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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.

 

 

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Clean as You Go

One of the biggest tips a top chef will give you while working in the kitchen is to clean as you go. A messy kitchen is not a sign of a good chef, even while preparing a delicious meal, so if you find yourself surrounded by dirty dishes and ingredients strewn about, you may want to change your method. Clean as you go and you won’t dread doing the dishes after dinner.

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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Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

In the spirit of fall, this recipe comes from https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-pumpkin-zucchini-chocolate-chip-bread// and looks like an absolutely delectable option for a mid-morning snack that’s guilt-free. Check it out!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

How to Prepare:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a bread loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

In another bowl, combine pumpkin, zucchini, honey, oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add in almond milk.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Add chocolate chips.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

This is super easy prep, and will make a delicious fall-themed snack that is perfect for an afternoon party or mid-morning snack with your cup of coffee. Not to mention, it’s got some veggies right in it!

 

Start a Small Herb Garden

There is nothing better than fresh herbs while cooking, and the best way to have that is to start a small herb garden. You don’t need anything fancy, even little cups or mason jars will work. You can easily put this in the kitchen window for sunshine and easy access.

Go Through Stuff Once a Week

Each week, pick one area or one category of things to go through, and try them on, go through, see what you need and have used, and what has been sitting there for a while. Anything that’s unused can be posted online to sell or donated to charity.

Bruschetta

Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or an appetizer to a dinner party, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser!

https://vegecravings.com/tomato-basil-bruschetta-recipe/

I personally love bruschetta, and it’s super quick and easy to make. For those who don’t want to click the link, here are the directions.

  • 1 Baguette French Bread or Italian Bread
  • 5-6 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Basil Leaves
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (optional)

 

  • In a big bowl, combine finely chopped tomatoes, chopped or thinly sliced basil leaves and minced garlic.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil, 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder and 1/2 teaspoon Salt, or to taste.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and let the mixture sit for an hour on the countertop or in the refrigerator, if you have the time. This allows for the all the flavors to blend together.
  • Slice a French baguette or an Italian bread diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Brush the bread slices with butter or olive oil. Optionally, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder to the butter or oil before brushing it on the bread. Toast or bake the bread slices till they are crispy and golden brown.
  • Spoon the tomato mixture generously over the toasted bread slices and serve immediately. You can also place the bread and tomato mixture separately and let people top it themselves.

Try Holiday Recipes Out Beforehand

Don’t wait till Christmas to try something new! Test it out first, to make sure it’s up to par and that you get any kinks out before everyone is at your house for the big day.

Clean Out Your Fridge on Trash Day

No one likes the smell of rotting food, so each week, clean out your refrigerator the night before or the day of trash day, and take it down to the street. You’ll eliminate raccoon visitors, as well as nasty smells from permeating through the house.

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