Winter Beverages: Baileys Irish Cream and Coffee

Winter Beverages: Baileys Irish Cream and CoffeeBack when I was younger, I thought Irish Coffee was Baileys Irish Creme mixed with coffee. Obviously, I was wrong, but Baileys Irish Cream and Coffee is a good drink. It reminds me of winter time and coziness. Personally, I like Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks as an after dinner drink/dessert, but it also goes well with coffee. Plus, on these freezing cold days, it will warm your toes. Continue reading

Winter Beverages: Irish Coffee

Irish-Coffee-Recipe-NonChronNow that the cold temps are upon most of us, it’s nice to have some warm adult beverages to sip. One of my favorite hot drinks is Irish Coffee. While this hot alcoholic beverage was actually invented in Ireland, the beverage’s popularity in the United States can be traced to a bar/restaurant in San Francisco, The Buena Vista. I’ve been there and had an Irish Coffee. It’s a very San Francisco place. Continue reading

Easy Recipe: Bacon Taco Boats

OrtegaFiestaFlatsYes, the Super Bowl was disappointing, but you know what wasn’t? The food.  I was given a sample of the new Ortega Fiesta Flats and came up with a very easy hand held delight.

Basically, you just take your nacho fixin’s and layer it in this lovely boat shaped corn tortilla shell.  The box said they were supposed to lay flat, but as you can see from the photo, they did not do as told. Then again, maybe I was trying to make the photo look fancy.

Didn’t matter.  They tasted just fine.  Fiesta Flats

The first one I had kept its structural integrity until the last two bites.  It’s entirely possible that I didn’t correctly guess the ratio of fillings to corn tortilla shell.  The second one held up all the way through.  Nothing dripped on to my carpet or clothing.

So, how do you make these lovely handheld fiestas? I’m so glad you read this far.

Ingredients:

Taco meat
Refried beans
Shredded cheese
Bacon
Sour cream
Salsa

Feel free to improvise and add shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, or even black olives. If you are feeling super fancy, dollop on some guacamole!

You can heat up the Fiesta Flats in the microwave for about 60 seconds or the oven for a few minutes.

Take a small scoop of your favorite taco meat and layer it on the bottom. Follow with refried beans, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream and of course bacon.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however, I did receive a box of the product to try for free.  All opinions are my own.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Chip Scones

pastryYou know when you forget to get stuff for breakfast, but you want something yummy? That happened to me the other day. Then I saw a box of Bisquick in my fridge as well as an opened package of mini-chocolate chips. I thought some how these two things should go together. I found a recipe for Easy Drop Danish in my Bisquick cook book and slightly modified it to include the chocolate chips. It was a tasty and easy to make treat.

Scones Recipe
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk or whipping cream
Mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 450. My oven tends to run hot, so I only set it to 425.

  1. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or lightly grease with shortening. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, butter and granulated sugar until crumbly. Stir in milk until dough forms. Stir in mini chocolate chips to taste. I did this by sight and probably added in 2/3 cup.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Make shallow well in center of each with back of spoon dipped in water; fill each with mini chocolate chips
  3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Hershey’s Spreads review

food, snack, treatWhen the people at Crowdtap sent me a sample of the new Hershey’s Spreads to try, I couldn’t believe it was new.  It seemed like Hershey’s had made a product like this before, but I couldn’t remember when.  Apparently, it was nothing but a day dream, except now the Hershey’s Spreads are real.  YAY!

If you are looking for a quick, chocolaty treat, I highly recommend Hershey’s Spreads.  There are three flavors: Chocolate, Almond & Chocolate, and Hazelnut and Chocolate.  I tried the regular chocolate version.

What should you put this wonder stuff on?  Fruit would be an obvious choice, but since I didn’t have any fruit in the house, I chose toast.  Yep, toast…and a bagel…and a Ritz cracker…and a pita chip…and Wheat Thins.

Oddly enough, the Ritz cracker wasn’t too bad with the chocolate.  It had a nice salty finish.

Honestly, Hershey’s Spread was sort of like a cold fondue.  I kept trying to find different things to dip in it, which is why I tried different kinds of crackers…and because I have no fruit in the house.

I wish I could have tried it on graham crackers.  Back when I was a kid, my mom used to give me and my sister frosting on graham crackers as a snack. Not every day, but once in a while.  The Hershey’s Spread reminded me of those days.

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Warm Woody

WarmWoodyBeverageThis is a very simple hot beverage that is popular at a restaurant up in Lake Tahoe, Riva Grill.  It’s called a “Warm Woody” probably because their other popular cocktail is called a “Wet Woody”.  It has to do with wooden boats or something.  The Wet Woody is a blended beverage chock full of rum.  The Warm Woody is a three ingredient hot drink. Well, four if you include the whip cream…and of course, I do.

I’d link to their website, but it automatically plays music when you go there, so I can’t condone that.

Ingredients:

Coffee
Baileys Irish Cream
Hot cocoa
Whipped cream

If you’re lucky enough to have a Keurig, you can make these one at a time. Just dump a packet of instant hot cocoa into a mug. Put your favorite coffee in the Keurig and brew it right into the hot cocoa.  Add Baileys to taste and stir.  Garnish with whipped cream.

So yummy!!