I love baking cookies for gift giving for Christmas and spend days doing it. This year, I had a big goal for cookie gifting, so I spent many days baking. Nobody needs to be snacking on cookies day in and day out for a week, right? (well.....maybe) So I decided to try making some Dorito flavored popcorn. I hoped that it was filling and healthier than a steady diet of cookies.
It was very nice to not be quite so finger licking sticky like regular Doritos. If you give these a try, I want to hear about it!!
BTW – I used Hoosier Hill Farm Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Powder, but if you don’t want that type of commitment (1.5 pounds), just use a packet of cheese powder out of a mac and cheese box! Your welcome 😊
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
2 T. coconut oil
2 T. cheddar cheese powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne or red pepper powder
2 tsp salt
It's so pretty and festive and only water in this picture! Plus I felt really good beating the big ice chunk with a meat mallet :)
Other ideas for festive drinks:
If you try any of these ideas, send me a picture!
Those cute little frozen dough balls are my favorite! They are so versatile – I plan on sharing lots of fun ideas in the future. This one was just an idea I had that turned out marvelous.
I was getting dinner ready one night when ahaa! I got an idea! I had gotten a Everything Brooklyn Bagel Seasoning container in one of my FabFitFun boxes that I had never used. I thought, “oh, boy! That would be amazing on baked sliders (that I planned on using the leftover buns and meat for). So, I brushed the top of some of them with butter after they rose and sprinkled on the seasoning.
Much to my chagrin, those were the only ones eaten that night, and I did not get to use them for the sliders, but I did add the seasonings to the already baked ones when I made them.
This seasoning is so wonderful, I can’t wait to try it on other foods. What do you use it for?
I think it would taste great on everything! The Green Eggs and Ham book is coming to mind right now! Top bagels, focaccia, and other breads before baking. Sprinkle on plain cream cheese or smoked salmon. Use to season omelets, grilled fish and chicken, veggies, and more. Mix with breadcrumbs for a flavorful coating for fried foods. Add to avocado toast and kale chips. Add to popcorn!
Recently, a friend’s sister and husband were the victims of a house fire. They had recently moved in, didn’t have rental insurance and lost everything – even their dog. We feel so bad for them and can’t imagine having to crawl out a window in the middle of the night with no shoes in the snow.
The fire made us reassess what we have and we deicided that we definitely needed to upgrade. We had fire detectors that were in the house when it was built in 1973. It was a hard decision deciding what would work for us, but I really like what we bought and I’m glad we had some options to choose from.
Here are some safety tips from American Red Cross: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms every month. ... Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.
One of my most favorite parts of this part of the year is.... Lots of company! I like to have fun ingredients on hand to whip up a little platter of snacks when we have company, or go on a road trip, or go sledding, or, you know, even when I’m all by myself.
Recently, a fun and amazing little shop opened not too far from our house. It is called Maven’s Market. www.mavensmarket.com They have cheese, meats, gelato, and chocolates galore. They even have this cheese that when they cut it, it looks just like a white carnation! I would eat at Maven’s Market every day, except that I have a budget and my husband needs to eat, too. So, I pick up a few staples and a little treat every couple of weeks and buys simpler more usual stuff at the grocery store.
I love watching Maven’s Market on Facebook and try to make pretty snack boards, too. I will never compare to their amazingness, but I like the simplicity of a couple that I made recently. What do you think?
I have a son who does not like cheese, peanut butter, ranch, or ketchup. Can you imagine? It took work to prepare him anything to eat! How can you go through your whole like without pizza, macaroni and cheese, or a PPJ?
I once knew a little girl whose first word was dip dip. If it had dip, she’d eat it. If not, she wouldn’t. That trick wouldn’t work with my son. My own nephew could and would go days and days without eating. The only thing he would eat was chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Not my son. When we went to McDonalds, it ALWAYS took at least 15 minutes, because he wanted a plain hamburger. Like meat and a bun. They had to make it special for him and usually, they thought he didn’t know what he was taking about, and either gave him ketchup or cheese. Because of my son, I learned to make things like yogurt and applesauce. He really liked anything that took HOURS to make.
I am curious to try out an amazing ketchup recipe on him next time he comes by to visit. I had to try to make a recipe the first time I learned there was such a thing. Wait for it.... Wait for it.... Champagne Ketchup! Can you believe it? I can hardly contain myself at the fanciness of it!!
To me, it doesn’t taste ketchupish, but more like a sauce I would find in a tropical place like Antigua. I hope you try it out and let me know what you think!!!
1 Tbsp virgin olive oil
1 small chopped yellow onion
1 cup strained tomatoes
¼ cup Prosecco Vinegar
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp Stevia
2 minced garlic cloves
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cardamom
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground star anise
1 pinch celery seed
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
Every year on Christmas Eve, we ate dinner, decorated the Christmas Tree, and opened all the presents except the ones from Santa. And every year, my dad insisted we had brussel sprouts for dinner. Ewww! My one required brussel sprout would sit on my plate, and my dad would say, “We are never going to get to open the presents because someone isn’t eating their dinner”. Eventually, my grandmother would snatch it off my plate when nobody was looking.
Skip to many years later. I was dating my husband and bringing him home for Christmas. I share the dreaded brussel sprouts for dinner story. He lights up! He LOVES brussel sprouts! I tell him, “You don’t like brussel sprouts. You just like the Cheez Whiz”.
To which he answers, “It’s not Cheez Whiz. It’s Velveeta”. That has since been my answer to a lot of situations - “It’s not Cheez Whiz. It’s Velveeta”. lol!!
Recently, we were at a restaurant called Sidewinders American Grill and my husband ordered the brussel sprouts. I would like to point out that I have known him for 11 years and he has ever only eaten brussel sprouts on Christmas Eve and Easter. So, I was mildly surprised. They didn’t even have Cheez Whiz on them. They were in a Parmesan sauce with bacon.
He asked me if I wanted to try one, so I got on my big girl pants and grabbed one. It was good!!! I like brussel sprouts! I like them Sam I Am!! I will eat them with a goat.....That’s not true. I liked that one brussel sprout that ONE time, but seriously.... I don’t really like them. However, I would like to make a version for my husband, because he really does like them. He also likes Cheez Whiz.
I started by crisping up some bacon, then made a rue. I didn’t have Parmesan cheese, so I used Asiago cheese to thicken the rue up. I prettied it up with bacon and more cheese. Isn’t it pretty? Give it a try! It’s better than Velveeta!
Brussel Sprouts in Asiago Sauce
3 slices bacon, chopped in small pieces
8 oz. Fresh brussel sprouts
¼ cup flour
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup Asiago cheese, grated
I am a recently retired small town librarian living the dream in Montana in my boujee yet redneck kind of way. Married to a mining engineer and mother to two wonderful young men.