Homemade Irish Cream

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Homemade Irish Cream Recipe from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Irish cream is a decadent adult beverage that I often enjoy in my coffee or use to make milk shakes with a kick.  But store bought Irish cream is expensive whereas this homemade version is very affordable. I use homemade chocolate syrup to make it even more frugal. I don't like much alcohol, but Irish cream is one of the few exceptions.  Unfortunately, it's also pretty expensive so I rarely had it around.  A few years ago I ran across a recipe for homemade Irish cream and it turns out to be super easy to make. I looked at a lot of recipes and they are all virtually the same. Most call for whiskey, but I opted for vodka because that's what I have on hand. You can make your own sweetened condensed milk, if you don't have any in your pantry.  I've also made this before use a can of evaporated milk.  I just dissolved 1/2 cup sugar in the evaporated milk and called it good. I only used 1 cup of vodka because I don't really like the taste of alcohol in general, but you can use up to ... [read more]

Homemade Caramel Corn for the Big Game

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caramel corn

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This homemade caramel corn shop for the big game has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Making homemade caramel corn is easy and quick and it's perfect for that Big Game! All you need is popcorn, butter and sugar to make a delicious snack. It's that time of year when football season is, sadly, coming to an end.  But that also means it's time to throw a fun party for the big game! My husband starts planning our party for the big game about six months ahead of time.  There is much discussion about food, of course. I usually put out a nice set of snacks for the first half of the game and then serve hot food during half-time.  At the snack table we always have chips and dip and veggies and dip.  This year we decided to do chips and dip with homemade caramel corn as part of our snack spread. After finalizing the menu with my husband, I ... [read more]

Mom’s Broccoli Casserole

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broccoli casserole

Broccoli casserole is an easy and delicious side dish that complements any dinner.   Frozen broccoli is the star of this side dish that is sure to become a family favorite.  Thank you to Mom It Forward and the NATIONAL FROZEN & REFRIGERATED FOODS ASSOCIATION for sponsoring this post. My mom used to make a huge Thanksgiving feast every year - and she did all the cooking on her own.  Now that I'm the mom, I understand exactly what a feat she undertook to make sure we had a nice Thanksgiving.   One of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is my mom's broccoli casserole. The casserole only made an appearance once a year at our Thanksgiving meal so I just assumed that my mom avoided it because it was difficult to make.  A few years ago, I asked for the recipe so I could make it for our Thanksgiving and it wasn't difficult at all. The ingredients for the broccoli casserole are pretty basic.  The star of the casserole is a combination of whole and chopped frozen broccoli.  I always ... [read more]

Slow Cooker Chili Verde in the WonderBag

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and WonderBag, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WonderBag http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Use the WonderBag to make slow cooker chili verde!  This no heat slow cooker is perfect for hot summers, pot lucks or every day cooking. I am a huge fan of cooking without heat.  I talk about it pretty much all summer long because when it's over 110 degrees outside, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen and house.   Honestly, I can feel the heat even my electric  slow cooker gives off during the summer it's so hot outside.   I'm really excited about using the WonderBag next summer and keeping my house cooler, but since it's fall, I decided I'd try making our favorite chili in the WonderBag. The WonderBag is a heat retention cooking bag that doesn't require any electricity to cook food and shortens active cooking time, which means more time to spend with your family. Did you ... [read more]

Party Dip Recipe: Mexican Corn Dip Appetizer #SundaySupper

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Party Dip Recipe: Mexican Corn Dip

A good party dip recipe that is quick and easy is nice to have in your cooking repertoire. Mexican Corn Dip is one of the best party dips I've ever eaten or made. This party dip recipe is easy to make, as you will see in the video, and I've had total strangers ask for the recipe.   It's football season - hooray! I love football season and often get together with family and friends for a game.  I've never officially tailgated but I do have a selection of fun dip recipes to choose from to take to holiday or family gatherings that are great for tailgating, too.  If I'm in a healthy mood I might choose a roasted eggplant dip.  Or I might make a simple veggie dip with some sour cream and a homemade onion soup mix. Mexican Corn Dip is a party dip recipe that I stole from my very good friend, Kim.  Every single time I have been at a party where this party dip is served, people have asked for the recipe.  The ingredients are not necessarily what you'd expect, but I would suggest ... [read more]