One of my favorite parts of summer is evening walks and sipping drinks on the patio at twilight. Better yet if you’re able to spend a few such evenings at the beach or along the shore at the lake! You may remember that last week I was daydreaming about a tropical summer vacation, and it turns out that’s still the case. (No surprise there!) Well this week’s color palette is the twilight version of that same daydream. Long slow sunsets over the water, yummy lavender mojitos and all the awesome relaxed, serene, lazy things. Oh, and of course, a pretty vintage bike with a basket full of flowers never hurt anybody. Of course.
Hi friends! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. We spent a lot of ours working on yard work and a few things around the house, but that felt really good actually. We’ve been so busy we needed a weekend to just stick close to home and take care of domestic things. On Friday night we got together with some friends and I whipped up these strawberry cheesecake pudding shots as a special little boozy treat. It’s strawberry season! It’s officially summer! All good reasons to make these immediately. Have you ever had pudding shots? They’re kind of like dessert and a mini cocktail all in one. Also known as utter perfection.
- 1 package of instant cheesecake pudding
- (1) 8 oz tub of whipped topping
- 1 cup of milk
- 2/3 cup of vodka
- 1/3 cup of strawberry syrup
- Graham crackers
- Fresh strawberries
In a medium mixing bowl, begin by mixing your pudding per the package’s instructions, using the above combination of milk, vodka and strawberry syrup in lieu of the called for milk. Allow the pudding to set until thick (usually about five minutes) and 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 sprinkle a spoonful into the bottom of a large shot glass or any small glass you might have. Top with pudding, sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs and garnish with a slice of strawberry.
Voila! The yummiest dessert shooter you ever did eat. Well, until I lay a couple more varieties on you between now and the 4th of July! Stay tuned for another pudding shot recipe this week and one more next week so you can rock that July 4th bbq you’re planning or attending. These were a huge hit this weekend! Oh, and if you make too many or just want to stock up the freezer, these freeze really well. You can make them up in those little plastic cups with the lids and enjoy them whenever you feel like having something a little sweet.
[Recipe + photography by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Have you guys had a chance to watch Tiny on Netflix yet? B and I watched it this week and we’re seriously feeling so inspired as we think about someday building a house of our own. Tiny is a documentary that follows a couple as they build the teeniest of tiny little houses (about 130 square feet) and features tiny home dwellers from around the world. The so-called tiny house movement is pretty amazing when you think about it. People are choosing to live small, cutting back on the clutter, limiting their material possessions and in doing so are freeing up their time and their financial resources to live the lives they’ve always dreamed of living. They’re traveling. Pursuing creative passions. Working less. Playing more. Living large while living small.
Who’s excited about the official start to summer later this week? I know I sure am! With the solstice just a few days away, I am finding myself pretty hardcore about making summer plans at the moment. Our big annual family camping trip goes down in late August and we’re already hard at work planning what we’re doing, who’s bringing what and how much fun we’re going to have. Summer! It’s kind of just about the best thing ever. So today, we’re talking all about celebrating the first day of summer. Whether you’re up for throwing a last minute party for all your friends or want to mark the occasion in a fashion that’s a bit more low key, I’ve got you covered. Click through for 10 ways to celebrate the first day of summer and happy summer to you!
Have I ever told you that B and I dream of one day owning a food truck? We actually have a notebook full of ideas and recipes and doodles. Every so often we have test kitchen nights when we’ll try out three or four recipe ideas and taste test them, making notes about what we love best and what could use tweaking. Yeah, it’s that level of dreaming. Lately I’ve been seeing so many adorable little food trucks and vintage campers tricked out to serve up everything from coffee and donuts to oysters and cupcakes. Or heck, there’s even a restored caravan traveling around Australia selling vintage wares and treasures! Can you imagine? Such a dream! While I’m located approximately a zillion miles from any of these gems, I’m thinking you should make a point to pay them a visit or hire them to cater a killer backyard party if you’re in their area. And send me photos? Please and thank you.