August 15, 2014

Frozen Iced Coffee- a Decadent Summer Treat


Summa-time! Yes, it's still in full swing here in Texas. And, for us, Summer is all about being with our friends and family. Today's recipe for Frozen Iced Coffee (using just two ingredients!) is perfect for enjoying some sweet (and refreshing!) moments with someone who makes you smile. If we can't slow down and savor life during these long Summer days, when can we??

Did I mention this recipe is a two-ingredient treat?! International Delight has a delicious line of iced coffees (I love the Mocha Light) and that's the absolute star of this frozen, iced drink!


Frozen Iced Coffee (for two!)



Pour iced coffee into an ice-cube mold and freeze. Repeat process with almond milk. To make frozen iced coffee, place iced coffee cubes and almond milk cubes into a high-powered blender (I use a VitaMix). Blend cubes on high until smooth and creamy. Divide into 2 large glasses and enjoy with a straw or a spoon! Sometimes I sprinkle cocoa powder on top, to make it extra fancy.



Yep, this recipe is as easy as it sounds! I eat mine with a spoon, because it makes a pretty thick treat- I'd say it's more on the ice cream/granita side than a simple frap. It's definitely a decadent way to share a Summer afternoon with your favorite friend!



Have you tried International Delight Iced Coffee yet? It's really so tasty! And, until the end of August, you can visit the ID Facebook page and enter to win one of 100 tumblers they're giving away EACH week. So fun!

**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.


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July 29, 2014

A New Red Door (+Front Porch Inspiration)


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about my new red front door using Front Door Paint by Modern Masters. I'm loving the little facelift it gave my front entry!

Originally, my door was black. When given the opportunity to try out the front door paint, I almost went with Elegant, Modern Master's version of black. My door was in serious need of a touch-up and I didn't mind the black. However, one look at the 24 colors in their Emotional Color Wheel, this color-loving girl couldn't resist a change! I chose Passionate, a deep, rich red hue and I'm so glad I did. 


If it hadn't been for their free iPhone app (also available for Android), I might have chosen Calm or Spontaneous. It seemed like a blue or purple shade would contrast well with my orangey bricks. The app told a different story and, surprisingly, Passionate looked best. SO glad I played around with the app and avoided a color mishap! 


This shade of red is classic and pretty. Plus, it covered over my black door in only 2 coats and dried super quickly. I'm excited to know that it won't fade, so I won't be doing this again any time soon (and if I do, I'm choosing a nice, Spring day. July in Texas is hot!). 


While we're on the topic, here are a few more shots of some of my other favorite porch areas. Red and turquoise seem to be a theme, huh?? ;)


If you're ever in the Dallas area, come on over and have some ice tea with my on the porch!

Front Door Paint is available at selected Lowe's and Ace Hardwares as well as online via Amazon or the Modern Masters online shop. If you live near me, in the Dallas area, the Lowe's in Allen carries it. 

Check out the Modern Masters Cafe Blog for more inspiration!! 

***Thank you Modern Masters for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.


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July 8, 2014

4th of July Party Details (#riberty)


Did you have a good 4th of July?! We sure did. We enjoyed a neighborhood parade, ate ribs and celebrated with friends and family. All-in-all, a successful holiday!

As part of our festivities, we enjoyed ribs from Tony Roma Ribs. Have you tried their pre-cooked ribs? So easy to prepare (Seriously: open package, heat contents. It doesn't get much easier than that!). And, really tasty, too! Everyone loved them and couldn't believe they weren't homemade. 


The party details were really simple. I just served a few side dishes and some cold drinks. I pulled out all my red, white and blue stuff (of course) and set up a buffet. Easy-breezy.


I just love July 4th, don't you?? 


Oh, and you know I had to throw a few festive touches on my mantel. Truthfully, I didn't want to overhaul it completely, so I just added some flags and redid my chalk message. Again, easy-breezy! 

**Go check out Tony Roma Ribs, when you get a chance. You can pick up their pre-cooked ribs at your local grocery store. They were kind enough to sponsor my party and this blog post, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

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