November 20, 2014

Cookie Butter Fudge

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With my new found affection for cookie butter, I decided that one thing I had to try was a Cookie Butter Fudge.  The hint of cinnamon from the cookie butter, the creamy texture of this fudge, will have you wanting more!
This yummy little treat made it in a goodie box that I sent to Christopher.  I have always been a fan of homemade fudge, but always have been candy challenged when trying to make it.  So, when it turns out for me, then I have to share it.  

I found this little secret out years ago when making peanut butter fudge and I don't know why I didn't just always use it when attempting fudge recipes.  There is one ingredient that will work magic in your fudge making.  It is 3 little words.  Cream of Tarter.  I found out that it helps to set your fudge by breaking down the sucrose, elmininating the graininess that you can get with sugar.  It turns your fudge into the creamiest, dreamiest, sweetest little bite of comfort you ever had and comfort was something my entire family has needed this past week.

My Uncle Lyle passed away on Saturday, November 15 and today is his memorial.  I won't make it home today for his memorial, but I will be there in heart and spirit.  He had just turned 80 this year and wasn't in the greatest of health.  Even so, his passing happened very quickly and was unexpected when it did happen.  I want to dedicate this post today to him.  I'm pretty sure he would have approved of this recipe.  I'm going to miss him and I am so happy I had the opportunity to see him in October when I went home for a visit.  May he rest in peace.  I will always have a super soft spot in my heart that will always be there just for him.  Love you forever, love you for always Uncle Lyle.

Cookie Butter Fudge

Published 11/20/2014
Cookie Butter Fudge


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine sugar, cream of tarter and milk. Boil until soft ball is formed when placed in cold water or 234 degrees on candy thermometer.
  2. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Add butter, cookie butter, and vanilla. Stir to combine and pour into 8x8 pan that has been lined with foil.
  3. Let fudge cool about 5 more minutes, then cut and store.
Yield: 24 pieces
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: fudge, candy, cookie butter, holidays, homemade holiday gifts

November 17, 2014

Coconut Lime Thumbprints

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Thumbprint cookies are pretty popular around the holiday season.  This year I made a new cookie to share with you that have some of my favorite flavors.....coconut and lime!  To make them appealing to Grumpy, I also filled some with raspberry jam.  These Coconut Lime Thumbprints turned out amazing and they are a cookie you must try this year!
Coconut Lime Thumbprints - a shortbread cookie made with coconut oil and flavored with lime zest, filled with either a raspberry jam or lime buttercream
I decided to take a recipe I found in an old issue of Simple and Delicious and change it around.  The recipe called for oil in the cookie and I decided since I wanted to make a coconut cookie, I would use coconut oil in place of the canola oil.  I also swapped out the lemon zest for lime zest and made a lime flavored frosting to put in the center of some of the cookies.  
Coconut Lime Thumbprints - a shortbread cookie made with coconut oil and flavored with lime zest, filled with either a raspberry jam or lime buttercream
Let me explain to you how good these cookies were.  So good they never left our house!  Grumpy loved them so much.  His favorite was the raspberry centered ones.  I liked the raspberry centers  but really loved that tangy lime frosting filled one too!

Which one would be your favorite?

Coconut Raspberry & Lime Thumbprints

Coconut Raspberry & Lime Thumbprints
Coconut flavored cookie with raspberry and lime fillings!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon coconut emulsion (or coconut flavoring)
  • 2-2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners's sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, mix together butter and confectioners' sugar until combined. Add egg and mix until creamy. Add coconut oil, lime zest, and coconut emulsion and mix until creamy and all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine flour, salt, and poppy seeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Add half of the flour to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add remaining half of flour and continue to mix until flour is all incorporated. Batter will be stiff but not dry.
  5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on cookie sheet. Continue with remaining dough. I had 1 dozen cookie dough balls on my cookie sheet.
  6. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, place indent in center of cookie. You can also use your thumb but I like the deep well in the center of the cookie that you get by using the spoon handle.
  7. Place 1 teaspoon jam in 1/2 of the cookies. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until bottom of cookies are browned.
  8. Remove from oven and place cookies on cooling rack. Cool completely.
  9. Make lime frosting to fill cookies that you did not put jam in the center of. Combine 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 teaspoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon lime juice. Mix until smooth. Add a few drops of green food color if desired.
  10. Place frosting in piping bag with star tip. Pipe frosting into center of cookies.
Yield: 48 cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 17 mins.
Total time: 32 mins.


  • Calories: 63
  • Fat: 2
  • Totalcarbs: 10
  • Protein: 1
  • Dietaryfiber: 0

Tags: Cookies, Christmas, Holiday Recipe, Holiday Food Gift, Lime, Shortbread, Coconut, Coconut Oil, buttercream

November 16, 2014

Bourbon Butter Venison Steak Tips #SundaySupper

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Pieces of Venison served in a Bourbon Butter Sauce that just melt in your mouth!  That is what these Bourbon Butter Venison Steak Tips are!  Melt in your mouth delicious.  Not to mention that the Bourbon knocks your socks off with the flavor it imparts!
Bourbon Butter Venison Steak Tips - melt in your mouth deliciousness that just bursts with flavor!@
Thanks go out to Stacy of Food Lust People Love and Tara of Noshing With the Nolands for hosting this event!  See all of the recipes shared for this event at the end of this post!

When I read that #SundaySupper was going to be sharing recipes with ingredients that are hunted or foraged this week I knew I would be participating.  After all, look at my header!  Grumpy is a huge hunter and we always have venison in our freezer!  
I wanted to do something I had never done and I wanted something that would have amazing flavor. While I love all types of booze in my cooking and baking, I really had never used bourbon before so I decided to try it out on a recipe I found in Cooks Country and adapted it slightly to fit what I had for ingredients and swapped the venison for the beef.  

I served this as a meal with a Chipotle Mashed Potato recipe and Roasted Asparagus.  These also could be an appetizer! Loved it and will definitely make this again!  

*TIP FROM GRUMPY* - when prepping your venison, it pays to take the time to trim the meat and removing any silverskin.  This helps remove some of the "gaminess" of the meat.  I ususally make Grumpy do this because it is a tedious job!

Bourbon Butter Venison Steak "Tips"

Published 11/16/2014
Bourbon Butter Venison Steak


  • 1-1/2 pounds venison steaks, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Pat steak pieces dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add steak and cook until well bround all over, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to platter and tent loosely with foil.
  2. Remove skillet from heat and add bourbon, maple syrup and cider vinegar. Return to heat and cook until slightly thickened, approximately 3 minutes. Be sure to scrape any browned bits up while sauce is cooking. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and chili pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return venison and any accumulated juickes to skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
Yield: 4
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 12 mins.
Total time: 27 mins.
Tags: venison, bourbon, steak, #SundaySupper, game meat

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November 13, 2014

Mix it up for the Holidays - a Kitchenaid Mixer Giveaway!

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Remember that giveaway I told you about yesterday when I shared my Apple Almond Loaf recipe with you? Well here it is! This is such an amazing giveaway! Good luck to all who enter!
Mix It Up For the Holidays Giveaway!

Mix It Up For the Holidays Giveaway!

I'm so glad you stopped by! First off we are having a Traditional Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner Blog Hop Style with an amazing GIVEAWAY for dessert!!

After collecting all the recipes you'll need to create a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner, be sure to ENTER for your chance to WIN a 5 Qt, Kitchenaid Mixer that is sure to make life easier in the kitchen for years to come! Are you excited? I know I am! 

12 Fabulous Bloggers are sponsoring this giveaway and the Thanksgiving Dinner. Be sure to visit them all for some great recipes for your holiday table.

Creamy Pumpkin Gnocchi Soup with Spiced Walnuts | Frugal Foodie Mama

Goat Cheese Trio | by From Valerie's Kitchen|

 Flavor Injected Herb Roasted Turkey | by Yours and Mine are Ours

 Easy Homemade Gravy | by Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Thanksgiving Stuffing | by Garnish and Glaze

Raspberry Cranberry Sauce Recipe | by Hot Eats and Cool Reads

 Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon Pecan Streusel | by Carlsbad Cravings

Cracker Barrel Copycat Country Style Green Beans | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Fresh Green Beans with Prosciutto | by The Foodie Affair

Easy Pumpkin Rolls | by That's My Home

Apple Almond Loaf | by The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch

Chocolate Terrine with Raspberry Sauce | by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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November 12, 2014

Almond Apple Loaf

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Almond Apple Loaf  is a buttery almond flavored pound cake is loaded with cinnamon sugared applessprinkled with sliced amaretto soaked almonds and baked to perfection!  This is a great addition to your holiday table!
Apple Almond Loaf
Who wants to win a Kitchen-Aid Mixer just in time for Christmas?  A group of my blogging friends and I are so excited to be giving away one to one of our lucky readers!  We are all also sharing proponents of a perfect holiday meal with you.  This is something you will not want to miss out on!

Last year I happened to enter a Kitchen Aid giveaway and won!  The day we were moving into our new house (the week right before Christmas) I received an email that I had won.  I was shocked and really couldn't believe it.  After all, I already had a Kitchen Aid!  However, my mom became the lucky new owner of that new beautiful blue mixer.  It felt so great to give her that gift knowing she would be using it all the time.

Catch a glimpse of the meal we are all sharing with you (isn't it gorgeous?!) and be sure to check it all out tomorrow with the links to recipes!
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow when the giveaway begins and enter!  The giveaway will run from November 13-24th when one lucky person will become the winner!
Apple Almond Loaf
My delicious recipe that I am sharing with you for the holiday dinner is one that you could serve for dessert, or for a party you may be having over the holidays.  It would be sure to impress anyone you gave it to!  I loved this recipe, it was pound cake like in texture and had an amazing almond flavor.  I shared most of this loaf with my hairdresser.  Oh yes, the lucky people in my life that get fed by me because I can't eat it.  I received a message from her later thanking me for the yummy bread.  I'm sure if you serve this to your friends you will get the same response!  

See you tomorrow!

Apple Almond Loaf

slightly adapted from Taste of Home
Published 11/12/2014
Apple Almond Loaf


  • 2 large apples, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto (optional)


  1. In large bowl combined the apples, 3 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon. Let stand for 1 hour. Toss slivered almonds with amaretto and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream butter and remaining cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add almond extract. Mix flour and salt together in a small bowl. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture mixing until smooth.
  3. Place batter in a 9x5 inch glass loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Press apples vertically into batter. Top with slivered almonds. Using a spoon, ladle any amaretto left from the almonds over the top of loaf prior to baking.
  4. Bake at 300 degree for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 45 mins.

Tags: almond, apple, cinnamon, dessert, Fall Foods, cake

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