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!”

“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*


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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

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


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


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

Autumn Sunday Afternoon Gathering

Pears, Red, Bartlett
Red Grapes

Fruit dip:
Sweet Apple Spice Creme*
Caramel Sauce*

Assorted Cheeses:
Cranberry Wensleydale

Rosemary crackers,
Pumpkin Cranberry Crackers,

Cinnamon Swirl Butter Cake, purchased, sliced

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


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


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

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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:

Festive Bar Cart Party Essentials and Menu

Autumn Cream Sodas🍁

Assorted Syrup Flavors:
Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie
Salted Caramel
Butter Rum
Bourbon Caramel
Toasted Hazelnut
White Chocolate
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

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 for $199.99. As well as Amazon and other fine retailers

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

Toroni Syrups large selection available at
World Market

Mini cocktail shakers:
World Market

Ice Bucket $12.99
Tongs $3.00

Assorted Glasses:
World Market

Halloween Party Straws:

Fresh Strawberry Snow Caps


Shaved ice with fresh strawberries, lime, and the always delicious, sweetened condensed milk. While the sun blazes hot, this tasty snow cap will be sure to keep you cool! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry Snow Caps

2 cups fresh strawberries
About 1/4 cup sugar
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Sweetened condensed milk
6-8 cups shaved ice

Place strawberries in a food processor or blender, pulse until desired consistency. Add sugar to taste. Layer into glasses, alternating between strawberries, ice and drizzling sweetened condensed milk. Squeeze fresh lime over the top, and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Lavender Blue, Vanilla Rose, and Cherry Blossom Garden Party Drinks


These sophisticated party drinks will delight your guests with their lightly sweet and refreshing flavors! I suggest Torani’s syrups, they have the best flavor, and just right balance of sweetness. Cheers!~Amy

Lavender Blue, Vanilla Rose, and Cherry Blossom
Garden Party Drinks

Lavender Blue:

Mix together:
4 tbsp Torani Bluberry Syrup
4 tbsp Torani Lavender Syrup

Club soda
Crushed ice

Makes 4-6 servings

Vanilla Rose:

Mix together:
6 tbsp Torani Vanilla Syrup
2 tbsp Torani Rose Syrup

Club soda
Crushed ice

Makes 4-6 servings

Cherry Blossom:

Mix together:
4 tbsp Torani Cherry Syrup
4 tbsp Torani Rose Syrup

Club Soda
Crushed Ice

Makes 4-6 servings

Pour combined syrup over crushed ice, evenly distributed into 4-6 glasses. Pour club soda over the top, and lightly stir. Serve immediately.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Syrups can be purchased online at
Prices $7.99 per 750ml bottle