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Saturday, April 25, 2015

White Sangria Popsicles Recipe

Wine lovers rejoice! Loving wine doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to the boring and typical glass of wine straight from the bottle. Classic cocktails are being reinvented to utilize wine and give us one more reason to cheers to the warmer weather that is arriving.

This recipe is courtesy of VOGA Italia and Veglio Michelino e Figlio. These popsicles are for adults age 21 years of age and older! These are NOT for kids!!!

White Sangria Popsicles Recipe

8 ounces VOGA Italia Moscato
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
5 ounces peach juice
2 ounces club soda
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
11 ounces diced mixed fruit (such as strawberries, raspberries and peaches)

Combine white wine, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, club soda, peach juice and lime juice in a large pitcher or bowl. Dice fruit, divide evenly among popsicle molds. Pour wine mixture into molds, fill to top. Insert popsicle sticks. Freeze popsicles 6-8 hours, until frozen.

I think they are PERFECT for all of your summer "adult" parties and I am sure they will be a hit with your party guests! I am going to make a batch of them myself next month!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quick and Easy Banana Muffins Recipe + Giveaway #NMVspring

This spring, join Nielsen-Massey Vanillas as they raise a toast to the return of warmer weather with a refreshing, fruity cocktail recipe. Whether at a Mother’s Day brunch, an outdoor dinner party or a graduation celebration, spring cocktails are a delicious way to bring the gathering together. Last week I publish the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist Cocktail recipe and you can grab that recipe HERE.

Today, I am sharing with all of you my thoughts on the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract which I used to whip up a quick and easy batch of homemade banana muffins. One of the things that I love about this extract is that it's a PURE vanilla extract and not some cheap imitation one that you usually find in your retail stores. Because it's pure, it has a really nice taste and texture to it and often times I can use less of it when I am making various recipes.

Last week I forgot that it was my hubby's turn to bring a bake good into the office to share with his office staff. Every day they all take turns bringing in a homemade treat which is shared with everyone who works there. So, at the last minute I turned to a trusty old cheater recipe to make some muffins.
Banana Muffins

Quick & Easy Banana Muffins Recipe

1 box of yellow or white cake mix
3/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
3 very ripe bananas (peeled & mashed)
ingredients called for on the cake mix box
paper muffin cup liners

Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box and mix up your cake batter. Stir in the pure vanilla extract and the mashed bananas. Blend everything together until it's mixed well. Fill the paper muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the batter.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes or until done. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. Store muffins in an airtight container.

Hubby took the banana muffins into work and everyone raved and raved about them. No one could believe they were made from a cheater recipe using a boxed cake mix. I believe that was because I used the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract.

Over the past 2 weeks since receiving the Pure Vanilla Extract for review, I've used it four times in various recipes and achieved excellent results! I've used it in my vanilla bean homemade ice cream recipe, the banana muffins recipe, a muddy buddies snack mix recipe and in a ginger pineapple pork recipe. This is my "go-to" pure vanilla extract!!!

You can learn more about this product and the other products that Nielsen-Massey has to offer by visiting their site. I also encourage you to browse through their recipe section to pick up some great baking and cooking ideas.

Giveaway: One lucky winner is going to win a 2 fl. oz. bottled of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chex Muddy Buddies Snack Mix Recipe

We love the Chex brand of cereals and have been eating them for years. A few years ago when they released their Chex Muddy Buddies Snack Mix Recipe, I knew I had to make it and now it has become a family favorite! I bet I make this recipe at least once every 6-8 weeks and both the kids and adults just love it!

Note: When I make this recipe I use 3 cups of each of the 3 different flavors of Chex cereal listed below. In addition, I sometimes toss in some miniature marshmallows or M&M's candies too. My sister likes to break up small hard pretzel sticks and toss them into her batch when she makes it so get creative and toss in whatever your kids like.

Chex Muddy Buddies Snack Mix Recipe

9 cups Rice Chex, Corn Chex or Chocolate Chex Cereal
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Butter or Margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Confectioner's (powdered) Sugar

In a large mixing bowl measure out your 9 cups of Chex cereal. You will need a very large mixing bowl so make sure you plan out appropriately.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter, uncovered on HIGH for 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture has thoroughly melted and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract until combined. Pour this mixture over the top of the cereal mix, stirring until all of the cereal is well-coated in the chocolate mixture.

Pour the Confectioner's sugar into the bowl and stir until all of the cereal is coated lightly with the powdered sugar. You can also toss everything into a large 2-gallon plastic food storage bag and shake it all together but I find it easier to do in a large mixing bowl.

Once everything is mixed together store in an airtight bowl, snack canister or in food storage bags.