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Orange Cream Floats

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

Orange Cream Floats. Three beautiful words. Three simple ingredients. Vanilla ice cream, orange juice & sparkling water. Sure, this recipe could easily be adapted (different sodas, ice creams!  juices!), fancied up (lavender? honey? rosemary?) or spiked (vodka, rum, gin!) but really—it’s perfect just the way it is.

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

This is one of those drinks that will remind an adult of their childhood and will create a lasting impression on a kid who’s still figuring out the crazy nuances of preschool and sharing toys with strangers.

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

It’s a reminder (in a glass!) that it’s Summer and we should keep things simple. Like ridiculously simple.

Am I right?

Out & About: Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Out & About: Tomales Bay Oyster Company // shutterbean

I think I might have mentioned that my husband Casey started a wine tasting group. Did I mention that? I think I was supposed to show you pictures of our first tasting party but I never did that. Must remedy that soon. Please forgive. Anyways! A few weeks ago we went to Tomales Bay Oyster Company for a white wine-themed get together/lunch with oysters & the like. As a person who doesn’t care for white wine (I know! I KNOW. It doesn’t matter what white wine I try, I still don’t/won’t like it), I chose to focus on the food for our little get-together; it’s what I do best!  For those of you seeking fun/unique places to go in the Bay Area, I highly suggest checking out The Tomales Bay Oyster Company.

I love lists, Friday!

I LOE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. 1o Reasons it’s Not Worth Getting Upset Over What People Think.
  2. Book Titles with One Missing Letter  (ha!)
  3. If you’re ever feeling stressed, watch this video. Cuz …FOG!!
  4. Time to make some cherry syrup cuz I NEED THIS DRINK.
  5. I respect that this teacher wore the same thing in each of his yearbook photos.
  6. Kids getting sunscreen put on them. The horror!
  7. I suppose I’m a millennial girl.
  8. This looks like the perfect summer outfit, don’t you agree?
  9. 27 Ways to be as American as Ron Swanson  (my husband LOVES/is him)
  10. This Blueberry Slab Pie looks like a gigantic Pop Tart that I would eat myself!
  11. Get obsessed with this milkshake. Cuz then we can be samies.
  12. This post about “Work Life Balance” and Other Lies was a good read!
  13. I’d probably eat a sleeve of Ritz in the making of these ice cream sandwiches. NBD.
  14. Let me park up next to this Strawberry Mascarpone Tart & I’ll be just fine.
  15. Bust out your permanent marker and do some damage (in a good way!)

but wait theres more

There’s a new Joy the Baker Podcast!  Episode #99 is called 99 Problems!   It’s Summer Bucket List 2013 time!  Let’s get excited about the summer and discuss me possibly taking up running (AHHH!).  There’s also a new episode (#100!!!) coming out this weekend (stay tuned!)

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Versatile Vegan made my Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread but with Peaches!

Wit & Vinegar used the blueberry compote this recipe to make an amazing Blueberry Pie Sundae!

Sarcastic Cooking made my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My Windy City made a fantastic version of my Herbed Flatbread. Check it out!

Mis En Place made my Rigatoni with Marinara Ricotta (but without ricotta!)

 

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt


Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

When we were in Hawaii, we got into this crazy routine of going to frozen yogurt every night after dinner. We became regulars for a week and it was glorious. Casey’s favorite flavor was Taro. He got it every night without fail. Mine? Peanut butter. Unfortunately, there were only two nights out of 6 where they had peanut butter and one of them was Peanut Butter Banana. It was EPIC.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

And then we came home and I have craved that fro-yo since. I’ve dreamt about it… and here it is.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

One thing I added (because I can!) was a swirl of peanut butter. I added a little bit of brown sugar in the swirl to make it a little sweet and slightly crunchy. It’s sweet, slightly tangy and slightly salty. It’s divine!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to have one of those CALGON TAKE ME AWAY moments, but with fro-yo.

I love lists, Friday!

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  1. I want this cocktail just on the name alone!
  2. ALL AMERICAN BEER BOTTLING PARTY! I styled this & ate all this food! YAY.
  3. Oatmeal French Toast & eating dinner together. Two important things.
  4. List of Common Misconceptions. Bookmark this!
  5. This post about the Balance of Blogging hit close to home.
  6. The internet is a great diversion, but we have to learn how to let it go.
  7. A Reminder that Glass Doors are the Biggest Threat to Humanity
  8. DIY Studded Sneakers. Let’s do this!
  9. Got lemon peel? Use it!
  10. Vegan Espresso Fudgesicles! Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts! Cream Cheese Blueberry Galette!
  11. I’m not one who likes baths but I’m thinking this Detox Bath might be cool.
  12. How to make Boozy drinks less bad for you. Another one to bookmark!
  13. Lessons on fear from James Gandolfini. (sniff sniff)
  14. A timeline video of Peggy breaking through the glass ceiling! 
  15. Accounting for People Who Hate Accounting  (haha, YES and this is my JOB)
  16. No more Google Reader!! I’m moving to Feedly. Here’s a HOW TO if you’re looking for one! There’s also Bloglovin!

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Figs In My Belly made my Grilled Greek Panzanella  

The Adventures of PC & J made my Curry Coconut Chicken & Rice

Grub with Love made my Three Cheese & Herb Tomato Tart

Creativity Blueprint made my Milk & Cookies Smoothie

The Night Bakery made my Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thank you to thekitchn for featuring my whipped cream in a jar trick!

Spicy Lemonade

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

My husband almost always stops at Lemonade stands when we’re out driving. He will also buy magazines or chocolate from anyone who comes to our door. Although I’m kind of bah-humbug about buying stuff when I’m no in no mood to be interrupted, I find this quality in him to be so endearing.

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

He’s like a magnet to a kid who is eager to make a dollar. He’s been there. I’ve been there. I don’t want to talk about how I was traumatized selling frozen pizzas to the creepy neighbors on my block as a kid. I get a mild panic attack when I think about walking up to the doors of some of the houses…I should remember how it feels to be on the other end when I’m passing by a lemonade stand…Ok. I just worked out my own lesson there.

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

Today we have some grown-up lemonade. It’s got a kick — thanks to a few dashes of Tabasco.  At first you don’t taste the spice…just sweet, refreshing lemonade and then it hits the back of your throat. Hello, spicy kick!  It’s just as exhilarating as seeing a customer walk up to your lemonade stand with a $5 bill!

Grilled Greek Panzanella


Grilled Greek Panzanella // shutterbean

Take one of my favorite salads and mix it with grilled bread and you have the perfect way to win my heart. Need me to alphabetize your DVD collection? No problem. Want help unpacking your closet after a move? OK. Looking for someone to help you detail the inside of your car and or fridge? You’ve come to the right place. All I require is this entire bowl of Grilled Greek Panzanella alongside a tasty cocktail (or three). Give me some headphones and let me go!

I have a feeling the waiting list will be long…

Grilled Greek Panzanella // shutterbean

I made this recipe when we were on vacation!  Our friends had a couple of Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks  in the condo my parents were staying and while flipping through the pages, my brain immediately locked in on this recipe.  Mama wanted GREEK…in Hawaii! I also wanted to make a recipe because I was JONESING to blog.

Grilled Greek Panzanella // shutterbean

This panzanella salad is well rounded with flavors. Salt from feta & olives. Crunch and sweetness from the peppers, tomatoes & cucumbers. And the grilled bread that soaks up a little of the tangy dressing?? I think I may have fainted…INCREDIBLE. It’s sure to be a bribing tool this summer.

I love lists, Friday!

I love lists friday

  1. Grandmothers & their meals. I love this.
  2. I styled this Shrimp Taco recipe for the kitchn. It’s SUPER GOOD.
  3. If you love seeing how people pack on a trip, you’ll love this post.
  4. Cookie Stacked Cakes? WHERE DO I SIGN UP??
  5. I want to eat this ice cream all summer long.
  6. 14 Simple Things Perfectionists Love (SO TRUE).
  7. I’m obsessed with this film petit series! Moonrise KingdomNapoleon Dynamite! Lebowski! Beuller!
  8. Such a cute way to wrap a present.
  9. This Cheesy Tex Mex Skillet  looks like the perfect weeknight meal.
  10. I want Catherine to adopt me. These lunches look amazing.
  11. SUMMER MUSIC!!! Let’s make a playlist.
  12. If you’ve ever been pregnant, you might relate to this powerful post.
  13. I’d park myself up to this Gooey Chocolate Coconut Skillet Cake ALL DAY LONG.
  14. I’d like to make a light painting one day.
  15. If you’ve got leftover strawberries… make these pops!

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The Simplified Feast made my Farro Salad

Thoughtful Plate made my Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad

The Petit Kitchen made my Honey Banana Smoothie

Love, Laurie made my Espresso BBQ Sauce

Wild Friends made my Asian Slaw with Wasabi Dressing