Carm-Apple Martini - Perfect cocktail for this Fall.  Don't even realize there is alcohol in this!  www.SweetDashofSass.com

Carm-Apple Martini

Carm-Apple Martini - Perfect cocktail for this Fall.  Don't even realize there is alcohol in this!  www.SweetDashofSass.com

Fall is by far my favorite holiday.   The weather, leaves changing colors, apple anything, pumpkin anything…the list goes on.

I absolutely LOVE apple cider.   I have an excellent Mulled Cider recipe that I will post in the next few weeks.

With that said, as soon as I saw Apple Cider in the stores, I immediately purchased myself a bottle.  Of course, Apple Cider alone is tasty, but if you feel like kicking it up a notch – Here is an easy (and super delicious) recipe for you!

BTW — you won’t even taste the alcohol.  It’s one of those type of drinks!

Carm-Apple Martini

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Caramel flavored Vodka (I used Smirnoff brand)

5 oz. Apple Cider

Lemon slice

Sugar in the Raw or Regular Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Run lemon slice on top of martini rim.  Dip rim of martini glass in sugar.  Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker.  Pour contents into prepared glasses.  Garnish with apple slices and / or cinnamon sticks!

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Apple Carrot Zucchini Bread -- www.SweetDashofSass.com  Perfect recipe for Fall!  Super easy and delicious!!

Apple Carrot Zucchini Bread

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In my Farm Fresh to You box this past week I received apples, zucchini, and carrots.  I originally had other plans for these items, but decided to try out a new recipe.  I’m so glad I did, because this bread was super delicious and moist!  You might even be able to fool a few people who typically don’t care for zucchini or carrots.

Plus, I was able to use some more of the macadamia nuts that I purchased while in Hawaii!  Mmm Mmm Good!

Some Fun Facts Regarding Zucchini:

  • Zucchinis contain 95% water; One zucchini has just 25 calories.
  • The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.  Fried squash blossoms are considered a delicacy.
  • According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. Small to medium sized zucchinis are the most flavorful and the darker the skin, the richer the nutrients.
  • Zucchini is fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, rich in manganese and vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.
  •  Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
  •  Zucchini bread is one of the most popular ways to use zucchini.

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Thank you to everyone that followed along during our Hawaiian Adventure.  If you missed any of my previous blog posts, check out links below!   We had a blast.  Unfortunately,  the time went by way too quick.   We already said we will have to go back to check out some other places that we weren’t able to see during our trip.

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Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken

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Just from the title of this dish, I’m sure you can tell we are missing Hawaii (The Big Island).  This was one of the first dinner dishes I made since coming back home.  I used Honey Mustard that I purchased from Big Island Bees and  Macadamia Nuts from Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company.  Unfortunately, I didn’t bring home pineapple direct from Hawaii, but used canned (packed in its own juice).  Not the same as Hawaii pineapple, but it was a good substitute.

This dish was so easy to put together and had so much flavor.  I absolutely LOVED the Honey Mustard from Big Island Bees.  I am thinking I should have bought more than one jar while I was there.  This was seriously one of the best chicken dishes I made in a LONG time.  Glad I can order more online!!

This will definitely be a dish I make again!  Highly recommend.

If you missed my blog post about my trip to Big Island Bees – check out my previous post HERE or my visit to Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company HERE.

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland.

Ingredients:

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 can (20 oz) unsweetened pineapple, packed in its own juice – sliced or tidbits

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 (8 oz) jar of Hawaiian Honey Mustard (Big Island Bees) –or– 1/3 cup your favorite Dijon mustard + 1/3 cup honey

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 cup (Handful) of crushed Macadamia Nuts (optional)

Hot Cooked Rice

Directions:

Sprinkle chicken with salt / pepper.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Brown both sides of chicken in oil.  (Don’t worry about cooking chicken all the way through in this step, as the chicken will cook more in the sauce later on in the recipe.)

Meanwhile, drain pineapple and reserve juice.  Combine cornstarch and 2-3 tablespoons of the pineapple juice until smooth.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl combine, honey mustard (or honey/mustard), garlic and remaining pineapple juice.  Add to browned chicken.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Remove chicken and keep warm.  Stir cornstarch mixture and gradually add to the pan; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir  for 2-4 minutes or until thickened.  Return chicken back to pan.  Add pineapple and stir to heat through.

Serve with rice.  Garnish with macadamia nuts.

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

Hawaiian Honey Mustard Chicken - www.SweetDashofSass.com - Bringing the taste of Hawaii to the Mainland

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In case you missed my other posts — Check out my other Day Adventures while in Hawaii (click on links below):

Hawaii, Here we Come!

Day 1:  The Big Island Adventure

Day 2:  The Big Island Adventure

Day 3:  The Big Island Adventure

Day 4: The Big Island Adventure

Day 5:  The Big Island Adventure

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Day 6 + Final Day: Big Island Style

Day 6 was our last full day on the Island.  I was very sad…time flew by way too fast.  With that said, we knew we needed to site-see some more of the island.

This day we decided to head down towards Kona to tour a coffee farm and go check out a Beekeeping Museum and sample some honey!

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Day 5: Big Island Style

Day 5!  Man, the time is definitely flying by.  I think all of our adventures caught up to us on this day.  We both were so exhausted, even after a night of sleep.

All the non-resort breakfast places that we wanted to check out were at least a 20 – 30 minute drive away.  While normally that wouldn’t be an issue, today we just wanted to stay nearby.  We ended up going back to the place we ate breakfast the first day.  Bob was craving another Loco Moco.

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Day 4: Big Island Style

Today we decided to go driving and venture more parts of the island.

Since we were starting kind of late in the morning, we decided to grab an early lunch.

But first, let me take a selfie!

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As we waited for our car, Bob’s friend was back in the lobby again!

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