Hellooooo summer! Although in Texas it feels like it's been here for a month or two now, it actually just arrived yesterday and I for one think it gives us all permission to drink more cocktails and eat more ice cream. Who's with me? I am all about some ice cream guys, whether it's hot outside or not...but you probably know this by now. However, I have really been trying to make an effort to ditch the sugar and cure my sweet tooth in other ways. I know that you have seen nice cream making it's mark in history by creating a smooth and creamy ice cream base out of frozen BANANAS, which is actually kinda bananas in itself, but also pretty genius. Nevertheless, it is delicious and a great way to satisfy that ice cream craving that comes full circle with the mention of summertime! My strawberry rhubarb cheesecake "nice" cream is going to rock your tastebuds in all the right ways with absolutely zero guilt and you are going to want to make this at every BBQ for the rest of the summer!
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With summer officially arriving less than a month away, I am gearing up for all things parties, cocktails, and a beach trip with my family at the end of June! I am craving salt water in my hair, sun-kissed skin, and a little relaxation with my favorite people. One of the things I look forward to the most is creating cocktails for everyone to bring down to the ocean to go alongside some delicious snacks while we all soak up the sun! I can't think of anything better than sipping on my ultimate summer Cajun Michelada!
I don't know about you, but when summer rolls around the last thing that I want to do is use my oven in any capacity. The air conditioner is already running 24/7 to keep the house at a reasonable temperature, and the last thing I want to do is add any heat to the mix! I am all about easy summer salads that I can grill up a protein to pair with it and call it done-so! My spicy peach and corn summer salad is my new obsession because it's spicy, sweet, and full of textures that you are going to love!
Okay so I just realized that all of my last recipes have been all about fruit. I guess that's because the heat index in Houston has been 104 degrees lately and fruit is my favorite snack of choice when it is hot outside! The fruit that is produced at this time of year is one of summer's greatest qualities if you ask me, and they just so happen to be all of my favorites! Right now I'm all about sweet cherries and have been eating them in my smoothies, plain-jane by themselves, and even in popsicles! My cherry and vanilla yogurt granola pops are healthy and delicious and, the best part, they are perfectly suitable for breakfast!
I don't know about you, but my mama always taught me to salt my melons. It can take a mediocre melon to pretty dang good with just a little sprinkle. To me there is nothing that says summer more than a cold slice of watermelon sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. It's the perfect snack, although I can literally eat my weight in watermelon, which actually can turn into a problem. I mean...I guess if you are going to be addicted to a food, fruit is one of the better options, but still y'all...I have ZERO self control when it's a good one! I will tell you that I have found the perfect way to add a little pizazz to your next watermelon that will be a hit at any BBQ or picnic! My chili lime salted watermelon is going to become your new favorite thing to eat this summer, and I can promise you that!
Happy Thursday guys! One more day to get through until the weekend and I am already dreaming about refreshing cocktails because it has been getting hotttt y'all! And when the weather is hot outside there are only two things that sound good and those are being near a body of water and/or drinking a refreshing cocktail. Let's be honest, I'd prefer to be drinking a refreshing cocktail by that body of water, but I'll take either or right now! One of my favorite simple and refreshing cocktails is a screwdriver and I made it even more refreshing by creating a frozen version that is amped up in flavor! My frozen mint screwdrivers are perfect for your next beach vacation or day by the pool!