Category Archives: Dessert

Berry Bourbon KY Derby Parfait

One thing you learn when you move to Kentucky is to never call a Bourbon “whiskey”…blasphemy I say! What is the difference between whiskey and bourbon you ask??? Here is a little lesson for those of you who have never lived in Kentucky and are unaware of this fact. You can only call a particular alcohol Bourbon if it was made in the state of Kentucky. Bourbon is basically a whiskey that has been fermented in barrels for a specific amount of time. Bourbon typically has a much sweeter taste than some of your other whiskeys…much smoother that those say… made in say “Tennessee”;) Similar to how you really should not call a sparkling wine “Champagne” unless it came directly from the region in France. When you live in Kentucky you take this Kentucky Proud product of Bourbon very seriously. I thought that for my second post for the Kentucky Derby I would create a yummy brunch recipe that calls for a wee bit of the “brown water” as we call it here in the Bluegrass….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Mini Waffle Ice Cream Sammies

Wow….73 degrees here yesterday! Springtime is in the air. Every year when March 1 rolls around we get a few 70 degree days, and you can feel the end of winter is in sight. And, right about this time of year we all start to think about celebrations….and with that comes yummy desserts :)

Everything in mini form is so cute…. puppies…babies…kittens… and waffles of course! This month, I was challenged to create a fun and easy dessert for you to serve at your upcoming Easter brunches and springtime parties. I was up to the challenge and headed straight for my grocer’s frozen section to find ready-made (and super convenient) waffles—Kellogg’s Eggo has some of the best—along with some of my family’s favorite ice cream flavors to create a unique and utterly delicious dessert for your guests.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cold Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Hey all! Happy Friday!! Pop in on your fav social channels this weekend….I’m going to be projecting a bit at the beach house (at least that is the plan;) Wanted to share with you this easy dessert—-make some up on Sunday and eat it in your pjs;)

I recently had some friends over for a little get together and this cold chocolate fondue was a big hit! I liked it because I could make it a day ahead and just pull it out with some fresh fruit and graham crackers …good to go! Pretty simple ingredients just takes a little bit of time and then top it in the fridge until you need it. I suggest cutting up some strawberries along with some fresh raspberries and Granny Smith apples and ohhhh and maybe some graham cracker sticks. Gosh, now I’m all hungry;) It’s light and fluffy and taste just like fondue but cold! Perfect for your Halloween get together this coming weekend!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Toasted Almond & Vanilla Arancini

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend:) It was a low key birthday celebration here…which was fine by me. I did a fun Sunday project yesterday with some fabric that turned out so great….I will share it with you soon. Today….a fun Labor Day picnic treat that I made along with my friends at Breyer’s….enjoy!!

When my friends at  Breyer’s wanted to send me some free ice cream and asked me to do a post for them about their Natural Vanilla ice cream…. I jumped at the chance! It is a favorite product in our house because it pleases everybody. You can add chocolate chips to it or sprinkle it with marshmallows or put some caramel on it or just have it plain jane. It is the crowd favorite! I wanted to share with you a recipe that is on the Breyer’s website that would be fun to do for a crowd.  toasted almond and vanilla arancini

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Strawberry Shortcake Sliders

There really is only a few other desserts that are the quintessential summertime treat…fresh strawberries are very high on that list. I thought it would be fun to create a very simple strawberry shortcake dessert that was literally one bite. These little strawberry shortcake sliders would be a great thing to serve up at your next baby shower or summer picnic party. You can cut everything up and make the homemade whipped topping in advance. When you are getting ready to serve just put them together and place on a tray. They keep in the refrigerator for about an hour or so but not much longer than that or they will kind of get soggy. My daughter and I put these together in about 10 minutes… so they don’t take a lot of time. I would caution you to make a lot because they are so easy to eat!

 

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All you will need is a store bought vanilla pound cake sliced, fresh strawberries sliced, toothpicks, and some homemade whipping cream. I use this Homemade whipping cream on several kinds of desserts that call for a store bought whipped topping. I love this recipe because it its just 3 very simple ingredients and you can make as much as you need.

Ingredient list:

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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • store bought pound cake
  • strawberries
  • toothpicks
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 T powdered sugar
  • dash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Freeze bowl and whisk for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut up pound cake into small squares or stars.
  3. Slice strawberries and place on paper towel to dry off a bit.
  4. Using a toothpick to secure, place one piece of pound-cake under one strawberry.
  5. Using cold bowl and whisk, at a high speed combine whipping cream and powdered sugar. When cream starts to firm up a bit add in vanilla.
  6. Pour whipped cream into large ziploc bag and pipe onto strawberry.
  7. Makes about 20-25 desserts.

The key to this homemade whipping cream is to get the mixing bowl as cold as you can. Placing in the freezer for about 10 minutes usually does it. I also put my Kitchenaid whisk in the freezer also…. and make sure your whipping cream is super cold. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can do it by hand but it will take some girth;) When you are ready to assemble just cut the cake into bite sized forms. We used a small star cookie cutter if you don’t have that you can just cut into little squares. Top with a strawberry slice and a dollop of your fresh whipping cream. That’s it! It is summer on a platter!

 

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So festive and fun:) Perfect for the 4th:)

 

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Have a great week friends!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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