Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Round Up & Happy Thanksgiving!!

This week we will be taking a little break from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

Instead of our usual party my mom and I have put together a Round up of last minute ideas for Turkey Day Sides, Appetizers, Desserts and ways to use the highly anticipated left overs!!

Sides:

Pecan Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sage and Shallots

Apple, Sausage and Leek Multi-grain Stuffing


Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Gratin

Appetizers:



Parmesan Asparagus Breadsticks

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Antipasto Bites in- Baked Salami Cups

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Crostini with Sun-dried Tomato Jam

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms


Desserts: 



Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

Caramel Apple Shortbread Bars

Cranberry Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake Bars

Apple Pie Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars



Leftovers:
Mini Gobbler Pies

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Pot Pie Squares


Please be sure to come back again next week (Tuesday 7:00pm ET) to party with us where we will announce the big WINNER of our 100th Blog Hop Giveaway!!! And feature more of your terrific recipes!!


Happy Thanksgiving to you, with love from ...

See you next week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Butternut Squash Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza

That's right I said Butternut Squash, Pesto and Goat Cheese pizza!! What I didn't tell you is that there are also caramelized onions on this pizza because that would make the name of it way too long haha :) Everyone loves a good butternut squash recipe in the fall and when I heard that you could put it on pizza I had to try it immediately. I'm all about pizzas that aren't traditional like my Reuben Pizza, my Greek Pizza, my Chicken Alfredo Pizza or my Thai Chicken Pizza but this one tops them all. The roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions are sweet on top of the fresh pesto flavor with just a hint of creaminess from the melted goat cheese... on my god my mouth is watering just thinking about having another slice of this pizza!!

Ingredients:
1 Pizza Crust Regular or Whole Wheat
2 Onions - Sliced Thin
1 Butternut Squash - Peeled & Diced
1 Cup Pesto
4oz Crumbled Goat Cheese
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
S&P
Pam Spray
Flour for Pizza Crust

There is some prep for this pizza so although the cooking time of the pizza is only about 15-20 minutes the cooking time for the squash and onions are about 45-50 before hand. Preheat your oven to 325 F. Then peel and dice up your butternut squash into about little cubes. Toss the cubes in some olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Allow them to roast in the oven about 45 minutes, shaking the tray or giving them a flip so they don't burn about half way through.
While your butternut squash is roasting you can caramelized the onions, it should take about the same amount of time. Slice your onion very thin, in a large pan over low heat put in the olive oil. Add the onions, separating them as you put them in so they aren't connected. Make sure to keep the heat low and stir them occasionally so they don't stick and burn. They will begin to cook and soften, salt & pepper them. You can add some apple cider vinegar to them about half way through and then at the end if you feel they are sticking you can add a little water. You want them to be nice and brown before you are finished with them.
When the squash and onions are almost done cooking you can roll your pizza dough out onto a lightly floured surface. You want it to be no more than about a 1/2 thick and as round as you can get it if you have a round pizza pan like I do. Spray your pan with some Pam spray or grease it with a little olive oil. Shake off some of the flour and then place your pizza dough into the pan. Spread your pesto around the pizza dough leaving a little bit of room around the sides for the crust.
Arrange the butternut squash and caramelized onions around the pizza dough. 
Top with the crumbled goat cheese
Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes, the pesto should be bubbling, the crust should look to be slight crispy and some of the goat cheese may have some light brown on the top.
Allow it to sit about 5 minutes before slicing. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!!


Linked at: http://www.thecountrycook.net/

Pineapple Upside Down Mini Bundt Cakes


It's Secret Recipe time again.  We were assigned Rachel Cotterill's Blog who has traveled the world, written three novels, reviews books and products and also has time to cook.  I chose her Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes which she made in a muffin pan and I made in my mini bundt pan.  This is my first time making pineapple upside cake and it was easy and delicious.  I decided to only make 6 so the ingredient quantities have changed.

Ingredients:
Topping:
3 tbsp butter
6 tsp brown sugar
6 maraschino cherries whole
6 tbsp crushed pineapple, drained, Save juice for cake

Cake Batter:
5 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp juice from pineapple can

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 6 mini bundts cups with PAM.  Melt 3 tbsp butter in microwave safe bowl.  Pour melted butter evenly into each bundt cup.  Sprinkle 1 tsp brown sugar into each bundt cup.
Set aside.


Place enough drained and crushed pineapple on top of the butter and brown sugar mixture so that you don't see the butter and brown sugar mixture anymore.


Cream butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.


Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.  Fold in all purpose flour and baking powder.  Add pineapple juice and stir until combined.  If batter is too thick add a little more pineapple juice.


Divide the cake batter evenly among the 6 mini bundt cups.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and batter is starting to brown and pull away from edges.


Allow baking pan to cool for 5 minutes.  Run knife around edges and flip pan over onto cooking sheet for more cooling.


Add a whole maraschino cherry in the center of each cake.



Enjoy!!



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #100!!!!!

"Happy 100th Party To Us!"
Yes, this is our 100th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and we are lovin' it!

In just two years' time, this blog hop grew from less than 10 awesome posts shared each week to upwards of 350+. The best of the best on the internet have been shared at this party and many a blog has grown from new traffic, too.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your joyful participation. This is one of many online events where friendships are born.

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So, stay with us for a few moments today and enjoy the celebration. Check out the posts that were viewed most last week then scroll down for a surprise -- we have an exciting 100th Party Giveaway for you.


There was a three-way tie last week for the posts that you all loved the most last week!

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Our 100th Party Giveaway
To celebrate this special week, we have decided to give one lucky participant a big prize. This giveaway is not designed to build our following. No, it is just a fun way to say "thank you" to everyone who comes to our party every week. 
Nothing more. 
What we would love is if you would take a little time to tweet this party and share it on other social media so that many more people can get in on it! 

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Plus, a hard-copy of Carrie Groneman's new novel!

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All of our world wide participants are eligible to win the advertising space. 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #99

Just one more party, folks, until the big one...100!!! This is party #99 and next we will have reached a milestone ---party #100!!! Got any ideas on how we can celebrate next week? 



Last week was such a fabulous party. 
Take a look at all the posts you loved the most...
Most Viewed





Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Love Bakes Good Cakes
No-Bake Mocha Cornflake Cookies by This Mama Loves
What To Buy In November from Simplee Thrifty
Pizza Pop Itz from With A Blast

Editor's Picks
cheesecake with caramel apple topping

Cheesecake With Caramel Apple Topping from Walking On Sunshine Recipes

chocolate chip Kahlua cake


Chocolate Chip Kahlua Cake from Pink Heels Pink Truck

This week we picked these Grape Crostinis with Blue Cheese Spread and Honey Drizzle!! I love a good crostini especially around the holidays when you are entertaining and looking for one bite appetizers. I can't wait to try Brandi's from Home Cooking Memories version at a party this season :)

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CD of CD's Country Living

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

NYCWFF 2014 - Down Home Country Brunch


I'm so sorry it took me this long to tell you about the rest of our weekend last month at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. As most of you know my mom and I got to go to the festival because of the generosity of Shoprite and after attending and working the Grand Tasting on Saturday we got to go to the Down Home Country Brunch on Sunday at the Midtown Hilton hosted by Trisha Yearwood. 

I liked the Down Home Country Brunch more than the Grand Tasting as it was smaller and much more intimate. They set up these lovely tables in a big beautiful ballroom so you could go and get plates of food down the hall and then come back to your table and actually enjoy it. We brought along two out of the three of my sisters so it was nice that we could all sit and eat together. They also gave us a full menu of the food choices and who made them which made it easy to know what foods were worth waiting in line for.

These shrimp and cheesy gits with collard greens and ham were the best plate of the day in my opinion. Lev Gewirtzman is the chef and owner of Mayfield in Brooklyn and I'm dying to go and try out what wonderful creations he has in store for his guests. The white shoepeg corn pudding that went along with the BBQ ribs was really good as well from the Hill Country BBQ Market.



One the left is monkey bread french toast that had a bourbon maple syrup from Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room. On the right is our host's Country Quiche. As most of you know Trisha Yearwood is married to Garth Brooks and apparently it was his idea to put cheese tortellini in her sausage and tomato quiche recipe. I wouldn't think to do that but it was delicious and hearty :)

Here I am with Damaris Phillips who was the winner of The Next Food Network Star Season 9. She is from Kentucky and has an adorable southern accent, I'm so glad I got to meet. She hosts the show "Southern at Heart" on the Food Network where she teaches guys to cook for their ladies which I record on my DVR every Saturday morning!!

The little cup on the left was Damaris's Cornbread in sweet milk that had a drizzle of honey. Although it sounds like a strange combination it was clearly my families favorite as every single one of us brought two or three of those tiny cups back to our table. There was something about the cold milk with the cornbread that made it delightful. The plate on the right was open faced shrimp benedict from Damian McDowell from Marietta in Brooklyn.

We even got to meet the beautiful and talented host of the brunch Trisha Yearwood who sang a few songs for us acoustically after we were all done eating to promote her new album Prizefighter coming out later this month,


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blop Hop #98

Welcome!
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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #98 is here!

Last week we had so many great shares...here are the ones that you liked the best.

Most Viewed
pumpkin scones #desserts #sweets #scones #pumpkin

Popular!

Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte from Raining Hot Coupons 
Easiest Cheese Puffs Ever by With a Blast
Christmas Tree Memories by Confessions of a Mommyholic
Road Trip: Traveling With Dogs by Future Expat
Salted Caramels Recipe from Cincy Shopper
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Pure Grace Farms



Now that Owen is eating what we eat at dinner time I'm desperately trying to find easy quick skillet meals that are healthy. This One Pan Enchilada Pasta from Maria at Ten at the Table looks perfect for us to try out and please everyone at dinner time!!



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Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Janine from Confessions Of  A Mommyaholic  

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Lynn from Turnips 2 Tangerines

Kim of 2JustByou

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row  (host)


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