Mock Champagne (non-alcoholic)

I don't drink, but I always want something special to ring in the new year.  Something bubbly and different.  Something in a fancy glass.  So - I came up with this idea.  Not only is this mock champagne kid (and adult) friendly, but it is delicious and perfect for that special occasion. This New Years Eve try this bubbly beverage with your family or your festive party.  Mock Champagne is a cinch to whip up!  There are only three ingredients in the recipe.  You heard me right - three ingredients!  Ginger ale. white … [Read more...]

Vermont Steamer

Have you ever had a steamer before? Do you like them? I kinda do. If you don't know what a "steamer" is.. it's basically milk that has been heated with added flavor. I once-upon-a-time worked in a Sandwich Shop.. Tony's in Walla Walla, WA. (best panini's if you are in the area). Anyhow they had a little coffee bar that we would experiment with making all sorts of concoctions. I loved to make steamers, the milk was the perfect base for any crazy flavor mix I was in the mood for. Now I get my flavor fill at with a … [Read more...]

Cranberry Spiced Cider

I just love warm cidery drinks. They don't leave me as heavy and calories down like I feel after a cup of hot chocolate (don't get me wrong there are many times when a frothy hot cocoa is calling my name too), I just feel warmed and refreshed. It's even better when a blanket and or book (or my favorite TV show hehe ) is involved. My cute friend, who is also gave me this cranberry salsa recipe to share, made this Cranberry Cider for a church event last Thanksgiving. The other day when I was making this for an … [Read more...]

Homemade Hershey-Bar Fudge

Everyone has a favorite treat that they grew up with that they feel is the "very best ever," and I'm no exception.  My grandpa makes the best fudge. Each Christmas he would make several batches - some with nuts, some without.  I always selected the variety without the nuts because I'm a purist when it comes to treats - I like my banana bread with no chocolate chips, and my fudge free from nuts. This last Thanksgiving my family came into town for the holiday. My mom brought a container of fudge that my grandpa had … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers For The Foodie In Your Life

Christmas is creeping up on us - and I am frantically trying to finish up all of my shopping and wrapping.  Infact - today is Super Saturday and there are lots of good sales going on for the last minute shopper.  Stocking stuffers are always last on my list, however I always enjoy filling my family's stocking with treats, and small items - and always an orange!  Today I wanted to share a few stocking stuffer ideas (or hints) for the foodie in your life. Stocking Stuffers For the Busy Mom To kick off this little … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookies

If you like Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's you'll love our Holiday Ho-ho's (without the E). Our favorite people from Blendtec made an incredible video on how to make our Christmas Cookies in their blender!!! Can you imagine making them in a blender? SO easy! What's even better is you can enter to win a blendtec over on our instagram!!   Several years ago we hosted The Great Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun! We have thee cutest downloadable invites, tags, recipe cards etc. You can find all the free … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Cake

Someone very wise once said that a party without cake is just a meeting. Well, Julia Childs, I couldn't agree more! And chocolate cake is never a bad thing, especially when it's pretty and festive and makes you ohso happy it's the holidays so you can top your cake with things like peppermint sticks and rosemary wreaths. I can't have a party and not have a cake. My go-to the past several parties I've had has been this Salted Caramel Chocolate Cinnamon Cake because it's absolutely delicious. Rich, awesome, … [Read more...]

Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart with Martha Bakes

I've been looking forward to this post for a while now! We were invited to share in the excitement of Martha Stewart's 7th season of Martha Bakes on PBS and give you a peek at one of her recipes - this Cranberry Tart. I don't know about you but aside from my mother's kitchen, I learned to cook from TV! I've spent many days watching various food celebrities whip up desserts and dinners. Watching the process and learning techniques has transformed my own culinary skills. I'm so looking forward to watching the culinary … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Roll

So I like pumpkin rolls, alot. Every fall I make oodles of them. Wrap them up and store them in the fridge, cut a slice or two for guests. Maybe a quick after school snack for the kids. They are awesome. Best part they are pretty simple to make. Pumpkin rolls make great gifts for the holiday's or as a dessert for a party! They are pretty simple to make as well, just mix up the batter and pour into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake! Then invert onto a tea towel dusted with powder sugar. Slowly peel … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining

We recently had the opportunity to assist Megan, from E.Interiors in her collaboration with World Market. Megan is someone I love! She not only has impeccable style and taste but has a generous heart, is smart in business and loving mother & friend. World Market approached her for a holiday entertaining post and she asked if I would be interested in providing food! I couldn't turn her down. Over on her post you can find tips and tricks for entertaining during holiday, but for this post I want to share the recipes I … [Read more...]

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Salad

After Thanksgiving I always crave something light...something refreshing and simple.  A few years ago I enjoyed a salad with craved turkey at a local restaurant in Utah that was so stinking good!  It had roasted turkey, dried cranberries, sunflower seed, avocado, mozzarella cheese, and a pink poppyseed dressing.  It was heaven.  This is my version of that carved turkey salad - and I promise it will hit the spot after that heavy Thanksgiving meal! If you are gettin' a cravin' for this salad and you don't have … [Read more...]

Apple and Pear Slab Pie

Tis the season for pie!!!!  With the holidays right around the corner I wanted to offer up an easy alternative to your traditional pie.  A slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, except it feeds a crowd.  A slab pie is perfect for a big family gathering or a friends-giving. I created this recipe from start to finish with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  My kitchenAid mixer is a staple in my kitchen.  Besides cakes and cookies, I love to shred chicken and make dips and frostings in it.  A few years ago I … [Read more...]

How To Throw The BEST Adult Halloween Party

Around my house we take Halloween pretty seriously.  We have more Halloween decorations than Christmas, we start planning costumes in July, and we always have a big adult Halloween party.  We really look forward to some rare alone time with our friends sans kids.  It gives us a chance to laugh and talk without being interupted and allows us to have tons and tons of fun! My husband and I have been throwing this party for about 11 years - so we have this down to a science!  I want to share a few of my tips to inspire … [Read more...]

Tropical Hot Dogs with Coconut Relish

I have a really fun recipe for you today!  This is a tropical twist on the classic hotdog - perfect for a hot dog bar this 4th of July.  If you didn't catch my 4th of July tables cape post - you must take a look for some fun party ideas! A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to Kauai.  Near our hotel was a little hot dog shack called Puka Dog.  We ate there on a whim and we were hooked!  We had to go back again before we left.  They are unique in the fact that their hotdog buns are tubes of bread that the hot … [Read more...]

4th of July Tablescape with Fiesta

The 4th of July is right around the corner - so I wanted to share with you what I have planned for my celebration!  Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I love being surrounded by friends and family while celebrating our country. I love a pretty presentation (who doesn't?!) and red, white, and blue are some of my favorite colors to dress up a table with! I started out with a festive tablecloth that I found while browsing the aisles at Home Goods.  All of the tableware you see here is by our fav - … [Read more...]

Cilantro Lime Butter with Grilled Chicken Kabobs

I love grilling. I love that it is fast, easy and leaves me with one less pan to clean. I'm lucky and live in Southern California where the weather allows me to pretty much grill all year round, and I totally do. Even if I lived in a climate with cold weather, I'd probably try to grill all year round. Do you do that? Do you grill? Do you hold back? What stops you? Skill? Knowledge? Don't currently own a grill?  You don't even have to have a fancy grill. Mine is small, inexpensive grill that fits nice and perfect on our … [Read more...]

Homemade Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham Glaze

Have you ever made your own ham glaze? If not, it's time to give it a try! Making a homemade ham glaze is so easy and chance are you have all the ingredients for this glaze in your cupboards now.  I'll also let you in on a little tip to getting a nice thick glaze on that ham! For this glaze, I used pineapple juice, brown sugar, and seasonings. I was cooking for a large group that included children so chose to keep it simple and sweet. Sweet pairs amazingly with a savory ham! I was really tempted to add in a … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Tutorial

  A few years ago I made some rainbow cupcakes like this for my son's birthday party and they have become one of the most consistently pinned recipes on our blog. I've received a lot of questions about the who's and the what's about these babies, so I decided to do a separate post with all the specifics. I added the gold coin oreo's because this is the PERFECT treat for your St.Patrick's Day Party. You'll Need:: Cupcakes - whatever is your favorite. Bake and let cool. I found these gold cupcake liners at … [Read more...]

Ricotta Basil Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce

Let's be real here for a minute. Life is not always glamorous. As much as all of us here at OhSO would love to glitz off to the cozy, new Italian place overlooking Laguna Beach with decor and a menu that's to-die-for, order a pasta dish with the finest ingredients we can't pronounce, then sink back into our plush booths after devouring the most heavenly dessert {this is all sans kids by the way...and remember that part where we didn't have to cook anything?}, life gets in the way. Some of us may not get a chance … [Read more...]

Oreo Truffles

Many years ago I was introduced to a little piece of heaven called the Oreo Truffle.  A friend would make them once a year and sell them at a fundraiser auction.  They were always the hot ticket. When I learned how easy they were to make I was shocked!  This delicious piece of candy is only a few ingredients!?  It couldn't be! These guys are so so perfect for valentine's day!  Your valentine will love a box of these as their gift.  My husband was so excited to come home and savor some of these delicious … [Read more...]

Stove Top Holiday Smell

This is a simple way to make your home smell amazing without doing all that cooking and baking. I usually throw whatever I think would smell good together in a pot, add some water, and let it simmer all day long. This makes my home feel so much cozier and brings in the Christmas cheer! Today we are doing apples, cinnamon, oranges, rosemary, and pinecones.  Your home will smell like Christmas village in no time!    I also wanted to talk about my new favorite knife.  This baby is so versatile and so dang sharp. … [Read more...]

Holiday Ho Ho’s {Trader Joe-Joe’s Copy-Cat recipe}

Trader Joe's has some of my favorite Christmas treats. Among them are their Jo Joe's. They are similar to Oreos with chocolate wafers but have a peppermint cream in the middle.  After buying a package and eating them within 24 hours, I realized that I could bake something like it at home.  With a homemade Oreo wafer recipe and some candy canes, I thought this Christmas season I could make my own Joe Joe's.  I present to you the result of my experiment:  Ho Ho's (I'll keep it clean without the "e").  They are so … [Read more...]

Cranberry Lime Sparkler // Kitchenaid Sparkling Beverage Maker Giveaway

Guys we are back with another fabulous holiday giveaway plus a festive recipe!  You've seen this small appliance on our blog before - and you know how much we adore it.  It is a shining star in my kitchen!  Guests always ask me about it, and it was a recent super star at a bunco night I hosted where I served up an Italian Soda Bar. For today's giveaway - one of our readers will win a Kitchenaid Sparkling Beverage Maker of their very own.  And the winner chooses the color to match their kitchen decor.  And because we … [Read more...]

Chocolate Creme Brûlée // Arvo Watch Giveaway

We have such a lovely giveaway and recipe for you today.  We are giving away a GORGEOUS Arvo watch and we are sharing a decadent chocolate creme brûlée that is perfect for your special holiday dinner.  Let me jab about this dessert for a bit - and then I'll get back to the giveaway. Creme Brûlée is my FAVORITE favorite favorite dessert.  But I understand that there are some out there that really prefer a chocolate dessert.  I have the perfect solution - chocolate creme brûlée.  My husband and I first discovered … [Read more...]

Rustic Potato Roast // Zwilling + Boos Cutting Board Giveaway

    This dish is such a perfect addition to your holiday menu.  Hearty potatoes, bold herbs, and of course - cheese!  But before we get into any more of the delicious details - let me tell you about what we're giving away today!  It is so so sososo good! We are giving away a Zwilling Pro Chef's Knife and a gorgeous Boos Walnut Chopping Block!  I know.  It's the perfect kitchen essential for pretty much anyone. A chef's knife is my most used knife.  I chop up veggies, fruits, herbs, I even slice … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Chip Ice Cream // Zoku Giveaway

You guys - the holiday season is here.  Can you believe how fast this year has flown by?!!  To kick off the season we are bringing you a really really really fabulous giveaway series.  From now until December 12th we have 12 giveaways!!!!  Yes - T.W.E.L.V.E!!!  Each day we will be featuring s fabulous prize for our wonderful readers, so make sure you're checking back daily.  We are calling this little BIG series 12 Days of Giveaways, and we hope that you love it!  Not only we will we giving away so many awesome gifts - … [Read more...]

Hazelnut English Toffee

I love all the Christmas goodies! Not only are they legitimately good (fudge? more fudge? caramel? peanut brittle? truffles? yum!), but they're so nostalgic that you instantly love them. I thought we needed to add my Grandma's English Toffee recipe to the mix on here. It's really pretty simple. Watch and stir the candy over the stovetop (about 15 minutes), spread it on a buttered jelly roll pan, let chocolate melt over the candy, sprinkle nuts and kosher salt, and that's it! This buttery rich toffee is … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

The big feast is next week!  I can hardly wait to spend the day with family and share a delicious home cooked meal.  If you haven't made your menu yet - we have you covered from Appetizers to Dessert.  Below find some of our very favorite recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We hope you'll try some and leave us a comment telling us what you made and how you liked it! Find all the links you need below: Appetizers Spinach Balls Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips Tomato Basil … [Read more...]

Cranberry Mint Water

Whenever I serve water at a party or holiday, I like to make it extra special.  This twist on serving water is perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Not only is it beautiful, but your guest will love the touch of flavor that cranberries and mint add. I like to serve my water in a decorative punch bowl or a drink dispenser.  That way your guest can see what they are serving themselves, and it adds to the decor.  For this water I've chosen a simple punch bowl. Treat your guests and yourself to this simple, … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole

A few years ago I was assigned to bring the "yams" to Thanksgiving. I started asking around how others prepared them. There is always the typical chop them up with butter over and marshmallows.. which is good. I thought I would go with tradition until my girlfriend introduced me to this recipe and I just love love love it. It has a nice crunchy sweet crust and creamy base. So sweet, I've considered having it as a dessert! First of all, when we make this, we use sweet potatoes. Not yams. Technically you can't even … [Read more...]

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving with out mashed potatoes. The turkey is of course the star, but mashed potatoes play a quiet  and important role of best supporting actor. I mean really, with out the mashed potatoes what would you make gravy volcanos with? What would those fully rolls or turkey be dipped in? With out those creamy potatoes, a Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be the same. So today I'm going to show you have to make some bomb mashed potatoes. They are so easy! Really, it is hard to mess up mashed potatoes. … [Read more...]

How To Carve A Turkey

Now that you've made that delicious turkey - how to you carve the darn thing?  I've man handled a few baked turkeys and chickens in my life that I'm not proud of.  They turned out to be a mess and I was left with lots of meat on the bones and turkey hands. Fortunately - I learned how to carve a bird, and it's much easier than you would think. Let's start with the tools.  First and foremost you need a good carving knife.  Zwilling Henckels and Oh So are pretty much BFFs because you can't create delicious and … [Read more...]

How To Brine A Turkey

I think we are all thinking about that big meal we are going to eat at the end of the month.  And the turkey is the guy in the spotlight.  So ditch that dry bird and trade it in for a tender moist highlight of the meal like it should be. How do you get your turkey tender and moist?  Brining of course!  Brining is marinating and adding moisture to you bird before it is cooked.  So you can go from the photo above - to the finished product below. A brine is simply a salt water soak.  But I like to add in a few … [Read more...]

Food For A Perfect Halloween

You guys, Halloween is right around the corner!  Are you prepped and ready with your costumes, candy, and festive foods?  We may not be able to help you with your costumes, but we have you covered in the food department. Chili is a traditional Halloween dish - and we have a few delicious ones to choose from.  Check out: Chili Con Carne Creamy White Chili Vegetarian Chili Sloppy Joe Chili What about a side for that steamy pot of chili?  How about: Cheesy Corn Bread … [Read more...]

Reese’s Pieces Chex Mix

I'll go out on a limb here and say that fall is arguably most people's favorite season. The crisp air, the cozy sweaters and warm boots, football season with the tailgating parties, and the beginning of the holidays! What's not to love? I'll tell you what is to love.... this. {I'm also loving this poppy orange platter from Fiesta Dinnerware!} I made this gooey chex mix for a Christmas party with cute little red and green chocolate M&Ms, and coconut, and it was incredibly addicting. We could not stop … [Read more...]

Butterscotch Pull Aparts

Growing up my mom would make these on Christmas morning and on Easter morning.  They were always a perfect perfect special addition to her egg soufflé. I love to serve these for brunches and baby showers too!  They are a make ahead food, so you aren't scrambling during the hustle bustle, but end up with a delicious dish. Use frozen rolls as a base.  I prefer the Rhodes brand, but have found them difficult to find these days.  They really are the best though - they are soft and fluffy and perfect for this … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Sweet Rolls

I have a love for the combo of white chocolate and raspberry.  As evident in my white chocolate raspberry cookies and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. This past Christmas I whipped up a batch of my white chocolate raspberry cookies for our white elephant gift party as I usually do, and as usual - people are still talking about them.  This got me thinking...what else could I concoct with those flavors that would be heaven... and then the lightbulb went off while I was lying in bed one night.  White Chocolate … [Read more...]

Mock Winter Sangria

My husband and I love to entertain!  We host 3-4 parties each year and enjoy every second of it!  I am always on the lookout for perfect party food and drinks.  I am also on the lookout for serving ware that will go with any theme.  Over the years I've accumulated lots and lots of platters and drink dispensers.  Party-ware is a fun little item to keep an eye out for. Recently I was introduced to Tervis drink ware - shown here in the pics.  I am loving their entertaining collection!  The glasses are double insulated … [Read more...]

Fudge Truffles

Fudge Truffles! They are about the most delicous things in the world.. you know from my Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge post yesterday, that I love me some fudge. What's even better then just fudge, is chocolate-coated fudge. Something about the smooth milk chocolate balances the creamy fudge flavors. I took about 1/2 of my pan of both chocolate fudge and white chocolate fudge and made them into truffles. One thing I notice was having them rolled and chocolate coated made them last longer. Traditional fudge has a … [Read more...]

Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge

I'm kind of a fudge person. I love fixing up a batch and having the little bite size pieces to snack on through out the holidays. Fudge is pretty simple and can be whipped up in about 15 minutes. The base of this recipe is the one my grandmother uses. What is funny is I was assuming I had some old time classic fudge recipe - coming from my grandma. So this year, I was whisking up a batch of chocolate fudge when I decided to read the back of the marshmallow cream bottle. And I was shocked to see Kraft had stolen my … [Read more...]

Hot Cinnamon Milk

For the last several years I have whipped up several batches of Hot Cinnamon Milk mix, both to keep in my pantry and to give to my neighbors as gifts.  If you enjoy a steamer, you will love this stuff. I always package it into a mason jar for easy storage and cute packaging all in one. I love ending a long day of wrapping, baking, and merry making with a warm mug of hot cinnamon milk.  It tastes like Christmas to me and it helps me unwind from the holiday hustle bustle. Its also a baking-free gift … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen Giveaway & Gift Guide

I have been so excited about this post!  With the holidays upon us, we wanted to give back to our readers with two amazing giveaways!  Today I am sharing our Kids in the Kitchen Giveaway and gift guide.  I know many of you are parents and the majority of our days is filled with the pitter patter of little feet, wiping noses, car pools, and lots of meals - and it is a wonderful life.  Full of rewards and love.  So to highlight the joy and gift of parenthood we are focusing this giveaway all on the kids!  We've packed … [Read more...]

Green Bean Casserole {from scratch}

The HOLLAdays are here! Which means plenty of vintage recipes from our mommas and grandmommas, written in cursive on grease-stained old-school recipe cards. I've given the classic green bean casserole a facelift. No more cream-of-something soup. No more onion-flavored fried flour from a can. We've got fresh beans. Herbs abounding. Crispy onion strings. It's just perfect. Saute some garlic, onion, and mushrooms, then whisk in some flour to make a roux. Slowly add half-and-half for your rich, creamy sauce. Mix in some … [Read more...]

Cranberry Almond Dressing {Semi-Homemade Stuffing}

This is how my Mom does dressing, or stuffing if you prefer.  Stuffing is my favorite side dish at a holiday meal.  I love the savory flavors, and the moist yet firm texture.  The ingredients that my mom includes in the dressing make it extra special and different than your run of the mill stove top stuffing. This recipe uses boxed stuffing, so it is semi-homemade, but just as tasty as the real deal.  The made from scratch stuffing recipe on this blog is AMAZING and results in a perfectly moist, but firm texture … [Read more...]

Coconut Hot Cocoa

I really love coconut.  I love recipes with coconut in them, and I love the smell of coconut.  So when a local tea shop started serving coconut hot chocolate I was all over it. I thought I could pretty easily re-create that hot chocolate at home, and I was right! I started with canned coconut milk.  You can opt for the coconut milk in a carton, but I think the canned has a little stronger coconut flavor.  I added in some cows milk, and also some chocolate!  I went with chocolate chips, because I wanted it … [Read more...]

12 Pumpkin Recipes to satisfy your fall craving

That time of year is right around the corner - crunchy leaves, sweaters, spiced cider, cinnamon candles, costume shopping, feast planning, pumpkin patch visiting...fall!  My very favorite season!  And with fall comes pumpkin everything!  I adore pumpkin cookies, bread, steamers, pie...I could go on forever. Whenever I say the word pumpkin I feel like I should say it 'punkin.'  When I was dating my husband we had this strange experience where we say a black jetta on several occasions with a personalized license plate … [Read more...]

Bacon Green Beans with Candied Pecans

Just yesterday my mom, sister, sister-in-law and I were texting about Easter dinner coming up. We had ham last month for a get-together, and we will also be celebrating three birthdays so my mom suggested we do some yummy ribs instead of the traditional ham. After much discussion that would only interest women of the cooking kind, my sister-in-law finally piped up: "Sooooo......we're not doing ham?" Preach sister, preach. Sometimes you just need a little tradition. This is a twist on traditional green … [Read more...]

Shamrock Ice Cream Soda

Not too long ago, my family and I dined at a restaurant called Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor.  Have you heard of it?  It was popular when I was a kid and has recently made a come back.  While we thought the food was mediocre the dessert was pure heaven!  I read their long list of desserts over and over and finally decided on a Mint-Chip Ice Cream Soda.  So retro - but with a modern twist. When that baby came out I was in sugar heaven!  So much so, that I thought about that dessert for days.  And then I told Desi … [Read more...]

Leprechaun’s Lime Lunch Munch // Guest Post by So Festive!

We have a special guest over here on Oh So today!! Melissa from her darling blog So Festive! is sharing with us her party planning series... Hello Oh So Delicioso readers! I'm Mel from SoFestive -- a blog dedicated to real and simple ideas to make your party, holidays, and life a bit more festive. One of the biggest myths when it comes to party planning and entertaining is that it's complicated, hard, and has to be Pinterest-worthy to be a success. Sure, we all like an awesome party, but planning doesn't have to … [Read more...]

A Valentines with Jane

One of our Sponsors-Jane (formerly Very Jane) decided to royally spoil us for Valentines this year. That's right, a box full of goodies from their Online Boutique straight to our door. We couldn't be luckier to have them on our team. So what did we do with all those goodies?! Had a Party! Naturally.. And a Valentines party since it's the season! We have been long-time fans of Jane. Every morning I peruse through my email update to see what's new and trending- best of all what's on sale! And they have everything! … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies

This is my Grandma Eliason's recipe and my dad's favorite cookie. It's quite delicious. I added a little holiday spin on it. It's only the 2nd week of January but I'm already thinking of Valentine's Day. Food coloring can make any food seem more festive. My grandma makes these with the big Hershey's Kiss in the middle. I just can't keep those in my house, they would be gone before the cookies were even done. I feel like 3 chocolate chips work out perfectly. Baking is touchy. If the butter consistancy isn't right, … [Read more...]