Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Here’s some more of that Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See…

New Year's Eve Cocktails

On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared 5 FESTIVE COCKTAILS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE.  I had such a hard time deciding on these because there are so many delicious-looking cocktails out there!

Cheers Glasses Target

I couldn’t resist buying these cute CHEERS glasses!!!!  I found them at Target.  I guess we should use them on New Year’s Eve, huh?

Christmas Eve Dinner

My nephew Jordan is the executive chef at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, and we are very lucky to have him visiting for Christmas!  He has been cooking us a lot of fabulous things while he’s been here, but Christmas Eve was the best:  this is Prosciutto- Wrapped Monkfish served over Potato Risotto with Mushroom- Tomato Ragu.  I don’t have the recipe because, of course, he just put it together in his head and did his thing… but it was definitely AMAZING.  I haven’t been to Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch yet, but it looks like the perfect place to take your family on vacation.  Oh, and the Monkfish (also known as Poor Man’s Lobster) came from our favorite overnight seafood delivery resource:  Anderson Seafoods.

Blogs to Read

Here are 3 fabulous food blogs you should be reading:

  1. Around My Family Table:  Wendy is a native Texan but she blogs from Arizona now.  Most of the recipes on her blog will be gluten free, dairy free, and egg free due to her allergies starting in Jan 2013; however, you will find archives of her traditional recipes too.  Her latest post:  BBQ- Bacon Meatball Skewers
  2. The Messy Baker:  Jennie blogs from Baltimore, Maryland.  I love the personality of this girl (she’ll make you laugh).  Jennie bakes, but she also shares dinners, cocktails and all kinds of other things too.  Her latest post:  Cookies and Cream Fudge
  3. Apron Strings: Donna and Anne are a reunited birth mother & daughter who write this blog.  They share recipes, memories, and stories of their reconnecting through their shared love of food and cooking.  Their latest post:  Chartreuse of Vegetables- a Vintage Show-Stopper for Holiday Tables

SW Giveaway

I hosted giveaways every weekend in December, and this is the final one… it ends at the end of the day today!
Enter for a chance to win here > SWISS DIAMOND COOKWARE SET GIVEAWAY

Facebook Page

Saturdays are always THEME DAY on my RecipeGirl Facebook page.  Today I’m sharing festive New Year’s Eve drinks all day on my page (every hour)- you’ll find drinks with and without alcohol.  Check it out and make sure you’re following my page so you can see my regular updates!


This MINI REMOTE CONTROL HELICOPTER was the major hit of Christmas.  My sister bought it for my 12-year old son, and it is seriously the coolest thing ever.  You can fly it safely in the house, it lands safely sometimes, it crashes too and then it just keeps on going.  My nephews (in their 30’s) immediately went on Amazon and ordered their own, and I will be buying a couple to keep in our house so we can give them as gifts for birthday parties around here.  Bargain at $22.95.  You can’t beat that price.  My son loves it!

plastic balls

These plastic balls were another big hit of Christmas.  My nephew has little one who just turned one.  He bought a SMALL BLOW-UP SWIMMING POOL and a SET OF PLASTIC BALLS, and it is the best plaything ever for a one year old!  His daughter sits inside of it and is surrounding by color and fun.  It’s like being at McDonalds without all of the germs!

Irish Coffee Cups

Here’s the latest recipe shared from Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia on my Culinary Covers blog:  IRISH COFFEE CUPS.  They look delicious, don’t they?

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

We had a Tapa’s Night in my house the day after Christmas with all of my visiting relatives.  Here’s one of the recipes that we made- an old favorite that my Mom gave me year’s ago:  EASY STUFFED MUSHROOMS.  It’s seriously such an easy, impressive recipe.  Everyone always loves these.

One Simple Change

Here’s the first book I am so excited to read in the New Year:  One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life by Winnie Abramson.  From Amazon: In this wellness guide, Healthy Green Kitchen blogger Winnie Abramson compiles 50 small changes that readers can easily make to improve their everyday well-being. Abramson—who has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine—throws fad diets out the door in favor of age-old culinary wisdom, green living tips, cutting-edge nutrition information, and 15 simple and easy recipes. Readers can work through the tips week by week or dip in and out of the book at will. Packaged in a handsome paperback, this game-changing guide will be treasured by anyone hoping to look and feel healthier, younger, and happier.

Until next week, my friends, have a wonderful weekend!

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Celeste Coverdill wrote:

    The Mini-Remote Control Helicopter just arrived today for my flight obsessed husband. What fun! And, when he hovers it over my head it’s the perfect hot flash cooling device! Grrreat tip–thanks, Lori!

  • Donna wrote:

    Thanks Lori, for your kinds words! Anne and I bonded after 29 years apart over . . .cooking! So, “Apron Strings” is a way of sharing our joyful reunion!

  • Sheila Johnson wrote:

    Great sharing! Happy New year!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog wrote:

    Lori, you are so sweet. Thank you so much for featuring my site. I am honored and so happy to hear that you love my site. I need those cheer glasses. Have a wonderful New Year!

  • Wendy | Around My Family Table wrote:

    Oh wow…thank you so much for the mention today. It was such a nice surprise. Have a wonderful day!!