We've had some days that were scorchers! Where all you want to do is absolutely NOTHING! And just stay inside in the cool AC and watch TV.....
But when the sun begins to set, and the temperature begins to drop a bit, that bright, yellow, HOT sun lowers into a warm golden glow. Summer evenings beg for you to step outside. Whether it's tiki torches around the pool, or firing up the grill or firepit, summer evenings can bring a relaxing sense of magic when family and friends gather together.
Great company paired with some delicious food (and possibly a great glass of Riesling), and you've got yourself an evening to remember! *And don't forget your camera! Make memories and capture them. Make a digital scrapbook or a mini album that has fun, family memories from this summer!
So I'd like a share a perfect cool-you-off treat that the entire family will love! Orange Cream Italian Ice
Oh yeah...it's addicting and soooo hard not to eat while your making it.
I also want to share some fabulous summer evening finds from one of my FAVORITE websites; Uncommon Goods
But FIRST: the deliciousness!
Orange-Cream Italian Ice
(Adapted from Food52's recipe)
3 cups orange juice (low or no-pulp is best)
1 cup Organic Half & Half 1 tablespoon fresh scraped orange peel (optional) 1 cup ice
Add the orange juice, half&half, and the 1 cup ice to the bowl of a food processor or a high-powered blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a baking dish (I used a 8x8 pan). Make sure the puree fills about halfway up your pan. You want to leave some room for when it's time to scrape the ice. So if it looks like it's going to be close to the very top, use a larger pan (9x13 could work too!) Just make sure it'll fit into you freezer!
Place into the freezer for about 30-45 minutes.
After 30-45 minutes, remove the Italian ice from the freezer and scrape it with a fork until slushy. Place it back in the freezer for another 2 hours.
After the 2 hours are up, you can scoop the ice into cups. If it's too frozen-solid to scoop, either let the ice sit out for 5 minutes so that it softens, or add it to a blender and blend until the mixture has a slushy consistency. You can place the cups back into the freezer for a few minutes before serving to guests. (Or eat it all yourself.... :enter sly emoji face here: )
And below are some cool campfire fun items for your next summer get together outside!
Solar Powered Mason Jar
Topped with solar panels, this jar creates 12 hours of convenient, cord-free, clean-energy lighting.
Twig Marshmallow Skewer
Keep Calm and Mallow On
Call off your search for the perfect roasting branch, and cook marshmallows to perfection with this twig-inspired skewer (dirt not included). Featuring a whimsical design to reflect old-fashioned roasting sticks, you'll brown up to five marshmallows at once, which you can then smash between graham crackers or simply devour in all their plain, gooey glory.
Construction and Garden Plate with Untensils
Make every meal a construction site of creativity with this plate and set of equipment-inspired utensils. Even picky eaters will be eager to harvest their veggies with this dining set and bounty of utensils.