Archive for the ‘Summer entertainment’ Category
Don’t deny it, we all have a list of favorite television shows that we watch every week. One of my new favorites is The Cupcake Girls. I tune in every Tuesday night. The Cupcake Girls is a great show for me because I have such a sweet tooth and so every time I watch it I want to bake! Good thing I resist the urge pretty well or else I might be overcome with enough desserts to last me a year. The Cupcake Girls is about the trials and tribulations of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori, a nostalgic cupcake franchise in the USA and Canada. Heather White and Lori Joyce are the co-owners of Cupcakes by Heather and Lori and the show tells the story of their rise in the cupcake world. It’s got everything. It has charm, whit, and cupcakes, with a lot of business savvy.
I am telling you about The Cupcake Girls to recommend that you watch the show of course, but also to fill you in on why cupcakes are so happening. Cupcakes are like little bundles of joy. They are just as delicious as a full cake, but in a better serving size, and you can get so creative with them. Yes cakes have the same ability, but it’s a little unusual to see a mound of cupcakes instead of one large cake. Cupcakes are becoming so popular because they are unexpected.
I am a creative person and so I see so many possibilities when I think about serving cupcakes instead of one big cake. You can use cupcakes as the main dessert display at any event. Birthday parties, graduation parties, anniversary parties, and even weddings are all great places to serve the little cups of heaven. You can try new flavor combinations, get a little artsy with the icing, or try a new display method. For example, you can line up your cupcakes and spell words with the icing as if it were a puzzle. For a birthday or graduation party you can spell out HAPPY BIRTHDAY or any sort of congratulatory message. You can mix icing colors and designs to create your own original cupcake to match any theme or color scheme. As a bride and groom, think about serving a tower of cupcakes instead of layers and layers of cake that would take forever to cut. Contact us here at Kim King Smith Events and we can assist you with your cupcake craze! We would suggest keeping the tradition alive though, by getting one small layer of cake for the bride and groom to cut and then having a crafty cupcake display for the rest of your guests. No need for volunteer cake cutters, the guests can come and pick up their individually wrapped dessert as they please.
Now if you still want to cling on to the idea of one big cake, consider a cupcake cake. Now you can buy new baking pans that are shaped like an oversized cupcake and matching icing topper. These pans make for an unusual cake that can add a little surprise to the party. Nobody will be expecting one gigantic cupcake! So whenever you want to be that person at the party that always brings the best looking and best tasting dessert, think cupcakes!
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For those of you whom live in the Indianapolis area, you are a bunch of lucky ducks because you know what I’m talking about when I say Ritter’s Frozen Custard. I’m not from the Indy area and so I have never gotten to experience the greatness of Ritter’s until just recently. My first time at Ritter’s I ordered one helping scoop of the chocolate banana flavor and in a waffle cone. It was a whole eight minutes of heaven! Yes, I scarfed that thing down! Now, my new favorite thing is banana ice cream. Every time I go near an ice cream parlor, I hope and pray that they carry banana ice cream. Not many of them do and that’s why Ritter’s was so delicious. It was an original treat on a lucky day! Well, some of my hunt is over. I have found a recipe for banana ice cream that I can make whenever I get a big sweet tooth. I don’t know how it compares to Ritter’s, but I think it will do.
4 cups half-and-half cream
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 to 5 medium)
In a large heavy saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175°; stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.
Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the whipping cream, milk and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Stir in bananas. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 3 quarts.
P.S. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if you want to make it like Ritter’s chocolate banana!
Recipe and photo courtesy of http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Banana-Ice-Cream-2
What’s yellow and green that pops up in a summer scene? Corn of course! And what a sweet summer treat it is! Corn is always a favorite at my house in the summertime. You can use it in so many ways; corn-on-the-cob, creamed corn, whole kernel corn, and even corn casserole. None of these uses will let you down, but here’s a newsflash! There are a few more ways to spin it. Here’s a fresh, new trick to try this summer; gourmet corn-on-the-cob. There’s not just one recipe either. You can mix and match your toppings and rubs to create your favorite corn-on-the-cob combination! Yes, we all love the standard corn rolled in butter, but gourmet corn-on-the-cob has a little extra zing! I bet you and your friends and family would love to whip up a batch on the grill at your next gathering. Here is a recipe that I know I am going to try and you should too!
Grilled Corn with Sundried Tomato-Bacon Butter
2 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Prepare the barbecue for medium heat. Pull off the husks from the corncobs and remove the corn silk.
Drizzle the oil over the corn to coat lightly.
Stir the softened butter, sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, parsley, garlic, oregano, thyme, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, and bacon in a medium bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Spread the softened butter mixture all over the hot grilled corn. Serve and enjoy.
Picture and recipe are courtesy of http://www.kitchendaily.com/2010/06/01/grilled-corn-with-sundried-tomato-bacon-butter/
Have the urge to host a fabulous pool party your friends will talk about long after it’s over? Kim King Smith Events has the ideas to help transform your backyard into a beach barbecue party quickly and at an affordable price. Make sure to tell your guests to wear flip-flops, swimsuits and sunglasses and to lather on that sun block before arriving. You can use a child’s sandbox in the backyard to create sand castles and other beach-like figurines and your own beach towels to cover any chairs you have set out for your guests. You can also easily decorate the tables with seashells or fish nets that you have from home. Try using sandbox toys like plastic pails or shovels to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks in. Serve hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob to represent the classic barbecue foods, but also make popcorn and snow cones to satisfy your guest’s cravings. If you’re having the party in the evening, you can also try putting tea candles in mason jars and lining them along the side of the pool for an added glow. By Laura
Since you’re attending weddings, fun parties and a various events this summer, take a look at some of this season’s hottest dresses. Some of Kim King Smith Events favorite designers like BCBG, Ann Taylor and The Limited have some the trendiest dresses that will go perfect for any occasion or night out on the town. Whether you like strapless, one shouldered or dresses that touch the floor, all of these designers offer a collection of dresses that you are bound to fall in love with! By Laura