DC Cupcakes New Year's Eve Strawberry Champagne Sparkler Cupcakes

Strawberry Champagne Sparkler Cupcakes
(as seen on Oprah) Servings: Serves 12
Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes (36 mini cupcakes, 3 per Champagne flute)
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries , diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp. good Champagne (sweet rose Champagne suggested)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour , sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder , sifted
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract + seeds from 1 vanilla bean(NOTE: move down to next line...see edits to other recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk , at room temperature
Champagne Buttercream Frosting
  • 16 Tbsp. (8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar , sifted
  • 1 tsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup good Champagne (sweet rose Champagne suggested)
Strawberry Layer
  • 24 fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup good Champagne (sweet rose Champagne suggested)
Chocolate Ganache
  • 2 cups high-quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
For Serving:

12 glass Champagne flutes

12 long spoons

12 indoor-safe sparkler candles

Step 1: Baking the Mini Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 mini cupcake pans with 36 mini baking cups or grease pans with butter if not using baking cups.

Dice up 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries and soak in 1/2 cup of Champagne. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.

Combine the vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds and milk in a large liquid measuring cup.

Reduce the speed to low. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one-third of the milk mixture, beating until well incorporated. Add another one-third of the flour mixture, followed by one-third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined.

Gently fold in the diced Champagne-soaked strawberries, just until incorporated.

Scoop batter into baking cups and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. If using paper baking cups, peel off all of the paper baking cups from the cupcakes at this time.

Step 2: Making the Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the confectioner's sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.

Add the vanilla extract, milk, salt and Champagne, and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Place frosting in a disposable piping bag with a large round tip.

Step 3: Preparing the Strawberries

Slice 24 strawberries lengthwise and soak in 1 cup of Champagne for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Making the Chocolate Ganache

Fill a medium saucepan with an inch or 2 of water and place over medium-low heat. Place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a medium glass bowl over the saucepan and melt the chocolate chips. Stir occasionally until the chips are completely melted. Remove the bowl of melted chocolate from the saucepan. Pour the ganache into a plastic squeeze bottle. (If a squeeze bottle is not available, you can drizzle with a spoon.)

Step 5: Assembling Layers in Champagne Flutes

Line up 12 glass Champagne flutes. Insert 1 mini strawberry Champagne cupcake in the bottom of each glass. Next, pipe a swirl of Champagne buttercream frosting on top of each cupcake. Add several slices of Champagne-soaked strawberries, and a drizzle of chocolate ganache. Repeat layers. Finally, place a third mini strawberry Champagne cupcake at the top of each glass, pipe with a final "Georgetown Cupcake signature swirl" of Champagne buttercream frosting, and top with a final drizzle of chocolate ganache.

Step 6: Serving

Insert 1 indoor-safe sparkler candle in the top of each glass. Light the candles at midnight, serve with spoons, and enjoy!
This delicious DC Cupcakes recipe makes a dazzling addition to any holiday party.

New Drink of the Month: Santa`s Helper

Santa’s Helper


1 1/2 oz. Crown Royal

4 oz. spiced apple cider

3/4 oz. vanilla syrup

Whipped cream

1 apple slice


Bring spiced apple cider to a boil (or spice your own using clove, cinnamon and nutmeg). In a toddy glass, combine hot cider, vanilla syrup and Crown Royal. Top off with a dollop of whipped cream and the apple slice.

Hungry Girl: Scoopy Arctic Chocolate Delight

Scoopy Arctic Chocolate Delight

PER SERVING (1/2 recipe, 1 bowl): 162 calories, 2.5g fat, 115mg sodium, 33g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus™ value 4*

Grab a spoon, leave your mittens, and get ready for a chilly excursion to the bottom of your dessert bowl.... YEE-HAAAA!

2 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed
One 25-calorie packet hot cocoa mix (like Swiss Miss Diet or Nestlé Fat Free)
1 standard-sized peppermint candy cane, lightly crushed, divided

In a medium bowl, combine Cool Whip with cocoa mix. Mix thoroughly, until uniform in color. Gently stir in half of the crushed candy cane.

Divide mixture between 2 small bowls. Evenly top each bowl with remaining crushed candy cane. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Enjoy!


From http://HungryGirl.com

Ralph`s Carrot Cake Low Cal Yogurt - too good to be true?

OMG - I just tried the New Ralph`s Brand Carb Master Carrot Cake Yogurt and it was AMAZING!!! I have Tried many Dessert Flavored Low Cal/Low Fat yogurts and have been disappointed. This is the 1st time that I have been pleasantly surprised! This yogurt tasts just like Carrot Cake and it is Only has 60 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 3 grams of sugar and 1.5 grams of fat!! I say find the nearest Ralph`s Supermarket near you and grab a bunch and if they do not have it in their stores yet, ask them to order it!!!
My Next New Dessert Low Cal/Low Fat Yogurt that I have seen, bought but have yet to try is Yoplait`s Black Forrest Cake. Stay tuned, I`ll give my review once I have tried it.

Miss Meringue Meringue Cookies Duettes - Low Cal Tasty Treats!

From Hungry Girl (Click Photo for Link)

Miss Meringue Meringue Cookies Duettes, Mint
PER SERVING (7 chocolate-covered cookies): 130 calories, 5g fat, 30mg sodium, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus™ value 4*

PER SERVING (15 un-covered cookies): 110 calories, 0g fat, 20mg sodium, 27g carbs, 0g fiber, 27g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus™ value 2*

"HG! We're totally confused by the above stats!" Here's the scoop: The tub is packed with mint-flavored meringue cookies, but HALF of them are dunked in chocolate. These would be GREAT little items to set out at a party -- no baking required. Have four of each for about 104 calories (PointsPlus™ value 3*). Score!

Divalicious Chicken Pot Pie

This healthy version of chicken pot pie by the Kitchen Diva, Angela Shelf Medearis, uses sweet potatoes to provide a hearty and nutritious filling, and increases the amount of vegetables typically used in the dish. Buttermilk combined with heart-healthy biscuit mix creates a light, easy-to-prepare topping that is far lower in calories but just as flavorful as the traditional pie crust.

Makes 6 servings
2 tbsp heart-healthy butter blend
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp coarse, grainy mustard
1/2 cup flour
2 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups (1/2-in) diced, peeled sweet potatoes
1 cup diced cooked chicken
3 cups cooked, fresh vegetables or 2 cups frozen vegetables
2 cups reduced fat all-purpose baking mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
Butter-flavored cooking oil spray

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add in the olive oil. Stir in the onions, garlic, 1 tbsp of the poultry seasoning, 1/2 tsp of the salt and pepper, and the mustard. Cook for 3 minutes until the onions soften. Stir in the flour and cook stirring constantly 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in stock, water, and the Worcestershire sauce until the mixture smooth.

Bring the mixture to a boil and add in the sweet potatoes. Cook on low, stirring frequently until sweet potatoes are tender, 6 to 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken and the vegetables and remove from the pot from the heat. Spray an 8 x 11 in (2 qt) baking dish with the cooking oil. Pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into the pan.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 ° F. Whisk together the baking mix, buttermilk, egg and the remaining 1 tbsp of the poultry seasoning, and the remaining 1/2 tsp of the salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. Spoon the batter over the chicken and vegetables. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the juices bubble around the edges of the pan.

Recipe courtesy of Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva and author of The Kitchen Diva Cooks.

The Many Uses for 'Pico De Gallo'

I always keep a BIG Jar of Freshly Chopped Pico De Gallo in My Fridge. Pico De Gallo is Chopped up Cilantro, Tomatoes, Onions (I prefer Red Onions) & sometimes Chopped up Jalapenos. It comes in Handy to Jazz up any Recipe or Left Overs. It adds loads of Flavor for little calories and you get a healthy dose of Fruits & Veggies!!

Avocado + Pico De Gallo with Lemon Juice & Garlic = Guacamole!
Mango or Pineapple + Pico De Gallo = a Zesty Tasty Salsa great with Chips or Fish!
Hummus + Pico De Gallo = The Best Hummus Ever to Dip with Chips or Pita!
Salad + Pico De Gallo
Steak + Pico De Gallo = the Perfect Burrito
Eggs + Pico De Gallo
Fried Potatoes + Pico De Gallo
Nachos + Pico De Gallo
Soup + Pico De Gallo for a Kick
Ground Beef + Pico De Gallo + Taco Seasoning = the Best Taco of your Life!
Pico De gallo + Cracker =great on it own
Salmon or Any Fish + Pico De Gallo
Tuna + Pico De Gallo + Lemon Pepper + Miracle Whip + Chopped Celery = Best Tuna Sandwich Ever!!
.... I can go on - tell me - what would you add to Pico De Gallo?

Cheesburger Salad

a Bowl of Cold Fresh torn up Lettuce
Crumbled up Warm Hamburger, Turkey or Veggie Burger Patty
Melted Cheese of Choice (I like Low Fat Cheddar)
Chopped up Pickles, Red Onion & Tomatoes
Top with either Mustard, Katsup, 1000 dressing or Mayo (I like either fat free Miracle Whip or 1000 dressing)

You can add Crumbled Bacon or Bacon Bits for a Bacon Burger Salad.

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Frito-Chili-Dog-Casserole from Woman`s Day Magazine

1 lbs Ground Beef
4 Hot Dogs -chopped
1 onion chopped 1 cup
1 env. Dry Chili Seasoning
1 can Diced Tomatoes (14 1/2 oz)
1 can Tomato Sauce (8 oz)
1pkg (8.5 oz) Corn Muffin Mix
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 Shredding Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 cup Frito Corn Chips

*Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees - Heat Non-stick Skillet over medium heat. Add beef, hot dogs, onion & seasoning mix, cook, stirring until beef is browned and onion is tender, 4-5 minutes.
*Stir in diced tomatoes with juices, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water, Transfer to 2-qt baking dish.
*In another bowl, combine muffin mix, milk, egg and 1/4 cup cheese, spread over beef mixture, leaving 2 inch border -sprinkle with chips and remaining cheese. Bake until bubbly and topping is cooked through, 20-25 Minutes.

Servings: 6
Calories: 594

Add your Own Flare: Replace Can Tomato with Salsa, add Black Beans & Corn.

Beer Recipe`s & Info

Beer mixed with something
Beer is sometimes mixed with other alcoholic beverages and given nicknames. Here's a list:

Oubliette: Guinness, Cider (either Pear or Raspberry) and a Chocolate Port Float

Black and Tan: Guinness and bitter or Guinness and mild.

Black Velvet: Guinness and champagne.

Poor Man's Black Velvet: Guinness and cider.

Black Russian: Guinness and vodka

Velvet Pussy: Guinness and port.

Black Maria: Guinness and Tia Maria

Red Velvet: Guinness, cider and blackcurrant.

Red Witch: Guinness, Pernod, cider and blackcurrant.

Mother-in-law: Old and bitter.

Granny: Old and mild.

Blacksmith: Guinness and barley wine.

Boilermaker: Brown and mild.

Lightplater: Light ale and bitter.

Narfer narf: London slang for a half pint of mild and a half pint of bitter.

Narfer narfer narf: A half pint of Narfer narf (of course).

Dragon's blood: Barley wine and rum.

Dog's nose: Bitter and gin.

Snake bite: Lager and cider.

All-Irish Black and Tan (Cocktail)
Ale, Guinness
Backfire On The Freeway (Cocktail)
Bacardi 151 Proof Rum, Guinness
Belfast Carbomb #1 (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua
Belfast Carbomb #2 (Cocktail)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua
Black & Tan (Cocktail)
Ale, Guinness
Black And Brown (Shooter)
Guinness, Root Beer
Black Ice (Cocktail)
Guinness, Smirnoff Ice
Black Irish (Cocktail)
Coca Cola, Guinness, Kahlua, Vodka
Black Opal #2 (Cocktail)
Angostura Bitters, Guinness, Partida Agave Nectar, Partida Reposado Tequila, Tawny Port, Water
Black Russian (Irish) (Cocktail)
Coca Cola, Guinness, Tia Maria, Vodka
Black Suede (Cocktail)
Guinness, Tia Maria
Car Bomb #1 (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey
Car Bomb #2 (Shooter)
Guinness, Irish Cream
Car Bomb (not Irish) (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Kahlua
Carbomb (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua
Dave's Diesel (Cocktail)
Black Currant Cordial, Cider, Guinness, Pernod Absinthe
Fianna Pucker F**ker (Shooter)
Green Apple Pucker, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey
Guiness Shandy (Cocktail)
Guinness, Lemonade
Guinness Black Velvet (Cocktail)
Champagne, Guinness
Highland Ghost (Cocktail)
Cognac, Guinness, Pepsi Cola
Irish Carbomb (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua
Original Half and Half (Cocktail)
Guinness, Lager
Purple Velvet (Shooter)
Guinness, Port
Rong's Finnigan's Wake (Cocktail)
Guinness, Kahlua
Sceptic (Cocktail)
Blue Curacao, Guinness, Kahlua, Lemonade, Vodka
The True Irish Carbomb (Shooter)
Bailey's Irish Cream, Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua

Half & Half
Guinness & Harp A drink with many names: Arf and Arf, Long Ship, Light and Dark. Out of all the other recipes, this seems to be the second most popular. We recommend equal measures of Guinness and Harp Lager for the finest results. However, some say Guinness makes any beer better when mixed.

Black & Tan
Guinness & Smithwicks The Original...a classic layering of a pleasantly crisp pale ale - Bass, topped off with Ireland's legendary stout - Guinness. This is a perfect combination, lavishing your tastebuds with its mild yet robust flavor. The Black and Tan has been the World's favorite pint for a century and continues to be a time-honored classic.

Snake Bite
Guinness & Cider Guinness and cider. So called after an unusual event which took place in the last century. Apparently, the apple crop in the West Country was devastated by a plague of hungry snakes, which led to grave shortages. To solve this problem, the locals used Guinness to boost their meager cider rations. To their delight, they found that the dry, lively taste of the Guinness made the ideal partner for the sweet taste of their cider.

Guinness & Sprite The practice of drinking Guinness with lemon soda is rumored to have started with the New Zealand rugby team, during a British tour. After a game, they ordered Guinness and lemon lime soda (in mistake of bitter shandy) and found it extremely refreshing. Some say this is also how they became known as All Black, but it seems most unlikely.

Guinness & Dash of Port Guinness with a dash of port! Believed to originate from the parting of the Royal Flying Corps. It seems that after dinner, some of the officers took to drinking Guinness instead of port. The Guinness decanter was passed round clockwise. Once the two decanters happened to meet at the head of the table (Guinness at 12 o'clock). The officer in that position absentmindedly poured both drinks into his glass and found the result quite enjoyable.

Black n' Black
Guinness & Dash of Blackberry Guinness and blackberry liqueur. Recently a lot of women have taken to adding blackberry to their drinks and our black beer is no exception. They find the taste of the blackberry makes Guinness not just something they like to be seen with, but something they enjoy drinking too.

Guinness & Lime
A new variation of lager and lime. The effect, however, is quite different. The strong, distinctive taste of Guinness dominates the lime, which merely adds a touch of smoothness to the beer.

Beer Glossary
This is a list of terms used when describing beers:
Commercial Belgian beers licensed by abbeys. Not to be confused with Trappist ales.
Materials, like rice, corn and brewing sugar, used in place of traditional grains for cheapness or lightness of flavor.
The oldest beer style in the world. Produced by warm or top fermentation.
Dark brown top-fermenting beer from Düsseldorf.
Alpha acid
The main component of the bittering agent in the hop flower.
The extent to which brewing sugars turn to alcohol and carbon dioxide.
Generic term for an alcoholic drink made from grain. Includes both ale and lager.
British term for the pale, amber or copper-colored beers that developed from the pale ales in the 19th century.
Bock or Bok
Strong beer style of The Netherlands and Germany.
Beer that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Brew kettle
See Copper
Beer that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the cask. Known as "real ale", closely identified with British beers.
Vessel used to boil the sugary wort with hops.
Decoction mashing
A system mainly used in lager brewing in which portions of the wort are removed from the vessel, heated to a higher temperature and then returned. Improves ensymic activity and the conversion of starch to sugar in poorly modified malts.
The addition of a small amount of hops to a cask of beer to improve aroma and bitterness.
A dark lager beer in Germany, a Bavarian speciality that predates the first pale lagers.
The earliest form of porter, short for "entire butt".
Flavor compounds produced by the action of yeast turning sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Esters may be fruity or spicy.
Substance that clarifies beer, usually made from the swim bladder of sturgeon fish; also known as isinglass.
Framboise or Frambozen
Raspberry-flavored lambic beer.
The coarse powder derived from malt that has been milled or "cracked" in the brewery prior to mashing.
A blend of Belgian lambic beers.
Helles or Hell
A pale Bavarian lager beer.
Hop (Lat: Humulus Lupulus)
Herb used when brewing to add aroma and bitterness.
International Bitterness Units. An internationally-agreed scale for measuring the bitterness of beer. A "lite" American lager may have around 10 IBU's, an English mild ale around 20 units, an India Pale Ale 40 or higher, an Irish stout 55 to 60 and barley wine 65.
Method of mashing used mainly in ale-brewing where the grains are left to soak with pure water while starches convert to sugar, usually carried out at a constant temperature.
Top-fermenting golden beer from Cologne.
The addition of partially-fermented wort during lagering to encourage a strong secondary fermentation.
Cherry-flavored lambic beer.
The cold-conditioning of beer at around 0 degrees Centigrade to encourage the yeast to settle out, increase carbonation and produce a smooth, clean-tasting beer. From the German meaning "to store".
Belgian beer made by spontaneous fermentation.
Lauter tun
Vessel used to clarify the wort after the mashing stage.
Barley or other cereals that have been partially germinated to allow starches to be converted into fermentable sugars.
First stage of the brewing process, when the malt is mixed with pure hot water to extract the sugars.
Traditional Bavarian lager brewed in March and stored until autumn for the Munich Oktoberfest.
Dark brown (occasionally pale) English and Welsh beer, lightly hopped. The oldest style of beer that once derived it color from malt cured over wood fires. One of the components of the first porters.
Milk stout
Stout made with the addition of lactose, which is unfermentable, producing a beer low in alcohol with a creamy, slightly sweet character.
Pilsner or Pilsener or Pils
International brand name for a light-colored lager.
Dark - brown or black - beer originating in London.
Addition of sugar to encourage a secondary fermentation in beer.
Bavarian beer law of 1516 (the "Purity Pledge) that lays down that only malted grain, hops, yeast and water can be used in brewing. Now covers the whole of Germany.
Ancient method of invoicing beer in Scotland on strength. Beers are called 60, 70 or 80 shilling.
From the French esparger, to sprinkle; Sprinkling or spraying the spent grains in the mash tun or lauter tun to flush out any remaining malt sugars.
A traditional, open fermenting vessel.
Steam beer
American beer style saved by the Anchor Brewery in San Francisco.
Once an English generic term for the strongest ("stoutest") beer in a brewery. Now considered a quintessentially Irish style.
Ales brewed by monks of the Trappist order in Belgium and The Netherlands.
Method of fermentation developed in Burton-tn-Trent using large oak casks.
Ur or Urtyp
German for original.
Weizen or Weisse
German for wheat or white beer.
Liquid resulting from the mashing process, rich in malt and sugars.

Monday Night Dinner Left-Over Tricks

As you know every Monday -I Make Dinner for Roy`s Guy Friends -who we call The LBC Wack Pack. It is always a lot of fun -but it is also Very Challenging. Roy & I are on a Budget - so I always go grocery shopping early Monday morning. I always get what is on Sale, use Coupons and use my Club Card -then figure out the menu once I get home. I am also Limited in my Menu creations. Some Guys will not eat anything containing a vegetable at all, some do not like certain spices, some do not like Olives, some do not like Mushrooms, some do not like white bread, some do not want their bread toasted, some only want their hot dog grilled -never boiled, some cannot eat dairy, some do not eat meat, some do not like pasta, some do not like rice -etc- etc. -and I have to take that into account because I cannot afford to have them throw out the food they do not eat, that is a waste of food that I cannot afford.
I learned to be limited on my experimental dishes, to keep it simple Home-cooking type meals, I never mix the veggies in the meal -to cook everything separate and let them mix it themselves. I end up with a lot of leftovers at times & gotta find ways to make the food interesting for the next few days.

This Monday I made a Crock Pot 1/2 Turkey -slow Cooked with Chicken Stock, Tons of Fresh Sliced Lemons, Onions, Garlic, Butter & Spices - Steamed Green Peas - White Cheddar Mac n Cheese -and Bakery Fresh Wheat French Bread.

Day 1 Leftovers = Indian Turkey: Plate of Peas, Mac n Cheese & Turkey with juices over it from Crock Pot (lemon/garlic/onions)-sprinkle Curry Powder, Garlic Powder, Turmeric, a dash of soy milk & hot Chili Sauce -Mix it all up & Warm it up in microwave.

Day 2 Leftovers = Ghetto Turkey Pot Pie: cover peas, mac n cheese, turkey with cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms and serve over a warm piece of the wheat french bread -kind of like a turkey-pot-pie.

Day 3 Leftovers = Asian Turkey Noodles: Turkey & Peas mixed in Top Ramien Noodles with Hot Chili Sauce.
....That's it for now -I`ll let ya know if & what the other left-overs will be.

Monday Night Dinner Feb. 1st 2010

Baked BBQ Chicken
Baked Seasoned Home Fries
Steamed Yellow Corn
Baked S`mores for Dessert
(Recipes below)

Baked BBQ Chicken:
Drumsticks & thighs in a big round pan
Drizzle Olive Oil Lightly
Sprinkle Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Pinch of Thyme
Cayenne Pepper

Mix Chicken, oli & Spices all up with hands - making sure it coats all parts of each Chicken part.
Spray Baking Pan with Butter Spray - put chicken in baking pan evenlly.
Optional drizzle a bit of your favorite BBQ Sauce over chicken.
Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 40- 60 minutes -until done - no pink - but tender & juicy

Home Fries:
Slice potatoes in thin wedges place in round bowl
Drizzle Potatoes Lighly with Olive Oil
Season Potatoes with same spices as Chicken above.
Mix with hands - saturating potatoes with seasonings & oil completely
Place potatoes in baking pan - not too deep.
Bake at 400 dgrees for about 40 minutes or more depending on the crispiness to your liking.

Baked S`mores:
Spray Baking Pan with Spray Butter
Make a layer/Bed of your favorite Graham Cracker - Cover bottom of pan
Pour in a 1/2 bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morssels
Pour in 1/2 bag of Mini Marshmellows
Cover with another layer of Graham Crackers
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes
Until ooooey-gooey -hot & Yummy - Like Me - LOL!

My Daily Grey-Mosa

A Chilled Glass of Cheap Dry Champange (Andre)
A splash of Ruby Red 100% No Sugar Added Juice
(or if on hand, fresh Squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit)

-Sometimes I like a Splash of Pineapple Juice instead of Grapefruit in my Champagne as well-