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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Amelia Island, FL {Sweet & Spicy Pecans}

Amelia Island, FL

We spent the first part of the week in paradise. 
We spent 3 nights in Amelia Island, FL. We went to the spa, played golf, walked on the beach and just relaxed. It was so nice! 

The beach at Amelia Island is unlike any other beach I've been to.
It has the most amazing shells! 
This year there were tons of starfish and horseshoe crabs on the beach too.

Sweet & Spicy Pecans
I took these Sweet and Spicy Pecans for us to snack on in the car. 
They were so good and super simple to make.
The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Southwestern Corn Dip

Southwestern Corn Dip

I took this dip down to my parents house for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. It is super simple and has great flavor. I mixed this together a couple of days before Thanksgiving and stored it in the refrigerator until we were ready to eat it. It was great to snack on while waiting on turkey!

This recipe uses Green Giant Southwestern Style Corn. It has corn, onions, black beans and red pepper in the can. If you can't find the Southwestern Style Corn, you can substitute Mexicorn. I love black beans, so I went with the Southwestern Style Corn for this dip.

Southwestern Corn Dip



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spicy Ranch Crackers

Spicy Ranch Crackers - no bake snack with only 4 ingredients! Great for snacking or in soups!

I am always on the lookout for quick snacks for the holidays; especially no-bake treats. This recipe is from my Mom. She made these for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! They are great on their own, but they are also great crumbled up over soups and salads. We've even served these with pasta dishes instead of garlic bread. I think they would also be good with a cheese ball or any other dips you might serve. I've already made a batch to have at our house for the holidays. I plan on serving these at our upcoming Christmas party!

These crackers have a kick from the cayenne pepper. I've made them with 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne and with a whole tablespoon of cayenne. The batch with 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne were very mild. I didn't taste any heat. I kicked up the cayenne on the second batch to a whole tablespoon. We didn't think they were overly spicy, but definitely adjust the amount of cayenne to your personal taste.

Spicy Ranch Crackers - no bake snack with only 4 ingredients! Great for snacking or in soups!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie {No Machine Required}

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie {No Machine Required}

My favorite Christmas dessert is the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake from Chick-fil-a. It is a glorious day when they start serving that shake. I wish I could have one everyday, but unfortunately my pants won't allow it. 

I made an at home version of my favorite shake and turned it into a pie. The best part about this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie is that you don't need an ice cream machine to make it! Woo Hoo! Plan on making this the day before you want to serve it so the ice cream can really harden up before serving. 

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie {No Machine Required}


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies are one of our favorite holiday treats. They are amazing! I decided to change them up a bit this year and add a little cheesecake to them. The result? Amazing! I mean how could they not be? Red Velvet, brownies and cheesecake. YUM!

These brownies only take a few minutes to whip up. I had them ready in the time it took for the oven to preheat. One note, the brownies use a whole 1-ounce bottle of red food coloring. That is correct. Just dump the whole thing in. I promise it will work. The brownies have a vibrant red color and taste fantastic.

*The original Red Velvet Brownies recipe - http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/12/red-velvet-brownies.html

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies



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