Fresh Banana Ice Cream


This fun flavored ice cream is terrific topped with fresh bananas, caramel, pecans, chocolate, but I like it best simply bare! ~Amy

Fresh Banana Ice Cream
4 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
1 large banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp lime juice
Pinch of salt

In a blender, blend together banana, half and half, sugar, vanilla, lime juice and salt, until smooth.

Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Serve immediately, or place in a covered container and freeze for a couple hours for a firmer texture.

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

Recipe by Amy Richardson

End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

You’re pie party is just a few steps away! The perfect end of summer party for everyone!~Amy

End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

Party menu:

Homemade Pie Preserves:
Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena*
Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb*
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, and Basil*
Bourbon Vanilla Custard*

Fresh Fruit:
Sliced Peaches, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries

Sugared Pastry Toppers, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream*

Sugared Puff Pastry Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I package purchased puff pastry
Egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Cut each sheet into 9 Squares. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Sugared Pie Crust Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I recipe pie dough, homemade or purchased
2-3 tbsp milk or cream
Crystal sugar

Cut into desired shapes. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, sugars, salt and oatmeal. Cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Spread evenly onto parchment. Bake until golden brown. Or refrigerate until ready to use.

Entertaining Station:

Belham Living Winfield Potting Table

Coral Coast Halstead Outdoor Wood Potting Bench

*Recipes and can be found on my blog at

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie filling!

A taste of summer year round?! With an abundance of fresh fruit, why not turn them into homemade pie fillings! Perfect pies in matter of minutes! ~Amy

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie Filling:

6 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 lemon verbena leaves, snipped or zest of 1 lemon
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss peaches with lemon juice and snipped leaves or zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Lindt White Chocolate Chip Orange Ice Cream!

Who doesn’t love the classic taste of a creamsicle straight from the ice cream truck?!? Lindt White Chocolate pieces make for a sophisticated spoonful! ~Amy

Lindt White Chocolate Chip Orange Ice Cream!

3 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups whipped heavy cream
3/4 sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Zest from 1 orange
Dash of salt

1 3.5oz Lindt White Chocolate Bar, coarsely chopped

In a large bowl whisk together orange juice, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Gently stir in whipped cream and orange zest.

Pour into into ice cream and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. In the last couple of minutes add chocolate chips. Serve immediately or pour into container and freeze if firmer texture is desired.

Makes 1-1/2 quarts

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Blackberry Lemon Sorbet with Vanilla Whipped Cream


This easy sorbet requires no ice cream maker, and is practically no effort at all. Topped with a Vanilla Whipped cream, you will be asking for a sweet second serving! ~Amy

Blackberry Lemon Sorbet with Vanilla Whipped Cream


16 oz frozen blackberries
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1/2 lemon

Whisk together sugar, lemon juice, and water, until dissolved.

Place berries into food processor. While running on high, slowly pour in lemon sugar mixture. Scrape down sides if necessary, add lemon zest and pulse until completely smooth. Pour into container, cover and freeze for 30-40 minutes. Serve with Vanilla Whipped Cream.

Makes 6 servings

Vanilla Whipped Cream:

3/4 cup heavy cream
2-3 heaping tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Whip until soft peaks.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

GUACAMOLE PARTY! “A guacamole station, hand hacked! Just the way you like it!”

“A guacamole station, hand hacked!
Just the way you like it!”

Guacamole Station:

Ripe avocados

Guacamole Mix-ins:
Smoked bacon
Tomatoes, diced
Fresh lime wedges
Fire Roasted Corn
Fresh Mango, diced
Fresh Pineapple, diced
Purple onion, diced
Tri-colored peppers, diced
Black beans, drained and rinsed
Fresh cilantro
Cojita cheese

Assorted Tortilla Chips:
White Corn, Blue Corn, Black Bean, Sweet Potato, …etc

Iced Creamy Coconut Limemade*

Barbacoa Taquitos with Juanita’s Olvera Street Green Sauce, recipe to follow.

Chili Lime Spiced Watermelon Wedges*

Horchata Shaved Ice with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, recipe to follow

Dulce de Leche Dessert Nachos*


*recipes on


Juanita’s Green Sauce:
1 1/2 large Avocados
3 cans Herdez salsa verde
1 bunch cilantro, stems mostly removed and parsley chopped
3-4 serrano peppers, seeds removed. Wear gloves!!!
1 can chicken broth

This recipe is all about blending. So blend, and then blend some more!

Pour salsa verde into a blender, add cilantro and blend well. Add avocados and blend well. Add serrano peppers and blend super well.
Place a fine strainer over a large saucepan, and pour sauce mixture through it using a spatula to press through. When finished you should have a very smooth sauce in your pan. Add chicken broth and cook on medium heat until it is heated through, about 5 minutes. Pour into glass container to store. I use large mason jars.

Recipe courtesy of Juanita’s, Olivera Street Los Angelos


Cooked shredded beef, barbacoa, or pulled pork.
Corn tortillas

Heat abut ½ inch of oil in a large skillet. The oil needs to be hot, about 350 degrees.
While the oil is heating, warm the tortillas in the microwave or regular oven to get them soft. Place between two towels to keep them warm.
Put a small amount of meat into the center of the tortilla and roll it up nice and firm. Use a toothpick to keep it rolled up.
Place the taquitos close together in the oil with the folded side down and cook on each side until they just start to turn a golden color. Cook them in two or three batches.
Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
Serve with Juanita’s Green Sauce

Recipes adapted by Amy Richardson



Horchata Shaved Ice with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Horchata, store bought
Ice cube tray, or 9×13 baking pan

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Whip together all ingredients until soft peaks.

Pour ice into ice cube tray or pan and freeze completely.
Shave ice with snow cone maker or if use pan method scrape with fork.
Serve immediately with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Printable downloads:


Product info:
Volcanic rock
Available online: Amazon, Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table

Fresh Black and Blueberry Chilled Soup with Buttered Purple Basil Toast Soldiers

Who would think that adding a little fresh snipped basil and black pepper to buttered toast would be so delicious?!?! Paired with a chilled berry soup, a simply delightful dinner for a hot summer night! ~Amy

Fresh Black and Blueberry Chilled Soup with Buttered Purple Basil Toast Soldiers


1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 1/2 -3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp sugar or honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high. Chill until ready to serve.
Serve with Basil Toast Soldiers.

Makes 4 servings


4 pieces of sourdough or French country bread, thinly sliced
Fresh cracked pepper
Sea salt
Fresh purple basil, snipped
(Regular basil maybe substituted)

Toast bread until golden brown. Butter generously. Top with fresh cracked pepper, salt and snipped basil. Cut off the sides of toast, and cut into even strips about 1/4 inch wide.

Makes 4 servings

Recipes by Amy Richardson