Red Velvet Pancakes Stuffed with White Chocolate |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

Warning: These pancakes should be illegal.

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I got up this morning with over a foot of snow outside and felt sorry for myself. So what did I do? I made these freaking pancakes, in the midst of an intense diet I’ve been on that I just so happened to start via the beginning of an indefinite period of snow days. Diet = ruined.

With Valentines Day coming up, I decided to use the leftovers of my Holiday fudge ingredients to whip some Valentines Day-esque pancakes for my kiddos. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, and the snow!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Standard Buttermilk Pancake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1 drop Red food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp half and half
  • Syrup (optional, seriously you really don’t need it)
  • Marsh-mellow cream (optional) 1 dollop
  1. In a large bowl, mix together pancake mix together pancake mix, water, cinnamon, and half and half.
  2. Stir until lumps are gone. Add 1 drop of red food coloring to chocolate chips in separate bowl. Stir.
  3. With a wooden spoon, fold white chocolate chips into mixture.
  4. Heat stove to medium-low heat. Grease/spray pan with oil.
  5. Cook pancakes around 1-2 minutes on each side depending on stove.
  6. Serve on plate with syrup, and top with marsh-mellow cream, or without depending on your sweet tooth.

Easy Comfort Food Chili |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

Okay, so I know this is silly posting this recipe when it’s December and also 75 degrees out, but I couldn’t resist! This is my go-to meal when I just need to throw something together, plus who doesn’t love chilli?

I love comfort food, and this hearty chili recipe is perfect for the days (that we will get hopefully soon) that snow if flying outside and all you wanna do is curl up with a good book.

I took this recipe from a book of Eastern Kentucky coal camp recipes, when you had to make the most of your meals. My sons love this recipe, and even when I make a mega-pot it’s gone in a few days. It tastes even better when re-heated for leftovers. I’ve changed it a bit, I know everyone has their own way of making chili, and I’m not any different. Add or take away, there’s really no right or wrong way to throw it all together.

Indgredients:

  • 2 cans rotel
  • 1 can your choice tomato sauce
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 can red kidney beans (undrained)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup shells/macaroni
  •  lean ground beef or turkey
  • packet of chili powder or seasoning
  •  1 can drained mushrooms
  • 1 jalepeno pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a large pot bring water, rotel, kidney beans and tomato sauce to a boil. Turn heat down and let simmer. Add cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, combine beef, onion, jalepeno, mushrooms and green pepper. Cook until meat is brown and has soaked up juices from the onion and peppers.
  3. Transfer contents from skillet into the pot with the tomato sauce and rotel. Add chilli powder or packet of chilli seasoning, and 1/2 cup of shells or macaroni. Stir occasionally and let simmer. Let shells cook until soft.
  4. Serve with cheddar cheese and crackers

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and hopefully we may have some snow soon to go with it! Fingers crossed.

The Bourbon Social Instagram Giveaway |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

It’s that time again to do another giveaway! This time the giveaway will be done on Instagram since the last one was focused on Facebook. I will be giving away two tickets The Bourbon Social’s Main Event on October 10th. Any of my fellow Bourbon lovers will absolutely love this shindig, where people come from all over to celebrate the kick-assery that is Kentucky Bourbon Culture.

The Bourbon Social is an eleven day celebration of Bourbon craft and culture. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass, mix in a little Kentucky hospitality and foods we are known for, and you’ve got one helluva party! Guests can choose from 13 events carefully crafted to keep the Bourbon Lover in mind! The Bourbon Social is a place where newcomers and enthusiasts alike come together and celebrate all things KENTUCKY.

Events

  • Bourbon Crawl
  • Bourbon Brunch
  • VIP Progressive Dinner
  • Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Garden Party
  • Bourbon Camp
  • Bourbon & Bites; A Taste Outside the State
  • Keeneland Tailgate
  • VIP Pre-Event & Cocktail Competition
  • Seminar Series
  • Main Event
  • Distillery Brunch

For details, dates, times and location, and information on where to purchase tickets, please visit here:http://thebourbonsocial.com/

The MAIN EVENT

October 10th

7PM

Location: The Campbell House

The Main Event will host the best of the best in the food industry across the state, as well as the best bourbons that Kentucky has to offer! Guests will travel from room to room nibbling on Kentucky, Bourbon or Southern inspired fare, as well as tastings of American Native Spirit. Live music, signature cocktails, book signings and giveaways, plus the announcement for the 2015 Cocktail Competition! Cash bar is also available!

To enter to win tickets to The Bourbon Social’s Main Event, head on over to Instagram, screen shot TBSM’s Featured Image (the picture with me holding a bottle of Bourbon in the woods, because don’t all KY girls take the alcohol for a walk?) and share on your IG page! Next:

1: Tag @thebourbonsoakedmom

2: Share your favorite brand of Bourbon

3: Tag two other friends who love Kentucky Bourbon Culture!

I will be announcing the winner on October 1st, so hurry and enter!

Cheers!

Attention: Please be sure that you make your Instagram account public so that I will be able to see that you have entered. You WILL NOT be entered to win by sharing on Facebook. This is an INSTAGRAM only contest! Thanks guys!

 

The Bourbon Social Giveaway |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

Hey Ya’ll! No secret, I’m a BOURBON LOVER. I drink it straight, on the rocks, mixed in cocktails, and flavored into my food. I enjoy Bourbon, not only for it’s taste, bite and grit, but also for everything BOURBON stands for, and represents in our great state of Kentucky.

That’s why I am super excited to announce that TBSM is headed to The Bourbon Social this October, and I’ll be teaming up with them to give away two tickets to the MAIN EVENT!

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What is The Bourbon Social?

The Bourbon Social is an eleven day celebration of Bourbon craft and culture. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass, mix in a little Kentucky hospitality and foods we are known for, and you’ve got one helluva party! Guests can choose from 13 events carefully crafted to keep the Bourbon Lover in mind! The Bourbon Social is a place where newcomers and enthusiasts alike come together and celebrate all things KENTUCKY.

 

Events

  • Bourbon Crawl
  • Bourbon Brunch
  • VIP Progressive Dinner
  • Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Garden Party
  • Bourbon Camp
  • Bourbon & Bites; A Taste Outside the State
  • Keeneland Tailgate
  • VIP Pre-Event & Cocktail Competition
  • Seminar Series
  • Main Event
  • Distillery Brunch

For details, dates, times and location, and information on where to purchase tickets, please visit here: http://thebourbonsocial.com/

The MAIN EVENT

October 10th

7PM

Location: The Campbell House

The Main Event will host the best of the best in the food industry across the state, as well as the best bourbons that Kentucky has to offer! Guests will travel from room to room nibbling on Kentucky, Bourbon or Southern inspired fare, as well as tastings of American Native Spirit. Live music, signature cocktails, book signings and giveaways, plus the announcement for the 2015 Cocktail Competition! Cash bar is also available!

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I am so excited to be taking a part in such a great event! All you Bourbon lovers out there, be sure not to miss this chance to celebrate Kentucky Bourbon culture! It’s going to be a great time!

Be sure to stay tuned for more information about brand releases, the homegrown heroes movement and much more about The Bourbon Social!

Enter to Win TWO tickets on Facebook!

1: Like & share this post!

2: Like The Bourbon Soaked Mom and The Bourbon Social on Facebook!

After you share, & like us, tag three friends in the comments!

Spread the word! Winner will be announced August 31st!

All photos on the post where done by the lovely & talented Natasha Raichel, of Natasha Raichel Photography.
Be sure to check her website & facebook page out!

Cheers!

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Reasons You Should Fall in Love with a Bourbon Drinker.

Bourbon drinkers are a defined, eccentric and passionate group of people. I’ve always said you can tell what type of person someone is by what they drink. We are the dreamers, the believers, and the free thinkers. We are also the traditionalists, the trailblazers, and the bold. A person who loves to drink Bourbon is unique, and has no grasp on social norms, classes or status quo. Bourbon drinkers are the people’s people. This is a group who are as fiery as they are loyal and odd as they are special. Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker means to tempt fate, but trust me; everyone should do it at least one time in their life.

Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker, means falling in love with a soul a lot older than any number of years. Just as drinking Bourbon has been a tradition passed down for generations; a Bourbon drinker is equally old fashioned. A bourbon drinker will read you Cecil (preferably Melbourne), Bukowski, Thompson, Faulkner, and Twain. You’ll start to identify with the likes of Bogart, and Errol Flynn. They’ll introduce you to pureness of the crackle of a vinyl, and you’ll share cigarettes and marvel at the wonder of Miles Davis,(Bitches Brew) Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Robert Johnson . The soul of a Bourbon drinker will always wander back in time; they never belong to their era. They’ll be reluctant to give themselves away, but you’ll understand it. Subtle things. A Silver engraved cuff link, a vintage wiggle dress, a stand up record player. They are slaves to the past. A Bourbon drinker always marvels at the simplicity of this world, and how it’s amazing to find beauty in even the most mundane things. That’s why we drink our bourbon neat. No chaser.
Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker means to burn. A Bourbon drinker is passionate. Just as they like the burn and bite in their whiskey, they love to burn in all aspects of life. Intense and all encompassing, a Bourbon drinker will demand all of your time and energy. It’s consuming, all or nothing, no nonsense with a Bourbon drinker. They know what they want, and nothing else will do once they set their sights on something. It’s just our way. Imitation is non-existent to a Bourbon drinker; we always go for the original.
Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker means you’ll learn to savor tradition. The best and most notable Bourbons have been perfected, and distilled for generations, creating their own brand of traditions and celebrations. Bourbon drinkers usually come from a long line of Bourbon drinkers. We are the troubadours, the cowboys, the outlaws. We greet change, but appreciate tradition and uphold it the best we can. We realize and protect the importance of staying true to our roots, but also welcome progress and change. A Bourbon drinker is always looking for ways to better themselves, while keeping the integrity of their heritage and past intact.

Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker means being loyal. You’ll rarely see a Bourbon drinker drinking anything other than Bourbon. Once we’ve made our mind up that something is for us, that’s it.When we’ve found that perfect something, we leave it at that. A Bourbon drinker is fiercely and intensely loyal. Not only to a spouse or significant other, but to family, friends, co workers, and occupations. Loyalty is a trait that also goes hand in hand with being an old soul. It’s rare, and hard to find, but I’ve found that fellow Bourbon drinkers usually possess it.
Falling in love with a Bourbon drinker means you’ve fallen in love with someone who is real. You can be a very rich man and drink bourbon, and you can be a very poor man and drink bourbon. It’s for everyone, and Bourbon drinkers aren’t tied together by how much the brand they are drinking is, but by the fact that what they love is the same. Bourbon drinkers aren’t worried about frills, expectations, or what looks good on paper. We love what we love, and aren’t worried about the rest.

Giving your heart to a Bourbon drinker is something that is both wildly intoxicating and exhilarating at the same time. I can’t pin point why most of the people who enjoy Bourbon share these same qualities. Perhaps because we all share the same love for our heritage, and tradition. Perhaps because Bourbon attracts those who are full of passion and intensity. For whatever reason, I think you’ll discover that loving a Bourbon drinker will leave you with the same feeling equated with simply taking a straight shot; fulfilled, brazen, and ready to take on the world.

“I have never in my life seen a Kentuckian who didn’t have a gun, a pack of cards, and a jug of whiskey.” –Andrew Jackson

TBSM’S Irish-Bourbon Coffee |The Bourbon Soaked Mom|

I drink Coffee like it’s going out of style. I recently went to Buffalo Trace on a distillery tour and ended up coming home with a bottle of their Bourbon Cream. During the tour, they mixed their Bourbon Cream with Coffee, and it was delicious. I’ve not been able to locate any of the “Buffalo Trace” brand of it in Hazard, so I’ve had to make due with Ryan’s Irish Cream and I have perfected an Irish Coffee concoction that I absolutely love to make when I’m just home, relaxing and reading a book. It’s amazing, and even if you’re skeptical of creme liqueur, I encourage you to give it a shot.

-Cup of Your Favorite Coffee (I do Colombian, because I like it strong.)

-1 Shot of Your Favorite Bourbon (today I went cheap and had Early Times. Yep.)

-1 Shot of Your Choice Irish Cream, or Bourbon Cream if You have it.

-Pinch of Cinnamon

-Pinch of sugar or your choice creamer.

You can also add whipped cream!

It’s sweet, I must warn you, but also packs a bite. I’m a Bourbon guzzler, so I like to make mine pretty stout. Anyways, that’s just me. I hope you enjoy this and have a Happy Sunday.

(Technically, Early Times is not considered Bourbon. All Bourbon is considered “whisky” but not all “whisky” is considered Bourbon. It’s all I had on hand, so you get the general idea. All you Bourbon nuts out there, don’t freak on me!)

McIntosh Bourbon Sauce Topping

Three of my all time favorite treats. Apples, Ice Cream and Bourbon. How is there any way you can go wrong with this combination? This sauce is delicious, and can be used in a variety of different ways, but I like to put it on top of Kay’s Vanilla Ice Cream. You can use basically any type of apple, obviously, but my favorite are McIntosh because they have a good bite to them, and I went cheap and just used Evan Williams bourbon, but any bourbon will do.

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  • 2 McIntosh Apples
  • 1 oz Bourbon of choice
  • 1/2  Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Butter or Margarine
  1. Take two teaspoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of oil, and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and put in small pot on medium heat.
  2. Finely chop one McIntosh apple.
  3. Put chopped apple in pot and add 1 tbsp of sugar and 1/2 cup of milk.
  4. Keep on medium heat until it starts to bubble.
  5. Turn to medium-low heat.
  6. Cover and let simmer until apples become soft, stirring occasionally.
  7. Take 2nd apple and cut into large quarters. Set aside.
  8. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and an oz of bourbon, and mix.
  9. Put apples in pot, pour mixture over top, stir on low heat until it thickens.
  10. Serve hot over ice cream, or dessert of choice.

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The Coal Miner’s Bride shares her Mountain Peach Bourbon Recipe with TBSM

I love anything that has to do with Appalachia, Food or Bourbon. I was so happy to see my friend, and fellow Eastern Kentucky girl, Nikki Bradley, start her own blog, and one that deals heavily with my favorite things. The Coal Miner’s Bride will give you plenty of recipe and cocktail inspiration, along with all things Eastern Kentucky & Appalachia. Here, Nikki has been kind enough to share one of her favorite Bourbon recipes. I think we can all enjoy!

 

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“Peaches, Sweet Tea, Lemonade and Bulleit Bourbon. This cocktail is all of my favorite things in one. It will leave you feeling peachy. When life hands you peaches, pour bourbon on them. I’m done. My jokes are the pit. Okay, really. I’ll stop.”

Mountain Peach

  • 1 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • Sweet Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Sliced Peaches, fresh or canned, optional
  • Ice

 

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I used a wide mouth Mason jar to make this cocktail.

I added two sliced peaches to the bottom of the jar. I then added the Bulleit Bourbon and the Schnapps.

I then filled my jar with ice and filled to the top with equal portions of lemonade and sweet tea.I added the lemonade first, followed by the tea. It makes a pretty ombre drink.

Give it  a stir to combine flavors and add another peach slice on top for garnish.

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This recipe has been brought to my readers from Miss (soon to be Mrs.) Nikki Bradley of her Appalachian “cool” blog, The Coal Miners Bride.

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“Family, food and the bluegrass state has always filled my heart. I’m a bourbon drinker, cookbook collector and soon-to-be bride of a coal miner. I love to cook Appalachia comfort food, share recipes, stories and I take great pride in being an East Kentuckian.” -Nikki

For more recipes and blogs from Nikki, go to www.coalminersbride.com!

Easy and Quick: One Pot Low Fat Cabbage, Chicken, and Rice Casserole.

Everyone in my family (including my extremely picky two year old) loves cooked cabbage. I love cabbage rolls too, but sometimes it’s a pain to make them. I came across this recipe on Pinterest for a one pot cabbage casserole and I decided to try it out. I am on a diet, so I tweaked the recipe a little bit to make it more low fat. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What you will need:
*Two chicken breasts, cooked and shredded. (I put Lowry’s on mine.) The original recipe called for ground beef, but I opted for chicken.
* Two cups of water.
*One can of diced tomatoes (or rotel) I used low sodium.
*One can of tomato sauce. (Again, low sodium.)
* One cup of brown rice.
*One onion (diced),
*Three large handfuls of uncooked cabbage. (I just used an entire half a head because my family are all pigs.)
*Colby-Jack Cheese
*Salt and Pepper to taste

1: Cook the chicken breasts in a crock pot or boil them until shredded. Season well with whatever kind of spice you like. I used Lowry’s.

2: Combine water, tomatoes, sauce, rice, cabbage and onion in a pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down the head and let simmer for at least twenty minutes, covered.

3: Once twenty minutes has passed, uncover, and put in the chicken. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

4: After you have let the chicken simmer with the cabbage, uncover and taste. Some people have different preferences on how cooked you like the cabbage to be. If it is done, take the cheese you prefer and add it to the pot, cover for a few minutes or just long enough for the cheese to melt.

5: Enjoy.

I wanted to share this recipe because it is so easy, quick and decently good for you. Sometime I am so tired I end up fixing something unhealthy and there is really no sense in doing that when I could just as well of thrown this together in the same amount of time.

Sick Rainy Soup: The one thing my child always eats.

This morning my oldest baby woke up with a 100.1 fever. It came as no surprise because I have been ill the last couple days with a cold myself. I always feel even worse when my babies are sick because I feel so helpless. One thing I always do. however, is make Greyson this soup that seems to always make him feel better. Technically, I call this zucchini-cauliflower soup, but to G, it’s his Sick Day soup.
             

He loves soup, but he is a very picky eater. He usually picks all the meat out of everything, so for this recipe, I decided to hold the chicken and do a vegetarian version. The soup is actually something I came up with and threw together on a nasty, snowy day last winter with basically all I had left in my fridge, and it turned out really well, and surprisingly enough, my two year old loved it. It is super easy and versatile and any kid will love it. Here’s what you need:

  • Two cans of chicken broth.
  • One can of cream of broccoli soup (or cream of chicken or mushroom)
  • One chicken bouillon cube
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill Weed
  • Celery Salt
  • Parsley
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Shells or macaroni noodles
  • Zucchini
  • Green onions (or yellow)
  • celery

1: I always start off by bringing three cups of water, your broth and cream of (whatever) soups to a boil and also your bouillon cube.

 2: While that is boiling, go ahead and chop your veggies. You can also use the freezer mixed veggies if you want to, I do that a lot as well.

3: Add your vegetables into the boiling broth, and cover. Turn on medium heat and let simmer around 25-30 minutes or until vegetables have gotten soft. Remember to also add your herbs,spices and flavorings as well.

 4: Once your vegtables are ready, go ahead and add about a cup of your favorite kind of pasta. I use the medium sized shells because they will not turn into mush, and tend to stay al dente.

5: Simmer on low for around 10 or 15 minutes to let pasta cook.

6: Taste, add flavors to your desire and enjoy!

Enjoy!

You can also add any other type of veggie you like, sometimes I even dice up a red potato and put in there because Greyson likes them. If I am cooking this for my husband I will slow cook two chicken breasts and add Lowrys seasoning to them, shred them and add to the soup later. You can also add canned chicken if you are looking for a quick fix, either way is delicious.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and warm on this nasty day!