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Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

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Summer is nearly half over, and before we know it, the kids will be heading back to school.  Of course, we all realize how busy things are during the school year, but with three boys that are busy most of the summer finishing up spring sports, and then starting fall sports, our summers don’t really slow down that much.  I am always looking for a quick, easy, and healthy snack (or meal) that I can make for the kids.  So I was pretty excited to be able to pick up several varieties of Eckrich Deli Meat at Walmart on my last trip.

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Not only is Eckrich Deli Meat a trusted brand, since 1894, but the deli meats have great flavor and my favorite part they are very affordable!  Each of the deli meats that we chose were less than $4.00 per pound!  While there were several varieties to choose from, the boys decided to get:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami

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Having Eckrich Deli Meat on hand is a staple in our home.  Of course, they make it easy to put a delicious sandwich together, but these deli meats can be used for so much more!  Whether I’m looking for a quick and easy snack, lunch, or even a party appetizer, I turn to deli meat and veggie kabobs.

 

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All of the same great flavors that you get in a deli meat sandwich, but without the bread so it’s a great option if you’re on a low-carb diet or need to eat gluten free!

Create these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs:
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wideQuick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

It’s really just that easy!  And your kids will love these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs!

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Make your own:

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

Ingredients List:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Cheese Cubes *optional
  • Sriracha Mayonnaise *optional
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wide
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.

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Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

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Have you ever eaten out at a restaurant and wished that you could re-create that delicious meal at home?  Me too.  And one of those dishes for me, is shrimp Tacos.  I have never even tried to make shrimp tacos at home… until now!  These Sriracha Shrimp Tacos from Home Chef will make you think that you are eating a restaurant-style meal.

You have probably heard of the types of companies that pre-measure and send you just the specific ingredients for a meal.  But is the food any good?  Is it costing me extra for this service?  Will the recipe be too hard to follow?  We are going to answer all of those questions for you.

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Go to the Home Chef website to sign up.  It is so easy, simply pick the meals that you want, how many meals you want to receive per week, and enter in any dietary restrictions so you never receive a meal that you won’t be able to eat.

Your meals arrive in a regular box, but there is a thick, padded cooler lining the box with cold packs on the bottom, so if you live in a warm climate, you don’t have to worry about the food going bad in the heat.

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Each meal is labeled and packed separately so you know exactly what items go with which meal.

There is also a step-by-step meal preparation sheet for each meal, which is hole-punched and fits nicely into the recipe binder that they send as well.

 

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Let’s get started!
Gather all the ingredients that you will need for this meal (except for olive oil, salt, and pepper):
  • Raw shrimp, cleaned and tails removed
  • Lime
  • Roma Tomato
  • White Rice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sriracha
  • Egg Whites
  • Breading
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Slaw Mix
As you can see, these are all fresh, raw ingredients.  That is one of the big reasons why the meal tastes so good, you are not warming up prepared, processed food, you are actually cooking a homemade meal from scratch.  So there is a bit of prep-time involved.  I would say that it took me about 1 hour from start to finish to make this meal.  Hand-breading the shrimp was a little bit time-consuming!
Prepare the ingredients
The direction sheet is very detailed and walks you through the entire dinner:
  • zest and half the lime, quarter one half and juice the other half
  • dice the tomato
  • rinse shrimp, pat dry, season with salt and pepper
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Now on to the cooking part! 
Cook the rice, according to the directions.  When cooked, add lime zest to rice.  Combine mayonnaise with sriracha (add just a few drops at a time until you get to the desired heat level), season with salt and pepper to taste.
This pre-measured meal contained slaw mix, which you can buy, or just make your own using regular cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots.  Dress the slaw with lime juice, salt, and pepper.
Set up a little station to bread the shrimp: Egg whites in a bowl, dip and shake off excess, dip into breading, then place in medium heat pan with olive oil.  The shrimp will only need a few minutes on each side, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
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*Here’s a quick tip when warming the tortilla shells:
Place tortilla shell directly on wire rack in oven and fold the edges down.  As the shell heats up, it will take that shape… and you will have a taco shell that will stand and hold it’s shape!
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Plate your meal
Finally, you are ready to plate your meal.  Now, you can enjoy a delicious, gourmet dinner, without the expensive price tag to go along with it!  Each of the dinners cost less than $10!  When was the last time you went out to a fancy restaurant and paid less than $10 for a gourmet meal??  Probably never… but now you can!
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil 

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?  This Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil, will be perfect to help you celebrate! 

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I have to admit, I have always been one to just buy a can of enchilada sauce because it was easy.  If you know me, you know that I love just about everything homemade.  I feel that it is healthier, less preservatives, and it tastes better.  But I never really even considered making homemade enchilada sauce—until one day I actually needed to…

 

Ground beef was cooked, I had my tortillas ready to fill, cheese… but no enchilada sauce.  It was kind-of an emergency.

 

So basically, out of desperation for the need to complete my meal, I made enchilada sauce.  Not only was it delicious (yes, I even shocked myself by making this one!), but it was so quick and easy, I may never buy enchilada sauce again!

 

 

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • Servings: approx. 3 dozen
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and chili powder, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Gradually stir homemade salsa, water, cumin, garlic powder, chopped onion, and salt into the oil, flour, and chili powder mixture.  Stir until smooth, and continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

 

 

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Drop Sugar Cookies ~ 1 Easy Recipe, 4 Different Flavors

Drop sugar cookie recipe1 easy recipe, 4 delicious spring flavors! 

My Grandma made these cookies all the time when I was growing up… we knew them as Amish Sugar cookies.  Just plain, old sugar cookies that didn’t need to be rolled out and cut-out… simply drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake.  Easy and tasty!

 

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When you think of sugar cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookies cut out into different shapes, frosted, and topped with sprinkles.  And I love those too, but these drop sugar cookies are much easier and quicker to make… so if you are looking for a delicious class sugar cookie recipe, you can check out my Best Ever Sugar Cookie recipe here…

But, for a fun twist on this drop sugar cookie classic, I am adding fresh fruit for extra flavor and color and it makes these cookies perfect for any Spring event!  You are definitely going to want to make these for your Easter or Mother’s Day brunch!

 

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Drop Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 3 dozen
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Cookies:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature 
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Directions:

Combine butter, oil, and sugars in a large mixing bowl; mix well.  Add the egg and vanilla; mix until blended.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture.

**At this point, you are ready to drop small spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake.  But, I’m going to divide the dough into four parts (so you’ll need three more small bowls) and add different fruits to give these cookies beautiful color and taste!

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Because I am going to add fresh fruit and the fruit’s juice to the cookie mix, it will change the consistency, so it will be necessary to add more powdered sugar and/or flour.  Start with adding 1 tablespoon more of powdered sugar, if necessary, add 1 tablespoon of flour too, but don’t add both at once, stir in the additional powdered sugar first and gage consistency from there.

 

Lime

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lime— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lime into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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Lemon

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Zest one lemon— put part in the cookie dough and save part to sprinkle over the cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.  Squeeze the juice of ½ of the lemon into the cookie dough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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Strawberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash 5 fresh strawberries, remove tops, and crush berries.  You can add just the juice, but I also like to put pieces of the crushed berries in too, so make they are cut small enough.  Add a bit more powdered sugar and be even a bit of flour too, depending on how juicy those strawberries are!

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Black Raspberry

Take ¼ of the cookie dough and put in a separate bowl.  Wash about 10 black raspberries; crush berries.  Because the seeds are so large, make sure to strain the crushed raspberries so that only the juice is added to the cookie mixture.  Add a bit more powdered sugar if necessary.

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With all of the delicious fresh fruits to choose from, you could get really creative with these.  And, the colors make for a beautiful spring dessert!

What fruits would you choose?  Blueberry, peach, orange, pomegranate?

 

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If you don’t have all your cookie-baking supplies, you can order them here:

 

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Blueberry Mango Smoothie

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Looking for a quick breakfast on the go?  A post-workout recovery drink?  A healthy snack?  Well, here is the answer you have been looking for.  Blueberry Mango Smoothie!

 

This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants.  Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function.  And the possible health benefits of mangoes include fighting cancer, helping to alkalize the body, aiding in weight loss, regulating diabetes, helping digestion, and aiding in clear your skin, just to name a few!

 

Consistently replacing breakfast or lunch with one of these delicious smoothies can also be helpful with weight loss, as you choose to replace your quick lunch run through a fast food line with a low-fat, protein packed complete, healthy smoothie.

 

 

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

  • 1 banana**
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen mango chuncks
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

Blend until smooth.

**Smoothie tip Use a frozen banana to give your smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

Enjoy!

 

If you want to know a little bit more about the Juice Plus+ company or the Complete Protein shake, and how you can actually utilize it to lose weight and live healthier, check out this Healthy Living Revolution video for the Shred10 program.

 

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shamrocks

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shamrocks

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New twist on a classic!  Chocolate covered pretzels are always a hit at my house… and I imagine they are at your house too.  It’s sweet, it’s salty, chocolate is involved… you really can’t go wrong with that kind of dessert.

So the only thing left to do is figure out fun ways to make chocolate covered pretzels festive for whatever holiday or season you want to celebrate.  And we’ve done just that for St. Patrick’s Day!  Here you have it, chocolate covered pretzel shamrocks!

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These chocolate covered pretzel shamrocks are so easy to make!  You really only need 5 things to get started:

  • green colored chocolate melting wafers
  • pretzel twists
  • pretzels sticks
  • shortening
  • wax paper
  • sprinkles *optional*

You just get a bag of green chocolate melting wafers and melt according to the instructions.  Then add a little bit of shortening to the melted chocolate.  That will help to thin it out a bit and give it a nice gloss.

**Tip: A good rule of thumb for melting chocolate is to do so in 30 second increments at 50% power until melted that way you avoid burning it**

Cover table or counter with wax paper.  This works great because the pretzels can lay on the wax paper to dry and then they will easily peel off when the chocolate has completely set.

To make each shamrock, you will need 3 pretzel twists and 1 pretzel stick.  Dip them in the green melted chocolate to even coat and as you lay them on the wax paper, start forming your shamrock!  Make sure sides are touching so that the chocolate dries and holds the shape intact.

This was even a fun little project that my kids helped with!  So have fun and make some memories with your kids in the kitchen!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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Classic Reuben Sandwich

 

Classic Reuben Sandwich // Money Savvy Living

 

St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon… and I literally can’t get by this holiday without craving a good corned beef sandwich!  Of course, they are delicious any time of year, but it’s just like turkey at Thanksgiving, cookies at Christmas…and corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

While the corned beef brisket with potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or some other comfort food is tasty, I have to say that my very favorite way to eat corned beef is in a classic reuben sandwich!  Oh my…. so good.

 

Of course, you can buy a delicious reuben sandwich, but it is so easy to make, you won’t even need to find an Irish Pub in order to get that authentic taste…

 

Yes, it’s easy, but it will take some time if you’re going to cook your own corned beef bristketbut I did include a shopping list with a quicker option below as an alternative option.

 

So to start, cover a 2-3 pound corned beef in a crockpot with water, add the seasoning packet (and a bay leaf, if you want, but don’t forget to remove it later).  Cook for 6-8 hours, or until tender.  Meat should easily pull apart.  You can cook it on the stop top or in the oven, I just prefer a crockpot because it is so easy to just put on before work, then when you get home, most of dinner is ready!  Easy-peasy!

 

Next is the sauerkraut.  I never, ever just warm up sauerkraut from the jar or the bag (for me, that is just a little too sauer!).  I always like to cook it down for a few minutes with applesauce and brown sugar, and a little salt and pepper to taste.  This literally takes less than 5 minutes…

 

While that is cooking, you can butter your rye & pumpernickel bread and toast it on a griddle, put the provolone cheese (ok, so this is a twist on the “classic” reuben because my kids don’t like swiss cheese) on to melt on one side of the sandwich, and generously apply the Thousand Island dressing to the other side of the sandwich.  Pull the bread off the griddle because you are ready for a plate!

 

Layer on the thin chuncks of corned beef, top with sauerkraut, and you now have the most delicious reuben sandwich… oh yeah, seriously mouth-wateringly delicious!

 

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Classic Reuben Sandwich

  • Corned beef
  • Sauerkraut
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Rye & Pumpernickel bread
  • Provolone Cheese

Layer ingredients, hot or cold, to make a delicious sandwich!

*if you don’t have Thousand Island dressing, you can just mix some mayo, ketchup, and pickle relish together and you will have a great homemade Thousand Island dressing!

 

Enjoy!
 

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*Follow the instructions for this one-step rapid roast.  Preparation for it would be different than cooking a raw corned beef brisket.

 

 

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Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

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When you think of Christmas cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookie, and you can check out my Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe here, but this old fashioned maple cookie is going to be a great addition to your holiday cookie tray…

 

Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked, but this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

So I’ve put a little twist on them and traded out the maple flavor for some maple extract (just to make them look a bit more like Christmas!)

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Maple frosting:

  • 2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, sour cream, maple extract, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple extract, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*this recipe features maple extract, which gives you the maple flavor, but not the brown color, so the cookies will look a bit more like Christmas…

 

 

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Have an old fashioned Christmas this year, and enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

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Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

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Christmas morning is less than one week away.  If your home is anything like ours, the kids will be up probably several times throughout the night and then ready to run downstairs and see what Santa left for them!  So at 5am, you are probably not ready to cook a huge breakfast, but I have the perfect solution for you… cranberry cinnamon roll drop biscuits.  They are quick and easy to make or you can even make them the night before so you don’t have to do anything Christmas morning except for try to wake up with your cup of coffee while the kids feverishly rip open their gifts…

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I’m making these with cranberries to make a wonderful Christmas morning treat, but this basic recipe could be used year round by substituting the cranberries with raisins, blueberries & lavender, strawberries, pumpkin you get the idea…

I also have to admit, I’m not exactly making these from scratch, but I guarantee, you won’t be able to tell!

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I am using Bisquick baking mix for my base, so this makes it quick and easy and just a little bit healthier because all I have to do for the base is add milk to the Bisquick.  If I was making this from scratch, I’d typically cut in cold butter to make biscuits.

So I am going to start by cutting up about ¼ cup of Craisins so they are smaller bits and spread out more evenly in the drop biscuits.  And I am going to soak them in a bit of water to help moisten them up.

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*If you have an adult only Christmas morning, you could soak the Craisins in rum or vodka…

Combine the Bisquick and milk.  Add the Craisins, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter and maple syrup.  Drop onto baking sheet.  I like to line the baking sheet with parchment paper so the biscuits don’t stick and it makes for easier clean up when you put the icing on too.

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While the biscuits are in the oven, mix the powdered sugar, butter, milk, and maple flavoring for the icing/glaze.

If you put the icing on when the biscuits come out of the oven, it will melt down over the biscuits like a glaze… YUM!

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It all comes together pretty easily:


Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits

  • Servings: 4-6 biscuits
  • Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix

1/2 cup milk (I use 2%)

1/4 cup soaked Craisins *optional reserve some for garnish*

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp melted butter

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Combine all ingredients.  Spoon onto baking sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

While the biscuits are baking, make the icing:

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp milk

1/8 tsp maple flavor

*Put icing on while biscuits are hot…will melt like a glaze

 


Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Drop Biscuits | Money Savvy LivingSo delicious and so easy!  I love this because you will still have plenty of time to watch the kids open gifts and relax… and still make a homemade breakfast!  Perfect for Christmas morning!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

 

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

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Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner.  So you probably already cooked a big turkey and stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving Day… and still had leftovers… and are probably looking forward to another turkey for Christmas dinner.

 

And honestly, cooking the turkey to a beautiful golden brown is not the hard part.  Making a flavorful, delicious gravy is.  Even if you use dripping from the turkey, sometimes, it just doesn’t have that concentrated flavor that you need to make a rich tasting gravy so you bought a pre-made, canned gravy.  But don’t fret, if you ran into this problem a few weeks ago, I am going to let you in on a little secret for making homemade turkey gravy that tastes rich and delicious… and it is super easy.

 

The secret is Williams-Sonoma Turkey Stock Concentrate.  This stuff is wonderful because it is a thick concentrate that you can dilute down and make stock for soup or gravy with.  If you were to make concentrate on your own, it takes quite a while to cook down, so this is a huge time saver!

 

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And, as you probably know, I am a label reader, so the thing that I love the most about this is that I can pronounce everything on the label… and you know what they say about labels that you can easily read?  The ingredients are fresh not a bunch of fillers or preservatives!

 

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So after reading all the tasty ingredients that have cooked down and simmered into this delicious concentrate, it is easy to understand why this would make a gravy that tastes homemade because it is.

According to the instructions on the jar, to make one cup of stock, you combine:

  • 2 teaspoons of the Turkey Stock Concentrate
  • 1 cup water

Easy, right?!

Keeping these proportions in mind, I made a simple gravy using my turkey drippings and water, and combined it with a butter and flour roux.

 

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No Fail Homemade Turkey Gravy

  • Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade Turkey Gravy

In a large sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, combine 1/3 cup flour (stir frequently, ensuring there are no lumps) over low-medium heat.

Add water, turkey drippings, and the turkey stock concentrate.

Continue to stir frequently to combine.  Turn heat to low.

*If not cooking a turkey for drippings, just replace that with a cup of water

Depending on how thick or thin you want the gravy, you can add more water, but make sure you keep the correct proportions with the turkey concentrate.  So if you add an additional ½ cup of water, make sure to add an additional teaspoon of turkey stock concentrate.

 


 

For this recipe, I added the turkey right into the gravy because I was using leftover turkey, but this gravy is just fine as a stand alone gravy to use with your side dish at any holiday or family meal.

 

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