Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sorry about the none posting phase!

Okie dokie everyone. With Christmas being this weekend my posting has come to a 'time out'! I'm getting my last minute shopping, baking, present making all in now...right before christmas! I put the "Pro" in Procrastination! So Look for an update sometime soon after Christmas! On that note...
Merry Christmas everyone!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Wine Gift Idea

It's that time of year of parties and fancy dresses! When we all want to give that gift to impress! Something that shows that we put some thought into it. That we just didn't pick up something off the shelf! But, the problem is you just aren't to sure what they like.

Each particular bottle of wine is unique. Pinpointing a good bottle for one person you know nothing about , but finding something they would  enjoy would be hard. So after a few moments of thinking over some of the more  popular brands and bottles I came up with an idea!

Now remember I myself have just started trying out wine. I have plans to try out this gift idea myself I like it so much!

Most people out there are like myself. Clueless when it comes to wines. I have a very small knowledge of wine and I'm working on expanding it. So armed with my small knowledge of wine and creativity this thought came to me:  Blended wines. But not just one bottle! A matching set of the same brand! One red and one white! This way you don't have to deal with the headache of deciding between all the bottles out there!

A brand I would suggest is Menage A Trois. The bottle design is very pretty and I've only heard good things about it!

They look great together in the gift bag and shows how thoughtful you are! That you just didn't pick up just any old bottle off the shelf. Good luck! I hope I've helped some of you out there with one less Christmas gift!

Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Peppermint Truffles

These were actually my very first attempt with making truffles. So I decided to try it again and this time actually measure how much extract I put in them! I'm one of those people that I just enjoy dumping things together without measuring. Not so good for recipe writing, but amazing for the taste buds!

Peppermint Truffles

1 12oz bag White Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
3 tsp Peppermint Extract

 1 12oz Bag Dark Chocolate Chips

Using a double boiler melt the White chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream together.
Remove from heat and then add the peppermint extract.
Mix completely to evenly spread out the flavor!
Pour into a flat dish and place in the refrigerator until the chocolate is stiff yet moldable.

Begin Melting the dark chocolate over the double boiler.
As the Dark chocolate melts begin making balls out of the white chocolate.
Using a small bowl place a small amount of dark chocolate in the center.
Using a spoon roll the white chocolate ball in the dark chocolate coating it completely.
Place the dark chocolate covered ball on a wax paper covered plate.
Allow to cool and harden completely. Try placing them in the fridge or freezer to speed the process!

Dottie ^_^

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Party Menu

My motto: Simple and easy.  

   No one is going to honestly remember what your house looked like for the party. Honestly they aren't going to care. What they will remember is if you took the time to greet them specifically and if you were genuine about it. The next thing they will remember is the food. If it was good or bad and if there was plenty of it. 

   The parties that my husband and myself put together were always known for the amazing food we served and that there would always be plenty of it and at times enough for people to take plates home. As well as the fact that we took the time to greet everyone and I demanded hugs from every single person that walked in that door! We provided that relaxed, family, good ol' southern hospitality atmosphere that we all love and adore so much.

  Now is that your style...not necessarily. We each have our own and that is what makes every party special.

Simplicity will make your life less stressful, won't cost you as much money, and you will be able to enjoy your party as well! Which is always nice. So to help out I've put together a simple menu. The great thing is that you can make most of this the day before so that you have a clean kitchen for the day of the party and you don't have to think about it, except to set it all out!

For Appetizers. Keep it light and super simple. Let your talent shine with Dinner and Dessert. 
Now we each have our favorites. A few of mine are as follows:

-Salsa and chips

-Tomato and Avocado Salad served with chips
(chunks of fresh tomatoes, avocado, chopped onion, splash of lemon juice, sprinkle of salt) 
I came up with this one day when I didn't feel like smashing up avocado and I had tomatoes I had to use up! But this you have to make the day of the party so the veggies look pretty!

-Meatballs and bbq sauce in a crock pot to keep them warm.
 (you can either make your own or just buy them.)

-A simple fruit tray is great as well! 
I have found that veggies...they have a tendency of just sitting there and becoming leftovers. Unless you have a vegan or vegetarian friend coming!

Main Course

Baked Potato Soup

Served with Angel Biscuits

One batch of this soup will feed an army! Make sure you have a big enough crock pot for the next day!

Graham Cracker Cookies

Hungarian Nut Horns

Chocolate Truffles

This can all be made the day before except for any fruits of veggies you are going to be serving. Nice huh? I think so!

I make the food the center of attention at my house. It is the first thing people notice when they walk in. Normally by smell first and then by sight! Have your table set up and ready to serve before everyone gets there. Maybe buy a few bouquets of fresh flowers to place around the living room and kitchen areas. Light a few scented candles that compliment the food. 

Then guess what...your done. It's as simple as that. Then all you have to do is clean up the food and dishes. Which by the way you would have had to do anyways. But now you don't have to worry about cleaning up any decorations or anything of the sort. You can enjoy the wonderful flowers for a few days and relax with the soft scent of the candles. How awsome is that!

Remember Simple and Easy.

Dottie ^_^

The Perfect Biscuit For Those Special Occasions.

This is one of my favorite homemade biscuits! I make them when I make my potato soup! It is the perfect combination of southern home cooking! Yum! These delicious soft biscuits pull apart so easily and using real butter on them is a match made in heaven! To fully understand my love of this biscuits please take the time to make them and indulge!

Try using real butter, honey, jelly, jam, and just good old potato soup!

Angel Biscuits

In small bowl:
  1/4 cup very warm water
    1 Tbls yeast
    sprinkle of sugar

In glass pitcher:
   2 cups buttermilk
Microwave for 3 minutes

In large bowl: Sift together:
   5 cups flour
   1/3 cup sugar
   1 tsp Baking Soda
   2 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
   1 tsp salt

Cut in until mixture is crumbly:
   1 cup shortening
  2 sticks real butter

Add buttermilk and yeast mixture to the large bowl.
Mix well.

Put half of dough on well floured counter.
Shape into a 9-10" roll.
Cut into 12 slices and put into a lightly greased muffin tin.
Repeat with the other half.

Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 2 dozen!

Since I don't keep buttermilk in my house on a regular basis, I normally just make a double batch of these! Then share with my family and friends! They will love you for it!
Dottie ^_^

Graham Cracker Cookies

I haven't met anyone yet, that loves sweets, who doesn't like this cookie!

When I was younger I had taken over the baking in my family's kitchen! My mom had taught me well and gave me plenty of opportunities to expand my skills and knowledge. This was a particular favorite year round for taking to parties, church activities, and impressing my brother's friends! ;) Having made this recipe so many times I've actually memorized it! It's that simple and easy!

So onward to this easy recipe!

Graham Cracker Cookies

2 Sticks real butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
6 oz (1 cup) Chocolate chips
1 Pkg graham crackers

Preheat Oven to 350.
Line cookie sheet (15 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 1") with foil-up and over the edges.
Line the graham crackers- divided into 1/4's -leaving a little space between them.

In a sauce pan, boil butter and brown sugar for 1 minute.
Pour mixture over the crackers. Make sure all of the crackers are covered.
Sprinkle pecans over this.
Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
As they soften spread carefully over the crackers.
Refrigerate or freeze until they are rock hard.
Remove the foil carefully.
Then karate chop the cookies into smaller pieces!

Now, I actually use a full 12oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips because I like chocolate!!!
A trick, as you preheat the oven and before you break up the crackers, put the sugar and butter on the stove on the lowest heat setting. So that it is melted by the time you finish with the crackers and ready to boil!

This is just a fun simple cookie! So just have fun!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Best Christmas Cookie Ever! Hungarian Nut Horns

This recipe is a family tradition of mine and my family. We make it only around the holidays and only a few times! My husband loves this cookie and looks forward to the first batch I make each year which is normally about Thanksgiving. I average about 3 batches a year. The amount of confectioner sugar needed makes this a very messy creation! Oh, but so well worth it to have this delicate cookie melt in your mouth. Especially warm from the oven!

One of my favorite memories is of last year when my oldest, Marilyn Deville, helped me to roll this cookie out. My floor was covered in confectioner sugar shaped tiny feet. I was an idiot and had her wearing BLACK pants...yep stupid me. So to say the least....my floor, me, and my kid looked as if we had a good romp in the snow! It was so well worth it especially to see the faces of my family when they walked in the door and had a batch of cookies waiting for them!

Ok, so enough of my reminiscing! Onward with the recipe so that you can make your own memories and fill those hungry tummies!

Hungarian Nut Horns

4 cups Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg (or 1 Tbls) Yeast
1 1/2 cup real butter (3 sticks)
1/2 cup sour cream
3 egg yolks beaten (save the egg whites!)

Combine all ingredients and mix in mixer with bread hook until mixed and smooth. Set aside.

3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 finely chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla

Beat egg whites until stiff using the whisk attachment. Add sugar gradually while mixing. With a spoon stir in vanilla and nuts.

Divide Pastry into 4 parts. For each of the parts do the following:

-Using confectioners sugar instead of flour roll out the pastry using a pastry cloth and rolling pin. Or just keep the rolling pin nicely coated in sugar as you roll out the pastry!
(Use as much confectioner's sugar as necessary to keep the dough from sticking)
-Roll the pastry out into a 11"x15" rectangle....spread 1/4 of the filling over the pastry and spread it out evenly.
-Cut the pastry into 1" strips and then slice the strips in half. Roll each strip carefully into little rolls and place on a lightly greased pan. (Or cut 16 wedge shapes. Rolling the pastry from the large end to the point for the "Horn" look.)
-Bake at 400 for 12-20 minutes until just done. A light browning on top.
-Remove from the oven and IMMEDIATELY roll each horn in confectioner's sugar. Wait a few minutes and roll them a second time in the sugar.

Yes, a very messy and time consuming cookie....but egad it is so well worth the work! Just remember to enjoy the process and enjoy these delicious creations!
Dottie ^_^

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Twisted Chocolate Covered Cherries

Tis the season for Chocolate covered cherries! But, not the ones from the grocery store! I have found that homemade ones are much better and add that personal touch this time of the year calls for! They create a delicious orgasm in the mouth that is unbelievable! Or so I've been told from the lucky few who have had the chance to try out my Twisted Chocolate Covered Cherries! As well as my own personal opinion! I have to be careful as to how many of these I keep in the house or I am in biiiiiig trouble!

Now you are probably thinking, how in the world do you make them! Enough jibber jabber spill the beans! Which I shall be more then happy to do! I've put together a lovely simple straight forward video to show you how to make them. Then as you read on I'll have more detailed instructions as well as some wonderful pictures of gifting ideas! So please sit back and be prepared to smile and laugh. For I do rather think I'm a rather silly girl!

Basic Truffle Recipe
12-16 oz bag of chocolate chips or melts
1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1. In a double boiler melt down chocolate and cream until it is a smooth texture similar to icing.
2. Place in the refrigerator until it is moldable to create balls out of.
3. Make lots of great chocolate balls and freeze!

Now instead of doing steps 2 and 3 remember you are rolling your cherries while the chocolate is still hot! Much easier! I have tried to mold the chocolate around the cherries....it didn't work so well to say the least.

 If you were paying attention you would have noticed that I had made mention of the different chocolates I was using.
Dark Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, and white chocolate chips are what I use for the actual candy. Also Melts. They are what you find in the crafting aisles and craft stores. They are already colored and ready to go! They are white chocolate based and very easy to work with!

Right now you will notice that the Almond Bark chocolate is rather inexpensive. Not sure what I'm talking about...it's that inexpensive block artificially flavored chocolate. Don't use it for this! It isn't meant to have things added to it. Get some for sure though! It is great for doing an easy drizzle over the candies as well as for pretzels! Just melt it in the double boiler after everything is set and ready to go!

Things Needed
Double Boiler (as simple as a large pot and a glass bowl that fits snugly)
12-16oz bag of chocolate
1/3 cup favorite alcohol or heavy whipping cream
1 large jar of cherries (drain but save the juice!)
1 large spoon
1 small spoon
rubber muffin pan
wax paper
a cookie pan that will fit into the freezer

White chocolate is the easiest to work with! I would suggest beginning with that. I used St. Brenden's Irish cream in the video and it was amazing! Just try using your favorite alcohol!

One thing to keep in mind while working with the dark and semi sweet chocolate it doesn't blend as well. I ended up adding a total of 2/3 cup of cherry schnapps as well as a splash of the cherry juice.

If you are using just plain heavy whipping cream a 1/3 cup is plenty and it will blend just fine. Try adding different flavors such as peppermint, almond, or just plain vanilla as well.

Add the chocolate and 1/3 cup cherry schnapps to the double boiler.
Once it melts completely add another 1/3 cup of schnapps.
Stir it in fully and add 1 Tablespoon of cherry juice that you had drained earlier.
You want the texture to be smooth and a medium thickness similar to an icing.
Add a little juice at a time until you have the desired texture.

The trick to covering the cherries is keeping the chocolate moving and coating the cherry over and over.
Make sure you put a thick coat. Come on who doesn't like chocolate!

One of the things I've found is that if you place the wax paper on the pan it makes it much easier to get the cherries to the freezer! Egad did I figure that out the hard way! I used plates as well to use my smaller freezer.


This is my favorite part! Especially since my hubbs decided to surprise me today with peppermint sprinkles!!! I'm so excited about these and will be using them soon!
On that note, part of the fun is finding unique sprinkles and decorating items!
I've tried a few techniques out so far. These aren't the only ones available.

Easiest: Pressing the sprinkles into the chocolate when it is still soft and warm. Before you put them in the freezer.

Medium: Using icing. The icing doesn't stick to the chocolate very well. But it does work.

Hardest: If you don't have time to decorate before you need to freeze them...I do suggest this instead of the icing!

Melt down some chocolate adding nothing to it.
You won't need much, so begin with a little bit. You can always add more as you go.
I suggest tearing a small piece of wax paper, so that you can put a dollop of chocolate on it.
I used my finger...like a dumb butt. ;)
If you have the patience use tweezers to dip individual sprinkles into the chocolate to place onto of the cherries.
No, patience? I understand. Instead place a small dollop on top of the actual chocolate cherry and dip it into the sprinkles. Or place individual sprinkles on the dollop in a pretty design!
I still had this box lying around and decided to show how
easy it can be to transform it into something nice!
Try adding ribbon or even just wrapping paper!
But remember it's what's on the inside that matters!

I love this! Just a simple clear cellophane bag
and ribbon! 

This is great just to have on the table!
Pretty and creative.
As well as delicious!

Who doesn't like a bag of chocolate!

Pretty tins are easy and can be inexpensive!

There are so many options and possibilities! All I've done is given you a light frame work to work with. Take this and expand with it! Create these delicacies for your next get together and wow family and friends a like!
Good Luck!
Dottie ^_^

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Peek at something wonderful!

Everything will be ready to post tonight! Tuesday 11-22-11! In plenty of time for thanksgiving!)

Tis the time for chocolate covered cherries! Some of you have had the sweet pleasure of actually being able to try some of sweet creations! Lucky You! I am putting together a video blog to  demonstrate how to make them! As well as additional information and tricks. It is taking me much longer then I thought it would because the video needs a tad bit of editing. So I'm hoping to be able to post the video as well as pictures tomorrow! They will be available both here as well as facebook and probably youtube! I'll have links to everything posted here when I finally get my act together!

Thanks for being patient with me! This is absolutely well worth the wait!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh me oh my...could it be? Oh yes it is! Crispin a gluten free cider!

Yes! You read it right! This delicious
Hard Apple Cider is AMAZING!!!!!

It took me by storm! Overriding all thought process to my brain cells. All I could think of was...WOW...Hot damn what a great cider! It is lighter then most ciders. But the flavor...-catches breath at the remembered flavor- goes beyond words!

It was so light, so fresh! It tasted as if I had just bitten into a freshly picked green apple! The smell of this cider entices you to breathe deeper of this fresh intoxicating scent. The scent itself is much lighter and fresher then most. The body so light and smooth as it slides over your taste buds and down your throat. The lingering flavor, believe it or not, is just as rememberable and delicious as the cider itself.

This is on my must try list! One of my top 10 I would think!
For all of my Vegan Readers! MUST TRY!
This Cider will definitely have a special place on my shelf this holiday season!
Dottie ^_^

Cathedral Window Cookies

This recipe was passed down to me from my mom. As well as beining one of my favorite childhood recipes that we would make every Christmas for family, friends and our teachers when we were in school! Now I make them for my children, friends and family! I remember certain details from those times, such as the giant green plastic bowl I would mix the chocolate and marshmellows in. Or the look of the kitchen covered in chocolate, flour, powdered sugar and huge smiles as we would look at the beautiful cookie covered plates! Now, keep in mind there were about 4 kids and my poor mom supervising us all in one small kitchen!!! Wonderful fun times and the munchies were always well worth it!

So now that you are impatient to see what I'm talking about let us proceed!

Cathedral Window Cookies
1/2 Stick real butter
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
-Melt these together in 1 quart pitcher in the microwave for 4-5 minutes, stirring once after 2 minutes.

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
-beat together in a separate bowl, then add to the pitcher of chocolate.

10.5 oz colored mini marshmellows
3/4 cup chopped nuts
-put these in a large mixing bowl and pour in chocolate mixture. Stir well.

Confectioner Sugar
Plastic Wrap

You will be making two rolls of Cookies

Lay down two long pieces of foil. (about 15 inches long)
Then Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the foil the same length.
Sprinkle Confectioner's sugar evenly all over the wrap.
split mixture in half.
Place half on the wrap.
Using the plastic wrap form a roll about 1.5-2 inches round.
Close the wrap and then seal the foil around the roll and refrigerate or freeze.
After the roll is completely cold and more solid unwrap and slice into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
These cookies freeze well and keep well.
Always nice to keep some in the freezer during the holidays for a quick easy treat!

Dottie ^_^

Monday, November 14, 2011

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup!

I love easy to make items! Especially since I have two kids, a hubby, and I work full time! With the cold weather heading into Georgia it's time to pull out my soup making skills! A few things I especially love in my kitchen are my Kitchen Aid mixer, my large crock pot and my small crock pot! These items are great time savers and well worth investing into!

Simple has a tendency to bring out those flavors in food that we miss when we make complex delicious meals. I actually put this recipe together when I had a bag of fresh carrots and a bag of fresh celery just sitting in my fridge that needed to be used and fast! Now keep in mind this is just a really basic down to earth soup. Simple. But, don't forget you can add more things to it to add complexity and your own personal touch!

For a small Crock Pot.

Boil 3 boneless chicken breasts
Adjust vegetables to taste:
8 oz frozen carrots
8 oz frozen celery and onion mix
Generous sprinkling of each:
  Garlic powder
  Onion powder
  Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning

Place the vegetables in the bottom of the Crock Pot.
Pour some of the chicken stock you just made over it.
Go ahead and turn the crock pot on high.
Shred the hot chicken with two forks (or fingers if you are brave enough!) and add to the pot!
Add your seasonings and any additional veggies or other choice bits!
Add the hot chicken stock carefully to the crock pot til it is full.
Carefully stir and leave it alone til Dinner time.

When you are ready to eat, use Chicken Ramen Noodles. The easiest way I've found to cook them is in the microwave.

Use a quart dish half full of water.
Break the ramen into quarters and add to the water.
Set the seasoning packets to the side.
Microwave for 6 minutes.
Do Not Drain.
Carefully pull the dish out, stir the noodles and dish them into 2-4 bowls.
Add the seasoning packets evenly between the bowls.
Pour your delicious soup over the noodles and stir blending everything.
Add more of the ramen noodle water if you run out of broth!

                           (hehehe....that is my half eaten bowl. I didn't
                                              think to take a picture
                                         until I was halfway through!)

Serve with Saltine crackers and enjoy!
Dottie ^_^

Friday, November 11, 2011

Holiday Party Drink List and Shopping List!

I understand how hectic the Holidays can be! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years....that could easily be three large gatherings of people who love to eat and drink! OH MY!!! So between the menu planning, the Christmas shopping, the decorating and cleaning for the mother in law... hehehe... When do you actually have time to think of creative fun new drinks? Well, that is what you have me for!

I have actually been working on this drink list for a few weeks. Unfortunately I have not been able to test these out myself. BUT! I will post another blog of my personal favorites that I have used and created. This list is to give you the most bang for your buck, while keeping a nice variety. I hope you are able to find some drinks here that will work for you. Not finding what you want? Go to the link below. It's where I found most of these awsome ideas!


Shopping List-Alcohol
Sour Apple Schnapps
Pomegranate Schnapps
Peach Schnapps
Vanilla Vodka
Plain Vodka

Hot Damn
Peppermint Schnapps

Creme De coca- dark
Irish Cream

Shopping List- Mixers
Ginger Ale
Sour Mix
Cranberry Juice
Orange Juice
Lemon-lime Soda
Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate
Half and Half

1 part Sour Apple Schnapps
1 part Vodka
1/2 part Sour Mix

Sour Apple Madras
1 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
1 Part Vodka
1 Part Cranberry Juice
1 Part Orange Juice

Hot Apple Toddy
3/4 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
3/4 Part Vanilla Vodka
Hot Apple Cider

Sparkling Apples
1 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
4 Part Vodka
small splash of grenadine

Sour Apple Fizz
3/4 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
3/4 Part Lemon Lime Soda

Apple Pie (shot)
1 Part Hot Damn
1 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
2 Part Vodka

Candy Apple
1 Part Sour Apple Schnapps
1 Part Peach Schnapps
1 Part Cranberry Juice

Red Ginger Fizz
1 1/2 Part Pomegranate Schnapps
1 Part Vodka
3 Part Ginger Ale

1 Part Peach Schnapps
1 Part Vodka
1 Part Pomegranate Schnapps

1 1/2 Part Pomegranate Schnapps
1 Part Vanilla Vodka
1/2 Part Lemonade

Sparkling Pomenade
1 Part Pomegranate Schnapps
1/2 Part lemonade

Fuzzy Nut
1 Part Amarretto
1 Part Peach Schnapps
Hot Chocolate

Damn Good
1 1/2 Part Hot Damn
1/2 Part Amaretto

Fire And Frost
1 Part Hot Damn
1 Part Peppermint Schnapps

Cool Cappuccino Mint
1 1/2 Part Peppermint Schnapps
4 Part Chilled Coffee

Choco Peppermint Shake
1/2 Part Creme de coca-dark
1/2 Part Peppermint Schnapps
1 Part Vanilla Vodka
2 1/2 Part half and half

Chocolate Martini
1 Part Creme De Coca- dark
1 Part Vanilla Vodka
1 Part Irish Cream

Now, you have the Drink list, the shopping list and life seems a little easier. Well, take a deep breath and ready yourself. Here are a few great ideas to make serving your guests easy, simple, and where you aren't stuck behind the bar making drinks all night!

Lemonade: To save money. Buy the powdered lemonade and make a gallon to keep in the fridge. It's very simple and easy to make more during the party without fuss!

Soda: Try buying the store brand. Such as Kroger, Ingles, and Publix. Their brands are pretty comparable to the "real deal".

Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate: Buy a few boxes of each. Use a coffee pot for hot water! It will keep it hot and easily accessible for everyone without having to keep an eye on the stove....just the water level!

Shots: Try making a large batch of each individual shot. So that all you have to do is pour each into a shot glass! No measuring and no mess! You can keep the large mix in the fridge til it's time to pour! Just be sure to label each and what is in each one!

As a good host or hostess, try having drinks available as people walk in the door. Be it a small shot to start people off...such as the Apple Pie to warm them up as they come in from the cold!

Then a nice display of drinks on the counter next to the munchies! Be sure to label everything so people know what they are drinking and that their is alcohol in the drinks. As well as having a cooler or a designated spot for drinks for the D.D.'s!

I'm full of ideas! Need some? Contact me! I'll be more then happy to listen to what you want to do and give you any advice I might have. Or just throw some ideas out there for you! Keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates and Holiday Tips!

Dottie ^_^

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie!

Growing up I was never a fan of those frozen chicken pot pies. You know the ones. Those tiny things you toss in the microwave and they come out slightly tough and well I need not go on! It was only recently that I got the inkling to try making it myself. What a delightful dish this was to make! So simple and easy...and simply tummy filling! Anyone can make this. All it requires is that you are able to read, layer, and follow a few easy instructions. Excited? I hope so, because I'm EXCITED to share this with you!

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie

2-3 large chicken breasts
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup Mayo (be careful...start off with a 1/4 cup then gradually add the mayo to taste!)
Season to taste using: Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Tony Chachere's Creole Season
a light sprinkling of Celery Salt
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (make sure it has potatoes, carrots, and celery)
1 bag frozen bell peppers
3-4 slices of American Cheese
1 lb shredded mixed cheese
Crust: follow the recipe below!

Boil the chicken until cooked thoroughly.
Pull the chicken apart in small pieces and fill the bottom of a casserole dish.
Mix the Cream of Mushroom, mayo and seasons all together and set aside.
 (Be sure to taste it first!!! Adjust things as needed!)
Layer the frozen Vegetables and bell peppers on top of the chicken. You most likely won't use all of the bag. Just tie them back up and put them in the freezer for next time!
Spread the Cream of Mushroom mixture on top of the vegetables evenly.
Slice the American Cheese in half and place a layer of that next
Then Layer the shredded cheese next. Once again you might not use the entire bag.

The Crust
If you have a favorite biscuit recipe then by all means use that! Just bake the casserole according the the directions on that recipe.

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or shortening
1/2 cup milk

Cut in the butter until the flour is crumbling. Slowly add in the milk stirring. Add additional milk until the mixture is well blended.
Now two choices.
 Either roll out the dough and place it over the casserole as you would a pie. Tucking the edges inside the dish.
Or pull clumps of the dough and place them next together on top of the the casserole until it is fully covered. You should use all of the dough.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Bake for 20 minutes at first. Continue to bake the casserole until the crust is lightly brown and fully cooked.

Not sure what you are doing? Message me on Facebook, email or twitter! Or call your mama or even your mom-in-law! It's how I learned all my great baking and cooking skills! And who I call when I have questions! Have fun and play around with the ingredients! Add more to it! Change the seasonings up! Cooking is about exploring and finding out new things! But more then anything, it's about the joy of creating something delicious!
Dottie ^_^

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Different Side to Tuna

I love a thick slice of tuna steak! Grilled to perfection and seasoned just perfectly! But, that is for a later blog. Now because I am unable to have this delicacy on a regular basis, I have created quite a delicious tuna "steak" substitute. Lightly seasoned and easily cooked, this uses most things you have in your pantry on a regular basis.

Tuna "Steak"

2 small cans Tuna (drained of course)
1 egg
1/2 cup Panko- Japanese style Bread Crumbs (or just your preferred style bread crumbs)
Generous sprinkle of McCormick Steak Seasoning.
2 cap fulls of Dale's Steak Seasoning

Mix everything together. Add the bread crumbs last.
Adjust seasonings to taste...don't be afraid to add your favorites!
Adjust the bread crumbs as desired. Either more or less.
Make small or large patties and cook thoroughly on the skillet! (until each side is a soft golden brown)

If you make a larger patty, try it on a hamburger with a slice of cheese.
The smaller patties make a great finger food.
I can actually get my two kids (2 years and 1 year old, the oldest being a picky eater) to eat these!
Don't be afraid to try your favorite sauces for dipping either!
I hope this recipe meets with approval and happy taste buds! Be creative and add other things!
Dottie ^_^ 11/5/2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Liqueur Truffles

Love chocolate as much as I do? Love liqueurs? Combine the two together and you have a piece of Heaven here on earth! Godiva happens to have some of my favorite chocolates. But, who wants to spend that kind of money on something so delicious all the time? Not I! So instead grab a 12-14oz bag of your favorite white chocolate! Then grab your favorite cream liqueur such as Bailey's or St. Brenden's Irish Cream! It is as simple as that. Follow these easy few steps and BAM!!! Deliciousness to share or to keep to yourself!

With it being the Holidays, Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. Especially since I was introduced to this Pumpkin Liqueur! So Pumpkin Truffles are what I created!

2 bags-12-14oz white chocolate
1/3 cup Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur
(or for my non-drinkers 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream instead)

I prefer to use a double boiler so that my chocolate stays smooth and evenly melts. I actually don't have one so I used a mid sized pot boiling water in it.  Then placed a glass pyrex casserole dish on top of that to

Melt 1 bag of chocolate and the liqueur.

Be sure to blend the two together completely! It will be a nice solid color.

Allow the glass to cool a bit (5 min) before placing it into the fridge to begin to harden, so that you are able to make small balls out of the stiffened mixture. about 1 hour.

I would wash my hands throughout the process because it would stick to my palms destroying the next ball I attempted to form.

After using the entire mixture, place the small balls into the freezer.

Use the same pyrex dish...don't bother to wash it. It's all the stuff!.....for the double boiler to melt the other bag of chocolate.

Once the chocolate is melted pull the balls from the freezer and one by one roll it around in the chocolate with a spoon.

Freezing the balls first help them to keep from melting as you roll them in the hot melted chocolate.

Place them right back on the plate you just use!
Let the chocolate harden and then share or hide them!

If you don't plan on using all of them freeze the ones you wish to save for another time. It doesn't change the taste of them. Just let them sit at room temperature for a few hours to de-thaw completely. Eating this delicious treat at room temperature is the best way to have the full mouth watering experience and flavor!

Dottie ^_^

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Sneak Peek

For all of my Holiday Party Planners! I have been thinking about you! I'm currently working on putting together a drink list as well as ...wait for it....A shopping list of what you will need for all of those drinks! I hope to make your life a little easier and help you spend the least amount of money!

When will I post this blog entry you ask....that is for me to know and for you to wait with bated breath!

I hope to have it posted before Thanksgiving. As you know I like to test everything out first before posting about it. Unfortunately I won't be able to this time. So, I will post my favorite drink ideas I've found with a shopping list. As well as a separate list of my personal favorite drinks that I have had and Love!

Please remember my email address is available if you have any questions or would like my advice on anything!
Dottie ^_^

Perfectly Moist Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin? Yes please! Upon trying a Pumpkin Pie Liqueur I decided I just had to make a cake with it! Upon thinking on other ideas I came upon a genius idea! Alcohol Infused whipped cream has become a popular item, so why not make my own! Both the cake and the whipped cream turned out amazing! Especially when I paired them together! So please sit back and allow your eyes and brain to feast upon what you are about to read. Then allow your fingers to put this decadent dessert together and fill that belly with deliciousness!!!

The Liqueur I used was Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur
This perfectly balanced Liqueur was perfect on ice and paired with this cake. Not to sweet and just the perfect touch of creaminess. I am not one to just drink anything straight out of the bottle over ice. But, this was so good I went back and bought a second bottle to set aside for the holidays! 
Just be aware with this being the first year that they are introducing this that it might be hard to find. Good luck on your hunt! 

If you are unable to find it try using Bailey's Irish Cream Caramel. :)

Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 can Pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin Pie filling!!!!)
1 chopped pecans (optional)
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 1/2 sticks REAL butter
3/4 sugar
3/4 light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (6oz) Pumpkin Liqueur
2 Tbls lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
     (I prefer to butter and flour my pan)
• In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin spice. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition. 
-Add the Liqueur, lemon juice, almond and vanilla and beat until combined. 
-Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix thoroughly.
-Add the can of Pumpkin last and give it a final thorough mixing!
• Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert onto a cake plate. Cool thoroughly.

*allow this cake sit overnight, it tastes better the next day!

Whipped Liqueur Topping

16oz Heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup Pumpkin Liqueur (or whichever Liqueur you used in the cake!)

Using an electric mixer, attach the whisk attachment and whip the cream on high until it thickens.
When it starts to peak (when you pull the whisk out the cream holds a peak form) GRADUALLY add the sugar. 
Continue to whip on high until the cream is thick and full. Then GRADUALLY add the Liqueur.
Whip until it is fully mixed.
Don't over whip it! 

The leftovers I didn't use that day I placed in the freezer. Homemade whipped cream will lose it's form after a short amount of time.
Make sure to keep it away from the kids and Labeled correctly! 

I hope much satisfied tummies are indulged with these recipes! 
Happy Eating!!!
Dottie ^_^

 For those of you who have made this cake I would love a Picture of you and your cake with your name, the date, and your story! I would love to post your picture and story here on my blog!
Much Loves
Dottie ^_^

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lemon Cookie (vegan adaptable)

Love Lemon Cookies?
Are you Vegan?
Not Vegan no biggie!
Do I ever have a recipe for you!

I have a friend who is vegan and I have made it a hobby of mine to find and create new recipes for her! So to say the least when I found this Vegan Lemon Cookie recipe online I was EXCITED! Then to say how disappointed I was with it...yea meh.

I didn't give up though. I had a base recipe to work with and adjust! The following link is the....not so good recipe.

After making the adjustments this soft cookie has a texture that is a blend of a shortbread cookie and a scone! I love it! After you zest your lemons and squeeze the juice needed....look below the cookie recipe for my Lemon tea recipe to drink with this delicious cookie!

I am not vegan so I used real butter for my cookies. Just substitute a vegan butter instead!

Dottie's Lemon Cookies (Vegan Adaptable) 

Sift dry ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
zest 4 lemons (add the zest after you sift the dry ingredients)

3/4 cup Real or Vegan Butter  (cut butter into the dry ingredients until it is crumbling and well mixed)

Add Liquid Ingredients and mix well:
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
4 tsp Lemon extract

Drop 1 teaspoon of batter about 2" apart. About 1 dozen drops per a pan works for me.
Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes.
This makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Lemon Tea

2 Lemons (or if you are making the recipe above use those lemons!)
4 cups water
Honey or agave
Coffee Pot

Slice and Squeeze your lemons directly into the coffee pot...then place the lemon rinds into the pot as well!
Start  your coffee pot and let it soak over night!
(Let the lemons soak for at least 30 minutes. the longer you let it soak the better it will taste!)
Add honey to your hot tea and enjoy with your cookies!

Try adding an orange as well.

I Hope you guys enjoy!
Dottie ^_^

Comfort Food: Potato Soup

It's that time of the year. We pull out the sweaters and jackets, brush off the moth balls and mend the holes. Check the fit of hats and mittens and prepare for the cooler weather months! It's time to brush of the wooden rocking chair and sit on the front porch with a mug of coffee or hot cider. Watching the wind play with the vibrant colored leaves. Or even to put a fire in the fireplace, watch some football or just enjoy a quiet evening at home!

Yep, it's that perfect time of the year when hearts warm as the weather grows colder. So here is my favorite Baked Potato Soup recipe to warm the body!

My mom would make this for the family and oh man could we put this huge pot of soup away! Between my dad, two brothers (who have hollow legs!), two sisters, myself and the many friends we always had over, this soup never lasted long and I was lucky to get a second bowl! Yes, it's simply just that good.

Baked Potato Soup

6-8 Large potatoes                    
 Bake at 400 degrees till done. About 1 hour. Peel  cube.
 Or cover halved potatoes with water in a large pan and barely boil for 40 minutes.
 OR microwave 4 at a time for 20 minutes. then peel and cook.
(the microwave is my favorite way taught to me by my mother in law!)

While Potatoes are Baking:

In a Large soup pot:                
 (Large....meaning HUGE this makes A LOT of soup.
Invest in a Tall non stick pot! Well worth the money!)

2 sticks REAL butter          
1 cup chopped onion            
1/2-1 center cut ham steak diced small    >
 Saute onions and ham until onions are clear.

1 cup flour                              
Gradually add flour stirring continuously.

2 quarts warm milk              
Add and stir constantly to keep smooth.

Add Potatoes and salt and pepper.

Heat through!

Invest in a wooden spoon!!!
Microwave milk.
Invest in a tall non stick pot.
Try smoking the ham before adding it to the soup.
Use REAL stick butter.
Serve with Sharp grated cheese. I actually add 1 lb of shredded cheese TO the soup!

Ok, if for some reason this doesn't make enough do the following:
mix 1/2 stick melted butter with 1/2 cup flour, and then add to warm soup. Stir well then add 1 quart of warm milk and adjust seasonings!
Mix the extra butter and flour together first before adding them to the soup so the flour doesn't clump in the soup.

Suggested seasonings and how to season.
I enjoy using Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder (even proportions)  and Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
Don't know what it is...http://www.tonychachere.com/

Add the seasonings to the ham and onions as you saute them. You won't need extra salt! Add pepper after the soup is made. But taste the soup first! Don't just add it because you think you need it.

I really hope my little notes have helped! One of my favorite comfort winter foods! If you have any questions be sure to e-mail me or tweet me!
Dottie ^_^

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

As you place the bottle of Captain Morgan on the counter in front of me normally the first words you will hear from me are, "Have we had the Root Beer Discussion?"

I bet you are wondering, "How in the world did she even think to try it with root beer!" Well, let me tell you.  My sweet wonderful husband had surprised me with a bottle of Captain. But the dumb ass had forgotten to buy me a Coke to go with it! At this point after a day with my first child and work I was more then ready for a drink! His reaction to me asking about the coke was rather humorous. He of course apologized profusely! Opening the fridge I had found the root beer and said, "What the hell, why not!"

This was the best mistake my hubby ever made. LOL! But if he had remember the coke I would never had discovered this amazing drink.

The proportions are always up to you. But I suggest making it as you would a Screwdriver (vodka and OJ). A quarter to one third of a glass full of ice the rest root beer. I have been known to go half and half with mine! The trick to make it super smooth and delicious is to use A&W Root Beer!

Different Root Beers I've tried with Captain Morgan

Barq's - This is my least favorite.
IBC- Is ok. Smoother then Barq's
Store Brand- is my mid range and preferred if I'm unable to get A&W or on a budget

A&W- Is by far my top favorite!

Now I have also had Captain with IBC cream soda and Ginger Ale.
Cream Soda- To sweet.
Ginger Ale- Tastes like cream soda and is pretty smooth.

Root Beer Float

Pint Glass (Your average glass)
Fill at least halfway with ice to all the way

1/4 of the glass of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
The rest A&W Root Beer
Stir really well and continue to stir as you sip on this delicious relaxing drink!

Dottie ^_^

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Magic Hat Beer


Not Quite Pale Ale
OK, to say the least this beer took me by storm! Popping open this sucker was a dream come true! The scent of it was so subtle and full of flavor I was surprised. I kept smelling it trying to catch that beer smell I don't care for. Wasn't there!!! The first sip put me in heaven. 100% smooth from the first taste to the ending note! Believe me, it took me half of the beer before I would believe it would stay that smooth through the entire bottle!

Are you a cider lover as I am....then this beer is a MUST try!

One of my favorite things about this, was the dry ending note. How it brought the full subtle notes of the flavor and scent together perfectly. To leave it lingering upon your palette. So take your time to savor this smooth subtle beer. It will be worth your time!

Dottie ^_^

Humble Patience
Irish Style Red

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. But I was excited to say the least! I bet you can imagine it! There I stand in my kitchen, a smile on my face as I pop open this bottle of beer! -pop, flip, plop- goes the cap! Lifting the bottle to my nose I breathe in deeply.....a very classic quality scent! Score 1 so far! The flavor hits your mouth as an avalanche. I at first didn't think I would like it. But as most of the beers from Magic Hat have done, it surprised me upon the second sip and the third. I can't quite place the flavors, but the multi-layers give this beer personality. As most of the higher quality beers I have been tasting, as this beer warms up the flavors begin to become more alive! I Did drink half of this beer before I thought to sit down and write about it. The rich light flavor of this beer is a definitive plus!

Dottie ^_^

Ummm....I didn't like this one. But if you like I.P.A. Beers give it a try! So far I have been impressed with the quality of Magic Hat's beers so far!
Dottie ^_^

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lipton Tea

Just to let you guys in on a little secret I'm a southern belle through and through! I love Tea! Be it hot or cold, sweet or unsweetened...though sweet is preferred! I love it! So you can understand my excitement when I saw Lipton had made a variety of flavors! There is something for everyone. Lipton is a very high quality tea that has the perfect price tag for Tea lovers everywhere! So sit back, hold onto your tea pots and be prepared to be WOWED!

Lipton Pyramid Bags have such a simple design to them. The flavor from these little guys are just fabulous! I normally sweeten my tea with honey and let it set for at the very least 10 minutes. If you want to make a potful try using a coffee pot! Place 1 tea bag for each cup of water (4cups water 4 teabags). Let the pot sit at least 30min to 1 hour! I prefer a very strong taste to my tea so I will let it set for longer. Remember to place the tea bags IN the pot and to leave it turned on so that the heat will help diffuse the flavor faster and more strongly!

Once you've reached your desired strength level another option is to ice it! All of these flavors taste even better iced! Make a batch the night before for work the next day. It's a healthier choice then coffee (I still LOVE my coffee) and perfect for the summer!

Bavarian Wild Berry
Black Tea
This has a great mixture of blackberries, blueberries and Raspberries.
This tends to be a little stronger and sweeter.

Mandarin Orange
Green Tea
Light Refreshing mandarin orange flavor balanced with the green tea! For those orange lovers!
Very light tea.

Blueberry and Pomegranate
White Tea
This combo is mixed so well together it's hard to tell where one flavor begins and the other ends.
Light tea with a strong flavor.

Island Mango and Peach  (My personal Favorite cold!)
White tea
A great combo of the two flavors! First you are hit with the Peach and then the mango to soothe the taste buds!
Light and sweet this tea is just amazing all the way around!

Enjoy trying something new and saving some money while you are at it!
Dottie ^_^

Bavarian Wild Berry
Black Tea

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Magic Hat's Hex Apple Spice Cake

As I was looking up information about Magic Hat's Hex beer I came across this on their website!

Now for those of you who might actually know me, know how I love to put my own twist on other people's recipes! That is exactly what I've done with this!  As you can see there is a link above for the recipe. I have also copied and pasted it below. Everything in parentheses ( ) are my adjustments and additions! I have also created Two additional glazes as well as adding to the original here. I hope you guys have fun trying them both out! A great excuse to buy a 6 pack of beer!

Hex Glaze: This glaze brings out the flavor of the beer in the cake, as well as the citrus undertones.

360 Double Chocolate Glaze: My own creation, but I wasn't as impressed with it. For the chocolate lovers you might enjoy this glaze on a chocolate cake instead.

Lemon Glaze: It brings out the citrus tones. But I feel it overpowers the actual cake.
 Out of the three I do prefer the Hex Glaze. My own creation. For young children try serving it plain or make a vanilla glaze instead. With a pinch of cinnamon sprinkled over it. There are many many options available! My husband enjoyed it with vanilla ice cream. So Get creative!
Dottie ^_^

P.S. Let the cake cool before attempting to take it out of the pan as the recipe says...I didn't and my top came off! ;) But it's delicious warm so try heating it up when you serve it to family and friends!



nonstick vegetable oil spray                                               (real butter and flour for the pan)
2 cups grated tart apples (2 or 3 apples)                             (cubed 4 apples with peel on)
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans                                            (Walnuts and butter toasted stove top instead.)
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                              (added pumpkin spice and allspice. left out the cloves)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 and 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup Magic Hat Hex (6 ounces)
juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)                             (Used a tangerine instead. juiced it fresh)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries                                      (cut up the tangerine instead of using cranberries)
zest of 1 lemon                                                                     (no zest)

For the glaze:

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
several teaspoons orange juice or lemon juice


• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.

• Grate the apples to make 2 cups. Toss into a colander and allow to drain while you continue.

• Sprinkle the pecans in a baking pan with sides and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until toasty-smelling. Set aside.

• In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

• In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Add the Magic Hat Hex, lemon juice and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the apples, nuts, cranberries, and lemon zest.

• Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert onto a cake plate. Cool thoroughly.

Make the glaze:

• Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and stir in the juice, a teaspoon at a time, until a smooth icing forms; it should be the consistency of warm honey. Drizzle over the cake.

• Allow to set at least 10 minutes. Serve.

TASTING NOTES: Hints of toffee and caramel in Magic Hat Hex work with the warm spices, fresh apples and slightly tart cranberries in this seasonal extravaganza of a cake.

YIELD: 10 to 12 servings

Additional Glazes!

Hex Glaze: 1/2 cup powder sugar. 1Tbls stick butter melted, add beer until you have the consistancy you desire. To thicken add more sugar.

360 Double Chocolate Glaze: 1/2 cup powder sugar. 1Tbls stick butter melted. add vodka until desired consistancy you desire.

Lemon Glaze: 1/2 cup powder sugar, 1Tbls  stick butter melted, add lemon juice until desired consistancy.


I am an avid Coffee lover. As is my little girl, Marilyn Deville. She started to drink coffee as soon as she started walking and got her hands on her Mami's (Grandma) coffee mug and took a sip. Ever since then we have to pry her little fingers off of our coffee mugs if we want to be able to drink any ourselves!

Today we tried out Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Spice. It's a very delicious strong coffee. So be careful as to the amount of grinds you use! I love cinnamon in my coffee, so was very happy when my husband brought this home as a surprise for me! The flavor has a very strong cinnamon taste, unlike some of the brands out there that say cinnamon. No need to add any extra! Extrememly happy with this flavor from Dunkin Donuts, as is my little Marilyn!
Dottie ^_^

My sweet husband will bring me home new brands and flavors to try as a surprise! So this past weekend he brought me home something exceptionally delicious!

New England Coffee

Blueberry Cobbler: I wasn't prepared for how delicious this was going to be! I'm normally not much of a fan of blueberry. But oh my god! This was full of flavor and creaminess! I add sugar and cream to mine and it was as if I was having dessert in a cup! On the bag it suggests to try it cold. Well, why the hell not? It's even better COLD!  I prefer it cold actually. I use either cream or milk with sugar over ice.

Hazelnut Creme Decaf: My hubbs knows how much I love hazelnut coffee. Which is a LOT! Hehehe. I was rather disappointed at first to see that it was decaf. But after trying it and having a day where I didn't want the extra caffeine. I was grateful to have it. The flavor was just as intense as the regular caffeinated coffee. I was very happy and surprised!

 I'm looking forward to trying the other flavors as well. To let you in on a little secret...I like this brand better then any of the name brands so far! It's just that good!

Eight O'clock Coffee
This was another pleasant surprise for me. I had tried the regular a long time ago, but wasn't that impressed. I had tied the hazelnut on a whim, one because the price was right, as well as curiosity. The flavor was nice and strong. A wonderful budget coffee, right up there with the name brands. :)

Dottie ^_^

Holiday Flavored Coffee
With the Holidays being here so many flavor options are becoming available! How awsome is that! To say that I'm in heaven is an understatement! Mmmmmm.......coffee on a cold day is just the bestest thing ever!

On whim I decided to try out pumpkin coffee. I'm thinking "Awsome! Can't wait to try this out!" Well...not so impressed with this holiday flavor.

Archer Farms (Target)
Where's the flavor? It was smelling pretty good while it was brewing...but the flavor I was looking for just wasn't there! To say the least... disappointed.
Dunkin Donuts
This was actually pretty good. But I wouldn't buy more then one bag. Once again I just wasn't very impressed with the strength of the flavor. I was looking for the "Pow! In your face taste buds!" kind of flavor. But, very happy to have a bag of this Pumpkin Spice coffee anyways!

Private Selection (Kroger)
Chocolate Raspberry....oh my this flavor was amazing! I'm not a big raspberry fan, but adding a little bit of creamer to this....it was as if I were having a decadent dessert in my coffee mug! As it brews the smell just lures you to the kitchen and to the coffee pot itself. I stood there like an idiot waiting for it to finish brewing! A must try!

Now, this is my favorite flavor of the season! Of course my wonderful hubby brought this home to me as a surprise. As he did with the chocolate raspberry! The bag was unmarked and when I opened it and took a deep breath I was in Heaven! Peppermint! The scent of this freshly ground....yes he ground it fresh at the store for me!!!....pulled me in! I was so eager to get to work to try it out and share! Of course my boss didn't like this flavor and made fun of me! The booger! hehehehe. But, out of all of the flavors out there, this is a must have for Christmas morning!

Dottie ^_^

Dunkin Donuts
Strawberry Shortcake.....to say the least....Heaven. I really wasn't sure what I was going to think about this flavor. I'm not a huge strawberry fan when it comes to drinks. But this seriously tastes just like a strawberry shortcake! Especially if you add a little creamer and sugar to taste! Grab some glazed donuts and you've got a breakfast of champions! This is a must try! One of my top favorite flavors!

Easy Iced Coffee
Why waste money on having someone make you iced coffee when you can easily do it at home! Also try making it the night before without the ice and just leave it in the fridge for the morning!

Brew your favorite flavor of coffee....try hazelnut!
Using your favorite mug: Pour a 3/4 cup of coffee.
Add your usual amount of cream and sugar.
 Fill the rest with milk.
Then in another glass full of ice pour the hot coffee!
Stir and enjoy! Add more ice as needed.
Try using chocolate milk instead of regular milk!

You can find me doing this at work it's so easy!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Summer Tropical Storm

A bright creamy refreshing mixed drink! It takes your taste buds by storm! First hitting them with the the smooth taste of lemon! Then the sweet taste of pina coloda and rum storm in to overtake and dominate! Believe it or not the three tastes blend perfectly together to make a creamy make me smile kind of drink! Don't believe me? Try it out!

This is one of my original recipes, so I would love some feed back!
Dottie ^_^

Use a Pint glass for measurements.

3/4 Mayfield lemon Ice Cream
1/4 pina coloda mix
1/4 coconut rum....or more it's to taste!
Add ice.

Blend it up, maybe add a little more ice and there ya go! If it is still to thick add more RUM! or mix depending on your preference. A fun drink to mess around with.

Also try adding pineapple juice as well!

Enjoy! ^_^

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mixed drinks with Tonic/Soda Water

Now not everyone is thinking, "Oh yea, Let's try this with some tonic or soda water!" I never did until one night a friend of mine let me taste their gin and tonic. Wow! Threw me through a loop it was good! So I have been experimenting with it ever since.

Here are a few drinks I have come up with.  I hope you enjoy and come up with some of your own!
Dottie  ^_^

(Also please note that these drinks without the tonic/soda water are great stand alone shots!)
50ml = 1 airplane/shot bottle

Peaches and Cream
50ml whipped vodka (Pinnacle)
50ml 99 Peaches
100ml Tonic/soda water
over ice

Strawberries and Cream
50ml whipped vodka (Pinnacle)
50ml strawberry rum
100ml Tonic/Soda water
over ice

Chocolate Covered Cherries
50ml 99 Blackcherries
25ml 360 Double Dutch Chocolate Vodka
100ml Tonic/soda water
over ice

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
50ml Strawberry Rum or Vodka
25ml 360 Double Dutch Chocolate Vodka
100ml Tonic/Soda water
over ice

Labor Day Weekend Drink Ideas!

Once you get to where you are going you really don't want to mess around with intricate multi-ingrediant drinks. So here are a few of my favorites to make your weeked at least that much easier!

Please remember to drink a lot of water and sports drinks this Weekend. Believe it or not you can drink to much water. So be sure to space it out with other things as well!

Just be save and Don't Drink and Drive people! Either Have a DD or stay wherever you are going. You never know what could happen. So just don't take the chance!
Thanks and have an awsome weekend!
Dottie ^_^

Citrus Vodka/Rum
Pink Lemonade (You can by singles of this for water bottles!)
Craberry Juice (for something a little drier and tarter)

Spiced Rum
A&W Rootbeer (smooth and sweet. tastes like a rootbeer float!)
Dr. Pepper
Ginger Ale (Taste like cream soda)
Cream Soda (I personally didn't care mixing with cream soda...it came across as to sweet to me)

Vanilla Vodka/Rum
Honestly this tastes good with anything. My personal Favs though:
Orange Juice (orange cream cicle)
Red Bull
Dr. Pepper

Plain Vodka
These are my favs as well as some additional info:

Pearl  (great for martinis!)
Pinnacle  (whipped vodka!)
Ruskova  (smooth great for mixing!)
Smirnoff  (The Flavor variety is great)

Bacardi (Great selection on Flavors)
Jack (The coconut is amazing in pina coladas!)
Cruzan (smooth)
Captain Morgan (Fav for root beer)

Now please note I'm not much of a beer drinker. These are ones I've enjoyed.

Woodchuck (cider)
Magner (Irish cider. Not as sweet as american ciders)
Wild Blue (Delicious Blueberry Beer.)
Paulaner (Hefeweizen) (delightfully smooth!)

Castello del Poggio (moscato {personal fav})

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sinless Margarita Mix

In a word....AMAZING!!!!

This mixer has only 5 CALORIES!
It's sweetend with Stevia instead of sugar.

What I love about this mixer the most is that all you taste is FLAVOR!  For those of you who don't like artificial sweeter (I don't) you can't tell!!!  This mix is amazing on the rocks as a stand alone drink when you want something a little tart and sweet, but something other then Lemonade. 

Now please realize I'm not a tequila drinker.  But if you are then grab your favorite tequila and bottoms up! For those of you like me there is hope yet for you to try it as a Drink as well!

Sinless Lime and Captain Morgan Lime Bite.
(This one is the closet to a real margarita in taste without the tequila!)

Sinless Lime and Green Apple Vodka.
(This will mellow out some of that Lime taste.)

Sinless Strawberry and Strawberry Rum.
(No, this isn't an overdose on strawberry!  This gives you that fresh out of the carton strawberry taste that you crave year round!)

Don't believe me?  Then try it out and give me some feed back!

Octoberfest Beers

Please understand I am only a novice beer drinker. I have found having a knowledge of the beer before tasting it helps me to enjoy it more fully.  As well as helping me to write a more comprehensive reveiw. This is only my personal opinion and nothing more. Upon saying that I have posted the website for each beer, if available, with each post. But I do hope it helps you to find what you are looking for with a litte more ease!
Dottie ^_^

Samuel Adams Octoberfest
(August 28, 2011)
After you pop open this delicious beer, allow it to settle and warm just a tad before taking that first sip!  Take a deep wiff of the smell of it.  You're able to smell "Octorber" bottled up!  Even just through the nose you can tell this beer will go down nice and smooth.  That first taste will surprise you with the silky smoothness of it.  Then the taste will surprise you.  Can't figure out what it is that you are tasting?  Believe it or not, they use caramel and toffee.   To balance out the sweetness of this duo they use Bavarian Noble Hops.  The bitterness of the hops combined with the "sweetness" of the sweet duo is perfect for the average beer drinker who is looking for something special.  Also great for the Beginner Beer Drinker!

Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest
(September 4, 2011)

The sound of the top popping is only part of the fun! Remember to look under the cap for a fun phrase! The scent is just the tip of the iceberg of the flavor to come! Rich and full, The scent is full of a rich caramel! No this beer isn't sweet, but the layers of flavor are well blended. The first sip takes you through the flavor of Caramel. Leading only to the light body of this beer. There are an assortment of light spices to taste ending perfectly on a slightly more bitter note. As the beer warms the flavors become more evident. The smoothness of the carmel sits well upon the palat between sips of this delicious beer.

Terrapin Pumpkinfest

I was surprised to say the least when I popped the top off this one! The light clean smell of this beer was refreshing! Then to have my senses snuck up upon, from behind to say the least!!! By the delicious scent of fresh pumkin. A very subtle note to tantilize your senses! My mouth was watering as I was waiting for the Terrapin site to load! So instead of reading up on the beer first as I enjoy doing....down the hatch it went! The taste was so smooth at first that the balancing bitter note took me by surprise. THEN the ending note of fresh pumpkin...delicious! What was even better that as this beer warms up in your hand, the decadant flavors of fall begin to fill your mouth preparing it for the next sip. smooth cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves. Deffinitely one for the books!!!