Printable Summer Fruit Placemats

Protect your table and make dinner clean up a breeze with these free printable summer fruit placemats. Perfect for summer parties and bbqs!

If it weren’t so darn hot, I’d want summer to last forever! Besides popsicles, beach bike rides and barbecues, one of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of summer produce. And this year it seems summer fruit is the star. And I don’t mind one bit. I’d gladly put a cute summer fruit print anything and everything. That’s why I designed these free printable summer fruit placements. Just download, print and enjoy!

Protect your table and make dinner clean up a breeze with these free printable summer fruit placemats. Perfect for summer parties and bbqs!

The placemats are formatted to fit an 11″ x 17″ sheet of paper. You can download the file and take it to your local copy shop to get them printed. Or if you’re like me and love to print out tons of stuff, I highly recommend investing in a large format printer. I purchased the Canon PIXMA iX6820 last year and have been so happy with it. It’s a rather compact ink jet large format printer and prints as large as 13″ x 19″! I use it for printing placemats, art prints (hello instant wall art), and even used it to test the scale of the horse wallpaper I made. (This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share about some of the tools I use day in and day out).

I printed my placemats on matte presentation paper. It’s similar to copy paper but has an ultra bright white side that makes colors really pop.

Protect your table and make dinner clean up a breeze with these free printable summer fruit placemats. Perfect for summer parties and bbqs!

Download the free printable placemats here

 

Protect your table and make dinner clean up a breeze with these free printable summer fruit placemats. Perfect for summer parties and bbqs!

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If you love this cute fruit pattern then you’ll adore the matching free printable note sheets!

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Happy Friday!

This week flew by as I’ve been playing catchup since being in Florida last week. Only one more full week before we head on our big trip of the year! So this weekend and next week are going to be busy for me! We’ll be traveling to London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Have you visited any of those cities before? Please leave a comment and let me know what we can’t miss! I’m making a big list of all the places we want to check out.

4 DIYs to try

  1. These citrus shelves will add some summer color to your home year round.
  2. Loving palm print on everything including this cute pencil case (that can double as a summer clutch).
  3. This printable L.A. version of chutes and ladders is perfect for a summer game night.
  4. The perfect little storage box for just about everything.

I’m also loving…

Rhinestone cocktail rings.
Paper utensil envelopes.
Eyeing these earrings at the Nordstrom anniversary sale.

P.S.

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Homemade Chocolate Pocky Marshmallows

Home to make homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows - so easy to make they are sure to be your new favorite treat!

One of my favorite summer traditions has got to be making s’mores. Nothing beats the taste of slightly toasted gooey marshmallows with the sweet crunch of graham crackers and melted chocolate, and I right? The only thing that can take your s’mores to next level is adding some of these homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows. Today I’m excited to share a simple recipe for them!

These homemade chocolate marshmallows get their flavoring (and a little crunch) from Pocky, one of my favorite sweet snacks. By adding crushed up Pocky bits into the warm marshmallow batter you create an rich chocolatey flavored batter that has a little crunch in every bite. I used Original Pocky for this recipe but it would also be delicious with any of the other Pocky flavors. Here’s looking at you Matcha Pocky!

Homemade marshmallows are way easier to make than you think. Check out the video below to see how they are made!

 

Home to make homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows - so easy to make they are sure to be your new favorite treat!

Homemade Pocky Chocolate Marshmallows

Makes about 3 dozen marshmallows

Ingredients

2 – 2.47 oz. packages of Pocky in any flavor of your choice
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
Nonstick cooking spray
Optional: dark chocolate candy melts for coating marshmallows

Supplies

candy thermometer
small saucepan
8” x 8” square pan

Home to make homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows - so easy to make they are sure to be your new favorite treat!

Directions

  1. Place all 3 packets of gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add 1/2 cup of ice cold water.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine another 1/2 cup of ice cold water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Turn the stovetop on to medium high heat and cook, covered, for about 4 minutes. Then use a candy thermometer to check the temp. When the mixture reaches 240° immediately remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Turn the stand mixer on the stir setting (or lowest setting) and while it’s running slowly pour the sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture. Increase the speed to high and let it run for about 15 minutes. It will magically transform from a kinda gross looking clear mixture to a fluffy whipped cream looking texture. Stir in the vanilla extract the 2 bags of crushed Pocky. The warm temperature of the marshmallow fluff with melt the Pocky just a little making the marshmallow mixture deliciously chocolate flavored.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the powdered sugar and corn starch in a small bow. Spray the inside of the pan with nonstick cooking spray then cover with the sugar and corn starch mixture. When the marshmallows are done mixing, use a spatula to pour the mixture into the preparing pan. Allow the pan to set for at least four hours or overnight before you dig in.
  5. Spray a large knife with the nonstick cooking spray and cut the marshmallows into bite size pieces and enjoy.

Dip the marshmallows in dark chocolate

If you love chocolate as much as I do, melt some dark chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 20 seconds intervals until completely melted. Dip the marshmallow squares into the chocolate and place on a sheet of wax paper. Allow to harden and then enjoy! You can speed up the hardening process by placing them in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Home to make homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows - so easy to make they are sure to be your new favorite treat!

If you prefer to have the Pocky flavor without the crunch, crush up the Pocky in a food processor until it resembles graham cracker crumbs. Then just add it to the batter like normal.

Making marshmallows at home is a really simple process but there’s one kitchen supply that is key—a candy thermometer. This inexpensive device can be picked up online or at most grocery stores and is a must for making marshmallows. You clip it onto the saucepan while you’re heating the syrup mixture. When it just gets to 240º you immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. That’s the not-so-secret part to making perfectly fluffy marshmallows.

Home to make homemade chocolate Pocky marshmallows - so easy to make they are sure to be your new favorite treat!

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This post is created in partnership with Pocky

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Happy Friday!

I’m in Florida this weekend visiting family and friends. It’s been a bitter sweet time as central Florida has been our home for the past 7 years. But one thing I sure don’t miss is the summer heat. Boy has it been hot!

If you’re looking for a fun project to try this weekend, here are a few of favorites.

  1. These indigo shibori cloth napkins are the perfect accessory for summer dinner bbqs.
  2. A rainbow table runner makes everyday feel like a party.
  3. This rainbow bistro table and chairs is just so cheery.
  4. Printable ice cream sandwich wrappers are perfect for summertime parties.

I’m also loving…

This colorful hammock.
This tutorial on how to hang patio string lights.
No-churn ice cream and peach thyme hand pies.

P.S.

I shared an update about my chronic foot pain.
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Living with Chronic Foot Pain Update

DIY Blogger Sarah Khandjian shares an update about living with chronic foot pain since she was a child and what's helped her cope.

July 2016 Update

I haven’t shared about how I live with chronic foot pain in nearly two years so I thought I was due for an update. You can read about my entire journey and where I’m at now over on my foot pain post.

For those of you who do not know, I’ve had chronic foot pain in both of my heels and arches since I was a child. It’s always been difficult since my feet ache daily, even before I get out of bed, but things really came to a standstill in 2011 when the pain was unbearable.

I tried everything in the books and went to numerous doctors. I got second, third and fourth opinions. I tried physical therapy, injections, and custom orthotics. As a last resort, I even had surgery in both feet (which later proved to be completely unsuccessful). I ended up at a pain management doctor because I was never able to get a concrete diagnosis. Most doctors ultimately thought that it’s in issue with my nerves and that my brain fires pain signals unnecessarily. The pain management route left me still in intense pain and not feeling like myself to say the least. I gained twenty pounds and felt moody and sad. I hated the way all the different medications I tried made me feel and it seemed as though they just weren’t helping enough to justify taking them.

In the fall of 2014, I decided to stop all my medications and give acupuncture a try.

For months, I went weekly for acupuncture treatments. And for the first time ever, I started to have days with way less pain. My pain wasn’t gone completely, but it now was bearable. I could now do things like ride my horse a few times a week and go on walks, both which previously were so difficult to do.

Over the course of the year I tried two different acupuncturist, who use different methods. I found the Dr. Tan method, which uses points that mirror the parts of your body that are in pain, to be effective. When I had needles places directly on the areas where I experience pain, I had no relief. It’s sounds crazy but when the needles are placed in points in my hands I have the most relief.

I continued with acupuncture in Florida up until we moved to Los Angeles last fall. In January I found an acupuncturist out here that I now see weekly. I was able to find a health insurance plan out here that covers unlimited acupuncture visits so on weeks I’m having unbearable pain I’ll go in twice or even three times. I still have really hard days and extremely hard mornings but I’ve found a way that works for me and allows me to be healthy and active.

Although none of the numerous doctors I visited diagnosed me with any condition related to poor circulation (since everything was always thought to be nerve related), I found that the days I stand in on place or sit for hours to actually be the most painful. Lately, when I’m in bed the pain is at its worst. My acupuncturist recommended I start taking an herbal supplement to increase circulation to my extremities. I’ve been taking it for a couple months now and I can’t say if it’s been super effective although the days I forget to take it do seem to be worse.

If you have chronic foot pain, know that you’re not alone and I hope my story helps you find some comfort and relief.

xo, Sarah

P.S.

The sandals I’ve wearing in the photo above may look like they would be awful for my feet but they’re not. They are actually super supportive and I wear them so much I’ve just about worn out my second pair.