Christmas Deviled Eggs

Christmas Deviled Eggs

Aren’t these Christmas deviled eggs cute?  You could also make these in Easter colors if you wanted.

Basic Instructions:

  • – Boil eggs.
  • – Slice and remove yoke.
  • – Die egg whites like you would Easter eggs with the shell on.

Tips for Peeling Boiled Eggs:

  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover them with cool water by 1 inch.
  2. Slowly bring water to a boil over medium/medium high heat.
  3. When the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes.
  4. Transfer eggs to a strainer and place under cool running water to stop the eggs from cooking.
  5. Once eggs are cooled they can be peeled immediately.  You could also refrigerate them till you’re ready to peel and die them the next day.

Dying Eggs 101:

  • Drop the food color into wide mouth glasses and then add water.
  • Carefully drop the egg white halves.
  • Don’t forget, the longer you let the eggs sit in the food color, the darker the colors will be.

Enjoy!!

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

I’ve loved pumpkin rolls since I was a kid.  I mean LOVE them!  I always had someone who lived by me who made them and either gave them to me or that I bought them from.  That is, until I moved to North Carolina.  I was pumpkin roll-less and sad until one day my friend Laura from AnotherCentSaved told me about how she had made these amazing pumpkin rolls with a recipe she bought at an auction.  Being the good friend that she is she shared the recipe with me and I’ve been forever grateful.  Now I’m passing this recipe on to you and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have.  Please do your part and share this wonderful recipe with someone you love or pin it so others can find it.

Pumpkin Roll
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Unknown
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Serves: 8
This moist rolled cake has a rich cream cheese filling. It’s perfect for the holidays or any time of year!
Ingredients
  • [b]Roll Ingredients:[/b]
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup Pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Lemon or lemon flavoring
  • [b]Filling Ingredients:[/b]
  • 1 8 oz Brick of cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 cup Confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Grease and flour your pan with shortening and flour. 9×13 short sided jelly roll pan or a large cookie sheet works too!
  3. In large bowl mix all roll ingredients together.
  4. Bake at 375* for 15 minutes.
  5. Dampen a linen cloth, lay on the counter, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
  6. Gently flip cake onto the towel.
  7. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it.
  8. Place the cake-in-towel, on a cooling rack cool for 25 minutes. Make sure air is circulating under the cake so it will cook quicker and softer.
  9. Make filling in a separate bowl by mixing cream cheese, butter, vanilla and confectioners sugar til smooth. (Don’t leave any lumps)
  10. After your 25 minutes of cooling has finished, unroll cake, spread the filling evenly, and re-roll quickly.
  11. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the roll. (Optional)
  12. Cut off both ends so it looks uniform and wrap in waxed paper.
  13. Cut into slices before serving.
  14. It will keep up to two weeks like this or you can freeze it by wrapping it in plastic wrap, then again in foil, and finally placing it in a seal-able plastic bag. Defrost before serving.

Soundfreaq Sound Spot #SoundSpot #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review.

Finding a gift my husband will LOVE is very difficult.  Granted, he’s very sweet when he gets any gift but I can tell when he truly loves a gift and when he doesn’t.  Because I like to see his face light up I search and search for the perfect gift.  Every Christmas he asks for a new CD.  This year it was The Avett Brothers, before that it was She & Him, and the year before that it was The Old 97s.  This year it dawned on me to get him something to help amplify his latest playlist – a speaker!  He’s always listening to music from his iPad in the morning while getting ready, while doing odds and ends around the house, and while cooking {yes, he cooks, he’s amazing!}.

When the Soundfreaq speakers arrived I couldn’t help but give him this gift early.  I was so excited that I didn’t bother to wrap them.  As soon as he came home I presented him with the box it was shipped in and said, “Merry Christmas” with my biggest smile.  I held my breath as he opened the packages and briefly read over the instructions before trying out the Bluetooth technology for himself.  After fiddling for a few minutes, his face lit up and I let out a deep sigh.  He liked it!!

We played music all evening and I have to tell you that the clarity of the speakers is pretty amazing!  I’m not a speaker/tech person so I didn’t think I could tell a difference at all.  I just thought it would be louder but, for lack of a better word, it was a lot better.

Soundfreaq Speakers

When I came home the next day I found Mike grilling outside with his new Bluetooth speakers hooked together {for even better amplification}.  He loves them and I’m so happy to have found a gift that he likes!   Recently, we listened to one of Pandora’s many Christmas channels while decorating our Christmas tree.  I thought it was great that we could have our own Christmas channel playing loudly in our living room as opposed to a quite iPad or a radio with obnoxious songs and commercials.  It was lovely.

We have these speakers nestled on each side of our TV at the moment but we haven’t decided where to keep them permanently.  We’re thinking one for the bedroom and one for the living room but nothing is certain yet.  Speaking of where we would put them, don’t they look good?  Come on,  you notice things like that too, right?  They have a sleek symmetric design that allows them to blend into any home’s decor.  The black is classy and the wooden/white one is more modern.  I’m glad I have one of each because I can’t decide which one I like the best.

We’ve boasted of these speakers so much that a few of our friends are looking into purchasing them.  They really are fabulous!  If you or someone you know could benefit from a no fuss wireless speaker system, look no further than Soundfreaq!

Pecan Tassies Recipe

Pecan Tassies - Yum!

Pecan Tassies are sweet little tarts made with a soft and flaky cream cheese pastry and a ooey gooey filling full of chopped pecans.  You might say they are a miniature pecan pies!  Both of my grandma’s made these at Christmas and now my mom and I do.  I hope these will become a part of your holidays just like they are a part of mine.

Quick tip: Pecan Tassies are delicious warm, cold, or at room temperature.  Plus, they freeze very well which makes them ideal for the Christmas season.  Enjoy!

Pecan Tassies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Better Homes & Gardens
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Serves: 24
These little pecan tarts are absolutely delicious and look lovely on a Christmas tray. The recipe says it serves 24 but nobody can only eat one!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. For pastry, in a mixing bowl beat the 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese until combined. Stir in the flour. Press a rounded teaspoon of pastry evenly into the bottom and up the sides of 24 ungreased 1 3/4-inch muffin cups.
  2. For pecan filling, in a bowl beat egg, brown sugar, and the 1 tablespoon melted butter until combined. Stir in pecans. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling into each pastry-lined muffin cup. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is puffed. Cool slightly in pan. Carefully transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Makes 24 cookies.

 

Tools to Cook a Great Holiday Bird + a Great Giveaway!

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Ten Degrees Can Make or Break Your Holiday Bird.

This is a post written by my friend Jesse.  He knows meat and his way around a thermometer.  He’s here to give you and me some pointers on roasting the perfect bird for the holidays.  There’s no longer a need to eat overcooked turkey “just in case.”

Thermapen and ChefAlarm: The Ultimate Combo

When roasting a turkey, many people have had great success using an oven alarm thermometer in conjunction with their Super-Fast Thermapen.

They are often used in tandem because the Thermapen® cannot be left in the oven to continuously monitor internal temperatures. Even though a Thermapen is fast enough for you to open and close an oven door with minimal heat loss, a great cook knows that any fluctuations in temperature are not helpful when trying to produce an evenly cooked roast.

The new ChefAlarm® oven thermometer is the ideal solution for monitoring a turkey as it roasts. Use ChefAlarm’s Pro-Series® High Temp Penetration Probe (range up to 572°F) to monitor the internal temperature of the bird as it cooks. Temperature information is relayed by a high-temp cable (range up to 700°F) to the meter, which sits on the counter beside the oven.

Chef AlarmChefAlarm shows you a continuous display of real-time temperatures making it possible to know what’s happening without having to open the oven door. Set a high alarm to sound when you’ve reached your target internal temperature. A low alarm comes in handy during the resting process, but more on that later.

Prior to placing your turkey in the oven, insert the High Temp Penetration Probe into the thickest part of the turkey breast. Position the probe tip toward the center making sure to stay away from the cavity and bone. Set the high alarm to sound at least 10° below your final target temperature.

The only drawback to using an oven alarm thermometer on its own is that you can only monitor one location at a time (i.e. where you place the probe). That’s where using the Thermapen with ChefAlarm can be a real advantage.

ChefAlarm lets you know when you’re getting close to your target temperature, and the Thermapen confirms the temperature in several locations. When your alarm sounds, probe the breast and thigh on both sides with your Thermapen to ensure you’re getting an even distribution of heat and not overcooking your turkey.Thermapen

When your high alarm sounds and you’ve confirmed that temperatures are right where you want them, it’s time to let the meat rest for at least 30 minutes. As latent heat on the surface of the bird makes its way to the center you’re likely to see temperature increase by as much as 10 to 12°. Keep your High Temp Penetration Probe in place and monitor this rise as it happens.

The continuous Max temperature display will show you how hot the bird got when you stepped away. Set the low alarm to sound when your turkey’s temperature has met, or dipped below the temperature at which it’s ready to serve.

Ideal temperatures (after the rest) for the breast and thigh are 157°F and 169°F respectively. If you’re worried about serving turkey below the USDA recommended 165°F (i.e. 157° in the breast), consider what Food Scientist Jeff Potter writes in Cooking for Geeks, “pasteurization time for poultry at 155°F is less than one minute.” Use your Thermapen to ensure that your stuffing has reached at least 165°F.

If you’re currently only using one of these tools (the Thermapen or ChefAlarm), you’re doing pretty good. On their own, each instrument has its strengths. But, using them together will go a long way to ensure that a perfectly cooked turkey is on your list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

**Okay, this is Ashley now.**  He has some good advice, doesn’t he?

ChefAlarm Giveaway

How would you like to win a ChefAlarm or a Thermapen?  Right now ThermoWorks is giving away Thermapens on their Facebook page so go and like Thermapen on Facebook for a chance to win!  You could also check out my husband’s Thermapen review or take advantage of Thermapen’s Buddy Sale happening right now.

 

Here’s a great homemade stuffing recipe that will go great with turkey.

Homemade Stuffing Recipe