After having a hectic week last week full of appointments, I’m happy to say this week was crazy productive! Lately we’ve been trying to not work on the weekends and make Saturdays and Sundays actually feel like weekends. Since we live so close to the beach, we’re trying to take full advantage of it. I mean, the beach is literally at the end of our road! So this weekend we’re planning on another bike ride to the beach and I’ll definitely get some horseback riding time in too. What fun things do you have planned this weekend?
I have a major sweet tooth. I mean, I even have a Pinterest board devoted to my sweet addiction. Every time I finish lunch and dinner I instantly crave something sweet. Usually a couple chocolate chips will do but one of my favorite treats is definitely ice cream. And fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) ice cream is Kevin’s favorite too.
This recipe is a bit of a throw-back to the Carvel ice cream cakes of my childhood. They were super simple but oh-so-delicious, mostly due to the chocolate crunchy layer in the middle. I’ve simplified the making of an ice cream cake at home by skipping the icing and making it in a jumbo muffin tin. Instant personal size ice cream cakes! Just the way I like it. Because you know no one really ever wants to share their dessert, right?
Check out the video below to see how easy they are to make. I can’t promise that you won’t want to run to the grocery store ASAP though!
Homemade Mini Ice Cream Cakes
1/2 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 pint chocolate ice cream
1 cup chocolate wafer cookies
1/3 cup hot fudge sauce, room temperature Sprinkles
Let the vanilla ice cream sit out for 15 minutes to soften. Scoop 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into each cup of the muffin pan. Use a small offset spatula to press the ice cream down and smooth it out. Pop the entire pan back into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the chocolate wafter cookies in a food processor and pulse until it looks like bread crumbs. Add the hot fudge sauce and pulse a few more times until it’s combined.
Remove the pan from the freezer and add a layer of the cookie mixture on top of the vanilla ice cream layer. Return the pan to the freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the chocolate ice cream from the freezer and let it sit out for 15 minutes to soften.
Add 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream on top of the cookie layer. Use the offset spatula to smooth out the top layer. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top and freeze the entire tray overnight.
Just before serving, remove the mini ice cream cakes from the pan by inverting the silicone cups. Place on a plate and add some sprinkles on top then dig in! If you want to serve these at a later date, just wrap up the silicone pan and keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
After living in Los Angeles for a little more than six months, I’m absolutely loving the California indoor outdoor living. The breezes we’ve been getting lately have been heavenly and though the days are getting warmer, the evenings spent on the patio almost make up for it. Our backyard (which I still call it a yard) is definitely more of a patio than a yard. It’s mostly concrete but we made it more welcoming with some patio furniture and a faux grass rug (check out the before and after here). Since we use the space so often, we were in need of some additional seating. We opted to add a long bench, which can be a multipurpose piece.
Since I love a good Ikea hack, I picked up the NORNÄS bench. It’s a long unfinished solid wood bench that can be used both indoors and outdoors that I made suit our style better with a few coats of Americana Decor Outdoor Living paint. This new paint from DecoArt is specifically made for outdoor use but doesn’t require a sealer. Just paint and go—which is definitely my kind of project! The paint also works on concrete, metal, terra cotta, plastics and more. So you can pretty much use it for everything you’re going to DIY for your backyard.
I’m a big fan of the paint dipped trend, but for the this piece I decided to reverse the look and paint everything except the bottom of the legs. And I’m happy I did! The pop of yellow looks great on our patio and the reverse paint dipped look adds subtle interest to the piece.
Assemble the Ikea bench (I found this one to be one of the easiest Ikea items I’ve ever assembled). Use a dry rag to remove any dust or wood chips. Place the bench on top of cardboard or another surface to protect your floors from getting any paint splatters on them.
Apply the painters tape to each leg so the top edge of the tape is 6″ from the bottom. Use your fingers to firmly press down the top edge of the tape.
Paint away! I recommend painting the top of the bench in the direction of the wood grain, using long brush strokes. Allow the paint to dry (about 1 hour) and then apply a second coat.
Since the wood on the bench is unfinished, it soaked up the paint a little more than usual, so I applied a total of 3 coats. If you prefer the paint to have a stained look, only apply one coat. Carefully remove the tape and allow the bench to dry overnight before using.
Optional: I plan on using my bench outdoors, so I brushed on 2 coats of a basic satin finish polyurethane to the unpainted bottom part of each leg. This will help protect the unfinished wood from water and dust.
Since our backyard is pretty small, we’re always moving things around depending on what we’re doing. I plan on using this bench for entertaining (hello summer bbqs!), relaxing and reading a book, or even as a potting bench when I’m adding more succulents to my little patio garden.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner so before you forget and then scramble for a last minute bunch of flowers, here’s a simple DIY gift that mom is sure to love. Start with a cute printable design of colorful daisies and print it directly on cotton fabric (yes, printable fabric sheets is really a thing and they are so cool!). Add some basic embroidery stitches to create a handmade, heartfelt gift for mom. This design looks cute displayed in a wood embroidery hoop but can also be framed or even made into a tiny pillow.
I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to save time and make a perfectly cut piece. Using a Silhouette makes this project so easy that I want to make these for my mom and all my mommy friends this Mother’s Day.
Download the print and cut file and open it up in Silhouette Studio. Load it into your inkjet printer so it will print on the fabric side. Print using high quality, or photo paper settings. Once printed, place the sheet onto the cutting mat. Make sure the registration marks are visible before printing, this is what tells the machine where to cut around the printed design.
Change the blade settings to printable cotton fabric in Silhouette Studio and adjust the blade depth to 3. Load the mat into your cutting machine and cut. Once printed, remove the paper backing and place the cut out circle inside the embroidery hoop. Tighten the metal clamp so the fabric is taught.
Using a simple under over stitch, embellish the printed design wherever you like. I started by following the lines inside the leaves and then the centers of each daisy. You can add as little or as much embroidery as you like. Finish each thread color with a simple double knot and trim the ends.
See how the embroidery comes together! After making this fun Mother’s Day gift, I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot more of these print and embroidery pieces. They are just so fun to make and come together so quickly.
This week I stayed crazy busy with just life stuff. Everyday I had at least 2 appointments which meant lots of driving and time away from my desk. And whenever you run errands and go to appointments in LA, that means your entire day is shot. I foresee working this weekend but with friends in town, we’ll see how much work gets done and how many donuts and mimosas I find!
This week I’m loving…
Garland made of gift boxes full of treats. Genius!