Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: December 2017

Sunday, December 31, 2017

#FoodnFlix January Invitation: Wreck-It Ralph

Happy New Year!!

I’m kicking off the New Year hosting Food n Flix!

What movie, you ask?  I decided to go for the animated Disney movie, Wreck it Ralph!

This is such a fun movie!  My whole family adores it.  And while the main food inspiration in candy (of all kinds!) with an entire world made of candy, it is certainly not the only food in the film (thought it may take just a *bit* of creativity!)


Here's a brief synopsis:
Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty. But it's the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late? -- (C) Disney

I sure hope you all love the movie as much as I do! 

Ready to join in the fun?? 

Here’s what to to:

1. Watch the movie
2. Whip up something amazing inspired by the movie
3. Post a new blog post by January 29, 2018
4. E-mail me your info including the following:
-Email: to amyscookingadventures @ gmail . com and 
CC heather @ foodnflixclub . com
-Include Food ‘n Flix Submission in the header
-Include your blog name, recipe name, and a link to the recipe
-Include a photo or permission to pull one from your post


-submit via Instagram using #foodnflix and tag me        

Friday, December 29, 2017

Best Recipes of 2017

Time for the most Popular Recipes of 2017!

Yesterday was all about the underrated recipes and today is all about the amazing ones!

You readers loved these 12 recipes, there’s no doubt about that!

10. Apple Cheddar Danish

9. Honey Cinnamon Quick Bread

8. Lemon Poppy Seed Pudding Cookies

7. Strawberry Jell-o Shooters

6. Pi Pie

5. German Brotchen Rolls

4. Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

3. Cheddar Asparagus Mini Quiche

2. Chilled Borscht

1. 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cinnamon Roll Cookies #foodnflix

It’s time for this month’s Food ‘n Flix movie!  This month, Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen is hosting with the mid-90’s teen flick, Clueless.

I vaguely remember watching Clueless as a high schooler, but I didn’t remember much of it, so I cued it up and watched it with my foodie goggles on.

Before we get to the recipe and the inspiration, can we talk about the train wreckiness? First, the stereotypical 90’s high school airheads – so so annoying!  Next, Cher is saving herself until she really loves someone, then throws herself at the first hot guy she sees?  Um what?!?  And lastly, I’m pretty sure Josh is her brother or step-brother or something.  Barf.  How is that even a love story?  I dunno – it’s super weird.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chocolate Eggnog Latte

It’s Fantastical Food Fight time and this month’s theme is everyone’s favorite festive drink: eggnog!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make at first.  I’ve made cookies already and I didn’t really want to attempt making homemade eggnog.

Then I had it!

I decided to take my cold chocolate eggnog and make it into a hot latte!  YAAASSSSS!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Four Years

Our vase was iced over, so the boys made a snowman to hold our flowers

Dear Sarah Catherine,

Today you would have turned four.

Instead of a party, we fought tears and visited your gravesite.

Spud insisted on a birthday cake, so I made a Christmas cake, but we didn’t sing.  I just couldn’t.

What would life be like if you were with us?

What would it be like to have a 4 year old daughter?

Would you be a girly girl or would you be a tom-boy with two older brothers?

Would you like teal and gold like I planned to decorate your nursey or would like pink just to spite me?

Would you be petite like your brothers or would you be tall like your dad?

Would you have curly hair?

Would you love to sing?

Would you love to snuggle on my lap and read stories?

Oh Sarah, what would life be like?

I’ll always have questions but no answers.

I know you are looking down on us always.

I know you’re up in heaven with your great grandpas and great aunt Linda and I’m so glad they can take care of you.

But I wish you were here with us.

I held you in my womb, but never met you.

Yet I miss you.

I miss you so much.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hearty Hash Brown Egg Bake

Well hello there.

Been a little silent around here hasn’t it?

December definitely got the best of me this year!  I’ve been working closer to full time (instead of part) helping the school kids get ready for the Christmas play (it was on Thursday – it was beautiful!  It was very biblical and stressed the true meaning of Christmas!  It was one of the best plays yet!) Added to that, I was playing the duet part for Dude’s piano recital (I had to practice extensively – I don’t play piano very often!) Plus I had to get all of my final projects finished for my graduate classes.  Plus holiday baking.  Plus I’ve been bumming a bit about Sarah Catherine (her 4th birthday is on Monday).

But now that the play, and the recital, and finals are done, I can finally focus on blogging again!  Yay!

So remember that ham?  I cooked a ginormous ham for 4 people and had copious amounts of leftovers so I had to get creative.  We had lots of ham sandwiches and chef salads.  I froze the hambone, crockpot juices, and some ham to make ham & bean soup sometime later.  I made Creamy Ham, Swiss, and Potato Soup.  And I made this amazing egg bake!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Crockpot Ham

Over Thanksgiving, while everyone’s mind and stomach was on turkey (which I love), I was thinking about ham.

I don’t remember why, but as I was stuffing myself on turkey, I was thinking about how I really needed to make a ham when I got home.

So I stopped by the butcher and bought a rather ginormous considering that I was cooking for a family of four.

Then I realized that I really didn’t have the time to make a ham.  I was working the afternoon that day and Dude had piano lessons after school and the next night the boys had gymnastics and I worked all day.  Alas!

So I decided to toss the ham in the crockpot!  And since it was ginormous, it almost didn’t fit!  Eek!

Anyhow, as I poked around online, I found that many recipes call for loads of brown sugar or honey or spiral cut hams for this preparation.  I only wanted a hint of sweetness, plus I know that my butcher smokes an amazing ham, so it didn’t need all that extra sugar.  I also found that since smoked hams are usually fully cooked, they need only be heated to 140 degrees F to be read for consumption.

Luckily, my large crockpot has a temperature probe, so I set the crockpot to high and told it to turn to warm once the ham reached 140!  When I got home 4 hours later, I was met with a ham cooked to perfection.  It was so juicy and perfect – it is officially my favorite way to cook a ham!

Crockpot Ham

1 (7 lb) bone-in smoked ham
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup water

Place the brown sugar and water in the bottom of a large crockpot.

Place the ham, cut side down, on the crockpot.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

Remove the ham form the crockpot.  Allow it to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

print recipe

Crockpot Ham
Crockpot Ham is easy plus it is so juicy & delicious! Perfect for Christmas, Easter, or Sunday Dinner!
  • 7 pounds bone-in smoked ham
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
Place the brown sugar and water in the bottom of a large crockpot. Place the ham, cut side down, on the crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Remove the ham form the crockpot. Allow it to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 ham



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