Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

What did the fruit say to the ice cream?…

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

… I’m sweet on you! Cheesy jokes aside, there was plenty of sweetness to go around at our Happy Sundae party, where ice cream and bright sunshine set the scene for the perfect summer fun. What better way to celebrate the season than with an ice cream bar featuring Tillamook’s fantastic classic flavors?! Guests were able to create their own sundaes using a variety of toppings including: raspberry, kiwi, mango and more. I wanted to share pictures from the party and give you some inspiration for your own little ice cream social. Summer is always an excellent time to get together with friends and family. Why not celebrate? Here are my tips for creating a party to remember.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

1. Awesome Options - Give people lots of choices. Tillamook ice cream is the perfect summer pick-me-up and you deserve a treat! Enhance the natural, creamy flavors with fresh fruit for a healthy twist on a classic summer dessert. My favorite flavor is Old-Fashioned Vanilla, but there are tons of awesome ones to choose from– Mudslide to Birthday Cake to Mint Chocolate Chip, there’s a flavor out there for everyone. After all, Tillamook is dairy done right. It’s natural, delicious and creamy. And it makes it even more fun when they get to sample all of them if they wish!

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

2. Find Your Vibe - Are you a balloon person? Or a streamer person? Maybe you’re like me and you love both. We matched the colors of our streamer wall to coordinate with the classic Tillamook cartons. The pastel, nostalgic colors were a perfect match and the results were so cute, I had to bring the streamer wall home so I could use it again. Other cute decorations– including a mini letterboard, pastel tassel banner, and gorgeous flower arrangements - brought the whole look together beautifully. Don’t be scared to put a twist on it - because creativity is key, find ways to incorporate other things you love into the mix. We repurposed a paint palette and used it to arrange the fruit toppings in rainbow order.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

3. Invite Your Tribe - Keep it simple. The goal is to enjoy the event with family and friends– not obsess over every little detail. I really wanted a balloon wall but I was short on time so I brought in the experts. I hired a local balloon designer, who came in and created an epic masterpiece. It freed me up to focus on building the balloon cloud of my wildest dreams. If someone you know is an amazing baker or loves decorating a space, bring them in and collaborate to create something beautiful. Ask people to bring one or two of their favorite toppings or dishes to make things easier. If you’re short on freezer space, never fear, pick up the ice cream right before the celebration. Use this to find the closest Tillamook ice cream and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Of course any excuse to celebrate is a good one, and having an ice cream party is no exception. Even though I know the kids would naturally enjoy it, the adults at the party couldn’t help but indulge just a little, too. A few of us even went back for seconds and maybe even thirds. After all, life is short and it’s up to us to make it as sweet as possible. 

Free Festive Phone Wallpapers!

Amy Tangerine Free Phone Wallpapers

I created a series of holiday mobile wallpapers in collaboration with Dunkin Donuts that are free and will make your phone happy. You may recognize the ever-so-popular "donut worry be happy" updated with a festive twist. Download them on the Dunkin Donuts blog - bit.ly/joywallpapers

Cooking with FreshRealm + Discount Code!

Making dinner on weeknights and meal planning is definitely not one of my strengths. However, preparing healthy and delicious things in an uncomplicated way is a priority. I recognize this dilemma and have accepted that I need to keep things as simple as possible when making healthy meals at home. I've tried numerous food delivery services and have enjoyed quite a few of them. The latest one might be the greatest. Fresh Realm sent over one of their reusable vessels full of prepped ingredients to make the meals I chose. Love that the vessel was sleek and kept everything cool. I didn't have enough light to take good photos of it, but trust me on this one, it actually made the unpacking of the ingredients enjoyable. 

In an attempt to have dinner waiting on the table for JC when he got home from work, I started cooking as soon as I got home from the studio. Of course he came back a bit earlier than normal so he took over showing me how to properly slice the shallots. As you may know, I am not the best in the kitchen, but I try. And JC is a great cook and I am quite a good eater. The process of making this was fun, even though you may be unable to tell that from the expression on my face. There's a discount code at the bottom of this post if you want to check out Fresh Realm for yourself!

It was tasty as were the other meals and snacks we chose. Serve up something delicious with Fresh Realm - PROMO CODE TANGERINE352 valid for $35 off first orders of $70 or more and expires 11/1/2016.

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48 Hour Vegan Challenge!

Lauren Toyota and Amy Tangerine

A couple weeks ago, Lauren Toyota from Hot For Food stayed in our guest house. Although I had just met her in Chicago at the end of April when we were both on a panel at Google Chicago, it felt like we had known one another much longer than 2 months. Lauren showed up to our house on Monday morning and I decided pretty much on the spot that I would try to eat vegan for a day. I had only had a green smoothie (we don't use any dairy in our smoothies, just fruits, veggies and juice) and black coffee. I've been consciously trying to eat healthier - I had some health issues in April that threw me off quite a bit and I wasn't working out. I'm trying to eat a more plant based diet, although I don't have any intentions of becoming a vegetarian anytime soon. I'm always up for challenges that are fun and since Lauren offered to cook at least one meal for us, I knew I could probably pull off 24 hours. I also wanted to learn about healthier options and substitutions and test my willpower to prove to myself that I could do it. So grateful to Lauren for so many things - we had an awesome time with her here. We worked in the studio, went out for some meals, ate amazing dinners t home and just hung out. It was awesome having her and Jack took quite a liking to her as well. I took a lot of video but hardly any photos. Trust me, everything we ate was SO good. And I am definitely choosing to have hazelnut milk with my coffee when it's available. Check out whether or not I survived being vegan for 48 hours in this video...

I'm also going to be checking out more of Lauren's recipes because she claims it's all easy and since I know for a fact it was all delicious, maybe we will start having a couple vegan meals a week. You can see the video of what she ate in LA. You can also watch us making her tee shirt and her trying out crafting in the studio here.

Guest post by Landria Voigt, author of Super Paleo Snacks

While visiting LA from Atlanta, we were fortunate enough to see our dear sweet friend Amy. And, we were even more fortunate that she wanted to cook with us! How fun!! We decided to bake Molton Lava Cakes, one of our favorite treats that my 10 year old, Alice, loves to make.  What is so great about these cakes is that they are gluten free, made with only real foods that include low glycemic flours (to help keep blood sugar spikes at bay). The ooey gooey chocolate will make you forget they are actually Paleo friendly.

Anyway, this recipe is one of the treats in the “Sweet Treats” chapter of my new book Super Paleo Snacks.  All of my recipes are gluten free, most are low glycemic (for sustained energy), many are nut-free (even excluding the nut free section) and most take under 15 minutes to prepare! They have to or I wouldn't make them!! The chapters are broken out into different times of the day so you can use the right snacks to your benefit. The chapters include snacks for: At Home At Work/School Pre-workout/Exercise/Sports On-the-Road (For commuting, carpool or road trips) Nut Free Sweet Treats.

Below are a few pictures of some of the snacks that will be in the book. What’s so fun about these recipes is that while you will see something like “brownies” in the snack book, you will learn that brownies don’t have to be just for desserts or special occasions. Brownie CAN be a great snack, if they are low in sugar and high in healthy fats and protein!

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You can find these recipes and more in the new Super Paleo Snacks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Indigo, or Bookish.

Hey, Amy is a pretty good cook!

Super Paleo Snacks

Mulit-talented woman! What can't she do? Seriously!!

Super Paleo Snacks
Super Paleo Snacks

To quote Amy: "MMMMmmmmm". Enough said.

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And sweet Jack loved them too. And being the adorable, sweet, polite little guy that he is, he tried to share his with Alice. The ladies are going to love him!!! Amy, you better get ready!!

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Thank you Amy and Jack for baking with us! We had a blast!

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Thanks Amy for allowing us to share our Molton Lava cakes with your fabulous audience!!

That was so much fun. Thank YOU, Landria for sharing your amazingly delicious recipes with all of us! Excited to try more recipes from Super Paleo Snacks soon!

Follow Landria and her kid-friendly recipes at stiritup.me, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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PS - Want to get better at what you love to do? Craftsy is having a 50% off flash sale on selected popular classes. I'll be enrolling personally in some cooking and cake decorating classes after I thoroughly enjoyed my little session with Landria and Alice. There's also plenty of papercrafting classes available including my Travel Scrapbooking class! Sale ends on Sunday 4/12.