Snow Cones

Did you have the Snoopy snow cone maker when you were a kid? I did. And I loved that thing, despite the fact that it probably caused my first case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Seriously, it is almost impossible to crank that gear and turn ice cubes into anything more than a spoonful of ice crumbs. But it is still kinda awesome in a way that cannot be explained.

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{www.hearthsong.com}

These days there are equally adorable (non-hand crankingly operated) versions. This one from Crate and Barrel actually will shave enough ice to go into one of their cute, striped snow cone cups.

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{both images above from Crate & Barrel}

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Williams-Sonoma also has some great snow cone accessories like these striped cups and syrups, which are sure to be more appetizing than the bitter concoctions that came with the Snoopy set.

Lastly, if you are in New Orleans this summer and you need a break from the heat- and you will- this is the to-go spot for snow cones!!!

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{Hansen’s Sno-Bliz}

I Scream… You Scream…

Summer is heating up and what better way to chill out than a bowl of ice cream?!

If you own an ice cream maker, then try these delicious and refreshing recipes:

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{http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/food/my-happy-dish-mint-chip-ice-cream-from-kasey-fleisher-hickey-of-turntable-kitchen}

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{http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2013/06/key-lime-pie-ice-cream-with-mango-swirl.html}

My favorite local spots for homemade ice cream are:

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{http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com}

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{http://www.ilovenicecream.com}

And when the homemade just isn’t an option, two of my favorite grocery store brands are:

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{http://www.mcconnells.com}

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{https://talentigelato.com}

Pancakes=Dads

Father’s Day is right around the corner and nothing screams “Dad” on a Sunday morning like freshly made pancakes. There is a debate raging in our household about who makes the best pancakes- the kid’s father or their grandfather.

Here are some pretty tasty recipes to secure the coveted “Best Pancake Maker Award” in your household.

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{Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancakes via http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/projectrecipe/2008/10/14/dish-28-bridgets-pancakes.html}

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{Zucchini Bread Pancakes via http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/07/zucchini-bread-pancakes/}

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{Buckwheat Banana Pancakes for vegans via http://www.goop.com/journal/make/5/pancakes}

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{Spiced Apple Pancakes via http://sweetannas.com/?s=pancakes}

Boozy Popsicles

This is the time of year when June gloom rolls in here in Venice and the only reminders that it’s summer are a) my kids are out of school b) all my southern friends tout pictures of beautiful beach days on the Gulf Coast and c) my pinterest account is flooded with yummy summer treats.

I am currently obsessing on all of the pictures of alcohol infused popsicles. I’ve never tried one, but I think this is the summer to do it!

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{Recipes and images: Creamy Margarita http://www.gardeenworld.blogspot.com; Honeydew Cucumber Margarita http://www.live.gourmet.com; Peach Bellini http://www.bespangledjewelry.blogspot.com}

If making popsicles seems too overwhelming, then you could always do this champagne pour-over. It looks so pretty too!

School’s Out for Summer!

Well, not here in California- but almost.

I’m busy planning my son’s class end of year party with the other room parents. We have the good fortune of living close to the beach, so we figured what better place to let 52 graduating second graders run around and celebrate for a few hours?!

This is the inspiration board that I put together:Image

1. We’re getting the adult and kid sandwiches & salads from Clementine in West LA {http://clementineonline.com}

2. I’m hitting up friends to make the lemonade and summer themed desserts

3. I’ll be making the DIY decorations {a big thank you to… http://columbia.wedding101.net/blog/2013/01/18/friday-diy-dip-dyed-coffee-filter-garlands/}

4. The icees will be from the delicious Di Dio’s Italian Ice in Santa Monica

The guest list is blowing up, so I hope that it’s a fun day for everyone!

{photo credits: pinterest, martha stewart, cannelle et vanille}

I Love Candy!

Specifically, cotton candy. I know it’s childish, but it’s making a serious reappearance in a myriad of grown-up settings. Apparently I’m not the only one who still loves to nibble on a fluffy, sugary puff ball.

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I have to limit my cotton candy exposure to sporting events for fear of tooth rot and diabetic comas, but I take pleasure in knowing that I could own this darling machine if I wanted to make it a daily habit.

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{www.webrestaurantstore.com $404}

Or if you wanted to add a little something special to your next party, most good party rental companies have cotton candy machines to rent for around $75.

Here is a link to a DIY cotton candy without any special equipment http://www.thedailymeal.com/cotton-candy-0

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I really may need to decapitate a whisk and give that a try!

{Photo credit: pinterest, thebridesofoklahoma.com}