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Aw Honey, Ya Baked! : Rice Crispy Cookies

IMG_0840Guys, I have such a treat for you today! When I was young I remember going grocery shopping with my mom at Publix. Publix is a special grocery treat for Floridians (now most of the deep south) that cannot be beat. It’s where shopping really is a pleasure. One of my favorite things about grocery shopping at Publix with my mom was the free cookies once we made it to the bakery. My favorite cookie to get was the rice krispy variety. Cereal in cookies?! Best idea ever!!
Because it was such a standard favorite, my mom started making a similar cookie involving coconut and rice krispies. Little did I know that Ray’s mom made a similar cookie as well! And wouldn’t you know, it was also Ray’s favorite. Here’s how you make them:IMG_0844
Rice Crispy Cookies
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C butter
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C Rice Krispie’s cereal
1 C oats (the original recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, but I use whatever we have at the house – usually old fashion or steel cut)
1/2 C coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened – it just doesn’t matter)
1/2 chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat butter, preferably in an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add sugars to butter and beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture. When everything is well combined, add the cereal, oats, coconut, and nuts. Put those bad boys on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes! The cookies pictured are pretty small, but I’ve also made them much larger. You do you!

These are the perfect cookie! Everyone enjoys them and it’s nice to have an alternative to chocolate. I’ve made about 6 batches in the last 2 months for varies parties and get-togethers! They’re always a crowd pleaser!

Booze and Bacon Party

The other night some friends of ours hosted a Booze and Bacon party! So clever, right? It was lots of fun and everyone brought such creative (a delicious) dishes. Unfortunately, I only had my iphone so the documentation of the event isn’t super high quality. But hey, it’s booze and bacon and I don’t think anyone is going to care too much about low-quality photos. 😉photo (50) Ray and I brought Peanut Butter and Bacon cookies, homemade Bacon Jam, and bacon infused whiskey for Bacon Old Fashionds! All of them turned out really (51)photo (52)

We also had BLT sliders, maple-bacon cupcakes, bacon jalapeno poppers, tequila-bacon guacamole and bacon-caramel-whiskey-marshmallow-chocolate bark. Whew, so good. photo (53)

We really like fun food themed parties! Do you guys have any good suggestions for us?

Green Smoothie

green smoothie 1I’ve been drinking green smoothies for several years now. If you’re not familiar with green smoothies, they’re basically regular smoothies but with greens (usually spinach) added. Green smoothies are generally okay tasting, but not mind blowingly delicious. Well, this new one I’ve been making is REALLY good. Here’s what you need:
1 banana (frozen or not)
1 1/2 handfuls of strawberries
1 1/2 handfuls of fresh spinach
a splash of milk (or almond milk)green smoothie 2Then, blend for several minutes! I’ve added frozen blueberries before and it’s pretty delicious as well. I generally add water or fruit juice instead of milk, but it really works in this drink.
Let me know if you try this or if you have any super yummy green smoothie recipes!

Cooking with Ray – Apple Cider

One of our 12 dates of Christmas (blog post coming soon!) was to make cider together. We had never made it before, so we looked over several (ok, more like 30) different recipes and variations. We ended up just winging it and I think it turned out perfectly!
This is more of a method rather than a recipe, so feel free to modify.
You will need: 1 giant jug of apple juice (we used a cheap brand, as we were adding things to make it delicious), 1 orange, 1 lime, 3 – 4 cinnamon sticks, a small handfull of whole cloves, a teaspoon of allspice, and a few pinches of ground cinnamon to taste. Put all ingredients in a large pot, stir and let it simmer for about an hour or two before drinking. orange cinnamon - 1cider - 1spicesstove

(Yes, our kitchen walls are pink.)

cider 2This cider tastes just as delicious cold as it does hot! Let us know if you try this!

Apple Butter recipe

Growing up, my mom would always make apple butter during the holidays… and believe me, it was always delicious. Today I’m sharing her recipe… and it’s kind of a big deal because I like to keep special recipes like this all to myself. Be proud!

For this recipe you’ll need about 25 ounces of unsweetened apple sauce (homemade or store bought is fine), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 1/8 tsp. ginger and 1/8 tsp. ground clove (do not use whole clove unless you plan on grating it with a microplane).

Mix all the ingredients together, throw it in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and let it simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Take this time to enjoy the ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE Christmas-y scent. Seriously, simmering apple butter is one of the best smells in the whole world. Afterward, let it cool. If you want, you can blend it for a few seconds in a blender to give it a smoother texture. I, personally, do not do this, as I prefer the thicker applesauce-like texture. Spread it on biscuits, toast, cinnamon bread, etc. I promise this will not disappoint.What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?