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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...

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S’mores Pudding Pie

We're self-professed s'more addicts here at SMP, and we've found a kindred spirit in Mara of M Loves M who came up this mouthwatering take on s'mores a la pie form! Buttery graham cracker crust, silky smooth homemade chocolate pudding and mounds of mini 'mallows toasted before serving—dare we say it's even better than the original campfire treat? "I love that...

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Fancified Grilled Cheese

These fancy grilled cheese recipes featured at Lauren Kelp are proof that the comfort food favorite can be dinner party-friendly. "Trust me, it’s the perfect time of year to add these to your dinner party cue. The weather is just right, and it’s such a good way to be intentional with your guests while avoiding that stuffy dinner party feeling," says Constance of Lauren Kelp. See her 3 favorites below! #1 –  The...

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Grapefruit & Mint Mojito

If you're searching for the perfect summer cocktail, look no further. Featured at Lauren Kelp, this mojito recipe is light, refreshing and lovely to look at thanks to a simple garnish of pink grapefruit and mint! It's quick to make and perfect for sipping any day of the week, so what are you waiting for? Every sip you take, you'll be one step closer to the weekend. Trust us. For the full post and more delicious recipes, check out ...

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Fresh Peach Bowls with Homemade Coconut Ice Cream

Crafted by Kara Stout, this summer recipe takes peaches and ice cream to a whole new level. And we won't even tell you how healthy it actually is. Why ruin all the fun? Homemade coconut ice cream, candied pistachios and fresh peaches are match made in heaven.  Learn how to make this crazy simple dessert below. It goes a little...

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Abby’s Slam-dunk Party Recipes

I am a total short cut encourager; especially when it comes to entertaining. There's no need to reinvent the wheel when that machine has already been party tested and approved. And menus and delicious bites are a MAJOR part of that. These 24 recipes are Abby's go to's; total slam-dunks that range from super easy to complete crowd...

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Olive Oil Cake with Creme Fraiche & Berries

Even if you're not much of a sweet tooth, you just might be swayed by this tantalizing olive oil cake featured at Lauren Kelp. With its light and airy texture and bright flavor with a touch of sweetness, it's the perfect way to cap off a summer dinner party! Take a look at all those luscious summer berries on top of that almond-kissed crème fraîche—is your mouth watering yet? "This olive oil cake is so light and fresh and only slightly sweet–thus...

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No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles

It ain't a party until the sprinkles show up, and these cake batter truffles from Deliciously Sprinkled double the fun with rainbow colors inside and outside the almond bark shell! Plus, you can skip the baking and go straight from a box of cake mix to these mouthwatering treats! "These No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles are the perfect dessert for the summer months when it’s too hot to turn on the oven or as a super easy treat to bring to a...

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Lemon Lavender Ice with Vodka

I am convinced frozen lemonade is the most perfect beverage ever invented. I would drink it by the bucketful if left to my own devices. But alas sugar overdose and brain freeze are of concern...until I spotted this Lemon Lavender goodness. I'm throwing caution the the wind for this new summer favorite courtesy of The Kitchy Kitchen. She is a lady who not only knows her way around scrumptious recipes but also...

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Rose Lemonade

Rosé or lemonade? We can't get enough of either during the summertime, and thankfully you won't have to choose with this cool concoction from Dessert For Two! It's the best of both worlds: a combination of tart and tangy homemade lemonade with the fruity brightness of wine that'll keep you cool all summer long.   "If the two most refreshing things about summertime got together in a glass, it would be this rosé lemonade," says Christina...

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day With These Sweet Treats!

You already knew that we completely adore dessert here at SMP, so when National Ice Cream Day rolls around each year, and it's time to pick our absolute favorite summer ice cream treats to share with you, that means serious business for us.

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Blueberry Meringue Cookies

The minute we laid eyes on these beauties, we knew we absolutely had to make them. With the prettiest homemade blueberry syrup swirls, these sweet treats will be a show-stopper on your dessert table and are surprisingly easy to make—plus they're a creation from the talented Jessica of A Happy Food Dance, so you know they'll taste amazing, too! "This are simple, light and fluffy clouds of sugar, every so slightly swirled with a fresh, homemade...

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Two Ingredient Pancakes

Got bananas and eggs? Well you're in luck, because you've got the two essential ingredients to make these easy and delicious pancakes from...

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Homemade Fudge Pudding Pops

We're officially mid-summer and the heat is on around the clock. We've been making an assortment of frozen treats in our house and these homemade fudge pudding pops have been on repeat for weeks! Their deliciously easy and ready in an hour! Everybody wins! xoxo Lexy of PROPER...

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Summer’s Sweetest Cool Coffee Treats

Oh iced coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Well, if this post is any indication, there are at least ten new unique ways to enjoy this favorite everyday indulgence that you should definitely be adding to your caffeinated summer treat repertoire. Can you pick a favorite? More summer treats to try:

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We All Scream for Boozy Ice Cream!

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a frozen treat—ice cream, floats, shakes, ...

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Watermelon Champagne

So you're planning to throw the best summer party of your life, but you're coming up blank on what drink to serve. It's got to be easy and quick to make so you can focus on everything else on your plate, and it better be a crowdpleaser that can beat the heat. Enter this life-saving watermelon champagne recipe featured on Lauren Kelp to save the day! "Cocktails + watermelon + friends + sunshine. What more do you need for a good summer?" says Constance...

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Ice Cream Sandwiches You Can’t Say No To

With temperatures in some parts of the country reaching well over 100 degrees, all we want to reach for is something cool and refreshing to help beat the heat. One of our obvious faves? Ice cream sandwiches! They're a compact, only sometimes messy, sweet and easy treat, perfect for (almost) anytime of the day -- or for entertaining! Click through to see some of our favorite varieties, and then go ahead: treat...

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Individual Strawberry Crumbles

Once you find out how easy it is to make crumble, there's no going back. Like a rustic pie without all the hard work, it's what we turn to when we want to impress without working up a sweat. We're telling you now to stock up on peak-fresh strawberries at the market, because this crumble from Laura of Fork Knife Swoon will have you hooked. Served in ramekins, it's perfect to serve and eat at a summer shindig! "A dusting of confectioners sugar or...

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The Right Way to Slice a Watermelon

One of the best part's about summer is the deliciously fresh fruit! And watermelon definitely tops our list of favorites. Watermelon is notoriously tough to prep - but after this quick how-to from Refinery 29 you'll be slicing up this fresh fruit for all of your summer picnics in no time at all! 10 Ways to Eat Watermelon...

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