I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
We had some fun the other night with friends Jessica and Shane for a taste testing of the new Project 12 beers by Budweiser. We tasted all of them with some poppy seed crackers. We wanted to have some cheese but I forgot it. However, I had back up tortellini chili which they all enjoyed. After tasting all three of the special edition beers we agreed that the North Pacific Lager is the best out of the three. Any of these can be picked up through the end of the year.
The least favorite was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask in which I decided to use to make honey beer bread. That recipe is below. It will be served up with loaded potato soup for a delicious week night dinner with the colder weather that is on its way in.
“Project 12” started in the early spring when Budweiser’s 12 brewmasters across America were asked to write a unique beer recipe worthy of the Budweiser name. After internal discussion and debate, six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches. Now, after a summer-long nationwide sampling effort involving thousands of consumers at dozens of events, U.S. beer drinkers have provided feedback, which helped Budweiser decide which three beers would be available for sale in a limited-edition sampler pack this fall.
The “winning” recipes, named for the ZIP Code in which the beer was originally brewed, are from brewmasters at the Budweiser breweries in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Williamsburg, Va.
Don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ Budweiser’s Facebook page. Below is the yummy honey beer bread that will pair perfect with one of these special edition beers and a hearty potato soup this winter.
I put a slit down the top for a little decoration. If you would like your bread smoother, just smooth it out before baking. I really love the rustic texture.
Without further ado here is the recipe!
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Coffee is the one thing everyone in my house loves. While I don’t drink it, I love it in breads and cake! It’s great because I can always have fun baking iced cranberry coffee bread with my teenagers and share it with the household over tea and coffee. Not to mention my oldest son’s two friends that are always over here.
This time of year comes so much planning that it is nice to have a little time to bake with my teenagers. I enjoy talking about everything that is going on. We get to enjoy coffee and treats while connecting about everything in life. It makes those moments when everything is just moving to fast during the holidays so much more precious. My son with his band, my daughter with her play, and my oldest with ideas on a career. It’s these times over a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread that we can slow the process and make memories.
Check out this digital magazine to get great ideas for the holiday with Nestle & Coffeemate featured in it! I also have a recipe below for a pumpkin spiced latte made with Powdered Pumpkin Spice Coffeemate creamer and Nescafe Taster’s Choice instant coffee. Super simple to put together in a quickness for a afternoon coffee with friends or some time with the family.
Every Fall we break out the decor and have fun decorating together. Though, Thanksgiving is the funniest for me as we sit down together and go over what we would like on the menu. It’s always exciting to see what they would like to try again or change up for this year.
My lovely daughter enjoying a pumpkin spiced latte and iced cranberry coffee bread.
Between this month and next many people will get tired of the relentless pumpkin recipe posts. Please let me add to that irritation Pumpkin marks one of the most beautiful times of the year. Gloomy weather, autumn colored trees, and decorated yards all scream Happy Fall! Witches on broomsticks, black cats, graveyards, and spooky set ups galore but don’t forget your apple cider with a slice of Pumpkin Pound Cake!
A few days ago I posted about how to roast a pumpkin for pumpkin puree. This is one of the recipes created from that puree. I swear by fresh roasted pumpkin. The aroma when this is baking tingles your nose and beckons the spirits whom plan to haunt on All Hallow’s Eve! Can you see the speckles of flavor dripping from the whisk?
Maybe we should get a little closer so you can see the pretty pumpkin spiced dough. This is a simple recipe and so fun to pass along to friends or neighbors to get the baking season going. What are your favorite recipes to share that contain pumpkin?
My son harassed me over this recipe. He wouldn’t stop till he could get a slice. See his hands here pouring the icing as I photographed it. He just wanted me to finish it so badly so he could eat it all. If I let Chancelor he would eat the whole loaf on his own with hot chocolate or a spiced latte in the other hand.
We like a lot of icing so it really dries to the loaf. It’s amazing that they like this as they don’t like normal butter cream icing. They will scoop it right off cupcakes and cakes. Though, I admit I prefer icing rather then thick frosting on cupcakes. What do you prefer?
Remember to ice it cold and let it dry so it crumbs like this when you slice it. Let me know in the comments below what decorations are you setting up and what would you pair with this Pumpkin Pound Cake?
For years pumpkin puree out of a can went into all of my Fall baked recipes. Until two years ago, when I finally roasted a pumpkin and made my own puree. Fresh roasted pumpkin made into puree has the best taste. I just prefer it. Plus baking it smells so delicious. That’s why I want to share this post with you on How to Roast a Pumpkin. It’s simple to do and makes more then enough for two recipes.
Cut off the stem with a knife. The skin will be tough so be careful. Flip pumpkin back over to it’s bottom.
Get a bowl ready. Cut the pumpkin in half. This will be a little easier then cutting off the stem.
Get a spoon and bowl and scoop out all the seeds into the bowl. You can see how below. Make sure to get most of the strings out.
Save the seeds for a great healthy snack. I love pumpkin seeds! Trying different spices when you baked them makes such a tasty difference. Grab a casserole dish and place the pumpkin halves face down in the dish. Do not use a baking sheet or you will have a mess in your oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place pumpkins in oven and bake for about one hour to an hour and a half. The pumpkin insides will become soft and the skin will brown and lift off the pumpkin.
Peel the skin off and move pumpkin to a food processor and blend or use a bowl and a hand blender. Puree and make sure to stir to get a smooth texture through out the puree.
The puree can be stored in the fridge in a ziplock bag. You may also freeze the pumpkin puree. If you plan to freeze it longer then a month you should use a food saver bag or can it. One small pumpkin usually makes enough as you see here for two to three recipes. I just pop it in the fridge and bake with the pumpkin puree within a week. This week I want to make Pumpkin Pound cake!
This recipe for jalapeno cheese corn dog bites I put off a few times just to make sure I had enough lighting to photograph the process and get it perfected. Eventually I just made the process easier. Corn dogs remind me of the fair in California when I was a kid. It was one of the first items I went for and a close second was always funnel cake. Once in a while, I crave corn dogs but nowadays I prefer them with jalapenos and cheese. They are so delicious they don’t even need ketchup or the gazillion bottles of different types of mustard I store in the fridge.
Am I the only one that is absolutely ready for Fall? I mean schools back in, my favorite TV shows are coming back soon, and all that is needed is the chilly air and PUMPKIN! Who’s ready for pumpkin and apple overload on the blog? I think I have officially decided to make a new Halloween recipe every other day for the month of October. Of course, expect my blog anniversary which is on October 4th which also coincides with my birthday! Super excited this year cause I am preparing for it!
I’ve already bought pumpkins and preparing for Friday nights premiere of Haven! Anyone else around here watch Haven? I am definitely a Eric Balfour fan. His character Duke is funny and deep. The setting of the show and just make me want to have a trouble and be in Haven.
Anywho! These jalapeno cheese corn dogs bites are perfect with chili or a huge pot of beans. Easy peasy too! It’s jiffy, some jalapenos and cheese. Of course a hot dog in the middle for fun! Summer isn’t over here yet but I am already prepare Fall food. I guess I can’t wait to go scarf shopping and put up the old gravestones in the yard. At least I have Duck Dynasty temporarily to laugh at while I wait for my huge list of to-watch shows this Fall. Do you have a show you can’t wait to watch?
On April 17th, a small town named West in Texas was rocked by a fertilizer plant explosion. 15 people lost their lives with almost 200 injured. Many of those that fell were firefighters that were first to the scene. It’s such a tragic event to hit this little Czech/Texan community. With more then $100 million in damage, my fellow bloggers and I decided to #BakeForWest to show our support in hopes to raise awareness for those to donate to help this great Czech/Texan town West, TX.
I live about two hours from West, TX. My sweet V and his parents are Czech. His parents came to Texas more then 25 years ago from the Czech Republic and they love it here. When I witnessed the tragedy on the news I knew I had to help somehow.
In West, Texas is a quaint little shop called the Czech Stop that are famous for their kolaches. It’s right off one of our main highways. The town is well known for its Czech culture and heritage In fact, the Czech Republic is donating monies to help with this community. It may not be much but it is nice of them to put forward an effort to help.
Today, I am using a recipe that V’s mom sent me a few years ago after she baked me this wonderful cake with fresh plums from the tree in her backyard. It is traditionally made with cherries or other fresh picked berries that grow wild in the Czech Republic. I looked everywhere for cherries but they are not in season here yet. I decided to settle on raspberries since they are a berry and one of V’s favorites. Here is my #BakeForWest recipe: Raspberry Bublanina (bubbly cake) in honor for those lost or injured in this horrible tragedy.
If you would like to donate to help those in West, TX you can donate here through the Pointwest bank.
Please take a moment and stop by to visit these other fantastic foodies for their wonderful Czech desserts for #BakeForWest
Before I tell you how to win the Calphalon digital convection oven you must first read all about my strawberry banana french toast I baked up in my very own Calphalon digital convection oven that they so sweetly sent me.
For years I bugged the other half to buy me a convection oven to use endlessly for easy dinners. What I LOVE about this convection oven is the size. It fits a small pizza or a 9×13 cookies sheet. Yes, you can bake cookies in it in the summer without heating up the entire house. How brilliant is that in Texas’ super hot summer heat!
The oven is perfect for teenagers that have light cooking skills. On more then four occasions now my teenagers have used it to make their dinners while the other half and I headed out for date night. They love it too! The convection oven has custom time and temperature settings for bagels, pizza and cookies. The pull out crumb tray makes it a breeze to clean. It takes reading the manual and playing with the settings to get use to and remember how to work it. I already have it aced though!
Below the recipe is the giveaway but first here is a look at one of the easy make head or do the day of breakfast recipes we baked up in the digital convection oven.
Please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below in order to enter to win the Calphalon digital convection oven. It is mandatory that you comment the blog in order to be entered to win! Don’t forget that you can tweet about the giveaway daily through the Rafflecopter for extra daily entries! If you share it on Pinterest let me know in the comments for another extra entry.
*Disclosure: Calphalon is providing one winner with a digital convection oven. I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed here are my own.
It’s carnival time again and I am counting the days till Fat Tuesday when I get to celebrate with fried gator tail and plenty of drinks. Until that time I plan on cooking everything Cajun in my book of secrets. Hence the Mardi Gras cupcake recipe.
Last year, I bought some doubloons from the dollar store to decorate my cupcakes with. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to use them. Though I am glad because I did not know my way around my new camera then. Now my abilities have grown and well I hope you can see that in the pictures below.
One of the many questions I get asked is how do you swirl icing. It’s pretty simple! I just add a tad of each color to different spots in the pastry piping bag and then squeeze. I only add a little at a time of each or the colors tend to blend too much. You can see my bag below
The tip I used is 1M by Wilton. I like this shape a lot for cupcakes as it gives a nice ice cream swirl effect. The Mardi Gras beads are a part of the collection of beads I have started to get ready for all the Fat Tuesday fun. I picked them up at the local Dollar Tree if you are interested in getting some of your own.
Now, I cannot take full credit on this recipe as my daughter, whom is 12, took the fun of baking these cupcakes. With a recipe from me she had fun with the colors and the endless licking of all the bowls. That is her favorite part of baking sweets. In fact, I generally have to continue to tell her the licking belongs at the end of baking not while we are trying to mix everything. She’s hilarious!
Every year, I like to bake breads during the holiday season. This Cinnamon Cranberry bread quick recipe is amazing! The heat from the oven warms the house and the smell of this bread makes it feel like the holidays. Mostly, I love share this quick bread with friends. It comes together quick, moist, and with a good hard outside easy for slicing.
If you want to get a bit more creative just make some cinnamon butter or homemade jams or jellies to share with the loaf in decorated mason jars. If you do not have time to decor the jars just add a themed cupcake wrapper between the seal and lid. To decorate the bread just wrap with parchment paper and yarn, ribbon, or baker’s twine. Red or green twine is perfect to match the holiday spirit.
Using decorative mini loaf pans can make this bread easier to gift. Put them in a basket with a simple new kitchen cloth themed for the holidays. Another great way to gift them is to add them to a basket of home baked goodies. I usually make these goodies for my friends as I love to add to their recipe collection. I use Pumpkin Beans recipes cards to add my recipe to the basket or even share at baking parties.
What’s your favorite quick bread? One of my favorites is banana bread with no nuts. I can double the bananas and share at any time of the year. It’s a great gift to the neighbors or for housewarming gifts.
Let me know how you decorate up your home baked goodies to share at the holiday season. I love Pinterest links as well. It helps me find new boards and people to follow I have a board for homemade gifts which I love to pin all types of goodies too!