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Autumn Breeze Cocktail

Move over Sea Breeze, look out Bay Breeze .. here comes the Autumn Breeze. This little cocktail has become my new go to drink at home! It only takes 4 ingredients and it’s perfectly refreshing with crisp fall flavors.

To make this you’ll need Fireball Whisky, Vodka, Simply Peach Juice, and Simply Apple Juice.

Start by filling a tall glass with ice. Pour one ounce of Fireball in to the glass. Then pour in one ounce of Vodka into the glass.

Next, add one ounce of Simply Apple. Top with about half an ounce of Simply Peach. Stir well.

Finally, garnish with an apple slice and sprig of rosemary.

Autumn Breeze

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Fireball Whisky
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Simply Apple (Juice)
  • 1/2 oz Simply Peach (Juice)

Instructions

1

Fill glass with ice.

2

Add Fireball & Vodka.

3

Then add the Simply Apple.

4

Top with Simply Peach.

5

Stir, and garnish with apple slices and rosemary!


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Culinary Tales/ Savory Vegetables

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

So, we’ve had the instant pot for awhile and I’ve yet to make one of the simplest dishes there is: Mashed Potatoes! Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are fairly easy to make and delicious.

Another plus to making the mashed potatoes in the instant pot is that it frees up your stove and time to cook the rest of your dinner! Especially helpful on Thanksgiving Day or just when you’ve got a lot of different things to cook in general.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

To make these you’ll need potatoes (Russet or Yukon), water, milk, butter, salt, and just a smidge of cream cheese.

Start by peeling and cutting the potatoes into smaller chunks.
Place them in your instant pot liner and add your water.
Place the lid on top of the pot, seal it, and place it on manual for 8 minutes.
Once they’re done cooking switch to vent and quick release!
Next, drain them.
Add the milk, butter, cream cheese. Mix and mash them well. Make sure there aren’t any lumps.

They are ready to enjoy! You can also leave them in the instant pot on warm while you prepare the rest of the dinner!

[You can make them Dairy Free as well. Follow the same directions as above but, instead of the milk, butter, and cream cheese – you’ll add a dairy free margarine spread like country crock, almond milk, and chicken broth!]

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs Potatoes (Russett or Yukon)
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese

Instructions

1

Start by peeling and cutting the potatoes into smaller chunks.

2

Place them in your instant pot liner and add your water.

3

Place the lid on top of the pot, seal it, and place it on manual for 8 minutes.

4

Once they're done cooking switch to vent and quick release!

5

Next, drain them.

6

Add the milk, butter, cream cheese, and seasonings.

7

Mix and mash at the same time.

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Pumpkin Spice Sheet Pan Pancakes

Want to make your life a little easier? Three words : Sheet Pan Pancakes. If you haven’t tried these yet, they’re a must! They really simplify the pancake making process and they are so tasty! Pumpkin Spice Sheet Pan Pancakes make a simple fall weekend even better!

Someone pouring syrup over a stack of Sheet Pan Pancakes.

Pumpkin Spice Sheet Pancakes

Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and eggs. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients – flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Combine your two bowls, mixing them together really well.

Grease or line a baking sheet. Pour the mixed batter onto the sheet pan. Top with white chocolate chips.

Place in the oven and bake for about twenty minutes. Once they are fully cooked remove them from the oven.

Someone lifting the pancakes out of pan with  spatula.

Let cool for about 5 minutes and cut into rectangles. Serve with butter and syrup!

Stack of pumpkin spice sheet pan pancakes with butter.

Pumpkin Spice Sheet Pan Pancakes

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 5 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Buttermilk

Instructions

1

Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, buttermilk, vanilla extract, and eggs.

2

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients - flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

3

Combine your two bowls, mixing them together really well.

4

Grease or line a baking sheet. Pour the mixed batter onto the sheet pan.

5

Top with white chocolate chips.

6

Place in the oven and bake for about twenty minutes.

7

Once they are fully cooked remove them from the oven.

8

Let cool for about 5 minutes and cut into rectangles. Serve with butter and syrup!

Stacked pancakes with syrup being poured on them, Sheet pan of pancakes in background.

A stack of pumpkin pancakes with a glass of milk.
Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Raspberry Rum Fizz Halloween Cocktail

This Raspberry Rum Fizz Halloween Cocktail is the perfect way to kick back and bring in Halloween. With the combination of White Peach Juice, Raspberry Puree, Raspberry Rum, and Sprite its such a super smooth drink!

Raspberry Rum Fizz

To make this Raspberry Rum Fizz you’ll need raspberry rum, white peach grape juice, sprite, and raspberry puree.

Making the puree is easy. In a food processor add raspberries. Blend them well.

After they’re blended well, you’ll want to get rid of the seeds. Do this by using a strainer to separate the seeds.

If you don’t have a strainer that’s small enough to separate the seeds then you can also use cheesecloth! Make sure you have a bowl placed under the strainer. Carefully pour the puree right through it. Once it’s separated discard seeds. Now the raspberry puree is ready!

Combine the raspberry puree, lime juice, and brown sugar. Mix well. Set aside.

Place two cups of ice in a blender. Blend until it makes crushed ice! Add it to your glass ( I used these cute skeleton glasses I found at Michael’s) . Filling them almost to the top.

Then, add the white peach grape juice and the Raspberry Rum.

Next, You should still have a few inches left from the top, add in the raspberry puree and a splash of sprite. Garnish with raspberries and a peach slice!

Raspberry Rum Fizz Halloween Cocktail

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Grape Peach Juice
  • 4 oz Raspberry Rum

Instructions

1

Make the Raspberry Puree.

2

In a food processor add raspberries. Blend well.

3

Strain the seeds out. By placing a bowl under the strainer. Carefully pour the puree right through it.

4

Set aside. Combine with lime juice and brown sugar. Mix well.

5

Fill glasses with crushed ice.

6

Pour a 1/2 cup of white peach grape juice and 2 oz of the Raspberry Rum on top of the ice.

7

Add some of the raspberry puree and a splash of sprite.

8

Garnish with raspberries and a peach slice!

Culinary Tales

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Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Fireball Caramel Apple Floats

Fireball Whisky is one of my favorites, especially when we’re talking fall. Whisky with the most perfect undertones of cinnamon! I love drinking it and I love cooking with it! So, with September creeping in, I knew I wanted to make these Fireball Caramel Apple Floats!

They are very, very easy to do! All you need for these boozy treats are Fireball Whisky, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel, and Apple Cider..

Fireball Caramel Apple Floats

Start with a big old glass, add two-three scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Next, add about a half a cup of apple cider. Pour the cider

And now most importantly add the Fireball! I did about a shot in each. You can make it weaker or stronger depending on how you like it.

You can even substitute the Apple Cider for Hard Apple Cider if you wish!

The final touch is caramel! Drizzle on a nice helping of caramel and garnish with an apple slice.

Fireball Caramel Apple Floats

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Fireball Whisky
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Tbsp Caramel
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Instructions

1

In a tall glass add 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream.

2

Next, add 1-2 ounces of Fireball Whisky.

3

Fill with Apple Cider.

4

Drizzle generously with Caramel!

Looking for more Fireball recipes? Check out these equally easy & amazing Fireball Glazed Fried Apples .

Culinary Tales/ Meats

Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli

Beef with Broccoli

When I’m not busy cooking away in the kitchen, I love ordering take out just as much. And Chinese Food is one of my favorites! Today I was really craving Beef with Broccoli, and it’s one of my son’s favorites too! So, I decided to make it in the instant pot with this super tender, & deliciously flavorful Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli!

Note: You can also make this recipe in the crock pot. (I’ll include that variation at the end of the recipe.)

Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli

First, start by making your marinade. Make the marinade by combining: soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, minced onion, mirin, onion powder, ginger powder, garlic, and a little rice wine vinegar. Set one and a half cups aside in the fridge for later! Leave the rest out to add to the steak!

Place your steak on the cutting board and slice it into one inch strips. Next, marinate your steak overnight.

Place the steak in a ziplock bag; Add the marinade you made above. Zip the bag and place it in the fridge over night.

When you’re ready to make it, remove the steak from the fridge.


On the Instant Pot, turn the Sauté setting on. Add half of the steak strips, browning them for a few moments on both sides. Place them on a plate/bowl and put the rest of the steak into the pot to sauté. Repeat until they are all browned.
Then add the first batches back into the pot as well!

Next, add the extra cup and a half of marinade (The one you set aside in the fridge yesterday) into the pot as well. Add the broccoli. Switch to the Slow Cook setting and place the lid back on. Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes. Release the steam!

Let it cool for a few moments and Serve with rice!

Optional garnish: Green Onions & Sesame Seeds!

Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli

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Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Small Sirloin Steaks (or one Flank Steak)
  • Bunch Broccoli
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ginger Powder
  • Minced Onion
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Mirin
  • Cornstarch

Instructions

1

Make the marinade: combine soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, minced onion, mirin, onion powder, ginger powder, garlic, and a little rice wine vinegar.

2

Set one and a half cups aside in the fridge for later! Leave the rest out to add to the steak!

3

Place your steak on the cutting board and slice it into one inch strips. Next, marinate your steak overnight.

4

Place the steak in a ziploc bag; Add the marinade you made above. Zip the bag and place it in the fridge over night.

5

Remove the steak from the fridge.

6

Turn the Sauté setting on. Add half of the steak strips, browning them for a few moments on both sides.

7

Place them on a plate/bowl and put the rest of the steak into the pot to sauté. Repeat until they are all browned.

8

Then add the first batches back into the pot as well!

9

Add the extra cup and a half of marinade (The one you set aside in the fridge yesterday) into the pot as well. Add the broccoli. Switch to the Slow Cook setting and place the lid back on.

10

Cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.

11

Release the steam!

Notes

To make this in the crock pot: Prepare the steak as you would above, by marinating over night, When you're ready to cook it sear the strips of steak on the stove top. Once they're browned place them in the crock pot. Add the extra marinade and the broccoli. Cook on low for about four hours! The meat and broccoli should be nice and tender and ready to eat!