Mock-Champagne for New Year’s Eve

I’ve never been much of a night owl but my husband and kids are.  They especially like to stay up and ring in the new year so I try really hard to stay awake with them.  We usually play games, watch the countdown on TV and munch on snack foods – it’s really nothing special but we have a great time doing it.

This year though, I want to make it special.  I want my boys to put our New Year’s Eve traditions in their memory banks so they can recreate them with their kids.  My plan is basically the same as it has been in years past, but this year I want to implement the New Year’s Eve balloon countdown and make mock-champagne.  I think it’s going to be a blast!

Mock-Champagne |


5.0 from 2 reviews
Mock-Champagne for New Year's Eve
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale - I use Canada Dry
  • 26 fl. oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 32 fl. oz. White Grape Juice
  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, mix 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice.
  2. Chill.
  3. ENJOY!
Try using Cherry 7-Up in place of Canada Dry to add a hint of cherry and take it up a notch!

How to make mock-champagne |

If you don’t plan on serving the mock-champagne all at once, mix the pineapple and white grape juices but add the Canada Dry Ginger Ale (or Cherry 7-Up) before distribute the drink that way the soda doesn’t lose as much carbonation.

Mock-Champagne is scrumptious!!  And you’ll probably need more than one glass!

Mock-Champagne for New Year's Eve |

What do you do for New Year’s Eve?

Baked Sausage and Potatoes {#Recipe}

Baked Sausage and Potatoes Recipe |

A friend gave me her version of Baked Sausage and Potatoes.  I tweaked it and made it work for my family.

The first time I made this recipe, my husband and kids scarfed it up!  I didn’t think my boys would like it but they ate one bowl and then went for more.  I can’t say I blame them, though, because the potatoes are super soft and the sausage is full of flavor!

A meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep is something I am all for!  Baked Sausage and Potatoes cooks for up to an hour in the oven, but I don’t have to stand in the kitchen mixing and flipping.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Baked Sausage and Potatoes
Recipe type: Dinner
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  • 1 pkg (2 links) Turkey Sausage - I use Butterball everyday hardwood smoked - sliced
  • 6-8 potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Fiesta Uncle Chris Gourmet Steak Seasoning, to taste
  • 1 can of veggies (green beans, peas, etc), drained - optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°
  2. In a 9x13 baking dish, drizzle olive oil .
  3. Slice the turkey sausage and throw it on top of the olive oil.
  4. Dice the potatoes and throw them in on top of the sausage.
  5. If you are going to add veggies, drain the can and throw them in on top of the sausage.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Cover tightly with foil.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  9. ENJOY!

We like green beans, so I add them almost every time I make Baked Sausage and Potatoes.  But if your family doesn’t like them, swap ‘em out for any veggie you want or leave out the vegetables all together.

Sausage and Potatoes Recipe |

Would you make Baked Sausage and Potatoes?  Which veggie would you add?

Here’s another one pot dish you might enjoy: No Boil Baked Ziti!

Devil’s Food Crinkle Cookies {#Recipe} #fbcookieswap

Devil's Food Crinkle Cookies Recipe |

This year is the third year I’ve participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  I think it’s so much fun to make cookies and send them to three random people!  Not only do I get to send cookies out into the world, I also receive delicious treats, too!

When I signed up, I paid $4 to participate.  That money is donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  This year, there are four brand partners, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Brownie Brittle and California Olive Ranch. Each brand partner matched the bloggers’ donations (up to $3000 each).  I’ll update when I know how much that amount was!

About Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap:

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap brings together food bloggers from around the world, sharing cookies and recipes with each other.  

I attempted to make oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and craisins, but they were too soft to send in a package.  So I switched gears and made Devil’s Food Crinkle Cookies.  OH BOY are they good!!  I can’t wait for my packages to get to their people!

Crinkle Cookies |

5.0 from 5 reviews
Devil's Food Crinkle Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: about 3 dozen
  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 6TBSP butter, melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until everything is incorporated.
  3. Using your hands, make 1" balls with the dough.
  4. Roll the ball through the powered sugar and place on an (ungreased) cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and then move them to a cooling rack.
  7. ENJOY!

Devil's Food Crinkle Cookies |

I don’t think you’ll regret making these Devil’s Food Crinkle Cookies … well, unless you eat the whole batch!

Would you make Devil’s Food Crinkle Cookies? 

Corn Bread Soufflé #Recipe

Corn Bread Soufflé |

Almost every year for the last 5 years, we have hosted Air Force Trainees for Thanksgiving.  It’s such a nice way for my family to give back to those that are serving our country.  Corn Bread Soufflé is always a side dish for our meal.  I think every airmen we’ve hosted has asked for the recipe.

My mom got this recipe from a neighbor when I was a kid.  She’s made Corn Bread Soufflé at least twice a year (Thanksgiving and Easter) since then.  Not only is this one-dish recipe is delicious and filling, it’ll be a huge hit with everyone at the table.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Corn Bread Soufflé #Recipe
Recipe type: side dish
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  • 1 (8.5 ounce) box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained,
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Put one stick of butter in a 9x13 baking dish. Place in the oven until the butter is (mostly) melted.
  3. Dump all the other ingredients on top of the (mostly) melted butter, adding the eggs last.
  4. Stir until everything is incorporated and smooth.
  5. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Serve & enjoy!
This recipe is easily doubled, so it's great for a crowd.

Corn Bread Casserole |

Have you made corn bread soufflé?  Would you?