New Year’s Eve Recipe Round-Up

Post updated 12/27/2016 to include even more New Year’s recipe goodness!

new years collageHow was your Christmas? What did you get? WHAT DID YOU GET ME?? I hope you had lots of family time and ate until you couldn’t breath. On that note, lets talk New Year’s Eve eats! Here is a round up of some of my favorite easy to eat munchies. I think food always tastes better with a bite in one hand and a adult beverage in the other, don’t you? Happy New Year my lovelies, thanks for sticking it out with me while I stumble through this blog thing. I love you all bunches!!

Italian Nachos

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart  

Cookie Sticks

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Gorgonzola Waffle Fries

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Hot Crab Dip

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Taco Chex Mix

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Almond Snack Mix

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The Crispiest Oven Baked Wings – Two Ways!

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

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Autumn Chex Mix

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Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

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Philly Cheese Steak French Bread Pizza

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No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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The home I just purchased is an older home, from an elderly couple who lived in the house for over 40 years. As you can imagine, it needed some updating. The counter-tops and backslash in the kitchen were mauve. Those were the first to go! Next was the large fabric mauve blinds in the living room. Oooh baby those had to go! They were a large dusty monstrosity that I couldn’t get rid of fast enough. Online I went to the glorious site that is Amazon Prime and ordered two pretty new white blinds. Two days later they arrived on my doorstep. Those mauve monsters were ripped own with vigor.

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The first was hung and what a glorious sight it was! But then-disaster struck. The second blind was too big. I ordered the wrong size. And after getting ahead of myself and ripping down the old blind, I now have a huge naked window. So with shame I now have an old blue blanket thumb tacked to cover the window until my new blind in the correct size will be here- in two days. Moral of this story: measure twice, click “buy” once. Oh, and if you aren’t an Amazon Prime member yet, you’re really missing out!

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These granola bars are the only thing getting me though this frustrating day. They come together in just minutes and are completely versatile. Don’t like candy? Swap them out for some chocolate chips, peanuts, or even dried fruit. They make the perfect snack for lunch boxes, or even breakfast on the go. Just slice and wrap individually and you have a granola bar a million times better than any you can buy at the store, and without all those strange ingredients to boot!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 c. quick-cooking oats
  • 1 c rice krispies cereal
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ c honey
  • ¼ c light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ c peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c M&M's
  • 2 Tbs semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine oats and cereal; set aside. In a small saucepan combine coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until mixture is smooth. Pour over oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Keep stirring until the mixture comes together. If adding fruits or nuts, add them at this point.
  • Press mixture into a 8"x8" baking pan sprayed with non stick cooking spray. If you are going to be adding a ingredient that will melt, such as chocolate chips, add them at this point and press into bars so they stick. Allow to set for several hours or until firm. Cut into 10 bars.
  • In a sandwich bag, melt chocolate chips in microwave. Cut off corner and drizzle over bars. Immediately top with M&M's. Allow chocolate to set before wrapping.
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    Homemade Potato Chips with Herby Greek Yogurt Dip

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    My kids are at such a fun, precious age right now. They are learning and changing everyday, and I would give anything to slow time down. B is learning new words every day and M is learning so much now that she is in preschool. They still love to cuddle and think its fun to help with chores and want kisses goodnight.

    BUT.

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    With all that sweetness comes a little think called sibling rivalry. By the end of the day I want nothing more than silence. I can’t hear another tattle about who hit who, who took what toy from who or didn’t or didn’t do that. Its mentally exhausting. Its a good thing I love them so stinking much!!

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    These potato chips are so much more tasty then opening a bag from the store. I cut my potatoes by hand when I made these, but have since purchased a mandolin slicer. I would totally recommend one, they are cheap, have lots of uses and don’t take up much storage space. The yogurt dip goes nicely with the crunch of the chips, and I can almost lie to myself and its healthy since its made with Greek yogurt. Its called “girl math.” I am eating a healthy dip, therefore I can eat more chips!!

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    • Homemade Potato Chips with Herby Greek Yogurt Dip

      Ingredients

      • 4 russet potatoes, thinly sliced
      • seasoned salt
      • canola or vegetable oil
        Herby Greek Yogurt Dip
      • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
      • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
      • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
      • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
      • dash of black pepper

      Instructions

    • Add the sliced potatoes to a bowl and cover them with warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes.
    • While you wait for the potatoes, mix together all dip ingredients and place in fridge to let the flavors marry.
    • Remove the potatoes and place them on a towel, covering them with another towel on top, pressing to absorb as much of the liquid you can. Heat a large pot of vegetable oil or deep fryer over medium heat until it reaches 325 degrees F on a thermometer.
    • Once the temperature is reached, add the potatoes in batches and fry until lightly golden and crisp, stirring for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with the spider or large slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Immediately sprinkle with desired amount of seasoned salt. Serve with dip.
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