Pina Refresher Mocktail

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If you follow me on instagram, you probably know I spend a good chunk of time (any I can really) in St. Croix USVI where my parents own my mom's childhood home. Yes, it's the carribean, but yes, we are homeowners and with that, comes responsibility. 

This trip is dedicated to the exterior of the home, sanding and scraping will be my to-dos during the first part of the trip. It's HOT here, I mean 89 with a dew point of 72, yeah like 80% or higher humidity. So we work in the mornings after our walk. By the time lunch comes around and the heat of the day, a drink is in order. We keep things light on the calories but try to remember we are on vacation, so a pina colada mocktail is a favorite post-lunch delight.

St Croix Hermit Crab
St Croix USVI

PINA REFRESHER

makes two drinks


INGREDIENTS

  • ice
  • blender
  • 1 cup coconut water (flavor if you want)
  •  1/4 cup pineapple water

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by adding about four cups of ice, add your pineapple juice and coconut juice and blend. This is simple stuff folks, goya is the best pineapple juice, and coconut water with tropical fruit is what we used here. The key to the right blender drinks is having sweet to counteract the weird ice taste you can't avoid, and adding enough liquid. You want to pour in your liquid after the ice and have it go up 3/4 of the way up to the top of the ice.

 

Yogurt Cake with Black Plums and Cherries

Yogurt Cake with Black Plums and Cherries

Peaches should share some of the limelight for delicious ability to a make a summer dessert. Seriously, it’s unfair. I love a delicious black plum, and mixed with these rainier cherries that are a bit tarter than the their black cherry relatives, you have yourself a great topping for dessert/breakfast cake. 

As with all cakes, make sure you tightly cover this for use the next day, it keeps ok in the fridge. On your last day if it's a bit stale, take a nice thin piece, pop it in the toaster, add a little butter right away. The glaze that goes with this as an optional addition is also really nice right out of the toaster, but don't come looking at me when you need to go to the gym twice in one day because you ate 3 pieces with glaze for breakfast ;)

Yogurt Cake with Black Plums and Cherries and a Honey Lemon Glaze
Yogurt Cake with Black Plums and Cherries and a Honey Lemon Glaze

YOGURT CAKE WITH BLACK PLUMS + CHERRIES

makes one 9 inch round cake


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 black plum sliced
  • 1/2 pint fresh cherries (pitted and halved)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Using a nine inch diameter spring form pan, grease with butter wrapper from the butter you are about to use. 

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, together into a medium bowl. As I always say, that wire strainer is your best friend when you don't even realize it. This is a great alternative to buying a sifter!

In another bowl wisk (or beat) eggs for about 2-3 minutes with butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add your greek yogurt slowly while wisking for another minute. (wisk hard, this is my you don't need egg beaters recipe - feel free to use them if you have them). Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture until combined.

Add the batter to thea pan, top with your plums and cherries and sprinkle a little granulated sugar, a little lemon zest here would also be quite nice.

Bake for about 50 minutes or until your knife comes out clean and the edges are nice and golden. Take it out and let it cool in the spring form. Once it has cooled you can take it off, but removing it too early will get you a weird plumpy lopsided cake.

OPTIONAL GLAZE:

Mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons honey an the juice of half a lemon. WISK. GLAZE. YUM.

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Meg Sheeley

Hi everyone, I'm Meg. As a full time graphic designer, sometimes finding the time to be creative and eat well can be difficult. Join me on my adventure of living in a small apartment, finding room to sew/design/create while staying healthy and eating without breaking the bank. You might find my co-conspiritor Mabel the cat join me in some of my stories. A curious ocicat she enjoys being involved in most activities, and will snatch arugala out of your hand.

Nifty Printing and Design

A recent event where I demo-ed these lovely Watermelon Margaritas allowed me to find the excuse to finally print up some of my own material! A graphic designer usually doesn't need to find an excuse, but I needed a push to finally commit. Between the re-branding this winter, and a great cocktail that was bright, vibrant, fun and the essence of my branding and philosophy it was time to get-er-done.

In case I hated the cards, I gave myself a full week of printing mess-up possibilities. MPIX is my favorite for these kinds of things, because I know the print quality will come out, they are fast and a good price. Other discount online printers don't necessarily have as good quality control combined with good pricing. I usually shop around, and come back to good ol' mpix.com. I also used these guys ( or their sister company ) for years when working in photography and know their printing abilities. I highly suggest them if you need some prints/cards etc in a flash.

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Meg Sheeley

Hi everyone, I'm Meg. As a full time graphic designer, sometimes finding the time to be creative and eat well can be difficult. Join me on my adventure of living in a small apartment, finding room to sew/design/create while staying healthy and eating without breaking the bank. You might find my co-conspiritor Mabel the cat join me in some of my stories. A curious ocicat she enjoys being involved in most activities, and will snatch arugala out of your hand.

The Perfect Summer Blackberry Cocktail

Blackberry Rhubarb Bramble Cocktail

Blackberry Bramble Cocktails are a drink that brings me back to my childhood minus the alcohol. A perfect addition to your fourth of july spread, these are a great "blue-ish" drink that will keep your BBQ lively and fresh.

Growing up the neighborhood kids were outside every moment of the day, exploring and getting into trouble. We would run through the small forested area that separated the neighborhood from the college grounds next door. In these thickets were clumps of black raspberries, similar to blackberries but smaller and a little sweeter.

If you can’t tell the difference check out this article HERE.

I went straight for the blackberry muddle with this cocktail, something you don’t have to do, you can strain in a mesh strainer to create a juice if you would like instead. We did that HERE with raspberries. I was going for straight from the garden, with a “i don’t give a hoot” attitude ready for a summer drink on a hot afternoon kind of thing.


BLACKBERRY RHUBARB BRAMBLE

makes one drink


INGREDIENTS

  • 5-8 big blackberries
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 2-4 mint leaves
  • 1 oz rhubarb liqueur (AITA)
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • club soda

INSTRUCTIONS

Place your mint leaves, blackberries (or blackberry juice) and a lemon wedge, in the bottom of your glass and muddle, if you are using juice, consider a small bit of sugar to help get the juices of the mint.

Then fill your glass with ice, add your gin, lemon juice and rhubarb liqueur (by AITA) and stir.

Top with club soda, add a straw and a lemon wedge with a fresh piece of mint and savor.

Pizza with Mushrooms

Summerfield Delight | White Pizza with Gourmet Mushrooms and Gouda

I think Fridays are the perfect time to post a recipe for an easy make at home pizza that you can enjoy on a warm summer night. I posted a while back with the white and green variety, this one is the white pizza with mushrooms. I find that the key to this was a little saute of the mushrooms before putting them on the pizza. You will thank me.

White Pizza with Mushrooms and Garlic
White Pizza with Mushrooms and Garlic

WHITE PIZZA WITH MUSHROOMS

makes one 10 inch pizza


INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza dough (1/2 a bag)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 mozzarella ball 3 inch diameter
  • 1 oz gouda shaved
  • 1-2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze
  • 2-3 tbs chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by heating your oven. I love my Breville toaster-convection oven because that way I am not heating up my entire stove for little 10 inch pizzas. I set it at 475F.

Rolling out pizza dough takes longer than you think. Really get into it and roll it out until its very thin. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy removal and moving around.

While the oven is heating, start your mushrooms and chopped shallot on medium heat with a little bit of evoo. Half way through cooking (about 10 minutes) add your red wine vinegar, if you have a nice variety... USE IT, if you have a balsamic vinegar that's nice use that over cheap red wine vinegar. Let the vinegar cook off before removing from heat.

Back to prepping your pizza. Spray with olive oil or use a brush to LIGHTLY coat. Add some grated or minced garlic (1/2-1 clove). Then take your mozzarella ball and slice. Drain your mushrooms, and spread over top of pizza evenly. Add the rest of your mozzarella and then gouda. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 minutes when you see the pizza is golden. Then count to 60, THEN take out of oven. You don't want your pizza to burn, but at the same time, non crispy thin pizza kinda sucks. 

Once done take out and let cool a tiny bit, dribble your teaspoon (no more than that!) balsamic glaze on top, chop your parsley while you are waiting for the cheese to set up a bit. Sprinkle generously and enjoy!

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Meg Sheeley

Hi everyone, I'm Meg. As a full time graphic designer, sometimes finding the time to be creative and eat well can be difficult. Join me on my adventure of living in a small apartment, finding room to sew/design/create while staying healthy and eating without breaking the bank. You might find my co-conspiritor Mabel the cat join me in some of my stories. A curious ocicat she enjoys being involved in most activities, and will snatch arugala out of your hand.