In celebration of the weekend, I decided to forgo the recipe in favor of *gasp* a night off from cooking, and suggest that we all dine out instead! (At least that’s what I’ll be doing. :)) And while you may not need an apron for an evening out, if you’re a mom like me, you might need a little help making that dinner an enjoyable one. That’s why we have these adorable chalkboard placemats. I keep two of them with me at all times. On occasion they even distract the girls enough to allow my husband and I to have a conversation!
Hope you have a lovely and relaxing weekend!
The Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Cherries
I’ve never really been all that tempted by sweets. My indulgences tend to veer towards the salty-crunchy snacks that go nicely with a soda. There remains, however, one gargantuan exception to the rule; chocolate covered cherries. My addiction to these savory crumbs from heaven began at a very young age led most of the members of my family to defer to this particular candy as the standby gift for me for Christmas, my birthday, or whatever occasion happened to come along. It has only been in the last couple of years that my complaints regarding my chocolate-covered-cherry-related weight gain have curbed the tide of these well-meaning but hip-widening treats.
I do still enjoy them in moderation around the holidays, and have come prefer the homemade kind. Here is a delicious recipe for those who share my compulsion.
The Apron: The Betty Double Band Cherry Apron with Red Ties
It was difficult to choose today’s apron, mostly because we have several styles featuring cherries, but I felt this one best reflected the combination of cherries and chocolate.
Last Friday we talked about “Wining down” for the weekend. Unfortunately, Monday always comes around again, and we have to start the week anew. One thing, however, makes the return to the grind much less painful and helps us kick start our week – coffee!
And one particular coffee concoction brings a smile to my face when the weather starts to turn cold: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sometime in late September, I start watching the coffee shop special board anxiously anticipating it’s arrival. As tasty as it is, however, those daily trips to the coffee shop can get a little pricy over time. So here’s a recipe to help save you some money and allow you to enjoy that frothy goodness more often.
The Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Latte
And of course, you need an appropriate apron to demonstrate your devotion to this wonderful beverage.
The Apron: The End Justifies the Beans Apron
Mmm… pumpkin spice.
Wine is the Answer Frill Apron
Since we began this series with an analogy to wine pairing, I thought it only appropriate that we celebrate the weekend with a recipe that I like to enjoy with a nice Chianti. It’s easy too, and my daughters actually squeal with delight whenever I set it in front of them.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Spaghetti
- - 1 red onion, finely chopped
- - 1 lb. ground beef
- - 2 cans stewed tomatoes (Italian style is best)
- - 2 cans tomato paste
- - 1 T sugar
- - Garlic powder and oregano to taste, I occasionally throw in some fresh chopped basil as well.
- - Mozzarella cheese to sprinkle on top
Throw everything in the crockpot for 5 hours; serve with warm pasta, garlic bread and your favorite red vino.
The Apron: Wine is the Answer
Now what was that question again?
As the Christmas season quickly approaches, our thoughts turn to our holiday gift lists. If you’re like me, you have one or more people who are nearly impossible to buy for. Either they have everything they want, or they won’t tell you what’s on their wish list. Well, we’re about to help out one lucky winner with that difficult choice.
This month we’re giving away one in-stock apron of your choice, with gift wrap and shipping included. AND, we’ll even embroider a monogram or single letter on the apron for you free of charge! The catch is, you have to give it away.
We’ll even include a personalized gift tag.
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Good luck and happy holidays!
This dip is always one of the biggest hits at parties, and no one believes how easy it is to prepare! And, it’s made with bacon. Do you really need to know anything else?
The Recipe: Bacon Cheese Dip
- 2 cups mayo
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch green onions (finely chopped)
- 1 lb. bacon (fried and crumbled) If you’re in a hurry, you can substitute 1 cup bacon bits
- 2 packages of cream cheese
- 1 box of club crackers
Combine the cream cheese and mayo, and mix until smooth. Add cheese, green onions and bacon (reserving some of each for the topping). Spread into microwave safe baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese, green onions and bacon on top. Microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
The Apron: Domestic Diva
After your guests taste the Bacon Cheese dip, they’ll be in awe of your mad kitchen skills. Help keep up the pretense with our Domestic Diva Apron.
Have a Happy Tuesday!
Ok, so I think we (or at least the mothers) can agree that while Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year, there is always at least a small sense of relief when morning dawns on November 1st. A month of horror movies on TV and random scary voices startling the Starbucks right out our hand in the grocery store are enough to wear on anyone after a while. That being said I do have one more treat that can be squeezed out of this holiday.
While many pumpkins were carved up several days/weeks ago, I’m taking the chance that you, like me, may have one or more un-carved pumpkins lying around for decoration. Or, I’m sure there are great deals on pumpkins today if you check around. If so, this roasted seed recipe may be just worth a trip to the store. The brown sugar caramelizes slightly to add a delicious dimension to this snack.
The Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- 3 cups pumpkin seeds (I leave the guts on)
- 4 T melted butter
- 2 T brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 300◦. Combine all ingredients and spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This is a beautiful fall classic apron with criss-cross straps and a huge bow in the back.
Oh, and before I forget, Happy Birthday Swanky Aprons!