All posts tagged: summer

The Perfect Late Summer Meal: Watermelon Gazpacho

What better way to soak up the last few weeks of summer than to celebrate with the best of the season’s crops? Here’s my favorite Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. 5 cups peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped watermelon, plus 1 cup finely chopped 1/2 cup cranberry juice 1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber 1 cup diced celery (about 2 stalks) 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1 pepper) 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced Juice of 1 lime (about 3 tablespoons) 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, minced DIRECTIONS Combine 5 cups watermelon and the cranberry juice in the jar of a blender, and puree until mixture is smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a large bowl or plastic storage container, discarding pulp. You should have 3 cups strained liquid. Add cucumber, celery, bell pepper, onion, herbs, lime juice, vinegar, jalapeno, and remaining cup chopped melon to watermelon liquid, and stir to combine. To really get the flavors infused, keep it …

 Seeing Stars: Rocksbox Looks and Free Jewelry Coupon!!!

  This month’s Rocksbox set was a dream come true.  Mint statement jewels and a delicate bracelet makes fresh linen summer frocks a little bit more luxe. I’ve always been a huge fan of star accessories, and this gold toned bracelet is no exception. These jewels come hand-curated in a little white box with a cute little personalized note.  Want your free month? My treat. Use “juliapoodlemagxoxo” at checkout at http://www.rocksbox.com.             Xo, Jukia 

Garden-Fresh Macaron Fillings: Blueberry, Cassis, and Strawberry Champagne

Hi everyone! So I posted my macaron recipe a while back (the link will be at the bottom to my vanilla macaron post), but I’ve been experimenting more and more with different fillings! These fillings can be used for macarons, but also for tons of other things (I topped a fresh donut in my next post with this cassis filling.) Strawberry Champagne: For cookie, add 1 teaspoon of champagne to cookie right before piping. For filling: Mix 3 cups of powdered sugar with 1 cup of softened butter (I recommend using a mixer!) Muddle some strawberries, and if you don’t have a muddler like me, just crush them with the backside of a spoon! Mix slowly into the buttercream and enjoy! Lemon Blueberry: For cookie, crush a view blueberries with a spoon and more about a teaspoon of juice into cookie. Add blue food coloring for fun! For filling, either make lemon curd yourself (zest, lemon juice, and sugar on a saucepan) or just use a lemon curd at home like me. Mix with 3 cups …

Star-Spankled Blueberry Shortbread Pie

Bonjour mes petits choux, I hope you all had an amazing memorial day weekend! Most of what I did was try out new recipes and desserts (and actually hurt myself on the donuts featured in my next post, which may or may not be about fire safety…), so I thought I would post about this amazing pie crust recipe that I actually came upon by reading ingredients wrong and substituting shortening. Honestly, I think shortening is kind of gross, but that’s what all American pie crust is made out of. I put butter in instead. What I messed up was reading tablespoon instead of teaspoon on the granulated sugar. Honestly, the tablespoon gives it a lot more flavor, and brings out the pinch of salt a lot more. Blueberries baked can sometimes get a little sour, so the sweet will definitely compliment the lemon juice and blueberry filling. Here’s my recipe! I actually did a 1.5 batches of the dough to create the stars on top. Filling: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired 6 cups …

Strawberries and Sunshine: Picnic for Four!

       Hello beauties! It is finally warm and sunny out and I am stuck indoors with International Politics textbooks and the lovely essays by Berkley. Thankfully, my lovely Kappa sisters and I made the time for a super chic picnic! For a warm and sparkling picnic, bring fresh fruits, an easy, breakable bread and different jams! We brought madelines, grapes, and Pellegrino! Break out the nautical dresses, hot pink lips, pink accessories, and flowing florals. Also, everyone should go check out my sister Irene’s blog!  http://irene-anna.blogspot.com Back to studying! Xo, Julia

Cabana Cool: Ice-Whites for Spring and Summer

Hello my darlings! I am posting from the endless summer that is Guanacaste, Costa Rica. I have been living in feather-light linens, sweet pastels, and ocean-kissed curled locks. Makeup inspired by that one Marilyn Monroe beach photoshoot (cue green sweaters and too-pink lips), and American Apparel Cali Sun & Fun one piece inspired by the strong Costaricense sun not agreeing with my Polish complexion (burns on burns). Layering ruffled whites and creams creates a luxe yet airy way to frolic in the sun. Silly costume sunglass pieces (mine $3 from 1960’s Sur de France) bring life to too-perfect ice whites. Hasta luego, beauties! xo, Julia