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}

Book Club Inspired by Bernadette

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is a perfect book to bring on your spring break trip to Hawaii. It’s funny, it’s current, and it’s impossible to put down.

I host a sporadic book club with the intention of gathering my reading friends to pick their brains about what to add to my Kindle queue. Of course the wine and non-book talk is fun too.

I was inspired by Bernadette to throw a themed book club- something I’ve never done. There were so many great details in the book that I couldn’t resist bringing them to life.

Some of my favorite were: pots of mud with signs and funny quotes from the book, custom gnat labeled wine, take-out containers for the food, and of course no Seattle setting would be complete without rain.

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And last, but definitely not least… I hired a friend of mine to make an Antarctic dessert scape with edible ice flows (meringues) and penguins (chocolate truffles.) Not only was it about the cutest thing I have ever seen- the meringues were possibly the most delicious I have ever had and the penguins were divine.

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Tasty Cakes

I have a confession to make. I cannot bake a cake. {And I am not Dr. Suess}

I have outsourced every single birthday cake and cupcake ever presented to my children. Although, I once attempted to make gluten-free cupcakes for my son’s class and they turned into chocolate dust as soon as the kids took a bite. I was not thrilled to be cleaning that crumb explosion off the floor.

Learning how to bake a delicious (most important) and beautiful cake is on my 40 before 40 list. I have a few years, thankfully. This is my goal:

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(from top left: bbcgoodfood.com; sweetapolita.com; sweetapolita.com; ohhappyday.com; mybakingaddiction.com; stylemepretty.com; dessertsforbreakfast.com)

But in the meantime, this is where I go for the most delicious offerings in Los Angeles.

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(from top left: susie cakes; vanilla bake shop; hotcakes; babycakes (vegan and gluten-free); sweet lady janes; hansen’s (cupcake); huckleberry (my go-to for take out treats like donuts, caramel bars, cookies, croissants.)