It’s no longer summer, but there’s still some sun! ~Sunshine Blog Award ~

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Yes, yes i know it’s been a while since i’ve had a chance to post a recipe (so sorry!) but i have some coming out soon for the Holidays, so keep a look-out! 😉

Today i’ve got exciting news, and it’s that Matea from FightForTheBite has nominated Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen for the Sunshine Award! (how sweet of her is that right!?) 🙂 A Big THANK YOU Matea! 🙂

The rules for the Award are as follow:
1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post.
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions posted by your nominator.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.
6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Questions  from Matea:

1. Chocolate or Caramel? – Oh please, don’t make me answer that! i love them both so much!!! lol

2. What tip would you give to a new blogger? – keep a regular blogging schedule, don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do it right – we’re are still learning here, who are we kidding?!-  &  just have fun!

3. What’s the last book you read (or are reading)? – The Witness by Josh McDowell & Argo by Antonio Mendez , & Matt Baglio

4. Dogs or cats? – Well, i do have a cat & he’s really the cutest thing- so i’ll say cats, but in general i’m not a huge animal person so i guess it really just depends on the particular animal! 

5. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?  – I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, USA  , But Prince Edward Island, Canada is on my list too, so maybe one of those places!

6. How long have you been blogging? – Since May 2012

7. What’s one of your favorite things to blog about? – Food & just random stuff that goes on.

8. What’s one of your favorite things about Thanksgiving? – Spending the morning in the kitchen making the turkey dinner with my mom! 

9. Do you prefer winter or summer? – I like different things about both seasons, In winter you have snow – but then you have the cold to deal with & that sucks! Summer on the other hand – lets you where cute clothes, & go swimming & go running (with-out falling flat on your face!) but then if it’s too hot out, you really start wishing for some of that arctic winter air!  So it’s really a toss up of both!  lol

10. What’s the last thing you ate? –  A&W Chubby Chicken

My Nominee’s :

  1. A House On The Rock
  2. Your Favorite Girlfriend
  3. cooking from the heart
  4. Pepperminting
  5. the sunny kitchen
  6. Over Thinking
  7. Heritage of Grace
  8. Running shoes & Chocolate Mousse
  9. Tea, A Drink With Jam & Bread
  10. Living My Adventures

Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite holiday?
  2. What is your ‘go-to’ recipe?
  3. Your favorite song right now?
  4. What do you love most about cooking/baking?
  5. Which do you prefer – Sweet or Salty?
  6. Do you own a camera?
  7. What rules do you follow when it comes to blogging?
  8. What’s your favorite fashion trend? Do you follow it?
  9. If you had the day completely off from work, what would you do for fun?
  10. What do you blog about most?

Congratulations to all the nominees! 🙂

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Sangria’s (Non-Alcoholic) & a day at the lake

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Hey everybody! I know it’s been a while since i last posted 😥 …sorry ’bout that!  But while i’ve been gone, (from the blogging world anyway) i’ve been trying to drink in as much sun as possible (so that maybe i can finally get that tan!?) and so that led to my spending this past Monday up a my friends lake-house. We had a few doubts about the weather on our way up to the lake (as it was badly storming and we had to drive 30mph under the speed limit just to make it safely there!) But while i was up at the lake i had a great time looking through some cook-books, and picking some super great recipes to try! We made some guacamole (i’ll post the recipe soon!) and then the weather was finally nice enough for us to go out in the kayaks for an hour. It was a blast and i’ve got a  lot of recipes coming your way soon!

Ok so about this recipe : I’ve been on the hunt for some fun (Non-Alcoholic) cocktails or um (Mocktails i guess) recipes for some party’s i’m planing & this sangria recipe is a great fit to what i’ve been looking for! 😉  Hope ya’ll Enjoy it!

Ingredients:
Serves 8

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups carbonated water (like seltzer)

Directions: Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve.

In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.

Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in pretty glasses over ice.

2012_04_27-sangria3.jpg  P.S: Please leave me a comment below if you have any other recipe ideas for me to try – I’d love to hear from my readers! 🙂
Recipe & Photo Credit:

Super Simple Sugar Cookies

sugar_cookiesWell the weather finally cooled down enough last night that i decided it was safe to make some cookies…i wanted the sugar variety, but needed a new recipe, so i started looking and ended-up finding this oneWho knew that you could use Vegetable Oil instead of butter or shortening in cookies!?  ~ These cookies are different than most other sugar cookies i’ve had, they have a softer, fluffy, almost-cake-like texture, but-  Based on my results (the finished cookies)  I would have to say that this recipe has ranked itself pretty high on the list as far as a “family-favorite” at my house! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar or colored sugar

Directions: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and lemon peel until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.  Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Have any of you used  substitutes for butter or shortening in your cookies before?   Give a shout-out if you have any tried-&true tips or substitutes that you’d  like to share! 🙂

~as always ~       

Happy Baking & Bon Appètit!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Delight

Chocolate Banana Smoothie DelightThe past few days have blessed us with some very hot and humid weather that has had me dashing inside every 15 minuets for another drink of water….  So – during one of those “dashes” to the house  for a drink, I decided that i wanted something different than just plain ol’ water again, so i rummaged through the cupboards and freezer for a bit and finally found some random item’s that i decided would work to make-up this concoction i named a – Chocolate Banana Smoothie!   – A great thing about this recipe is that it’s a superb excuse for you to use-up your over-ripened bananas!  😉

Ingredients:

 2-3 medium size Banana’s

1 large scoop of Vanilla Yogurt

 1 &1/2 tablespoons Coco Powder

 1/2 cup Milk (or more) [ also you could use chocolate milk to give it a richer more “chocolaty” flavor!;) ]

 Ice Cubes (i put about a handful)

Whipped Cream (optional)

Directions: Dump all the ingredients into blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy!   ~ Serve in pretty glasses (or not! lol) with a dollop of Whipped Cream! ~

Happy Smoothie Making & Bon Appètit!

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