Every Occasion Cheese Spread



We all need a back pocket recipe, don’t we?  A recipe we can put together without thinking (preferably memorized) that tastes good, looks good, and doesn’t require a run to the grocery store.  Enter the Every Occasion Cheese Spread.  Do you have mozzarella instead of cheddar? Use it.  Want to get rid some of the basil that’s taking over your garden? Throw it in.  Needing a little something extra?  Add handful of white beans or peppers.  While the recipe we have here is great just the way it is, it also has endless possibilities for all your last minute needs.

Every Occasion Cheese Spread

Every Occasion Cheese Spread

Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer, makes about 2 cups

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 10 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more if desired)
  • 1/4 heaping tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, as desired
  • hot sauce (if desired)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If you want a smoother consistency, add more mayonnaise.
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour and preferably overnight.

This can be put on crackers, piped into cherry tomatoes, made into finger sandwiches, served with pretzels or veggies, slathered on a burger – use your imagination!

*adapted from thekitchn.com

Nanaimo Bars



If you’re tired of the same old cookie bars, you’ve come to the right place! This no-bake bar originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and consists of a chocolate crumb cookie topped with custard and melted chocolate.  This recipe is the one endorsed by the city of Nanaimo, but there are numerous variations.  Enjoy!

Nanaimo Bars

WHAT YOU’LL NEED/INSTRUCTIONS:

Bottom Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter (margarine is a fair substitute, but butter is best)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 TBS cocoa
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  1. Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler.
  2. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts.
  4. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 TBS and 2 tsp milk
  • 2 TBS “Cook and Serve” vanilla pudding powder (NOT instant)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Cream butter, cream, pudding powder, and sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer

  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 TBS butter
  1. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool.
  2. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator. We swirled our third layer into our second for a bit more flair!

And if you’re looking to take a delicious tour, check out the Nanaimo Bar Trail through the city!

Printable Fourth of July Sign



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Need a little extra something for your Fourth of July festivities or a gift for the hostess? Print off this sign, place it in a frame, and in less than 5 minutes you have a unique gift or patriotic decor.

Click the link to print Printable 4th of July Sign

Printing the sign on card stock is recommended, but your standard printer paper will work too.

Don’t forget to SHARE WITH US, here or on Facebook, how you used the printable sign!

 

Dulce de Leche



DULCEWe wrapped up dairy month yesterday, but we couldn’t resist one last recipe starring milk!

Dulce de leche is a caramel spread native to South America and can be used as just about anything – ice cream topping, cookie or cake filling, coffee sweetener, toast spread, and fruit dip are just some of the options.  Bonus: It’s super easy to make, and perfect for all the 4th of July celebrations this weekend!

 

 

 

Dulce de Leche
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • large cooking pot

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Remove label from can.
  2. Place can (unopened, still sealed) on its in the pot, and cover completely with water.
  3. Put pot with water and can over medium-high heat, until the water reaches a rolling boil.  At that point, reduce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 1.5 – 3 hours, depending on how dark and thick you want your spread.  Add water to make sure the can is fully summered at all times.  The dulce de leche in the above picture has been simmered for 1.5 hours, and its consistency is similar to that of a thick pudding.  A longer simmer will result in consistencies from peanut butter to fudge.

Now that you’ve made it, here are some recipes that use your delicious dulce de leche! Dulce de Leche Recipes

 

Barn Wood Welcome Sign



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Brighten up your outdoor or indoor space with this DIY barn wood welcome sign! It is sure to give a little extra character to any area you display it in.

Supplies:

  • Barn wood approximately 2ft wide x 1ft tall (If you don’t have a piece of barn wood no worries, use wood from a pallet or a wood from a hardware store)
  • Stain (We used Rust-Oleum wood stain cognac oil-based, but any shade or brand will work)
  • Paint- any color (We used a Valspar tester paint purchased at Lowes. They are only $3, come in hundreds of colors, and dry quickly!
  • Old rag to stain the board with
  • Thin paint brush
  • Charcoal stick
  • “Welcome” printable
  • Masking tape
  • Mason Jar
  • Wire
  • Drill
  • Pen
  • Brackets
  • Silk flowers

Instructions:

  1. Cut wood
  2. Attach a bracket to the back of the board to hang it from once completed
  3. Put a coat of stain on the board, let dry fully- you may want to do multiple coat if your board is not very aged to start
  4. Print MS Welcome Printable (Click to Print)
  5. Cut off excess paper above and below “Welcome”
  6. Using a medium amount of pressure, rub the stick of charcoal over the back of the welcome sign
  7. Position welcome where you would like on the board, tape to the board with the charcoal side down
  8. Using a pen, trace around the outside of the letters in “Welcome”
  9. Remove the paper, fill in the letters with paint
  10. Place the mason jar where you would like it on the board, make a mark on each side of the neck
  11. Drill a small hole on each of the dots
  12. Attach the mason jar to the board using wire, fasten wire together in back
  13. Place silk flowers in the jar

 

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