Ball Green Heritage Jars

Can It Forward Day 2014 & Giveaway

Saturday, August 16th is the 1st International Can It Forward Day with events taking place in the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Bravo's Top Chef Hugh Acheson is the host this year and will be sharing his expertise with all of us during his live canning demonstration webcast. Can It Forward Day is a great opportunity to learn about the art of canning and the experts really break down the process and make canning less daunting. To help celebrate International Can It Forward Day we are giving away a few wonderful Ball products.
birthday smash cake

Brandon turns one!

I can't believe that a year has flown by and now my little baby is one! Brandon has grown and changed so much over the last year. He continues to amaze us with his warm smile, sweet hugs and his sense of wonder and curiosity. We threw a golf themed birthday party for Brandon. It was nice to celebrate this milestone with our friends and family.
twice baked potato with philly chive & onion cream cheese

Twice Baked Potatoes with Philly Chive and Onion Cream Cheese

Twice baked potatoes are so easy. I salt and pepper the potato skins for extra flavor. The filling is mixed with chive and onion cream cheese spread, sharp cheddar cheese, a tad of butter and a bit of salt. It's fluffy and creamy with just the right amount of tang from the cream cheese and savoriness from the chives and onions. It's an easy side dish to put together that is full of flavor.
Chocolate Wine Sangria

Chocolate Wine Sangria with ChocolatRouge

There's something fun and festive about a pitcher of ruby red sangria. It's the perfect drink for a holiday party or entertaining. Fresh fruit makes sangria fragrant and adds another layer of flavor. I used ChocolatRouge Sweet Red for this recipe. The sweet red is a blend of decadent rich chocolate and fine red wine. As soon as your open the bottle of ChocolatRouge you can smell the intense chocolate aroma. I
chocolate chip cookie butter cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Butter Cookies

Delicate chocolate chip cookie butter cookies made with Trader Joes' Speculoos Cookie Butter and laced with chocolate chips and coarse sea salt. If you haven't had cookie butter you are missing out on something wonderfully decadent. Imagine spreading a layer of creamy spread made from gingerbread cookies and crushed biscuits onto a warm piece of toast. Actually, you don't even need the toast it's great straight out of the jar! The cookie butter has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cardamom. It's warm, cozy and very addicting.