Giving gifts is one of my absolute favorite all time things to do….especially when they are much deserved. A close friend, teacher, and of course any special person who enhances my life would be surprised and happy to get one of these fun gifts.
This time of the year is so fun because everything is blooming and bright. I saw my girl, Ree Drummond, aka “The Pioneer Woman” make these on her show and knew I had to make these this year for all the special ladies for Mother’s day.
Flower in a clay pot ‘dessert’ or dirt cakes
What you’ll need: smallest clay pots, straws, fresh flowers, cake mix, pudding, chocolate cookies, wax paper, & ribbon
Line pots with wax paper & place cake mix in cupcake tins.
Place a cupcake or two in pot and put a straw down the middle. Cut straw down.
Place pudding carefully on top and around the straw. Then sprinkle ground up chocolate cookies over the pudding.
Add ribbon around the pot and insert a cut flower into the straw.
What I love about this gift is that when you first arrive, the women think it’s so cute and so nice, and then you get to tell them they can eat it!!! So fun!! I love a surprise! Who wouldn’t want to get a dirt cake? So far the response has been great!
I just spent a week with my sister in law, Florecita in Seattle and we enjoyed Pisco Sours every night! It was a beautiful thing….catching up with family while cooling off with our Pisco Sours. I have had Pisco Sour only once before, and really enjoyed the ever so addicting sour flavors. My father in law, says “you’re born with a sour gene or not born with it”. Well, I was born with it and crave this refreshing lightweight summery drink.
Pisco is an odorless amber colored grape brandy, which is produced in regions of Chile and Peru. Florecita is from Peru and I can safely speak for her, ‘Pisco originally came from Peru’. I’m sure it’s a toss up as which country Pisco started in first. But, there is a coastal town and river in Peru named Pisco. I’m just pleased that I know people who share their Pisco with me!
Florecita’s bottle of Pisco
To make Pisco Sours, must have limes, egg & some sweetener
Blend away to create the perfect frothy sour drink!
We had a large party with our entire family, so we just used paper cups to enjoy a taste of our Pisco Sours! Cheers!
- 1/4 cup (2 oz.) pisco
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon pasteurized egg whites
- In a blender, whirl 3 ice cubes, pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (you’ll no longer hear the ice cracking against the side of the blender) and serve straight up in a martini glass with a dash of aromatic bitters and a wedge of lime.
- Peruvian Pantry: Pisco. A brandy distilled from several different grape varieties grown in South America, it is the national drink of Peru and comes in many styles–from smooth and sippable to rough and fiery. (Chile also produces pisco, although Peru contends that the Chilean version is not real pisco but a Chilean brandy that needs its own name.) Pisco became popular in California during the Gold Rush, when Peruvian miners there extolled its virtues to fellow fortune-seekers.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Greg Hoitsma, Andina, Portland, OR, Sunset