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Friday, December 15, 2017

Cookie Exchange Idea: Almond Caramel Bar Cookies

*Disclosure- 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.


I don't know about you, but I absolutely love getting to try all of the different cookies that people make this time of year. It's always fun to see what other people are baking up, and I've found some amazing recipes through cookie exchanges that I've had with family and friends over the years. Classics, like peanut butter, sugar, and chocolate chip, to seasonal favorites of gingerbread and peppermint have always been some great options, but this year I wanted to step away from a basic cookie and do something a little different. I thought it would be fun to toss in some bar cookies into the mix. Shake things up a bit for our cookie box recipients. Caramel is something I can never resist, especially at the holidays, so these Almond Caramel Bar Cookies from Golden Blossom Honey looked like they were going to be such a perfect recipe to try this year. 

Almond Caramel Bar Cookies

It has almost a sugar cookie base, then topped with ooey, gooey caramel and slivered almonds, it's a real delight! I've told you guys how Jason has darn near banned all non-healthy snacks from the house, but even he couldn't resist nibbling on a square or two. These Almond Caramel Bars are really easy to whip up and if you decide to use them in some cookie exchange boxes, I am sure you won't receive anything but praise from the recipients. 

Ingredients
Dough:
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch

Topping:
6 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Almond Caramel Bar Cookies

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Do you like to participate in cookie exchanges during the holidays? Do you have a tried and true cookie recipe that you use year after year?



 
 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Apple Glazed Meatballs (With A Vegetarian Version Too!)

I love rediscovering old recipe favorites. Ever since Pinterest became a hot thing, I've been guilty of always looking for something new to try and forgetting about some of the recipes that my family used to love. As I was looking through my recipe stash last week hoping to find a few good tried and true appetizers to make for Christmas, I came across an old magazine tear-out for Apple Glazed Meatballs.

Not only did it bring back delicious dinner memories, but also made me nostalgic for the days when I would get excited about receiving a magazine in the mail filled with scrumptious recipes waiting to be tried. Nowadays it's so easy to hop online and dig up any recipe your heart desires, but I'll always enjoy pulling out my binder and flipping through the pages I ripped out of magazines and newspapers, remembering how eager my younger self was to learn how to make good eats for my family.

Apple Glazed Meatballs



I found this apple glazed meatball recipe in Better Homes and Gardens 2012 issue and have made it countless times over the years, but since becoming a vegetarian it's been kind of shoved to the back of my binder without a second thought. But, since I am the only vegetarian in my family, I thought we'd dust this recipe off and bring it back to the table for the holidays for the whole family to enjoy. Since I can't eat them, I did a little digging and found an awesome vegetarian meatball recipe from Chef John at Allrecipes. I used most of his recipe, then combined it with the glaze that I found in BHG magazine for one killer "meatball".


I did make my family the real beef version and then made myself the mushroom based version. I asked my husband if he wanted to try one of mine, and after sampling one he was really surprised that mine didn't contain any meat. "Are you tricking me? I never would have guessed these were vegetarian!" With that response, I'd say either version would be a hit.
Yield: Serves 4

Apple-Glazed Meatballs 

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 slices white bread, torn into small bits
  • 1 lb 85% lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying (I used avocado, but vegetable or olive oil works well too)


APPLE GLAZE INGREDIENTS: 


  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Add bread bits and let sit for about 5 minutes until bread is just softened. Add ground beef, garlic, black pepper, salt, and cayenne. Using hands, mix thoroughly, then shape mixture into meatball rounds
  2. Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until they are browned and crusty on the outside and no longer pink in the centers, roughly 6 minutes per batch. Drain fat from skillet and wipe clean with a paper towel.
  3. For Apple Glaze: In a bowl, combine juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cayenne. In the same skillet you cooked the meatballs, heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring until bubble and thickened (it should be at a full boil). Return meatballs to pan, stirring to coat with the glaze and to heat through. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with chopped parsley and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired. 

Original recipe source- BHG Magazine
Original recipe source- BHG Magazine

Yield: Serves 4

Apple-Glazed Vegetarian Meatballs

 

VEGETARIAN MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:


  •  1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb portobello mushrooms, finely diced (I ground mine in a food processor)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup finely ground Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

APPLE GLAZE INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat, then add in mushrooms. Sprinkle in salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushroom liquid has evaporated. Reduce heat to medium and add butter to the pan. Cook until mushrooms have reach a golden brown color.
  2. Add onion to the mushrooms and continue to heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are soft and translucent. Remove skillet from heat and add garlic, stirring for about a minute until combined and fragrant. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix oats into the mushroom mixture until well combined; add in Parmesan cheese. Stir in bread crumbs, parsley, and 1 egg. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir in remaining egg. Now the mixture should hold together when pressed.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. For best texture and flavor, refrigerate overnight. 
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  6. Using hands, form mixture into small meatballs, then arrange on baking sheet. 
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until meatballs have turned a golden brown color. 
  8. While meatballs are cooking, combine juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cayenne in a saucepan. Heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring until bubble and thickened (it should be at a full boil). Once meatballs are done cooking in the oven, transfer them to a bowl and pour the sauce over top. Gently stir to coat. Serve. 
Recipe adapted from Chef John at Allrecipes
Recipe adapted from Chef John at Allrecipes
What appetizers are on your holiday menu this year?







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Teen Girls

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This is part three of my three part gift guide this year. This post is focusing on gifts for teenage girls. I combed through my daughter's online wish list and made notes of the things her and her friends have been discussing as of late to pull these items into one comprehensive gift guide for teen girls. Be sure to check out my gift guide for college students and my gift guide for her as well, for any last minute holiday shopping needs you may have.


1. Philosophy Minis 3-In-One Gels  2. LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub  3. LUSH Ocean Salt Body Scrub   4. Peel Off Laxtex Tape  5. Multicolored Stone Wrap Necklace  6. Mirrored Heart Sunglasses  7. Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball Trio

1. FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera  2. Pusheen Wristlet  3. Wooden Cat Organizer  4. China Glaze 6 Piece Mini Polishes  5. PopSocket 6 Pack

1. Normal People Scare Me Shirt  2. Glen Coco Sweatshirt 3. Evan Peters/Tate Socks  4. Stranger Things Christmas Sweater  5. Riverdale Shirt


*Since I will only be online in spurts these next two weeks, I am turning off commenting for the gift guides. If you would like to reach me in regards to any of my gift guides picks, feel free to shoot me over an email from my "contact me" link.

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

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This is part two of my three part gift guide this year. This post is focusing on gifts for her because us ladies like a little something for the holidays too. All of these items I either personally own and love or are on my wish list for this year (hint, hint hubby). Be sure to check out my gift guide for college students and my gift guide for teen girls as well, for any last minute holiday shopping needs you may have.




1. Becca Pressed Highlighter  2. Silicone Makeup Sponge  3. Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder  4. Anti-Cellulite Vacuum Cups  5. Chocolate Scented Soaps  6. Striped Pears & Polka Dots Book

1. Kindle Paperwhite eReader  2. Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush  3. Gurunanda Essential Oil Diffuser  4. Ralph Lauren Romance Perfume  5. Fitbit Charge Activity Tracker

1.  Power Pressure Cooker XL  2. Vintage Glass Butter Churner  3. Nutri Ninja Pro Blender  4. Bamboo Kitchen Utensils  5. Power Air Fryer XL


*Since I will only be online in spurts these next two weeks, I am turning off commenting for the gift guides. If you would like to reach me in regards to any of my gift guides picks, feel free to shoot me over an email from my "contact me" link.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Guide for College Students

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Since this is such a busy time of the year for my family (and I'm sure yours as well), I wasn't  planning on putting together any gift guides for the holidays. Then,  after a few people asked if I had some going up, I decided there was enough interest to toss a few guides together. I combed through the girl's online wish lists and compiled a few guides to give a few suggestions on what the kids are wanting these days.

This post is going to be focused on what to get college students, so if you have some last minute shopping to do, hopefully this will help guide your gift purchase. You can find the links to purchase the products below the photos. Some links are affiliate links, which do not cost you more to shop through, but do help support this blog. Be sure to check out my Gift Guide for Teen Girls and my Gift Guide for Her as well!



1. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader 2. Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera 3. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones 4. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer 5. Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank


1. Long Distance Touch Lamp  2. BioPop Plankton Sphere 3. Cards Against Humanity 4. What Do You Meme?  5. Pick Your Poison
1. Keurig K250 Single Serve Coffee Maker  2. Two Rivers Hot Cocoa Candy Flavor Sampler  3. Microwave Popcorn Popper  4. Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder  5. Planet Lollipops


*Since I will only be online in spurts these next two weeks, I am turning off commenting for the gift guides. If you would like to reach me in regards to any of my gift guides picks, feel free to shoot me over an email from my "contact me" link.









Friday, December 8, 2017

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

*Disclosure- 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.


I'm just going to go ahead and shamelessly admit that I love cranberry sauce from a can. Now, I don't eat much of anything from a can these days, but cranberry sauce is one of my very few exceptions. It has been a holiday staple in my family for as far back as I can remember. I used to get so excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner because I knew it was going to be put on the table with the rest of the goodies. We always had the jellied cranberry sauce, never the whole, so when you open it up and plop it into the serving dish, it's still in the shape of the can. I saw this meme on Facebook last week and thought, yep, I'm not alone in my canned cranberry addiction. 

Source: Facebook

As much as I love this edible delight, this year I am trying to add a little class to our Christmas spread, so I thought I would try my hand at making Fresh Cranberry Sauce, getting all fancy using real cranberries and stuff. 

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Now, this does take a little more time to prepare than just using a can opener, but the payoff is so worth it! I daresay it's even more delicious than the canned version, and the hit of cinnamon and apple cider give the dish an overall warmth. Since it should be served chilled, this dish can be made ahead of time and just kept in the fridge until dinner is ready. It's a perfect recipe to add to your holiday recipe collection.


Ingredients
1 (12 ounce) bag cranberries
2 cups apple cider
1 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaf

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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!


Which do you prefer, jellied or whole cranberry sauce?