Has winter got you down? Warm up with this tropical drink recipe – Hot Spiced Pineapple Tea – and dream of a warm destination.
Hot Spiced Pineapple Tea
1 can (46 oz) pineapple juice
¼ cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
2 peppermint tea or mint medley herb tea bags
- Combine pineapple juice, honey and cinnamon in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
- Add tea bags. Steep 2-5 minutes. Discard teabags.
- Serve in coffee mugs.
Servings – 6
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
The Victorian design of this sweet two-story house plan exudes charm inside and out. Exterior details like the siding façade, wrap-around porch and decorative details express a quaintness of days gone by. Inside, the walls shaped by the turrets, create interesting nuances for interior design. A fireplace in the family room delivers cozy togetherness for the residents. With a breakfast nook and separate dining area, there is plenty of room for families and friends to sit down together to dine. On the second floor, the master suite sports a vaulted ceiling, and its bathroom has a skylight. Each room of this house plan generates interest in its own way all wrapped up in that delightful exterior.
Add a little fun to your holidays with these sweet treats. Pretzel M&M Hugs are as tasty as they are addictive. If you are not comfortable baking goodies in the kitchen, this is a good starter recipe and lots of fun to include eager young helpers. The finished product is attractive enough to box up for gifts, if you can hold onto them for that long.
Pretzel M&M Hugs
70 square waffle pretzels
70 Hershey Hugs
70 chocolate M&M’s
These are approximate numbers. Make as many as you wish. You are only limited by the number of items in a bag. Of course, all of the Hugs have to be unwrapped and that is where your helpers come in. Line up the pretzels on cookie sheets covered with parchment paper and place one unwrapped Hug on top of each. Heat them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees. They will start to look shiny. Remove from the oven and carefully press an M&M down into each center smashing the Hug into the pretzel. Voila, now all you have to do is let them cool, which you can speed up by placing the sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes. Once they have cooled, store them in airtight containers. I would like to say that the hardest part of making these is to refrain from eating them all. Actually, I have found the hardest part to be moving the cookie sheets full of them in and out of the oven without sending them flying in all directions. Slow down, take your time, don’t burn your fingers and enjoy. There are lots of variations of this candy on the internet, using different combinations of ingredients for different holidays. Explore, experiment and have fun.
Hosting a holiday party? Don’t stress; serve easy appetizers like these pizza party ryes. These are a great treat for New Year’s Eve. Maybe I only think that because they have become a tradition in my life. As a kid, I thought I was eating hors d’oeuvres like the grownups. They are simple, tasty, versatile, and can be made ahead and frozen until you need them. Below is my recipe, but please experiment with your favorite toppings and make your own tradition.
Pizza Party Ryes
1 pound of sausage
1 pound of Velveeta cheese (cut into cubes)
2 tbs ketchup
1 tsp of ground oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 loaf of party rye bread (this is that bread that comes in tiny squares sometimes called cocktail rye)
Brown the sausage in a skillet and drain the grease. Add the cheese to the skillet and then the rest of the ingredients. Heat until you have one beautiful gloppy mess. Scoop a couple of spoonfuls of sausage and cheese mixture onto each piece of bread. (Here is where you can freeze them for later if you wish.) Set them on a sheet and place in the freezer until they harden (for about an hour). Then you can stack them up in a freezer bag and save them for later. When you are ready to cook, line them up on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people will begin turning their attention Christmas decorating and holiday parties shortly thereafter. The holidays not only bring new safety hazards into the house, but the excitement of them distracts even the most wary. Below are a few hints to help keep you safe for the season.
- Trees – Live trees require lots of watering and even then they will dry out. Place them well away from any heat sources. Don’t burn discarded trees in the fireplace as it can lead to creosote build-up in the chimney. Instead consider taking it to a recycling center or compost it for the garden.
- Fireplaces – Of course by this time of the year you have had your chimney swept and inspected. Don’t be tempted to reduce the landfill by burning wrapping paper or other paper products in it. Besides the flash fire they produce being dangerous, they could have coatings that produce unsafe fumes when burned. Check for opportunities to recycle paper and plastic products to ease your guilt.
- Smoke Alarms – Check all smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. Replace batteries at least twice a year even if they are still working. Install a carbon monoxide detector for added safety.
- Candles – Keep candles away from all combustibles and extinguish when leaving the room. Place them so they are away from areas where they can be knocked over. The coffee table is just the right height for Fido’s tail to do damage. Don’t forget to stow away the matches or lighters that could be temptations for inquisitive children.
- Lights – Check all strands for any damage and for the UL approved label. Turn them off when going to bed or leaving the house. Don’t run any wires under carpets and don’t overload the circuits.
- Decorations – Check decorations for small pieces that could be a choking hazard for children or pets.
- Guests – Don’t assume that your guests know what you know. Remind them not to place their gloves on the space heater for drying or throw anything in the fire in the fireplace. Ask them to help keep the kids safely out of the kitchen while food is being prepared. If you have overnight guests, review your household escape plan with them in case of emergency.