Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's all gravy baby

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of GravyMaster for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have this little brown bottle in your kitchen?

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My Grandma does, and she'll tell you it's a must for making good gravy.  However, GravyMaster isn't just for gravy.  I had no idea how awesome this stuff was!  There are so many other uses, such as, locking in flavor and juices on grilled meats, fish and vegetables; caramelizing veggies and other foods, as well as being used in marinades and sauces.

Not only does it have a multitude of uses - but it's vegan and kosher!  Check out the ingredients here.  So don't be afraid to use it in your every day meals to add flavor and color, and with the holiday season in full swing, there are many, many opportunities to use GravyMaster to Master the meal!

For example, this recipe for Holiday Ham sounds so good....

  

(Photo from GravyMaster)

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
1/3 cup cider vinegar 
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed to measure 
1/2 cup honey 
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
1 teaspoon dry mustard 
1 tablespoon GravyMaster®
1 fully cooked ham (about 12 pounds)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine mustard, vinegar, sugar, honey, oil, soy sauce, dry mustard and GravyMaster®.
  2. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place ham in open shallow roasting pan. Bake at 325° F. until meat thermometer registers 140° F., allowing about 15 minutes per pound.
  5. Remove ham from oven 30 minutes before end of baking time.
  6. Remove any rind.
  7. Trim and smooth fat.
  8. Score deeply in a diamond pattern.
  9. Brush ham with glaze; return to oven.
  10. Bake 30 minutes, brushing several times during baking with remaining glaze.
  11. Serve immediately with remaining glaze, heated, on the side. Makes about 16 servings.

Yep, I need one of those little brown bottles in my kitchen. ASAP!  

What do you want to make with GravyMaster?!  Have you used it before?  Let's eat!  We have until New Year's (when I'll make all kinds of resolutions to diet and exercise!)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, Thanksgiving is over. Done. You may not have finished up the leftovers, but it's full steam ahead to Christmas baby!  One thing on my holiday "to do" list is Christmas cards.  Every year I wait until the LAST. MINUTE.  Why do I do this to myself?  It causes undo stress, that is so unneeded this time of year!  I love to send and receive cards, so I don't know why I procrastinate so much.  Well, NOT THIS YEAR!!!  This year I have discovered Tiny Prints.  You really need to head on over there and check out the selection of cards....it is awesome!  I wanted to browse through everything they had to offer, but if that's not your thang, no sweat - the site is very user friendly and has filters on the left side of the page to help you narrow your search.  There is something for everyone.  You want a single photo card? Multiple photos? No photos? Tri-fold? From your pet? What ever it is, they have it!

I have 26 sitting in my favorites right now (that's another feature the site has - you can select your favorites as you are browsing, then go back through your selection to narrow it down).  I'm still working on the narrowing down part!  There are so many I like!
 
               polka dots!
 
                   stripes!
 
                 monograms!

 
                
multiple photos...
                
or single?!
 
                       I'm in love with the round ones! They're ornaments!
 Sheer Collage Christmas Cards
but the tri-folds are pretty cool too!

Decisions, decisions!

Would you rather your cards feature your fur-babies?
 
                
Yep, they have those too.

I had the best time looking at all the options!  Of course, now comes the hard part.....deciding on just one!  I've also seen some very cute ways to display cards this year...so I can't wait to start getting them.  The more I send, the more I'll get - just another reason not to wait too long to get them ordered and in the mail!

You also need to check out their Twelve Days of Ollie sweepstakes!  A grand prize winner will receive a trip to Jamaica for a family of four!!  There will also be daily drawings to receive 50 free holiday cards and address labels!  Merry Christmas my peeps!

Disclaimer - I will receive 50 free holiday cards in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Last year I brought you Thanksgiving greetings from Mr. Tom Turkey-

This year I'd like to introduce you to....
Mrs. Tom and Baby Tom :-)

Have a wonderful holiday wherever you are and remember all that you have to be truly thankful for.  My life has been full of many blessings and what a wonderful time to share with family and give thanks!

Holla at'cha on the flip side.

What I'm Making Today (oh my)



Today is going to be super busy, getting everything ready for the big day.  I've got my stretchy pants all ready to go, along with a big baggy shirt to hide the bulge.  Yep, always thinking ahead.

Even though my mom is doing a majority of the cooking, I've decided on a few things that I'm going to attempt make.  The fact that I've waited to do it all in one day may not be so smart...

On my to do list -
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Shortbread Crust at The Hungry Mouse
Brown-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Shortbread Crust from The Hungry Mouse

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Tammy's Recipes
*I'm hoping I can halve this recipe and make the dough in my bread machine

HERSHEY'S Natural Unsweetened Cocoa
but make as cupcakes, with a kiss in the middle like this - 
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and I want to add coffee in the place of the water.
I haven't decided on the frosting yet.
These will be for my Mom's birthday!!

because I still have apples left and for whatever reason I decided to buy a HUGE bag of cranberries from Sam's Club yesterday.  Expect some cranberry recipes in the future! And feel free to pass along your faves.

and I almost forgot!  I'm going to try these
Homemade Thin Mints (Low Carb and Gluten Free) from All Day I Dream About Food
Thin Mints used to be my hubs favorite cookie pre-diabetes, so I've had this bookmarked to try for him!

Okay. I'm feelin' just a tad stressed now. 

What are y'all up to?!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Harvest Blessing Mix

Harvest Blessing Mix

Bugles - represents a cornucopia...horn of plenty
Pretzels - represents arms folded in thanks and prayer
Candy Corn - During the first winter, the pilgrims were each allowed 5 kernels of corn per day b/c food was so scarce.
Raisins - Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest
Sunflower seeds - Seeds represent the potential of a bountiful harvest for the next season, if they are planted and well tended.
Chocolate chips - What's a mix without chocolate?

This is a re-post from last year, but I've got so much to do I think it's so cute!  It makes great little gifts - put in a baggie with the meaning of the ingredients attached!


Monday, November 21, 2011

My 10 year old makes dinner

I know everyone else is posting about awesome Thanksgiving recipes, but I thought this was the perfect time to post something quick and easy.  If you've got lots of cooking to get done, a fridge full of thawing Turkey, baked ham, etc., the last thing you want to worry about is a complicated, time consuming dinner to get on the table these few nights before the big Turkey Day- and we all know - the kids' still gotta eat!

This dinner is very kid friendly.  In fact, my 10 year old made it all by herself!  And she was quite proud :)

Start with refrigerated pizza crust (or if you're really on top of things, a homemade pizza dough) - spread it out to a rectangle shape of desired thickness (you will not want this very thick).  Sprinkle your favorite cheese all over the crust (leaving about a 1/2 inch from the edge).  We used Parmesan and mozzarella.  Then top the cheese with pepperoni.  (We use turkey pepperoni.)  Then roll it up from the long side.
Add some parmesan, oregano, basil on top if desired.
Bake according to directions on pizza crust.
Slice your pizza roll and serve with pizza sauce!

My kids loved this, and my daughter loved that she was able to make dinner. (It was a nice break for me too!)  She served this with sliced oranges and a salad.

And my most favorite pictures of all....
Future blogger ;)
She had to take pics before anyone could eat!
(do not pay attention to the rest of the house in the background.  It is was a disaster!  I know, you just looked didn't you?!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

How Pinteresting - Thanksgiving Edition

So y'all know I'm in love with Pinterest, but if you're not into it (how?!) or don't follow me (why?! - just kidding) I thought I would highlight some of my favorite Thanksgiving pins! (if you need an invite, let me know)
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4-Layer Sweet Potato & Ginger Layer Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling, Candied Pecans and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Buttercream - Holy Moly
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Such a cute table setting
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Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
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Cranberry Apple Drunkin Dressing
Anything with 'drunkin' in the title has my vote.
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Brown-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate-Shortbread Crust
*I think I'm making this for Thanksgiving
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Pumpkin Pie Crumble - who can resist a good crumble topping?!

And for the kiddos....
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Tee Pee Cupcakes - too cute
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I've made these before. They were easy and cute, will probably do them again with an egg free cookie recipe!
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cuteness, and you know how much I like a rice krispie treat!
Cookie Pilgrim Hats
These are also fun and easy.  When we made them, we used a yellow M&M for the buckle.
another version of the Oreo turkey - preschool party?
Another variation of the turkey oreo cookie

And last but not least - my post from yesterday
The sugar cone cornucopia!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix and Thanksgiving craft

Pinterest strikes again! I saw these adorable sugar cone cornucopias from PaperTurtle and thought they would be perfect for my son's 'Thanksgiving Feast' at preschool.
I love them!  All you need are regular old sugar cone ice cream cones (I just bought the Food Lion brand).  You steam the cones until they soften, then bend the ends to look like a cornucopia.  They harden back up as soon as they cool, and then you can fill them with whatever you like.  My first attempt was to steam them over a pot of boiling water.  That didn't work for me....I needed more steam!
Thankfully, I have this handy, dandy steamer (that cooks brown rice perfectly).  It worked great.  I was able to put 4 cones in the steamer at one time, and after a couple of minutes, they were ready!
I filled mine with Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix (recipe follows)
and put each one in a sandwich bag (the cheap ones with the flap...just cut the flap so it doesn't look skeezy), then tied them with some cute ribbon I already had. (I think it came from the dollar bin at Target last year!)  I thought the end result was quite adorable.  
I had Chex cereal left over from my Halloween Buddies, so decided on another mix.
I adapted the mix from this one.

Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup butter (I use Smart Balance 50/50 blend)
2 t. vanilla
2 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup candy corn

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.  In small microwave safe dish, microwave butter on high about 30 seconds or until melted.  Stir in vanilla.  In large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals.  Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir until coated.  Microwave uncovered on high 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown - stirring every minute.  Spread on wax paper or cookie sheet to cool.  Once cooled, mix in marshmallows and candy corn. 

Now I'm that mom at preschool :D

Just call me Martha, bitches.
I'm kidding.

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