Fun Eats For The Big Game

Fun Eats For The Big Game - Homemade Soft Pretzels

Disclosure: This is a self-funded lifestyle post. No compensation was received from any brands that were used in the making of the delicious snacks contained herein. The cost incurred was entirely my own, as are my opinions.

Game Day is fun at our house. No matter which big game day it is, whether it’s the Super Bowl, a basketball championship or the olympics we here at my house like to celebrate with some good food to go along with the fun…. [read more]

Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors

Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors-Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

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Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.

I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.

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Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.

I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike…. [read more]

Become Your Own Sushi Chef

Become Your Own Sushi Chef 

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I love sushi. I could eat a Spicy Tuna Roll every single day. Just give me some spicy mayo, fresh fish and veggies, wasabi and low sodium soy sauce and I’m in my happy place. As much as I adore going out for sushi, I’ve always been curious about trying to make my own at home. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to try Global Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit.

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Spiced Pear Butter

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Spiced Pear Butter
Fall is a time for getting cozy to avoid the colder weather outside. This spiced pear butter makes a wonderful complement for toast, biscuits, rolls or stirred into a steaming bowl of oatmeal or any other way you like it. (The cook time is long, but once the pears and other ingredients are in the pot you only have to stir it occasionally. You don't have to stand over it constantly.)
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Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5-10 min.
Cook Time 75-85 min.
Servings
Makes 1-1/2 cups (enough to fill a 16 oz. jar).
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cook The Pears: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the butter on medium until melted. Add the pears, cider, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the pears begin to break down. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, 60-65 minutes, or until softened and broken down.
  2. Make The Pear Purée: Transfer the cooked pears to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. (For a more rustic texture, skip this step and add the spices next.)
  3. Cook The Pear Purée: Return the pear purée to the same pot. Add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Heat on medium until hot. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching, 6 to 8 minutes, or until thickened.
  4. My favorite way to enjoy this pear butter is on toast. Delicious!
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Recipe Notes

Transfer to storage jar and screw on the lid. Tie a ribbon or some twine around the jar for beautification or add a gift tag, if you wish. Of course, you will want to keep a jar for yourself, but these make great gifts, as well.

You can either store the finished product in the refrigerator (or if you use a mason jar, you can process the jar in a boiling water bath for 10-15 minutes and set aside, undisturbed for 24 hours, before labeling and storing in your pantry or cupboard).

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Look how smooth this recipe works up! You can see the spices, too, which gives it a really pretty appearance.

Recipe Credit: Blue Apron (weekly home delivery meal subscription service)

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Chameleon Cold-Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte

Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee-Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Chameleon Cold-Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte
Do yourself a favor this fall season and upgrade your regular latte experience by incorporating pumpkin-inspired spices for a whole new drink experience, hot or cold.
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 min.
Servings
Ingredients
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 min.
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend the spices in a small ramekin separately.
  2. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  3. Add cold brew, and finish with milk. Combine the mixture with a spoon or coffee stirrer (or put mason jar lid on and shake).
  4. Add the pumpkin pie spice blend to the coffee. Combine. Add more ingredients as desired to taste. Enjoy!
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How to Cook Smarter with Hestan Cue

How to Cook Smarter with Hestan Cue

Thank you to Hestan Cue for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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I got my love of cooking from my mom. She always let me and my siblings help in the kitchen. It was so much fun learning everything from the basics to her tricks for making a meal come together. As I got older, we would share recipes and pour over cookbooks to find new dishes to create.

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Matcha Green Tea: A Superpowered Food (and Relaxing Face Mask!)

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As someone who has only just recently begun to drink tea, I can honestly say that I’ve been impressed by the beverage. Tea can be filling, soothing, energizing–it can perk you up for work, cool you down with some added ice, or relax you for bedtime, whatever you choose! And among all of the most revered teas is matcha. Matcha is a type of green tea, which is apparently chock-full of good ingredients for humans; green tea is already considered to be one of the better teas for you and has natural caffeine in it, but matcha is apparently something really special!

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Adventures in Wine Making

Adventures in Wine Making

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 Red, white, sweet or dry, no matter the wine, I’ll try a glass. Even my late recuse puppy had a pension for wine. I had to be very careful where I left my glass when she was around. I still laugh when I think about the first time I discovered she was a wino. What I like most about wine is trying different blends from different countries because you never know what you might discover. When I was offered the chance to try my hand at home winemaking I knew it was an adventure I couldn’t pass up.

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This Is No Ordinary Sugar Cookie

This Is No Ordinary Sugar Cookie-The Kiwi Importer Heilala Vanilla Starter Kit

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Cooking and baking are two things that I like to do with my free time. Whenever I get the chance and have a little inspiration I like to try new recipes either that I’ve found in a magazine, online, or in a cookbook.

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Healthy And Delicious Matcha Green Tea Drink Recipe

Healthy And Delicious Matcha Green Tea Drink Recipe

Beauty Brite DisclosureI’ve been looking for a healthy drink that doesn’t leave a gritty taste behind in my mouth for years. I’ve tried quite a few formulations that have touted to provide everything from added protein and vitamins to increased metabolism and energy benefits. Of the many I have tried, only one other has been one that I’d actually drink on a regular basis.

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