2018 Year in Review

2018 is almost complete and I have had a year of ups and downs I’d say. From the standpoint of the blog I’m please to say I have more followers and have enjoyed my blog so much this year! So thank you for making this a bright spot for me! Thousands of views and likes so I must be doing something right.

That being said, I went back to see what you all enjoyed the most this past year. It looks like the activity in my kitchen, and travel reviews are taking home top prizes for 2018!

Here ia a list of my top 10 post from 2018:

#10 Flamingo Hotel and Casino -review

#9 S’More Bites – Fall cookie series

#8 Fall Blog Series

#7 Chocolate Chip cookies take 3

#6 Cheers to 20 years

#5 Pumpkin Spice No-bake Cookies

#4Oatmeal Cream Pies with a Twist

#3 Kitchen Reveal

#2 Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum-Review

#1 Strawberry and Cream Jelly Roll

It looks like the Fall Cookie Series was a huge hit and we will definately be doing that again! I’m think about doing a series this winter on Soups, Stews, and Chili let me know if that sounds good to you guys too!

Another big announcement…my BFF Amber and I have started a new adventure you can find us on instagram @tour_the_town. We will be visiting local restaurants, attractions, and events and documenting everything for you all to enjoy along with us! My “Inspiring Finds” tab will be converted soon after the new year to “Tour the Town” so no need to subscribe to something new you’ll get all that content right here or watch our pictorial review on Instagram! I can’t wait to get started with it!

Tomorrow I will update you on how my resolutions came out for the year and let you know what I’m thinking for 2019! Happy New Year everyone and Thank you so much dor following along with me!

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Corn Casserole

Christmas Eve with my family was wonderful it felt good to have everyone in one place! The kids are growing up, but not so grown up that they don’t look forward to a few gifts, and I love hearing about all of the successes that my brother and sister are having in their careers and personal lives.

We also enjoyed a very nice meal together. My brother prepared a ham, and brought some shrimp,  my Mom made scalloped potatoes, and a cheese ball,  my sister brought jalapeno popper dip and the most delicious snickerdoodle blondies…omg so yummy… and I prepared corn casserole. Needless to say none of us left that night hungry!

Corn casserole is a simple recipe reminiscent of old fashioned scalloped corn but with a twist. It uses simple ingredients, and you can  make a bunch on a budget! Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Corn Casserole

 

1 can cream style corn

1 box corn muffin mix dry

1/2 stick of butter melted

8oz sour cream

1 can whole kernel corn

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients reserve 1 c shredded cheese for the topping. Pour into an oven safe pan, and bake for 30-40 minutes remove and top with remaining cheese place back in the oven until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Monkey Bread

One last holiday favorite before I retire for the night. My Mom first made monkey bread at Christmas when I was in high school and I remember everyone raved about it at our annual Christmas Eve party. I’ve used this recipe several times since then and it’s always a predictable hit!

My daughter doesn’t enjoy raisins so I only put mine on the top instead of throughout the bread so she can pick them off. But feel free to mix them right in!

Here’s what you need

2 cans of prepared biscuit dough

1/2c granulated sugar

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1 c. Light brown sugar

1/2 stick butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl cut the biscuits into bite size pieces. Add granulated sugar and cinnamin. Coat the biscuits add raisins and set it aside. In a medium sauce pan melt the butter and brown sugar into a loose caramel. In a bundt pan add a small amount of raisins, and caramel sauce layer in biscuits and top with more caramel. Bake 350F for 20-30min. Turn out onto a serving plate. Pieces can be brokwn off by hand or you can cut and serve like a cake. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Truffles

If you need a last minute treat to share this holiday, I have you covered! Red velvet truffles look great, and taste amazing! Impress your friends this holiday season.

Here’s what you’ll need

4 md red velvet muffins crumbled

1 8oz. Cream cheese softened

1/2 c powdered sugar

1c mini chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate candy melts

Blend together the cake, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, and vanilla form into balls and refrigerate

Melt chocolate candy and dip balls place back in the fridge to harden.

Cereal Treat Wreaths

As some of you are aware, my husband and I own a garden center and leading up to the holiday I hand make over 100 wreaths with a very small staff of fabulously hard working people! Well today I made my last wreaths of the season but they weren’t the fresh evergreen type.

Today I made cereal treat wreaths for our Christmas eve party tomorrow. I love these tasty and festive treats. Easy to make and a crowd pleaser every time.

A little tip for when you go to shape the treats into wreaths have a small bowl of water near by keep your finger tips a little wet to prevent the marshmallow from sticking to your hands as you work.

Here’s the recipe!

1 stick butter melted

1 bag mini marshmallows

Green food coloring

4 c. Corn flakes cereal

Red hot candy’s or sprinkles for decorations

In a large sauce pan melt the butter and marshmallows add the food coloring remove from heat and add the corn flakes stirring to coat. Spoon onto foil and shape into wreaths. Decorate and allow to cool.

Hand-piped Spritz Cookies

My final recipe from round one of my holiday baking are Spritz cookies. These light, crispy sweet short bread cookies are perfect when you want something sweet but no too sweet this holiday season.

Spritz cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Scandinavian countries. They are simple butter cookies, shaped by putting the dough through a cookie press. The name comes from the German word spritzen, meaning “to squirt” because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs.

My great Grandma Reeves would make these every Christmas and they were always one of my favorites because although homemade they always looked so perfectly pretty. The collar for my cookie press was found to be broken this year when I went to make my cookies…probably from being moved all over the place during the kitchen renovation, accidents happen I guess… so I improvised and used a piping bag with a large star tip to hand pipe these pretty little cookies.

This is a simple recipe with common ingredients making it all that much better so here is my recipe for Hand-piped Spritz Cookies. Enjoy!

1c. butter

1/2c. granulated sugar

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

colored sugar or sprinkles for decoration

Pre-heat oven to 350F

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, and vanilla extract. Place dough in cookie press or piping bag. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet. top with decorations. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.