4th of July Recipe: Cream Puff’s and Cocktails @CherylStyle

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Cheryl Najafi is known as an Entertainment and Lifestyle Expert and to tell you the truth, this gal knows how to throw a party!  Seriously – I am obsessing over her “let’s break the rules” style and her approach of making party planning easy and affordable. Her New York Times best selling book, You’re So Invited features amazing recipes and party ideas. She is sharing a few today with us and I KNOW You will LOVE LOVE LOVE them for your 4th of July! Enjoy

4th of July Cream Puffs and Blueberries

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4th of July dessert recipe–featuring cream puffs and blueberries

makes about 40 puffs

Ingredients:

2 (3.5 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
2-3 teaspoons milk, as needed
1 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
1 pint blueberries
red food gel

let’s do it

Mix cream, milk and pudding mix. Cover and refrigerate to set  Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Bring water and butter to a rolling boil in large pot. Mix flour and salt and add to pot. Stir with wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball (mix quickly to avoid lumps). Add to stand mixer with beater attachment. Pulse a few times to cool mixture slightly. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by teaspoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown and centers are dry. Fill with pudding mixture using a pastry bag once puffs are cool. Add 1 teaspoon milk at a time to powdered sugar in small bowl. Mix until thick icing is created. Add red food gel and mix well. Dust tops of cream puffs with powdered sugar. Drizzle icing on one half of each cream puff to create red and white stripes. Assemble flag by lining up cream puffs on platter. Add small plate of blueberries in top left-hand corner

Enjoy!

Fruity Watermelon Cocktail

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Fruity Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

What you’ll need

makes 2 servings

¼ cup fresh watermelon (plus additional for garnish)
ice
¼ cup cranberry juice
4 ½ ounces (3 shots) vodka
1 ½ ounces (1 shot) Simple Syrup http://cocktails.about.com/od/mixology/r/simple_syrup.htm
splash of grenadine
¼ cup club soda
cocktail shaker and muddler
glasses
star shaped cookie cutter (optional)

let’s do it

Muddle fresh watermelon in cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, grenadine and club soda. Shake vigorously. Fill glasses with ice and strain contents from shaker into glass. Cut watermelon stars with cookie cutter for garnish

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