Infused Olive Oils you Can Make at Home

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Christmas is a little over a week away and you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping. The malls are packed but you want to get the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Instead of stressing out, why not make a gift yourself?

Your family and friends will truly appreciate a gift that is home maid and came from the heart and an easy and great gift to make is infused olive oils. You can infuse olive oil with just about anything and the whole process is quick and easy.

Next time you’re at the grocery store pick up a large container of olive oil plus your favorite ingredients. You can try rosemary, garlic, peppers, or citrus, whatever flavors you like. Place you olive oil on the stove and add your chosen ingredient and bring it to a boil. If you’re infusing your olive oil with rosemary, make sure to remove the rosemary after it boils because the oil will become murky if the rosemary is left in there too long. Your other ingredients, like garlic or peppers, can be left in the oil for an added color.

After your oil has cooled, store them in cute mason jars that seal closed and tie a cute bow around them. Everyone on your list will love these infused oils that are great to cook with or enjoy with a piece of break and the best part is it was made from the heart!

 

Try Baking with these Spices

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Since we’re in the holiday season, more and more people are pulling out their baking racks and getting to work. Obviously for cookies and breads the most common spices to use are cinnamon and salts but there are some unknown spices that are lurking about that are perfect to bake with. Read on to see what spices you should be using this holiday season when baking.

Anise seed is a spice that you don’t normally see used too much but it is great for baking. It originates from the Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia, with a mild sweet-tart flavor. Anise seed goes great inside of cookies but also gingerbread and has healing properties for issues like respiratory irritation.

Cardamom has a spicy-sweet flavor and smells amazing. It is typically grown in Asia and used in gingerbread, cookies, almond cookies, and punches. Cardamom has digestive components which makes it even better to bake with. If you wanted to try cardamom but not with your baking, it also goes well in coffee and hot chocolate.

Cloves are one of those classic spices that you use during the holidays but don’t hear too much about. Cloves are used in just about anything during the holidays including gingerbread, punches, and mulled wines. The best thing about cloves are their healing properties. Scientist discovered that cloves help the body build up their own defenses.

Obviously there are other great spices to use during the holidays too, such as, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, but these are just a few more to throw in while baking to make your holidays treat even tastier.

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes the Perfect Side Dish for your Thanksgiving Feast

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Image and recipe by RasaMalysia

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! Thursday is the day where we are going to stuff our faces, pushing all gluttony aside, and just enjoying the day with our family or friends. Obviously the main dish everyone will be serving on Thanksgiving is turkey but we still have all those side dishes to think of. This year skip on the simple mash potatoes and impress your guest with these lemon herb roasted potatoes.

These lemon herb roasted potatoes are super simple to make and your guest will love them over the classic mashed potatoes. You need an extra oven available for this and they do take an hour to cook so make sure you plan ahead. My suggestion is baking them before the turkey and then while the turkey is resting and being carved, throw them in the oven to warm up again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dashes black pepper

Directions:

Begin with preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut your potatoes into slits but do not cut them all the way through. Take the rest of your ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. Place your potatoes in a roasting pan and then with a brush spread the mixture you just created over all of them. Brush the inside of the slits as well but don’t use all of the mixture since we will need some at the end. Place the potatoes in the oven and after about 30 minutes bast them with the remaining oil mixture. Wait another 30 minutes and your potatoes should be finished!

All your guest will love these potatoes and be begging you for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Mayhem: Smoking Pumpkin

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It’s Saturday, the day where most of our parties will take place. You have your drinks, you have your treats, and you have your costume but lets talk about decorations. All over the internet you see ideas about putting punch into a pumpkin but did you ever think of making a smoking pumpkin?

This smoking pumpkin is easy to do but will make your guest wonder how you pulled it off. You can ever take the pumpkin punch bowl up a level with this hack. It’s super easy to do as well.

Supplies:

  • Large pumpkin
  • Small bowl of cold water
  • Cube of dry ice

Directions:

Carve your pumpkin into whatever face you want. Take your small bowl of cold water and set it inside of your pumpkin. Next, place a cube or two of dry ice into your cold bowl of water. The dry ice should instantly begin smoking out of your pumpkin making it look eerie and cool. Remember do not touch the dry ice with your hands, it can burn you! Use tongs and gloves to protect yourself.

A super simple and easy decoration for you Halloween party that will blow your friends away!

Halloween Mayhem: Halloween Pretzel Rods

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Recipe and Photo by Catch My Party

 

We are headed into Halloween weekend, which means parties, parties, and more parties. Be a good friend and bring these Halloween pretzel rods with you to whichever party you attend. They are fast and easy to make and sure to be a big hit at whatever bash you attend.

The fun thing about this Halloween recipe is you only need a few ingredients and you can prepare them overnight so you’re not running around the night of your party trying to get everything ready. Also they aren’t messy, so you don’t have to worry about making a mess of your halloween costume. .

 

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel rods
  • Orange, black, and white candy melts
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Ziploc bag

Directions:

In separate bowls microwave your candy melts for 30-45 seconds intervals, stirring between each set. In individual Ziploc bags, add a few scoops of the melted candy melts and set them aside. In a tall mug pour the remaining candy melts so we can coat the pretzels. Dip your pretzel rods into the mugs, leaving a little uncovered so we can grab them. Lay each pretzel rod on a baking sheet with parchment paper and continue to do this process until every pretzel is covered. Take you Ziploc bags with the melted candy melts and your sprinkles and have fun adding designs onto your pretzel rods. You can do some with all sprinkles, some with festive zig zags, or some with both, the decision is yours. Place your pretzel rods in the fridge until the candy melts have hardened and then you’re finished! A great treat for everyone at your Halloween bash.

Halloween Mayhem: Candy Corn Jello Shots

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Recipe and Photo by Cincy Shopper

Can you believe that Halloween is only a few days away! For a fun treat for all your guest at your Halloween party, why not try a Candy Corn Jello shots? Candy Corn isĀ  popular but sometimes not a favorite Halloween candy. Luckily these jello shots will only look like candy corn and not taste like them.

You’re going to want to make sure that the glasses you choose to make these in are clear so everybody can see the fun candy corn colors. Also, give yourself a little time before a party to make these since the jello will have to set. Lets get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon Jell-O
  • 1 orange Jell-O
  • 8oz thawed Cool Whip
  • 1 cup bowling water
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • Candy corn

Directions:

In two separate bowls, divide your water and vodka between and orange and lemon jello. Stir them well until the jello is dissolved and allow to cool. Taking your lemon jello, fill 1/3 of your glass and place in the fridge. Once the lemon is set, place 1/3 of orange on top and place back in the fridge. Once all the jello is set remove them from the fridge and place a scoop of Cool Whip of top and add a candy corn for decoration. Now you have fun candy corn jello shots to serve at your party that all your guest will love.

Halloween Mayhem: Melted Witch Bark

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Recipe and Photo by Lilluna

 

Who doesn’t like a good melted witch, especially one you can eat? This fun treat will be a hit at your Halloween party and make you guest wonder how you created such a fun and tasty snack. Melted Witch Bark is also super easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of planning ahead, perfect for any party.

You can also bring this bark on the go and don’t have to worry about making a mess since it is solid! Overall this is a Halloween party essential and adults or children can enjoy it. Lets get started on how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Wilton Candy Melts (in green)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Pretzels sticks
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Halloween Oreo’s
  • Hershey’s Hugs

Directions:

In a double boiler, melt 1 cup of candy melts on low heat while stirring constantly. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper spoon a small amount of the melted candy melts into a circle. Place one or two mini chocolate chips on top and wait for it to melt, once melted swirl it around the green with a toothpick. Add Oreo’s as a hat to the corner of the circle and place a Hersey hug on top. On the opposite side of the melted witch, place a pretzel and mini Reese to make a broomstick. Place in the fridge until it is harden and you are ready to eat and share your Melted Witch bark!