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Drink Your Dessert: Pumpkin Martini

Want to skip the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving but still want to be festive? Why not serve this Pumpkin Martini instead? Okay, still make the pie (after all it is Thanksgiving), but perhaps some of the adults would like the option to drink their dessert!

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

Pick up pumpkin pie spices in the bakery aisle of your grocery store and mix them with equal parts brown sugar on a plate. Rim the edge of the martini glass with the sweet-spice mixture and serve with a small cinnamon stick for even more holiday flavor.

Ingredients:

2 ounces pumpkin infused vodka
Splash of Cointreau
Ice
Note: Your liquor store should carry pumpkin- flavored or infused vodka around this time of year.
Directions:

1. Swirl Cointreau in a martini glass, then dump out.
2. Shake pumpkin vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass.

Servings: 1 cocktail.

This recipe was discovered in Fine Living

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Appetizers from Dippy Chick®

A big part of entertaining and being a fabulous hostess is offering guests appetizers. Although appetizers at first glance always seem simple, the options and preparation can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t stress, here is a simple {and fun} solution to the endless appetizer dilemma.

Let Dippy Chick® Get Your Party Started Right!

Dippy Chick® offers mouth watering dip mixes that can be used in a variety of ways. Think dips, marinates, cheese spreads, anything that requires awesome flavors! Oh, did I mention the dip names will have you laughing out loud?

Aside from their strict quality standards and great taste, Dippy Chick’s packaging is what sets them apart. Each package has a clever name and a hand drawn design, waaaayy more fun!

My favorite three dip flavors have got to be:

  • DON’T SQUAT WITH YOUR SPURS ON (Buttermilk Ranch Dip Mix)
  • GETTIN’ PIGGY WIDDIT (Bacon Onion Dip Mix)
  • CRABBY OL’ BEACH (Tomato Horseradish Dip Mix)

Besides being fun and simple, these mixes are a fab {and thoughtful} find because Dippy Chick® dip mixes have… No Fillers – No MSG – No Gluten – No Artificial Colors – No Artificial Flavors
No Trans Fats – No Sugar – No or Low Salt… Yet they taste like nothing’s missing! Get your dip on for under $4.00!

Recipes for party dip, cracker spreads, roasted potatoes, pasta salad, sauces and more are included on each package. You can view more flavors, recipes, and order your own dip mixes from http://www.dippychick.com.

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Coffee Anyone? | Coffee Martini Recipes

Now that the holiday season has arrived, there is no doubt you will be hosting your share of dinner parties and festive get-togethers. One important part of every Hostesses’ menu are the drinks.

If you are like me, you love coffee…. anytime of the day. Why not wake up your party and serve one of these coffee inspired cocktails during your next party? Here are two great coffee martini recipes:

Coffee Martini

Mochatini:

A dream for sweet lovers. This sugary infusion of chocolate, vanilla, and

coffee is sure to please any cocktail connoisseur.

1 shot Starbuck’s Dark Liqueur
2 shots Starbuck’s Light Liqueur
1 shot Vanilla Vodka (I use Absolute Vanilla Vodka)
5 Ice cubes

Rim a martini glass with white chocolate and sugar (Make it stick using egg whites on rims). Next, shake all ingredients with ice and then strain into the martini glass

Espresso Martini espresso-martini

1 oz. espresso
1-1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
1-1/2 oz. Kahlúa
1 oz. crème de cacao

Fill a shaker with ice and combine 1-1/2 oz. vanilla vodka, 1-1/2 oz. Kahlúa, 1 oz. crème de cacao and a shot of espresso. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

After dinner just ask “coffee anyone?” Guests will be pleasantly surprised with this simple {yet fabulous} treat!
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Pumpkin not just for pie!


Pumpkin Shakes

These pumpkin shakes are such a festive {and simple} treat for the fall season. An easy treat to whip up for a festive snack – try this pumpkin shake recipe.

To make this simple shake:

Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup milk

a pinch of cinnamon

Told you it was simple!

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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Yummm….Pumpkin Cheescake

For a delicious fall dessert, try this modern take on the traditional pumpkin pie. This Pumpkin Cheesecake is sure to dazzle the taste buds of all your party guests!

Serves 16
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Prep 2 hours
Chill Overnight
Crumb Crust

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar

Pumpkin Filling

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin, (not pumpkin-pie mix)
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons bourbon, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs

Sour-Cream Topping

1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In 9″ by 3″ spring form pan, with fork, stir graham-cracker crumbs, melted margarine or butter, and sugar until moistened. With hand, press mixture onto bottom of pan. Tightly wrap outside of pan with heavy-duty foil to prevent leakage when baking in water bath later. Bake crust 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

2. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth; slowly beat in sugar until blended (about 1 minute) scraping bowl often with rubber spatula. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, bourbon or vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

3. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place in large roasting pan. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully pour enough boiling water into pan to come 1 inch up side of spring form pan. Bake cheesecake 1 hour 10 minutes or until center barely jiggles.

4. Meanwhile, prepare Sour-Cream Topping: In small bowl, with wire whisk, beat sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until blended. Remove cheesecake from water bath, leaving water bath in oven, and spread sour-cream mixture evenly over top. Return cake to water bath and bake 5 minutes longer.

5. Remove cheesecake from water bath to wire rack; discard foil. With small knife, loosen cheesecake from side of pan to help prevent cracking during cooling. Cool cheesecake completely. Cover and refrigerate cheesecake at least 6 hours or overnight, until well chilled. Remove side of pan to serve.

Recipe from Good House Keeping. photo by Brian Hagiwan

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Halloween Spirits

Sure Halloween is about kiddos in cute costumes and loads of sugary sweets….. but adults can have fun too! This Halloween serve a spooky themed wine and let your guests get a kick out of the fun and ghostly labels. If you are going to be a guest this Halloween, a bottle of Halloween-themed wine would make for a fabulous hostess gift to bring along.

Buy online at Vampire Vineyards or at your local Cost Plus World Market (along with a variety of other Halloween wines).

Vampire Merlot

*Instead of your typical wine glass charms, try placing one of those toy spider rings your kids get around each glass stem. So fun!

*Serve simple appetizers and use these “toxic” food picks to label them. Find online at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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