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Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

This is the time of year when I find myself wanting to soak up every last drop of summer… Does anyone else think the season is flying by way too fast?! It feels like a good time to take a deep breath and just chill out for a bit before the fall/holiday madness begins. (And that includes pretending that I don’t really see those Halloween items being stocked on the store shelves already too!)

Two things that really scream “summer!” to me are ice cream and fresh fruit. So, I thought it would be fun to pair them together as the inspiration for this project – which is the last of 3 milkshake bars that I recently created for California Milk Advisory Board. The first 2 milkshake bars had plenty of the more traditional ice cream toppings like hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles, etc.. If you’re feeling in a chocolate-y (or boozy!) mood you can check those out here (Cocktail Milkshakes) and here (Nautical Shakes & Sundaes).

This “Fresh & Fruity” Milkshakes Bar still features delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk, but the ingredients have taken a healthy twist… focusing on fresh fruit and lower fat or all-natural additions like agave nectar, low-fat granola, crushed pistachios, and Chia seeds.

Let’s start with a closer look at the fruity milkshakes on the menu:

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

The Watermelon Chill
Remember how I mentioned the need to chill out earlier? Well, here’s a great way to do it! (Preferably while lounging poolside on a sunny afternoon.)

This milkshake features: vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk, fresh watermelon, a splash of milk, and a bit of agave nectar. The amount of agave nectar necessary will vary based on the sweetness of your watermelon, so just add it to taste. The chia seeds can be mixed in or used as a garnish. I love how they give a little nod to the look of “watermelon seeds” when used as a garnish!

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

The Tropical Dream
Pineapple, bananas, milk, cinnamon, AND vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk… what’s not to love?! I chose to go heavier on the pineapple than the bananas here myself (about a 2-1 ratio), and really loved the result, but you can adjust the flavor ratio to your liking. Garnish with extra cinnamon and pineapple for a pretty presentation.

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Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar   Free Printables

Hello, friends! I designed these fruity ice cream inspired printables for a recent Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar project for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can put them to good use at a celebration of your own, too!

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize these printables over on the main post right here. Enjoy! :)

Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar   Free Printables

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Lemon Almond Pound Cake with Almond Flower Glaze

My personal approach to baking has always been simplicity + attention to presentation. I’m not a gourmet cook (at this point in life at least!) and have recently learned to stop apologizing for that… there are only so many things you can devote a big span of your attention to at once. ;)

However, I DO love to dream up and make tasty things that are fuss-free and pretty, which is the perfect description of this Lemon-Almond Pound Cake, created as part of my Baker’s Dozen collaboration with Krusteaz.

Here’s what you need to make it:

Lemon Almond Pound Cake with Almond Flower Glaze

In a nutshell, I added a bit of almond extract to the (already yummy) Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix, then baked and glazed the pound cake as directed on the box. The mix for the glaze is also included in the box, and I added a bit of almond extract to that as well.

While the glaze was still wet, I decorated the cake with little “almond flowers” all over the top, using white chocolate chips as the centers and sliced almonds as the petals. Here’s how it turned out:

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Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

The Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table, designed by Marie of Sweets Indeed, from the latest Operation Shower Event (See the full event recap here!) is full of beautiful patterns and golden details that needed their own post to shine. The table has a smorgasbord of sweet options and the decorations will keep you lingering, especially the genius printables designed by Abigail of Paper & Cake. But truthfully, the most beautiful part of the whole table is that everything was donated – materials, desserts, and lots of time from an incredible team (all linked in the vendor credits below)!

SWEET HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lemon blueberry cake with fondant succulents, pink watercolor tier and edible gold foil accents
– “Sweet Dreams” banner, oversized embroidery hoop “dreamcatchers” and fresh succulent clusters
Incredible dream catcher cookies made by A Twist of Cake
– Strawberries and cream scones, gold chocolate heart & salted caramel candies
– Gold painted pink & mint macarons + dipped crispy treats with mini gold leaf toppers

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

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This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board. Did you know that there’s such a thing as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Seriously – you can google it! And also… it’s TOMORROW. Personally, I think any day is a great day for a hot fudge sundae, but if someone wants to give me a […]

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Hello, friends! I designed these ice cream inspired printables recently to use in a Nautical Ice Cream Bar created for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can have some fun with them too! The food/drink labels and tent cards are included in both customized and blank versions for extra versatility. Download links are at […]

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