Mini Onion Rings

Hey everyone this is Summer from Summer Scraps! I am so excited to be sharing one of my Simple Recipes on Everyday Southwest! I just love onion rings and sometimes want to make some simple ones to go with our hamburgers.  These mini onion rings are perfect for that!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

mini onion rings

We happen to grill throughout the entire year.  I always like something delicious to go alongside what I am grilling and my mini onion rings often do the trick.  I also like to make them for a delicious and simple snack.

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Holiday Gift Card Giveaway

Get a jumpstart on the holidays! We are joining some of our blogging friends to host a $500 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway… winner’s choice!


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I am often asked what I enjoy most about being a “blogger” and I have to say it is the friends I have made over the past few years. Along with our amazing Everyday Southwest readers and followers, I have made friends with many other fantastic bloggers.
We are joining with a few of our blogging friends to offer a “jumpstart on the holidays” and offering our readers a chance to enter a giveaway for a $500 Amazon Gift Card OR $500 in Paypal Cash.
The winner will be announced on Monday October 20, 2014 and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed in 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.
Use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway and then follow the links to visit the blogs of the other Giveaway Hosts.
Good Luck! I hope you win!

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Fall Recipes: Buttercup Squash Soup

Hey everyone this is Anjanette from Momma Young at Home! I am so excited to be sharing one of my Fall Recipes and guest posting today on Everyday Southwest. Fall is the beginning of my favorite time of year and it is air, that means delicious fresh vegetables are ready to be plucked from gardens everywhere.  Our garden is full of tomatoes and pumpkins, the one thing I didn’t plant was squash.  Our neighbor had that covered when he handed me a beautiful Buttercup Squash.  Of course the foodie in me took over and visions of Buttercup Squash Soup began creating itself in my head.

Fall Recipes Buttercup Squash Soup

Buttercup Squash can be stored for approximately 13 weeks after being cut from the vine as long as the temperatures stay around 50 degrees and there isn’t a hard freeze.  When you are ready to cook this squash, I find the easiest thing to do is rinse it and put it in the oven.  After baking you are left with a flavorful squash that is delicious on it’s own or perfect as a soup like this Buttercup Squash Soup Recipe .

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Coconut Caramel Popcorn Recipe with a Southwest Kick

Fall is the perfect time for this caramel popcorn recipe. Of course, we have put a Southwest twist on this fast, easy AND healthy treat.
Coconut Caramel Popcorn Recipe with Chipotle
I thought we should get and early start on the Fall Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving and my favorite… World Series!) this year even if I do risk loosing my crown as “Last Minute Recipe Queen.” Somehow, I don’t think there is any danger of my ever loosing that title. I’m sure there will be plenty of last minute treats on the way this holiday season.
To get us started, I have been sharing some of Donna’s favorite Halloween treats. She always has a house full of ghosts and goullies and even a Ross Perrot or two running around on Fright Night. Her buffet table is always filled with fun treats like this Chipotle Coconut Caramel Popcorn Recipe that she shared a couple of years ago here on Everyday Southwest. I thought it was time to share it again today for all of our many new readers and because her healthy spin of adding coconut oil is even more important this year. The coconut oil has been shown to have amazing health benefits as well aid in weight loss.
For you longtime Everyday Southwest Fans, I hope you remember this recipe and have given it a try. If you didn’t have time to make it before… here is your chance!
Then, come and join our fun giveaway!…

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Spooky Halloween Spider Punch Recipe

Put a spooky spin on your Halloween refreshments with this delicious and great looking fruit drink.  The easy to make spider garnish will add the “Trick” to this healthy “Treat.”

Halloween Fruit Punch RecipeYou know Donna, she has got a ‘Thing” for Halloween and does everything BIG at her house on the BIG day!  She has even found a way to but a little “spooky” in this great version of a virgin (NO alcohol) Tequila Sunrise.  The grenadine or pomegranate juice adds the spooky to an otherwise tame orange juice drink.

She has garnished this with a really cute spider made from licorice whips that she has dangling from a straw.  She even rimmed the glass in black sanding sugar for that “authentic” Southwest Margarita spin on our second most Southwestern drink… the Tequila Sunrise.

Hop on over to her Apron Strings Blog that she share with her daughter, Anne and grab the recipe or, should I say, directions.  It is simple, fast and believe me, you don’t have to be a craft-y person to make these adorable spiders!

In the mean time… Check out our fun Halloween Give away!  There are LOTS of ways to enter!

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Jack O Lantern Carrot and Rice Bites Healthy Halloween Snacks

Who said dinner can’t be fun on Halloween? This fast and easy recipe for Jack O Lantern Carrot and Rice Bites makes a fun and healthy Halloween snack, side dish or lunchbox treat.

Halloween Rice and Carrot Bites Recipe

These cute little carrot and rice Jack O Lanterns are a great way to get a healthy bite into your little Trick or Treaters before they head out on the “Big Night” or stick them inside their lunchbox for a cute surprise.   The rice and carrot bites are even cute enough to dress up the buffet table at any adult Halloween Party.

This healthy Halloween snack has become a favorite at Donna’s house. And, you know Donna, if she can find a healthy way to get a snack down you, she will! There is not one drop of food coloring in these treats. Just cook the rice in carrot juice for added flavor and natural color. Then roll the rice into little balls and “decorate” with pieces of black olives and the ends of green beans for the stems.

We are so happy to share these adorable appetizers in 10 Days of Halloween hosted by Allison from Cupcake Diaries. The event rounds up 30 amazing Halloween recipe, crafts and projects from 30 different bloggers and shares one a day for the entire month of September.

So, head on over to Cupcake Diaries and check out 30 Days of Halloween but, don’t forget our little Jack O Lantern Rice Bites… we can’t let cupcakes have all the fun!

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Homemade Cracker Jack Healthy Halloween Snack

Homemade Caramel Popcorn takes on spooky colors for Halloween!  You can make this fast and easy Healthy Halloween Snack for your friendly, neighborhood Trick or Treaters  or… make it for your own family and friends to munch on.

Halloween Snack Colored Caramel Pop
This is a really fun snack that Donna makes for her family at Halloween.  The colors can turn it into anything you would like—orange pumpkin popcorn balls, green zombie brains, you name it.  Just boil the caramel mixture as she describes then, add your voice of color.  It’s that easy.  Get her recipe on her Apron Strings Blog.  The great thing is that you can easily make this for a crowd which is usually what you will find a Donna’s house on Halloween!

Make us a batch and then check out our Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway that includes everything you need for a Par-Tay including a $25 gift card! Scroll to the bottom and enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

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Old Fashion Banana Cupcakes with New Fangled Nutella Ganache Recipe

This is not your grandmother’s banana cupcake. These moist, old fashioned banana cupcakes are topped with new fangled Nutella Ganache for a chocolate-y, irresistible icing.
Nutella Ganache on Banana Cupcakes
There are some recipes you just don’t change. Aunt Elee’s banana cake is one of them. This recipe has been in my family longer than I have and yes, I am risking my inheritance sharing with you and everyone on the worldwide web. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone!
I did make a slight change to her recipe when I published it on Mother’s Niche last month. I turned it into cupcakes with a thin, chocolate-y Nutella Ganache instead of the cream cheese icing. I’d call it a taste of our old family heritage mixed with our newest generation (Sophie, I’m talking to you) and their obsession with Nutella or We can just say that it is about time bananas and Nutella collided!
Head over to to get the full recipe but, be careful! You will find yourself putting Nutella Ganache on anything that isn’t nailed down.

Then, come on back to Everyday Southwest and enter our Halloween DVD Giveaway filled with old fashioned scary movie fun!

Mill Creek Entertainment Halloween
DVD Collection Giveaway

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