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Mimosa Popsicles

September 11, 2014

Can't wait to serve up this frozen version of mimosas next time we do brunch! Love the stamped popsicle sticks too!

Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. And weeks that include brunch are the best. I just love how you can pass off both sweet and savory foods at brunch. Quiches, casseroles, fruit, pastries. Who doesn’t love sleeping in and pigging out on that stuff?

Yet no brunch is really complete without mimosas, the brunch-ing staple on everyone’s menu. But I think mimosas can get kinda boring and bland. So I’ve fixed that problem and made some icy cold mimosas using my favorite all-natural Natalie’s juices and I’m positive you’re going to want to serve at your next brunch.

As I mentioned last week, I’m a total orange juice snob. So I made my version of mimosas with Natalie’s orange juices. I used an assortment of their orange juices (mango orange is my fave) to create fresh citrus popsicles. You just place them in a glass, pour champagne over them, and sip on it as it melts into a delicious mimosa.

Watch the video above to learn how to make this icy version of the brunch classic. I’ve included a few tips on making the perfect pops too.

- Assorted Natalie’s orange juices (I used orange, orange mango, orange pineapple, and honey tangerine)
- Champagne or sparkling wine

- Popsicle mold, I used this one
- Wooden popsicle sticks
- Rubber alphabet stamps, I used this set
- Permanent waterproof ink pad
- Washi tape or any type of removable tape
- Permanent marker
- Glassware to serve your drinks in

Love the idea of using assorted fresh juices to make popsicle mimosas and bellinis.

Since I used four different juices, I stamped the name of each juice on the popsicle sticks. This makes them a fun treat for serving a crowd since guests can easily choose which flavor they want. And with all of Natalie’s different juices, it’s so hard to choose!

This version of mimosas is so much more fun than traditional ones! Love the idea of using assorted orange juices like pineapple and mango orange. Yum!

Natalie’s also makes fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and I think that would make a delicious mimosa too. So it’s your in the mood for something a bit more tart, you can give that a try.

Love the idea of letting guests choose their own mimosa flavor with these cute popsicles. So cute for a brunch shower!

This post was created in partnership with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. As always, I only partner with brands that I truly love and I love Natalie’s! Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help me make delicious recipes like this one.

Dining Room Wallpaper Ideas

September 10, 2014

Dreaming up a way to revamp your home? Why not cover one wall with a mod flower print!

As part of our DIY kitchen update I’m planning on painting the dining room. If you may recall from our house tour, the dining room is currently a warm yellow and one wall has a bold chevron print that I painted. Since we’re going to be lightening up our kitchen by painting the cabinets white, I thought it would be nice to brighten up and refresh the dining room too.

I’ve enjoyed the chevron accent wall but I really don’t want to keep the current color palette so I’m thinking of wallpapering over it. There are so many options it’s hard to know where to start! I’m playing with the idea of designing my own pattern and getting it printed on removable wallpaper so if I ever want to go back to the yellow chevron pattern I can.

This gray and mustard yellow mod flower print would be perfect for wallpaper.

Here’s a closer look at the pattern I created, which is based of one of my favorite wallpapers I’ve designed. My first thought was using gray and a mustard yellow since the other walls are going to be painted a light gray.

I’m really loving the gray and yellow pattern but I thought it would be fun to share a couple other options I photoshoped.

Loving this all gray mod flower wallpaper. Perfect for an accent wall!

How cute is this mod flower wallpaper? I'd love it in a dining room or even a bedroom.

Which color palette is your favorite? Do you think this would look fab in another palette? I’d love to know!

Green, Blush and Black Color Palette

September 9, 2014

This color palette is so soft and ethereal. Perfect for transitioning from winter to spring.

Though I usually am drawn to brighter, more saturated color palettes, this muted palette has got me. It’s just so dreamy and ethereal don’t you think?

How would you use this color palette? I’m thinking it’s the perfect palette for a black tie winter wedding.

Image by Hackworth Design House.

Citrus Mint Tropical Fruit Salad

September 8, 2014

Serve up this delicious tropical fruit salad at your next brunch or potluck. It's sure to be a new favorite!

Every so often a couple women at the barn and I get together, go riding and eat a potluck lunch at the barn. Last week I spent my Labor Day enjoying this fun little tradition and, as always, our potluck lunch was delicious (this photo is proof). We had greek salad, hummus and pita, and this tropical fruit salad. Everyone enjoyed the fruit salad so much I just had to share the recipe.

The star of this salad is the simple to make citrus mint dressing. It’s just so delicious and so refreshing you’ll want to eat the entire bowl of fruit. If you’re not a big fan of tropical fruit you can easily swap any of the ingredients for your favorites. This dressing would be great with anything!

Can't wait to try this refreshing fruit salad with fresh mint and citrus dressing. The dressing would also be great on other fruit too.

 This citrus mint dressing sounds so good! Can't wait to try this at my next brunch.

Tropical Fruit Salad with Citrus Mint Dressing
adapted from Cooking Light | Makes 6-8 servings

4 kiwifruit, peeled and cubed
2 cups honeydew, cubed
2 cups cantaloupe, cubed
1 medium papaya, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

For the dressing:
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons diced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Use a motor and pestle (I have this one) to crush the sugar, mint and orange zest. Then add the orange and lime juice and stir to combine.

Mix the fruit in a large bowl. Pour the mint dressing over the fruit and gently stir to distribute the dressing. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.

Looking for some more foodie inspiration? Check out my recipe page.

Links to Love

September 5, 2014

Not quite ready for fall? Transition from summer to fall with this non-traditional color palette and these fun DIY projects.

Happy weekend! This weekend we’re heading to a friend’s wedding and making a weekend getaway out of it and heading to St. Augustine for a couple days. I can’t wait!

If it’s still feeling way more like summer than fall where you live, how about trying one of these fun DIY projects to help transition your home from summer to fall. I’m just loving the non-traditional color palette with a mix of oranges, peaches, and violet.

1. Oh Joy! gold metal lanterns get a makeover with a crepe paper DIY.

2. A Subtle Revelry shares another use for crepe paper with these simple wreaths.

3. You Are My Fave shows you how to transform those craft store paper letters into a cute sign over on Julep.

I’m also loving:

These easy DIY fall scents. You know, if you just can’t wait any longer for a cinnamon smell to fill your house.

This upcycled book art. So simple and so cute!

It’s Homey Oh My’s first blog birthday! Congrats Amy!