Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Spiced Rum Buttercream

rum cupcakes

Banana Cupcake Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

¾ cup sugar

½ cup vegetable or canola oil

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large)

1 tbsp Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º. Line twelve regular size muffins pans with paper liners

or grease well. In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil and eggs until blended. Add

banana and rum. Beat well. Add dry ingredients and beat again until smooth.

Fill cupcake wells about 2/3 full. Bake approximately 25 minutes or until a
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Celebrate with Ho-Ho-Holiday Cocktails & Punch

The holiday season is upon us.  This year, be the “hostess with the mostest” with some perfect holiday drink recipes. Mix up some festive-favorites for both adults and children, like the Candy Cane-tini, Pomegranate Punch and Apple Cinnamon Sparkler.

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The base for each of the beverages is a sparkling water that is calorie-free, sugar-free, sodium-free and gluten-free, making them a healthier alternative to traditional, high-calorie holiday drinks. Cascade Ice flavored sparkling waters are free of calories, sugar, sodium and gluten, making them a delicious and refreshing alternative to sugary juices and sodas.
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Apple, Pecan & Blue Cheese Spread

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Cheese Spread

Makes: 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
Ingredients:
½ cup BREAKSTONE’S Greek Style Sour Cream
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese
1 apple, finely chopped
¼ cup ATHENOS Crumbled Blue Cheese
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Wild Blueberry Sauce

 

This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups

 bluberry sauce

3 cups wild blueberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Juice and zest of 1 orange

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cornstarch (for thickening if necessary)

1.    In a large saucepan, heat the wild blueberries, sugar, 1 cup water, orange juice and spices on high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 15 minutes. *If the sauce is too thin, you may add a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water) to thicken.
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Sparkling Strawberry Punch

My daughters birthday is this month and I’ve been trying to find a party drink that will win the kids over. It’s also summer so we want a nice cold refreshing drink. This is an easy recipe and I bet you can mix up different drinks for flavors you want. Use some fresh strawberries to garnish each of the glasses and make it even more pretty !

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Ingredients
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Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe

I love making this dish for several reasons, one of course it feeds a large hungry family, second it’s super easy and third you can freeze it and re-heat or cook it at a later date. It’s been super busy with school and activities which most of you can relate too. This dish is hearty, and believe it or not easy to set up.

My favorite way to make this is with garden vegetables, but you can use meat, I used peppers, zucchini and eggplant for a vegetarian dish. I have never used no boil lasagna noddles before but have been told by many they use my easy recipe with it and it comes out even quicker, you choose what you’d like!

I make it extra cheesy. 🙂

Ingredients

1lb of your choice vegetables washed, skinned and sliced (eggplant, zucchini and red bell peppers fit nicely together. Make sure they are not sliced thickly, or it will take longer to cook.
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Vegetable Bake Recipe

Here’s a great summer veggie dish-

Vegetable Bake

This vegetable bake is fast and easy. Use any soup mix you’d like or simply season it to your liking and change things up. I didn’t use soup mix this time and just tossed basil, Parmesan cheese some pepper and garlic on it. Great summer dish!

Ingredients

1 envelope soup mix (onion, garlic mushroom, even ranch dip would work just don’t use full package)

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 medium sized eggplant peeled and sliced

1 medium zucchini sliced

1 medium yellow squash sliced
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Oatmeal Bread Recipe

This is a wonderful bread, my kids eat this up just for a snack! Those that don’t or won’t go through the hassle to knead bread this bread is for you!

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water

1cup rolled oats

1/3 cup shortening, softened

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tablespoon salt

4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (this will be the water your dissolving yeast into)

1 egg

4 1/2 – 5 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

Dissolve yeast into the 1 cup warm water. Make sure it’s about 110F . Set it aside. You want to boil the other cup of water and pour oats, shortening , honey and salt in there. Stir till everything mixes together. Set this aside to cool. About lukewarm.
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