Summer Summer Summertiiiime, but when it’s hot as a tamale out, it can be hard to sit back and unwind. Sipping on cooling drinks can help us get through the even the most sweltering days. You can turn to the standby with gin & juice (sorry for all of the 90’s music references) or reach for something even more exciting for your taste buds: Like this boozy watermelon papaya rum smoothie! Booze in smoothies you ask? Oh yes (but then again, I, Ashley, tend to put booze in everything!)…
You won’t want to be cooking syrups or waiting days for infusions just to down a drink in no time with the heat, so this cocktail only requires a bit of freezing (my secret tip!) and blending to get a refreshing and tasty drink that’s perfect for sipping poolside…
photos by Jared Smith
The good news is we’ve all made it to Friday again, and we’re back with another #SipsForSummer cocktail for you to make this weekend! The bad news is I’m predictable enough (after this cocktail story) to still be on a spicy cocktail kick, and now I’m helping/forcing you to jump on the bandwagon, too, with this simple spicy paloma recipe!
Before you non-spicy lovers go running, you can always skip the spicy portion for regular simple syrup to make a traditional paloma, and it’s as simple as mixing three ingredients together! Doesn’t get much easier than that, right? I definitely plan on mixing up some of these for the game night we’re having this weekend (yes, I’m still having game night at the ripe age of 27)…
photos by Jared Smith
I feel like all of the best hosts I know have a few recipes on hand that everyone always loves and looks forward to. My Grandma has about a million (not exaggerating, though I am her number one fan) token recipes that she knows by heart, but since I’m not quite as skilled in the kitchen as she is, my signature dishes usually consist of far simpler recipes, like a good sugar cookie fruit pizza. Yes, I know, just consider me on the ‘B’ team..
I started making these a few years ago (and even posted this terrible video version!) with cinnamon cream cheese, but have played around with a bunch of different variations before finding the one, and trust me, you can really never go wrong with this recipe, and it just as simple as flavored cream cheese, but so much better! I also feel entitled to say that with declaration on account of the fact that I burn/kill/ruin a lot of dishes that are supposed to be hits, but this one is a 10 every time, so that’s really saying something!
photos by Inked Fingers
Recently, at the hands of some well-meaning girlfriends, I, Carly, succumbed to what some might call the “I’m-pushing-30” peer pressure to join a local bootcamp. So, every morning I now wake up before 5am, stumble into my kitchen, drink my coffee with my eyes still closed, and head off to camp. There I spend the next hour of my life running, jumping, lifting, and lunging until I can lunge no more, all in the name of fitness. Sounds exciting, right? Well, I honestly have no reason for telling you about any of it, except to help you fully understand just how much I’ve been thinking about cake lately, so this DIY abstract floral pattern cake is no coincidence as far as timing!
Lucky for me, these same girlfriends of mine like to regularly host fabulous dinner parties. Ones where we all gather around bottles of wine while we cook each other all sorts of delicious foods and eat to our hearts’ content. It’s wonderful, for so many reasons, but it also affords me the perfect opportunity to make (and eat) some truly amazing cake.
Now of course, for nights as special as these, I can’t just show up with any old cake. But let’s be honest, who has the time, energy, or talent to make a show-stopping cake worthy of television show glory? Well I’m glad you asked, my friend, because YOU do, and I’m going to show you how…