Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lemonade Berry Popsicles


I am so excited Fourth Of July is already here! Ready from some sun and possibly swimming over the long holiday weekend, there is no better way to kick off the summer celebration than with a festive dessert. Really loving no bake recipes right now, I collaborated with Fresh & Easy to make a simple and sweet dessert, Lemonade Berry Popsicles. When shopping for my ingredients I had so much fun exploring my local Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. I discovered that not only did it have an easy, yet tasty pre-made selection, but it also had a bevy of fresh fruits and vegetables, with an organic option.


For my recipe I wanted to stay in red, white and blue theme, so I took home organic strawberries, blueberries and pure squeezed lemonade. Fresh & Easy actually has a couple of yummy lemonade options, I suggest their Pure Squeezed Lemonade that has just enough tang and tart. I also decided not to do layered pops, pureeing the fruit. I wanted the chunky pieces of fruit look to pop in contrast to the white juice. Perfect popsicles to enjoy while watching fireworks, you can even add a dash of alcohol to the recipe for some adult fun.


Ingredients:

1. Fresh & Easy Pure Squeezed Lemonade
2. Fresh & Easy Organic Strawberries
3. Fresh & Easy Blueberries

Instructions:
 
1. Go to your local Fresh & Easy for all your ingredients
2. Prepare fruits by washing and cutting them to desired size
3. Pour Lemonade into popsicle mold
4. Distribute fruits evenly into the popsicle mold
5. Cut and place a plastic wrap cover onto top of mold
6. Poke popsicle sticks into place through plastic wrap
7. Freeze over night


Located in CA, NV, or AZ, check out the Fresh & Easy site to locate a store near you! 
This article is sponsored by Fresh & Easy

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mixology 101: Cherry Vanilla Old Fashioned


With summer officially here and my favorite holiday, The 4th of July, coming up quick I was recently looking to make a classic American cocktail for my Mixology 101 series. Thus collaborating with the fabulous Paddock Club, when I recently visited the legendary Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, I was able to learn the art of the Old Fashioned.

The origin of the Old Fashioned has recipe roots in New York, name origins in Kentucky and is basically an institution in Wisconsin. It has become the state's signature drink and typically this Wisconsin artifact is made with Brandy. Yet as Paddock Club restaurant manager Amy Bontiz explained, the Wisconsin Old Fashioned can come be made in many different ways, given your mood and location. Giving this drink a craft cocktail twist, the cherry vanilla old fashioned gives the drink a more sweet but subtle flavors, making this typically Mad Men style libation a little more ladylike chic. A tip from the Paddock Club, play with the amount of cherry vanilla bitters you put in the drink. The sweeter you like your drink the more bitters you can add and vice versa, so consider starting off with less dashes and work your way to your desired taste. A tip from me, don't think you have to make your own bitters to play such interesting flavors. Explore your local spirits store and  even online shop. With craft cocktailing being such a hot thing right now you can find a variety of flavored bitters and syrups readily available. Loving the Paddock's Club handmade cherry vanilla bitters, I was actually able to shop for some that are pre-made online! (shop here) Cheers to summer sippin!


Ingredients:
Luxardo Cherries
Orange Cherry
Vanilla Bitters
Bourbon
Ginger Beer


Steps:
1. Muddle a half slice of orange and 3 Luxardo cherries into glass
2. Add 7 dashes of Cherry Vanilla bitters
3. Add 1.5 oz of Bourbon
4. Fill glass with ice
5. Top off with ginger beer
6. Stir to mix


Paddock Club
61 South Lake Street
Elkhart Lake, Wi
(920) 876-3288

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wardrobe Remix: Nautical Print Tee


Summer to me is all about those last minute weekend getaways or fun stay-cations for its always those unexpected trips, even if just local, that happen to be the best times I spend with the boy and the pup. Thus being able to take a look from dinner and drinks one night to then dressing it down for exploring the next morning is key. A nautical tee is perfect piece to pack for an quick outfit remix. The way I re-styled mine was with my go-to boyfriend jeans. I then added some strappy nude sandals and a cute tote for a picnic at the lake look. I scored my sandals recently at Forever 21 for only $12!!! I think I might have to go get another pair because I already cannot stop wearing them!


Sailboat Tee J.Crew Factory (shop here)/ Jeans Ann Taylor Loft (shop here)
Tote Vintage/Sandals Forever 21 (shop here)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sailboats


Old barns, small town coffee shops and a lake side view are some of my favorite things I was lucky enough to enjoy last week. Taking a time out, I headed over to the state of Wisconsin for a work trip with the boy and was able to explore a handful of familiar and new places, including Elkhart Lake, Plymouth and Kohler. Inspired by the "holiday resort meets historical colonial" style of my trip, I packed accordingly and really played up a few fun nautical looks. Nautical prints are a great summer staple and can by paired with classic pieces for a traditional take or with casual cuts for a more modern twist. For my ensemble, I have had my sailboat tee on repeat and wore it once again to a meeting I had in Elkhart Lake for my mixology research. Mixing prints, I paired it with a striped midi skirt and for a pop of color, instead of the predictable primary red accessory, I choose a hot pink purse. Stay tuned to how I remix this look as well as my Mixology 101 post with Wisconsin flair!


Tee J.Crew Factory (shop here)/Skirt Vintage/Pumps Enzo Angolini/Purse J.Crew/
Rings Vintage

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mixology 101: Lillet Rose


With celebration season in full bloom, a sophisticated yet simple cocktail is a great way to add a signature note to those spring to summer parties, like a bridal/baby shower or graduation dinner. Experts at planning and hosting chic celebrations, the Garden Court Hotel introduced me to the Lillet Rose, a cocktail created for their curated 520 Chef's Table dinner. The Garden Court's 520 dinner is a recent event addition to the hotel, which invites locals and guests to experience their fabulous Chef Clive Berkman's culinary creations. An artist in love with his craft, Berkman teaches guests about the locally sourced ingredients, as well as the perfectly picked flavors, behind the cuisine that is  part of The Garden Court's event program. Beyond the amazing dishes, my favorite part of the 520 experience was the communal table setting, which created a intimate evening with great conversation.

The Lillet Rose was a ideal pick for the dinner's cocktail hour. It is an easy drink to re-create and it has a pretty presentation, making it great for any upcoming seasonal party you may be hosting. A tip from The Garden Court's mixologist, is to chill a cocktail glass before serving. For an occasion-ready presentation fill the glass with ice and then water, allowing the ice water to sit while you make the cocktail. Pour it out before you serve the drink and viola! the cocktail is at optimal sipping temperature. Also this is not a drink to let sit. For the best flavor, make when ready to drink. A tip from me, forget the typical fruit garnish and consider edible flowers (for edible flowers see here). Flowers complement the Lillet element of this drink giving it a fancy and French touch to this celebratory cocktail. I mean can it get any more simple or sweet!?





520 Chef's Table dinner is held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Reserve your spot here!




Ingredients: 

Gin
Lillet
Grapefruit Juice
Edible pink rose flowers



Recipe:

1. Pour 2 oz of Grapefruit juice into shaker
2. Add 1 oz of Gin
3. Add 2 oz of Lillet
4. Add ice
5. Shake well and pour
6. Garnish with a pink rose


Garden Court Hotel

520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-9000