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! Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas: Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50 DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights   Remember to pin this post for later!           SaveSave

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. 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. Print Yum Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats IngredientsBars: 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 InstructionsIn a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Stir in flour, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Grease 9 x 13″ pan. Pour in mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool. Mix frosting by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Spread on bars.0.1 If you love this post, try some of these other recipe ideas: Molasses Cookies Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal…
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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.   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! 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. 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! 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! 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. 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…
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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. 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. Print Yum Homemade Brownies Recipe Ingredients1/2 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 eggsInstructions•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined. •Grease 8″ x 8″ square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving. •Makes 15-20 small brownies. 0.1 Tips for Success [bctt tweet=”Not all brownies are created equal.” username=”designermom4″] 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…
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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. 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….. 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’! Print Yum Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients Ingredients1 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)InstructionsMix cake mix according to package directions. Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan. Clean rhubarb, remove leaves. Chop into 1″ pieces. Place in bottom of greased pan. Pour 1/2 of the strawberry jello powder on top of the rhubarb. Pour cake mix on top…
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Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream! Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out! I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor.  Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side. Here’s how to make a perfect batch!   Guilt Free Chocolate Waffle Recipe Print Yum Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles Ingredients2 cups gluten free baking mix 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa 1 cup coconut or almond milk 1 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter 2 eggs, separated Fresh strawberries Maple syrup Whip creamInstructions•Preheat waffle iron. •Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl. •Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil. •Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine. •Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter. •Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil…
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Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you! Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb Easy Chai Tea Latte Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced. Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make. Easy Recipe Print Yum Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe Ingredients6 cups filtered water 12 whole cloves 3/4 tsp. ground cardamom 12 whole black pepper corns 3 cinnamon sticks 4 black tea bags 6 1″ slices of fresh ginger root, peeled Honey (optional) Coconut Milk (optional) InstructionsBring water to a boil. Add all spices and tea bags. Turn heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes. Add Coconut milk, heat 5 more minutes. Strain through a sieve to remove spices. Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea. Serve with honey or enjoy plain. Makes 6…
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Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies, win your family over with these delicious treats! Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie We recently discovered the Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie. I have been cooking my way through a number of new recipes. This is the first batch of Snickerdoodles we have ever made and it definitely won’t be our last. This classic cookie is sure to become one of your family’s go to favorites. Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with lots of spices, and a delightful pecan on top. We found a secret combination of spices that make this cookie completely unique. They will melt in your mouth! Snickerdoodle Recipe Print Yum Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Ingredients3 cups Sugar 5 1/2 cups all purpose Flour 1 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Cloves 3 teaspoons CinnamonInstructions•Combine butter and 2 cups of sugar. •Add vanilla, eggs and cream of tartar. •Add baking soda and salt. •Roll dough into 1″ balls. •Roll balls in mixture of 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. •Place balls on greased cookie sheet. • Press each ball slightly with the bottom of a glass until flattened. Add a Pecan half into the top of each cookie. •Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.0.1 Yield is 5 dozen cookies. More Great Recipes Try some of these other great recipes below!   Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Quick…
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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Quick and Easy recipes are my favorite, here is a killer cookie recipe for a unique peanut butter oatmeal combo. Quick and Easy Peanut Butter and Oats   Our family loves cookies. We make a batch or two each month for different occasions. This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe is one of our go to family favorites, as it pleases all the appetites in our household. Some of us like Peanut Butter, some like Oatmeal and when you put the two things together you have an instant recipe for success. My Peanut Butter Oatmeal version also has some coconut for a bit of the sweet taste, and dried cranberries for the sour palette. Our kids fight for the cookies with the most cranberries in them, proof of a winning recipe! Recipe Notes This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe makes a large batch, as much as this is great for a big family, it may be too much for a small one. However, if you have leftover cookies, bag them by the dozen in zip-lock freezer bags and store them for future use. My kids are forever forgetting to tell me when it’s their turn to bring a treat to soccer, youth group, choir or any of their other activities. With a couple of bags of homemade cookies in the freezer, I am almost always prepared for those last minute treat requests. In addition, this saves me both time and money not having to make any last minute trips to the grocery store to purchase treats! Here’s what you will need to make Peanut Butter…
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DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

Drain Cleaner is easy to make, without using chemicals.   I was going to blog about cleaning today, but there is too much to put in one post so I am doing a small series on DIY Cleaning Products. Hope you enjoy!   This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support. Drain Cleaner Friend or Foe? Thursday is cleaning day at our house. I must admit that I am not very good at cleaning. It’s probably because I dislike it so much. I would rather be doing just about anything else around the house except cleaning. Perhaps it also has to do with my severe allergies to most cleaning products. Anything with perfume or chemicals in it gives me a nasty reaction. Ironically enough, I was employed as a janitor for a number of years. I was amazed at how much better commercial cleaning products are compared to the over the counter variety available in the grocery store. One drizzle of the blue or pink commercial liquid and a swoosh of a brush would instantly produce sparkling sinks and toilets. So, how come cleaning at home was so much work? Cleaning your home used to be more efficient. Remember the days when you could take the rust off of nails with Pine-sol, Mr. Clean or Top Job? My mother used to use Top Job when stripping furniture. It would eat through anything. Not so any more. Environmental concerns have ruined any decent…
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