4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love the tradition, the friends and family, and the food. We do all of this because we LOVE this country. There is no better place in the world and I am grateful for those who have fought and given their lives so we can have a rich and full life. These 4th of July recipes are made to be delicious, but also to create memories and tradition. We have everything from main dishes, to sides and desserts, and even drinks. So dig in!Main . . .
Deviled eggs are always the first thing gone at a BBQ. It's a little bite of heaven. I love love the classic deviled egg, but it is also fun to jazz them up a bit. Today you are getting four recipes instead of one - classic deviled eggs, guacamole deviled eggs, bacon ranch deviled eggs, and jalapeño popper deviled eggs.Each Has A Unique Personality Each one of these easy deviled eggs has its own unique flavor and personality, but none of them are scary over flavored. You still get . . .
There are a number of holidays were we loooove to eat ham. Ham is delicious, with a salty flavor that pairs perfect with all the hundreds of holiday sides we love to serve. However, ham is also BIG and can take hours to bake...and then it often dries out. What if I told you you could cook a ham in about a half an hour? A nice big ham, not dried out, in a pressure cooker for 7 minutes! You'll never go back. Pressure cooker ham is the way to go! Let me show you how I do it in my instant . . .
This Cranberry Almond Dressing is how my Mom does stuffing. 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.Semi Homemade 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 . . .
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.The Perfect Neighbor Gift I always package it into a mason jar for easy storage and cute packaging all in one. Its also a baking-free gift that your neighbors and friends will enjoy. I like to include the directions for use and a gift tag. Wrap some ribbon and a jingle ball and you have a . . .
I don't think I have ever met anyone that really despised a slush. I mean really? Think about it? Who has ever said? 'Oh Nasty! Is that a slushie?' Seriously don't think I have ever met anyone with those feelings. If you are one of those, comment now and I will revoke my comment but I doubt it will ever happen. Because slushies are awesome! They are easy. Entertain a crowd. They can be use as an appetizer or dessert. Kids love them. Adults love them. They look amazing. They taste amazing, and go . . .
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 cocoa I was all over it.Cafe Quality Made At Home 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 . . .
One foggy Christmas party my Aunt served me a hot tasty drink that totally took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting but THIS was awesome. We were at a family party, all sitting around enjoying each other's company drinking "Russian Tea." That was what she had for its name. I have altered the name to spiced orange cider. It's a title that more accurately describes this drink- warm and cozy.I love to make this in the cold fall and winter months. We serve it breakfast with eggs . . .
My mom attended a cookie exchange every year at my grandma's house. All of her cousins, aunts, and friends were invited. They went BIG and baked a dozen cookies for each person in attendance. She would come home with laundry baskets full of cookies. Some delicious, some that went in the trash, ha ha! But it was an event that everyone looked forward to.In recent years I've attended cookie exchanges where each person brought a dozen cookies and left with a dozen assorted cookies. . . .
When it comes to sugar cookies - this is totally my go to recipe. I LOVE it. They are always soft and flakey- thick or thin, big or small they turn out great.Quality Ingredients I've said it before - but one of the secrets to having your recipes turn out is to use quality ingredients. I used Bob's Red Mill Organic Flour for my cookies and they were flakey, chewy, and delicious. When you skimp on your ingredients you skimp on the recipe. I love that Bob's Red Mill products are . . .
I have memories of my mom and our next door neighbor, Marla, standing in our kitchen making dozens and dozens of pies. This always happened a few days before Thanksgiving. The kitchen was a mess, the house smelled amazing, and the tone was always joyful. As I grew older I remember them sending me on errands to get missing ingredients. One of my mom's favorite pies was Marla's famous razzleberry pie.Instant Clear Gel This recipe is inspired by Marla's recipe - with just one tweak. Her . . .
Cranberry sauce.. does anyone really like it? Or do we just put it on the table because of tradition? Maybe it is tradition, maybe there are cranberry die-hards out there still spreading it on turkey and rolls. I prefer to spread it over a homemade buttery roll.Either way. Cranberry Sauce is ridiculously easy so I have a delicious recipe for all you cran-lovers. Not to mention it is a tradition!! Gotta carry on the tradition.How to Make Cranberry Sauce My mom will NEVER buy . . .