Pineberry Punch

Hi again! Okay, okay, I know I’m totally slacking on this blog thing. Sorries :(

With the wedding 4 months away, I’ve been knee deep in dresses and centerpieces and boots and hair styles and, and, and… Did anyone know getting married was this much work? Um, not moi. But I’ve got the help of THE most amazing bridal party ever so I’m not as stressed as I’d expect to be! Woot woot – I love you girls!

Anywhoooooo, GamerMan was a total sweetheart today and bought me the drink dispenser I’ve been oogling all spring. I really love that man! As we drove home brainstorming boozy punch recipes, we realized a trip to BevMo was in order :happydance:

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We picked up a bottle of Skyy Infusions All Natural Pineapple Vodka with the backing of the cutest Skyy sales rep ever and headed home to whip up this tasty punch. Whether or not you’ve got a cute punch bowl or drink dispenser, go out and grab a bottle of Skyy’s newest flavor. I guarantee you’ll love it!

Pineberry Punch

5 cups cranberry juice
2 cups Skyy Infusions All Natural Pineapple Vodka
1 cup peach schnapps

Stir together in a large drink dispenser/punch bowl filled with ice. Garnish served drinks with fresh pineapple wedges.
BONUS: Serve punch over frozen pineapple chunks in place of ice!

Enjoy your Saturday, my friends!

GamerGirl

I wasn’t paid for promoting Skyy’s product and all opinions are wholeheartedly my own.

Pomegranate Margaritini

Friday night we went to Olive Garden to celebrate my father’s birthday. PAR-TAY!

GamerMan and I got there first, and after launching myself from the car so I could get our names in and not wait 4 hours for bread sticks, I found there was absolutely no line and was immediately seated. How’bout that! SO, while the hubs parked the car, I ordered a drink!

Our waitress was super nice and suggested the Pomegranate Margarita Martini. It was delicious and devoured in .4 seconds. But being $10 a pop, I wasn’t about to order another one so I impatiently (and apparently quite loudly) waited until I got home before running to the interwebs to find a comparable recipe.

Lucky for me the copycat recipe immediately popped up. Unlucky for me, I didn’t have all the ingredients (and I wasn’t about to spend $100 on booze after all.the.cute.props I just.bought). So I did what any geeky lush would do – AN ADAPTATION!

Pomegranate Margaritini

(adapted from TopSecretRecipes - Serves 1)

1 oz Jose Cuervo Silver
3/4 oz Absolut Orient Apple
1.5 oz POM
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoons orange juice, low/no pulp
2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix

In a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake ingredients with a handful of ice. Strain into a chilled glass and serve with a lime round. Enjoy!

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Mini Gala Tarts

Raise your hand of you’re that person who has to grocery shop in a specific order?

 

 

 

Oh good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not just me.

You see, our local grocer has two entrances: one next to the bakery and one next to the beer/produce. I usually park closer to and enter in the latter, and work my way through the leafy greens, to the meats, to the cheese and dairy, through the bakery (because by this time GamerMan usually needs a snack since we’ve been in the store for 3.5 hours), then snake through the middle aisles we need, and back out the beer!

But Saturday afternoon there was absolutely NO parking so I was forced to park near and walk in the bakery entry.

Now you wouldn’t think this would be such a huge deal considering the majority of time I spend in the kitchen is dedicated to pastry, but let me tell you. I freaked out.
Where was I? What do I do first? Who are all these people standing next to me eating the free cookies!?

Somehow I made it over to the produce section and found these mini gala apples. And since I’d had such a traumatic experience, I decided to buy a bag full to calm and reward myself for not going postal.

I could have eaten them raw, but what fun is there in that!? No, this occasion called for sugar and cinnamon and copious amounts of butter. Sometimes you just need a fork-full of comfort :)

Mini Gala Tarts – FTY Original

(makes 6 tarts)

Tart Dough

(makes 2, you’ll only use 1 later on):
8 oz. butter; cubed and frozen
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar; white, superfine is best
3-4 tablespoons ice water + 3 tablespoons vodka; plain (Stolichnaya!), iced

Filling:

5 mini Gala apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon; ground
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c sugar; white, superfine is best
juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour

For the dough…
In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar until combined. Add in butter and pulse for 8-12 seconds until no bits of butter are larger than a pea. One tablespoon at a time, add in vodka and 2 tablespoons of water (do this slowly and pulse as you go! If your food processor has a drip reservoir, use it and pulse once a second until the liquid is incorporated.) After adding that liquid, check the dough for consistency – if a squeezed handful holds together without crumbling, you’re good. If not, add remaining water HALF a tablespoon at a time until the squeeze-test passes.

Divide dough among two sheets of plastic wrap and mold each into a rough disk. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

For the filling…
Place lemon juice in a large bowl. Wash and quarter the cored mini Galas. Slice each quarter into 4 equal slices. Working one apple at a time, add the slices to the lemon juice and toss to coat (the goal here is to ensure no cup apples turn brown while you’re slicing up their brothers). Once apples have been sliced, add sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup to the mixture. Toss to coat and set aside for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove a disk of chilled dough from the fridge and set upon the counter. Prepare a lightly floured surface, and if you have a marble rolling pin, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Grab two baking sheets and place upon them your tart tins (three to a sheet). Preheat oven to 350F.

When the apples are ready, it’s time to roll out the dough! Grab your marble rolling pin from the freezer, unwrap your dough, and place it on your prepared surface. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into rounds that will fit your tart pans. Press into tart pans and cut off any overhanging dough, adding it to any scraps you have from your first roll-out. Repeat rolling out the dough until you’ve covered each pan.

You can do this next part however you want (it’s not like getting fancy changes the taste!) so you can a) plop a hand full of apple slices in each tart or b) carefully place apple pieces in a circular fan design. Either way you’re going to have some leftovers, so grab a fork and finish off those last slices. But DON’T throw away that apple-cinnamon-sugar-maple-lemon juice! Toss in the flour and whisk to combine. Pour a tablespoon of the mixture over the filling of each tart.

Optional flavor boost: Place a thin pad of butter atop each tart before baking! YUMMMM.

Bake for 20 minutes @ 350, rotating pans front to back, top to bottom, at the 10 minute mark. Assess for brownness (cover with foil if things start to get crispy) and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes @ 300F. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing tarts from their pans.

Top with ice cream and enjoy warm!


GamerGirl

Friday Shake Up: Coconut Chai Milkshake

It’s 4.30pm on a Friday which means half of you are already sippin’ on the good stuff.

At least half of us are.

If you’re still sober, there’s still time to catch up to us with this refreshing yet autumn-ey drink!

Coconut Chai Milkshake (a ForTheYum original)

1 cup coconut ice cream (we used SoDelicious’ dairy free Coconut Milk frozen dessert in Vanilla Bean)
1/4 cup water or vanilla soy milk
3 Tbsp instant chai latte powder
1/4 cup Pinnacle whipped cream favored vodka (use more, less, or none dep. on your tastebuds [or the precious cargo some of y'all are toting around these days >.>])

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (got a “liquefy” setting? use it!). If you’re really thirsty, just pour this puppy in a glass and enjoy. If you’re feelin’ fancy (and who doesn’t on a Friday!?), do what we did and rim a glass with frosting, press on some sweetened coconut flakes, fill your glass with this delicious concoction and kick back to some StarTrek.

Warning: While drinking this drink, you are not allowed to talk about your day, how evil your co-workers are, or how crappy traffic was on the way home. Just zip it & sip it :)

GamerGirl