Christmas Punch

Tis nearly time to gather with the family to open presents, eat yummy food and enjoy one another. Maybe you need a little alcohol to help with the celebration? Try this beautiful punch, makes a bunch and is super easy! My Dirty Santa Party girls loved it!

Christmas Punch

  • 1 large bag of ice
  • 5 cups 100% cranberry juice* 40 ounces, NOT cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine (750 ml bottles) , such as champagne, cava, or Prosecco (I used a brut Prosecco)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups diet ginger ale (12 ounces) (from 1 can or poured from a liter bottle)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum or brandy (12 ounces)
  • 2 oranges thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • Make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale, and rum.
  • Stir gently to combine. Top with the orange slices and fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Source: Well Plated


Slut’s Spaghetti from Nigella Lawson

Nigella could do or say anything and I’d go for it. Luckily, this recipe from cheeky Nigella is delicious. It’s her version of pasta alla puttanesca, and it’s got a bite! I love the saltiness that works perfectly with the spaghetti, and the light sauce is perfect for a simple meal. I heartily recommend it.

Slut’s Spaghetti

Source: Nigella Lawson


3 tablespoons olive oil

8 anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced, crushed or grated 

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or 1 to 2 tablespoons jarred or canned jalapeno peppers (preferably red), drained, sliced, and diced, or to taste 


1 pound spaghetti

1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 1/4 cups chopped drained pitted black olives

2 tablespoons small capers, well rinsed and drained

2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish, optional

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water, for the pasta, to a boil over medium heat, though you don’t need to get started on the sauce until the water is pretty well boiling.
  2. Pour the oil into a wide, shallowish frying pan, Dutch oven, or wok, and put it over medium heat.
  3. Add the anchovies and cook for about 3 minutes, pressing and pushing with a wooden spoon, until the anchovies have almost “melted”. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes or jalapenos and cook, stirring, for another minute.
  4. This is probably the stage at which you will want to salt the boiling water and adding the spaghetti to cook, following the package instructions.
  5. Going back to the sauce, add the tomatoes, olives, and capers to the pot with the anchovies and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and again, by which time it will have thickened slightly. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Just before the pasta is ready, remove and reserve about an espresso cupful of cooking water.
  7. When the pasta is cooked as desired, drain and add the spaghetti to the tomato sauce, adding a little reserved pasta water, if needed, to help amalgamate the sauce. Scatter with chopped parsley, if there’s some to hand, and serve in slatternly style, preferably with an unfiltered cigarette clamped between crimson-painted lips.
  8. Make Ahead Note:
  9. The sauce can be made 2 days ahead. Transfer the sauce to a nonmetallic bowl to cool, then cover and refrigerate as soon as possible. Reheat gently in large saucepan, frying pan, or wok, stirring occasionally, until piping hot.
  10. Freeze Note:
  11. The cooled sauce can be frozen in a resealable container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as above.


Garlic Chicken with fresh veggies

Isn’t summer the best? My friend brought some delicious fresh veggies from her garden, so we had a feast! Below are the recipes for all of this yumminess.


2 cups sour cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons celery salt
4 teaspoons
Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about50)
1/2 cup melted butter melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large shallow glass dish, combine the first seven ingredients. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
Place cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl; roll chicken in crumbs until coated. Transfer to a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.
Combine butter and oil; pour over the chicken.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen


  • 6-8 ears of corn, husks, and silks removed and cut in half (if desired)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Fill a large pot about halfway with water. 
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Add milk, salt and butter. Add corn and reduce heat. 
  • Simmer corn for 6 to 8 minutes. 
  • Remove corn from the cooking liquid and it’s ready to serve.

Fresh Green Beans

Source: Southern Plate


  • Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic, red pepper flakes optional


  • Break ends of green beans off and discard. Break each bean into bite sized pieces.
  • Place green beans and butter in a large pot. Cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat (add minced garlic now if you like and a pinch of salt) and continue cooking, stirring often, until water is almost completely cooked out and beans are very tender.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. And if you like red pepper flakes add them here and enjoy!


When I say easy, I mean easy. For real. 3 ingredients! I serve these when I make tacos…from a box. We all have nights when we just need to get dinner on the table and aren’t feeling particularly creative, right?


  • 15 ounces refried beans
  • 12 cup salsa
  • 1cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbly and warm.


Dinner for Two

Looking for a nice, healthy meal for the two of you?  It can be hard to find recipe for just 2 people, but these are winners:

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp & Asparagus


    • 8 large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 4 ounces angel hair pasta, uncooked
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon chopped shallot
    • 6 stalks asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 1/4 cup peeled seeded, diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup slice shiitake mushroom caps ( or your favorite mushrooms)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a 9-inch skillet over high heat 1 minute; spray with vegetable spray and add olive oil and shrimp, garlic and shallots; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  3. Add asparagus and next 4 ingredients; stir in wine, scraping bottom of skillet to loosen any particles, if necessary.
  4. Add pasta, basil, and remaining ingredients; toss gently.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. (you can drizzle extra virgin olive oil on finished dish if desired).

Romaine Salad


    • 1 Romaine Heart
    • 1/2  Red Onion
    • 1 lime
    • 1.5 oz Queso Fresco
    • 3 Tbsp. pepitas
    • ½ cup Low-Fat Sour Cream
    • 1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp. paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. Mexican oregano
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin


  1. Wash and dry the fresh produce.
  2.  Cut off and discard the root end of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves.
  3. Small dice the onion.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the diced onion and the juice of lime.  Allow to sit for a few minutes to marinate.
  5. To make dressing: add the sour cream and spices to the diced onion-lime juice mixture. Stir to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. n a large bowl, combine the lettuce, pepitas, queso fresco and as much of the dressing as you’d like (you may have extra dressing). Toss to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Lemon Pie

Easy as heck to make. Would be perfect for a summer potluck. Cool and refreshing!


  • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 6 oz can Lemonade concentrate
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 graham cracker crust


Mix milk and lemonade until combined. Stir in Cool whip and combine well. Pour into graham cracker crust and chill.



I made these delicious sammies for a picnic by the creek yesterday. So so so good!


  • 1 loaf of french bread; sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 – 1 recipe roasted red pepper sandwich spread
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 8 oz thinly sliced honey ham
  • 8 oz thinly sliced black forest ham
  • 6 slices havarti cheese


  • 1 (8 oz) pkg light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh minced basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.

Simply spread the sandwich spread on the inside of each piece of bread and build your sandwich. Cut into desired serving slices.



Ahhh, the South. What do we do to healthy veggies? Add bacon, of course. Don’t knock it til you tried it. Shut up, Cholesterol, you’re fine.


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Cook the bacon in a jumbo cooker over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and discard the rest.
  2. In the same jumbo cooker, return the 2 tablespoons bacon grease. Over medium-high heat, cook the onion until it is soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for an additional 1 minute. Stir in the cabbage and continue to cook and stir for 4-5 minutes. Add the seasoned salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, mix the bacon into the cooked cabbage. Serve immediately.

Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes


Fried Okra

I love fried okra, it’s always been a special summer treat in our family. This recipe is from the Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook.

Fried Okra


  • 2 pound fresh okra
  • 3/4 cup Salt
  • 2 cups plain cornmeal
  • Canola Oil

Slice okra. Combine 3 qt. water with salt, pour over okra. Soak for 30 minutes, drain & rinse twice. Dredge okra, in batches in cornmeal. Pour oil in a dutch oven. Heat to 375. Fry okra in batches for 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.


Sweet Potato Casserole

If you’re Southern, you’ve had this. Probably at your grandmother’s table. No holiday meal then or now is complete without this Southern Classic! Enjoy!


  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 14 cup margarine, melted
  • 12 cup milk
  • 12 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 13 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 13 cup margarine, melted
  1. In large mixing bowl,mix sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, margarine,milk and vanilla.
  2. Pour into 9 inch square greased baking dish.
  3. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over potatoes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes .
  5. Can be doubled and baked in 9×13 dish.