Chocolate Rum Truffles

Monday, December 29, 2014

These Chocolate Rum Truffles are perfect with a glass of Champagne for New Years Eve or Valentines Day.

Chocolate Rum Truffles #BoozyTruffles
I received product from Diplomatico and Frontier Coop for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We've been enjoying these boozy Chocolate Rum Truffles over the holidays and I can't wait to make another batch for New Years Eve.
These are so easy to make and the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with a glass of champagne.
I love the soft silky smooth dark chocolate centers with the bitter cocoa powder coating or rolled in chopped nuts.
One of the most important things to remember when making truffles is to use good quality chocolate and rum.
The Diplomatico Rum provides a wonderful silky smooth finish to sneak into these boozy little truffles and compliments the dark chocolate beautifully.
I guarantee these will impress the ones you love.

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Top 10 Recipes Of 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 most viewed recipes of 2014 on Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Top 10 Most View Recipes Of 2014 On
You all have spoken and there are some seriously delicious recipes! 
These are the Top 10 Most Viewed Recipes on Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch and they are all definite favorites in our house! 
I was surprised that a few of last years top recipes made it back into the top ten! 
There were so many delicious recipes I'm glad that I didn't have to choose. 
I can't wait to share more favorite recipes in 2015! 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a Christmas time favorite!
In case your looking for a favorite last minute cookie for Santa Clause these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies always hit the spot.

These are super fudgy with tons of chocolate flavor, the perfect surprise for Santa. I was originally going to make Lemon Crinkle Cookies but the lemons we bought last weekend must have grown legs and walked away because I searched everywhere and still couldn't find them. I'm just praying I don't find them moldy a month from now in some strange location. That's usually my luck.

Colt has been having the kids help put groceries away and every so often they stick something in some strange spot. I'm starting to wonder if they think if they stick enough stuff in the wrong place I'll just do it myself. They know me too well but I've still been battling chronic back pain and have had to learn not everything has to be done the way I like it.

Sometimes it is what it is.

I can't believe in almost 4 years I haven't shared the recipe for these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.
I've been making these for years and they are always a hit! I believe the original recipe was scribbled down out of a Martha Stewart Magazine but I could be wrong. I've adapted the original recipe over the years because I don't normally have espresso powder on hand but we almost always have a pot of coffee. I also make larger cookies because I find they crinkle and spread more plus who doesn't like a larger cookie.

You can find some of our other favorite Christmas Recipes Here in case you still need ideas. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! 

Hearty Beef Stew

Saturday, December 20, 2014

An easy to make Hearty Beef Stew perfect for the cooler weather.

Hearty Beef Stew
Oh the weather outside is frightful but this stew is so delightful.. Since there's no place to go let it snow...Let it snow...Let it snow! 

In my dream world I would make a huge pot of Hearty Beef Stew and we would be snowed in with sledding, stew and hot cocoa with a fire but we live in Washington so we rarely become snowed in.
Well except the year Colt and I decided to deliver newspapers for some extra cash for Christmas, of course that was the worst snow fall in the history of our existence. I will never not tip the delivery person again.

We started the week of Black Friday and let me tell you that was an experience in it's self just bundling the papers let alone me driving while Colt tossed them out the window while trying to find addresses in the dark and we had to pick up 2 loads in our mini van just to be able to fit all the newspapers.

The following weeks were filled with feet of snow and papers stacked around our kids (they were all small at the time so they slept while we delivered) and some nights they would have production problems and the newspapers wouldn't arrive until 3 or 4am in the morning and you would be stuck waiting until they arrived. Definitely one of the crazier things we've done.

Anyways back to this Hearty Beef Stew....We've been enjoying this in our regular dinner rotation the last month or two. It's easy to make, full of flavor and perfect yucky weather comfort food.

I love the look and taste of pearl onions and small multi colored potatoes in this stew but when in a pinch I quarter small onions and dice a few potatoes instead. Sometimes running to the store just isn't practical. I used fresh sage, rosemary and thyme off my plant growing in the kitchen but these too can easily be substituted with dried herbs. I find the earthy tones of sage really makes this a big old bowl of comfort perfect for these dark days of winter.

Sparkling Pomegranate Berry Punch

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sparkling Pomegranate Berry Punch
With the Holidays here and Christmas quickly approaching I figured there was no better time then the present to share this Sparkling Pomegranate Berry Punch aka Jingle Juice for Sunday Supper.

This weeks theme is Libational Recipes and with Rum and Pink Moscato Champagne I think we have it covered.

Pomegranate, cranberry and raspberries make this a smooth sipper with a gorgeous color perfect for brunch, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years and any other special occasion! 
I like to soak the berries in the rum prior to making the punch for a boozy little treat in the bottom of your glass.

Bewarned to tread lightly and sip slowly these go down faster then you'll realize.

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Soft and chewy chocolate cookies with chocolate and mint chips are a favorite all year and super easy to make.

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
When we were at the grocery store last weekend there was one of those displays of mint baking chips on sale that was screaming, stock up! Stock up now before they're gone because you know the minute you run out and head back to the store to get more they'll be gone.
So yesterday when the kids were wanting to make cookies to fill our snowman jar we decided on Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies.
 They're always a favorite and perfect for the cookie jar or holiday cookie trays.
We thought these would be great to enjoy while we decorated our Christmas tree but by the time we had dinner we opted to snuggle on the couch with our cookies and watch a Christmas movie instead.
Our poor tree has been sitting in the corner of the living room naked for the last few days.
Hopefully tonight everyone will be up to getting it decorated.
If not we'll have to make another batch of Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies for tomorrow because they'll be gone by tonight! 
Good thing I stocked up.

FoodSaver® FM200 Vacuum Sealer Giveaway

Sunday, December 7, 2014
This post is sponsored by FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With a family of 5 we almost always buy our meats and cheese when they are on sale to help save money on our grocery budget and for the convince of not needing to run to the grocery store.
With the FoodSaver® FM200 Vacuum Sealer it helps our groceries stay fresh longer by removing all the air from the bag leaving a nice airtight seal.
I find it quick and easy to use.
We buy lots of meat in bulk but I hate how it always ends up freezer burnt after only a few weeks in a normal freezer bags with the FoodSaver® I no longer have that problem.
I can't wait for the next time we buy half a cow or Colt and the boys go fishing to be able to keep our food fresh for longer.
FoodSaver® saves us time and money by preventing freezer burn and extending the lifespan of our food.
For more information please check out the FoodSaver® Website.
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24 Candy Making Ideas Perfect For The Holidays

Thursday, December 4, 2014
24 Candy Ideas Perfect For The Holidays
Since I've been thinking about making some candy with the kids over the next few weeks I thought it was a great time to share 24 different candy making ideas that I love, perfect for gift giving or just to enjoy.
Whether your adventurous or traditional you'll find plenty of ideas to get your creative juices flowing and leave you salivating for more.
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