Ice Cream Sandwich Stars

I have been working on this 4th of July recipe for you. Yes, the pictures look intuitive – but I am going to give you the inside scoop on these bad boys. They aren’t EXACTLY as they appear. Keep reading….

4h of July is so much fun. I love spending time around the pool with family and friends and these sandwiches are the perfect addition. However, I caveat that with they are an inside activity. Because they melt fast.

Lots of pro tips with these Ice Cream Sandwich Stars:

  • Do the Klondike Squares they are the easiest to make stars with.
  • Just like flour keeps dough from sticking to the countertop – you will need something to keep your sandwiches from sticking. I found that Olive Oil Spray is the best. You need it to be greasy so it doesn’t stick. If you don’t like PAM or aerosol sprays, you could totally use coconut oil – I would stay away from melted butter though because it will melt the sandwiches faster.
  • Also, spray your cookie cutters… this is KEY!
  • You need a lot of sprinkles in a bowl so that the corners of your stars can get sprinkles on them.
  • If you aren’t eating them immediately, put them in the freezer on a cookie sheet or plate – as you finish each one. These melt so fast that you want them back in the freezer as fast as possible to firm back up so you can enjoy a perfect star later!
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Ice Cream Sandwich Stars

4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • Ice Cream Sandwiches – squares
  • 1/2 cup of sprinkles
  • PAM or some type of greasing agent
  • cookie cutters are needed for this recipe 🙂 

Instructions

  1. Work fast because these guys will melt.
  2. Cut your Sandwiches with a greased cookie cutter on a greased surface. 
  3. Dip each side into your sprinkles. 
  4. For best results, stick back in freezer as you cut them to let freeze up.

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Chipotle Chicken Wings

Ever wondered how to get the easiest and best chicken wings with flavor exploding but still the crunch and moistness that you find at a BBQ cook-off? You have come to the right place.

First off, let’s talk about how much this girl loves BBQ. I love it. Wings, ribs, sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans… all of it.

The first 7 years of my adulthood – I lived all over the south from Central Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between. Which means I have tasted some incredible BBQ.

I can differentiate between the smokiness of Texas BBQ, the mustard and high-vinegar sauce from South Carolina BBQ, the very spicy Memphis BBQ, the white-sauced BBQ of Alabama – which I fell in love with UNTIL… I went to Kansas City and tasted the combination of Molasses and Spice at Q39 and fell off my chair.

I just knew I had to bring that flavor back to my house… and I had to figure out how to do it in an Apartment AND without a Smoker or Grill.

Yes – all this recipe needs is some foil, Liquid Smoke, and some foil. Get ready for the explosion of flavor that you are about to experience.

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Chipotle Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Molasses BBQ Sauce – Stubbs has a really good one or Weber Real Molasses BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of dry Chipotle BBQ Rub – I like a sweeter chicken rub so I like Heath Riles Honey Chipotle Rub, but McCormick GrillMasters has a great sweet and spicy rub that will do the trick too!
  • 1/2 cup Liquid Smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 18 wings
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Cover cooking sheet with foil with edges folded up (you will make a boat with a top layer of foil later) 
  3. In a bowl, combine liquid smoke, onion powder, white sugar, and salt. 
  4. Toss all wings in the mixture until coated and place on cooking sheet. 
  5. Lightly sprinkle rub on your wings and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar. 
  6. Place a top piece of foil over the wings and close to make a boat for the wings. 
  7. Cook wings for 20 minutes, rotating half-way through.
  8. After 20 minutes of cooking – (wings should be at 185-190 degrees) remove from oven and coat with BBQ Sauce and the rest of the brown sugar. 
  9. Put wings back in oven for 10 minutes to let brown sugar and sauce caramelize. 
  10. If desire a super crispy crunch, turn Broil on High for 3-5 minutes and let the wings crunch up!
  11. Serve with more sauce and cilantro. 

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4th of July Charcuterie

Nothing better than 4th of July and cheese – especially with this Charcuterie board. Right? I cut cheese into the shapes of stars, which really make this board amazing and simple and super festive.

I played off of the Red, White, and Blue for the additions to the board. Using Strawberries, Pepperonis, Blackberries, and blueberries along with white cheeses and a light hummus. You can’t go wrong with adding grapes, cheese cubes and olives though!

Remember adding green to your board psychologically tells us the board is uber-fresh!

I made a Strawberry and Mint chutney too for this board by chopping together strawberries, red onions, red bell peppers, adding 1 dash of balsamic vinegar and a little bit of sugar… oh and of course mint! You could even add a bit of jalapeño if you wanted?!

To get a good cheese star you want to buy the blocks of cheese from the store and cut down to the thickness you like.

After that use a cookie cutter to cut the cheeses into the shapes you want. I really like using different sizes of stars – just looks more fun right?!

Will you try this recipe? I hope you do!

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4th of July Recipe Round Up

Favorite Holiday Alert! I love love love 4th of July. The colors, the theme, the love of country and celebration of the amazing sacrifices people have made for generations so that I have the life I have. I also love that this holiday is celebrated in the middle of celebrations. In some moments of the year, the holidays seem to all run together. Which can cause burnout and exhaustion.

But fourth of July is sandwiched mid-year really avoiding all other holidays and my family always gets together. The perfect moments of family, friends, food, and outdoor fun!

First off, if you are looking for something refreshing…

The Watermelon Slushie is the way to go!

Watermelon Slushie

If you are looking for a great cookout and something you might not do everyday…

My Chipotle Chicken Wings are to die for. If you are familiar, they are a twist off of Q39’s wings from Kansas City.

Chicken Wings

Looking for something fun for the kids?

The Ice Cream Sandwiches are super fun! Just make sure you don’t make them outside because they melt… fast!

4th of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have so many recipes I want to give you and wish I had more time to shoot and write out more of my favorites. Can’t wait for you to try these!

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Watermelon Prosecco Slushies

Don’t stop reading if you don’t drink Prosecco! I give you a fun twist on this adult beverage later in the post!!

Talk about the heat – today we have a heat index in Arkansas of 110 and it is July 1. WOW! These Watermelon and Prosecco Slushies have the perfect amount of tart, sweet, and spike. I was actually really impressed with how frozen watermelon and a little bit of Prosecco make the best frozen drink. I add a little bit of something extra for a kick… keep reading.

I made this in my new Ninja blender and am obsessed with how quickly it came together.

My baby sister has been talking about watermelon since May. I think if someone could figure out how to get a fresh July tasting Watermelon the entire year they would have a corner in the market that no one has.

This slushie uses 4 simple ingredients.

Watermelon, Prosecco, a dash of sugar, ice (only if you need it), and Lemons. I substitute 1/4 cup Limoncello for the lemons – this also adds a little bit of a spike and makes it a boozier, which in the summer around the pool is never a bad idea. Am I right?

Want a slushie for the entire family?

Use this recipe:

  • 16 ounces Watermelon, frozen – about half of a watermelon
  • 4 cups of something sparkling (sparkling water, ginger ale, sprite, etc..)
  • 1/2 cup of lemonade or just plain lemons if that is your thing!!
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Watermelon Prosecco Slushies

Watermelon Slushie
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 46 large servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Watermelon, 16 ounces cubed and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 cups of Prosecco
  • 1/4 cup of Limoncello* (or 3 lemons of juice and 1/4 cup of Vodka)

Instructions

  1. Make sure the Watermelon is frozen. 
  2. But everything in a blender and pulse until slushed. 
  3. If needed, add more ice. 
  4. Garnish with Mint

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The French Trifle

Perfect for 4th of July this French Trifle takes everything wonderful from the English Trifle and spices it up with a few French Twists! I am always looking for ways to make desserts smaller. I live alone and am single and let’s be honest, if there is leftover dessert – I’m eating it. This trifle is perfect for that!

An English Trifle has 4 main components. The custard, the fruit, the lady fingers, and the sherry.

This Trifle switches those up and instead of custard we use Lemon Curd and instead of the lady fingers we use Madelines. I have also mixed sherry with a french jam!

One other difference with the French Trifle is I have found it is more fun to have a trifle that isn’t perfect layers – but is mixed throughout, so every bite isn’t the exact same! You also save a ton of time and ingredients this way!

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French Trifle

French Trifle
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1216 Madelines
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • 11 ounces lemon curd
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Preserves
  • 8 ounces Strawberries
  • 8 ounces Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Combine Strawberry preserves and cooking sherry in a bowl. 
  2. Create each layer by placing madelines in, followed by a few dollops of lemon curd, then strawberries and blueberries, topped with strawberry preserve mixture and finally the cool whip. 
  3. Create those layers until your container is filled to the top. 
  4. Garnish with a few Madelines and berries and enjoy with your friends and family! 

Notes

Pro Tip:  Don’t make every layer packed. It will save you ingredients and make every bite a little bit different.

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Peaches Galore!

Don’t you love when it is peaches season? June 21, 2020 is National Peaches Day and I have some awesome recipes for you! Not to mention, you can sub (or ADD) peaches into my Fruit Salsa or make this Peach Chutney on Avocado Toast!

Peaches can be sweet, they can be savory, and they can also be a snack – which is what I am sharing with you today!

Savory Peaches

This Peaches, Pesto and Burrata Flatbread is easy and comes together in minutes. It is a perfect way to celebrate the summer, make dinner with your kids, or enjoy a nice treat with friends!

Burrata is the best cheese, in my humble opinion. Burrata is a mozzarella cow milk cheese.  The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream. It is soft and creamy and melts perfectly on this flatbread.

Don’t like Pesto? No worries. Just use Olive Oil.

Pro Tip: Have you ever grilled a peach? It’s amazing and a must do for this recipe. I don’t have a grill, but I do have a cast iron griddle stove top that has a ribbed grill side. You don’t have to grill peaches for very long. Two minutes max on both sides!

Top with some fresh arugula and you this will be a show stopper any night of the week.

Sweet Peaches

This Peach Crumble in a Jar is perfect for a picnic, a backyard party, or even breakfast! Yes, I said it. Breakfast. Keep them in mason jars, put them in the fridge and they are ready whenever you need a sweet pick me up!

These little guys come together super fast and and the topping crumble is to die for. Literally, it is amazing and you need to make them today.

The recipe uses one peach per mason jar – so the recipe is super easy to adjust to however many you want to make.

Snacking Peaches

Using Peach in your Granola… who would have ever thought. But it is super tasty! Honey is the glue for the granola, so the more honey you use, the better the clumps will be.

Granola is perfect on morning yogurt, with ice cream after dinner, or just by itself by the handful.

All of these recipes work great with frozen peaches as well. I even grilled the frozen peaches when they were frozen and they held up great!

Even though peaches are in season in June and July these recipes can be enjoyed all year round!

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Peach, Burrata & Pesto Flatbread

I use peaches in sweet cobblers and fruit salads all the time. But what about something savory? This Peach, Burrata & Pesto Flatbread is one for the books. It has so much flavor from the pesto and when you grill the peaches… man! The flavor just explodes.

June 21 is National Peaches Day, why not celebrate with all things Peaches! It also happens to be Father’s Day. This means that while Dad is grilling steaks outside by the pool, you can be pop your peaches on there too and make a great appetizer for everyone!

Grilling peaches only takes about 2 minutes on each side and really does explode all of the flavors in the fruit. It really caramelizes and is the best way to eat a peach. And if you love grilled peaches… try grilled Watermelon. You can thank me later!

I did test this recipe with frozen peaches and it works just as well. You don’t even have to thaw the peaches, just put them straight on the grill. Since you are putting the flatbread in the oven that will thaw and cook the peaches for you.

Burrata might be a new cheese for you too! It’s actually a mozzarella… you know that pizza cheese you love so much? Well Burrata is a creamier cow milk cheese. It has a thick mozzarella outer layer and a creamy inside that melts perfectly on a flatbread.

This is really a recipe that takes minutes, is perfect if you want to include your kids in the kitchen and tastes amazing.

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Peach, Burrata & Pesto Flatbread

Peach, Burrata & Pesto Flatbread
  • Author: Abby Turner
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups peaches (frozen or fresh), sliced
  • 2 pieces of naan bead
  • 4 tbsp pesto (or olive oil as a substitute)
  • 6 oz. buratta (23 balls)
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • Honey for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Using a grill, or a grill grate for your stove, heat with olive oil on medium high and grill both sides of peaches. About 2 minutes per side. 
  3. Brush Naan with Pesto and place in oven for 5-8 minutes until heated and oil absorbed. 
  4. Slice burrata to liking and place on naan with peaches.  Put back in oven for 5-8 minutes until burrata has slightly melted.  You don’t want the burrata to completely melt and spread. 
  5. Add arugula and drizzle with honey. 
  6. Slice and enjoy!

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Peach Crumble in a Jar

It’s National Peaches Day and this Peach Crumble is amazing! Who doesn’t love a little snack in the middle of the day? Or a sweet treat ready to eat in minutes. I love to bake these little guys ahead of time, pop them in the fridge and heat them up when I’m ready to enjoy them. National Peaches Day is June 21 – but really, with frozen peaches – you can enjoy this treat all year round.

Peach Crumble
Peach Crumble

And of course – try this recipe with different types of fruits! Blueberries, blackberries, maybe even mixed berry! Yum!! I’m loving all of the fresh fruits that we get to enjoy during the summer time!

There are two components to this recipe.

One: the Crumble.

It comes together sooo quickly. Cold butter mixed with granola, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Two: the Peach goodness

Which also comes together super quickly. Combine chopped/diced peaches with cornstarch, brown sugar, and vanilla.

I use mason jars for everything. They are really easy to make quick snacks in and are super easy clean up. I even use mason jars as my everyday drinking glasses. So if you don’t keep mason jars around the house… invest in some of these. (You can even grab them with Walmart Grocery Delivery or Pickup!)

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Peach Crumble in a Jar

Peach Crumble
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 46 1x
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Ingredients

Peach Goodness

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen peaches (about 1 peach per jar)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Peach Crumble Topping

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp cold butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. Combine peaches with cornstarch, brown sugar, and vanilla and divide into mason jars, filling to the top. 
  3.  Make the crumble topping by using your hands or a wooden spatula to mix until crumbly. Divid on top of each mason jar. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  5. Serve with ice cream! 

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Peach Granola

Peach Granola – who would have ever thought to put fresh peaches in your granola? This delicious treat will have you making it multiple times this summer!

One thing I love about granola is that it is pretty versatile. It can go in your yogurt, on your ice cream, or it can be eaten by handful! It’s a healthy-ish snack and is really a fun way to incorporate great ingredients like chia seeds, flax, and oats.

In this Granola, I put pecans AND dried cranberries with my peaches. It’s a great recipe to add and subtract ingredients to make it just the way you like.

Pro Tip: Honey is the glue. If you do decide to adjust the recipe for your flavor profile – just make sure you have the right amount of Honey. Really, you can’t go wrong with Honey… am I right?

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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Peach Granola

Peach Granola
  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 peaches, diced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats pecans, and cranberries. 
  3. Mix the sugar, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt and stir until everything melts together.  (You might have to toss in the microwave or on the stove quickly to get the coconut oil to melt). 
  4. Mix the oats and the honey mixture until everything is coated and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, but don’t stir – it won’t crisp up as nice. 
  6. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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