Tuesday, December 31, 2013

~ Simple Deviled Eggs ~






Ingredients:
5 eggs, hard cooked and peeled
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
smoked paprika

Cut eggs in half. Arrange egg whites cut side up on a serving plate and put the yolks in a mixing bowl. Mash yolks with fork then stir in mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bland with electric mixer all ingredients together until smooth. Cut a small corner from bottom of plastic bag and spoon yolk mixture into it. Fill a little bit of the mixture into each egg white half, dividing mixture as evenly as possible between the eggs. Sprinkle eggs with smoked paprika. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

~ Simple Shrimp, Chicken & Beef Fondue ~


Shrimp Fondue ~ shrimp, oil, garlic & sea salt

Chicken Fondue ~ chicken tenderloins, chicken broth, chicken cube, McCormick garlic pepper grinder

Beef Fondue ~ beef tenderloin, beef broth, beef cube, McCormick garlic pepper grinder

My New Year's Eve Family Celebration

Here is how it works for our family. The day before New Year’s Eve my kids and my husband let me know what kind of appetizers they would like to munch on. Then I carefully selected some other ones to balance out the selection. The appetizer feast starts at 4pm and it continues till 12:30 am. For those of you that would like to know what our appetizer picks are this year, the recipes will be posted on my blog through the day.  
While we enjoy pigging out every hour from 4pm to 8pm, a conversation topic get’s drawn from our topic ball. We each take 10 minutes thinking of the answer and take turns responding to the topic of the hour. Here is some topics I have selected for this year.
~ A new friend I made this year.
~ My favorite movie this year.
~ Something I did that I'm proud of.
~ My favorite place I visited this year.
At eight o'clock we end topic talk and get out a goal list from last year. Each of us talk about the goal we have selected last year and how it went. Then we brainstorm and come up with a new goal for the year. At 9pm we get together to reveal and record our new goals for the new year. Some of us (like me), cheat and already have thought and carefully selected the new goal weeks before the big reveal. I will update my family members goal as soon as they reveal it.   
Mike - brake the golf course record at Wallinwood Golf Course 
Matt - to be able to fully recover from knee problems
Sami - start strong and get good grades 1st year in college
Me - perfecting blogging 
My goal is chosen different. I like to learn something new each year that I don’t know how to do. So my goal becomes a challenge. For those of you that know me will understand that fully. Here are some of my previous 3 year goals that I had: gardening, knitting and golfing. They all have been accomplished and I have maintained them all to this day.   

As the time gets closer to midnight, we turn on the TV and count down the minutes and seconds. We include in our celebration the traditional bubbly toast Mimosa for me and my husband and Sprite for Sami and Matt, hugs, kisses, wishes, noisemaking, calling and texting our family and friends and wishing them all a Happy New Year.  

Monday, December 30, 2013

~ Mouth Watering Beef Tenderloin ~

Beef tenderloin is a prime-time special-occasion party food that makes a menu shine, and with this recipe it will absolutely melt in your mouth.  

I have been making this recipe for several years now, but the first time I had it, was at my sister Dorothy’s house. When she told me it took only 3 ingredients to make it, I was blown away! I could not believe the simplicity and the WoW factor taste. 





2014


This one has been floating around Facebook. Found it this morning on my sister-in-law Stephanie's page and decided to share. I think most of us want a better 2014 and if the new moon is going to make it happen so be it!   

 



My Style ♥




Well, was Santa good to you this year? Did you get all the clothes, and handbags, shoes, and jewelry that you wished for?!  Hopefully so.  


Cozy Day - Palyvore

This outfit would be perfect when I am going out with my girlfriends. The natural colors just flow so nicely together from head to toe. The only thing I could go without would be the watch. Used to love them a long time ago, now I would just glance on my iPhone for time :)




Sunday, December 29, 2013

DREAM BIG


Before closing your eyes for the night, don’t forget to do this.

Mark 19:23 “...Everything is possible for him who believes.”


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Perfect Prime Rib


Prime rib refers to the king of beef cuts, the standing rib roast, “standing” because to cook it, you simply position the roast on its rib bones in the roasting pan, no need for a rack.
 Baking a Prime Rib Roast doesn't have to be intimidating. I know it is scary to spend so much money and then have something go horribly wrong, but if you have a trusted instant read thermometer, you can be successful every time.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fresh and Clean Towels


Run them through once with hot water and a cup of vinegar and than again with hot water and a half cup of baking soda for fresh and absorbent towels.  Don't add laundry detergent to either cycle.


Monday, December 23, 2013

YA YA PUNCH


Every holiday I try to remake a drink that impresses me during my travels. This one is a very popular drink that I had at  Joe's Crab Shack restaurant in Florida.  It’s very yummy, slightly peachy and very tropical but refreshing. You have to be careful with this one, because you can not taste the booze but it does sneak up on you. I served it during my neighborhood girls Christmas cocktail party and everyone came back for thirds and fourths!  Make more than you think you’ll need, because you will run short. Cheers & Happy Holidays!



YA YA PUNCH

8 ounces pineapple juice
8 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 ounces peach schnapps
1 1/2 ounces coconut rum
1 dash grenadine

Mix all together in a small pitcher. Serve over ice.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Now that's a Christmas Cake!

This one has been floating around Facebook for a couple of days... a very cute and hilarious Santa cake. The looks on the reindeer faces are classic!



Mini Holiday Confetti Cookies

Cute and fun bite-size cookies covered in sprinkles.



Friday, December 20, 2013

Chocolate Toffee Peanut Butter Haystacks

Chocolate Haystacks are super quick and delicious. In fact, there’s no need to bake these cookies. Just mix them and eat them! 

You can try to make them with variety of ingredients: popcorn, peanuts, marshmallows, etc. No matter how you make them, they’re a winner! They are a perfect treat for office or school parties.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nutella Cookie Cups

This is my 2nd year making these melty, chocolately, hazelnut goodies in a cookie cup.  How can you even possibly resist one?

Go make them.  They are calling your name.  Enjoy them and good luck eating just one :) 
 At the bottom of the page you will find a quicker way of making them if you have no time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hormel Chili Dip


Today I’m sharing with you my absolute favorite quick deep…Hormel Chili Dip!


I’ve been making this Chili Dip for years, and it is always the first empty plate at parties! I started making this recipe when I was in college, and now it is the most requested appetizer during winter months by my husband and kids!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

DIY Arm Knitting - 30 Minute Inifinity Scarf

I got together with my wonderful neighbor Olga last night and she came across something really cool, Arm Knitting.  I have never seen this before, and I love the effect of the big and chunky soft knits, so this is right up my alley and only takes about 30 minutes. Can you believe it?  

I searched today for a great link to a YouTube video and found one by +Audra Kurtz.  She shares a lot of cute craft ideas.


So yes, that is on my project list now, which kinda just keeps on growing and growing.  However I decided to move it to the very top of my list and challenge myself.  I am going to make 3 Arm Knitting scarfs by Monday, December 23rd. Yes, that is right not 1 but 3.  Am I nuts? I guess we will see.   

I know my mom and my sister would be pleasantly surprised this Christmas with an extra home made gift for them and I will for sure enjoy one for myself.  So pick up two skeins of your favorite color and join me in making this fun project.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Salt Dough Santa Hand Prints

I saw on Facebook that Salt Dough Hand prints are back again.  These salt dough handprint ornaments that I did 9 years ago, turned out to be one of my most reassured ornaments.  I thought I would share them with you all because these are extremely sentimental, and I highly recommend you all to do these for your little ones.  Time moves too fast, not to document childhood & those precious little hands. So if you want an easy, budget-friendly christmas craft to complete with your kids, give this a whirl. 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Letter To Santa Template


Have your kids written their letters to Santa yet?

To make this a fun event, I made up this printable for the kids to write on:

I absolutely LOVE this kind of creativity!

Look and Find - Family Fun!

I use to love Look and Find books.  Now I buy them for my kids and join in on all the fun.  You can make them as hard or easy as you want.  Also never get bored because each time you can challenge your little one to look for different things.

Look and find the right 3 items from 5 items listed in this festive Christmas scene.  This is a great way for children, parents and grandparents to hunt together for items.




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls



We love stuffed cabbage rolls but it takes soooooo long to prepare the recipe.  My grandma Michalina that is no longer with us used to make the best ones, then the recipe was passed down to my mom, and some day I will get it.  I wish my grandma would be here to try this amazing creation.  It's such a time saver and it gives the same great taste.  I would love to know what she would say.  Would she approve?  



Just plain awesome! It's delicious, warm, and a great comfort food. Good for a cold winter day.  How can you beat a one pot meal that is inexpensive, quick to make, and tastes fantastic?  My kids who don't like cabbage ate this without complaints.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel


Starry Night: A Christmas Novel

I am going to let you in on a little secret.  This is my first book by Debbie Macomber.  I have to admit, I am a little ashamed.  Of course I think part of the reason is, I get skittish around authors that have written a lot of books.  My husband always said that the authors he had read, after a certain amount of works the quality begins to dwindle.  Well obviously this is not the case with Debbie Macomber, because Starry Night was a fantastic holiday treat!

This is my favorite read for December.  So curl up with a soft blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and indulge in this wonderful story.  For those of you that are to busy holiday shopping this book is a good dose of love to carry in your purse when life annoys you and you need a big hug!

This is typically the kind of novel that makes you see life in pink.  From time to time, we all get a little down, reading this book makes you want to believe….

Pretzel Presents


My son Matthew loves making these treats with me.  They are pretty to look at and are a great quick dessert to whip up for a holiday party. You just can not go wrong, they are quick and easy to make and are the perfect salty/sweet combo.