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Monday, December 30, 2013

Raise Your Glass to 2014!

Time to raise your glass to 2014!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth This Holiday Season With P. F. Chang's


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It's time for a sweet little treat with friends and my Honey to celebrate the Holiday Season at my favorite P.F. Chang's!
At P.F. Chang’s guests are surrounded by a unique, modern environment combining influences of Asian and American cultures evident from the d├ęcor through the menu. From classic favorites to seasonally-inspired fare, P.F. Chang’s offers a delicious array of hand-crafted dishes, desserts and cocktails.
Holiday is a time to celebrate with family and friends, surrounded by the sweet flavors of the season. With two new delicious handmade dessert wontons – Chocolate Raspberry, and Sweet Vanilla Cream – P.F. Chang’s is a perfect spot to answer the call of the holiday sweet tooth. In addition, two handcrafted holiday beverages – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake – bring a fresh perspective to holiday sweets in a perfect sip. photo 542c2e8c-e075-468c-9373-d329061a09a1_zps72d91a85.jpg
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Seriously, check out the Holiday Sweets at P. F. Chang's!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cranberry Spinach Couscous

Flavored Couscous is a favorite with us.  Today, I am making a side dish of Cranberry Spinach Couscous to serve with dinner tonight.  I am going to have to make a few recipe adaptations though, due to "someone" not restocking the pantry with pearl couscous : )
Chop one cup dried cranberries and one medium onion.  Add both ingredients into pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter and saute until onions are translucent.

Add one cup pearl couscous (this is where I venture off the culinary path thanks to a depleted pantry) or in this culinary dish I am creating today, a box of garlic flavored couscous mix with the seasoning package.
Add 1 1/2 cups chicken stock to pan to simmer.
If you are using pearl couscous also add 2 teaspoons of finely chopped garlic.  I did not because I am using the box mix seasoning package.
Add one teaspoon German style brown mustard.  
Rough chop 1 cup of spinach and add to pan.
Stir into couscous mix and cover until spinach is cooked 6- 8 minutes.
I love this stuff, the couscous garlic box mix worked just fine in this recipe : ) sometimes a new direction/shortcut works out fine in the kitchen...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Give the Gift of P.F. Chang's for the Holiday

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
 I have been known on an occassion or two (okay, maybe more) to relieve the stress of the holidays with an evening at P.F. Chang's.  Have you been to P.F. Chang's?  Tempting and yummy menu choices await for my  selection.  My top three favorites on the menu are Mandarin Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and the crowd pleaser in my house, Sweet and Sour Pork.  The flavors of these dishes are savory and delicous.  At P.F. Chang's guests are surronded by a unique, modern enviroment with an American and Asian influence combined.
One of my favorite gifts to get and give if a P.F. Chang's gift card! This holiday season, take the stress out of gift-giving with a gift the entire family will love, a fun and relaxing night out at P. F. Chang's!  Take a break at P. F. Chang's and enjoy a fabulous meal at  P. F. Chang's while picking up gift cards for friends, family colleagues on your gift list.  An awesome deal awaits when you purchase a $100 in gift cards, you will receive a bonus $20 gift card to treat yourself!  Plus this offer is available online at pfchangs.com.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

It's a Corn Bread & Chili Kind of Day in the Land of Brrr and Snow

Cake Mix and Corn Muffin Mix make Cornbread
In the land of brr and snow we know when to slow simmer a crock of chili and make corn bread.  Today.  Maybe tomorrow.  And possibly the weekend.  The local and national weathermen and reporters told me,  "Blustery and Snow Advisory".  It's a Corn Bread & Chili Kind of Day in the Land of Brrr and Snow.
Corn Bread Ingredients:
1-(8.5 oz.) box of corn muffin mix
1/2 box of yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/8 cup oil
All ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk until blended.
Bake @ 375 degrees Fahrenheit in 8x8 glass baking dish for 30-40 minutes until done.
Make large crock of your recipe for chili.
Yum, time to take the chill out of the toes, 
it is indeed a Corn Bread and Chili kind of day in the land of Brrr and Snow.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow Happens

This is New York and ...

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies

My Mom made Peanut Butter Cookies for us kids often during my childhood, just like many Moms of her generation for an after school snack.  They were a favorite of Dad's too.  When my sisters and I were old enough to bake, we started making Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies.  Today is a perfect warm cookies and milk kinda rainy and snow day here.  Thanks for a great recipe Mom, I'll have one or two cookies in memory of those baking days of long ago.

Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, blend well.  Stir in remaining dry ingredients, blend well.  Roll into 1 " balls and place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten with a crisscross pattern with a fork dipped into sugar.  bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.  Immediately remove from cookie sheet.