New Year’s Eve 2021 Celebration

New Year’s Eve 2021 Celebration

 

Greetings, I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays. I know everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2021 due to the eventful 2020 we’ve had thus far. I myself am learning to cherish every day. As I look back over 2020 it has been a year of learning and growing for me to say the least. 

In the midst of a pandemic, I was able to experience a ground-breaking career move and I feel like God has strategically placed me right where I am destined to be at this time. I want to thank him for 2020 and I am praying for those who experienced any losses in 2020. Remember God doesn’t make any mistakes.

Join me as I toast to a new year. Even during social distancing we can still celebrate and enjoy the moment. I’m sharing a simple appetizer and a perfect cocktail to help you bring in the new year with a bang. Here’s to an amazing new year 2021. Omniley

 

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Cocktail recipe source: Forbes 

3 oz. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

1/2 tbsp. apricot preserves

1.5 oz. rye whiskey (I used WhistlePig)

1/4 oz. lemon

1/4 oz. honey

1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine preserves, whiskey, lemon, honey, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube. Top with Brut Prestige and garnish with dried apricot and a sprig of mint.

 

Honey Glazed Salmon Crostini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, holiday, Main Course
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon fillets
  • C balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • oregano, for garnish
  • French bread loaf, sliced thin
  • Laughing Cow, cheese wedge

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add honey, balsamic vinegar ,salt and pepper to medium saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with sauce and cook for 12-15 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Once done brush again with sauce. Remove from pan using spatula and serve on top or toast or alone. Shown with toast topped with cream cheese and salmon.
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Butter Cookies

Happy Holidays. I hope this post finds you well. We are only a few sleep nights from Christmas. I find myself each year indulging in these decadent butter cookies, so I am finally sharing the recipe. I only cook these for Christmas as I have no self-control when it comes to them. One of the key ingredients is the pure lemon extract it breaks of the sweetness so pairing them with a cold glass of milk or Peppermint flavored bourbon cream is oh so delicious. 

One key thing I have learned over the years with baking these cookies is to make them thin and to bake on parchment paper to avoid major puffing and spreading. I think the is my best batch yet. I did a simple egg wash topping for a crispy finish.

I hope you have time to try them in the near future they are so delicious! As always thank you for following me on my journey. Seasons Greetings! Omniley?

Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 34 minutes
Servings: 3 dozens

Ingredients

  • 1 C butter, unsalted room temp
  • 1 ¼ C white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ C self-rising flour
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Cream together butter, sugar, extracts, and beaten eggs using an electric mixer. Sift together salt and 2 cups of self-rising flour.
  • Pour in flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
  • Pour the remaining ½ cup of flour onto countertop or board and gently knead dough into flour until it is no longer sticky (add more flour if needed.
  • Place kneaded dough in cling wrap or Ziploc bag and let chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 25 minutes.
  • Add a little flour to countertop or board and roll dough to ¼" thick with rolling pin. Avoid overhandling dough.
  • Cut out cookies to desired shape and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat. Cook for 8-10 minutes. During the last 2 minutes brush with egg wash mixture (optional). Watch closely to avoid browning.
    Egg wash: 1 egg and ½ tsp white sugar
  • Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on rack. Store in air-tight container for up to 5 days.
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Classic Christmas Milk Punch

Classic Christmas Milk Punch

Season Greetings. I hope you are in the final stretch of your Christmas shopping and decorating. This year it is very difficult to locate ornaments for my final two trees. I’m hoping this is a sign that everyone is enjoying the season by decorating. Traditions are very important to my family so today I decided to share my Holiday Milk Punch with you. I normally make this cocktail at least once during the holiday season. I love a creamy cocktail and this one checks all the boxes of richness and creaminess. 

One of the key ingredients in classic milk punch is bourbon. I have grown quite fond of bourbon lately and I enjoy trying new varieties. Today’s cocktail features Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon. 

As I stated early this cocktail has become a tradition of mine for the holidays and this is the first time I’ve made it in a single serving and I realized I should have been all along. It keeps the favorite profile and all the nutty and woody hints remain intact. 

I hope this post brings you a little holiday cheer. If you decide to try the recipe please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Be Well-Omniley

 

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Peppermint Milk Punch

A creamy bourbon cocktail that is sure to make your holidays bright.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 2 people

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 4 oz milk
  • 2 1/2 oz half and half
  • 2 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp powdered sugar
  • nutmeg, for garnish
  • 2 candy cane, for garnish
  • lindt peppermint chocolate, shavings for garnish

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in milk, half-and-half, vanilla, and bourbon. Then add powdered sugar.
  • Close shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Strain cocktail into a goblet glass. Garnish with nutmeg and shaved chocolate. Finally and candy cane and serve.
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Easy Convenient Meals by Innovasian

Easy Convenient Meals by Innovasian

Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. I am putting the final touches on my Christmas decor this week and preparing a home-cooked meal is the last thing on my mind. I’m all about convenience lately and have enjoyed my Walmart+ membership it has so many great time-saving features such as and pick-up and delivery services. I love the convenience of shopping from my home and browsing the app is so easy.

A couple of weeks ago when I was browsing the app I saw this Innovasian General Tso’s Chicken entree and immediately added a few of them to my cart. So I got a chance to try them out recently and am excited to share with you how simple and tasty they are.

There are a few ways to prepare them, but when my son walked in from work and said he was starving I opted for the microwave version. The chicken ended up super crispy and I was very impressed, as most microwavable items tend to lose their crispiness. I added in the warmed sauce and gave them a few tosses and voile.

I ended up with one satisfied teenager. I may have had my own plate too. Innovasian meals are filled with protein and such a great price. But most importantly they taste amazing. I recommend next time your in Walmart or doing curbside pick-up or delivery you snag a few and thank me later. Happy Holidays-Omniley

 

 

 

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