Easy Salmon Potatoes and Green Beans In Parchment

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Easy Salmon Potatoes and Green Beans In Parchment is a quick easy dinner in under 30 minutes! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
Easy Salmon Potatoes and Green Beans in parchment is a favorite dinner for those nights where I just don't have time in the kitchen.

We found this recipe works well with either green beans or asparagus and is easy to prepare in under 5 minutes. Perfect for busy nights in our house filled with basketball practices, homework and holiday activities or a healthy delicious lunch.

Easy Salmon Potatoes and Green Beans is elegant enough for last minute company for the holidays or an easy date night in and healthy but quick enough for any night of the week. Dinner is served in a packet resembling a present for a delicious surprise when unfolded.

The layers of salmon, potatoes, and green beans combine juices while baking for an amazing aromatic package of flavor.

I enjoy giving an option of green beans or asparagus to ensure even the pickiest eater enjoys every morsel of their meal.

Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

Monday, November 23, 2015
Holiday Gift Basket Ideas with fun ideas for teenagers, men or women including a DIY Lavender Rosemary Mineral Bath and Homemade Cinnamon Candle. serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
Sometimes it's hard to know what to get someone for the holidays but I always find gift baskets an easy versatile gift that can be individualized for any one.
Holiday Gift Baskets are always fun to receive and give whether it's for Mom, a best friend, coworker or neighbor I think everyone loves a basket filled with goodies! 
Holiday Gift Baskets are easy to adapt for teenagers, men, and women.
I made this basket with a women in mind however men will enjoy the GODIVA Chocolate Gift Box and DIY Lavender Rosemary Mineral Bath for achy muscles as much as anyone else.
The DIY Cinnamon Wrapped Candle can be swapped out with a grooming kit or old fashioned shave kit for something a little more masculine. 
For teenage girls you might add lip gloss, a set of knee high socks or an eye mask.
I also always include a Christmas Ornament when I give a gift at the holidays! 
This year we are doing wooden chalk gift tags that double as an ornament or can be reused later.
I always love receiving ornaments and think it's so nostalgic as I remember each year where they came from and the story behind them.

Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb #SundaySupper

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb is the perfect holiday dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
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I surprised Colt and the kids with this Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb the other day to let them know just how thankful I am for them!
Colt even brought a few slices into work to share. 
It happens to be a favorite in our house with the lightly sweetened airy spiced cake filled with little bites of bursting cranberries, flecks of orange zest and plenty of crunchy brown sugar crumb for the perfect balance of holiday flavor! 
The last few years I have really tried to remember to be thankful everyday for my family, our health, a warm house and a roof over our head.
I am so thankful to have spent so much of my childhood with my Grandparents learning what life was like before cars and televisions. 
Growing up Granny had shared pictures of her family's horse and buggy they used to transport produce to the market.
It was always a great reminder to be thankful for modern day transportation.
Life can become so busy it's easy to forget how lucky we are to have clean running water and Internet.
I don't think life is ever easy but I think when you take time to give thanks it makes what you have in your life so much more fulfilling. 
For me I am Thankful to have had a day where I could make this Cranberry Orange Coffeecake and a husband who spends his lunch hour with me on the phone.
I'm thankful for each of my kids because they each teach me something new everyday.
I love how unique they are! 
I am Thankful for each day I have and to be able to share the recipe for this delectable cake with you!  
What are you thankful for this holiday season? 

How To Clean A Stained Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

Friday, November 20, 2015
How to Clean a Stained Stainless Steel Coffee Pot without a lot of elbow grease! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

I'm almost ashamed to admit just how bad the stain on the inside of our Stainless Steel Coffee Pot had become but I'm sure some of you have run into the same dilemma and wondered how to clean a stained stainless steel coffee pot!  
The coffee oils have slowly cooked into a thick layer of build up that is seemingly impossible to removed no matter how much elbow grease you apply! 
Even the regular run through the dishwasher didn't touch it! 
But never fear my friends I'm sharing another one of my all time favorite Cleaning 101 tips: How To Clean A Stainless Steel Coffee Pot! 
Best part is it takes very little effort and you should have both ingredients readily available! 
With the holidays here I figure it's perfect time to clean the coffee pot before company arrives but easy enough to do once a week so you'll never encounter the embarrassment of a stained coffee pot again.

Caramel Chocolate Cranberry Treasure Cookies

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Caramel Chocolate Cranberry Treasure Cookies are a Christmas time favorite and perfect for gift giving! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
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I made a batch of these Caramel Chocolate Cranberry Treasure Cookies to sneak into Mas's lunch as a special surprise since he left for 4 days of outdoor school! 
Caramel Chocolate Treasure Cookies are the perfect cookie to add to your Christmas cookie trays, holiday cookie exchanges or package for Christmas presents! 
This recipe is made using Eagle Brand Caramel Flavored Sweetened Condensed Milk based on our family's favorite Treasure Cookie recipe the neighbor shared with me years ago for the holidays but taken to a whole new level using limited edition Eagle Brand caramel sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
It's a soft chewy cookie filled with graham cracker crumbs and unsweetened coconut.
 Then loaded with dark chocolate and dried cranberries for a nice contrast to the caramelly sweet cookie base.
I know you might question the sweet caramel cookie with cranberries but trust me if you like caramel and dried cranberries you will love these!
If caramel isn't your flavor Eagle Brand makes a limited edition Chocolate Sweetened Condensed milk that would make a delicious substitute in these cookies.
Caramel Chocolate Cranberry Treasure Cookies make a wonderful addition for your Christmas cookie trays or an extra special treat for Santa! 

Cranberry Sage Moscow Mules

Friday, November 13, 2015
Cranberry Sage Moscow Mules are a fun festive cocktail for Thanksgiving and Christmas! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
This years signature holiday cocktail in our house is Cranberry Sage Moscow Mules.

Colt and I set out last weekend to develop a fun cocktail for the holidays! We started with our beloved Moscow Mule and added a dark ruby red unfiltered naturally sweetened cranberry juice for it's gorgeous color. Filtered cranberry juice will work equally as well but the color will be a little bit lighter once it's mixed with the ginger beer and ice.

Colt then smacked the sage to release the aromatic earthy oils and floated them on top of the Cranberry Moscow Mules. With every sip of Cranberry Sage Moscow Mule you catch the aroma of the sage, and a small taste of the earthy undertones without being over powering to the drink.

For a more intense flavor you can stir the sage into the cocktail once it's served. It really is quite delicious either way. If your taste buds aren't fond of sage, rosemary or thyme would make an equally delicious combination.

Cranberry Sage Moscow Mules make a wonderful accompaniment to the turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving but  easily carry through to Christmas with it's festive ruby red color and green sage leaves.

A gorgeous fun addition to your holiday menu! 

40 Cocktail and Appetizer Recipes To Get Your Party Started

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
40 Cocktail and Appetizer Recipes To Get Your Holiday Party Started! serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
With the holidays quickly approaching I've collected 40 Cocktail and Appetizer Recipes to get your party started! 

We all know a good party always starts with fabulous finger foods and tasty cocktails.

Whether your planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas or The New Year your sure to find plenty of ideas to get your taste buds salivating! 

Potato Dinner Rolls

Monday, November 9, 2015
Light and fluffy Potato Dinner Rolls. serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
I use to make these Potato Dinner Rolls all the time but I forgot just how amazing they are.

The recipe is so old the paper I wrote it on is yellowed and starting to fall apart. I can't remember where the original recipe came from or just how many changes I may or may not have made since I failed to notate it in my notes but these rolls are too good not to share and perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday dinner table! 

We love dipping these rolls in gravy or soup, slathering them in butter and you can never go wrong with a little homemade jelly! Potato Dinner Rolls are light, soft and fluffy just like the lunch lady use to serve back in the day.

I know you'll love these as much as we do! 

Moist Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Moist Pumpkin Bread is perfect spiced with Cinnamon, Ginger, nutmeg, and allspice from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
With Fall in full swing I think it's fair to start sharing a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes including this Moist Pumpkin Bread I adapted from Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf with a few healthier substitution options like coconut oil and whole wheat pastry flour.

I promise you no one will be able to tell the difference with the healthier substitutions. 

I'm always craving a slice of Moist Pumpkin Bread this time of year and I think the hardest part to nailing this recipe was achieving the perfect balance of pumpkin spice with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. I kept this bread nude but I'm pretty sure it would be delicious smothered in Maple Cream Cheese Frosting if your looking for something on the sweeter side of life.

But for me I'm all for a warm slice of Moist Pumpkin Bread nude with a little bit of butter first thing in the morning with my cuppa.

I know you'll love this recipe too unless your one of those anti-pumpkin people then maybe you should check out this Moist Orange Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze instead.
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