Frozen Yogurt Dots :: Summer Snack

It gets hot here in the city during the summer. And I mean, hot. Not like Texas hot, but the kind of sweltering heat and humidity that you can't avoid.... because rarely does any establishment have central air-conditioning or even a fan. You can't avoid having to wait for the subway underground with no ventilation, and you can't avoid a balmy afternoon trying to get all your errands done. Refreshing snacks are a must on days like those. And yes, this is just the beginning of my rants on the summer..... I'd always rather be cold than hot. 

My go-to favorite snacks for summer are frozen grapes and frozen yogurt. If the two merged into one superhero summer snack, they would be..... frozen yogurt dots! Whelp, I was like a kid on Christmas when this little delightful recipe found its way to my doorstep. It knocked, I answered and boy they sure are de-lic-ious!

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THE GOODS :: 

Pyrex dish (you can also use a cookie sheet)

- Yogurt (used a variety of brands/flavors as testers, and I liked the blueberry greek yogurt the best)

Sandwich baggies 

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DIRECTIONS :: 

- Choose your yogurt (trust me, there are way too many options out there, who knew!)

- Scoop into a sandwich baggie. Squeeze the yogurt down to one corner of the bag. 

- With a pair of scissors, cut the tip of the corner off the bag. 

- Make little dollops of yogurt onto the Pyrex. Or I mean..... you can draw a design, write your name in cursive or spell out a secret in morse code really.  Let the yogurt lead you!

- Once that is done. Place the container in the freezer. Let sit for an hour. 

- Remove, place in a serving dish and enjoy! 

What are your favorite refreshing summer snacks? I gladly welcome any suggestions!  

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Photos :: E

The Brooklyn Kitchen

 

 

 What is better than getting a day off work and getting a private cooking lesson? Well, be jealous.....that was exactly how I got to spend last Friday!


Surprise #1 : Last week we were told we needed a 'Bonding Day'.
Surprise #2:  'Bonding Day' was thankfully not going to be the initial paintball suggestion, but instead, we were getting a private cooking lesson at the amazing Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg!

That was a much better option given most music business professionals aren't know for their athletic prowess and it minimized any physical injuries to others that, come Monday, you can't take back!

If you've never been before, The Brooklyn Kitchen is a wonderful kitchen supply store, a butcher shop and classroom for budding chefs. We were greeted with mimosas, fresh cheese plates and sliced baguette...... I was immediately on board! On top of that grand welcoming, the decor is exactly what I've dreamed and tried to replicate at our apartment. H-e-l-l-o gorgeous 19-foot ceilings, skylights and exposed brick, not to mention, the whole place was decorated with antique kitchen tools and rustic vintage signs. I wanted to move in right then and there.

OUR MENU ::

- Crispy Pancetta, Shallot & Local Greens Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

- Black Pepper Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce and Wilted Arugula

- Roasted Pork Loin with September Succotash

-Plum Mascarpone Gallette with Vanilla Bean Sweet Cream

 

I helped make the gnocchi from scratch (literally started with peeling hot potatoes) and was pretty impressed with my new found cooking abilities. They offer a ton of classes from your basic knife skills (not the throwing kind!) to pig butchering to mini cupcakes to Persian dinners. They also do several classes in DIY food skills, such as canning and brewing beer at home. I personally can't wait to go back for a couple's cooking class with E. Such a fun date night idea to do with a few couples!

 

Photos: via my trusty and always fancy iPhone

Parker Etc + Lulugrace Vintage:: Trunk Show

The trunk show was a huge success! Perfect weather, delicious treats, vintage clothes, jewelry and home decor.....what more could you ask for from a Saturday!

It was so fun to get to spend an afternoon with great friends and to meet so many fun new people. Leslie and I were both overwhelmed with the turn out and so thankful for all the support.

THANKS to everyone who stopped by! Don't worry if you were one of the lucky creatures to roam the Hamptons this past weekend....we don't feel bad for you....and not to fret..... there will be more trunk shows to come!

 

 

And it couldn't have happened without the help of some amazingly talented people.

SPECIAL THANKS TO::::

Leslie of Lulugrace Vintage

Tarts by: Kathleen Clancy of Three Sisters.Three Cities

Gourmet Marshmallows by: Laura LaRock

Cupcakes & Cookies by: Megan Shuffle

Photos by: E