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Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowThis year on Thanksgiving you can drink your pie instead of eating; sounds like a great plan to me!  I’m going back to Michigan for Thanksgiving so I have basically zero responsibilities for Thanksgiving this year.  So this is probably the one and only Thanksgiving recipe you’ll see on the blog.  Sorry readers, I’m just not a suzy-home-maker.

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowMaking & drinking a pumpkin pie martini is getting me really excited for Thanksgiving weekend!  Growing up I always went Black Friday shopping with my mom, aunts, and grandma; it’s been awhile since I was in town to participant in the tradition.  We aren’t die-hard shoppers; we mostly just pick up a few things and then head to a early lunch at the Lakeshore Grill in Macys.  Maurice salads, here we come!

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowI spent quite a bit of time searching for pumpkin liqueur.  I was at the point where I was willing and ready to buy any pumpkin-ish liquor.  There were a lot of in-and-outs in local liquor stores!  Finally I found some!  Worth the effort and delicious on its own.

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowPumpkin pie is hands down one of my top 5 favorite foods, so if I can turn it into and adult dessert-cocktail, I’m all in.  I know I’ve made a Pumpkin Martini before, but this one is different – there isn’t any actual pumpkin inside.  Also, I believe every blog needs many pumpkin recipes and many cocktail recipes.  Two birds, one stone.

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowThis was a fantastic cocktail; a little sweat, very strong, and totally drinkable.  This martini really tastes like a pumpkin pie in a glass.  The milk and Baileys add creaminess while the pumpkin liqueur adds all the pumpkin pie flavor and spice.  Whipped cream and a maple-sugar rim adds interest and perfection.  This is an occasion where you should drink your dessert and your calories!

Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale YellowOne Year Ago – Peanut Butter Cookies

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Pumpkin Pie Martini
Inspired by Endless Simmer and My Baking Addiction
Yield – 1 cocktail

maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 ounces pumpkin pie spice liqueur
1 ounce whipped cream vodka
1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 ounce coconut milk (or any milk)
whipped cream, optional

  1. Pour maple syrup on a small plate.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar and spices, spread evenly in a circle on a different small plate.
  3. Dip the martini glass in maple syrup and then in the brown sugar mixture.  Set aside.
  4. Fill a shaker with ice and add the pumpkin pie spice liqueur, vodka, Irish Cream, and milk.  Place the lid on tight and shake, shake, shake!
  5. Strain into the martini glass.
  6. Place a little whipped cream on top and sprinkle some of the extra brown sugar mix on top.  They are strong, enjoy responsibly!Pumpkin Pie Martini | Pale Yellow
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Boozy Peach Popsicles

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}This was supposed to be the weekend I left New York City for good.  This was supposed to be the weekend I moved back to Michigan to live with my parents and figure out what I’m going to do with my life.  This was supposed to be the weekend of change.  Depending how you look at it (team Michigan = sad, team Brooklyn = ecstatic), this weekend turned into a brief summer visit instead of a move back home.

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}The trip started on Wednesday when Stacey, Ruth, and I packed up my car and headed north to start our international road trip.  We stopped in the Finger Lakes region for some wine tasting and played some MASH while planning our 30th birthday celebrations in the car.  Our ultimate destination Wednesday was Niagara Falls, Ontario and we would have made great time if it wasn’t for the stupid 3-hour hold up at the Rainbow Bridge.

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}Anyway, we made it to Canada, spent the night in our amazing king-bed/jacuzzi/fireplace/falls-view suite, and woke up to play on the 3-story water slide!  Next we headed to the Falls and took the Maid of the Mist boat tour.  I have never seen the Falls before and they are spectacular; I understand why it’s a wonder of the world.  It was a blast getting sprayed by the Falls and seeing everything up close.

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}Finally we drove through Canada, a lovely & peaceful country, to my parents’ house outside of Detroit.  I spent the rest of the weekend with my college roommates catching up and running my first 5K – the Color Run in Grand Rapids!  It was awesome!!  More on that later…

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}Enough about my life and let’s talk popsicles.  I’m a little mad that Irene made a comment in my last popsicle post about buying a popsicle mold to make boozy popsicles, not to make healthy whole fruit popsicles.  I DO want to make healthy popsicles, but why can’t I do both?  Way to call me out Irene!  These popsicles are the best of both worlds – they have zero added sugar and are made with fresh fruit pureed until smooth.  Stir in a little liquor and you have yourself a delightfully refreshing (adult) treat.  Make these happen!

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}One Year Ago – Kahlua Chip Ice Cream

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Boozy Peach Popsicles
Adapted from Shutterbean
Yield – 10 pops

2 yellow peaches
8 strawberries
2 cups orange juice
1 ounce citron vodka
1 ounce Cointreau

  1. Roughly chop the peaches and strawberries.  Toss them in a blender.
  2. Add the orange juice, vodka, and Cointreau to the blender and blend until well combined.
  3. Skim the froth off the mixture and pour evenly into your popsicle molds.  Add your popsicle sticks.  Freeze overnight.
  4. Wrap in wax paper and store in the freezer for future consuming.

boozy peach popsicles | pale yellow {orange, peach, strawberry, and a bit of booze come together to make one tasy frozen treat!}Popsicles don’t last long outside the freezer!


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Mudslide Pudding Shots

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}My vanilla pudding shots have been a huge hit on Pinterest, people love their boozy snacks with sprinkles!  Not only are pudding shots cute to pin, they are fun to eat and people instantly gravitate towards them.  A couple of years ago I made pudding shots a bunch of times after sampling them at a bachelorette party and love to bring them back out when appropriate.

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Whenever you’re having a pudding shot, you’re having a good day.  I made these for the best day of the year – the last day of school.  We had a floor luncheon on the third floor and this is what I brought.  Please don’t be confused this lunch with the previous floor luncheon – that was on the second floor, this one was on the third floor!  Plus the room that hosted is one of the few with air conditioning, score!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}In case a mini pudding cup filled with booze isn’t enough excitement for you, we’re going to eat these shots with a cookie, yes a cookie!  There are few things in this world more delightful than an edable spoon.  Pro tip – ration your cookie spoon carefully so you have enough cookie to eat all the pudding.  Eat your spoon too quickly you’ll be forced to perform strange tongue tricks or use your fingers.  Careful now, the sharp plastic can cut your finger if you’re not gentle with your pudding eating.  Right Dean?

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Anyway, these pudding shots will not disappoint anyone in the crowd.  They are boozy, chocolaty, and crunchy; there is nothing else you need in life.  The vodka and kahlua are definitely present in these little bites.  If you want to be the hit of the next summer BBQ, make some pudding shots!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}One Year Ago – Bacon Cupcakes, take 3

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Mudslide Pudding Shots
Adapted from Vanilla Pudding Shots
Yield – 36

3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding
3/4 cup cold, whole milk
1/2 cup whipped vodka {you could use plain, vanilla, or whatever you have on hand}
1/3 cup kahlua
8 ounces cool whip, thawed
oreo crumbs for garnish
wafer cookies for spoons

  1. Set up the little cups in a baking pan for ease of movement.
  2. Whisk together the pudding and the milk until smooth.  Whisk in the vodka and kahlua.
  3. Fold in the cool whip until no white streaks remain.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a gallon-size bag and snip a small hole in one corner.  Squeeze a little pudding into each cup, about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Sprinkle with oreo crumbs if desired.
  6. Place the lids on each cup and place in the fridge or freezer to firm up.
  7. Serve with a cookie for a spoon!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}


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The Frenchy Cocktail

frency cocktail // pale yellow

Sometimes after work there are beautiful, sunny afternoons where all important work is put aside, and it becomes possible to enjoy life.  For this perfect afternoon I sat outside on the deck, stretched out my legs, and read a book while basking in the sun.  Some music played in the background and life was good.

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What is needed to make a good life better?  A cocktail, of course.  Something light and fruity, and a little bit fizzy.  After coming inside to check my level of redness, definitely some color, but not too much, I looked through my bookmarks to find a cocktail to make.

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This Frenchy Cocktail looked beautiful and simple enough.  Obviously I needed to buy all the ingredients so I put on my flip flops on and headed to the store.  On the way I passed an adorable little boy, probably 8 or 9, singing as he walked home.  He was so cute I couldn’t help but smile.  As I did, he turned to me and said “Good Afternoon.”  This made me smile even more so I turned and said good afternoon back and told him how much I liked his singing.  He responded with a big grin and a cheerful thank you.  My interaction with him made my perfect afternoon even more lovely!

frency cocktail // pale yellow

Once I got home this cocktail took about 2 minutes to make; add some ice, portion out some pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and vodka, then top with some seltzer, done.  I tried the drink with and without seltzer and the seltzer just adds a little extra zing.  This is a delightful cocktail that seems fancy, but is super easy to throw together.  I imagine this would be lovely in a pitcher for a party.  A surefire way to make a great afternoon even better!

frency cocktail // pale yellow

One Year Ago – S’more Cookies

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The Frenchy Cocktail

Adapted from Intoxicology

Yield – 1 delightful drink

1 1/2 ounces Pear Vodka (I used Smirnoff)
3 ounces Pineapple Juice
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
Seltzer, optional

  1. Add a handful of ice to your glass.
  2. Pour in the vodka and pineapple.  Pour in the cranberry.
  3. Top with seltzer if you desire a bit of bubbly.
  4. Don’t stir!  Enjoy responsibly.frency cocktail // pale yellow


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Vanilla Pudding Shots

vanilla pudding shots // pale yellow

Friday was a recipe for the kids, today is all about the grown-ups.  Because honestly, the best part of being a grown-up is drinking, am I wrong?  Pudding shots look sweet and perfect for a kids party, but these cuties pack a punch, a vodka punch.  With a half of fifth of cake vodka in my cupboard, I’m always on the look out for ways to use it up.  I know I could just drink it all, but that seems a little excessive.

Vanilla Pudding Shots // Pale Yellow

The pudding shots were made for our NYE’s party, but they would be great for any party, or any time when you want a party to happen.  Nothing says party more than sprinkles and whipped cream.  The pudding shots are easy to mix together ahead of time but I wouldn’t add the sprinkles and the cookie until right before serving.  As you can see from the picture the sprinkles bled a bit and the cookie get a little soggy.  The cookie makes a perfect little spoon to scoop up all the boozy vanilla pudding!  There may or may not be left over pudding shots in the freezer that serve as a delightful-midweek pick-me-up…

Vanilla Pudding Shots // Pale Yellow

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Vanilla Pudding Shots
Adapted from Endless Simmer
Inspired by That’s so Michelle
Yield – 48

3.9 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup cold milk
1/2 cup cake vodka, I used Three Olives
1/3 cup whipped vodka, I used Pinnacle
8 ounces Cool Whip, I used reduced fat
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
splash of vanilla
24 Dark Chocolate Pirouline Cookies
48 small cups

  1. Whisk together the pudding and the milk in a large bowl.  Whisk in the vodkas.  Fold in the cool whip.
  2. Set up the cups in a 9×13 baking pan.   Transfer the mixture to a large baggie and then snip off the end to fill the cups.  Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Make whipped cream by whisking the heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer until soft peaks form.  Whisk in the sugar and vanilla.  Transfer to a piping bag and pipe a dollop in each cup.
  4. Cut each pirouline cookie in half.
  5. Top sprinkles and half a cookie to use as a spoon.


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Boozy Cupcakes

Boozy Cupcakes // Pale Yellow

I am no stranger to desserts with alcohol or even cupcakes with booze inside.  This isn’t even my first time making a bourbon pastry cream.  Why do I need so many boozy cupcake recipes?  Why not?  Boozy cupcakes are delicious, everyone loves them, and they signal the start of a party!

boozy cupcakes // pale yellow

These cupcakes were made for Ron’s birthday.  Last year Irene and I were jerks and we both forgot to bake for Ron’s birthday.  We bake for everyone’s birthday but sadly he was left out.  This year I made sure to remember, but I was still a week late, whoops.  Better luck next year I guess!

boozy cupcakes // pale yellow

For the past few years Ron has gotten a box of the chocolate bottles with liquor inside from one of his students.  Many afternoons we would go have a little “pick-me-up” during our preps.  Honestly, there is more sugar in those things than anything else.  Good times up on the fourth floor!

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I wanted to try to recreate that memory in cupcake form.  These aren’t the prettiest cupcakes but they sure do taste good!  I made the pastry cream a little thicker than usual and divided it among four bowls with a different liquor added to each bowl and mixed in.  You could use any liquor you want. I went through my liquor cupboard and thought about what sounded good with chocolate.  I came up with marshmallow vodka, amaretto (Disaronno), Godiva liqueur, and bourbon.  All excellent choices!

boozy cupcakes // pale yellow

The chocolate cupcake is moist and tender.  The pastry cream is delightfully creamy and has a strong boozy flavor.  The frosting is nice and chocolatey.  This cupcake may not be high on the cuteness factor, but it is high on the fun and delicious scale!

boozy cupcakes // pale yellow

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Boozy Cupcakes!
Yield – 16 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup whole milk
2/3 cup hot water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line the cupcake pan with liners, it’s easiest to use four different liners, one for each flavor.
  2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, soda, powder, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix together on low with the paddle attachment.
  3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until just combined and then scrape down the sides.  Turn on the mixer and add the hot water slowly until well combined.
  5. Use a standard ice cream scoop to generously fill each liner
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Boozy Pastry Cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 ounces sugar
1 ounce cornstarch
2 eggs
2 tablespoons each of Disaronno, marshmallow vodka, bourbon, Godiva liqueur, or liquors of your choice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  1. Heat the milk until it reaches scalding in a medium saucepan.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and eggs in a medium bowl.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of the hot milk to the sugar mixture and whisk continually.  Add a little more hot milk while you keep whisking.
  4. Once the eggs are warmed add to the rest of the milk on the stove and heat until the mixture thickens to the consistency of pancake batter.  Stir the entire time.
  5. Once thicken, add in the butter and stir to combine.
  6. Push the pastry cream through a fine sieve into another bowl.
  7. Divide the pastry cream into 4 different bowls.  Add 2 tablespoons of liquor to each bowl and stir to combine.
  8. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap touching the cream.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Chocolate Whipped Frosting

Yield – Generously frosts 36-40 cupcakes (refrigerate or freeze for later use, just let thaw and then re-whip to piping consistency)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
7 1/2 tablespoons flour
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
generous pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and flour.  Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and thick resembling pancake batter.
  2. Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate chips.  Give them a few minutes to melt and then mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and salt and allow to cool completely.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – beat for 8 minutes
  5. Add in the cooled flour/milk/chocolate mixture and beat until the entire frosting is light and fluffy, about another 5-8 minutes.  This is a softer frosting, don’t be discouraged!

Melted candy melts of a contrasting color

  1. Cut a deep cone out of each cupcake.  Cut off the pointy end of the cone so you just have a lid to put back on the cupcake after you fill it with pastry cream.
  2. Add a generous spoonful of pastry cream to each cupcake, make sure to coordinate fillings with liners.
  3. Place the lid on the cupcake.
  4. Pipe frosting over the top to cover up the lid.
  5. With melted candy melts or anything really, pipe a symbol so you know what flavor liquor is in each cupcake.
  6. Refrigerate to help the cupcake firm up and hold its shape.boozy cupcakes // pale yellow


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Vanilla Vodka Chai Cocktail

vanilla vodka chai // pale yellow

Rarely do I see a recipe and make it that same day.  I’m a saver, I like to save a recipe or a treat for the perfect time and place.  I love going back to look at my Pinterest boards to see what looks delicious or what fits the special occasion.  On Sunday, I did not have to wait more than a few hours between the excitement of finding a new recipe, the joy of making it, and the delight in tasting it.

Vanilla Vodka Chai // Pale Yellow

I spent Sunday baking banana bread and finishing up my Christmas cookie baking schedule.  I do not mess around with my baking schedule – a spreadsheet has been made, ingredients have been bought, the whiteboard has been filled out, and I have paused my personal life.  I love it, I love it all.

Vanilla Vodka Chai // Pale Yellow

I even love the pain I get in my back from standing at work all day and then standing in my kitchen all night.  I love putting on the Christmas music and making a mess in the kitchen because I’m working three different recipes at once.  I love the craziness and all the butter and the chocolate smears on the cupboards.  It’s really the only time of year where it is acceptable to go nuts and just bake cookies all day, I’m going to push things to their full potential!

Vanilla Vodka Chai // Pale Yellow

Next week will start the Christmas cookie line up.  Monday will have a ridiculous cupcake recipe that I just shoved in my mouth and I’m excited to share Christmas cookie recipes with you.  Last year I baked with intention of starting this blog and this year I bake for the blog (and my friends of course)!  If you can’t wait until Wednesday for the first recipe, here are some OLD posts from the beginning: Rainbow Cookies and Stained Glass Sugar Cookies.

I almost forgot to describe the cocktail because of my excitement in talking about Christmas cookies, or maybe I’ve had too much sugar.  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this cocktail was, it tastes just like a boozy chai latte.  The drink itself is refreshing and flavorful, these would be great for a summer afternoon!  There is just enough vodka to make this a true cocktail, but not so much so that you feel knocked down.   This is drink I’ll be making again.

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Vanilla Vodka Chai Cocktail
Adapted from My Life as a Mrs.
Yield – 1 serving

6 ounces (3/4 cup) hot, almost boiling water
1 tea bag for spiced chai
1/2 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) amaretto
1/2 tablespoon half & half
cinnamon sticks for garnish

  1. Several hours before you wish to have cocktails, make your tea:  heat your water into a kettle until it is almost boiling.  Combine 6 ounces of hot water (3/4 cup) for every tea bag, multiple accordingly for all the servings you wish to make.  Let steep for about 10 minutes and then remove the tea bag.  Cool the mixture until cocktail time.
  2. Make the simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water together.  Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and let cool completely.
  3. Add the tea, vodka, amaretto, simple syrup, and half and half to a shaker with ice.  Shake for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour over a ice into a nice glass.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick!  Enjoy responsibly!


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