Thursday, January 31, 2019

10 Easy Super Bowl Party Foods for A Crowd

Good morning! I hope that you are surviving the crazy, cold temperatures. I read that the temperatures in parts of Minnesota were colder than Mt. Everest! Yikes, that is cold. 
With the cold weather I am staying put and that of course has me thinking of comfort foods it also has me perusing Pinterest for foods to make for Super Bowl parties. 

If you are looking for a few ideas for your Super Bowl party or 20 or of two here are some of my favorites. 

This pizza is easy because it starts with Rhodes frozen bread dough and delicious because you can customize it to your taste, or that of your guests. 

Chili for a crowd is always an easy and great idea. You can make a huge pot or a crock pot full of it and then set is up with a load of topping: sour cream, cilantro, cheese, peppers and more. 

Italian Sub Sandwiches

3. Italian Sub Sandwiches are another easy and tasty option for your gathering. These sandwiches are best made the day before the celebration which is great because it is one less thing for you to do on the day of your party. 

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An easy and delicious sandwich to make for a crowd, you simply layer the ingredients in the pan and bake!

Wing lovers will enjoy these sticky and crispy wings. 

From The Yummy Life

Another easy and crowd pleasing thing to make for party is a baked potato bar, you can serve veggies, cheese, sour cream, bacon, sauces, and more to accompany your potatoes. Keep the potatoes warm in a crock pot so that your guests can eat them when they want. The Yummy Life has so many great topping ideas. 

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7.  Sheet Pan Nachos from Add A Pinch

Next to pizza nachos are one of my favorite party foods. I love the chips, the chicken, the beans and lots of cheese. If you don't want to make sheet pan nachos you could also make a nacho bar for your guests.

Layered Salad

8. Make A-Head Layered Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground.

Does it get any easier than a make ahead salad? This salad is the perfect accompaniment to sandwiches, wings and the potato bar.

9.  A veggie plate and of course some ranch dip or blue cheese dip.

10.  Sea Salt Caramel Brownies

Dessert is ALWAYS a must for a Super Bowl Party. These brownies are one of my favorites as are these Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If you are not a baker than you can whip up a batch of these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

No Bake Cookies

If you need a few more ideas for desserts here are 10 Super Brownies.

What are you making for your Super Bowl party? If you are like me and are just tuning in for the commercials and the food I hope you find something here that you like. If you like appetizers check out this post I wrote last week.

Have a great day and stay safe and warm!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Caramel Corn from The Culinary Institute of America

Silver Sentiment Bowl from Pottery BarnSimilar Scoop

Good morning! I have been experimenting this week with things to make for the Super Bowl and to send my family and friend's for Valentines Day. My family loves caramel corn and although I have a few "go to" recipes including Amish Caramel Corn and my grandmother's recipe I decided to branch out and try something new. 

At Home

 I made the Caramel Corn recipe in one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Chocolates and Confections At Home with The Culinary Institute of America. If you like truffles, brittles, toffees and other confections than you will love this book as well. 

This caramel corn is so easy and always comes out perfect, all you need is a sauce pan, and a candy thermometer to make the most delicious, buttery caramel corn. 

Candy Corn 

8 oz.(5 qt) popped popcorn
8 oz. ( 1 cup) granulated sugar
4 oz. (1/2 cup) light brown sugar, packed
6 oz. (1/2 cup) light corn syrup
2 oz. (1/4 cup) water
11/2 oz. (3Tbsp) Butter, unsalted, soft
1 Tsp baking soda
1 tsp. salt


Place the popped popcorn in a large ovenproof bowl then place in a 350F oven.

Clip your candy thermometer to the side of your 2 quart saucepan then combine the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, water and 2 tbsp. of the butter. Sir this mixture while cooking to 300F on the candy thermometer. 

Remove the caramel from the heat and stir in the baking soda and the salt, mix well. 

Remove the popcorn from the oven, use and oven mitt. Pour the caramel over the popcorn while stirring with a wooden spoon. 

Continue to mix until the caramel begins to stiffen too much to stir. Then return the bowl to the oven for 10 minutes.

Then remove from the oven and stir again. Repeat until the mixture is well coated. Then add the remaining butter, stir gently to allow the butter to melt and to distribute it. 

Pour the caramel corn onto a clean counter top or a silicon baking mat and separate the individual kernels before the corn hardens. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. 


I don't know about you but we are bracing for record cold temperatures here and hopefully a little bit of snow. I'm not holding out much hope for the snow but you never know. If you are in the Midwest or in the path of this record cold be very careful you can get frostbite within 5 minutes. 

Have a great day and stay safe and warm. 

Between Naps on the Porch

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Silent Sunday 1-27-2019

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friday Favorites from Ted Talks, A Flavor Journal, Celebrations at Home, Foodtasia,

Happy Friday! It's been a wild weekend all over the country, between the weather and work I am ready for the weekend. I hope you enjoy my finds this week. 

Interesting Food

Comfort food is the perfect food on a weekend and this Bacon Cheddar Risotto from A Flavor Journal  looks perfect. 

Image Celebrations at Home

Of course a big bowl Fiesta Chili from Celebrations at Home would warm your belly on a cold day as well. 
My favorite comfort food is past and I cannot wait to make this Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon and Sage from Foodtasia.

If you like butternut squash and pasta you might like this Cheesy Butternut Squash Sauce from Simply Whisked.

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And for something a little healthy, French Salad with Brie and Pears from Eating European.

Baileys Irish Cream Rice Pudding is easy and delicious, especially if you start with leftover rice!

Interesting Articles/Videos

THIS TED TALK will make you laugh, cry and think.

This gorgeous castle in Tuscany is for sale.

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed By Unimportant Things.

Cool video of the making of a bronze statue, HERE.

Interesting Books

Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book

A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

There is a great review of this book on my friend Brenda's blog, Cosy Little House.

Interesting Finds

Cute sweater from The Loft.

If you wear a size XS, or Small this Trench Coat from The Loft is on sale for $34.99!

Cute hand towel

Why not bake some sugar cookies for your Valentine? Cookie cutters here.

What did you find this week? Please share your recipes, books, movies, podcasts and whatever else you found interesting this week. We would love to hear about it. 

Have a safe and happy weekend. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

10 Appetizers to Make for Your Super Bowl Party

Good morning! How has your week been? Did you survive the snow and cold? It was so cold here I didn't even want to leave the house, thankfully it is warming back up. We have been spoiled this winter because we haven't had any measurable snow and  have had above average temperatures so I shouldn't complain.


This week I have been thinking about what to make for the Super Bowl, I could care less about the game, I am all about the commercials and the food. My favorite foods are appetizers, the cheesier the better. 

Here are 10 Appetizers that you might want to make for your Super Bowl Party!

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Will you be watching the game? Will you be hosting or attending a party? Do you have a favorite appetizer to make or another favorite food to eat while watching the game?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Cranberry Cake with Brown Sugar Struesel Topping

Good morning! Winter has arrived, yesterday the high was 28 and today I think it is going to be just a little above that. They say there is another storm coming across the plains and heading to the East coast so do stay safe. 

Cake stand old from Marshalls, similar here

If you are lucky enough to be at home and enjoying a snow day this scrumptious Cranberry Coffeecake might be something you want to make today. This particular one is filled with homemade cranberry jam but you could always use store-bought or fill the middle with a cinnamon nut mixture.

Cranberry Coffeecake
Recipe adapted from Kevins Cooking



12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 orange, zest and juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey


13/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons baking powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract


1/2 cup of flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter


Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 10" spring form pan with cooking spray and parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a medium saucepan add the cranberries, sugar, orange zest and juice and the honey, and cook over medium heat until berries start to break down. Turn to low and cook to a jam like consistency. Remove from heat, let cool. 

In a medium bowl stir flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda together. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream and mix well. 

Pour batter into the pan and them spread 1 cup of the jam over the top. Top with the crumble and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes and remove from pan. 

NOTE: You will have extra jam. For this post I made two small cakes and used all of my jam. I had to cook my cakes a little longer and all of my topping melted so I had to make another batch and put it on the last 10 minutes of baking. 

Have a great day!

Brooks Brothers Sale:An extra 25% off already reduced clearance, including many of my favorite tartan pieces. Sale thru 1-23-2019. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Silent Sunday 1-20-2019

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday Favorites from Flourishing Foodie, A Flavor Journal, Mind Body Green, and More

Good morning! I hope that you had a good week, mine was certainly better than last week but I will admit I am so looking forward to the weekend. 

Interesting Food

While you are preparing for the big storm coming this weekend you might want to pick up the ingredients for this White Bean and Kale Soup from Flourishing Foodie, it looks hearty, comforting and delicious. 

Beer Cheese Soup Image Here

Spicy White Cheddar Cheese Beer Soup from A Flavor Journal is on my list to make this weekend.

Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

When I was little I remember that my grandmother ate chocolate rice for breakfast and I couldn't wait to try be able to try it. This week I discovered something a little more healthy, Hot Chocolate Oatmeal from Mind Body Green

The Ultimate Brownie Muffin is just that, and more, not necessarily healthy but they are a great treat. 

Interesting Articles

Now Hiring! San Francisco LightHouse Keeper. This sounds like a great job.

Interesting Books

From the best selling author of The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield Once Upon a River.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

Kitchen Yarns

I just received Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood and I cannot wait to read it this weekend. 

Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). In “Carbonara Quest,” searching for the perfect spaghetti helped her cope with lonely nights as a flight attendant. In the award-winning essay “The Golden Silver Palate,” she recounts the history of her fail-safe dinner party recipe for Chicken Marbella—and how it did fail her when she was falling in love. Hood’s simple, comforting recipes also include her mother’s famous meatballs, hearty Italian Beef Stew, classic Indiana Fried Chicken, the perfect grilled cheese, and a deliciously summery peach pie.

Stitch in Time
Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalma.

Donut is an eleven-year old geography buff who keeps her taxidermied mice hidden in her late mother’s hope chest. Her pops passed away, leaving her an orphan. Aunt Agnes has moved in, bringing along her lumpy oatmeal, knitting, and a plan to drag Donut off to Boston forever.

Donut stands to lose everything: her friends, her village, her home, the woods, and walks where the memories of her pops are stored up.
While Donut dodges the ache of missing her pops, she and her best friend Tiny plan how to keep her where she belongs.

Interesting Finds

I love feathers and collect them on my walks when I find them. I discovered this Feather plate from Pier 1 this week and thought you might like to know that it is on sale for .68 cents! 

I love this sweater dress from Anthropologie! It's $48.00.

Everything below is less than $5.00. 

Please share your favorite recipes, books, articles, movies and whatever else that you found this week.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

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