summertime

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I have a Goose Lamp.

Two of them, actually. One is named Mayonnaise.

My friend Michelle named Mayonnaise years ago. An ironic name, as back then I really did not care for mayo in any form. Since going vegan, mayonnaise does not wig me out as it used to. It’s simply an oil-based condiment now – rather than something made with eggs – another thing I didn’t care to eat.

Mayonnaise. Even though the only kind of mayo I use is plant based, I still sometimes have that same feeling about it, that it’s a no-no for picnic in the sunshine foods. So in [click to continue…]

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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

One of my favorite foods to get weird creative with is ice cream. Often I have so many flavors at one time, that I find myself getting creative with freezer containers. Also, my freezer drawer becomes a game of tetris.

Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Worth it, though – this lack of space and storage containers. While I love ice cream year round, summertime is ice cream season, really.

Isn’t it?

Chai Spiked Pumpkin Milkshake

Today I have a collection of ice creams and one milkshake! Some of these recipes have extremely unique in flavors or ingredient lists – and should give you inspiration and a freezer full of treats this summer.

 

Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

Check out Summertime Ice Cream Inspirations

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see the whole collection at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon Mint Dressing

Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

 

Many of you will remember my Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream up there (so many of you tried it, yay!). I have made this recipe many times, and have recently started playing with new flavors.

Some awesome flavors.

Just for you.

Because it is summer. Okay, not officially, but it’s close enough for me. My schedule has been a bit more free lately, which feels summer like. The sun has been shining, even on the rainy days if you can pick up what I’m puttin’ down. Light and free, that’s me.

and that is what summertime is all about, right? Light and free.

and frozen treats. There must be treats. Lucky you and me, I have fifteen frozen favorites right here.

 

ginger maple miso ice cream

 

lightened up Piña Coladas

 

blackberry cheesecake ice cream

 

See the rest in the slideshow below:

 

Check out Fresh and Cool Summertime Treats

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see all recipes at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

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Portland is having glorious 80 degree temperatures this week.

Perfection.

roasted garlic and raspberry salad

Roasted Garlic and Raspberry Salad

 

It is light, it is bright, everyone is happy, everyone is smiling.

I am wearing sandals, I am wearing sundresses, I am wearing shorts.

We are drinking fresh juice and ice cold beer, we are eating all kinds of fruit and vegetables. and we are eating salads.

Big beautiful entree size powerhouse salads. Vibrant flavors and bright colors, a mixed palate of textures and proteins and carbs. Filling and fresh, but light at the same time. With many opportunities to use my favorite celery ranch dressing.

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Salad of Living Watercress with Radish and Pear

 

Our salad tonight has spicy flavors – the greens were collards, Swiss chard, kale and spinach. Additional protein from black beans and some crunch from corn, with a fresh made salsa over the top. Spicy heat keeps you cool on hot days, did you know?

We are gearing up for a hot summer here, and I already have several salad ideas to share with you in the next month or so. In the meantime, I have collected some of my favorites and some good looking ideas from around the web – salads for spring!

Chipotle Tomato Mini Wedge Salads

 

To see the entire collection at once, visit my Garden Fresh Spring Salads collection.

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

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red plum and fig jam

I think it is just human nature for some people to not read instructions. To not read articles, blog posts (I learned that almost immediately), really much of anything.

I do read, I really really do.

fig and plum jam

Then sometimes my brain turns jelly to jam.

Literally.

Meatless Monday this [click to continue…]

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fresh squash blossoms spabettie

My favorite farmers market find lately – squash blossoms.

I didn’t plant any squash this year, so I have been chomping at the bit patiently awaiting their arrival at the markets. Because I had the most wonderful flavored cheese waiting to pair with these little beauties. I brought them home and immediately got to work (they do not last long, use them same day if you can find them).

Dijon apricot goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms spabettie

I have been [click to continue…]

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