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

Delightfully Easy Crock Pot Roast Chicken Recipe

Crock pot recipes are great for the days when you don’t have time to cook and need a hot meal ready when you get home. This recipe super easy and very tasty! Crock Pot Roast Chicken There is something so comforting about having a meal ready to eat when you get home. We eat crock pot meals 2 or 3 times a week during the fall and winter season because they are so easy to throw together and taste delicious. This roast chicken recipe can be made with frozen chicken breasts, whole chicken or even chicken legs and thighs. I look for chicken on sale and stock up when I can find it less than $2.00 per pound. You can order organic chicken by the case and have it delivered to your door for only $1.39 with Zycon Fresh.  Crock Pot Roast Chicken Variations There are several ways to make this dish, I tend to vary it depending on what’s lurking in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I use fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, some times I use the bottled salad dressing as listed. Either way it turns out great and your family will love it! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.   Print Yum Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe Ingredients4 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, or legs (thawed) 1 bottle Paul Newman’s Olive Oil Italian Dressing (or 4 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice) Green…
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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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How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

We love this easy sandwich for a hearty lunch or a late night snack. Delicious on a budget and quick to make anytime! What’s a Monte Cristo? One of my favorite sandwiches is the Monte Cristo. It’s a french creation, originally called Croque Monsieur.  Rich and satisfying, it is as yummy as it looks! Traditionally served for breakfast this is a popular staple at french cafe’s and is often served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and jam for dipping. The high protein in the sandwich here comes from the bread being actually dipped in egg wash like french toast, then grilled to perfection. Load up your griddle with lots of grass fed butter when frying for the best flavor! I use coconut milk or almond milk occasionally for a different set of flavors. Print Yum Monte Cristo Sandwich (Croque Monsieur) IngredientsWhite or whole wheat bread Milk (1/3 cup per sandwich) Eggs (1 per sandwich) Slices of Mozzarella or Gruyere Cheese Sliced Deli Ham Butter Powdered Sugar (optional) Jam (optional)InstructionsPreheat griddle or cast iron frying pan. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, let melt. Whip the egg and milk with a fork in a medium size bowl. Dip the bread in the egg mixture, add to griddle. Layer the bread with the cheese and ham slices. Top with another piece of bread dipped in the egg mixture. Fry the sandwich for 3-5 until brown and cheese is melted. Turn sandwich and cook the other side until done. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and jam for dipping if desired. 0.1 Don’t forget…
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Summer Fruit Sangria

This light summer cocktail is just the thing to go with those spicy dishes or a cheese platter. Make a batch for your next family gathering!  Summer Fruit Sangria This light summer cocktail is just the thing for summer entertaining. It’s easy to make with fresh summer seasonal summer fruit. I like to find my fruit at the farmer’s market and make a batch when company comes over. You can use just about any combination of fruit and wine. I have found that reading the tasting notes on the wine bottle gives me suggestions for fruits that pair well with the wine. Sangria Wines We have been having regular wine tastings with friends. I highly recommend having a tasting and inviting a bunch of friends to join you. It’s a very relaxing environment and people really enjoy trying out new wines that they have never had before. I will post more on this soon! But for now, sangria is a great way to start your summer entertaining! I get my wine from Direct Cellars wine club (affiliate link). It’s a wonderful program, we get four bottles per month from premium vineyards shipped to our front door. Each monthly shipment includes two red and two white wines. I am looking forward to trying some more sangria recipes with the monthly wines that we get. You can choose reds, whites or a combination when you join the club. If you love wine and are interested in the monthly wine club, or would like to be a wine distributor and make commissions, see…
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Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a classic treat. They are healthy and delicious, make a batch for your family in just a few minutes! Molasses Cookies Molasses Cookies are always a hit at our house. We enjoy making them for just about any occasion.  I must admit I love to serve them with strong black coffee for dunking. This recipe is fun for kids to help in the kitchen.  They love the feel of the dough in their hands as it is rolled. Rolling the molasses cookie balls in course organic sugar is my preference. You can use regular granulated sugar as well. The coarse unprocessed organic sugar variety seems to hold up better in the oven and makes the cookies look extra special with its glassy texture. By the way, I am Jessica from Designers Sweet Spot. I am thrilled to share my recipes with you here on the Shabby Creek. Thanks to Gina for letting me share this post! Print Yum Molasses Cookies Ingredients1 cup softened butter 2 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 cups molasses 2 eggs 2 cups buttermilk or regular milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons vinegar 6 cups flour 1 Tablespoon baking soda 3/4 cup coarse granulated sugar for rollingInstructionsCream shortening and brown sugar. Add molasses, buttermilk or regular milk mixture, and eggs. Stir in flour and baking soda. Shape into 1″ balls, roll in granulated sugar. Place balls on baking sheet 2″ apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Balls will flatten as they bake. Store in an air tight container for up to one week.…
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Welcome to the Mexican Fiesta Recipe Blog Hop! There are 12 of us bloggers in this hop, you are going to love this Foodie Fiesta! Mexican cooking is very popular at our house. It is easy to prepare, and uses lots of healthy fresh ingredients. I make many Mexican meals, but this Chicken Tortilla Soup is always my favorite. I frequently make this soup with leftovers after a night of Fajitas or Chicken Tacos. You can use corn or flour tortillas in this recipe. I prefer the flour variety because they are light and soft. For the gluten free diet, the corn would be the best option. You can also purchase gluten free wheat-less tortillas at the grocery store. Ingredients: 2 lbs. cubed chicken breast 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 24 oz. can petite diced tomatoes 1 can black beans, drained 1 can corn, drained 6-8 cups chicken broth or 2 tablespoons chicken soup base 3/4 cup basmati rice, or leftover cooked rice 1 package flour tortillas 1 bunch fresh cilantro red pepper flakes to taste 1 tsp. chili powder olive oil salt and pepper to taste   Brush 3 tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Slice into strips. Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes until crisp and brown. Meanwhile, add olive oil to large stock pot over high heat. Add garlic, onion and chicken breast. Salute 5-7 minutes until done. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans and corn. Stir, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add rice and cook 10 minutes…
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Blue Moon Ice Cream

Did you see the Blue Moon this week? It’s the second time this month we have had a full moon, the second cycle is referred to as the “Blue Moon”. The phrase “once in a blue moon” has brought on new meaning to me as I have gotten older. There are things that I just never have time to do that I enjoy, one of them is making fresh ice cream. Life is too short not to take time for simple little pleasures. Blue Moon ice cream is a Wisconsin favorite, a best seller at our family’s restaurant. It has the suburb combination of watermelon, blueberry and raspberry that can’t be beat. You can make your own ice cream simply with a few plastic baggies and ice, it’s a fun project for kids and great entertainment for a hot day. Ingredients: 1/2 pint fresh blueberries 1/4 of a large watermelon, Rhine removed, seeded and chopped into 1″ cubes 1/2 pint fresh raspberries (you can substitute 2 Tablespoons low sugar Raspberry jam if needed) 2 cups almond milk or whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 4 cups ice 1/2 cup table salt 2 large gallon sized zip lock baggies 2 sandwich size zip lock baggies   Directions: Blend the fresh fruit and milk together in a blender until smooth. Add the sugar, blend again. Pour the mix into two sandwich baggies, only filling them about 1/2 way. Close the bags, releasing as much air as possible. Divide the ice and salt into the two gallon sized bags. Close the top, shake the…
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How to Make a Reed Diffuser

 In the past I  have often made my own version of the typical bathroom reed diffuser. Reed Diffusers are easy to make, smell great and are very cost effective.  All you need are a few key ingredients. You will need: A pretty jar or vase, not more than 32 oz. A small mason jar or jelly jar works well. Wooden Skewers Mineral Oil Vodka Essential oils of your choice Here’s my recipe: 1/2 cup Mineral Oil 1/4 cup Vodka .25 oz. Essential oil or combination of essential oils I used the Bergamot Essential oil for this diffuser. The Bergamot word comes from “Bergamo” in Italian, it’s a small town in Italy. Bergamot essential oil is derived from the Citrus bergamia orange tree most commonly found in southern Italy and France. It has a lovely citrus scent, you can just imagine what the white blossoms of this tree must smell like in the orchards when they bloom in late winter. Bergamot essential oil is beneficial for anxiety, calming, depression and a sleep aid. I am keeping this diffuser in my kitchen, where I can see and smell it every day. It takes me to Italy every time I smell it. I love being transported! Here’s the directions on how to make your own diffuser: Fill a pretty jar with the above ingredients. It may be hard to judge how much .25 oz. of essential oil really is. I used about 20 drops, and then added 5-6 drops of orange oil as well. Cut the ends off of 5 wooden skewers and add them…
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Easy Cherry Pie

    I am into short cuts this week. I have far too many irons in the fire, and time is of the essence. During the last blizzard, I got a bit carried away with the projects. I have been painting, stenciling, sewing, designing, and planning. I have my projects scattered all over the house, including in the kitchen. None of them are finished. It’s a genetic defect. I start and don’t finish. Well, I do finish, just on my time frame and not on anyone else’s. Rather than stress out about it, I decided to make an Easy Cherry Pie. Cooking always makes everything better. Especially when it’s Cherry Pie. This recipe is very simple and only has a few ingredients. Ingredients: 1 package Jiffy Pie Crust 1 can Cherry Pie Filling (any brand) 1 can Tart Pitted Cherries packed in water 1 tsp. vanilla (optional) 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar Flour for rolling out dough White Sugar and Cinnamon for dusting Directions: To make the pie filling, drain the juice from the tart cherries. Combine with the regular cherry pie filling, 1/2 cup sugar, add 1/4 cup flour and vanilla.  Mix the dough according to package directions. Roll out 1/2 of dough for bottom crust, making a circle just large enough for your 9″ pie pan. Place dough in pan, trim away excess. Add filling. Add the excess dough to the dough left in the bowl, roll out 1/8″ thick. Cut with heart shaped cookie cutters. Using a spatula, place hearts at random on top of cherry…
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