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Yummy Layered Italian Dip

Yummy Layered Italian Dip

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy this new recipe that I have been making.  My family and I love this dip.  You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this but with the upcoming holiday it is the perfect time to try it.The White BarnLayered Italian Dip
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup basil pesto sauce
1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup chopped roasted peppers
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise together.  Spread onto your dish.  Add the layer of basil pesto, then artichoke hearts and roasted peppers.  Top with cheese.  Serve with your choice of crackers.

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Enjoy this amazing dip and the Fourth of July.

God Bless Merica!

Pink Panty Dropper Summer Cocktail

Pink Panty Dropper Summer Cocktail

My niece by marriage, Meredith, is pregnant with her second child.  Her first, JD, was a boy and since this baby is a girl we of course had to celebrate.

I am not alone in my love for deer, antlers, and pink camo.  Just about everyone in my family is just as fond.  So it was fitting that a baby shower for Maci Mae, my mother’s namesake, should have this theme.The White BarnThe prettiest pregnant mama ever.The White BarnPaper and tulle pom pom’s.The White BarnGold glittered deer embellishments.The White BarnA clothe diaper cake.The White BarnThe White BarnWe wrote an inspirational note on the butt of a diaper to encourage the parents for those late night diaper changes.The White BarnThe cake, with chocolate antlers.The White BarnCupcakes.The white barnLast, but not least, my favorite part of the shower.  This amazing adult punch/beverage.  With summer parties right around the corner I thought you might enjoy this summer cocktail that is a crowd pleaser.  It is delicious, refreshing, and pretty.

The fitting name of this cocktail……………

Pink Panty Dropper
2 cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate
refill each lemonade can full with vodka (24oz total)
4 cans light beer
1 (2 liter) bottle of 7up
Mix and serve. Delish!

Try this recipe.  You won’t be disappointed.

My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

With Easter right around the corner, I thought this recipe might come in handy.  My step-daughter, Tori, found this recipe on Pinterest.  I’ve traced the recipe back to its origins, see here.

Much to our surprise, it has become a family favorite.  It reminds me of a molten lava cake.  Served warm with ice cream…well, I just don’t have the words to describe how amazing it is.  You will not be disappointed.  No Pinterest fail here.
Processed with VSCO with nc presetMy Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
7 TBL cocoa powder – divided
1 1/4 cup sugar – divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 1/2 cups hot tap water

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar.  Reserve the remains cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.
Pour the picture into an engrossed 8-inch baking dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa.  Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all.  DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.
Let stand for a few minutes if you can hold yourself back.  Serve with ice cream.

I doubled the recipe and used a 9X13 or larger dish.  I also put a cookie sheet under the dish as it sometimes bubbles over.Processed with VSCO with nc presetEnjoy!!

Herbed Olives

Herbed Olives

As you have seen in previous posts, we have a family tradition of olive picking.  We crack, cure, and season them to perfection.  Even if you don’t have this family tradition, you too can have amazing olives for yourself or to give away.
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If you need to  buy the olives I suggest your local deli.  You can season them yourself and make them just as good as if you had gone through all the trouble of picking them.

Herbed OlivesHerbed OlivesIngredients:
Olives
Rosemary
Thyme
Basil
Sage
Garlic
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

We kinda eyeball the quantity of ingredients.  Basically, you are creating your favorite salad dressing.Herb OlivesToss and bask in the glory!

Salty Sweet Pecans

Salty Sweet Pecans

Happy Holidays! Can you believe it’s here?  All the planning, shopping, cooking, anticipating and “bam”.Salted Sweet PecansWell,  I have a fun recipe to share with you, which really should have been shared a month ago, but better late than never.  This one is a crowd pleaser.  I think people are surprised how yummy they are.  The addition of salt to the recipe makes them addicting.Salted Sweet PecansEven though I typically make my pecans at this time of year, they really are yummy enough to snack on year round.  They are also amazing in salads and come January that is all I will be eating.  Enjoy!

SALTY SWEET PECANS
Ingredients:
2 lbs pecans (Costco)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 egg whites
2 Tablespoons water

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.  Place in jelly roll pan.  Bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.

It really is that easy and people will think you are amazing.

 

 

Spicy Vodka

Spicy Vodka

Here is an easy, inexpensive gift you can give to friends or offer as the perfect hostess gift.  A few years ago I was given a bottle of spicy vodka.  It is perfect for bloody mary’s!

It is easy peasy.  I bought bottles for $1.99 at Marshall’s and Ross.  I have also seen them at Cost Plus.  Then I added cocktail onions, orange bell pepper, serrano peppers, jalepeno peppers, red pepper flakes, and sundried tomatoes.  Just eyeball it.  Put however many looks nice.  I probably only put 1/2 tsp. of the red pepper flakes.  After, I added the peppers to the bottle I then filled it up with vodka.  I used the Kirkland brand from Costco, but you can use whatever.  The total cost is about $10.00.

I then had to add a tag and a torn piece of red and white ticking.  I stamped out spicy vodka.  It give the gift a nice holiday touch!