So what is a Holiday Open House? A Holiday Open House is an old fashioned way to entertain during the holiday season that allows you to open your doors to many people because there’s no specific time for dining and other activities. An open house is a casual approach to having friends and family over. Here are a few tips on how to host a fabulous holiday open house that your friends and family will love! Continue reading
Cheers to the holidays! I love to entertain and having a signature cocktail at a party is so much fun! The good thing is these drinks can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic so everyone can have a festive drink to toast the season! Checkout my video to see how you make these delicious cocktails and mocktails!
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I love when the weather cools off and I can start making delicious soups! I am always looking for quick and easy soup recipes, so I was so glad when my sister-in-law shared this recipe for an easy white bean parmesan spinach soup! This soup is tasty and dinner will be ready in 15 minutes! You can keep it light and simple with just the white beans or you can add Italian sausage to make a yummy meaty soup! Checkout my video for a quick demonstration. Complete recipe is below.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
- 6 cups vegetable broth (or stock)
- 1 (15 ounce can) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian dried herbs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 (15 ounce) cans of white beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups baby spinach (about 6 oz)
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Optional- you can add a package of Italian sausage. Cook with the onions and garlic
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until the onion becomes translucent and garlic is fragrant. (About 3 minutes). Stir in the broth, tomatoes, sugar, parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to combine flavors.
- Stir in the white beans and spinach, continue to simmer until spinach starts to wilt. (About 2 minutes) Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, serve immediately.
One of the things I love about fall is baking! The smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven is the perfect way to start the fall season! My family has been making this easy Apple Cinnamon Crisp recipe for years. It is still my daughter’s favorite dessert! Follow the step by step recipe below for the perfect fall dessert and watch my video to see how it all comes together, enjoy!
- 4 medium cooking apples (such as Granny Smith or Rome Beauty)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
- Ice cream, if you desire
You can bake this recipe in a 8×8 square pan or use oven safe ramekins as I did in the video!
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut out the apple core and seed, peel and cut up apples ( you will need about 4 cups for the pan)
- Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
- Sprinkle sugar mixture over the apples then pour the water over the apples.
- Put the flour, granulated sugar, and softened stick of butter in a medium bowl and mix with your hands until it forms a crumbly mixture.
- Sprinkle crumble mixture over the apples.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are soft and topping is golden brown.
- Serve with Ice Cream, if you like.
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So our old barbecue grill finally gave out after 15 years of grilling! I loved that grill but, it was definitely time to get a new one. After looking around at different models, we decided to go with the Weber Spirit. We got it at Lowe’s with free assembly and delivery so we were happy campers! After the grill was delivered, I could not wait to fire it up and try this Shrimp Boil and Foil Packets recipe I saw on Facebook! Continue reading
My husband really likes blueberries and I enjoy baking! However, I don’t always have time to bake from scratch. So when I have a taste for fresh baked muffins, I like to make my quick and easy semi-homemade blueberry muffins. Continue reading
Our family tradition is to make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and have brunch with the family on Christmas Day. We have shared a lot of fun memories over the years and I thought I would add to our festivities by creating a hot chocolate and coffee bar for the family. Continue reading
Let the holiday baking season begin! I love to bake for the holidays and try new recipes to share with family and friends. This year I want to share some of my favorite recipes in my holiday baking series. I am starting this month with a delicious Southern Caramel Pound Cake. Continue reading
Hello November! For me, November means the start of what I like to call soup season! Soups are the perfect way to start the fall/winter season. I enjoy making soups for my family and finding ways to put a new spin on old favorites. When I came across this lasagna soup recipe on the Food Network Kitchen, I just had to try it! I made a few tweaks to the recipe but, it came out delicious! This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook! Continue reading