Jac o' lyn Murphy

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Flip Flop Floats -The perfect Summer Ice Cream Treat

Summer is here and it's flip flop season.
Not only for our feet but for our dessert!
Instead of mixing soda with ice cream for our floats, I'm "moo-ving" things around. 
I've flip flopped the ingredients, 
with frozen soda cubes...

It's a fun twist on the original and the delicious combinations are endless.
You can be traditional with root beer...

Tropical with pineapple...

Happy with strawberry...

actually "berry" happy...

And, orange you glad it's summer?
The floating mandarin  may be my favorite...

which is a heavenly blend of sweetened cream and rich egg yolks that are churned together
 for the perfect velvety texture.
For one float,
 I mix about 3 scoops of ice cream with 1/2 cup of milk in a blender, 
and pour into a chilled glass.

It is the perfect base, 
Clover Sonoma Ice Cream has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
And it is so good!

Next top your ice cream with soda ice cubes in the flavor of your choice.
To make them, simply freeze soda in silicon molds overnight...

I usually use 4-5 per float...

Let the flip flop float festivities begin.

We enjoy Clover Sonoma Ice Cream all year long.
They are a third-generation, family owned and operated dairy in Northern California.
Their ice cream comes in eleven decadent flavors, 
including Salted Caramel, Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

This summer is going to be "legend dairy"!

Thank you to Clover Sonoma for sponsoring this post!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pizza Party- Rolling out Invitations and waving flags

There are only a few foods that scream happiness and fun.
Pizza brings joy where ever it goes
and a pizza party deserves an increDOUGHble invitation.

We've pinned down all the details to get this event rolling...

The only hard decision is what type of pizza to choose...

My 2 favorite ingredients for any pizza party are 
basil and flags.
Why not combine them for a fragrant and festive centerpiece?

Everything is better with basil, 
 be it tomatoes...


or Pepperoni.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playful Patterned Platter of Hot Dogs - Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day snuck up on me this year and instead of stressing over what to serve, 
I'm opting to keep it simple and traditional, with a touch of whimsy.
With a wave of the magic mustard wand, 
our weekend hot dogs are going from drab to designer...

It's amazing how just a pop of yellow can make me smile...

I just put my mustard du jour in a zip lock bag and
 snip one of the corner for perfect condiment placement...

Stars, zig-zags...

curves, polka dots...

or just a simple straight line, 
and the hot dogs are ready to party.

Pattern is powerful, 
pattern is playful
and for an easy-peasy Memorial DayBBQ, 
pattern is perfect!

Enjoy the long weekend.

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