Sunday, January 8, 2012


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Friday, January 6, 2012

The NEW Flair-For-Home!!!

Hello!  Happy Friday!  I am VERY excited to direct you to my super new blog!  My very talented friend, Elizabeth Holliday of Swanky Press Designs, has designed a really cool new look for me.  Thank you Elizabeth!  To launch it in true "flair" style....I am doing a FUN giveaway, starting this evening.  I can't wait to get your thoughts on my new blog!  Simply click here:  Flair-For-Home.  

Living With Flair,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Fudge & Kahlua Brownie Trifle

This recipe is a Christmas tradition in my family.  You can make it any time of year and, be sure and invite your favorite friends over to 'sample' it...they will love it!  This is very easy, elegant and, I promise, the trifle dish will be empty, after your guests depart. 

Fudge & Kahlua Brownie Trifle


1 box brownie mix, prepare per package directions
2 packages chocolate mousse mix, prepare according to package directions
1/2 package chocolate toffee pieces 
3/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liquor)
1 container, whipped topping (thawed)
*Garnish with ice cream fudge topping

Prepare the brownies and allow to cool in the pan.  Once cooled, cut up into 1-inch cubes.  Prepare the chocolate mousse mix. Place one half of the brownie cubes in the trifle dish.  Pour 1/3 cup of Kahlua over the brownies.  Layer one half of the chocolate mousse on top of the brownies.  Repeat this process and, then, top with whipped topping, toffee pieces and drizzle with fudge ice cream topping.  Chill for 4 hours or, can be made the night before and chilled overnight.  Serve cold.  *This is SO good!!!  

Here is the mousse mix that I used...very good!

Mixing up the mousse...doesn't this look so creamy and good?  Well, it is!!!

Adding the kahlua really makes this dessert so good...

Layer the brownies, (drizzled with kahlua) and the chocolate mousse, then repeat. 

Super easy...drizzle chocolate ice cream topping over the whipped topping and, you are done!

So delicious looking...refrigerate for 4 hours and, you are ready to grab a bowl and a spoon and, dig in! 

I hope you will prepare this easy and delicious dessert really soon!   Happy new year and, happy cooking!!!

Living With Flair,

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Easy Mexican Cream Cheese Appetizer

Happy New Year  to each of you!  I absolutely adore a brand new year!  A time to reflect on this past year, with all its many blessings (and ups and downs), a time to set new goals and strive to better myself as a wife, mom and, keeper of our home.  How exciting!  

We celebrated at our home last night with two wonderful couples and, their children.  My good friend, Jason Holbrook fried up his amazing Buffalo Wings...sorry, the recipe is "top secret".  TOO good!  I prepared this really easy Mexican Cream Cheese Appetizer.  Feel free to make it and share it with anyone you wish, I created it, and,  my sweet husband (my best food critic!) gave it a double thumbs up!

Mexican Cream Cheese Appetizer


2 pounds ground beef, browned and grease drained
1 packet taco seasoning
2 packages cream cheese, softened and cubed 
1/2 container white cheese dip
2 t. Cajun seasoning
1 t. salt
1 t. garlic powder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can Ro-tel chopped tomatoes w/ green chilies
2 1/2 cups Cheddar/Monterey Jack Cheese blend, grated 

Directions:  In a large skillet, brown ground beef with taco seasoning and then, drain off grease.  Stir cream cheese into the beef, over medium heat.  Stir in the white cheese, until blended.  Remove mixture from heat.  Add Cajun seasoning, salt and garlic powder, mix well.  Add corn, black beans, and chopped tomatoes. Mix all together.  Place mixture in a glass baking dish and, top with the cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve hot with dipping size Fritos.

Very easy to keep these ingredients on hand, for a last minute appetizer:

Happy New Year!  Hats and confetti poppers...set out, all ready for our guests.

Of course, we had to have blowers!

Brown the meat with taco seasoning.

Add cream cheese to the meat mixture.  Continue to stir over medium heat until the cream cheese melts.

White cheese dip:  add half the container to the meat mixture and stir over medium heat until blended.

Sweet girls, ready to ring in the new year!   Watching Mama cook...

Add the corn and black beans.  Pretty color!

Add the chopped tomatoes.

Place the mixture in a glass casserole dish and top with grated cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve hot with big dip size Fritos. 

Remove from oven and, serve it up.  I added a little more cheese to the top, before serving.  Can you ever have too much cheese? HA!!!!

Wishing each of you a FABULOUS new year!  Happy 2012!  Let's live this new year with lots of FLAIR!!!

Hugs to All,

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