When I was younger, I used to try and surprise my Dad by already having his coffee made for him in the mornings when we were headed to school. He always used (and still does) two squirts of honey, a splash of cream, and the same travel cup– it was like our thing. At the time I wasn’t allowed to have coffee, so then when I did strike a lifelong love affair with my new morning ritual, we were like two peas in a (coffee bean) pod, and that was BEFORE I introduced him to a caramel macchiato and frappe as a sweet treat. Once that happened, it was game over on regular coffee (we clearly share the same sweet tooth genetics)! Alas, we’ve now upgraded to a little something sweet I like to call Coffee-Mate…
All of that being said, we’re not fancy people when it comes to making morning coffee, but it definitely holds a special place in my heart. Mostly that’s because I’m not a morning person, and the quicker I can have my liquid fuel, the better, but the point is I never go without it, which makes this simple iced caramel macchiato recipe perfect for Summers on the go!
I, Alex, am of the firm belief that summertime eating is all about the hand-held food. Burgers, popsicles, corn on the cob, and of course, a token apple pie hand pies recipe — If I can eat it without needing a plate and a fork, I’m sold!
This hand pies recipe is infinitely tastier than the iconic fast-food version, but just as adorable. The beauty of apple hand pies is that even novice bakers can feel like kitchen superstars, because it’s almost impossible to mess these up, so don’t be intimidated by the amount of steps, the entire process is really intuitive. Cook the apple, swirl in a few spices, and taste.
Feeling frisky? Add a splash of whiskey or bourbon to the batter, or if you want more warmth, add in more ground ginger or cinnamon. While most baking recipes need to be followed to the T, apple pie filling is much more forgiving, so summon your inner Nigella Lawson and let your taste buds be your guide! Or something like that…
photos by Jared Smith
When it comes to BBQ’ing, full days out by the pool, or the 4th of July, the easier the dessert or snack prep is, the better. That either makes me super lazy or slightly genius (when it comes to being a pro at relaxing, that is). I’m not sure which yet, but regardless, this funfetti dessert chips recipe will definitely be all the rage when it comes to curing a quick sweet tooth after a day in the sun. The bonus part is you can use half of your bag of Kettle Brand chips (our personal favorite brand, especially the sriracha!) as a traditional side for burgers, and the other half of the bag for whipping up what might be the easiest dessert of all time.
Of course, if I’m going to actually
cook make something, I have to go big on the delivery, so I took it a little step further by making dipped waffle cones holders for the dessert chips. Because you know, I have to make it as crazy looking as possible for added effect, of course…
Summer is basically here. Hooray! Once Memorial Day hits, I, Ashley, am ready to break out my bathing suit and sit pool side with a drink in my hand! Who else is with me on this?! During the Dog Days of Summer, I want no-fuss drinks that are easy to whip together, and definitely I don’t want to have to spend valuable beach time cooking syrups, bottling bitters, or roasting fruit.
After I kept seeing Brazilian limeade (lemonade) pop up here and there, I just had to make it. After blending up a batch, I proceeded to immediately down almost the whole thing (don’t judge until you’ve tried it!) This, to me, is a good sign of a great recipe, and the best thing is it only takes a few ingredients to make your own spiked brazilian limeade recipe!