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Apple Pie in a Glass

A simple and sweet, cinnamon apple flavored liquor drink recipe to boost your fall parties and holiday fun! 

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Apple Pie in a Glass

As fall approaches, the leaves begin to turn into burnt oranges, bold reds, and golden yellows. We enjoy the brisk chill breeze that flows through the air. We go to the back our closets to pull out our favorite warm blankets, flannel button ups, fuzzy socks, and boots of all kinds. 

Of course, we also need our go to comfort foods! The foods that have a rich warmth that makes you feel cozy all over. The foods that remind us of home, family, friends, and laughter. Some of our favorite go to recipes are delicious chili and chicken corn chowder soup.

The best thing to follow our favorite comfort foods is something sweet paired with a perfectly blended liquor medley. This is key to completing the perfect fall experience. What is a better dessert than classic apple pie?! 

Apple Pie is one of the classic desserts that’s sure to please the crowd. The warm,cinnamon flavored apples in a sweet apple filling and warm flaky crust. Topped with the perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream. How can you go wrong? All you need to add is your liquor refreshment of choice.

Here is the perfect combination! Apple Pie in A Glass! 

 Sweet, cinnamon liquor drink

Sweet, cinnamon liquor drink

A simple, two ingredient blend that creates the sweet warmth of cinnamon apple pie and melting ice cream in a liquid, liquor form. 

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Now you can have the same sweet, cinnamon apple flavor with a every sip and a light tingle at the end of the glass. Simply mix your favorite apple juice or cider with equal parts Horchata or RumChata. The sweet cinnamon flavor of Horchata blends perfectly with the apple cider to create the sweet cinnamon apple pie in a Glass.

The steps and ingredients are super simple! 

  • Apple Cider or Juice - 1 part 

  • Horchata (or RumChata) - 1 part 

Mix and served chilled or over ice.

Try it and let me know what you think! 

Enjoy!! 

-AB


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Creamy, Garlic Kale & Mushroom

A quick and easy recipe that for dinner that can stand alone or pair perfectly with meat. 

 Creamy, garlic kale and mushroom sauce over pearled couscous 

Creamy, garlic kale and mushroom sauce over pearled couscous 

Hello! I have been playing around with various recipes that include some of my favorite foods, kale and mushrooms. 

Both seem to have a love/hate dynamic with most people. Either they love kale or they hate kale. They absolutely love mushrooms or they can’t stand them. 

I happen to love both! I grew up loving spinach. It was one of my favorite vegetables. But toward the end of college spinach turned on me! All of a sudden I was experiencing an allergic reaction to spinach. So I begrudgingly began to explore substitutes and found kale. It didn’t take long before kale was a staple in my diet. Howsoever, that doesn’t mean I don’t still try to love spinach it, I just continue to experience worsening allergic reactions. 

As for mushrooms, I grew up believing they were the worst thing to come upon the earth! I could barely even get them into my mouth let alone eat them! But, as I got older I discovered that some of my tastes had changed. Also, after discussing my level of disdain for certain foods a friend pointed out that my issue seemed to be rooted in texture, not flavor. 

With that in mind I began to retry so many things. And surprise, surprise...I love mushrooms! 

So here we are looking at kale and mushrooms coming together to become best friends in this recipe. 

 Creamy kale and mushroom sauce over couscous 

Creamy kale and mushroom sauce over couscous 

The recipe is super simple and I tastes great! I also love it because I can eat it by itself or pair it with steak or chicken. So it works even when I’m on a meatless detox. 

It’s also super simple, so you can add and remix items and you see fit! 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Mushrooms (chopped) 
  • 1 bunch of Kale (washed and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of Beef Broth 
  • 1 cup of Heavy Cream 
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 Red Onion or 2 Shallots (I’ve used both) 
  • 2 Tbsp of Garlic 
  • Pearled Couscous (1 box) 
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter  

Steps

  1. Saute onions and garlic in butter until onions become light brown. Stir occasionally. 
  2. Add mushrooms and stir. Let them cook for about 2 minutes. 
  3. Add kale and broth and mix with the vegetables. Stir occasionally until kale shrinks.  
  4. Add cream and stir until all ingredients are evening mixed. Allow cream to simmer and slightly bubble with minimal stirring to thicken the sauce. 
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Prepare the couscous per instructions on the box
  7. Plate cooked couscous on a plate. Add mushroom and kale mixture to the top. Sprinkle cheese on top if you wish. 
  8. Serve and enjoy!! 

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Cheesy Bacon Brussel Sprouts

I’ve been in love with brussel sprouts for about a year now. A little obsessed. Then I started experimenting with variations of recipes on Pinterest until I finalized this precious gem. 

Melted cheese (Yes!), bacon (Of course!) and Brussel sprouts (My fav!)! 

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It’s the perfect combination! How could it go wrong!?!? 

It has even been known to turn anti brussel sprouts folks into brussel sprout lovers! I hope you all enjoy!

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Ingredients

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  • Brussels Sprouts – 32 oz
  • Bacon Bits – 9 oz package
  • White Cheddar Cheese – 2 cups (Kraft Smokey Bacon Cheddar Cheese)
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – 1 cup
  • Olive Oil
  • Shallots – 3 thinly sliced
  • Minced Garlic – 3 Tbsp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Paprika to Taste

It’s only a few simple steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Prepare the brussel sprouts (cut off the bottom, half, and rinse) 
  3. Coat the brussel sprouts in olive oil and season with salt, pepper and paprika
  4. Sauté the brussel sprouts, garlic, and shallots in for about 10 minutes or until the brussel sprouts have some color 
  5. Move brussel sprouts to a baking pan and add heavy cream, bacon, and cheese. (I save a little cheese and bacon for the top) 
  6. Mix everything and add the left over cheese and bacon to the top.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the top is brown. 
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Then let the dish cool and enjoy!! 

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Easy Garlic Roasted Broccoli Recipe

2018 is a new year and a great time to start focusing on your health and increasing our vegetable intake. Below is a simple and fast recipe for roasted broccoli. 

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes 
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes 
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Ingredients

  • 2 Crowns of Broccoli 
  • 1/3 cup of oil (I use olive oil) 
  • 2 Tbsp of Garlic 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste 
  • Parmesan (optional) 
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Steps 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Chop Broccoli into medium chunks 
  3. In a large bowl toss broccoli in oil 
  4. Add garlic, salt, and pepper and toss again
  5. Evenly spread season broccoli on greased pan 
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on crisp you prefer) 
  7. Add parmasian (optional) 
  8. Serve & Enjoy! 
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Sweet & Sticky Cinnamon Rolls

A simple, step by step recipe with pictures for the perfect cinnamon rolls. These sweet, sticky cinnamon rolls are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

For the past several years I've been practicing my baking skills. Especially, baking from scratch. Yeast, rolling out dough, letting it rise, and so on and so forth. When I was in college I started adapting this recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls are a flaking, sweet treat that has consistently been a huge hit with my family. And they can be quite picky, so for everyone to love something is a major success. Since that discovery I've been making them every year for Christmas breakfast.

Who doesn’t love breakfast? It’s not only the most important meal of the day, but it’s the best meal of the day! Of course, you can do breakfast in the morning, a brunch, and for dinner. And a sweet breakfast treat is the perfect ending to any meal. Cinnamon rolls fit as the entire breakfast, the sweet ending to bacon and eggs, or even a post dinner dessert with coffee.

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The recipe is simple, but it is a time commitment. It’s a great starter recipe if this is your first extensive baking adventure. The steps are easy and the pictures will help guide you. However, because some of the steps require extended periods of time, I suggest you read the entire recipe so you can plan accordingly. I personally hate to be rushed, so I make most of it at night and leave the final baking step for the morning. This plan allows me to take my time to prepare and still serve fresh, hot cinnamon rolls.

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This recipe is a simple, step by step guide to sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls along with tips on making this baking adventure successful.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of flour

  • 4 sticks of butter

  • 2 cups of brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup of white sugar

  • 1/2 cup of milk

  • 1/2 cup of warm water

  • 1 .25 oz package of active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

  • A pinch of salt

Steps

1. In a small bowl dissolve 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and yeast packet in warm water. Stir slightly and let's stand until it's creamy/foamy. This will take about 10 minutes. During those 10 minutes warm your milk in a small sauce pan until it begins to bubble. Then reduce the heat and mix in 1/4 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of butter and a pinch of salt (no more than a teaspoon). Stir the mixture until everything is melted and smooth.

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2. In a large bowl combine the yeast mixture, the lukewarm milk mixture, eggs, and 1 1/2 cup of flour and combined well. Continue to add flour 1/2 cup at a time (about 4 cups total) and stir well until the dough has pulled together (see pictures). You will know you have enough when the dough is difficult to stir and becomes more firm.

Once the dough is ready you will knead it on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic. This should take no longer than eight minutes. (Side note: be careful not to over work your dough. This will make it tough.) 

3. Oil a large bowl and place the dough inside of the bowl. Ensure that all of the dough is lightly covered with oil. Place a damp towel over the bowl and set-aside until the dough has doubled in size. This will take about an hour. 

4. While you're waiting for your dough to rise melt about 1 cup of butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted stir in 1 cup of brown sugar and whisk until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13" baking pan. Then melt 1/4 cup of butter and set aside. In a separate container combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and mix well. And set the mixture aside. 

5. Once your dough has doubled in size set it onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a large rectangle (about 18x14"). Brush the dough with the melted butter leaving about 1/2 inch border. Then sprinkle your cinnamon and brown sugar mixture evenly across the dough covered in butter.

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6. Begin rolling your cinnamon rolls along the long side. Ensure you roll the cinnamon rolls tight to avoid gaps. As you roll add butter along the bare side of the dough for to help hold the roll together (and for additional moisture and flavor). 

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7. slice your cinnamon roll into 12 to 15 different sections. Place each of the rolls cut side down into your pan with the butter and brown sugar mixture. Cover your common roll filled pan with your damp towel and set aside until the cinnamon rolls have doubled in size. (See the picture.) This will take about an hour.

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8. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Once the cinnamon rolls have doubled in size place them in the oven to bake for between 25 and 30 minutes or until they are golden brown. Once ready take them out of the oven and let them rest for 3 to 5 minutes then flip onto serving platter or wax paper. 

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I hope my directions are clear and helpful. If you have any suggestions or difficulties feel free to leave a comment below. Enjoy! 

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Watermelon Lemonade

As I remain in formation and follow Queen Bey's declaration that lemonade is the beverage of the summer I've created a second simple and fresh spin on our  summertime fav! The Watermelon Lemonade is crisp, fresh and smooth. It's perfect refreshing counter to summer time heat. And the steps are incredibly simple. 

Ingredients

  • 2 shots of vanilla vodka 
  • 5 small cubes of watermelon 
  • 1/2 lime juice 
  • 6 oz of lemonade 

Steps

  1. Add vodka 
  2. Cut and add chunks of watermelon 
  3. Add lemonade and the lime juice (If you can, make a batch ahead of time in order to allow the watermelon to infuse throughout the lemonade) 
  4. Stir and enjoy! 

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Purple Rain Lemonade

In honor of Beyoncé declaring lemonade the beverage of the summer I've created a simple and sweet spin on this summertime fav with an ode to the late Prince. Purple Rain Lemonade is a sweet treat with a citrus tang that has a smooth flow.  This drink is great for a summer BBQ with friends or a night with the girls. And best of all it's super simple to make. 

Ingredients

  • 2 shots of honey flavored whiskey 
  • 3-5 blueberries 
  • 3-5 blackberries 
  • 6 oz of lemonade 

Steps

  1. Add whiskey and berries to your glass 
  2. Mix and muddle the berries in the whiskey (I used a wooden spoon)
  3. Add lemonade 
  4. Stir and enjoy! 

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Coconut Sunrise

The Coconut Sunrise is one of my favorite drinks! It's super easy, has a great fruity flavor, and it's the perfect strength. And of course the Coconut Sunrise is absolutely beautiful to look at but even better to drink! Below is the simple recipe for this great drink for one or for a girls nigh in!

Ingredients

  • 2 Shots of Coconut Vodka (I use Ciroc Coconut)

  • 1/3 Cup of Pineapple Juice (Or equal parts Pineapple/Orange Juice)

  • 1/3 Cup of Orange Juice  

  • A Splash of Grenadine (too flavor. I love grenadine so I tend to use a generous splash ) 

Steps

  1. Add vodka 

  2. Add equal parts pineapple and orange juice

  3. Splash of grenadine 

I hope you enjoy this simple yet tasty concoction. 

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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Everyone loves bread. And everyone loves cheese. Combine the two and you have gold. And everyone who has ever tasted a cheddar bay biscuit knows it's glory. Below is a quick, simple recipe for these delicious treats. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp of sugar 
  • 1 tps salt 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 cup butter milk 
  • 1 cup softened butter 
  • 1 tbsp parsley 

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. 
  3. Use a fork to cut and mix in butter
  4. Slowly pour in the milk ensuring the dough isn't too sticky or dry 
  5. Gently fold in cheese
  6.  Scoop dough into 1-2 inch balls and place them a lightly greased pan. Flatten slightly and bake for 10-12 minutes 
  7. Combine 1/4 cup melted butter and parsley 
  8. Use a brush to apply a coat of the butter mixture to each biscuit and enjoy!

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Lobster Bisque Soup

As the winter weather continues its always great to have a bowl of warm soup. And what better soup to have than lobster bisque soup. Farely simple with a fancy and delicious twist. 

Ingredients

  • 2 - 4 oz lobster tails (shell removed and chopped into bit size pieces) 
  • 2 Tbsp Fennel bulb 
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic 
  • 2 Tbsp Green onions 
  • 1 cup White cooking wine 
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 oz tomato paste 
  • Dried thyme 
  • 1 1/2 lobster base 
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth 

Directions 

  1. Heat oil in a pan over a medium high heat. Then add and stir onions, garlic, and fennel and cook until the aroma is strong (a few minutes) 
  2. Add 1/2 cup of white wine and stir to deglaze the pan
  3. Add lobster base, hot water, and chicken broth. Stir until evenly mixed.
  4. Add tomato paste and thyme. Stir until evenly mixed.
  5. Add heavy whipping cream and half and half and bring to a low boil. 
  6. Add lobster and stir until lobster is cooked. 

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