Grilled Pizza Salads

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A few years ago we fell in love with a summer dish we’ve since affectionately dubbed grilled pizza salads. We dream up varying combinations of cheeses, greens, fruits and veggies as seasonal produce becomes available throughout the summer. The best part is, my go-to pizza dough recipe is a cinch to whip up and it can be made in advance so if you’re expecting friends to drop by over the weekend you can prep the dough during the week, stick it in the fridge and be ready to go when they arrive! When Président asked me to share unique summer salad ideas showcasing some of their delicious cheeses for their site Art of Cheese, I knew instantly that our beloved grilled pizza salads were ready for their closeup!

Grilled Pizza Salads | #ArtOfCheese

If you’ve never grilled pizzas before you need to give it a try. The grill imparts an awesome crunch to the crust that’s just about as close to perfection as it comes, and everyone loves hanging out in the backyard while dinner is cooking. For our grilled pizza salads we love using homemade hummus or pesto instead of the traditional tomato sauce, both of which pair beautifully with fresh summer greens. Ever the goat cheese and feta fanatic, I love playing with different greens like butter lettuce, spring greens and arugula to see what tastes yummiest with my favorite cheeses. Spoiler alert – just about every combination tastes amazing!

Grilled Pizza Salads | #ArtOfCheese

Grilled Pizza Salads | #ArtOfCheese

Grilled Pizza Salads | #ArtOfCheese

Grilling pizzas is simple! Make the dough in advance, scaling the recipe as needed to fit the size of your crowd. (One small pizza is good for two to three people when topped with the salad.) Remember, there’s no need for perfection here! Rustic and messy is absolutely ok for these pizzas. For parties I like setting out all of the toppings in individual bowls so guests can serve themselves as the crusts come off the grill. The best part? These grilled pizza salads are a crowd favorite at parties, but they’re easy enough for weeknight dinners, too!

Grilled Pizza Salads | #ArtOfCheese

Ready to make your own grilled pizza salads? Today I’m sharing two recipes (complete with my homemade dough, pistachio pesto and classic hummus recipes) that would be perfect for the 4th of July! Click through for all the scrumptious recipes and be sure to visit Art of Cheese where you can enter to win $50 worth of your own Président cheese, snag yourself a coupon and enter their Pinterest sweepstakes. Plus you’ll find more incredible recipes that will literally have you drooling.

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20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

20 Fresh DIY Ideas to Make Your Backyard Party Shine

[DIY + photo by Almost Makes Perfect.]

Knowing that many of us are probably planning or attending backyard parties this weekend, I’ve rounded up 20 fresh DIY ideas perfect for barbecues and patio parties over at Momtastic! From this awesome patterned picnic blanket to pretty candles and backyard games, I’ve got every aspect of your backyard bash covered. Pop over to Momtastic for all the fun and get ready for one awesome holiday weekend!

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S’mores Pudding Shots

S'mores Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

Hi, friends, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. We got to spend Saturday visiting friends and enjoying one of those hot summer days in the pool that seem to happen far too infrequently but are always so much fun. Before we left for the day I bundled up all the pudding shots I’ve been making over the last week and they were definitely a hit! These s’mores pudding shots seem particularly appropriate as we march our way toward the upcoming 4th of July weekend. They’re classic summer but with a hit of Irish cream liqueur and bourbon that makes them a decidedly grown up version of the childhood summer favorite.

S'mores Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

  • 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding
  • (1) 8oz tub of whipped topping
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of Irish cream liqueur
  • 1/2 cup of bourbon
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate squares

S'mores Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

In a mixing bowl, begin by mixing together both packages of  pudding with the milk, Irish cream and bourbon with a whisk. Allow the pudding to set until slightly thickened (usually about five minutes), then fold in the whipped topping. Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 30+ minutes or until nice and thick. In the meantime, crush up a couple of graham crackers and place a spoonful of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of your shot glasses. Spoon in the pudding shot mixture, then top with a marshmallow. Use a small kitchen torch to brûlée the top so they resemble campfire roasted marshmallows. (Or a long grill lighter will work, too!) Add a chocolate square as a final garnish and voila! Grown up s’mores that your friends will be begging you to make all summer.

S'mores Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

I have to say, I really love these little boozy dessert shooters. They’re fun and whimsical, but definitely make you feel pretty cool and sophisticated when you serve them up at a party. I’m already dreaming up more flavor combinations to share later in the summer and brainstorming ideas for the perfect fall and winter pudding shots, too. We’re officailly riding the pudding shot band wagon until the wheels fall off! Remember, if you end making these (or these or these or these) I’d love if you shared with me! Shoot me a message or send me a pic on Twitter or Instagram and I will love you forever. (Even more than I already do!)

S'mores Pudding Shots | Recipe at The Sweetest Occasion

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[Recipe + photography by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Lemon Drop Pudding Shots

Lemon Drop Pudding Shots | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

Today I’m pretty pumped to bringing you the second installment of our pudding shot mini series. Is that even a thing? I guess I just made it one! And after one taste of these babies you’ll be so glad that I did. Today we’re making lemon drop pudding shots! Think of them as a yummy, dessert lover’s twist on the classic vodka lemon drop shot. Only these are incredibly delicious and won’t make you feel like a college co-ed getting all wild on a weeknight. (Although, you know, be careful because these puppies will sneak up on you!)

Lemon Drop Pudding Shots | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

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  • 1 package of instant lemon pudding
  • (1) 8oz tub of whipped topping
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of vodka
  • 8 oz heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon gummy candies

Lemon Drop Pudding Shots | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

Lemon Drop Pudding Shots | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

In a medium mixing bowl, begin by mixing your pudding per the package’s instructions, using the above combination of milk and vodka in lieu of the called for milk. Allow the pudding to set until slightly thickened (usually about five minutes), then fold in the whipped topping. Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 30+ minutes or until nice and thick. In the meantime, combine heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of stand mixer and whip on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy. Spoon lemon pudding mixture into a small glass or large shot glass, top with a dollop of whipped cream and a slice of lemon gummy candy.

Lemon Drop Pudding Shots | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

I don’t know what it is about these little things but they are some kind of amazing. Honestly? I even prefer them over the strawberry cheesecake pudding shots, which is crazy because I am not a big fan of lemon and I am a huge crazy fan of all things strawberry. Mind you, the strawberry ones are still crazy good, there’s just something about these lemon drop shooters that I’m loving. So fresh and summery! Perfect for serving up on a platter after dinner at a summer barbecue or packing in your picnic basket to take to the fireworks over the 4th of July weekend. (Just stick them in those plastic condiment cups with lids like these!)

Lemon Drop Pudding Shot | Recipe from The Sweetest Occasion

If you make these (or these or these) I’d love if you shared with me! Shoot me a message or send me a pic on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll make me the happiest blogger ever. I’m kind of crazy about pudding shots and Jello shots at the moment, because they’re just so fun for parties so let’s make them a thing, ok? Awesome.

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[Recipe + photography by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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What To Wear: Stars and Stripes

With the 4th of July coming up next week, it’s definitely time to chat about a little patriotic fashion. While I don’t necessarily condone donning stars and stripes head to toe, I am absolutely an enthusiastic advocate of busting out a little red, white and blue for your July 4th celebrations! I usually like to pair a navy sundress or maxi with a great striped scarf, but this year I’m also loving the idea of pairing a swingy striped tank with bandana print cut-off denim shorts. Or just adding a fun star printed chambray headwrap to your ensemble. So cute! These are just a few of the Americana inspired fashions I’m eyeing at the moment. Which one do you love best?

Stars and stripes fashion for the 4th of July

[Shop |1: Stars + stripes infinity scarf | 2: Striped tank | 3: Red wedges | 4: Bandana shorts | 5: Striped iPhone case | 6: Red eyeglasses | 7: Rope bracelet | 8: Chambray star headwrap | 9: Striped tote bag | 10: Star spangled bathing suit.]

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