Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Happy Monday, y’all!

How was the weekend? Fantastic, I hope.

I had a very busy weekend.

Finished New Girl. Took some naps. Caught a lot of Pokemon.

Definitely not ready for Monday! But I have a delicious recipe to share today so I guess it’s okay.

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Have you tried Four Roses Bourbon?

I posted a photo on Snapchat when I received this bottle (follow me!: amandalivesay) and 10 people were all, “OMG THAT’S MY FAVORITE!”

It is the only bourbon distillery that blends 5 proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes. The bourbon is then aged in one-of-a-kind single story rack warehouses that allows the bourbon to age gently and undisturbed throughout the years. Each bourbon variety has it’s own unique character, spice, and rich fruity flavors.

I used the Four Roses Bourbon Yellow for this Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce. They created this one by mingling all 10 of their bourbon recipes. It’s fantastic, with hints of apple and pear, a floral aroma, and a taste of honey and spice. It’s smooth and mellow and is great for creating sophisticated cocktails.

Check out the Four Roses Bourbon website for more info, lots of recipes, and to find out where to buy your own delicious Four Roses Bourbon!

So this Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce!

I bought a ton of cherries when this bourbon showed up on my doorstep because bourbon and cherries? Perfect together. (Ice cream recipe coming soon!)

This bbq sauce is sweet and spicy and fruity and delicious. Perfect on grilled meat, perfect on a spoon. I’m obsessed. I made tater tots at 1 am the other day and stood at my kitchen counter, dipping them in what bbq sauce I had leftover. That good.

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Cherry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Four Roses Bourbon Yellow
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
3 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add Four Roses Bourbon Yellow, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and add the cherries. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and cook slightly. Use a blender to puree the sauce until smooth.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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How do you take a holiday from good to great?

I’m pretty content as long as I have my family, my dogs (#crazydoglady), and really yummy food.

I make pretty much the same meal for each holiday and each time, I look forward to the cornbread dressing most of all.

It is absolutely in the top 10 list of foods. I love any variety, I love the baked ones, I love the ones made on the stove, I just love them all.

This Sausage and Cranberry Cornbrad Dressing is such a delicious version. It has the cubed cornbread, leeks (which I use in all my dressings – you have to try it if you haven’t already), dried cranberries, and pecans. Plus, the star of the show, Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage!

The savory sausage with the sweet cranberries is so delicious and then all the different textures… seriously, it doesn’t get better than this!

You can find the Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage in the refrigerated meats section at your local Walmart and be sure to check out the Great Value products. I just love how easy Walmart makes shopping – especially this time of year when you’re constantly rushed and just need to get everything at one place. Walmart is perfect for that!

Check out joytothemeal.com for more recipe inspiration!

How do YOU bring #joy2themeal?

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Twice Baked Red Potatoes recipe - bacon and cheese filled small potatoes!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the anticipation of the holidays and holiday meals. I’ve had a forever long list of Thanksgiving menu ideas on my desk since August.

Last year it was kind of up in the air whether my husband would be home in time for Thanksgiving (deployment) and he ended up coming home on Thanksgiving. So it was super simple since the boys and we spent several hours at the welcome home ceremony. This year though? I wanna go all out. Because next year my husband will probably be gone again. So why not?

Twice Baked Red Potatoes recipe - bacon and cheese filled small potatoes!

One of my favorite and most important ingredients in my cooking, especially around the holidays, is PAM Cooking Spray. I use it pretty much every day of my life but because I use my vintage Pyrex dishes (handwash only!) for all holiday meals, I am most definitely spritzing everything with PAM Cooking Spray. PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue than margarine or bargain-brand sprays so clean up is quick and easy! It just makes life so much easier. Really, who wants to spend time scrubbing dishes after the Thanksgiving meal?

*vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times.

Twice Baked Red Potatoes recipe - bacon and cheese filled small potatoes!

These Twice Baked Red Potatoes are something you could serve for a holiday meal or just with a regular weeknight dinner! My husband and I used to make these when we lived in our very first apartment before we had kids. We’d make baked chicken with a salad and these potatoes and we felt like real adults. Because we bought raw potatoes and cooked them ourselves.

The recipe is super simple. Just bake the potatoes on a PAM Cooking Spray coated pan until their fork tender. Scrape out the insides and mix it with all kinds of cheesy goodness (and bacon!) and then put it back in the potato shells. So easy and so yummy! You can’t go wrong with potatoes with cheese and bacon!

For more information on PAM Cooking Spray, visit www.PAMCookingSpray.com. Follow PAM on Facebook and Pinterest for recipes and cooking tips!

Twice Baked Red Potatoes recipe - bacon and cheese filled small potatoes!

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I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? I cannot even believe how fast the year has gone and I feel like fall totally snuck up on me! I had big plans to be super organized and have my entire Thanksgiving menu planned out by now. But yeah, didn’t happen.

I’m slowly coming up with ideas and then trying to figure out if my family will actually eat them. You know how it goes. Normally when you have a carrot casserole, it’s loaded with sugar and butter and it’s scrumptious, but I’m looking for a more savory carrot dish this holiday season.

For this dish, I cooked carrots and shallots and then pureed them until smooth and delicious. I stirred in some Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract for some brightness and a few eggs for that carrot casserole texture we all know and love.

The Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract is perfect for adding that little touch of lemon flavor! My husband is forever using all my fresh lemons for his water so I love having the lemon extract in my kitchen as a substitute. Half a teaspoon of the extract is equal to a whole tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest! It is so convenient.

And then the topping! Butter, fresh breadcrumbs, sage, and garlic! All my favorites! That is just mixed up and sprinkled on top before baking. It becomes a little crunchy during baking which is the perfect complement to the silky smooth casserole.

The casserole is absolutely delicious! If you are searching for a new side dish to try for Thanksgiving, definitely give this one a go!

For more recipe ideas and inspiration, visit the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page orPinterest page! Want more ways to use the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract? Check out their Uses and Pairings page for lots of ideas!

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic (although this recipe is definitely not Paleo)! This Carrot Casserole with Crumb Topping recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Easy Homemade Apple Butter recipe - only 5 ingredients!

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Ours was good. Found all the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor chips. Spoiler: the Truffle Fries one tastes just like sour cream and onion chips. Laaaaaame. However, the Reuben one? Amazing.

I also decided that it’s too hot in Texas. I’d really like to go anywhere with snow right about now. The dogs end up looking like this at the end of our walk, no matter how early or late we go. Seriously, 95 degrees at 7 pm is stupid.

Dear Army gods, please send us far away from here. Colorado would be fabulous. Thanks.

Easy Homemade Apple Butter recipe - only 5 ingredients!

Despite the heat, I’m all in on fall foods. I had apples and pumpkin going in the kitchen this weekend and it was amazing.

First up was this Easy Apple Butter!

My husband’s been obsessed with apple butter for probably all of his life. Like, he’ll take a jar and eat the entire thing with a spoon. Side note: my mom makes this awesome strawberry freezer jam and he also eats entire jars of that with a spoon.

I’m not really sure what’s wrong with him.

Anyway, he saw me making this and was all “WAHHHH! I CAN’T EAT THAT! IT’S NOT PALEO!” so I ended up making this recipe as written below and then another batch with no added sugar. Obviously, the one with sugar is yummier but the one without wasn’t bad at all.

And it is seriously so easy! Only 5 ingredients and it takes less than an hour from start to finish. The hardest part is peeling the apples!

Easy Homemade Apple Butter recipe - only 5 ingredients!

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