Honey-Lime Watermelon Floats

Honey-Lime Watermelon Floats recipe (via the pigandquill.com) #icecream #dessert #summer

It’s October. Or as Lana has taken to saying, “it’s almost Halloweeeeeeeen tiiiiiiiiime!” (Followed, always, by “the scary guys are just pretend, Mom. The scary guys are just pretend.” Thank you, sweet babe.) So here we are, officially entering into that love/hate time of year where, for procrastinators like me, shit either happens RIGHTTHISMINUTE or gets nudged happily into “early Q1 // happy face // talk soon!,” which would almost explain why I’m pushing a fruity summer float when pumpkins should be springing outta my bum. But as much as this post is, indeed, about my procrastination (as in, I first made these guys in…August, I think? though we’ve been drinking them far too often since…), it’s also a belated celebration of sorts for this blog that turned five years old exactly one month ago, right under my nose and with very little fanfare. And for the month of October, itself, which will appropriately mark the year anniversary of my diagnosis while serving as a well-marketed reminder to buy yogurt with pink lids, check your boobies — and, more than anything, trust your gut. (I cannot emphasize this enough. I was so very fortunate to have a doctor who immediately referred me … Read More

pumpkin pie milkshakes with pumpkin spice caramel and maple whip (df)

Let me first address the obvious here, because I bet someone out there is just itching to say it: a milkshake without dairy is not a true milkshake. I know this is the popular opinion, and even in my own heart, I know it to be true. But there’s something to be said for getting really, really, really close. And then taking some titular liberties. Ha. Titular. If you’ve been around this blog for any part of the autumn season before, you know it becomes kind of a squash and pumpkin show. I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest pumpkin (or even pumpkin spice) fiend out there, but when the leaves do their thing and the air crisps up and Trader Joe’s starts cramming pumpkin into damn near everything and only succeeding at about half the things but still suckering you into buying pretty much all.of.them.hello.pumpkin.bagels.yes., you can’t help but become at least a little bit of a bandwagon fan. If only for the fact that pumpkin season is really just the first gastronomic clue that turkey-pie-and-cookie season is ever near. And I’m really keen on turkey-pie-and-cookie season. We’re reading that as three things, right? Because while I do love me some … Read More

Mini Ice Cream Ginger Snapwiches

I think I may have confessed a time or two…my love for Young Adult Novels? Or YA as the cool kids say. A group I’d clearly like to join, all joking aside. Lately I’ve been sorely behind on keeping up with the other members of my unofficial YA Book Club (you know who you are) — distracted by things like sweet potato obsessions and giveaways and fabulous culinary adventures to time zones afar. The ridonkulous weather this week hasn’t helped, either. Who wants to stay inside cooped up with a book or a ‘puter when there are things like beer garnish to enjoy in the warm California sunshine? No one. Which is why today, following Thursday’s hot YA sesh at the local library, my little book club has an even hotter date with my backyard, a couple of beach towels and L.A. Weatherly. Because, didn’t you know? Angels are the new Vampires. Or is it Immortals? I can’t keep track. (Did I mention my YA obsession is anchored pretty firmly in the supernatural? Yeah…) Anyway. Where was I going? Oh, right. This afternoon is all about backyard vegging, book in hand. Or book in one hand, I should say, because … Read More