CARAMEL MACCHIATO ICE CREAM CAKE!

This is definitely one of my summer favorites! And it's a HUGE crowd pleaser. Everyone seems so surprised when I say I've made a homemade ice cream cake. But honestly, for how easy this is to make, it's worth making at home! And you can customize it however you'd like to fit your tastes! Don't like coffee? Try chocolate or cookies and cream or moose tracks or literally whatever your ice cream loving heart desires! You can mix up the toppings too. Try Snickers or mini M&Ms or just some Oreo cookie dust?! No matter what you decide, everyone will love it! This recipe is just a place to start, and then you can let your creativity take care of the rest! But I will say that layering the caramel over the Oreo crust so that it can sort of seep in between the crumbs is the most impressive part!


caramel macchiato ice cream cake

24 oreos
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 jar Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel (any caramel will do, but I find that this has the best flavor and consistency!)
1.5 quarts ice cream (I used a caramel swirl)
3 tablespoons coffee
1 jar Mrs. Richardson's Fudge
1 Heath bar

Pulse the oreos in a food processor until fine. Stir in the melted butter and pat into the bottom of a greased springform pan. Warm the butterscotch caramel in the microwave until it is easy to pour, then pour over the Oreo crust. Place this in the freezer for about 25 minutes. In the meantime, take your ice cream out of the freezer and let it melt until you can turn it out into a large mixing bowl. Add the coffee to the bowl of ice cream and mix every few minutes until the ice cream is melted enough to pour evenly over the Oreo and caramel layers. Pour the melted ice cream/coffee mixture over the crust, then return the cake to the freezer for about an hour (or overnight!). When the ice cream has set, warm the fudge in the microwave until it is easy to pour, then pour over the ice cream. Chop the Heath bar into small pieces and sprinkle over the fudge. Return to the freezer until you're ready to serve. When you're ready, just release the springform pan and carefully remove the cake from it's setting. Run warm water over a large knife for easy cutting, then serve and enjoy!







EASIEST SUMMER SALAD: TUSCAN KALE, GRILLED CHICKEN, AND FARMER'S MARKET TOMATO SALAD

I just moved to a different neighborhood in Baltimore and I can't say how happy I am! We're above the sweetest coffee shop/bakery/bistro! It's been my dream to live above a place like this! And there's a beautiful park nearby (with the original Washington Monument!) that has little tables with umbrellas next to a fountain where I can work on the med school applications that have been keeping me from the kitchen this last month! But the good news is that I'm almost done with those so I'll be back to cooking up a storm soon enough!

This is quite possibly one of the easiest and healthiest salads you could make! It has only three ingredients and (surprise!) it doesn't even have an actual dressing so it truly is an extremely healthy salad. Plus, it is perfect for summer with all of the farmer's markets going on! That's how I ended up making it actually. My new place is within walking distance of the largest farmer's market in Baltimore, so I decided to walk down there the day after I moved and see what I could find. I ended up with more fruit and vegetables than I could possibly eat in a week haha but it was great and I'm going to make it a point to go each week!

Anyways... I had some leftover grilled chicken that I had moved with me and some new Tuscan kale and fresh tomatoes from the farmer's market, so I decided to make a salad. I didn't have any olive oil yet though so I decided to see what would happen if I poured the juices from cutting the tomatoes over the kale. And it was amazing!! So summery and fresh and rich and sweet and really just surprisingly impressive. But, this is the catch of the recipe: it depends on the quality of your tomatoes! So you're going to have to actually get them from the farmer's market or grow them yourself because I don't think this recipe would be any good with tomatoes from the grocery store. But it's worth it because then you get to enjoy the experience of the farmer's market or gardening yourself too!


tuscan kale, grilled chicken, and farmer's market tomato salad

1 bunch Tuscan kale
1 grilled chicken breast
1 high quality tomato from the farmer's market or your garden!

Trim the stems off of the kale and slice into ~1" ribbons. Slice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces. Slice the tomato and reserve the juices. Assemble chicken over the kale and the tomatoes over the chicken, pouring the fresh juices over the salad to finish. That's it! Mix to serve and enjoy!




And here's some pictures of the cute cafe and park I was talking about! I can't resist sharing:)








WISCONSIN STEMS


We spend every 4th of July in our favorite spot in the midwest, our family's lake house in Wisconsin. This year we didn't play around with too many stems but we did take a walk through our mom's beautiful garden and snagged a handful of snapdragons.

These beauties were the perfect sunset gradient .... yellows, golds, orange and a hint of pink. They smelled like jolly ranchers (weird and yet totally awesome). We thought they were so pretty. We wanted to press them and carry them with us always.

Hope you had a great holiday!