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17 In food/ Recipes

How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make the best goat cheese board

You know those viral butter boards? Well how about a goat cheese board? A big board slathered with yummy tangy goat cheese and various toppings is a great appetizer for the holidays or getting together with friends! Scroll down to see how to make the best goat cheese board.

And all of you charcuterie lovers are in for a real treat today! Because I am participating in a blog hop all about different kinds of charcuterie boards. If you are coming from Tammy from The White Lilac Farmhouse, welcome, and I hope you stick around! Also, how perfect is her hot chocolate board?

Get ready to pin or save all of these charcuterie board ideas.

And as always, I love to see what you create, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make a goat cheese board You will need:

  • a large board
  • goat cheese (I used 2 logs)
  • toppings

When choosing toppings you can pick whatever you want but here are some things that I think are great options:

  • nuts
  • dried fruits (aprciots, cherries, cranberries)
  • jellies, preserves or an apple/pumpkin butter
  • cured meats
  • fresh herbs
  • drizzle with honey, balsamic glaze, olive oil
  • serve with some crackers, pita chips, or crostini

I chose to make a trio of different flavors so there’s a variety but you can do whatever you’d like!

Here is my recipe:

You will want to start by taking your goat cheese out of the refrigerator and allowing to get to room temp to make it easy to spread. Using a spoon or spatula, spread onto your board. Goat cheese board whipped goat cheese Divide the board into 3 sections lengthwise. In the first section, top with dried cherries, dried apricots and nuts. Drizzle with honey. goat cheese board In the middle, top with some pepper jelly. goat cheese with red pepper jelly On the last section, top with blackberries, chopped basil, grated lemon and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Goat cheese board Doesn’t this look delicious??? how to make the best goat cheese

 

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How to make the best goat cheese board

My friend Wendy made the best Christmas morning breakfast board. Click here to go to her next!

 

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15 In food/ halloween

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus Party

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and more ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

Sistahsss! Who is excited for the release of Hocus Pocus 2? I know we can’t wait! Today I’m sharing some really fun ideas to have your own Hocus Pocus Watch Party. This pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect witches brew to sip on while you watch. And the addition of any whiskey or bourbon or your favorite spirit will have you saying “woppo boppo I’m in trouble”. Scroll down for my pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe and more ideas for a Hocus Pocus party.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate with pumpkin and spices makes it velvety and perfect for fall. Put all ingredients in the crockpot and it’s ready in an hour!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure it’s puree, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice extract or 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (I like the extract because you can add it to other beverages)

Directions:

Combine all of your ingredients in the crockpot and whisk together.

pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally then place on keep warm.

Add some Rumchata, whiskey, bourbon or Fireball to really spice it up 🙂

Serve in these little cauldrons for a festive Hocus Pocus watch party or Halloween party. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and more ideas for a Hocus Pocus Party

Or add one of these Halloween peep marshmallows.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

I love to see what you create! So if you try this recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

Linking some of my hot cocoa makings below:

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For more Halloween ideas check out

My Halloween Finds

My Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Halloween Boo Buckets

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Here are some more Hocus Pocus Ideas from some of my friends!

Hocus Pocus Bart Cart – Tuesday’s on Jasmine

This is a must for any of your parties! Click to see how they assembled it

Hocus pocus bar cart party ideas

Jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers – The Cymbal Life

These look so easy to make! Healthy too!

halloween stuffed peppers

Skeleton candy board – Ambushed with Boys

This is almost too pretty to eat!

Skeleton candy board hocus pocus ideas

Brownie Witch Cauldrons – Young at Heart Mom

Click to see how to make them! These are adorable

Hocus Pocus Ideas brownie witch cauldron

 

And one more for the road because this is hysterical and if you don’t get it then you’re not a true Hocus Pocus fan.

Hocus Pocus party ideas

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2 In food/ Recipes

Back to School Meal Ideas

Back to school meal ideas

Back to School can be a hectic time with new routines, meetings, sports and activities. These are some of my favorite Back To School meal ideas that you can whip up in a flash. Scroll down to see some of my favorite recipes for breakfast, dinners and after school snacks. Click the links for recipes.

Breakfast

Sheet Pan Egg Sandwiches

sheet pan breakfast sandwiches

These are great for making ahead of time so that you have an easy breakfast for those busy mornings.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare your egg mixture as you normally would like if you were going to make scrambled eggs. I use 10-12 eggs for my large sheet pan. I like to add in some chopped veggies like peppers, onions and spinach. You can add anything, even some chopped bacon or sausage.
  • Lightly spray a large baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the baking pan and bake in the oven, about 20-25 minutes.
  • While the eggs are baking, toast some English muffins.
  • Once the eggs are done, remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Using a knife slice the the eggs into individual squares.
  • Serve each egg square in between two halves of english muffins and top with a slice of cheese.
  • Place each one separate in ziploc bags or wrap in foil.

Easy sheet pan breakfast sandwiches

Pancake Cereal

Mini pancakes served in a bowl with whipped cream, sprinkles, and fruit, what’s not to love?

Back to School Meal Ideas pancake cereal

After School Snacks/ Treats

Some of my favorites for after school snacks or a little afternoon pick me up.

Banana bread

This banana bread is a favorite in our house! Perfect with a cup of coffee for mom or dad. Also can toast with some butter for a sweet breakfast.

Back To School Meal Ideas banana bread

 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

When you’ve got a craving for chocolate and peanut butter, these chocolate chip peanut butter bars will curb your hankering. Very rich, melty and gooey when out of the oven. Wash down with a glass of milk.

Back To School Meal Ideas Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Banana Split Apple Nachos

Back to school and fall time are synonymous with apples. Apple nachos are a great after school snack. And these banana split apple nachos are truly special!

Back To School Meal Ideas banana split apple nachos

Dinner

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

If you asked me the one dinner that everyone in our family eats, this is it! Honey mustard pretzel chicken tenders you can make in the air fryer or on a sheet pan. Serve over salad or with some roasted veggies and potatoes.

back to school meal ideas honey mustard pretzel chicken

Caprese pasta salad

This is great for a Meatless Monday or lighter option. I love the leftovers cold for lunch the next day!

Back To School Meal Ideas caprese pasta salad

Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

This dinner tastes like Thanksgiving but it’s ready in 30 minutes!!!

fall sheet pan dinner

Greek Turkey Meatball Bowls

Make in the air fryer and serve with some fresh veggies, tzatziki and feta.

Greek turkey meatball bowls

I love to see what you create! So if you happen to make any of these recipes, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

 

Some of my kitchen must haves:

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And if you’re looking for back to school outfits check out these posts

Back to School Outfit Ideas for Girls

Back to School Outfit Ideas for Boys

 

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4 In Recipes

Shark Week Fish Bowls

Shark Week Fish Bowls
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These fish bowls are the perfect drink to kick off Shark Week!

It’s the most wonderful time of year! No not Christmas in July – Shark Week! I have loved Shark Week ever since I was little and I still look forward to it as an adult. And now, my boys love it too! Shark Week starts this Sunday July 24th.

These shark week fish bowls are super fun and festive to sip on while you’re watching Shark Week. Showing you how to make them below!

Shark Week Fish Bowls

Ingredients

  • Nerd clusters
  • Blue lemonade (Linking the one I used or you can do regular lemonade and add blue food coloring)
  • Splash of Lemon-Lime soda or seltzer water
  • Shark gummies or Sweedish Fish
  • Lemon Slices
  • A generous shot of your favorite tequila to make it an adult cocktail 😉

Shark Week Fish Bowls

Directions:

Start by filling the fish bowl with nerd clusters. Then layer with ice and the gummie sharks.

Shark Week Fish Bowls

Pour your blue lemonade, seltzer and tequila (if making for an adult).

Top with lemon slices and a gummie shark on the rim.

shark week fish bowls

Drink at your own risk

I love to see what you create so if you make these be sure to tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest.

 

Fish bowls

Shark Week fish bowls

Nerd clusters

Shark Week fish bowls

Blue Lemonade

Shark Week Fish Bowls

 

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For more drink ideas check out

My rainbow sangria

Boozy Bomb Pops

Top 9 Margarita recipes