Archive | Entertaining RSS for this section

Baked Brie and Cranberry Puff Pastry

Who doesn’t love gooey, hot cheese? Especially with flaky breadBaked Brie and Cranberry Puff Pastry filled with sweet cranberry sauce to dip in it! These baked brie’s always look so fancy but are actually really easy to make. They are perfect to bring to potlucks, parties, for holidays, and of course to have on a night in with family.

With only three ingredients (well okay, four if you count the melted butter), you can put together one of these in a snap but make it look good enough that people will think you’ve been in the kitchen for hours! Love those recipes as it is so much nicer to bring this amazing dish to share even though it takes just about the same time Read More…

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These are super quick and easy to make and are a big hit with kids! Peanut Butter Energy BallsThis is a “one-bowl recipe” which makes it simple, just throw everything in, mix, roll and done. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and with the added nuts and fun crunchy coating, these are perfect on the go. We like to make these for healthy snacking during the week but also take them with us when we hike, hunt, camp, or on long trips.

I love the combo that I have here as the cocoa powder helps tone down the peanut butter so it doesn’t over power the nuts and oats. The maple syrup gives them just enough sweetness that it really
feels like you are eating a candy ball but yet there is enough texture and packed protein and grains that leaves you feeling satisfied after only one or two of these which is helpful when you are trying to be good. You can make these energy balls and store them for up to a week in the refrigerator in a container. The other nice thing about this simple recipe is that you can change it up a bit depending upon your own tastes. I’ve used chunky peanut butter for extra crunch, Read More…

Cranberry Pound Cake for Valentine’s Day

This is the sweetest gift to make your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, Cranberry Pound Cakeor for any special occasion! The buttery pound cake with the velvet cream cheese frosting and burst of tart red cranberries make this cake something special. I’ve actually made this cake around Christmas time as it has that festive white and red look that makes you want to pour a second cup of tea and eat it near the Christmas tree with your family. Even though it is a pound cake, it is quite light and a nice way to round out a family meal, dinner party, or even a romantic meal for you and your sweetheart. This cake and the easy frosting both stay well for a day Read More…

Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers

Okay, I love being crafty and nothing makes me happier than fooling around in my kitchen with new Homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Crackersideas and testing recipes. But I am not someone that makes everything from scratch. I wish I could but honestly don’t have the time. Things like homemade pop-tarts, tortilla chips, and crackers are among those on my list to try but also seem like things that are a lot of work and nothing I would be making on a consistent basis. It’s taken me a long time to get around to making homemade crackers though as it just seems like one of those labor intensive things that would turn out to be good but not worth the time.

Wrong. I was so very wrong! These homemade crackers are SO good and easier than I expected. Now, this does not by any means mean that I’ll be no longer buying crackers and making a batch Read More…

Christmas Crack Update

We have always made Christmas toffee or what today seems to be

Ritz the new ingredient!

Ritz the new ingredient!

called “Christmas Crack” to enjoy and give away to friends and family. I’ve been seeing a ton of videos and posts on social media about Christmas crack and the different ways to make it.

One new twist caught my eye and I just had to give it a try. It was awesome! So, I have updated my mom’s version and will most likely Read More…

Homemade Peppermint Patties

First of all, these are SO EASY to make! For some people, dealing

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

with chocolates or making candies seems overwhelming with all the extra steps or having to use a candy thermometer and fancy equipment. This recipe uses simply ingredients, no cooking or heating (other than a microwave) and can be done in under an hour!

I have always loved the combination of chocolate and mint so of course, I have always been a big fan of peppermint patties! I enjoy coming up with creative cookies and goodies to give to friends and family for the holidays and this creation is the perfect addition to our cookie box.

We try not to have the same old shortbread and peanut butter smash cookies in our special Christmas cookie box as the whole point of our cookies boxes is to surprise people with fun and Read More…

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugared Pecan Balls Recipe

These are the worst and best cookies to make. The worst becausemelt in your mouth pecan balls
you not only want to eat them while you are making them, but then the smell attracts the whole family and before you know it, they are all gone! The best because they are not too sweet and go so well with a cup of tea, or coffee, or even hot chocolate. They pack well and everyone enjoys getting powdered sugar all over themselves because they are just so darn good you don’t mind!

I also love these cookies as they are so easy to make and because of the simple ingredients and fast baking time, I can make these on a weeknight and save the weekend for the more intricate baking.

These make amazing Christmas cookies as they look perfect in a clear cellophane bag tied with a big red bow as a gift! But why bake Read More…

Moody’s Diner – A Family Classic

Oh the pies! Okay, let me back up a bit here. There is this diner up Moody's Dinerin Waldaboro, Maine right on Route One at the bottom of a wicked (popular Maine adverb for “very”) steep hill. Moody’s Diner, a family establishment since 1927, has been a part of my life since I was a child. It holds a lot of childhood memories and I only found out recently that it goes back even further than that.

Honestly, there really isn’t anything specifically spectacular about this diner. The foods okay (depends on what you get). The services is equally okay (depends on who you get). Okay, the pies are AMAZING diner pies that are just like grandma made (hopefully Read More…

Easy Caramel Popcorn – Warning: This is Addicting!

I love popcorn. Any kind of popcorn. I will eat it any day, or every day – anywhere and anytime! I seem to

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

be the only one in the family with that kind of popcorn dedication, though my dad does eat his share. Over the years I’ve found fun ways to make popcorn and enjoy mixing up the flavors and spices I use to create unique and yummy batches for my snacking cravings.

While I love the truly homemade brown paper bag method (see bottom of this post), for this recipe I do tend to use Read More…

Paint and Sip Ladies Night

I’ve been seeing quite a few of these “paint and sip” locations pop up around the area and so a few of us got together for a ladies

our finished roosters

our finished roosters

night out (a rare occasion) recently. It was actually a lot of fun and something I would enjoy doing again. The closest one to us is over in Queensbury called Sip and Canvas. It is in a nice location and set in one of the older town buildings that they have revitalized. Read More…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog with a view - on books, music, humour and health

ellenparkerwrites

Romantic suspense in the Heartland

Rose Bay Letters

Observations & Reflections from Home & Abroad from the Side-Kick Traveller

food to glow

feel good food that's good for you

A Half Baked Idea

Eat your heart out