Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season.

After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers!

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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows

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Fast and Easy Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats

Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin. They are a rich and satisfying desert that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

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Fast and Easy Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats

Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats

Our family eats loads of pumpkin dishes in the fall. Everything from muffins and breads to soups, ice cream, cookies and pie. Sometimes you just can’t get enough. This Pumpkin Pie Bar recipe is sure to be a favorite with your family. It’s a breeze to make and everyone always loves it.

Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats

Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats

Ingredients

  • Bars:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 16 oz can pumpkin pie mix
  • 2 cups flour (can also use gluten free flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Icing:
  • 2 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin.
  2. Stir in flour, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  3. Add salt and baking soda.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Grease 9 x 13" pan. Pour in mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Mix frosting by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Spread on bars.

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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

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15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try

Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season.  15 Fall Apple Recipes You Need to Try as Soon as Possible|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party?  Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie.  It tastes as good as it looks!

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Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well.  Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo.  The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate.

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While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome.  Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips.  What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it!
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Pork and apples are always a great combination.  The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon.  Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me!

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Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite.  Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe.  Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to my post on Designers Sweet Spot for the recipe.

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Dessert for breakfast? Sign me up! This apple crisp smoothie would be such a great start to any morning, or an excellent (while still healthy) late night snack.  The Recipe Rebel has perfected this smoothie using only 5 common ingredients.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Mom Loves Baking does an excellent job of explaining how to make this tasty treat, along with great step-by-step photos.  I might have to make these in the next few days! Yum!

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Nothing says fall to me like a fresh apple donut and some cider.  The Cake Blog created a healthier (and easier) version of this favorite over on her blog!

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Are you looking for a fast dinner idea before running off to football practice? Domestic Superhero shares an idea for a take on grilled cheese.  You might even be able to sneak these apples into the kids sandwiches! (It’s worth trying at least.)

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Angie shares this easy snack recipe with us on  The Country Chic Cottage.  This would also be a great option to handing out candy on Halloween!

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After all these tasty treats you might need to go on a diet! Cook Eat Paleo has you covered. These Paleo apple muffins will keep the apple train rolling even while you try to make healthier eating choices.

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What would a fall apple roundup be without caramel apples?! Don’t these make your mouth water just looking at them? Head over to Just a Taste for some tips and tricks on how to perfect your caramel apples.

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Here’s another breakfast treat, apple cinnamon breakfast cookies! This is a great alternative to that granola bar you grab on the way out the door in the morning. The Crazy Craft Lady describes these as the perfect cross between a muffin and a cookie.

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Craving apple pie but not wanting to go through all the work? That’s exactly why Celebrating Sweets creating this no-churn apple pie ice cream. Perfect for those that are craving fall but still sweating in the summer heat.

I don’t know about you, but I’m heading to the grocery store for some apples! This article has me craving something sweet.  Do you have a favorite apple recipe for fall? We’d love to hear about it!

 

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Eat the Plate Super Tasty Homemade Brownies Recipe

Homemade Brownies are comfort food. They are easy to make from scratch with basic ingredients. Whip up a batch today for your next family dinner or potluck.

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Homemade brownies with chunks of peanuts.

Homemade Brownies

Brownies are a classic treat. My mother loves them, she constantly bring home brownie mixes from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I hate brownie mix! The mixes are always too sweet and never cook all the way through the middle. In the search for a perfect brownie recipe, I have discovered that less is more. Simple ingredients and bit more fat make for a delicious, satisfying brownie that cooks all the way through.

Homemade Brownies Recipe

Homemade Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 almond flour or gluten free baking mix
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. •Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted.
  3. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  4. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined.
  5. •Grease 8" x 8" square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan.
  6. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving.
  7. •Makes 15-20 small brownies.

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So delicious you will want to eat the whole plate!

Tips for Success

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It took me years to discover that brownies should only be baked in a metal baking pan. This is critical to baking success. For a long time I used a glass pan, and the brownies were always gooey and never fully cooked in the middle. The homemade brownie secret is to always use a metal pan, a stainless steel pan is the best. You can purchase a pan through my Amazon affiliate link below:

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I alternate gluten free flour with regular flour in this recipe. Honestly, if it has chocolate in it my family never complains. The gluten free option has a slightly different texture but still tastes great. You can easily use either type of flour in this recipe and your family probably won’t even know the difference. Chocolate hides everything!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake is easy to make. Whip up an impressive cake with only 3 ingredients for your next family dinner or pot luck.

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Lucious Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

Strawberry and Rhubarb is one of our favorite combinations. We love this easy cake for last minute gatherings and pot lucks. The cake is made with fresh or frozen rhubarb, you will be surprised at how tasty it is! It’s also pretty, looks like of like pink fairy dust…..

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Why You Need This Cake

I am a health nut and most of the time we eat extremely healthy diet. However, there are days when I just want to eat a CAKE and not worry about all that other stuff. What’s the point of eating healthy all the time when you can’t enjoy a little treat now and then? This cake is that treat, easy to make, inexpensive and quick to bake. It’s not gluten free, sugar free, calorie free, or even organic. But it sure tastes good! Especially with fresh whip cream, just saying’!

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix ( plus water or oil and eggs as directed on the box)
  • 1 small box of strawberry jello
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • Fresh strawberries or cream for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix cake mix according to package directions.
  2. Grease a 13" x 9" pan.
  3. Clean rhubarb, remove leaves. Chop into 1" pieces. Place in bottom of greased pan.
  4. Pour 1/2 of the strawberry jello powder on top of the rhubarb.
  5. Pour cake mix on top of the rhubarb mixture.
  6. Sprinkle remaining powdered jello on top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or according to cake mix directions. Enjoy!

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