting.

Enjoy this yummy holiday recipe from the new cookbook: Molten Chocolate Cherry Cakes

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Floral Lace Winter Pattern Background Downloads!

Give your desktop, mobile phone or cover photo a holiday look with temp-tations Floral Lace Winter pattern.

It’s a beautiful new way to add the colors of the holiday season to your collection and your desktop :)

Download it now: Facebook Cover image |Desktop image | Mobile Phone image

Get instructions on how to update your desktop background (mac or Windows PC), mobile phone or cover photo by clicking on the links.

Add the festive feel of Floral Lace Winter to your Floral Lace collection and table with the 3-qt. Oval Baker with Limitless Lid-It® and other beautiful pieces from

Floral Lace Winter Desktop Image

Seasonal Pattern Downloads!

Add temp-tations seasonal flair to your  mobile phone, desktop or facebook cover photo. Click the links below for beautiful pattern downloads in Harvest, Fallfetti, Poinsettia and Floral Lace Winter!  Enjoy!

Harvest Pattern Downloads

Fallfetti Pattern Downloads

Poinsettia Pattern Downloads

Floral Lace Winter Pattern Downloads

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Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day!

Celebrate national chocolate chip day with these delicious temp-tations chocolate chip recipe favorites.

NTL Chocolate Chip DayChocolate Marshmallow Pizza

Pecan Chocolate Pie Bars

German Chocolate Cake Bars

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake



Happy National Nista Day!

Can you believe it? This month marks temp-tations’ 11th Anniversary! Yes, 11 years of your favorite patterns, delicious family recipes and – most importantly – amazing feedback and support from YOU!

I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible community that has sprung up around temp-tations. You’re more like family, really. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, chatting in-person, on-line or on-air, your enthusiasm and ideas are what keep me going.

Temp-tations is, and will always be, inspired by you, and for you. You’re the reason I keep pushing myself to develop new patterns and pieces designed to make mealtimes easier and family memories more enjoyable for all.

Still, there are times I’ve had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Like the first time I heard a fan call herself a temp-tationista…I was floored! Then the male fans joined the bandwagon (as a temp-tationisters, of course). Before I knew it, there were thousands of fans proudly declaring themselves Nistas or Nisters.

And that’s why we’re celebrating National Nista Day today! Because without you, temp-tations would never be what it is today – not just a way to prep, cook and serve beautiful meals, but a way to celebrate life, family and the good times we share together.

In Honor of National Nista Day, I asked all our temp-tationistas and temp-tationisters to send in their best dessert recipes. Meghan Schnetzler submitted my favorite, so I crowned her Honorary Head Nista. One peek at her winning Butter Pecan Heath Bar Cake recipe and I think you’ll see why!recipe-contest-a

I can’t think of a yummier way to celebrate 11 years of great food, great memories and the amazing people who inspire it all. Here’s to many, many more years ahead!

Great Springtime Recipes

Serve an eggcellent feast with these great springtime recipes!

Springtime Recipes

temp-tations® Deviled Eggs

Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes

Bird Nest Cupcakes

Herb Roasted Chicken Legs

40 Favorite Fan Photos on Pinterest, from temp-tations®

birthday cake on Floral Lace Platter

On February 1st, I’m turning 40! And as I reflect on this big birthday and all I have to be thankful for, I want to take the time to thank you - for all of the amazing ways you continue to offer support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration :-) So in your honor, I’ve gathered together 40 of my favorite fan photos and added them to a special temp-tations® Pinterest board called 40 Favorite Fan Photos.

Follow Temp-tations by Tara McConnell’s board 40 Favorite Fan Photos on Pinterest.

Some are yummy dishes you’ve whipped up, some show the ways you love to mix and match different temp-tations® patterns and colors, some are displays of your beautiful collections and some are simply artful ways to use individual pieces.

Re-pin your favorites and keep posting your own photos to Pinterest and my Facebook page. Let’s all enjoy them together!



A Big Birthday, Valentine’s Love & Beautiful New Sentiment Bowls from temp-tations®

Daughter Sentiment Bowl

On February 1st, I’m having a birthday….yes, I’m turning the big 4-0! And I want everyone to get in on the fun of celebrating it. Of course, it couldn’t come at a better time – because I think you’re going to fall head over heels in love with these gorgeous new Sentiment BowlsThey happily celebrate the women in our lives with charming “recipes” written for the perfect daughter, mother and grandmother.

temp-tations® Sentiment Bowls

The warm and whimsical recipe sentiments featured in the bottom of each bowl remind us what’s important in life, love, and in the kitchen. And how lucky we are to have family ties. What better way to show your mom, daughter or grandmother what she really means to you? Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, her birthday, Mother’s Day, or any day of the year – when you give her one of these bowls, you can be sure she’ll be tickled pink.

temp-tations® Sentiment Bowls

And there’s no shortage of great gifts on! Here are just a few:

Bella 6-pc. Oven-to-Table Set

Old World Vivid Mugs

Floral Lace Pitcher & Platter Set

Valentine's Day Gift ideas from temp-tations®


temp-tations® Pinterest boards and pins – Tara McConnell’s official Pinterest board

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? I use it to pin all kinds of great ideas for delicious recipes, new products, fun ways to decorate and entertain, and wonderful gift suggestions, just to name a few! And I think you’ll enjoy looking at temp-tations Pinterest boards when you’re planning menus and holiday celebrations of all kinds!

Visit Temp-tations by Tara McConnell’s profile on Pinterest.


Temp-tations® Best of Baking Pinterest Board


Follow Temp-tations by Tara McConnell’s board Chocolate Lovers on Pinterest.


Temp-tations® Chocolate Lovers Pinterest Board


Follow Temp-tations by Tara McConnell’s board Chocolate Lovers on Pinterest.


Temp-tations® Cozy Fall Coking Pinterest Board


Follow Temp-tations by Tara McConnell’s board Chocolate Lovers on Pinterest.


You’ll find temp-tations Pinterest boards that are dedicated to Holiday Time, Most Popular Recipes, The Best of Baking, Cozy Fall Cooking, Easy Party Dips and Movie Night Treats, as well as Great Ideas for the Pitcher & Platter SetGame-Day Munchies, Chocolate Lovers and so much more!

Follow temp-tations Pinterest boards, get inspired and re-pin your faves to your own Pinterest boards. But be forewarned, it’s a pastime that can keep you looking, smiling and clicking for longer than you intended ;-)

temp-tations® by Tara

New! Doggie Bowls for our Furry Friends from temp-tations®

temp-tations® Doggie bowls with matching rack and wipe-clean mat

What a special treat for all of our 4-legged friends! Fozzie (my little companion) and I are so happy to introduce brand new temp-tations dog bowls with a matching rack and wipe-clean mat, in honor of Fozzie’s 1st birthday :-) We’ve taken the popular Old World pattern and updated it with an adorable paw print and dog bone motif – and we’ve made it available in two sizes – tiny and small.  The whole idea is enough to make your pup run in circles and bark for more.

temp-tations® dog bowls with matching rack and wipe-clean mat

The rack (also with the bone motif!) raises the dog bowls off the floor, and the wipe-clean mat is made of flexible, slip-resistant foam backing that protects your floor. It features an easy-wipe, waterproof surface that prevents leak-through, and keeps your dog’s feeding area super clean.

So show your pet some love and get shopping. I mean, if you deserve to eat out of temp-tations, doesn’t  your dog? Woof.


Follow Fozzie Back to the USA for Today’s Special Value on QVC

Fozzie_FB QVC Reveal

Back in the USA!!

I sneaked past the front desk, because as you know, I’m not allowed in the QVC studio. But I’m a master of disguise…if anyone asks, my name is Jacques, and I have a very important meeting today, wink wink.

I’m a little jet lagged – can you believe they don’t serve Snausages in coach? Ridiculous. I’m starving. Maybe David has some…

Anyways, I made it back just in the nick of time for TODAY’S SPECIAL VALUE. Told you I was ending up somewhere truly SPECIAL.

Mom is debuting the New temp-tations® Sweet & Savory 10-pc. Baking Set and showing all sorts of French-flavored dishes inspired by her trip. And I thought I should be here of course, to put my best French accent and Parisian style to good use – to get everyone in the mood.

Where’s my director’s chair? Lights, camera, bon appetit!

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: Sightsee from a Sidewalk Cafe & Enjoy Praline Croissant Bread Pudding


I mean, is it too much to ask for a taller chair? Garcon…garcon…?

Oh well. So I hear breakfast here is all about the bread and pastries. Simple. Delicious…but I’m going to need about 6 of these to go, please.

Mom and Granny wanted to find a fun way to use croissants in a recipe, which mom says she ate just about every morning. But it’s so simply perfect for breakfast.”Don’t mess with it,” I said!

So naturally, we made it into a dessert. Open wide for this indulgent take on bread pudding.

Get the recipe for Praline Croissant Bread Pudding now. All I have to say is, “Woooooooooof.”

Now, what does a pup have to do to get some coffee around here? I have somewhere special to be at midnight, and need my espresso! …Garcon?

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: Visit The Eiffel Tower & Enjoy a Caramel Apple Tartine


Well, here we are. Finally. The Eiffel Tower, or as the French (like me) like to say, “Le Tour Eiffel”.

The most recognizable French icon…ain’t she a beauty? If my legs weren’t so small, I’d climb the stairs…but that’s like Everest to a lil dog like me. So the elevator it is.

In honor of this stop on the tour, we want to share a new way to whip up perhaps one of the most recognizable American icons of all time. The Apple Pie.

Check out Mom’s new recipe inspired by the numerous (and I mean numerous) apple tartines she ate here in Paris…mixed with an American favorite – the Caramel Apple.

Get the Caramel Apple Tartine recipe here. Sounds “Eiffelly” delicious. Get it…?

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: See the American Embassy & The New Red, White & Blue Party Set

Fozzie_FB Embassy Americana

Ok, so just like when Mom drops me off at Camp Bowow, I have to say, I am getting a little homesick. Especially since I wandered past the American embassy today and saw the red, white and blue flying high.

Don’t get me wrong. Paris is lovely, and the people are so nice…everyone is giving me treats and telling me how utterly Parisian I look in my beret. But I miss the good ol’ US of A.

So I thought I’d celebrate the homeland with a brand new piece of temp-tations that is sure to make you proud to be…or eat, like an American, on any red, white and blue holiday, or any day of the year!

Get ready to shop for it here starting Monday morning (8/19)!

And now, a song. Oooooooh say can you eaaaaaaaaaat.

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: Visit Joan of Arc & Enjoy French Onion Muffins

Fozzie_FB Joan Onion Puff

Ok, totally not supposed to be up here, but it looked comfortable, and I wanted a better view…

Plus, I wanted to ask her a very important question. I mean, being a hero and all, she must get hungry. And I want to know where to find the best French Onion Soup in town.

Mom said she tried at least 4 different versions, but I mean, I want to know what Joan thinks. So I’m gonna wait here until she starts talkin’, and in the meantime, you guys check out how mom got inspired by the flavors of this iconic cheesy goodness.

Get the French Onion Muffins recipe now. Zut alor!

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: See Monet’s Gardens & Enjoy A Croque Monsieur Casserole


Ahhh, Monet’s Gardens. I love a good garden. Usually, my favorite thing to do in a garden is to go Oui Oui, but this place is just too beautiful for that, if I may say so myself. And mom might not be pleased…

Did I just over-share? Sorry.

I try to be a gentleman, or should I say a “monsieur”, as they say here in France. But sometimes I slip up.

Speaking of…one of mom’s favorite things to eat here is something called a Croque Monsieur, which is kind of a fancy grilled cheese. She took inspiration from this traditional French sandwich and came up with a fun new spin on it – turning it into a casserole.

Check out the Croque Monsieur Casserole recipe here. Bon Appetit!

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris: See The Mona Lisa & Enjoy a BLT Quiche

Fozzie_FB mona quiche

Ok, normally they don’t let my breed in here, but I pulled the cute card.

I had to check out this Mona Lisa chick, and figure out why she is so…unhappy. I thought simple standing in front of her, making my best cute face, would do the trick. But it’s not working, and I’m wondering who she’s staring at? She hasn’t moved since I got here.

Maybe this new BLT Quiche recipe will cheer her up. The French love the quiche, and mom added some American flair.

I’ll just leave it right here. I’ve got places to be, and I don’t think she likes me…

Follow Monsieur Fozzie in Paris & See Where He Ends Up On August 21st

Fozzie_FB Paris Arc Intro

Bonjour! I know what you’re thinking. Where do they make tiny dog berets, right? No idea. Ask my mother.

This week, I’m woofing my way through France at some of my Mom’s favorite sites, from her recent birthday trip with Granny.

All she talks about is how inspired she was by the Parisian cuisine and French flavors while she was there. So I had to check this place out for myself. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the fact that every once in a while a crumble of Gruyére cheese makes it way from her plate to my mouth. But I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

So follow me around over the next five days. I’ll be sharing some peeks of her new recipes that’ll make you say “Ooh la la!”

And see where I end up on August 21st – somewhere truly SPECIAL.

Today’s Special Value on QVC! New temp-tations® Old World Vivid and Floral Lace Handpainted Stoneware 16-pc. Dinnerware Sets


Join me today on QVC, and see these new ceramic dinnerware sets in fresh new patterns!

Bold, modern, more graphic interpretations of my traditional patterns, both Old World Vivid and Floral Lace make a beautiful statement.


They look fabulous on their own or when mixed & matched with the Old World or Floral Lace dinnerware you already treasure.

The perfect way to go bold and set a gorgeous spring table!

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Today’s QVC Schedule:

12 am ET | 3 am ET | 7 am ET | 10 am ET | 12 pm ET | 3 pm ET | 6 pm ET

Old World Vivid and Bold Floral Lace 16-pc. Ceramic Dinnerware Sets include: 

  • four 10 1/2″ Dinner Plates
  • four 8″ Salad Plates
  • four 6 1/2″, 28-oz. Bowls
  • four 16-oz. Mugs

The salad plates feature a lovely new scalloped edge, and the bigger mugs hold a generous 16 ounces of your favorite beverage!


Get it in Old World Vivid Green, Blue, Black, Cranberry, Confetti, Red, Brown and Spice.

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Get it in Floral Lace Blue, Cranberry, Red, Green, Spice, Black, Chocolate and Light Blue.

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Creating beautiful stoneware that feels special to my customers

When I started temp-tations, the goal was to create beautiful pieces of stoneware that would feel special to my customers – pieces that were handcrafted and hand painted from raw materials like clay and natural pigments. I didn’t want to settle for total uniformity in look and feel.

That’s why I love the detail and individual workmanship that goes into the process. Each piece is touched by a skilled artisan – so no two will ever be alike. That’s part of the charm of temp-tations – making each piece unique and collectible.


Our artisans have been hand painting ceramics for years, and each has his or her own styleresulting in varied brushstrokes that make every piece one of a kind. Brushes, stamps, and sponges are used to create beautiful patterns and designs, with occasional variations in the density and depth of color. Every piece is slightly different, but together, they compliment each other wonderfully.

I hope you love the distinctive character and spirit of temp-tations as much as I do.  Learn more about our story and the inspiration behind temp-tations.