Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dragon Breath Pretzels

I love to make appetizers and snacks for parties! This is one of my go to snacks for parties. My nieces and nephews request this one every year for Christmas. I dubbed them dragon breath pretzels because they have a zing of cayenne! They are so addicting its hard to stop with just one handful.
dragon breath
My husband ate the entire last batch I made! Well let me rephrase that. My husband and my 2 year old daughter ate the entire batch! She kept asking us for the “spicy pretzels”. 
pretzels
Dragon Breath PretzelsAka- Spicy Ranch Pretzels
20 oz bag of pretzels
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (I used 1.5 tsp)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 pkg dry ranch mix
1 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix last four ingredients together. Pour mixture over pretzels and toss together. Spread pretzels out evenly on two large baking sheets. Mix every 20 minutes until done. Bake for 1 hour.
Thanks to my sister for this wonderful recipe!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Potpourri

This homemade potpourri is so great! I feel like my house is hard to keep smelling good with a mini dachshund and 2 young children. You know…spilled milk, poopie diapers, and wet doggie paws from the snow. It just doesn’t always smell superb in my house. With this going on a low simmer my house smelled like Christmas!

holiday pot

Holiday Potpourri
1 whole orange
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 Tbs whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks

Quarter the orange. Combine the orange with the cranberries, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a 2 quart pan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and then set on low heat. DO NOT let the water evaporate completely. Just add water as you see it start to go down.
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holiday pot 2 

One pot of potpourri will last multiple days. Simply just add more water. {It will turn a brown color after a couple of simmers, it is still good to use!} I found mine lasted about a week. I hope you enjoy the smells of this Holiday Potpourri!

Source: Carolina Charm

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Egg Nog Coffee Cake

Tis the season for egg nog!  I find that egg nog is almost a love/hate relationship. I am on the hate side. I really just don’t prefer it at all. My husband is on the love side. As soon as Halloween was over this year we had hit every grocery store in town trying to see who would have it first. Just last week we had four cartons of egg nog in our fridge and he is the only one that drinks it in our house. We had to have different name brands, light vs regular, vanilla flavor, pumpkin spice flavor. He wants to make sure he finds the right one that reminds him of his grandmas when he was a young boy. I just sit back in amazement as he drinks it! That is why I wanted to make this coffee cake. I wanted to impress him and it worked :) And I even enjoyed it!
coffeecake
Egg Nog Coffee Cake
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup eggnog
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Streusel Topping
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon  all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Grease 9x13 pan with shortening or PAM. In small bowl mix all Streusel Topping ingredients with fork until crumbly; set aside. In large bowl, beat 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in 1 cup eggnog, the sour cream, vanilla extract and eggs until blended. Stir in 2 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Spread in pan. Sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover pan; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes.

Source:Mandy's Recipe Box