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Apple Pie Ice-Cream Floats

ApplePieIceCreamFloat

As the temperatures chill and frost starts creeping up your windows in the morning, there is nothing more comforting than the hearty meals and desserts celebrating the foods of the season.  Stews, casseroles, chilies, roasts… all ridiculously delicious and ridiculously filling!  After one of our Sunday dinners, you practically have to roll me out of the dining room.  Worst of all, sometimes I am so full, I can barely enjoy dessert.  Don’t worry, I take one for the team.  No dessert gets left behind in our house.

Don’t start unbuttoning your pants just yet- I have the perfect after-dinner solution for the full and weary.  Forget over the top rich apple pie, try this mini apple pie ice-cream float instead!  It’s all of the dessert flavors you love and crave, but in shot-glass form with a quarter (or less) of the calories of traditional apple pie!  Best of all, it can be served as is, or with a float of Calvados (apple brandy) to really gild the metaphorical lily.

Apple Pie Ice-Cream Float

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)
  • Calvados brandy (optional)

Directions:

1.  Place a small scoop of vanilla ice cream into the bottom of your shot glass (or regular glass).

2.  Cover ice cream with sparkling apple cider.

3.  If using Calvados (or any liqueur- vanilla vodka would also be delicious), now is the time to gently float a small amount over the top of the cider.

4.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

5.  Serve with a straw and cinnamon stick for garnish.

Enjoy!

How adorable would these mini-floats be served at the conclusion of Thanksgiving dinner?  Just sayin’!

XOXO,

Stella

Entertaining, Home Decor

Just Keep Moving

Qoutes

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Since last week, I’ve done a much better job at finding my own balance.  It really is a refreshing change of pace to be able to accomplish the goals/tasks you set out for yourself and actually enjoy the process in real time.  I managed to fit in my work outs , do some significant blog work, bake 60 mini pumpkin and apple pies (don’t worry, I’ll be posting the details for that later this week!), construct 4 floral centerpieces and host a clam bake/surprise birthday party!  Sometimes, I’m shocked at how productive we all can be if we just keep moving.

Here are a few tidbits from my weekend “ride”…

Friday night's project.  Super easy (just a container, some floral foam and a few dozen pink spray roses), super inexpensive and super beautiful when they're done.

Friday night’s project. Super easy (just a container, some floral foam and a few dozen pink spray roses), super inexpensive and super beautiful when they’re done.

The party tent is up! Game on.

The party tent is up! Game on.

My hydrangeas have entered into their "tye-die" stage... Once brilliant blue, they are now a soft wash of color that almost makes me love them more.

My hydrangeas have entered into their “tie-dye” stage… Once brilliant blue, they are now a soft wash of color that almost makes me love them more.

Just a quick spray of metallic paint turned my mini pumpkins into display worthy objects.

Just a quick spray of metallic paint turned my mini pumpkins into display worthy objects.

A recent fall update really makes my family room feel so much warmer and cozy.  How "cool" are those pillows?! Pun absolutely intended.  Still waiting on a few indigo dyed Shibori throw pillows to complete the space.

A recent fall update really makes my family room feel so much warmer and cozy. How “cool” are those pillows?! Pun absolutely intended. Still waiting on a few indigo dyed Shibori throw pillows to complete the space.

A Sunday morning backyard moment of peace.

A Sunday morning backyard moment of peace.

So, how was your “ride”?

XOXO,

Stella