Happy New Year everyone! I predict that 2015 will be a great one! This year, I resolve to be more organized. To start, I tackled my fridge. During the holidays I had so much going on that many things went bad. I hate that!
Fortunately though, some things still had a few days until their expiration date, such as 2 half gallons of Eggnog. I always buy a ton of that stuff at the beginning of December only to realize that my dear husband had already dissolved of all of the rum as I am ready to serve it. Needless to say, the two gallons sat patiently in my fridge waiting to be used.
So, in an effort to become more organized, I made about three batches of these waffles to freeze for school morning breakfasts. Once baked, the waffles only have a slight eggnog/spicy flavor but are perfectly moist and fluffy…just as they would be if I were using buttermilk. To reheat in the mornings, I simply throw them under the broiler (still frozen) and heat them up for about 3 minutes on each side. Of course the time is all dependent on your oven, so keep an eye on them!
Now that the holidays are almost over, I feel that we can start on my next favorite thing to make…man food. I love cooking for groups of men, especially while they are immersed in a football game. Even though they generally inhale the items in two bites or less, they are always so appreciative of good homemade cooking. Not that women aren’t, it’s just that *most* single men forgot what home cooking is really like.
That is why when my husband has friend’s over to watch the big game, or he tailgates before the game, I always go all out. This past weekend, I wanted to step out of the traditional tailgating food box. I needed something that was easily transportable and could be thrown together in a parking lot. These Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches fit the bill perfectly!
After having won a year’s supply of Sabra Hummus at a recent food blogging conference, Mediterranean cuisine has become very popular in my kitchen. You can do so much with hummus besides just using it as a dip. As seen here, it makes a great Eyro-esque spread!
I made a bunch of lamb meatballs that were full of fragrant herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and mint. Combined with Supremely Spicy Hummus and Tzatziki sauce these pitas were absolutely delicious! Thanks to Sabra, these pitas were simple to put together and perfect for assembling at the game!
Pair these pitas with a delicious cold brew and serve to a group of hungry men, and you will be the most liked female ever! But don’t get me wrong. These sandwiches are also great served at a backyard BBQ or party!
So this post was originally posted on December 21st, but somehow went into wordpress limbo!!! So we are reposting this and extending the deadline for the giveaway below!
Are you looking for a last minute gift? Why not gift something that gives back!
In 2005 Jason Gibbs and Cathy Rodgers bought and restored an abandoned 21 acre olive grove in Le Marche, Italy and began the Nudo journey. The adoption process is genus and would make a wonderful gift. Adopting a tree allows you to by directly from the producers in Le Marche, Abruzzo, or Sicily, and you actually receive the oil from the adopted tree! This gives financial security to the olive farmers, and makes the program me viable to traditional farming methods which, produces the world’s best olive oil, and we all know how I feel about that!
Their collaboration of small scale, artisanal producers around the world became a platform for micro-producers to bring high-quality, speciality food to a wider audience.
Nudo Olive Oil is not only great for dipping, it is also wonderful for cooking. The different flavors from Basil to Roasted Garlic were wonderful in mashed potatoes and in a simple vinaigrette. Would you like to win some of this fabulous oil for yourself?
Comment below with your favorite olive oil use from now until January 5th, 2014. Winner will be picked using random.org and contacted on January 6th, 2015. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with name and address. Good luck!
Starbucks may have returned to white cups, but the Cranberry Bliss Bars live on! I get so excited every year when I think about these coming out. I am not one to venture into Starbucks more that 3 times a year, and generally those visits are only for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. But having worked at Starbucks many years ago, I still crave the Bliss Bars.
This year, I wanted to keep the actual bar part simple that way the tart dried cranberries and smooth cream cheese frosting would shine. I used a simple blondie recipe for the bar part and it worked perfectly.
If you still have any baking energy left, you must make these. Winter is not complete without them. Plus, your oven warms up the house
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Christmas is only a few days away which means a few things. First, I still have a bit of shopping left to do and loads of wrapping to complete. Second, I have grocery shopping and meal prep as well as baking for family and friends. Finally, I have three kids at home that tend to be bored 5 minutes after waking up.
Keeping the kids occupied and content for 2 straight weeks is no easy task. When we lived in the apartment, I always had a bunch of kids over. My (childless) neighbors would always comment about the craziness. I never minded because when they had friends over there were occupied amongst themselves. No, “Mom, I’m bored” every five seconds. Now that we moved into a neighborhood with virtually no kids and the kids go to private school in another city, playdates have to be planned.
Therefore the excitement and buildup before a playdate is intense. My daughter (mini me in every way) likes to go over the top and “plan” her playdates. This past weekend, I decided that we would have a movie night with her friends and their brothers. This was the perfect opportunity to do something fun! In an effort to keep them busy, the kids helped with everything involved in the preparation.
My 6 (going on 16) year old daughter is a budding blogger, so she was in charge of making the food and photographing it! Didn’t she do a great job!? She had decided she wanted to do a little boys movie, for her brother and her friend’s brothers, and a separate girls table for her and her friends. I was so impressed with how the tables came out!
For the boys table we decided to do a Disney Planes Movie theme. This is Baby Ben’s favorite movie and tons of the toys were on Rollback at Walmart. The sale could not have come at a better time! Let’s just say that there will be a very happy boy on Christmas!
We then decided to make a sky cake. This cake is so easy to make, that my 6 year old decorated it! To frost the cake, simply make the frosting below. Once done, remove 1/3 of white frosting and place in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Then, add the blue coloring to the remaining frosting and place in another pipping bag fitted with a large round tip.
To start, pipe a vertical line of icing dots. Place the off-set spatula in the middle of the dot, press down and drag. Continue around the cake. To add clouds, we simply did the icing dots in the shapes of clouds then surrounded them with the dragged blue dots. See, it is super easy! This whip cream frosting is room temperature stable and does not need to be refrigerated (unless you plan on keeping it for like three days).
To fill up the table, we also made some plane shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, whip cream cloud Jell-o skies, and popcorn of course.
For a fun activity, we made In Flight Meal boxes that the kids got to decorate with Plane stickers and fill before the movie started. For the In Flight labels click here.
The boys ended the night by playing with this really fun Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway that was on Rollback to $24.97!
All in all the playdate was a huge success. While the kids were busy munching and watching a movie, I was able to bake and decorate all of the sugar cookies I need for the cookie plates. I would say that is a double score!!!!!
Happy National Sangria Day! This is a great excuse to commence that Holiday Festivities with a Winter Sangria!
Being a huge fan of cocktails and specialty drinks I was very excited when I was asked to review Beso Del Sol Sangria. They use high quality Spanish Tempranillo wine is blended with a selection of fruits to create light and fruity Sangria that is sweet and refreshing.
This boxed Sangria is very mellow yet very flavorful! Give you light and fruity Sangria a winter touch by adding cranberries, cinnamon sticks, orange and apple slices. It is like drinking a cold Mulled wine, and is absolutely delicious!
This would be a great “adult” drink served punched style for Christmas and/or New Years. With meal preparation, shopping, and gift wrapping, let Beso Del Sol do the drink work. Simply add your fruit, chill, and serve! Or, warm it up in the crock pot for a delicious mulled wine!
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After Family time and Christmas cookies, refreshing holiday cocktails are one of my top favorite things about the holidays. Considering my husband won’t let me turn on the heat, this is also one of the only things that warms me up too just kidding. I absolutely love sitting next to the Christmas tree with my husband or friends after the kids have gone to bed, sipping on a delicious cocktail.
The warm winter flavors are lightened up with tart cranberry juices and fresh minute, making this cocktail pleasantly delicious to drink. This is the perfect cocktail for casual sipping or ringing in the New Year!
Let me tell you a little secret about me. I despise tonic water. I think it has something to do with the year that I spent as an exchange student. My host parents were determined to get me to like sparking water and served it with absolutely every meal. Needless to say, I haven’t touched it since. When I want to add some bubbly to my cocktails, I always use Canada Dry Ginger Ale® or 7UP®. I love that they add a slight sweetness to the cocktails, which is much needed when combined with bourbon!
If you want to add some extra flavor, head to Walmart to pick up some special Canada Dry Ginger Ale® with holiday varieties including cranberry, green tea, mandarine orange, etc.; 7UP® varieties including pomegranate, mixed berry, etc.
In conclusion, after you have slaved in the kitchen baking cookies all day, make this cocktail and enjoy the rest of the holidays. You deserve it! So, tell me, what is your favorite holiday cocktail! Let me know in the comments below!