Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 New Year's Drink List!!!!

Hello to all my faithful readers!
A Warm Welcome to all of my new readers just joining in!
I look forward to putting smiles upon your faces with these delightful recipes I've compiled from other sources. If only I could afford to try them all out before posting this!

-looks around with a mischievous smile upon her face-

Of course this is rather coming a bit to close to new year's as it is. In my opinion it is better then not at all though! You will probably see a few repeats from last year's list here as well. The ones that I think are just  a lot of fun and which you will have everything to do them anyways! So why not have the knowledge to do so!

One of the things I enjoy doing is reminding all of you wonderful hosts and hostesses about the awsome D.D.s! These people are the backbone to a safe and wonderful holiday! Please keep their needs in mind as you plan your parties!

Have a coffee pot? Fill that sucker up with water and let it sit on the counter for easy access. Grab a box of hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and maybe a few selections of hot tea and a jar of honey! You could even add a few packets of instant coffee as well. What's also great is if you have a Keurig! There are so many selections out there available for this awsome pot! From Coffee to hot apple cider! Target has a great variety of choices available! Just make this available for everyone at your home!

Looking to serve cold drinks? Not enough room in the fridge? Grab a cooler and toss bottles of water and cans of soda in there with a shit ton of ice!

There are so many options out there! These are just a few to get your brain going!

Now moving on to the drink list!

Some of you might be wondering how did I put these together! Allow me to tell you! I thought of the most classic flavors of this time of year. Peppermint, cinnamon, and cream. Then moved that train of thought as to what I enjoyed along those lines! Then....I made a short list of some of the most popular items running past me! Then comes the research and slapping it all together so all you guys have to do is print it out and come see me! Easy as pie....well actually...way easier then pie! Pie is actually kinda hard and time consuming and rather messy.....and that is sooo off subject! back to the drink list!!!

Party time saver suggestions...
Pouring shots? Mix the shot or drink in a half gallon (or larger!) container and leave it in the fridge. Be sure to label what it is and what is in it. This way it's mixed and cold. No need to mess with shakers and ice! Also easier to pour into those shot glasses or drinking glasses!

links!
Fireball Whiskey
Dekuyper


Shopping List
Fireball Whiskey
Peppermint Schnapps
Cinnamon Schnapps
bourban
captain morgan spiced rum
cider beer

hot chocolate
hot apple cider
cranberry juice
apple juice
ginger ale
rootbeer

(p=part)

Fire and Frost Shot
1p Cinnamon Schnapps
1p Peppermint Schnapps
(Great for a warm up shot when they walk in the door!)

Spiked Hot Chocolate
Make a mug of deliciousness starting with some hot chocolate.
Then spike it with whatever is close at hand! Cinnamon or peppermint being favs!

Holy Frost Man!!! (shot)
1p bourban
1p peppmint schnapps!

Christmas Hug
1p Fireball
2p apple juice
1p cranberry
mix and serve over ice!

Fire on Ice! (my personal recipe)
1p Fireball or cinnamon schnapps
1p cranberry juice or to taste
on the rocks!

Flamin Beaver
Shot of Fireball Whiskey
Dropped into a glass of your favorite cider beer!
Such as Woodchuck or Angry Orchard!
Chug away or sip it slowly! take your pick!

Hot Cider
Make a mug of hot apple cider and spike it with Fireball or cinnamon schnapps!

Spiced Eggnog
Eggnog is great just by itself as well!
Grab some spiced rum and spicked some eggnog on the rocks!

Rootbeer Float (my personal favorite!!!)
1p Captain Morgan Spiced rum
1p a&w or boylan's rootbeer (or to taste!)
on the rocks!

Smooth Sailor
1p Sailor Jerry's Spiced rum (higher proof super smooth)
1p Ginger Ale or to taste!

Ok! I hope you have all enjoyed this year's shorter list! Good luck with all of your parties! I look forward to hearing about them!

Dottie ^_^

New year drink list

So I was suppose to post a drink last night. Obviously that didn't happen! Egad Whaaaaat a horrible blogger I am! Tonight while I'm working I'll write down my list and get my act together! Need help tonight though? Check out last years list!
Dottie ^_^

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Limoncello Nut Cake....with a few haha's thrown in!


Fruit cake smooch cake! It's just something that still holds no appeal for me! Ok granted...I haven't actually tried one......but it just holds no appeal for me! One of these days .....well you know me....I might decide to look up a recipe and see what this gibber jabber is all about!

Still want that cake thingy stuff to give to someone though? Allow me to hook you up with a childhood favorite of mine!

This is one of those recipes that we would make once a year. Not this one is hard or difficult. Just one of those special Christmas recipes.

-taps chin-

We had quite a few of those really. I think it's what made them so much fun and special!

So I decided to add a lovely twist to this recipe. Limoncello. So delicious and smooth all by itself! What is limoncello you ask? A delicious Italian liqueur! This delightfully sweet lemon flavored liqueur has an alcohol content of 28% alc/vol. Not strong enough for you? Well that is what they make vodka for! That is just a personal preference you see. Try it with your own favorite liqueor though, such as rum or tequila. This is not something I would really suggest trying with brandy/whiskey/burbon/scotch. The quality of those are different from the other types. But, you just never know! So don't knock it til ya try it!

It's like strawberry jelly and chicken biscuits! It just works! Mmmmm....now I'm really hungry for a chicken biscuit and strawberry jelly! Why'd I have to make that analogy? Hmm...maybe because it's breakfast time and I'm hungry? Oh well! I shall not allow my fingers to rest till this blog entry has been posted! No chicken biscuit for me til my AH-MAZING  readers have their post....I shall....I shall...shut up about the stupid chicken biscuit and just post the damn blog entry! Hahahahaha!

-taps forehead until the vague light bulb turns on-

Ah yes...limnocelle. I've not tried that many different ones. There are different labels that come from different parts of Italy. Which is pretty cool I think. The one I first tried and i haven't deviated from is Caravella. They also have an orangecello....but that is for a different entry! There are many many different things you can use this in. One of my top favorites  is.....

1 part Limoncello
2 parts cranberry juice
a splash of Orange Juice
All on the rocks...

I stir my drinks.....so I just layer and and then stir it really well! Now if it isn't strong enough for you....just ass some of your favorite liqueor! This way you don't waste the cello by thinking if you add more and more it will get as strong as some of the regular drinks we all enjoy drinking.

Also just try it on the rocks by itself. The smoothness of this is just lovely! I'm a lemon fiend!

Hmmm....Oh!!! I have stopped using lime and lemon juice in my drinks. Why? Don't you need that citrus kick sometimes you ask. Yep, you're right. I do. So instead now I use for Lime: Captain Morgan's Lime Bite. For Lemon: Limoncello.  Using these guys instead allows me to give my drink that most deffinate flavor, a bit more alcohol, as well as saving money in the long run. Sure...it may seem cheaper at that moment to buy the lime or lemon. But, what if you forget about it? It goes bad and you just wasted that money. Sure, there is the juice version as well. How much of that juice do you have to add though to get that touch of flavor you want though? Just a thought people! There are somethings you need that fresh taste for. But, there are others that this will save you a bit of money in the long run. As well as enjoying drinks made with these two guys!

Ok....so I've gabbed my gums about everything BUT the cake! I'll give ya the recipe and then go blah blah about it. That way you can skip all of my mouth gas.....I promise I brush my teeth....oh....just not this freaking early in the morning Beware!!!

-looks around for coffee....then chases after the kids who have said coffee!-

cake...cake...cake....cake....



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Lemon Nut Cake 

3 sticks butter

2 c sugar > Cream butter and sugar



6 eggs > Beat thoroughly


2 oz. Lemon Extract (whole bottle) > Blend well.

(This is the part where I substituted an airplane bottle of Caravella Limoncello instead!
50 ml Caravella Limoncello!)




3 c flour

1 tsp baking powder > Sift into batter. Mix well.



15 oz. Golden Raisins

2 c chopped pecans > Stir into batter.



Bake at 325:



Tube pan--greased and floured--1 hour 15 minutes



Or



2 loaf pans --greased and floured--1 hour 5 minutes

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I'm sure now you understand why it's an once a year recipe! All that butter and the yummy raisins! Oh me and on my! You really need to use Real Butter! Margarine will give it an entirely different taste! Once I added the limoncello to the batter....I couldn't stop eating it! I was worried all the batter would be gone before I had a chance to make the cake! It was a huge success!...Well that is once I got the batter into a pan and baked!

So now wipe your watering mouths and try it out!

Here are two other links if you want to learn more, as well as gather some great drink ideas!

Wikipedia
Caravella!!!

Dottie ^_^

Monday, December 3, 2012

Easy homemade sloppy joe

So one evening I got this craving for sloppy joes. But, I had no mix! Then....with a smack to the head....I looked up a few recipes. found what they had in common and picked out the easiest one! WOOHOO!!
I like easy!

Awsome Sloppy Recipe!!!
1 lb ground beef
(I didn't thaw mine out. Just tossed it in the pan and went at it!)

2 -3 stalks celery, chopped
(I didn't have celery, so I used a dash of Celery Salt)

1 small onion, chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite, we use Open Pit)
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
(Didn't have this either...but I had plain yellow mustard in the fridge!)

salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
Directions:


In a large skillet, brown ground beef, celery and onion.

Drain the fat, who needs it?.

Stir in remaining ingredients, simmer covered, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If Joes appear too'loose', leave cover off and let moisture evaporate.

Cook until it's the consistency you like for serving on toasted buns, with french fries and cole slaw.


So once again, not my recipe....but it was great! I love trying out other's recipes and sharing my favorites! The kids actually ate this as did my hubbs! I was a smug happy mama that evening! I'll be making this once more sometime soon. It is just so good!
Dottie ^_^

Beer Bread

This one has been a long time in coming. Egad I had posted pictures of this yummy stuff on my tumblr way back in August I think!!! What are we going to do with me......love me anyways maybe?

hehehe

There are two recipes I tried. They were both ok.
These aren't my recipes. But, they were easy and good end product I wanted to share.

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I liked this one Better.

3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)
Directions:


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients and beer.

Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Pour melted butter over mixture.

Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.

UPDATED NOTES: This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust. If you prefer a softer crust (like a traditional bread) mix the butter into the batter instead of pouring it over the top.

Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a "hard biscuit" as some have described. That's because they aren't sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the "correct" way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product.

I have had many email from you kind folks about using non-alcoholic beverages instead of beer. That is fine to do but I highly recommend adding a packet of Dry Active Yeast or 2 teaspoons of Bread (Machine) Yeast so that you get a proper rise.

The final result should be a thick, hearty and very tasteful bread, NOT A BRICK! ;).

Thank you all for the incredibly nice comments and those of you who left a bad review - learn to sift sift SIFT! You will be amazed at the results you get.

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Easy...but only OK.


Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and beer and mix well. The mixture should be sticky. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. At the last 3 minutes of baking, remove from oven, brush the top of the loaf with butter and return to oven.

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Each recipe has it pros and it's cons. With the first one you can adjust the recipe to taste. Such as the salt. I didn't care for the heavy salt flaver the bread had after baking it. I would follow the recipe once as is. Then make adjustments to it.

The second one is just a great scoop and mix set up. It was pretty good. But, once again it was just to salty for me. But, you won't know if it's right for you if you don't try!!!

I had a lot of fun trying different flavors of beer with each bread, 
 
On hand at the time I had New Castles Werewolf. Rascal's Wild Red. Harpoons UFO Pumpkin.

Harpoon's Pumpkin was such a great wheat beer! One of the few pumpkin ones I was able to try this year!
Now don't go looking for this right now! But, Harpoon does have a seasonal out as well!
Back to the bread! This was ok. It didn't hold a strong pumpkin taste as I was hoping it would. It ended up being my least favorite out of the three. 

Ever tried the beer...Wild Blue? This is by the same company. OMG!!! What a smooth delicious beer! If you get a hankering for Raspberries...this is the way to go! Super smooth. Sweet but not overly so! The smoothness of the beer itself is what makes this such a winner with me! Especially with how the balanced the flavor and all that great beer stuff! hahaha! 

This bread came out a little sweeter and was the favorite all in all even among my family and friends.


If you like Newcastle...then you have probably tried this beer and you either liked it or poured it down the sink.
I don't personally care for Newcastle  My hubbs does though. So I originally bought it for him....and that didn't go so well. But, the BREAD!!! 
It was as if it was made to go in bread and chili and anything else you can think of that needs a savory beer flavor added to it!
I added some shredded cheese to the top of this loaf when I pulled it out of the oven. It was still hot enough to melt it so i just left it alone. 
Now, I have had a few people come in and look for this beer just to drink it. So when they bring it back out next year grab a six pack and try it out! You just never know unless you try something new.

Dottie ^_^


So sorry about my Poofels!!!!

You know....a poofel! Where one goes -poof!- LOL!!!

But, really. I know I said I would have a few posts up and I just haven't done.
me=LAME.
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So now I'm trying to rack my brain as to what I promised to post on. I have a few items. So there will be quite a few new posts posted tonight. so please just bear with me if they seem a tad bit short. I'd rather you guys have these awsome recipes and yummy goodness then go through an entirely boring ass blog to find it!!!

So onward ho!......and no boys...not that kind of ho either!

HAHAHAHA!

I know ...I know...I'm just plain awful!

Dottie ^_^

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A review on a few sweet bubblies!



A little thought on some bubbly!
I am not a fan of champagne. Not that it's bad or anything. I just have a preference for sweet light drinks. 

-Flashback to last night-
It is now 9am on this beautiful crisp Saturday morning. I'm looking over this blog post seeing that all I have on it are the first three lines and a few pictures. Last night my youngest brat decided she wanted to snuggle and cuddle with mama. Which is great and awsome....except I actually had a few things I had to do. Such as rock out this entry for all of you!
When I say she HAD to snuggle and cuddle. I mean just that. We are talking huge tear drops, quivering bottom lip, blankie in hand escaping from her bed.....all because she wanted mama. So of course I put my laptop aside and did one of my most favorite things in the world. 
Snuggled and cuddled with my baby girl.


........

Looks around and takes a deep breath.

........

Now, I really could have used a glass of this awsome bubbly last night! Because I didn't get to enjoy it last night. I plan on enjoying it when I get home and begin my Fall cleaning. Yea....spring cleaning doesn't happen in my house. Spring is the time to shop for an awsome chunk of meat to throw on the Smoker! But, that is for a different blog entry...I'm so easily distracted when it comes to food!

...
-thinking to self- 
Bubbly bubbly bubbly
Writing about bubbly not food.....mmmm....food....no not food BUBBLY!!!!

.....

You know something....I like pictures...you like pictures? Good! Then scooch on down the page and check out the pictures and my personal reveiws on them....while I distract myself with Food!









Delicia
Strawberries and Cream
Whipped
Red Velvet
 I've tried all three and really like them.
        One of the things I love about these.
     They have a screw top!!! 
                                   These are that perfect party favor.                                  





When I took my first sip of this.....It was a dance party in my mouth! I came back the next night and bought a second bottle I loved it so much!

Bacio de Bolle
Rosso Moscato
Di Asti
This is such a lovely red moscato! The quality of it is amazing! I had the bottle finished the same evening I opened it. What I love about it is how it isn't sickingly sweet. I love flavor and smoothness when I drink. This was such a light bubbly wine. I prefer this over the Asti Champagne in a heart beat! 
This will have a place at my table this Holiday season!

This was the first flavor I tried. Because of a bad experience when I first began to drink I do not like strawberry flavors in my alcohol. But, occasionally I do come across a strawberry flavor that is really well done. I was ify about this when I first read the label. I'm thinking that it is going to be overly sweet. I'm going to gag and have a bad headache the next morning. 

I was wrong.
The flavor was so light and crisp! It is sweet, but the least sweet of the three. My top favorite!

For my Whipped Vodka lovers! This was just AMAZING!!!
They nailed this flavor without going overboard. I love to drink it by itself. But, I can definitely see myself mixing another flavor in with this to jazz things up!
Decadence in a bottle.
This is the sweetest of the three. If you love Red Velvet cake then this is a must try for you!
They have hit the flavor points on this perfectly. I opened it and was like woooow!!!!
I love red velvet cake. 
I would definitely say to drink this one when you want something to sip on 
that will just treat your taste buds.


Do my dear readers. I hope to see you all soon to try out something new! Remember, if you don't explore new things how can you find a new favorite? 

Think of it as an adventure if you can't find what you are looking for. It is a golden opportunity to try something new and be pleasantly surprised!
Happy Drinking and Adventuring Everyone!

Dottie
Tattoo Girl
^_^

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sorry for the delay

To my absolutly AH-MAZING Readers!!!!
I'm so sorry for the delay in getting a new post out! Tonight I'll have a post out on a few reviews on a few new items we've gotten in! Super excited about them and can't wait to tell you all about them! As well as a beer bread recipe I've been messing around with! Thanks for being so patient with me!
Yours truly
Dottie! ^_^

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spiked Apple Cake

With the holidays coming up tis the season to turn on the oven and start cranking out those yummy delicious creations!!! To help get your brain focused here is a super easy apple cake! I can't wait to rock this out again! So great! Happy Baking!!!!


Spiked Apple Cake

3 Apples chopped into small chunks
1 cup chopped walnuts (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 1/2 sticks REAL butter
3/4 sugar
3/4 light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (6oz) Cinnamon Whiskey
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. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Make sure to scrap the bowl so the creamed mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the bowl.
-Add the Cinnamon Whiskey, almond and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
-Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix thoroughly.
-Add the apples 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.

This cake will easily fall apart into bite size pieces. It is so moist and full of flavor!
Perfect drink to go with this cake:

Spiked Martini
1 part Cinnamon Whiskey
1 part Cranberry Juice
On the rocks

Cinnamon Whiskey at room temperature or on the rocks!

Hot Apple Cider with a splash of Cinnamon Whiskey.


Happy wining and dining!
Dottie ^_^

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Little Black Dress Vodka

Little Black Dress Vodka

"Per 1.5 oz serving size LBD classic vodka contains 100 calories, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 0 g fat
Per 1.5 oz serving size LBD flavored vodkas contain 100 calories, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 0 g fat"

I've never been one to calorie count. But, I find myself worrying about it at times. Especially here recently! When I looked down to see what was on my foot and only saw belly. Egad! So, I won't be calorie counting persay. But, I plan on keeping a better eye on what I'm drinking at least. I plan on cutting down on my beer and looking over what mixers I use! I don't drink anything Diet though! I like the real deal! 

Here are my thoughts on this vodka though. Was happily surprised!

Classic Plain:
 very very clean smooth vodka. It has a very unique aftertaste that is going to be perfect for martinis!!!! I wasn't sure what to expect...but it wasn't this! Looking for an excellent plain vodka...oh yes ladies! Perfect for a martini party!

Honey Pineapple:
I'm very skeptical about this flavor.....WOW!!! I would never have thought about combining these two flavors! You know how pineapple can be a little overwhelming at times? The honey adds just a slight touch of sweetness and tones down the pineapple taste without losing it or being blindingly obvious! I could throw a few ice cubes in a glass and just enjoy sipping on this straight!

Black Cherry Vanilla:
Come on this is going to be a shoe in! Who doesn't like black cherry and vanilla flavors!!!!
The verdict is.....not as smooth as the pineapple. The smell is great and has a full body...the flavor is ok. This is still super smooth, would be excellent for mixing! Not something I would throw ice in and sip though.

Blueberry Pomegrante:
Great blueberry taste! It has an ever so slightly "tartness" to it. Which I think adds to it. It actually tastes like freshly picked blueberries. Different from your average everyday sweet blueberry taste. The pomegrante stays as an underlying flavor in this. It would be great with POM juice!

What I love about These vodkas is that they have a great calorie count. They taste great!! Especially the pineapple honey! The website and drinks created for these drinks is really cool on top of that! As you have probably already noticed I've posted the Link at the top. The calorie count comes straight from their site on the VERY bottom of the page in VERY tiny letter and numbers! It's what the quotes are for!

This will make a great hit at any ladies party! Especially for martini night! I am looking forward to experimenting with my own drink mixes and will get back to you all with a few of my own! Here is my list of top fav to least fav!

1. Classic
2. Pineapple Honey
3. Blueberry Pomegrante
4. Black Cherry Vanilla

I'm a huge flavored vodka drinker. But, the classic just blew them all away!
Happy Drinking ladies!!!
Dottie ^_^

Beer Coffee Cake


As most of you well know I love trying out new beers! Not always your average everyday beers either. But, in general the beers you look at and decide not to get because of the price. Those happen to be my favorite kinds of beers to get. Especially the fruity tootie ones!!!! 
You might be wondering, what happens when I don't like this really expensive beer. I'm screwed right? Wrong. This is now where my creativity kicks in and I begin to think of what the beer would taste good with or in! In my house alcohol never goes to waste. I've spent money on it, so why waste it? Or why give it away? Nope nope. Into the food it goes! Because we all know how I love my food! Especially my sweets! Egad my sweets! Talking about sweets.....let me tell you about this new beer I tired.
Black coffee drinkers Unite!!!!! Is this ever the beer for you! When I popped this sucker open I thought it smelled delicious! I was super excited about it. That first taste...made me look at the bottle and want to grab my cream and sugar to add to it! Now, don't get me wrong. The beer was actually really good. But, one thing to keep in mind, I'm one of those people that ruins a good cup of coffee with cream and sugar! And a LOT of it too! 
-chuckles-
Now if you love your coffee black you are going to love this beer, It had a nice heavy body, it is a stout! The flavor of coffee was a PERFECT blend! Then with the added notes of dark chocolate to compliment it.....I became very excited! Sure, I didn't personally care for the beer itself, but it gave me a great idea!
Now what made me decide to try this beer in the first place. There have been a few people come through Dixie and have just LOVED this beer enough to buy two packs at a time. This is a great beer and I look forward to trying more beer from this company! They did a superb job! 
Now, On to my moment of creative amazingness! 
I have found that beer makes some of the most moist cakes I have ever made in my life. Believe me, I have been baking from sractch since I was 8 years old. When I used a cake mix for the first time. I had looked at the box. Then looked at my mom and with my eyebrows up in my hair line I asked her in disbelief, "That's it?!" She laughed and nodded telling me. "Yes, that's it Dottie."
I looooove coffee cake. So why not give coffee cake a little bit of that awsome coffee flavor with this beer! So the recipe follows! Open up a beer take a sip, then if you like it, measure what you need for this cake and enjoy the rest of the bottle! I only used about 2/3 of a bottle for this recipe. Something to keep in mind. Maybe try opening two bottles and making three cakes at one time. You never know! 
Have fun with this and happy Baking!!!
Dottie ^_^

Beer Coffee Cake
Preheat Oven to 375!!!
Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon cinnamon



Cake:
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup melted butter
1 cup Beer
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping. In small mixing bowl, sift dry ingredients. Blend with fork until crumbly or if you have the hand tool to cut the butter in. Cut the butter in until it is small crumbles. Set aside.
(Example of the hand tool. Hand Tool )

Sift dry ingredients together (Flour, baking powder, salt).

In a medium bowl, beat egg and sugar and  melted butter. 
Add beer and vanilla. 
Stir in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured  7"x11" dish.
 (I have a 2qt pyrex dish that I used that this fit perfect in!!!)

 Sprinkle topping crumb mixture evenly over batter. Or if you are like me....I forgot the topping and added it for the last 5 minutes of cook time and it was perfectly fine!

 Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done.
Sprinkle Powder Surgar to your heart's content all over this bad boy and serve piping hot with a hot cup of coffee! The best ever!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Evan WIlliam's Apple Orchard

This is the time of the year that we all anxiously await the arrival of egg nog! We wait and we wait and we wait. Well, while you are waiting for that yummy stuff to hit the shelves try Evan's Apple Orchard!

Believe it or not this stuff is Ah-mazing!!! I was really not sure if I was going to try it or not. I kept looking at it..and looking at it. Picking up the bottle. Putting it back. Back and forth, back and forth. Finally....after the debate I finally tried it! OH boy am I glad that I did!

Please keep in mind I am not a bourbon or dark liquor drinker. This stuff was just incredibly smooth going down!

It has this awswome kick of cinnamon at first, with a smooth finish of apple cider. This is amazing by itself OR.... Grab a box of that instant apple cider. Fill the coffee pot with hot water and make one cup. Split the cup in half between two mugs and fill the rest with Apple Orchard!

Now the big question... what proof is it?
17% alc/vol or 34 Proof
Not to strong and yet not to weak. Just right for a lovely evening without getting trashed. Not enough proof? Well, duh...just add more Evan!!!!

This is going to be great for the upcoming holidays. It never hurts to try it early on to see if you like it or not. Then to stock up on it for those great holiday parties that are just around the corner. This and the seasonal Fulton's Pumpkin Pie are going to make any party special. Or just make a cozy evening....all the more cozier!!! -wink wink-

New stuff is on the way! Once it hits the shelf I'll let you guys know about it!

Dottie
aka
Tattoo Girl
^_^ 9-19-2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

It's here! It's here! It's here!!!! It has finally arrived! My favorite holiday liqueur!!!! Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur! It's time to pull out my bundt pans and start rocking out some delicious Pumpkin cake! As well as the delicious pumpkin homemade whipped cream topping for it! You might be looking at this and asking yourself....what's with all the exclamation marks. In all honesty...yes I'm THAT excited!!!! My boss actually gave me that special "your crazy" look today Because I was just so excited when I saw them rolling the boxes in!

Now instead of making all of you scroll through my blog trying to find this amazing recipe! Here it is!
Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I'll also have this posted at the top of my blog for easy reference! I will actually buy a few bottles of this stuff just to make this cake....and well yea....put it in my coffee as well!

So the humidity is getting to us and we really don't want hot coffee in the evening. Try grabbing one of these two things.

Starbucks Frappachino such as the coffee flavor.
For my readers that love their energy drinks....Try the Monster Java. It's actually really good.

OR.....grab your favorite coffee brew it. Then ice it down and add some of this delicious stuff to it!

What a great pick me up to a slow kind of day! Please share share share this recipe!
After baking this great cake enjoy it using my favorite method!

Slice of cake....doused in whipped cream. with a glass of Iced Pumpkin Liqueur on the side! Delicious!!!!

Have fun with this more then anything and add your own touch! Make it yours and OWN it!!! BOOYAH!!! hahahaha!~

Dottie ^_^

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Taste of Fall

You always know Fall is on the way when my favorite selection of seasonal beers begin to make an appearance! Thank you Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Harpoons Pumpkin!!!!

OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!!!!! (That is actually harder to type then you think! hahahah)

I am so excited about Harpoon's Pumpkin! This beer is so deliciously perfect! Love pumpkin pie? I do!!!! Take the very BEST things of pumpkin pie. The aroma of it when it first comes out of the oven. How it melts upon your tongue as it slides down your throat! The perfect balance of cinnamon and pumpkin. Take all of this....cut out the overly sweet part....and BAM!!!! You have pie in a bottle! From the very first sip to the very last this beer goes down so smoothly!  I love it so much, that I will be stocking up for Halloween to share it with my Mom!

http://www.ufohefeweizen.com/index.cfm?pid=10375&cdid=10380

I am in love with their UFO series!

I LOOOVE this time of year.....well...only because of the yummy beers....and well yea...my birthday to! How can that not be totally kick ass awsome! hahahahaha!

But, the BEERS!!! All those drool worthy beers are coming out! I have a few personal faves I'm hoping to see again. We shall see!

Also for my cider lovers out there, Fox Barrel Pear Cider. Oh my....this is so smooooooooooooth! The Apricot Pear is to die for! Very light upon the taste buds. A definite re-buy on this one!

Keeping an eye out as to what new fall beer I'll be trying next! Such an exciting time of the year!

Dottie
^_^

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quick healthy snack

Have ya ever noticed  how the 'easy' thing to eat is normally the unhealthy choice?  With all the unhealthy choices out there that are cheaper and easier then the healthy things....ugh. It's a little irritating you know....when everyone tells you "oh eat healthy!" I just want to tell them, "You go buy my groceries and I will!!!" Meh on them and meh on the prices! Hahahaha!

 So, working on a family budget, with a hubby that enjoys splurging on us at times, I'm here to help figure out a few of the healthier type snacks/meals!

Today I made Fruit Pizza for my kiddos. Marilyn (3) kept picking up our package of flatbread saying she wanted pizza! It's first thing in the morning, I just woke up, and all I could tell her at first was to put the stupid thing down! After waking up a little bit more I began to think of how I could give her "pizza" for breakfast!

This is what I came up with!

Breakfast Pizza


1-Flat bread
1-Banana
1-Apple
Chocolate Peanut Butter (Jiff makes some in small to go containers which is great for the kids!)
Cinnamon

Spread as much or as little Chocolate Peanut Butter over the flat bread.
Slice thin pieces of banana and apple.
Use as much or as little as you want.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Slice as you would a pizza and serve!

Any extra fruit just serve on the side!OR Maybe with yogurt and granola for mama or dad!

Milk goes wonderfully with this as well!

My kids actually ate it and I thought it tasted AH-MAZING!!!!! Good luck with all the various creations in your future with this!!!

Dottie ^_^

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gorgeous Saturday Morning!

Where has all my posting gone to? Oh that's right! I'm lame and haven't done anything yet to beat my s'mores recipe! So decided to share with you guys what's for my breakfast this Ah-Mazing Saturday morning via my mobile mini blog! Pretty kick ass huh? I think so!

My goal after having two kiddos is to get healthy. Cut down on my sugar intake and so on. So every now and then you migt see something kinda sorda healthy on here from me! Hahahaha! I love my sweets WAY to much! With the help of my wonderful hubs I was able to make a better breakfast choice this morning! Yay me! ~does the happy dance~ <<< Must come see me at work to see the happy dance. There is one!

Ok back to breakfast! In that lovely picture.....I have about 1/2 cup greek yougurt 1 cup cut strawberries and about 1/4-1/2 cup of plain granola



Friday, June 29, 2012

S'mores...Oh Sweet Deliciousness!

We all love that super sweet taste of a freshly made campfire s'more! You know....that little bit of dirt, that smokey flavor! Then that great sticky mess that we always get on us no matter how hard we try not to! But, one little problem it's not as if we can just go camping whenever we want to! We have those stupid responsibilities called jobs and school. Oh well. Looks like we can't enjoy that sweet gooey goodness anytime soon huh? WRONG!

Yes! Yours truly has created the ultimate campfire snack in my oven!!!

How you ask me, with shining childhood happiness in your eyes! Why, allow me to tell you! I want this happy giddiness to fill your eyes and heart as well! And what a great way to share such a special treat with your own children! Especially on the go!

For Authentic tasting S'mores......

2 packages of Graham Crackers
4 Tbls Butter (use real butter tastes so much better then margarine)
1 bag Small Marshmellows
1 bag of milk chocolate (try Hershey's Nuggets)
Cupcake Liners

Preheat oven 350.

Crunch up the crackers into tiny bits and pieces.
Melt the butter and pour it over the broken Graham crackers.
Mix them up thoroughly.

Line a cupcake pan with the cupcake papers.
Then mush and pack the cracker mix into the bottom.
 Fill each cupcake spot halfway with cracker mix!
You should use all of it for 12 cupcake spots!



Bake for 9 minutes.
Pull out and place the chocolate....use as much or as little as you want! Or just one Nugget for each spot!
Then Pack in the marshmellows!
Place it back into the over for another minute to 2 minutes. Just enough to melt the chocolate and allow the marshmellows to cook like they would on a campfire!

Eat them fresh out of the over or let them cool off!
Or warm them slightly....about 15seconds is good....later on!
 This is a great treat for July 4th! Especially if you are going somewhere to watch fireworks!

Happy eating!!!
Dottie ^_^
6-29-2012






Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dehydration

I'm going to be dehydrating vegetables, herbs and maybe some meat for jerky as well! I also have this great idea for homemade s'mores! These will be all be in the trial run over the next two days! With a little bit of research I have plans to make fresh basil herb bread! Thanks for keeping up with my blog so far! As well as the for putting up with my skipping weeks of posting! Oops!!! All in the life of a full time hard working mom....ok maybe not so hardworking...I am rather a lazy ass really! hahahaha! I look forward to bringing you all more deilcious recipes!

Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The lack of a recent post

Sorry for the lack of a new post recently! I am currently working on a great veggie idea! What is that great veggie idea? Well, that is for me to know and share with you later on!

But for now a few reviews on a few things I've recently tried.

Nabisco's Fig Newton Thins.....to die for! Freaking awsome cookie gals! And guys....you'll enjoy them to! Great flavor! Very little froo froo! And the nutrition isn't to shabby either!
I've had the lemon and delicious! They put tiny pieces of actual lemon in each cookie which makes for a sweet surprise! My kids love them as well! Which is an awsome bonus!
http://brands.nabisco.com/Newtons/

Archer Farm's Pumpkin Spice Granola. Super Yummy! Not enough for the price they are asking. But all in all a good deal if it is for one person! I love granola and this caught my eye while shopping! Great crunchy clusters and the flavor is there, just not overwhelmingly so! and the bag is resealable! I thought that was pretty cool!

Don't like cranberry juice by itself? Me neither! It's so good for you especially with certain health issues! So, try what I do! 2/3 cranberry 1/3 Orange Juice! It's actually really good and I'm able to get the cranberry juice I need to drink.

Want to cut down on your sugar intake? Love chocolate shakes? Me too! During the hotter weather I don't have much of an appetite. So one of the things I've begun to do is eat a protein bar and with a protein shake.

Now Ladies there is a specially formulated Bar for us and it actually tastes delicious! Luna Bar!  Lunabar.com  The lemon Zest and Honey Pretzel are my two favorites! You can find them at Target and Walmart. They are the same price so no worries about pricing! But if you find that flavor you really like you are better off buying a box. You will save about a dollar!

Protein shakes. There are so many out there! Slim fast is so expensive but the idea is nice. Most other protein shakes are for people who work out! I don't. It's kinda hard to with two kiddos running all over the place! But, Kroger has an off brand called Slim Rite.The can of powder costs about 5.00 and an 8 pack of drinks about 6.00 or so. I personally love the powder best! Best bang for my buck and it's a weeks worth of shakes!

I have the bulliet blender. What I do is put a scoop and a half over ice and add milk. Then i have a great chocolate milk shake! It tastes amazing! I have noticed that when I don't drink them I eat more sugar, I just eat more, and I don't feel as healthy. It has helped me a lose a little bit of weight and just feel healty over all! Easy to stick with as well!

Well, I hope some of my reviews have helped! Good eating everyone!
Dottie ^_^
6/13/12

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Malibu's Sunshine

Malibu has come out with another flavor back to back with their Malibu Red. They are on a roll with this awsome great tasting new flavors!

Malibu Red
http://www.malibu-rum.com/us/Malibu-Red/
I am not much of a tequila drinker personally. It's the taste that doesn't appeal to me as much. But, there are a few tequila based items out there that are deliciously smooth! Malibu Red is one of them. This is such a great blend of two wonderful liquors. You have the smoothness of Malibu's classic coconut rum...followed by this unexpected smooth silver tequila! Keep in mind that this is 70 proof! It won't take much to put you on your ass! It's great straight from the bottle as most Malibu products are! Try this one over ice or straight from the freezer. Or a personal favorite...Pina Coladas!
With it being summer time though it's a little hard to take the blender to the pool or on the boat...well depends on your boat!!! So grab some of the pre-made pina coladas and add a shot of this to them to spike it up a notch! Just don't forget your sunblock before you spike your drink!

Malibu Sunshine
http://www.malibu-rum.com/us/Products/Malibu-Sunshine/
Now this lovely flavor has trumped all the other flavors! It has the smooth silky flavor of the original...but they have added a citrus flavor that just drawls out the richness of the coconut! On the bottle it suggests mixing it with sprite...I haven't done this yet because I tried it with pineapple juice! It drinks like water. So smooth...but it needs a little kick of flavor. So try adding a squeeze of lime to it. As well as try it martini style!
2 parts malibu sunshine
1 part pineapple juice
a splash of lime juice

It's just that smooth! Go grab a bottle! I'll be grabbing ANOTHER one to play around with some new recipes and trying some off their website! I sucked down quite a few of the sunny pineapple drinks! But, remember to relax and just enjoy the flavors. Sometimes it's more important to just enjoy what you are drinking instead of worrying about how drunk you can get.

And with that....happy drinking to you all!
Dottie ^_^
5-30-2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

HELLO Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

Sun, water, grill, food, drinks, friends, family, a few days off work...this could only mean one thing! Memorial Day weekend! Most people know this as a day for fun and laughter! Which it most definitely is! But, it is also a time to honor the memory of those who have fallen in defense of our Country and our Rights! During this beautiful three day weekend please just take a moment to give honor to those that risk and have given their lives to protect us and our rights!

On to the eats and drinks of the weekend!!!!
Most of you will have hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Some of you will have delicious slow smoked roasts! And the rest of us? Well, we will be there to eat all of your hard work!!!

Here a few simple suggestions to keep your weekend simple and easy.
The Golgan Basic Rub:
1 Part Garlic Powder
1 Part Paprika
1 Part Onion Powder

Put this on all of your meat after you add any liquid rubs. Such as Worcestershire or beer. Coat it well guys. Don't be stingy with your seasonings!

We love to add a sprinkling of Creole Seasoning...specifically Tony Chachere. It is in the seasoning isle and comes in a green can with a little chef dude on it!

Tony's and our rub is GREAT on  hot dogs as well!

Easy sides:
Who doesn't like mac and cheese and pasta salad?
Cook double the amount of pasta. Split it in half. Use one half for pasta salad the other for mac and cheese.

 Pasta Salad: Relish, mayo, chopped onion, and a sprinkling of celery salt. Use just enough mayo to make it wet. 1 Tbs of relish, and onion to taste!

Mac and cheese: 1 1lb bag shredded mixed cheese, splash of milk, 2 Tbs of butter. the cheesier the better guys! Have other cheese lying around? sliced cheese, provolone, swiss, mozzarella, and so on...add it to the pot! Don't be scared!

While you are slicing up that onion...go ahead and slice a few cucumbers, tomatoes, and a head of lettuce for a quick salad!

Buy a loaf of french bread from Walmart or your favorite bakery. Keep it simple but splurge a little!

Desserts!
http://spottiedottiesspot.blogspot.com/2011/12/graham-cracker-cookies.html
http://spottiedottiesspot.blogspot.com/2012/04/super-easy-no-fuss-easter-rum-cake.html
These are two of my favorite desserts! Very easy to make and they won't keep you in the kitchen!
Also don't forget about a favorite classic....chocolate chip cookies!

Drinks!
Here is what I will have at our shin-ding!
Castello del Poggio Moscato
Mich Ultra's 19th Hole
Pucker Vodka Lemonade Lust with Pink lemonade or just on the rocks
Old Milwaukee
As well as anything I feel like picking up!

A few suggestions:

Bud's Platinum                                                          
Bud's Lime-a-Rita                          
Mich Ultra's 19th Hole                                          
Cayman Jacks                                                                    
Shock Top (all flavors!)
Leinenkugel (Berry Weiss and Lemon Shandy)

Vine Smoothies
Castello Del Poggio Moscato
(Say with the lighter white wines.)

Captian Morgan (or your favortie spiced rum! Great with root beer!)
Captain Morgan's Lime Bite is great to use in margarita mix, mojitos, coke and sprite!
Pucker Vodka has some of the best flavors on the market!
 -Raspberry and lemonade -lemonade lust and pink lemonade
Pearl Vodka is great for mixing, shots, martinis and just all the above!

I would suggest not over doing the creamy drinks though!
But, check out Tequila Rose!
I'm not a tequila drinker but the strawberry is smooth and not overly sickening sweet.
They have brought out a new flavor as well.....Hot Rose. It has a very mild cinnamon flavor. Delicious and smooth!

Want more ideas? Come see me at Dixie Beverage! I'll be there this weekend!

If you are out riding....ride loud and ride safe!
Everyone else....keep your eyes peeled open for the Bikes!
Have a safe and fun weekend!

Dottie ^_^
5/25/12

Monday, May 14, 2012

Kielbasa sandwich and Cafe Bohemia

Well Hello Everyone!
   I have this wonderful love affair with Kielbasa! This is my go to quick and easy snack, meal, or great addition to a meal that needs a little something extra! The flavor is delicious and unique and goes with ANYTHING!!!
My favorite things:

Slice it up, cook up until just slightly burnt, add sauerkraut to the pan and cook until the sauerkraut is heated up. Serve and enjoy!

Slice, cook, and serve with block cheese and fresh loaf bread. Such as French, Multigrain, or a baguette.

Great in pasta sauce....especially Campbell's V8 Sweet Red Pepper soup...
 slice and cook the Kielbasa, add the soup and heat through and through. Serve over pasta!

My current favorite!
Slice and cook the Kielbasa.
 Leave the grease in the pan and add a little extra butter.
Slice mushrooms, an onion, and bell pepper.
Add the veggies to the pan and saute!
 On bread of your choice...a hoagie roll is great for this!
add the veggies, the meat and if you want a slice of cheese!
Sit back and enjoy!

For my Vegans:
Use olive oil, same veggies, add more even!
Squash and zucchini are great on this as well! Try slicing them thicker and cooking them first for more of a burger style!
Add this all to your bread and of choice and enjoy!

Cafe Boheme
http://www.cafeboheme.com/
I tried this delightful liqueur just the other day and was blown away! I'm not one to drink anything straight out of the bottle or straight. This was so delicious super cold straight out of the bottle!  I sat back and just enjoyed sipping on it!

What is this delightful liqueur exactly?
"A unique blend of gourmet coffee and premium french vodka, with creme and a hint of vanilla."
16% alc. by vol.
Also keep in mind to avoid citrus or acid mixers with this. It says so on the bottle...I would think that it might make it curdle. I really don't want to find out. What a waste!

They have some great recipes that look delicious on their site! I can't wait to try some of them out!

Here is what I've done so far and love!

Straight: Super cold or over ice.

With Coffee:
1 50ml of Cafe Boheme
7 oz Starbucks frappuccino Coffee flavored
over ice!

I hope to have more recipes to bring to you in the future! What a delightful liqueur! Grab some and enjoy!
Dottie ^_^
5-14-12

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pool Party Beer Time!

Oh yes! It's that time of the year....well almost really. Some silly pools haven't opened yet! But fear Not!!!! There are plenty of Kiddie pools to go around! So go pick one up if you haven't, some comfy chairs and sit back and relax! It's what I'll be doing this year!

I've made it a point this past weekend to try a few beers I haven't tried yet. Super excited to share my tastings with you!

Bud Light Lime's- Lime-a-Rita:
This can surprised the shenanigans out of me! It was really good! I'm rather impressed with the products that Budweiser is coming out with here recently. They have quality as well as flavor! Which is a must for me.
This Lime a Rita though is a must over ice! It's to sweet just straight out of the can. I brought one to my mom in law's house to split it with her. We put it over shaved ice and it was amazing! Great margarita taste, a higher alcohol content of 8%,  with a delicious lime taste ending!

Mich Ultra:
Pomegranate Raspberry: I was rather disappointed with this one. I was expecting a great pomegranate flavor! All I tasted was slightly flavored smooth beer. Not what I was looking for. So I'm going to make some pomegranate flavored iced tea and mix it half and half with that. That will give me the flavor I was looking for while enjoying a smooth beer!

Dragon Fruit Peach: Now this was a pleasant surprise after first trying the Pomegranate! It had a wonderful peach flavor! Not to sweet and not to strong. I did add this to some tea...because the tea was awful....and Peach Tea was made!!! Loved it! This is one of my must try beers for the ladies. As well as for those that calorie count it does only have 95 cals in it.

Now what made me try these other two flavors you ask....well Mich Ultra's 19th Hole!!!
A blend of lemonade and tea with a smooth beer,.....heaven! But, it tastes so much better on ice then out of the can!

What's great to know:
Different companies are beginning to make cans available! Yeepee!
A few of my favorites:
Paulaner
Shock Top Lemon Shandy
Mike's Hard Black Cherry
Mich Ultra's 19th Hole
Bud's Lime-a-Rita

There are so many more! Just knowing will help you pick something out for the Pool come later on! This summer your choices aren't limited!!! Alright everyone. Careful now stepping in and out of those kiddies pools. We will find it hilarious if you fall on your face....but your face might not like you so much afterwards!
Good luck everyone!
Dottie ^_^
4-5-2012


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vine Smoothie




And what is this you ask?  Vine Smoothies! A most delicious blend of Dutch Cream, Wine, and natural flavors! It isn't overly thick or overly sweet. It's perfect over ice or blended in a blender. The colors are super fun and no mixing is required! Come on, you can't get a better summer time easy to serve drink then this! Well...you could...but it wouldn't be as fun!

Oh! One of the awsome things about this Amazing drink....14% alc/vol!

Strawberry- This is as smooth as a homemade strawberry smoothie! My top favorite!
Berry- A little sweeter then the rest. but my second favorite!
Pineapple and Coconut- of course taste JUST like a Pina colda!
Peach- So I was finally able to try this! Peaches and Cream!!! DELICIOUS!

And now I can't decide between Strawberry and Peach as to which is my favorite! So grab one of each and you tell me!

Dottie ^_^
4-19-12

Alright The Rhester, ask and you shall recieve!

  • Nutrition Facts:
    Serving size 3.53 ounce
    Amount Per serving
    Calories 256
    Total fat 6.7 grams
    Saturated fat 3.8 grams
    Total Carbohydrate 38.7 grams
    Sugars 22.4 grams
    Protein 2.6 grams

    I contacted Vine Smoothies via Facebook and they replied quite promptly with this information! What a wonderful company to be so helpful and fast to reply!

    Dottie ^_^
    5-3-2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Beers I've Tried!

Harpoon Raspberry Hefeweizen ! I mean I loved Shock Top's Raspberry...But I feel as if Harpoon has been able to top it! Harpoon has this delicious clean taste to it, with a fresh raspberry flavor ending! I did prefer this one closer to room temperature then super cold from the fridge.

"We have added natural raspberry flavor to our UFO Hefeweizen to create this beer.  Consistent with the hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy with a solid foamy head.  UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color.  The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle bready aroma from the wheat and yeast.  The body is light and the unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel.  The taste of the fruit compliments the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other.  There is a faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart finish.

Hefeweizens originated in Bavaria and date back over 400 years.  Hefemeans yeast in German, Weizen means wheat.  The unfiltered yeast remains in suspension, giving this style its signature cloudy color and a soft mouthfeel. "- 
 http://www.harpoonbrewery.com
Harpoon Cider- If you like apple juice you will LOVE this beer! It tasted to me just like apple juice! Great super cold!
"Harpoon Cider is made from a blend of locally grown apples including the New England favorite, McIntosh. By fermenting this blend of varieties with our own yeast we are able to produce an aroma that has a clean, fruity character. This crisp, refreshing cider has just the right balance of ripe apple sweetness and tartness from the fruit’s natural acidity. The color of this smooth tasting cider is very light as a result of using only freshly pressed apples. Without the addition of preservatives, artificial colors, or sweeteners we have created a cider that is fresh, pure, and delicious. Enjoy!" - http://www.harpoonbrewery.com

I feel at times that they can describe it so muuuuuch better then I can. The Raspberry is currently on top of my recommendation list!

Dottie's Recommendation List
1. UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
2. Shock Top Raspberry
3. Leinkugal's Summer Shandy
4. Smirnoff's Cranberry Lime
5. Seagram's Jamcain Me Happy

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Super Easy No Fuss Easter Rum Cake!

Easter, one of those great family holidays where everyone pulls out their cooking and baking skills. Yep, awsome for those of us who are eating...stressful for those of us who are doing the cooking and baking. So allow me to at least make one of the multiple tasks you will be taking on that much easier.

My friend, Lisa, made this delicious Rum Cake. As in, she made it once, made it two more times, and each time.....we have gobbled it all up! It tastes just as good as the first time she made it and wowed us! What's so great about this cake it takes so little time!

The basic Recipe:

Easy Rum Cake


Cake:
1 pkg of yellow cake mix
1 4oz pkg vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup Rum
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of a greased and floured Bundt Pan.
Pour the batter over the pecans.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until done!

Rum Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup water

Melt in a LARGE sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Boil 3 minutes and pour over the warm cake while it's still in the pan.
Allow it to set for at the least 30 minutes
Flip onto a plate and serve!


Now, this is a fun recipe to play around with! Try mixing and matching different flavors of cake mixes with different pudding flavors!!! Which is exactly what I've done!

Strawberry Coconut Rum Cake
1 pkg Strawberry Cake Mix
1 4ox pkg Vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 Coconut rum
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil

1 tsp Lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt Pan
Bake for 40-45 minutes until done!

Rum Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup water

Melt in a LARGE sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Boil 3 minutes and pour over the warm cake while it's still in the pan.
Allow it to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Icing
1 6-8 oz pkg plain cream cheese
2 Tbls Sugar
5-6 Tbls Frangelico  (or a hazelnut liqueur)

Mix until well combined and at least mostly smooth. I did this with a fork and had tiny clumps of cream cheese.
Put a dollop on each slice of cake as you serve it!
To me this cake tastes so MUCH better the next day. So cook the previous night and allow it to set over night for so much more deliciousness the next day!

Try baking them in different pans as well! Just be careful not to use to much of the syrup on the smaller sized cakes! Happy baking!

Dottie ^_^
4-5/2012

Recipe coming tonight!

I was unable to get the Strawberry Coconut Rum cake recipe posted last night. I shall post it tonigt while I'm at work! Yay! Delicious recipe!
Dottie ^_^

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Summer Beers are here!

Blog Word: Delicious!

Last year my husband took me to the Renaissance Festival and we had a blast! It's one of my top favorite summer things to do!  The food, the beer, the costumes, the beer, the fun sharp toys, the beer, and all the creative fun unique things you can find there....oh did I mention the beer? Just in case I didn't....the beer!

I had tried Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and fell in love with it. But, not as much as my hubby did! It's just as good on tap as it is in the bottle. This beer has this great fresh lemon taste. When I say fresh, I mean as in freshly squeezed lemonade, add freshly opened ice cold smooth beer....oh deliciousness! I love their Berry Weiss even more though! It's sweeter then the Summer Shandy.

Want a great mellow lemon beer? Try Shock Top's Lemon Shandy....very similar. Great lemonade taste, but more smooth beer taste to this one. It has a more mellow mouth watering taste that makes me want to pop open another one! Try their raspberry as well! It's so amazingly smooth! It's as if you have a bottle of freshly mushed raspberries and delicious beer!

These are two must try beers....
Leinenkugel's Lemon Shandy
Shock Top's Lemon Shandy

More reviews to come as they beers roll into the store!
Happy drinking!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Set-up and a note of Gratitude!

OK, as everyone can tell there is a new set-up to my blog. I'm hoping I remembered to put everything back on here that was on here before. If you don't see something that was here before let me know! Leave me a comment here or email me!

Something new I've added: "Dottie Fun Fact!" At the very bottom of my page. You will be able to find the history and top most viewed entries on my blog there as well.

Interested in seeing my new creations? Keep up with me on tumblr...which you don't have to have an account for....or Facebook!

Also! I'm very grateful and thankful for all of my dedicated readers and regulars at work who have been so supportive of me and this endeavor! You guys are just the best and make doing all of this so much fun and exciting for me!

I look forward to bringing all of you new creations in the upcoming near future. I'm hoping to eventually get to one of the wonderful little artsy fartsy fairs and try my luck there! I'll keep everyone posted on the outcome of that!

A very special thanks to my husband, Joseph Golgan. He has been the most supportive husband a lady could ever ask for! Not complaining to much about my late nights hand painting glasses. He is always on the look out for unique glasses for me to paint! As well as willing to run to the store for anything last minute I forgot about for the recipe I'd be working on!

A special thanks goes out to my boss at Dixie Beverage Outlet for allowing me to get my start on selling my artistic hand painted glasses!

I'm a spoiled rotten little girl, and I appreciate that more then anything!

Thank you once more everyone for the support!
Dottie ^_^
a.k.a.
Tattoo Girl




Monday, March 19, 2012

Problems with Blogger

I'm currently having a few issues with Blogger....I'm hoping to have them fixed sooner then later. Until then please bear with me and enjoy perusing my blog.
Dottie ^_^

Jameson Pot Pie

So the Hubby had wanted to Smoke some pork chops on the grill. Of course I'm all for this! What he brings home is a delicious juicy slab of Pork Tenderloin! To say the least I sliced that sucker up into 2" slices and began to marinate them and prep them for him while he got the grill ready! But there was just to much meat to cook for that night just for the family. So of course I got the brilliant idea to make Pot Pie!!! Using the same marinade that I did for our dinner that night I proceeded to make a masterpiece for the following night for dinner!
This is a three step recipe. And so delicious I'll be making it again!

In a Gallon Zip lock bag:

4 pork chops chopped into good sized cubes (they cook faster in the crock pot)
Seasonings: onion powder, paprika, Creole Seasoning, garlic powder. Be generous and just coat the meat before you put the meat in the bag!
1 Tbls minced garlic
1/4 cup or more! of Jameson Whiskey or your favorite whiskey!
Enough vinegar based BBQ sauce to coat everything...be generous!

Allow the meat to soak in the fridge overnight....or for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour!

Crock pot the whole bag! Just dump it in maybe add a tad more BBQ sauce or a little bit of water to make sure all the meat is covered. Cook it on high until the meat is cooked.

While the meat is cooking....
Use your favorite biscuit recipe or....

2 cups flour
1 cup milk or 1/2 and 1/2 or heavy whipping cream
mix until well blended. Set aside.

The Guts of the Pie!
1 frozen bag of mixed vegetables
1 bag frozen mixed bell peppers
1/2 cup mayo
1 can cream of mushroom
1 Tbls Dijon mustard.....or your favorite mustard!
The same seasonings from earlier! (Paprika, onion powder, creole seasoning, garlic powder)
CHEESE!!!! I am a cheese fanatic! So I on average use three types of cheeses. this time i used:
Smoked Provolone, mixed bag of shredded cheese and slices of American cheese! yum.....!
and Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa

Now you are probably wondering why I had you cook the meat before putting it in the pie. Because now you won't have to worry about it being fully cooked! You just have to make sure the crust cooks and you are set!

-Slice all the meat into smaller chunks and place it into the bottom of a large casserole dish or use a few    smaller casserole dishes.
-Spread the Veggies over the meat. Then the peppers.
-Mix the mayo, cream of mushroom, mustard and season to taste...add more mayo or mustard to taste! Don't be scared! ;) Spread this over the veggies...use all of it don't waste such good stuff!
-Then Do a layer of each of the cheeses. I normally cut the slices in half and spread them out. Then layer the shredded cheese on thickly last!
-Gently press everything down!
-Roll out your crust mixture from earlier....about 1/4" is good. and cover the guts!
If you are using the basic crust i posted here...preheat the oven to 450 and bake for 30 minutes. Check it every 10 minutes to make sure it isn't baking to fast. you don't want to burn your hard work!
Or if you are using your favorite biscuit recipe follow those directions!

Pull it out when the crust is cooked thoroughly!  Serve and enjoy!

Delicious and really pretty easy. It's just layering everything up!
Good Luck and try your own variations!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Killians Red Velvet Cake

I was so excited when I thought about adding beer to Red Velvet cake!  There is an underlying flavor that the beer gives this cake, without actually tasting the beer. It takes the sweetness down a notch and you are able to enjoy the actual flavor of this delicious cake! Sit back hold onto your breeches you are in for a delicious ride!



Killians Red Velvet 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (Trying using the Special Dark Cocoa Powder!)
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
    • 1/2 cup real butter
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Killians Beer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  •  

Directions

  1. Grease two 9 inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the cocoa mixture.
  4. Add Vanilla.
  5. Sift flour and salt.
  6. Beat in the beer alternately with the flour, mixing just until incorporated. 
  7. Stir together baking soda and vinegar, then gently fold into the cake batter.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Use Your favorite butter cream icing or cream cheese icing recipe! 

Icing
8 tbls Cream Cheese
1 stick butter
5 cups confectioner Sugar
4-6 Tbls Irish Cream (or just plain milk will work as well.)

Add the cream cheese, butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and begin mixing. 
Add the milk a little at a time until you have the consistency you want.


If you are making cupcakes bake for 15-20 minutes. 
Mini cupcakes 10-15 minutes.