Traditional Irish Coffee

Today is Irish Coffee Day, and for many of you in frigid temperatures I am sure some spiked creamy coffee sounds pretty tasty right about now.

I came over to the site a few hours ago so I could share our recipe on social media (you are following us aren’t you? the links are over there ——–>).

Oopsy! I quickly realized that I haven’t put it in the new format yet. I really need to get cracking on creating that blog calendar and planning ahead a bit. So, if you are too late to enjoy it today, pin it for St Patrick’s Day. Or have it any day you want.

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Cherry Root Beer Spice Cupcakes

I have been looking for an excuse to use some of the Root Beer Concentrate I have in the pantry, and my son’s teacher’s birthday provided me with an opportunity to experiment with some cupcakes.

The Root Beer Float Cookies were awesome, but I went with something different and tossed in some maraschino cherries (complete with the syrup) for a nice pink hue for Valentine’s Day. Then topped them with sprinkles and some heart shaped cherry jelly beans. Adorable and delicious!

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Asian Chicken Salad with Lemongrass Dressing

This Asian Chicken Salad is a healthy and delectable salad that can be easily be adjusted to different diets and tastes. From Paleo, Raw to low carb to vegan with a few ingredient swaps.

asian chicken salad with lemongrass dressing
And it is salad , so it is quick and easy to make. Well, with the exception of the Sprouted Quinoa (which is super easy, it just takes 36-48 hours).

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake

I am not going to tell you this Quinoa Chocolate Cake is “healthy”, because that depends on who you ask. I will tell you it is a simple recipe to create and thoroughly delicious.

gluten free chocolate cake

The flour is replaced with cooked quinoa, but it still contains a fair amount of sugar . I could have gone with coconut sugar to make it low glycemic, or even a stevia blend, but I went with good old fashioned cane sugar because I wanted to.

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7 Scrumptious Recipes for Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rumJanuary 17th is Hot Buttered Rum Day according to Serendipity and Spice’s A Blogger’s List of National Days.  An extensive 5 minute search found that no one seems to know  how or when this holiday was started, but who cares. It gives me something to blog about.

Hot Buttered Rum originated in Colonial America when molasses started being imported from Jamaica and rum began to be distilled in the Americas. The colonists started adding rum to their Hot Toddy and Egg Nog instead of other imported spirits like whiskey or brandy.

The definitive Hot Buttered Rum recipe is as elusive as the details of the holiday’s origin. So I am giving you 7 recipes to choose from.Have one a day for a week or throw a party and make them all at once to have a taste off.

And if you want to make any of them non-alcoholic for the kids, designated drivers or those that don’t imbibe just use either rum flavoring and/or apple cider. The recipes all have enough yumminess they don’t really need the alcohol to be enjoyed.

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Tuscan Garlic Rosemary Pork Loin

Tuscan Garlic Rosemary Pork Loin

This Tuscan-style Garlic Rosemary Pork Loin Roast is loaded with fresh flavors and is surprising simple to make.

Boneless pork sirloin roast is a great inexpensive and low fat roast. I can often get them on sale for half price. The drawback to low fat is it can also be a bit dry and flavorless. Ooops, I shouldn’t say flavorless, how about mild flavored. Okay, lets be honest. You need to add flavor to this bad boy, and a little moisture doesn’t hurt either.

I added both flavor and moisture through a technique I have never tried before – brining! And then I added some color and Tuscan style with a quick grill before roasting. It was a big hit with the guys. Continue reading

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Black Bean Pesto Crackers

These Black Bean Pesto Crackers used up items I had around the house and ended up being a tasty and healthy snack. Win-Win!

Black Bean Pesto Crackers

Especially great this time of year when we are all trying to eat healthier to offset the damage we did to our waistlines over the holidays. Or maybe it is just me that needs to do that.

These can be made gluten-free (I used a gluten-free flour blend) and vegan (use vegan cheese or eliminate it and increase the fat a bit). Plus if you use no salt added black beans they are low-sodium, low-fat and high in fiber.

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10 Easy Party Appetizers

Easy Hors D'OeuvresDo you need some quick and easy appetizers for your New Years Eve party?

Or maybe for parade reruns or bowl game watching on New Year’s Day?

Well, fear not! Here are 10 appetizers that are quick and easy to make, and can be prepared ahead of time to so you can join the party instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen.

Even the hot ones can be made up to the point of popping them under the broiler for a few minutes.

You are welcome.



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Gingerbread Spice Cranberry Brie Bites

Today is the 20th of the month so it is time for the CRAZY Ingredient Challenge! Each month we pick two unrelated ingredients to create our recipes then blog about them. This month it is Cranberries and Gingerbread Spice (or gingerbread).

I have been with this group for a few months now and let me tell you, I know my fellow bloggers are going to have some great ideas. Be sure to check them out at the bottom of the page.

The inspiration for these Gingerbread Spice Cranberry Brie Bites came a few years back when we forgot to put the cranberry sauce on the table with the main course at Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until the cheese course (which we always had with dessert in typical French fashion) that anyone noticed. Before long several of us were adding it to the top of our brie. Delicious!

Cranberry Brie Bites


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Lentil Soup Mix

I took a huge tray of cookies to the staff at J’s school this morning that included the Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Citrus Peel Cookies (sans the chocolate dip) plus some simple Almond Cherry Spritz cookies. I figure sugar is going to help them through this last week before vacation.

Christmas Cookie Tray

The class is going in on a gift for the teacher already, but we needed to do something a little extra. And I think this Soup-er Lentil Soup Mix will be much appreciated.

Lentil Soup Mix in a Jar

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