Patriotic Oatmeal Cookies

I love the heartiness of an oatmeal cookie. When combined with chocolate, it is the perfect combination of sweet and satisfying! These patriotic oatmeal cookies are the perfect treat for a summer BBQ with their red, white, and blue M&M candies. You can switch out the M&Ms on any holiday to switch them up!

Patriotic MM and Oatmeal Cookies

To make these cookies you’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 egg whites plus 1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups M&Ms, put 1/4 cup aside

 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet in parchment paper.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients, saving oatmeal until last.
  4. Mix in 1 1/4 cups of M&Ms.
  5. Put tablespoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper covered baking sheet. Add more M&Ms on top as needed to be able to see the M&Ms on the cookies.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until starting to brown.
  7. Cool before eating.

For a fun serving option, decorate the oatmeal container to look like a firecracker and use as a cookie jar.

Fun, festive, and filling cookies … that are delicious to boot!

 

World’s Best Omelet

When I was younger, my Oma taught me how to make the absolute best Omelet. And it isn’t so much about the ingredients you put inside the omelet (because there are tons of options for the world’s best omelet fillings), but about how you whip up the eggs to make it ultra delicious.

World's fluffiest Omelet - how to make any omelet SO much better!

You’ll need:
Eggs (2-3 per omelet, depending on the size of your pan)
Hand-held electric mixer
Vegetable Oil
Non-stick frying pan with lid
Fillings of your choice (This one is spinach, mushrooms, ham, and cheese)

Crack your eggs into a bowl with tall sides. Beat with the hand-held electric mixer. Once mixed, tilt the mixer at a 45 degree angle. This is the secret! Tilting the mixer and mixing for several minutes adds so much air and fluffyness to the eggs!

Heat the pan. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Pour in the eggs. Put the lid on top, and reduce the heat to medium.

Allow the eggs to cook. If your fillings need cooking, put them in a second pan on the stove to cook while the eggs get done all the way through.

Once the eggs are done, add the fillings and cheese to one half, then fold the eggs in half to cover. Put the lid on for another minute to allow the cheese to melt.

Remove the omelet to a plate, salt and pepper as desired, and enjoy!

dig in to the best omelet

Cranberry-Orange Scones

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Happy New Year! Have you made New Year’s Resolutions, decided on a word of the year, or started a new workout routine? The new year is a great excuse to make some changes in your life… like taking some time for you, and getting more organized!

Orange Cranberry Scones - and Printable Daily Schedule at Always Expect Moore

Those are two of my goals for this year – getting more organized, and stopping to take time for me. Starting off the morning right is the best way to get my whole day set up for success – and so does sitting down with a bite to eat, and a hot cup of my favorite Bigelow Tea.

I made these Orange Cranberry Scones, and a daily plan printable – both pair great with my tea as I take a few minutes to fuel myself for the day, and square away my plans. You can grab the daily plan printable here (I like printing them half-sheet size by printing two to a sheet)… and now let me share the recipe for these delicious scones!

Orange Cranberry Scones

4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup dried cranberries
zest from one large orange

ingredients for orange cranberry scones

You can find these ingredients, and the delicious Lemon flavored Bigelow Tea, all at Walmart.

buy Bigelow tea at Walmart

Start by mixing the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in cubes of the room-temperature butter.

butter gets mixed in

Mix until the mixture looks like loose sand. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl, or the mixer blade, several times.

mixed with butter

Add the sugar, milk, sour cream, and egg.

Mix in dried cranberries and orange zest until combined.

mix in cranberries

Roll out dough onto a floured surface, to about 1″ deep

cut into wedges

Cut dough into 8 rectangles, then cut each rectangle in half. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for 350 degrees for 20 minutes.bake scones

Now it is time for some tea! Pour hot water into a mug, and allow your tea bag to steep. I like mine with sugar and honey.

I grabbed my printable, and planned out my day… and colored it in while I was at it.

coloring page daily planning sheet

It makes the day so much easier to start it out with a plan! And I love this version, because it allows me to make a list of what I’d like to get done, and then plan it out on the printable. Setting aside blocks of time to get things done in is a realistic way to plan out a schedule. And not scheduling every minute – making sure to leave some “margin” room between and around events helps give a buffer.

color in and plan page

I hope you make it a great day!

getting ready for the day

Go learn more about Bigelow Teas here, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Ritz Cracker Snack Bracket – 8 Topping Recipes

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My husband loves football. He has juggled several fantasy teams over the last few years, and loves the big game every February (it is in February, right?). Yes, I had to check. Because I’m not a big football fan. I do love the new commercials, though. And the food. I love food. And opportunities to try new recipes. Today I’m sharing eight recipes with you, perfect for topping RITZ® Crackers. Yup, eight. Four savory recipes, and four sweet recipes. And we had a little tasting party to decide the winner. Which was hard. Because they are all seriously delicious, y’all. I know a recipe has captured my tastebuds when the leftovers are calling to me from the fridge. And these are. All of them. So let me share… feel free to thank me in the comments!

The Snack Bracket - Eight delicious recipes all perfect for topping Ritz crackers. Try to choose your favorite from these four sweet and four savory toppings. They are all easy to make, and you'll look like a snacking savant when you serve them for the big game.

The toppings are divided into two divisions. The Sweet division and the Savory Division. On the sweet side, we have Cranberry Cream Cheese, Cherry Lemon, Caramel Apple, and Chocolate Nut. Yum-oh! Representing savory, we have Cheddar & Bacon, Tuna, Beef & Garlic, and French Onion. Oh, yeah! And they’re all easy to put together. Here are the recipes – feel free to double (triple… quadruple…) for larger crowds and serious snackers.

Coca-cola and RITZ crackers - great for snacking

Cranberry Cream Cheese Topping

4 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
2 tablespoons Honey

With a fork, combine cream cheese, cranberries, and honey until thoroughly mix. Spread 1-2 teaspoons full onto each RITZ® Cracker.

Cherry Lemon Topping

4 oz Lemon Curd
2 oz Marachino Cherries (8-10), chopped

Mix lemon curd and chopped cherries until well mixed. Spread 1 teaspoon full onto each RITZ® Cracker.

Caramel Apple Topping

10 soft caramels
1/2 Granny Smith Apple, chopped

Melt caramels in microwave at 10 second intervals until melted, stirring between each interval. Mix in chopped apples. Put 1 tsp topping on each RITZ® Cracker.

Chocolate Nut Topping

3 tbsps Walnuts
4 tbsps Chocolate-Hazelnut spread

Spread approx 1 tsp chocolate hazelnut spread onto each RITZ® Cracker. Sprinkle with Walnuts.

Ritz cracker toppings - four sweet and four savory go head-to-head to achieve snacktime victory

That’s the sweet lineup. You might think there are some crazy combinations in there, and you would be right – crazy good! You’re going to have such a hard time deciding which RITZ® Cracker topping wins the sweet division. Ready for the savory toppings? Here we go!

Cheddar & Bacon Cracker Topping

2 oz. Medium Cheddar Cheese
3 tbsp Crumbled Bacon

Place 1 square of cheddar cheese onto each RITZ® Cracker. Top with bacon crumbles.

Tuna Cracker Topping

4 oz Tuna (1 can, packed in water), well drained
2 tbsp Mayonaise
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 tsp pickle juice (liquid from pickle jar)

Make sure tuna fish is well drained. Mix with other ingredients until combined. Put 1 tsp on each RITZ® Cracker.

Beef & Garlic Cracker Topping

8 oz sour cream
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp granulated garlic
4 oz lunchmeat (beef), chopped

Mix together ingredients until well combined. Best if made a day ahead, and refrigerated overnight. Put 1 teaspoon of mix onto each RITZ® Cracker.

French Onion Cracker Topping

8 oz Sour Cream
1/2 packet French Onion soup mix

Mix together Sour Cream and French Onion soup mix until well combined. Best if made a day ahead, and refrigerated overnight. Put 1 teaspoon of mix onto each RITZ® Crackers.

While you’re putting together your shopping list, be sure to add Coca-Cola. As you try out all these snacks, you’re going to need a palette cleanser. And what better than some ice cold Coca-Colas, right?

I found my RITZ® Crackers and Coca-Cola at my local Vons.

Shop for ingredients at Vons

I set up a snack bracket on kraft paper so that we could keep track of our winners. The Sweet Division is lined up on one side, and the Savory Division is ready to go on the other.

sweet vs savory snack bracket - awesome idea for halftime snacking. Which Ritz cracker topping will be your favorite?

We started snacking, deciding winners in each match-up.

Coca-Cola as a palette cleanser

When we got to the final showdown of the RITZ® Cracker toppings, it was underdog Cherry Lemon against family favorite Beef & Garlic. How do you choose?

final match in the sweet and savory Ritz cracker topping challenge

I’m not telling you which cracker topping got to bring home the Coca-Cola bottle cap prize, you’ll have to try your own snack bracket challenge this halftime. Let your friends and family decide which snack stands above all the others.

Picking a snack bracket favorite

Each of these RITZ® Cracker toppings can be whipped up in only a few minutes, so you can easily prepare them the day before the game yourself, or you can challenge your friends to bring their recipes (or try one of these) for your own halftime snack challenge.

Top your RITZ crackers with one of these eight delicious topping recipes

eight different delicious Ritz cracker toppings sweet and savory options

Be sure to check out these other amazing RITZ Cracker recipes, and while you’re at it, make sure you check out these awesome recipes too.

Sweet and Savory RITZ cracker toppings - which will be your favorite?

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Monster Brownies and Vampire Coke for Movie Night

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I love making fun memories with my family. Sometimes this includes outings, but often this means doing something fun at home together. A fun and crowd-pleasing way to spend family time is a movie night. Recently, I got to sit down with my family to watch the new Hotel Transylvania II, and these Monster Brownies and Vampire Cokes are the perfect treats for you to whip up for your own movie night! Be sure to take advantage of the $10 VUDU offer on your next movie when you buy the Movie Night package at Walmart… more about this deal in a second!

Monster Brownies and Vampire Coke - delicious treats for watching Hotel Transylvania II

To put together our family movie night, I hit up Walmart…

 

find exactly what you need at Walmart

I grabbed Orville Redenbacker Movie Theater Popcorn bowls, a 6-pack of Coke, and M&M’S® Chocolate Candies. I found the M&M’S® Chocolate Candies over by the checkout – in the cutest 3.5 oz canisters, perfect for snacking and sharing during the movie… and also great for making Monster Brownies!

Hotel Transylvania 2 Movie

You’ll want to grab the Hotel Transylvania 2 Movie, and other ingredients, if you don’t have them at home. After you purchase your movie night supplies (when you buy all 4 participating products listed in one transaction at Walmart between 12/22/15 and 2/2/16), you can take a picture of your receipt and visit the Redemption Page to get a $10 Vudu movie code by e-mail (While supplies last, limit 1 per person). Go ahead and click the link now, bookmarking it for later. Then come back, and we’ll whip up our movie night treats…

Here’s how the monster brownies come together:

ingredients for monster brownies

Ingredients:
1 boxed brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 c vegetable shortening
2/3 c water
1 c M&M’S® Chocolate Candies
1 c Oatmeal
1 pkg candy eyes

Mix together all ingredients except the eyes. Pour into greased 6×9 baking pan, and bake as directed on the brownie mix box.

After you take your monster brownies out of the oven, gently push on the candy eyes before the brownies have a chance to cool.

I can see Mavis whipping up these brownies for Dennis in the Hotel Transylvania kitchens, and I’m sure that Johnny would stop by to snack on some of the eyeballs. But only because they’re candy eyeballs!

add candy eyes

Allow to cool completely before cutting.

Pair these brownies with some Vampire Cokes. In the movie, Dracula is concerned that his grandson might be more human than Vampire, and he does all that he can to make sure that Dennis gets his Vampire fangs. I’m sure if Drac had this recipe for Vampire Cokes, he could have saved himself a lot of trouble!

For your Vampire Cokes, you’ll need:
Coca-Cola of your choice
Grenadine
Cherries
Ice

vampire cokes

Put ice, cherries, and 1oz grenadine in each glass.

preparing vampire coke

Fill glass with Coca-Cola, and enjoy!

Monster Brownies and Vampire Coca-Cola

And can I just take a second to give a shout-out to these Orville Redenbacher Pop-up bowls? You pop the popcorn in the bag, peel away one side, and you have a bowl filled with delicious popcorn! Less dishes are always a win in this house!

popcorn in the easy pop-up bowl

 

Be sure to check out more awesome movie night ideas here, and don’t forget to submit a photo of your receipt for your $10 Vudu Coupon!

#MakeItAMovieNight
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Crock Pot Cider

Making Hot Cider in the Crock Pot is super simple, makes the house smell delicious, and perfect for any holiday get-together. And it is insanely simple. Sure, you can find fancy recipes for mulling spices, but this crock pot cider takes only four ingredients (three will work in a pinch), and then you just let it simmer to perfection!

Make easy crock pot spiced apple cider - takes only 5 minutes of prep time, and 4 ingredients!

You’ll need:
Apple juice or apple cider (large bottle from Costco, or two smaller ones from the store)
Orange
Whole Cloves
Cinnamon stick (if you can’t find one, just don’t use it – no big deal)
Knife
Crock Pot

making crock pot cider

Cut slits in the orange, about an inch or so apart. We’re just cutting into the peel – not slicing up the orange.

cut into orange

Poke the cloves into the peel, between the slices. I like making pretty lines, but you can get fancy with letters or shapes if you like.

press in cloves

cloves in the orange

Put the orange, two sticks of cinnamon, and the apple juice all in the crock pot. Simmer on High for about 6 hours. Switch to low for serving. Yum!

warm spiced cider in the crock pot

The perfect warm drink for a cold day!

crock pot apple cider - takes just 4 ingredients, and 5 minutes of prep time

 

The Ultimate Cookie Exchange Recipe Guide

This is the ultimate cookie exchange recipe list. These cookies are all delicious, and there is something here that almost everyone can eat. There are options that are dairy-free, and egg free, and gluten free. If you’d like additional gluten-free options, add Rice Krispies Treats, or baggies of Muddy Buddies (made with Corn Chex).

The ultimate plate of Christmas Cookies! These 6 cookie recipes, and one perfect decorator icing recipie will help you make the perfect plate of holiday cookies. Tips for making all the cookies yourself over 2 days - or divide up the recipes among friends for the ultimate cookie exchange!

I like to add a chocolate-chip cookie to my plate of cookies as well. You can go with whatever your favorite recipe is. I like the one on the back of the Costco brand chocolate chips, but if you’re looking for a more festive cookie, try the pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies.

You can make all these cookies yourself in about 2 days. Or, you can divide the recipes up among a group of friends, each make a couple batches, and share at a cookie exchange party. I put these cookies on a simple decorated plate from the dollar store.

Tip: If you’re going to make all of these cookies yourself, make sure that you have enough ingredients on hand, flour, sugar, eggs, and butter all go fast when making this many cookies! Also, start with the Sugar Cookie and {Almost} Speculaas recipes, because these doughs need to be refrigerated/frozen. I usually make these doughs the night before my big day of baking. I also like to make my chocolate chip cookie dough the night before. I make a double-batch, and freeze tablespoon fulls on sheets of parchment paper. The next day, I throw the balls of dough into a zip-seal bag, and have dough ready to go.

At the end of the first day, I make the meringues. Because it is best for them to slowly cool as the oven cools (so they dry out), I bake these at the end of the first day. When they are done baking, I turn off the oven, and let them sit as I clean up the kitchen and get ready for day two… then I can put them in airtight containers overnight.

The Ultimate plate of Christmas Cookies

 

Meringues

These meringues are simple to make – they’re light, and fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth sweet! They look fancy on any cookie plate. If you hate tossing out egg yolks, you can poach them and chop them up to sprinkle on salads.

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees

On high speed, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. Slowly and steadily, add the sugar while continuing to whisk. Then slowly whisk in the vanilla.

Transfer mix into a large pastry bag with a large star attachment, or a large zip top bag (cut the corner off the zip-top bag). On a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, form mounds, each about the size of a tablespoon, and at least 2 inches apart. Bake at 25o degrees for 40-45 minutes. Do not allow them to brown – if you start to see golden edges, turn off the oven!

When they are done baking, turn off the oven but do not remove the cookie sheets. Allow to sit in the oven as the oven cools, or for about 2 hours. Remove and store in air-tight storage containers.

 

{Almost} Speculaas

This egg-free cookie dough is the closest I’ve found to a traditional Dutch Speculaas Cookie Recipe, and uses ingredients you can find at most American grocery stores. I prefer it to traditional gingerbread. It has a great spiced flavor, and is perfect for the holidays. For the uninitiated, I compare it to a spiced shortbread cookie.

1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c hot water
1 C unsalted butter, softened
4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mace
1/8 tsp cloves

Dissolve baking soda in water. Beat with butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add dry ingredients until combined. Divide into 3 parts. Place each part on an 18″ length of plastic wrap, and form into a log about 2.5″ in diameter. Wrap tightly, twisting ends. Freeze 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove one log from the freezer, using a sharp kitchen knife, cut log into slices about 1/4″ thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 12 to 14 minutes. Repeat with additional logs.

 

Sveta

This recipe is a family recipe. It was given to me by my in-laws, passed down from family friends. It is a Slav cookie recipe, perfect for the holidays! The Nucoa is non-dairy, making these a great dairy-free cookie option.

1 cube Nucoa (margarine)
1 1/2 C sugar
6 eggs
3 C flour
3 1/2tsp baking powder
2 tsp anise extract
1 tsp lemon extract
1/4 C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream Nucoa and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add in dry ingredients and mix well. Add in extracts. Mix until incorporated. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. When done, the cookies will be soft, and slightly brown around the edges. Sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar and allow to cool.

 

D’Amaretti Biscotti

This biscotti recipe, and the one below, are family favorites. Make these two, wrap them up, and you’ll be asked for them year after year! Though biscotti is twice-baked, that doesn’t mean it is twice as hard to make! It is a delicious cookie that stores well for gift giving.

3 1/4 C Flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
3 eggs (plus one egg white)
2 tsp lemon peel, finely shredded
1 tsp anise extract
1/2 C toasted and chopped hazelnuts (if you really can’t find them, you can use almonds, if you must)

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly Grease cookie sheet.

Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Beat butter and sugar, then beat in eggs, lemon peel, and anise extract. Slowly add dry ingredients until well incorporated. Stir in nuts.

Divide douh in half, form into two logs on the cookie sheet, each about 12″ x 2″ x 1″. Beat egg white until foamy and brush over the top.

Bake 20-25 minutes until light brown. Allow logs to cool to the touch. Then cut with a serrated knife at a 45 degree angle into slices, each about 1/2″ thick (like cutting French bread). Lay slices open-faced on a baking sheet. Put them back in the oven for 10 minutes, turning at 5-6 minutes. Let cool. Store in air-tight container.

 

Biscotti Toscani

This biscotti has the extra step of adding a layer of chocolate to one side, making it both delicious and fancy-looking! When you are done adding the chocolate, turn the leftover melted chocolate into hot cocoa! Add 1 cup of milk, a tablespoon of brown sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Microwave for a minute, stir, microwave for 30 more seconds, and enjoy!

1/2 C Whole Almonds
1/3 C Butter, softened
3/4 C White Sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Almond Extract
2 tsp Grated Orange Zest
2 1/4 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 C semisweet chocolate chips

Bake nuts in 325 degree oven about 8 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Allow to cool, then rough chop so the almonds are cut once or twice each.

Lightly grease cookie sheet.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, almond extract, and orange zest. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add nuts. DO NOT ADD CHOCOLATE CHIPS.

Split dough into two halves. Place each half on cookie sheet, and form into logs. Each log should be about 1/2″ thick and 12 inches long. Keep them at least 2 inches apart, they will expand a little in baking. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Allow logs to cool to the touch. Then cut with a serrated knife at a 45 degree angle into slices, each about 1/2″ thick (like cutting French bread). Lay slices open-faced on a baking sheet. Put them back in the oven for 10 minutes, turning at 5-6 minutes. Let cool.

Melt chocolate in microwave. Use a spoon to spoon about 1 tbsp onto one side of each cookie, use the back of the spoon to spread it across and to the edges. Allow chocolate to set. Store in air-tight containers.

 

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

These sugar cookies are tender and sweet – and keep their shape when cut out with cookie cutters. Decorate using the royal flow icing recipe below, or with your favorite frosting and sprinkles.

1 C Unsalted Butter, Softened
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 eggs (room temp)
1/4 C Sour Cream
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1tsp Almond Extract
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
4 1/2 C All Purpose Flour

In mixer on high speed, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs until well incorporated. Add Sour Cream and Extracts. Slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until dough no longer sticks to sides, then STOP! Knead the rest of the way by hand on a lightly floured surface if needed. Do not overmix – this makes the dough tough.

Divide dough into 3 parts, form each part into a ball, then flatten into a 1″ thick disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

Once the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thick. Cut out with cookie cutters, and transfer to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8-11 minutes until edges are *just* starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and move cookies to cooling racks. Wait until they are completely cool to decorate.

Flow Royal Icing

This icing is liquid enough to flow, but solid enough to create outlines, so you don’t need two icing consistencies to decorate your cookies! To prevent bleed, allow one color to set a little before adding a second color.

5 T of Meringue Powder (available at the craft store in the Wilton baking section)
1/2-3/4 C of water
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla extract (buy the clear stuff when you’re buying the Meringue Powder)
1 T Light corn syrup
Gel food coloring

Add the ingredients, in order, while you mix at a low speed. Once they are incorporated, beat on high for several minutes. Mixed icing should be matte colored and stiff peaked. Keep icing stored in air-tight containers until ready to use. Keep refrigerated, but allow to come to room temperature before using. Add gel food coloring to tint.

Cherry Almond Oatmeal Muffins

I went to a fun retreat with some crafty gal friends, and had a chance to cook. I love to craft and sew. But I also love to cook. And to bake. We had these fabulous cherries provided by the Cherry Man. I just new they needed to be baked up into a delicious treat. And these Cherry Almond Oatmeal Muffins were the perfect thing. The cherries add the perfect hit of sweetness, while the oatmeal makes them both tender and hearty. If you’ve never made anything like these before, you’ll fall in love!

Cherry Almond Oatmeal Muffins

Makes 12 standard sized muffins.

Ingredients:

2 c flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 c oatmeal
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 c Sugar
1 egg
1 c milk
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 tsp almond extract
10 oz jar cherries chopped (about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl.
Using a spatula, mix wet and dry until incorporated – it will be lumpy, do NOT overmix!!
Fill muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool and enjoy your cherry-almond oatmeal muffins. They really are yummy!

delicious cherry almond oatmeal muffins

We were at Laura Kelly’s house, and she always has fun with presentation… so she and some of the gals created these fun cherry-themed place settings.

cute cherry muffin place setting

 

 

Easiest Ever Cheese Bread

Looking for the easiest side you can make as you’re setting the table? Make this super simple cheesy bread!

Easiest Ever Cheesy Bread

You need:
French Bread (cut into slices)
Butter or Margarine
1/3 cup cheese per slice

1. Slice the bread into 1.5″ slices
2. Spread a layer of butter or margarine onto each slice
3. Sprinkle a handful of cheese onto each slice. About 1/3 cup on each. You can add a little more or a little less, depending on how much you like cheese, and how much you’re trying to watch your waistline.
4. Place in the toaster oven or oven on broil for 3-7 minutes, until cheese is melty.
5. Serve warm… and delicious!

delicious cheesy bread

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pot Pie

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We don’t live close to family, so the past few Thanksgivings have been just me, my hubby, and our two picky eaters. We have no idea where they inherited their picky eating genes – we love food. And I love to cook. So we go all-out for Turkey Day. Big turkey in the oven, potatoes, several different veggies, lots of stuffing, rolls, salad, deviled eggs… did I mention we love food? After we’ve cut into the pie, it is time to put all the leftovers away. Because as much as we love to eat, we barely make a dent in the bird. And there are lots of leftover sides. These all become a great base for future fast and easy meals! I love coming up with creative ways to spread out the leftovers over the next few weeks – including making these Thanksgiving leftover pot pies.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pot Pie

Making these pot pies is super simple. I’ve given exact measurements in the recipe below, but feel free to use a little more or a little less if that is what you have handy – we are using up our leftovers after all!

If your family loves stuffing as much as mine does, you might not have enough to whip up these pot pies… don’t worry! I went to my local Walmart to pick up a box of turkey-flavored Stove Top Stuffing, which is perfect for topping off my pot pies with lots of yummy crunch! My little guy even helped out with the shopping!

Stovetop at Store

Thanksgiving Leftover Pot Pies
Serves 5 – Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
4 cups assorted cooked veggies (cut into 1″ pieces, if needed)
1.5 cups shredded turkey (all the bits from of the bones work great)
1.5 cups gravy
2 cups mashed potatoes
leftover cranberry sauce (optional)
2 cups Stove Top Stuffing

ingredients for turkey pot pie
1. Mix the veggies, turkey and gravy.
2. Divide into individual containers. Fill each no more than half way. Depending on the size, you can fill 4-6 containers.
3. Spread on a layer of mashed potatoes.
4. If you’re a cranberry fan, add a layer of cranberry sauce.
5. Sprinkle with a generous amount of Stove Top Stuffing.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until heated through.

 

cover with mashed potatoes

pile stuffing on top

cover pot pie to freeze

You can freeze these individual servings to eat later, or to serve after a busy day of decorating, shopping, and gift wrapping. Always nice to have those “emergency” meals in the freezer for busy days! These emergency meals are not just life savers, but they’re money-savers as well. Tossing a pre-made leftovers pot pie into the oven takes no time at all – and doesn’t cost any more money! Great when I’ve got lots of Christmas shopping to do…
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Easy to make pot pie from Thanksgiving Leftovers
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