Learn how to make your own Cheese Crackers at home with this easy recipe. You can even add jalapeños to this recipe for spicy cheese crackers.

Most of you clearly know this by now – I am pretty much obsessed with cheese. That’s why today I’m so excited to share my recipe for these Homemade Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers.

Way back in first grade I brought cheese and crackers for snack time at school. My favorite was that sharp cheddar cheese that came in a small plastic tub and was sandwiched between two crackers. It was heaven. I don’t recall many specifics from first grade and kindergarten, but I do remember that. I think it was because one time I forgot my snack and was very upset about it. And by upset I mean totally devastated. Thankfully, being the angel that she is, my mom brought in my snack at some point during the day. It was cheese and crackers.

Cheddar and Jalaepño Cheese Crackers:

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This obsession with cheese, unlike many other things, has stayed with me into adulthood. In fact, I love just about anything with cheese.

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Armed with two of my favorite cheeses from Cracker Barrel, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I decided to make two varieties of these crackers. The first would be with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and the second would be with Jalapeño Cheese (I didn’t mean to double up on the heat, but that’s how these things go sometimes.)

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Clearly the cheese is the superstar in this recipe. The full, rich, and authentic flavor of Cracker Barrel‘s cheese shines through and packs these little bites with so much flavor you wouldn’t believe it. Plus, one package of cheese is exactly how much you’ll need to make one batch of these delights.

I was actually surprised by how easily they come together. You start with butter and lots of delicious cheese. Mix in some spices, flour, and a little water and the dough just comes together beautifully. I was amazed.

How to make Homemade Cheese Crackers:

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As I mentioned above, I made two variations of this recipe. You could use any combination of cheese that you like. You could also add in different spices and ingredients to create a really unique flavor.

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Split the dough into two equal discs and chill for thirty minutes. Once chilled, roll out thin.

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At this point, I used a pizza slicer to cut out squares. You could also use a cookie or biscuit cutter if you prefer a different shape.

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Prick each cracker with a wooden skewer or something similar in shape, pop into the oven, and prepare for your house to smell like cheddar cheese heaven.

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If you liked these cheese cracker, then you’ll enjoy these recipes:

Let’s check out the full recipe.

Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers Recipe:

Homemade Cheddar and Jalapeño Cheese Crackers

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, crackers
Learn how to make your own Cheese Crackers at home with this easy recipe. You can even add jalapeños to this recipe for spicy cheese crackers.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Extra Sharp Cracker Barrel Cheddar Cheese - shredded
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 10 slices of jarred jalapeños - finely chopped

Instructions

  • In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, cheese, salt, and pepper until blended. With the mixer on low, slowly add flour. At this point, your mixture will become dry and crumbly.
  • Mix in chopped jalapeños. Add water, one tablespoon at a time. Beat until the mixture just comes together into a ball. At this point, the mixture should be moist. If it feels wet, simply add a touch more flour. Divide the mixture into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 25 - 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough very thin, about an eighth of an inch thick.
  • Then, using a pizza slicer, cut horizontal and vertical lines into your dough to create about 1-inch square crackers. Poke each cracker with a wood skewer or fork. Place crackers on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Cool before serving. Chill in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • *To make the Jalapeño Cheese Crackers, simply omit the jalapeños and replace the Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese with Jalapeño cheese.

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I can’t begin to tell you how delicious these little suckers are. The taste is similar to those oh-so-familiar crackers you can buy in the store, but nothing compares to the freshness, flakiness, and super cheese-filled flavor of homemade goodies. You’ll be so glad you made them. And trust me on this one, you can do it! Now go give them a try and report back on your success!

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Happy cooking!

 

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To say that I’m kind of excited about this weekend would be a bit of an understatement. I’ve been talking about this for a couple months now, and the inevitable has arrived. Today marks the start of my 30th Birthday Weekend. My actual birthday is Monday, but I might as well make it a weekend-long event, right? You only turn the big 3-0 once, right?

My friends and I are planning a trip north to do some wine tasting, antiquing, and sightseeing. We may even stop at a casino to try our luck at the penny slots. It should be a blast of a day, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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I thought a round of Drinks and Links would be the perfect way to kick off the weekend! I’m super excited to bring you today’s recipe. It’s a Pineapple, Mango, Basil Sangria. Last week when I was in Chicago I was served one of these as part of a fabulous dinner. While I didn’t have the exact recipe, I got creative and made a pretty close, if not better, replica at home.

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This is such a fun take on traditional sangria. It’s really fresh and not overly sweet. Instead of the usual brandy, I used St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur. It gives a unique flavor and freshness to the drink. I will warn you – it’s a bit expensive (about $30-35 per bottle), but it’s worth every penny! Also, mangoes are readily available in the supermarket these days and are so sweet and juicy. They make a great little garnish.

Pineapple, Mango and Basil Sangria | Inspired by Charm

 

Pineapple, Mango, and Basil Sangria

Here's what you will need:

1 bottle of dry white wine (I used Cupcake Vineyard's Pinot Grigio.)
2 1/2 cups of pineapple juice
1 cup St. Germain
1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1 cup fresh mango, diced
6-8 basil leaves, chopped into 1-inch pieces

Let's mix up a few drinks:

Put all of the ingredients into a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve in a glass with ice.

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Yep, it’s really that simple! This might easily become my favorite drink for those late-summer evenings on the porch. It also gives me an excuse to use up some of my basil that is growing like a weed.

Now, in true drinks and links fashion, let’s check out what’s inspired me this week.

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Cheers to these awesome people:

Any other Drop Dead Diva fans out there? It’s the only show that I watch religiously throughout the summer.

Although, I’m not the biggest Ikea fan, I am always excited to browse their annual catalog. The 2014 issue is out!

Four way to be happy NOW! More awesomeness from the always inspiring The Simply Luxurious Life.

Did you hear the good news? H&M just opened their online store to U.S. costumers! I am pretty excited about this. They even have a home line!

What changed you? Things to think about from Oh Joy!

This rainbow cake from The Cake Blog is gorgeous!

I’m so excited to see my DIY Dot Table Runner featured on both The Huffington Post Home and Centsational Girl’s Best of the Blogoshere. It’s such an honor!

In a really strange way, I am kind of loving Selena Gomez’s new CD. In fact, the other night it helped my run three and a half miles in 28 minutes. I was so excited. I’m also really looking forward to The Civil Wars’ new album which comes out on Tuesday.

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All right, I’m off to enjoy a fabulous weekend. Feel free to follow along on Instagram if you want to see what I’m doing to celebrate my big day. It should be pretty fun! You can find me at @inspiredbycharm. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to my Uncle Bill, I will leave you with this…

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

To say that I’m kind of excited about this weekend would be a bit of an understatement. I’ve been talking about this for a couple months now, and the inevitable has arrived. Today marks the start of my 30th Birthday Weekend. My actual birthday is Monday, but I might as well make it a weekend-long […]




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As I mentioned earlier this week, my overall diet for the summer has been downright terrible. Because of this, I’m now convinced that diet really does affect a person’s mood. A diet heavy on sweets, carbs, and a few beers here and there has left me feeling so tired and sluggish. This week when I went grocery shopping I filled my cart with fruits, veggies, yogurt, almonds, and lots of other healthy goodies!

That means I’ve been eating lots of salads, oatmeal for breakfast, and snacking on fruits. I’ve also been drinking a lot more water. And you know what, I’m already feeling more energized and focused. It’s actually pretty amazing. I wanted to share my Tuesday night dinner with you as I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I think it would make an awesome main course for a small get together. I’m calling it a Veggie Wedgie Salad.

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Fair warning, this is one of those no-recipe recipes. I’ll share what I did, but feel free to mix it up and serve it any way you like. I think the real trick here is the presentation.

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Veggie Wedgie Salad

Here’s what you’ll need for one salad:

1 head of romaine lettuce, cut in half
1 cup vegetables, diced
1/2 cup chicken, diced
2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup croutons
2 tablespoons light blue cheese dressing

Let’s get cooking:

Lay the halved head of romaine lettuce on a plate. Sprinkle with diced vegetable, chicken, cheese, and croutons. Then drizzle with blue cheese dressing.

That’s it!

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You can use whatever vegetables you love. For this particular salad, I used cherry tomatoes, corn, carrots, green olives, and red onion. I highly recommend this combination. What I particularly love is that all the veggies are diced into small pieces. This way, when you are eating the salad you are able to get a little bit of everything in one bite. It takes a little more time to prepare, but it is totally worth it. I learned that little trick from my grandparents.

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I also decided to use those slate boards I got a while back. With things set slightly off center, it’s such a unique way to present the salad. Plus, there is room for your flatware!

Give it a try and let me know what you think. What combination of ingredients do you like on your salad?

 

As I mentioned earlier this week, my overall diet for the summer has been downright terrible. Because of this, I’m now convinced that diet really does affect a person’s mood. A diet heavy on sweets, carbs, and a few beers here and there has left me feeling so tired and sluggish. This week when I […]




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This Homemade Pizza Bread recipe has quickly become a go-to appetizer recipe for me. It’s versatility and great pizza flavor makes it a party favorite!

My A Year of Yeast series has been running for more than half a year now. That’s kind of hard to believe. Needless to say, yeast and I have become good buddies at this point.

Although the fear has pretty much subsided, I still have no idea how to tell if some of the breads are baked the whole way through. I just follow the recipe and thankfully, they haven’t let me down yet. Today we are making this crazy delicious pizza bread recipe!

This Homemade Pizza Bread is a fabulous #appetizer #recipe that's packed with flavor. #pizza #bread

Of all of the recipes I’ve tried thus far, today’s is probably my favorite (with the Cinnamon Bun Bites being a close second). I made Homemade Pizza Bread! I actually discovered this recipe a few years ago. When it recently popped up on Pinterest again, I took it as I sign that I needed to make the bread.

This Homemade Pizza Bread is one of my favorite appetizers. Customize it with your own favorite "toppings". #pizza #bread #homemade #recipe

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How to Make Homemade Pizza Bread:

Now, I know everyone has their favorite Pizza Bread recipe. My dad’s wife has a recipe that is fantastic! This one is a little different as all the ingredients are incorporated into the dough. The resulting bread is really, really sensational. There is flavor everywhere. A layer of cheese inside and a side of marinara sauce bring it all together.

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What I love about this recipe is that you can change the “toppings” to suit you or the folks you’re fixing it for. When I was putting this all together I was thinking of so many fun combinations. I’m hoping to try a few and I’ll report back when I do.

The actual bread part is pretty basic so the options are truly endless.

This Homemade Pizza Bread is a fabulous #appetizer #recipe that's packed with flavor. #pizza #bread

This Homemade Pizza Bread is a fabulous #appetizer #recipe that's packed with flavor. #pizza #bread

This time round, I decided to use pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, black olives, red pepper, green pepper, roasted garlic, and Parmesean. It’s like a supreme pizza.

This Homemade Pizza Bread is one of my favorite appetizers. Customize it with your own favorite "toppings". #pizza #bread #homemade #recipe

The original recipe comes from The Ivory Hut. She calls her loaf Crazy Pizza Bread. I actually ended up changing her recipe quite a bit because I felt there wasn’t enough dough. I was afraid I was going to get a pretty small loaf. I was glad I opted for a larger size because this stuff is sensational. Either way, a big thanks to The Ivory Hut.

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Okay, enough chatter. Let’s make some bread!

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Looking for more appetizer recipes? These are some of my favorites:

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Seriously, other than chopping all of the ingredients, this Homemade Pizza Bread is easy peasy. I highly recommend it even to you newbie bread makers. It’s a perfect loaf to test your skills. Plus, your friends and family (It’s OK if it’s just for you. – I don’t judge.) will love it.

This Homemade Pizza Bread is one of my favorite appetizers. Customize it with your own favorite "toppings". #pizza #bread #homemade #recipe

Happy baking, everyone! Does your family have a go-to homemade pizza bread? Tell me all about it or share a link to the recipe in the comments.

Pizza Bread Recipe:

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Homemade Pizza Bread


Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: appetizer, dough, pizza, pizza bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
This Homemade Pizza Bread recipe has quickly become a go-to appetizer recipe for me. It's versatility and great pizza flavor makes it a party favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ½ cups favorite toppings, diced - (I used pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, green onions, black olives, red pepper, green pepper, and roasted garlic.)
  • ½ cup Parmesan
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let it sit for 3 minutes. Add in flour, salt, and sugar. Mix using a spoon just until it comes together. (There's no need for a big stand mixer here.)
  • Add in the toppings and Parmesan and combine well. The dough will be tacky. Dust with a bit more flour if it feels too tacky. Let rise for about 1 hour, then put in the refrigerator to continue rising for another hour.
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Flour your countertop, then roll out the dough into a rectangle about 11×17”.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella over top. Then, fold along the long side, like an envelope. Seal sides so cheese is not exposed. Let your loaf rest while you preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Bake the bread, either on a pizza stone or baking sheet, for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown.
  • About halfway through I added a piece of aluminum foil to the top of my loaf to prevent it from getting too dark. About 3 minutes before taking it out, lightly brush the top with olive oil and let it finish baking. Let rest on a wire rack to cool slightly before slicing.

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This Homemade Pizza Bread recipe has quickly become a go-to appetizer recipe for me. It’s versatility and great pizza flavor makes it a party favorite! My A Year of Yeast series has been running for more than half a year now. That’s kind of hard to believe. Needless to say, yeast and I have become […]




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These Frozen Watermelon Margaritas are a delicious and refreshing cocktail perfect for summer sipping!

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Watermelon Margaritas:

During the summer one of my favorite things to snack on is watermelon. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s sweet and can sometimes fill those cravings for cake and cookies.

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of folks around the blogosphere making watermelon drinks, so I decided to join the club!

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My dad is incredibly good at picking the perfect watermelon. I’m getting better.

There are two things I look for when choosing a melon. First, a big yellow spot on the bottom. Second, a melon that feels heavy for its size.

These two criteria work pretty well for me, but I’ve also found that certain grocery stores have better watermelons than others.

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How to Make Watermelon Margaritas:

All right, it’s time for the drink. This is my take on a Watermelon Margarita. Let me tell you, if you like watermelon, it’s insanely delicious.

I also love this drink because you can easily eliminate the liquor and salt rim and you have a really fabulous watermelon cooler. Let’s whip up a couple so I can show you what I mean.

 

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This recipe makes two fairly large drinks. Using smaller glasses, you could probably get four servings.

Looks pretty refreshing, right? Trust me, it is! Now go whip up a batch and meet me back here to check out this week’s links!

Watermelon Margaritas

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These Frozen Watermelon Margaritas are a delicious and refreshing cocktail perfect for summer sipping!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon - rozen
  • 3/4 cups white tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Kosher salt - or sugar for rimming glasses
  • 1 lime - sliced

Instructions

  • Begin by making a simple syrup. In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, and orange zest to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove orange zest. Allow to cool completely.
  • Place watermelon, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simply syrup and ice into a blender. Pulse until pureed.
  • Put a small amount of salt (or sugar) on a saucer. Rub the edge or your glass with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim. Tap off excess salt (or sugar).
  • Pour your margarita mixture into your rimmed glasses and garnish with a lime slice.

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Cheers to these awesome people

I’m loving this new song, video, and massive amount of courage from artist Steve Grand. It’s just fantastic.

Have you seen the new collection from CB2? I’m obsessed! Do you have any favorites?

Rock and Roll Bride’s advice on “How to Get Sh*t Done When You Have No Time at All” is pretty amazing and so helpful. I’m also loving her advice on taming our emails.

I have a slight obsession with light fixtures. These are some of my favorite pendant lights.

I just adore Emily Henderson. I especially love this post and video about adding personality and color to a neutral space.

This new Mobile Chandelier from West Elm may be just the thing for my upstairs hallway. What do you think?

Yellow Brick Home has the best prints in their Etsy shop. I want them all.

Have you seen this DIY Dinosaur serving dish? Amazing!

So exited to get my hands on the new Frostings cookbook from Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie! I also want to check out the Working Class Foodies Cookbook.

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Thanks so much for reading! Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled weekend! How will YOU be spending the next couple days?

 

These Frozen Watermelon Margaritas are a delicious and refreshing cocktail perfect for summer sipping! Watermelon Margaritas: During the summer one of my favorite things to snack on is watermelon. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s sweet and can sometimes fill those cravings for cake and cookies. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of folks around […]




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Sorry that I’m a little late in posting this. I made it a couple weeks ago, but because this week we celebrate Independence Day, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Right?

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Before I get started; I must warn you that this recipe creates a fairly large dessert. If you are going to a party with a lot of people, the size will be great. However, if it’s a smaller gathering, feel free to cut the recipe in half.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

For my trifle container, I’m using a giant glass jar I picked up at Walmart for about $10. I don’t know the exact measurements, but I assume it holds 2 or 3 gallons.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

I needed a quick dessert, so I took the easy way out with this recipe. Yep, I’m using box cake mix and Cool Whip! I will admit though, it’s still super delicious! If you’d like, I’m sure you can easily substitute homemade whipped cream and made-from-scratch cake.

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So the process is pretty simple. Bake your cakes (I made 9-inch rounds.), cube them, and start layering all of your ingredients. I even made a little Instagram video to show you the process.


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Easy, right?

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Red, White, and Blue Trifle

serves about 40 people

Here’s what you'll need:
2 boxes red velvet cake mix
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries, tops removed and sliced

Frosting:
4 (16 oz.) tubs Cool Whip
4 packs White chocolate (or cheesecake) instant pudding
4 cups cold milk
1 cup powdered sugar

Let’s get baking:

Make the red velvet cake according to the package directions and allow the cake to cool. Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into one-inch square pieces and line the bottom of the trifle bowl with a third of the cake squares.

Next prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat the pudding mix, milk, and sugar with a whisk for about two minutes. Then, fold in Cool Whip.

Layer a third of the blueberries and strawberries on top of the whipped topping.
Layer another third of cake pieces on top of the berries to form a second layer of cake. Add more frosting and more berries.

Repeat this step one final time. Top everything off with the rest of your berries to complete the trifle.

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While I love fancy looking sweet concoctions, I also love desserts that look rustic and homemade. This is it! And let me tell you, this is delicious! The fresh berries in the trifle make the cake.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Thanks to my uncle for the photo of me proudly carrying my creation to the party. (Even if I look slightly crazy. )

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy celebrating America’s birthday!

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Sorry that I’m a little late in posting this. I made it a couple weeks ago, but because this week we celebrate Independence Day, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Right? Before I get started; I must warn you that this recipe creates a fairly large dessert. If you are going to a party with […]




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Can I share a secret with you? I’ve never made a pie crust from scratch. Never. I think I’ve had a fear of it similar to my previous fear of yeast. I think my fear might stem from the fact that it took my mom a few attempts to learn how to make pie crust like my grandma’s. Mom still gets teased about it to this day. Though, I will say, at this point, my mom’s pie dough is pure perfection and I would happily eat any pie she prepared.

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

Though technically not a pie, I can officially say I conquered my fear with this fabulous crostata. And what better way to do it than a classic apple filling. There is something quintessentially American about pie, especially apple pie. With Independence Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect treat for an impromptu porch party. Don’t you think?

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

My favorite part about this particular crostata is the cheddar crust. Apples and cheese are a match made in heaven. Plus, cheese is an American favorite. Cheese and apple pie are so deeply ingrained in our culture that some people can’t picture life without them! Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I mean. Anyway, cheese and apple pie are the perfect combination for a Fourth of July celebration. Plus, this recipe is as easy as … well … pie!

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart. (Thanks, Martha!) You can check it out here. I adapted it slightly to suit my needs. The pie dough comes together in a food processor, which makes it almost foolproof. I also opted to use Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese because I wanted to be able to see specks of orange in the crust. Plus, this particular cheese is so amazingly rich, creamy, and delicious – it was a perfect addition.

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

IMG_9676All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

I know that some of you may be thinking that cheese is a weird addition to pie, but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. It’s pretty subtle, but it adds a really unique depth of flavor to the dessert. It’s quite wonderful. And to make things even better, your guests will think you are pretty fancy for having cheese baked into your homemade crust.

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

All right, enough chit chat, time to bake!

All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust

Here’s what you’ll need:

For The Crust

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for surface
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
1 cup shredded Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
Coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling

For The Filling
2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup apricot preserves, warmed

Let’s get baking!

Pulse flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. Drizzle 1/4 cup water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture just begins to hold together (dough should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse. (I ended up using almost ½ cup of the water) Add cheese; pulse until combined.

Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes or up to overnight. (You can freeze your other disk of dough for up to one month.) Roll out dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Toss together apples, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Fold edges in to form a crust; brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sanding sugar (I didn’t have sanding sugar, so I just used standard sugar. I also sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top of the crostata.)

Refrigerate until edges are firm, about 30 minutes. Bake crostata until apples are tender and crust is golden, about 1 hour 20 minutes. (Mine baked for about 1 hour. I also covered it with a piece of aluminum foil about 40 minutes into the baking to prevent any burning.) Let cool slightly. Brush apples with apricot preserves.

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All-American Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust via Inspired by Charm

That’s it! As you can see, the recipe is fairly straightforward and simple. Be sure to factor in your dough cooling times. They may seem silly, but they are important. While, I’m no pie crust expert, I think my mom would be proud of how well I did on my first attempt.

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Now, I’m off to dig into this new American classic! What do you think of crostata? Will you be adding some cheddar to your piecrust?

 

  Can I share a secret with you? I’ve never made a pie crust from scratch. Never. I think I’ve had a fear of it similar to my previous fear of yeast. I think my fear might stem from the fact that it took my mom a few attempts to learn how to make pie […]




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Before you read this post, there are two things you should know. First, I love sangria. Second, tinto is just a fancy Spanish work for red.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get going. A few weeks ago my friends at Black Box Wines sent me two boxes of their wine. Yes, boxed wine. I know what you are thinking. Boxed wine has a bad rap.

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Well, if there is one brand that can change your mind, it’s Black Box. Not only is it reasonably priced, it’s delicious, stays fresh for up to four weeks, and gives you four bottles in one box. Pretty amazing!

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A couple weekends ago my brother and his family visited, so it was the perfect time to get out the Black Box Merlot and whip up a big ol’ jar of sangria! It’s entertaining at its easiest! While there are many, many, many recipes for sangria out there, nothing beats this simple, classic one. You know it’s going to be delicious every single time.

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I picked up the glass jar at Walmart a few years ago. It was about $10, and as far as I know they still sell them. The jar is the perfect size for a big batch of sangria! It also makes entertaining a breeze. Just set out the jar with some glasses, ice, and a big ladle and your guests can easily help themselves.

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All right, let me show you how easy it is to put this together.

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Sangria Tinto

Here's what you'll need:

1 1/2 cups simple syrup*
1 box Black Box red wine (I used Merlot.)
1 1/2 cups blackberrry brandy
1 cup triple sec
1 1/2 cups orange juice
4 oranges, sliced into thin rounds
4 green apples, cored and sliced thin
4 lemons, sliced into thin rounds

Let's put it all together:

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 2 days. Serve over ice.

*Bring 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.

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Aside from cutting up all of the fruit, this recipe is fool proof. Also, if you don’t need this much sangria, you can easily cut the recipe in half. I should warn you, however, that once you start drinking the sangria you may not be able to stop. In fact, you may end up sipping it straight from the glass jar.

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For more information about Black Boxes Wine or to check out their full collection by clicking here.

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Cheers to great sangria and lots of enjoyable summer parties!

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Before you read this post, there are two things you should know. First, I love sangria. Second, tinto is just a fancy Spanish work for red. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get going. A few weeks ago my friends at Black Box Wines sent me two boxes of their wine. […]




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Holy Bananas! It’s already Friday again. I have this nagging feeling that summer is going to go by so quickly this year.  Anyone else? Why does summer seem to fly by when winter seems to drag on? I wish it were the other way around.

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Anyway, today’s drink happened by accident. A few weeks ago I was at the liquour store and saw a fun-looking pink bottle. To me, It’s exciting to try new things so I picked it up. It’s called Sweet Revenge and the flavor is sour strawberry; basically fresh strawberries and citrus.

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The other night my friend Krista (the one that’s moving back to town) somehow got talking about it and she told me an amazing recipe to try. Just mix the Sweet Revenge with lemonade and strawberry puree.

So the following day, I whipped one up! Let me tell you, it’s pretty darn fantastic! If summer had a drink, this may be it!  It’s light, fruity, tart, and incredibly refreshing!

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

serves 1

Here's what you will need:
1 ounce strawberry puree*
2 ounces Sweet Revenge
4 ounces lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade.)

Fill a glass with ice. The add the strawberry puree, Sweet Revenge, and lemonade. Stir to mix. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, lemon wheel, and a cute straw!

*To make strawberry puree, just throw some fresh strawberries in a blender or food processor and pulse until they become a liquid.

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This could also be a fun drink to serve in one of those big drink dispensers or even as a punch with big scoops of lemon sherbet floating in it. Talk about yum!

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All right, let’s check out this week’s links:

Cheers to these Awesome People:

I hate how much I love the new Miley Cyrus song.

I don’t watch The Voice, but I’ve been playing Danielle Bradbery’s cover of Maybe It Was Memphis on repeat.

This outdoor design / buffet created by Sugar and Charm is gorgeous!

10 Ways to Strengthen Self-Work via The Simply Luxurious Life.

10 amazing life lessons you can learn from Albert Einstein

I just love Fifteen Spatulas YouTube videos. Do yourself a favor and check out her channel!

I assume you’ve heard Instagram has a video feature now. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. What do you think? Also, did you know you could check out people’s Instagram photos online. No smart phone required.

Don’t forget to enter this week’s Hump Day Giveaway! I mean, who doesn’t want Washi Tape?

Um, these classical sculptures dressed like hipsters made my day!

I’m currently reading this. It is a super simple read, but the advice is priceless.

 

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I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend! The weather is supposed to be pretty nice around these parts so I’m hoping to enjoy some time at the pool. What about you?

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Holy Bananas! It’s already Friday again. I have this nagging feeling that summer is going to go by so quickly this year.  Anyone else? Why does summer seem to fly by when winter seems to drag on? I wish it were the other way around. Anyway, today’s drink happened by accident. A few weeks ago […]




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When I started this A Year of Yeast series, I knew that one of the things I wanted to tackle was pizza dough. In my opinion, being able to whip up a quick pizza is sort of an essential culinary skill. Although pizza sometimes gets a bad rap in the dietary department, I think there are ways to make a version that is both healthy and delicious.

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So today I want to share my new go-to recipe for Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I found it earlier this week when I was looking for recipes on BHG.com. (I’m a contributor to their food blog, Delish Dish so every other week, I pick a recipe and recreate it with my own little twist).

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I was thrilled to see this recipe for Pizza Dippers. I love my pizza extra saucy! I was even more excited that the recipe included homemade pizza dough and the option to make the dough whole wheat. Perfection!

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First, let me tell you, making pizza dough from scratch is easy peasy. As with most yeast-based recipes, it does require a little planning, but it’s totally worth it. You could even whip up a batch of dough one evening and leave it in your refrigerator until the following night.

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The resulting dough is both soft and flavorful. I like my dough on the thinner side, so I rolled it out quite a bit. I also love how this recipe includes a little cut out for extra sauce. It’s such a unique way to serve pizza.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Adapted from BHG’s Pizza Dough

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Let’s get baking:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, and salt; add the warm water and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl as needed. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the whole wheat flour as you can. Knead in remaining whole wheat flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).

Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size (about 45 minutes).

Punch dough down.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.

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Pretty easy, right? So now that you know how to make the dough, click here to head on over to BHG’s Delish Dish to learn how to put together the rest of this recipe for Pizza Dippers! You won’t be disappointed. Not only are they delicious, but they are fun to eat, too!

Enjoy!

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Learn How to Make The Perfect Cosmo! You'll love this classic drink recipe! #cosmo #cocktail #martini #recipe

Of all the classic cocktails the Cosmopolitan drink is my favorite. This recipe for The Perfect Cosmo drink is what I consider to be perfection. With simple but quality ingredients, you can shake up the perfect cosmo recipe too!

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The Perfect Cosmo:

I’m so excited to share this cosmo drink recipe with you! It’s one of my favorites.

Speaking of excited, this week I’m actually hanging out in New York City today. My friends at BHG invited me to team with them and Rebuilding Together to help folks who were affected by Hurricane Sandy this past October.

This particular trip was a site visit to see the area and meet a couple of the homeowners. We will be back in June for the rebuild. It’s such an important cause. I’ll share a bit more next week when I’m back home.

But since it’s Friday, I think a drink is in order!

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How to Make a Cosmopolitan drink (Cosmo):

Today I’m mixing up what I like to call “The Perfect Cosmo.” Many cosmos drink recipes claim to be perfect, and I’m sure a lot of them are, but this one is perfect for me.

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My #recipe for the Perfect Cosmo drink! #cosmo #cocktail #recipe #cosmopolitan

I love a good cosmo, but it’s rare for me to order one out, especially around my little town, because I’m nervous about what I’m going to get. Will it be too strong? Will it be too sweet? Will there be sugar around the rim? (This is a bad thing by the way; never rim a martini glass with sugar for a cosmo.)

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My #recipe for the Perfect Cosmo drink! #cosmo #cocktail #recipe #cosmopolitan

What is in a Cosmo?

  • really good vodka
  • orange liqueur (I prefer Cointreau)
  • cranberry juice
  • freshly squeezed lime juice

So when I have a cosmo, I’m usually making them at home. What I’ve found over the years, and this applies to any martini, is that you must use very good ingredients.

Since most martinis are pretty much straight alcohol, this is not the time for cheap vodka. Pay a couple extra bucks for the good stuff. Cointreau, versus an off-brand triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur) also makes a big difference.

What does a Cosmo taste like?

I think the cosmo is the perfect blend of flavors. The lime adds sour, the Cointreau add citrus and sweetness, and the cranberry adds berry and tartness. It’s a really delicious combination!

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I don’t want to sound like a snob, but I think when any recipe is comprised of just a few ingredients, you should use the best ingredients possible. A lesson I learned from Ina Garten actually.

Sidenote: I really love this Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker. You can find them here. (affiliate link)

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All right, let’s get this drink in our shakers!

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Like this Cosmo drink recipe? Here are more of my favorite martinis:

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Delicious, right? I told you! And that pink color is perfection. When I’m out and order a cosmopolitan, I can tell by the color whether it’s going to be good even before taking a sip!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Can you handle one more photo? It’s probably my favorite.

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Sebastian (my cat) photo bomb!

I hope you enjoyed this classic cosmo drink recipe. Shake up one and let me know what you think. Cheers!

Cosmopolitan Drink / Cosmo Recipe:

The Perfect Cosmo


Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep Time 5 mins
Of all the classic cocktails the Cosmopolitan is my favorite. This recipe for The Perfect Cosmo drink is what I consider to be perfection. With simple but quality ingredients, you can shake up the perfect cosmo recipe too!

Ingredients

  • oz citrus vodka
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • ¾ oz cranberry juice
  • ½   oz fresh lime juice
  • Lime cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

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A Year of Yeast has been trucking along for over four months. Can you believe it? I have to tell you I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. As I enter month five I can honestly say my fear of yeast has pretty much subsided. Today I wanted to try something in the sweet category.

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As you may remember from one of my Weekend Wanderlust posts, I was drooling over this recipe from Martha Stewart. Little balls of dough dipped in butter, dredged with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with a delicious glaze. I’d say they are similar to monkey bread but a bit drier and lighter. Plus, the glaze sends these little bits over the top.

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Being a huge fan of sweets, I am tempted to sit down with this pan and gobble them all up with a big glass or milk or a hot cup of jo!  Who’s with me?!

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Look at the ooey, gooey goodness

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Okay, I can’t take it anymore. Enough chatter, let’s get baking!

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Cinnamon Bun Bites

Cinnamon Bun Bites
Here’s what you’ll need:

Bites:
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 1/2 stick, melted, and more for coating the dish
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Vanilla Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pour water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast evenly over water, and let stand until foamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk until smooth, then whisk in 1/2 cup flour to form a loose paste. Let rise in a warm place until yeast mixture has risen and fallen, about 30 minutes.

Add eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, vanilla, and remaining flour to yeast mixture. Knead dough, using dough hook attachment on mixer, until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 stick butter, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky). Turn out dough onto an unfloured work surface, and knead by hand until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Transfer dough to another bowl, and let rise in a warm place, covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down dough; press out air bubbles.

Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate. Place melted butter in a bowl. In another bowl,stir together remaining 1 cup sugar and the cinnamon.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls (I ended up with about 55). Working with 1 at a time, dip balls into melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place in pie plate. Stack balls to form a dome. Sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon-sugar, and drizzle with any leftover butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and let balls rise by half, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap balls, and place pie plate on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and firm (a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean), 50 to 55 minutes. Let bites cool in dish for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, let’s make the glaze. First, stir together sugar and salt in a small bowl.

Then, whisk together butter, milk, and vanilla, and stir into sugar until mixture forms a smooth paste. Keep glaze at room temperature until ready to drizzle over cinnamon-bun bites. Before using, whisk until smooth.

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Feel free to keep your Cinnamon Bun Bites in the pie pan like I did or remove the loaf and serve them up on a beautiful wood cutting board. The choice is yours. Thanks again to Martha Stewart for this fabulous recipe, which I slightly adapted.

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This Blackberry Mint Julep is a classic cocktail recipe with a twist thanks to fresh blackberries and blackberry whiskey. You’re going to love this berry-infused cocktail recipe.

Blackberry Mint Julep:

With the Kentucky Derby this weekend I’ve been seeing recipes for Mint Juleps all over the Internet. I had to see what all the buzz was about.

This drink is definitely out of my comfort zone. I typically don’t like bourbon / whiskey and I don’t watch the derby. Nonetheless, today I’m making Blackberry Mint Juleps.


You know me – I couldn’t make just a standard mint julep. I decided to give this classic drink a little IBC twist with the addition of fresh blackberries and blackberry whiskey.

All I did was puree some blackberries in the blender and add them to the traditional recipe. I will say the combination is delicious. And, I actually kind of like the whiskey! Who would have thought?

And as much as I love these little wash tape flag drink stirrers, you really need one of these DIY Gold Horse Drink Stirrers!

Let’s mix up a few!

 

Like this cocktail recipe? Here are more of my favorites:

 

Cheers to the derby and this Blackberry Mint Julep!

Cheers friends! Have an awesome weekend!

Blackberry Mint Julep Recipe:

Blackberry Mint Julep

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry, cocktail, mint julep, whiskey
Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
This Blackberry Mint Julep is a classic cocktail recipe with a twist thanks to fresh blackberries and blackberry whiskey. You're going to love this berry-infused cocktail recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • ½ oz. blackberry puree*
  • 2 ½ oz. blackberry whiskey - I used Bird Dog.
  • ½  oz. simple syrup**
  • ½ oz. water

Instructions

  • In the bottom of your glass, muddle / crush together mint leaves, simple syrup, and blackberry puree.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes, then pour in bourbon / whiskey and water. Stir.
  • Garnish with a few blackberries and a sprig of mint, and a super cute stir stick***.
  • Enjoy responsibly.

Notes

*Put a handful of fresh blackberries into a blender. Puree the blackberries until smooth.
**Bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.
***I just added a piece of washi tape, sticky sides together, and made a v-cut in the end.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 212IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Today I’m serving up a delicious cocktail and some of my favorite links of the past week. I’m calling it – Drinks & Links! It’s Friday, and even if you work over the weekend, I hope you can take a moment for yourself. Turn on your favorite tunes (I’m obsessed with the new song Brave from Sarah Bareilles.), pour yourself a cocktail, and check out some of my favorite links for the week.

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Considering the sunshine in the forecast fro this weekend, I decided a mojito would be most appropriate to start off this series. A few blueberries and some blueberry rum add a fruity twist to this classic drink. I’m a fan!

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Blueberry Mojitos

Here’s what you’ll need:
makes one cocktail

12 – 15 blueberries (plus a few more for garnish
8 mint leaves
1 oz. blueberry rum (I used Bacardi Wolf Berry)
1 oz. simple syrup*
1/3 oz. lime juice
2 oz. club soda

 
Let’s get mixing:
In the bottom of your glass, muddle/crush together blueberries, mint leaves, simple syrup, rum, and lime juice.
Add some ice cubes, pour in club soda, and stir.
Garnish with a few blueberries, wedge of lime, a sprig of mint, and a super cute paper straw!
Enjoy responsibly.
 
*Bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.

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Okay, you’ve got your delicious Blueberry Mojito. Take a sip (or two), settle in, and let’s see what’s happening.

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Cheers to these Awesome People:

Have you seen Jennifer Johner’s (of Dearest Someday’s) polka dot wall? I probably wouldn’t have the guts to do it, but I think it’s amazing.

This commercial seriously made me ship my pants.

I’m a sucker for anything with succulents. Check out how Mike Trobiano planted his favorites in some thrift store finds.

Cats that look like male models!? Hilarious!

Like I mentioned above, you need to listen to this song. Seriously. Like right now.

Then after that, check out The Lumineers new single and video. The end is just pure joy.

Gourmet S’mores!? Yes please. I’m dying to try these decadent combinations from Cooking Classy. Especially the Lemon Meringue Pie S’more.

A Cat Teepee? Okay, I kind of want need one of these for my boys.

 

My Writing, Elsewhere:

I just may be a little obsessed with animal print these days. Here are twelve ways you can incorporate it into your home.

Are you ready to rip out some of your kitchen cabinets and replace them with open shelving? Yeah, me too! When you do, you’re going to need some gorgeous glass canisters. These are some of my favorites.

Planning a spring soiree? I have the dessert and decor already planned for you! Check out my favorite fruit-filled desserts and colorful entertaining accessories.

Speaking of color, if you’re looking for inspiration or have a question, come visit me here.

 

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Cheers friends! Have an amazing weekend!

 

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Today I’m serving up a delicious cocktail and some of my favorite links of the past week. I’m calling it – Drinks & Links! It’s Friday, and even if you work over the weekend, I hope you can take a moment for yourself. Turn on your favorite tunes (I’m obsessed with the new song Brave from […]




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This Out-of-this-World Corn Dip (also know as Crack Corn Dip) is a crowd pleasing appetizer that has become my go-to party recipe. It’s easy to make and will always great rave reviews!

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Out-of-this-World Corn Dip:

Greetings all! I hope you had a fab Fourth of July. I know I did.

Though, I must admit having a holiday mid-week always screws me up. Not only do I have no idea what day it is, my productivity schedule is completely out of whack. Anyone else?

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Yesterday I whipped up an impromptu dip for a little swimming nosh at my Dad’s house. I hadn’t made this dip in over five years and honestly forgot how delicious it really is. And, you know me, it’s super simple to put together an it makes a ginormous amount of dip.

I actually found this recipe via a Gooseberry Patch cookbook my mom gave me years ago when I first moved to Philadelphia after college.

However, after a quick google search found it all over the net. Some even call it Crack Corn Dip!  But, for the purpose of this post, I give all the credit to Gooseberry Patch’s Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch.

How to make Crack Corn Dip:

This Corn Dip Recipe is so easy to make:

  • Just toss all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Stir to evenly combine
  • Refrigerate until your ready to serve.

That’s it!

Two quick notes – I couldn’t find the corn with died peppers, so I just used plain sweet corn and added in 1/4 cup of chopped roasted red peppers. Fabulous! Also, take the time to make sure everything is drained really, really well. This dip can get runny if you don’t. Also the longer it sets, the more the cheese soaks up any liquids.

 

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Trust me, this Out-of-this-World Corn Dip (Crack Corn Dip) is edible gold!

It’s has a small kick (use less jalapeños if you don’t want it as spicy), but I love that. So fab!

 

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Out-of-this-World Corn Dip Recipe:

 

Out-of-this-World Corn Dip


Servings: 6 cups
This Out-of-this-World Corn Dip (also know as Crack Corn Dip) is a crowd pleasing appetizer that has become my go-to party recipe. It's easy to make and will always great rave reviews!

Ingredients

  • 3 (11 oz) cans MexiCorn (sweet corn & diced red and green peppers), drained
  • 1 (7 oz) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (6 oz)can chopped jalapeno peppers - drained and liquid added to taste
  • 1/2 cup green onion - chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 bags scoop-like corn or tortilla chips

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except chips.
  • Chill two hours to overnight. Serve with your favorite chips (I used Fritos and Tostitos) for scooping.

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