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Recipe Sharing Made Easy

Welcome to the 199th Metamorphosis Monday!  How was your weekend?

I have a metamorphosis I’m super excited about sharing.  If you love trying new recipes, you’re going to like this Before and After.

In the past when I’ve shared a recipe here at BNOTP, I created a post showing the process along with pictures taken during the cooking process. Somewhere in the post I’d share a photo of the actual recipe from my recipe notebook so you could copy and paste the photo to your computer for printing. That wasn’t the greatest way to share the recipe but was the best I could come up with at the time.

Easy Print Recipes 

Not any more, got something a whole lot better now! I’ve been working on this much of the weekend and am so excited to share it!

When I share a recipe like this favorite champagne punch recipe, when you visit the post, in addition to the pictures and instructions for making it…

Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Year's

You’ll also find a printable recipe. :)  Yay!  Update: Several folks have asked what program or plugin I’m using to share recipes.  The one I’m using is Easy Recipe Plus.  They have a free version and a paid version.  I went with the paid version.

Spiced Champagne Punch

Recipe Type: Punch
Author: Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
This champagne punch is perfect for small gatherings of 4-6 or big parties. Your guest will be begging for the recipe…it’s that good! Whether you share or not is up to you. ;)
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle champagne (Korbel Brut works great)
  • Small amount of Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur you prefer)
  • Red sugar
  • Green sugar
  1. In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Discard cinnamon and cloves.
  4. Cool to room temperature and pour into a large pitcher.
  5. Add cranberry juice and pineapple juice.
  6. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
  7. At serving time, add 1 bottle of chilled champagne.

I usually make 4 batches of this recipe for parties with around 25 in attendance. I prepare all 4 at once but divide the base into 4 separate containers and store those in the frig. When it’s time for another batch, I pour the base into my pitcher and add the cranberry and pineapple juice, along with the champagne, right before serving.


I’ve been busy this weekend creating and adding printable recipes to lots of the recipes you’ll find under the “Good Eats” category at the top of BNOTP.  So far, you’ll find a printable version for the following recipes.  (Click on any recipe title to be taken to that recipe post.)

Spiced Champagne Punch (Love this easy, delicious punch for Christmas and New Year’s Eve Parties

Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Year's


Cranberry Trifle (Great dessert for the holidays)



Peach Trifle (Yummy summertime dessert, especially when made with fresh Georgia peaches)

Peach Trifle


Key Lime Pie (Super easy recipe great for summer but really wonderful any time of the year.)

Key Lime Pie Recipe


Sweet Potato Casserole (We have this every Thanksgiving and Christmas…love!)

Sweet Potato Casserole


Sweet Potato Chips  (Great appetizer or snack and they’re addictive…in a good way!)

Sweet Potato Chips


Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes  (Love these for teas and you can make them in any shape for any occcasion)

Make Your Own Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes


Strawberry Cheese Ring  (Appetizer that’s always a big hit for parties)

Strawberry Cheese Ring


I’ll continue adding a printable version to the recipes here at BNOTP this week and hopefully I’ve have them all done by the end of the week.

Looking forward to the Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday you will need to link up the “permalink” to your MM post and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz.

In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the party so the other party participants will have an opportunity to receive visits from YOUR readers.

Please only link up Before and After posts that are home, gardening, crafting, painting, sewing, cooking, DIY related.

Do not link up if you’re doing so to promote a website or product.

Do not link up a post that was just linked last week since a lot of readers will have already seen that post.

Do not type in ALL CAPS.  It spreads the links waaaay out.

Let’s try something fun today! Please visit the person who linked before you and after you…that way everyone will get some visits. Hope you’ll visit more, of course.


  1. Help I can’t find the spot to link up!

  2. Hi Susan :) There’s not linky party visible…. just wanted to be sure you were aware.

  3. Good Morning!
    I was trying to like up to the party but I think the link is missing. :(

  4. I am unable to see how to link to your Metamorphosis Monday Party. Just thought you should know. Thanks!

  5. I need to make my recipes printable, I need a tutorial! :) Those sweet potato chips look delicious!

    I’m looking for your link but see you’re working on it. Thanks for hosting!

  6. That is a wonderful feature, Susan. I would love to figure out how to do that.

    Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  7. Printable recipes are a great idea. Usually when I see these on a blog or website, I hit Print, then just save it as a PDF. That way it is stored in a file on my computer, but I can still print it if I want to.

  8. Thanks for hosting!


  9. Thanks for hosting! I love your recipe gadget. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  10. “Any fool can make something complicated.
    It takes a GENIUS to make it simple.”
    – Woody Guthrie
    And you Susan, are a GENIUS!
    ~Hugs to you~
    P.S. Susan, I guess, I urgently need to move to the U.S.!!!
    (Before your next wonderful giveaway! Sigh…)

  11. Wow! Susan, that is so professional looking! Your food photos made me hungry, and they did their job of making me want to go back and find the recipes for them. Thank you for hosting MM. laurie

  12. Thank you so much for hosting! And thanks for the tip with this new recipe sharing. Love how there’s a printable version!

  13. That sweet potato casserole looks deli! I need to try it! Thanks for hosting!

  14. I hope my comment doesn’t show up twice. I’ve already tried to leave it once. Susan, this is such a professional-looking feature. Your food photos made me hungry, and they did their job of making me want to go back and get recepies for all of them. Thank you for hosting MM. laurie

  15. Susan, I have been looking for a good WP plug-in for recipes. I have been using a Google Site to do mine. Looks like you found a good one! Thanks for hosting and sorry you were having troubles this morning with InLinkz. Looks like it’s working fine now.

    • Jane, the plugin is Easy Recipe and I really do like it! I think they have a free version. I went with the paid version which was very reasonable…just $14 (one time purchase). The paid version is Easy Recipe Plus, I believe.

  16. Thank you for hosting Susan! And I love your recipe feature! I have the same on my blog, and it’s SO great!
    Have a great week!

  17. Susan, THANK YOU!! I have been trying to find a way to easily print recipes from my Rita’s Recipes blog that are easy and include a picture. I can’t wait to play around with this and get it going. You always share such great tips. I love the iphone and ipad tips as well as blogging tips.
    Rita @ MAY DAYS

  18. Love the printable recipe – and the champagne doesn’t look bad either!!

  19. Susan,

    Happy Monday to you! Thanks for hosting this fun party!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day today!

  20. that champagne punch looks delicious. I will definitely be making that for Christmas.

  21. Great way to share, Susan! I have had your champagne punch…yummy! Now I have the recipe, too! Thanks! And thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  22. Thanks so much for hosting! I love the printable recipes…thanks for doing that. Have a great week.

  23. Sorry for your problems. This puts a lot of pressure on you without you being able to control the problem, Glad it is working. I was told with this plugin, google will rank you higher. I am not sure if it is true, but the recipe looks so lovely I would think you will get lots of attention.

  24. Thank you so much Susan for hosting!

  25. Fabulous recipes. I’m going to have to try that sweet potato casserole and those chips. Thanks for hosting Susan:-)

  26. Hi Susan, I made your Champagne Punch at our annual Christmas Open House party last year and it was a big hit! This year, I plan on doubling the recipe! Thanks for hosting!

  27. Hi Susan! Wonderful post and I’ll be looking forward to your recipes. I’m a bit late getting to your party! :)
    Hope you’re doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  28. These recpes look YUMMY! THANK YOU so much for sharing and giving us ideasfor the Holidays! I plan to make the punch, and also a batch without alcohol, for my friends who do not drink. I’m hoping it will taste good! What do you think?

  29. Linda Leyble says:

    Thanks for such great ideas and recipes!! I love all of them. I need some inspiration recipe-wise. I am great with paint and decorating (but no much in the kitchen!!!).

    Thanks a gazillion!!!!


  30. Linda Leyble says:

    Thanks for such great ideas and recipes!! I love all of them. I need some inspiration recipe-wise. I am great with paint and decorating (but not much in the kitchen!!!).

    Thanks a gazillion!!!!


  31. Great idea! Thanks for sharing — and hosting.

  32. Thanks for the great recipes Susan. I’m looking forward to more cooking after a crazy week.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  33. Hi Susan,
    It’s been so long since I’ve posted a Met Monday event when I didn’t see the post on your site this morning I thought I’d forgotten how to join in – HA!

    I found the Easy Recipe plugin for WordPress last week – what a great thing. I’ve been slowly going back and converting my recipes, I still have a lot to go – but how nice to offer the ease of one click printing.

    Have a fab day – and, as always, thank you for all you do for your readers.

  34. Susan thank you so much for the wonderful tip! I share a lot of my recipes and I would love to provide a printable format for my readers :) Thank you for hosting a great party, xoxo Tanya

  35. Thanks for all your work doing this! It is great….

  36. All your recipes look delicious and I am so glad to know about the plug-in!

  37. The printable recipe is GENUIS & I salute you! Thanks so much. Looking at the recipes you included today makes me want to give a party. :-)

  38. New format looks great. Have you tried the cheese ring with pepper jelly instead of strawberry preserves? It is even better IMHO.

  39. I am in the process of converting my blog to my own domain and the first plug in I added was the Zip List Recipe plug in. I love it! Glad to have found your blog last week — I put a lot of your linkers on my Pinterest page too.

  40. Tried to link but it says I am not linked back. I am, it’s the first one on my list!!!????

    • Pinky, I right clicked on your link to open in a new window and it flashed the old blogspot address before it directed me back to bnotp at the .net address. So your link is for the old blogspot address, that’s why InLinkz isn’t recognizing it. Just change the link for and it will let you link up.

  41. Hi Susan: Thank you for hosting the party today! What a neat way to share recipes now, and what great-looking holiday fare you’ve included in today’s post.

  42. Hi Susan: Thank you for hosting the party today, and for sharing your wonderful holiday recipes–how nice that they’re easier to print off now!

  43. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Your recipes look so yummy, Susan! And I love the recipe cards. I don’t do a lot of recipes on my blog, but have been frustrated with trying to figure out how to do a printable version. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for hosting the party. :)

  44. Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a beautiful week.

  45. Great idea, Susan!! Will you be sharing a tutorial on how to create printable recipes? I’ve wanted to learn that for some time now. Your holiday recipes always look so good. :)

    Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!


    • Thanks, Denise! I’ve been looking for a good system for a while and finally landed on a plugin called Easy Recipes. I am afraid it may only work on WordPress blogs. Here’s the site in case you would like to contact them to see:
      I bet there are some systems to use with Blogger, just not sure. If you contact the folks at Easy Recipe, ask them if they can recommend a system for sharing recipes on Blogger…they may know of one.

  46. Thanks so much for hosting! Life to the full, Melissa

  47. What a fantastic idea. I love your recipes. Thanks for making it easier to share.

  48. I don’t want to ‘link in’, I just want to see everyone’s Met Monday posts. Tablescapes are at the bottom of the MM #199 page. WOW! 200 is only a few days away! Congratulations a little early!

    • Marcia, thanks for letting me know. I’ve had a problem with the InLinkz code staying on that page. I think the script from the recipe is messing it up. So I had to copy it back in and I guess I grabbed the wrong one from InLinkz. lol That must have been confusing! :) Glad you let me know…I had realized it. I just replaced it a few hours ago.

  49. Kim Hertel says:

    What a wonderful Treat. Definitely going to try the drinks and some recipes !!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us…This blog really lifts my spirits !!!

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