A few weeks ago I got an email from Emily and Gina aka Gily about a virtual #soletspigout potluck gathering where a bunch of us bloggers pitch in a dish and give all of you some fabulous potluck things to take to your next sunhat toting extravaganza.
This is my contribution. Because whenever I hear the word potluck all I can think of is church and old ladies and cool whip and jello and maybe those god forsaken canned mandarins. and probably some cat hair.
I thought about doing a drink, but that turned into a tripfall down the hill known as ambrosia salads. I even did the research on pinterest where I searched ‘marshmallow cool whip jello’ and cried and pulled out all my eyelashes from the pain and anger.
I wanted it to taste similar to the pink mass that would line the tables but not involve the artificial jello or cool whip so I use fresh whipped cream and a quick raspberry compote. Of course ‘caring about the artificial’ took a running leap out the window when marshmallows are involved because LOLOL at me attempting that + I like the way they sort of melt in the whipped cream mixture. The end product took a little direction from the gorgeousness known as the purple cloud from the guys over at the bitten world and it gives me enough of a reason to practice my ‘yes bitch, I just showed up to your potluck with a bowl of pink’ face.
I’m sure you’ve all been caught up in the game this last week that was the popsicle week. There were 40 (FORTY!) popsicles, all flavors of the rainbow, and some photoshoppedMariah’s + this. It was nuts.
I’ll keep it short because right now it’s one in the morning and you need to just drop everything you’re doing and go make these/those other 40 popsicles.
There’s just a few ingredients in these and if you’re someone that has Thai tea in your pantry at all times then you can probably make these whenever you want. Strong tea + condensed milk + evaporated milk = that gorgeous Thai tea we always order and pay like five bucks for but now it’s in a popsicle form and I’ve eaten probably a thousand of them.
I highly suggest you go out and find Thai tea at your local Asian market but if you can’t find it there, then you can tap Amazon. Look for that same packaging when you to the Asian market. Also, buy me some rice candies.
Also can we talk about how happy I am that there are several popsicles happening this year that use condensed milk? Popsicle GOLD.
Put on some sunnies and bust out your half tees because summer is heeeere.
And with the first week of summer comes the official popsicle week where a bunch of popsicles are unleashed for your freezer. This year we have 37 bloggers, including myself, from all over the world giving you some frozen goodness.
Head over to the page and check it daily! New popsicles will be going up all throughout the week and by Friday you’ll just have more popsicles than an old man that has a lot of popsicles.
I made you some doughnuts because in the parent trap you and british Lindsay showed me how to combine peanut butter and oreos and I am super thankful for that.
ps. sorry I didn’t watch your Oprah show
pps. life sized 2?
I also made all of you guys some of these doughnuts because 1) I’m feeling outrageous and 2) IT’S NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY!!
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Since the oreo peanut butter combo is a favorite of mine I decided to just throw it all together in one doughnut explosion: Peanut butter oreo doughnut + peanut butter glaze + more crushed oreos because that’s kind of the most important part.
Why don’t more doughnuts have crushed oreos on top?
Alsooo, since it is the big day a lot of fabulous bloggers put together some doughnut goodness for your faces:
WE MOVED! Moved as in we packed all of our belongings up, gave a bunch of crap to the thrift store, and took the 17 hour mission that is moving from almost one end of California to the other with a moving truck that’s towing a car. Also included in that time is the parking lot gatorade bottle pee break and like 5 naps I had to take because I was running on no sleep and it was satan hot for half the drive.
Buuut now we’re officially residents of Southern California! Cerritos to be exact, which turns out is a nice in between for Los Angeles and Orange County and a nice place to go get boba at 1 in the morning and get your eyebrows threaded on almost every street for super cheap.
ps I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time last week and son. of. a. bitch. they better last forever.
Also in the newsroom: we added to the furbebe clan! Her name is Nomi, after showgirl nomi mallone, and she’s an aussie hound mix with huge floppy ears and cankles for days. She’s probably 3 times the size of the picture above now and she’s grown into her eyes and she’s just a fiery tornado of bitchy emotions and I hatelove it.
Now, let’s get to the draank!
When we were packing up the apartment I ran across a pound of strawberries in the fridge that were still magically fine, but not like, let’s eat them plain fine. One of my go-to’s for strawberries that are either a little too past their prime or not quite ripe is the good old roasting. It’s just 15 minutes in the oven so hopefully it doesn’t heat up the place too much, but in that time it softens then nicely and caramelizes the sugars a little to make them taste sort of jammy.
After they’re roasted you can add them to yogurt or ice cream orrrr blend them up with some lemonade, plus maybe add vodka if you’re me. I’m on a Simply Lemonade kick right now since I keep seeing it on sale for a couple bucks. It’s kind of a way better deal than buying overpriced lemons and squeezing them yourself, trust.
Go ahead and clink clink your friday, friends! I’m headed to Disneyland to hopefully not burn to a crisp and eat an overpriced churro.
Today’s grocery list is brought to you by the letter Easter. Also the letter Brunch. Also maybe the letter Kewt.
Growing up the food on easter was always the same because it was the food we had at church after getting up at the crack of dawn. There would be a bunch of fruit, cut up costco muffins, and tables of egg casseroles that everyone had the same recipe for. They were all just layers of white sandwich bread slices, shredded cheese and meat soaked in eggs overnight and baked while you got ready for Jesus. The recipe was actually printed and handed out the week before to make sure everyone was on board.
I remember my last year at home I asked my mom if I could make one of them and she said yes because that’s obviously less work for her and I went full on Giada minus the boobs. There was a bunch of vegetables, good Italian sausage, and cubes of old french bread; I felt like such a badass. I walked into the church like I was holding a baby diamond and took it to the kitchen and ripped off the aluminum foil like a dramatic bitch but nobody really paid attention because Jesus was more important than the strata.
Here’s to having a happy kewt easter brunch and hoping you have some impressive baby diamonds.
ALSO! I’m over on the Food & Wine blog with a fun interview where I talk nonsense and Beyonce. Check it out!
We’re starting off this weeks grocery list with the ever popular scooooone. Sarah went and folded berries into hers like a boss. (via The Vanilla Bean Blog)
I actually made Tracy’s rhubarb coffee cake the other night for dessert and breakfast and then dessert again and then maybe breakfast again. It’s insanely good and could probably translate well into muffins if you’re into that sort of thing. (via Shutterbean)
Without fail, I sing No Doubt’s Hey Baby every single time I see a fluffy dutch baby. Joy tripled the berry action for hers and I needz it. (via Joy the Baker)
Jon’s quiche is so quiche, there’s brussels sprouts and apples in there so it’s practically a health food. (via The Candid Appetite)
Megan has some fabulous insta-recipes from her instagram feed up and one of them involves some coconut oil quinoa granola that would be super good with everything. I may or may not have a bunch of bulk foods bags on my counter waiting to make it. (via Take a Megabite)
For music this week we have an slightly old but not really song from Vampire Weekend from their last album and I don’t know why I haven’t put it on here. The video’s super fun and it’s the perfect mid brunch dance break, especially after one or three mimosas.