June 24, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
In high school I owned no fewer than four pairs of Birkenstock sandals. They were my go-to for everything. If you’ve never worn a pair, they are hands down the comfiest things you’ve ever put your foot in once they’re sufficiently broken in after a few wears. Now that my old favorites are firmly back in vogue, I’m more than a little remiss that I kicked mine to the wayside somewhere along the way. I’ve been finding as I get older that too many hours sporting my go-to flip flops makes my back hurt some, so a more supportive pair of sandals seems inevitable for me this summer. See where I’m going with this? I definitely think I’ll be making an investment in a couple new pairs of Birks this year. Keep in mind, if you care for them they will last years and if the soles wear out, they can be resoled for even more life. Just don’t ditch them when you think they’re out of style for good like I did and you’ll be set!
[Clockwise from top left: Pisa Birkenstock | Arizona Super Grip Birkenstock | Mayari Birkenstock | Arizona Slide Birkenstock | Florida Birkenstock | Madrid EVA Birkenstock.]
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June 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Hello, friends! Now that it’s officially summer, we need to take a moment and talk about the official food of the season. S’mores! As much as we all know I loathe marshmallows, I am a self-declared lover of all things s’mores, which is why I basically can’t get enough of how people constantly reinvent this summer classic. Add caramel, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream or Andes candies and you sincerely can’t go wrong. So scroll through, pin your favorites and get ready for one seriously delicious summer!
[Fudge Stripe Cookie S’mores from Cooking Classy.]
[Salted Caramel S’mores from My Baking Addiction.]
[S’mores Pudding Shots from The Sweetest Occasion.]
[S’mores Ice Cream Cake from How Sweet Eats.]
[Indoor S’mores from Dessert for Two.]
[Grasshopper S’mores from Cooking Classy.]
[Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores from Paper & Stitch.]
[Salted Brown Butter S’mores Krispie Treats from Portuguese Girl Cooks.]
June 19, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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In addition to the company they’ve owned for going on thirty-five years, my parents owned an ice cream shop with a mini golf course for a handful of years while I was a kid. There was nowhere else I wanted to be on a summer afternoon! I’d help take care of the flowers, plunge quarters into the Pac-Man machine and marvel as my mom made and decorated ice cream cakes. Cookie crumbles on the bottom, layers of ice cream, more cookies, the perfect amount of icing. Perhaps this influenced my lifelong love for ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, or perhaps my crazy sweet tooth is why I loved being there so much. Either way, I’m a sweets girl through and through, and cookies and ice cream rank pretty darn high on my list.
When the folks at Coffee-mate asked me to choose one of their sweet throwback flavors that reminded me of delicious memories of my childhood, I was set on the Nestlé Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie flavored creamer! I instantly knew where I was going with this one. Ice cream! Duh. Which is why today we’re making this, the queen of all desserts. A chocolate chip cookie iced coffee float made with loads of vanilla ice cream. Studded with mini chocolate chips and cookie crumbles, it’s the ever-so-slightly grown-up version of it’s root beer counterpart with loads of awesome toppings. In a word, it’s incredible.
- Coffee-mate Nestlé Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie flavored creamer
- Vanilla iced cream
- Iced coffee (Brew as usual and refrigerate until cold)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Chocolate chip cookie crumbles
Begin by placing 2 or 3 small scoops of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Add approximately two tablespoons of Coffee-mate Nestlé Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie flavored creamer, more or less to taste, and follow with a big pinch of mini chocolate chips. Finish by filling the glass with iced coffee. Top with chocolate chip cookie crumbles and dig in! (Tip: I made my cookie crumbles by placing cookies in a plastic snack bag and smashing them with the backside of a spoon.)
Guys! Iced coffee. Made into an ice cream float. Gosh, it’s so darn good I can’t figure out why I haven’t been doing this my whole life. I’m not telling you how to live your life or anything, but this has late afternoon pick me up written all over it. In reality, this is the perfect dessert to wow your guests at your next backyard picnic or summer bash.
If you’re just not a fan of coffee, well, for starters, I’m sorry. I love my coffee so much that I feel sad for people who don’t enjoy it like I do. That said, never fear. I have a coffee-free alternative for you that is just as delicious. It’s a chocolate chip cookie sundae! And everybody loves an ice cream sundae. To make it just scoop a generous mound of vanilla ice cream into a dish, drizzle the Coffee-mate Nestlé Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie flavored creamer on top and then sprinkle a whole bunch of mini chocolate chips and cookie crumbles on top. It’s like heaven in a dish! (To switch things up, also try the Coffee-mate Caramel Macchiato and Classic Vanilla flavors. They’d make an equally awesome ice cream sundae or float!)
So. Full disclosure. I had a really really hard time not slurping up all of this goodness while I was shooting, but you’ll be glad to know I did resist other than a few delicious bites. All of that said, my best advice to you is to make one of these yummy concoctions as soon as you can. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
[Design, styling + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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June 17, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I’ve always been a huge berry fan, but blueberries always sort of fell to the bottom of that list for me. Until, that is, my inaugural trip to Maine six or so years ago when my first taste of wild Maine blueberries forever changed my life. It sounds dramatic, I know, but it’s absolutely true. Since then I’ve been a certifiable blueberry freak, which is why I get really excited when they come into season each summer. Just to make sure you’re ready, today I’m sharing five of the best blueberry desserts going. Ok, ok, one of them is a cocktail, because that’s how we do.
[Banana Blueberry Smoothie from What’s Gaby Cooking.]
[Blueberry Mint Gin Cocktail from The Vintage Mixer.]
[Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream from The Tart Tart.]
[Blueberry Popsicles by Adventures in Cooking for Design Love Fest.]
[Easy Blueberry Pie from She Wears Many Hats.]
June 15, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Hey hey! Howdy and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. We’re rockin’ it old school today and starting the week with a color palette. I know some of you are huge huge fans of the weekly color palette and others could take them or leave them, which is why I’ve been doing them a little less frequently, but still trying to keep them part of the regular flow around here. Hopefully you love this one! It’s the summeriest combination of blues and peach you ever did see. (Note: We officially just made summeriest a word. Work with me, friends.) It makes me want to go swimming, host a picnic and drink umbrella drinks, all at the same time. Who’s coming with me?
[Photos, from top: Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch | Brave Tart | Paper & Stitch.]