Hot Tea for Everything! + HM #217

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Hot Tea for Everything! + HM #217

There is nothing better than hot tea to make you feel cozy and wonderful. Whether the weather is cold and wet or not, tea is definitely a comfort. I love the memories a nice cuppa tea renders of lovely moments shared with my mother and grandmother, of the tea parties with my daughter and nieces, or even just some quiet “me” time cuddled up by the fire with a good book. Hot tea or tea in general also has many health and beauty benefits. The gals of Home Matters are sharing all sorts of fun things — all related to tea in celebration of National Hot Tea Month. Enjoy!

 

Sweet Cinnamon Milk Tea from Ginni @ Hello Little Home

 

DIY Paper Tea Cup Printable Template from Susan @ Oh My, Creative!

 

The Helpful Powers of Drinking Tea from Healthy.Happy.Smart

 

Tea in the Garden + 3 Tea Sandwich Recipes from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

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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

5 from 1 reviews
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.
from:
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.
3.5.3226

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.

Looking for great ideas to ring in the New Year? Check out the Oriental Trading New Year’s Eve collection!
 

 

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German Pancakes A Traditional Family Recipe

This shop, German Pancakes A Traditional Family Recipe, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CapturingTraditions #CollectiveBias

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

5 from 1 reviews
German Pancakes Recipe
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
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.
from:
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.
3.5.3226

 

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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.

If you are looking for more Recipe Inspiration click the Social Hub here.

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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A Cinnamon Roll Morning…

Mmm, Mmm, Good!

Do not ask me why I felt I had to pop out of bed this morning at 5 AM… It just shouldn’t happen; however, I have thoroughly enjoyed my blissful morning of quiet solitude. A fresh pot of coffee and piping hot cinnamon rolls straight from the oven, some blog reading, and a little chat with the girls in my blogging buddy group. All this while getting two loads of laundry finished!

These cinnamon rolls are from one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, and they are DELICIOUS! If you don’t have the time nor inclination to bake your own, Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls are a fabulous alternative.

I feel like I can tackle anything today, as though I will get a lot accomplished. And the Lord knows, I have a lot on my plate right now. I am still trying to get some sort of support out of Christopher. It is unbelievable how much work (and even money) it costs to get this all handled. Grrr… Back to more pleasant thoughts…

BlogHer hosts NaBloPoMo each month. It is where you publish a blog post every day for one month. This months theme is, Connect. Today they asked this question:

Do you think you still spend the same amount of time connecting in the face-to-face world now that socializing is so easy online?

I started think of all the ways in which I connect with people, and realized that over the years, the forms of connection are in a continual state of flux. As you grow-up and go to school you are in a seemingly constant face-to-face connection (sometimes to your chagrin), Then you move onto the hormonal stage of connection where face-to-face turns lip-to-lip. And along come children… and your entire form of connection changes again.

Kirk and Rory – This picture was taken 16-years ago today – July 3, 1997

When children come into the picture, life connections turn more inward bound–toward your family and home. Life becomes so busy. You have to really make an effort to step outside and have “friend time”. Then the children go off to school, and you go off to Starbucks with the moms after drop-off for a cup o’ joe and a return to face-to-face connections. More up close connecting takes charge of your schedule as you take the kiddies to swimming lessons, little league baseball, soccer, or ballet. And then they hit high school, where your connections are put on the chopping block, but you manage to hang on to some tidbits.

So now, you separate from your husband (well at least I did), and begin divorce proceedings, and your connections change again. You find yourself looking for new friends, taking up karaoke perhaps…*grin*. Karaoke is a great stress reliever, and some place to meet new and interesting people (sometimes too interesting, LOL). I am a people person, I like being around people, whether it’s out on the town, or hanging at home. I think human connection can’t be beat.

However, connecting with people online gives you the versatility to meet people from all around the world. You get to learn about their country, their culture, their lives–sometimes it’s not so different from your very own. In fact, it was an online friend of mine from England that persuaded me to finally give karaoke a shot. I love to sing, and he loved to sing karaoke. So it was through talking with him that I finally got up the nerve to seek out a place to sing karaoke…and came back with Luke as a wonderful friend, and now the best boyfriend ever.

My preference in connections is a healthy mix of both face-to-face and online. For me, I would say that mix would run about 2/3 face-to-face and 1/3 online. This morning, it’s been sitting here with my blogging buddies, drinking coffee, and nibbling on yummy cinnamon rolls. I love all of my friends either in person or on social media.

Shout out to the Pre-Blogging Buddy Group at Blogelina, the SITSgirls, and NaBloPoMo!

 

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