Fabulous Fridays! 6 {Link Party}

We are now officially into the Christmas season and I LOVE it!  We have had a Christmas Party over at our Facebook page, if you missed head over and check it out.  We had some great food, drinks and project ideas shared!

Last weeks Fabulous Fridays! had so many really fantastic recipes and ideas if you missed it go catch up but I’ll share just a few of the awesome links we saw.

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies from Your Homebased Mom

 

If you’ve never been over to visit Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom you are really missing out.  She is one of my favorite bloggers and you will love her site.  She had great recipes, beautiful crafts and a great sense of humor too.

 

Crazy Mixed up Turtles

Crazy Mixed-Up Turtles from {I Love} My Disorganized Life

Rachel over at I Love My Disorganized Life is fantastic and so are her turtles.  Stacey and I recently got to meet Rachel at a meet up for local bloggers and let me tell you that she is a lot of fun and her personality really comes through in her blog.  Head over after you’ve linked up and check her out.

 

Tart Cranberry Cheesecake

Tart Cranberry Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust from Sweet Boutique

Doesn’t this look great? The cranberries on top are sugared whole cranberries.  I think this is beautiful and it sounds like a great balance of tart and sweet.  Stephanie has a great site that makes me want to stay on and just read through everything.

 

Alright it’s party time!!! Link up your crafts, recipes or projects, anything that you’ve been up to this week.

 

  •  Make sure to link up your own work, if it’s a round up please link your picture.
  • Please don’t link up your giveaways or Etsy shops.
  • We’re all friends here.  Visit a couple of friends’ links and make sure that you leave them a comment.  We all love getting comments, right?!
  • Please grab our Fabulous Fridays! button below or include a link back to us somewhere on your post or link party page.
  • We will feature some of our favorites next week.  By linking up you are authorizing us to use your photo to promote your post on our site, Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest.
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Thanks guys and have fun linking!

 

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Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

Who loves pineapple?  My family and I sure do, and Pineapple Casserole is a perfect side dish, especially with ham!  When I spent an Easter with my husband’s family years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to this super yummy casserole.  I kept going back to the table to get another piece.  It has been at many family gatherings since then and I enjoy it every time!

My mother-in-law just gave me a big pile of her family recipes, including Pineapple Casserole.  I am so excited to try all of them, but I started with this side dish last night.  I was making ham and thought it would be a great addition to the meal.  My husband, son and I each ate a large portion!

4.5 from 2 reviews

 Pineapple Casserole
 
Pineapple Casserole is a delicious side dish and is especially perfect with ham! It is easy to make and is great for the holidays!
Author:
Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 pieces white bread, cubed (see notes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugar together
  3. Beat the eggs really well and add to the butter and sugar
  4. Mix well
  5. Add the drained pineapple and stir
  6. Add the cubed bread and mix everything really well
  7. Grease an 8×8 pan (see notes)
  8. Pour mixture into the pan
  9. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes
  10. Serve warm or cold
Notes
I removed all of the crusts from the bread, but my mother-in-law does not. Either way works great! I used an 8×8 pan for a thicker casserole, but my mother-in-law has used a 9×13 for a thinner casserole and to last longer with a bigger crowd

Cranberry Delight

Cranberry Delight is a super refreshing cocktail that also adds some festive color to your drink!  I think it is appropriate to have a red drink for December. The combination of cherry, cranberry, and lemonade is pretty amazing and I love that this drink has something diet in it! That is pretty rare for a cocktail, so give one a try and enjoy! It is perfect to sip while decorating the house for Christmas, or just to enjoy while relaxing. I brought all my Christmas decorations in the house today. Wow, my house is full of boxes, but I am figuring out where to put everything, while sipping a Cranberry Delight.

Cranberry Delight
 
Cranberry Delight is a yummy cocktail that combines cherry, lemonade, and cranberry! Enjoy while relaxing, or decorating your house for Christmas!
Author:
Recipe type: cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 oz Pinnacle Cherry Whipped Vodka
  • 1 oz Pucker Lemonade Lust Vodka
  • 5 oz. Diet Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker
  2. Shake away
  3. Pour into a glass
  4. Enjoy

 

Egg & Sausage Casserole

 

When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to get downstairs and see what Santa had left for us.  My parents on the other hand couldn’t wait for their coffee to be done brewing and had to have the camera set up just right to get shots of us coming in the room and getting our first sight of all the presents that jolly old man had left. We would be left in our room for what seemed like an eternity waiting while they checked to make sure that Santa had left.  They told us we didn’t want to accidentally see him and then have him take all the presents back, so we waited, and waited and waited, until FINALLY someone would come in and let us know that the coast was clear!

Now I get to do this with my kids.  I love watching them run in and see everything that is under our tree.  We have a big family and I have very generous parents and so it is usually a crazy sight.  I don’t want to miss a thing to go cook breakfast but that big bunch tend to get hungry towards the end of the present session.  One thing I never want to see is a group of sleep deprived, hungry adults.  Who knows what could happen.  We still don’t want Santa throwing us all on the naughty list and coming back for the presents! ;)  So, my solutions is to make breakfast dishes that I can get ready the night before and then just throw in the oven in the morning. This Egg and Sausage Casserole is so easy to  make and tastes great.  I found the recipe here but there are a lot out there.  I like to make it pretty basic for the holidays when I am feeding a lot of different people so that more people are happy with it.  I would love to add bell pepper, mushrooms, green onions but there are too many people in my family that wouldn’t eat that and since simple is the name of the game I go basic but delicious!

Egg & Sausage Casserole
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
This casserole of egg and sausage can be made the night before and refrigerated. The next day put it in the oven and you have breakfast. It’s perfect for the holidays!
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 eggs
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 6 slices bread, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, whatever you have on hand
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in sausage.
  2. Cook and stir until sausage is cooked through, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Beat eggs in a large bowl
  5. Stir in milk, salt, and mustard.
  6. Add bread cubes, cheese, and sausage into egg mixture.
  7. Pour into a greased 7×11-inch baking dish.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Remove casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  11. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

 

Santa Inspired Place Setting & Tablescape

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  If you follow along with the blog, you know that Stacey and I are out in AZ.  We’re in the Phoenix area so not much snow here.  That’s not to say we don’t get snow but it does melt as soon as it comse in contact with the ground and it’s not that often.  I grew up moving around a lot and we lived near Boston and Detroit for a few years.  Every year without fail we would have a white Christmas.  It wasn’t always a lot of snow but it was enough to make it look beautiful outside.  I’ve missed that and wanted my kids to enjoy that at some point too.  Well, this year as the big family Christmas present my parents are renting a big cabin for us to all stay in Flagstaff.  That’s north of here and in the mountains where we have a much better chance of having a white Christmas! Cross your fingers for us because I am so excited!

I know a lot of people put up their Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving but I was hosting and felt that I should decorate for Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving.  I did put my Mom and Dad to work decorating as soon as Thanksgiving was over though! Thanks guys, ;)  We have collected a lot of Christmas over the last few years.  My Mom is the best.  She would go to Home Goods after Christmas and pick up a bunch of stuff for us for the next year at really good great prices.  We have a small attic that is just the space above our garage but it’s filled with all of the Christmas stuff.  With that said there is always room to improve every year.

This year I am really into Santa belly decorations. I decided to finally get the red chargers at Target that I had been debating for YEARS.  I’m not really sure why it took me so long but they’re plastic and were kind of pricey. (Huh, I guess I do know why.)  Today on my trip into the Danger Zone (Target’s Christmas section) I saw that they were on clearance for $2 so I felt like it was a sign to buy. :)  So then I HAD to get the black napkins, right, and then to top it all off I had inherited some silver napkin rings from my Mom a few years back.  Don’t you just love when things fall into place.

 

The tablescape was put together with different things I’ve collected over the years.  The two “candle holders” are really planters turned upside down.  Then I have a mix of ornaments and place card holders that look like ornaments, trees and snow globes mixed around the table.  I then drizzled the gold bead garland around. For the centerpiece, I a green candle inside the vase and then filled it in with shredded plastic “snow” and sprinkled some cranberries and jingle bells on top.  I  I love that the table is so colorful and kind of childlike but with a grownup take.  That’s one of the things I love about Christmas.  Both kids and adults get excited this time of year and have so much fun together.  I love sharing family traditions with my kids and starting new traditions.  I love getting to experience the Christmas of my childhood through my kids eyes.  It’s the best!

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