Monday, November 20, 2017

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY

Hello all,

That special time of year is almost here. The time when we sit down with friends and family to be thankful for what we have and to dine on a delicious feast. There are so many great recipes out there, I posted a few incredibly easy delicious side dish recipes for you to try. Enjoy:



1. Roasted Asparagus with Bacon from The Cooking Channel

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pounds trimmed asparagus
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs rosemary
1 lb sliced bacon
kosher salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the asparagus with olive oil, garlic and rosemary and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the spears into groups of 3 or 4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each grouping spreading out bacon so you can see the spears. Cook on baking sheet until bacon is cooked about 25 minutes.


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY- roasted asparagus with bacon






2. Cranberry Sauce Recipe from The Food Network

INGREDIENTS:

1 12 ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 strip orange or lemon zest
salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Empty the bag of cranberries to a pan and set aside 1 cup of cranberries.
Add 1 cup sugar, the zest and 2 tsp water to pan and cook over low heat.
Cook until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries soften, about 10 minutes.
Increase to medium heat and cook until the cranberries burst, about 10 minutes.
Reduce to low heat and stir in the cranberries you set aside.
Add sugar, salt, and pepper to taste and let cool before serving.



 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY- cranberry sauce





3. Chestnut and Pear Dressing from The Food network

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion
1 large carrot
3 stalks celery
3 sticks unsalted butter
2 pears
1 cup chestnuts
8 ounce sausage
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup sage
8 ounces rustic country bread
2 cups turkey stock
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS;

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook onion, carrot and celery over medium heat in 2 tbsp of butter until soft about 10 minutes.
Combine pears, chestnuts, herbs, bread, and sausage in a bowl. Add the onion, carrot and celery mixture. Add some butter and stock to moisten the bread but not make it soggy.
Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon into a buttered shallow baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes more.




LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY  - pear, chestnut, and sage dressing





4. Three Cheese Mashed potatoes from Delish


INGREDIENTS:

5 pounds white potatoes cut and cubed
6 tbsp butter
1 8 ounce package of whipped cream cheese
2 cups white shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
8 ounce sour cream
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper
milk for consistency

DIRECTIONS:

In a saucepan place potatoes and enough water to cover them. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until soft then drain and mash.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan until smooth. Mix in sour cream, garlic salt, and salt and pepper.
Stir cheese mixture into the potatoes until well blended. If potatoes are too thick stir in one tbsp of milk at a time until desired consistency.




LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW TO TRY THIS THANKSGIVING? GIVE THESE SIDES A TRY - three cheese mashed potatoes

Thursday, November 16, 2017

3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES

Hello all,

For me, baking means the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I especially love baking Christmas desserts and cookies, and there' no time like the present. Cookies makes great gifts and great for those festive get togethers. I found some incredible recipes for some awesome mouth watering delicious Christmas cookies to share. Enjoy:



1. CANDY CANE COOKIES FROM BETTY CROCKER -



INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1 tbsp finely crushed peppermints
2 tbsp sugar



DIRECTIONS;
In large bowl, stir egg, butter, milk vanilla, peppermint extract, and sugar. Add the baking powder, flour and salt. Divide the dough in half. Stir food coloring into half. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together peppermint candy and sugar and set aside.
For each candy cane shape, shape 1 rounded tsp of dough into a 4 inch rope by rolling on a floured surface. Place 1 red and 1 white rope side by side and press together lightly and twist.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes until light brown.
Sprinkle candy cane mixture over cookies and let cool.



3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - CANDY CANE COOKIES




2.  CHRISTMAS BUTTER COOKIES FROM BETTY CROCKER



INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cups soft butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt


ICING:
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp meringue powder
5 tsp lemon juice
5 tbsp water



DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. On low beat in egg, lemon peel, and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough between sheets of plastic wrap 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
Cut out with cookie cutters to your desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart.
Bake 10- 12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool.
For the icing, mix together meringue powder and powdered sugar. add 5 tsps lemon juice and 5 tsps water. Paint the whole cookie and let dry.
Beat the rest of the icing until peaks form. Squeeze onto cookies and decorate.



3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - CHRISTMAS BUTTER COOKIES




3. GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES FROM TASTE OF HOME



INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup soft butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tbsp water
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
Frosting


DIRECTIONS:
Mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Beat in molasses, egg, and water. In another bowl whisk the remaining ingredients, not the frosting, into a creamed mixture.
Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough onto floured surface into a 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut with a cookie cutter and place into ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake 8-10 minutes, cool, and decorate.




3 DELECTABLE FESTIVE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES - GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES








Sunday, November 12, 2017

MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES

Hello all,

When I think of November, I think of one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. I just love getting together with family and friends. I also love all of the delicious recipes this time of year! My recipe for mouthwatering Thanksgiving marshmallow sweet potatoes is a tried and true family favorite.
I have used this recipe to make kick-ass marshmallow sweet potatoes since my kids were small. I always get a lot of compliments on them. They especially go well as a side dish for Thanksgiving. I think the secret is the addition of orange juice. They are very sweet. Here it is, Enjoy-

MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES-

INGREDIENTS:
2 large cans of sweet potatoes ( I think they're about 23 ounces)
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup of orange juice
2 bags of mini marshmallows
1 tsp. cinnamon


DIRECTIONS:
Drain sweet potatoes into a bowl and smash with a potato masher.
Melt the butter and add it to the potatoes.
Add the orange juice.(I say 1/2 to 3/4 cup because you don't want them watery, but you want to taste the orange juice).
Add the cinnamon and stir.
Add a whole bag of mini marshmallows and mix well.
Spread into a  square 9 X 13 baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins.
Sprinkle the remaining bag of marshmallows on top of the potatoes and cook 5-10 more mins. until the marshmallows start to melt ( as many marshmallows as you like, I use half a bag).
Put the pan under the broiler for a few minutes if you want it browned ( I usually do for a few minutes).
Remove the pan, cool and enjoy. But be careful the marshmallows will be very hot!






MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING MARSHMALLOW SWEET POTATOES

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3 MOUTHWATERING THANKSGIVING TURKEY RECIPES

Hello all,

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of family get togethers and delicious recipes, especially turkey. There are so many ways to cook it. I found 3 of the best mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes for you to try! Let me know how they turn out:




1. MARTHA STEWART UPSIDE DOWN TURKEY - The benefits of roasting your turkey upside down makes your breast meat extra moist.

INGREDIENTS:

1 14 pound turkey
1 loaf ciabatta bread
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Halved figs, red, black and green grapes, sage and thyme sprigs for serving


DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl combine 1/2 cup salt and 1 tsp pepper. Rub mixture on turkey and inside body cavity. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Remove plastic from turkey and rinse turkey inside out and pat dry. Let stand and room temp for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the lower third of the oven. Tuck wings under turkey and tie drumsticks together with twine. Trim bread to length of turkey and slice horizontally. Butter the cut sides of the bread. On a V shaped wire rack set in the roasting pan, place buttered sides of the up. Place turkey breast-side down, so it rests on the bread. Roast 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip the turkey breast-side up. Pour broth into pan. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and baste with pan juices every 20 minutes until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees, about 2 hours more.
Transfer turkey to platter discard bread.  The bread was just used to keep the turkey breast from sticking. Set aside the pan drippings for gravy.  Let turkey stand 30 minutes and serve garnished with figs, grapes, sage, and thyme.




3 mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes- Martha Stewart upside down turkey





2. FAMILY CIRCLE'S DEEP FRIED TURKEY - I have yet to try deep fried turkey, but I heard it's delicious. Be very careful when frying turkeys in this manner.


INGREDIENTS:

First brine the turkey-
In a large stockpot combine 2/3 cup kosher salt, 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1 cup hot water, 3 cups cold water, 1 sliced onion, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 slice jalapeno and 12 crushed peppercorns. Place fresh turkey in pot and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and refrigerate overnight not longer than 8 hours. Remove turkey and dry inside out before cooking.

1 12- 16 brined turkey
3 quarts peanut oil


DIRECTIONS:

Place turkey fryer in an open level dirt, cement, or grassy area. Heat 3 quarts peanut oil to 400 degrees (about 40 minutes to heat).
When oil reaches 400 degrees very slowly lower turkey in basket into the oil. check temp, increase or lower to maintain it at 375 degrees. Fry turkey 3 minutes per pound. Carefully lift from oil to check the temperature of the turkey. It should be 165 degrees in the thigh. When done remove from oil and drain on rack for a few minutes. Cover with foil and let stand 20 minutes before carving.




3  mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes -  Family Circles deep fried turkey






3. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS FLASH ROASTED TURKEY - This method will produce a delicious roast turkey in about 2 hours. It says the secret is the butter mixture placed under the skin.


INGREDIENTS:

2 large cloves garlic
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, sage, parsley, thyme and chives
1 10-12 pound turkey
1 onion


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place rack in lower third of oven. Mince garlic with 1 tsp. kosher salt to make a paste. Add butter, herbs, and black pepper and mash with a fork.
Rinse the turkey and pat dry. Use your fingers to loosen the breast skin . Push butter mixture under the loosened skin. Season inside and outside of the turkey with salt and pepper. Insert one onion inside breast cavity and tie drumsticks together with twine.
Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan and pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan.
Tent turkey with foil and roast for 2 hours until a thermometer inserted into thigh read at least 175 degrees.
Make sure to rotate pan and add 1 cup of water to the pan after 1 hour.
Remove from oven and discard oven from the cavity.
Transfer to a platter and loosely cover with foil and let stand 30 minutes.





3  mouth watering Thanksgiving turkey recipes- Better Homes and Gardens flash roasted turkey

Sunday, November 5, 2017

13 INCREDIBLE AWESOME FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY

Hello all,

Who wants to go camping?! Now that the weather and humidity are cooler, there is no better time than the present to go camping before the heat of summer sneaks up on us.  Who doesn't love being one with nature and enjoying the outdoors? But camping can get downright expensive. I found some awesome  cheap or free campsites in Florida that won't break your budget. Enjoy:

1. Flying A Myakka SF -  A  $10.00 pass or permit is all that's required to camp here. There are 16-29 campsites available. There is wildlife viewing, picnic tables, restrooms, a fire ring, and a grill. These are primitive campsites and water is not provided. You can get a permit at the ranger station or at campsite #6. It is located at 2000 S. River Rd. , North Port. Fla 34223.  (941)460-1333.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - FLYING A MYAKKA SF



2. Wood Lake Hunt Camp -  This is a free, first come first served campground.  You can stay up to 14 days here, except during gun season when it's used as a hunting camp. It is primitive camping with restrooms, picnic tables, and a boat ramp. It sits on the Ochlockonee River. It's located in Sopchoppy, Fla., (850) 643-2282.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - WOOD LAKE HUNT CAMP



3. Babcock Webb  WMA - The camping is free here but there is $3 cost for a day use permit. Camping is only permitted on the weekends and in the designated camping areas. They have a boat ramp, a fire ring, and picnic tables. This one is near water. The address is 29201 Green Gulf Blvd., Punta Gorda, Fla. 850-4884676.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - BABCOCK WEBB WMA



4. Fore Lake Campground - This is a pay campground at $12 a night. It has 30 campsites and each has a picnic table, grill, and lantern pole. It has a shower house and restrooms. It boasts a beautiful beach for swimming and has a fishing pier. There is a camp host on site and gates are open till 8 pm. If you get here after late, you can call (352)652-6312 for a gate code. It is located on SR 314, Silver Springs, Fla. (352)236-0288.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - FORE LAKE CAMPGROUND



5. Matanzas State Forest Primitive Camp - This is a pay campground at $10 a night. It is open year round, but only has 5 campsites available. It has a grill, picnic tables, a fire ring, bathrooms and is near the water. You need to contact the Florida Forest Service at 386-585-6150 before 7 pm for the combination for the gate lock and a permit. The address is Double Gate Rd. at US 1 South,  St. Augustine, Fla. (386)446-6786.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - MATANZAS STATE FOREST




6. JB Starkey Wilderness Park - There are 16 tent camping sites. They have restrooms with showers and a small shelter, a fire ring, grills and drinking water.  Primitive camping is $5.00, regular tent camping is $10 nightly. Reservations are required. There are about 15 tent campsites. It is located at 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd. , New Port Richey, Fla. (727)834-3247.




13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY - JB STARKEY PARK



Now these next few campgrounds  cost a bit more. But they are considered well worth the money. Take a look:


7. Fort Wilderness Campground - 4510 Fort Wilderness Trail, Orlando. I am dying to go to this one! It has dinner shows, character sing-a-longs, movies, hayrides, carriage rides, horseback riding, and fireworks on 750 acres of pine and cypress forests. It has exactly what you'd expect from a Disney campground, including the high price. For a family of four for a weeks stay at a preferred campsite it's $534.00, less if you have your own RV.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Fort Wilderness



8. Florida Caverns State Park -3345 Caverns Road, Marianna. This park is home to the only open air caves in Florida. It costs $5 per vehicle, and only $20 for overnight camping. It also has hiking, biking, boating and fishing. Cave tours are extra. It also features a nine hole golf course.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Florida Caverns State Park



9. Silver River State Park - 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala. This park is the home of the glass bottomed boat tours. If you camp on the weekends, you can also enjoy their pioneer cracker village, and their Silver River Museum. It's crystal clear water is great for canoeing. It has a full facility campground and 10 luxury cabins. Camping is $24.00 a night.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY-Silver River State Park




10. Bahia Honda State Park - 36850 Overseas Hwy., Big Pine Key. This state park is known for its beaches, sunsets and snorkeling. you can also swim, fish, kayak, and boat. It also has a nature center and a full facility campground and cabins. Campsites are $36.00, cabins are $120-160.


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Bahia Honda State Park




11. Fort Clinch State Park - 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. This park sits on 1400 acres on Amelia Island. It has a fishing pier, swimming. Shelling and shark tooth hunting are popular. You can also visit the historic Fort Clinch where they have re-enactments from the Civil War. The fort is open everyday, and costs $2.00. The park has 69 campsites at $26.00 a night.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Fort Clinch State Park



12. Fort DeSoto State Park - 3500 pinellas Bayway, S. Tierra Verde. This park has a 238 site full service campground . The campground has grills, electricity, washer and dryers, restrooms, showers,play area and a camp store. The park has a 7 mile waterfront that has fishing piers, hiking trails, canoe trails and swimming. Camping starts at $30.00.



13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY-Fort DeSoto State Park



13. Myakka River State Park - 13208 State rd. 72, Sarasota. This park has a natural wetlands area, a canopy walkway, and a tram safari. It sits on 58 acres and features swimming, fishing, canoeing and boating. The park has 82 campsites for tents that start at $26.00. Cabins start at $70.00


13 AWESOME INCREDIBLE  FLORIDA CAMPGROUNDS YOU NEED TO TRY- Myakka River State Park

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE ULTRA DURABLE EXPANDABLE GARDEN HOSE BY ASANI

I received compensation  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.



Hello all,

Living in Florida, we do yard work more than our northern friends. And with the weather always on the warm side, we water our lawns a lot. I recently have gotten an Ultra Durable Expandable Garden Hose with a Built in Shut off Valve by Asani. Let me tell you, my life just got that much easier!

This expandable hose expands to 3 times its size when water is running through it. That's to 50 feet! Now I don't have to drag that heavy hose around! This one is also a great quality one. It has durable fittings made of brass. The outside of the hose has a double latex core covered by a tough polyester fabric cover. Its tangle free, comes with a nozzle and carrying bag, and it's covered by a lifetime guarantee! It also has a built in shut off valve, so no more extra trips to the faucet. It is also lightweight, which is important to me!

This is a great, high quality garden hose and it is available through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071VVL9XG on amazon for $24.99. With Christmas approaching, it would make a great gift!




MY REVIEW OF THE  ULTRA DURABLE EXPANDABLE GARDEN HOSE BY ASANI





MY REVIEW OF THE  ULTRA DURABLE EXPANDABLE GARDEN HOSE BY ASANI



Thursday, October 26, 2017

6 PUMPKIN PATCHES AND FESTIVALS FOR AWESOME FAMILY FUN

Hello all,

My favorite time of year is here, Fall! The time for cooler weather here in the sunshine state, festivals, and pumpkin patches. I've listed some of the best pumpkin patches and festivals I could find! Enjoy and post me a pic of your pumpkin creation!


1. Sarasota Pumpkin Festival - This is a fall festival very popular and back for its third time. It features a pumpkin patch and maze, trick or treating, bounce house, pony rides, pie eating contest and midway rides. Admission is adults $10, students $7 and kids $5. It runs from October 27th to the 29th at  The Premier Sports Campus 5895 Post Blvd. Lakewood Ranch ,Florida 34211.


2. Corn Fusion Crop Maze and Family Fall festival - This pumpkin patch has something for everyone. It has an 8 acre crop maze, bounce house, farm animals, horse shoes, duck races, pumpkin patch, pum0kin carving station, paintball hayride, and helicopter rides.It also has monster tractor rides, and a paintball shooting arcade. Admission is adults $10, kids $9. It runs October 21st only on the weekends at the Smith Family Ranch 13444 Moore Rd. Lakeland, Florida 33809.


3. Hunsader U-Pick Farms Pumpkin Festival - This pumpkin patch fall festival features a lot. It has live music, corn maze, butterfly experience, scarecrow displays, childrens train rides, circus tent, pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Admission is adults $10, kids are free $5 parking.Its every weekend in October from the 14th to the 29th at 5500 CR 675 Bradenton, Florida.


4. Harvestmoon Festival - This is a festival that has pumpkins already gathered from the patch for you to buy. It also features a five acre corn maze, a cow train, petting farm, cornball (a family game), pony rides, gem rides,  zombie paintball, and a 20 foot tube hill slide. Admission is adults and children $11.95. Open September 30th to November 5th at 15990 Stur St. Masaryktown Florida, 34604.


5. Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch - This festival has a lot going on. It has a pumpkin patch, live music, petting zoo, corn maze and kiddie maze, pony rides, hayrides, and tube slide. It runs from September 23rd to November 4th. Admission is adults and kids $8 general admission, $12 wristband for other activities. Its at 2055 Homer Holland Rd. Milton Florida, 32570.



6. The Pickin' Patch - This place claims to be the only real pumpkin patch in Florida because here you can pick them off the vines. They offer a corn maze, hayrides, kids hay maze and hay fort, slide and little wagons so you can pick your own pumpkins. It runs from September 30th to October 29th. Admission is $5, kids under 3 are free. Its at 11000 Rolling Hills Rd. Dunnellon Florida.



6 PUMPKIN PATCHES AND FESTIVALS FOR AWESOME FAMILY FUN