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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Game Day Nachos

A quick snack was needed for game day/sunday fun day so I decided to whip up some nachos since I'm the nacho queen.  I shared my cheese recipe below. It's super easy. I use it for a lot of different recipes including mac and cheese. I'm a cheese lover. Can you tell? Put down the velveeta people and try out my recipe. You'll thank me later. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 block gruyere cheese (its a little bit on the expensive side but SO worth it)
  • 1-1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • chips
  • your favorite nacho toppings: salsa, sour cream, olives, tomatoes, jalapeƱo 
Recipe:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan 
  • Whisk in the flour
  • Gradually add milk and stir until there are no clumps
  • Add cheese. I didn't measure exactly how much cheese I used. One bag of shredded cheese and half the block of gruyere should be enough, but add as much as you like.
  • Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray
  • Spread out the chips evenly on the baking sheet
  • Pour cheese over the chips
  • Bake the chips for about 5-8 mins
  • Enjoy the nachos with your favorite toppings

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Caramel Apple Martini

I love fall and I am always up for anything apple or pumpkin flavored. I found some caramel apple liqueur at the store and decided to make a caramel apple martini with a caramel graham cracker rim. It is the perfect sweet fall drink. I was definitely inspired to make a fall drink from our trip to New Hampshire this past weekend. The trees were so beautiful and I was lucky to capture the picture below.

 Ingredients:
  • 2 parts Apple Caramel Liqueur
  • 2 parts Kahlua
  • 1-1/2 parts Salted Karamel Vodka
  • Caramel and graham cracker crumbs for the rim
Recipe:
  • Dip the rims of the martini glasses in caramel then in graham cracker crumbs
  • Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
  • Strain into the prepared martini glasses

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Frozen Mango Margaritas

I was away visiting family this weekend and decided to make some mango margaritas. I know that frozen margaritas are a summer drink but I just couldn't help myself. I didn't have my camera on me, but it turned out to be a great recipe so I took the picture using my good old iphone.

The recipe below makes one margarita. Double or triple the recipe to make some more for friends...or for yourself! This recipe would go great with any of your favorite frozen fruits so if mango isn't your favorite, try something else!!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  • Handful of Ice Cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup Tequila
  • Fresh lime juice from 2 limes
Recipe:
  • Simple! Just blend all the ingredients together!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Flowers Centerpiece

 I was so happy to be surprised with these beautiful fall flowers this weekend and I decided to arrange them in some vintage bottles that I found at a local antique shop. I love to mix and match different bottles together. 

Every great meal deserves a fabulous tablescape and centerpiece. I hope these pictures give you some inspiration on how you can decorate your table with fall flowers. Its such an easy way to brighten up your table!!
 
I placed the bottles in the center of my burlap table runner. I love the vintage and rustic look of it.
  
I also had these glass bottles from Ikea that matched nicely with the antique bottles. You can purchase the bottles from Ikea here.

Now go have fun decorating your table!!
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