Peanut Butter + Hazelnut Smoothie This week I am going to share a few of my favorite smoothie recipes. First up, this peanut butter and hazelnut smoothie. I would choose this rich, creamy smoothie over a milkshake any day! Needed: 1.5 cups coconut milk (frozen in ice cubes is helpful), 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread, 2 tablespoons PB2, 1 cup greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon Askinosie chocolate nibs, 1/2 frozen banana, chocolate granola for garnish. Directions: In a blender, combine PB2 powder, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup coconut milk. Tips: When preparing to make smoothies it's helpful to freeze everything you can. Top with a handful of chocolate granola.
Holiday Punch Bowls Serving punch bowls is my number one time-saving tip for holiday parties! I LOVE mixing custom cocktails for each guests and do so at all of my smaller parties. But when you have more guests OR are serving food, it's nice to have drinks that serve themselves like punch and a couple bottles of wine. When I make punch I like to serve a variety. 1 gallon apple ciderfour cups orange juice2 liters of gingerale1/2 cup lemon juice 1 bottle whiskey (I used Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey)apple slicesorange slicesfresh mint leaves In a punch bowl mix chilled cider, chilled orange juice, chilled gingerale, lemon juice and whiskey. 1 bottle orange vodka 1 bottle champagne1/2 cup lemon juice2 cups grapefruit juice2 liters lemon lime soda 2 lemons2 limes1 grapefruit In a punch bowl mix chilled vodka, chilled champage, 1/2 cup lemon juice, chilled grapefruit juice and chilled soda. So... who's in the mood for punch now? P.S. Credits: Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Janae Hardy
10 Cocktails Inspired by Pop Culture Have you ever wanted to drink just like your favorite book, TV, movie or video game character, or at least drink a cocktail inspired by them? Well, good news. Thanks to the creativity and goofiness of many amateur mixologists, now you can, and here are some of the best cocktails based exclusively on pop culture icons. Special thanks to The Drunken Moogle, which specializes in pop culture cocktails. 1. While the Harry Potter series might be written for kids and young adults, there are enough references to Butterbeer and Firewhiskey that plenty of adult fans were inspired to create their own versions of the drinks. Little Pink Blog has a whole series of Harry Potter cocktails, including drinks inspired by Hermione, Lord Voldemort, Sirius Black, and The Golden Snitch, but the most visually impressive by far is the Goblet of Fire, which contains vodka, blue Curacao, lemonade, Bacardi 151 and a pinch of cinnamon and is served flaming. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
That Wife | Review: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter My friend Janssen loves this book. I loved her description of it so much, that I even started telling people about it before I had cracked it open myself. She mentioned in her review that she contacted the publisher directly to ask for a review copy, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt for me to do the same. They agreed to send one my way in exchange for this review. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter is written by Jennifer Reese of the blog The Tipsy Baker. Jennifer is on a mission to cook her way through the 1000 cookbooks she owns, and somewhow in the middle of that she found the time to write a book as well. [A] question lodged in the forefront of my mind. So she sets out to figure out which is worth it. Eventually, she gets really hard-core. The best part about this book though, is how funny Jennifer is. “This lady is you, in 10 years. When I started reading I turned down the corners of the pages that featured items I wanted to make. from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter 1.
Very Berry Cosmopolitan After making a few of these the other day I wondered why we don't make cosmopolitans more? Most cosmos are made from vodka, triple sec, juice and a little lime. What's not to love? This particular recipe highlights pomegranate blueberry juice and a pretty garnish. Verry Berry Cosmopolitan, makes one 1 ounce vodka1/2 ounce Chambord liqueur1/2 ounce Triple Sec1 1/2 ounces Pomegranate Blueberry juice (or any berry juice you prefer)1 generous sqeeze of fresh lime juice Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker (or mason jar) and shake it up. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a few berries and/or an edible flower. Happy cocktail making!
(Spiked) Maple Apple Cider Recipe In the fall and winter I love a warm, cozy cocktail. Spiked apple cider is one of my favorite treats. This recipe is not super boozy, but if you don't drink try omitting the liquor and adding a tablespoon of real maple syrup to your cider. :) In a teapot, combine: 5 cups apple cider, 2 shots maple flavored whiskey, 2 shots apple liqueur (I love Thatcher's!), 4 cinnamon sticks, 1/2 an apple (sliced), 1/2 cup orange juice. Serves 2. I think I'm gonna make some more right now... xo.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes Uhhh yes… why yes, I am posting a “recipe” for a milkshake. Feel free to kick me in the teeth. It’s not that I think you’re too inept to know how to put ice cream scoops and milk in a blender and push “start”… it’s just that I’m not sure you know how to add a few hefty slugs of bourbon. See? Ooooh and I also really enjoyed this (some would say too much) and didn’t want you to go a day without it. Okay… and the third (real) reason is that my last-minute planned cookies were a big fat fail on Tuesday and my teeth are sweet today. And I’ve already done all the other boring-yet-delicious, typical, ! This is my kind of thing. Print Save Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes Yield: 2 shakes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup cream or half and half 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 2-3 ounces of bourbon frosting + sprinkles (or cinnamon sugar) for glasses Directions:
Quick Recipe: Maple Pecan Blondies with Maple Butter Glaze Recipes from The Kitchn These bars were baked with a very specific person in mind: My father-in-law, Jim. He and my mother-in-law keep to a gloriously healthy diet. They have a bountiful garden behind their small urban home, and they eat two modest home-cooked meals a day, one after a vigorous early morning swim. However, on special occasions, restraint vanishes and I find a lot of pleasure in offering Jim his two favorite foods in the whole world: Butter and maple syrup. One such occasion presented itself this past week when Jim showed up at the house my husband and I have been painstakingly renovating for months just to help with the project nearest to my heart: The kitchen. Cheerfully assembling kitchen cabinets? I haven't talked much about my home renovation and kitchen project yet here on The Kitchn — perhaps out of superstition, and also exhaustion. Putting cabinets together, assembly line style! I felt like the moment called for an extra helping of maple syrup and butter — together. Maple Pecan Blondies