Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold

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This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.

I sort of cheated with this recipe. How, you ask? Well, I took my original recipe for my fresh cranberry sauce and the only thing I did was bloom a little gelatin in a mixture of water and cranberry juice and add it to the cranberry sauce to create the shape of the mold. I suppose its kinda like cheating because its not an entirely new recipe, but the original cranberry sauce is so darn good, there was no way I was going to change it.

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.

You can definitely add the gel-ified cranberry sauce to a larger mold and have one big one for the table, but I saw these super cute mini bundt pans at the store and thought they would be great for little mini cranberry sauce molds. If you’re setting a big beautiful table for a holiday meal, its much better to have several of these within an arms length of everyone so nobody has to wait for it to be passed around. The same goes for herbed butter – so make lots of those too to go on your freshly baked rolls.

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.

The bottom line – if you like to spoon your cranberry sauce – make the original. If you like to slice it – make this. Either way, it will make an impressive presentation for your guests and I guarantee they will love it!

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.

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This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.
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Recipe type: side
Yields: 3 mini molds
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar Coupons
  • zest from one orange
  • juice from 2 large valencia oranges (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/8 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice with the orange zest and pumpkin pie spice. This has to be what heaven smells like.
  2. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Turn heat to low and add Grand Marnier, stir, and cook for another minute or so.
  3. While cranberry sauce is cooking, add water and cranberry juice to small bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top. Give it a swirl and allow the gelatin to bloom for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Once the cranberry sauce is done, add the gelatin mixture and stir well to combine.
  5. Lightly spray a mold pan (I used three small ones) with oil and add the hot cranberry sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set and fully cool in refrigerator, at least 2 hours.
  6. To serve, cover with plate and invert. If sauce doesn't come out easily, slide a butter knife around edge to release before inverting. Serve cold.

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the cans and make your own elegant homemade Fresh Cranberry Gelatin Mold with the flavors of orange and Grand Marnier.
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Citrus Beer Sangria

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Guess what? I’m  not a real fan of beer. I’ve always wanted to be because its such a social drink. What do you order when you go out with friends? Beer. What do you drink when you’re watching the game? Beer. What do you see when you open the cooler? Beer. As many times as I’ve tried to like it, however, I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I want to.

Now, this is a real shame, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are more micro breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. I don’t actually know this to be completely factual, but I’d be willing to make that claim in a bet.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I have found something beer related that I absolutely love, though: the beer cocktail. I saw an article at the end of last year that talked about the up and coming food trends and beer cocktails was on the top of the list. After making this Citrus Beer Sangria, I have a new found love for beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

To me, most beers are rather bitter. Just like I can’t drink hard alcohol on its own, I absolutely love it when its mixed into a wonderful cocktail creation. Beer is no different. The trick is finding complimentary flavors to balance out the bitter, earthy, hop flavor of a good beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Traditional sangria combines fresh fruit muddled with hard alcohol and is later topped with something like wine. I followed the same basic principals with this recipe but chose grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime (all citrus) as my fruit, used vodka as my hard alcohol, and incorporated pineapple juice to add some sweet to all the tartness of fruit. Don’t get me wrong – this alone would have made a tasty treat. Once that beer was added, however, it took the cocktail to a whole new level. There were so many different flavors and notes that danced around with each taste.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I’m especially fond of pitcher drinks because they’re so easy when entertaining a crowd. Plus, have you ever seen a prettier drink than this one with all that fruit swimming around? I think we can all agree that the very best part of a good sangria is eating the fruit at the end. Yum!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
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Blood Orange Buttermilk Sherbet

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Four simple ingredients transform into this gorgeous, sweet, tangy and vibrant frozen dessert, creating a delicious BLOOD ORANGE BUTTERMILK SHERBET!

Four simple ingredients transform into this gorgeous, sweet, tangy and vibrant frozen dessert, creating a delicious BLOOD ORANGE BUTTERMILK SHERBET!

Aren’t blood oranges just gorgeous?  Of all citrus varieties available, they’re not my favorite grab and go fruit. On their own, I think their flavor is fine, but nothing as tantalizing as a delicious cara cara orange. Plus, who wants to risk getting red stain all over their clothes. But, I do think they are one of the most exquisite citrus fruits and I love making delicious treats with them.

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Blood Orange Bars

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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

I’m a lucky girl in so many ways. I could probably devote this entire blog to things that I am grateful for without even mentioning food, but when you add in food-related things that I am grateful for you’ll find that I’m never at a loss for words. Today’s blessing I shall talk about?  Pasture-raised organic-fed backyard happy chicken eggs. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Yolks so bright orange you’ll need to squint to marvel in their beauty and you’ll mistake them for the sun. Yolks so creamy you need a spatula to scrape them from the bowl when making scrambled eggs. Yolks so large you’ll wonder how they fit into the shell. Once you get a taste of these beautiful, multi-colored, hard shelled, no-two-eggs-look-alike little gems, you’ll never be able to go back to those pale-yellow-yolk thin-shelled with a big nasty white thing in the middle grocery store eggs.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Why am I going on and on about eggs and blessings, you might ask?  Well, I’m fortunate enough to have a past co-worker of mine deliver eggs like this directly to my door each and every week for half the cost of what they go for at the farmer’s market and this beautiful dozen shown above was given to me by yet another co-worker, CJ (aka super cool dude). You see, when you live in Portland, its not uncommon to know people with backyard chickens (or to see someone walking a goat or walking downtown in a batman costume for that matter), and I consider myself beyond lucky for knowing such people. I wanted to thank CJ for giving me 4 dozen of these beauties so I decided to make him some blood orange bars.  I think he is still waiting on the creme brulee I promised him though…

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

If you’ve ever had a traditional lemon bar or a variation like strawberry rhubarb lemon bars, you’ll know that the top is a tart and sweet custard-like concoction and it sits happily on a shortbread crust. I decided to add some zest to the crust as well as the filling and I wholeheartedly agree that was a solid decision. You must do that as well. You can substitute any kind of citrus in this recipe, but I just think the blood oranges are so darn pretty. Enjoy!

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Blood Orange Bars
 
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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
crust:
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
filling:
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup blood orange juice
  • 1/4 + 1 tablespoon cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, powdered sugar, and butter until it clings together. Press evenly into a 13x9 inch pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. While crust is cooking, beat together the eggs, sugar, and blood orange juice. Sift the flour and baking powder together and add to the flour mixture along with the blood orange zest. Mist until combined. Pour over the cooled crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to fully cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes

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‘Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

'Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

'Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

As you might know, I live in Portland, and I’m pretty sure that after this last rainy season I have seasonal mood disorder. If you don’t know what that is, you probably live in Southern California. We recently had our first few days of bright warm weather and my positive mood shot through the roof. That was the positive confirmation that I needed to know that the dark grey, low, wet Portland winter skies were giving me the blues. But there’s something else that depresses me during the winter months – the lack of incredible local produce!  The Pacific Northwest produces some of the finest crops in the world, but the down side is that our growing season doesn’t last all year long. One of the things that gets me through these tough months is citrus. That’s right. To me, citrus represents the end of the holidays and the beginning of warm dry weather that has yet to come.  I’m not shy of citrus recipes either. I’ve made everything from baked grapefruit, to grapefruit mimosas, to a grapefruit tequila slammer, to a healthy pomegranate orange arugula spinach salad and pomegranate orange muffins. That’s not even counting all the lemon and lime recipes that I’ve made! So if you’re getting over the winter blues like I am, hopefully these recipes will help tide you over until we are surrounded by berries and sunshine!

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesBlood Orange Cupcakes

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesBlueberry Lemon Cake

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesCoconut Lemon Pecan Pull Apart Bread

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesCranberry Orange Punch

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesLemon Cheesecake

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesLemon Yogurt Poppy Seed Bread

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesLime Crinkle Cookies

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesCitrus Sangria (Non-Alcoholic)

10 Mouthwatering Citrus RecipesLime Yogurt Cake

10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes Rainbow Fruit Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing

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Pomegranate Orange Muffins

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Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

I’ve been buying pomegranates in bulk at Costco lately. Why? Oh, well, there are so many reasons and you know I want to tell you them all. First of all, the pomegranates I get a Costco are HUGE. Massive. If I’m going to take the time to remove the seeds, or arils if you will, from a pomegranate, it better be worth my time. Second, they last awhile, which is good because when I get lazy, which is often these days, I don’t always feel like breaking up a new one. Third, pomegranates are a super food. They have all sorts of good things. Now, wrap them in a brown butter buttermilk muffin and some may argue that they’re not exactly healthy anymore… but they’re healthier than if you had used chocolate chips, right?  I can rationalize anything.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

I used the same base that I use for my blueberry and banana walnut muffins. I have perfected the recipe as you can see and will never use anything else. The orange zest only added to the flavor and I ended up having to keep these muffins under lock and key so that my kids wouldn’t inhale all of them in one sitting.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

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Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 cube)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease muffin tins with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking power, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a medium sized pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirl occasionally to ensure butter is cooking evenly. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and the color will get darker. Continually scrape bottom of pan to release any brown specs. Once you start smelling the nutty aroma, remove browned butter from heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, orange zest, vanilla, and mostly cooled browned butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold together and do not over mix. Fold in the pomegranate arils.
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes (mine took longer because I used a stone muffin pan). When done cooking, immediately remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on cooling rack.
Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.
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Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad

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If you’re looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

I love a good fresh salad, but I’ve never been very fond of store bought salad dressings. Even the healthiest looking ones often have ingredients listed on the back that I can’t pronounce, so I prefer to make my own. This salad started with the dressing – a light and refreshing pomegranate vinaigrette that was full of zing.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

I had never even eaten a pomegranate until I was well into my 30s. In fact, I can think of dozens of foods (beets, jicama, dragon fruit, ox tail, green chile just to name a few) that I had never tried until I was well into adulthood but my kids can identify today. My kids know that every winter, our house will never be without foods like pomegranate and grapefruit. They are part of that very small winter collection of fruits that make our long, dark, grey, cold winter bearable until the long days and summer sun bring a bounty of Oregon berries and stone fruit to our home.

This salad makes the perfect light and refreshing side salad to any protein packed dinner. Or, if you prefer, you can easily transform this into a hearty entree salad with the addition of delicious goodies like goat cheese, sunflower seeds, avocado, and chicken like I did right after taking these photos. I absolutely love tart and juicy fruit to balance out the bitter greens. Its a food match made in heaven.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

Pomegranate Orange Green Salad
 
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If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • equal parts spinach and arugula
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges (cara cara or blood orange recommended)
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • freshly ground pepper
  • pomegranate vinaigrette
  • *quantity and proportions of all ingredients can vary as desired
Instructions
  1. Add greens to large bowl. Top with shallots.
  2. To remove flesh from orange, slice skin from top and bottom of orange to fully expose the flesh. Then, while using a cutting board, slice away remaining skin and any white parts (known as the pericarp) to expose only the orange flesh. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the wedges out from each section and add to salad.
  3. Sprinkle salad with pomegranate seeds - as many as you desire.
  4. Then, toss with pomegranate vinaigrette and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Divide the salad among individual plates, distributing the orange sections evenly. Garnish with the reserved pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Jiggly Jello Candy Corns

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Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

I don’t know why, but I was on a mission to make jello treats that looked like candy corns. I don’t know when this desire came about, but it turned into an obsession. I get a little OCD from time to time, and I was hell bent on making these. For the longest time, though, I had no idea how to shape them. I knew that Wilton made small cone shaped chocolate molds but I didn’t want to make a ton of little teeny ones. Then I found these cone shaped paper cups and thought they would be perfect!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

When I brought them home, I ran into my next problem – how was I going to make them stand perfectly upright? Turns out my small mason jars were perfect. I didn’t have a full dozen so I had to use some shot glasses as well. I lightly sprayed the inside of each paper cup with oil and then wiped any excess out just to make them peel away from the paper without issue and it worked perfectly!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

The finished jiggly jello candy corn was quite pointed at the tip, and I didn’t think that was the most accurate depiction of a candy corn. Plus, I put too much white in the bottom of each cup and didn’t think it was as proportional as I wanted. Don’t worry, I put the correct recommended proportions in the recipe so yours will look even better! I decided to snip the ends off because every candy corn I’ve ever eaten (and there’s been too many to count) has had a blunt, not a pointy, tip.

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

Wouldn’t you say they turned out super cute?  How fun would these be set out at a Halloween party?

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

They actually set rather easily. That was probably because I used A LOT of gelatin. The final product was definitely a cross between a gummy and jello.

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

I made these kid friendly by using water, but you can easily replace some of the water with vodka to make an even more fun adult version. I’d love to see a party game where people throw back a few of the adult variety jiggly jello candy corns!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

For fun, I cut one in half and thought it looked even prettier! They definitely hold their shape.
Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

Then I sliced it up and thought those turned out really cool as well. Needless to say, my kids were pretty impressed when they saw these!

Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!

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Candy Corn Jello Shots
 
Kid friendly Jiggly Jello Candy Corns are a fun to make Halloween treat that would be a hit at any party. You can also make an adult version with vodka!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
White Layer, will be divided after mixing:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 packets Knox gelatin
  • 7 ounces (half a can) sweetened condensed milk
Orange Layer:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet Knox gelatin
  • 1 small (3 ounce) package orange flavored jello
Yellow Layer:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 packet Knox gelatin
  • 1 small (3 ounce) package lemon flavored jello
Instructions
  1. Prepare 12 paper cone shaped cups by placing in small mason jars. Lightly spray the inside of each with oil and remove the excess. Set them on a baking sheet to easily move them in and out of the refrigerator.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine water and gelatin and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Turn heat to low and heat just until gelatin has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in sweetened condensed milk. Add one teaspoon of the mixture to the bottom of each paper cone. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow them to set.
  3. When you're ready for the orange layer, combine water and gelatin and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Turn heat to low and heat water, gelatin, and orange jello mix just until everything has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in half of the white mixture. This should make it a creamy orange color. Divide the entire orange mixture into each of the 12 paper cones on top of the white layer (there should be about 2 1/2 tablespoons each). Return them to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow them to set.
  4. When you're ready for the yellow layer, combine water and gelatin and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Turn heat to low and heat water, gelatin, and lemon jello mix just until everything has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining white mixture. If the white mixture has partially set, you may microwave it for 5-10 seconds to make it liquid again. This should make it a creamy yellow color. Divide the entire yellow mixture into each of the 12 paper cones on top of the white layer (there should be about 2 1/2 tablespoons each). Return them to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow them to set.
  5. Once they have completely set, peel away the paper. You can set them out whole or slice into layers. Either way their fun.
Notes
* you can easily substitute out 2/3 of the water for vodka if you'd prefer to make a fun adult party version of these treats.

 

 

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Strawberry Basil Honey Punch

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Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

Host the perfect get together for any summer day or evening with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

I said this fabulously delicious drink was perfect for any get together because I don’t want you to think you have to have an elaborate party with dozens of people to make it. A backyard bonfire, a poolside party, a summer sizzler with the BBQ or smoker going, an adult lemonade stand (why not?), or a game of cards on the patio with friends.

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

Quite a few ingredients go into this delicious drink, but trust me – every single one is absolutely worth it. Any good cocktail starts with good quality booze, and I love LOVE love Avión™ Tequila. First off, good tequila must come from Mexico, right? Tequila mixed with ginger ale on its own is already a great refreshing cocktail, but when you add in everything else your taste buds will surely be delighted.

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

Instead of traditional simple syrup where I mix sugar and water, I decided to let some orange peel (just the very outside, not the white pith) soak in a bath of honey and hot water. Oh yeah.

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

And nothing says summer like strawberries and basil. I absolutely love the flavor combinations of these two ingredients when paired together, whether it be in a salad or a drink. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, wine and chocolate, coffee and donuts. You get the idea.

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

My best entertaining tip for your get together is to have a fun and tasty drink like this and plenty of it! People love drinking out of mason jars and if you’re anything like me, you have a ton of them stored up for canning, so don’t worry about having enough glasses to go around. Another tip when you’re entertaining is to have fun ice shapes. You have no idea how many people comment on the different ice options I include and I’m always changing it up. Use anything from large cubes to spheres. As long as you do something different than your standard boring ice that comes out of your automatic ice maker, people will love it!

Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.

Strawberry Basil Honey Punch
 
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Host the perfect micro-occasion for any summer day or night with this delicious Strawberry Basil Honey Punch made with silver tequila and ginger ale.
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Recipe type: drink, cocktail
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • zest of one orange, peeled in wide strips
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice (from 10-15 limes)
  • 750ml (total volume) Avion Silver Tequila and/or Canada Dry Ginger Ale (ratio dependent on how boozy you want your drink)
Instructions
  1. Add honey and orange peel to a bowl. Boil water and add to honey; stir to dissolve and allow flavors from orange peel to come out. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Macerate strawberries with basil by smashing them together in a bowl.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine cooled honey mixture with the orange peel with the strawberries and basil. Add tequila and/or ginger ale. I enjoyed this drink with just the tequila, just the ginger ale, and then a combination of both and all three variations were delicious, so the amount you add depends 100% on how boozy you want your drink.
  4. Serve over ice.

 

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Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette

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This fresh and healthy Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette takes only minutes to make and is an outstanding dressing to any Mexican coleslaw or salad.

This fresh and healthy Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette takes only minutes to make and is an outstanding dressing to any Mexican coleslaw or salad.

Oh boy, this was a mighty tasty salad dressing.  Well, coleslaw, to be exact. This all started because I had a big pile of leftover shredded carrots, even after making my orange spice carrot cupcakes and my gluten free carrot coconut pancakes. I didn’t know what to do with them and I was just going to stick them in some tupperware in the refrigerator for my husband to put on salads. Like any grown man, he loves having everything cut up and ready to go for him whenever his stomach decides to let him know he’s hungry. But then I got inspired. You see, I almost always make my coleslaw without carrots. I really like the way they taste in coleslaw if they’re shredded or grated, but I’m usually to lazy to go that extra step to add them. But, since I had a few handfuls of shredded carrots, I figured they should be turned into coleslaw. From there, I figured I wanted to make something different than the other coleslaws I’ve made. Then I saw the jalapeno in the produce drawer and wanted to use it up. At that point I realized I needed to make a dressing that was worthy of these ingredients, along with some cabbage and cilantro.

I knew I wanted to incorporate some garlic and cumin in my dressing. I looked in my produce drawer and grabbed an orange and a couple limes. You always need an oil so I went with the old standby – olive oil. Then I wanted to add a little more punch, so I decided to add some chili powder too.  Oh man, I totally winged it and it turned out so wonderful!  Fast. Easy. Healthy. Done.

Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette Coleslaw
 
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This fresh and healthy Citrus Cumin Vinaigrette takes only minutes to make and is an outstanding dressing to any Mexican coleslaw or salad.
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Recipe type: salad dressing
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
dressing:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. To make dressing, combine lime juice, orange juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and olive oil in blender and process until smooth.

 

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