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Chili Lime and Sea Salt Watermelon Pops

This super simple watermelon recipe with chili powder, lime and sea salt is the perfect summer snack. Serve it on popsicle sticks for an easy to eat and healthy treat.

We live really close to a park and in the park there’s a guy that sells fruit under a rainbow colored umbrella. If you live in LA or ever visited, you’ve probably spotted a fruit vendor under a rainbow umbrella. They are about as ubiquitous (and delicious) as taco trucks. One of my favorite things to get from the street fruit vendors is watermelon covered in chili, salt, and lime.

Since it’s officially watermelon season, I thought it would be fun to share a fun and oh-so-delicous recipe video that’s inspired by the LA fruit stands. Watch it below and keep reading for the full recipe.

 

This super simple watermelon recipe with chili powder, lime and sea salt is the perfect summer snack. Serve it on popsicle sticks for an easy to eat and healthy treat.

Chili Lime and Sea Salt Watermelon Pops

Ingredients

1 whole watermelon
chili powder
smoked paprika
sea salt flakes
Limes
cayenne powder, optional

Directions

  1. Use a sharp knife to cut a watermelon into 1″ thick rounds. Then cut each round into 4-6 pie-shaped pieces. Use a pairing knife to cut a small hole in the middle of the rind of each watermelon slice. Insert a wooden popsicle stick into each hole.
  2. Just before serving, sprinkle each watermelon slice with chili powder, smoked paprika and sea salt. Add a touch of cayenne powder if you like heat. Top with fresh lime juice and lime zest and enjoy!

This super simple watermelon recipe with chili powder, lime and sea salt is the perfect summer snack. Serve it on popsicle sticks for an easy to eat and healthy treat.

Sticking watermelon slices onto wooden popsicle sticks is now my favorite way to serve watermelon. It looks cute on a serving tray and easy to eat. I just always make sure to save the watermelon rinds for my horse, they are his favorite treat!

This recipe isn’t exact on purpose. Just add as much (or as little) of each spice as you like and you can’t go wrong. If you love sweet and salty combinations, go heavier on the sea salt. And if you love all things spicy, add some cayenne powder!

This super simple watermelon recipe with chili powder, lime and sea salt is the perfect summer snack. Serve it on popsicle sticks for an easy to eat and healthy treat.

Museum of Ice Cream Strawberry Pancake Maple Syrup Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

If you can't make it to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles don't worry you can make the same treats at home! Click through for the recipe and video!

Last month, Amy and I (and our Instagram guys) over to the Museum of Ice Cream. If you follow anyone with a colorful feed you’ve likely seen photos of this pink wonderland. While the museum is fun (Kelly has a great recap here) and basically just an Instagram playground if did have some yummy treats!

Each room is a different theme and features different sweets. Just before exiting, you are given a pink ice cream sandwich. But it’s not just an ordinary ice cream sandwich—it’s a scoop of maple ice cream sandwiched between two strawberry pancakes! If you visited the museum or if you still can’t score tickets, I’ve got you covered. I’ve created a super easy recipe so you can make the same treats at home—no ice cream maker needed.

 

Museum of Ice Cream Strawberry Pancake Maple Syrup Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

For the ice cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup maple syrup

For the pancakes
1 strawberry cake mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups milk

Directions

  1. Use large mixing bowl and a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the heavy whipping cream until peaks form and it’s fluffy. Set aside.
  2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and maple syrup in another large mixing bowl and mix until combined. Then working in two batches, fold the whipped cream into the milk and syrup mixture. Pour the mixture into an ice cream container or another food storage container and freeze overnight or until solid, about 6 hours.
  3. Just before serving, make the pancakes! In a large mixing bowl combine the strawberry cake mix, flour, oil, eggs and milk. Use a hand mixer or spatula to combine all the ingredients. Heat a griddle or large pan on medium with 1 tbsp. oil. Cook the pancakes until…

If you can't make it to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles don't worry you can make the same treats at home! Click through for the recipe and video!

Even though I have an ice cream maker (which I adore and highly recommend), I skipped using the machine for this recipe and opted for a much easier, fewer appliances version. Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this creamy treat. The pancakes use a hack too—the recipe starts with a strawberry cake mix. If you have another favorite cake mix on hand, you can use that too. I think it would be delicious with devil’s food or red velvet.

If you can't make it to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles don't worry you can make the same treats at home! Click through for the recipe and video!

Have you visited the Museum of Ice Cream in L.A. or New York? If so, what was your favorite room and treat there?

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View of the beach from the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California.

My view from the Santa Monica Pier on Instagram

Hello (Second) Birthday weekend!

This weekend I’ll be celebrating my birthday (again) with some of my favorite people. Because why stop at one birthday celebration? And really because it gives me an excuse to eat charcuterie and drink fancy gin cocktails—two of my favorites.

Favorite Links from the week

Wishing I had wall space to make this.
Cute flair for your bag.
Pretty storage (and super easy diy).
Chelsea creates yet another amazing diy game.
Cannot wait to try this latte and this cocktail.
Just got a new sewing machine and I’m eyeing these cute dresses.
And I want to try to make this one.
Not your college jello shots.

P.S.

Did you catch this week’s video?

DIY Abstract Wall Art

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

Painting is something I enjoy so much but never take the time to do. Do you have an activity like that? For me, creating is my job but sometimes deadlines and stress can really take the joy out of the process. Time flies and now it’s been over a year since I picked up a paint brush and just painted without a plan. Even though I am a planner (with everything), I love the feeling of picking up a brush and just seeing where it takes you. It’s definitely relaxing and an almost freeing feeling.

I recently spent the morning in front of a blank canvas with the new DecoArt Americana Premium acrylic paints. I didn’t have an plan on what exactly I would create. I just started mixing the paint on my palette and gradually built up layers of pastel blues and grays.

You can watch the video below to see the process!

 

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

In whatever I create, I tend to gravitate towards color, and more specifically towards corals, pinks, and golds. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know those colors pop up here a lot. They are just too good to ignore! When I started mixing the paint on my palette I decided to create something slightly quieter than the typical brightly saturated things I’m drawn too.

Because sometimes the negative space can be just as beautiful as lots of color.

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

Acrylic paint dries quickly, which is great for layering. But when I wanted to blend multiple colors directly on the canvas I added the Extender Medium to the paint. This medium is a clear gel that slows the drying time of the paint and allows you to blend colors oh-so-nicely.

When I wanted to layer the paint, I didn’t add any medium too it. I just waited a couple minutes for it to dry and then layers another color directly on top.

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

Watch how blogger Sarah Hearts creates her own abstract wall art using DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylic paint.

What would you create with the new DecoArt Americana Premium acrylic paints? I had so much fun creating this painting that I can’t wait to do another one.

This post was created in partnership with DecoArt

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Take a dip in the (faux) sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles!

scallop shorts | tank | sunnies

Hello Birthday Weekend!

Yesterday I celebrated by 31st birthday and if jumping into a pool filled with sprinkles is any indication of how the rest of my 30s will go, I’m all in! Sunday is Kevin birthday and with the 4th just before, it’s pretty much all parties over here. And we have family in town this weekend too so let summer officially begin.

This week I’m loving…

This DIY scalloped leather necklace‚ because scallops, duh.
The cutest DIY bike basket ever.
I want to be drinking these melon margaritas rn with these cocktail plates.
Great finds in Culver City.
Not your dad’s old battleship game.
Tiny tassels.
Because it’s soooo hard to work when it’s sunny out.
Adding this top to my cart asap.

P.S.

Did you catch this weeks video?