As promised, I have that easy summer salad recipe to share today, for a watermelon and feta salad.
This quick recipe has become my go to lunch lately…to make up for all of those french fries and (blueberry) cheesecake slices I’ve been devouring. And it’s definitely a good one to try on a hot day. Which is now literally every day here in Atlanta. Or make a large batch for the Fourth of July weekend.
- crumbled feta
- 1 lemon
- romain lettuce
- sea salt
- cracked pepper
For a single serve salad, wash 3-4 large leaves of lettuce and pat dry. Cut up a good amount of small to medium sized chunks of watermelon, to your liking. Add to salad. I’m pretty into watermelon, so I cut up 15-20 small pieces. Next, cut a lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice on top of the salad. Add crumbled feta and sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Enjoy!
Recipe, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. If you’re in the market for a new apron, I basically live in the indigo cafe apron from Celina Mancurti, so I’d say it’s a winner.
Curious to know…What would your perfect summer salad have in it? Lots of fruit, roasted veggies, loaded with cheese? I’d love to hear about it.
I was getting an itch to do another concrete project, so I made a little something for July 4th…star shaped candle votives and paperweights.
You can use these all summer long, or give them as a hostess gift if you’re headed out to any Fourth of July BBQs this weekend.
star shaped kraft boxes (mine are from Amazon) // rapid setting concrete mix // tea light candles // cooking spray // bucket (that is okay to get messed up) // water // trowel or large spoon for mixing (that is okay to get messed up)
1. Remove the lids from each star box and spray the inside of the both parts (lid and bottom) with cooking spray. This may sound a little strange, but I’ve found that it makes the concrete 100 times easier to remove from the box when it’s hardened. So don’t skip this step.
2. Add four parts concrete mix to one part water into a bucket and stir. The amount of concrete mix you’ll need will vary based on how many star containers you plan to fill.
3. Quickly pour the concrete into each box and lid. Do not fill the concrete to the top.
4. Give the concrete a minute or two to setup slightly. Then, place a votive candle in the center and push down into the concrete. You may need to give the star box a couple of taps on a flat surface after you place the votive, to smooth out the surface again. Repeat this process for all of the star shapes that you want to make into votives. Leave a few untouched if you want any paperweights that don’t have a tea light in them.
5. Wait for the concrete to harden. If you’re using a rapid setting concrete, like I did, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc). Then, rip the container away to reveal the finished star shaped votives and paperweights.
(optional) If you want to get extra fancy, you can paint the sides and top of the concrete or even use a gold foil for extra sparkle. I used a liquid gold leaf on a few of the pieces and it worked like a charm.
Here’s how the finished project turned out…
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. If the food in these pics is making you hungry, I’ll be sharing that summer salad recipe tomorrow…It’s really good!
What are your Fourth of July plans? Anything exciting going on?
Like this project? More concrete DIY projects like this one.
So this might just be the strangest food holiday to date, but ‘creative ice cream flavor day’ is tomorrow. And I couldn’t let it pass me by without sharing some of my favorite ice cream concoctions that have been dreamed up from around the web.
Some of these flavors may be a little strange, but they ALL sound completely delicious. And definitely sit into the ‘creative’ category.
There’s plenty of time to make a batch or two before July 4th, if you’re feeling motivated too. Ready to play? Here we go…
1. (above) syrup and waffles ice cream recipe
2. earl grey ice cream (with honey toast) from Sugar and Charm
3. funfetti golden oreo ice cream from Blahnik Baker
4. blueberry buttermilk ice cream from A Calculated Whisk
5. graham cracker ice cream from Dessert for Two
6. no-churn blackberry chip ice cream from How Sweet Eats
7. apple crisp ice cream recipe from Fabtastic Eats
8. strawberry angel food ice cream from A Beautiful Mess
9. homemade macaron ice cream from Sugar & Cloth
10. peanut butter cayenne ice cream via A Beautiful Mess
11. coconut milk ice cream with pistachio crumbs from Top with Cinnamon
12. peanut butter and jelly chocolate truffle sundae from The Sweetest Occasion
13. sweet corn peach ice cream from Heart Beet Kitchen
15. no-churn pistachio mint olive oil fudge brownie ice cream from Top with Cinnamon
What’s your favorite unique / unusual ice cream flavor? One of my fave (store bought) varieties is Jeni’s sun popped corn. And my favorite homemade option is the syrup and waffles combo (#1 on the list). You have to try it!