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September 2018

  • InRecipes

    Wicked….Halloween Harvest Hash Snack Mix

    Wicked Halloween Harvest Hash Snack Mix is a great party snack or bag some up for gifts for the holiday season.  You can make it your own by adding whatever kind of dry or candy ingredients you like.  It makes a lot, your house smells amazing

    For the Sauce:

    ¾ cup Butter, melted

    ¾ cup Brown Sugar, packed

    2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

    For the Mix:

    1 box Crispix Cereal

    1 bag Bugles

    1 small bag of  Pretzels any kind you choose (I used Cheddar Pretzel pieces)

    1 bag of Candy Corn  (flavor of your choice)  (my flavor was s’mores)

    1 bag of Orange Gummy Pumpkins

    1 bag Reese’s Piece

    1 bag of Chocolate Six-lets

    Instructions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 275°F.

    2. Melt the butter in the microwave in medium bowl or measuring cup.

    3. Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract and whisk well until combined and dissolved.

    4. In a VERY large bowl, add the Crispex cereal, pretzels and Bugles.

    5. Pour the sauce over the cereal mixture and toss gently until evenly coated.

    6. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

    7. Divide mixture on the two baking sheets and spread in even layers.

    8. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

    9. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

    Then add it to a large bowl, along with the candy corn, pumpkins and Reese’s Pieces (whatever candy you choose)

    Toss to combine.and Store in airtight container.

     

    Please share with us your Wicked Concoction of party mix,  have fun……

     

    “WHATS IN YOUR MIX?”

  • InCocktails, Thirsty Thursdays

    Grape Crusher

    Sometimes you just want something light and easy to drink on a weekend outing. This Grape Crusher is so simple, you’ll wonder where it’s been all of your life! The best part is that you can vary how you make it and try different things to see what you like best.

    Just mix 1 shot of Three Olives Grape Vodka with about 1/2 can of 7-Up soda, garnish with a lemon or lime wedge and you’ve got a simple, tasty, refreshing cocktail.

    You can also use grape juice or grape soda instead if you’re so inclined. Or, if you can’t find the grape vodka, just mix regular vodka with grape juice or grape soda. It should end up tasking like a Grape Nehi for folks that remember those soft drinks like me.

    #whatsinyourcup?

     

     

  • InCanning

    Homemade Apple Sauce-Tastes better from Scratch

    I CAN BECAUSE I CAN!

    Homemade Apple Sauce

    INGREDIENTS

    4 Pounds of Apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into rough pieces

    1/4 cup honey

    Pinch of salt

    1 cup water

    2  tablespoons of butter, stir into finished sauce

    1-2 cinnamon sticks – cook with apples and remove prior to pureeing

    ***If you don’t have cinnamon stick you can add 1/4 teaspoon of ground into finished sauce

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    (MAKES ABOUT 3 1/2 CUPS)

    I like the tart/sweet flavor of McIntosh apples in this recipe, but Jonagold and Pink Lady apples are good, too. Nearly any variety of apple can be substituted, except for Red and Golden Delicious.

    Toss apples, honey, salt, cinnamon stick and water in large, heavy-bottomed nonreactive Dutch oven. Cover pot and cook apples over medium-high heat until they begin to break down, 15 to 20 minutes, checking and stirring, I used a potato masher to help bread down apples.  You can make the sauce as chunky as you like, leave chunks if you like them or keep mashing if you like it more puree.

    Process cooked apples through food mill fitted with medium disk. Season with extra honey or water to adjust consistency as desired. Serve hot, warm, at room temperature, or chilled. (Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days.) Frozen for up to 6 months or eat it as fast as you can.   I eat it with almost every meal and I use it for baking chicken, pork and turkey.  I love to slice up an apples and place on top of meat and slather the apples sauce on top of apples and bake.  I also add apple sauce to my turkey gravy to give the grave a little fresh sweet snap.

    ****If you don’t have a food mill, peal the apples and take out seeds and core, discard seeds and use the peels in the pot with the cut up apples, you will have to remove them once your apples are all cooked, using the peels give the sauce more flavor and it makes it a little pink and I love the beautiful color.

    You can always reach out to me if you need advise on canning, you can go to my Facebook page or leave a message here on my blog.

    WHATS IN YOUR JARS!

     

                     

  • InMisc. Decor Items, Tuesday’s Trash to Treasure

    Flower Power…Pine cones

    Picked up a few pine cones and got some paints, brushes and a cocktail.  Began my masterpiece by painting them on the edges and all over the bottoms to make them appear flowery.  Put a few drops of pine essential and cinnamon essential oils on them.  They smell awesome and look really pretty, will last outside on my tables all winter, no water, no mess, no problem….  Adds great color to any room, you can spray with a clear coat of sealer if you want or add some glitter for Christmas gifts.  The ideas are endless.. share with us what you make, out of one of natures beautiful treasures, the pine cone.

  • InCocktails, Thirsty Thursdays

    Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shots Anyone?

    It’s Thirsty Thursday!!!

    When my friends and I get together, it’s a rare occasion that we do not end up having at least one shot of Christie’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch cocktail. It’s a simple shot to make and tastes just like the cereal. It’s one of our party faves and I’m sure once you try it, it will be yours too!

    Here’s all you need:

    • Half shot of Fireball
    • Half shot of Rum Chata
    • Cinnamon & sugar mixture (This is optional to coat the rim of the glass. It’s not something we typically do, but it tastes great!)

    Combine the two liquors over ice and shake over ice until chilled and pour into your shot glass to enjoy. Of course, we never usually make just one shot, so feel free to multiply the recipe as your crowd requires.

    #What’s in your cup?

  • InFurniture Rescues

    Sweet Vintage Three Legged Half Moon Tables

    These two beautiful side tables were a treasure that belonged to my husbands Great Grandmother.   I just had to have them, there were so different, notice that each one is flat on one side, three legged and half moon.    The wood was so dark it gave it a rid hue to them, almost mahogany looking.  I decided to brighten them up with a mustard yellow from Dixie Bell Paints and then added a pineapple stencil for the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.  It warms my heart each time I look at them to know that they are our families and that makes them so special…

             

  • InDetox Waters, Water Wednesdays

    Best Cucumber-Lemon-Lime Detox Water

    Reap the healthy benefits of lemon lime and cucumber water today!!!

    So drink up!!! We are what we drink, right?…..

    Lemon, lime, and cucumber infused water is easy and healthy. The lemon and lime help your body fight infection, cleanse your kidneys, reduce inflammation, and prevent bloating. The cucumber helps your skin and lowers your blood pressure.  The combination aids in weight loss and flushes toxins..the best thing is that it’s tasty.

    Also as I always say, if it’s a bit tart or sour to your taste buds, add a little stevia to balance out the acidity in the water.

    **Keep in mind the quality of water does affect the taste, please make sure you are using bottled water not tap.

    **Please wash all your ingredients before you use them, scrub the skins and get off the wax.  *Use my Homemade fruit spray.

    **When using Cucumber, taste the skin first, some cucumber skins might have a bitter taste to them, if so peel the cucumber first then slice.

    ***After you let it sit overnight you will find it getting stronger in taste,  if you don’t use it in one day you may want to take out the fruit or not.  

    Ingredients – 1 pitcher of Water, 1 cucumber sliced, 1 lemon sliced, 1 lime sliced,  Mix together and let fuse for at least 4 hours.

    What’s in your water?