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Three Colorful Ways to Jazz Up Summer Cocktails

2015 July 31

Hey Freutcake readers! Kelly here from Studio DIY and I’m excited to be popping by to add a little color to your life today! Since Leah is such a star at whipping up delicious cocktails, I thought it would be fun to share three colorful ways to jazz ’em up even more! You may even have a few of these goodies in your pantry so you can whip up some drinks in a flash for all your summer dinner parties.

Three Colorful Ways

Three Colorful Ways

Colored Salt: It’s not a margarita without a little salt, if you ask me. Pick up some powdered food coloring (Just a small amount goes a long way here!) and mix it with salt. Run a lime around the rim of the glass then dip in a shallow dish of the colored salt to add a bit of unexpected color to the glass!

Three Colorful Ways

Breakfast Cereal: You can admit it. I know you have a secret stash of sugar-y kid cereal hiding somewhere in your pantry. Break it out and embrace it! Crush up the cereal in a plastic bag and pour into a shallow dish. Dip glass into a mixture of water and a bit of honey, then into the dish of cereal. BAM!

Three Colorful Ways

Sprinkles: Sips and sweets anyone? The best combination for girl’s night! Use the leftover sprinkles from your treats to add a happy surprise to the bar! Like the cereal trick, dip the glass into a mixture of water and a bit of honey and then into a dish of sprinkles.

Three Colorful Waysphotos by Studio DIY

What’s your favorite way to garnish a cocktail? Cheers!

Salted-Caramel Banana Pudding

2015 July 29

Pregnancy cravings are a funny thing. In the beginning of my pregnancy there were no cravings, only aversions to pretty much all food in general. Thank goodness that stage is over! After all, aren’t pregnancy cravings part of the fun of this whole journey to motherhood?

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

It’s a time to indulge (just a little) in what we want for once, no holding back or practicing self control. It’s a time to say, I haven’t had banana pudding in a while and gosh darn that sounds good!

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

This third trimester has brought about a serious craving for Salted-Caramel Banana Pudding. Something about the combination of caramel and bananas makes my pregnant belly do a little jig. But does Salted-Caramel Banana Pudding even exist? Well it does now my friends and I’m eating it with a spoon!

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

Layers of creamy vanilla pudding made with Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla, crunchy classic Nilla Wafers, homemade salted caramel and whipped cream. I mean, does it get any better than that? And for all of you who love caramel but can’t stomach the dairy, this salted caramel sauce is made with Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla as well. Double yum!

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

Oh, and you certainly don’t have to be pregnant to crave or make this pudding. I say we all treat ourselves to a little banana pudding nostalgia this week. Raise your spoons high if you’re with me!

Salted Caramel Banana PuddingRecipe development & photos by Erin Phraner

 

Almond BreezeDisclosure: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk however the recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!

 

Salted-Caramel Banana Pudding with Toasted Almonds
Serves 8
A delicious dairy-free version of classic banana pudding & homemade salted caramel sauce.
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FOR THE PUDDING
  1. 2 (2.75-ounce) packages vanilla pudding mix
  2. 4 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla
  3. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  4. 5 to 6 bananas, sliced
  5. 1 box Nilla Wafer or other vanilla wafer cookies
  6. 1 container frozen whipped topping
FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
  1. 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla
  4. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare the pudding mix as the label directs using Almond Breeze Almondmilk Vanilla (4 cups or the amount listed on the packaging). Transfer pudding to a large bowl; let cool slightly. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding and refrigerate until cool, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the caramel sauce: Cook the brown sugar, granulated sugar, almond milk and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Put the almonds in a dry skillet and cook over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until toasted, about 5 minutes. Keep the almonds moving as they get toastier to prevent burning.
  4. In mason jars or other small containers, layer the pudding, sliced bananas, wafer cookies and toasted almonds. Top each with a dollop of frozen whipped topping. Drizzle generously with salted caramel sauce. Enjoy!
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DIY Painted Picnic Blanket

2015 July 28

Summer, summer, summertime! We still have a few more months of long lazy days, sunshine, beach adventures, and days spent lounging outdoors. Today Christina is sharing how to make this easy-as-pie DIY Painted Picnic Blanket perfect for all of your summer adventures!

DIY Painted Picnic Blanket

You will need:
1 4×5 Canvas drop cloth, available here
1 Can of Spray Paint Color of your choice
Painters tape
Ruler (optional)

DIY Painted Picnic Blanket

Step 1. Lay out drop cloth on a hard, flat surface.
Step 2. Tape individual stripes, approx 3inches apart. Once tape is on the cloth, press out any bubbles or gaps.
Step 3.  Spay paint cloth. Spray long even strokes. The canvas soaks up a bit of the paint, so go back and cover any spots. I used 1 can of spray paint.  
Step 4.  Let dry completely, about 2 hours.
Step 5.  Carefully remove tape.  Then admire your masterpiece!

DIY Painted Picnic Blanket

Let the picnic-ing begin! Just don’t forget the champagne.

DIY Painted Picnic Blanketphotos by Christina Streit

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