10 Party Perfect Foods

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10 Party Perfect Foods

  1. Greek Lamb and Feta Pinwheels
  2. Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents
  3. Turkey Sliders
  4. Mini Ham, Bacon and Cheddar Cups
  5. Poppy Seed Pretzel Dogs
  6. Tomato and Feta Bruschetta 
  7. Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
  8. Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes
  9. Cheeseburger Sliders
  10. Mini Quiches

 

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Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Ritz Cookies

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Any kind of boozy cookie is my kind of cookie!  Seriously, though, the bourbon in these in minimal and really gives the chocolate a nice depth of flavor that plays well against the sweet caramel and nutty pecans.  I would make a double or triple batch of these.  They are really good and once you eat one…well, you know the rest!  Enjoy these with a nice cup of coffee, bourbon optional in that!

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Ritz Cookies

Yields: 1 dozen

INGREDIENTS
24 Nabisco Ritz crackers
12-15 caramels, unwrapped
1 Tablespoon whipping cream
11 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 teaspoons bourbon (I like using a good bourbon.  Don’t cheap out on this.  Airport bottles are a good and cheap way to get good liquor without buying the whole big bottle.)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS
1.   Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.

2.   Lay 12 of the Ritz crackers on the lined pan, spaced apart by at least 2 inches.

3.   In a microwave safe bowl, add the caramels and whipping cream. Microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir. Continue to microwave and stir, in 15 second increments, until smooth and fluid, taking care to not overheat.

4.   Allow the caramel sauce to cool for 10 minutes.

5.   Place 1 Tablespoon of the caramel sauce on top of each cracker on the baking pan. Place the remaining crackers on top of the caramel (like a sandwich) and chill for 30 minutes. It’s fine if some of the caramel oozes out the sides.

6.   In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally and taking care not to overheat. Once melted and smooth, add the bourbon and stir well to incorporate and heat an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

7.   Dip each chilled sandwich cookie into the melted chocolate. I transferred my chocolate to a warmed smaller bowl for easier handling. Coat each cookie completely and place back on the baking sheet.

8.   Sprinkle with pecans and chill for 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

9.   ENJOY!!

You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.  They will not last that long in my house!  These are good.

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Craft Thanksgiving Turkey Candy Bar Wrap Favors for Your Table

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Thanksgiving Turkey Candy Bar Wrap Favor

Your guests will “gobble” up these cute as can be favors!  Use any full size flat candy bar.  We used Hershey bars!  Perfect for accenting your table as a favor or use also as a place card.  These are really easy to make and will be oohed and aahed over while your guests wait to fill their plates.  Enjoy!

Resources:
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Supplies:

(2) packages of Felt Turkey Stickers
(1) package of Paper Leaves
(1) package of Fall Raffia Bows with Buttons
(1) roll of Fall Textured Ribbon
(2) 12×12 pieces of Fall Scrap Book (or colored) paper
Glue Gun
Scissors
Ruler
(6) Candy Bars
 
Directions:

Take the 12×12 paper and fold it in half. Then fold it again in another half. This brings the squares down to 6×6 (inches). Then trim down one of the sides. Your final “square” will be a 6×4.5 (inches).

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Place candy bar in the middle of a square. Fold each of the sides around the candy bar.

Glue the two pieces of paper together. Be sure you do not glue the paper to the candy bar. You want to have the ability to take the candy bar out of the party favor.

Cut (6) strips of ribbon (4.5 inches each)

Lay a piece of ribbon flat on the table. Place the candy bar/paper on top of the ribbon. Glue the ends of the ribbon on the back side of the candy bar/paper.

Flip the candy bar/paper over to the front. This will be the side you decorate.

Glue a fall raffia bow on top of the ribbon.

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Glue a paper leaf (be sure to put glue on the stem) and slide it into the ribbon. Press firmly on the paper leaf so it sticks to the paper.

Add a felt turkey sticker.

Repeat until you have the amount you need for your party/dinner guests.

And that’s it! A super, easy Thanksgiving party favor your guests will love. And, you can also use these party favors as a name place setting at the table.  See how they look in our Rustic and Warm Thanksgiving Fall Tablescape!

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27 Delicious Fall and Winter Pie Recipes

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27 Fall and Winter Pie Recipes

  1. Blommi – Pumpkin Ricotta Cheesecake Pie
  2. Captain Fussy Buckets – Pecan Pie with No Butter or Corn Syrup
  3. Life Love Liz – Frozen Peppermint Pie
  4. Slap Dash Mom – Apple Pie Monkey Bread
  5. Flour on My Face – Easy Inside Out Apple Pie a la Mode
  6. Gretas Day – Sweet Potato Pie With Whiskey and Marshmallows
  7. Slap Dash Mom – German Chocolate Pecan Pie
  8. My Cooking Hut – Mince Pies
  9. The Brewer and the Baker – Homemade Mincemeat Pie (using your crockpot)
  10. Cincy Shopper – No Bake 2 Layer Pumpkin Pie
  11. Parsley Sage Sweet – Cheesecake Pumpkin Pecan Pie
  12. Inside Bru Crew Life – Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie
  13. Crazy for Crust – No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie
  14. Spend with Pennies – Pecan Pumpkin Pie
  15. South Your Mouth – Sour Cream Raisin Pie
  16. Stephie Cooks – Pecan Raisin Pie
  17. Art and the Kitchen – No Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie
  18. Kitchen Meets Girl – Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie
  19. The Gunny Sack – Pumpkin Silk Pie
  20. Zoe Bakes – Caramel Apple Pumpkin Pie
  21. This Gal Cooks – Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pudding Pie
  22. Saving Dessert – Raisin Maple Crunch Pie
  23. The 2 Seasons – White Potato Pie
  24. Nosh and Nourish – Sweet Potato Pie with a Maple Quinoa Crust
  25. Wine and Glue – Sweet Potato Chess Pie
  26. B Sugar Mama – Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
  27. The Endless Meal – Vegan Purple Sweet Potato Pie
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Rustic and Warm Thanksgiving Fall Tablescape

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Create a less formal yet still sophisticated table setting for your Thanksgiving feast

A rustic yet sophisticated table is one of the trendiest looks for Thanksgiving and Fall dining.  The setting is homey and evokes the idea of family togetherness blended with the formality that the Holiday inspires.  Using fancier items with the inspiration of nature and Earth’s bounty creates a welcoming yet festive table that your guests will be pleased to dine at.

Supply and decorative links are provided so you can replicate this look, or use it as inspiration and find things that you already have to make your table your own masterpiece.  Even using items from outside, like twigs and acorns, can bring the setting all together.  Kids can gather pretty leaves and add them to a clear glass vase, for example.  Use your imagination, get out grandma’s china, and make some new memories.

Enjoy, and have a great Thanksgiving!

Rustic and Warm Thanksgiving Tablescape

Supplies:

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Decorations for the table:
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Directions:
  1. Place white linen tablecloth across the table. You can always use an orange or brown tablecloth as well.  Go with what you like!
  2. Add a fall-themed table runner, and place it in the middle of the table. I found this particular fall table runner at Home Goods. You can find them there, Kohls, Target or online in a huge variety of styles and patterns.
  3. For the center decorations, I placed a Harvest/Fall themed swag in the center of the table. I added an assortment of plush/velvet pumpkins on the side of the swag. Check out similar swag ideas for inspiration.
  4. Set the table. First, lay down the linen chargers. Add a white dinner plate, followed by a brown salad plate.
  5. Place the silverware at each place setting (fork on the left and the spoon and knife on the right of each plate).
  6. Taking a brown linen cloth napkin, fold it in half and slide through the fall napkin ring. Straighten the cloth napkin, and then place it on top a brown salad plate. Repeat this process until you have completed the desired amount.
  7. Don’t forget to add a glass to each place setting.
  8. For additional fall fun, I added a few tall yellow vases found at Target. I placed them towards the end of the table and placed fall leaves inside each vase. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough room for additional decorations. Your food will also play an important roll in your Thanksgiving tablescape, and help dress the table and set the mood — after all, you are there to eat, drink, and enjoy.
  9. Add the Thanksgiving Turkey Candy Bar Wrap Favors to your table and prepare to entertain your guests!
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24 Delicious Chili Recipes to Fill You Up

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There is nothing more satisfying than a bowl of chili.  These are all easy to make and feed a crowd or a just a few (freeze those leftovers).  These chili recipes are sure to inspire you to add some new eats to your Fall and Winter lineup!  Happy noshing!

  1. Divine Lifestyle – Most Amazing Chili Recipe
  2. Frugal Mom Eh – Sweet Potato Chili
  3. Miami Mommy Savings – Easy Turkey Chili
  4. Blommi – Vegetarian Chili
  5. Simply Stacie – Presidential Chili
  6. Simply Stacie – Pumpkin Chili
  7. Life Love Liz – Easy Pork Chili
  8. The Nerd’s Wife – Black Eyed Pea Chili
  9. Just Us Four Blog – Slow Cooker Beef Bacon Chili
  10. More With Less Today – Roasted Cauliflower Black Bean Chicken Chili
  11. Sweet Little Kitchen – Spicy Black Bean Lentil Chili
  12. Drop the Sugar – Southwestern Low Carb Turkey Chili
  13. My Plant Based Family – Very Vegan Chili
  14. Pinch of Yum – 30 Minute Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili
  15. A Calculated Whisk – Bacon Sweet Potato Chili
  16. How to Have it All – Slow Cooker Pizza Chili
  17. Floating Kitchen – White Bean Chili with chicken and Sweet Potato
  18. Carl’s Bad Cravings – Mango Black Bean Chipotle Coke Chili
  19. Yammie’s Noshery – White Chicken Chili
  20. Oh Sweet Basil – Dr. Pepper and Chocolate Chili
  21. Self Proclaimed Foodie – Game Day Beer Chili
  22. Fav Fmily Recipes – Chili Verde
  23. Fantastical Sharing – Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili
  24. The Yummy Life – Steak Chili
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Make Fresh Milled Flour! Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Bread Recipe #Mockmill #Baking #Fresh

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A KitchenAid mixer was used with my Mockmill, but it will fit most stand mixers that take attachments, including Kenmore and Elextrolux. 

When I was a kid my mom went with the lady across the street to a COOP that had a mill, and they ground their own flour.  It was the early 1970s and all kinds of stuff like this was happening, some fortunate (fresh bread, music) and some not so fortunate (macrame, velour).  Her flirtation with fresh milled flour ended when the neighbor moved, but I never forgot the light-as-air bread and cakes and the heavenly taste.  Ahhhhhhhh!  I have baked plenty of stuff from scratch through the years, always relying on the standard flours that are sold at the grocery store.  While they produce perfectly adequate results, I always wonder about how healthy that flour really is, especially in light of the recent E-Coli flour recalls.  Plus I would love to be able to try milling different things like beans, corn, etc. and incorporate some healthier options into our diet.  Enter the Mockmill.  I am NO pioneer woman who is going to be grinding stones together or sweating to grind anything let me tell you.  BUT I was reassured that in fact while this mill was not itself electric, it attached to my Kitchen Aid mixer which IS electric.  So I decided to venture into the realm of fresh milling.  I got the Mockmill and a great book Flour Power.  I am thankful for that book as I am clueless when it comes to the subject and this book was easy to understand and full of great information. I felt flour empowered! The mill itself is easy to attach to my KitchenAid.  It literally took me 30 seconds.  It is sleek and well constructed, and it perfectly marries with my mixer.

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Enough admiration, it was time to grind some stuff!  I started with a cup of plain white rice in order to clean the stones.  On the first use, some flaking of the stones occurs and I wanted to use something cheap that I could throw away, plus I wanted to experiment with the grinding adjustment.  After dumping that initial grind out, I was ready to mill some grain!  I decided for my first time out that I would not get TOO crazy, so I went with some Hard Red Wheat, which is great for overall use.  We love the taste and texture of whole wheat and don’t have any gluten issues in our home.  The beauty of this Mockmill is that you can grind just about ANY non oily grain.

Here’s the actual grinding in action.  I set my mixer on the recommended speed of 9 or 10 (I went with 10) and I poured the grains in the self feeding hopper.  It took a few minutes to grind the amount of flour I needed, but I went ahead and did a full pound to see how long it took and how the mixer handled the load.  I did a pretty fine grind as I wanted texture BUT fine flour to make muffins with.  It took a total of around 5 minutes to grind the full pound.  The mixer did not labor at all, and was NOT over hot at the end.  I have done worse beating heavy dough many times.
I ended up with perfect flour!  I did include gram measurements for the flour in the recipe since fresh ground flour contains more air than store bought and the measurements can be off. (Because it has not settled yet).
Here’s the recipe — and it turned out GREAT!  Definitely a keeper!  Moist and light, not heavy at all with perfect pumpkin flavor and just enough sweetness.
Pumpkin Spice Bread and Muffins Recipe with Fresh Milled Whole Wheat Flour
Ingredients
4 eggs
1-2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Oil (I used canola.  Alternatively use another oil or substitute a cup of applesauce in place of oil.)
1 15-oz can of pumpkin
315 Grams of fresh milled whole wheat flour (This measured to approx. 2 level unpacked cups if you use store bought or if you don’t have a weight measure like this one.)
2 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
2 Tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tsp ginger
1/4 Tsp ground cloves
(If prefer, you can use 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice in place of the ginger and cloves)
Cinnamon and sugar mixed for topping, 1 tbsp sugar to 1/4 tsp cinnamon mixed together
Optional: 1 Cup chopped nuts, craisins, or raisins
Directions
Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line muffin tins with cupcake papers or spray the pans you will be using with cooking spray.  The baking spray works best as it contains flour.
Cream the eggs and sugar together till light.  Add the oil (or applesauce) and the pumpkin and mix together well.
Combine all dry ingredients together, then gently blend into the wet mix. Do NOT over beat the mixture as it will make the dough tough.  You just want to mix till combined (see image of mixed batter).  Fold in nuts, craisins, or raisins.
Allow batter to rest 2 or 3 minutes before filling pans.  I use an ice cream scoop to make it uniform and easy.  Fill mini and large muffins to 3/4 full.  For loaves, divide batter evenly between pans.  Top with cinnamon sugar mixture.
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Bake in 350° preheated oven till done.  Start checking if done 5 minutes before these times as ovens will vary.
Mini muffins approx 20-25 minutes.  Regular muffins 30-35 minutes.  Tops will spring back when touched when they are done.
Mini loaves 40-50 minutes.  Large loaves 60-70 minutes.  To check if done, insert a toothpick in center, if clean, they are done.
Cool all in pans for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.  Store covered 2-3 days.  Freeze to enjoy later!
Approximate Yield: 36 mini muffins, 18-24 regular muffins, 2 large loaves, 8 mini loaves.  I like to divide it and make some mini muffins, regular muffins, and mini loaves at the same time.  They can all bake together, just watch the times so you don’t over bake, and you may want to rotate half way through to even the baking.
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Ten Tasty Casserole Recipes to Try

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These 10 Tasty Casserole dishes will surely become favorite meals in your household.  Casseroles are an excellent way to use up those leftovers in your fridge.  In fact, once a week my mom made a “kitchen sink” casserole.  It was so named because she used everything but the kitchen sink in it.  We didn’t waste things, because we didn’t have anything TO waste.  I come by my frugal ways quite honestly!  Casseroles are easy to make, freeze well (so perfect to make ahead), and are great dinners especially in the fall or winter months.  Try some of these casserole dishes to find out which ones will be your new favorite.

  1. Twice Baked Potatoes
  2. Hamburger Hash Brown
  3. Chicken Divan – THIS has been a favorite since I was a kid!
  4. Tamale Pie Casserole
  5. Egg, Potato and Chili Casserole
  6. Bacon Ranch and Chicken Casserole
  7. Pizza Spaghetti Bake
  8. Chicken and Biscuits
  9. Acorn Squash and Wild Rice
  10. Baked Pierogi Casserole
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Easy, Frugal and Simple: 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

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Easy, Frugal and Simple:  2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I’d like to start by saying, I am Princess Thanya and I am baking impaired.  I long to be the Mom with the chewy cookies, or just right brownies, the perfect cupcakes, heck even the nicely baked refrigerated dough rolls, but alas I am NOT that mom.  If it’s something to bake I will under cook it, or burn it.  But I got sick and tired of reading all these posts everywhere about how easy this recipe is to make and make (one place being the Duncan Hines Website).  I wanted to join in on the fun!

Why I like this recipe, its easy.  Its 2 ingredients, I don’t have to go to the store and look for stuff I can’t pronounce and will only use once.  Here is what you’ll need:

1 box Duncan Hines or any brand cake mix.

1 large can 18 oz pumpkin pie filling (not the regular canned pumpkin but the filling that’s prepared)

Pre-heat oven at 350.  In a large bowl, empty the box of cake mix and mix with the pumpkin pie filling.  I did not use the whole can of pie filling.  I used about 15 ounces.  When you are mixing you will start to see when it has reached a good consistency.  I have read people using the whole can, its up to you.  I used about 15 oz and it was perfect. Also I used yellow cake mix, someone posted saying she used chocolate cake mix cause that’s what she had on hand and everyone loved it so again its up to you.

THAT’S IT!  No sifting, no measuring, no cracking, no melting, mix the two ingredients and you are DONE!    Get your muffin pan out and liners and fill them up!  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a lovely golden color and a toothpick comes out clean.   Makes 1 dozen.  My hubby warmed one up and slathered it with cream cheese this morning.  Big hit!

So did I burn them?  No the force was with me

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Breaded Parmesan Green Beans Recipe

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This Breaded Parmesan Green Beans recipe is one I came up with for a different way to enjoy green beans.  It is really easy and so good there are NEVER any leftovers.

 

Breaded Parmesan Green Beans Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, washed and stem ends cut off
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (can use less or skip it entirely)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions

  • Wash green beans and trim stem ends
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • In one bowl, whip together 2 eggs and 2 tbsp of mayonnaise.
  • In another shallow bowl or plate combine 1 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Dip green bean in egg mixture, then roll in bread crumb mixture and place on the foil-covered and sprayed baking sheet.
  • Continue till all green beans are coated.
  • Bake on center oven rack for 20 minutes.  Check half way through and turn them over carefully so they brown evenly and the bottoms don’t burn.  After the 20 minutes, make sure they are done to your liking.  We prefer them still a little crunchy (20 minutes) but you may want to cook them an additional few minutes to soften more.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite main course!  These are also good dipped into some Dijon mustard.
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Easy Recipe – Wheat, Chia, and Oat Beer Bread

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I made this for lunch today to serve with some leftover potato leek soup, and it was perfect.  Hearty and filling, make this Wheat, Chia, and Oat Beer Bread in just over an hour with no yeast — a can of beer provides the rising action.

Important Note:  You do need to SIFT together the dry ingredients or the bread will be hard like a brick.

1. Preheat the oven to 375° and grease a full-size loaf pan.  I used baking spray.

2.  Sift together the following:  1-1/2 cups of white flour, 1 cup of wheat flour, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 3 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.

3.  Pour in a 12-ounce can of alcoholic beer of your choice.  Room temperature is best.  I used Bud Select because it is low calorie and because that is what we had handy.

4.  Mix until dry ingredients are all moist.  Pour into loaf pan and allow to rest for 2 minutes.  Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil over the top.  Sprinkle with some extra oats if you like.

5.  Bake for 1 hour, turning pan after 30 minutes.  Watch the top and if it starts to brown too much, cover loosely with foil.  After the hour, remove from oven and cool in pan a few minutes.  Transfer to wire rack and cool another 10-15 minutes before slicing.  After loaf cools completely, wrap in plastic and store up to 2 days.  This is great warm from the oven or sliced and toasted the next day.

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DIY Homemade Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri Recipe

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Homemade Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri – Easy to make and makes your house smell wonderful.

 

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I love when my home smells warm and inviting, especially on these cold Winter days and nights.  Potpourri has its origins in times when people and places were not so fresh.   Potpourri was created in the 12th century for the purpose of freshening rooms in castles for the people of that time.  (Read more about the History of Potpourri)

Homemade potpourri can be made from all kinds of things.  I decided to make one today that is a great stovetop simmering potpourri recipe.

To make this Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri, you will need to mix and heat to simmering in a 2-quart pan:

  • 5 cups of water

  • 1 Orange sliced and 1 Apple sliced.  Leave the peel on both but seed the apple.

  • 3 Cinnamon sticks (Substitute 2 Teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon if you don’t have sticks)

  • 1 Tablespoon of All Spice  (Learn ► What is All Spice?)

  • 1 Tablespoon of Whole Cloves (Substitute 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves if you don’t have whole)

  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri

Ingredients for Orange Apple Simmering Potpourri

Here is a tip:  I got a cheap potpourri simmering pot with a lid (it used to be just a sauce pan, lol) at the Goodwill thrift store for less than $1 so I don’t have to use my good ones, just in case I ever burn the pan.  You can also use a small simmering Rival potpourri crock pot.

You can simmer this do-it-yourself potpourri for hours and hours, adding more water as needed.  Be careful to not let the pan go dry. I set the kitchen timer for 2-hours at a time to remind myself to check it.  You can reuse this the next day.  Just put the lid on it and store it in the fridge overnight, or stick it in the garage if it is cold out there.

Check out these other Homemade Simmering Potpourri Recipes for even more ideas on how to get your home smelling great!

 

 

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5 Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate Recipes

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Perfect for a cold Fall or Winter day.  Here are 5 recipes to make homemade hot cocoa and hot chocolate.

Basic Hot Cocoa Recipe

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate Recipe

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Mocha Flavored Hot Cocoa Recipe

Flavored Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe — LOTS of variations you can do with this one!

 

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#Recipe | Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish + Cranberry Relish Muffins

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Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

You need 1 12-oz package of  washed and drained fresh cranberries and 1 Orange, peeled and quartered with all seeds removed.

Add all to a food processor and pulse till coarsely chopped, stopping to scrape the sides to ensure an even chop.

Add 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar or sweetener of your choice (My parents like Splenda).  Add more or less to taste.

Stir well and refrigerate at least 2-hours before serving.  Makes 2-1/2 cups.

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You can freeze any leftovers up to 2-months but try this recipe for Cranberry Relish Muffins to use the leftovers.  Delicious!

Cranberry-Relish-Muffins

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#Recipe | Cranberry Relish Muffins

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Cranberry Relish Muffins

 

If your house is like mine, there is always leftover cranberry relish from the Thanksgiving dinner.  My mother is a professional baker and she came up with this recipe to use the relish (or sauce) to make delicious Cranberry Relish Muffins.  You can also use my recipe for Cranberry Orange Relish if you prefer!  Enjoy!

Cranberry Relish Muffins

Beat together: 

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil OR 1/2 cup lowfat or fat free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk OR 1/2 cup of fat free half and half
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry relish or sauce

In another bowl mix together:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • If you like nuts, add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans. 

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet till well blended.  Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick spray or use cupcake papers.  Fill the cups 7/8 full.  Sprinkle the tops with some oats and then with granulated sugar.  

Bake at 400° for 18-21 minutes or until the top bounces back when gently pressed.   Allow to cool in pan a few minutes before removing.  Serve warm for breakfast or cool completely before storing in tupperware.

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5 Leftover Turkey Recipes!

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Gluten Free Turkey Tetrazzini
Leftover Turkey Soup
Turkey a la King
Turkey Chili
Turkey Chowder

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