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Monday, December 9, 2013

Turkey Chili with the Help of Mrs Dash

Oh the cold weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no where to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

This song has been going through my head just about everyday... We have had snow... and snow... and snow.  It just doesn't want to stop.  It also has been cold and windy.  This is the perfect time to make Chili. Even though you have to go out in the snow and the cold it isn't so bad if you can come into a warm bowl of Chili.

I am always filling out forms to get free samples and one of the samples that I got was Mrs Dash Chili Seasoning Mix.  I decided to try it and YUM!  I love the flavour that it gave my chili.  It even tasted better after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days.  I was not asked to do a review of this seasoning and but wanted to share this wonderful seasoning.  It makes it so much easier to make a great chili.

Turkey Chili

1 lb turkey (can also use ground beef or hamburger)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove minced
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (I used Red Gold) 
1 5 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 pkg Mrs. Dash Chili Seasoning Mix
1 cup corn (I use frozen corn)

In large frying pan or saucepan, fry turkey. Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, Kidney beans, corn, Chili Seasoning Mix.  Bring to a boil and turn down and simmer for at least 15 minutes. 
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Crocheted Christmas Mitts Ornaments

This fall and winter I have been having so much fun making more ornaments.  I used to do this every Christmas and I would give my nieces and nephews homemade ornaments every year.  Well for about the last 10 years I haven't done so much.

I decided to pick up my crochet hook and do a few ornaments with them.  I found this pattern for mitts and thought they would be perfect.  My biggest problem was reading the instructions.  I am not so good at that but I do think they turned out looking alright.

After making many different ornaments I decided that this one was the one I was sending to my partner for the Ornament Swap 2013, hosted by Tutus and Tea Parties, Robyn's View and Baby Bump and Beyond.  I had so much fun last year, that I joined up again for this year.  I know that my partner received her  ornament as she sent me an email.  So, that means that I can write about what I made.

Crocheted Christmas Mitt Ornaments

Crochet Hook
Pattern for Mitts
Fabric Fusion Sheet

Crochet your mitt using this pattern.
Apply Fabric Fusion Sheet to back of burlap with iron.  This is used to give the burlap some stability and to prevent unraveling.  The first mitt I cut out my pattern first and then ironed the fabric fusion sheet to back - BAD idea.  It didn't work as good.  Works better to do this step first.
Cut out patterns - I used hearts and stars, but you can use whatever you would like.
Find buttons that match or even just the colours you like.
Thread your button and burlap shape to the mitt and tie ends.

That's it, your done.  Depending on your expertise in crocheting will depend on how long each ornament takes.  It took me about an hour or two to do one mitt.   These ornaments would be perfect to put small gifts, candies or money in, use as gift toppers or you could also use them on your table to hold your cutlery.

to use on your table for your cutlery

Tuck small gifts or money inside

Here are some of the other ornaments that I have made this year.... Hot Chocolate Ornaments, and Sheet Music Ornaments .

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Links:  Craft Frenzy Friday Link Party, Create it or Bake it, In and Out of the Kitchen

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ Simple, Easy and yummy tasting.

You can't have turkey without Cranberry Sauce or at least I don't think you can.  I try to make my own and every year I do something a little different.  This year I decided to follow the recipe on the bag with a slight change or improvement I think.  This recipe is so simple and easy to make... and yummy in taste.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pie Party at Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #foodiefriendsfriday

"American as Apple Pie"
Pie is part of American history.  They came with the early settlers and were considered economical food. Pies were an easy way to transport and keeping food.  The pilgrims brought over the apple speed and once the trees grew, the apple pie became very popular.   December 1st was National Pie Day and the 3rd was National Apple Pie Day so.....

Fill the Cookie Jar with Sandtarts

I can't believe that it is time to Fill the Cookie Jar again.  It seems like it was only a few days ago that I filled it with  Pumpkin Chai Biscotti.  This month theme is Holiday.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Using Up Leftovers With the Help of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil

I received this product from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Last month I received Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and I made Mustard Crusty Chicken and Couscous Cake with Mango and Ginger Salsa.  So I was excited to receive their new product ~ Grapeseed Oil Spray.

I will be the first to say that I don't really like cooking sprays.  Needless to say I do use them once in a while. This Grapeseed Oil seems different from the first spray.  Instead of getting a mist or not much of anything from other sprays, this spray looks and feels like oil.

Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil is all natural and light. There is no propellant mixed in with the oil so it is 100% oil and you can see it as you spray.  I also love that by the pressure of your finger you can deliver the oil differently ~ by drip, steam or spray. I have used the oil on my waffle iron, making stir fry and sauteing and it has worked wonderfully.  It also worked perfectly for making Quesadillas and using up your Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Turkey and Cranberry Quesadilla
2 8in flour tortilla (can also use corn if you want to be gluten free)
left over turkey
bacon slice
left over cranberry sauce
Pompeian 100% Grapeseed Oil Spray

Spray cast iron pan or skillet with Grapeseed Oil Spray.
Add one tortilla to pan.
Spread desired amount of crumbled turkey, bacon, onions, cranberry sauce and cheese.
Add second tortilla over mixture.
Cook on medium high until cheese is melted.
Flip tortilla over and cook other side.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Belight Tea Review

A couple of weeks ago I received an email Toffler asking me if I would like to try a new tea.   In the email it mentioned that this tea helps with digestion, metabolism and reduces snacking.  I am in and sent back my reply right away.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Giveaway

Black Friday Giveaway
Are you a Black Friday Shopper?  Do you go out in the crowds or do you stay at home and shop via the internet?   Here is a great way to do some Black Friday shopping without spending a dime and you can do it all from the comfort of your home. 

I am so excited to be a part of this, with all these great bloggers, to bring you this wonderful giveaway.  I hope that this can make your Christmas so much brighter.
Good Luck

42 blogs are bringing you an amazing giveaway to get your holiday season underway! We're hoping to make the holiday season easier for one of our lucky readers, $500.00 worth of easier that is! 

The winner will be able to choose from an XBOX 360 Kinect Nike+ Bundle, a Kindle Fire HD 8.9", or a KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer in the color of your choice! Oh and to top it all off, we're going to give you the difference in an Amazon gift card to make your grand prize total $500.00

For example, if you choose the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" as your prize, it's $229.00. 
$500.00-$229.00=$271 Amazon gift card. 
Amounts based on price at time of shipment.

Sounds like something you'd like to win, right? Well, without further rambling, on to the giveaway! Good luck!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Foodie Friends Friday ~ Anything Goes Party

This week we are having an....
Anything Goes Party on Foodie Friends Friday
Bring anything... Recipes, Crafts, DIY, whatever you wants as Anything Goes..

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party

I am so excited to be co-hosting with Robyn from Fluster Buster.  I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to the party this week.  I am also so excited that my Sheet Music Ornament got the most views.  I love making them and still have a couple more designs that I want to try before Christmas comes.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Glazed Carrots and Cranberries

I am not one for cooked carrots, fresh ~~ yes but not cooked.  I finally found a recipe that I can use for cooked carrots and they are so good and taste so fresh.. not mushy.  This is a perfect recipe to eat with Cornish Hen with Apricot Glaze and Wild Rice Dressing.  It gives your plate that pop of colour.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hot Chocolate Ornaments

I saw these ornaments on Pinterest and thought that they would be a great way to give homemade hot chocolate mix to friends and family or even to drop off over at the neighbors...  I think it would be great to find a hot chocolate ornament hanging on my door or you can add it to the outside of your gift.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Let's Do Brunch with Foodie Friends Friday #foodiefriendsfriday

Last week on Foodie Friends Friday we did Thankgivin' Fixings ~ I hope that you got some wonderful ideas that will help you make your Thanksgiving great.
This week we are going to do Brunch.
I personally think this go right along with Thanksgiving Fixings as when you have company you need to make brunch too... So hope you stop by and get some great ideas and drop off one or two yourself.  I love brunch and can't wait to see what you will bring.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crazy Ingredient Challenge ~ Gingerbread Spice and Onions

It is that time of the month... Crazy Ingredient Challenge.  If you haven't heard about this challenge we are given two ingredients to work with from Jutta of Hungry Little Girl and then on the 20th of the month we then show the world what recipe we made with these two ingredients.  Some of the past challenges were Broccoli and Pumpkin and Avocado and Caramel.  This is the fifth month and I have had so much fun with this challenge.  It makes me think outside of the box and cook or bake with ingredients I may have never thought of putting together.  If you would like to join our group there is a button at the bottom of this post that will take you to the page with the instructions and how to join.  Come and have fun with us... Bring on your creativity.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sheet Music Ornaments Part Deux

eLast week I made some Sheet Music Ornaments that were shapes.  I took those ones over to Robyn's View to show off.   This week I made another design and I am bringing them to you.  The design that I have made this week would also make great Christmas cards too.. Instead of putting them on foam board you can use card stock.  I  think I may make some as cards as well as ornaments.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baked Beans

I make baked beans often and then we eat them for days as it does make a big batch but they just get better.   The longer they sit, the better they taste.   These are easy to make as all you do is open cans and fry the bacon... One of these days I am going to make the beans first, instead of opening the cans.  I will let you know how that turns out.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Foodie Friends Friday ~ Thanksgiving Fixin's #foodiefriendsfriday

I am late today getting my post ready for our Foodie Friends Friday Party... This week we are having a Thanksgiving Fixin' Party.  I can't wait to see what you bring... Do you do traditional or untraditional Thanksgiving Dinners?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sheet Music Ornaments

Christmas is coming and it is time to start making some tree ornaments.   Do you make your own ornaments?  I used to make an ornament for each of my nieces and nephews but have not made any for many years. I love Sheet Music Ornaments and last year I made a couple of them.....

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good Nutrition Party at Foodie Friends Friday

I can 't believe that it is Thursday already... Where has the time gone? I know I haven't got anything accomplished so what have I been doing... Well I know what I am doing tonight.....

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party
Novemeber is Good Nutrition Food month so bring over you best recipes that are good for you... 

Last Week's Highlights
Host Favorite...
Head over to the Daily Dish Magazine where you will see who's recipes where each of our favorite.  It is hard to pick only one... To be feature you must have a link back to Foodie Friends Friday or the host blog that you link up with... Just think next week your recipe just might be here....

My Host Favorite
I am a big pasta fan, although I don't eat it very much anymore as hubby doesn't like it.  So when I saw this 
recipe from Isabelle at Home for Lemon Pasta with Chicken and Pine Nuts, I feel in love.  Coming from Isabelle I know that this recipe is wonderful... I have made many of her recipes and I hope that I will be able to make it soon.. maybe for a potluck or when we have company as I know hubby won't say anything then.. is that bad of me :).
photo credit: Isabelle at home

Recipes that got the Most Clicks

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Pumpkin Chai Biscotti ~ #fillthecookiejar

It is time to Fill the Cookie Jar again.  Mine is getting down to the bottom, so it worked out perfect.  This  month's theme is Thanksgiving.  When I think of Thanksgiving, it is a time of being thankful... Can I be thankful that we don't have snow yet... Well I am, there is snow all around us but thankfully we have only received a small dusting but I do know that there is more to come.  Even though I am thankful that we don't have any snow, I am thankful of the season and the nature that is given to us.. the splendid colours of the fall with the dusting of snow.. Beautiful.

But .... I am getting a bit sidetracked as the snow and the seasons have nothing to do with cookies and I need to Fill the Cookie Jar.  This group was started by Cynthia from Feeding Big .  Each month we are given a theme and we can decide to accept this challenge or not.  As I said before this month theme is Thanksgiving.  When I think of Thanksgiving I think of turkey, dressing and all the fixing ~ Well I didn't think that would make a great cookie but pumpkin pie is a part of Thanksgiving and you need cranberries when you eat your turkey and that is something that I can work with.

I have always wanted to make biscotti and my BBF Marlene from Nosh My Way made some Cracked Pepper Chocolate Chunk Biscotti for one of the Fill the Cookie Jar months and it just made me want to make them even more.  I love biscotti and it is a cookie that is great for dipping either in tea, coffee or hot chocolate.  So, I decided this month I was going to make some with Pumpkin, Chai and Dried Cranberries... They turned out wonderful and every day they even taste better as they get crunchier and the flavours mesh together.  This recipe was adapted from a basic biscotti recipe that I found on

Pumpkin Chai Biscotti
adapted from 

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup sugar ( I use Morena Pure Cane Sugar)
1 cup pumpkin
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat and 2 cups white flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 cup spiced chai instant powder ( I used Dove Chocolate Discover Spiced Chai)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
coarse sugar (optional)

Salted Caramel Icing (optional)
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In mixing bowl, mix together vegetable oil, eggs and sugar.  Add pumpkin and mix well.
In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and chai powder.
Mix flour mixture into egg mixture until it makes a heavy dough.
Mix in cranberries
Divide dough into two piece and roll out on greased cookie sheet * to the length of the cookie sheet and about 5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick
Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
Once baked cool off slightly until you are able to cut.  Cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices.  Places slices back on cookie sheet cut side up.
Place bake in oven and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes each side, until lightly toasted.
Once toasted, cool.
While cookies are cooling make Salted Caramel Icing:
In sauce pan melt butter, add milk and brown sugar and bring to boil.  Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat
Add vanilla and icing sugar and mix well.
Drizzle over top of cookies.

Enjoy with a cup of Chai Tea
Writer's Notes:
* I used my baking mats and the cookies stuck slightly to it... I just needed to use a spatula.  Next time I will try parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet to see if it makes any difference.
~ my cookies weren't that hard.  I am thinking after the initial baking it would be better to lower the temperature and leave them in the oven longer or let them dry slightly in the oven when turned off.  Anyone have any suggestions?  They still tasted good but weren't as crunchy as the biscotti I have bought. Everyone that tried them at work said they were good.

Last month I Filled the Cookie Jar with Cobweb Cookies (AKA Lace Cookies).

If you would like to join our group, head over to Feeding Big and fill out  this form.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cornish Hen with Apricot Glaze and Wild Rice Dressing

Thanksgiving is coming soon and I am not sure if you are like me but a turkey sometimes seems like to much to cook, especially if there is only two for dinner like at our house.  My husband isn't a big fan of roast turkey as he thinks it is too dry.  So often I will make Cornish Hens, you can make as many as you want or as few as you want.  I have made half of this recipe and only had 2 hens and I have double the recipe when I have company.  Cornish hens arranged on a platter always looks nice.

Cornish Hen with Apricot Glaze and Wild Rice Dressing

Recipe adapted slightly from Taste of Home 2007
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped onions (I usually use a little bit more and use red onions)
6 tbsp butter, divided
1 cup cooked wild rice
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ( I don't always put this in)
4 Cornish hens
1/2 cup apricot preserves (I have used peach jelly for this too)
1 tbsp white vinegar

In a large skillet, saute mushrooms, pecans and onions in 4 tbsp butter until tender over medium heat.  Stir in rice, apricots, parsley, salt ,pepper and cayenne pepper.  Remove from heat.
Spoon about 3/4 cup of rice mixture into each hen, tie legs together with string.  Place hens on cooking rack, breast side up in baking dish or roasting pan.  Melt remaining butter and brush over top of each hen.
Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 180 for hens and 165 degrees for dressing.
While hens are cooking place apricot preserve and vinegar in small saucepan, cooking on medium heat until you can mix them together.  When hens are done, brush apricot mixture over the top and sides of hens and bake 15 minutes longer. 

Thanksgiving Dinner
Cornish Hen with Wild Rice Dressing
Pretzel Salad
Glazed Carrots with Dried Cranberries
Finished Hen

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LINKED: Tuesday Tasting, Foodie & Crafts Soiree, Thanksgiving Meal Planning ~ entrees
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just a little nutty over here at Foodie Friends Friday #foodiefriendsfriday

I hope everyone that celebrates Halloween had a great day and kids where able to get out to do some Trick and Treating....   We had a foggy, rainy day and I have my very own haunted house across the street.

This week on Foodie Friends Friday we are going a little nutty...  November is Georgia Pecan Month.. So bring over all you nutty foods.

Last Week's Highlights
Host Favorites
Last week we had a great Halloween Party and I hope it gave you some inspirations for your own Halloween party.. Each week all the Foodie Friends Friday host pick their favorite link and then it is featured over at the Daily Dish Magazine.  To be featured you must have a link back to either Foodie Friends Friday or the host blog that you link up with.  Next week you link just might be here.

My Host Favorite
I love fudge and pumpkin and put them together it is heaven.  So when I saw this Pumpkin Spice Cream Candy  from Seasons of Sweets I fell in love.  This candy was a hit on Foodie Friends Friday as I wasn't the only host that picked it...  I was planning on making it before today but ran out of time.. Maybe it will be my goal for tomorrow.  I do know that I will be adding it to my candy trays that I make for Christmas.. 
Pumpkin Spice Cream Candy
photo credit: Seasons of Sweets
Recipes with the Most Clicks
Cobweb Cookies ~ This and That
Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs ~ In the Kitchen with Jenny
Halloween Bark ~ The Big Giant Food Basket

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 days of .......................... Cookies

Where has October gone?  It is already the end and I don't think I even saw the beginning.. Does it feel the same for you?  October is a great food month.  Not only is it National Pizza Month, it is National Caramel Month, Dessert Month and Cookies Month.  Who in the right mind doesn't like October.

 g C is for Cookies that is good enough for me... C is for Cookies that is good enough for me.... Cookies, Cookies Cookies n.... I love Cookie Monster and Cookies..  So this month is perfect for me... the best month ever.

One of my favorite all time cookies in Peanut Butter Blossoms but because of a peanut sensitivity in the house I try to stay away from making anything with peanut butter so have had to come up with a new alternative.  I think I have come up with the perfect one.... This cookie is full of flavour and goodness.

Biscoff Chai Blossoms

adapted from Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

1 3/4 cup flour (I use 1/2 cup whole wheat and 1 1/4 cup white flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp chai tea instant powder
1/2 cup  sugar ~ I use Morena Pure Cane Sugar 
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter  
1 egg
1/2 cup biscoff
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
48 chocolate Hershey Kisses (I only got 36 cookies and used chocolate and pumpkin spice kisses)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In medium mixing bowl combine flour, soda, salt and chai tea.  Set aside.
In mixing bowl cream together both sugars and butter.
Add egg and mix well.
Add biscoff, milk and vanilla, blend on low speed until mixes
Slowly add dry ingredients and blend on low speed until stiff dough forms.
Shape in 1 inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Immediately after removing from oven press candy kiss into top of each cookie.  Press firmly so cookies crack around the edges.
Cool and enjoy.

I did say 31 days of cookies so here are some more great cookies for you to enjoy.....

Scandinavian Spice Cookies
Cobweb Cookies AKA Lace Cookies
Lemon Lime Sugar Cookies
Lemon Myers Shortbread Cookies
Peanut butter Cookies

Triple Chocolate Biscoff Cookies
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Craisin White Chocolate Marshmallow Oatmeal Cookies
Pumpkin Biscoff Cookies
Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies 

 I belong to a Fill the Cookie Jar Group and each month we are given a theme and make cookies.. Here are a few from there.  There are no pictures as I didn't get permission from the bloggers so will just leave you the links.  To find all the cookies that have been linked up to this group and more great cookie recipes head over to the Fill the Cookie Jar Pinterest Board.

From Calculus to Cupcakes ~ Soft Ginger Cookies
Hungry Little Girl ~ M&M Microwave Cookie for One
Six Feet Under Blog ~ Bacon Molasses Cookies
Spatulas on Parade ~ Orange Crinkle Cookies
Winelady Cooks ~ Witches Hat Sugar Cookies 
Yesterfood ~ Dark Chocolate Chews
Edesia's Notebook ~ Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I also want to share with you a couple of recipes from a great friend Isabelle of Isabelle at Home.  She is always making cookies and I get alot of my inspirations from her.

Found this picture on Pinterest
no recipe but loved the picture

My next search took me to Pinterest and I thought I would search Thanksgiving and Christmas Cookies to help you with your holiday baking..  I am giving you the link to the direct bloggers page and not the pinterest page.

Christmas Cookies
Photo credit: Pinterest

There you go 31 days of Cookies.... Now onto to finding caramel and dessert recipes ~ I still have 2 days before this month is over.

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