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>Fun Recipes to Party-Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes

12 Aug


If you been following this blog, you already know that I like all pretty things, specially I love to entertain in style… one of the thing I have had trouble in the past is how to dress up your drinks…I usually focus on my attention in the food, cake an decorations, and have left the beverages plain in the table…not anymore! I keep finding really creative ways on how to turn your old plain soda in a party by itself!
Check out these yummy,  and colorful Frozen Fruit Ice cubes, I found them in  Babble The Family Kitchen 
They are simple to make, make your drinks appealing and beautiful, and the fruit cubes flavors compliment your drink! how clever…I wish I would have thought about this before.

Whether you are hosting a party, looking for a lovely way to add some zest to your plain old party soda, or hoping to sneak a little more fruit into your kiddos diets, you’ll love the simplicity and versatility of making your own frozen fruit ice cubes.

The idea is almost as simple as plopping a bunch of your favorite fruits into a blender, and pressing the puree button.  It’s almost that simple.  There are a few blending and time saving tricks and tips you’ll be glad to know about ahead of time.  So, before you head into your kitchen to get started, be sure you check out these few tips and tricks to make the most of your pretty frozen fruit cubes.

How to…
  • Some fruits are better than others. You can plop frozen banana chunks into your lemonade, but such a mixture isn’t going to be nearly as appetizing as having freckled bits of strawberries or kiwis floating in your glass. When preparing a batch of frozen fruit cubes, try pureeing these fruits for the most complimentary drink flavors and textures: mangoes, strawberries, kiwi, watermelon, maraschino cherries, blackberries, raspberries, papaya, peaches, black cherries, coconut milk.
  • Puree only very ripe fruits. The riper the fruit, the sweeter it is, so you can’t hack into a green peach, plop it into your blender, and expect a sugar-sweet ice cube to magically appear. Instead, choose fruits that are extremely ripe and soft, even those that are nearing the brink of almost inedible (but never puree fruit that has been molded or badly bruised. The flavor will come through in the final product, and so will the bacteria. Ick.)
  • Prepare with natural fruit juices, not water. To prepare ice cubes, simply choose a favorite fruit, peel, pit and plop it in a blender, puree, and your done! If the fruits you are pureeing don’t have enough natural juices to move freely through the blender blades, add just a touch of apple juice to the mixture, just enough to thin it out. Adding water to the fruit will cause the ice cubes to dilute drinks, rather than flavor them.
  • Freeze in a standard ice cube tray.  No special equipment (other than a blender) is needed to make these flavored fruit cubes.  Just puree the fruit, pour it into a standard ice cube tray, freeze, and plop into a drink whenever needed.  There’s no faster, or healthier way to turn a drink from everyday to gourmet!
Mix up a few favorites:
  • Tropical Spritzer (Gingerale + Mango Fruit Cube + Coconut Milk Fruit Cube)
  • Berry Lemonade (Lemonade + Raspberry & Strawberry Fruit Cube)
  • Strawberry Shirley Temple (Sprite + Strawberry-Maraschino Cherry Fruit Cube)
  • Beachside Cooler (Soda Water + Watermelon Fruit Cube)


>Fun Recipes to Party

11 Jun

>As always I am looking for new ways to entertain…and food is a very important aspect of your party…specially kids parties… and I am trying to think out of the box, fun recipes that my kids and my kids’ guests can eat at my party.
…so I decided to start a new section in the StixNpops Site…FUN RECIPES TO PARTY…here I will feature  fun and original recipes, step by step, and easy to follow instructions and photos… for all of us to enjoy at our parties…Enjoy!!

To Start I found this great “Diet” Rainbow Cake Recipe…it’s even fun to make with the kids!
The colors look gorgeous!!! What a great cake for a summer party, a rainbow theme party, or even a Fairy party!!!
I found this recipe at  Omnomicon check out her blog for more fun recipes!!!

Sunny Day Rainbow Cake
  • 2 boxes white cake mix
  • 24 oz of clear diet soda (2 cans, ginger ale and sprite work well)
  • gel food colouring
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • 2 oz instant fat-free sugar-free pudding mix (2 smallish boxes)
The Dieting
Mix the cake mix with the soda according to regular instructions on box. It will be lumpy afterward. Again, you can use any white cake recipe you want, this is just how I do it.

The Rainbowing

Measure the total volume (by my estimate, 64 oz), then divide by 6 and measure into separate bowls. There are 8 oz in a cup, so 64/6 = 10 to 11 oz, or 1 cup + 2 tbsp.

Stir colour into each bowl with its own spoon. For the first colour into the pan, measure out 2/3 to 3/4 of your mix (in this case about 1 c) as close to the middle as you can. Drop in your first three colours, then work on the other pan with the last three colours. So if you’re doing rainbow order, the first pan should have red, then orange, then yellow, and now the purple, blue and green go into the second pan. As a recap, this is so both layers are roughly the same size.
Bake the cake for however long the box tells you to bake it. Check it when the box says to, but usually it’ll need an extra 5 or 10 minutes or maybe more because of the density of the soda method. Just keep baking, checking back every 5 minutes or so until a toothpick to the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before moving to a wire rack.

The Frostinging
Meanwhile, make your frosting. Just mix the pudding mix in with the whipped topping for a few minutes. Dye if you’re into that.

Frost your fat-free cake with your fat-free whipped frosting. Eat.