Thursday, December 29, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Hi! I am so glad you stopped by!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I am wishing the very best for you and your family over the next year!
Let's get to the party!

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 DIY Magnets 
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Black Bean Quinoa Casserole
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Four Ingredient Cheese Ball

If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer to enjoy as the clock strikes midnight, this 4 Ingredient Cheese Ball is for you! This cheese ball is so easy that the only thing that takes time is letting the cream cheese get soft! This recipe was one of my mother-in-laws favorite things to make for family gatherings, and I hope it will become one of yours! It would be wonderful for football parties too! The original recipe called for it to be rolled in chopped nuts, but the shredded cheese adds a different dimension that is really tasty!


Four Ingredient Cheese Ball 

( printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 1 cheese ball)
8 ounces Cream Cheese
6.5 ounces Spreadable Cheddar
2-3 ounces Chopped Onion
3-4 ounces Mexican Style Finely Shredded
                  Four Cheese Blend

Place softened Cream Cheese and Cheddar in to a bowl. Mix together with a fork. I used Kaukauna Spreadable Cheddar, which is found in the deli area of the grocery.
Add the onion and mix together.
Roll the mix together into a ball.
Spread the shredded cheese mix onto a cutting board or a bowl. Roll the cheese ball over the cheese, patting it onto the ball as you roll it around. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
Serve with your favorite crackers. Thanks for joining me today!
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Have a Happy New Year! See you next year! 




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Hi everyone!
I hope you are in the mood for Christmas cheer, because it is almost here!
 Link up whatever you want to share! Can't wait to see what you have been creating! 
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Last weeks 3 most clicked links:

Perfect English Toffee
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DIY GlitterMini Mason
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Spoons
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Caprese Dip / #SundaySupper

As the holidays get closer, things can get hectic and crazier than usual. It's always nice to be able to relax and enjoy an evening with family and friends, taking a break from the usual craziness to just unwind. For me, that often means throwing things together from the fridge and pantry and coming up with appetizers, dips, sandwiches, and whatever you feel like munching on. Nothing fancy, everything fun! That's how this Caprese Dip came about. Of course I love Caprese Salad, and I had seen Caprese Dips around the internet, but I wasn't sure how they were put together. I really didn't want to know. I thought it would be fun to come up with something myself. So, one night when some friends dropped by, I made Caprese Dip, and we ate the entire thing in one setting. It was so good, that the next day I wrote down as much as I could remember, made a few changes and made it again so I could share this recipe with you! I hope you like it!


Caprese Dip
 (feeds 6-8)
(printable recipe at end of post)

1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped 
1 1/4 cups fresh Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 3/4 cup Sour Cream
8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella Balls-Pearls
6" round spring form pan
oven safe jar

Preheat oven to 375°.

Chopped tomatoes into small bite sized pieces.
Chop basil into small pieces.
Mix together the sour cream and cream cheese in the mixer, then add in 1/4 cup of the chopped basil and 1 cup chopped tomatoes.  Add garlic powder and pepper. Add the mozzarella balls, holding out 10-12 to garnish the top. Mix together with a spoon. Place an ovenproof circular dish or jar in the center of a spring form pan.  
Start filling the spring form pan with the dip mix. Garnish the top with some basil and tomatoes. Add a lot of color so it looks like a Christmas wreath. Add mozzarella balls that you held back, to the top. 
Bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven and take knife around the edges of the dip. Let cool completely, then remove jar from the center and release dip from pan. Do not take the dip off the pan. Leave it on the bottom of the pan. You will have water from the tomatoes and the cheese, especially after you remove the jar. Use a crumbled paper towel to sop it up.
Place dip on a large plate and place crackers and bread around the dip. Serve to guests hot or cold.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Continue down the page to see more wonderful tasty Easy Party Recipes from my fellow Sunday Supper members! 
Thank you to our hostess for today's event, Caroline from Caroline's Cooking


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print recipe

Caprese Dip

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella Balls-Pearls
  • 6" round spring form pan
  • oven safe jar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Chopped tomatoes into small bite sized pieces.
  3. Chop basil into small pieces.
  4. Mix together the sour cream and cream cheese in the mixer, then add in 1/4 cup of the chopped basil and 1 cup chopped tomatoes. Add garlic powder and pepper. Add the mozzarella balls, holding out 10-12 to garnish the top. Mix together with a spoon. Place an ovenproof circular dish or jar in the center of a spring form pan.
  5. Start filling the spring form pan with the dip mix. Garnish the top with some basil and tomatoes. Add a lot of color so it looks like a Christmas wreath. Add mozzarella balls that you held back, to the top.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from oven and take knife around the edges of the dip. Let cool completely, then remove jar from the center and release dip from pan. Do not take the dip off the pan. Leave it on the bottom of the pan. You will have water from the tomatoes and the cheese, especially after you remove the jar. Use a crumbled paper towel to sop it up.
  7. Place dip on a large plate and place crackers and bread around the dip. Serve to guests hot or cold.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Thank you for stopping by to Celebrate with us!
First, let me tell you how sorry I am that I mixed up the days last week. I can not believe I did that! I hope you will continue to link up and celebrate with everyone! I appreciate everyone who stops by. Now, I know everyone is busy, so let's get to the party!

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Lifestyles Favorites November /16
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Strawberry Hummus / #SundaySupper / #FLStrawberry

The holidays are here, which means all the parties and celebrations are about to begin! This is such a fun and exciting time of year! Whether you are hosting your own party, or you are bringing a dish to a get together with friends and family, this Strawberry Hummus is a "must" for your menu. Made with beautiful Florida Strawberries, which are available from November to April, this Strawberry Hummus appetizer brings a new dimension to the classic "party dip"! I know your guests will appreciate that you took the time to serve something that is as good for you as Florida Strawberries. Did you know that just eight medium strawberries contain more vitamin C than one orange, or that they are practically fat free and a good source of potassium? It's all true! The only thing your guests will know is that you are serving them a unique and amazing appetizer that tastes incredible, and they can't stop enjoying it!

Strawberry Hummus
(makes 5 cups)
(printable recipe at end of post)

16 ounces Chickpeas 
1 clove Garlic
1 tablespoon Tahini
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 cup Water
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 pounds Florida Strawberries
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
various Crackers, Veggie Straws, Naan


Cook the chickpeas according to the package directions.

Rinse and trim the strawberries. Take out 3-4 strawberries to use later on top of the hummus. Don't add them to the food processor.

Add all of your ingredients in to a food processor or a blender. Let the food processor do the work of breaking up the strawberries. Don't be worried about over processing the hummus. The more it is blended and mixed, the better it becomes.


Look at those beautiful strawberry pieces! They are so gorgeous!
Place your Strawberry Hummus in the fridge overnight. This gives time for all the flavors to meld together. 

Putting it all together~Using the 3-4 strawberries that you held back from adding to the hummus, dice them into small pieces. 


Place the strawberry hummus into a bowl. I like using the glass bowl so you can see how gorgeous it is.
Place the diced strawberries on the top of the hummus.


Serve with your choice of crackers, Naan bread, veggie sticks, whatever you like.



I hope you enjoy this recipe! Thank you for stopping by!
Scroll down to find more blogger recipes using Florida Strawberries and check out the exciting giveaway at the end of this post!


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yield: 5 Cupsprint recipe

Strawberry Hummus

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 ounces Chickpeas
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Tahini
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds Florida Strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Crackers, Veggie Straws, Naan

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the chickpeas according to the package directions.
  2. Rinse and trim the strawberries. Take out 3-4 strawberries to use later on top of the hummus. Don't add them to the food processor.
  3. Add all of your ingredients in to a food processor or a blender. Let the food processor do the work of breaking up the strawberries. Don't be worried about over processing the hummus. The more it is blended and mixed, the better it becomes.
  4. Look at those beautiful strawberry pieces! They are so gorgeous! Place your Strawberry Hummus in the fridge overnight. This gives time for all the flavors to meld together.
  5. Putting it all together~Using the 3-4 strawberries that you held back from adding to the hummus, dice them into small pieces.
  6. Place the strawberry hummus into a bowl. I like using the glass bowl so you can see how gorgeous it is. Place the diced strawberries on the top of the hummus.
  7. Serve with your choice of crackers, Naan bread, veggie sticks, whatever you like.
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
Hi everyone! Please let me apologize for being a day late! I totally thought today was Thursday!! Have you ever had a week like that?
Life has been crazy this week. I am so sorry!

 Thank you for taking time out of your day to stop by!
I know how busy everyone is, so let's get this party started!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chocolate Peppermint Cake / #Best Walmart Trip Ever!

One day last week, a friend of mine asked me if I would make a small little Chocolate Peppermint Cake for her to give as a gift. Of course, I said yes. She is a dear friend, and I love to bake! So I went to my pantry to gather all the things I needed, when I realized, that I was out of both flour and sugar. Darn! I can't make the cake without those items! I needed to go shopping! So, as I began writing my grocery list, (if I'm going to the grocery, I might as well get everything I need) I looked out the window, and it was pouring down rain! I did not want to go to the grocery right then! That's when I remembered Walmart Grocery Pickup! 
 It's a new service in my area of town, and it's such an awesome way to shop for groceries.  It was time for me to give it a try! I went online to shop, and I was so happy! Ordering my groceries was simple, quick and there is no extra charge for the service! The online grocery area is divided into regular grocery sections, just like in the store. In no time at all, I was totaling my order, paying for it, and selecting a pickup time. Before I left for Walmart, I downloaded the Walmart Grocery App.  On Android use the Walmart Grocery Check in App. I checked in via the app to let the store know I was on my way, and because I enabled notifications and location services, Walmart knew when I would be pulling in to the parking lot.  I found a large sign attached to the front of the store, directing me to go to the side parking lot to use the Grocery Pick up service. So easy!

 I found clearly marked parking spots to use, and  it was less than 60 seconds before Sheryl, a Walmart employee greeted me at my door with a flat bed filled with my groceries. Sheryl was polite and professional and such a pleasure to talk to. I popped open the back of my car, and she loaded everything for me, smiled and said thank you, and went to greet another customer that had just pulled up. 
What a fantastic experience!  The best part? It was pouring down rain and I never got wet!  The service was so convenient and so easy, I am already planning to use it again! Give it a try! You will love it! Keep reading down the page to get the recipe for the cake i baked for my friend!

Chocolate Peppermint Cake
(printable recipe at bottom of page)
(makes 1-9" 2 layer cake)

Cake
2 1/4 cups Flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Shortening
1 3/4 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract 
3 Eggs
1 1/3 cups Water

Frosting 
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
 
Preheat oven to 350℉.

Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a large mixer bowl beat the shortening, sugar, and vanilla until combined.Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. 
Alternating between the flour mix and the water, start adding them to the bowl, using low speed until all of the water and flour mix is combined.
I wanted to use a festive container for the cake, because it is a gift, so I found these cute red and white striped ones at a craft store. If you use this type of paper pan, please read the package directions in regards to preparing the pan. This package said to not grease and flour the pan, which makes this an even easier recipe! It did say to bake the cake on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
This cake came out a little lopsided, but not too bad. Once it cooled, I cut a thin slice off across the top. Then I refrigerated it, so the crumbs will not be loose when I go to icing it. 
This frosting is easy to make. You can easily cut this recipe in half if you do not want any leftover. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the warm water and the meringue powder for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and whisk for another 30 seconds. Add all the sugar at one time. Mix for 10 minutes on high speed. You will have a lot of icing. For this cake, remove a 1/4 cup of icing. Tint red with your food coloring. Remove a 1/4 cup of white icing.Fill a pastry bag with white icing and another one with red icing. 
Using the pastry bags of icing to randomly cover the entire top of the cake with frosting drops. Then take a toothpick or skewer to swirl the color around the cake, creating a beautiful iced cake. Refrigerate a couple hours, until cold. I had plenty of cake batter left because this recipe makes a double layer 9" cake, so I made a few more for friends.
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you will try both the Walmart Grocery Pick up and this yummy Chocolate Peppermint Cake! You will love both of them!