Monday, December 22, 2014

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUESTPOST: CHRISTMAS MAGIC WITH DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE


Guys! I am so excited to have one of my most favorite people guest posting here today- my dear friend Dezzy! If you don't know him (and you really should!), head over to Hollywood Spy and say HI! Dez and I have been blogging friends for the past few years, and he has been my go to for all of my movie and t.v. news. While he is the king entertainment, he also has a talent for creating Ah-mazing cakes, and today he is going to share his scrumptious Strawberry Cake recipe with us all. Make sure you PIN IT, then hop over to Dezzy's for some more magic :)


DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE
Greetings, minions! The spy is taking over sweet sister Theresa's palace today, but do not despair, I do bring cakes with me :) And not any cake, but DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE to celebrate the upcoming holidays and also Theresa's birthday this week! So take a piece of cake and don't forget to visit HOLLYWOOD SPY's headquarters too for latest movie & TV news!

FOR THE SPONGE
3 cups of yoghurt (butter milk or sour cream work too)
2 cups sugar
2,5 cups flour
1 cup ground roasted hazelnuts
1 cup vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)
vanilla, baking powder
HOW THE MAGIC WORKS:
 Mix sugar, vanilla with yoghurt and oil, then mix in flour, baking powder and hazelnuts. Pour the batter into a big baking pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 200*C. The sponge should be soft and moist, so do not overbake it, use the toothpick test. When the sponge cools down after baking, cut out a nice rectangular base for your cake. Finely crumble and mash the rest of the sponge left after cutting into a bowl and mix it with a few tbsp of strawberry jam to get a spreadable mixture.


FOR THE ICING
You can use just some whipped cream, or you can go Dezzy style and prepare some instant strawberry flavoured pudding (sweetened according to your taste with sugar) and mix it with the same amount of whipped cream after it cools down. 1 litre of pudding and 1/2 litre of whipped cream should be enough.
HOW THE MAGIC WORKS:
 Spread the jam mixture over the base sponge (it should be about finger thick), spread a bit of pudding cream over it and arrange fresh strawberries over that (I usually cut the strawberries into halves and when I feel a bit naughty (which is more often than not) I sprinkle them with some cherry brandy or strawberry liquor) and then spread the rest of the pudding cream over that layer. Decorate the cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

DEZZY'S EXTRA ADVICE  
If you want to, you can cut the sponge into two smaller rectangles and then you can have two sponge layers, two jam layers and two cream ones for a smaller cake.If you don't have strawberries you can use apricots and apricot jam, bananas (with mashed bananas in the jam part).

Friday, December 19, 2014

Walnut Crescent Rolls! Perfect for Christmas Breakfast!

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 

One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is hosting a family breakfast every year. Jason's entire family comes to our house for homemade blueberry waffles, as well as many other breakfast fixings, and we get our grub on! This Sunday will be our annual breakfast, and in order to keep things fresh, I like to throw in a new recipe each year. Of course, Golden Blossom Honey has been my go to for recipes, so I knew I was going to find an amazing recipe to toss into the breakfast mix. If you hvaen't checked out the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page, I highly encourage you to go now. They have tons of delicious honey recipes for every possible occasion! I was nearly drooling thinking about these Walnut Crescent Rolls, and ended up making them for Jason's birthday last night. "OMG! These are good! These are really good!" He kept saying. My entire batch was gobbled up in no time, so these are definitely going on our Christmas breakfast menu this year!

Honey Walnut Crecent Rolls

The crescents are so simple to make! The sweet and crunchy center is close your eyes and chew good!


Ingredients

1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cans refrigerator crescent rolls
2 Tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Heat ¼ cup honey and butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.

Separate rolls according to package directions. Place on wax paper. Brush each side with honey butter.

Mix together remaining 2 tablespoons honey, nuts and cinnamon and sprinkle on rolls. Roll crescent style and place on cookie sheet.

Brush tops of rolls again with honey butter. Bake for 8 minutes.

Yields: 1 dozen




You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What is your favorite breakfast food? What would you like to have served at a family Christmas breakfast?




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Story In Hammond, Indiana

Last year we went to Hammond, Indiana. The visitor's center there had a fun, and free A Christmas Story window display set up. They had about 6 window displays up, all featuring different scenes from the movie. 

A Christmas Story Window Display

If you would like to see them all, you can go to last year's post HERE. We liked it so much, we decided to go back again this year. While we love the displays, we were there to visit Santa's Mountain. 



It's free to visit Santa, but Warner Bros. decided to be real Grinch-like and not allow you to take personal photos with Santa on the mountain. If you want a picture, you have to pay $5. I figured it was reasonable enough, so we went ahead and had a family photo made. It comes with a really cute A Christmas Story frame, but my scanner sucks and was doing a crummy job scanning it properly.


The best part is getting to go down the slide! What kid didn't want to ride down that awesome slide (minus the face kicking elf) when watching the movie!? This one was a smaller version, but fun all the same. 


 No visit is complete until you recreate the famous flagpole scene!


A Christmas Story window displays and Santa visits go on every day, through the rest of the year at the Hammond, Indiana visitors center. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit!

Do you watch A Christmas Story every year like my family does?


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From The Tough To The Sweet, These Last Minute Gifts Are A Real Treat!

 I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 
 

We are down to the wire on holiday shopping! With less than 2 weeks to wrap up our shopping and gifts, if you are still struggling for ideas, here are a few suggestions that will wow your recipient!

Wine is always a great touch to bring for a host/hostess gift, but works well for a general holiday gift too! Curious Cork Wines is a brand builder and importer, offering unique, premium, and authentic wines from Europe. Wines can be paired wonderfully with a holiday meal or included in a gift basket for a special touch. Siciliana white wine is an especially wonderful idea to gift to ladies. I like to gift a bottle to my girlfriends because it celebrates the allure of the modern woman. Attach a few jingle bells to a ribbon, tie a pretty bow around the neck of the wine bottle, and you have a sophisticated and classy gift! To learn more about great wines for gifting, browse the available Curious Cork Wines for detailed wine descriptions.


We all have someone that is tough to buy for, but Harely-Davidson has you covered! They have gifts for all the men and women baddies on your holiday list. Harley-Davidson has a wide selection of riding apparel and stocking stuffers! There are so many great gift options for both him and her! Find wine tags, HD gloves, holiday stockings, ornaments and stainless steel mugs- there really is something for everyone! My Uncle Tommy is one of those tough guys (with a huge heart), and when the weather warms up, his Harley is his best friend.


Browsing around on the Harley-Davidson gift guide, I knew these Men's Valve Full-Finger Riding Gloves were made for someone like him!


The gloves feature cow hide leather and tricot lining.They also have an ergonomic thumb, pre-curved fingers, a gel padded palm, and embroidered logo, so they are as stylish as they are comfortable! You can find these gloves and more Harley-Davidson gift giving inspiration on the Harley-Davidson Pinterest Page.

Baked goods is something that I love to give and receive, but sometimes I am short on time and spending a lot of time in the kitchen just isn't going to cut it. My favorite hack is to hit up the bakery department at my local grocers. They have so many delicious, pre-made items that you can pass off as homemade! We recently threw together a breakfast basket with some inspiration from our grocer's bakery.


We bought some croissants, jam, coffee, and cookies that would be great for dunking in your morning coffee or tea. Package them in some cellophane bags, tie on a cute ribbon, pop them in a basket and you are good to go! The recipient need not know you didn't slave over the stove for a delicious holiday gift. For bakery and packaging inspiration, visit the Give Bakery Because Pinterest page, and be sure to share your creations by using the official hashtag #GiveBakery.


Don't have a lot of cash to spend on holiday gifts this year? Or if you find yourself on the receiving end of something you just can't use, check out Listia.com. It's a great app that allows you to clear out unwanted things around your home by listing them for sale. In return, you get credits for future purchases on the site. You get 1,000 credits just for signing up, and can earn bonus credits for actively participating on the site and referring friends.


 WIN IT! 

I have two separate giveaways I am going to list. One will be for a pair of Men's Valve Full-Finger Riding Gloves, and the other will be for a $25 VISA gift card to use at your local grocer's bakery to make your own bakery inspired gift basket.  

Giveaways are open to residents of the US, 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaways will run through 1/1/2015. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

**All entries are verified. Please make sure you are following all task guidelines you claim entries for. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the form.





Which of these holiday gifts would you like to give or receive this holiday? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hesston Steam Museum Christmas 2014

Last year we went to the Hesston Steam Museum at Christmas. It was a very cold and miserable day, so the trip wasn't one we were wanting to repeat in the winter again. Sunday was shaping up to be a nice day, so we thought we'd give it another shot. We rounded up my niece and nephew and headed out to check out the old steam trains.

Train Ride

Caboose

Caboose

steam train




They didn't have as many trains and old cars out like they do in the summertime, but we came across a few for some fun photo opps. 




For the price of 1 donated toy, you could get a ticket to ride the train for free. They also have a meet and greet with the big man, Santa Claus, in one of the old cabooses, but we skipped it this year since it was so nice out the line was pretty long.

Hesston Steam Museum

Overall, a much better day to make a visit than last year's!

Have you ever been on an old steam train?


Friday, December 12, 2014

Sweet & Sour Meatball Appetizer

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

To keep things simple, we split up our family holiday visits between families. We go to my mom's house for Christmas Eve dinner, then on Christmas Day, we go to my in-laws. While splitting up the days saves time, it does mean that I have to make 2 separate dishes to take to each house. Normally, I'd take a dessert, but this is the season of over indulging on all those cookies, I like to find an appetizer or side dish to add to the meal. I was browsing through the Golden Blossom Honey Recipes and when I saw these Sweet & Sour Meatball Appetizers, I was like Bingo! With all the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holidays, I do not want to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary. These meatballs are made right in the oven, and only take about 20 minutes to make. Best of all, they can be made ahead of time, then just reheat before serving!
 

Ingredients:

Meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup chili sauce
1/3 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/4 cup soy sauce


Directions
Preheat oven to 500°.

Meatballs:
In a bowl combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and parsley. Mix well. Shape into approximately 48 1-inch balls. Place balls on a jelly roll pan and bake for 4 minutes. Stir and continue baking until meat is cooked through, about 4 more minutes. Remove from oven.

Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and sauté until just tender. Add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Add meatballs. Simmer 3 more minutes stirring to completely coat meatballs and sauce thickens.

Yields: 48 1-inch meatballs


You can find this recipe, as well as many more appetizer recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions. 

Do you prefer to take an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to your holiday gatherings?


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