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Root Beer Float with a Twist

I’m pretty sure that the Root Beer Float is sort of like the cupcake. Universally loved by all. But, the lovely Sarah at Juniper & Dash, is taking the classic to new places by adding a hint of Root Tea and a drop (or five) of warm caramel and the result is anything but ordinary. With photos by Alexandra Whitney, we’re literally mixing one up as we speak.

From Juniper & Dash…This recipe combines some of my favorite ingredients… well, really all the ingredients are my favorite! The standard root beer float is one of my summer essentials, add a twist and it gets even better! Whenever I discover something new and yummy I have a tendency to add it to everything. So to spice up the normal float I added Art in the Age’s Root Tea and The Caramel Jar’s new caramel sauce. I’m telling you this float is so yummy. And every time I consume it I just keep telling myself it’s fat free…it’s fat free…it’s fat free!

Caramel & Tea Root Beer Float
prep time
cook time
total time
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 ounces Art in the Age Root Tea
  • 2 Tablespoons The Caramel Jar's Caramel Sauce
  • ½ cup IBC Root Beer
Instructions
  1. Scoop ice cream into a large glass or milkshake glass.
  2. Drizzle warm caramel sauce over ice cream.
  3. Pour Root Tea & Root Beer into float and enjoy.

Photography: Alexandra Whitney Photography | Styling: Juniper & Dash | Caramel Sauce: The Caramel Jar | Spirits: Art In The Age

Modern Lego Birthday Party

If you’ve ever spent time with a boy – ages 3 to 10 or so – you know that Legos are kind of everything. I’ve spent hours in that damn store with my son who inspects each piece like he were about to go into major surgery. So when I show him this little lego inspired party – crafted by One Lovely Day with sweets by Sweet Bloom Cakes – I know exactly what he’s going to say. “Mom, when is MY birthday.”

We had an amazing day celebrating the 5th birthday of our sweet little boy Aniken. Aniken is absolutely obsessed with Lego and when i told him that he will be having a Lego themed party, he was over the moon.

My dear friend Dewi from Sweet Bloom Cakes made the delicious lego head birthday cake. Sweet treats included, macarons, lego cookies, pyramid chocolates, lego cupcakes, handmade chocolates and a selection of yummy candy. I purchased these cute black and mint garbage bins and filled them up with lollies. I designed the white lego inspired backdrop and kept is very simple as i wanted all of these other elements of the table to pop. The colour palette was black and white with touches of yellow and blue.

Last but not least, i was glad that Aniken had an amazing time with his friends and family and i enjoyed watching him play soccer, running and dodge ball games.

Event Styling: One Lovely Day | Cake And Sweets: Sweet Bloom Cakes

Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream with Warm Peaches

We may have conquered the best waffles ever but envisioning them drenched in cold vanilla ice cream and warm peaches, well, yeah. I think I might start crying. Or at the very least run out to Whole Foods to steal the last of the season’s peaches. This is one of those meals – crafted by Juniper & Dash with photos by Alexandra Whitney – that you don’t want to let slip away.

From Juniper & Dash…Last summer I went to Knoebels Amusement Park in Central Pennsylvania… what does this have to do with this recipe? I’ll tell you! It was there that my family and I first discovered the ice cream sandwich made with a warm waffle! Greatest thing ever!!

So when this summer came around I wanted to attempt to make a version of it, but maybe add a little extra flavor… and so this recipe was born! Be prepared to eat WAY too many for your own good!

Waffles with Ice Cream & Peaches
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
10 Minute/s
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1¾ cups milk (can interchange this and the lemon juice for equal quantity of buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup corn oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 ripe peaches
  • 1 tsp butter - melted
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together milk and lemon juice (if using buttermilk you can just add it to the bowl). Then add corn oil, eggs and thyme.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of the dry ingredients and mix just until batter is smooth and lump free. It’s best to let stand for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat your waffle iron.
  5. When it reaches the desired temperature, scoop enough batter into the center of the waffle iron and smooth out.
  6. Close iron and cook until desired crispness. Repeat until batter is gone.
  7. While waffles are cooking…. Brush flat side of peach half with butter and place directly on a preheated grill which is set at about medium-medium high.
  8. Grill for about 5 minutes or until peaches have grill marks. Peach should also be soft.
  9. Scoop vanilla ice cream on warm waffle and add grilled peaches.

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Photography: Alexandra Whitney Photography | Styling: Juniper & Dash