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Taking the time to eat a healthy breakfast at home can often seem like a task in itself. Because I often can’t find the time to make myself a nutritious breakfast, I wanted to create some healthy breakfast recipes that work on the go and can be made the night before. And with that, I present you with the Breakfast Popsicle. Because having a chilled, refreshing AND nutritious breakfast on-the-go is exactly what I dream of in the summertime. Loaded with fruit and made with yogurt and coconut milk, these breakfast pops can do no wrong. I experimented with a bunch of different fruit recipes including: watermelon, strawberry, kiwi, dragon fruit (aka pitaya), pineapple, and more. Below you’ll find 3 of my favorite recipes. Enjoy!

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FRUIT AND YOGURT BREAKFAST POPSICLES

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1. COCONUT AND PINEAPPLE YOGURT POPSICLE:

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Ingredients Needed (makes 6 popsicles):

  • 3 cups pineapple, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cups coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar

Step #1: Roughly chop 3 cups of pineapple. Add pineapple into a bowl and set in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.

Step #2: Remove chilled pineapple from fridge and drain juices into a separate mixing bowl. Add coconut yogurt, coconut milk, and agave nectar to bowl and whisk to combine with the pineapple juice.

Step #3: Arrange 6 popsicle molds. Into each mold, alternate spoonfuls of yogurt and chopped pineapple until you’ve filled each mold. Lightly tap molds against counter to let out any air bubbles.

Step #4: Position a popsicle stick into the center of each mold. Set popsicles in the freezer until solid (at least 5 hours). Once frozen, remove popsicles from mold and enjoy! If you’re having difficulty removing the popsicle, just run the bottom of the mold under warm water for a few seconds before pulling it out.

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2. KIWI AND YOGURT POPSICLE:

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Ingredients Needed (makes 6 popsicles):

  •  6 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 Tbsp honey

Step #1: Peel and slice kiwis, cutting a few clean horizontal slices as well as some smaller, chopped kiwi pieces. Set aside.

Step #2: Add yogurt, milk, and honey to bowl and whisk to combine.

Step #3: Arrange 6 popsicle molds on your countertop. Into each mold, alternate spoonfuls of kiwi and yogurt until you’ve filled each mold. Lightly tap molds against counter to let out any air bubbles.

Step #4: Position a popsicle stick into the center of each mold. Set popsicles in the freezer until solid (at least 5 hours). Once frozen, remove popsicle from mold and enjoy! If you’re having difficulty removing the popsicle, just run the bottom of the mold under warm water for a few seconds before removing.

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3. COCONUT AND DRAGON FRUIT YOGURT POPSICLE:

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Ingredients Needed (makes 6 popsicles):

  •  1 large dragon fruit, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1.5 cups coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Step #1: Peel and cut dragon fruit into small cubes. Add to a bowl and mix with agave nectar (or 1 tsp sugar). [Note: I found my dragon fruit to not be very sweet, hence the addition of the agave nectar. However, if your dragon fruit is sweet and riped to perfection, skip the agave nectar]

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Step #2: In a separate bowl add coconut yogurt, coconut milk, and honey to bowl and whisk to combine.

Step #3: Arrange 6 popsicle molds on your countertop. Into each mold, alternate spoonfuls of yogurt and cubed dragon fruit until you’ve filled each mold. Lightly tap molds against counter to let out any air bubbles.

Step #4: Position a popsicle stick into the center of each mold. Set popsicles in the freezer until solid (at least 5 hours). Once frozen, remove popsicle from mold and enjoy! If you’re having difficulty removing the pop, just run the bottom of the mold under warm water for a few seconds before removing.

Weddings can easily become over-budget, with every little detail you dreamed of coming with a pricey tag. While a “DIY Wedding” may seem like a nightmare for some (myself included), there’s a few simple things you can personalize and make way ahead of time (i.e. the wedding favors) to save you money and unneeded stress. These customizable matchbooks are an easy DIY wedding favor. All you need are Avery adhesive labels and individual matchboxes. Best of all, you can make 100 for under $30! And that, my friends, is a favor for your wedding budget! Continue on for the DIY.

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Spring Naked CakeWell here it is, one of my last naked cakes for the season (by season, I mean the blooming season). I had to go real crazy with the spring vibes on this guy to to get the most out of what was sure to be the last appearance of my favorite spring flowers. I sure will miss those ranunculus and cherry blossoms…thinking back, I’m pretty certain I used ranunculus on every single floral cake order I had this season. I was even able use them on a wedding cake order I had this past weekend (unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of that cake before I sent it out). It’s been a good run this bloom-filled season…a nice, calm kickoff to the craziness of the NY wedding season, with the sweetest, most down-to-earth clients, and the most beautiful bright blooms.

If you’re looking for more naked cake inspiration, you can see my most recent ones HERE.

These hyper-realistic cacti paintings from artist Lee Kwang-Ho totally blow me away. His 2010 series – appropriately titled “Touch” – is absolutely incredible. Totally, completely incredible.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mom’s out there! If you haven’t called your mom yet, pick up that phone and give her a ring. And of course, a shout out to my mom – this blog’s most dedicated reader. Love you, momma!  Here’s a great pic of my mom (and Richard Dawson), right before the Jones family took home the gold (and the $$$) on Family Feud!

Family Feud

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.”

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While I love making colorful kids cakes, it’s definitely not something I do often as a part-time, strictly-for-pleasure baker. But when Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride reached out to me for her daughter’s third birthday cake, despite the full weekend of orders I already had, the request was just too amazing to pass up. The adorable request, straight from the wonderful imagination of her toddler, was for a “princess mermaid dinosaur cake.” And it didn’t stop there – the requested colors were pink and purple, and I was asked to incorporate flowers and glitter or sprinkles, if I could. Even though Molly gave me free reign and told me to “go wild,” it was definitely a challenge for me to combine all three themes in a slightly cohesive way and to use a bright pink and purple (that was probably the biggest obstacle…not my go-to colors). But, I loved the challenge and learned some new tricks while making it. Here’s a look at the craziness that resulted and some words about how I was able to take a little trip out of my comfort zone.

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Looking for a last-minute DIY gift for mom that’s easy, cheap, and fun to make?! Well friends, if so, it’s your lucky day! These marbled stationery cards are a cinch and are just as fun (and safe) for kids as they are for adults to make.

Marbled Stationery

I had wanted to make a marbled card for Mother’s Day, so I initially started out the formal marbling paper way with linseed oil, oil paints, and a tub of water…but the chemical nature of the process made me feel a bit uncomfortable and due to all the precautions necessary with linseed oil I decided to scrap the idea. But then I remembered a MUCH simpler, safer, chemical-free way to make marbled paper that I had once done in elementary school. It only requires a few ingredients and you’ll most likely be very surprised to discover which basic household item it requires as a base. Continue on to find out how.

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Here’s a little look at a recent naked cake I made for an adorable wedding that took place in the backyard garden of a Brooklyn Heights brownstone. I wanted the cake to be a bold take on spring, so I included colorful ranunculus (clearly, my go-to spring pick), freesia, and daffodils. I’m getting pretty sad that ranunculus season is coming to an end, they’ve been my favorite this year for cake floral decor and I will miss them dearly, but at least dahlia season isn’t too far away!

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Orange Cactus

With Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, I wanted to go ahead and post a little roundup of some of my fiesta-themed DIY projects and posts from year’s past.

  • My Dog Piñata DIY is pretty hilarious (there’s also a video DIY HERE)
  • Speaking of piñata – these Piñata Cupcakes are fun. However, in hindsight, I shouldn’t have used fondant; use AirHeads candy instead!
  • This Paper Flower Crown DIY is still one of my favorite projects to date
  • And if you’ve somehow not yet seen my Cactus Cupcakes, those would make for a fun dessert to serve at a fiesta
  • There’s no DIY for my “Embroidered” Skull Cake, but as long as you have steady hands and lots of sprinkles you can figure it out

While I’m going to just stick to one fiesta-themed DIY for this year (the Sugar COOKIE Taco Bar, in case you missed it), some of my fellow creative DIY-blogging ladies have some pretty amazing DIY’s that would be just perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Here’s just a few of my faves: