Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Easy Holiday Entertaining

Easy Holiday Entertaining Idea.
I received the Planter Nuts featured in this post from Planters/Kraft. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With the holidays upon us I thought it was a good time to share one of my favorite Easy Holiday Entertaining ideas.
I like to place whole fruit around a cake stand with a bowl in the center filled with Planter Cashew Halves and Pieces, another bowl of Planters Mixed Nuts to the side and a cheese and cracker tray.
With a minimum of two varieties of nuts and a large selection of fruit and cheese there's usually something for everyone and perfect for a crowd.
The nuts provide pleanty of protein for those of us who might have missed lunch and to tide our company over until dinner, perfect for snacking.
For the fruit I prefer grapes, small mandrin oranges, pears and apples.
By leaving the fruit whole it prevents waste from browning and can be cut or peeled when they are ready to be eaten. 
The fruit and nuts also makes for a gorgeous edible center piece to the table.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Key Lime Pie

Classic Key Lime Pie is easy to make and elegant. A must have for any occasion.

Key Lime Pie
When I was growing up Granny would always make Key Lime Pie along with about 8 different flavors for the holidays.
She was the ultimate pie goddess and her Key Lime Pie just happened to be my favorite.
If I spent the holidays with my Mom she would usually save me a couple slices in the fridge for when I came home.
I may or may not have been a little spoiled by her growing up.
I now make a Key Lime Pie for myself family every holiday in her memory.
Sadly this pie was demolished in about 2.2 seconds between the 5 of us so I'm looking forward to another slice at Thanksgiving.
Granny would always add a few drops of green food coloring which I choose to omit for the natural color of the limes but if you prefer a green tint to your pie feel free to add a few drops until you achieve your desired color.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails

These are the perfect cocktails for over the holidays. Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rums  are guaranteed to warm you up. 

Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails
10 days to Thanksgiving, are you ready?
I'm still in the process of menu planning.
Colt has agreed to join me in the kitchen this year and we'll be prepping as much as we can ahead of time to simplify the process.
Colt made these Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails to help us warm up with the chilly weather we've been having.
They are a must on my Thanksgiving menu.
The batter can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, it only becomes better with age.
The Hot Apple Cider part of these drinks can easily be kept warm in a crock-pot for an easy to serve cocktail over the holidays.
These are sure to please! 
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