St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Food

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #stpatricksday #green #partyfood

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Here are 10 fun food and treat ideas you can serve that your friends and family will get a kick out of.

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Green Candied Popcorn by Find Your Happiness via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Green Candied Popcorn via Find Your Happiness

 

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Pizzazzerie at Spiced via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #stpatricksday #green #partyfood

Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Pizzazzerie via Spiced

 

St Patrick's Day Food Ideas: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies by Life in the Lofthouse via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies via Life in the Lofthouse

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The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas

The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin tonight! Here are some last minute treat ideas you can serve that will make the games just a little more fun to watch.

The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas: Rice Krispie Treats via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com
Olympic Colors Rice Krispies Treat via Rice KrispiesĀ®

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Football Food – Appetizer Ideas

Super Bowl Sunday is on February 2nd! Who are you rooting for this year!?

Super Bowl Sunday Appetizer Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #superbowl #football #appetizers

Food is a huge part of game day! So, I have rounded up 10 amazing appetizers that will make you want it to be Super Bowl Sunday every day.

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Football Food: Super[Bowl] Food Guacamole via The Emerging Foodie  | Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.comSuper[Bowl] Food Guacamole via The Emerging Foodie
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Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

10 Easy Appetizer Ideas for you next Holiday Party via lilblueboo.com

 

 

The holiday season is upon us. Here are 10 easy appetizer ideas that will surely impress your guests or party host!

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Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Contributed by Alaska from Scratch.

 

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

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.

Holiday Dessert Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

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.

Holiday Cookie Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

    • 18 Tablespoons (2-1/4 sticks) butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 Tablespoon finely ground coffee/espresso
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
For the Glaze/Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the cocoa, followed by the flour, ground coffee, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. The mixture will be crumbly at first. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and continue beating until it all comes together.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop the dough into equal-sized portions and roll them into a ball. Slightly flatten each ball into a disc-like shape (because they don’t spread out on their own much – I used the back of a spoon for this) and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until set and cracked on top, but still soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Place the cooling racks over parchment paper or newspaper to catch the glaze.
  4. To make the glaze, put a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the cocoa, powdered sugar, hot coffee, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes while the cookies finish cooling.
  5. Using a teaspoon, spoon the glaze onto the center of each cookie, allowing some of it to drizzle over the sides. Immediately follow with the crushed peppermint (don’t wait too long or the glaze will set and the peppermint won’t stick). Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow glaze to set about 30 minutes before serving/storing. Makes 3-4 dozen small cookies.
Recipe and Photography courtesy of Maya from Alaska from Scratch.

 

About Maya from Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

 

Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

 

pumpkin french toast recipe via lilblueboo.com

Pumpkin is hands-down the most popular trend in food this season. It is our favorite fall flavor. This is why I have for you one stunning plate of Pumpkin French Toast. Spiced, orange-scented pumpkin custard meets thick slices of bread, topped with butter and pure maple syrup. A little bit of pumpkin heaven for breakfast. Hey, why not brew up a pot of coffee and invite some company over?

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Southern Charm and Chilled Cucumbers

Every once in a while I get a uncontrollable craving for this cucumber salad my grandmother Brownie used to make.

Chilled Cucumber Salad via lilblueboo.com

I posted the original recipe she wrote out for me years and years ago at the bottom of the post.

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I shared these on Facebook yesterday but in case you missed them…… good, clean humor with a lot of Southern charm. That charm must have triggered the cucumber salad craving……

(Warning: you may snort with laughter……and don’t watch if the kids are napping……you’ll wake them!)

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Easy Peel Eggs

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.

How to make easy peel eggs in the oven via lilblueboo.com

Make sure to check out the other 14 tips from yesterday!

15 Genius Cooking and Kitchen Ideas

15 Genius Cooking and Kitchen Ideas via lilblueboo.com

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10 Pin Worthy Summer Recipes

10 Pin Worthy Summer Recipes via lilblueboo.com

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