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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #95

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



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This Week's Features!


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Cooking With K  ***Most Viewed*** 
"Happy Fall Y'all" Banner Free Printables from The Painted Hinge
 Fig and Honey Fruit Salad with Chevre and Pine Nuts from Sweet C's Designs
DIY Bathtub Tray fromElla Claire Inspired
Beer-Soaked Garlic & Rosemary Fries from Lexi Bites
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Roll-ups fromWhat's Cooking in the Burbs
 DIY Branch Ladder from The Summery Unbrella




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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fall Sangria from The Pink Recipe Box

Sponsored by a "A Year of Cocktails" but all opinions are 100% my own
Photo courtesy of Nicola of The Pink Recipe Box

I love to entertain but I don't have to have guests over to plan an extra special meal.  I love to celebrate with just the two of us.   You know, setting the table, using cloth napkins and of course an out of the ordinary beverage.   
If I work hard at preparing a special meal then I want the perfect beverage to accompany it. Of course, sometimes an extra special beverage even brings those leftovers to a higher level.  
  Anyway it's fun to have a themed by season beverage to make any day of the year extra special.  
 And I am happy to announce my buddy Nicola over at The Pink Recipe box has made my life easier in planning those beverages.   She has wrote the sweetest
 ebook and has organized a list of season inspired beverages.  52 of them to be exact!   A new beverage for every week of the year!   
I just received my copy and I am looking forward to trying all these in the coming year!!  

She has included everything you need for each recipe:
-A color photo for a gorgeous serving suggestion
-The number of servings
-The time required
 -And any special equipment if required

All for a special little bity price of $4.49 

If you would like to go all out for the coming winter holidays with a "Winter Snowflake Cocktail or if you would like to serve your guests a "Sparkling Elderflower Punch" (or any of 12 other guest approved beverages) 
And
  Have fun on St. Paddy's Day with a  "Drunken Leprechaun Milkshake" or a "Limoncello Beergarita" (plus 12 other spring beverages to choose from)
And
Enjoy your summer with a "Cuban Beach" or a "Boozy Caramel S'mores Frappuccino" (17 choices of cooling beverages) 
And
Last but not last enjoy these Fall temperatures with 8 other great recipes such as a "Black Widow
or this "Fall Sangria
(Nicola gave me the thumbs up to share a sneak preview with this Fall Sangria recipe) 
I can just smell Fall in the air as I am sipping this Fall Sangria!  

All this in this gorgeous ebook for just over 4 dollars! 


Priced at $4.49





Fall Sangria
 from The Pink Recipe Box
Ingredients
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 bottle red wine (I recommend Marques de Caceres Crianza Red Wine)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice / pumpkin spice (mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice)
  • 1 1/2oz / 3 tablespoons triple sec
  • 1oz / 2 tablespoons cranberry liqueur
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
Instructions
1. Roughly chop the orange and apple into small chunks and place into the bottom of a large jug.
2. Sprinkle over the sugar and bash it with a long-handed spoon, until most of the sugar has dissolved.
3. Stir in the other ingredients and leave in the fridge for at least 50 minutes for the flavors to infuse before serving.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Apple Puffed Pancake, "Dutch Baby"


These easy dutch babies can be used as a dessert or a great breakfast or brunch dish.   I usually make one for dessert and then serve the leftovers for a special breakfast the next day.  Or I will call it brunch if we sleep late!  (yep we can do that because our kids are all grown and gone, HA)  
Anyway it's an easy dish that can be whipped up and will impress your guests or your special someone!
Tip: It's a great way to use up any leftover apples

Apple Dutch Baby

Ingredients
  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. In a blender or large bowl, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until blended
3. Melt butter in a 12 inch fluted porcelain quiche dish or 13 X9 inch baking dish in oven.
4. Add apple slices to baking dish, return to oven until butter sizzles. Do not let brown.
5. Remove dish from oven and immediately pour batter over apples
6. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until puffed and brown
7. Serve immediately
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Social Media Weekly #32 (Pinterest)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Pinterest

 Link up your Pinterest account, then go get some Pinterest CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #94

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



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This Week's Features!
Chai Banana Bread Muffins from Natural Chow ***Most Viewed*** 
Salted Caramel Sour Cream Banana Muffins from Treat Yourself Sweeter
Rocking Chair Makeover with Chalk Paint from Across the Blvd
Antipasto Platter with Grape Tomato and Caper Salad from The Kitchen is my Playground
Recycled Can Tool Caddy from Redo it Yourself Inspirations

Texas Roadhouse Rolls from Stephie Cooks
Crayon Box from The Casual Craftlete

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vanilla Ice Cream Pie with Oreo Cookie Crust, Hot Fudge Layer and Cherry Pie Topping

This is a sponsored post written by me for Ginny's but all opinions are 100% my own. 
This is the ultimate ice cream pie with an oreo cookie crust, a hot fudge layer and cherry pie topping!!   

Did you know that August 18th is National Ice Cream Pie Day?  Oh Yes it is! 
  
And today we are celebrating this fun day with Ginny's!  
BTW: Ginny is a real person and has an awesome website and catalog for things to make life a little easier for us. 
Go and browse today and sign up for her catalog or do what I do, sign up for her emails to keep up with all the new products and sales!  

We are totally celebrating this year's Ice Cream Pie Day with this delicious Ice Cream Pie Recipe and a chance to win a $100 Gift Card courtesy of Ginny's!  (scroll down to enter) 

 Also Ginny's is really throwing a bash this month celebrating Pie Days with her own Sweepstakes.  Be sure to enter her big giveaway for a chance to win one of five, $250 Gift Cards!
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I decided this was just too big a celebration to make a simple ice cream pie but I would totally go overboard and include four layers for our pie.  A kinda ice cream pie fashioned after a hot fudge sundae!

  


We started this lovely pie by making the crust.  We crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, added melted butter and pressed the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.
 We baked the cookie crust at 375 degrees in this oven so we didn't heat up the kitchen.    





After adding the hot fudge layer, we started the homemade vanilla ice cream in this cool Ice Cream Maker from Ginny's!

Store bought ice cream can be used but it is easy to make home-made ice cream and no worries about the ice cream melting in this heat before you get home from the market.  


We finished this masterpiece with canned cherry pie filling as a topping!

Happy Ice Cream Pie Day, my Friends!! 

Don't forget to enter the $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Ginny's below and click thru to Ginny's Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of five $250 gift cards!  


Four Layer Ice Cream Pie
Ingredients
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), crumbled
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge topping (room temperature)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, homemade or store bought
Homemade Vanilla Ice cream (2 quarts)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In food processor, place crumbled cookies, process 10 to 15 seconds or until finely crushed. Add melted butter. Cover; process 5 to 10 seconds or until mixed.
3. Press in bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
4. Stir hot fudge topping until smooth. Carefully spread over bottom of crust. Freeze 30 minutes.
5. Spread ice cream (see below for homemade vanilla ice cream) over hot fudge topping. Cover; freeze at least 1 hour until firm.
6 Remove from freezer, slice and top with cherry pie filling prior to serving
Homemade Ice Cream
1. Mix half & half, whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add to your Ice Cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions for that particular ice cream maker
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Apple Kolaches


In Central and East Texas most doughnut shops sell Kalaches!  Kalaches are a Swiss pastry and can be either savory or sweet.   
Most of the sweet kolaches have a fruit filling on top of a rounded pastry.  But my favorite doughnut shops make the sweet pastries with the filling inside of the bread.    
 The recipe for this kolache yeast bread is my favorite, not too heavy but not so light that the filling absorbs into the bread.  
If you haven't had a kolache, you really need to try one today!  Just whip these up and treat yourself! 



Apple Kolaches
Ingredients
    For the Dough
    • 1 package of active dry yeast
    • 1 cup of whole milk, warmed
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 cups flour, divided, plus more for kneading
    • 2 eggs
    • 12 tbsp unsalted butter (1½ sticks), divided
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    For the Filling
    • 1 can (21 oz) Apple Pie Filling
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm milk, sugar and 1 cup of flour
    2. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.
    3. Melt the butter.
    4. Beat the eggs, salt, and half of the melted butter
    5. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and blend.
    6. Stir in about two more cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough should be soft and moist, but not sticky. Add more flour as needed.
    7. On a floured surface, knead the dough until dough is smooth and highly malleable, about 10 minutes.
    8. Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    9. After dough has risen, punch it down and pull off egg size pieces.
    10. In your hands, roll pieces into balls and then flatten to about 3-4 inches in diameter.
    11. Place 2 tablespoons of the apple pie filling in the center of each piece, then fold over and pinch to seal.
    12. Place the klobasneks seam side down on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise for another 30-45 minutes.
    13. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    14. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake until lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.
    15. Brush with the remaining melted butter one more time when they come out of the oven Serve warm.
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    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Social Media Weekly # 31 (Facebook)



    New Year!     New Goals!
    New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

    Welcome to Social Media 
    Weekly.


    We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


    We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

      Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


    Now for this week's challenge,
     it's Facebook

     Link up your Facebook account, then go get some Facebook CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 


    Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Facebook Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  
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    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #93

    Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
    This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
     Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


    If you don't already like us on Twitter, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:






    This Week's Features!
     Root Beer Float Pie from Together As A Family  ***Most Viewed*** 
    PB & J Oat Bars from Mom's Messy Miracles
    How to Make a Baseball Bracelet from Diva of DIY
    Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole from Small Green Kitchen
    Chalk Paint Tutorial Bedside Table from I should be Mopping the Floor
    Loaded Pierogi from Cooking with Carlee
    Minion Tie Dye Shirt Tutorial from Diana Rambles

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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Toasted Almonds

    Fresh green beans are delicious stir-fried with a little garlic, a few seasonings and topped with toasted almonds! 
    So gorgeous and so healthy and rocking all those natural flavors!   


    Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

    Ingredients
    • 1-1/2 lb fresh green beans
    • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat until the butter melts.
    2. Add the almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown all over, about 3 minutes, remove to a plate.
    3. In the skillet over medium heat, add the beans and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender and lightly browned in some places, 5 to 8 minutes.
    4. Add the garlic to the skillet, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    5. Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper
    6. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the almonds, and serve.
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