December 29, 2016

Leftover Holiday Ham Baked Sliders

My most popular recipe on the blog is my Crock-Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham and needless to say I make it all the time especially during the holidays. I always have leftovers and I love making creative and kid friendly meals with them.
My kiddos love sliders so I thought I would use up a few of our holiday dishes including the ham, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes and make Leftover Holiday Ham Baked Sliders for dinner. They turned out better than expected {don't you love when that happens} and we now have different versions of these mini baked sandwiches often! 
For this recipe I use leftover sliced ham from this Crock-Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham.



Ingredients:

Makes 12 sliders
  • 1 package 12 count slider rolls {I use King's Hawaiian brand} 
  • 6 slices leftover baked ham, cut in half {my Crock-Pot recipe here}
  • 1/2 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce {check out my recipe here}
  • 6 slices cheese {I like provolone or white cheddar}
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ham cooking liquid/juices, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut slider rolls in half width wise and place bottom half face up on a large baking sheet.
  3. Now spread leftover mashed potatoes {check out my recipe} on top of the bread.
  4. Top with thick ham slices.
  5. Spread cranberry sauce on top of ham.
  6. Top with 6 slices of cheese. 
  7. Now add the top slider buns on top of the cheese.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and discard the foil. 
  10. Add dots of butter and sprinkle with brown sugar on the tops of the sliders.
  11. I like to brush on some of the ham juices on top of the sliders too.
  12. Put bake in the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until the sugar is caramelized.
  13. Cut into individual sliders and serve warm.
There is a reason this ham is my #1 recipe. 
It is easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Check out the easy recipe here.
Start with a 12 pack of slider rolls. 
Cut them in half width wise and place bottom half face up on a large baking sheet.
Do not separate the slider buns!
Now spread leftover mashed potatoes {check out my recipe} on top of the bread.
Top with sliced ham.
Overlap the slices and add a lot {I added 12 half slices}.
Now slather on generous amounts of cranberry sauce.
Top with 6 slices of cheese.
You can use any kind of cheese.
I have used provolone, white cheddar, and Muenster. 
Now add the top slider buns on top of the cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and discard aluminum foil.
Add dots of butter and sprinkle with brown sugar on the tops of the sliders.
I like to brush some of the ham cooking juices on top of the buns too.
Now pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes or until nice and caramelized and crispy on top.
Remove from oven and cut into individual sliders.
Serve warm and enjoy! 
Leftovers never tasted so good!
These sliders are perfect for game day, holidays, and busy weeknights.


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December 23, 2016

Gingerbread Reindeer Cake Cookies

This Christmas season seemed more hectic than the past years. Maybe because I had a trip to plan and pack for or maybe because this year I had a toddler and a preschooler running around. Or maybe the holidays in general seem to just be busy and hectic always. But no matter how busy it gets, I always make time for those special traditions and moments with my family, especially my two girls.
 One of my favorite Christmas activities is baking cookies and treats with Ava and Stella. This year to save time we used a boxed gingerbread cookie mix and a silicone gingerbread man baking mold to make Gingerbread Reindeer Cake Cookies for our friends and family. The girls especially loved decorating the gingerbread cookies to look like reindeer faces!
Check out the directions below ans I hope you enjoy making them as much as we did!
We had a great time making and eating our Christmas pancake breakfast too!

Ingredients:

Makes 30 mini cookies
  • 1 box Gingerbread Cookie Mix {I used Krusteaz}
  • Ingredients required on the back of the box {butter and eggs}
  • red and brown M&M candy {or similar}
  • black decorating frosting
  • 60 candy eyes

Directions:

  1. Prepare gingerbread cookie mix according to the package.
  2. Spoon batter into a greased baking mold or 8×8 dish. 
  3. Bake according to package. I baked at 350 degrees for 7-10 min. 
  4. Let cool slightly then remove from the pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  5. To decorate flip the gingerbread men over so you have a reindeer face. Add two dots side by side on top for the eyes then one large dot in the middle for the nose and then draw a mouth underneath with the black frosting.
  6. Press two candy eyes on top of the two dots of frosting then add a red or brown M&M candy in the center for the eyes.
  7. You.can also draw additional lines with the black frosting to outline the antlers .
  8. That's it! Let dry competely then wrap up for friends and family
I used this Krusteaz brand gingerbread cookie mix for this recipe.  
Prepare cookie mix according to package. Mine required butter and eggs.
I used these silcone Gingerbread men treat molds for these cake cookies. They made them have a soft cake texture with a crispy cookie edge. I found this mold around Christmas time at Michael's.
Push cookie dough mixture into the molds, filling completely. 
Push down to make sure all parts of the molds are filled.
You can also use an 8×8 pan and a gingerbread mini cookie cutter but you will not get the same cake like texture.
Once the cookies are baked according to the package instructions (usually 7-10 mins at 350 degrees) let them cool completely then it's time to decorate.
To decorate flip the gingerbread men over so you have a reindeer face. Add two dots side by side on top for the eyes then one large dot in the middle for the nose and then draw a mouth underneath with the black frosting. Press two candy eyes on top of the two dots of frosting then add a red or brown M&M candy in the center for the eyes. You an also draw additional lines with the black frosting to outline the antlers .
My little helper Ava was so proud of her cookies! 
Let them dry completely then package up to give as gifts to friends and family. 
Merry Christmas friends!
 From our family to yours, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday! 
Photo by Tay Gray Photography. 
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December 21, 2016

Crock-Pot Mulled Apple Cider

One of my very favorite holiday drinks has always been hot apple cider. I just love the delicious smell  of cinnamon and a steaming mug of hot mulled apple cider with the hint of spice and citrus is holiday perfection in a cup! This version is made in the Crock-Pot so you can cook it on low and forget about it. Meanwhile your cider will warm and make your house smell amazing!
How cute is this snackin' appetizer shaped as a Christmas Tree? I used our Harry and David gift box and made this for Christmas Day!

Ingredients: 

Makes 16 servings
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks plus more for garnih

    Directions: 

    1. Combine all ingredients in a Crock-Pot.
    2. Cover and heat on low for 2 hours.
    3. Serve warm with extra cinnamon sticks for a garnish.
    I love buying big jugs of apple cider during the fall and winter season.
    It is delicious cold or hot, on it's own or with toppings.
    Check out my Apple Cider Punch recipe.
    For this recipe pour 1/2 gallon {2 liters} of apple cider in a large Crock-Pot. 
    Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar.
    Add 4 cinnamon sticks along with the spices.
    I use 1/2 teaspoon allspice and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves. 
    You could also use whole allspice and cloves {1 tsp each} in a cheesecloth.
    And then add 2 sliced oranges.
    Cover and heat on low for 2 hours.
    Serve warm in glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks.
    This recipe makes a lot so it is perfect for holiday parties and Christmas day with the family.
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