Friday, August 10, 2018

Summertime Pairing: Peaches and Whiskey

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With summer in full swing, we have been enjoying the beautiful weather and eating as many dinners as possible outside. This time of year, I love grilling anything I can, and for our Sunday supper last weekend, we finished our meal with delicious grilled and topped peaches and a peach whiskey smash. South Carolina grows the best peaches, and right in the height of peach season right now, I'm finding anything and everything to do with them.

Seriously, how good do all of these ingredients look? Yup, that mint you see there is from my herb garden. If I can grow fresh mint, I know you can, too!
Here's how to make my grilled peaches with ice cream and honey pecan glaze:

- fresh peaches, sliced in half with the pits removed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
1. Place the peaches on the grill (sliced side down) and cook for 5 minutes with the lid closed.
2. While the peaches are grilling, combine the butter, honey, and pecans in a small bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir the glaze and set aside for later.
3. After 5 minutes on the grill, turn the peaches 45 degrees for perfect grill marks.  Close the lid again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
4. Remove the peaches from the grill and allow to cook slightly before topping each half with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of glaze.
The perfect pairing for any dessert is always a delicious cocktail.  Whiskey and summer go hand-in-hand to me, and Jameson is triple distilled and remarkably smooth.
If you're looking for more of an island flair for your evening drink, Malibu is an original coconut rum from the Caribbean and tastes just like summertime!
Using Jameson, my favorite summer cocktail is a peach whiskey smash:

- peach slices
- lemon slices
- fresh mint
- Jameson Irish Whiskey
- crushed ice

1. In a low ball glass, muddle together 2-3 peach slices, 1 lemon slice, a couple mint leaves, and 2 ounces of Jameson.
2. Top the glass with crushed ice.
3. Garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

July in Review

It's time for another monthly recap!  This summer is seriously flying by, and now that the sun is finally back out after nearly 20 straight days of rain, I plan on making the most of it!  We will be traveling to some weddings later this month, but in the mean time, I'm soaking up all the sun I can.

The month started with a beautiful lady's bachelorette party in Charleston!  If you're looking for tips and suggestions for your own girls' weekend in the Holy City, you can click here for my full list!
It was another awesome month of kickball - we finished up the spring season (yes, I know it was July - haha), and one of our teams won another championship!
It was also my 30th Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend in New York.  We had the best time, and you can read the full recap here.
In between raindrops we also played a bunch of golf (and clearly made some new friends!).
We also joined our friends for a romper "pool" party.  Pool is in quotes because it was supposed to be a party/barbecue at our friends' house, but well, thanks, rain!  Instead, we turned it into a pub crawl and wound up at a great pool and games bar!
Last, but not least, we also tried a bunch of new, awesome places around Charleston.  @Hushupandhustle opened a new smoothie bar, featuring their amazing Blender Bombs.  Their smoothies are so good, and I love the homemade granola on top! We also had Kwei Fei Sichuan Cuisine for the first time at our favorite brewery, Charles Towne Fermentory.  I also spent mornings with @holeycitybagels and @bkedshop as well as an evening at a Wicked Weed Funkatorium pop-up at Kudu!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Style of Calligraphy

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Hand-lettering and calligraphy has always amazed me.  I love the way a hand-written letter looks with every letter on the envelope perfectly scripted.  I learned a very formal style of calligraphy for my wedding a few years ago, using specialty calligraphy pens that didn't leave much room for error.  To be honest, I really haven't picked those pens up since I finalized my last place card before my wedding.

Over the last few years, I've done some hand-lettering, but mostly with your typical pen.  I love the way this style looks, and it's so much easier to doodle.  For those fellow hand-lettering enthusiasts who want to try their hand at DIY calligraphy (pun intended), I have the absolute best pen for you: FriXion® ColorSticks by Pilot Pen.
FriXion® is the only pen that gives you the power of infinite do-overs, so you can write, erase, and re-write with the smooth writing gel ink until calligraphy strokes are just right.

I thought I would share with y'all some of my tips for creating your own calligraphy:

1. Create your own alphabet with simple strokes.  Don't be afraid to go back, erase, and change anything you don't perfectly like!
2. Fill in vertical pen strokes to create dimension.  This is what will turn your simple lettering into true calligraphy.
3. Practice, practice, practice!  Create your own alphabet and stick to it, practicing over and over. 
4. Add in florals or other accents you like.  Swirls, lines, leaves - anything you want to make your calligraphy stand out.  FriXion pens come in a variety of colors, so you can create anything your imagination dreams of!
5. Create your own artwork!  I love using music lyrics or famous quotes when I doodle in my book.
What makes FriXion pens great is that you don't have to be afraid of mistakes or rip out a page after a simple mistake.  Now, those are easily fixable with erasable pens!  I shopped for my Pilot Pen supplies at Target, and you can even click here to get $1 off any FriXion® 2-pack or larger.
Have you tried calligraphy before?

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Weekend in Cooperstown

Last weekend was a special one for me. If you've been following this blog for a while, you might remember the yearly pilgrimage I make every year to Cooperstown, New York for the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction. It's become a bit more of trek since moving from New England, but I'm lucky to have a husband who knows how important this weekend is to me and makes sure that we are there every year.
Well, this induction was #30, and with my 30th birthday in a couple of months, that means I've never missed one in my life. Over the past few years, it's been even more exciting, because while I love seeing the old timers who come back year after year like Hank Aaron and Al Kaline, I have loved watching guys get inducted who I watched play ball in the 90s, when I was growing up.
This year was the largest class of living hall of famers ever: Trevor Hoffman (whose holographic baseball card I vividly remember getting in Cooperstown about 20 years ago), Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, Alan Trammel, and Jack Morris.
We did all of our usual things: walk up and down Main Street 100 times, shop at all the baseball stores, visit all the same displays in the Hall of Fame, drink cider slushies and feed the ducks at Fly Creek, eat all the Sabretts hot dogs, take photos in front of Doubleday Field, and, of course, get sunburned.
Our "something different" this year (in the past, it's been trips to go berry picking, visit Brewery Ommegang, sample at Cooperstown Distillery, and take a walk down to the lake) was watching the award ceremony for the sportscaster and baseball writer being honored this year.  Bob Costas was the announcer recipient, and he's been my favorite sportscaster for years!
The next 2 years will (hopefully) be the best inductions to date. Yankee greats Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter have their first years of eligibility in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Can. Not.  Wait.  Cooperstown really is my happy place, and I'm already dreaming of our next trip back.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Non-Dairy Crispy Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Summertime to me is all about enjoying delicious treats, especially those that help you cool down. Häagen-Dazs ice cream has always been some of my favorites, and they make a fantastic array of pints, bars, and other treats. Did you know that they now have a full selection of non-dairy products? I love having something for everyone when I host my friends, so recently, I cooked up a batch of non-dairy crispy ice cream sandwiches. They're perfect for a little moment of (well-deserved) indulgence!
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10oz bag mini marshmallows
- 5 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 pint each of Häagen-Dazs® Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle Non-Dairy and Häagen-Dazs® Coconut Caramel Non-Dairy
- 2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips
- sprinkles
1. Melt 3 tablespoons of coconut oil on medium in a large pot.
2. Add the marshmallows and stir continuously, until melted.
3. Add in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.
4. Pour in the crispy rice cereal gradually, stirring quickly and frequently.
5. Grease two 9x13 pans and evenly divide the marshmallow mixture between the two pans.
6. Press the mix into each pan (greasing a wooden spoon will help it not stick).
7. Once fully cooled, spread each pint of Häagen-Dazs® Non-Dairy on one half of one of the pans of crispy treats.
8. Place the second crispy treat on top of the ice cream-topped one.
9. Allow to freeze for 2-3 hours.
10. Before removing the treats from the freezer, melt the chocolate in the microwave with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on medium heat in 30-second increments.
11. Slice the crispy treats into squares and dip each treat halfway into chocolate.  Add sprinkles on top and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
12. Place cookie sheet back in the freezer for 1 hour.  Enjoy!
I chose to use two flavors of super-premium Häagen-Dazs® Non-Dairy in my recipe: Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle and Coconut Caramel, but if you want to really go crazy, they also make a delicious Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge variety that I absolutely need to try!  These flavors all include real ingredients like Belgian chocolate, real peanut butter, and coconut cream - there's no room for compromise with Häagen-Dazs®!
You can shop for Häagen-Dazs® Non-Dairy treats at your local Ahold shop.  I found mine at Food Lion, but New England friends, you can shop at your neighborhood Stop & Shop!
I absolutely love the idea of rewarding yourself, and these sandwiches help you do just that!  Simple and pure ingredients make for a delicious indulgence without the dairy.

What is your favorite summertime treat?

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