Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Jack Frost Martini

I found two very festive and delicious cocktails to make for this Christmas season. The first one I already shared with you, the Eggnog Martini. http://www.crazy-good-cooking.com/2013/12/eggnog-martini.html

It was very good and very popular, this Jack Frost Martini however, was my favourite and I think even more popular then the Eggnog Martini.



I like the mixture in this cocktail, it looks nice and festive with the light blue colour but when you taste it, it reminds you of the Caribbean! These were easy to make in the blender and went down very well. I rimmed my martini glasses with coconut, but did have a hard time making the coconut stick. I would suggest crushing the coconut first to make it lighter and maybe easier to stick to the glass.

I got this recipe from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=602155939820847&set=a.445419168827859.91209.444651548904621&type=1&theater

Ingredients

4 cups of ice
1 cup pineapple juice
1\2 cup vodka or light rum
1\2 cup blue curaco
1\2 cup cream of coconut
pineapple slices
coconut to rim glasses

Directions

Place all ingredients into blender, except for pineapple slices and blend until all mixed. Serve in festive rimmed martini glasses.



Enjoy!

Monday, 15 December 2014

M&M Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Christmas is coming! I am feeling the holiday spirit and loving it! My husband and I had our annual Christmas dinner with my brother and his wife this past weekend and I presented her with one of my homemade ornaments. She in turn presented me with this really cool idea of cookies in a jar!



Basically she uses these big mason jars and puts all the dry ingredients for cookies layered in there. In turn you just need to mix up a few wet ingredients and then use everything from the jar and voila cookies!

I made these this weekend and took pictures as I think this is a very neat idea and a perfect gift to give people. I thank her and my brother for the gift and the wonderful cookies my husband and I will be enjoying this week!


Step one here are the jars. I have posted two pictures one of the front so you can see the ingredients layered and the back where she posted the recipe and directions.

The it was up to me to mix the wet ingredients so here is that mixture.
Then I was to add all the jar ingredients and mix until just combined.

Then you drop spoonful's on the cookie sheet and bake. This was so easy and the cookies are super delicious!
I love this idea for gifts and wanted to share with you as this could be a quick way to get some gifts together for the baking loving friends you may have!
Merry Christmas!


Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Candy Bark

We are officially less then two weeks away from Christmas! It's so exciting. The last two weeks for me are usually super fun as all the final prep is happening, food is being bought and made, presents wrapped, exchanges are starting to happen and it's just an all around good time!



I saw this delicious and super easy recipe on Pinterest and decided to create it last weekend as an extra thing to put out for parties and it turned out so well I want to share the recipe with you!



The link on Pinterest was broken so I can't create whoever originally posted this, but thanks to whoever did and here is my version of it.

Ingredients
Oreo Cookies
Pretzel Sticks
M&M's
White Chocolate
Sprinkles

Directions

Break about 14 oreo cookies into pieces. Add about 1.5 cups of pretzel sticks also broken up and about 1 cup of M&M's. Mix this together and then spread out over a baking sheet cover in wax paper.



Melt about 1.5 pounds of white chocolate bark or baking chocolate in a microwave safe dish. Pout over the mixture on the baking sheet. Before it completely hardened add the remaining M&M's and sprinkles on top and set in fridge to set.

Once it has completely set (I left mine overnight) then break into pieces and store in an air tight container!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast is probably my most favourite food. I could eat breakfast anytime of day! I find a lot of breakfast dishes like casseroles and quiches could really be eaten at anytime and not just specifically for breakfast and this Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quiche that I made last weekend is no exception!

What I love most about this quiche specifically is that it does not use the normal pastry crust and instead uses a crust of breakfast potatoes. I love this idea as it just makes it even more delicious to me for some reason!



You start making this recipe by mixing some frozen breakfast potatoes and melted butter and baking it in the oven for a bit as your base. Then you add the cheese and ham and pour the custard over that and bake again and voila delicious and easy breakfast!

I definitely recommend this recipe for any breakfast get togethers over the holidays! This recipe made a nice pie shape that easily served 6 people. You would need to double it if you needed to feed anymore.



I got this recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ham-and-cheese-breakfast-quiche/

Ingredients:
2 (12 ounce) packages frozen hash
brown potatoes
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup cooked diced ham
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
 
Squeeze any excess moisture from the potatoes and combine them with the melted butter or margarine in a small bowl. Press this mixture into the bottom and sides of an ungreased 10 inch pie pan.


 
Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 25 minutes.
 
Remove pan from oven and arrange the ham and cheese evenly over the potatoes. In a separate small bowl, beat together the eggs and the cream. Pour this over the ham and cheese.


 
Return pan to oven and bake for 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until the custard has completely set.

 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I can't believe how fast time is flying by. I mean it's December 8th already. All my Christmas festivities at work are happening this week, it's crazy!

Anyways this weekend I thought I better start on my baking (even though I am cutting back this year!) I started this weekend with these awesome Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. These are not to hard to make because the cookies come from a cake mix! The icing is easy to put together and crushed candy canes make a great topping.



These are also really pretty cookies to add to any dainty platter! If you want to kick it up a notch you could add red or green food colouring to the icing!

I got this recipe idea from http://www.twotwentyone.net/2013/12/peppermint-chocolate-cookies/

Cookies
1 Dvil's Food Cake Mix
2 Egs
1/2 cup Oil

Icing
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Candy Cane Pieces
Crush 4-5 candy canes

Directions

Combine cake mix, eggs and oil. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten them slightly. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire racks.

 
 


Cream butter, and add sugar and peppermint extract. Add milk and beat. Add more sugar or milk as necessary to get to the correct consistency. Place in a Ziploc bag or icing decorator and pipe on to cooled cookies.



Put candy canes in a food processor or crush with a rolling pin and sprinkle on icing before it hardens. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Homemade Christmas Decorations

I have decided that every year I am going to make something homemade to give to my girlfriends as a gift. I started this idea last year when I discovered how easy it is to make your own body scrub. I made everyone Chocolate Coconut Body Scrub and I put it in little jars and gifted that to my girlfriends last year. This year I wanted to come up with something totally different and when I came across this website explaining how to make your own Christmas decorations, I knew I had found the idea for this year! This is the site where I got my idea and also has a video tutorial explaining the process http://craftsncoffee.com/2011/11/29/a-video-tutorial-5-christmas-ornaments-in-5-minutes/

When I started this I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do  but I thought I would get some supplies and go from there. I started my adventure in a Wal-Mart where I found the styrofoam balls, a paper punch, ribbon and some pins. I thought that this was a great start and that weekend started my first decoration. I started with the paper punch and found these decorations so pretty and relatively easy to make. This was the first decoration I created!

The second decoration I wanted to try was the one with the buttons. I went to a local dollar store and actually found a couple bags of blue coloured buttons, so I picked those up and started on the button decoration. I found that this one was a bit harder to get to my liking and also used a bunch more pins because to properly finish the decoration I should have used more buttons to cover up some of the gaps. Since this decoration was going on my tree I wasn't as worried about it being perfect so I have left it the way I originally finished it.

Lastly I tried to start on some ribbon ones but since I sometimes lack some creativity I had a hard time figuring out how to make these one work the way I wanted. I got some great colours of ribbon and everything but stalled on how these ones are going to work.

 


With that said I went back to my paper decorations because I really did enjoy making these the most and I couldn't get over how pretty there are! I went to Michael's and I grabbed some coloured scrapbooking paper, some additional pins and I started creating a bunch of decorations of all different colours to give away to my friends.



I am really happy with how these turned out and loved how some of the different colours worked with the different colour straight pins!



I definitely recommend giving these one a try! Find a paper punch shape that you love like my snowflake and then just go to town!

What you need to get started;
Styrofoam balls
Straight pins (pearly headed ones)
Coloured paper
Paper punch
Ribbon
Scissors

Start by cutting out a bunch of shapes using your paper punch. I started with pinning the ribbon on the very top and worked my way down from there pinning the paper in place to cover all the gaps. I found that I used two shapes for each pin to make the decorations look a little fuller. That may have been due to the type of shape I chose. You can create these however you want. You can stick to one colour or multiple colours, same with the pins you can use one colour or use multiple colours!

Happy Holidays everyone!



Monday, 1 December 2014

Eggnog Cake

In my continuing saga of trying to use up a 2litre of eggnog before it goes bad, I made this awesome eggnog cake this weekend! My progress of the eggnog is going well. I have until this coming weekend to use the rest and I am more then halfway there!

This cake is super easy to make because you are using a box mix. However as with box mixes you want to add some additional ingredients to make it taste better and become more creamy of a batter. In this case I used a generic yellow cake mix and added, eggnog, oil, eggs, rum and nutmeg! The addition of these extra ingredients helps to ensure you will have a super delicious cake!



I still had some frosting left over from the cookies I made last weekend, so instead of using the frosting recipe here I just used the leftovers I had. The frosting recipes are similar!

I recommend giving this cake a try this holiday season! It's quick, easy and super delicious! I got this recipe idea from http://www.food.com/recipe/best-eggnog-cake-15102

Ingredients

1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 cup eggnog
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs
2 tablespoons rum or 2 tablespoons rum extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Frosting

1 (8 ounce) container cream cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) box sifted confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons eggnog
yellow food coloring 
 
Directions
 
For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
 
In large bowl combine all ingredients; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
 
 
 
Pour into 3 well-greased 8-inch round cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or when you stick knife in center it comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely, then frost
 
 
 
For cream cheese frosting: In small bowl beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Add eggnog, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Stir in food coloring to desired color. Fill and frost cake layers.