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Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Oreo Birthday Cake Cupcakes

If you’re like me then you revel in the fact that Oreo flavors are pretty much endless. I have a few favorites (like Rocky Road Trip or Oreo Thin Bites Fudge Dipped), but I also get excited whenever a new flavor comes out (Carrot Cake anyone?).

One of my classic favorites though has to be the Birthday Cake Oreos. The two chocolate cookies sandwich birthday cake flavored creme filling and sprinkles!

And they are perfect for these Oreo Birthday Cake Cupcakes!

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Culinary Tales/ Meats

Game Day Appetizers Made Easy With Hatfield

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Our love of football runs deep in this house and I’ve already started planning for the “Big Game”. (Let’s be real, I’m probably even more excited about the food.) This “Football Finale” is fast approaching and no matter what team you’re rooting for, it is the perfect back drop for friends & family to gather around with fun, entertainment & delicious, food. So, I’m sharing these Game Day Appetizers Made Easy with Hatfield.

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Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Cranberry Muffins with Almond Crumb Topping

A couple of weekends ago I made these Cranberry Muffins with Almond Crumb Topping. It was a spur of the moment type of thing, but they turned out so good that I knew I wanted to share them on here.

They’re made from a delicious batter scented with almond extract and vanilla. The muffins are filled with cranberries and topped with a crumb topping composed of almonds, oats, and brown sugar!

They are sweet and tart! Perfect for Breakfast or Tea!

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Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Bourbon Apple Smash

Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey. It’s typically aged for over two years in oak barrels and made mostly from Corn. I love using it in fall cocktails, because it pairs so well with fruits without going overly sweet! This Bourbon Apple Smash contains bourbon, vanilla, hard cider, and fresh apples. It’s sweet and warm with a little spice!

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Culinary Tales/ DIY & Decor/ Meats

Celebrating the Holidays with Hatfield® Ham


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Christmas is by far my favorite time of year! It’s filled with so many great traditions. Making cookies, decorating the tree, building a Gingerbread House, and one of my favorites: having a Holiday Ham Dinner. When it comes to Ham, it’s important to purchase a high quality Ham from a company you can trust. Hatfield® has a fool proof recipe for creating the best pork products. I love their promise to the environment: they use environmentally-friendly fuel sources and take recycling very seriously.

Plus, they make sure their farmers meet the highest standards for good farming practices and use only pigs from a long line of heritage. Then they treat those pigs with care, practicing high safety standards, and holding humane handling training. They are ethically raised with no hormones or steroids added!

Long story, short – They take pride in what they do and provide the best pork products for you and your family to enjoy. I’m happy to be using Hatfield® Ham in my Holiday Dinner!


And now, Hatfield makes it easier to serve up a delicious holiday meal to your family, big or small, with the NEW smaller sized ham products available in ½ Pre-Sliced Pit Ham, ¼ Pre-Sliced Ham (With Natural Juices or With Water Added). There’s a Ham for everyone!

The Hatfield Hams are conveniently located in the Ham section, next to the deli meats in the grocery store. I picked mine up at my local Acme. 

I’m going to show you how to create The Perfect Holiday Feast with a Hatfield® Uncured Ham. 


For a limited time only, receive a $2 rebate upon purchase of any Hatfield® Uncured Ham with Ibotta.

Hatfield Uncured Ham

First, let’s talk about the ham. These Hams are so convenient and can be put right in the microwave or oven to heat. I’m going to bake mine, and I’m adding a little glaze. 

To make my Maple Honey Glazed Hatfield Uncured Ham, Pre heat your oven to 325 degrees. Following the directions on the package, Add your Ham to a shallow baking pan.

Pour in about 1/2 an inch to an inch of water in the bottom of the pan. Place three orange slices on either side & some rosemary sprigs.

Finally, brush the Ham with a little Honey Maple Glaze. To prepare the glaze, mix 3 tbsp of honey with 3 tbsp of maple syrup. Cover the ham completely with foil. Cook it for about 20 minutes per pound, making sure that the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees before you serve it. Mine took about 40 minutes.

When you’re ready to slice it, you can use the lines on it as a guide!

Side Dishes and Such..

To compliment the Ham I’m sharing my favorite holiday dinner recipes for: Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, Roasted Rosemary Squash, & finally Mama’s Old Fashioned Rolls. 

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

These potatoes are easy to make and beyond delicious. They highlight the classic savory flavors of a loaded baked potato: bacon, green onions, sour cream, and cheddar cheese! With Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes no one has to worry about topping their potatoes at meal time. They are already ready to go!

Green Beans Almondine

In a “nutshell” 😉 this dish is composed of green beans & almonds. To make this dish, turn a pan up to high heat. Pour in about a 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil.

Next, throw in whole, washed green beans. Add a Tbsp of Crushed Garlic, and a squeeze of Lemon Juice. Add a cup of sliced almonds.

Stirring often, once they start to brown turn your heat down! Cook for another five minutes. They should still be fairly firm. They are now ready to serve, but you can keep them on low until everything else is ready!

Roasted Rosemary Squash

For this beyond simple dish, Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Cut your Butternut Squash into cubes . In a bowl toss the cubes with a little olive oil, a Tbsp of Cinnamon, and a Tsp of chopped Rosemary. Spread them out on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes. You want them to be tender, but not mushy!

Mama’s Old Fashioned Rolls

Mama’s Old Fashioned Rolls are a family tradition. After rising for a few hours they only take about twenty minutes to bake! They are pull-apart deliciousness. Bonus, if you have any leftovers after your feast, these rolls plus the Hatfield Ham make one amazing lunch the next day!! You can easily grab some fresh baked rolls at the store as well, to keep it simple!

Holiday dinners are one of my favorite times, because I absolutely love being able to catch up with all of the family and make some of their favorite dishes. And Hatfield helps make the holidays better, from their family to yours!

Maple Honey Glazed Hatfield Uncured Ham

Print Recipe
Serves: About 8-10 Cooking Time: About 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Hatfield® Uncured Ham
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 4 Rosemary Sprigs
  • 6 Orange Slices

Instructions

1

Pre heat your oven to 325 degrees.

2

Add your Ham to a shallow baking pan.

3

Pour in about 1/2 an inch to an inch of water in the bottom of the pan.

4

Place three orange slices on either side & some rosemary sprigs.

5

Brush the Ham with a little Honey Maple Glaze. To prepare the glaze, mix 3 tbsp of honey with 3 tbsp of maple syrup.

6

Cover the ham completely with foil.

7

Cook it for about 20 minutes per pound, making sure that the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees before you serve it.

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

These Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect Holiday treat. Seriously ..the softest and the most delicious! Sugar & spice and everything nice!

This is actually my first time attempting Gingerbread it’s never been one of our Holiday Cookie staples. To be honest I think I’ve maybe had it once in my life. But, they are now a new family favorite! These literally came out with the perfect texture and the perfect combination of ginger, cinnamon, and sweet brown sugar!

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Culinary Tales/ Savory Vegetables

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

These potatoes are easy to make and beyond delicious. They highlight the classic savory flavors of a loaded baked potato: bacon, green onions, sour cream, and cheddar cheese! With Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes no one has to worry about topping their potatoes at meal time. They are already ready to go!

These are perfect for everyday dinners, or special occasions. Creamy and cheesy a crowd pleaser for sure!

Twice Baked Potatoes

First Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees. Next wash your potatoes. Cover them evenly in shortening. I used Crisco. Generously sprinkle them with Sea Salt or Seasoning Salt.

Bake them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. When you can stick a fork in the top and it comes out easily, without getting stuck they are done!

Cut each potato in half length wise. Next, scoop the insides of the potatoes out and add them to a bowl. Add your sourcream, and half of the cheese to the bowl. Add in the milk and garlic powder. Mix well! Mashing the mixture by hand.

Scoop your mixture back in to each potato half. Top with more shredded cheese, and bacon!

Turn your oven down to 325 degrees. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, so that they don’t burn. They are ready when all of the cheese is completely melted!

Take them out of the oven and top them with chopped green onions! Serve them as is or top with an additional dollop of sourcream. These can even be frozen, before or after being baked for the second time!

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Pie is by far one of the most popular Holiday Desserts. Pumpkin Pie is sweet, creamy, and filled with Cinnamon-y spice! The only thing that can make it even more perfect for a party or family gathering? Make it bite size! People tend to feel more inclined to grab dessert when it’s easy and ready to go, like these Mini Pumpkin Pies. No waiting to slice, and no excess portions! I’m sharing this recipe for the most perfect Mini Pumpkin Pies with you, just in time for Thanksgiving! Continue Reading…

Culinary Tales/ Meats/ Savory Vegetables

Kale and Shaved Brussel Sprouts Caesar Salad

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Michael Angelo’s Meals at Walmart

Honestly, some days I’m just exhausted and what we’re having for dinner is just about the last thing on my mind. Especially on nights that we have soccer practice, homework, and whatever else the day has thrown our way! It’s times like these, that there’s no way I’m making a full, three-four component meal. I need something simple that can be easily prepared. I love that with Michael Angelo’s Meals at Walmart I have help preparing dinner! We can count on it to be delicious and filling. Continue Reading…