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Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Feeling vanilla? Break out of your waffle cone shell with this lavender honey ice cream recipe from Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen! It’s the perfect remedy for the doldrums thanks to a heavenly combination of floral and sweet flavors that will instantly transport your taste buds to the south of France—kind of like summer vacation in a cone!

“It’s subtly floral, not overly sweet and, while delicious on its own, tastes particularly fantastic atop a slice of dark chocolate cake,” describes Jacquelyn. We can totally get behind that idea. For the full post and more gorgeous inspiration, check out Lark & Linen!

Lavender Honey Ice Cream
prep time
3 Minute/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
23 Minute/s
Serves 12Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream (I used 18%)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup mild honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring cream, half-and-half, honey and lavender to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Once steeped, strain lavender using a fine-mesh sieve. Return the cream mixture to the saucepan and heat until hot.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and the salt. Grab 1 cup of the hot cream mixture and slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking as you go.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick (it should coat the back of your spoon - about 5 minutes). Make sure you don't let it boil.
  5. Pour the custard through the sieve and let cool completely, stirring occasionally. Once cool, chill until cold (at least 3 hours, but up to a day).
  6. Run the custard through your ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions, transfer to airtight container and enjoy!
  7. Notes: The ice cream will keep for a week (if it lasts that long).

Cool down this summer with more sweet ideas:

3 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream | Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich | Strawberries & Cream Pops

Photography: Lark & Linen | Recipe: Lark & Linen

Beach 30th Birthday + Gender Reveal Fiesta

Part beach fiesta, part sweet-as-can-be surprise gender revel, and part personal shopping experience from Top Shop - saying this was a memorable evening would be the understatement of the year. The darling Dave Annable and his beautiful wife, Odette, star of The Astronaut Wives Club, hosted an evening I’m sure they’ll cherish forever, and thanks to the lovely Hello Blue Photo, every magical moment was beautifully captured

“It’s a Girl!” Dave Annable, star of Brothers & Sisters and Red Band Society, gushed after popping two oversized black balloons with wife Odette, Banshee and House actress, who will star in the upcoming Astronauts Wives Club this Summer. Pink confetti burst all over their beach front patio in Malibu, Ca., and tears of joy immediately followed as Dave embraced his wife in pure bliss!

It was May 9th, just a day before Mother’s Day, and also happened to be Odette’s 30th birthday. The parents-to-be, along with bestie and celebrity hair stylist Christine Symonds, were celebrating both of the girls “Dirty Thirty” with their closest friends. As a surprise to their guests, they also revealed the gender of their first baby! The special day was captured by Odette’s bestie since high school, Christina Wells, a wedding and lifestyle photographer.

The “Dirty Thirty” party included a taco cart, Mexican blankets, moroccan rugs and poufs, an open bar, a gorgeous Southern California sunset, and a surprise “Baby Gender Reveal”!

As guests arrived to celebrate the girls “Dirty Thirty”, they were offered Cucumber Mint Vodkas and Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas in mason jars with flower cut lids and sunset drink sleeves that read “I stole this from Odie + Teenie’s Dirty 30!” Not far off was a sizzling grill offering tacos with choice of chicken, carne asada, or carnitas and fresh chips and salsa, and my ever favorite home made guacamole. Guests were also invited to shop a pop up boutique with a Top Shop personal stylist while hanging out.

While mingling, they were asked to write their name on a giant chalkboard placing their vote for whether #babyannable would be a boy or girl! They were then invited to cuddle up with a nearby Mexican blanket, and enjoy the sunset as they swapped woven friendship bracelets to commemorate the day.

Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Invitations: Paperless Post | Festival Ice Cream Cake: The K Bakery | Personal Shopping: Top Shop

Inspired by the Easy Elegance of Boho with Pier 1 Imports

We’re looking to the pretty layered details of boho for this inspiration filled to the brim with decorating must haves big and small from Pier 1 Imports. Think a causal patio retreat layered with a blend of pattern and texture and an ease that fits right in with lazy summer days.  It’s all about casual beauty and loads of textiles with this look.

We started with a collection of pillows in the same color family but with varied prints and patterns and topped with lounge furniture with a decidedly retro flare. Add in gobs of lanterns and candles and layered rugs under foot and you’re well on your way to the bohemian patio of your dreams. This is exactly what easy elegance looks like and it’s all courtesy of Pier 1 Imports.

Pier 1 Imports Products: 1. Rattan Teal Tray | 2. Keegan Tile Pillow | 3. Citronella Aqua Filled Candle | 4. Artisanal Patched Lumbar Pillow | 5. Panal Acrylic Drinkware | 6. Carmelo Melamine Dinnerware | 7. Mediterranean Tile Rug | 8. Large Citronella Filled Candle | 9. Elmas Tumblers | 10. Russell Flatware | 11. Pelican Cay Aluminum Armchair | 12. Fringe Napkin Set



Party Food and DIYS for Your Fourth of July Bash

A red, white and blue color palette and sparklers are a given, watermelon = a total must. But what else should you be infusing into your upcoming Fourth of July bash? We’ve got a round up of simple DIY projects, scrumptious bites and out of this world cocktails that will kick your fourth into a whole new level of cool. Get ready to celebrate the U.S. of A. with 15 of our must make details.

DIY Details for the 4th of July
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Hibiscus Margarita Popsicles

The beauty of a boozy popsicle lies in its discreetness. Dessert For Two‘s Christina Lane explains how this seemingly innocent frozen pop is tons more fun thanks to a splash of tequila and triple sec, perfect for judgement-free imbibing from the prying eyes of neighbors. Amen to that! We’ll be making these hibiscus margarita pops all summer long.

For the full recipe and more sweet ideas, check out Dessert for Two!

Hibiscus Margarita Popsicles
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 6Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅓ cup dried hibiscus (agua de jamaica) flowers
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 2 teaspoons triple sec (or Cointreau)
  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, and stir in the flowers. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the flowers from the tea, and then whisk in the sugar. Whisk very well to dissolve.
  3. Next, stir in the lime juice and alcohols.
  4. Taste. Smile.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds, insert sticks, and freeze until solid.

Photography: Dessert For Two | Recipe: Dessert For Two