Grilled Summer Vegetables with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette {+ a bit of news!}

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

It’s been a bit, right? I completely meant to/planned to post this new favorite recipe earlier this week (at first I thought I would get it up over the weekend, not so much), but other things happened, more about that later! After vacationing up North a few weeks ago, I ate and drank my way through most of Door County.  The past few years our rounds have included always visiting one of my favorite places Continue reading

Vegan Pirate’s Booty Ice Cream

Pirate's Booty Ice Cream // The Frosted Vegan

Here is another case of  ‘saw a food and now I can’t get it out of my mind until I make’ it syndrome.  On Facebook, I follow one of my favorite ice cream restaurants, Wilson’s.  This particular place is in Northern Wisconsin, so luckily (unluckily?) for me, I don’t have access to all their flavors all the time.  Most of the flavors Continue reading

Here and There, Pt. 2

It’s been a bit since I’ve shared  random pictures and recent happenings, plus you want to see that final bridal shower cake, right?! That’s what I thought.

Here and There, Pt. 2

Hooray! Here it is! Remember back in this post when I talked about making a cake for my BFFs shower? I did it! I mean, I’ve made cakes before, but it was usually for someone’s birthday or something, not a momentous occasion like a wedding shower. I was nervous that I would end up a stressed out mess 4 hours before, trying to piece together a cake with wilty frosting that was completely crooked, but it went better than expected! Probably one of the best things that I did to make sure I wasn’t stressed was baking the layers and making the filling the day before (actually I made the frosting the day before too).  This reduced down on the steps that I had to complete the day of and gave me a better cushion for if something were to go wrong. Everyone loved and it and ended up having enough to bring home, so I get to keep savoring it for a few more days! Also, I kind of love doing cakes now.  I find that frosting the cake and putting everything together is sort of therapy, so if you need a cake and I need frosting therapy, let’s be friends.

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Moving on to my recent trip back to Door County (Northern Wisconsin)!  If you remember, I went with  a group of food bloggers back in April, but the weather was still pretty chilly and just starting to warm up.  This time around, the weather was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for more quintessential Wisconsin summer weather (think 70s all week!).  While we didn’t get to do our usual kayaking activity, we did eat a lot of awesome food and see our usual Door County haunts.  The upper left picture is the Cave Point, a scenic area I visited with the ladies in April, then returned to with my parents when we went a few weeks ago. It was crazy to think that the last time I was there there were HUGE chunks of ice and the water was much colder.

My other favorite new place we visited was Jorns’ Sugar Bush. We had seen the signs advertising the maple syrup being sold there for years, but never made the stop to actually try them out. When you first drive up to the place it’s kind of a ‘Are we in he right place?’ moment. It’s essentially just a very small store selling all sizes of maple syrup, but the best part is that they bottle all the syrup right there in the building! The actual retail space was only big enough for about 4-5 people to comfortably move around, but the lady working the shop made for a much more interesting visit, providing snippets about how long they had been making syrup and how the business came to be. P.S. Did you know you can freeze syrup until you need to use it? Me either!

Among other things I made this vegan ricotta pasta and this super cool cucumber/watermelon dinner and they are both things you should just go ahead and make ASAP. I’m trying to implement meal planning and it resulted in better lunches/dinners, so let’s hope I keep sticking to it!

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That’s all for now, I’ll be back with a recipe later in the week! xoxo


Cherry Jam Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Jam Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

I have this weird affinity for remembering recipes bloggers post from a long long time ago.  Not all recipes, just random weird ones, not even ones that I necessarily was super into as soon as I saw them, but some just get stuck in my brain and don’t leave for a while. One of these was the Continue reading

Ice Cream Social: Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hi there! I’m over at my lovely friend Dianna’s blog The Kitchen Prep, guest posting for Ice Cream Social Week, hooray!! My contribution involves booze, chocolate and cherries, so scoot on over there and check it out. (Here is the link!) Also, there is a giveaway happening for this ice cream event, so make sure you get into that too!

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10 No Bake Summer Dessert Recipes

We are reaching that time of year, the one where it’s just too dang hot to turn on the oven and blowdrying your hair can feel like a suffocating torture (especially if you have a tiny bathroom like I do, eek!) that you really don’t want to repeat.  We’ve been pretty lucky up here in Wisconsin, skating by with the hottest days topping out at 85 and humidity behaving and staying around the ‘I can totally tolerate this’ level.  But, soon enough I’m sure we will be in the same sweaty, wearing dresses everyday boat, because it seems inevitable, especially once the Fourth of July hits. Usually when this happens, I’m all about piling on the popsicle recipes and avoiding the oven at all costs. Luckily, I have a few recipes for you to beat the heat!

Sweet Cherry Mint Fruit Salad 

10 Summer No Bake Dessert Recipes


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