Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: December 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Reads

Author: Alethea Kontis
Rating: ★★★★

Author: Alethea Kontis
Rating: ★★★

Author: Christopher Paolini

Rating: ★★★★★   

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: ★★★★

Author: JK Rowling
Rating: ★★★★★  
Read out loud to my children

Author: JRR Tolkien
Rating: ★★★

Author: Melissa F Olson
Rating: ★★★★★

Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Counting down with the Reader’s Favorite Recipes of 2016

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!

It’s always fun to look back and see what you, the readers liked last year.  Without further ado, here they are!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best Crockpot Recipes of 2016

 Counting down the best crockpot recipes of 2016

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!

Today we’re counting down the best crockpot recipes of 2016!

I kinda slacked off on the crockpot recipes again ting year.  And it would also appear that I have a tendency toward pork in the crockpot!  Haha!  Ah well, they were all delicious anyway.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best Desserts of 2016

Counting down the Best Desserts of 2016!

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!

Today we’re counting down the best desserts of 2016!

I think desserts are my favorite part of blogging!  I am a totally dessert fanatic and I’m always looking for something new to try!  Here’s the best of 2016!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best Main Dishes of 2016

 Counting down the best main dishes of 2016!

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!

Today we’re counting down the best mains of 2016!

Ah!  What a hard decision!  I could hardly narrow this one down!  There were so many delicious mains this year!  Let’s take a look!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best Breakfasts of 2016

Counting down the Best Breakfasts of 2016!

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at aFantastical Sharing of Recipes!

Today we’re counting down the best breakfasts of 2016!

Now let’s be honest.  None of these were actually eaten at breakfast in my house.  The muffins were snacks and everything else was breakfast for dinner, but it's all good, right?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Best Appetizers & Snacks of 2016

Counting down the best Appetizers & Sides of 2016!

It’s time for the Countdown to 2017, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!

Today we’re counting down the best appetizers and snacks of 2016!  Let’s get this party started!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Scottish Shortbread Cookies #FantasticalFoodFight

Scottish Shortbread Cookies are a new Christmas favorite!

Welcome to this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month’s theme is shortbread cookies and I have to admit, I was less than enthusiastic when I saw the theme.

You see, my only experience with shortbread comes in the form of stale, store-bought shortbreads in a tin.  Hard, flavorless rocks.  Yuck.

Then I started doing some research and trying to figure out the difference between shortbreads, sugar cookies, and butter cookies.  It turns out that the difference ends up primarily being the ratio of butter to sugar.  Shortbreads have the highest amount of butter to the lowest amount of sugar (this did not ease my mind).  Shortbreads also have the fewest ingredients.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tater Tot Casserole

 Tater Tot Casserole is such a classic!

So funny story.  I never had tater tot casserole until I went to college.   It was before I was really familiar with the term casserole (I’m from the Midwest and it Hot Dish, ok?).  And it was dorm food and when everyone else was moaning and groaning about the horrible casserole, I was loving every bite!

When I finally got around to actually cooking (after Dude was born), I decided to try making my favorite on my own.  I found an amazing recipe and used it all the time! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sweet & Clear Chicken Noodle Soup #CooktheBooksClub

Sweet & Clear Chicken Noodles soup for Cook the Books Club

Welcome to this month’s Cook the Books Club!

The memoir begins with Jessica having a brain aneurysm and the trials that follow.   With each chapter, the focus shifts from Jessica after her aneurysm to before the aneurysm, sharing some about her upbringing and mostly about her courtship with her husband.

At the end of most chapters, a recipe mentioned in said chapter is included as well (and most of them look amazing!)

Throughout the story, I just help thinking about how resilient the human body can be.  It is truly amazing!  As expected, much of the food discussed (and shared) in the story would fall under the “comfort food” category (my favorite!), because of course, one falls back on those comforting childhood favorites in times of distress.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Easy Bark Pretzels

Bark Pretzels are an easy no-bake treat this Christmas!

I love bark pretzels at Christmas time.  They’re easy to make, just 2 ingredients, but sometimes I get lazy and I really get annoyed having to dip all those pretzels when I could be baking something instead!

So this year, I decided just to dump the whole block of melted bark over the pretzels, stir them and call it a day!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Krampus Gingerbread Man #FoodnFlix

It’s time for this month’s Food ‘n Flix – the club where participants watch the selected movie, get inspired, & head to the kitchen!

This month’s movie is Krampus, hosted by Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

So I set out to find Krampus, having never heard of it.  And I noticed that it was promoted as being a comedy-horror.  Let’s take a look at the synopsis, then, ok?

Legendary Pictures' Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.”

Ummm, what?!?

Let’s rewind a bit to my Beetlejuice post, when I mentioned the multiple reassurances I needed from Hubs that Beetlejuice wouldn’t give me nightmares (he was right, it was fine) and you can understand my reaction to the so-called comedy horror.

I was completely perplexed by the thought of comedy+horror.  Hubs told me that pretty much ever horror film is pretty much a comedy, because really, who runs up the stairs to answer the phone when there’s an ax murderer on the loose?  It’s so ridiculous it’s almost funny!

Ummm…yeah.  Sorry, I’m too busy being terrified and having nightmares for the next month to catch the humor there.

So, uh, I didn’t watch the movie.

I goggled some still shots and decided that it looked way to terrifying and I just couldn’t!



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