The holiday season is upon us. Here are 10 easy appetizer ideas that will surely impress your guests or party host!
Contributed by Alaska from Scratch.
December has arrived and the holidays are in full swing. We’re wearing our scarves and boots and warm winter coats. We’re making Christmas cards and hanging stockings. We’re taking to the town with our shopping lists in one hand and hot, steaming seasonal coffee shop beverages in the other.
In light of all this holiday cheer, here is one splendid coffee-shop inspired Christmas cookie recipe. These cookies are packed full of Christmas splendor. This simple shortbread is tender and buttery, full of chocolate and coffee flavor, and topped with an easy mocha glaze and crushed peppermint. You’ll absolutely want to add these to your Christmas baking list. They travel and package well for food gifts, too, for all the holiday-coffee-lovers in your life.
Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies
I thought I’d share this because it’s a huge part of our family……we eat butcher block dinners almost 5 nights a week.
I buy veggies in large quantities from Costco and we chop them up every night into finger food. Veggies vary by season but they typically include a variation of the following: celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli. We sample cheese, fruit and crackers too. On the weekends I’ll add in a few sushi rolls. I use large platters that I get from the 99 cent store….and everyone gets their own platter because each plate is usually a little different:
(Note: Boo is a little picky at times…..so she might get a chicken tender thrown in……or a few pieces of hamburger.) [Read more…]
I made “hard boiled” eggs this morning…..in the oven…..and they turned out perfectly…..with one variation: if you rotate the eggs halfway through your cooking time, you won’t get a dark spot on the bottom of the egg from the hot pan.
Some genius cooking and kitchen ideas I’ve come across! Enjoy! [Read more…]
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These spicy green beans are a wok favorite around the Lil Blue Boo house. I serve them with Trader Joe’s jasmine rice (cooks in 3 minutes in the microwave) and it’s a super fast dish to prepare for a vegetarian meal!
2 to 3 cups of green beans
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp chili oil
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp of any Asian sauce that has ginger and rice vinegar in it (I use a Gyoza dipping sauce from Trader Joe’s)
Are you ready for the 4th yet? Here are some dessert ideas we just love!
1. Fourth of July Flag Cake from Glorious Treats
2. Brownie Bars from Munchkin Munchies
3. Decorated Ice Cream Cones from All You.
4. All American Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Grin & Bake It.
5. Red, White & Blue Ice Pops from My Recipes.
6. Red & Blue Velvet Cake Pops from Taste and Tell.
7. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
Gicela is one of our Lil Blue Boo helpers and we have recently discovered that she is an amazing cook! The last few Friday’s she’s taken a break from sewing to make us a huge pot of her spicy chicken soup for lunch! Gicela cooks without measuring so Lisa took notes yesterday so we could share the recipe:
To make the soup you’ll need:
2 chicken breasts
2 large tomatoes
2 jalapeno peppers
1 handful of small carrots
1 handful of broccoli
1 1/4 cup rice
1 1/4 cup barley
Chicken flavor bouillon
Salt and pepper