Peppermint Marshmallow Rice Cake Treats (Guest Post)

Monday, December 23, 2013

A festive twist on marshmallow treats made with rice cakes and peppermint!
Peppermint Marshmallow Rice Cakes Treats from Anyonita Nibbles

How to Code a Grab Button for your Blog

Thursday, December 19, 2013


How to Code a Grab Button for Blog Posts

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How to Code a Grab Button for Your Blog from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

One of the things I get asked to help out with most is creating grab buttons for my fellow bloggers. For some reason this necessary blog item seems shrouded in mystery and approached tentatively.

But there's no need, guys. Creating a grab button is easy peasy! By the end of this tutorial, you'll be a dab hand at it, too! I'm going to show you how to code a grab button for your blog or website.

This code should work with Blogger, Wordpress and any website where you have access to the HTML. 

In terms of location, you can put the code anywhere you have access to the HTML: in blog posts, footers and sidebars or even in the body of your marketing emails. Let's get on it!


Gluten Free Boxing Day Jewelled Rice

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This delicious rice dish is perfect for using up leftover turkey! Serve it as a hot main course or a cold salad.
Boxing Day Jewelled Rice Recipe from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 8

Boxing Day Jewelled Rice 

Turkey is the best thing about Christmas. Hands down, no question. But by the third day or so, I get a bit turkeyed out. This easy rice dish is a delicious and versatile way to use up leftover turkey this holiday season! It echoes the flavors of a traditional Christmas meal with cranberries, orange juice and zest. The flaked almonds add a nice crunch, as does the delicate bite of wild rice.

In all honesty, we made this dish using leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but will most likely recreate it in the days after Christmas, too. You can plan to serve this dish cold as a salad or hot as a main or side dish. It was so hearty and filing that we ate it as a main course.If you want to serve it cold, make it with olive oil instead of butter.
This recipe was adapted from Good Food magazine.
Jewelled wild rice recipe for the holidays from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Tasty Tuesdays #41 + Call for Your Best Posts from the Year

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Gluten Free Brown Sugar Baked Wings with Red Pepper Ricotta Sauce Recipe

Monday, December 16, 2013

These brown sugar wings are baked to perfection and served with slightly spicy red pepper ricotta dip!  Perfect for tailgating or parties!
Sweet Brown Sugar Baked Wings with Red Pepper Ricotta Sauce from www.anyonita-nibbles.com Perfect #party #food #yum
Serves at least 4

Sweet Brown Sugar Baked Wings with Red Pepper Ricotta Sauce 

It's not a party until someone pulls out the wings! And these sweet baked wings are delicious! They're crispy and crunchy and they've got a lovely sweetness to them. Paired with the red pepper ricotta sauce, these are the ultimate party snack!

This recipe was inspired by a popular Pinterest wings dish that calls for goat cheese instead of ricotta. I'm not a fan of goat's cheese but I really wanted to make try the red pepper sauce so, out came the ricotta! It works beautifully, I think. These wings have a secret ingredient in them that will have everyone coming back for me: smoked paprika. If you've not discovered the amazing umami powers of smoked paprika, be prepared for an amazing explosion of flavor.

Making Truffles with a Nokia Lumia 925

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Photos are a big part of having a food blog. Not only do they make your blog look interesting but they also encourage your readers to try your recipes. After all, we do eat with our eyes.

Gluten Free White Spaghetti with Prosciutto Recipe

Friday, December 13, 2013

Spaghetti is dressed in a rich sauce of butter, cream and milk and tossed with lots of pepper and a sprinkling of prosciutto in this elegant pasta dish!
White Spaghetti with Prosciutto from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Serves 4

White Spaghetti with Prosciutto 

This White Spaghetti is one of those quick dishes that I reach for when we need something wholesome and filling in a hurry. It's a nod to spaghetti carbonara, but it's different in itself. I love the flavor of the smoked garlic with the cream and then all the pepper makes it slightly fiery and very sophisticated. The cheese helps to keep little ones interested and the prosciutto adds a nice touch of salt without being overpowering.

This would make an excellent dish when you have company--not a dinner party dish, necessarily, but when you find yourself unexpectedly entertaining. You could swap the prosciutto for flaked fresh tuna or boiled paper-thin discs of new potatoes. I know what you're thinking, potatoes and pasta?! Sacrebleu! But trust me, it would taste phenomenal.

Back to the recipe, though, you'll love this spaghetti. The punch of garlic, the ballsy pepper and the sweet cream and milk and rich butter...they all combine to make an indulgent plate of comfort food.

Overhead shot of white #spaghetti with #prosciutto from www.anyonita-nibbles.com makes a perfect #quick #weeknight meal the whole #family will love.

7 Organizational Habits of Superstar Bloggers + Free Blog Organization Kit

Thursday, December 12, 2013

7 Organizational Habits of Superstar Bloggers

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Seven Organizational Habits of Superstar Bloggers + Free Blogging Organizer Kit from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Getting organized about my blogging has made a huge difference! Not only can I see what I've achieved, I also can see where I need to do better the following month.

I often get emails from readers and fellow bloggers asking for tips on staying organized and staying on top of my posts. So I thought, when would be a more perfect time to share my techniques with you than just before the start of the new year? This way, you can start the year off right with a well-organized blog! 

To help you get organized, I've got a free blogger's organization kit for you to download! Inside the kit you'll find 4 printables:
* a 2014 calender--each month has its own page with space for recording when your posts will be published
* a 2014 social media statistics tracker--2 per page with space to record your progress at the start and end of each month
* a customizable daily blogging task sheet
* a customizable weekly blogging task sheet


Gluten Free Tipsy Caramel Apple Popcorn with Apple-Infused Vodka Recipe

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sweet apple leather, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and a syrup of apple-infused vodka coat freshly popped popcorn in this delicious sweet and salty treat!
Tipsy Caramel Apple Popcorn from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2 to 4

Tipsy Caramel Apple Popcorn with Apple-Infused Vodka 

Popcorn is one of my go-to treats. I'm not sure what it is about it, but ever since I was a child, I was obsessed by it and always looked forward to devouring those multi-flavor popcorn tins at Christmastime. This tipsy caramel apple popcorn is a more sophisticated approach on a childhood favorite treat. Delicious popcorn gets dressed in a sweet combo of cinnamon, vanilla sugar and apple vodka syrup. Scatter over some homemade apple leather pieces and you've got a classic on your hands.

If you want to do this recipe justice, there's a bit of advanced prep required for the apple-infused vodka and for the apple leather. I left my vodka and apples infusing for a month for using it in this recipe. Alternatively, Apple Bite vodka would work if you're in a pinch.

I made this for an afternoon snack but it'll go down well at a Christmas party or even, if you package it nicely, as a Christmas present! I popped my own popcorn for this recipe, but if you prefer, it tastes just as well with microwave popcorn. Just make sure your get sweet and not buttery or salty popcorn. And while this recipe contains alcohol, the cooking of the syrup burns off the alcohol. However, you may decide to reserve this specific batch of popcorn as an adults only treat.
Close up of Tipsy Caramel Apple Popcorn from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Tasty Tuesdays #40 + Free Advertising on Anyonita Nibbles

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Gluten Free Tiramisu "Oreo" Truffles Recipe

Monday, December 9, 2013

This divinely indulgent dessert is a cinch to make! Chocolate cookie crumbs are mixed with mascarpone cheese and covered in milk chocolate then sprinkled with more cookie crumbs and instant coffee.
Tiramisu Oreo Truffles by www.anyonita-nibbles.com Makes perfect edible Christmas gifts; only uses 4 ingredients & requires no baking! Pin to make later!
Makes 30 truffles

Tiramisu Oreo Truffles 

Tiramisu is the veritable nectar of the gods. And don't even get me started on chocolate sandwich cookies. There's not many wrongs that these humble cookies can't right. Combine the two and you've got an utterly indulgent dessert. But this is the kind of dessert I love. There's no baking! And only four ingredients! And no proper measuring, either. It's a bona fide, hands-off classic that's full of flavor. Something that tastes this good but requires virtually no effort is a ... culinary weapon of mass destruction.

This recipe started with our monthly trip to Costco. En route to the diapers, we passed a chocolate sandwich cookie display. A box of 20 packs. Each pack containing 6 cookies. Even for me and the toddler, that's a lot of cookies to get through. Still, I couldn't resist the cheap price and the lure of having a mountain of cookies on hand. A few days after procuring the cookie goldmine and only nibbling my way through a measly one packet, my husband requested a dessert for a work Christmas party. Huzzah! Out came the cookies and on went the thinking cap and these little spheres of delight were born.

They are truly delicious, guys. Two adults and a toddler gobbled up half of these in a single weekend. Make loads and be prepared to share the recipe, because anyone who takes a bite of these is going to want to make them for themselves!
A bowl of indulgent tiramisu Oreo truffles from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

How to Add Recipe Rich Pins the Easy Way!

Thursday, December 5, 2013



How to Add Recipe Rich Pins the Easy Way!

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How to add Recipe Rich Pins the easy way from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Pinterest Rich Pins are pins on steroids. They include vital information that you'll want pinners to see and displays it in a structured format.

Instead of populating the pin description box with information you want all pinners to see, such as ingredients or cooking time, you can leave this information to the rich pin format.

Rich pins are also valuable for bloggers because they automatically update themselves when changes are made on the page that they are linked to. Rich pins also make it easy for pinners to identify your brand and encourages them to visit your blog. Think of rich pins like a teaser: pinners will see the basic information (the ingredients in the recipe) for the instructions, they are encouraged to and they must click on the pin and visit your website, fostering a boost in traffic.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to easily incorporate rich pins on your blog in a few simple steps.


Individual Baked Gluten Free Brioche French Toast with Pecan Praline Recipe

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

This French toast is lovely and rich and oven-baked for a crispy top and slightly gooey center. This gluten and dairy-free breakfast is perfect for Christmas Eve!
Individual Baked Brioche French Toast with Pecan Praline by www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2

Individual Baked Brioche French Toast with Pecan Praline 

Let me deconstruct this for you: warm, vanilla brioche wrapped in a blanket of soft egg with almond milk, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla all sitting beneath a crunchy pecan praline with brown sugar and maple syrup. This French toast recipe is divine. It's easy to make, too and since you just pop it in the oven, you don't have to stand over a skillet, waiting to turn egg and milk-soaked slices of bread.

For me, that's always the tricky part of traditional French toast (or eggy bread, as it's called here in the UK)--trying to flip it over without tearing it. With this method, though, you let the bread soak up some of the sweet egg and milk mixture and then cover it with praline and into the oven it goes! It really couldn't be any easier.

This is the type of recipe that would be great shared with a family over the holidays. Can you imagine putting this on the table for Christmas Eve breakfast? I can guarantee this, if you do, it will get devoured. My husband, who doesn't even like French toast, wolfed his down. And my soon-to-be two year old son, had his breakfast and then part of mine! This is a great family recipe and so long as you use gluten-free brioche and dairy-free butter, it's completely gluten and dairy free!
This recipe was adapted from Shopgirl Maria.

New Look! Tasty Tuesdays #39

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I just wanted to send a big thank you to everyone who was interested in hosting Tasty Tuesdays with me! The response was overwhelming & I'm so sad that I couldn't include everyone. I'll be emailing you all individually in the next few days.  Also, a big thank you & welcome to the party to the my fab hostesses! Let's rock this, girls!
 
 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Gluten Free Vegan Honeyed Avocado Ice Cream


Honeyed Avocado Ice Cream from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Christmas Spiced Nutella Cocoa with Gluten Free Gingersnap Rimmer Recipe

Monday, December 2, 2013

This hot cocoa is made with velvety Nutella and finished with a crunch of festive gingersnap rimmer!
Christmas Spiced Nutella Cocoa with Gingersnap Rimmer from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2

Christmas Spiced Nutella Cocoa with Gingersnap Rimmer 

Take a basic hot cocoa to the next level with a rimmer made from gingersnap cookies! I used Nutella for the cocoa because there's no easier way to make cocoa than by using Nutella! It's already soft-set so all you need to do is warm it. No mysterious powders, no spending ages melting chocolate on the stove, either.

 While I love clearly love Nutella cocoa (proof, proof and proof), the best bit about this particular cocoa recipe is the gingersnap rimmer! It adds a nice crunch and an unexpected Christmas-y flavor to the drink. I served my cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream, but this is completely optional.

An early version of this recipe by Anyonita Nibbles appeared in a newsletter for Savoo.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cup Cocoa Recipe

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nutella pairs with chocolatey peanut butter cups to make an extra special cup of cocoa!
Peanut Butter Cup Cocoa from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2

Peanut Butter Cup Cocoa 

This peanut butter cup cocoa is a peanut butter and chocolate lover's delight. It's indulgent and sweet and the Nutella and the cream combine to make the cocoa very silky and smooth. For extra sweetness, I've piled on whipped cream and a few drizzles of toffee sauce. Yeah, I went there.

The really special thing about this cocoa though, is the whimsical mug it's served in! The mug and tea towel pictured in these photos are products from Gone Crabbing, a British range of coastal inspired clothing and giftware. I absolutely adore these products; they're beautiful and fun. The vibrant and bright colors are eye-catching and the soap is great! It lathers really well and it smells fantastic! Check out these products:

Whimsical gifts from Gone Crabbing
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by getting to keep all of the adorable Gone Crabbing merchandise I received. All opinions are mine and were not bought, bribed or beaten out of me. 

Gluten Free Actifry Scrambled Eggs & "Skillet" Breakfast Potatoes Recipe

Friday, November 29, 2013

Breakfast just got easier with perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs & crispy skillet breakfast potatoes cooked in the Actifry air fryer!
Actifry Scrambled Eggs and "Skillet" Breakfast Potatoes from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2

Actifry Scrambled Eggs & "Skillet" Breakfast Potatoes 

I'm a sucker for breakfast food! These eggs are outstanding. They're fluffy and soft and the potatoes are perfectly crisp on the outside and billowy soft on the inside, without all of the butter and oil normally used to make skillet breakfast potatoes. Making scrambled eggs for a few people is easy enough to do in a traditional skillet, but if you need to cook for a crowd (I'm thinking Christmas Eve breakfast), then the Actifry will make it an easy task! That said, there's no other way to cook these "skillet" breakfast potatoes than by ditching the skillet! Opting for the Actifry is the smart option as the minimal oil used makes these potatoes much healthier than the traditional, oil-soaked method.

If you're like me, you might be a bit dubious about eggs in the air fryer, but it really does work! I prefer my eggs scrambled soft so that they're still runny. It's harder to achieve this with an air fryer, so assume the eggs will come out on the more well-done side of cooked. That said, though, they're not hard and dry like usual well-done eggs! With an Actifry air fryer, you use about a tablespoon of oil for frying. This is all you need:

All the oil you need with an Actifry air fryer from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Black Friday Giveaway!




A Very Foodie Christmas: Christmas Gift Guide for Food Lovers

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans!
A Very Foodie Christmas from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
This week, we're taking a short break from the Blogging Crash Course and I'm sharing with you my picks for Christmas 2013 for foodies! You may not know this, but I've been doing some work as one of the editors at Inkling where I've been on the hunt for the latest and greatest foodie gifts for Christmas.

Gluten Free Nutella Gingerbread Cocoa with Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup Copycat Recipe

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Indulgent Nutella hot fudge sauce gets re-purposed as the base of this cocoa with festive gingerbread syrup and finished with a sprinkling of fresh nutmeg!
Nutella Gingerbread Cocoa with Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2

Nutella Gingerbread Cocoa with Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup Copycat Recipe 

This is perhaps the best Christmas drink I've ever tasted. Decadent Nutella hot fudge sauce makes up the base of this cocoa made with almond milk. The gingerbread syrup gets swirled in right at the end and then come the pile of toppings and grating of fresh nutmeg for a wholly festive and indulgent treat!

This cocoa is a nod to the ever-popular gingerbread latte that you can find in any decent coffeeshop during the holidays. But it's for us non-coffee drinkers! That's right, I hate coffee, y'all. But I love gingerbread and I don't think coffee drinkers should get to monopolize gingerbread in their hot drinks! I have to admit, when I was pregnant, I downed gingerbread lattes weekly. But, after giving birth, my disdain for coffee returned. But I still wanted that warming sweet gingerbread taste, so I decided to recreate it myself!

You're going to love this recipe, guys. You'll find yourself making it time and time again this season! And if you are a coffee drinker, you can drizzle some of that gingerbread syrup into your coffee, just the way Starbucks intended. The syrup will keep on the counter for up to a month, but I doubt it'll last that long!

Tasty Tuesdays #38+ call for YOUR link parties!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure!
We pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as of Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share three different links each day the party is live on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Gluten Free Slowcooker Pulled Turkey Sliders Recipe

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tender turkey crown cooked in white wine and spices in the slow cooker makes an excellent filling for these delicious sliders!
Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Sliders from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 3, with leftovers

Slowcooker Pulled Turkey Sliders 

These pulled turkey sliders are my Thanksgiving compromise. They have all the flavor of a classic American Thanksgiving dinner but none of the fuss and there's no mound of leftovers to contend with, either. The turkey is slow-cooked in a rich bath of wine and butter before being shredded and stuffed into hamburger buns slathered with stove top stuffing and tangy cranberry sauce.

Celebrating Thanksgiving as an expat can be a bit tricky. Since Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in the UK, the day isn't a holiday. And since it's always on a Thursday, it means my husband has to work as do other family members and friends, which makes it difficult to invite people over for a mid-week feast. And when it was just my husband and me, we couldn't really justify the banquet of food synonymous with Thanksgiving. So, over the years, I've found ways to sneak in Thanksgiving without actually having Thanksgiving.

That's where these sliders came from. Of course, you could use this recipe with any leftover turkey you have and it'll taste just as fantastic. And if you really like the look of those printable Thanksgiving flags, download them for free!

Gluten Free Soft Brown Butter, Brown Sugar Cookies with Almonds Recipe

Friday, November 22, 2013

Traditional sugar cookies get a sophisticated makeover with the complex flavors of brown butter and brown sugar, rounded with nutty ground almonds!
Soft Brown Butter, Brown Sugar Cookies with Almonds from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Makes up to a dozen

Soft Brown Butter, Brown Sugar Cookies with Almonds 

Brown butter or beurre noisette, as the French say, is the understated yet elegant ingredient that catapults these cookies from being your run-of-the-mill sugar cookies. The combination of ground almonds plays on the nuttyness of the brown butter and the brown sugar, soft and sweet, is the harmony to the butter and almond melody. And these cookies? These cookies will have you singin'.

I remember my first encounter with brown butter. I was following the guidance of a recipe for making fish caramelized in beurre noisette and as the butter turned from its comforting, vibrant yellow to a more sinister brown, I began to panic. I thought I had taken the butter too far and was preparing myself for a bitter acrid taste. Something compelled me to scoop the treacle-colored butter over the fish anyway, so I did. And then I tasted it and I was converted.

Brown butter symbolizes everything I love about cooking. It is butter's dark secret, revealed only when you take butter to its very limit. There's this sweetness, this nutty intensity. Some people have described as tasting and smelling of hazelnuts. It's such a comforting, complex flavor. In patisserie, it's used as the base of many pastry recipes and cookies and in savory cooking, it's used as a finishing sauce. In these cookies, it's the star of the show.
Brown Sugar Cookies with Almond and Brown Butter from www.anyonita-nibbles.com One pinner said, "These are the BEST cookies I've EVER made!"

#GetHimFed 17

Welcome to #GetHimFed with +Jess Harp  from Hungry Harps and me! :)

We have all heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It’s true – and any good woman knows it! Not only do men love to satisfy their hunger with something delightful on the palate, they are also in love with the fact that their meals are made, with love, by the women in their life. Sometimes they are even eager to please back after tasting a recipe that was whipped up for them – and those are the ones we are looking for at #GetHimFed!

What Every Blogger Should Know about Copyright Protection

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What Every Blogger Should Know about Copyright Protection

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What every blogger should know about copyright protection from www.anyonita-nibbles.comGetting your head around your  copyright protection is one of the best things you can do for your blog. Understanding what you are entitled to and how to display your copyright notice helps to identify your blog as an authoritative work and clears up any confusion readers or companies may have about your content and working with you. Copyright infringement happens and if you have a blog that is read by at least one other person it probably has or will certainly happen to you--whether on accident or purposefully. 

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery." That's what my mother used to tell me as a child when I would get upset that someone was copying something I did or said. That may be true, but after I've put my time, effort and energy into a blog post, photo, printable, tutorial or recipe, you can be damn sure I want recognition for it! Not because of an unhealthy need for attention, but because no one likes to feel like their contribution has been received ungratefully. And I've got news for you, blogging shouldn't be a thankless task!   

This tutorial seeks to answer some of the questions bloggers have surrounding copyright policy. I'll show you how to write a copyright notice and how to get a free Creative Commons License for your blog that displays the ways your content can be used and distributed. We'll also talk about what to do when your copyright is infringed upon, because if you have a blog of quality, it's only a matter of time before that happens! 

Don't forget to download my free Thanksgiving printable while you're here! These whimsical and fun food flags will liven up your Turkey Day tablescape! 

Free Thanksgiving Mini Food Flag Printables from www.anyonita-nibbles.com


Gluten Free Holiday Glazed Carrots Recipe

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plump Chantenay carrots sauteed in butter and glazed with a brown sugar, honey and lemon juice reduction, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
Holiday Glazed Carrots for Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 3

Holiday Glazed Carrots 

I've got an obsession with turkey, but the thing that I look forward to most of all during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day season is the side items! In particular, these sweet glazed carrots. We tend to only have them around the holiday season and maybe once at Easter. For us, these glazed carrots a real festive treat! With just five ingredients, they're easy to make and you can leave them to bubble away on the stove while you get on with the rest of the meal. Winning.

These carrots make my toddler ask for seconds. My toddler who despises carrots cannot get enough of these sweet nuggets of nutrition. And do you know what? I'll happily give him seconds of these because he'll be filling up on vegetables, not cookies and crisps.

More about Chantenay carrots...they're amazingly sweet & no need to peel!

Tasty Tuesdays #37

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oy vey. Ever have one of those days? That's how today's been for me. It's been a crazy day. Husband & I went to a concert last night of my favorite band. It was a lovely night out, but I'm so out of party mode. Haha. I woke up this morning still groggy from the night before, put my bra on inside out, my shirt backwards. *sigh* Obviously, this party got delayed. To make up for it, it'll run until Saturday night instead of Friday night! Let's get to it, shall we? 
 
Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure!
We pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as of Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share three different links each day the party is live on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Gluten Free Marshmallow Fluff Frozen Hot Chocolate with Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Monday, November 18, 2013

This icy blend of cocoa and milk is whizzed with marshmallow fluff and drizzled with Nutella hot fudge to make a truly indulgent hot chocolate!
Marshmallow Fluff Frozen Hot Chocolate with Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Serves 2 to 4

Marshmallow Fluff Frozen Hot Chocolate with Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce 

The frozen hot chocolate is the mighty oxymoron of drinks. Although there doesn't tend to be anything hot left in a traditional frozen hot chocolate, I wanted an element of warmth, so I've drizzled rich Nutella hot fudge sauce over top. (I mean, who can seriously say no to Nutella?)

Marshmallows usually get left out of the fro-ho (see what I did there?) equation, but I don't think that's fair at all. Most people love marshmallows bobbing about their hot chocolate! But since frozen marshmallows could pose a dental risk, I thought it best to use marshmallow fluff instead! That way, you get the sweetness and the best of the 'mallows without compromising the state of your teeth. I think it's a win-win.

The bit that I loved most about this is the Nutella hot fudge drenched whipped cream! I have a confession to make: I don't even like chocolate. Find most of it far too bitter and I just don't like the taste. Hot chocolate is probably one of my least favorite chocolate tastes, so this was a mid-week lunch treat for my husband and toddler. Both fans of cocoa and chocolate, they loved it. I had a sip to make sure it wasn't vile, scraped off the dollop of cream and fudge sauce and happily passed the glass to them to finish.

Don't be alarmed that I'm sharing a recipe with you for something that I don't particularly like. They guzzled this fro-ho down; I mean drained the blender, y'all. And I did have a couple spoonfuls of that Nutella hot fudge...
Easy Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Gluten Free Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon Recipe with Step-by-step Instructions

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rich and hearty, this slow-cooked French classic is a perfect winter warmer!
Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 4

Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon 

If ever a dish was awarded a prize for rising from the culinary slums to the refined dinner table, beef bourguingnon would be the recipient. This classic French dish had its beginnings in the bowls of peasants, but over time has become one of the most enjoyed and revered beef dishes from Burgundy. 

We aren't Francophiles, well not in an overbearing way. My husband used to live in France and I have become quite obsessed with patisserie and some most French cuisine and we did  have an enjoyable holiday there two years ago (a leisurely roadtrip from Manchester to Calais and around Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley and Paris). Okay, maybe we are slightly overbearing Francophiles. But you don't have to be to enjoy this stew!

Ignore the poncy French name and at the end of the day, it's just a stew. But it's a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth stew full of the things I love: soft and tender beef, salty, smoked bacon, pearls of shallots and a richly indulgent red wine sauce fiery with pepper. I always serve bourguignon with mashed potatoes and carrots--either the carrots go in the stew or on the side. But I've seen bowls of bourguignon dished with thick ribbons of egg noodles, too! You could serve it over rice, if you really wanted. But I'd opt for wild rice instead of the perfume-y Jasmine rice popular in Thai dishes or the bitty Basmati. Wild rice or even giant couscous would be an interesting substitution.

I'm doing that thing that food bloggers aren't supposed to do. I'm re-sharing a recipe already published on my blog. I first published a version of this recipe in 2011 and while that it is a very good version, this one's better. A bit longer in the kitchen and after making this dish repeatedly throughout the fall and winter, I've made some changes that make this dish worth re-sharing. The photo alone would be worth it, too!

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Welcome to #GetHimFed with +Jess Harp  from Hungry Harps and me! :)

We have all heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It’s true – and any good woman knows it! Not only do men love to satisfy their hunger with something delightful on the palate, they are also in love with the fact that their meals are made, with love, by the women in their life. Sometimes they are even eager to please back after tasting a recipe that was whipped up for them – and those are the ones we are looking for at #GetHimFed!

How to Autoschedule Posts on Facebook

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to Autoschedule Posts on Facebook

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Welcome to the Blogging Crash Course! 

Helping you grow your blog into the powerhouse you know it can be!
How to Autoschedule Posts on Facebook from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Even as a stay-at-home mom, I can't spend 100% of my days online promoting my blog. Even before I was a mom and just worked from home, I didn't have this luxury. Not many people do. So finding tools for scheduling posts to boost your readership is essential as a blogger.

Did you know that you can autoschedule your Facebook posts? I'm a big fan of autoscheduling to market my blog and posts and I'm constantly using IFTTT and Hootsuite to manage my social media, but there are some times when platforms like these can't perform as effectively as going straight to the source. Facebook's finicky and top-secret algorithm is a perfect case in point.
Before we get on with the post, have you seen the latest freebie from Anyonita Nibbles? Print out these mini food flags for your Thanksgiving table:



Gluten Free Nut-Crusted Toffee Apple Cake Recipe

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A scattering of crunchy nuts and sweet toffee make this moist apple cake extra special! Serve with custard, ice cream or enjoy on its own!
Nut-Crusted Toffee Apple Cake from www.anyonita-nibbles.com with free Thanksgiving printables

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Nut-Crusted Toffee Apple Cake Recipe 

This Nut-Crusted Toffee Apple Cake is like eating a toffee apple but without all the hard work! It's laced with sweet toffee, succulent apples and crunchy nuts. It works well as a dessert with custard or ice cream and I even enjoyed the occasional slice for breakfast with a cup of tea.

The thing that I love most about this cake is how moist it is. It's a lip-smacking, bite-savoring delight. It's easy to make and the fanned apple design is impressive and would look right in place as the centerpiece of a dessert table during the holidays. I used Golden Delicious apples for the cake because they are my favorite eating apple, but you can use whatever variety or mix of varieties you prefer for a slightly different taste and texture.
Free Thanksgiving Mini Food Flags from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

And to help you get in the holiday spirit, I've got a free Thanksgiving printable for you too! These cute mini food flags will be great dotted around your Thanksgiving tablescape or pushed into lovely autumnal desserts. Or glue them to stripey straws and serve them with your Thanksgiving drinks.

Simply print out, cut out and glue around wooden skewers, cocktail sticks or straws. There are five styles to choose from and five different words/phrases.

Tasty Tuesdays #36 + double features!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure!
We pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as of Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share three different links each day the party is live on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Gluten Free Sea Salted Soft Pretzel Knots with Rosemary Mustard Recipe

Monday, November 11, 2013

These soft pretzel knots are a perfect homemade treat! With just a scattering of sea salt and fiery homemade rosemary mustard, they're great for munching during the game!
Sea Salted Soft Pretzel Knots by www.anyonita-nibbles.com The best, easiest pretzel recipe ever! One pinner said, "We almost ate all of these in one go!"
Makes 16 to 20 pretzels

Sea Salted Soft Pretzel Knots with Rosemary Mustard 

These soft pretzel knots are phenomenal. They're deliciously golden and slightly crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. They're everything you want from a good pretzel. And they're very nearly bite-sized, which makes them great for popping in a bag and toting around on holiday (as we did) or along to a sporting event.

I whipped up a batch of these babies the night before we went away for an extended weekend to the coast. I made the mustard the morning before we left (and actually left it on the counter while we were gone!) But to be honest, these pretzel knots don't even need mustard. Or cheese. Or anything but an empty tummy to fill. I packed them in a Tupperware box and they kept fresh three days, although they barely lasted that long because we couldn't stop snacking on them whilst driving!

When I was growing up, I had a bit of a thing for soft pretzels. No trip to the mall was ever complete without a visit to Pretzel Time (I think it calls itself Pretzelmaker now). And when Target launched its in-store food courts, my daddy and I would stop in after school at least once a week to have soft pretzels and slushies. So I'd say I've got a pretty discerning pretzel palate.

That said, I stand on the side of a more modern approach to pretzel making. I take the controversial stance in not boiling my pretzels before baking them. I've read many opinions about the merits of boiling pretzels in a baking soda solution before baking them, including this post that argues the scientific benefit of doing so. I don't know much about Ph levels; what I learned in a high school chemistry class, I've since mostly forgotten. What I do know is pretzels. And baking. And I'm here to tell you, that you don't have to boil pretzels to get the crust beautiful and dark with that crackling effect all pretzel lovers go ape over. Let me show you another way...
A basket of beautiful sea salted pretzels knots from www.anyonita-nibbles.com