Tropical Ecstasy Cocktail
Of course I like it because it’s Tiffany blue… but it’s also a delicious way to unwind this summer.
1 ounce Absolut Vodka
1 ounce Blue Curacao
1 ounce coconut milk, sweetened 
1 ounce Midori
The Tropical Ecstasy Cocktail is a sweet creamy cocktail with a tropical flavor. The blue in this cocktail is controled by the Blue Curacao, and the green by the Midori. Adjusting the amounts will effect the color.
-recipe from cocktailsdrinkrecipes.com

Tropical Ecstasy Cocktail

Of course I like it because it’s Tiffany blue… but it’s also a delicious way to unwind this summer.

1 ounce Absolut Vodka

1 ounce Blue Curacao

1 ounce coconut milk, sweetened 

1 ounce Midori

The Tropical Ecstasy Cocktail is a sweet creamy cocktail with a tropical flavor. The blue in this cocktail is controled by the Blue Curacao, and the green by the Midori. Adjusting the amounts will effect the color.

-recipe from cocktailsdrinkrecipes.com

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam
This jam is the perfect compliment to fresh baked bread.  Take some with you on a picnic if you can stand to share it :)
It also makes a delightful gift for friends and neighbors.  Just cover the lid of the mason jar with some summery fabric, bind with ribbon, and attach a card.
Click through for the recipe from serious eats.

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam

This jam is the perfect compliment to fresh baked bread.  Take some with you on a picnic if you can stand to share it :)

It also makes a delightful gift for friends and neighbors.  Just cover the lid of the mason jar with some summery fabric, bind with ribbon, and attach a card.

Click through for the recipe from serious eats.

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DIY Shift Dress | Martha Stewart
I can’t really wear dresses like this… big boobs are my misfortune. For serious, don’t ever be sad about small boobs, they are my envy! And don’t get me started on strapless bras for bigger chested gals. Do the people who make these know that corset torture went out in the 1800’s?! I feel like Scarlett getting roped in whenever I put those things on. So even though I love these dresses, I also love being able to breath. That wins out every time.
OK, enough about boobs. This is such a gorgeous dress and perfect for those summer days when it’s so hot that you feel like your shoes are going to melt. Actually it was so hot one day that my shoes did melt. Don’t wear cheap plastic shoes if you’re going to be walking on hot roads. Just FYI.
Wow this little piece is going way off the rails. So I’m going to finish it up quickly by saying: nice dress, pretty, easy to make, you should make it.

mildlyinterestingadventures:

DIY Shift Dress | Martha Stewart

I can’t really wear dresses like this… big boobs are my misfortune. For serious, don’t ever be sad about small boobs, they are my envy! And don’t get me started on strapless bras for bigger chested gals. Do the people who make these know that corset torture went out in the 1800’s?! I feel like Scarlett getting roped in whenever I put those things on. So even though I love these dresses, I also love being able to breath. That wins out every time.

OK, enough about boobs. This is such a gorgeous dress and perfect for those summer days when it’s so hot that you feel like your shoes are going to melt. Actually it was so hot one day that my shoes did melt. Don’t wear cheap plastic shoes if you’re going to be walking on hot roads. Just FYI.

Wow this little piece is going way off the rails. So I’m going to finish it up quickly by saying: nice dress, pretty, easy to make, you should make it.

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

 
Faster than you can say “cupcake fatigue,” gourmet popsicles have become the latest fully saturated food trend. Now you don’t even have to leave your house to have them. here’s a DIY home brew popsicle recipe with an adult twist.
Don’t be fooled by the Lolita-esque styling of these pops. The crushed peaches in these popsicles were soaked in a bourbon bath to cool you down and chill you out. Mix it with a little simple syrup and some plain yogurt and you’ll have cocktail popsicles in just a few freezing hours.
… And of course, lick responsibly.
Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles
 
Makes 18-22 popsicles
· 1 cup ripe peaches, crushed
· ¼ cup bourbon
· ½ cup simple syrup, cooled (recipe follows)
· 2 cups plain yogurt
Instructions:
1. Peel and slice peaches. Use a potato masher to crush the peaches. Combine crushed peaches and bourbon in a bowl, mix to combine. Add the simple syrup in slowly and taste to preference. Add yogurt to bourbon peach mixture and combine.
2. Score top edge of Dixie cup with scissors for easy peeling. Pour mixture into Dixie cups. Freeze for two hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Continue to freeze until mixture is completely frozen into a popsicle, about 5-6 hours. Peel off Dixie cups. Serve.
Simple Syrup
· ¼ cup water
· ¼ sugar
Instructions:
1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
A few notes:
Use the simple syrup sparingly. Taste the mixture as you mix to make sure it’s to your liking. Use more for a sweeter tasting popsicle and less for a popsicle that will have a stronger bourbon flavor.
If you do not have ripe peaches on hand, use canned peaches in light syrup (make sure to drain before use). If you use canned peaches, bypass the simple syrup.
To shave some time, use vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt to skip the simple syrup portion. Keep in mind this version will be much sweeter as vanilla flavored yogurt is sweetened. If you are using this in combination with canned peaches, rinse the peaches and add 2-3 tablespoons bourbon in addition to the ¼ cup in the recipe. The added tablespoons will offset any sweetness that may overpower the bourbon.
Of course you can omit the bourbon completely for a simple Peaches and Cream Popsicle — but why on earth would you want to do that…
(via endlesssimmer.com)

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Faster than you can say “cupcake fatigue,” gourmet popsicles have become the latest fully saturated food trend. Now you don’t even have to leave your house to have them. here’s a DIY home brew popsicle recipe with an adult twist.

Don’t be fooled by the Lolita-esque styling of these pops. The crushed peaches in these popsicles were soaked in a bourbon bath to cool you down and chill you out. Mix it with a little simple syrup and some plain yogurt and you’ll have cocktail popsicles in just a few freezing hours.

… And of course, lick responsibly.

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

 

Makes 18-22 popsicles

· 1 cup ripe peaches, crushed

· ¼ cup bourbon

· ½ cup simple syrup, cooled (recipe follows)

· 2 cups plain yogurt

Instructions:

1. Peel and slice peaches. Use a potato masher to crush the peaches. Combine crushed peaches and bourbon in a bowl, mix to combine. Add the simple syrup in slowly and taste to preference. Add yogurt to bourbon peach mixture and combine.

2. Score top edge of Dixie cup with scissors for easy peeling. Pour mixture into Dixie cups. Freeze for two hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Continue to freeze until mixture is completely frozen into a popsicle, about 5-6 hours. Peel off Dixie cups. Serve.

Simple Syrup

· ¼ cup water

· ¼ sugar

Instructions:

1. Place water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

A few notes:

Use the simple syrup sparingly. Taste the mixture as you mix to make sure it’s to your liking. Use more for a sweeter tasting popsicle and less for a popsicle that will have a stronger bourbon flavor.

If you do not have ripe peaches on hand, use canned peaches in light syrup (make sure to drain before use). If you use canned peaches, bypass the simple syrup.

To shave some time, use vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt to skip the simple syrup portion. Keep in mind this version will be much sweeter as vanilla flavored yogurt is sweetened. If you are using this in combination with canned peaches, rinse the peaches and add 2-3 tablespoons bourbon in addition to the ¼ cup in the recipe. The added tablespoons will offset any sweetness that may overpower the bourbon.

Of course you can omit the bourbon completely for a simple Peaches and Cream Popsicle — but why on earth would you want to do that…

(via endlesssimmer.com)

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt
Can’t wait to make this! Just Cook Already has come up with a yummy recipe for using up all those summer blackberries that are about to come in season.
For this recipe I use yogurt cheese. It gives a very rich and creamy texture which helps mask the crunchy blackberry seeds. When yogurt is strained using a cheese cloth the whey is removed resulting in a thick yogurt cheese. For an easy substitute use Greek yogurt which is so similar you won’t even know the difference. 

3 cups fresh blackberries
3 cups yogurt cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
In a blender puree the blackberries with the sweetened condensed milk.
In a medium bowl mix the puree with the yogurt cheese.
Pour the mixture into your ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions or use Popsicle molds for fresh homemade Popsicles (recycled paper cups that can be peeled away and spoons as handles are eco-friendly and work just fine).

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt

Can’t wait to make this! Just Cook Already has come up with a yummy recipe for using up all those summer blackberries that are about to come in season.

For this recipe I use yogurt cheese. It gives a very rich and creamy texture which helps mask the crunchy blackberry seeds. When yogurt is strained using a cheese cloth the whey is removed resulting in a thick yogurt cheese. For an easy substitute use Greek yogurt which is so similar you won’t even know the difference. 

3 cups fresh blackberries 3 cups yogurt cheese 1 can sweetened condensed milk In a blender puree the blackberries with the sweetened condensed milk. In a medium bowl mix the puree with the yogurt cheese. Pour the mixture into your ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions or use Popsicle molds for fresh homemade Popsicles (recycled paper cups that can be peeled away and spoons as handles are eco-friendly and work just fine).