Easy Marinated Olives

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Here is an easy recipe for Marinated Olives.  In a hurry? This is an appetizer you can make on the fly!

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Ingredients:

2 Jars of Green Olives or Olives of your choice (Unpitted)

2-4 Garlic Cloves

1 Sprig of Rosemary

1 Cup of Olive Oil

1/2 tsp of dried red chili flakes (or red pepper flakes)

1/2 tbsp of sweet smoked paprika

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I was looking through my bookshelves and came across four boxes of recipe cards. I spotted this recipes for marinated olives and I knew I wanted to give it a try. I looked up a few more marinated olive recipes on the internet and found most of them recommend unpitted olives. I will say, I did toss in some black pitted olives after I took the photos and I thought they were just as awesome.

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Directions:

Rinse off the olives.

In a medium saucepan, combine oil, garlic, oranges, rosemary and spices. Heat slowly over low heat. You want to infuse the oil. You do not want to fry the ingredients.

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Heat for approximately 5 minutes. Your mixture should be hot.

Add the olives, gently stir and turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to steep until it reaches room temperature.

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You can serve in a bowl. (I recommend toothpicks if you are entertaining.) I stored my olives in a jar.

Just a note…you will want to store these in the refrigerator, but serve these at room temperature.  Refrigeration makes the olive oil quite thick.

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Hot Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

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Hot Chocolate Barbecue Sauce! I know this sounds a little odd, but please try to keep an open mind. Yes, you read it correctly. This barbecue sauce contains chocolate. I was looking through my bookshelves and came across four boxes of recipe cards and I was instantly drawn to this recipe.

I will admit after making a jar, this recipe is not for the faint of heart. It is hot, hot, hot. So if you like a little heat (instead of a lot of heat) you will literally want to cut the spices in half. (Then you will just have Chocolate Barbeque Sauce).

I liked this…but I was hesitant about posting it on the blog; however, my husband insisted that this was really good and blog worthy. So here we go…

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Ingredients:

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Pink Lemonade Pie (No-Bake Freezer Pie Recipe)

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Pink Lemonade Pie is one of my favorites! This is a no-bake freezer pie or icebox pie, so you can make this in a jiffy. This is perfect for Spring and Summer!

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This pie is super quick and easy to make.

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Pink Lemonade Pie Ingredients

Crust:
One Pre-made Graham Cracker Crust

Filling:
1 Block of Cream Cheese
1 Small Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1-2 packs of unsweetened Pink Lemonade Drink Mix

Topping
One Tub of Whipped Topping
Shredded Coconut
Pink Food Coloring

Prep time: 10- 15 minutes

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Directions

Mix together Cream Cheese and Condensed Milk until smooth and creamy. Add the drink mix and stir. (The drink mix will color the mixture pink.)

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Next, pour the mixture into the pie shell. Spread an even coat of whipped topping on top of the mixture. I recommend allowing the whipped topping to soften a bit so it is easier to spread.  (I whipped with a hand held mixer before adding to the pie.)

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If you are not a fan of or allergic to coconut, you can stop here and the pie will still be fantastic.

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In a separate bowl,  add 1/2 cup on shredded coconut and a few drops of pink or red food coloring and mix together. (A little food coloring goes a long way.) Top the pie with the pink coconut.

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Place cover on pie and place in freezer to chill/set.  When you are not enjoying, be sure to keep the pie in the freezer.

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Pineapple Casserole

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Pineapple Casserole is one of my all time favorite dishes. I make this every year on Christmas morning. It is also my go-to Church Casserole. It is so so simple, but so so good. Honestly, I could eat the whole pan.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1 can crushed pineapple with juice (20 ounces)
5- 6 pieces of white bread
3 Tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla (optional)
1/4 teaspoon of salt

For Topping

1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of Confectionery Sugar to top

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a one quart baking dish (I used butter).

Mix the DRY ingredients (sugar, flour and salt).

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Then add the WET ingredients (beaten eggs, canned pineapple with juice, vanilla) Mix well.

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Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Break the bread into pieces and place a layer on top of the pineapple mixture.

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Dot the top with the butter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.

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Remove from oven and top with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Allow casserole to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Homemade Herb & Olive Oil Saute’ Cubes

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Need a quick meal? These Herb & Olive Oil Saute’ Cubes are perfect to have on hand. It only takes a few minutes to prepare a batch of these.  Just store in the freezer and grab a couple when you need them. These are perfect to add to pasta for a quick meal.

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Of course you can get creative and try them with chicken, fish or veggies. Also, these smell so wonderful!  There is a commercial brand that sells cubes very similar to these, but I like these because I know exactly what goes in them. You can use the herbs and olive oils of your choosing. For those who prefer the organic option, you will just need to use organic fresh herbs and organic oil.

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What You Need:

Fresh Herbs (I used Basil & Oregano)

Olive Oil

Ice Cube Tray (I used these)

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Directions

Step One:

First, wash & dry the herbs. Then cut or tear the herbs in to small pieces and fill each compartment of the ice cube tray. I like to get as many in as I can.

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Step Two:

Fill each compartment with olive oil.

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Step Three:

Freeze. (It took my cubes about 3 hours to freeze.)

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Step Four:

Pop out the cubes and quickly transfer them into baggies. I store these in twos inside small baggies and then I place all of the small baggies in one large freezer bag. Freeze until ready to use. (These will melt quickly at room temp.)

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My family loves pasta with a couple saute cubes tossed in.

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Slim’s Famous Peanut Dressing

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If you love peanut dressing- you must try this recipe! My friend Slim said I could share her recipe with you! This is a must for your recipe box. If you don’t have time to jot it down, be sure to pin it for later.

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Slim’s Famous Peanut Dressing

1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1/3 c reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 c rice wine vinegar
1 Tbs fresh, grated ginger root (or more to your taste)
1/4 c mayonnaise
2 Tbs fresh, chopped cilantro
1 packet Stevia (to taste)
1/4 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (optional)

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Directions:

Mix peanut butter, mayo & soy sauce together. (My five year old “helped”. How does one almost miss a bowl this large?)

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Add in cilantro & ginger

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Add rice wine vinegar

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Add Stevia (Add it slowly and taste the dressing before adding the whole packet.)

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Add the Sriracha (This is optional, I like just a hint of spiciness!) Mix well.

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There you have it! This is a thick dressing. If you like a thinner dressing you can thin it out by adding a little more Rice Wine Vinegar.

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Cranberry Wassail (Easy Crockpot Recipe)

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My friend Cathy makes a great cranberry wassail. She brings it to all our Winter Church functions. My husband loves it! Last week he hinted that he would like me to make some for home.

When I was researching wassail recipes, I actually found no two recipes to be alike….so here is my version of Cranberry Wassail (crockpot recipe). By the way, the recipe I am sharing today is non-alcoholic.

(A wassail is a traditional holiday mulled drink. The history is pretty neat. I recommend a simple internet search if you are interested.)

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