It’s right around the corner! I can’t believe how fast June flew by. I’m getting ready for the 4th already! Here are a few things I will be whipping up this year. These are easy to make and look very festive as well. Enjoy!
Red, White and Blue Strawberries
Author: Itsy Bitsy Foodies
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 30 mins Total time: 30 mins
Red, white and blue strawberries are a simple and festive way to celebrate the 4th of July.
White chocolate chips or Wilton white chocolate candy melts
Blue sugar sprinkles
Wash the strawberries and let them dry completely. (If they are still wet, the chocolate will not stick to the berries.)
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring it occasionally, until it is smooth and runny.
Pour blue sprinkles into another bowl.
Dip the strawberries in the white chocolate to cover roughly ⅔ of each berry with white chocolate.
Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl and wipe away any globs of chocolate at the end of the berry.
Then dip the strawberry into the blue sprinkles to cover roughly the bottom ⅓ of the berry with a blue stripe.
Place the dipped strawberries on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Place the berries, uncovered, in the refrigerator to harden.
Store leftover berries in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Chocolate-covered strawberries are best when eaten within 1 or 2 days of being made.
1½ oz. SVEDKA Stars & Stripes
1 oz. watermelon schnapps
½ oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. blue curacao
To make simple syrup, mix equal oz. hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice over ice. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka as to layer the white layer, then very carefully layer the blue curacao to create the color separation, and gently top with soda.
It’s been a big baby year! I have been to so many wonderful baby showers over this past year. We just went to a Jack and Jill shower this weekend for a good friend of mine. Its always a great time with these two and we are looking forward to meeting their little one soon. I loved the baby desserts they had this weekend, so cute. These baby Nutter Butters are a great idea! Not only did they look cute but they were delish! I posted the recipe below, just in case you want to make your own! So cute!
We also, made it to the BAA 10k early Sunday morning. And boy oh boy were we not prepared for the heat! It was a hot one. All of us were happy to finish. It’s always nice to have a goal to do a few running events over the year. It’s fun to get together and it also keeps you motivated to keep training. At the end of the race we celebrate by heading to a great restaurant in Boston. I had to take everyone to my favorite spot Cinquecento in the South End. Not only is the dinner amazing, but the Brunch is also one of the best on Sunday’s. Then we headed over to SOWA to do a little shopping. It was quite the weekend of fun!
Nutter Butter Babies (Baby Shower)
4 ounces pink candy melts (I used white candy melts with pink food coloring)
4 ounces blue candy melts
16 round white chocolate candy melts, unmelted (faces)
black decorating gel (and a fine-tipped paint brush)
16 Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
In a small dish, microwave (50% power) the pink candy melts. Don’t over cook. If you do, add a small bit of vegetable shortening.
Pink Babies: Dip 8 Nutter Butter cookies into the pink candy, the place on wax paper to set up. Before the candy shell hardens, press a round white candy melt into the upper section of the cookie, creating the baby’s face. Allow to harden.
Blue Babies: Repeat the above directions. Allow to harden.
When the candy coating has hardened, squirt a little bit of black decorating gel onto the wax paper. Using a fine-tipped paint brush, draw the baby’s eyes, nose, and mouth on the white candy melt. You can also create those features by piping icing, but I find it easier to draw them.
Allow to harden, then serve.
Since I have been on Nantucket for this past week, I am starting to revamp my summer wardrobe. That means a lot of my old outfits are off to be donated and a few things are heading to the consignment shop. I have been absolutely loving the fringe cross body bags found on the runway, fashion magazines and blogs. I have found a bunch on the island that are quite pricey and I know I will end up using the bag for one season.I found this one below! Its a great alternative to spending a whole bunch and using it for a short period of time, until the next fabulous piece comes out.
Most of you who know me best, know that I am a freak when it comes to the summer sun on my face. The last thing I want at my age is to look older. Every year, I like to invest in a sun friendly hat, one that doesn’t make me look like a Nana and a great face lotion. This primer and SPF from MAC is great. I use it daily before I put on any make up or powder.
Click on pics below to get yours! Enjoy the day!
Here is another one of my favorite summer time recipes and a great substitute to replace those “white carbs” and its really good! This recipe is easy to make and its a great colorful dish to serve as a main course or as a side. You can even get creative and pop a fried egg on top. Enjoy!
4 small sweet potatoes or yams, baked
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn*
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
For the Vinaigrette:
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a bowl, add the black beans, corn, onions, and cilantro. Stir to combine. In a smaller bowl, mix together the lime zest and juice, oil, honey, adobo, salt and pepper. Pour over the black bean mixture and toss to combine. Slice open the baked sweet potatoes ( you can put them in the microwave for 10 min. Make sure you poke them first so they don’t explode!). Stuff potatoes with the Chipotle Black Bean & Corn Salad. Serve.
*Fresh corn is best, but when out of season, frozen (thawed and cooked) or canned is fine. If using canned, be sure to rinse and drain thoroughly.
Well, we had quite the fun filled day in Nantucket! I got this gorgeous bracelet! Yes, Nick has great taste! I absolutely love it and I have been wearing it since I opened it at midnight. I know I am beyond obsessed! We also headed to SurfSide Beach to enjoy a great beach day as well as a bike ride to the Cisco Brewery. I think I found my favorite summer vino at Cisco, Nantucket Vineyards Blueberry Pinot Gris. It was so refreshing and great for a summer cocktail on a hot island day. It’s a must try. Next time you are on Nantucket you must head to the Cisco Brewery; great beers, vino and Triple 8 cocktails. Cisco even has live music at 4:30 that is great! We like to get there right at 4:30 to get a seat and grab some snacks from the food truck and raw bar. Fresh shrimp for 147 Raw and fried calamari from the food truck with Thai sauce, to die for!!! If you are looking for a great summer vacation or wedding anniversary celebration book your boat now and head to Nantucket. More to come!
It’s been three years since our big day! And what a BIG day it was. I absolutely loved our wedding in the city with all of our friends and family. I couldn’t ask for anything better than being married to my best friend. Let the adventures continue! xoxo D
Here are a few pics to remember that wonderful day!
We just enjoyed a fabulous night on the Waterfront in South Boston. If you haven’t had a chance to see Cirque du Soleil Amaluna, I highly encourage it. Every year when Cirque du Soelil comes to Boston we make sure to go! The show is amazing and never disappoints. Get your tickets now! I also recommend heading over to Morton’s on the Waterfront. They have an appetizer special from 5-630, half off all apps, yummy! It seems that every time we go, we seem to get the same things, crab meat, chopped salad and a burger. Here are some pics! Head over soon to enjoy!