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20 Kid Friendly Frozen Drink Recipes to cool you off
There is nothing like a cold drink in the summer. Whip up these kid friendly frozen drink recipes for a fun way to beat the heat. They are quick and easy and so good!
On the table
Consider a tablecloth or a runner, or maybe both. I love the way a runner looks layered over a tablecloth — it adds texture, and makes any patterns pop. I used a simple white tablecloth, and a linen washed brick-red and white colored runner on top.
Think about creating a centerpiece of sorts, if you are going to line the dishes down both sides of the table. Or if you are pushing the table up against a wall (as I did here), create a festive backdrop. Here are some of the ideas and items you might consider for your buffet table decorations.
You can pick a few colors to focus on, or maybe one or two colors to anchor your tablescape. I picked red, because I don’t think there is a more festive color, and I mixed in touches of white and brown and green.
Flowers, foliage and greenery
I doubled down on the red theme, with a combo of a few elegant not quite bloomed Amaryllis and some blowsy peonies, and also some prickly little dried flowers I found this fall at a flea market. It’s nice to put flowers in vases of different heights for variety. Beneath everything there are a few branches with lovely fresh berried juniper greenery — and you can snip branches from trees outside your home or find other greenery at your local flower shop. Some dried brown and green magnolia leaves (left over from my Thanksgiving centerpiece!) are tucked into short square glass vases. Not only are these flowers and foliage beautiful, they smell lovely.
Lots of ways to go here, but of course make sure when they are lit they burn safely. Here I used some sort of lily flowerish candle holders with a touch of metallic, with simple votives within.
I’m a big fan of mixing in some edible items into pretty much any centerpiece. In keeping with the red theme there are cranberries (stuffed into a little caviar servers, because somehow I ended up with caviar servers in my home, but really never any caviar) and pomegranates. The cranberries will later turn into cranberry orange shrub and the pomegranates will lend their arils to arugula, orange and pomegranate salad.
This is where you can be super creative, and use items you already own. Take a spin around your home and see what might looks pretty or whimsical or surprising on the table. I recently bought this funky carved red wooden bust, which has a slightly gnome-like or elfin quality, which I tucked right in, and one of the pomegranates sits on a little silver cup.
All of these things are conversation pieces, which is part of the fun.
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Police looking for three suspects in Cleveland Heights park shooting that killed innocent bystander
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) -- Cleveland Heights police and Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County need your help in finding three suspects involved in a shooting that claimed the life of an innocent bystander.
The shooting took place at Denison Park last Tuesday around 6 p.m.
Georgia to review county’s ballot drop box forms from 2020
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state says his office is reviewing the handling of paperwork related to ballot drop boxes in the state's most populous county during last year's election.
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wrote in a tweet on Monday.
Video: Woman charges at brother of Simone Biles after acquittal of triple murder
CLEVELAND (WJW)-- There was chaos in the courtroom on Tuesday as the suspect in a Cleveland triple murder was acquitted.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, 26, faced multiple counts of murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court officials said Judge Joan Synenberg granted a motion for acquittal by the defense for lack of evidence.
Betsy’s first book is a celebration of the seasons, featuring a wide range of accessible and elegant vegan recipes for the home cook. Spanning regional American favorites and global cuisines, these 175 recipes and 8 pages of color photos feature all the essential goodness that fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs bring to your table, all year ‘round.
Available on Amazon. Cheers and thank you for your support! What’s “The Platter”? The Blooming Platter offers a growing collection of recipes for creative appetizers, beverages, snacks, soups, salads, sides and entrees with a tendency toward ethnic fusion dishes, lightened-up comfort foods and updated classics with a twist. A baker since childhood, I also include a burgeoning selection of dessert recipes that will tempt even the staunchest dairy-lover. Here's to compassionate plant-based cooking and eating!
Betsy DiJulio About Betsy DiJulio When Betsy—an award-winning art teacher and practicing artist—is not teaching, making art, reading, writing, or walking her new dogs, Patsy and Urban, she can often be found in downward dog on her yoga mat.
And after that? A little food, a little more wine, and a lot of communing with friends, family, and students (well, no wine for her students).
In addition to authoring The Blooming Platter Cookbook, Betsy is a regular contributor, columnist, or featured writer for:
- Coastal Virginia Magazine
- The Virginian-Pilot
Look for the occasional link here on her website.
Besides art and cooking, Betsy admits to being a little obsessed with:
-Anything eco- or animal-friendly
-Artisanal and small business ventures
-Design in its many forms, especially interiors and landscapes
Vegan chocolate desserts: 25 incredibile recipes!
Chocolate brownies with salted caramel, vanilla ice cream and walnuts
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The silky, smooth, sumptuous chocolate is a must for everyone and here you’ll find 25 amazing easy and vegan chocolate desserts. A chocolate dream comes true, perfect for any occasion!
Have a look at this an incredible list of IMPRESSIVE and ELEGANT vegan chocolate desserts. Decadent cakes, cupcakes, stunning no-bake brownies, truffles, mousse, perfect for a romantic dinner, for a dinner party, for any occasion. Irresistible, easy, healthy… You’ll be spoiled for choice!
1. VEGAN 1-BOWL CHOCOLATE CAKE by The Clever Meal
This easy chocolate cake recipe is absolutely scrumptious with a rich chocolate flavor! It’s eggless, dairy-free, and a breeze to make in 1 BOWL. Ready in 50 minutes.
2. VEGAN CHOCOLATE BANANA ICE CREAM by The Clever Meal
This recipe couldn’t be easier: frozen banana, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a blender are all you need for this creamy, delicious and low-fat chocolate banana “nice cream” the scrumptious guilt-free frozen treat you have been waiting for! Ready in 5 minutes.
3. HOMEMADE FERRERO ROCHER TRUFFLES by The Clever Meal
Dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts are a marriage made in heaven! These homemade Ferrero Rocher truffles are the most amazing and melt in your mouth chocolate treats. Easy, vegan, packed with excellent health benefits, and utterly delicious. Ready in 30 minutes.
4. 3 INGREDIENT VEGAN CHOCOLATE POTS by Feasting on Fruit
Only 3 healthy ingredients for these delicious chocolate pots. The easiest vegan dessert ever, made with NO coconut, tofu, avocados, or even refined sugar involved! Super easy to make, blend all the ingredients and that’s it.
Guaranteed to satisfy the most fervent chocoholic!
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time).
5. CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT COOKIES (NO SUGAR) by Gathering Dreams
These soft and decadent cookies are made with whole natural ingredients: a guilt-free treat that you won’t be able to stop eating. I made this recipe myself and I fell in love!
Ready in 25 MINUTES
6. RAW CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKES by Bo’s Kitchen
These are the perfect little sweet yet healthy dessert that you’re going to love! Naturally sweetened cashew-based chocolate and vanilla frosting is layered onto a nutty hazelnut and coconut crust. Extra chocolate frosting is swirled on top and then garnished with frozen and dried raspberries. They look stunning!
7. 4-INGREDIENT VEGAN NUTELLA by Gathering Dreams
This delicious homemade vegan Nutella is ready in no time! Creamy, rich, and with less than half the calories of the real deal! What not to love?
Ready in 20 MINUTES
8. CHOCOLATE WACKY CAKE (CRAZY CAKE) by Sugar & Soul
This old-fashion and delicious chocolate cake is super easy to make, inexpensive and it looks amazing. Moist, elegant and totally fuss free, definitely my kind of dessert!
Ready in 35 minutes.
9. GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE MOCHA MINI CAKES by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
Chocolate and coffee together? Yes, please. These adorable mini dark chocolate cakes are topped with chocolate ganache and delicious espresso buttercream. They look so pretty and fluffy, perfect for your Valentine’s day.
Ready in 30 minutes.
10. RAW CHOCOLATE BEET CHEESECAKE by Unconventional Baker
This pink, lush, creamy cheesecake and a perfectly chocolatey crust… simple, mysterious, and utterly delicious.
And so beautiful!
Prep time: 20 MINUTES (plus chilling time)
11. VEGAN PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CHUNK BROWNIES by Blissful Basil
These chocolate chunk brownies are fudgy, rich, and gooey, but they’re also friendly for a variety of dietary needs. In addition to being vegan, they’re nut-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and low in sugar. You can sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes or fresh berries. They look so romantic and delicious.
Ready in 30 minutes.
12. MINI NO-BAKE VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE by Joy Food Sunshine
I love these vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes, they will make any celebration sweet and elegant while still being healthy! These beauties are vegan and easily made gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo. They are irresistible.
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)
13. DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES WITH HAZELNUTS by The Clever Meal
These lovely little chocolate hearts are perfect as a decadent treat for Valentine’s day! They are so indulgent, pretty and you can make them only with 5 super healthy ingredients that work like magic.
Ready in 30 minutes.
14. VEGAN TRIPLE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TART WITH HAZELNUTS CRUST by Blissful Basil
This vegan triple chocolate mousse tart with hazelnut crust looks so rich and delicious. A light yet crisp and buttery hazelnut crust is filled with fluffy triple chocolate mousse: melted dark chocolate, Nasoya Coconut Chocolate Silken Creations, and cocoa powder. I think this is simply amazing!
15. VANILLA CUSTARD, CHOCOLATE MOUSSE AND SALTED CARAMEL PARFAITS by Full of Plants
These 3-layer parfaits look amazing and delicious: a thick and creamy vanilla custard at the bottom, a layer of rich salted caramel, and finally an airy and nutty chocolate mousse. If you like chocolate and vanilla you won’t be disappointed.
These parfaits would be perfect as a dessert for your Valentine’s Day.
Prep time: 30 minutes (plus chilling time)
16. ALMOST RAW HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE DREAM CAKE by The Green Life
This dream cake looks stunning and delicious, it can be served almost frozen or thawed for a softer, almost mousse-like version. Whichever way you prefer it, it’s absolutely divine.
17. EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE by Minimalist Baker
Are you looking for an easy vegan chocolate recipe? Here it is.
Only 3 basic and healthy ingredients, one bowl and less than 30 minutes of your time. They look so cute and super chocolatey!
Ready in 23 minutes.
18. MIND-BLOWING VEGAN CHOCOLATE PIE by Pinch of Yum
Only 5 ingredients for this magic, creamy, rich, and smooth chocolate pudding. The ultra-thick and creamy chocolate pie filling is made with tofu, almond butter, almond milk, and melted chocolate. This vegan dessert is so healthy, delicious, and indulgent.
I love it!
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)
19. MARZIPAN DARK CHOCOLATE CUPS WITH SALTED PISTACHIOS by Pickles and Honey
These little and pretty dark chocolate cups with a sweet marzipan filling are topped with chopped, salted pistachios. That sounds utterly delicious and luxurious!
Super easy to make, these rich and extra decadent treats are pure bliss, perfect for your celebration.
Ready in 35 minutes.
20. NO-BAKE VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE by Joy Food Sunshine
This no-bake cheesecake looks stunning and decadent, I eat it with my eyes!
It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo-friendly and you can make it in no time. You couldn’t ask for more.
Prep time: 15 minutes (plus chilling time)
21. VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL BROWNIES by Jessica in the kitchen
These brownies are made with chocolate chips or even chocolate chunk. They are super fudgy with an irresistible peanut butter ribbon running through it that ties it all in. It adds a beautiful creaminess and slight saltiness that complements all of these other flavors. Delicious!
22. RASPBERRY AND DARK CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BROWNIES by One Clever Chef
These brownies are deliciously moist and gooey, super fudgy, and extra rich. Made with dates and almond flour, this guilt-free, decadent vegan dessert is also paleo, vegan, gluten-free. They look beautiful and yummy and they are super healthy, what not to love?
Prep time: 30 minutes (plus resting time)
23. MINI PEANUT BUTTER CUPS by Cookie & Katie
This recipe is so easy. You’ll need chocolate chips, peanut butter, maple syrup, and flaky sea salt. Easy, beautiful and super yummy!
24. NO BAKE BROWNIE ENERGIE BITES by Jessica in the Kitchen
These easy vegan chocolate desserts are basically no bake brownie energy bites, made with only 5 ingredients. They make a perfect healthy treat. You won’t be able to stop at just one!
25. CRAZY CAKE: THE BEST, EASIEST, CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE by Tikkido
These little vegan cupcakes are amazingly delicious and moist, but so easy to make. One bowl, no mixer required.
So yummy, elegant, and inexpensive!
Prep time: 30 minutes (plus resting time)
26. CHOCOLATE BLISS BALLS by Happy Healthy Mama
Running out of time? You can make these delicious bliss balls with only 5 healthy ingredients and in record time!
They look cute and they are loaded with healthy ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder.
Ready in 15 minutes.
I hope you’ll these beautiful easy vegan chocolate desserts, they look irresistible!
Whether you spread jam between the layers or simply dust them with powdered sugar, there's no denying the richness of a chocolate sponge cake.
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Keeping pan inside freezer drop various shades of food coloring in the partially frozen water. Leave to thoroughly freeze (approximately 3 hours).
Remove pan from freezer and keep at room temperature for about 15 minutes or until it begins to loosen up. Remove coin filled cup and then remove Ice Sun Catcher from pan, and loop ribbon through hole. Hang and Enjoy!
This ice sun catcher was made using colored ice cubes.
The 67 Best Grilling Recipes to Cook and Eat All Summer
It’s hard to beat the pleasure of grilling your dinner over an open fire—and when the forecast is in the upper 80’s, it’s also a no-brainer for low-effort meals. (Turn our kitchen into a fiery pit of doom just to roast some vegetables? We’d rather not.) From appetizers to mains to dessert, there’s really nothing the grill can’t handle. Whether you’re team charcoal or team gas, here are the 67 best grilling recipes to make this summer and beyond.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
3 Oreos or Oreo-type cookies
1 tbsp of cocoa or cocoa powder
12 tbsp of coconut sugar
1-1½ cup coconut milk
½ cup of ice
1 shot of espresso, chilled
crushed Oreos for topping
1. Place all of the ingredients (except extra cookies for toppings) into a blender and blend until combined well.
2. Add more coconut milk or sugar to taste, and more ice to make the frapp extra thick.
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