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

Rock the Crock Pot: It’s Easy Apple Kuchen Recipe

Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish. Similar to an apple crisp in texture, but with more flavor this desert is sure to become a family favorite! Cook it in a crock pot for a quick dish when you are low on time! Rock the Crock Pot Crock pot recipes are king in our house. I am always looking for new ways to make quick dishes that can cook while I am working on other projects or busy with work. This dessert is fantastic for dinner with friends or to have warm and ready when you come home from Trick or Treating. Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish made from freshly baked apples. You can use any good baking apple for this dish. We enjoy Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Golden Delicious and various other varieties that our local orchard has on hand. Start with a single variety then add different apples to experiment with the unique flavors that they create. My grandmother always served apple dishes with a slice of cheese on the side. This practice is a delightful way to finish a meal and takes away that over stuffed feeling if you ate too much for dinner. It really works! Apple Kuchen Recipe Print Yum Crock Pot Apple Kuchen Recipe Ingredients6 cups sliced and peeled baking apples, such as Granny Smith 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup flour or gluten free flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Whip cream (optional) Slices of cheddar, co-jack, havarti…
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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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Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies

These Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies are perfect for a special treat with loads of flavor. Easy recipe!  Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies This Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookie recipe is my latest obsession. Not only is it easy to make, but completely delicious. It even smells amazing with the lavender herbs. The Meyer Lemons are my favorite and seem to have the most powerful flavor and scent. They are also a rich deep yellow color. How could you not love them? Lemon and Lavender are often used together in European cooking from Italy or France. I have seen recipes for ice cream, cakes, roast chicken and more. My family was anxious to try these new cookies and they have become one of our new favorites. Lavender Sources This recipe calls for a bit of dried fresh lavender. You can find this edible herb at specialty herb or gourmet shops. Amazon also carries it stock. If you have it growing in your garden you can use that instead, as long as it’s organically grown without pesticide. Recipe Print Yum Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies IngredientsCookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 honey 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup softened butter 1 cup softened coconut oil 2 eggs 4 1/2 cups flour 2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed lavender blossoms Icing Ingredients: 2/3 cup powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice InstructionsCombine sugars, honey, butter, coconut oil and eggs in a large bowl. Mix well. Add flour,…
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Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to make and so delicious! The secret ingredient makes all the difference! Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Your family will love this Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. For years I only used the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that came on the back of the bag of the chocolate chips. You know what I mean? I just figured it was the best. Wrong! One day I experimented with some new ingredients, and found something better! We never went back to the old way of making chocolate chip cookies! Most of all, butter and sour cream give this cookie a delightful light texture (it’s a secret, don’t tell your family what’s in it!). You may want to make an extra batch to put in the freezer for last minute treats when friends come to visit. Chocolate Chips are Comfort Food Chocolate chip cookies disappear faster at our home than you can imagine! Seems like I can make a batch of fresh cookies, leave the room while they are cooling, and come back to an empty table. It’s true! In addition, this recipe has become one of our family kitchen staples. It’s probably the easiest cookie to make and produces a winner that everyone will love. The noteworthy secret ingredient is the addition of sour cream. We prefer to use the dark chocolate chips, our favorite brands include either Ghirardelli or Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips. Either brand will work, or you can use your favorite. In addition, you can add walnuts if you…
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