I am not even going to get into the many reasons that I have neglected this blog and all my followers for so long…let’s just say that I’m back and ready to inspire, cook, drink and be merry.
Last night I got together with a couple of my gal pals to do make some goodies for Christmas. We each decided to make a liqueur to give away my choice was Homemade Irish Cream! Needless to say it turned out better than I imagined and I PROMISE you that you will never ever buy pre bottled Irish Cream again!
- 1 cup 18% cream
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1can)
- 1 2/3 C Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this entirely)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
- Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using
Homemade Holiday Irish Cream:
Bring this amazing drink to your next holiday party, give away as gifts or just enjoy at home with your loved ones!
This afternoon, I am hosting a fall mixer. I have been away most of the summer and I am finally able to catch up with friends and what better way to catch up, than with all of them at once. I am serving an array of fall themed food and hopefully I will be able to post some pics of the different offerings. But at the risk of photo blogging the mixer fails…I figured I would to share this recipe with the world and give you a preview of the day’s treats.
- 1 large can (28 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
- ***save 1/4 cup of the chick pea water and add if you are having trouble blending your mixture!)
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
- the juice from 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- salt and pepper to taste
****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Pumpkin Hummus:
This delicious fall themed recipe takes minutes to make and will seriously rock your world. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.
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Tears of Laughter…of course!
Last evening was my dear friend Kelly’s 33rd Birthday! I decided to throw her a little gathering (the easy part) and to make her a Vegan Birthday cake (the hard part). I have never been much of a baker, in fact, the most baking I have done in my life has pretty much been over the last few months since I started Foodventures. Generally, I stick to easy things like cookies and banana bread, I have never even thought of making a cake from scratch…why would I??? when you can just buy a really tasty beautiful one at the store…But for the purposes of this blog and my own curiosity I went for it. After researching recipes, I discovered that making a vegan cake was really easy and ended up using different versions of recipes used during the depression and wartime back in the day, this makes sense to me cause eggs and dairy and other yummy stuff was rationed but people still needed to eat cake!
Now, I have to tell you that I was totally feeling 1 hour behind yesterday and when I found out the guest of honor was on her way, I hadn’t even iced the cake or even made the icing yet. In the “how to” photo’s, you will see man hands, this is my friend Todd (who actually went to chef school and makes insanely delicious meals all the time!) helping me get the icing together. It was awesome to see him work cause he was so fast and knew how to do stuff that would have taken me triple time. YAY Todd! oh and thanks to Julie for the clean up and berry washing!
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 6 tbsp of Cocoa
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of salt
- 3/4 cup of sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp of white vinegar
- 2 tsp + 2 tbsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of cold water
- 2 cups Vegan Butter (room temperature)
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut in half)
****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make This Chocolate Birthday Cake.
This was an incredible evening filled with love, singsongs and laughter. The cake went over really well and tasted awesome! No more store bought cakes for me totally worth making your own cake and I got to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time. Tonight, I’m suppose to make risotto for my parents, they are spending the evening at my place on their way to FLA. But i might try and get them to take me out instead cause I am still trying to get things organized from last night’s festivities.
Thanks to everyone who made this evening such a great success and Thanks to you for reading!