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Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

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This recipe is an old favorite with a new twist. I have made this simple pumpkin dip for many fall occasions, but this is the first year I have topped it with the chai whipped cream. This marriage of flavors makes a simple recipe into something sophisticated that is sure to catch the attention of your fellow party goers.

Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip with Chai Whipped Cream

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Preparation:
I recommend making the whipped cream first. While you can used a pre-made whipped topping, it’s really not the same as homemade.

Chai Whipped Cream

1 pint of heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup of confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp. of powdered chai drink mix ( I prefer Tastefully Simple)

1. Place an empty metal mixing bowl in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
2. Remove the chilled bowl and add the cream.
3. Using an electric mixer, whisk on high-speed until it starts to stiffen.
4. Add sugar & chai slowly until fully blended.
5. Set aside in a clean bowl.
6. ** Be sure not to over-whip it so that it is stiff and firm. It should be soft & fluffy.

Extra Creamy Pumpkin Dip

2 blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 can (14.5 oz) of pumpkin puree
2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of ground ginger

1. Place the softened cream cheese into the same bowl that you just used to make the whipped cream. (I don’t even wash it.)
2. Using the whisk, whip the cream cheese on medium until it is fluffy and free from any lumps.
3. Spoon in the pumpkin puree, 1 dollop at a time, until it is completely incorporated.
4. Add the sugar and spices until creamy & smooth. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl!

The Final Presentation

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Pour the pumpkin dip into a shallow dish. Then gently spread the whipped cream on top. Garnish with a few sprinkles of cinnamon. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.
I have served this dip with apple or pear slices, ginger snaps, Nilla Wafers, or graham crackers, but be creative and see what else you can pair with this simple favorite.

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Note: The chai whipped cream is great on pumpkin bread or gingerbread. It is also heavenly on top of pecan pie 🙂

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Strawberry Shortcake Spectacular

Strawberry shortcake is a traditional favorite for a reason. It’s fresh, easy, and beautiful. But with tradition comes boredom. Strawberry shortcake can seem blah after years of the same old, same old, so here is an updated version of this old stand-by.

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I call it my Strawberry Shortcake Spectacular. It’s not drastically different, but it sure looks that way! First, wash a pint of fresh strawberries and slice them in half.

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Next, cut  an angel food cake into 1-inch cubes. Place one strawberry and one cube of cake on a toothpick, then spiral them on a cake plate, leaving room in the middle for a bowl of whipped cream.

 

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To make the whipped cream, place an empty mixing bowl in the freezer for a few minutes to really chill it.  Then, remove it, place it back on the mixer and add one pint of heavy whipping cream. Whip the cream on high until it is light and fluffy. (It should not be runny, nor too stiff like butter) At the very end, add 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Spoon the whipped cream into a small bowl and place it in the center of the cake plate.

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Finally, sprinkle some blueberries around on the cake plate. Then melt ½ cup of chocolate chips, and using a teaspoon, drizzle the chocolate over the entire dessert. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

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Watch out! This dessert will disappear quickly at any summer picnic. You can also use it to add variety to a summer birthday party, or dress up an evening dinner party. Enjoy! I would love to see your pictures of this delightful dessert so be sure to pop on over to my Facebook page and upload a photo of your creation!

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***Variation- If you would like single servings, place a dollop of whipped cream in the bottom of a small dish, then top with a cube of cake, a strawberry, and a few blueberries. Then drizzle with chocolate.

 

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Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole

So, I have a daughter that does not like cake…I will blame that genetic mishap on my husband’s side. Luckily, her birthday is in June, so ice cream is a good stand in for her birthday celebration. On her actual birthday we did a sundae bar, but she wanted something different for her party with her friends. Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole was perfect!

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Imagine layers of cookie, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel…mmm!

This fantabulous treat is amazingly simple.

Ingredients:
12-15 ice cream sandwiches
1 large tub of whipped topping
Chocolate syrup
Caramel syrup

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Preparation:

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with ice cream sandwiches. You may need to cut them into pieces to fit the edges and odd spaces.

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Next, spread whipped topping, completely covering the ice cream sandwiches.

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Drizzle the whipped topping with the caramel and chocolate syrup.

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Repeat the steps above, starting with the ice cream sandwiches, then whipped topping, and syrup. Finally, take a knife and drag it across the top in alternating directions to create the pattern on top.

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Freeze for at least an hour before serving.

There are many varieties of ice cream sandwiches. Feel free to be creative. We have used birthday cake flavored sandwiches before. You can also switch out the syrups for other flavors or add chopped nuts, sprinkles, or candy to make it your own!