Suburban Soiree


Patriotic Parfaits

4th of JulyAmy WileyComment

My kids treat me like a rock star any time I make Jell-O so I couldn't resist coming up with a little red, white and blue treat.


This recipe is so simple, but requires a little patience.  It's best to make throughout the day so that it's ready by evening.  It makes a perfect little dessert for a summer night.

You need red jello, blue jello, and a packet of unflavored gelatin.


Mix up the blue jello according to the package's directions.  I find that mixing Jell-O in a quart-sized measuring cup makes it easy to measure and pour.  


Pour the jello into cups or jars, filling them about 1/3 of the way full.  I used mini mason jars and they worked well.  I did have a little extra blue jello.  Put these in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.  I use a cookie sheet to help me transfer all the jars in and out of the fridge.


For the white layer, put the packet of gelatin into a bowl with 1/3 cup of milk.  Then heat 2/3 cup of milk to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup of sugar.  Add to the bowl with the gelatin and stir until combined.  Add a thin layer of the milk mixture to each parfait and return to the fridge for a couple more hours.


Mix up the red Jell-o and fill the jars up to just below the tops.


Return the parfaits to the fridge to cool until set.


Whip up some heavy whipping cream with a little powdered sugar to top off your parfaits.


Now for the most festive part... sprinkles!


These refreshing desserts are a great way to celebrate Indepenence Day with a sweet dose of red, white and blue.


Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off

HalloweenAmy Wiley2 Comments

One of my favorite girly pleasures is to have lunch at a department store.  I frequent The Nordstrom Grill near my home and while traveling I love to eat at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.  I think it's just too fun to do a little shopping and then pause for a ladylike meal. Our Denver Neiman's does not have a restaurant, so whenever I'm near one that does I try to stop in for a popover and a glass of their delicious spiced iced tea.  


Years ago I scoured the internet to find a recipe.  I don't have the original source I used, but a recent search shows many similar versions are floating around Pinterest now.  I tend to make this in the fall so I thought I would share it with you.  I've modified the quantities of the recipe I originally found because we tend to drink iced tea by the gallon.


I was surprised to find the secret ingredient is Tang!  If you ever have an astronaut over for dinner, you could really dazzle them with this one. Ha!  A dear friend brought me the tin of tea from London.

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Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off
A homemade version of the department store favorite from
  • 12 inches worth Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 8 English Breakfast Teabags
  • 1/2 cup Tang
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • Orange Slices for garnish
Pour 13 cups of water into a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add teabags. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add Tang and almond extract. Let cool then refrigerate. Enjoy over ice, garnished with orange slices.
Yield: About a gallon

While I'm not a fan of knock-offs when it comes to handbags or Southern accents, I do love to recreate restaurant favorites that aren't available to me where I live.   I'm a Dallas native living in Denver, so this tides me over between visits to Texas.  Now if I could just nail down the Houston's spinach and artichoke dip, I'd have it made.  We do have a Hillstone here, but I don't get there enough!