Winter is here but, this drink brings you back to warmer weather. With it's tropical flavors you can imagine warm sunshine and flowers in bloom!
12 ounces Sprite
1.5 ounces Pina Colada Mix
1.5 ounces Vanilla Vodka
Splash Orange Juice
I make this in a 16 ounce glass. Pour Sprite in glass, add Pina Colada Mix and Vodka, stir. Add 2-3 ice cubes. Pour in orange juice don't stir let the orange juice float down.
Merry Christmas Eve! I am very excited about the holidays coming up- family, presents and food!. These brownies are so yummy for this time of year! They are thick, gooey and just the right amount of minty.
Since this recipe takes two brownie mixes, it will take a little longer than usual for them to bake. You do want to take them out of the oven when they're still a little gooey and then pour the ganache on top when they're still a little warm. This will result in a super gooey, melty, rich dessert. Happy holidays and enjoy! -Rachel
2 10.25 oz brownie mixes (plus whatever is needed to make the brownies according to the package)
1/2 cup creme de menthe baking chips
10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
1/4 cup half and half, plus more if needed
Plus more crème de menthe baking chips for sprinkling on top of the brownies
Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 glass baking pan. Mix the brownies according to the package directions. Stir in the 1/2 cup crème de menthe baking chips. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. Since these brownies are very thick, it takes a little longer than usual for them to bake. Start checking the brownies at about 30 minutes. Bring them out of the oven when they are still a little gooey.
While the brownies are cooling, make the ganache. Pour the chocolate chips and half and half into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring after each 30 second interval. If the ganache is too thick, add more half and half until it gets to the desired consistency.
When the brownies are almost cool, spread the ganache on top and then sprinkle with extra crème de menthe baking chips. The ganache will melt into the brownies just a little, making them extra gooey and delicious!
Football Bowl Games are coming up and we have complied our best recipes to serve for your party or tailgating event! We also, have a few tips to help make your event a success!
Our Jalapeno Popper Dip would be tasty addition to any party! Full of cheese, jalapenos and bacon it is sure to be a winner with everyone!
Tip: Bottled water is a must and freeze several bottles a couple of days before. They are great to use to keep your water cool instead of using ice.
Our Dill Pickle Dip is very fast and easy, and it can be served hot or cold, which makes it a perfect tailgating or party recipe!
Tip: Buy bandannas in your team colors to use as napkins. They will be colorful, durable and just plain cute. Your local craft store usually has them in all colors.
Our Beef Stoganoff Dip is full of meat and since it is for football, it has a bit of a kick with added jalapenos!
Our Roll With it Casserole has buns that are full of meat, cheese and spices. You may think the buns would become soggy but, they don't!
Baked Meatball Sandwiches y'all..... yum. They are SO easy and tasty! Adapt the recipe and preparation to fit your schedules and tastes, but the base recipe is a crowd pleaser!
This Cowboy Crunchie recipe can be made into bars but it could be molded into a football shape. It is a great finger food!
Tip: Remember to have single packets of Hand Sanitizing Wipes, especially for any outside tailgating.
Our Tailgating Pinterest Board is full of recipes, tips and great ideas.
We are sharing our favorites this month - and this is definitely a favorite in my house! It may seem daunting at first, but believe me the process is very forgiving and always yields tasty results! Plus it looks pretty impressive, so pull out this recipe for your next special occasion and wow your guests. Currently, I have a pork loin in the freezer waiting to be the star of my Christmas Eve table!
Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
1 Pork loin - approx 3-5 lbs.
4-5 medium apples (I prefer Gala)
1 small yellow onion
2 Tb minced garlic
1 Tb dried sage
1 Tb dried parsley
Salt and pepper
1. This dish is all about the prep! Small dice your onion - saute in a couple tablespoons unsalted butter for 2-3 minutes, on medium heat. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. The salt draws out moisture in the onions and helps with the caramelization process. Add garlic and continue cooking on medium heat until onion become translucent.
2. While onions and garlic are cooking, peel and core apples. Chop into small-medium chunks and add to onions. Add sage. Cook just until apples begin to soften but still have a little firmness; you do not want mushy apples now because they will cook more inside the pork and you want them to hold their shape.
3. Remove apple stuffing from heat and allow to cool completely while you prep your pork loin.
There are many videos available on youtube explaining the butterfly and tie process, I found this one most helpful, it features two techniques. Please watch for the rolling technique. Don't worry too much when cutting, it is all rolled up and any mistakes are easily hidden.
4. Place your now stuffed and tied pork loin in a foil lined casserole dish. Rub with a little more salt, pepper and the parsley. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes - insert a meat thermometer half way into the roll to check progress, remove thermometer. You need the pork temp to reach 160 degrees, so continue baking in 15 minutes intervals after the initial temp test until it reaches at least this temperature. I bake my pork loins this way to help prevent over baking and a dry roll. Making a small cut to check doneness is not best as it will damage the roll and release a lot of juice, please use a thermometer.
5. Once it reaches the desired temperature, remove from oven and let it rest 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!
-It's always nice to add a little butter :) You can spread herb butter over the pork before adding the filling and rolling. You can also rub the roll with butter after it is tied.
-Bacon. Prosciutto. Wrap you pork with one of these before you tie for extra flavor.
-Have fun with your fillings! There are so many wonderful recipes available for your stuffing - sausage, apricots, bread, cornbread, cranberries, yum yum yum.
-Make it in advance! Make the apple stuffing at least 2 days in advance and store in the fridge. Or go ahead and make, stuff and roll the whole thing they day before! Keep in the fridge and the day of your event, you simply have to bake and slice. This makes the dish an elegant AND planning friendly dish.
Casserole Gal - Kristen
Fresh Cranberries and orange juice make this a delicious cake perfect for Christmas morning breakfast. It isn't too sweet and can be made the day before, it also freezes well. Serve it with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate for a simple but, lovely holiday morning.
3 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or use all white)
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar plus 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups fresh cranberries, quartered
1 Tablespoon dried grated orange peel
1 cup orange juice (bottled or made from frozen)
1 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Rinse cranberries, quarter, place in bowl and sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar on them and set aside.
In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, set aside.
In a large separate bowl mix 2 cups sugar, orange peel and oil. Add eggs, mix well. Mix by hand. Slowly add flour mixture, orange juice and water to sugar mixture. Mix well and add cranberries (sugar and all) and nuts.
Pour into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Bake 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out clean and cake has browned.
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Happy first day of December! It kind of sneaks up on ya, doesn't it? I love this time of year though. With all the hustle and bustle to get ready for Christmas and New Year's Eve, this month is always so busy. And sometimes, you need a quick and easy recipe for a breakfast or a snack. That's what I have today, a recipe that would be easy to make for a quick breakfast or snack before you rush off to finish holiday preparations.
Since I wanted this to be for breakfast, I didn't make it very sweet. But more sugar could be added if you wanted this to be more like a dessert. -Rachel
1 apple, peeled and diced (I used an Ambrosia apple)
2 tsp. white whole wheat flour
2 tsp. packed brown sugar
1 pinch cinnamon
1 Tblsp. butter, plus a little more for buttering the ramekin
1 Tblsp. old fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a small ramekin until the inside is completely covered.
Cut the 1 Tablespoon of butter into pea sized pieces. In a small bowl, mix together the apple, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and oats. Pour into buttered ramekin and bake for 18-20 minutes.
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!