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!

Fireball Whiskey

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

hot chocolate
hot apple cider
cranberry juice
apple juice
ginger ale


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! 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 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. 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! 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!-


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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


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!


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

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 anyways maybe?


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)

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.



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.
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!

Dottie ^_^