Ice Cream Christmas Ornaments

530298_477419642310148_1531513395_nPreform these in advance and pull them out with lots of ohhs and ahhs.

Make round scoops of ice cream and roll bottom into candy sprinkles – think all red, all green, green and red, multi (like is shown). On the side take Reece’s Peanut Butter cuts (small) and poke a hole on one side and then directly across from the other. Take a piece of string licorice and make a loop as the ornament hanger. Freeze well before you serve.

Hot Chocolate and Ice Cream Drink

602858_10151396917301425_253932011_nI never in my wildest dreams would have thought to make my favorite cup of hot chocolate and then top it off with a big ole scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream. Top that off with chocolate swirls and you have a messy treat that anyone would love. Serve with a spoon and on a plate with a napkin so it can be truly enjoyed!

Green Monster Yogurt Cups With Oreos

 

Mix 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt with food coloring (can be any number of colors). In a small plastic cup with sharpie marker draw a monsters face. Put 1/2 cup of tinted in the bottom of cup. Top with crushed Oreos or any type of cookies. This could also be done with ice cream or sorbet and frozen and ready for a snack when your kids are done trick-or-treating while you are going through the candy.

A Cold Treat

Plan ahead next time you a buy yogurt, and try it in a different manner! Freeze it until it is fully frozen…. pull out of freezer and wait ten minutes…. it will be a refreshing treat especially on those warm afternoons. Best of all you won’t have to feel guilty eating something that is also good for you!

Frozen Turkey??? Here’s A Fix!

Did you forget to unthaw your turkey?

No problem!

It’s perfectly safe to cook a frozen turkey. Here’s how- Remember it takes about 50% longer to cook a frozen vs. a thawed turkey so make sure you don’t buy one over 18 lbs. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Unwrap the turkey and bake in the oven for one hour.  Remove the turkey and brush with olive oil and season with poultry seasoning.  Place turkey back in the oven for two more hours.  Then remove turkey again and pull out bag of giblets. The bag should be soft at this point and no longer frozen.  This is the hardest part but you have to do it because you don’t want the bag to melt or you won’t be able to eat the turkey.   After you remove the plastic bag of giblets continue roasting the turkey until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.  A 12 lb frozen turkey usually takes about 4 ½ – 5 hours to roast. Use an instant read thermometer not the pop up button to determine how done it is.

Your turkey is done and problem solved!

PS: As noted by a comment… this technique should also work with a chicken… and a ham!

Cranberry-Port Pot Roast

Cranberry-Port Pot Roast

1   beef eye of the round or rump roast (3 1/2 to 4 Ib.)
1   tablespoon salad oil
1   can (14 1/2 oz.) regular-strength beef broth
1 3/4   cups port
1/3   cup firmly packed brown sugar
2   packages (10 oz. each) frozen petite onions
2   cups fresh or frozen cranberries
6   cups hot cooked egg noodles
2   tablespoons cornstarch
Parsley sprigs
Salt and pepper

Rinse meat, pat dry, and rub with oil. Place in a 10- by 14-inch roasting pan. Bake in a 450° oven until meat is well
browned, about 45 minutes; turn often. Add broth and port. Cover tightly; re­duce oven to 400° and bake l’/2 hours.

Mix sugar and onions into pan; cover and bake 1 hour. Add cranberries; cover and bake until meat is tender when pierced, about 30 minutes longer.

Put meat and noodles on a platter. With a slotted spoon, ladle onions and berries onto noodles; keep warm. Skim fat from pan juices. Mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Bring pan juices to boiling over high heat. Stirring, add cornstarch mixture until sauce is as thick as you like. Pour sauce into a small bowl; serve with meat and noodles. Garnish with parsley sprigs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 10 to 12.

Per serving: 363 cal (20 percent from fat); 33 g protein; 8.0 g fat (2.3 g sat.); 38 g carbo.; 87 mg sodium; 98 rag chol.

Frozen Tid-Bits

Frozen Sweets
If you’re an ice-cream fanatic like I am, you’ll love preparing a luscious batch your­self. But when you want it fast, there’s al­ways something tempting in the grocer’s freezer. Let these reminders help you grab the one you need. •Ice cream is a rich mix­ture of cream, milk, at least 10% milk fat, along with sugar or other sweeteners. •Ice milk contains less milk fat and milk solids than ice cream does, making it lighter and lower in calories than its heavier cousin.
• Frozen yogurt can be made from whole milk or low-fat and nonfat milk sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. These products can be lower in fat but not neces­sarily lower in calories.
• Sherbet is usually made from sweetened fruit juice, milk, and water.
• Sorbet contains no milk, a good choice for those who need to stay away from dairy products.
• Granita is water and sugar combined with fruit juice, wine, or coffee. This one is a firm slush of icy crystals.