For today’s Sunday Bites post I’m sharing a recipe for a refreshing Cucumber Melon Summer Sangria. I love making sangria year round, but particularly in the summer when we have a rotating door of friends stopping by. Below is a super quick video showing you just how easy it is to make. I hope you enjoy it and happy Sunday!
2 bottles white wine
1 small cucumber
1 quarter honey dew melon
1 cup vodka
Handful of fresh mint leaves
Cut the cucumber and lime into thin slices and cut the honey dew into cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well. Serve and enjoy.
Many of you reached out to me asking for a tutorial when I showed my $2 DIY version of tassel earrings in my Insta Stories. So I got together with my bestie, Gregory, popped a bottle of Rosé and filmed this quick, easy tutorial. I really hate seeing myself in videos, so I’m not going to lie I’m cringing as I post this. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful. Let me know what you think and if you are interested in seeing more videos from me.
Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my all time favorite desserts, golden meringues with homemade whipped cream and berries. I’m not much of a baker but this recipe is a lot easier than you think. I ended up sharing this dessert with our neighbors because we had so much left over. Now they’re requesting a dinner party, which I will happily oblige.
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8th teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
Begin by preheating the oven to 225F. Next separate the egg white from the yolks. Using a standing mixer whisk the egg whites. Gradually add in the granulated sugar and baking powder. Whisk until the mixture begins to stiffen and form peaks, about 5 minutes. Gently fold in the jam. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the meringue mixture onto the baking sheet, swirling it around to create peaks. Bake in the oven for 2 two 3 hours, until the meringues dry out and get crispy. Let them cool in the oven. Once the meringues are cooling make the homemade whipped cream by whisking the heavy cream and powdered sugar for 2-3 minutes or until you get the desired whipped cream consistency. To assemble break the meringues into bite sized pieces, place into glasses or bowls add the whipped cream and berries. Top with fresh mint and serve.
This was a special 4th of July for me as it was my first as an American citizen. Sam and I had decided to take a road trip up to Santa Cruz to spend the holiday at his family’s ranch. We wanted to keep our weekend mellow so when we found out our friends Annabelle and Edward decided to drive up the coast to join us, we set up a cute little picnic to enjoy in the afternoon light. You’d be surprised just how quickly and easily the whole thing came together. We pulled all the blankets from BabyBlue and the rest came from whatever we found around the house. Sam picked up sweets from a local bakery while I put together a quick cheese plate, a crudités platter with homemade hummus, and whipped up my famous Watermelon Rosé Sangria. We had the whole thing set up in just a few hours, perfectly timed with our guests’ arrival. It was a really lovely way to spend our afternoon. Annabelle and I spent the entire time chatting and enjoying our Rosé, while the boys played around with pellet guns and drones.
It really doesn’t take much to host a good picnic, party or whatever you have in mind. I really enjoy putting together celebrations for my friends and I love doing it myself. It’s all about working with what you have and being creative. My biggest advice is to not focus too much on all those dreamy Pinterest boards we’ve all created. Most of those pictures you find are shoots produced with a large team and endless resources. Your party doesn’t need to be “Pinterest perfect”. Adding some fresh florals, a few decorative pieces like candle holders, pretty glassware, vintage plates and decorative trays can really help elevate your set up without too much effort. You can find a lot of these accent pieces at flea markets, as well as antique or thrift stores. In the end as long as you and your guests had fun then you’ve succeeded in throwing a great event.
I love holiday decor but most of all I love incorporating live plant life into my decor. From winter inspired arrangements of thistles and anemones, to peony covered tinsel trees. There are fresh flowers all over my holiday decor. Last year I covered my whole tree with fresh roses. Check out the Fresh Flower Tree Ornament DIY from last year, and my updated and easier version below. Basically you need flower tubes and floral wire. Fill each tube with water, cap it, and gently slide in your flower. Wrap the floral wire securely around the flower tube. Attach and arrange your fresh decorations on your centerpieces, wreaths and other holiday decor. Once you notice the flowers start to wilt just replace them with fresher blooms. I suggest incorporating berries and thistles as they last a long time and the thistle will dry beautifully and you won’t have to replace it at all.
Hope you enjoy this idea and do share your own crafty ideas in the comments.