Recipe ~ Honey Beer Bread

Today was a beautiful fall day. The sun was shining and there was a slight chill in the air. We went to the pumpkin patch and spent some time with my mom. Once we got home, I decided it was the perfect day to make some honey beer bread. It makes the house smell so good while it’s baking and tastes good too!

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Pinterest FAIL ~ Balsamic Roasted Carrots


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I’m trying something new today, being completely open about a recipe I tried and failed at miserably. I debated about even posting it, but I figure this whole cooking thing is a learning process. My husband always asks if I found the recipe on Pinterest and I think that’s his easy way of being able to say he doesn’t like it or want to try it. He doesn’t realize they are still real recipes!! I want to state right here and now that I didn’t follow the recipe exactly and that’s probably why I ate one bite of mine and threw it away. I’m sure if I would have followed it properly, mine would have been just as yummy as these sounded and looked.


Recipe ~ Seasoned Pretzels

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I absolutely LOVE pig out days at work. Everyone always brings in something yummy and our last get together was no different. I completely ran out of time to make something so I won’t be partaking, but I did sneak some of these amazing pretzels that my co-worker made. She was gracious enough to share her recipe with me 🙂 I would have made my roll-ups if I would have had more time!


Treats for Your Pups

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Our black lab, Aayla, is a huge part of our life. She’s 6 years old and 100+ pounds of love 🙂 We don’t have any children, so she fills a big part of that void. She’s spoiled rotten, I mean loved, and has more toys and beds than any dog really needs. I’ve always wanted to make treats for her from scratch, so the other weekend I decided to try two recipes I had found.


Recipe ~ Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli

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Can I just say that Pinterest might just make a cook out of me after all?!  I’ve been finding so many recipes I want to try.  When I came across this recipe from Cakes Cottage for roasted Brussels sprouts ,I knew this was something I needed to make right away. Lucky for me we already had fresh Brussels sprouts on hand!


Recipe ~ Chicken Soup

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 ‘Tis the season for colds which means it’s also homemade chicken soup season 🙂 My husband makes the BEST chicken soup EVER! I always say it’s because it’s made with love, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; he HATES making it lol. He says it’s made out of spite . . . not spice. Since I’m battling my first cold of the new year, I figure this would be the perfect time for me to make it for myself.


Recipe ~ BBQ

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 There are some recipes that I just crave and my mom’s BBQ is one of them. I love making it on the weekends because that seems to be the only time I can give it the time it needs to simmer lol. I decided that the Packer Sunday was a good excuse to make this recipe.


Recipe ~ Ham Roll-ups

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This may seem like an odd recipe to post, as most people think ham roll-ups are easy to make. I’ve actually had quite a few people comment on the way I make them and how good they taste, so I thought I better share my secret.


Whipped Cream Cheese

Dill Pickle Spears

Honey Ham


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1. Remove the ham slices and place them on a paper plate. Pat each piece dry with paper toweling.

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2. This is the secret part; fillet each spear. Yes, just like a fish. The “guts” of the pickle make the roll-up soggy if you don’t remove them. I then slice the spear in half.

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3. Lay out a piece of ham out on a cutting board and spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the whole piece.

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4. Place a pickle at the end of the ham.

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5. Roll up the pickle and cut in to four pieces. I generally cut the ends off because I don’t think they look pretty on the plate.

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6. Arrange on a serving platter.

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Hope you enjoyed this easy recipe. These are my favorite appetizers to make and they are always a hit.

I’d love to hear your recipe for ham roll-ups down in the comments.

Until next time.

Much love,


Recipe ~ Almond Meltaway Cookies


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I am once again working on the list of recipes I want to try. These almond melt away cookies from The Novice Chef Blog sounded delicious and looked so simple. I’ve accepted the fact that I am not a patient baker or chef, for that matter. I like easy recipes that are ready to consume quickly. Don’t judge. I like to taste my work right away and not have to wait for it to set for hours. This recipe fit the bill.

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2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract


Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined.
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Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into small circles and then press with hands into a disk shape. Place on prepared baking sheet.
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Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are!
Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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To Ice: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract – until smooth. Using a spoon, smooth icing onto the top of each cookie and let set for 10 minutes, or until hardened. Store in the fridge, let come to room temperature when ready to serve.
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This is what happens when you cover the cookies with a cloth towel overnight. The cat decides it would be a good idea to walk on them. Don’t worry, it was just a few, and those were thrown away.


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Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. Isn’t this silver platter beautiful?! St. Vincent find for the week! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
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Until next time.
Much love,

Recipe ~ Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies

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I always love it when I have an excuse to try new recipes. Not that I ever need an excuse, but it helps to know that whatever I’m making won’t be staying in my house to tempt me. My husband wanted to bring a treat in to work for his birthday and knew I’d jump all over the chance to make cookies 🙂 I have quite a long list of recipes I want to try, so I started at the top with this one. The original recipe came from Two Peas & Their Pod. I’ve copied it below for easy reference.



2 1/4 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Heath toffee bits
Extra dark brown sugar for rolling cookies, about 1/2 cup


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Place butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat on medium speed until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until the just combined. Stir in the toffee bits.
  5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form tablespoons size balls of cookie dough. Roll balls in brown sugar. Place on balls on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Do not over bake. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.


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I hope you enjoyed this recipe. My hubby’s co-workers sure did! Do you have a favorite cookie that you bake during the holidays? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section.

Until next time.

Much love,










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