Easy Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade chocolate coconut milk ice cream.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis chocolate coconut milk ice cream is ridiculous.  Like, super tasty, delicious ridiculousness.  And it is super easy to make.  The flavor is rich, a little bit bitter but sweet and nutty from the coconut milk.  And the texture!  It’s smooth with a touch of grit.  Reading that back, it doesn’t sound like it should be good.  But it is SO good!  I first made this recipe when my son couldn’t eat traditional ice cream because of his allergies.  It was an awesome alternative for him during the summer months.  I recently made it again and guess what, I like this ice cream more than he does.  He has been able to add some milk back in to his diet so it has opened up the door to some ice creams.  So these days his tastes run sweeter.  But I love that when I want something cold, creamy and easy, I can make this in about an hour.

The easiest chocolate coconut milk ice cream you can make at home. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe biggest hurdle is making sure that you remember to put the freezer bowl in the freezer ahead of time.  Once that is well chilled (overnight) you just mix up the ingredients in a blender and then add them to the ice cream maker.  The ice cream is made up of cocoa powder, sugar and coconut milk.  I prefer the Trader Joe’s coconut milk and keep a few cans in the cupboard.  They last for a long time so it is easy to keep them around, at the ready, for this recipe.  Pretty awesome that the ingredients are simple and not chemical laden.

Easy chocolate coconut milk ice cream.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe original recipe also included crushed up Oreos which my son never wanted to add in.  Which is crazy since he LOVES Oreos like a fat kid loves Oreos.  You should definitely put this on your “to make” list immediately.  I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.  And I think I am going to make this again and try it out with the Oreos.  That just sounds amazing.  And maybe my son will like it more that way.  If he doesn’t that is just more for me!

I followed this recipe for Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

 

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Muddled Tangerine Basil Infused Water

Muddled tangerine and basil infused water for summer. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd for my grand finale I present to you… a muddled tangerine basil infused water.  I know, that name needs work.  But I just could not bring myself to use tangerineade.  In an effort to keep you deliciously hydrated this week I’ve shared several easy muddled fruit water recipes.  In case you missed them  you can check out my muddled ginger limeade and muddled raspberry lemonade.  But I am kind of in love with this one.  I love basil and the smell of these tangerines is truly intoxicating.

Easy muddled tangerine and basil refresher.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love fresh herbs in my drinks.  And basil is one of my favorite smells ever.  Every time you lift this glass to your lips you are met with a nose hug from the basil.  Gah.  So good.

Tangerine and basil are two tastes that taste great together. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy kids keep me on my toes.  One minute they love those little cutie tangerines and the next they are ignoring them as if they were chicken (my kids swear they are allergic to chicken).  I am so glad I figured out a way to use them and not let them go to waste. [Read more…]

Muddled Ginger Limeade Recipe

Delicious ginger and lime infused water for an easy summer drink.  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWelcome to water week.  Huh, you say… I really don’t know what else to call it.  So water week it is.  But it isn’t just like, boring old water.  These waters are fruit infused and super refreshing.  I drink this kind of stuff all summer long so I thought I would share them with you.  I was browsing through a super old cocktail book of my grandmother’s the other day and one of the recipes called for muddled lemon.  And I thought to myself, now if that isn’t the easiest way ever to make lemonade, I don’t know what is.  So this week I’ll be sharing 3 recipes for easy muddled fruit ades.  Today I kick it off with a Muddled Ginger Limeade Recipe.

Muddled Ginger Limeade Recipe.  Perfect for summer! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comGinger and lime are my go to flavors.  All of my favorite cocktails have one or both of these included.  You may remember I shared a similar recipe last year.  But that one had fizzy water and was more about the flavors being really subtle.  This muddled ginger limeade is about really tasting the flavors.  But as always I love that these recipes can be made for your personal flavor preferences.

Honest fruit and veggie wash is awesome!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFirst things first.  I’m not all the concerned about buying organic fruits.  To be honest, I can’t afford it.  And usually I’m not too concerned about the toxicity of my limes, since I’m just using the juice.  But since the rind and all will be in the beverage, I wanted to make sure to do what I could to remove anything grody from the skin.  I used my Honest Fruit and Veg wash (I LOVE this stuff!!) and then I was good to go.  Totally not sponsored, I just really love it. [Read more…]

Perfect Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

*This post is sponsored by Foodie, one of my fave places to search for recipes!

Are you aware that Mother’s Day is fast approaching? I don’t know how it works in your family but the men generally try to take the reigns on our family get together, with gentle prodding from the females, of course. There is no telling how this year’s holiday will turn out. So I can always fantasize about the perfect Mother’s Day spread. In my opinion, it needs to be pretty and delicious. Girly but not too frilly, spring-inspired without being too flowery, and yummy without being over the top indulgent. And I’m just realizing it is posts like this that probably have my husband paralyzed trying to figure out what each of those things means. :) Brunch on a gorgeous sunny day sounds amazing right?  But if brunch doesn’t work out, I know it will still be a really special day. I’ve collected 16 perfect recipes for your Mother’s Day brunch, including some beverages. A good beverage is sometimes key to the overall success of a meal, says this iced tea connoisseur.

Here is a sample brunch menu for you in case you are salivating over all the photos too much to plan out the perfect meal: Apricot Glazed Ham served with Strawberry, Quinoa and Spinach Salad, and Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Cake.  How about some Watermelon Lemonade and a rose cocktail to go with it?

Or I’d start off with an appetizer of Honey Toffee Marscapone on toasts.  Then I’d move on to a Mushroom, Bacon, Swiss Strata, some Strawberry Pico de Gallo with tortilla chips, and end it with a Berry, Lime and Cardamom Spring Cake for dessert.  A Lemon Tea Cocktail or a Blood Orange Gin Float would round out that meal quite nicely.

And Goat Cheese Bacon Balls?!  YES!  Head on over to the collection to check out all the brunch recipes.

What does your Mother’s Day usually look like?  What does your fantasy Mother’s Day look like?

10 Entrees for Sunday Supper Plus a Few Yummy Side Dishes

*This post is a sponsored opportunity by Foodie.com. All opinions are mine. And I love food. So I’m happy to share these recipes with you.

I LOVE Sundays. While I cook dinner about 5-6 nights a week, there is something about cooking a Sunday supper that makes me so happy. In winter, I love to put a slow-cooking dish on the stove, like delicious short ribs. I would never attempt to make them on a weeknight. On Sundays, my husband is usually around to help look after or play with the boys and I can take my time in the kitchen, turn the music up and be able to focus on a new recipe or one that takes more of my attention. During summer, I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen cooking, but rather enjoying a more simple entree with yummy side dishes on the patio with my family. There is an ease to Sunday that makes everyone seem a little bit more relaxed and makes spending time together that much more fun. While a big, pre-planned BBQ might take place on a Saturday night, smaller more impromptu neighbor BBQ’s seem to happen on Sundays. This collection of recipes is what I will be drawing from for the next few Sunday dinners.

BTW, do you know Foodie.com? I’m pretty new there but it is another great resource for finding recipes easily.

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