Whipperberry http://whipperberry.com Making Extraordinary Out Of Everyday Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:36:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 English Toffee Cinnamon Bun Sweet Cake + Easy Neighbor Gift http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/english-toffee-cinnamon-bun-sweet-cake-easy-neighbor-gift.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/english-toffee-cinnamon-bun-sweet-cake-easy-neighbor-gift.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:36:09 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16244

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We’re hitting crunch time friends! Christmas is about a week away. Have you figured out what you are giving your neighbors and friends this Christmas season? I have a super easy and super sweet gift idea for you… English Toffee Cinnamon Bun Sweet Cakes!

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Uh yes… YUM!!

This is just a simple and scrumptious box cake mix and prepared frosting from my favorite folks at Pillsbury Baking. They have done all the hard work of making it perfect… All you have to do is bake it and make it look amazing!

Here is what you need…

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Yep, that’s it. Well… You will need eggs and oil for the cake, but other than that, this is it.

I also found these great baking cups at Target that come with a clear lid. Super Cute and easy to use. You can find it in the baking section at Target.

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Mix up your cake according to the package directions and fill you baking cups 1/2 way.

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Place in a 350˚ oven for 19-20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool. If you would like a flat top to decorate, carefully cut-off the dome with a serrated knife.

Using a Jumbo Closed Star Decorating Tip, and a pastry bag… Pipe some simple stars on the top of your little sweet cakes.

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Next, in a Ziplock bag, add some English Toffee. Using something heavy item like a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, take out some aggression and crush your toffee. Sprinkle on top of the sweet cakes and you’re finished!

All you need to do now is package your sweet treats.

I place the lid on the sweet cakes and then wrap with a ribbon. Then I add a fun gift tag that I created for this Holiday Season. 

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You can download the gift tag HERE

I’ve printed the tag on kraft paper, but you can use whatever you like. All I did was tie it onto a stack of sweet cakes and we were ready for delivery!

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It can’t get any easier than that. The cool thing is you can customize it for each family.

One box of cake mix will make 10 little sweet cakes. You will need two cans of frosting for that application. Stack them in 2′s and 3′s and it’s a fun new way to share some Christmas Cheer!

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For a Savory gift tag option… Check-out this post.

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How fun will it be to combine the two?!

Disclaimer // This post is sponsored by Pillsbury Baking. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are my very own. However, I want you all to know that I will never promote a product or company that I do not love and use in my normal day to day life.

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How to Mix BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/mix-bb-frosch-chalk-paint-powder.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/mix-bb-frosch-chalk-paint-powder.html#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:35:06 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16215

BB Frösch Frösch Frösch Chalk Paint Powder has been gaining in popularity and I thought I would post how to mix this BB Frösch  magic in a jar! Really quick… BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder turns FLAT latex paint into CHALK PAINT!! YEA… SUPER COOL! It’s 100% natural so you can skip all the harmful... 

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BB Frösch Frösch Frösch Chalk Paint Powder has been gaining in popularity and I thought I would post how to mix this BB Frösch  magic in a jar!

Really quick… BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder turns FLAT latex paint into CHALK PAINT!!

YEA… SUPER COOL!

It’s 100% natural so you can skip all the harmful chemicals that come with popular DIY methods. Yep, those chemicals are nasty buggers, you don’t want any of that caustic stuff around your family for sure!

What’s cool about Chalk Paint you ask…

Well, you can skip all of that yucky prep work like, sanding, stripping & priming… That’s all the stuff I HATE about painting.

The issue for most folks is that traditional forms of Boutique Chalk Paint are really expensive. You’re going to pay anywhere from $38-$42 dollars for a QUART of paint. With BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder, you can mix up your own quart of Chalk Paint for roughly $21! 

You can’t beat that savings.

Another fantastic benefit with  BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder is that, YOU get to pick your color!

It’s super easy to mix with your favorite high quality FLAT finish Latex paint. Let me show you…

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We typically recommend that you mix only 8 ounces (1 cup) at a time. This is primarily to avoid waste. With Chalk Paint, your paint goes a lot further so you will be surprised at how little you really need for your project. I typically do most of my medium to small size projects with just a sample pot from Home Depot!

One jar of Chalk Paint Powder will mix up one quart of paint OR 4 sample pots of paint.

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Here is what you need to do for 8 ounces (1 cup) of Chalk Paint…

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You first need to constitute the powder before you add it to the paint.

Add 2 heaping tablespoons of powder to a separate container. You don’t ever want to mix this dry directly into your paint. You will end up with a clumpy mess!

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Next, you need to add 1 tablespoon of water into the powder.

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Now all you have to do is stir your water into the powder. You are looking for a “donut glaze” consistency. Think Krispy Kreme… You know what I’m talking about!

If your mix is too pasty,  just add a few more drops of water until you get that “donut glaze” consistency that is perfect.

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At this point,  all you have to do is pour your paint right into your container.  You will see the white Chalk Paint Power which is great… Place the lid on your container and shake for 20-30 seconds or until you can’t see any more of that white paste.

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Now you’re all mixed up and ready to PAINT!!

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It’s really that EASY!!

Click here for more tips and tricks on how to use BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder!

BB Frösch Frösch has a full line of Chalk Paint products. They even have a fantastic Starter Kit that gives you everything you need to get started for less than a couple of boutique Chalk Paint brushes! Visit the shop for all the details.

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Savory Christmas Gifts + Free Printable Gift Tag + Trader Joe’s Christmas + http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/savory-christmas-gifts-tags-trader-joes-christmas.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/savory-christmas-gifts-tags-trader-joes-christmas.html#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:10:04 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16155

+ These Savory Christmas Gifts & free printable tags brought to you by WHIPPERBERRY + Not everyone has the time or the desire to spend hours and hours baking cookies and watching your handmade caramels on the stove this time of year. Many of us have too many thing on our plate for handmade gifts... 

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Not everyone has the time or the desire to spend hours and hours baking cookies and watching your handmade caramels on the stove this time of year. Many of us have too many thing on our plate for handmade gifts this year. Not to worry, Trader Joe’s has some fantastic Christmas goodies that you can dress up with my free printable tags and your friends and family will love your simple gift! I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and noticed how fun their Holiday packaging was. I grabbed a stash of goodies and set to work…

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My thought was… I can add a little more pizzaz with some free printable gift tags and they will make perfect gifts!

On Monday, I shared a fun way to dress-up those fun Milk Chocolate Oranges that you can find this time of year.

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Today I’m sharing my SAVORY gift pack. Not everyone has a sweet tooth you know. I LOVE getting some scrumptious savory Christmas gifts this time of year. I gather some of my favorite savory items and put together a trio…

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First, I selected a premium Balsamic Vinegar. I LOVE Balsamic Vinegar and I’m always on the look out for a tasty new vinegar. This one is divine!

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Any foodie knows that this is salt is the Queen of Salts. Fleur De Sel is a special salt harvested from the top of salt ponds in the Brittany region of France. It’s a special finishing salt that provides a lovely burst of saltiness in your mouth. Many people add this type of salt to the top of salted caramels, I love it on top of a good steak. This is a great savory gift!

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I adore a good Antipasta and this one from Trader Joe’s looks tasty! It’s a combination of artichoke hearts, olives, sundried tomatoes, grilled mushrooms & preserved lemons. It looks tasty!! This jar came with a burlap lid covering that I didn’t love, so I switched that out with some of my favorite ticking cloth and add a fun printable tag to the top.

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Click HERE to download the free  Savory Christmas Gift Tag

 Now all you have to do, is print the tags on cardstock. I printed mine on a kraft paper cardstock. Then cut the tags out with your paper cutter or scissors.

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Add some gold baker’s twine from TomKat Studios

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Tie it onto your jar and you’re good to go!

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Add this trio to a gift basket or bag and you’re all set. This is a gift any foodie on your list will LOVE!!

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Orange you Sweet Printable Christmas Gift Tags + Trader Joe’s Christmas + http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/orange-sweet-printable-christmas-gift-tags-trader-joes-christmas.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/orange-sweet-printable-christmas-gift-tags-trader-joes-christmas.html#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:01:00 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16135

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With the hustle and bustle of the season, sometimes those fun little neighbor, teacher, boss gifts kinda make it to the bottom of the list. We all want to create a fun homemade gift, but at times… Homemade just isn’t in the cards.

NO PROBLEM! I have always been a fan of good packaging. When you have a goodie that has already been packaged well, It’s easy to all a little more pizzaz and  voilà, you have a fun gift that everyone is going to love!! NO ONE is going to judge that you didn’t make 100 batches of your grandmother’s fudge. All they care about, is the simple thought.

The other day, I was at Trader Joe’s  and I was reminded about how fantastic their Christmas goodies are! I thought…

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Wouldn’t this be a great way to tell your neighbors, teachers, bosses, hair stylist, mail man, etc… That you are thinking of them this holiday season. I thought I could come up  with some fun free printable gift tags and it will be even easier!

Here is the first little gift… Orange you Sweet Printable Christmas Gift Tags!

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Who doesn’t love the Trader Joe’s Organic Milk Chocolate Orange?

This is a classic Holiday gift. I remember for years my Mom sharing stories of long ago about little children who were so happy to receive an orange on Christmas. How it was the most magical gift they could ever imagine. As a child I thought this was absurd. I didn’t have a clue as to how hard it was to actually grow and transport citrus to the fridged regions north of the Mason Dixon Line in the 1800′s. Once I matured, I got it. Oranges can be magical!

When chocolate oranges came on the market, my sister’s and I would get one in our stockings every year. It was for two reasons… First, to remind us of the simplicity that we should enjoy. To take the time to appreciate what we had.  Second, they were pretty tasty!!

I thought this would be the perfect way to start my Trader Joe’s Christmas. You can get several different kinds of Chocolate Oranges, but I love the packaging that Trader Joe’s has to offer. All you need to do is find a ribbon that looks good wrapped around the box. I like this ribbon from May Arts.

Then I created a fun printable that you can print on simple white sticker paper.

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Click here to download the free printable

Now, I’ve created a couple of files. For those of you who have a Silhouette cutting machine. You can use the Silhouette files. If you don’t have a Silhouette you can print the PDF file and and cut out the stickers yourself. It’s super simple.

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You can grab some printable white sticker paper from Silhouette or you can go to your local office supply story and look for full sheets of sticker paper in the mail label section.

Then all you have to do is print and cut your stickers.

Wrap your boxes is a nice ribbon and secure the ribbon with your fun “Orange you Sweet, Merry Christmas” sticker!

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Make-up a bunch of these for your co-workers, your church leaders, your kiddos bus driver… really anyone!

Stay tuned… Tomorrow, I will have another fun gift idea for my simple Trader Joe’s Christmas!

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The Party Bunch Link Party // no. 57 http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/party-bunch-link-party-57.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/party-bunch-link-party-57.html#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 03:50:17 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16130

Let me introduce you to the bunch… Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best! Here are some of our favorite projects from this week! Heather’s Favorite Christmas Teacher Gift at... 

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!

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Christmas Teacher Gift at Love the Day

Oh my – this is too cute! What a fun teacher gift idea.

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Mique’s Favorite

DIY Galvanized Wreath at Finding Home

This is absolutely beautiful! So unique and pretty.

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Awesome Food Gift Wrapping from A Pumpkin and a Princess

The cutest way to wrap up food gifts for the holidays. So fun!

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Desiree’s Favorite

Raglan Sweater Hack at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

It’s such a cute dress with a fabulous tutorial.

As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up HERE!

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Also we want to invite you to click here and follow

The Party Bunch Favorites on Pinterest.

We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

Now it is time to party!

TPB Party Bunch Link Up... Every Friday to Sunday link up your projects over at theidearoom.net , thirtyhandmadedays.com , whipperberry.com or the36thavenue.com Four bloggers = ONE BIG PARTY! We can't wait to see your projects!

Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

Please make sure to share the love and grab a button here to let your readers know that you linked up with us! By linking up with The Party Bunch, you are giving permission to any of us to feature your projects and recipes on our social media with a link back to you. Thanks!

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Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/roasted-eggplant-dip-recipe.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/roasted-eggplant-dip-recipe.html#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:27:07 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16108

+ This Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe brought to you by the folks at Pompeian + Last fall I went on a trip of a lifetime… I joined a handful of bloggers as we traveled to Israel for an amazing food tour called the Taste of Israel.  I shared a little of my experience in my... 

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Last fall I went on a trip of a lifetime… I joined a handful of bloggers as we traveled to Israel for an amazing food tour called the Taste of Israel.  I shared a little of my experience in my post about zucchini hummus, you should check it out.

Today, I have another recipe that came from my Israel travels, Roasted Eggplant Dip.

If you are an eggplant fan, this dip is amazing! We learned all about it while spending the afternoon at the Dan Gourmet School of Kosher Culinary Arts. We had the pleasure to learn a few little tips and tricks from the director of the school Chef Amir Ilan.

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I wish I could spend an entire week shadowing Chef Ilan. This man is amazing and his passion for teaching the culinary arts comes through in his work. When we first arrived in his kitchen he placed several eggplants directing on the gas burner and we just sat and watched them char as he taught us about the school.

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Once the eggplants were fully charred, he removed them from the flame and then we, or shall I say, Kevin from Closet Cooking removed the charred skin. Then Chef Ilan cut the eggplant down the middle opening up the soft flesh, he salted it lightly, and added some prepared tahini, drizzled with a nice full bodied olive oil and that was it!

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There’s Kevin and Ally from Ally’s Kitchen in the background snapping photos.

That was it! Just a simple eggplant some seasoning and a flavorful olive oil! Our hosts told us that this is an appetizer that is on almost every Israeli table when they entertain or have family over. Mainly because of the ease of  the dish, but the flavors are divine as well.

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You serve it with bread or pita and it’s lovely!

I thought with the Holidays upon us and the season of entertaining, this would be a great addition to your family table as well.

All you need is an eggplant or two. I don’t have a gas stove at my house (so sad, I know) and it’s to cold to grill right now here in Lincoln, I thought I would just roast my eggplant in the oven.

First, I washed and pierced my eggplant a couple of times and then just placed them in a 425˚ oven on a baking sheet…

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After about 25-30 remove your eggplant and let cool for a few minutes.  They come out looking rather sad, but trust me, they taste amazing when you are finished!

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Now because the skin isn’t charred, you can skip the step of removing the skin. I just cut it into quarters, leaving the top intact.

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Fan it out like so. Next, lightly salt the flesh of the eggplant. I then lightly drizzled some tahini sauce onto the eggplant. Tahini is a sesame paste that is made out of pressed sesame seeds. It’s well known for it’s role in Hummus, but’s it’s fantastic in all kinds of applications.

I then drizzled the eggplant with a lovely full-bodied Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Pompeian.

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In the Middle East and Mediterranean countries, olive oil is way more than an oil to cook with. It’s more of a comment as well. When you are using it as a dip or dressing, you want to make sure you are using a GOOD olive oil that is rich and flavorful like the robust flavor of the Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I drizzle it right only my eggplant, add some pita chips and serve. Your guest scoop the dip right out of the eggplant, it couldn’t be simpler than that!

The flavors of the soft eggplant, the tahini & the olive oil are amazing! If you are an eggplant lover you should give this a try.

Disclaimer // This post is sponsored by Pompeian. I received product and payment for my recipe development.

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Spice Cookies with Holiday Nog Glaze Recipe http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/spice-cookies-holiday-nog-glaze-recipe.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/12/spice-cookies-holiday-nog-glaze-recipe.html#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:31:12 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16093

+ This Spice Cookie with Holiday Nog Glaze post is brought to you by the folks at Silk + There is nothing better to usher in the Holiday season than a good batch of Spice Cookies! My kiddos and I think that they are truly Christmas on a plate for sure… There is just something... 

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There is nothing better to usher in the Holiday season than a good batch of Spice Cookies! My kiddos and I think that they are truly Christmas on a plate for sure…

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There is just something special about a soft chewy cookie that is packed full of the spices of the season… Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, molasses & a new addition cardamom, YUM!

This is a cookie that truly stands the test of time. People have been making spice cookies for hundreds of years and it’s a fun tradition at our house. This year I decided to add a little flair with a Holiday Nog Glaze…

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Yep, you got it… It adds a whole lotta love to those scrumptious cookies. I chose Silk Holiday Nog over traditional Egg Nog for a few reasons…

​First, I LOVE IT!! Seriously, have you tried this stuff? It’s all of the flavors of the season without all the guilt! I don’t think I will ever drink traditional Egg Nog ever again.

Second, It’s a great dairy-free alternative for our dairy-sensitive friends! Plus, here are the other goodies about Silk Holiday Nog…

Absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat

Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG

Verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program

No artificial colors, flavors or funny business

Yea… it’s a NOG that I can truly get behind.

Third… As a Silk Member, you can enter to win a $500 Spa Gift Card!

Yes, we all know we could use one of those babies after the mad rush of the Holidays! You too can become a member HERE. They have new giveaways every month along with fabulous coupons for their members! SCORE!!

Now on to the cookies… Here’s how to make these scrumptious, Christmas on a plate, Spice Cookies with Holiday Nog Glaze.

Silk Cookies with Holiday Nog Glaze Recipe

Preheat oven to 350˚

​3 sticks of butter (1 1/2 cups) softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup molasses

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup of course sugar

1/4 cup Silk Holiday Nog

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream butter & sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, egg yolk and molasses.

In a large bowl, combine your spices and dry ingredients; flour, salt, baking soda and all of the spices…

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Aren’t they pretty?!

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed sugar mixture until fully incorporated.

Place dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove the dough and scoop the dough into 2 inch balls with a cookie scoop. Roll the cookie balls in a bowl with the course sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 350˚ oven for 13-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

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Mix Holiday Nog glaze while cookies are cooling. Add the powdered sugar to a small bowl, add salt and Silk Holiday Nog and whisk until it turns into a thick glaze.

Once the cookies are cool, dip the top part of the cookie into the glaze. Be careful to not fully submerge.

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You only want to lightly kiss the top of the cookie with the glaze. Place on a cooling rack and wait for the glaze to set.

Once the glaze is set, serve your cookies with a nice glass of Silk Holiday Nog!

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They taste great dunked into the nog as well… just sayin’

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Hannah and I thoroughly enjoyed them…

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The also make perfect Holiday neighbor gifts! Bag up a few of these bad boys and share with your family and friends. I would even pair it with a carton of silk, they’ll thank you for it!

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Christmas Snowball Fight Edible Centerpieces + Loads of GIVEAWAYS http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/christmas-snowball-fight-edible-centerpieces.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/christmas-snowball-fight-edible-centerpieces.html#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:05:31 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16052

+ This Christmas Snowball Fight Edible Centerpieces post brought to you by Hostess  #HostessHoliday + Who’s up for a SNOWBALL FIGHT?! I’m talking the tastiest snowball fight around…. We’re starting a new tradition here in the WhipperBerry house, we are going to have indoor, scrumptious snowball fights each Christmas. As a kid I LOVED the... 

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Who’s up for a SNOWBALL FIGHT?!

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I’m talking the tastiest snowball fight around….

We’re starting a new tradition here in the WhipperBerry house, we are going to have indoor, scrumptious snowball fights each Christmas.

As a kid I LOVED the snow, I still do, I just don’t love the cold very much.

I have magical Christmas memories of playing out in the snow for hours, building snow caves out of the drifts along our house. Snuggling in to making scores of snowballs in my cave, getting ready for the battle to come. The battle was never as epic as I had planned for, but I was prepared for darn sure!

This year I’m preparing in a much sweeter & easier way…

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How fun is this edible centerpiece that you can simply create with some Hostess Sno Balls®, some peppermint bark and a fun banner?!

We run around like crazy during the Holidays,working tirelessly to create magical memories for our families and friends. Why not let Hostess do a little heavy lifting?!

The folks at Hostess not only want to make your Holidays tasty, they want to sweeten the deal with a Pin to Win Hostess Holiday Sweepstakes!

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Wouldn’t it be cool if Hostess helped not only with some sweet treats, but helped pay for Christmas as well?! I’ll fill you in on all the details on how to win $1000 at the end of the post… First, let’s talk snowball fight!

Christmas Snowball Fight Edible Centerpieces

This is the easiest centerpiece you’ll ever make, not to mention the fact… Your kiddos will LOVE it, it’s magical and white so it will match any decor! I went to Walmart and stocked up on four boxes of Hostess Sno Balls®. That’s 24 Sno Balls® to make your epic fight!

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First, on a cake plate, layer some peppermint bark. This step is optional, if you can’t find peppermint bark you can leave this step out.

Next, pile your Sno Balls® as high as they will go.

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If you have a fun little red truck, you can add that in if you would like for a pop of whimsy and color. I found my truck at Target.

Now, all you have to do is make your Christmas Snowball Fight 2014 banner.

If you have a Silhouette it’s super simple, as a matter of fact… HERE are my Silhouette files for you to download and use!

All you have to do is print them from your computer…

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and cut them on your Silhouette cutting machine…

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Once you cut them out…

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bend them along the perforated lines and that is how you get that fun 3D effect.

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Using some glue dots, glue them onto some bamboo skewers that you can find in the kitchen section at the market. I dipped the top of my skewers in plain old glue and added some gold glitter first. I also added some glitter to the edge of a couple of the banners.

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The tassels are made out of gold baker’s twine. They are simple to make…

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Wrap some of the twine around three fingers  about 8 times.

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Using another piece of twine roughly 6 inches long. Tie the top of the wrapped twine.

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Then using another small piece of twine roughly 4 inches long, tie around the top of the tassel.

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Then trim the bottom of the tassel and voilà, you have a simple tassel to add to your banners!

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How fun is that edible centerpiece?! It really takes minutes to make and it adds a fun, whimsical flair to your holiday table.

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Who wants a go at $100o this Holiday Season? There’s even more…

Here is what you have a chance to win!

Grand Prize: One random winner will receive a $1,000 Walmart gift card and Hostess products.

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All you have to do is visit the Pin to Win Hostess Holiday Sweepstakes HERE to enter!

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The Party Bunch Link Party // no. 56 http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/party-bunch-link-party-56.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/party-bunch-link-party-56.html#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:05:38 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16069

Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best! Here are some of our favorite projects from this week! Heather’s Favorite Christmas Wreath Tutorial at Place of My Taste The neutral tones... 

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!

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Christmas Wreath Tutorial at Place of My Taste

The neutral tones and textures of this wreath are gorgeous!

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DIY Wood Art Sign at Meet the B’s

Love the message and the look of this sign!

DIY wood slice wall art. "Not all who wander are lost"

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DIY Christmas Drop Cloth Pillows at Meadow Lake Road

festive, adorable and easy… Too cute!

DIY felt wreath pillow

 

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Desiree’s Favorite

Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies at Lil’ Luna

These cookies had me at cheesecake!

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As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up HERE!

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Also we want to invite you to click here and follow

The Party Bunch Favorites on Pinterest.

We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

Now it is time to party!

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Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

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Silhouette Black Friday http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/silhouette-black-friday.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/silhouette-black-friday.html#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:23:51 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16036

It’s the BEST day of the year… First it’s Thanksgiving AND It’s the start of the best Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY Sale! While you’re waiting for the turkey to roast… you can cash in on all of the great sales on Silhouette CAMEO (NEW and improved!) Silhouette Portrait and all of the consumable goodies like Premium... 

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It’s the BEST day of the year… First it’s Thanksgiving AND It’s the start of the best Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY Sale!

While you’re waiting for the turkey to roast… you can cash in on all of the great sales on Silhouette CAMEO (NEW and improved!) Silhouette Portrait and all of the consumable goodies like Premium Vinyl, Adhesive Cardstock, Printable Sticker Paper and so on….

Here are all the details!

 CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99

Click HERE to grab this deal

CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

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   CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99

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  Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99

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Save-40

40% off at SilhouetteAmerica.com (*excluding machines, downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards)

PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states

Click HERE for this DEAL!!

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Thanksgiving Pie Stencils http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-pie-stencils.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-pie-stencils.html#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:14:06 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16018

When it comes to Thanksgiving… I’m the pie girl. I LOVE making pie. I even have the PERFECT pie crust recipe.  However, I do understand that pies can sometimes be intimidating. Whether you’re baking your own pies or bringing store bought pies to your Thanksgiving celebration… I have a fun little way to add a... 

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When it comes to Thanksgiving… I’m the pie girl. I LOVE making pie. I even have the PERFECT pie crust recipe.  However, I do understand that pies can sometimes be intimidating. Whether you’re baking your own pies or bringing store bought pies to your Thanksgiving celebration… I have a fun little way to add a little more bling to your pies… Have you ever thought to stencil your pies?

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I thought I would experiment with ways to make you look like a rockstar when you serve your pies, homemade or store bought!

First step… If you are bringing a store bought pie, put your pie in a pie plate if you have one. That will mask the store bought pie tin.

If you don’t have that… No worries.

Bust out your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait. (I’m giving away TWO Silhouette Portraits this week!) I have created some fun Thanksgiving pie stencils that are super easy to cut and dress-up your pies with.

Download the Thanksgiving Pie Stencils Silhouette Files HERE

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Cut your stencils out of just basic 8 1/2 x 11  card stock.

Once they are cut, set them aside until you are ready to serve your pies. When you are ready to serve them place your stencil right onto of the pie.

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Put some powdered sugar into a mesh strainer and gently tap the mesh strainer with a spoon and dust the top of the pie.

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Remove the stencil and voilà… Your boring old pie has a little flair!

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Now with pumpkin pies, your powdered sugar will melt, so make sure you do this right before you serve. Other pies like apple will stand-up for quite a while.

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And… They look amazing!!

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 All three of these pies are from the store, and they don’t look boring anymore!

If you have a Silhouette cutting machine… this is a fun way to dress-up any pie.

This is reason #586 why you need to have a Silhouette cutting machine!

I will have some GREAT Black Friday Deals here in a day or two will all the details on how you can grab a machine of your very own!

Disclaimer // This is not a sponsored post.

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My Favorite Crafting Tool + Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/favorite-crafting-tool-silhouette-portrait-giveaway.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/favorite-crafting-tool-silhouette-portrait-giveaway.html#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:45:44 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=16002

+ Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY brought to you by Silhouette America + It is no secret that my favorite crafting tool is my Silhouette cutting machine. Each and every time I start planning a project, 9 times out of 10 I will turn to my Silhouette for help in some fashion. I’ve decorated whole rooms with... 

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It is no secret that my favorite crafting tool is my Silhouette cutting machine. Each and every time I start planning a project, 9 times out of 10 I will turn to my Silhouette for help in some fashion. I’ve decorated whole rooms with my Silhouette CAMEO…

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One of my favorite all-time projects I’ve only shared on Instagram!

It’s my living room wall… I painted it black with chalkboard paint, added a chalk rub to give it texture and dimension, then I placed swiss crosses in a grid on the wall. I cut each of the crosses on my Silhouette CAMEO using the Silhouette Premium Vinyl.

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Another favorite is my “handwritten” canvas on the other side of the room…

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This is a simple canvas, all I did was cut the letters in black paper and then Mod Podged them onto the canvas. You can learn how to do that HERE. It gives the look of a hand lettered sign, without having to develop the hand letter skills! I LOVE it!!

Honestly, I don’t know where I would be creatively without my Silhouette machines.

I use the print and cut feature ALL THE TIME to help the kiddos with their school projects or my church projects.

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I love how I can whip-up a simple Happy Birthday banner in minutes and it looks so much better than anything store bought.

With the holidays upon us… It’s PRIME Silhouette season.

Now’s the time to be dressing up your table with all kinds of custom cut goodies. Making fun wall art for gifts, making custom Christmas ornaments, planning out your room makeover for the new year… The sky’s the limited when it comes to a Silhouette Cutting Machine!

This is the time of year to get your new Silhouette… BLACK FRIDAY is the BEST day of the year to get your new friend!

I can’t spill then beans just yet, but they have some amazing deals for Black Friday this week.

To celebrate… the folks at Silhouette are giving away TWO Silhouette Portraits to TWO lucky WhipperBerry friends!

All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter widget below…

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The Party Bunch Link Party // no. 54 http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/party-bunch-link-party-54.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/party-bunch-link-party-54.html#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:48:27 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=15998

Hey, hey it’s SATURDAY!! Time to Party! I’m actually out in California with Mique this weekend for The Queen Bee Market. It’s so fun to hang with Mique for a bit. If you are in Southern California, you should come check it out today! Here the info… Now it’s time to party but before you... 

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Hey, hey it’s SATURDAY!! Time to Party! I’m actually out in California with Mique this weekend for The Queen Bee Market. It’s so fun to hang with Mique for a bit. If you are in Southern California, you should come check it out today! Here the info

Now it’s time to party but before you link up please let me introduce to you The Party Bunch!

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!

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Heather’s Favorite

Office-Craft Room Reveal at Place of My Taste

I love the gold accents and how bright this room is… Very pretty!

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Mique’s Favorite

DIY Pillow Covers from Old Shirts at Budget Girl

Such a clever and cute idea!

DIY Pillow Covers from Old Shirts // Budget Girl --- Old button-down shirts make the perfect cozy pillow covers for fall and winter.  Directions for sew and no-sew included.

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Amy’s Favorite

Thankful Tree Free Printable at Craftionary

What a thoughtful way to celebrate decorate and celebrate Thanksgiving!

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Desiree’s Favorite

Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cups at Lil’ Luna

I love this idea for the kiddos Thanksgiving table!

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As always thank you for so may fabulous projects and recipes!

We hope you take a minute and button up HERE!

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We are featuring more of our favorite projects and recipes from the link party on this board!

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Here are a few things to remember before you link up!

Please make sure to share the love and grab a button here to let your readers know that you linked up with us! By linking up with The Party Bunch, you are giving permission to any of us to feature your projects and recipes on our social media with a link back to you. Thanks!


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Holiday Nog Pull Apart Bread + Neighbor Gift http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/holiday-nog-pull-apart-bread-neighbor-gift.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/holiday-nog-pull-apart-bread-neighbor-gift.html#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:04:45 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=15978

+ This Holiday Nog Pull Apart Bread post brought to you by Silk + I’m so excited for this time of year… I LOVE baking and creating goodies for my friends and neighbors. I grew-up with a Mom who kicked it into high gear for a few weeks in December every year, pumping out Holiday... 

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I’m so excited for this time of year… I LOVE baking and creating goodies for my friends and neighbors. I grew-up with a Mom who kicked it into high gear for a few weeks in December every year, pumping out Holiday goodies like peanut brittle, chocolate peanut butter bars, and fudge along with cookies galore. I remember watching both my parents working together on those scrumptious neighbor treats, and it always made my heart happy.

I remember the year when I ate SO MUCH of my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, I swore I would never eat chocolate again! It took me a few years, but I eventually found my way back.

Now that I’m the Mom, I try to come up with some fun goodie each to year to share with our friends. A few weeks ago, I was at the Pillsbury Bake-Off and was inspired. A few of the entires were fun pull-apart breads with various different flavor profiles. I thought it would be fun to have a Holiday Nog Pull Apart Bread for a neighbor gift.

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This is really just a simplified cinnamon roll with the addition of a Silk Holiday Nog glaze on top. Why Silk Holiday Nog you ask?

Well… First off, I LOVE it! It has all the Holiday flavor without all the guilt. It is free of dairy, egg, casein, MSG & lactose. It has no cholesterol or saturated fat and has a fraction of the calories of traditional Egg Nog. It’s the perfect Holiday treat minus the guilt. I thought it would be the perfect flavor profile for my pull-apart bread!

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Now, the real secret to this pull apart bread is how EASY it is to make! You will look like you slaved over it for hours, but no… It really only took minutes to make. Here’s how you make it.

Holiday Nog Pull Apart Bread Recipe

1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets

3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning

2 teaspoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of Swedish Pearl Sugar (optional)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon Silk Holiday Nog

​pinch of salt

non-stick baking spray

Preheat the oven to 350˚

You will need small paper loaf baking pans to bake your bread in. This will also make it easier to give as gifts to your friends. Spray the pan with a non-stick baking spray and set aside.

Open your Pillsbury dough and unroll on a clean surface and brush with melted butter.

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Then sprinkle the entire surface with pumpkin pie seasoning and sugars.

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I like to add the Swedish Pearl Sugar to my bread, but it’s not totally needed. It just gives it that little extra something. You can find this in most grocery stores these days in the baking isle.

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Next, cut your dough into squares roughly the width of your baking pan.

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Stack your squares, and place them in your pan.

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You should have some extra room for the dough to expand. Brush the top with more melted butter and sprinkle with more sugar.

Place in a 350˚ oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

In the meantime, you can whisk-up your glaze. In a small bowl add 1 cup of powdered sugar and pour 1 tablespoon of Silk Holiday Nog into the sugar, whisk together. The sugar should melt right into the Holiday Nog. Play with the consistency, If you like a thick glaze, don’t add as much liquid, if you like a thinner glaze, add more. Once you get your desired consistency, add a good pinch of salt. Carefully drizzle glaze over your pull-apart bread.

Package it up in a cellophane bag for your friends and neighbors. I think I am also going to add a carton of Silk Holiday Nog to the basket when deliverthis treat! It will taste so good with the bread!!

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Now this recipe makes one loaf. If you are wanting to make more than one, you will need to grab more cans of dough and double or triple the recipe.

I will have you know… NONE of the bread that I made for this post even left the house! My husband and the kiddos got to it first and they inhaled them before they even had time to cool and be photographed. Yep they are that tasty!

For more fun holiday treat ideas from Silk, sign-up for their club and get special deals as well. You can also find great ideas on the Silk Facebook page.

What’s your favorite Holiday treat to share?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Roasted Grape Pork Chops with Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/roasted-grape-pork-chops-twice-baked-potatoes.html http://whipperberry.com/2014/11/roasted-grape-pork-chops-twice-baked-potatoes.html#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:00:02 +0000 http://whipperberry.com/?p=15936

+ This Roasted Grape Pork Chops with Twice Baked Potatoes post brought to you by the folks at Pompeian + Several years ago, when my sweetheart and I were first married, I decided to try and learn how to cook a really great meal for him. I did a bunch of research and found a... 

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Several years ago, when my sweetheart and I were first married, I decided to try and learn how to cook a really great meal for him. I did a bunch of research and found a menu from one of my favorite Food Network Chefs, Tyler Florence. It was a bit ambitious for my early culinary skills, but I decided that I wanted to give it a go. It was a fun Fontina and Prosciutto Pork Chops with Grilled Polenta Squares and Roasted Grapes.

I followed the recipe to a “T” and I learned two things…

1. Those 30 minute cooking shows don’t equal 30 minutes in the kitchen for the real home cook. UGH!

2. With an amazing recipe, following each step precisely you can look like a total ROCK STAR in the kitchen!

It was one of my kitchen “ah ha” moments. I could cook, I just needed some direction. The meal was aaaamazing! We felt like we were eating at a restaurant. From that point forward, my approach to cooking was totally transformed. I took the time to learn, not just execute.  I tasted things along the way, really TASTING what I was doing. I explored as much as possible so that I developed a palette that was educated and refined. I fell in love with the art of cooking!

My husband just celebrated a birthday and when I asked what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he basically said surprise me! I decided to recreate elements of that special meal from so many years ago. Of course… This time I put my own spin on the menu!

We had Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes along with Twice Baked Potatoes, my husband’s favorite!!

I made both of these dishes with some of my new favorite cooking oils… Pompeian Avocado and Grape Seed Oil Sprays.

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Pompeian Avocado & Grapeseed Oil Spray is an innovative, unique and eco-friendly cooking spray that utilizes a powerful pouch system without the use of propellants or other artificial additives, so not a single drop is wasted and the oil is never mixed with any chemicals.

The unique spray can and pouch system also help to protect the oil from sunlight and oxygen, keeping the product fresher for longer.  Pompeian Grapeseed & Avocado Oil Spray has triple action use—drop, stream, or spray—to allow for flexibility and total portion control when cooking. And it’s FANTASTIC for high heat cooking! I’ve used it two different ways. To brown my chops before I put them in the oven and I used it to crisp my potato skins for my twice baked potatoes. Here’s how you make them…

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Roasted Grape Pork Chops with Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
 
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You will never eat porks chops the same... This brine along with the sweet grapes makes for the best pork chops ever!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4-6 thick cut pork chops
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole all-spice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1-2 cups of ice
  • Pompeian Avocado Spray
  • 1 large bunch of red grapes
Instructions
  1. You need to start your pork chops the day before you plan to serve them. The secret to these amazing chops is the brining process. You'll need a large bowl, add all of your spices.Then your salt and brown sugar.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and the pour over your salt, sugar and spice mixture. Stir to help the salt and sugar dissolve.
  3. Once the salt and sugar have dissolved into the water, add a cup or two of ice to bring down the temperature of the brine. Then slide your pork chops into the brine mixture. Add more water if needed to make sure all of the meat is totally covered.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Once you are ready to cook, remove the pork chops from the brine and dry with paper towels.
  5. Prepare your oven safe pan (I like to use cast iron) with a generous spray of Pompeian's new Avocado Oil Spray. Also, Preheat your oven to 400˚.
  6. I take the dry pork chops and season with salt & pepper and add them to a hot pan over high heat and then turn down the temp to medium high. Brown one side of the pork chops and then turn after 2 minutes or so.
  7. Add your washed grapes to the pan.
  8. Spray with the Pompeian Grapeseed Oil and place in the 400˚ oven for 10 minutes or until your pork chops are fully cooked and sitting at 145˚.
  9. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes.

 You need to start your pork chops the day before you plan to serve them. The secret to these amazing chops is the brining process. You’ll need a large bowl, add all of your spices.

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Then your salt and brown sugar.

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Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and the pour over your salt, sugar and spice mixture. Stir to help the salt and sugar dissolve.

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Once the salt and sugar have dissolved into the water, add a cup or two of ice to bring down the temperature of the brine.

add-ice-to-the-brine

Then slide your pork chops into the brine mixture. Add more water if needed to make sure all of the meat is totally covered.

Add-pork-to-the-brine

Cover and refrigerate overnight. Once you are ready to cook, remove the pork chops from the brine and dry with paper towels.

Prepare your oven safe pan (I like to use cast iron) with a generous spray of Pompeian’s new Avocado Oil Spray. Also, Preheat your oven to 400˚.

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Then I take the dry pork chops and season with salt & pepper and add them to a hot pan over high heat and then turn down the temp to medium high.

Season-the-pork-chops

Brown one side of the pork chops and then turn after 2 minutes or so.

Brown-pork-chops

Add your washed grapes to the pan.

Roasted-Grape-Pork-Chops

Spray with the Pompeian Grapeseed Oil and place in the 400˚ oven for 10 minutes or until your pork chops are fully cooked and sitting at 145˚. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes.

Twice Baked Potatoes + Recipe

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Twice Baked Potatoes
 
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These are my husbands all-time favorites. We have them every year for his birthday... YES, they are totally worth the extra time!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 large baking potatoes
  • Pompeian Avocado Oil Spray
  • 1 cup chive flavored cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • fresh chives
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash and poke your potatoes with a knife and bake at 350˚ for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool for a bit. Cut potatoes in half, remove the flesh of the potato into a large bowl.
  2. Spray your potato skins with Pompeian Avocado Spray.
  3. Place in a 400˚ oven for 10 minutes to crisp the potato skins.
  4. In the mean time add your other ingredients the cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheese salt & pepper and fresh chives to the potatoes.
  5. Using a potato masher, mix well, but don't over mix.
  6. I prefer my twice baked potatoes to still have the look and feel of potato rather than a smooth mashed potato consistency.
  7. Spoon your potato mixture back into the crisp potato skins and place in a 350˚ oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and top with more shredded cheddar cheese and place back in the oven just until the cheese is melted. Remove and garnish with fresh chives.
  9. Serve along side the pork chops and roasted grapes. You'll be surprised... if you like apples with pork chops, you're going to LOVE roasted grapes with your favorite meat! Give it a go and let me know what you think!

 Wash and poke your potatoes with a knife and bake at 350˚ for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool for a bit. Cut potatoes in half…

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Remove the flesh of the potato into a large bowl.

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Spray your potato skins with Pompeian Avocado Spray.

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Place in a 400˚ oven for 10 minutes to crisp the potato skins. In the mean time add your other ingredients the cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheese salt & pepper and fresh chives to the potatoes.

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Using a potato masher, mix well, but don’t over mix.

add-salt-and-pepper-to-potato-mixture

I prefer my twice baked potatoes to still have the look and feel of potato rather than a smooth mashed potato consistency.

Spoon your potato mixture back into the crisp potato skins and place in a 350˚ oven for 20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and top with more shredded cheddar cheese and place back in the oven just until the cheese is melted. Remove and garnish with fresh chives.

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Serve along side the pork chops and roasted grapes. You’ll be surprised… if you like apples with pork chops, you’re going to LOVE roasted grapes with your favorite meat! Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer + This post is brought to you by Pompeian. I have received product and compensation for my time and recipe development. Please know, that I will only post about products that I truly love and use in my everyday life!

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