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Thank you all for your wonderful ideas on how to play this game …all of them were terrific!

Also, I am very relieved that I’m by far not the only one who’d play this game with alcohol.

So relieved!

And the winner who gets the chess set is…

Tram-ta-ra-daaa…

Linda: “To play this game of chess I’d use cherry vodka… and I’d probably lose even if I played with a monkey.”

Congrats Linda and have a lot of fun (which I am sure you will)! You’ll be contacted via e-mail soon.

 
Thanks again my dear friends and keep an eye on this site since a new cute and colorful giveaway is waiting for you just around the corner.

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Petra
 

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Because one of the best things I’ve found in this world is giving presents to the people I love I’ve prepared a cute little something for you.

You definitely deserve it!

It is a Chess Set …but this one is played in a rather funky way – on a glass board with cute shot glasses filled with your drink of choice.

I see so many advantages of this kind of set over the usual one – first, it definitely lets you have a lot of fun. If you go ‘soft drink’, it keeps you hydrated. If you’re an adventure seeker, just fill the glasses with alcohol and set out the rules so that the player who takes most pieces drinks most grog. I think even a pro playing against a beginner can have a pretty enjoyable match – any kind of ability gap will be swiftly bridged. Think red wine versus white wine, for example. Or silver tequila against gold tequila… gee, I got carried away.

So yes, one of you can win this game.
 
 

Contest Closed. Thank you!
 

TO ENTER

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the ‘Comments section’ of this post:

What kind of beverage would you choose to play this game with?

 

THE RULES

  • One entry per person, please.

Extra entries:

  • Twitter (follow ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post),
  • Facebook (become a fan of ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post).

(So together you can have three entries.)

Winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday (August 26).

Good luck, everybody!
 

Contest Closed. Thank you!
 
 

And now I’d like to show you a little magic trick.

Café Frappé – it’s truly magical.

Why?

I’ll show you…
 
 

Café Frappé is a beloved drink of the Greeks.

All you need to prepare it is some instant coffee, sugar, water, milk and a few ice cubes.

It’s as simple as can be.

You also need to steal a frappé shaker from your Mom. If your Mom dares not to own a frappé shaker or if you are a decent person and don’t steal, then just use a glass with a lid.

Easy!
 
 

1. In the shaker/container/glass mix 2 teaspoons of instant coffee…
 
 

2. …with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
 
 

3. Add 4 tablespoons of water…
 
 

4. …close it and…

SHAKE IT… SHAKE, SHAKE IT… SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE!
 
 

Shake it just until you get from this…
 
 

… to this frothy heaven.

Did you know that your instant coffee has this kind of ability?

It can transform into this thick and foamy wonder in no time.

I just love it!
 
 

5. Then fill a glass half way with ice cubes.

If you are a maniac like me, you can try to make these flavored ice cubes sometimes.
 
 

6. Pour the foam into the glass.
 
 

7. And add as much milk as you like.
 
 

Yum!
 
 

I’ve learned that the Greeks like to drink this foam-covered iced coffee with a straw.

Also, they like to stir the coffee and enjoy the relaxing sound of the ice cubes hitting with each other and with the glass.

Wonderful!
 
 

Just give it a try – it’s simple and delicious!

Oh, and don’t forget about the giveaway…

Love,

Petra
 

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Thank you all for participating in the ‘Summer Fun Giveaway’ contest.

Your ideas for popsicle or ice-cream flavors were gorgeous, interesting and BEYOND delicious! Now I definitely know where to go when I need some ice pop inspiration.

Thanks to you our freezer is fuller than it has ever been – freezing things like Diet Coke, for instance.

YUM!
 

To choose the winner I used a random number generator (random.org) which showed this result:

And the winner is Sassy: “And.. now… follow you on Facebook.”

(Sassy likes banana or root beer popsicles, by the way.)

Congrats Sassy!

You’ll be contacted via e-mail soon.
 

Have a wonderful day, everybody, and stay tuned! A new cute giveaway is lurking just around the corner!
 

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Popsicles!

Yeah!

When I was a kid I used to love popsicles.

I made my parents buy me loads and loads of them. When they started to worry about my health I used various sophisticated methods to make them do what I wanted … I screamed, kicked or told them I wouldn’t look after them when they were old. All in all, I guess I was every parent’s dream.

Now that I have grown up, the only thing that has changed in my relationship towards popsicles is that I am able to make my own ones.

And let me tell you that since I found my first popsicle mold in Ikea our freezer has been bursting with these fabulous treats.

Yum!
 
 

 
(The contest is closed. Thank you.)
 

Because I want you to experience the fun and joy that making your own popsicles brings I’ve prepared this cute summer giveaway for you.

The package that one of you can win includes four (4) popsicle molds, four (4) ice shot glass molds, two (2) ice cube trays, ten (10) fun glasses and a package of 225 colorful straws.

All this can be yours!
 

TO ENTER

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the ‘Comments section’ of this post:

“What is you favorite popsicle or ice cream flavor?”
 

THE RULES

  • One entry per person, please.

Additional entries:

  • Twitter (follow ZoomYummy; leave a note about it in the comment section of this post),
  • Facebook (become a fan of ZoomYummy; leave a note about it in the comment section of this post).

(So together you can have three entries.)

Winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday (July 8).

Good luck, everybody!
 

(The contest is closed. Thank you.)

 

And now back to the Orange and Vanilla Yogurt Popsicle.

You need only 4 ingredients!

Such a simple treat.
 
 

These are the popsicle molds I’ve used.

If you don’t own popsicle molds then you can use paper or plastic cups with popsicle sticks stuck in the middle.
 
 

1. Fill about 1/4 of the mold with the orange juice.

Please notice how I am not able to pour the juice properly while, at the same time, taking a picture.

That might be just too challenging for some of us!
 
 

The molds are filled.
 
 

2. Place the molds into the freezer for about 2 hours (we want the juice to be frozen so that it doesn’t mix with the yogurt).
 
 

3. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract.

You’ll be surprised by how wonderful a flavor these three ingredients can create!
 
 

4. When the juice has frozen, fill the molds with the yogurt mixture and place them back into the freezer.

(If you use cups instead of molds then make sure to put the sticks in about an hour after placing the cups in the freezer so they stay upright.)
 
 

In my freezer these popsicles needed about 10 hours to get fully frozen.
 
 

And here we are with an addictive, tart-sweet combination of orange and vanilla.

You just have to make it!

It’s so yummy!

(This recipe makes 4 regular popsicles.)
 

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The Winner

First of all, I’d like to say one big THANKS to all of you who have taken part in the giveaway contest.

I’ve had such a great time reading about your favorite desserts. Actually, your gorgeous ideas have inspired me to such an extent that I will just have to prepare some of them soon. Otherwise, I might disintegrate mentally…

Though I’d love to send the prize to all of you, there’s only one Cherry Pitter over here… and that one goes to:

Kristina: “French silk pie. It reminds me of summer and Thanksgiving. Nice lattice work!”

Congratulations!

You’ll be contacted via e-mail soon.

Have a wonderful day everybody and STAY TUNED – there’s a new giveaway waiting for you just around the corner.
 

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Let me introduce my new most favorite pie to you:

The cherry pie – My dear readers,

My dear readers – The cherry pie!

This might possibly be the most delicious pie on the face of the Earth.

Or, even better – in the universe.

And if there is a multiverse, then there too.

I got amazed by how scrumptiously such a simple pie can taste.

Absolutely yummy and finger-lickin’ (or in more civilized households – fork-lickin’).

But in our household it’s definitely something between finger-lickin’ and plate-lickin’.

Well, welcome to my world.

And now something about the GIVEAWAY
 

Because I think that kitchen gadgets of any kind are the next best thing (right after the cherry pie) I’ve prepared this cute giveaway for you.

It’s a CHERRY PITTER.

And it’s simply awesome.
 

TO ENTER (Contest closed. Thank you.)

To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the ‘Comments section’ of this post:

“What is you favorite dessert?”
 

THE RULES

  • One entry per person, please.

Additional entries:

  • Twitter (follow ZoomYummy and tweet the link of this post; leave a note about it in the comment section of this post),
  • Facebook (fan ZoomYummy and share the link of this post; leave a note about it in the comment section of this post).

(So together you can have three entries.)

Winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday (June 10).
 

Good luck, everybody!

(Contest closed. Thank you.)

 

And now, back to the cherry pie
 

These are the ingredients.

So simple.
 
 

1. To make the crust, place the flour, butter, sugar, salt and water into the bowl of your electric mixer.

2. Mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
 
 

3. Then work with your hands until the dough comes together and you’ve formed a nice, compact ball.
 
 

4. Place the dough into a bowl, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
 
 

5. Meanwhile, we can prepare the cherry filling.
 
 

In a saucepan, cook the cherries in water for 10 minutes.
 
 

6. Mix together the sugar and cornstarch and add to cherries.

(There’s this thing you should really know about me. I have the shortest attention span of all the human beings that have ever lived on this planet. So here I go – taking a picture of one tablespoon cornstarch being added to the sugar which caused me to completely forget about the second tablespoon cornstarch that I should have used as well. The result – my pie was a little more ‘runny’ than it should have been. But don’t worry – I am okay with that.)

7. Cook the cherry mixture until it thickens – about 5 minutes.

8. Cool slightly before using to fill your pie shell.
 
 

9. Remove the dough from the fridge and place it onto a well-floured surface.

10. Cut it in about ‘2/3 : 1/3′ ratio (… or, as I so like to say – cut it into a bigger and smaller half – here, I said it. Logical nonsense yet so relieving).
 
 

11. To form the pie shell, roll out the ‘bigger half’ on a floured surface into a 14-inch (35 cm) round.

12. Wrap around your rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate.

13. Fit gently into the bottom and the side of the plate. Use kitchen shears to trim the dough to a 1-inch overhang.

(I made those little holes on the bottom with a fork and I really don’t know why I made them.)
 
 

14. Then go on and fill the shell with the delicious filling.
 
 

15. Then grab the ‘smaller half’ of the dough, roll it out into a 14-inch (35 cm) round as well.

16. Using a sharp knife, cut it into even strips (you can use a ruler to guide you).
 
 

17. This is how I formed the lattice.

  • Picture 1 – To form a lattice top, lay out four to seven (seven in my case) strips on top of the filling.
  • Picture 2 – Fold back every other strip.
  • Picture 3 – Place one long strip of dough perpendicular to the parallel strips, as shown.
  • Picture 4 – Unfold the folded strips over the perpendicular strip and take the parallel strips that are running underneath (!) the perpendicular strip and fold them back over the perpendicular strip.
  • Picture 5 – Lay down a second perpendicular strip of dough next to the first strip, with some space between the strips. Unfold the folded parallel strips over the second strip. And again take the parallel strips that are running underneath the perpendicular strip and fold them back over the perpendicular strip.
  • Pictures 6 and 7 – Continue this process until the weave is complete over the top of the pie.
  • Picture 8 – Trim the parts of the strips that are longer than the dough underneath.
  • Picture 9 – Fold back the rim of the shell over the edge of the lattice strips and crimp the rim with your fingertips and knuckle.

Or you can just forget the whole lattice thing and cut out some little star shapes and place them on top of the filling.

There you go.
 
 

This is the finished lattice – still, I guess it’s really worth a try.

18. Just for kicks, you can brush the top of the lattice with a lightly beaten egg yolk.

19. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes (or until golden brown).
 
 

20. Place the baked pie on a wire rack to cool for about 2-3 hours.

And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
 

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