Winter Trail Mix Recipe Party Snack Or On-the-Go Treat

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruit. #WinterTrailMix #Recipe

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Party Snack or On-the-Go Treat

 

I love this time of year with all the parties and fun activities that surround the holidays — Christmas Caroling, Holiday Boat Parades, taking a ride or walk to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Sometimes you just need a quick little snack to take on-the-go.

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is super quick and easy. You can literally whip it together in a minute. The trail mix is not too sweet and not too salty and loaded with the wonderful flavors of the season. It’s perfect for snacking or it makes a fabulous party nibble that both kids and adults will love.

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So, let’s get to the recipe!

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup – Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup – Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup – Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.

How easy is that? It does not get any easier, right? Yes, you will thank me. This is so yummy and packed with the delicious flavors of cashews, almonds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and even some chocolate.

Printable Recipe – Winter Trail Mix

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe
 
This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go.
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Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup - Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup - Mini Marshmallows
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.
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Oriental Trading has the cutest Buffalo Plaid line available right now. I like to package my Winter Trail Mix in these adorable Buffalo Plaid Snack Bowls with Lids. They are so festive and fun for those holiday outings. Take thermoses or stop and pick-up a couple boxes of coffee or hot cocoa and fill up your Buffalo Plaid insulated coffee cups with lids. It is a perfect treat combo.

I even keep a snack bowl filled with my Winter Trail Mix on our Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray in the den for evening snacking while we watch TV.

 

I know you will enjoy this snack, and I wish you the happiest of holidays.

If you are looking for other tasty winter snack ideas, check out my Sugared Cranberries.

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Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe Easy At Home

Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe Easy At Home

 

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Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe

Bake your own At Home

 

Oh, goodness! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. And I never pass up an opportunity to go to The Cheesecake Factory — everything on the menu is delicious, and their cheesecake is legendary. I am so excited to share that now you can make some of that yumminess right in your own home.

The Cheesecake Factory has launched their NEW line, The Cheesecake Factory At Home Cheesecake Mixes! These boxed mixes come in three flavors, Classic, Salted Caramel, and Strawberry. They have easy prep and are simple to make, so you can impress your friends and family in a snap. But another great thing about these box mixes is that you can use your imagination and create and customize your own personal cheesecake flavor.

I created my own scrumptious cake using the Strawberry Cheesecake Mix. The box comes with pouches for the crust, the filling, and the topping. All you have to do is add the cream cheese, eggs, butter, and milk. There are even “Chef’s Tips” printed on the box to make this already delicious cheesecake even better. I gave mine a creamier texture by substituting a little heavy cream and sour cream for the milk. The Chef was right, it was creamier!

So, let’s get to baking my Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake!

The Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box – The Cheesecake Factory At Home Cheesecake Mix (strawberry)
  • 16 ounces – Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 8 to 16 ounces – Heavy Cream (2 Tablespoons for filling, the rest for garnish)
  • 3 Tablespoons – Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Cup – Pistachio Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup – Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup – Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
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The How-To:

Directions:

  1. Heat oven according to the Cheesecake Mix box.
  2. Chop the Pistachios. You want them to be small but not totally pulverized. They will vary in size.
  3. Chop Freeze Dried Strawberries — fine to small.
  4. Follow directions on the cheesecake mix box to mix the crust. Before adding the crust to the pan, add 1/2 cup pistachios and 1/4 cup strawberries. Mix well.
  5. Turn crust into the baking pan and pat crust to cover the bottom and halfway up the side.
  6. Follow the box directions to make the cheesecake filling. I used the Chef’s Tip for a creamier texture and replaced the 1/4 cup milk with the Heavy Cream and Sour  Cream. Do Not over beat the eggs — this will help to keep the cake from cracking.
  7. Once filling is ready, pour the mixture onto the prepared crust.
  8. Follow the baking instructions on the cheesecake mix box.
  9. After the cheesecake is baked, carefully run a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen the cake. This will help to keep the cake from pulling and cracking during the cooling process. Cool in the pan.
  10. Allow the cheesecake to rest until it becomes room temperature. Then, place in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours before garnishing and serving.
  11. TIP: When you transfer the cake to the refrigerator, place your whipping bowl and beater(s) into the freezer to get icy cold. This will help your cream to whip faster.

Decorate Your Cheesecake:

Garnish:

  1. Pull your whipping bowl and beater(s) from the freezer.
  2. Add the remaining Heavy Cream to the icy cold bowl and start whipping.
  3. Once the heavy cream begins to thicken, add the remaining freeze dried strawberries. Continue whipping until the strawberries are fully incorporated and cream is whipped to stiff peaks.
  4. Pipe whipped cream onto you cheesecake as desired.
  5. Sprinkle pistachios, strawberries, and Mini Chocolate Chips.
  6. Follow the direction on the cheesecake mix box for softening the topping, and drizzle around the cheesecake. You may want to save some topping back to decorate the dessert plates for individual servings.

Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Printable Recipe:

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Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe
 
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Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Box - The Cheesecake Factory At Home Cheesecake Mix (strawberry)
  • 16 ounces - Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 8 to 16 ounces - Heavy Cream (2 Tablespoons for filling, the rest for garnish)
  • 3 Tablespoons - Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Cup - Pistachio Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup - Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup - Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Directions:
  1. Heat oven according to the Cheesecake Mix box.
  2. Chop the Pistachios. You want them to be small but not totally pulverized. They will vary in size.
  3. Chop Freeze Dried Strawberries -- fine to small.
  4. Follow the cheesecake mix box to mix the crust. Before adding the crust to the pan, add 1/2 cup pistachios and 1/4 cup strawberries. Mix well.
  5. Turn crust into the baking pan and pat crust to cover the bottom and halfway up the side.
  6. Follow the box directions to make the cheesecake filling. I used the Chef's Tip for a creamier texture and replaced the 1/4 cup milk with the Heavy Cream and Sour Cream. Do Not over beat the eggs -- this will help to keep the cake from cracking.
  7. Once filling is ready, pour the the prepared crust.
  8. Follow the baking instructions on the cheesecake mix box.
  9. After the cheesecake is baked, carefully run a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen the cake. This will help to keep the cake from pulling and cracking during the cooling process. Cool in the pan.
  10. Allow the cheesecake to rest until it becomes room temperature. Then, place in the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours before garnishing and serving.
  11. TIP: When you transfer the cake to the refrigerator, place your whipping bowl and beater(s) into the freezer to get icy cold. This will help your cream to whip faster.

    Garnish the Cheesecake:
  12. Pull your whipping bowl and beater(s) from the freezer.
  13. Add the remaining Heavy Cream to the icy cold bowl and start whipping.
  14. Once the heavy cream begins to thicken, add the remaining freeze dried strawberries. Continue whipping until the strawberries are fully incorporated and cream is whipped to stiff peaks.
  15. Pipe whipped cream onto you cheesecake as desired.
  16. Sprinkle pistachios, strawberries, and Mini Chocolate Chips.
  17. Follow the the cheesecake mix box for softening the topping, and drizzle around the cheesecake. You may want to save some topping back to decorate the dessert plates for individual servings.
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The pistachios and strawberries are a delightful combination, and the red and green speckles in the crust and garnish are both whimsical and beautiful. This would be a perfect dessert for the holidays or anytime– simple decadence!

HOLIDAY HACK:

Bake cheesecakes ahead and freeze them! After the cheesecake is room temperature, carefully remove the cheesecake from its pan. Place the cooled cheesecake on a baking pan uncovered, and freeze until firm. Once firm, remove the cheesecake from the freezer. Remove from the pan, and wrap the ungarnished cake snuggly in plastic wrap, then two layers of foil. Seal the wrapped cheesecake in a freezer bag and return to the freezer. Cheesecakes can be frozen for several months. When ready to use, thaw cheescake in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours or overnight. Once your cheesecake is thawed, garnish as desired, and serve.

Where To Find:

This is definitely cheesecake made easy! Learn more about The Cheesecake Factory At Home Cheesecake Mixes and where to find them here.

Try The Cheesecake Factory At Home Cheesecake Mixes for yourself!

I know you will enjoy my Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake. Invite your guests or loved ones and surprise them by sharing a charmingly unique, homemade, and luscious cheesecake dessert. Enjoy!

My Caramel Pecan Sauce would make another fabulous cheesecake topping. And, I would love to hear your creative flavor ideas.

 

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Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

This shop, Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias

Be inspired by this story of personal strength and determination while eating a delicious and nutritious cup of Well Yes!® Soup.

 

Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

A Story of Challenge and Personal Determination.

 

There is something beautiful about a person who is confident, positive, and happy despite any struggles and challenges they may face. This type of person is an inspiration and encouragement to others with their strength and determination.

It is a mindset, one they live by day-by-day. One that starts with making good choices. Good choices such as eating deliciously crafted food, with real nutritious ingredients like Well Yes!® Soup. Good choices that inspire Moments of Yes!

 

Today, I’d like to share one such Moment of Yes!

My daughter, Rory, was born with a mitochondrial disorder — an energy metabolism disorder. What does that mean? Well, basically, she doesn’t always have the energy to make her body function properly. Because of this, she spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital while growing up, and that meant she missed a lot of schooling.

School Is A Challenge

The lowest point of her illness came when she was in the sixth grade as she spent six months in the hospital. She was at a children’s hospital, so that meant she could get some sort of schooling. But here is the rub, to qualify for schooling, your admission must last for two weeks, then your schooling may begin. Once discharged in the hospital’s computer system, even if immediately readmitted, your two-week waiting period begins all over again. Just think how crazy that is for chronically ill kids.

Well, during this six months in the hospital, they would try to get Rory home and discharge her. Sometimes we didn’t even leave the hospital room before being readmitted, others we’d get part way home before turning around, and a couple of times we made it home for a few hours before returning. That meant her schooling was constantly disrupted, and then you have to take into account the fact that she was gravely ill and not up to school as well.

Once Rory’s health stabilized somewhat, she qualified for medical home teaching through special education at the public school. They promised us that she would be able to achieve her high school diploma, after all, she had until she reached 21 years of age. It was important to me, but more importantly, the high school diploma was important to Rory. She is a smart girl; she could do the work and accomplish her goal.

Fighting To Make Dreams Come True

Of course, receiving only 2-hours of teaching 2-days a week, makes for slow progress, but that is all the California school district allows. As she turned seventeen, the school district suddenly changed their tune about Rory getting her diploma. They wanted her to take the test for her GED and move on her way. Her teacher was appalled, I was upset, and Rory was staunch in her decision that a GED was not acceptable to her. She was determined to earn her high school diploma!

With Rory leading the charge, we persevered. She earned her high school diploma! It was a fantastic and emotional day, a definite Moment of Yes!

Today, Rory attends a local college where she works hard and has attained membership in the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Can we say, “Proud Mama?” Well Yes!

Rory sips her favorite flavor, Tomato Carrot Bisque, from our vintage Campbell’s Soup mug.

 

Find Your Moment of Yes!

So, I encourage you to make your own Moments of Yes! Find the courage and the strength to make your dreams a reality. A great way to start is with a real, nutritious bowl of Well Yes! Soup.

Don’t forget to enter the #WellYesMoment Sweepstakes in the widget below for a chance to win up to a $500 Visa gift card! It’s as easy as clicking, logging in, and sharing your Moment of Yes story! If you win, think of all the ways you can use the prizing to achieve your Moment of Yes!

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Well Yes! Soups are made with real, non-GMO ingredients with no antibiotics, contain no artificial flavors or colors, and is packaged with non-BPA linings. There are nine featured flavors. Some of our favorite flavors are Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice; Chicken Noodle; Tomato Carrot Bisque; Minestrone with Kale; and Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. YUM! These unique flavors challenge the status quo of canned soups.

So, say yes to the good stuff so you have what you need to say yes in the rest of your life. Well Yes! A Soup in the Right Direction®!

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Looking for another heartwarming story? Check out A Random Act of Kindness and see one woman’s amazing Moment of Yes! You just won’t believe what happened…

Do you have a Well Yes! Moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or you can share them on Facebook and Instagram and find additional inspiration too.

 

 

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Vampire Cupcakes Recipe A Frightfully Good Treat

Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!

 

Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

A Frightfully Good Halloween Treat

 

Are you throwing a  party? Maybe you are going to one and need to take something to share. Or, perhaps your just enjoying a Halloween-themed family night — playing Harry Potter Trivia, watching Hocus Pocus?

I recently hosted a Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party for my friends and the featured dessert was these Vampire Cupcakes. The frightfully good Bites treats are super cute and super easy to make. Plus, they can even withstand daylight!

So, let’s get baking.

Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box – Cake Mix (or you can make it homemade with your favorite cake recipe)
  • 1 Can – Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 Cans – White Whipped Frosting
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 1
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 2
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 3
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 4
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 5
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
How to Make Vampire Cupcakes - Recipe 6
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
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Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to your box directions.
  2. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  3. Puree the Cherry Pie Filling while the cupcakes are cooling.
  4. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a paring knife to Cut a Cone-Shaped Circle into the center top of the cupcake. To achieve the cone-shape, angle your knife toward the center of the cupcake while cutting the circle. (see slideshow above)
  5. Set the Cupcake Top aside for later.
  6. Use the knife to scrape the hole in the inside of the cupcake to make a larger space for filling, if needed.
  7. Spoon the pureed Cherry Pie Filling into a plastic bag that zips closed. Squeeze the puree down into one corner. Be sure to set aside some cherry filling for decorating the top of the cupcakes.
  8. Cut the tip off the corner of the plastic bag, and use it to pipe the cherry puree into the cupcake hole. Do not over-fill.
  9. Top the cherry filling with the set-aside cupcake tops.
  10. Place Frosting into another plastic bag, pushing it down into one corner and cutting off the tip of the bag.
  11. Pipe frosting on each cupcake.
  12. Dip a toothpick into the remaining cherry filling and stab the frosted cupcakes in two spots spaced apart like fangs.
  13. Drizzle some cherry puree from the toothpick fang holes to look like dripping blood.

 

Get the Printable Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

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Vampire Cupcakes Recipe
 
Cherry-filled Vampire Cupcakes are a spooktacular treat for setting a Halloween mood. This recipe is quick, easy, and frightfully delicious!
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Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 - 24
Ingredients:
  • 1 Box - Cake Mix (or you can make it homemade with your favorite cake recipe)
  • 1 Can - Cherry Pie Filling
  • 2 Cans - White Whipped Frosting
Directions:
  1. Bake cupcakes according to your box directions.
  2. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  3. Puree the Cherry Pie Filling while the cupcakes are cooling.
  4. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a paring knife to Cut a Cone-Shaped Circle into the center top of the cupcake. To achieve the cone-shape, angle your knife toward the center of the cupcake while cutting the circle. (see slideshow on blog)
  5. Set the Cupcake Top aside for later.
  6. Use the knife to scrape the hole in the inside of the cupcake to make a larger space for filling, if needed.
  7. Spoon the pureed Cherry Pie Filling into a plastic bag that zips closed. Squeeze the puree down into one corner. Be sure to set aside some cherry filling for decorating the top of the cupcakes.
  8. Cut the tip off the corner of the plastic bag, and use it to pipe the cherry puree into the cupcake hole. Do not over-fill.
  9. Top the cherry filling with the set-aside cupcake tops.
  10. Place Frosting into another plastic bag, pushing it down into one corner and cutting off the tip of the bag.
  11. Pipe frosting on each cupcake.
  12. Dip a toothpick into the remaining cherry filling and stab the frosted cupcakes in two spots spaced apart like fangs.
  13. Drizzle some cherry puree from the toothpick fang holes to look like dripping blood.
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Don’t these Vampire Cupcakes look frightfully delicious? They make a vamptastic treat for the Halloween season. Enjoy them if you dare…

 

 

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Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

Calling all holiday foodies to enter the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017. Prizes and Giveaway. Find tasty recipes for the holiday season. #Recipe #Contest #Giveaway #MTCRC

Tis the season to indulge in great food for every occasion. With all the end-of-year celebrations and festivities, we are always being asked to bring a dish or goodie of some kind. So, why not share your recipes and be inspired by others? And even better, you can put on your competitive cap and have a chance at winning the recipe contest.

We have three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, so, bloggers, enter as many recipes as you would like among the various categories. You will find everything you need to celebrate the holidays with great taste.

EVERYONE is welcome to enter the GIVEAWAY! We have a $100 CASH Prize for the giveaway. That is above and beyond our recipe contest prizes. So, let’s have some holiday fun!

 

Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup Recipe

A Sweet and Tangy Recipe for the Holiday Season

 

To start off this yummy event, I am sharing my Sugared Cranberries and Cranberry Syrup. One recipe, two sweet and tangy holiday treats. This super easy Sugared Cranberries recipe also makes a delicious Cranberry Syrup. They are perfect for snacking, light and refreshing. They make a great takeaway gift for guests and are a fabulous addition to a holiday cookies and goodies exchange. Find the full RECIPE HERE!

Now, onto the contest and giveaway!

 

Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017

 

A big Thank You! to the co-hosts for supporting the Merry ThanksChristmas Recipe Contest 2017, and making this event possible. Please check out their blogs and follow them on social media!

 

LorelaiLife With LorelaiFacebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

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Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this delicious recipe contest. With 548 recipes entered, this is a fantastic resource for your holiday cooking, as well as all year long. So, now, it is our pleasure to announce…

The WINNERS

3rd Place: $50 Prize

Mulled Apple Cider Recipe from Jenna @ The Urben Life

 

2nd Place: $75 Prize

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe from Kris @ Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies

 

…and drum roll please…

1st Place: $150 Prize

White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle with Spiced Pears Recipe from Deb @ Just Short of Crazy

 

 

Our GIVEAWAY WINNER is Michael Hurt — $100 PayPal CASH

Congratulations to ALL of our winners!

 

Recipe Contest Details:

  • Contest OPEN for Entries – October 15, 2017, through November 8, 2017.
  • One recipe from each category will be selected as a Finalist.
  • Finalists will be announced on November 10, 2017.
  • Winners (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place) will be announced November 15, 2017.

Prizes:

  • All prizes paid USD via PayPal.
  • 1st Place – $150
  • 2nd Place – $75
  • 3rd Place – $50

Rules for Recipe Entries:

  • Must be a Blogger to Enter.
  • Recipe must be linked to the direct blog post where the full recipe is published.
  • You may enter as many Recipes as you like.
  • You may enter in various categories. Be sure the recipe fits the category.
  • You must include your Email when linking recipes. Winners will be notified via Email.
  • If you are a winner, you must be able to accept prize via PayPal.
  • Recipe photos may be used for promotional purposes. All credits will be given to the original source.

Giveaway:

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The Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists! One recipe was chosen from each category. These recipes have the chance of winning the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize! Good luck. The Winners will be announced on November 15, 2017.

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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe Easy As 1-2-3

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Autumn is a warm time for family and friends. Serve something special with this easy Caramel Pecan Sauce Recipe over a scrumptious pumpkiny dessert.

 

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Easy as 1-2-3 and 100% Delicious!

 

Autumn has arrived! And with it comes good times, family fun, and great food. If you are looking for an easy dessert that packs a flavorful punch, you’ve got to try The Bakery at Walmart Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling and give it a homemade twist with the Caramel Pecan Sauce and a cold dollop of Reddi-wip® for something a little extra special.

You will love this Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll dessert. The caramel pecan sauce is quick and easy, so you can whip it up spur of the moment. You can also double or triple the recipe for large gatherings or gift giving — tis the season.

 

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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Making the Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup – Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 1/2 Cup – Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 Cup – Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 3/4 Cup – Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup – Water

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt Butter and toast Pecans over Medium-Low heat.
  2. Once pecans are toasted, remove saucepan from heat.
  3. Separate the toasted pecans from the butter and set aside.
  4. Add Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Salt to the saucepan and return to a medium-low heat.
  5. Sugar mixture will begin to melt. Stir frequently and watch carefully.
  6. Bring to a rolling boil.
  7. The sugars will turn to liquid and become an amber color. Do not burn.
  8. Once the sugars have reached the desired color, turn heat to Low and pour in Heavy Cream and Water. The sugar mixture may harden, but it will liquify quickly again.
  9. Mix in Toasted Pecans.
  10. Stir constantly until caramel sauce thickens a bit. Be careful not to burn.
  11. Remove from heat.

Notes:

  1. If pouring hot Caramel Pecan Sauce into a glass jar, be sure to heat the jar first.
  2. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  3. Keep unused sauce in the refrigerator.
  4. Recipe may be doubled or tripled for parties or gift giving.

To Serve:

Spoon the Caramel Pecan Sauce over the Pumpkin Roll. Slice the cake and serve with a cold dollop of Reddi-wip The Original or Extra Creamy.

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This quick and easy Caramel Pecan Sauce is perfect for family desserts, entertaining guests, or gift giving. It is delicious spooned over cakes, ice cream, rolls, and more.
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Type: Dessert Sauce
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1/3 Cup - Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 1/2 Cup - Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 Cup - Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 3/4 Cup - Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup - Water
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt Butter and toast Pecans over Medium-Low heat.
  2. Once pecans are toasted, remove saucepan from heat.
  3. Separate the toasted pecans from the butter and set aside.
  4. Add Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Salt to the saucepan and return to a medium-low heat.
  5. Sugar mixture will begin to melt. Stir frequently and watch carefully.
  6. Bring to a rolling boil.
  7. The sugars will turn to liquid and become an amber color. Do not burn.
  8. Once the sugars have reached the desired color, turn heat to Low and pour in Heavy Cream and Water. The sugar mixture may harden, but it will liquify quickly again.
  9. Mix in Toasted Pecans.
  10. Stir constantly until caramel sauce thickens a bit. Be careful not to burn.
  11. Remove from heat.
Notes
1.) If pouring hot Caramel Pecan Sauce into a glass jar, be sure to heat the jar first.
2.) The sauce will thicken as it cools.
3.) Keep unused sauce in the refrigerator.
4.) Recipe may be doubled or tripled for parties or gift giving.
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I know you will enjoy this delicious and simple Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Roll. Don’t forget to stock up on your holiday needs like Reddi-wip and Pumpkin Rolls at Walmart.

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German Pancakes A Traditional Family Recipe

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Here is a tasty recipe that is great for busy school days, leisurely weekends, or special holiday brunches — German Pancakes! Make them a tradition in your family.

 

German Pancakes Recipe

Capturing a Family Tradition

 

When I was a kid, it was always a great morning when you woke up and smelled German Pancakes cooking. Mmm, I’m getting hungry already.  Why is that? Because we are making German Pancakes today. This recipe is easy, versatile, and delicious! That is why it has been a family tradition for generations.

German Pancakes are a crepe-like pancake, they are large and thin. You brush them with Gold’n Soft spreadable butter and add cinnamon and sugar, or jellies, jams, fresh fruit, or whatever you like. Roll the pancake, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired and serve. They are perfect for a family with differing tastes because you make them individually. Have all one flavor (like me, cinnamon and sugar – yum!), or mix it up.

These pancakes are quick and easy, so they are a perfect choice for fueling the kids up before school, a leisurely weekend breakfast, or a holiday brunch.

 

German Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 Cup – Milk
  • 4 – Eggs
  • 1 Cup – Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Gold’n Soft Spreadable Butter
  • Fillings of Choice: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jams; Jellies, Fruit, etc.
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  • Syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. Crack open the Eggs into a bowl.
  2. Add Milk to eggs, beat well.
  3. Mix Flour and Salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir flour and salt mixture into the milk and eggs gradually, until smooth.
  5. The batter will be thin.
  6. Heat a heavy 8-inch to 10-inch skillet and grease lightly with butter or oil.
  7. Pour only enough batter to make a very thin pancake. Tip the skillet from side to side and around to help spread the pancake batter as needed.
  8. Cook on one side (without flipping) until the pancake begins to blister or bubble. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until a light golden color. Do not over cook. You do not want them to get hard or crispy. NOTE: Pancakes cook very quickly, pay attention.
  9. Remove from skillet and place on a board.
  10. Once you have several pancakes stacked on the board, you can begin filling one at a time.
  11. Brush one side only with Gold’n Soft butter.
  12. Add about 1 to 2 Tablespoon(s) of your desired filling: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jam; Jelly; Fruit; etc. to the buttered side.
  13. Roll pancake from one edge all the way across to the other side.
  14. Place rolled pancake (or two) on a plate and dust with Powdered Sugar.

NOTE: If you have two cooks, one can be cooking the pancakes while the other fills and rolls them. Kids love to help with these pancakes.

 

You can see above how I butter a pancake and sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar before rolling it — that’s my favorite! Below is a slideshow of how to roll a German pancake with fresh fruit.

Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 1
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 2
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 3
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 4
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 5
Raspberry Banana German Pancakes 6

 

Printable Recipe – German Pancakes

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German Pancakes Recipe
 
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Here is a tasty recipe that is great for busy school days, leisurely weekends, or special holiday brunches -- German Pancakes! Make them a tradition in your family.
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Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/4 Cup - Milk
  • 4 - Eggs
  • 1 Cup - Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • Butter
  • Fillings of Choice: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jams; Jellies, Fruit, etc.
  • Powdered Sugar (Optional)
  • Syrup (optional).
Directions:
  1. Crack open the Eggs into a bowl.
  2. Add Milk to eggs, beat well.
  3. Mix Flour and Salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir flour and salt mixture into the milk and eggs gradually, until smooth.
  5. The batter will be thin.
  6. Heat a heavy 8-inch to 10-inch skillet and grease lightly with butter or oil.
  7. Pour only enough batter to make a very thin pancake. Tip the skillet from side to side and around to help spread the pancake batter as needed.
  8. Cook on one side (without flipping) until the pancake begins to blister or bubble. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until a light golden color. Do not over cook. You do not want them to get hard or crispy. NOTE: Pancakes cook very quickly, pay attention.
  9. Remove from skillet and place on a board.
  10. Once you have several pancakes stacked on the board, you can begin filling one at a time.
  11. Brush one side only with butter.
  12. Add about 1 to 2 Tablespoon(s) of your desired filling: Cinnamon and Sugar; Jam; Jelly; Fruit; etc. to the buttered side.
  13. Roll pancake from one edge all the way across to the other side.
  14. Place rolled pancake (or two) on a plate and dust with Powdered Sugar
Notes
If you have two cooks, one can be cooking the pancakes while the other fills and rolls them. Kids love to help with these pancakes.
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You can feel good about serving your family Gold’n Soft. It is made with simple ingredients offering a great buttery taste with no cholesterol or hydrogenated oils, ZERO trans fats per serving, and is easily spreadable. It comes in convenient sizes — 15 ounces (great for smaller households) and 45-ounce packages. This great value gets even better with this 50¢ COUPON.

FIND a Store near you! We picked ours up from the refrigerated Fresh Dairy section at our local Smart & Final.

 

As you can tell, German Pancakes are still one of my all time favorite breakfasts. So much so that we sometimes have them for dinner. Who says pancakes are only for breakfast? LOL You can even fill these pancakes with savory items such as chicken, asparagus, and more. The sky is the limit.

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I have other breakfast ideas for you as well, Perhaps you’d enjoy my Breakfast BLT – A Twist on a Favorite or Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast

Make German Pancakes with Gold’n Soft spreadable butter for your family and start a new tradition. #CapturingTraditions Enjoy!

 

 

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

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Busy schedules got your life on the run? Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is a quick and easy pick-me-up recipe for more energy and alertness.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast

A Quick and Easy Recipe to boost Energy and Alertness

 

So, here we are, back to school and heading quickly for the holiday season. And what does that mean? Extremely busy schedules, life on the run, and the need for quick and easy pick-me-ups that provide more energy and alertness. That is where this fantastic recipe and Gold Peak® Tea Lattes & Coffee come into play.

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, still, you need lunch, dinner, and maybe even a snack. This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.

 

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 – Avocado
  • 1 – Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 – Shallot
  • 1 – Roma Tomato
  • 4 – Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

Directions:

  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.

 

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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast
 
This delicious recipe is perfect for any time of the day. Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is packed with protein and nutrients that make it a smart choice to help boost your energy.
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Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Avocado
  • 1 - Handful Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/4 - Shallot
  • 1 - Roma Tomato
  • 4 - Eggs
  • Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Oil
Directions:
  1. Once you start cooking, things move very quickly, so have everything prepped and ready to go.
  2. Slice the Roma Tomato and Shallot, set aside.
  3. Chiffonade the Spinach, set aside.
  4. Separate 3 Egg Whites, add 1 Whole Egg (or you could use whole eggs), lightly beat. Set aside.
  5. Mash Avocado with a fork, set aside. (see my Avocado Tips & Tricks - https://bit.ly/2eIn6wC)
  6. Lightly spray skillet with Cooking Oil, heat skillet.
  7. Place 2 slices of Cracked Wheat Sourdough Bread (or your bread of choice) in the toaster to toast while you are cooking.
  8. Saute Shallots, then add Spinach, until wilted.
  9. Add Eggs to the pan and scramble soft, about 2 minutes.
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Whether it is first thing in the morning or a mid-afternoon snack, Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast is the perfect pick-me-up when paired with Gold Peak. Who needs the hassle of running out to the coffee shop for cold brewed coffee or tea lattes when you can find the convenient ready to drink coffees and teas at your local Walmart and have them right in your own home? You could even grab one for on the go. The Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks come in a variety of new and exciting flavors to satisfy every taste.

Coffee Drinks

Made with only the finest of ingredients, Gold Peak Coffee features 100% Arabica Beans, real cream, and real sugar.

Tea Lattes

The Gold Peak Tea Lattes are made with real sugar and real tea.

My favorite is the Salted Caramel Coffee Drink, I am a sucker for anything caramel. LOL Rory loves the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, but all of the flavors are delicious and a great way to perk up a midday slump.

 

 

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Chayote Squash Patties Quick And Easy Recipe

Learn how to use chayote squash and get an easy 15-minute recipe for chayote patties – perfect vegetarian burgers. A nutritious vegan option. #ChayoteSquash #Vegan #VegetarianBurger

Vegetarian Burgers – Chayote Squash Patties

A Quick and Easy 15-Minute Recipe

 

A chayote squash has a pear-like shape feature and is pale lime green in color.

Chayote squash is uniquely known for its pear-like shape and pale lime green color. Because almost every part of the chayote squash is edible, it’s a very useful fruit in culinary. From its fruit to its tendril and flowers and even its roots, they are all edible. Its core has small seeds and are also edible but usually discarded. Its taste is merely dull allowing it to be a carrier sponge for other ingredients’ flavor.

 

Some chayote leaves that are fresh can also be eaten.

Although the chayote squash is dull in taste, it has some nutritional values such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate. It also has dietary fiber, which is very high in potassium and very low in sodium. This combination is ideal for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Chayote squash is also used for medicinal purposes such as the treatment of vascular diseases and kidney stones. Because of the nutritional values, chayote squash can give, other countries have conducted a research on chayote squash as part of an alternative feeding in some countries such as Mexico. There have been studies about other nutritional values of a chayote squash.

 

Chayote squash patty is a cheaper alternative for expensive vegan burgers.

 

Growing a Chayote Squash

The chayote squash is available all throughout the year. Fall is the peak season for harvest. If you plan to grow a chayote squash in your yard, you may start planting the whole fruit 3 to 4 weeks after the last average frost date in spring. You may do this when the weather has warmed. It is best to grow a chayote squash in summer when the weather varies from very warm to hot. It is best to plant it in tropical or subtropical regions. Chayote squash may require 120 to 150 frost-free days before you can harvest them.

When watering chayote squash, just give it even, regular water and make sure that you don’t let the soil dry out. Adding aged compost to the planting bed before planting the chayote squash may also help grow healthy plants. Although gardening may seem easy to do, the process is a little bit tricky. With this, you might need several tools and gadget to achieve a healthy garden successfully. One of these tools is the digital PH meters to test the acidity of the soil or water that you use in your garden

 

You can also make vegetable fritters from chayote squash.

Different Applications with Chayote Squash

There are a lot of ways on how to cook chayote squash. It may be eaten raw or cooked. If a chayote squash is not yet matured or is young, you may slice or shred it in salads. You may also serve it with other ingredients like cabbage, citrus, and fresh herbs for a healthier dish. It may also be pickled and preserved. Others way to serve chayote squash is a grill, stir-fry, boil, steam, and bake.

Moreover, a ripe chayote squash can be boiled, mashed, roasted, and served just like how you serve potatoes. You can also peel and slice the chayote squash and add it to soups, stews, curries, and casseroles. However, in this section, we will share how to make a patty from chayote squash. Patty is a favorite kid’s choice of food. This recipe is indeed a creative way to incorporate vegetables into your child’s favorite dish.

Chayote squash can be sliced and shredded into a salad

 

How To Make a Patty From Chayote Squash

Do you want to know how to make a patty from a chayote squash? Here’s an easy and fun recipe for you to try! To start with, you will need the following.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Chayote is packed with nutrients that are good for the body.

How to cook it:

  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.

Chayote Squash Patties Printable Recipe:

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Chayote Squash Patties
 
Learn how to use chayote squash and get an easy 15-minute recipe for chayote patties - perfect vegetarian burgers. A nutritious vegan option.
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Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound Portobello mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned (drained)
  • 1 cup chayote squash (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ chopped almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Put olive oil in a large sauté pan and wait until it becomes hot.
  2. Add the onion and stir to coat it with oil.
  3. Sauté the onion with medium heat fire for 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat until it becomes brownish in color and the juice is released from the mushrooms.
  5. Lower the heat to medium fire and add ginger root, corn, chayote squash and sauté them for 4 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture looks like chopped meat.
  7. Form the mixture into patties and place them on a grill until the color turns brown. You may also place them under a broiler.
  8. Serve with grilled onions and tomatoes.
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Now you know how to make a patty from chayote squash, you can now enjoy a healthy and delicious meal you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Don’t forget to share it with your friends!

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Looking for other healthy recipe ideas? Try these:

Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Best Organic Sunday Dinner Recipes

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia

 

 

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Rum Punch – A Girls’ Night Favorite

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Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls’ night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior.

 

Fruity Rum Punch

A Girls’ Night Favorite

 

Getting together with my girl friends is something to which I look forward. We have such a fun and stress-free time on Girls’ Night. It doesn’t really matter if we just sit a round chatting, or if we are working on a charitable project, crafting, or playing games. What is always part of our time together is camaraderie, laughter, and great food and drink.

Today, I’d like to share one of our favorite recipes, Fruity Rum Punch. It is super easy to make and can be done one at a time or in a large batch — great for parties. This punch features Bacardi Superior, which is absolutely perfect for summer rum punches.

 

Fruity Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ounces – Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces – Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces – Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce – Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  1. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  1. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  1. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  1. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.

Notes:

  • This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
  • You can switch out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum to add another fruity layer to the drink.
  • Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.

 

Rum Punch Printable Recipe!

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Rum Punch
 
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Your friends will love this fruity rum punch at your next girls' night party. Refreshing, delicious, and pretty. Made with Bacardi Superior. Check out #RumInTheSun for more tasty recipes using rum, a fabulously versatile spirit.
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Type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients:
  • 2 Ounces - Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Ounces - Orange Juice
  • 1-1/2 Ounces - Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Ounce - Grenadine
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • Ice
  • Orange (slices for garnish)
  • Lime (slices for garnish, and the squeeze)
  • Pineapple Chunks (optional garnish)
  • Add another layer of fruity deliciousness by switching out the Bacardi Superior for Bacardi Banana Flavored Rum.
Directions:
  1. Fill glass with the desired amount of ice cubes.
  2. Pour Bacardi Superior Rum over ice.
  3. Add Orange Juice, Pineapple, and Grenadine.
  4. Squeeze a little Lime into the drink, and stir.
  5. Garnish with Orange slices and Lime slices.
Notes
This recipe serves one, but you can easily multiply the recipe to make a pitcher or punch bowl full. Enjoy!
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Girls’ Night Ideas

Looking for some great ideas for activities with your friends? Give these a try.

Outings:

  • Go to a Live Music Concert
  • Hit a local Street Fair or Festival
  • Go sing Karaoke

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Group Projects:

  • Organize a Locks of Love Cut-a-thon
  • Crochet hats for Knots of Love
  • Craft ornaments for a seniors’ home

Great Games:

  • Bunco
  • Catch Phrase
  • Taboo
  • Pictionary

Whatever you are doing, make the most of it with some great eats and drinks, like this Bacardi Superior Fruity Rum Punch!

You can find more great recipe ideas and tons of fun with Bacardi Superior by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

So, do you have any great rum recipes or ideas for girls’ night?

 

 

 

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