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Love Potion

Hey y’all so this won’t make that special someone you have your eye on fall in love with you, but it will taste good, and maybe help it if this is an unrequited love situation. Check out the recipe originally from: https://www.thechunkychef.com/love-potion-vodka-cocktail/

You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Peach Schnapps
  • 1 cup of grapefruit, cherry or raspberry juice (to me, cherry or raspberry is tastier than grapefruit, but to each his own)

Prepare:

  • Pour everything into a cocktail shaker, add some ice, and shake away.
  • Pour into two glasses and enjoy!
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XO Rice Krispies

Hey y’all so that special time of year is coming and for all of you who are excited for Cupid and all the love and romance he brings, I have a recipe you’ll love. It’s super easy and super cute, making it perfect for Galentine’s Day, a romantic date night, or preparing a snack for the kids’ school. XO Rice Krispies are a delicious and fun treat anyone will love.

You’ll Need:

Pink and/or red food coloring

1 box Rice Krispies cereal

1 bag of marshmallows

XO cookie cutters (Not necessary, you can form these by hand)

How To:

  1. In a medium sprayed or buttered sauce pan, melt the marshmallows over low-medium heat until fully melted.
  2. Add in the box of cereal.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Spread out into a wax-paper lined pan.
  5. Use cookie cutters or your hands to create XO shapes.
  6. Enjoy!

Cranberry Apple Spiced Sangria

You can find this original recipe here: https://www.bangtutor.me/2019/09/cranberry-apple-cider-sangria-drinks.html and I think this is just perfect for these cooler winter months.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine, I prefer a Cab, but a red blend would work nicely as well
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup cranberry juice (get the 100% juice, not the concentrate version)
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberries (I use fresh since they’re so easy to find right now)
  • sparkling water
  • 1 cup diced apple cubes
  • cinnamon sticks for presentation

To Prepare:

Mix everything except the cranberries, apple cubes, sparkling water, and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher.

Add cranberries and apple cubes, and ice if you desire. Top with sparkling water to fill the glasses.

Add your cinnamon stick for presentation.

 

 

Veggie Filled Shepherd’s Pie

One of my favorite dishes is a good shepherd’s pie, but I generally like to tweak the recipes to fit more my tastes and style. Hope y’all enjoy!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound ground turkey (if you want to go full vegetarian, this can be cut out, but I like using a lean white meat in mine)
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 squash, sliced
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth, low or no sodium.
  • Garlic to taste
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • Mashed potatoes

To Prepare:

  • Brown your turkey in a large pan.
  • Add carrots and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables and broth, and cook on medium heat for another 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add garlic and turmeric, and transfer into a baking dish.
  • Add prepared mashed potatoes to top, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown on the top.
  • Enjoy!

This is super quick and easy to make, absolutely loaded with delicious veggies, and a touch of turmeric that won’t affect the taste for some anti-inflammatory properties.

Russian Tea Cakes

These are one of my favorite cookies to make, and they’re so simple!

You’ll Need:

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup softened unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 teaspoon salt

To Prepare:

  • Heat oven to 325.
  • Combine first three ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until dough holds together.
  • Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly browned on the bottom.
  • Remove from cookie sheet immediately and roll in confectioner’s sugar.
  • Wait 15 minutes to cool, then put a light coating of confectioner’s sugar on top.

These are super simple and delicious!

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Add Flour to Your Cookie Recipes

This is an old family trick so instead of a recipe, I’m going to let you all in on my family’s secret to amazing Christmas cookies. Add extra flour. Yes, it really is that simple. We all see those amazing bakery style cookies that are fluffy, but ours never quite seem to hit that mark when we follow basic recipes, at least in my experience. The trick is to add an extra 1 cup of flour to your recipe. Don’t alter it in any other way with anything else, and yes, it’ll give your arms a bit more of a workout, but it’ll also give you fluffier cookies.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

I can’t wait to get started on cookie baking this weekend, and this is one of the first recipes I am going to try out.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of dark chocolate and mint morsels

How to Prepare:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda in a small bowl.
  • In a larger bowl, beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture.
  • Add in morsels
  • Drop rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set.
  • Put on a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Recently, my household has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Nothing too serious thankfully, but enough so that a doctor visit was necessary, and so is an ice pack and rest. Inflammation can be a serious issue, especially if ignored for a while, but luckily, there are ways to help improve it. I started whipping up an anti-inflammatory smoothie to help with this issue and reduce inflammation naturally.

You’ll Need:

1 cup of coconut or almond milk

1 scoop of Tone It Up Vanilla and Greens protein

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon honey

Frozen fruit of your choice

3 teaspoons flaxseed

Preparation:

This is the simple part, throw it all together in a blender, and then enjoy! If you want to change up the thickness, add more fruit, if you prefer a thinner smoothie, use less fruit or add more milk.

It won’t cure inflammation, but with those superfoods in there, it can certainly help your muscles to heal and start feeling better!

No Bake S’mores Bars

Find the original recipe here: http://turniptheoven.com/easy-no-bake-smores-bars/

This easy no bake s’mores bars recipe will have you feeling like you’re outside near a campfire in no time.

Everyone always says s’mores are a summer snack, but to me, they’re a winter snack. That’s when you’re out sitting by the fire with friends and family, so I always associate them with this time of year.

You’ll Need:

  1. 1 whole stick of unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups graham crackers, crumbled into small pieces
  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon sea salt (I usually use less salt in my recipes and would take this down to 1/2 teaspoon)
  7. 1 can condensed milk
  8. 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  9. 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
How to Prepare:
  1. Line a 13-x-9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the graham cracker crumbs, flour, and salt. Beat in the condensed milk. With a wooden spoon, stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the marshmallows.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and use a spatula to press into an even layer. Sprinkle the surface with the remaining chocolate chips and marshmallows, pressing gently. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Mug Cookie

I don’t about y’all, but some nights I just want a big warm cookie. Buuuuttt, I know if I make a whole batch, I’ll eat way more than I should or have to toss some. So rather than waste ingredients, try the mug cookie!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 3 drops pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • a handful of chocolate chips

To Prepare:

  • Mix all your wet ingredients and sugars together in a large mug.
  • Add flour and baking soda and mix in.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Microwave for one minute. Check beginning at 40 seconds, as some microwaves can cook faster than others.
  • Enjoy!

It’s simple, delicious, and prevents you from having to make a whole batch of cookies when you really only need one.

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