These Rum Soaked Cherries are simple to make and are the perfect addition to your next cocktail party!

Rum Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries So…how do you feel about rum?

Personally, I am good with it. I mean, wine is my drink of choice, but I have been known to get cozy with a good rum on occasion.

And by good, I mean whatever is in the low-ish range of the moderately priced rums. Cheap but not the absolute cheapest, if you know what I’m saying.

The only problem with stuff like rum is that I’m too dang old for it. I’m nearly 35 for Pete’s sake. Do  you know what hangovers feel like when you are nearly 35?

They feel like you are dying, that’s what. A very literal slow, painful, and nauseating death. Also, toddler. Have you ever noticed that toddlers only sleep in on the days that it’s completely inconvenient? If I were to be hungover, I assure you that Lucy would be bright eyed and bushy tailed at exactly 5:45 am. But when the kids have 9 am teeth cleanings at the dentist? Yep. Sound asleep.

Life, people. I don’t even understand.

Rum Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries

These little gems are perfect because you can eat just a couple and feel fine. Don’t get me wrong — they are stout. But they are really good, really pretty, and really fun!

These rum soaked cherries are perfect for holiday parties. Adult holiday parties, obviously. It goes without saying that these do not go within the reach of small children. Also, I have heard rumors that these make late night Christmas eve present wrapping and toy put togethering extra fun.

I mean…right?

To make them, all you do is soak some maraschino cherries in some rum overnight, dry off, then dip in almond bark. I like to dip mine in sprinkles or drizzle with additional melted white chocolate, but I’m just fancy like that. You can be plain if you want — they will still taste good.

Rum Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries

Yield: 24 - 30 cherries

**adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries (with stems), drained
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 8 oz chocolate almond bark
  • (sprinkles, additional white almond bark for decorating, if desired)

Instructions

  1. Place cherries in a bowl and cover with rum. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain cherries and pat dry with paper towels, letting sit on paper towels for a few minutes to drain.
  3. In a microwave, melt almond bark according to package directions; stir until smooth. Holding stems, dip cherries in chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, dip in sprinkles or drizzle with white chocolate.
  4. Place on waxed paper and let sit until set.

Enjoy!!

This Instant Chai Mix will warm you right up! Free Printable Gift Tags make this perfect for gifting!

Instant Chai Mix {Free Gift Printables}

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not a coffee drinker.

This might not sound like a big deal, but it kind of is. Because almost every adult drinks coffee. It’s a whole big thing. People meet for coffee. They go spend lots of money in fancy coffee shops. They say things like, “don’t talk to me before I’ve had my coffee” or “does the hotel room come with a coffeemaker?”

Have you ever shared a hotel room WITHOUT a coffeemaker with a coffee drinker? Well. Mornings are fun, I’ll tell you that much.

Chai Tea Mix Image

But one thing I HAVE discovered, is that I love tea.

Obviously tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee. For that reason, I kind of feel like coffee drinkers look at us tea drinkers as wimps. They’re all hardcore over there with their caffeinated motor oil and here I am sipping leaf water.

I get it, okay? I do. But I do dream of a day where tea and coffee drinkers are considered worthy of equal respect. Until that day, I’ll be whispering my Starbucks order (Oprah Chai latte, please) over all the scary sounding yells for Venti Lattes. Not being judgmental, but you coffee people are kind of a rowdy bunch.

Christmas Chai Photo

I’ve discovered that I really do love Chai Tea. It’s creamy, it’s caffeinated, and the cinnamon spiciness is super comforting. I’ve bought several different brands of Chai mix and have never been super thrilled with it, so I decided to make it myself.

And, it’s amazing. So sweet, creamy, and spicy. It also makes a WONDERFUL gift (I love food gifts that can sit around until the person is ready to use it), so I’m including FREE printable tags! Aren’t they lovely?

Chai Tags Image

I packaged my tea up in pint jars, which is enough for 5 -8 cups of tea. Smaller jars will yield just a few cups. This whole recipe fills 4 (1 pint) jars, so plan accordingly. It’s super simple to double or even triple this recipe!

Click HERE for the free printable tags. There is also a version that can be printed on round sticky labels HERE. Take as many as you need!

Instant Chai Mix {Free Printable Gift Tags}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (plain)
  • 1 1/2 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in the spices. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
  2. To prepare, stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.

Notes

I like mine spicy! If you don't, decrease the pepper to 1/4 teaspoon or leave it out all together.

**adapted from Allrecipes

This is the perfect gift for any tea lover — just tuck in a jar of this mix along with a cute mug and a spoon :)

Enjoy!

If you’re looking for simple weeknight dinners for picky eaters, I think you’ll love my Weekly Meal Plan!

Weekly Meal Plan -- lots of simple meals for picky eaters!

Happy Saturday!

Are you ready to plan your meals for the week? I have to say, the closer it gets to the holidays, the more I dread trips to the grocery store. One good thing about meal planning is that I can cut back on trips. But it still seems like any time I go lately, it’s packed!

Here’s what looks good this week. As usual, you can print out a grocery list with everything you need filled out already. Easy peasy.

Chicken Caesar Chicken Tenders

Monday: Chicken Caesar Chicken Tenders

Caesar salad is one of my all time favorites!

*photo credit

Mexican Rice Skillet

Tuesday: Mexican Rice Skillet

We all love rice, especially Lucy! She’s been picky lately, so I think this is a good dinner to get her eating something besides sandwich bread and yogurt. Oh the jocv ys of a toddler’s appetite.

*photo credit

Caprese Chicken

Wednesday: Balsamic Caprese Chicken

I’ll have to leave the tomatoes off the boys’ portions (WEIRDOS), but I think this looks SO simple and yummy!!

*photo credit

French Dip Sandwiches

Thursday: Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

One of our all-time FAVORITE meals! These are seriously amazing.

*photo credit

Crockpot Italian Chicken

Friday: Crockpot Italian Chicken

This creamy chicken is so easy and yummy! Serve over rice or pasta and you have a meal.

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Enjoy and happy cooking!

 

Christmas Celebration Kit

Hey guys!

How do you feel about winning something fun, sweet, and FREE this weekend?

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve partnered with Pillsbury Baking to help you Celebrate More with Pillsbury Baking products! You know I am all about the shortcuts and sometimes a boxed mix and a canned of frosting is as good as it’s gonna get around here. Because a toddler plus four hours in the kitchen is not a happy partnership, do you know what I’m saying? Also? Canned frosting tastes excellent on graham crackers. Lucy and I are frosting graham cracker connoisseurs, and I assure you of this.

The good thing about a Pillsbury cake mix? Sometimes a fun mix from Pillsbury Baking can produce something totally different than what’s on the box!

Christmas Confetti Bars Like with these super festive and yummy Christmas Confetti Bars.

So, do you need your very own Pillsbury Celebration Starter Kit so you can make Christmas Confetti Bars? Or what about a Cinnamon Bun Cake? I mean, good grief. I want fourteen slices for breakfast.

I’m just going to go with yes. You do.

Also included? A $100 Visa card! You can use it to buy some fun cake stands or baking sheets or even a Christmas present for yourself. You look like you deserve a Christmas present. Or ooh! A spa treatment.

To win, just leave a comment telling me about your favorite holiday baking memory. Or holiday eating memory. Just as long as it involves the holidays and food, we are good.

I will be taking entries until Monday, December 15th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, December 16th and contacted via email.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

 

For more fabulous recipe ideas, be sure to follow Pillsbury Baking on Facebook and Pinterest! Their sweet photos and recipe ideas always inspire me!

***Sponsored posts make running this website financially possible, and I am SO grateful to have opportunities to team up with brands I love and use in my day to day life. Pillsbury Baking is one of those companies! I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are 157% my own.