Monday, December 26, 2016

Collard Greens with Bacon and Brown Sugar



Gratuitous bacon shot...



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Collard Greens with Bacon and Brown Sugar


Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped (or 2 small farmer's market sweet onions, with greens included)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 bunch collard greens washed and torn

Directions

  1. In a large cast iron or enameled pot, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan.
  2. Allow bacon to cool, then crumble and set aside.
  3. Add onion and garlic to drippings in pan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in crumbled bacon, water, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and salt. Add crushed red pepper if you choose. Gradually add greens.
  5. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2-3 hours or until tender.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Sugared Pecan Rum Cake

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Sugared Pecan Rum Cake



Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 1 Hr 30 Min
Total Time: 1 Hr 45 Min
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 3/4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 lb. butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum

Directions

For the Sugared Pecans:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. 
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg, water, and vanilla until slightly foamy. Add pecans and sugar and coat well. 
  3. Pour pecans on a lightly greased baking pan. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes, stirring pecans 1/2 way through the baking time. 

For the Rum Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 12 cup bundt pan with non-stick spray. 
  2. Sprinkle sugared pecans on bottom of pan. 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake ingredients through dark rum. Add coconut and stir by hand. 
  4. Pour batter over sugared pecans. 
  5. Bake at 325°F for 1 hour. 
  6. Allow to cool completely. 
  7. When cake is almost cool, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the water and sugar and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, then boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  8. Remove from heat and stir in rum. 
  9. Invert the cake onto a serving plate and poke holes in the top with a toothpick or cake tester. Drizzle glaze evenly over top and sides. Pause while the cake absorbs the glaze. Repeat this process until the glaze is gone.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Life is Better at the Pool {Gift Basket}


Summertime in Florida generally means there are pools involved. Whether someone is putting in a pool, already owns a pool, or has access to a friends or community pool. POOLS. RULE.

Recently, a neighbor put in a new pool. As a pool cooling gift (ha!), we wanted to give her something that would enhance her summertime fun!


We included the following items that are pool, hard surface, sun, and Florida friendly! I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the monogrammed pieces, but you can use sharpies, stickers, or buy from a reliable source on Etsy!

On an economically related note: You can make this present as expensive or {inexpensive} as you want. I purchased all of my items at WalMart and spent @ $35.00. Try the Dollar Tree for a less expensive option or visit Home Goods for more expensive options. The sky is the limit!
  • A citronella candle, monogrammed with the first initial of her last name.
  • A book - if you're not sure of the recipients taste, include a gift card or Soduko, crossword puzzle book, or magazine instead!
  • Melamine serving pieces, monogrammed, of course! I included a decent sized oval platter, bowl, and small serving spoon. 
  • A pitcher or container for cold beverages. I included a card with my favorite adults only lemonade recipe!
  • A monogrammed cup. I also found a really cute saying to put on the side of the cup opposite the monogram. "Life is Better in the Pool."




Monday, December 5, 2016

Citrus Butter Cookies {from the Pioneer Woman}

A couple of weeks ago I was at my mom and dad's beach house and alas it was too cold and damp to do much of anything outside (this Florida girl is not happy with 55 degrees and windy days at the beach!).

My mom and I were chatting, flipping through magazines, and watching a little Food Network. The Pioneer Woman came on and wouldn't you know - it was as if she knew I was watching and needed to see this recipe! So, here you have it my version of  The Pioneer Woman's Citrus Butter Cookies. Thanks Ree!



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Citrus Butter Cookies


Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 15 Min
Total Time: 30 Min
Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Salted Butter Softened, 4 sticks
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
  • 1 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Meringue powder (or one egg white)
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until combined.
  3. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Add the zest and the flour and mix until just combined, then add juice and mix until combined.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough and roll the dough into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan with a spatula and allow to cool completely before icing.
  6. In a bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and milk until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add a couple drops of water. If icing is too thin, add additional confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until desired consistency.
  7. Drizzle the icing across the cookies. Sprinkle with extra zest before the icing sets.

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