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One of the best part of the holidays for me is making treats to gift. Whether it be for a neighbor or friend or maybe evening a way to pay it forward in the community. This Cranberry Curd is a break off of the Tangerine Curd listed on Land O’Lakes holiday guide. It’s great for a seasonal gift and packages so simply into a jar. Just add ribbon or you can mod podge the lid with scrapbook paper.
Cranberry curd can be easily made and serves up well on toast, cookies, or crackers. I love to make it for future use to make dessert too. Great way to give a gift and help out a friend on a holiday dessert!
Save the left over cranberries when making the curd to use in a cranberry jam. This and more cranberries will make a beautiful jam to add to any cookie. Today, I am making some Finnish spice cookies topped with cranberry jam to pay it forward. I hope to deliver them to the nursery home that took care of my grandmother before she passed. Sometimes the elderly are forgotten and at Christmas they definitely should not be.
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We are approaching Halloween next week! It’s one of my most favorite times of the year. Everyone will be getting dressed up and carving pumpkins. When carving those pumpkins don’t throw out those seeds. Those little pumpkin seeds are delicious and are a super healthy snack. We carve our pumpkins about two days before Halloween. We separate the pumpkin seeds straight into a bowl as we carve the pumpkins.
Easily separate the seeds from the strings and toss the strings in the trash. I like to wash the seeds and lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is when I season the pumpkin seeds. After seasoning I lay them out for two days to dry covered with parchment paper so they roast quickly. The possibilities are endless! I like to add black cracked pepper, salt and paprika. I have seen caramel topped, drunken bacon and whiskey, cinnamon sugar, and even spicy chili lime pumpkin seeds. So get creative with your pumpkin seeds or you can just use my recipe here.
Carving pumpkins are a tradition in my house. Fall cannot pass without the carving of pumpkins, an annual Halloween gathering, a scare contest, and some trick or treating. Scaring the teenagers friends for the scare-a-thon is also a plus! So far I have six scares to my son’s thirteen. There is still plenty of time to catch up. This master scarer nailed three alone last night!
What’s your favorite way to scare? Do you carve pumpkins every year? I would love to see some links in the comments below to your pumpkin carving creations. If you have a pumpkin seed recipe please definitely share it! I’m always up for trying a new recipe. I would love to hear about some cool costumes you created yourself or maybe your favorite costume from your childhood!
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Today, my son and his friend Tristan took a ride up to Sam’s Club to grab some Tyson crispy chicken strips so I can make them some after school snacks. Lately, I have been trying different ideas with the Tyson’s chicken since my kids love it so much. I created a simple dish from a demo idea at Sam’s Club. It’s Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce. Turns out my kids love the combination of the Tone’s chili powder, mayo, garlic, and lime. It’s something different for your chicken then plan old ketchup.
He told me how he wanted the Italian seasoning to add on to what his bread and in sauce. He truly loves his Italian food. I was surprised tonight both my daughter and son pictured above loved the chicken dippers on the skewer with the chili lime sauce. It took a bit of coaxing to get them to try it but once they did it was over. They even tried it with the sunburst tomatoes.
It’s such a great afternoon snack and possible with another side a simple dinner. I can’t wait to check out the demo on the Chicken Dippers next week on September 24th at Sam’s Club. I know I will have to drag all the teenagers with me so they can test it out. My son said I am not going with out him. He calls himself the Fat Guy and that he loves food. He makes me laugh! I wonder whom he took after.
Look how pretty those sunburst tomatoes are and go with the chicken perfectly. To see our shopping experience check out my Google + album here.
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?
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Summer time is here and for us that means visits to lakes and pools. Sometimes you just have enough of grilled food. My family insists that BBQ grilled chicken is am absolute no in our house at the moment. Though, chicken is healthy and needs to be a part of your weekly meal planning. Chicken wraps are fantastic with Tyson’s Chicken Fries used with dips and perfect for a chicken dinner.
Instead of cooking up some grilled chicken or another style of hot dog Tyson’s Homestyle Chicken Fries are perfect for a lunch or dinner on the go out to the lake. Simple to heat up in the oven and toss them in to a delicious chicken wrap. Tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, lettuce, or cheese the fillings are endless and full nutrients that are needed when your out in this summer heat.
We like our chicken wraps with sun dried tomato wraps along with cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and zesty Italian dressing. A little fresh Parmesan cheese adds an extra kick of flavor to the wrap.
You can find other great recipes on Tyson’s Twitter account or through #ChickenFryTime.
She really loves these chicken wraps when we go to the lake! Easy to wrap with foil and just toss in a bag off in the cooler. What’s great about chicken is it is edible cold or hot.
If you have a moment go “Like” Club Tyson’s Facebook page as they will be giving away free Six Flags tickets for a family vacation soon!
Here is a few more pictures on Google Plus from our adventure to the lake. Below is the recipe on how to make these simple chicken wraps that are a perfect on the go chicken dinner.
Today is our gathering of the communal table for Thanksgiving for the FN Dish on Food Network. Please take a moment when you are done reading this post to visit the other links below and enjoy other dishes at our communal table. To follow along on Twitter please use the hashtag #PullUpAChair. You may also join in by having a look at our communal table on Pinterest. My recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops is below.
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, family, and the season that prepares us for Christmas. Fall is my favorite season of the year! The trees change colors, everyone is cooking or baking, and the air is busy with cheer. The pumpkin, which is a super squash, decorates yards with a multitude of colors and scarecrows dance in the wind! Most of all, I love the Macy’s Day Parade! I love picking out my favorites and feeling like a kid again with my teenagers. It is very important to always have a bit of kid left in you.
I hope you will all #PullUpAChair and enjoy my appetizer recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops. These are perfect to munch on while waiting on the turkey. Please feel free to leave me a link in the comments to your favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads and Breads:
- Haute Apple Pie: Apple Jack
- Cooking With Books: Spiced Couscous and Walnut Salad
- Mooshu Jenne: Honey Bacon Potato Pops (pictured above)
- Food For My Family: Roasted Beet and Lacinato Kale Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
- Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Super Seeded Cornbread
- Feed Me Phoebe: Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing With Hazelnuts and Cranberries
- Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chorizo, Cornbread and Tortilla Dressing
- Sweet Life: Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
- And Love It, Too: Paleo Green Bean Casserole
- Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Sweet Spiced Winter Squash Casserole
- Red or Green?: Corn, Peppers and Onion Saute
- Simple Bites: Honey Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts
- Virtually Homemade: Fresh Orange and Cranberry Sauce With Toasted Walnuts
- What’s Gaby Cooking: Sweet Potato Gratin
- The Heritage Cook: Cauliflower Gratin
- Creative Culinary: Creamy Mushroom Bake With Parmesan and Panko
- Bacon and Souffle: Spicy Carnival Squash
After months of searching and preparing to make a decent Chili Con Carne (sauce/chili) I finally decided to give it a shot. I wanted the taste to be similar to what Taco Cabana uses on their enchiladas and what Sonic uses on their frito pie. Well folks, I have to admit my family said it tastes just like Sonic’s frito pie which is a plus; however, they never eat the enchiladas at Taco Cabana so that was up to my taste buds and it is pretty close.
On another note, who’s planning on seeing Ice Age this weekend? My daughter and I are thinking of going Friday morning. I love Diego! Who’s your favorite character? My daughter says I’m five. Oh well! She’s twelve and still wants to see it, so I will be five and take her
If you like it with more heat then just add more cayenne and chili powder; just reverse it for less heat.
I have heard of Zucchini bread many times but never tried it until a friend of mine from college mentioned it as “Grass” bread. With a quick spin and What? She was laughing. I said do you really put grass in it? She said no of course not and said it is just something her and the kids call it. The next day she brought me a piece. Of course I was hooked. Now, I love any way that I can possibly take an ingredient like zucchini that people generally go “Eww” and turn that into a “Oh wow”! With that being said, I hope you do a “Oh wow” when you try this recipe.
Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
This morning I came across a site that gave me the perfect inspiration for a recipe involving carrots for the Fall Fest at FN Dish on Food Network. V’s family is from Prague and they make a wonderful salad involving carrots and apples. The dish is scrumptious but generally not visually appealing. I wanted to put a twist on the dish but I wasn’t sure just what to do till I stumbled upon this interesting carrot art “how to” at Sophistimom. For a tutorial on how to cut the carrots in hearts as featured below please check out her website. This is a simply fresh way to serve up carrots and apples with a cuteness factor. Our family loves this recipe and even eat it at breakfast!
For more Fall Fest Recipes please visit the FN Dish – Fall Fest on Food Network or check out the list below for more recipes from the Fall Fest including carrots.
Thursday Night Dinner: Pickled Carrots
Virtually Homemade: Roasted Red Onions and Carrots With Pomegranate Gremolata
Haute Apple Pie: Carrot, Apple and Radicchio Slaw
What’s Gaby Cooking: Thyme and Honey Roasted Carrots
Glory Foods: Honey-Carrot Bread
Daily*Dishin: Carrot Cake Hawaiian-Style
FN Dish: Quick Carrot Sides for Thanksgiving
Cooking With Elise: Spiced Carrot Marmalade
Dishin and Dishes: Roasted Honey Balsamic Glazed Carrots
Daydreamer Desserts: Carrot Cheesecake
Mooshu Jenne: Apple and Carrot Hearts Salad
The Sensitive Epicure: Maple Bourbon Glazed and Braised Carrots
Daydreamer Desserts: Carrot Martini
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Carrot Slaw