Smoky Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados. 

[This post is sponsored by French’s! For the third year in a row I’m teaming up with them to talk about mustard love!]

My question for you is, just how far can we stretch our love for avocados?!

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Because I’m taking it over the top today with some chicken salad stuffed avocados and I may never turn back. These are GOLD. Lunchtime gold.

In an effort to continue to share some lunches that I’m loving, this is another quick one that you can prepare ahead of time (okay, aside from slicing that avo!) and have in front of you in minutes.

It’s

so

delish!

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The past few years, I’ve been partnering with French’s in the summer (and winter too!) to talk about my love for all things mustard.

I mean, if you’ve been here, then you know. I am THEE mustard freak. Yes, anything tart and briney is my thing, we know this. But mustard is REALLY my thing.

My love for mustard has gone back super far, way back to when I was a young kid. I ate French’s yellow mustard on all the “regular” things you’d think of, but I would also drizzle it on scrambled egg sandwiches on toast. Whaaaat?

I know. It was total comfort food for me. My mom would really only make breakfast for dinner when my dad wouldn’t be home for dinner (which was rare anyway!), and I’d always want the mustard egg sandwiches.

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I haven’t had one of those in forever (though now that I’ve released that memory, I’m sure it is coming!), but I did want to show you some of the other things I’ve been making with French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. This week and next I’ll be giving you a few out-of-the-box ideas to use up that delish bottle in your fridge. Help you make some fantastic summer recipes that you can entertain with to share the mustard love! There are so many things you can use it in and on besides the classic hot dogs and cheeseburgers and… first up? We’re doing chicken salad.

But not just any chicken salad. A smoky chicken salad with smoked paprika and cumin, some chopped pecans, greek yogurt, dried cherries, chives and tons of flavor because it’s all shoved right here in an avocado. A drop of mustard too, of course.

YES. Chicken salad just got so much better.

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My version of chicken salad is usually a little less “wet” than others. I like it to be hearty and have lots of components and not be swimming in a sauce of yogurt or mayo. And for this mix? It’s even better since we get additional creaminess from the avocado.

It’s so satisfying. Like so so SO satisfying.

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And I just love the tanginess the mustard adds. I mean, as a true mustard freak, I would probably even add MORE mustard if I was sandwiching this between bread. I definitely would. That’s no lie.

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Some other party tricks for your mustard? When serving these avocados to friends and fam (my mom flips over them!) – or even for yourself for lunch, I like to add a little greens salad. A little gem salad, even. Or butter greens or spring greens. I make a light vinaigrette of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, a dollop of the French’s mustard, a touch of honey, garlic, salt and pepper and whisk it all up. Drizzle on there and boom – major flavor. That’s one of my go-to dressings during the week. One that I make so much, I barely have to think about while prepping.

And if you’re in a carb-craving camp, serving these with a baguette (or even dinner rolls) can totally be taken up a notch by doing some mustard compound butter! I made some versions of these with French’s a few years ago and I love how they turn out. I even have a bunch of recipes in The Pretty Dish for them! Again, they just have that tang that makes you go… whoa.

Perfect for a picnic in your kitchen or your yard! I’m into it.

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Smoky Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt (preferably full fat or 2%)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons French’s Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons chives, plus more for topping
  • 2 avocados

Directions:

Add the shredded chicken (I love to use a rotisserie chicken for this!) to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Add the yogurt, mayo and mustard, tossing well to coat, then fold in the onions, pecans and chives. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.

To serve, slice open an avocado and remove the pit. Scoop the chicken salad into the avocado and sprinkle with chives. Serve immediately with a greens salad and slices rolls!

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Now that’s one perfect avocado.

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Currently Crushing On. 

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Happy Saturday! I’m coming at you from Philadelphia where there is a Pretty Dish book signing at 12PM today at Fantes Kitchen! I can’t wait to see you guys. Thank you so much for your continued support with the book. This has been SO super fun.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and find lots of inspiration below! xo

What I’m loving this week:

OMG! gorgeous chocolate snack cake with raspberry frosting. WOW.

BLT pasta salad with avocado. well this look insane.

adore these fun summer project ideas.

these grilled beer brats with pineapple salsa sound amazing.

strawberry rhubarb pie popsicles! hello.

hey hey homemade spicy pickles.

craving a flourless almond butter blondie!

lemon poppyseed popsicles too.

i want all the homemade tortilla chips.

love this snack idea! greek yogurt fruit bites.

a summer happy hour cheeseboard.

lovely little strawberry cheesecake bars.

no churn cookie dough ice cream sundaes. day made.

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Summer Fridays, Vol 4. 

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Welcome to Summer Fridays! Where it feels like we’re jetting off for the weekend, even if we aren’t! 

CELEBRATING

An amazing party that we had last night for The Pretty Dish at Room & Board in DC. It was sooo fun – there were cocktails from the book, the bourbon burgers made into mini sliders, avocado toasts and balsamic watermelon feta skewers. I’ll share lots more photos and a post over on Crumbs, but aside from meeting you all, my personal highlight was when Max escaped Eddie’s grip, ran up to the microphone and told everything that “he eats pizza,” he “drizzles the honey” to help me cook and that “we have a baby.” I died.

MAKING

Everyday? Summer breakfast tacos on repeat. Also some grilled cherry salsa to put on all the other things. And to use as a blanket for tortilla chips. You know.

SNACKING

On a few snacks that I prepped for our DC road trip this week. If you’re looking for something fun, easy and delish, my faves are these peanut butter oatmeal energy bites, my pistachio macaroon granola bars and this zucchini coconut chocolate chip snack bread.

BAKING

Blueberry slab pie. I’m about to go nuts on blueberry season, much like I did with strawberries!

SIPPING

These fresh peach gin and tonics. It’s that time of year! I’m tempted to make a frozen version too. Hmmm.

READING

Finishing up The Last Mrs. Parrish. I am torn on this book. While everyone is like OMG IT IS SO GOOD, it really took me awhile to get into it at the beginning. It just seemed too one dimensional or simple or something (and I mean, I love light reads!). What did you guys think?! Super excited because tonight, I’m starting Elin Hilderbrand’s newest, The Perfect Couple. Eeeeep!

LISTENING

To the newest playlist… the How Sweet Eats Road Trip playlist! We were going to save this one for later this summer when we head to northern Michigan, but I wanted you to enjoy for the next few weeks. SO here you go!

DISCOVERING

A new podcast, The RFK tapes. If you’re into anything Kennedy-related and anything American history? You’ll love it. Also listened to the Tom Brady episode of Oprah’s Supersoul podcast and it is so good. So so good.

BUYING

The Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Serum! FINALLY! It’s from my favorite brand and this is the serum that you can add to your moisturizer for that bronzy glow. I’ve been waiting for it to come out!

WORKING

On a post on how I’ve been blogging for ten years. Almost ten freaking years! WHAAAT. Okay technically I’m still at nine years but that’s basically ten so we should round up. If you’re interested in a post like that, leave a question down below! Many of you have asked questions over the years, but I’m going to finally get to it.

EXPLORING

Philly – for a day! We’re headed there today for my event this weekend for The Pretty Dish. Hoping to get my hands on a Philly cheesesteak while I’m there too. Tell me your favorite place. Ready set go!

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Here’s to a s’mores packed weekend. xo

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Orange Crush. 

This morning glass of OJ is coming right up!

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Because it’s the first day of summer and it’s totally appropriate to drink this on the beach. In the morning. Or at least at brunch. There. We’re safe now.

Let me tell you about the orange crush!

Because as basic as this glass looks, I could not be more excited to tell you about this little orange crush baby. But here’s the thing… I had never had an orange crush. Ever!

Until now.

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Lacy was telling me about the orange crush cocktails served in Ocean City and how refreshing and delicious they are in the hot summer sun. Even though my east coast-loving self has never been to Ocean City, you’ve heard me ramble on about going to Wildwood and Cape May every year and now I’m thinking… why didn’t they serve those there?!

Or maybe they did. And I totally missed it.

It wasn’t exactly like we were going to bars or even up to the boardwalk. We were just weirdos who would sit on the beach until 8PM, then go up to the pool, then have a snack, then maybe have dinner, then drink and play cards in our condos until 2 or 3. In the morning!

And we weren’t with friends. We were with… our moms. And dads. And families!

This is why I can never stop talking about my family vacations. Ha.

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But anyhooooo. Orange crush. Let’s do it.

I know that I’m really sangria-heavy here on the blog. The same could be said for margaritas, mojitos and basically any kind of punch. Or insert rosé or another millennial-loving drink here.

Which is why I’m shocked when I tell you that this might be my new hot summer drink. YES. I may pass right over the rose and the sangria because this? It’s so refreshing and delicious. Like on another level.

Right now, I’m into it more than the lavender sangria, which is wild.

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And!

Let me clarify for minute.

I don’t like screwdrivers.

I don’t even love mimosas – unless they are made with grapefruit juice or blood orange juice or something other than plain orange juice, you know?

Any sort of orange juice based cocktail makes me just… meh. Maybe I had too much of it in college?

Even orange juice at breakfast. I couldn’t care less about it.

So these? They came as a shock.

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The entire juiced orange is the game changer. I used my smeg juicer because that thing gets every last ounce of juice out of citrus. Plus, it helps that it looks cute on the counter. And that Max can use it and juice with me too.

Errr, not for this. You get it.

That juiced orange though? While I’m really on the nostalgia throwback train, it makes it taste like something from Orange Julius, but even better. More refreshing and light. Almost creamsicle-like even though there is no vanilla.

There is also vodka. You can’t even taste it, so yes… we’re all in trouble.

There is supposed to be Triple Sec, but I always have Grand Marnier on hand (because I love It in margaritas!) and it was perfect here.

You top it off with lemon lime soda – so whatever version of that you’re into? Go for it.

I did a slice of orange. A sprig of mint. And a big fat straw because you will want to suck these down.

THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS!

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Orange Crush

Ingredients:

  • 1 navel orange, freshly juiced
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce grand marnier (or another orange liqueur
  • 3 to 4 ounces lemon-lime soda (like sprite or 7UP)
  • orange wedges for garnish
  • a sprig of fresh mint

Directions:

Fill a glass with crushed ice. Pour the vodka, grand marnier and fresh orange juice in the glass. Give it a gentle stir. Top it off with the soda, an orange wedge and a few mint leaf. Serve!

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Even if it looks like nothing it’s the most wonderful nothing ever.

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To Die For Veggie Burgers with Garlic Herb Mayo. 

I HAVE FOUND IT.

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A veggie burger that I’m losing my mind over. It’s so fantastic that I have no idea how I’ve waited to tell you about this.

I’m not exaggerating. This is the best best best veggie burger I have ever tried.

Trust me!

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It checks all the boxes.

Major flavor.

Lots of texture.

Super satisfying.

Stays together. !!!!!!!

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That last one is a biggie, I know.

But first! We’re nearing the 4th of July and I’m going to share my two favorite burgers with you: a veggie version and a beef version. The extent to which I love both is pretty much unreal. I mean, they are SO good. I’m going to start here because I figure that you might also want this for dinner tonight. I know that I do.

The other burger will make an appearance next week! I’ve made it six times recently… uh huh.

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So! I’ve been eyeing bon appetit’s veg burgers for a long time now and knew I had to make it happen. With just a few small changes – I am absolutely enamored.

There is even a possibility that I would choose this burger over the other burger I’m going to tell you about, and that involves tons of cheese.

Sure, this one involves cheese too (the cheese I used in the photos is a chipotle Havarti and it’s INSANE) but my reasons for loving it have nothing to do with cheese. Fabulous taste, chew and versatility are what I’ all about here. Plus, some extras that I really like: quinoa! beans! mushrooms! cashews!

It’s allllll in there.

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Some notes though. Important ones!

These are high maintenance. I know. They are! I have a few other veggie burger recipes that aren’t as crazy, but when I tell you these are worth it? THESE ARE WORTH IT.

You have to do all the little steps. You have to roast the beans and the mushrooms. The mushrooms have to be chopped into small pieces. Some of the mixture must be thrown in the food processor. You really have to follow the important instructions below so they come out great! Again, worth it.

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You cannot grill these. I really don’t know of any actual veggie burger that you can make from scratch and instantly grill. You can, however, put a cast iron skillet on the grill and cook them like that!

Since there are a bunch of steps, you can make them ahead of time, wrap them singly in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge or freezer. Winnnning.

These are INCREDIBLE on salads. In wraps. On so many things! Love them so much. Leftovers are a must.

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Oh! And.

Here’s the other thing. I served these on buns but truly, they are SO good in/on a lettuce wrap. While I like a GOOD burger – veggie burgers never have quite the chew or texture as beef burgers. And while these ones are far superior to others that I have tried, and while they have loads of texture and taste like heaven, I still like them best when wrapped in lettuce! Crazy right?

Luckily you can serve them however the heck you want. Woohoo!

Of course, I added a garlic herb mayo because my millennial brain can never get enough. And all the other toppings, because… BURGERS.

Now you have to try them so they can become your favorites too and we can be BFF’s over burgers.

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Best Ever Veggie Burgers

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cooked pearl barley, cooled
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of black beans, drained
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chopped unsalted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • canola, grapeseed or coconut oil for serving
  • sliced sharp cheddar (or your favorite cheese) for serving
  • 4 to 6 buns for serving
  • lettuce, tomato, red onion – whatever you love on your burger!

garlic herb mayo

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Spread the black beans on one sheet in a single layer.

Spread the chopped mushrooms on the other sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the mushrooms with salt and pepper.

Roast the beans and mushrooms for 12 to 15 minutes, until the beans split open and the mushrooms cook down.

While the beans and mushrooms are roasting, heat a skillet over medium low heat. Add the olive oil, diced onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 to 6 minutes.

At this time, you can also pulse the cashews and oats in the food processor until they are finely chopped. Don’t wash the food processor because we will be using it again!

In a large bowl, stir together the mayo, egg yolk, chili powder, honey and smoked paprika. Stir in the sautéed onion mixture, cooked barley and quinoa, the beans and the mushrooms. Add in the oats and the cashews. Use a potato masher or fork to smash the mixture together until it is somewhat combined. Take 1/3 of the mixture and place it back in the food processor. Pulse it a few times until it’s all very finely chopped and combined, then transfer it back to the large bowl. Stir in the cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Mix everything together (I suggest using your hands – it will be sticky!) until combined.

At this point, form the mixture into patties or burgers – whatever the size of your bun is! You can go with 4 or 6 patties – or even smaller for slider size. You can stick the patties in the fridge until it’s time to use them.

When you’re ready to cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a high heat oil – like canola, grapeseed or coconut. Once the oil is hot, add the patties and cook them for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Be gentle when flipping to ensure they don’t fall apart! A minute or so before removing them from the skillet, add a slice of cheddar on top so it melts.

Serve on buns with the garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato and red onion!

As a note, these cannot be grilled as like most veggie burgers, they will fall apart. You can, however, place a cast iron skillet on the grill and cook them outdoors that way. 

garlic herb mayo

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve!

slightly adapted from bon appetit

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Juuuust look at that.

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Tuesday Things. 

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1. I’m curious as to how you consume content. When it comes to blogs, do you follow for the person – or the specific content? Do you follow blogs for the person behind the blog (meaning that you’ll follow for mostly anything they are doing/going through) or do you follow just for content (recipes, fashion ideas, home decor, etc). Pretty sure I follow most for the person.

2. Majorly majorly craving this pineapple pulled pork sandwich.

3. After I asked you about s’mores combos last week, I may have caved and made a s’more in the microwave this past weekend. Sad. Or brilliant?

4. Completely obsessed with the sauce theory when it comes to meal prepping and eating healthy for the week.

5. The Affair is back! After last year’s finale (and season, ugh), I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but I didn’t hate this episode. I wish it had two other people in it (hello!) but oh well – next week. Annnnnd I’m still super into Southern Charm but only on season 2.

6. Our magnolia tree is blooming and it is SO fragrant! Like so fragrant that I walk outside and can instantly smell it even if I’m not near. Can I take those flowers off and do something with them?

7. Being unproductive in a short period of time is totally me. I get so much more done when I have a lot to get done.

8. Embarrassingly got us all (mostly) matching swimsuits. I am now that person.

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Sweet Cream Cold Brew Fudgesicles. 

We all need a huge dose of caffeine on a Monday.

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

Oh my gosh. Heaven in a popsicle. IT’S HERE.

Even my 2010 self is freaking out over these cold brew fudgesicles. Homemade fudgesicles kicked up a notch with cold brew! And topped with vanilla sweet cream. Back in the days when I hated coffee, I still would have went crazy over these.

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It’s popsicle week!!

Every year, Billy from Wit and Vinegar hosts a fabulous popsicle week where we all share our favorite variations. I was almost stumped this year. I’ve done so many different ones that I love and if I’m going to post something on my blog, it has to be something I really freaking LOVE.

I’ve made rainbow froyo popsicles which are probably my favorites.

But the salted watermelon margarita ones are really delish too!

I also made chewy caramel cashew coconut pops last year. That combo is to DIE for.

They are just such a great snack or dessert. Oh and speaking of that: LATE NIGHT SNACKSICLES! How could I forget?

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

Here’s what we have in 2018: sweet cream cold brew fudgsicles. YES. Fudgesicles. That’s what I determined would be the best.

Not just coffee pops. Not just coffee and cream pops. But a vanilla sweet cream on top that melts into the fudge popsicle made with cold brew. SO freaking good.

And you know what I really think make these are incredible? The ingredients I used – they are amazing. I used rodelle vanilla bean paste for the sweet cream. For the fudgesicles, I used chameleon cold brew and see’s dark chocolate chips. Both are SO good on their own and I am convinced that the reason these taste so chocolaty and, well… like, high-quality fudge pops? It’s because of those things.

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

The only down side of these pops is that I didn’t (err, couldn’t?) let Max have one. Well…  probably could have. Maybe. I mean, much to Eddie’s dismay, Max loves the taste of coffee. He actually begs for sips of coffee every morning (usually only iced) and now he’s even taken to asking for his own iced coffee! What the heck? He is THREE.

No, I obviously don’t give him said iced coffee but it’s rather cute. And funny considering how much Eddie loathes all things coffee.

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

OMG! I also have to tell you about this popsicle mold. It is BY FAR the best that I have tried. And I think that I’ve tried over 10 different popsicle molds because I tested them for both of my cookbooks.

This stainless steel mold is pricier than the other ones I’ve bought over the years but I cannot even tell you how perfect the popsicles come out. You truly run the pop under water (hot or cold, doesn’t matter!) ONCE and the pop loosens and comes out intact. Seriously the best. I also love that it comes with this fancy popsicle holder. The size is great too because they aren’t giant. Go get it, get it!

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

And now, for your afternoon jolt.

These fudgesicles are made with cold brew and dutch process cocoa for the most fun grown-up popsicle that can also deliver a little caffeine jolt. Topped with vanilla bean sweet cream, these are just like an iced latte in a pop! Serve as a treat or a snack! I howsweeteats.com #coldbrew #coffee #sweet #cream #popsicle #fudgesicle

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Sweet Cream Cold Brew Fudgesicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons dutch processor cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the half and half, condensed milk and vanilla bean paste. Fill up the popsicle molds with about 1 to 2 ounces of cream mixture. Place the pops in the freezer to let this layer firm up for 30 to 60 minutes.

Heat the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, coffee and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until until the mixture thickens. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and the butter. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, remove the molds from the freezer and finish filling each mold with the cold brew mixture. Freeze the pops for 4 to 6 hours.

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ENJOY!

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Currently Crushing On. 

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Happy Saturday! I hope you a fabulous summery June day (maybe with lots of rosé and burgers?!) and love each minute. I appreciate you! xoxo

What I’m loving this week:

dying over this cold brew tahini mousse! oh my gosh.

how perfect are these nutella brownies?

super inspiring: fresh oysters will dill and pecorino. gorgeous!

how to make edible flower ice cubes. the cutest.

love how vibrant this roasted tomato and red pepper soup is.

a mushroom cheddar dutch baby sounds SO good to me!

making these easy greek chicken kebabs for sure.

how to freeze cookie dough. a must.

craving a slice of cinnamon banana nut bread.

all the delicious compound butters! gimme.

and black pepper parmesan chive biscuits. i’m into it.

smoky chocolate cigars. impressive!

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Summer Fridays, Vol 3. 

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I am in love with Summer Fridays and I’m so glad that you are too! xoxo

Snacking

On some chocolate dipped watermelon pops! I’ve made these every summer for the last few years and they are super fun. Cut your watermelon into wedges, dip in melted chocolate (stir in some melted coconut oil to create a chocolate “shell!”) and cover in sprinkles. Freeze for a bit, then eat! Max flips over these. Cute!

Grilling

Since it’s Father’s Day weekend, we’re having a weekend of allllll Eddie’s favorite things, starting on the grill. I’m thinking these baby back ribs with root beer BBQ sauce, this crispy bacon pasta salad, marinated grilled veggies and – of course – these salted dark chocolate chunk cookies!

Sipping

On my favorite micheladas. Sounds SO super delicious at the moment and just give me some chips and guac! There is also a watermelon michelada in The Pretty Dish and I desperately want it right now.

Prepping

The best veggie burger ever. It is seriously THE BEST. I made it and have been prepping some for the week (because it’s also amazing in salads and pitas!) and it’s so good. One of the best things I’ve made and tasted! Recipe is coming very very very soon.

Watching

On Tuesday night we went to see On Your Feet, the broadway musical of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s career. It was INCREDIBLE. Not only was it amazing to hear (watch!) their story, the cast was incredible and the music was so, so good. It was so 90s, in the best way possible. The show itself sort of reminded me of Jersey Boys, because it practically feels like you’re at a concert. If you have a chance to see it, you must! It was also super inspirational as it told the story of them getting their music out there, how difficult it was and how hard they worked to make it happen.

Reading

This past week, I finished The Light We Lost. I’m so torn. I mean, I blew through the book and was caught up in the story. Initially I was very drawn to it because it begins around 9/11 and I was close to the same age the characters are when it happens. I loved the writing and most of the story. But I didn’t find any of the three main characters super likable. I guess that’s probably why it’s such a great book – because they are REAL? I wasn’t shocked at the ending but I sort of hated how it didn’t give much insight into how her relationship would be from that point on. Did you read it? Let me know in the comments below! Also – a few days ago I started The Last Mrs Parrish and I am reeeeally liking it! Like I feel asleep reading it last night and woke up to my phone falling on my face because I couldn’t put it down.

Wearing

Maybe definitely bought this summer fridays shirt accidentally on purpose! There is also a swimsuit and I mean, I’m tempted, buuuuut. Not as cute.

Listening

This week’s playlist is a bit Eddie-inspired for Father’s Day… but also a little all over the place. Shocking! You can find it here.

Traveling

To one of our favorite places this week – Washington DC! But now, I need you to tell me all about the best kid-friendly restaurants please!

Loving

This little slice of life right now so much. Ugh, it sounds so cliche and annoying and goofy but when I wake up and look at these babies, I lose my mind over how much I love them. And with how easy it is to fall into the comparison trap these days (oh hi, I’m the queen of that), all I have to do is look at them and feel how wonderful this real life is. When I feel myself getting pulled into that comparison trap, I think about what I’ll care about in five, 15, 35 years and what will really matter. IT WORKS.

Celebrating

Not only do we have Father’s Day, but yesterday was my mom’s birthday and Sunday is Lacy’s birthday! Hello cake overload. It’s really summer!

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Dip these little slices in tequila before chocolate too. Maybe?

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Spicy Watermelon Sangria. 

I’ve got your weekend watermelon!

This spicy watermelon sangria is super refreshing, light, delicious and perfect for a hot summer day! Complete with an entire bottle of rosé, watermelon juice, melon balls, strawberries and brandy, this is the best summer cocktail in a pitcher! I howsweeteats.com #spicy #watermelon #sangria #cocktails #rosé

Weekend watermelon sangria, that is.

I know, I know, this time of year it’s like I just can’t STOP with watermelon. Maybe it’s the nine-ish month drought without it that gets me hooked in June?

But at least I haven’t bored you with watermelon pizza this year. Yet.

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The fact is that I’ve loved watermelon like a freak ever since I was a kid – and I’m even talking about artificial watermelon flavor! You know, like the watermelon bubble gum you’d chew in 1996? Yep, I was all over that.

While I’m not going to buy it now because I’m old and convinced my teeth will fall out, I am still going to make all the watermelon things. And with as many watermelon cocktails I’ve made in the past? I’ve never made watermelon sangria!

That’s nuts. Because every week I’m shoving a new version of sangria in your face. And while I’ve had some melon balls in certain sangrias (boozy fruit is where its at), I’ve never made actual watermelon sangria with watermelon juice.

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And by watermelon juice, I just mean pureed and strained watermelon. Melon is so packed with water that once it’s blender and strained? You get the most delicious (and gorgeously pink!) juice from the watermelon. It’s my favorite mix for a margarita. The best combination, truly.

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It’s light and refreshing in summer too. Try it alone over ice. Or with lime!

Back to our spicy sangria though.

We’re adding rosé. YEP. So really, it’s the millennial pink dream!

Makes me so super happy.

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Right now I’m sure you’re curious as to just what it is that makes this sangria DIFFERENT.

I mean, honestly – not a ton. It’s watermelon. There is wine… and brandy… and fruit! It’s freaking delicious though.

What really takes it over the top though is the ancho chile sugar on the rim. It’s just spicy enough. Because the sangria isn’t overly sweet, thank goodness. There’s a hint of sweetness – but an overwhelmingly refreshing taste.

And then BOOM! Some heat.

This spicy watermelon sangria is super refreshing, light, delicious and perfect for a hot summer day! Complete with an entire bottle of rosé, watermelon juice, melon balls, strawberries and brandy, this is the best summer cocktail in a pitcher! I howsweeteats.com #spicy #watermelon #sangria #cocktails #rosé

I alllllmost threw some jalapeño slices in here but the fear of sneaky jalapeño seeds in my throat made me want to cry, so ancho chili powder it is. A more controllable heat in our drink. I’m into it!

We’re getting to the point though where I want to make ALL my cocktails every week. There’s only so much summer sun and I have an endless stream of fun adult beverages to share.

Good problem to have though.

This spicy watermelon sangria is super refreshing, light, delicious and perfect for a hot summer day! Complete with an entire bottle of rosé, watermelon juice, melon balls, strawberries and brandy, this is the best summer cocktail in a pitcher! I howsweeteats.com #spicy #watermelon #sangria #cocktails #rosé

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Spicy Watermelon Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750mL) bottle dry rosé
  • 1 cup watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup grand marnier
  • 2 cups club soda, plain or whatever flavor you’d like
  • 1 1/2 cups of watermelon balls
  • 1 pint of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 giant handful fresh mint

for the rim

  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder + 1 tablespoon sugar, stirred together

Directions:

To make the watermelon juice, take 4 cups fresh watermelon cubes and place them in the blender. Blend until they are pureed totally then strain the mixture over a glass. Now you have watermelon juice!

Add all of your fruit to the bottom of a pitcher. Pour your wine, watermelon juice, brandy, grand marnier and club soda over top and stir. This tastes great when it sits in the fridge and “marinates” for a bit. To serve, rim a glass with a lime wedge and dip it in the ancho chili sugar. Add ice and some of the boozy fruit and pour the sangria over top.

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That strawberry raft is where I’m going to float all day.

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