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July 2014 Calendar Wallpaper

June 30, 2014

Get ready for summer with this free calendar wallpaper. Click through to download for iPhone, iPad, and computer.

With temperatures reaching near (or over) 100 degrees, this summer wallpaper will definitely make you crave a cold popsicle! As always, it’s available both with and without a monthly calendar so you can keep it up year round if you like. I’ve also included a version with a summery quote because we all can use a little sunshine!Live in the sunshine! Download this free wallpaper for your phone, tablet and computer.

Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

2560 x 1440 | 2560 x 1440 with calendar | 2560 x 1440 with quote
1440 x 900 | 1440 x 900 with calendar | 1440 x 900 with quote
2880 x 1800 Retina | 2880 x 1800 Retina with calendar | 2880 x 1800 Retina with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

Please note that the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper, simply turn perspective zoom off to view the entire design.

Dress up your mobile devices with these cute popsicle wallopers. Available with and without a calendar.Dress up your tech with this juicy popsicle wallpaper. Click through to download for desktop and mobile devices.

Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.

Grilled Cheese Party Essentials

June 18, 2014

Host a grilled cheese party this summer! Here are all the essentials you need to host an awesome, tasty party.

I’ve been wanting to host a grilled cheese party for awhile. I mean, who wouldn’t want to come to a make-your-own grilled cheese party, right? There’s little prep since guests would be assembling their own sandwiches and a sandwich press make for little mess so it’s the perfect no-fuss way to host a party. Add cute some disposable flatware and plates and there’s virtually no clean-up too.

Also, did I mention grilled cheese?

Here are a few of my essentials for hosting an awesome grilled cheese party as well as some tasty sandwich combinations.

1. Pier1 Imports chalk note bowls & tray | 2. Polka dot paper food trays from Etsy | 3. Paper serving trays from Meri Meri | 4. Bamboo forks, knives, and spoons by Birchware | 5. Cuisinart griddler and sandwich press | 6. Slate cheese markers from Top Shelf Living

Grilled Cheese Combinations:

cream cheese + colby jack + jalapeño peppers

brie + apple slices + ham + arugula

pesto + sundried tomatoes + goat cheese

fresh berries + brie + red onions + honey mustard

jalapeño chedder + avocado + bacon

smoked salmon + cream cheese + tomato + red onion + capers

blue cheese + turkey + tomato + bacon

fig jam + brie + mozzarella + drizzle of honey

tomatoes + mozzarella + basil leaves

pimento cheese + bacon

strawberries + balsamic glaze + camembert

nutella + bananas + strawberries

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

June 17, 2014

Capture the flavors of summer citrus in these easy to make citrus shortbread cookies (Click for recipe).

Since Kevin and I have been going to Se7en Bites, a local bakery, so much lately I’ve become addicted to their shortbread. They make a lavender vanilla shortbread that’s one of the best baked goods I’ve ever tried. Really. So to continue my shortbread kick I decided to make my own version using some fresh citrus. The results are a rich, buttery shortbread that’s loaded with bursts of citrus.

You may have seen on Instagram last week that my first batch didn’t come out. It was bad. The dough was much too soft and it spread way too much causing my cute ice cream cone cut out cookies to look more like round blobs. So I baked a second batch, this time using the cold butter pieces and following the same process as I did for my red velvet shortbread cookies. And this time it was a success!

Bake up a batch of fresh citrus shortbread cookies! The dough can be made and rolled out a day ahead!

Love fresh citrus? Then you'll love these citrus shortbread cookies made with fresh orange and lime zest.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies
adapted from The Fresh Exchange

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 sticks of cold butter, cut into small pieces
zest of one lime and one orange (I love using a Microplane)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water

1. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and cayenne pepper a few times. Then add the cut up butter, citrus zest and vanilla. Pulse until a dough forms. It will first look like corse meal, then will form into a dough.

2. Place the dough onto a floured countertop and roll it out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Then use a small cookie cutter to cut out the dough (I used a 2″ round cookie cutter). Place the cut out dough on a parchment or ail-pat lined baking sheet.

4. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Meanwhile, place the entire baking tray in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then bake in the preheated oven for around 25 minutes, or until the cookies look firm and slightly golden. Allow them to cool completely on a rack before adding the icing drizzle.

5. To make the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar, light corn syrup, and water in a small bowl. Place the mixture in a disposable piping bag or a large Ziploc bag. Cut the tip of the bag with scissors and drizzle the icing over the cookies. It’s best to have the cookies on a drying rack with a piece of wax paper underneath while you do this so clean-up is really easy. Allow the icing to harden, about 20 minutes then enjoy!