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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Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

 

This shop, Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe, has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #GoldPeakLattes #CollectiveBias

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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Pick up Gold Peak Tea Lattes and Coffee Drinks

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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Breakfast Recipes Packed With Protein, Coconut, And Blueberries

Vegan recipes that provide the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning. Have a Coconut Smoothie or Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast or snack.

 

Breakfast Recipes

Packed with Protein, Coconut, and Blueberries

In today’s fast food-oriented culture, it is vital more than ever, to seek out healthy and nutritious alternatives for one’s diet. Vegan selections provide such an option. This certainly includes breakfast, which is often considered by experts to be the most important meal of the day. Indeed, with a full day of activities in store, you want to have the nutritional energy to start your day off successfully.

This typically entails meal offerings high in protein and low in starchy carbohydrates. In addition, you are probably going to desire a morning meal that does not take up too much of your valuable time preparing. With this in mind, here are the vegan breakfast recipes that are exactly what the doctor ordered – delicious, nutritious and easy to whip up.

Creamy Coconut Flavored Protein Smoothie

This is an easily prepared breakfast option that seems more like a delectable treat, rather than the nutritious repast that it actually is. Not only will you find this healthy morning shake with a crushed ice right from your home cooler to be a delicious offering, but also fulfilling, due in part, to the respectable portions of protein (21 grams) and fiber (7 grams) that each serving contains.

Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • 1 scoop cup of protein powder (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana (frozen)
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk (non-sweetened)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (non-sweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut cream (this is optional)
  • ½ cup of crushed ice

Once you have all of your ingredients assembled and ready to go, the next couple of steps quick and easy. First, take all of your ingredients, except the coconut cream, and place in a blender. Blend your ingredients until they attain a creamy consistency.

Next, pour the contents from the blender into a large cup or glass. Separately, mix your coconut cream in a small bowl until contents become fluffy. Finally, pour the coconut cream on top of your smoothie. Your morning protein smoothie is now ready to serve.

Printable Recipe

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Creamy Coconut Flavored Protein Smoothie
 
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A delicious and healthy Vegan recipe that provides the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning.
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Type: Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop cup of protein powder (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana (frozen)
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk (non-sweetened)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes (non-sweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut cream (this is optional)
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
Directions:
  1. Take all of your ingredients, except the coconut cream, and place in a blender.
  2. Blend your ingredients until they attain a creamy consistency.
  3. Pour the contents from the blender into a large cup or glass.
  4. Separately, mix your coconut cream in a small bowl until contents become fluffy.
  5. Pour the coconut cream on top of your smoothie.
  6. Your morning protein smoothie is now ready to serve.
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Protein Rich Blueberry Pancakes

No breakfast is complete without the presence of a few fluffy, golden brown pancakes. This high-protein vegan offering has the right balance of tradition, nutrition, and preparation ease to make it a first-choice culinary favorite for the entire family. In fact, with only 15 minutes required to prepare this meal, this pancake recipe is particularly inviting to early risers on the move.

You will need the following ingredients to get started:

  • ½ scoop cup of your favorite protein powder (vanilla works best)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup of oat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of almond milk (non-sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of egg whites
  • 1 fresh, large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of apple sauce (non-sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries (fresh)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup

With your ingredients on hand, it is time to prepare your batter. Begin by placing all of your dry ingredients (i.e. oat and coconut flour, baking powder, etc.) into a properly sized mixing bowl. Stir until contents are thoroughly combined. Once this is complete, add your wet ingredients, plus your eggs, to the dry contents in the mixing bowl. Stir until the contents are evenly mixed. Now it is time to add in your blueberries (or other berry options if you so desire).

Stir to combine all your ingredients. Let your mixed batter sit for about 5 minutes. While you are waiting for a batter, you can begin prepping your cooking pan by preheating and adding cooking spray (preferably non-stick). You are now ready to begin cooking. Pour ¼ to 1/3 cup of batter per pancake into your cooking pan. Cook each side of your pancakes for approximately 3 minutes or until the coloring becomes brownish gold. Now you are ready to serve and enjoy.

Printable Recipe

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Protein Rich Blueberry Pancakes
 
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A delicious and healthy Vegan recipe that provides the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning.
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Type: Breakfast
Ingredients:
  • ½ scoop cup of your favorite protein powder (vanilla works best)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup of oat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of almond milk (non-sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of egg whites
  • 1 fresh, large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of apple sauce (non-sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup of blueberries (fresh)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
Directions:
  1. Prepare your batter.
  2. Begin by placing all of your dry ingredients (i.e. oat and coconut flour, baking powder, etc.) into a properly sized mixing bowl.
  3. Stir until contents are thoroughly combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients, plus your eggs, to the dry contents in the mixing bowl.
  5. Stir until evenly mixed.
  6. Add blueberries (or other berry options if you so desire).
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Let your mixed batter sit for about 5 minutes.
  9. Prepping your cooking pan by preheating and adding cooking spray (preferably non-stick).
  10. Once ready, pour ¼ to 1/3 cup of batter per pancake into your cooking pan.
  11. Cook each side of your pancakes for approximately 3 minutes or until the coloring becomes brownish gold.
  12. Serve and enjoy.
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These are just two great vegan recipes that provide the protein and flavor you want first thing in the morning. If you are looking for a healthy alternative that will not impact negatively on your time and happens to be delicious, you cannot go wrong with these offerings.


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Find more from Amily at the Secrets of Vegan Baking blog.

 

 

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Recipe Roundup – Top 16 Recipes of 2016

It’s the end of the year, and that means it is time to reminisce and take a look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 recipes of the year and bring you a tasty recipe roundup in the process. Get your taste buds ready!

 

Top 16 Recipes of 2016

A Recipe Roundup from Life With Lorelai

We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one recipe on the blog this past year.

16.

Pumpkin Rice Pudding

 

15.

Mini Taco Scoops

 

14.

Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

13.

Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions

 

12.

How To Make A Killer Cake

 

11.

Peanut Butter & Raspberry Smoothie

 

10.

Strawberry Jalapeño Glazed Chicken

 

9.

Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

 

8.

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

 

7.

Sugar Cookies

 

6.

Snickers Mini Pudding Parfaits

 

5.

Breakfast B.L.T.

 

4.

Caramel Creme Pie

 

3.

Fresh Orange Bundt Cake

 

2.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

 

May we have a drum roll, please…

We are proud to announce the TOP RECIPE of 2016

1.

Smore’s Cookies

 

2016 has been a yummy year! We look forward to sharing more wonderful recipes with you in the coming year. Have a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!

 

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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvre Recipe

If you are looking for something spectacular to serve your guests as an appetizer this holiday season, then here is the recipe for you. This elegant and easy hors d’oeuvre features flavorful Stella Cheese.


Cheese, Fig, & Basil Hors d’oeuvres

An Elegant and Easy Stella Cheese Recipe

 

Are you hosting a holiday party for friends or maybe the big family celebration? These events can be stressful; but relax, I have you covered with a great tip. MAKE SIMPLE FOOD!

Now, simple food does not have to be boring or bland. Use quality ingredients and rich, bold flavor combinations to tantalize your taste buds. Stella Cheeses are a perfect addition to any appetizer.

The old world craftsmanship and rich dairy heritage of Stella Cheeses date back to 1923. These quality flavorful cheeses come in many varieties from shredded to crumbled, and sharp to sweet, and always adds a hint of romantic flavor. Your guests will adore Stella Cheeses.

I paired Stella’s savory Romano Cheese with a Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread and a sprig of Basil atop a mini toast. It does not get much simpler than this, folks! The flavors burst in your mouth, and the toast offers a very satisfying crunch. Not only does this hors d’oeuvre taste amazing, it is absolutely gorgeous — perfect for a festive holiday party or any occasion. Here is my recipe, and it has only four ingredients.

 

Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d’oeuvres Recipe


Ingredients:

  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast

Directions:

  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.

 

Elegant. Festive. Delicious. Easy.

I’ve made this even easier with a Printable Recipe:

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Cheese, Fig, and Basil Hors d'oeuvre Recipe
 
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A spectacular hors d'oeuvre for holiday entertaining. Your guests will love this appetizer, and it's an elegant and easy recipe with a wonderful flavor and crunch.
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Type: Appetizer
Serves: 12 pieces
Ingredients:
  • Stella Romano Cheese
  • Dalmatia Fig and Cocoa Fruit Spread (you can use any fruit spread you like)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mini Toast
Directions:
  1. Slice small pieces of Romano Cheese.
  2. Stir Fruit Spread to loosen it up, then spoon a dollop on a mini toast.
  3. Top with Romano Cheese.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh Basil.
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Your schedule and your guests will love this simple and tasty appetizer. Serve it at your next party! Try it with other cheese or fruit spread combinations.

Find Stella Parmesan Cheese, Romano, Asiago, and all the other wonderful varieties at a local store near you. Locate where to buy here. Look for another Stella Cheese Recipe here.

 

Stella Cheeses has an AMAZING CONTEST going on right NOW! You can ENTER TO WIN The Perfect Pair Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 trip to Napa Valley,  California, wine country! CLICK HERE to enter.

 

I wish you good luck in the contest. Have wonderful holidays, and enjoy your entertaining with this easy recipe and Stella Cheeses!

 

 

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Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe – Slow Cooker

This Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGreats #CollectiveBias

Make your Game Day Great with Coca-Cola Pulled Pork! This slow cooker recipe will knock your socks off. It’s super easy and bursting with flavor. Serve it as an appetizer, snack, or main meal.

 

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe

An Easy Slow Cooker Meal

 

Football season in our neck-of-the-woods is always an exciting time, but this year you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who hasn’t been bitten by the grid iron bug. And that means home-gating viewing parties!

Nobody wants to miss the game because they are busy in the kitchen. This snack work its own magic in the slow cooker, so you have time to prepare other things, and keeping you in the game.

Football games and great snacks bring family and friends together — cheering on their team or even having a little rivalry. Everything is fun and games when you have tasty food to munch on with friends.

So, whether you are hosting a watching party or taking a dish for a game day potluck, this Coca-Cola Pulled Pork recipe will score a touchdown.

How-To Make Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Pork Roast
  • 1/4 Cup – Minced Onion
  • 1 Liter – Coca-Cola Classic (2 – 1/2 L bottles)
  • 1 – 18oz bottle  – Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Turn Slow Cooker on to the High setting.
  2. Mince Onions and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Put in the Boneless Pork Roast.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  5. Pour in bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  6. Add the 2 bottles of Coca-Cola Classic
  7. Cover and let simmer for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks.
  9. Return pork to the sauce in the slow cooker, continue to simmer until time to serve.

HACK:

After pouring the barbecue sauce into the crock, add a little bit of Coca-Cola to the bottle and gently turn the bottle. The barbecue sauce will incorporate with the Coca-Cola and you can pour it all into the slow cooker. It’s a great tip for not wasting a drop of barbecue sauce!

Serving:

You can transfer the pulled pork to a bowl, or leave it in the crock pot for serving. This barbecue pork makes a fantastic appetizer or snack served on RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT, or Wheat Thins, perfect for any game day bashes! Top with a little shredded cheese for a little something fancy.

Printable Recipe

 

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Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe - Slow Cooker
 
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Make your own Coca-Cola Pulled Pork! This slow cooker recipe will knock your socks off. It's super easy and bursting with flavor. Appetizer or main dish.
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Type: Appetizer / Main DIsh
Ingredients:
  • Boneless Pork Roast
  • 1/4 Cup - Minced Onion
  • 1 Liter - Coca-Cola Classic (2 - 1/2 L bottles)
  • 1 - 18oz bottle - Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Turn Slow Cooker on to the High setting.
  2. Mince Onions and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Put in the Boneless Pork Roast.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  5. Pour in bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  6. Add the 2 bottles of Coca-Cola Classic
  7. Cover and let simmer for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks.
  9. Return pork to the sauce in the slow cooker, continue to simmer until time to serve.
Notes
HACK:

After pouring the barbecue sauce into the crock, add a little bit of Coca-Cola to the bottle and gently turn the bottle. The barbecue sauce will incorporate with the Coca-Cola and you can pour it all into the slow cooker. It's a great tip for not wasting a drop of barbecue sauce!
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It’s super easy to make this delicious game day recipe. We pick up our Coca-Cola and crackers at Ralphs. You can find your local Kroger Banner store here.

Add Coca-Cola Pulled Pork to your menu for the next football game! It is definitely one of the #GameDayGreats

How do you like your pulled pork — RITZ, TRISCUIT, or Wheat Thins? Tell me what cracker team you are on!

 

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Apples For Everything – It’s Apple Season!

The fall season is a great time for remembering those cherished moments with family and friends. I am sure some of those memories include apples in some way — apple picking, baking with apples, crafting, or even an aromatic body scrub or bubble bath.

I am lucky enough to be a part of the Apple Event for #SoFabSeasons along with many other fabulous bloggers. I’m so happy to be sharing all of the Apple themed posts today from many wonderful members of the Social Fabric community. There is something for everyone. I know you will enjoy!

 

DESSERT RECIPES

Home and Garden Cafe – Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream

Joy’s Life – Apple Pie Dessert Pizza

Kitchen Concoctions – Toffee Apple Pie Cookies

The Bandit Lifestyle – Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall

Roasted Beanz – Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie

Wondermom Wannabe – Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce

Anti June Cleaver – Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall

Basic N Delicious – Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Mostly Homemade Mom – Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

Little Blog in the Country – Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling

Diana Rambles – Apple Spice Dump Cake

The Tip Toe Fairy – Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler

Five Marigolds – Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip

Intelligent Domestications – Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing

Home Maid Simple – Easy Apple Crisp

More or Less Cooking – Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake

My Big Fat Happy Life – Skinny Caramel Ice Cream

An Alli Event – Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Tobin’s Tastes – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Ginger Casa – Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble

Sweet Sensations – Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust

A Labor of Life – How to Make Delicious Apple Roses

Julie Is Coco and Cocoa – Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings

Polka Dotted Blue Jay – Mini Carmel Apple Bites

Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life – No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies

Being Tazim – Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free

Upstate Ramblings – Caramel Apple Cake

Lily the Wandering Gypsy – Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze

Rebecca Lately – Baked Apple Recipe

Simple Food 365 – Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Mama Plus One – Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

Bento Lunch (dot) net – Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

 

MORE APPLE RECIPES

Broken TeePee – Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini

Revel & Glitter – Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad

Happy Go Lucky – Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip

Honest and Truly – Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes

Smiling Notes – Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes

Creative Southern Home – Apple Bread

Beyond Mommying – Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Momcrieff – Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack

Tiaras and Tantrums – Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks

Injenious Life – Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins

Everyday Party – Simple Caramel Apple Cider

A Paper Arrow – Apple Bread for the Fall

Happy and Blessed Home – Delicious Apple Recipes

Mom Saves Money – DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings

Gluesticks Blog – Baked Apple Chips

Life With Lorelai – Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

Ava’s Alphabet – Baked Apple Pancake

Life with Lovebugs – Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins

For the Love of Crust – Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider

Oat & Sesame – Maple Your Applesauce

Southern Mom Loves – Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe

My Life Cookbook – Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread (Gluten Free)

 

ACTIVITIES

Tales of Mommyhood – Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity

Mama Luvs Books – Apple Picking in Rhode Island

Kori at Home – Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables

Jenny at Dapperhouse – DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game

To & Fro – Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family

 

CRAFTS

Little Mama Jama – Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Creative Ramblings – Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign

Woods of Bell Trees – Quilted Apple Pillow

For What It’s Worth – Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft

The Kennedy Adventures – Paper Plate Apple Craft

Babs Projects – Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches

Great Contradictions – Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables

 

BEAUTY

Momerish – Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering

 

Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!

Check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you’re looking for!

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Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

I love the Fall Season! Everything about it is gorgeous and wonderful — the colors, the scents, the flavors, and the warmth of family and friends. Here is one of my favorite autumn bread recipes, but it is delicious any time of year! #SoFabSeasons

Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread

A Scrumptious Autumn Recipe

 

Want to make your home smell amazing? Bake this bread! This is a recipe I created as part of writing one of my books. My character, Mrs. Griffin, is famous for her baked delights, and her Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread does not disappoint.

The recipe is easy to prepare, and clean-up is a snap too. Your friends and family will love sharing this bread with you, and it makes a great homemade gift.

Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

Caramels, Apple Pie Filling, Caramel Sauce, Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda,  Salt, Granulated Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg.

How-To:

  • Start by sifting your Flour into a large bowl.
  • Add the Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt, mix well.
  • Whisk in the ground Cinnamon, ground Cloves, and ground Nutmeg until evenly combined; set aside and allow the flour mixture to become aromatic.
  • If using whole Caramels, cut them into pieces; set aside.

  • Pour Apple Pie Filling into a medium bowl, and use a pastry blender to chop the apples into smaller pieces.
  • Mix Dark Brown Sugar, Butter, and flour in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In another large bowl (I use my stand mixer), Blend butter and Granulated Sugar until creamy.
  • Add Eggs, one at a time, and beat slightly after each addition.
  • Spoon your chopped apple pie filling into the butter mixture, and stir to combine.
  • Scatter in the caramel pieces or bits, leaving a handful aside for the topping. Mix well.
  • Heavily butter the baking pan getting into every corner. Dust with flour.
  • Pour a thin layer of batter into the bottom of the loaf pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F

  • Make Caramel Sauce (see my recipe)
  • Add Caramel Sauce to remaining bread batter, swirling it in for marbling — do not stir thoroughly.
  • Pour remaining batter into the loaf pan
  • Crumble the dark brown sugar topping mixture over the top, and dot with remaining caramel bits or pieces.

  • Bake 50-70 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (It is a moist type bread, so if you hit caramel or apple, the toothpick may not be completely clean).
  • Check your bread about 20-30 minutes into baking, if it is browning quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil to slow browning. Keep in mind that this is a darker bread, however.
  • Let cool COMPLETELY in the baking pan on a wire rack.

 

Printable Recipe – Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread:

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Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread
 
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Try this scrumptious Autumn bread recipe that makes your taste buds water The caramel, apples, and spices fills your home with the aromatic scents of Fall. Perfect for entertaining, gift giving, or anytime at all.
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Type: Bread
Serves: 1 Loaf
Ingredients:
  • 1/3 Cup + handful - Caramels (cut into pieces or Caramel Bits) (handful for topping)
  • 1 (21 oz. can) - Apple Pie Filling
  • 1/2 Cup - Homemade Caramel Sauce (amount not exact, to desired)
  • 2 Cups + 2 teaspoons - Flour (2 tsp. for topping)
  • 2 teaspoons - Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/2 Cup - Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup - Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Stick (1/2 Cup) - Butter (softened) (1/4 cup - batter, 1 Tbs. - topping, pan)
  • 2 - Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon - Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Ground Nutmeg
Directions:
  1. Sift 2 Cups Flour into a large bowl.
  2. Add the Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt, mix well.
  3. Whisk in the Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, and Ground Nutmeg until evenly combined; set aside and allow the flour mixture to become aromatic.
  4. If using whole Caramels, cut them into pieces; set aside.
  5. Pour Apple Pie Filling into a medium bowl, and use a pastry blender to chop the apples into smaller pieces.
  6. Mix Dark Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Butter, and 2 teaspoons flour in a small bowl; set aside.
  7. In another large bowl (I use my stand mixer), Blend 1/4 Cup butter and Granulated Sugar until creamy.
  8. Add Eggs, one at a time, and beat slightly after each addition.
  9. Spoon your chopped apple pie filling into the butter mixture, and stir to combine.
  10. Scatter in 1/3 Cup Caramel bits or pieces, Mix well.
  11. Heavily butter the baking pan getting into every corner. Dust with flour.
  12. Pour a thin layer of batter into the bottom of the loaf pan.
  13. Preheat oven to 350° F
  14. Make Homemade Caramel Sauce (see my recipe)
  15. Add Homemade Caramel Sauce as desired to remaining bread batter, swirling it in for marbling -- do not stir thoroughly.
  16. Pour remaining batter into the loaf pan
  17. Crumble the dark brown sugar topping mixture over the top, and dot with remaining caramel bits or pieces.
  18. Bake 50-70 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (It is a moist type bread, so if you hit caramel or apple, the toothpick may not be completely clean).
  19. Check your bread about 20-30 minutes into baking, if it is browning quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil to slow browning. Keep in mind that this is a darker bread, however.
  20. Let cool COMPLETELY in the baking pan on a wire rack.
Notes
1.) You can split this recipe into 2 small loafs. Reduce baking time to 25-40 minutes.

Serving Suggestion:
Makes a fantastic dessert topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and a Homemade Caramel Sauce drizzle.
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Printable recipe – Homemade Caramel Sauce:

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Homemade Caramel Sauce
 
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A wonderfully easy Caramel Sauce perfect for drizzling desserts, stirring into coffee or tea, adding to recipes, and more. Delicious!
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Type: Sauce
Serves: 3/4 Cup
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 Cup - Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup - Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup - Boiling Water
Directions:
  1. Mix both Sugars and get the lumps out.
  2. Spread sugar evenly over the bottom of a heavy skillet (i use cast iron).
  3. Place over medium heat.
  4. Stir gently with a wooden spoon, moving sugar constantly to the hottest pat of the pan until melted to a syrup.
  5. Lower heat.
  6. Very gradually add Boiling Water.
  7. The sugar may become hard again, but it will melt in a few minutes.
  8. Stir constantly to avoid scorching.
  9. Simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes (longer if needed) letting the hardened sugar re-melt, and allowing the syrup to reduce and thicken.slightly. (If it is too thick when cold, add a little hot water and boil again.
Notes
Clean-up may look daunting, but a little hot water and a scouring sponge melts the mess away in minutes.

This sauce is used in my Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread recipe.
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If you love caramel and apples, you will absolutely adore this tasty Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, coffee or tea, or even as a dessert topped with vanilla ice cream and a Homemade Caramel Sauce drizzle.

This recipe is part of the #SoFabSeasons Apples Event. Watch for the round-up next Friday, September 30th!

You might also enjoy my Fresh Orange Bundt Cake Recipe.

 

 

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Mini Taco Scoops Recipe

Mini Taco Scoops

For Game Day or Any Day…

Oh, boy! Is your mouth watering just looking at that picture? Mine is. These Mini Taco Scoops are so scrumptious. They burst with flavor, and are super easy to make too.

I previewed these Mini Taco Scoops in my Game Day Party post that featured the Snickers Mini Pudding Parfaits along with the Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches. So, be sure to check that out, because these snacks make a perfect trio.

 

Mini Taco Scoops

The Ingredients Are Simple:

Tostitos Scoops, Hamburger, Taco Seasoning, Tostitos Chunky Salsa (I used the medium flavor), Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, and Fresh Cilantro.

Here’s What You Do:

  • In a skillet, brown your Hamburger Meat making sure to stir it well, so the hamburger breaks down into smaller pieces
  • Drain off any excess juices
  • Add one packet of Taco Seasoning according to the packet instructions
  • Now it is time to layer your Mini Taco Scoop

  • Take a Tostitos Scoop and put a small amount of Taco-Flavored Hamburger in it
  • Then add a little Salsa
  • Add a tiny dollop of Sour Cream
  • Sprinkle some Shredded Cheese
  • Top with a Fresh Cilantro leaf

That’s it, you’re finished! These small bites are a perfect amuse bouche (Top Chef would be proud – LOL). The flavors are wonderful, and the fresh cilantro really makes them pop…YUM!

You can make the Mini Taco Scoops and place them on a platter, or you can set up a build-your-own Mini Taco Scoops Bar. I like to do both. I have a platter of them on the table and set up the bar around them. That way, guests know what they are supposed to look like when they go to make their own.

These tasty snacks go quickly, so be sure to have plenty of fixings!

Want a Printable Recipe? Get it Here!

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Mini Taco Scoops
 
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An Easy and Delicious Appetizer Snack that bursts with the flavors of Mexico! Perfect for Game Day or any Party.
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Type: Appetizer
Ingredients:
  • Tostitos Scoops
  • Hamburger (coordinate the amount with the Taco Seasoning, usually 1 lb. per packet)
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Tostitos Chunky Salsa (I used the medium flavor)
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Fresh Cilantro
Directions:
  1. In a skillet, brown your Hamburger Meat making sure to stir it well, so the hamburger breaks down into smaller pieces
  2. Drain off any excess juices
  3. Add one packet of Taco Seasoning according to the packet instructions
  4. Now it is time to layer your Mini Taco Scoop
  5. Take a Tostitos Scoop and put a small amount of Taco-Flavored Hamburger in it
  6. Then add a little Salsa
  7. Add a tiny dollop of Sour Cream
  8. Sprinkle some Shredded Cheese
  9. Top with a Fresh Cilantro leaf
Notes
Make the Mini Taco Scoops and place them on a platter, or you can set up a build-your-own Mini Taco Scoops Bar. I like to do both. I have a platter of them on the table and set up the bar around them. that way guests know what they are supposed to look like when they go to make them on their own.
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Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches

Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches

You Won’t Believe How Easy These Tasty Treats Are!

 

In my Game Day Party post, I included these amazing little frozen snacks. But, I wanted to share with you just how easy they are to make. You will be shocked! I know I was. I do have to confess, these Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches had a slightly different beginning…

My original ideas was to let the ice cream sandwiches thaw just a little and push skittles onto the ice cream sides (creating a rainbow of polka-dots), and then, re-freeze them. This did not work. The whole Skittles were too heavy for the slightly melted ice cream, and they would not stay in place. What a mess I had! Then, Rory told me of something she had seen while cruising Pinterest that got her attention. I wish I had the PIN to link to, because they deserve some credit.

UPDATE: Rory found the PIN. It’s for a Skittles Poke Cake–click here.

So, get out your Magic Bullet, Ninja, or whatever food processor you have, and let’s get busy!

Skittles Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

This recipe has only TWO INGREDIENTS:

  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Skittles

Here’s what you do:

  • Line a baking dish with Wax Paper
  • Keep your Ice Cream Sandwiches in the Freezer. Work with them from there, one at a time

  • Take a small handful of Skittles and put them in your processor.

  • Pulse it a few times until you have Skittles Powder with some tiny chunks left in it. You will be surprised how fast this goes!
  • Pour the Skittles powder into a container with an air-tight lid
  • Repeat and Make enough Skittles powder to coat the edges of your ice cream sandwiches

  • Put some of the Skittles powder onto a small plate
  • Take your first Ice Cream Sandwich out of the freezer, and unwrap it. I cut my sandwiches in half to have smaller snack-size treats.

  • Tap the ice cream edges in the Skittles powder until all sides are covered

  • Place Skittles crusted sandwich in the wax paper lined dish and put into freezer
  • Repeat these steps until all of your Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches are made
  • Once finished, cover the dish with Plastic Wrap

 

And here is what you end up with…

 

See how they look on your Game Day table?

 

Here is a Printable Recipe just for You!

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Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
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A super easy and delicious ice cream treat with the taste of the rainbow--Skittles.
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Type: Dessert
Ingredients:
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Skittles
Directions:
  1. Line a baking dish with Wax Paper
  2. Keep your Ice Cream Sandwiches in the Freezer. Work with them from there, one at a time
  3. Take a small handful of Skittles and put them in your processor.
  4. Pulse it a few times until you have Skittles Powder with some tiny chunks left in it. You will be surprised how fast this goes!
  5. Pour the Skittles powder into a container with an air-tight lid
  6. Repeat and Make enough Skittles powder to coat the edges of your ice cream sandwiches
  7. Put some of the Skittles powder onto a small plate
  8. Take your first Ice Cream Sandwich out of the freezer, and unwrap it. I cut my sandwiches in half to have smaller snack-size treats.
  9. Tap the ice cream edges in the Skittles powder until all sides are covered
  10. Place Skittles crusted sandwich in the wax paper lined dish and put into freezer
  11. Repeat these steps until all of your Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches are made
  12. Once finished, cover the dish with Plastic Wrap
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I know you and your family will enjoy these scrumptious Skittles Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Have you ever seen or heard of Skittles Powder before?

What ideas do you have for tasty treats using Skittles?

 

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