What is your favorite holiday to celebrate? If I’m being honest, I actually think every holiday is my favorite. I will say though, that even as an adult, I get giddy and excited about upcoming holidays, especially Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I love the family togetherness that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas and I love the fun and party like atmosphere that Halloween brings with it.
I am not really a big drinker typically, but like I said, I do enjoy the party environment that Halloween brings with it and I often imbibe on Halloween. Plus, the drinks at Halloween parties are seriously the best! I mean, look at these cocktails, how fun are they?!
I love strawberries, they are hands down my favorite berry and have been since I was a small child. They are what I like to think of as nature’s candy. I also love iced tea (in case you hadn’t seen my Blackberry Tea recipe, I basically live on iced tea during the summertime) so I am always looking for ways to use them! Here is what I did to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:
First, combine the 2 cups of fresh strawberries and 3/4 cup Sugar. Stir together and either mash or puree in a food processor. My family prefers to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I typically just mash ours with our fruit masher.
I don’t live in the south, of course, but I love me some good southern style iced tea. Although I am not big on super sweet beverages though, so you may want to add more sugar to your tea than I have here in my recipe. I also think that all good teas deserve to be served in a mason jar because, well, they just taste better that way! I bought this case of Kerr Mason Jars a while back specifically for our iced tea drinks.
With summertime fast approaching, I am very excited for our family summertime BBQs. During our BBQs we always serve either this tea or the Blackberry Iced Tea (depending on how late into the Summer it is) and they are both always a hit. Oh, and if you could use some tips on throwing the most awesome BBQ, check out this post.
Are you tired of all things pumpkin yet? I’m not! It is still October after all. The thing is though, I also really like chocolate so I can never decide which dessert to go with. So, why not both? I decided to whip together these Pumpkin Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins and boy was it easy!
It takes just 3 ingredients!
I used just a box of chocolate cake mix, canned pumpkin and chocolate chips. Yep, not kidding. That is it!
Mix the three ingredients together, the mixture will be creamy, but thick. Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The mixture, again will be very thick, so if you are looking for a pretty muffin, you will need to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking. Me personally, I don’t care what my cupcakes look like, I just want them yummy!
Here’s what you need:
A box of chocolate cake mix
One can of pumpkin
Chocolate Chips (I used half a bag, but feel free to use the whole thing…go hog wild!)
As you can see, I enjoyed my muffin right away and it was delicious! Full of ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness!
I am so ready to start baking again! Now that Fall has arrived and it is acceptable to turn on my oven again, I am ready to start baking! Plus, the holidays are coming soon, so I like doing test runs on my recipes.
I have made a couple of tweaks to once of my favorite easy Fall baking recipes!
DELICIOUS 2 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS!
Here’s what you need:
A box of white cake mix
One can of pumpkin
Mix the two ingredients together, mixture will be creamy, but thick. Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Because of the thickness of the mixture, you may have to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking, but this is based on preference.
The muffins came out super moist and tasting very similar to pumpkin pie! Yummy!
I stuck a mini marshmallow at each end of the pretzel sticks and rolled them in marshmallow creme (to make them more sticky) and then dipped them into the melted white chocolate to create the “bones”. Place all of your bones on wax paper covered cookie sheet and place in the freezer for the chocolate to harden.
Serve with “blood” for dipping (strawberry jam in this case).
We are a family that is trying to get healthy! Several years ago, I lost almost 40 pounds and while I kept it off for a while, I did have another baby and life happened. Now I am back to working on getting the weight back off. When I lost weight before, one major change I made was reducing the amount of complex carbs (breads, sugars, etc) that I eat.
Here is one of my favorite recipes that was a staple for the first time around and will be again!
Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers
I mix the following ingredients to create my turkey burgers:
Ground Turkey – 16 ounce package
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tablespoons Tapatio sauce (yep..I like my burgers spicy)
Mix ingredients together and cook over medium heat. Wrap in a leaf of Romaine Lettuce and serve with your favorite toppings.
*My burgers are topped with a thin slice of cheddar, tomatoes, peppercinis, mustard and occasionally ketchup.
Don’t you just love all of the sweet treats that come along with the holidays? If you are looking for some new dessert recipes to try out this Easter, look no further than this awesome list of 20 Sweet Easter Desserts!
This year (2017) Easter will fall on April 16th. My daughter and I each have April birthdays and we have each had Easter birthdays, so Easter is always extra special for us when it comes to preparing and celebrating. That’s why I like to plan ahead and this year I am all about the food!
Check out these delicious Easter recipes I found…I might just have to start trying them out early. You know, to make sure that they are good and all. 😉