Tag: dessert

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

Cucumber Watermelon reminds me of being a tween. Except we didn’t call it tween back then. It was just the super awkward time between 7th grade and high school. In 8th grade, I really wanted to wear deodorant because it meant you were one step closer to being grown. Well, that and sports bras, Doc Martens, liquid eyeliner, and bangs with too much hairspray. I think my first dip into the deodorant world was with the zesty Cucumber Watermelon Teen Spirit variety. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I mean, who doesn’t want their pits to smell like Watermelon Jolly Rancher mixed with the synthetic smell of chemical cucumber?  Cucumber watermelon was ALLLLLLL the rage back then but the thought of eating those two things at the SAME TIME was…blasphemy. At least in my tween head.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

And this is that very flavor in popsicle form. Thankfully we’ve grown out of that not eating Cucumber & Watermelon TOGETHER phase. Now, we’re grown and there’s no crying to Boys II Men (most of the time) and no trying to force these legs into wearing boxers as shorts during volleyball practice! Hallelujah. Cucumber watermelon might be the scent of my 8th grade innocence…without the peer pressure & hormonal drama.

Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles // shutterbean

 

Also I can now dip a popsicle in a cup of vodka or gin if I’m having a rough day cuz I’M GROWN.

 

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Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I wanted to write you this whole story about how my brother flew across country with a huge box full of cookies from Momofuku’s Milkbar for my birthday but I just got sucked in on Facebook and I don’t have the energy to go into detail. I don’t know how I get sucked into Facebook, but I do. I have a few people who are into Crossfit & Paleo (OMG!), a bunch of people just got new baby dogs, a friend had a baby and some other people are performing in bands and it’s all…

RIVETING STUFF.

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I now interrupt your allocated 5 minutes (ahem, 50) of Facebook time to tell you about these cookies. These cookies are everything. I had them many many years ago when I was in New York and I’ve never had anything like them since. I always make a point to pick one up on my trips out to NY. These cookies are crunchy (cuz of the cornflakes!), buttery, chewy and almost toffee-like. The marshmallows makes them ooey & gooey and the peanut butter chips (my addition!) make them kind of savory and leads to mouth watering goodness. Also, they are GIANT.

**please note that in real life, my hands are giant**

Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies // shutterbean

I made the mistake of leaving 8 of them on the counter while Casey was working from home. A few hours later I got a text saying, “These cookies are dangerous!”  And when I came home there was a measly half a cookie left!  He felt bad, but he had no idea that I stashed 4 uncooked cookie dough balls in the freezer. One must always be prepared!

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Raspberry Peach Buckle

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I’ve been buying raspberries with the intention of making dessert but every time I bring them home, I eat all of them. I suppose there are worst things to eat, but this vicious cycle has been getting in the way of me eating raspberry cake. And raspberry cake with a heavy dose of almond extract is what I’ve been craving.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

Cake…Cobbler…Grunt…BUCKLE. Let’s talk about the giant elephant in the room. BUCKLE! What a funny word for something that’s cake-ish. Here’s a run down of the differences. Either way, Casey refused to say buckle when he asked for another slice. When I served it up and it wasn’t so easy to cut into perfect squares, I called it a buckle. It’s like a cake that you spoon out.

Raspberry Peach Buckle // shutterbean

I call it OH WOW I LOVE THE  SWEET JUICY PEACHES, TART RASPBERRIES AND ALMONDY CAKE THAT’S REALLY A BUCKLE… THING. I think you’ll agree that this is the perfect name when you try a bite yourself. That and WHOA, Dude, WHOA.

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Pimm’s Cup Popsicles


Pimm's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

Aaaaaand the boozy popsicle journey continues with Pimm’s Cup Popsicles. If you’re a fan the Pimm’s Cup Cocktail,  you’ll love this frozen treat. It’s super refreshing and packs a ton of flavor. You’ll enjoy how cold it is on a hot day. Cocktail on a stick!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

In this recipe, I added a few slices of cucumber & strawberries to the pop. So at the very end you get a nice little frozen treat. I also used Ginger Beer because that’s what I had in our fridge. You may use ginger ale if you please! If you’re wanting to mask some of the booze and make it sweet a simple syrup will do the trick. Maybe even a mint one…oooh!

Pim's Cup Popsicles // shutterbean

And if you don’t have popsicle molds, make a simple granita!

You can see how to do it with this delicious Frozen Cappuccino recipe I made last summer. I imagine it to be like a grownup slushee. Mmmm.

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Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches


Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

My parents switched schools on me when I was in 7th grade. I was super nervous and pretty upset to be changing schools because I had been with my friends since kindergarten. On my first day of the new school I found out that they sold ice cream sandwiches after lunchtime. SCORE! When my friend Caley bought me one to welcome me, it was then when I knew my parents made the right decision. It was also then that I knew I had made a solid friend.

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is my first time making ice cream sandwiches and it definitely won’t be the last. There’s something so satisfying about spreading
melty ice cream over a sheet of cookie and squishing another cookie on top to make a sandwich. And when you cut out individual sandwiches, it’s like jackpot!! Who wouldn’t want this ice cream sandwich loot in their freezer?

Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches // shutterbean

These sandwiches are packed with flavor! The lemon zest & juice really enhances the vanilla ice cream. It’s tastes blueberry muffin ice cream! The blueberry swirl captures my heart and adds such a pretty color to what would have been a very monotone ice cream sandwich. I’m quite smitten with these and I’m sure you’ll agree when you share your first (of many batches!) with your loved ones. Ice cream sandwiches are how friends are made.

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Mango Lassi Popsicles

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

Dust off your popsicle molds! Make space in your freezer (hides head in shame) because popsicle season has begun! I know, I know you can totally eat popsicles year round, but in my brain I feel like it’s only OK to do it when it’s hot outside.

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

Cooper’s favorite thing to get when we’re out for Indian food is a mango lassi. He also likes “chicka-ma-tikka-man-sala.”  Don’t fight him on this. I want him to say it like that forever.  So here’s my attempt to win his heart with a Mango Lassi in popsicle form!

Mango Lassi Popsicles // shutterbean

These pops are super creamy thanks to the Greek yogurt and oh so refreshing/healthy!  Now…I’m thinking my next popsicle I make should be boozy cuz I want one geared around my adult beverage tastes. What are we thinking? I’ve already done Boozy Peach Pops and Pina Coladas. How about Mojitos? Jack & Cokes? Moscow Mules? Let’s brainstorm!

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Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

I love lemons. It’s no joke.If you ever asked me to make a list of my kitchen staples, lemons would be high on that list. You can almost always find a bag of them in my kitchen because they’re the ultimate flavor enhancer. Need to perk up some leftovers? Lemon is almost always my answer.  It’s also one of my most favorite smells of all time. If only you could take a whiff of this cake…

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

This Memorial Day weekend I was waffling back and forth about what to make in the kitchen. I wanted to make a bunch of things to get ahead of schedule but then I felt extremely lazy and decided that I’d just throw in the towel and call it a holiday. So, I sat outside with a coffee and an older issue of Bon Appetit and I realized I had all of the ingredients to make this Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake. I find in these moments to just go forth and create. I have no will power when I see that I have all the ingredients in a recipe. MUST MAKE. NOW.

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake // shutterbean

I made this cake for my in-laws. We planned to eat it for dessert but s’mores got in the way (who can resist?!).  Instead it turned into a booze-fueled-late night-snacking cake and a morning picking-on-this-because-we’re-not-ready-to-eat-breakfast-but-we-still-want-something cake. It sat on the edge of the counter in my sister-in-law’s kitchen and slowly throughout the day it withered away, half piece by half piece. A slice is perfect with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream & berries but it’s also good on its own…eaten without a plate en route to watching BBQ Pitmasters ALL DAY long (ahem, Casey).  If you love lemon, then you’ll most certainly love this bundt. The glaze is simply the best.

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Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

I have this terrible habit of buying the same items of clothing when I’m shopping. I walk in with the intent to get something new and my brain goes into robot mode. MUST FIND STRIPED SHIRTS/BLACK & WHITE ANYTHING/PERFECT BLACK DRESS.  Can one ever have enough striped shirts? (NO) How about the perfect black scooped-neck shirt?  I have to stop myself when I’m about to buy another black dress…It’s just that I can’t help it. I know exactly what I like/want.  If only stores carried nothing but black denim wide leg pants & striped shirts year round, I’d be all set.

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

I suppose my food cravings are pretty much the same. I love anything almondy. Here on this site you’ve seen me make granoladanishes, bars, cookies,vegan cookiest, raw cookies, caramel cornappetizers loaded with almonds. I feel like I have the same issue with almonds as I do with my striped shirt collection. NEED MORE. ALWAYS. Thank goodness almonds are good for you.

Almond Cookies // shutterbean

We enjoyed these cookies a little too much at my house. I had to freeze some and give some away because there wasn’t much stopping me from eating one after another after another. They’re nutty, sweet & fragrant with vanilla. They’re perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with tea. I wouldn’t mind a few broken over ice cream with fresh berries. Let’s make that happen! I think on my next go-around, I’m going to add a bit of almond extract because I can’t get enough of almonds.

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