Friday, December 28, 2012
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!
captain morgan spiced rum
hot apple cider
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 peppmint schnapps!
2p apple juice
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!
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!
Make a mug of hot apple cider and spike it with Fireball or cinnamon schnapps!
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!
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!
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!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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.
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!-
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
2 loaf pans --greased and floured--1 hour 5 minutes
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!
Monday, December 3, 2012
I like easy!
Awsome Sloppy Recipe!!!
1 lb ground beef
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
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
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.
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.
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)
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.
Easy...but only OK.
But, really. I know I said I would have a few posts up and I just haven't done.
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!
I know ...I know...I'm just plain awful!