Sunday, December 21, 2014

White Chocolate Popcorn

Hi friends! Holly here from Life In The Lofthouse. I'm so excited to share today's recipe of White Chocolate Popcorn. This stuff is amazing.. and slightly addictive. ;)  It is so delicious and extremely easy to whip up!
I make this yummy popcorn every Christmas. I just leave it out in a giant bowl on the counter, and all day long everyone munches on it. It is so good!

2 (3.3 ounce) bags Tender White Popcorn, popped
12 ounces White Chocolate Bark or White candy melts
green and red sprinkles

Friday, December 19, 2014

Millionaire Fudge - Weekend Potluck #149

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Millionaire Fudge by Cooking with K

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce

Have you worked with yeast before? Are you intimidated or does it seem like too much work or are you worried you'll just mess it up? Never fear, you are not alone. Yeast recipes, like making biscuits, is one of those things that folks either dive into or they don't. But I'm here to tell you, you can do this and I'm going to give you a great intro. recipe to help you conquer that fear. Making anything with yeast is so much like making biscuits to me. You have to learn what looks and feels right and what doesn't. Once you have that down, you will be a pro in no time. And you'll feel tons more confident about making more things! During the holidays is a great time to share that little something homemade for everyone when they wake up on holiday mornings! So, let's start with a couple of basics with yeast.
For this, I'm using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. This is your standard yeast but with a kick. It works a whole lot faster because you only let the dough rise one time. In some recipes (usually bread recipes), it is required you let the dough rise once, then shape it into whatever shape you want, then you let it rise again. That isn't necessary with this particular type of yeast. You can buy yeast in jars and keep it in your fridge or you can buy it in these packets. Almost all yeast recipes are designed to where you just use one of these packets per recipe. And if you are worried about using too much or too little, this takes a bit of that fear out of the equation because it's already done for you.
If you need a guiding hand, just flip the packet over. Fleischmann's gives you a bunch of tips to help you along the way. You can even call someone if you need additional confidence. Or, just pop over to their website, to get recipes that are all divided into beginners to experts. I love those little tips in the middle there. For the longest time, I wasn't sure if you could make something in advance, then pop it in the fridge. Or why my yeast didn't activate (because I was using boiling milk!) Got that handy little tip from Fleischmann's website. It's also where I got this recipe!
So, first things first, check the expiration date on the packet. Expired yeast is not like expired spices. Expired yeast just won't work - at all. At least with expired spices you can take a leap of faith. Yeast is a living thing and therefore it has some requirements to be happy. The first requirement, it needs food. Food for yeast is sugar. Sugar makes yeast very happy. So any recipe with yeast will always have a bit of sugar of some sort in the recipe. The second requirement? Heat. Yeast likes to be warm and cozy. Not boiling or scalding hot, but very warm. Between 120F-130F degrees. Basically, you want whatever liquid you are adding to the yeast to feel very warm to the touch, like a heating blanket, but not so hot that it burns when you dip your finger in.
So we have good yeast, we got sugar to feed it and we will be heating up the milk in just a minute. We're all set to make something! This is a great beginner recipe because it is very forgiving and you can play around with it a bit if things don't go exactly right.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend Potluck #148

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Recipes that caught our attention ~

Twice Baked Potato Casserole byEveryday Mom’s Meals

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

German Chocolate Chip Muffins

We are in the full holiday swing now. How are ya holding up? How's the Christmas shopping? Are you on top of things and ready to roll or are ya stressing a bit and sweating it out? I have been trying to share some recipes lately that you can make with things that you already have in your pantry. That way, if you have last minute guests or need to drop off some goodies for that work party that you almost forgot about or that teacher's luncheon that you promised you'd send something in for - I got you covered! This recipe has three - yes 3! - ingredients. That is it! And it bakes up beautifully and looks darn pretty - if I say so myself! Just by keeping some muffin mix packets in your pantry and some store bought cake frosting, you have a sweet treat that looks like it took you all day to make.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ultimate Holiday Recipe Round-Up

Are ya feeling the holiday spirit yet? If not, let me help ya get into the mood. Turn on some Christmas music and hop into the kitchen and whip up some of these amazing holiday recipes! I've rounded up some of the best holiday recipes from my favorite food bloggers. We've got everything from party foods to holiday drinks and all kinds of sweet treats. Just click on any of the photos below to get the recipe!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weekend Potluck #147

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

**Apron Giveaway**

Aprons that can change the world? Yes, it is possible! It is possible to change the lives of women by giving them a means to use their talents to support their families. I am so honored to be a partner with Scarlet Threads. Please let me note right up front: this is not a paid, sponsored post. This is just a small business that I am proud to support and to share because of their mission: The empowering of women through employment. Scarlet Threads creates beauty, both in the lives of their seamstresses and in the products they craft. There is nothing more beautiful than hope restored, and it can be seen in the transformation occurring in the lives of these women and in their community.
Scarlet Threads sells these crafts: handmade aprons (for kids and grown-ups!), jewelry, potholders, children's clothing and even handmade Christmas ornaments. Your purchase puts these artisans to work! Give a gift with meaning this holiday season!
Real women, making real handmade items that mean SO much more than those fuzzy socks you were going to buy for all your friends again this year. By now, everyone is good on socks and body lotion and body scrub. Do more good with your money!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Weekend Potluck #146

Happy Friday! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My husband made his annual fried turkey. It turned out beautiful! Are any of y'all heading out to do some Black Friday shopping? I am not a good shopper in crowds at all so I think we'll skip the madness and just catch some Cyber Monday deals. I'm hoping we can catch the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. That's my kind of black Friday!
Hopefully you aren't completely sick of seeing food because we have some really amazing recipes at Weekend Potluck today!! If you aren't in a food mood yet, be sure to pin them for later!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Desserts

Hi everyone! It's Holly again from Life In The Lofthouse. Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? I can't believe it's almost here! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I'm one of those crazy people that cannot decorate for Christmas until I've had my turkey dinner with my loved ones. We all have so much to be thankful for, so I really love cherishing this holiday with my family, and being grateful for all that we have. :)
Okay, so enough of the mushy stuff. Let's talk food! There are so many amazing recipes to be made (and eaten!) at Thanksgiving. I think the side dishes and desserts are just as important as the turkey. Below, Brandie and I are sharing our most-loved and favorite side dish recipes and desserts to give you some inspiration and new ideas for this Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Potluck #145

We are so excited to announce a new hostess for Weekend Potluck! Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird has joined the Weekend Potluck. Our sweet Tonya from 4 Little Fergusons will be hosting for the last time on December 19th. So I hope you'll go over and tell her thank you for all her years with us and wish her all the best in her new ventures! With our new teammate, we are unveiling a new Weekend Potluck banner!!  What do ya think? All of us at Weekend Potluck would like to wish you a very happy, blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving! 

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