Saturday, November 29, 2014

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes (and a Peppermint version)

A delicious coffee cupcake topped with a decadent white chocolate frosting. A treat you do NOT want to miss!

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

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Do you love white chocolate mochas? How about peppermint white chocolate mochas? If the answer is yes, I have a treat for you. The BEST cupcake I have ever made. An intense coffee flavored cupcake topped with a creamy, rich white chocolate buttercream. 

Honestly, I couldn't get these photographed fast enough for my husband to get his hands on a full size cupcake. I always make at least

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cranberry Tangerine Sauce

Simple three ingredient cranberry sauce in less than twenty minutes.

Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, just a few days away! Time to share with you this simple and delicious cranberry and tangerine sauce.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Apple Cider Cranberry Bread

Quick bread made with apple cider and fresh cranberries that is a perfect breakfast bread for the holidays.

Apple Cider Cranberry Bread

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I love making quick breads for breakfast or for snacking on. So quick and easy and much better for you than packaged snack cakes. You can control

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

A stir fry of fresh vegetables and steak with a light homemade sweet and sour sauce.

Stir Fry

I recently bought a wok. I felt compelled to do this for a couple of reasons. Number one: it was on clearance and clearance shopping is my specialty. Number two: I have never owned one, and being a collector of all things kitchen, it had to come home with me. 

Of course, I had to play with my new toy right away. So off to the kitchen I went, gathering ingredients so I could christen the new wok. Basically winging it as I went along, adding a little of this and a little of that to the sauce and using the veggies I had on hand. Note, I really wanted a red pepper, but green was what I had. Wouldn't the red have added to the color punch? Just a side note for you! Anyways, this stir fry turned out awesome! A light sauce that is a little tangy and a little sweet and doesn't over power the vegetables or steak.

Stir Fry

Don't fret if you don't have a wok, you can still make this in a regular saute pan or skillet. I have always made stir fry in a regular pan before my great clearance aisle wok find. So don't let that stop you from making this sweet and tangy stir fry!

Do you have a favorite stir fry recipe? Wok or no wok?

 Light Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

Stir Fry:
1 Pound Eye of Round Steak – Cut into cubes
4 Cups Fresh Broccoli Florets
1 Medium Onion-Sliced
1 Bell Pepper - Sliced
2 Cups Baby Carrots
2 Cups Sliced Button Mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil

3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
1 Tablespoon Freshly Grated Ginger
3 Pressed or Minced Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 Teaspoon Sesame Seeds

In a bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Make sauce while steak is cooking.

Place non-stick pan over medium high heat, add one tablespoon canola oil.  Allow pan to heat for several minutes before adding steak, brown steak to your preference. Remove steak from pan and place to the side.

Add vegetables and sauce to juices in pan and cook until vegetables reach desired consistency, stirring once every couple of minutes. I cooked until tender crisp, approximately ten minutes. Add steak back to pan and heat through. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds.

I served this with rice that had been cooked with beef bouillon added to the cooking water. I added one cube for every one cup of water. Perfect with this stir fry!


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sweet Potato Blondies

A blondie brownie topped with a sweet potato, pecan and marshmallow fluff layer and drizzled with melted butterscotch chips. 

Sweet Potato topped Brownies

Do you like layered bar desserts? Playing around with all the different taste and texture combinations

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Brussel Sprouts with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette and Bacon

Looking for a 15 minute side dish for the holidays? Brussel Sprouts with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette and Bacon, so easy and delicious you will be making them all year long.

Brussel Sprouts

Do you like blue cheese? brussel sprouts? A couple of loaded questions since

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sausage and Cheese Muffins

A savory sausage and cheese breakfast muffin perfect for a weekend or holiday brunch.

Sausage and Cheese Muffins

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Everyone loves those famous sausage balls that make the rounds at holiday parties, right? I know

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pie Crust - Part Two - Rolling and Shaping

Rolling and shaping your pie crust. Part two of making a perfectly flaky and buttery pie crust from scratch for the holidays.

Pie Crust
Buttery, flaky pie crust from scratch!
If you missed Part One, Making and Storing the pie crust, you can find it here

Now that we have our pie crust made and ready to roll here are just a few tips and tricks

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pie Crust - Part One - Making and Storing

Flaky and buttery pie crust made easy with quick clean up, no food processor required. You will never buy premade crust again.

Pie Crust

The holidays are quickly approaching! We are entering into the busy but joyful holiday season. A season of shopping, decorating and baking. A season that can also be