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12 Decadent Dessert Recipes (with BEER!)

Tis the season for sweaters, pumpkins, scarves, and boots…which means it’s also time for hot apple cider, strong coffee, and tasty stouts and porters.

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I could easily drink stout year-round, but I love it even more in the fall.  Often flavored with chocolate or coffee, stouts are the perfect ingredient to add to chocolate cakes and pies for added depth and flavor.

I’ve used Guinness in my baking before (check out my recipe for Guinness cupcakes!), but there are so many other (and BETTER) stouts and porters to use in your fall and winter baking…

So crack open some cold ones (for baking) and pour some whisky (for drinking) and enjoy these 12 chocolatey, decadent desserts all made with beer.

12 Decadent Dessert Recipes Made with Beer

Bacon and Beer Cookie Bars

Rich Beer Brownies

Beer Mousse

Beeramasu

Beer Cheesecake

Beer Cherry Pie

Guinness Chocolate Sauce

Coffee Stout Cookies

Rich Stout Fudge

Guinness Brownies

Vanilla Stout Pecan Pie

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Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer

Looking for a sweet n’ bubbly drink for 4th of July or an upcoming BBQ or bridal shower?  This Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer is a tasty and refreshing way to cool down this summer.

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Garnished with beautiful pomegranate seeds and a fresh slice of lime, this drink is incredibly easy to make and great for a crowd.  You could also serve these spritzers for Christmas (it’s only 6 months away, people!).

Make sure to use a good white wine for this…Pinot Grigio is probably best, though a Riesling would also work if you dig sweet wines.

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Also, if you’re nervous about seeding a pomegranate or can’t find fresh pomegranates at your local grocery store, you can often find just the seeds in the refrigerated section of the produce isle.

 

Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer

Ingredients:
*Makes 1 drink

  • ½ cup seltzer water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 2 lime wedges

Instructions: 

Add ice to glass.  Add wine, top with seltzer water.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds and lime wedge.

 

 

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Seasonal Produce Printables

One of my favorite things about summer is going to local farmers markets.  For those of us who live in the Midwest, it’s often hard to find fresh seasonal produce at our local stores, so whenever the farmer’s markets come to town, we do our best to stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

And one of the best ways to buy your produce is to know what’s in season when you’re out shopping.  Buying produce when it’s in season often means fresher, cheaper, and tastier ingredients…and who doesn’t love that?

To help you learn what is in season when, here are some handy printables so you can see what fruits, veggies, and herbs are in season every month of the year.  Happy shopping!

Looking for clever ways to use your favorite herbs?  Check out this herb printable for some handy ideas!

SUMMER PRODUCE

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FALL PRODUCE

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WINTER PRODUCE

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SPRING PRODUCE

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Download All Produce Printables Here!

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14 Tasty and Easy Desserts for 2

Happy early Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day!)!  If you pride yourself on the last-minute hunt for Valentine’s Day gifts, then you’re in luck…because these 14 Tasty and Easy Desserts for Two make the perfect gift for your sweetie (or your group of gals!).

Whether you’re craving cookies, cakes, or brownies, these yummy desserts are sure to hit the sweet spot…and best of all, most of these recipes only make 2-4 servings…so waste not, want not!

So this year, forget the cheesy gifts…impress your Valentine with a tasty dessert you can split and share!

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14 Tasty and Easy Desserts for 2

Tasty Biegnets for 2
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Chocolate Fondue
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Cinnamon Apple Dessert Chimichangas
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Fluffy S’mores Dip
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Small Batch Brownies
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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Recipe
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Berry Crisps for Two
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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls for Two
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Pink Raspberry Vanilla Cakes
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Cherry Chocolate Mug Cake
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Mini Pear Cranberry Crisps
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Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookies
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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
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Chocolate Cupcakes for 2
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33 Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Whether you love it or ya hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming nonetheless.

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A holiday with a very confusing and questioned history, Valentine’s Day is supposedly named after St. Valentine, who performed secret marriages and was executed for his crime on February 14th.

Now both celebrated and loathed by people all over the world, Valentine’s Day is a $17 billion a year industry and is easily the lifeblood for companies such as American Greetings, Hallmark, Hersheys, and – believe it or not – a WIDE assortment of home pregnancy test companies.

So, whether you indulge in flowers and chocolates or you hide under a blanket and wait for all the ooy gooy stuff to end, here are 33 Fun Facts (you’re sure to LOVE!) About Valentine’s Day!

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33 Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

  1. There are several theories as to how Valentine’s Day started, the most popular being that when Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages.  He was imprisoned for his actions and was executed on February 14th.
  2. Supposedly while St. Valentine was in jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and wrote her a love letter before his execution. He signed it, “from your Valentine”.
  3. Adding to the confusion is that there have been approximately eight St. Valentines throughout history. The two most likely to have inspired Valentine’s Day are Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome, though some scholars speculate that they are actually the same person.
  4. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned to their sleeves for one week for everyone to see.  This is supposedly the origin of the expression, “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
  5. According to several sources, it was Henry VIII – the same man who would behead all his wives for not giving him sons – who officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine in 1537.
  6. Apparently girls have been playing love games around Valentine’s Day since the holiday’s inception! In England around 1700, girls would pin four bay leaves to their pillows and eat a hard-boiled egg, including the shell, the night before Valentine’s Day.  If she dreamed of a boy that night, she would soon marry him.
  7. Girls would also write boys’ names on small pieces of paper and cover them with clay. They’d drop them in the water and, when the clay broke, the papers would float to the top.  The first name the girl could read would predict who she would marry.
  8. Based on retail statistics, about 3% of pet owners (or at least 9 million people) will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  9. About 15% of US women will send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
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  10. On average, about 196 million red roses are produced for Valentine’s Day each year.
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  11. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.
  12. Today, over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day…and more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
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  13. The first recorded Valentine card sent was in February 1415 by the English Duke of Orleans. He sent a love letter to his wife from his jail cell in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt.  The letter is currently on display in The British Museum.
  14. Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.
  15. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year around February 14th. This makes Valentine’s Day the second-largest card holiday behind Christmas.
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  16. In totality, Valentine’s Day is a $17.4 billion holiday.
  17. Hallmark produced its first Valentine card in 1913.
  18. Lace is often used on Valentine’s Day decorations. The word ‘lace’ comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net”, or to catch a person’s heart.
  19. Some of the oldest handmade Valentine cards are rebuses, or a puzzle or riddle using pictures. For example, a picture of a bee and a picture of a gold mine would indicate the sentiment, “Be Mine”.
  20. Esther Howland was the first person to create Valentines to sell in the US. She patented a lacy Valentine in 1844 – making well over $100,000 by 1860.
  21. On average, about 11,000 children are conceived on Valentine’s Day each year.
  22. So, not surprisingly, more at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than any other month of the year.
  23. Penicillin, a popular treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929.
  24. February 14th is also V-Day, a day meant to help raise awareness to end violence against women and girls. It started as a benefit back in 1998 inspired by the work of Eve Ensler, the playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues.
  25. There are about 8 billion candy hearts made each year…enough to stretch from Valentine, Arizona to Rome, Italy about 20 times back and forth.
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  26. Nearly 10 new candy heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions have included “Yeah Right”, “Puppy Love”, and “Call Home”.
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  27. Those little conversation hearts also have a shelf life of about 5 years.
  28. In terms of gifts, about 65% of the US will receive at least one greeting card. Other popular gifts include date nights (44%), candy (38%), flowers (32%), gift cards (29%), and plush toys (21%).
  29. The average consumer spends about $100 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals, and entertainment.
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  30. Roughly 63% of men and 69% of women think it’s cliché to get engaged or married on Valentine’s Day.
  31. However, roughly 4 million Americans expect to propose or to be proposed to over Valentine’s Day.
  32. In the 1900’s, the Chicago Post Office refused to deliver about 25,000 Valentine postcards because the messages were not nice. These cards came to be known as “vinegar Valentines”.
  33. Valentine Writers were booklets written in 1823 to help those who couldn’t think up Valentine verses on their own.

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5 Beautiful Winter Salads

Oh salad…how I love and hate you.

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I know they’re health and all that, but seriously…WHERE’S THE FLAVOR??  Salads often come drenched in dressing and are packed with veggies that are bland and water-logged.  No. Thanks.

If I’m gonna jump aboard the salad train, I’m making it myself…and these five stunningly beautiful winter salads are just the ticket!

Packed with flavor, color, and nutrients, these salads make great lunches or dinners…or could even be served alongside a chicken breast or pork chop.

The great thing about these winter salads is that they’re packed with seasonal ingredients…no where will you find meely tomatoes and soggy cucumbers that are all out of season…these salads feature bright and juicy pomegranate seeds, seasonal nuts and berries, Brussels sprouts, kale, and a whole slew of other vegetables that you can easily find at the store during these cold winter months.

So keep in mind that not all salad is created alike.  You CAN have a healthy salad that actually tastes GOOD with these tasty and easy winter salad recipes!

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Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Saladsalad1

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
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Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
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Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Saladsalad4

Pomegranate Pecan Salad with Cinnamon Applessalad5

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10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

Chicago has already seen some freezing cold days…and going into February, I’m sure it’s only going to get worse…

But there’s one thing that can easily help when it’s too cold to play outside…BOOZE.  Whether you like warm drinks or cold ones, these 10 Winter Cocktails to Warm Your Soul are sure to get you in a better mood when the blistery winds blow.

Enjoy these tasty beverages with friends and family around the fireplace, or make your own virgin batch so you can enjoy it with the kids!  Spicy, bold and bursting with winter flavors, these cocktails will have you falling in love with winter all over again.

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  1. Spiced Irish Coffee
  2. Crock Pot Mulled Wine
  3. Cranberry Orange Margaritas
  4. Apple Cider Margaritas
  5. Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate
  6. S’more Martini
  7. Apple Pie Sangria
  8. Pear and Ginger Champagne Cocktails
  9. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
  10. Maple Bourbon Chai Tea

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