Gingerbread Vanilla Cream Frappe


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This festive family friendly frappe, is a sweet little Christmas treat! Topped with vanilla whipped cream and a gingerbread cookie crunch, this icy treat is sure to warm up your holiday heart!~Amy

Gingerbread Vanilla Cream Frappe

2 cups ice
3/4 cup Torani, Real Cream Plain Frappe
1 tbsp Torani Gingerbread Syrup
1/8 tsp orange zest

*Vanilla Whipped Cream
Gingerbread cookies

Place ice, frappe mix, and syrup, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and crushed cookies.

Makes 1-2 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe found on http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

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Monster Mocktails



These spooky sippers are sure to give a sweet little scare to party goers of all ages! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails

~The Cransylvania Twist~

Cranberry Juice

Strawberry SOBe

Red Gatorade

Crushed Ice

Black sugar

Black and white striped Straws

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.

 

~The Yummy Mummy~

 

SOBe Piña Colada

White Gatorade

Sprite

Crushed ice

White sugar

Striped straw

Dry ice

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve. ( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

 

~The Dirty Werewolf~

 

Cream Soda

Diet Root beer or

Diet Coke

Coconut foam*

Crushed ice

Raw sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.
* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

 

~The Creepy Colada~

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade

Key Lime Soda

Crushed Ice

Green rock candy swizzle stick

Purple sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep


Still feeling the heat?! Cool down and relax with my twist on this southern Kentucky Derby Classic! It’s SO GOOD! ~Amy

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep

2-3 sprigs fresh mint
2 oz Torani Vanilla syrup
Club soda
Half and half
Crushed ice

Additional mint leaves for garnish

Place leaves in the bottom glass, add syrup and muddle leaves. Full glass with crushed ice and pour club soda over the top, add a splash of cream. Stir until glass becomes frosty. Garnish with mint and relax!

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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


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

Guacamole Station:

Ripe avocados
10-12

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
Jalapeños
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 http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

 

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
Salt

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

Taquitos:

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:

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

Iced Creamy Coconut Limeade! 


Coconut cream, crushed ice, fresh lime juice with a sparkling splash! A delightful drink for your patio parties, playtime or just for fun! ~Amy

Iced Creamy Coconut Limeade

Recipe:

1 3/4 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sweetened cream of coconut, Coco Loco, located on the asile by the mixers
4 cups cold water
1 liter bottle club soda, chilled
Fresh mint leaves
Crushed ice
fresh lime, sliced into rounds

In a large pitcher whisk together lime juice and sugar until dissolved. Add water and mix. Whisk in cream of coconut, and pour in club soda. stir lightly and add ice, fresh mint and sliced lime.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Autumn Sunday Afternoon Gathering


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Nothing is more lovely then spending an autumn afternoon with friends. Gathering together, enjoying good food, conversation, and friendship! ~Amy

Autumn Sunday Afternoon Gathering

Fruit:
Pears, Red, Bartlett
Apples
Red Grapes

Fruit dip:
Sweet Apple Spice Creme*
Caramel Sauce*

Assorted Cheeses:
Brie
Cambazola
Cranberry Wensleydale

Crackers:
Rosemary crackers,
Pumpkin Cranberry Crackers,

Cinnamon Swirl Butter Cake, purchased, sliced

Assorted Autumn Berry Maple Iced Turnovers:
Blackberry Cream Cheese*, Raspberry Pear*, and BlueberryLemon*

Beverages:

Apple Cider Spritzers*
Chilled Spiced Apple Cider
Chilled Perrier, assorted sparkling beverages
Ice

Recipes:

Sweet Apple Spice Creme:

1 container whipped cream cheese
1 cup marshmallow creme
6 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp apple pie spice

With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese until smooth. Add the yogurt and the spice and beat until smooth.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Caramel Sauce:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and cook over medium until sugar is dissolved and starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and whisk in sour cream until smooth.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

*recipes @ http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Festive Bar Cart Party Essentials and Menu


The Bar Cart is a classic!!! Who doesn’t want to be transported back to the golden age of Hollywood? Dress up your bar cart with, sparkling glasses, stainless steel, and sumptuous syrups. Everyday elegant entertaining!~Amy

Check out my television segment for more ideas and details at:
http://studio5.ksl.com/index.php?nid=126&sid=41729649

Festive Bar Cart Party Essentials and Menu

Autumn Cream Sodas🍁

Assorted Syrup Flavors:
Maple
Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie
Salted Caramel
Apple
Butter Rum
Bourbon Caramel
Shortbread
Toasted Hazelnut
White Chocolate
Pomegranate
Toasted Marshmallow

Suggested Flavor Combinations:

Maple Pumpkin Pie
Apple White Chocolate
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Shortbread
Toasted Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie
Toasted Hazelnut Shortbread
Apple Butter Rum
Bourbon Caramel Pumpkin Pie
Pomegranate White Chocolate
Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Salted Caramel Shortbread
Salted Caramel Apple

Basic Soda Recipe:
1-2 tbsp syrup
1-1/2 cups seltzer, or club soda
Splash of half and half, optional
Cinnamon whipped cream
Ice

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

With an electric mixer, whip cream, vanilla and sugar together.
When almost set, add cinnamon, and beat until soft peaks form.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

The Sauder International Lux Bar Cart Available on Sauder.com for $199.99. As well as Amazon and other fine retailers

iSi Soda Syphon and Gourmet Whip available at William Sonoma, iSi.com and other fine retailers

Toroni Syrups large selection available at toroni.com
World Market

Mini cocktail shakers:
$4.99
World Market

Ice Bucket $12.99
TJMaxx
Tongs $3.00
Walmart

Assorted Glasses:
World Market
IKEA

Halloween Party Straws:
Target