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Ice Cream Flowerpots

The crème de la crème of my daughter’s American Girl Tea Party Birthday were these Ice Cream Flowerpots. They were all she talked about after visiting the American Girl Bistro for a friend’s birthday a year ago, so I knew they absolutely had to make it to the tea-table when we had our own American Girl party. They took a little time, but the delight on the girl’s faces when I brought them to the table made the energy put forth totally worth it!

American Girl Tea Party Molly’s Victory Garden Ice Cream Flowerpot

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Oreo Mint Ice Cream Pie

As I wandered the aisles of the grocery store the other day I was struck with the realization that I find great pleasure in having enough random stuff in my cart that the cashier wonders if I may have multiple personalities. Joy is found in the little things in life people. Confusing salespeople is one of the simple ways I stay happy. Thrilling as it was, this epiphany made me feel very old. It also reminded me of the movie Hook and the line “I’ve just had an apostrophe.”. Speaking of suddenly feeling middle-aged, babies born the year Hook came out are now old enough to purchase alcohol legally. Holy crap.

Frosty S’mores Cups

Summer is here!! Time for long evenings watching the waning rays of sun disappear behind shadowed evergreens, enjoying a cocktail as the day slips away. Family, friends, cookouts and s’mores! It is no secret that I love s’mores. But sometimes, I want the flavor without having to fire up the flames. I love this easy dessert because I can make a batch and keep these delightful cups stashed in the freezer for when the chocolate graham cravings hit.

I put these babies in individual baggies so they are all ready for me to eat up (usually around midnight). They are sweet and cold with perfect layers of graham, chocolate, mallow and more chocolate. Topped with a cool and creamy hit of cream!

If you like s’mores, you will LOVE these. They are lip smacking good. I topped mine with a little graham sprinkle and some mini chocolate chips. Gorgeous!

You may have to devour more than one! And there’s nothing wrong with that!

 

Frosty S’mores Cups
from Easy Baked

  • 18 graham cracker squares (9 sheets)
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. whipping cream
  • 2 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 c. cold milk
  • 1 box (4 servings, 3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 (8 oz) container of Cool Whip (thawed in fridge)
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips (as topping)

DIRECTIONS

Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs. Melt butter and add to graham crackers, mixing until well combined to make crust.

Prepare muffin pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly divide crust mixture into all 12 cups, saving about 1/4 cup to use as topping later.

Place milk chocolate chips and whipping cream into a small bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

Spoon chocolate into a zip top bag, cut a tip off and evenly pipe chocolate into the center of each cup, on top of the crust.

Divide Marshmallows among cups.

Mix cold milk with pudding on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip container (the rest will be used as topping).

Spoon filling into a large zip top bag (and ZIP it or you might have a mess!)  Clip a corner off and pipe pudding into each cup evenly.  Try to pipe it in between the marshmallows so that the whole cup is filled.  I did have a little left over (which was really tasty straight out of the bag!) Use a knife to smooth the tops level with the top of the pan.  Freeze for at least a couple of hours.

Allow the pan to warm just a bit before running a butter knife around the edge and popping out each dessert cup out.

For topping, I just piped a little bit of the left over Cool Whip on each dessert using a decorating tip.  Then I sprinkled the remaining crust and mini chocolate chips on top.
Serve cold right away– or put them in a sealed container and freeze until you are ready to serve.

Non-Dairy Strawberry Ice Cream

I do not have an ice cream maker. This upsets me greatly. However, this recipe for strawberry ice cream doesn’t require a fancy confection making gadget. That fills my heart with joy and gladness. Just think, in only a few minutes you could be eating frosty creamy glorious ice cream. Added bonus, there’s no added sugar and it’s gluten and dairy free! Which means I can make it for our next family BBQ and my special-food-issues family members can ALL eat it! Celiac disease, diabetes and dairy allergies can just bite me! Hooray!

This ice cream uses coconut milk, which I’d never really used before. I was shocked to open the can and find it was solid. Then I read the side and saw that it was natural for it to separate and solidify in the can. Make sure you mix it up if your can has done this too. There’s liquid underneath, it just needs to be recombined.

Some frozen bananas and strawberries get blended up in a food processor (or a good blender would also work I’m sure).

It gets a little hit of vanilla and just enough coconut milk to make it creamy and smooth.

Only moments to sweet ice cream perfection. A little sweet and full of fruity goodness that everyone can enjoy. Yuummmy!

Non-Dairy Strawberry Ice Cream
adapted from The Primal Home

1 banana, sliced and frozen
2 handfuls of strawberries, frozen
1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the frozen bananas and strawberries into a food processor. Start blending then add in the vanilla and coconut milk. Just enough for it to blend together but not too much, we want it to be really thick! Once it is nice and smooth but still very thick scoop it out and enjoy! It needs to be eaten right away as it will not keep very well in the freezer. Makes 2 servings.

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

What’s orange and white and delicious all over? Ok. Besides candy corn. Creamsicles!! Fresh orange sherbet with creamy vanilla ice cream. Cold and melty and just perfect. For summer. So why am I making a creamsicle cookie in the midst of a snow threat? Well, it’s simple really. During the winter I keep my house at around 65 degrees (if you are cold, put a sweater on!), which means as much as I love it, I don’t eat much ice cream. Brrrrr! Sure, I could turn the heat up like a normal person, and indulge in a frosty treat instead of frosty breath, but I think I’m hard-wired to be a crazy-control-freak about the thermostat. It just kills me to turn it up even a couple of degrees. We wear a lot of socks and slippers around here.  Not to fear! These soft puffy cookies with my favorite summery flavors packed inside warmed me right up. They were like warm sunshine and the sound of children splashing in a pool.

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Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I’m always looking for the perfect frosting recipe. I may have found it. I knew I needed to make this one when I read in a description that it tasted like melted vanilla bean ice cream. Oh baby. I tweaked it a little, using cream instead of milk (which I always do). Guess what. It totally tastes like the last couple melty spoonfuls from a big serving of my favorite frozen treat. My kids and I licked the bowl clean and I kind of want to make another batch just to have around. Piped on top of my Banana Cupcakes – it even looks like soft serve. Yum yum. [Read more…]

Raspberry Coulis

Made this quick and delicious raspberry coulis to serve with “Patrick” – Flourless Double Chocolate Truffle.

Depending on how tart your berries are, you may need to add more sugar, to taste. I like mine with a hint of pucker since I’m usually serving it with something really rich. Make sure once it’s boiling, you stir continually to keep it from burning to the bottom of your pan. Great with chocolate, over ice cream or on top of cheesecake. [Read more…]

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