Emeril’s Wonton Soup

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Every New Years Eve my family and I end up ordering Chinese for dinner. It’s tradition. We kick back and relax while feasting on all kinds of Chinese food. This year we decided to switch things up a bit and make Chinese ourselves.

My friend Charnaye stopped over for my moms Egg Rolls this year. I swear everyone will stop what they are doing to come over and have some. We are always more than willing so share. If you are interested in making my moms Egg Rolls, I did a blog post on it called Mama’s Homemade Egg Rolls. You won’t be ordering them out anymore!

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Charcuterie Platter

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Growing up I was told to never go over to someones house empty handed, especially if someone was having you over for dinner. One of my favorite things to bring to a dinner party or a holiday party is a Charcuterie Platter.

Tis’ the season of holiday parties I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you; how to make the best Charcuterie Plate.

Charcuterie is actually one of my favorite ways to eat. If you like cheese, fruit, crackers or French Baguette, salami and nuts then you will enjoy this!

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Oh Christmas Tree..

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Growing up we always had a white Christmas Tree. I remember the reactions of friends when they saw our tree. Many were astonished that our Christmas Tree is white rather than green.

So I always knew one day I was going to have my own white Christmas Tree.

Typically I always have a ton of ornaments on our tree, but this year we brought out the non-breakables.

Sophia little hands seem to be in everything in a matter of two seconds.

Not that I blame her…I mean she’s exploring her boundaries.

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Mint Hot Chocolate

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I am kicking this season off with Mint Hot Chocolate. I stumbled across this recipe off of Pinterest several years ago. I believe I saved it to my “must try food folder,” never actually  got around to making it.

The intention was there.

The other night at Target I was searching for an Advent Calendar and I came across one that just so happens to be my background in the photo above.

I have no decorations up yet…except for Sophia’s Advent Calendar…so it’s definitely serving a purpose!

On December 1st I made Sophia her first Mint Hot Chocolate!

Did she try it? No.

She said “ew no mama.” I wasn’t expecting that reaction! I think it was the green color…

Thoughts?

So not judging by Sophia’s reaction…the drink was really good…sweet…and oh so easy to make. A great holiday accent!

What You Need: 

2 Cups of Milk                                                          1 tsp. Peppermint Extract

2 Cups of Half & Half                                             Few drops of Green Food Coloring

1/2 bag of White Chocolate Chips                      Crushed Andes Candies & Whipped Cream

Instructions:

  1. Heat Milk and Half & Half in a pot over medium heat; be careful not to burn it.
  2. Add White Chocolate Chips..stirring constantly.
  3. Add Peppermint Extract, then add your few drops of food coloring
  4. Andes Candies and Whipped Cream for garnish (optional)

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Milk and Half & Half are heating up. I stirred mine quite frequently.

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Then I added the White Chocolate Chips. Please stir it constantly…you don’t want to burn the milk of chocolate.

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I put the Peppermint Extract in the mixture. Stir…then I immediately added the Green Food Coloring. I also found that 8 drops of the Green Food Coloring was the perfect mint color.

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Mix the food coloring until well combined. At this point your Hot Chocolate should be hot. If not let it heat up a little bit more…if it’s hot take it off the heat!

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Garnish if you desire an extra kick!

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What do you look forward to the most this time of the year?

Any recipes you would like me to make this holiday season?

Any fun weekend plans?

I’m ‘nebby,’ aka noisy… just throwing in some Pittsburgh lingo…

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes

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Are you going to a Thanksgiving brunch anytime soon? I thought this recipe would be fun to share you  especially if you have have more than one place to go on Thanksgiving Day.

This year I am only going to my moms. We typically have the same stuff every Thanksgiving, but I think this year we are going to be switching it up a bit.

As long as my mom doesn’t get rid of her Sweet Potato Casserole, then switching it up is fine with me!!

These Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes are really good and super easy to make! They took me about 45 minutes from finish to end! Sophia helped me roll them into balls, so some of them are “squargigles,” but it makes them more fun. Sophia loves to help! Especially in the kitchen!

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Candy Corn Inspired Drinks!

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I love candy corn..wait let me rephrase that. I love the way candy corn looks, but I really dislike the way it tastes. I love the way it looks in a candy dish..maybe even used as a decoration on a cake.

They’re adorable, but I personally don’t eat them.

I thought it would be really fun to do a Candy Corn inspired drink. Non-alcoholic of course, but I am pretty sure we could make it a little more fun! But we are making it kid friendly this time!

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Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Creamer

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Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Creamer!!!

“Saaay what?” Yes. If this makes your heart skip a beat and bring hearts to your eyes then I have the perfect recipe to share with you.

This is from my Better Homes and Garden 100 Best Pumpkin Recipes magazine I bought about two months ago.

Last week Sophia and I met up with my friend Paula and her daughter Emma for a day in downtown Pittsburgh. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to whip up some Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Creamer, since Paula is a Spiced Pumpkin fan.

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