Category Archives: Holiday Fun

Treats – Barbecue – Desserts – Party Ideas for the 4th of July

243 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

It is time to bring out yummy 4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate. Picnics, Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for many, ending this wonderful day with Fireworks lighting up the sky in celebration of Independence Day.

Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.

Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of JillWellington at Pixabay.com

Advertisements

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo – What Makes An Authentic Taco

Most taco’s are made with hamburger cooked up with Mexican spices and placed into a taco shell. The most popular toppings are cheese, lettuce and tomato and sour cream.

What about the authentic Mexican tacos?

Fact: Did you know that authentic Mexican Tacos do not use lettuce, tomato or cheese? These three ingredients are an American addition to the taco. This video from Food Network tells you more about the traditional taco of Mexico and shows you how they are made with the best combinations of meats, salsas and toppings.

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Photo Courtesy of hayme100 at Picabay.com

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Yummy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

id-100313807St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Sunday, March 17, 2019 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins.

You can enjoy watching the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and will celebrates its 257th year. Get more information for times and broadcasts here

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

We celebrate every year and usually have a big crowd. Lots of food, fun, friends and family make it all worth while to cook up a storm. Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Favorite with Sides

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

hoto Courtesy of Rattikankeawpun at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Celebrate Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday With Gumbo Jambayala and More Recipes

Fat Tuesday or as the French say Mardi Gras is a day of feasting on fatty foods and living it up before the Christian Lenten (Lent) season and fasting.
This colorful holiday also know as Shrove Tuesday, comes with a parade of floats, lots of beads and fun in New Orleans and celebrated around the country. If you cannot be in New Orleans, then celebrate in your home with Gumbo, Jambaya, or how about a Muffuletta sandwich. There is great food and music that comes out of New Orleans and this is the day to join in the fun!

Check out these recipes…

Gumbo Recipe – When you say Gumbo you are talking Louisiana, New Orleans. It originated in Louisiana early in the 18th century according to Cajun History. Gumbo is personal, like a good stew, every home makes it with the main ingredients and some additional for their own taste and flair.
Main ingredients of gumbo are a good roux (mixing equal amounts of fat and flour to make a thick sauce), okra, vegetables (the Holy Trinity, onions, green peppers and celery) meat and seafood. The seasoning that finishes off the Gumbo is File’ powder which is a spicy herb made for Sassafras leaves that is ground down to a powder and available in most grocery stores.

Jambalaya Recipe -A Spanish and French influenced dish that has seafood, meat, vegetables and rice. A must have in this dish is sausage that has been smoked, seafood (crawfish is popular in the area as well shrimp) chicken and pork. Very flavorful with the spices added.

Shrimp Etouffee Recipe – A New Orleans classic recipe that is beloved by both Cajun and Creole cooking. It is served over rice with seafood as its star ingredient that could be crab, crawfish or shrimp. It was created in the 1950’s, but some historians say it could go back to as far as 1920.

Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe – This packed with flavor sandwich originated with Italian immigrants that came to New Orleans, using a round loaf of bread and stuffing it with olive salad on the bottom, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Mortadella, and more. This sandwich is made for a crowd or you could make them in individual sandwiches on smaller rolls.

The King Cake RecipeThe King Cake is used in some countries for celebrating the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas and up to Lent. There are a variety of recipes but the main one has spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and made with yeast. The decorations are colors that came from the Christian religion, with purple symbolizing Justice, Green symbolizing Faith and Gold symbolizing Power. They honor the three Kings (Wise Men) who visited Jesus on the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas.  These colors are used in the sugar topping that makes the frosting.
A small porcelain figurine toy or Fava beans were used for the baby that was traditionally hidden in the King Cake as a symbol to the baby Jesus.  Today luck and prosperity is the symbol of the baby to many. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake irresponsible for throwing the next years Mardi Gras party in some countries and is a designated King or Queen for the day. The beans and porcelain figures are today replaced with plastic toy babies and some bakers are leaving the baby outside of the cake to lessen the chance of liability of someone choking or swallowing the toy.

 

 

Enjoy Mardi Gras!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of skeezeat Pixabay.com

Sharing the Love and Valentine’s Day Treats

id-10026227Share Valentine’s Day by volunteering in your community with co workers, family and friends. Take a little time for this day, to bake up some Valentine cookies and cakes or you could purchase store bought treats and give them out with a special tag.

Take the family or a few friends and visit a nursing home in your area. Hand out flowers (a Carnation for each person) and Valentine cards. This does not have to be expensive and it will bring so much joy. (Call ahead to find out how many flowers and cards you will need and make an appointment.)

Visit someone who is under the weather with Valentines Day treats and offer to run errands for them.

Get your family and/or friends together and celebrate with a mini tea party. Serve hot tea and cookies. Have pretty paper, glue, scissors, paper dollies available to make old fashioned valentines day cards.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours, washing dishes or serving up a meal will be appreciated.

Don’t forget our furry friends. Lend a hand at a community animal shelter or donate pet food or both.

Have a little brother or sister? Take them for the afternoon to a Children’s Museum or a favorite spot they like.

Check out our 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of hinnamsaisuy at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Christmas Breakfast Treat – Crock Pot Slow Cooker Caramel Pecan Rolls

ID-100192165It can be delightfully hectic when it comes to cooking up Christmas morning breakfast. The crock pot can now be your best appliance in the kitchen with this easy yummy recipe, Crock Pot Carmel Pecan Rolls. These awesome treats are made with things you may already have in your pantry and fridge that definitely bring on the holiday spirit.

Imagine melted Butter, cinnamon, pecans, biscuit dough and brown sugar cooking up and filling your home with an amazing, get you out of bed, aroma. Get the rolls ready and pop into a slow cooker for 90 minutes and wa la, breakfast is served.

Thank you Recipes That Crock for sharing!

Get the Recipe Here Caramel Pecan Rolls

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :}

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of mrsiraphol. at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Be An Elf! Tis the Season For Giving: Letters to Santa Answered with the USPS Operation Santa Program

You can help a child in need by participating in the USPS Operation Santa Program and Be An Elf. From December 1st to just a few days before Christmas the USPS Operation Santa Program offers letters to the public written by children from low income households. This could be for clothes, toys, food and more. You choose a letter, buy and wrap the gift and mail it to the child.

There are currently 15 Post Offices participating – Here is the list of locations to see if one is near you…

If there is not a location near you, you can still help and Be An Elf.. Find out Here

This amazing Operation Santa program was started by the US Postal Service™ in 1912 and has never missed a year of spreading good will and kindness to make many children happy on Christmas.

Here is the link to the website for more information on how this works.

(BeAnElf is not affiliated with the USPS and depends on support of donations)

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Clare Bloomfield at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

DIY Homemade Christmas Gifts In a Jar – Last Minute Gifts

jam-428094_640Hopefully you are about finished your Christmas shopping or are to the bottom of your list. But what about an unexpected guest arriving for your holiday fare and you have no gift. Or a neighbor or co worker brings you a little something, you will want to return the kindness. Be prepared ahead of time…

A homemade food gift with the recipe makes a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. . Add a few decorations to a mason jar with your famous holiday cookies inside or a mixture for a special hot chocolate with a hand written recipe attached with some ribbon makes it special. Know someone who loves to bake? Give them a jar with a scrumptious brownie mix inside. Make these up ahead of time and you will be ready for the unexpected…

Delish.com has over 22 recipes in a jar from MM Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Granola, Pancakes, Hot Cocoa, bread muffins and more. Check out their slide show with links to mixes in a jar recipes Here.

 

Here are some idea’s from MixesInaJar.com

Brownie Mix In A Jar

Cappucino Mix in a Jar

Chinese Barbeque Sauce

Know someone who would love something other then food?

Candy Cane Bath Salts

Egyptian Facial Mask

There are over 250 gift jar idea’s to choose from including breads and muffins , coffee and teas, breads and soups and more.

Merry Christmas :]

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Jarmoluk at Pixabay.com

Perfect for Last Minute Christmas Table Ideas

id-10021547The house is ready to go, clean and decorated for Christmas. Now for the table setting for that yummy holiday meal. It needs to be just as spectacular as the rest of the house.

Laura over at FindingHome.com has 6 Simple Christmas Table Ideas that are perfect for the last minute. She gives great tips starting with a simple tablecloth, your place setting and the extra’s that makes the table festive.

See Laura’s table idea’s here

 

Thank you Laura and Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Pixomar at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How To Easily Defrost Prepare Cook and Carve A Thanksgiving Holiday Turkey

id-100475624Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey really comes down to four easy steps.

The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.

Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:

4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days

There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.

4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours

Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.

Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!

Stuffing with Sausage


How To Carve A Turkey

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Apolonia at FreedigitalPhotos.net