Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Upgrades for your Holiday Feast Segment on WSPA- Products & RECIPES!

Today we are appearing on WSPA, a CBS affiliate out of Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina. During the show I'll be showing you some great products that will help you upgrade your Holiday Feast this year!
I also promised some recipes to go with these great products, so, below you will find recipes you can use for your Holiday Feast and some you can use for your Holiday Parties.

Please note: I use abbreviations in recipes: T=Tablespoon, t=teaspoon, c=cup :) 

Colman's Mustard 

Baked Ham with a Mustard-Pineapple Glaze
Pre-Heat oven to 350
1- 5 lb Ham
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 T. Colman's Dried Mustard
1 large can Pineapple Rings- Drained (save 1/2 cup of juice for glaze)
1/2 c Pineapple Juice (saved from canned pineapple above)
1 jar Maraschino Cherries
1/4 c. whole cloves.

Whisk together Pineapple Juice, Brown Sugar and Dried Mustard in a medium bowl, until sugar is dissolved.
Place your ham in a baking dish, with the cut side down.  Arrange Pineapple slices and cherries on the ham, securing with toothpicks.  Push whole cloves into ham around the pineapple and cherries, then baste the whole thing with the pineapple juice mixture.
Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the glaze.
After 2 hours, turn on your oven's broiler and broil just until the glaze forms a crust & your pineapple is turning brown, usually about 5 minutes.
This makes a gorgeous focal point for your holiday meal.

Deviled Eggs

8 large boiled eggs
2 t. sweet pickle relish
2 t. Colman's mustard
4 t. Miracle whip salad dressing
salt & pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish

Slice boiled eggs in half, lengthwise, scooping the yolks into a separate bowl.
Mash egg yolks then add miracle whip, mustard, pickle relish, salt & pepper, mixing well, until smooth.
Fill each egg with yolk mixture, then sprinkle on a little paprika for decoration.

Gaea Olive Oil & Vinegar Set

Arugula, Spinach, Cranberry & Walnut Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • 3 T. Gaea olive oil
  • 2 T. Gaea vinegar
  • 1/2 c. plus 2 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3 c. loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 c. loosely packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 c. shelled walnuts
  • 1/4 c. goat cheese crumbles
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • Combine olive oil, vinegar and 2 T. cranberries in a food processor. Process until berries are finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Allow to set for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Pour dressing into the bottom of a salad bowl. Add in remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and coat in dressing.
  • This makes a gorgeous salad presentation for your Thanksgiving table!

Imusa Global Kitchen Fondue Set

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue

4 oz. good quality white chocolate-melted
1 heaping teaspoon of canned pumpkin pie mix
sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg, lightly on top to garnish.

Pour melted chocolate and pumpkin into fondue pot and light the fuel cell to keep the mixture warm and fluid.
Serve shortbread cookies, apple slices, marshmellows, pound cake cubes, Pumpkin spice bread, or cubes of cheese cake for dippers.

TFAL AirBake Cookie Sheet

Pre-Heat oven to 350 - Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 t. Vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ t. ground ginger
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 t. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1½ c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. water

  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together; set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.
  3. With the mixer on low-speed, gradually add the dry ingredients until a thick dough forms.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. Let cool completely before glazing.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Drizzle icing over cookies using a piping bag or a fork.

Add a scoop to have with dessert! It's Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no preservatives, no cholesterol and Kosher! Made from Almond, Soy or Coconut milks. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Prepare your Home for the Holidays and be assured it #SmellsClean!

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There is no question about it, one of the first thoughts we have when getting ready for the holidays, is cleaning the house. If you have guests coming in, even if it is family, you still want to make sure your home #SmellsClean. After all, Family is what makes the Holidays so special, right?

Here are a few ways to make sure your home is guest ready:

  • At least 2 weeks before, especially if you have a nice warm day,  shampoo you carpets really good, especially if you have animals in the house. 
  • Do a 'mini Spring cleaning' dust off the ceiling fans etc. Make sure there are no random hiding cobwebs in the guest bedroom closets. (I hate cobwebs! ) 
  • Head to Walmart where you can get some great deals on items that help make sure your home smells clean, in the air care aisle!

I love to use candles, they can really give a home a feeling of comfort and smell absolutely wonderful! I love the Cranberry Ice candle, especially during the holidays!
It's that time, and I need to get the house ready, so off I went to Walmart to pick up some cleaning supplies.  Right past the cleaning supplies, in the same aisle, were the air care supplies. There are  a ton of different fragrances and different styles to choose from! So I picked out a few of my favorite fragrances for the holidays. It makes it so easy when the air care supplies are right near the cleaning supplies that I have to get anyway, so I'm not only saving time in the store, I'm getting a head start on the holiday decorating!

During the holiday season, I love the apple spice scents along with the ones heavy on a cinnamon and/or clove smell.
The day or two after Thanksgiving are the biggest decorating days of the year, but you can get a head start, by adding some of the candles as part of your holiday decor! And you have to admit, there are certain scents that bring back the most incredible feelings & memories of when we were children, like cinnamon spice air care always brings back the memory of smelling pies cooking in my Granny's kitchen when I was a little girl, and brings a smile to my face.
So the next time you head to Walmart, or your favorite store, swing by the aisle with cleaning & air care supplies and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to find the perfect air care fragrance to make sure your home #SmellsClean!

*Disclaimer: I received compensation either in the form of payment or free product from Acorn for this post. However, all opinions stated herein are mine and mine alone and are not influenced by any outside source. I only recommend products I believe my readers will like and that I, myself, have tried.*