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Fancy Neapolitan Popsicles

Oh, the beauty of Neapolitan ice cream! If you’re an indecisive person, then you can appreciate how Neapolitan gives you the three best flavors so you don’t have to pick. We didn’t think there was a way to improve on something so perfect until we stumbled upon this popsicle version from Fix Feast Flair. Neapolitan on a stick?! Even better.

“These [fancy] Neapolitan pops… are awesome because they seem kinda fancy but really are a breeze to whip up cause you make the same base for all three layers, divide it into three bowls, add a couple extras, and boom: layered goodness,” writes Alana of Fix Feast Flair.

For the full post and more delicious inspiration, check out Fix Feast Flair!

Fancy Neapolitan Popsicles
prep time
25 Minute/s
cook time
6 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
total time
6 Hour/s 55 Minute/s
Serves 10Ingredients
  • 8 oz. fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup (I used Grade A)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 c. + 3 Tbsp. whole milk, divided
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate (I used Guittard Semisweet Wafers)
  • Seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean
  • TOOLS:
  • Food processor or blender
  • Popsicle mold and popsicle sticks
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass measuring cups
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sheet pan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Ziploc bags
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Evenly arrange strawberries on a sheet pan and drizzle lightly with the coconut oil and balsamic vinegar. Roast until the strawberries are soft and fragrant, around 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes on the pan, then transfer to the bowl of your food processor or the container of your blender (including juices) and let cool to room-temperature.
  3. Once cooled, add maple syrup and pulse or blend on low a few times to combine. The mixture should retain small chunks of strawberry. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of milk to make a slurry. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the remaining milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, and heat over medium heat, whisking often. When it begins to steam (it should steam after a few minutes), whisk in the cornstarch slurry and continue whisking for a few minutes more until the mixture thickens slightly. (Don't walk away here or your mixture may boil over.)
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and divide the mixture, evenly, into three bowls.
  7. Stir in half of the strawberry mixture into the first bowl and reserve the remaining strawberry mixture on the side. Whisk in the vanilla bean seeds into the second mixture. Whisk in cocoa powder and chocolate chips into the third bowl. Let all three bowls cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes then transfer each mixture (including the reserved strawberry mixture) into their own ziploc bags.
  8. Snip off a corner of the strawberry-milk mixture and fill each mold a little less than a third way full. Snip off a corner of the strawberry mixture bag and top each mold with strawberry. Let set in freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove mold from freezer and place popsicle sticks into the center of each mold. Snip off a corner of the vanilla mixture and fill each mold till it's two-thirds full. Let set in freezer for another 30 minutes.
  10. Remove mold from freezer and snip off a corner of the chocolate mixture and fill each mold till it's nearly full. Let set in freezer for at least 4-5 hours (but ideally 24 hours).
  11. Quickly run molds under warm water to release popsicles.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

Why not treat yourself?

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Photography: Fix Feast Flair | Recipe: Fix Feast Flair

5 Reasons the Tray is the Ultimate Home Accessory

Trays, although seemingly simple, are not to be overlooked in a well-appointed home. They are equal parts function and style and cover storage as well as serving needs. I’ve styled up a few fabulous spaces to show you why the tray is the ultimate home accessory! xoxo Roxy of Society Social

Word-Numbers_02Who doesn’t love an indulgent breakfast in bed? Dinner al fresco with friends and family? An impromptu picnic in the living room with the kiddos? Transport your meals beyond the kitchen with ease and eliminate the need to go back and forth.

Word-Numbers_04 Serving up cocktails in bulk? Load up a tray and make one quick swoop. Your guests won’t have to wait for their beverage, and you won’t either!

Word-Numbers_06 Transform a piece of furniture like an ottoman or a stool into a functional tabletop.

Word-Numbers_18Protect a surface that that may be delicate or hard to clean.

Word-Numbers_12 Organize random objects whether it’s booze, books, remote controls, or decorative accessories. Instead of a clutter, your design efforts will look intentional and chic.

For more tray chic inspiration and to shop all the trays featured above, head to Society Social!

Photography: Society Social | Design And Styling: Society Social

Roxy Te

Decorating and Entertaining
A Dining Room Makeover

A few simple changes can completely transform a space. Things like fresh paint and moulding plus the addition of a few wow moments can make all the difference. See how Diane + Emily of Rehabitat started with this dining room and made it into a space that truly shines. And one that boasts a mighty fine chandelier might we add. See even more here plus where it all started right here.

Leah’s dining room was a totally fun project and she’s been a dream client. The biggest hurdle in her dining room was turning the existing usual corner cabinets into something more unique to her style as well as blend them into the room. What started as a least favorite aspect of the space became a favorite. A little wall paneling created a more dramatic feel and painting everything the same shade of mint to clean up the lines totally transformed the room. We switched the existing chandelier to a modern brass one for an edgier vibe and installed a ceiling medallion for a strong focal point.  The combo of classic background and modern appointments makes this room a stunner.

Click here to see the before pictures

Design: Diane + Emily | Rehabitat | Custom Dining Table: Vermont Farm Table | Larisa Bar Cart : One Kings Lane | Wishbone Chair: Rove Concepts | Ziyi Large Chandelier : Circa Lighting

Vanilla Bean Cake with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

Psst… want to know the secret for the most mouthwatering cake? Double up the vanilla flavor in the cake with both pure vanilla extract and vanilla beans, and then slather on layers of creamy frosting made with fresh blackberries. Thanks to A Happy Food Dance, your summer just got made.

“Three layers of vanilla bean white cake with homemade blackberry buttercream frosting slathered in between and then topped with fresh blackberries – well, now this is how you do cake!” says Jessica of A Happy Food Dance.

For the full post and more delicious recipes, check out A Happy Food Dance!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting
prep time
30 Minute/s
cook time
30 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • For vanilla bean white cake:
  • 2¼ cup cake flour
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced in half and seeds scraped out
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the blackberry buttercream frosting:
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2-4 teaspoons milk
Instructions
  1. To make the vanilla bean white cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 5-inch pans or two 8-inch pans by spraying with cooking spray, coating with flour and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine milk, egg whites, almond and vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and mix until blended.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and start mixing on slow. Slowly add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, and beat on low for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add all but ½ cup of the milk mixture to the stand mixer bowl and continue to beat for another 90 seconds. Add the remaining milk mixture and beat for an additional minute.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean, between 27-35 minutes depending on the cake pan you used.
  7. Allow cakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. To make the blackberry buttercream frosting: In a small bowl combine blackberries, sugar and lemon juice. Mash with the back of a fork or a muddler until the blackberries are all broken down.
  9. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Slowly add the vanilla and beat to combine.
  10. Add half of the confectioner's sugar and continue beating until combine.
  11. Slowly add the blackberry mixture and then add the additional confectioner's sugar.
  12. If the consistency is too thick, add a few teaspoons of milk to smooth out.
  13. To assemble: To frost cake, place a dab of frosting on your desired surface. Level the cakes if they are uneven.
  14. Stack one layer of cake and add a good amount of frosting to the top. Smooth across the top and then add the next layer. Continue for each layer.
  15. For the top of the cake, add a good amount frosting and frosting the top. Slowly bring the frosting down around the edges and slightly frosting the sides. You're going for a naked cake look, or just a crumb coating.
  16. Smooth out the top and refrigerate for 30 minutes (cake is easier to cut when chilled).

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these recipes:

Blueberry Meringue Cookies | Individual Strawberry Crumbles |Chocolate-Dipped Iced Coffee Pops

Photography: A Happy Food Dance | Recipe: A Happy Food Dance

West Elm Hack: DIY Ottoman Coffee Table

Taking an already gorgeous piece and molding it into something that is functional and fits into your lifestyle perfectly – that is what this West Elm hack is all about. Part ottoman, part coffee table, it wears many hats and can be used in so many different ways. Whether your resting your feet, your cocktail or using as extra seating, this gem is a winner. Grab the steps below and get ready to hack!

Room Sources: Couch: Jordan’s furniture | Leather pillows: DIY | Navy pillow: Target | Brass studded pillows: Target | Navy spotted pillows: DIY | Rug: Vintage from Brimfield Antique Fair | Brass tray: Jayson Home

From Jess… I fell in love with the detailing on this beautiful carved wood table at West Elm as soon as I laid eyes on it. The downside? The table is only 12” high- so I went after a way to make this table a little taller, and do double duty as an ottoman! 

I extended the legs a pinch by adding extra wood where they connect to the table, well hidden from sight. Then I topped the table with a velvet cushion made from thick foam for a cushy seat. You can use this tutorial to make a cushion for any round table, just adjust the measurements to match your table!

Materials
West Elm carved wood coffee table

For the cushion:

2 ½ yards navy velvet fabric
6 yards 12/32″ piping cord
2” thick, 22″ foam square
Spray adhesive
Double sided fusible tape
Scissors
Pins
Navy thread
Sewing machine
Yardstick
Bread knife
Sharpie
Tack
String

For extending the legs:

2” diameter wood dowel
Walnut wood stain
Foam brush
Hand saw (for wood dowel)
Drill
⅜” drill bit
⅜” threaded rod
Hacksaw (for metal threaded rod)
Wood glue

directions
Step 1

Saw (4) 2” chunks off the wood dowel and drill a hole ½” deep in the center of each, on both ends. Paint the sides with wood stain and let dry 30 minutes.

Step 2

Cut 1” chunks off the threaded rod. Drop a little glue into one of the holes of each dowel and screw in the threaded rod. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 3

Drop a little glue into the holes on the underside of each dowel and screw a West Elm leg into each. Screw the extended legs into the table.

Step 4

You need a 28” circle of foam to form the cushion. To do this, use the yardstick, sharpie, and bread knife to cut a 8” section off the long side of your foam block. Place the 8” wide block next to the 22” side of the original foam block so it is now 28” x 30” long (there will be a corner missing).

Step 5

Mark out a 28×28 square and then find the center of that square. Place a tack in the center, tie a string to it and tie a sharpie to the other end of the string, 14” away. Trace a circle shape on the foam.

Step 6

Cut off the excess foam where there’s a corner shape, and place it in the empty corner of the circle shape. Then trace the missing arc of the circle on it.

Step 7

Place the pieces of the foam circle on a large piece of cardboard or trash bag, and spray the inside of each piece with spray adhesive and press together. Let dry 10 minutes. Cut around the circle shape, keeping the knife as straight as you can (up and down) as you go.

Step 8

Cut (2) 2” wide strips down the long side of the velvet fabric. Fold a strip around the piping cord and loosely pin in place. Sew along the cord (as close as you can without sewing on the cord). Continue covering the cord and sewing in place until all the strips are used.

Step 9

Fold the remaining velvet in half and lay flat. Measure a 29” square and place the tack with the string in the center. Loosen the string so the pen hits 14.5” from the center and trace a circle on the velvet. Cut out two 29” circles from the two layers of velvet.

Step 10

Cut a 90” x 5” strip from the remaining velvet.

Step 11

Pin a 1” border around each velvet circle. Add the piping cord around each circle, so that the cord faces into the front of the velvet and the tail of the piping will be with the edge of the border. When you need to join the cord, trim the cord length to match the other side but leave the velvet a bit longer so it can overlap the other side. Tuck into the other cord and cover.

Step 12

Sew around each circle, as close as you can to the piping cord without actually sewing into the cord.

Step 13

Sew the 90”x5” strip onto the piping cord of one of the circles, so that the fronts of the velvet face each other and the edges of the fabric line up. Sew as close as you can to the piping cord without actually sewing into the cord.

Step 14

Flip the velvet inside out and cover the cushion with it. Turn the cushion over and pin the excess fabric from the side strip on the bottom of the cushion.

Step 15

Place the fabric tape around the edge of the excess fabric and lay the velvet circle on top, replacing the pins as you go. Iron the fabric tape in place, removing pins as you go.

Step 16

Place the cushion on the table, and top with a brass tray if desired.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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