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Oscar Night Snacks

It’s Oscar Night and here are some quick snacks to to keep you entertained! I made a Candied Bacon, Truffle Popcorn, and Tequila Sangria! Perfect for just you or if you have guest stopping by…

Candied Bacon
Thick Cut Bacon
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tbsp of Red Pepper Flakes
Put your brown sugar and pepper flakes in a pie dish or a deep dish so you can mix it all around and then lay your bacon into the mixture coating each piece of bacon. You can cook your bacon in the oven on 400 12-17 minutes until crispy on a broiler pan or you can cook on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet. It has a nice sweet sticky flavor from the carmalized brown sugar and a tiny kick from the red pepper flakes.

Truffle Butter Popcorn

You can pop with fresh kernels or you can take the shortcut and use the store bought popcorn you pop in the microwave. I used a regular size bag of butter flavored (you can use plain too) and after popping place in a big bowl. Melt 1 tbsp of butter and add 1/4 tsp of truffle oil. Pour over your popcorn and stir it all around. Then add 1/4 cup of crushed parmigiano reggiano and sprinkle with dried parsley. It’s such a tasty treat!

Tequila Sangria
Tequila
Peach Schnapps
Red Wine (fresh & fruity)
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar & water melted)
Fresh Blackberries & Pineapple
In a shaker add 2oz or 4 tbsp of tequila. Add 2 tbsp of peach schnapps, simple syrup, and pineapple juice. Add a splash of orange juice and shake well. Pour over ice, pour red wine on top and garnish with blackberries and pineapple. DELICIO-SO!
Hope everyone enjoys the Oscar’s!

Truffle Popcorn, Candied Bacon, & Tequila Sangria

Truffle Popcorn, Candied Bacon, & Tequila Sangria

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Breakfast Stromboli

Good Morning!
Top of the Morning! Whatever your preference is to say…Happy Saturday REGARDLESS! 🙂
Breakfast is a MUST for me or I don’t function correctly and most mornings its oatmeal or something quick, except lately I’ve really been cooking it up for the book!
Anyways, this morning I made a SIMPLE turkey sausage, eggs, cheese, and croissant breakfast by pre-cooking my ingredients and placing them down the center of rolled out croissants. Placing slits on both sides and braiding over to create a breakfast stuffed croissant.
It’s like a BREAKFAST STROMBOLI! Pillsbury to the rescue on those morning you just don’t want to do anything from scratch yet you want something warm in the tummy!

Ingredients

1 Can of Pillsbury Croissants
Pre-Cooked Turkey Sausage
5 Eggs
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Crack eggs into bowl, add a splash of milk and beat well with a fork. Mix well and scramble in a pan. Roll out your croissants onto a baking sheet pinching the perforated edges so that the ingredients don’t seep out. Place scrambled eggs down the center of the rolled out croissants. Add as much pre-cooked turkey sausage as you like (I added a 1/2 of cup). Sprinkle with cheese. Now, take a knife and cut slits down both side of your rolled out croissant so that you can braid them over the ingredients in the center. Fold the dough over to cover your ingredients to create a stromboli look and brush the top with a egg wash to get that nice golden brown color. Pop into your 350 degree oven for 20 minutes and ENJOY! The warm ingredients with the gooey cheese and buttery flavor of the croissant is HEAVENLY!

Breakfast Stromboli

Breakfast Stromboli

Turkey Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Stromboli

Turkey Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Stromboli

Sliced Breakfast Stromboli

Sliced Breakfast Stromboli

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Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! I hope EVERYONE has a WONDERFUL DAY even the one’s who think its a silly holiday! It’s one more reason to celebrate “US” AMAZING WOMEN! I kicked off my morning with a heart inspired V-Day Breakfast in the spirit of Valentines Day. I cooked turkey bacon, heart shaped sunny side up egg, heart shaped potatoes, grapefruit, orange, and I garnished with parsley for color! I have a heart shaped mold that allowed me to make the sunny side up egg and I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make the heart shaped potatoes! Ta-Da! You now have a V-Day inspired breakfast. 🙂

Valentines Day Inspired Breakfast

Valentines Day Inspired Breakfast

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Valentine Treats

I am that girl, that “festive girl” who enjoy holidays and all their treats! I decided to indulge and make some Valentine Day Treats that I would like to share with YOU! Easy Step-by-Step instructions below:
*Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Pink Heart Whoopie Pies, & XO’s Red Velvet Cream Cheese Stuffed Cupcakes*

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentines Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentines Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Red Strawberries

Strawberries Prep

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ingredients
White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Mini Chocolate Morsels & Nuts
Coconut
Red & Pink Sugar
Black Candy Gel
Lay out your wax paper. Melt your chocolates and set up you work station. Dip your strawberries into your chocolates and decorate by dipping into colored sugar, coconut, chocolate morsels & nuts, or dip into both chocolates and decorate with black candy gel to look like a tuxedo! These are always a hit and they carry more meaning being homemade vs. store bought! 🙂

XO’s Red Velvet Cupcakes Stuffed w/ Cream Cheese

Valentine XO Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcake Mix

XO’s Red Velvet Cupcakes Stuffed w/ Cream Cheese

Ingredients
1 Box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cupcake Cake & Frosting Mix
Eggs
Milk (replace water with milk)
Canola Oil
Butter
Follow the directions on the back of the box. Mix cake mix, eggs, milk, and oil. Place in 12 cupcake liners and bake according to box. Allow to cool. Then mix butter, water, and cream cheese frosting until smooth. Place in piping bag and fill each cupcake then draw X’s & O’s onto your cupcakes! Wa-La!

Pink Heart Whoopie Pies

Valentine Heart Whoopie Pies

Valentine Heart Whoopie Pies

Stencil Hearts on Parchment

Stencil Hearts on Parchment

Pipe your batter into your stenciled hearts

Pipe your batter into your stenciled hearts

Pink Heart Whoopie Pies

Ingredients
1 Box Classic White Cake
Milk (replace water with milk)
Butter (replace oil with butter)
Eggs
Pink Food Color
Icing
2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
1 tsp of Vanilla
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp of Heavy Whipping Cream
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your ingredients according to the back of the box but substitute the milk and butter in place of the water and oil. Mix really well until no lumps and place in a piping bag (homemade or store bought piping bag). Once, its mixed well add your pink food color until you reach your desired pink color. Take a baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Now take a hear shaped cookie cutter (any size of your choice) and draw hearts onto your parchment paper. This will be the outline that you pipe your batter into to bake. Take your piping bag and pipe your batter in the shape of a heart inside of your outlined heart. You want to stay an inch or more away from the lines. The batter expands when it bakes. Now, pop into your oven and bake for 8 minutes. Place on a cooling rack or a counter top with wax paper to cool. Finish baking your remaining batter. Once cooled make your icing, place into a piping bag and fill your hearts! You now have a whoopie Pie!

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Cabbage Rolls

Looking for a shortcut meal that’s tasty and healthy? Shortcuts are in place to make our life easy so when I’m in a rush crockpot meals are my go to meals. Quick, Easy, & Tasty! It’s just a bonus that these Cabbage Rolls are healthy too!

Ingredients
1 Large Head of Cabbage
1lb Lean Ground Beef (97% lean & 7% fat)
1 8oz Can of Tomato Sauce
33.5oz Box of Hunts Tomato Sauce
14.5oz Can of Diced Basil & Oregano Tomatoes
¾ Cups of Instant Brown Rice
2 tbsp of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
½ Cup of Crushed Saltine Crackers
1 Egg Lightly Beaten
½ Cup of Chopped Green Pepper
1/8 tsp of Black Pepper
½ tsp of Garlic Powder

Boil cabbage on stovetop until leaves start to pull away from the head. Mix in a bowl 8oz of tomato sauce, rice, green bell pepper, cracker crumbs, egg, and soup mix. Mix well and then add beef stirring until all ingredients are mixed well.
Take cooked cabbage leaves and cut the thick vein from the bottom of each leaf leaving a v-shaped cut. Now place 1/3 cup of meat mixture into each individual cabbage leaf. Overlap the ends that are cut into a v-shape, fold in the sides, and roll up. You can secure with a toothpick if you like so it stays in place.
Place cabbage into your crockpot pouring over the box of tomato sauce and can of tomatoes. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on low.

It does smell and feel heavenly to walk into your home after a long days work and your house is scented with the meal that’s waiting on you. Now all you have to do is make a plate and prop up your feet! ENJOY ☺

TIP: Don’t open your crockpot lid while cooking. You add about 15 minutes of cook time to it every time you do! No need to stir this is the beauty of using the crockpot!

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Roll Ingredients

Cabbage Roll Ingredients

Boiling Cabbage

Boiling Cabbage

Cabbage Crock Pot Cookin'

Cabbage Crock Pot Cookin’

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Banana Nut Pancakes

Today happens to be “National Pancake Day” so I couldn’t help myself when deciding what to make for breakfast! I-hop apparently gives away free pancakes away all day but they are no match for me! Ha, I will make my own ;0) …

Ingredients
2 Cups of Buttermilk
3 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp of Vanilla
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Cup of Toasted Pecans
1/2 Stick of Melted Butter
2-3 Ripe Bananas

In a large bowl mix together your buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Now mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients mixing until there are no lumps. Toast your pecans in a heated oven for a few minutes. Take the stick of melted butter and 1/2 of the toasted pecans and stir into your pancake batter. Now, mash your bananas in a bowl and fold them into your pancake batter. Cook in a buttered pan on a medium to medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides. Stack them however high you desire, sprinkle with powdered sugar, toasted pecans, and drizzle with syrup! I like to heat my syrup before pouring over it just taste better! You could also make a cream cheese glaze if you really wanted to go NUTS and pile on the calories! YUMMERS!

Banana Nut Pancakes

Banana Nut Pancakes

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Vodka Gummy Bears

Hello Super Bowl Weekend! I meant to do this post earlier so you too could enjoy Vodka soaked Gummy Bears! These gummy bears are great for any party/event you should just try and prepare them 5 days in advance before your party so they can really absorb the vodka. It allows them enough time to really become fat & happy and ready for consumption. I used Ciroc Vodka but you could use any Vodka that you prefer or even a flavored Vodka. You really can’t go wrong with these no matter which way you go. Just put in a bowl or tupperware container, pour vodka over so that they are completely covered, and place in fridge for 5 days. I say 5 days because they become soft, chewy, and yummy!  They are a “Party Pleaser”! Happy Super Bowl Sunday 🙂

Gummy Bears & Ciroc Vodka

Gummy Bears & Ciroc Vodka

Vodka Soaked Gummy Bears

Vodka Soaked Gummy Bears

Fat Gummy Bears Ready For Consumption

Fat Gummy Bears Ready For Consumption

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