Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Martini time!

Yep JUST drank two of these! So we'll keep this short and sweet...hehehe...hope there are no typos!
1 part Godiva white chocolate (well worth the money!)
1 part vanilla vodka
1-2 parts Orange Juice
Try diferent juices...for something not as sweet cranberry is a great choice!
Dotttie ^_^

Friday, February 24, 2012

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Oh delightful sin! This was completely worth the money I spent on it. I do suggest making a double batch to make it worth your time and money as well. It's what I did! I can't wait to eat one in the morning with my coffee while at work! It's going to be the perfect combination! Here is the link to the recipe I found on This lady is amazing! I made a few adjustments of mine own which I will also share here.

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 40 minutes | Bake Time: 17 minutes

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup Guinness stout
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the Whiskey Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Irish whiskey

(Since I made a double batch of cupcakes I of course made a double batch of Ganche!
2- 12oz bags semi sweet chocolate chips (actually you loose the flavor of the whiskey. So try dark chocolate or white chocolate instead!)
1/3 cup Irish Cream
1/3-2/3 cup Irish Whiskey
Melt in a double boiler on the stove and add whiskey until the chocolate is sleek and smooth!)

For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

 To Make the Cupcakes:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
1.Bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to combine. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium speed until combined. Add the Guinness-chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat just to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat briefly. Using a rubber spatula, fold the batter until completely combined. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes on a rack.

3. To Make the Whiskey Ganache Filling: Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped.

4. To Fill the Cupcakes: Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter (or the bottom of a large decorating tip), cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes, going about two-thirds of the way down. Transfer the ganache to a piping back with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

(I saved the centers of the cake! Why waste good noms noms when you can do creative things with them! I reuse the centers on top of the icing instead of sprinkles!)

5. To Make the Baileys Frosting: Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.

6. Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.

(I used a spoon for this. So much easier!)

Happy Baking everyone! This is a great St. Patty's day treat!
Dottie ^_^

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dijon Pork Chops

I wanted to make something delicious and filling for my hubby who had worked all day in the rain. What better then a casserole styled dinner! Simple and easy.

Dijon Pork Chops
Use your favorite cut of pork.
Using the following seasonings as a dry rub, coat the meat.
Papirika, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder
Generously Slather it in Dijon Mustard.

Slice up some bell peppers, sweet peppers, whatever peppers! ;)

 Layer in a casserole dish:
pork on bottom
Cheese (I always say the more cheese the merrier!)
Bread crumbs to cover all the cheese.

Cook at 350 in the oven until the pork is fully cooked.
averages about 30 minutes.
I start at 20 minutes and then add 10 minute increments until fully cooked.

Now, you can eat this by itself or place it on a bed of rice or pasta!
Cook your favorite veggie and pull out some rolls or bread and there you go. Dinner is served!
Dottie ^_^

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pasta Meat Sauce!!!

This is one of my super favorite easy-to-make-because-I'm-feeling-lazy kind of meals! That is actually how I came up with this simple recipe. I had a package of smoked Kielbasa in the fridge and pasta in the pantry! Spaghetti! I'm brilliant! One problem....I had no actual spaghetti sauce! Egad! But.....I did have a carton of V8's Sweet Red Pepper soup. Yum! And so I made a delicious meal that night following this great recipe!

-Cook Kielbasa in a pan.
-Add the V8 Sweet Red Pepper soup to the cooked meat.
-Heat through and through.
-Serve over cooked pasta of your choice and enjoy!

Amazingly easily right! Don't add any more seasonings though. Between the meat and the soup there are plenty! I just love easy meals!
Dottie ^_^

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shock Top Raspberry

A delightful wheat ale that is incredibly light and crisp! I love the fresh raspberry taste it has from the first sip! For those of you who have enjoyed Wild Blue this is a must try! A great "fruity" beer without the sweetness that some "fruit" beers carry. Sit back and enjoy the smoothness of the hops, the light body of the brew itself, and of course that light fresh raspberry flavor! This ale has a permanent place on my drink list!

Dottie ^_^

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hand Painted Glasses and Shot Glasses Now Available!

Yep, that's right everyone! I am now hand painting glasses and shot glasses! They are sold exclusively at Dixie Beverage of course! One of a kind Dottie Originals! I'm willing to paint customized designs for that special someone or just for you! Come in and talk to me!

Photos of my first attempts with the new glass paint! My work can only become much better!

Dragonflies, flowers, hearts, oh my!

I'm currently working on a few Spring designs! There are also still a few stemless wine glasses for Valentine's Day available! It is this Tuesday! Good luck to you all with that! ;)

Dottie ^_^

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Few Notes On a Few Beers

Platinum Bud Light 
As quite a few of you have noticed Bud Light has brought out yet another beer. I, as most of you are probably thinking, thought
"Great another Bud product. It's going to be just like the rest of Bud products."
I looked over the packaging. Pretty cobalt blue glass bottle, higher alcohol content of 6%, silver looking box. You know nothing to special. Until you pop it open. It's not a twist top, so have your Bic or a church key handy! The beer itself had this very light refreshing smell, which surprised me! I do not like bud light in the least bit. So was skeptical about this. The flavor slid over my tongue and down my throat with ease and before I knew it I was opening another and enjoying it! It has a very light ever so slightly  creamy taste to it! Ladies this is a must try for you! Especially if you like the sweeter beers as I do! It's not sweet....just simply smooth. So pick up a 6 pack and give it your own review! Don't just take my word for it!

Liefman's Fruitesse
This is a great blended beer! The flavor is not overly sweet and you are able to taste the smoothness of the beer within it! It lingers of the tongue as it fills your mouth with delicious fresh berry flavors! What is the difference between this sweet beer and all the others? Well, the point of fact the beer itself is aged for 18 months on cherries to a nice maturity before it is blended with other natural juices! Liefman also makes a Goudenband as well. It is on my list to try soon!

Crispin Cider Cho Tokkyu
Sake? Cider? Amazing I tell you! This is a sake lover's beer! Such a well blended cider that is not overly sweet, but not overly dry. One of the things I love about Crispin is how each bottle tastes as if you are biting into a fresh apple. Now add your favorite sake flavor to this....BAM! Instant deliciousness! I love the smooth dryness that this Particular Cider has. And yet the sweetness of the fresh apple taste to balance it within your mouth! Also a great Reminder this is a Gluten Free Cider!

Terrapin Moo Hoo
Warning: Winter Seasonal Beer!
Love a good stout beer? I do! Love chocolate? What girl doesn't! Put the two together and what do you get? A freaking smooth stout with a perfectly smooth chocolate finish! Tasting this beer was as if a piece of Heaven was in my hand! One of the things I love about this beer is how they use real chocolate in it! The only bad thing is that it comes in a FOUR pack! UGH!!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Munster Meatballs!!!

Alright all you mamas out there! Do I have a really easy to make dinner for you! One of the fun things about this easy to make recipe is that the kids can help! Which can make for fun memories in the kitchen. :) One of my favorite things about isn't that messy!

Meat + Cheese = happy tummies! Enough with my chitter chatter I'm sure I sound like a squirrel! hehehe!

Munster Meatballs

1 1/2-2lbs ground hamburger
1 6oz pkg Stuffing (or seasoned bread crumbs)
2/3 cup water
1 16oz pkg Block Munster Cheese
1 muffin pan

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix meat, stuffing, and water together with your hands. Squish and squash away!!! This is the fun part for the kiddos!
While they are squishing and giggling away, cut chunks of the cheese. Use whatever size you want, just make sure the meat is able to surround it when you put it in the muffin tray.

Fill Half of each muffin cup with the meat mixture.
Place your cheese in the middle.
Fill the rest of the muffin cup with meat.
Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

I used this awsome 1"x1"x1" square cake pan that has 12 squares. The meatballs were huge and cooked perfectly through at 20 minutes with the cheese inside as well!

Be sure to pull the meatballs right out when they are finished cooking. That way you can go ahead and drain the grease and makes for easier clean up.

Use your favorite bbq sauce or on pasta! This recipe is so versatile!

Sweet BBQ Sauce
1 part crushed pineapple
1 part favorite BBQ sauce (honey chipotle is mine)
Generous Sprinkle of Brown Sugar

Mix thoroughly and serve with your Munster Meatballs!

There are so many ways to use these great meatballs for meal time!
Meatball sandwhiches
BBQ Meatballs
Pasta and Meatballs
Meatballs by themselves

The possibilities are endless my dears! Get your creativity going and make some nom nom food!!!
Dottie ^_^