App's & Drinks

DIY Cold Press Coffee

Cold press coffee lovers- making your own is so easy, so cheap and soooooo good! This past summer I made a batch every single week and loved having it on hand for guests who also enjoyed a good cold coffee during the day. If you’ve never tried it, it has a very smooth taste and does not cost near what they charge at the coffee shops! Continue reading “DIY Cold Press Coffee”

Desserts

The Bacon Lover’s Cupcake

Chocolate, bacon and maple buttercream frosting… what else could you want?!!DSC_9302Here is a cupcake that’s sure to impress! I made these a few years back for a shower and they were devoured! (Welcome Baby Kiera)

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Sides & Salads

Broccoli Slaw Remix

I brought home a bag of broccoli slaw determined to come up with something interesting with it. My Daughter Allie suggested we use it in place of the broccoli florets in a favorite salad we’ve made forever. I whipped it up and it was DEVOURED- really delicious!- Nice job Aller ❤

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App's & Drinks · Autumn

Taco Dip

The thought of showing up at a party with just a bag of chips have you running scared?


Bring this taco dip & impress your friends- it’s simple and delicious. You can make this using many short cuts or go all out – shred your own cheese, use fresh romaine & add some thinly sliced scallions to really show it off. Don’t own a 16” platter? Go foil and throw it when the parties over. This taco dip has been devoured by many little goblins at my house and you’ll be howlin’ at the moon with all the compliments!

P.S. Don’t forget the chips

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App's & Drinks · Autumn

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

I LOVE this time of year – Minnesota at its finest! Falling leaves, crisp autumn air & lots of crackling bonfires with your favorite friend’s. Be sure to whip up several batches of my Northwoods Apple Cider, its great hot or cold! Also keep it on hand for my favorite fall cocktail Jameson Cidertini’s. This cider recipe is also used in my turkey brine for Thanksgiving- Apple-Brined Grilled Turkey Recipe        -Cheers!!!DSC_4318Northwoods Apple Cider

4 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole all spice
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4-6 cinnamon sticks
128 oz. apple cider
Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.

Celebrate the Seasons ♥ · Desserts · Favorite Recipes ♥ · Spring

Cinnamon Rhubarb Cake

My Mom has made this recipe as far back as I can remember! Every spring I still get so excited when the rhubarb comes up – I can’t wait to bake this and smile as I remember my younger days. It makes into a deliciously moist cake that is light and springy and fills your home with the wonderful smell of cinnamon. Bake up some memories this spring for your family.DSC_6527

 

Revised on 6/15/14

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
Add:
1 egg
To the mixture add the following dry ingredients -alternate with one cup buttermilk:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
and stir to combine.
Stir in 3 cups chopped rhubarb and 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Spoon into a lightly buttered 9 X 13 pan- top with 1/2 cup sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Bake for 40 minutes or until done.

 

 

Desserts · Favorite Recipes ♥

Unadulterated Banana Bread

For my Husband Craig (who named this) who wanted pure banana bread with walnuts- nothing else.

(Of course then theres my version found at the end of this recipe)

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*Recipe revised 3/15/14

Heat oven to 325 degrees

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter- unsalted, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream- I used light
  • 1 cup walnuts

In a small bowl- add all dry ingredients- whisk to combine, set aside

In another small bowl; smash bananas and measure yourself 1 cup. throw away the excess and return the 1 cup of banana to the bowl along with the sour cream & vanilla- stir to combine, set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer; cream butter- add sugar scraping down the sides as needed. Add the eggs , one at a time beating well after each egg. With mixer on low, add 1/3 of dry ingredients, 1/2 of the banana mixture, 1/3 of the dry, last of the banana then the rest of the dry- do not over mix! With a spoon stir in the walnuts. Spray your pans with Pam and place them on a cookie sheet for easier handling. Fill your pan (s) and bake 40-45 for small and 50 – 55 on large.

Makes 1 large loaf or 4 small

* Teri’s version is better…. I load up two of my small loaf pans with “his” version, then toss in a good 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips in the batter for the other two- soooooo good! Also try sprinkling sparkling sugar over the batter before you bake!