Friday, December 23, 2011

Homemade Lemonade

December lemons? With this delicious fruit in season I can't help to make lemonade. It will brighten up your drab winter days. So crank up your heater dust off your flip flops serve yourself a glass of lemonade and treat yourself to a summer day in December.

•2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2 cups water
•2 cups sugar
•2 quarts water

1.squeeze fresh lemon
2. Make simple syrup from water and syrup
3.mix 2 quarts water and fresh lemon lemon juice. Add 1-2 cups simple syrup.

Many thanks to a wonderful friend who let me pick her lemons to brighten up one drab winter day. Hot coco just wasn't doing it for me. Pin It

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Recipe swap

We want to start your new year off with some new recipes for you. We are doing our first recipe swap. All are invited to join. I'm excited to try all your favorite dishes. January is coming up fast do let us know soon. Pin It

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Party - Cheese Ball

Many of you might have seen this a few months back for football week, but I had to bring it back with a few new ideas I like to use. Last year I brought this to our work party and was asked again to bring it this year! It is a staple of parties, especially during the holidays, in our family. You can't beat a great
Cheese Ball!
But, I am going to change it up a bit below and give you some different options to try with this same recipe. You'll definitely want to try some of the different variations at your next party.

  • Different Cheeses - Sounds simple, but changes everything. Do white cheddar, parmesan, or your favorite cheese. There are 6 cheese blends at grocery stores you can use that taste great that are in a bag.Use smoked cheddar instead of regular and add bacon, real bacon pieces though!!!
  • Add pimientos, very simple, but also a wonderful juxtaposition in taste.
  • Add smoked Salmon, now you can use smoked cheddar as well. This one is great for a presentation spread. Add to your favorite cracker and serve on a tray versus in the ball form potluck style. Looks amazing and will impress your guests.
  • Or just change up seasoning. Use a Ranch packet, or your other favorite dressing. Sure to change it up a bit without any extra work!

    • 8 oz package of Cream Cheese Softened
    • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
    • 1/4 Cup Mayo
    • 1/4 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
    • 1/8 tsp Celery Salt
    • 1/8 tsp Onion Salt
    • 1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
    • 1 Cup Pecans, Almonds or your favorite - amount varies
    1. Mix all ingredients together except nuts
    2. On wax paper spread out finely chopped nuts
    3. Put cheese ball mixture on the nuts spread over wax paper and form into ball or log
    4. The nuts keep the cheese ball from sticking to wax paper
    5. Chill and we serve with Wheat Thins

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    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Peanutbutter chocolate brownies with PB&C sauce

    Chocolate and Peanut butter. Who does not love this combo? We know that you need a go to dessert for the times you have company. This is as an amazing combo, but so so simple!

    • 1 box brownie mix - I used Betty Crocker dark or fudge brownies. $.99 at winco!!!
    • 2/3 Cup Peanut butter
    • 1/3 Cup Peanut butter
    • Small handful Semi- sweet chocolate chips
    • A splash of Half and half
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp butter
    1. Make regular brownie mix except oil
    2. Take 1/3 cup peanut butter and mix with oil, add to rest of batter and mix
    3. Take 1/3 cup peanut butter and fold into batter
    4. Bake normal recipe on box
    1. Melt 1 tbsp butter
    2. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips, microwave just enough to start melting
    3. Add powdered sugar, half and half, and vanilla. Mix, should be pourable
    4. When brownies are done either drizzle over entire brownies or do it when serving.

    Simple yet elegant looking and sure to wow any of your guests. The nice thing is these brownies will taste great even if you don't have time to make the sauce. 

    To print Recipe Card Click above image.

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    Thursday, December 8, 2011

    More sticky buns- with puff pastry

    Didn't Kevin's Apple Sticky Buns look delicious. They tasted just as good. They reminded me of a similar recipe that I made about a year ago. Now you can have some sticky bun variety to share with your company.
    • 1 pkg puff pastry defrosted 
    • 1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter
    • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup pecans or any nut
    • 2 Tbs melted and cooled butter
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
    • 3 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup raisins
    1. Cream 1 1/2 sticks butter and brown sugar together
    2. Place 1 Tbs into each of the 12 muffin cups Divide nuts evenly into the 12 cups.
    3. Flour wooden board and unroll defrosted puff pastry. Seams left to right.
    4. Brush on 1Tbs melted butter- leave 1 inch border
    5. Mix filling brown sugar and cinnamon in separate bowl.
    6. Sprinkle 1/2 of mixture on pastry evenly. Leave a border.
    7. Add raisins.
    8. Roll up tightly like a jelly roll. Cut into 6 even pieces.
    9. Place in cups on top of pecans
    10. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry for 12 total.

    Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Then invert onto cookie sheet.
    This recipe is adopted from the wonder Ina garten. What a wonderful cook.

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    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    apple sticky buns

    Company in town for the holidays? Serve them these 
    Apple Sticky Buns for breakfast. 
    * warning: you might need to make multiple batches. They will go fast ! 

    • 2 tablespoons yeast
    • 2 cups warm water
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 2/3 c nonfat dry milk
    • 1 egg
    • 5-6 cups flour
    • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 2 tablespoon sugar or a little extra
    • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • nutmeg to taste if you want to change it up!
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
    • 1/2 cup corn syrup
    • 4 tbsp honey. I did not add this time, but I think it would enhance taste
    • 1 cup pecans or your favorite nut - did not add as we were out
    • 2 apple finely cubed
    1. add yeast to water for 5 minutes
    2. add sugar, butter, salt, dry milk, egg to bowl
    3. add salt, 2 cups flour
    4. kneed with dough hook. Keep adding flour one cup at a time until it pulls away from the bowl 
    5. grease bowl a different bowl, turn dough over to cover with grease, place in a warm place to double in size. punch it down.
    6. roll out thin or thick depending how you like them. This recipe is large enough to make 24 of these, you can half it for a smaller batch
    7. spread butter over rolled out dough
    8. add filling evenly
    9. roll up tightly and cut in half. Then those two in half. Now in thirds and you will have 12 evenly cut rolls.
    10. add all ingredients for sauce into pan and boil until sugar dissolves. 
    11. there are two ways to do these, in a 9x13 pan or a muffin pan. Either way add sauce to bottom of 9x13 or evenly to 12 muffin tins. 
    12. add rolls to pan and let rise.
    13. Bake for 25 minutes or until done. let cool and flip over onto platter and enjoy!

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    Monday, December 5, 2011

    dress up your holiday treats

    Here are some great tips on how to dress up your holiday treats to look fabulous. All you need is your favorite treats, or store bought (one less thing to check off your list :) ), scrapbook or wrapping paper and household containers. 

    Snow globe 
     Add left over halloween candy corn and chocolate chips to powdered donuts. 
     Turn over white paper plate and add paper. Cover with clear wrap. 

    Pop popcorn and add holiday colored chocolate candy. 
    Find a cute envelope and address to your dearest friends. 

    Love you brownies 
    Bake up your favorite brownie recipe. 
    Place in a cupcake wrapper. Cut out any holiday shape in holiday paper and add a bow. 
    * a variety of treats can be place in cupcake wrappers. - breads, cookies, nuts ect...... 

    Below are some other creative ways to dress up your holiday treats. These were found in 
    Better Homes and Garden Magazine 

    Add a bow and colored paper to a egg carton and fill 

    Cover a paper towel tube, or pringles tube add a ribbon and fill. 

    Do you have any other fun way to dress up your treats. Please share. 

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    Friday, December 2, 2011

    {review} Bi-Rite creamery

    My sister is back!!! That means we get to play. One of our favorite things to do is go on food odyssey's  . A few years ago we came across an exotic ice cream dessert called
      Sam's Sunday from Bi-Rite Creamery
    in San Francisco, and we went back last week. 

    Right away I was drawn to the sam's sunday, due to its  sweet and savory deliciousness. I love that combo. Add an olive oil twist- I could not try it. 
    sam's sundae: chocolate ice cream with bergamot olive oil, maldon sea salt and whipped cream
    I know it sounds crazy- but it is very very good. While we were there they let us sample many of their delicious flavors. 
    • maple walnut
    • pumpkin
    • candy cane
    • ginger
    • salted caramel
    • honey lavender
    • ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodles)
     We also liked the candy cane and cookies and cream combination.

    We have enjoyed writing these reviews over the past few months and have decided to continue.
    Look forward to more reviews in the future. 

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    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    dulce de leche

    Found a can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk and couldn't help but use it to make a delicious 
    Dulce de Leche 

    • Water
    • Large pot 
    • Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

    1. Take a can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk and place in a large pot filled with water 
    2.  Low boil for 2 hours for a liquidy caramel and 3 hours for a thicker sauce. This one I did it for 2.5 

    Now what to do with this ridiculous easy yummy treat??......

    we love to put it on 
    ice cream 
    a spoon 
    hot cocoa
    and anything that you want to add a little caramel taste to  

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