Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade // Pretty EATS on MadeByGirl

Summer is here and fresh, sparkly drinks are calling my name! Head on over to Made By Girl to see my latest refreshment creation, Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade. Cheers to blue skies, balmy afternoons, and cold drinks!

Ps: Don’t miss the adorable mint ice cubes while you’re there!

No-Churn Ice Cream! // Pretty EATS on Made By Girl

Hey friends, I’m back on Made By Girl with a recipe to beckon in an early summer:  No-Churn Ice Cream! This is such a decadent treat, that is so easy to make – you just need a whisk! Can you imagine what flavors you’d come up with? Jump on over to Made By Girl and learn how to make your own!

No-Churn Ice Cream!


Favorite Margaritas! // Celebration Inspiration

Mix up your Cinco de Mayo celebration with some gorgeous margarita inspiration! There’s something so fun and festive about a pretty cocktail (even if it’s just virgin cocktails for me right now!)

Sources: Cranberry Raspberry MargaritaToasted Coconut Margarita / Grapefruit Margarita / Spicy Rose Water Margarita 

Indian Summer Tomato & Mozzarella Salad //

The inevitable heat wave that hits with the arrival of Fall. Others around the county are cozying up to October with sweaters and misty mornings / the Central Coast welcomes Autumn with shorts, ice cream cones, and in my case, a summer salad. Here is our dinner during that HOT first week of October. My trick to this dish? Salt-marinating the tomatoes, which draws out water without adding saltiness, and leaves all of that gorgeous tomato flavor.

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Indian Summer Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
Marinating your tomatoes in salt is the key to success with this salad. Draw out excess water while maintaining great tomato flavor.
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes, any size or color
  2. 1/2 cup fresh basil
  3. 3 cups salad greens
  4. 3/4 cup ciliegine mozzarella
  5. 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or a vinegar of your preference)
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Slice tomatoes any way you desire. Add tomatoes and a good pinch of salt into a colander. Toss gently and allow to drain well for 1-15 minutes.
  2. In a jar, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, and enough salt & pepper to suit your taste. Shake well.
  3. On a serving platter, assemble greens and tomatoes // top with mozzarella and basil leaves // drizzle with vinaigrette and ENJOY!
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Pretty Eats on MADE BY GIRL // Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts

Sharing a scrumptiously healthy snack on MADE BY GIRL today. These Tomato Saucy Toasts are from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Mama, and are such a beautiful way to celebrate the season. Simple little bite-sized toasts that will have summer memories on your mind! Find the recipe and more photos over at MADE BY GIRL // 

Pretty Eats on Made by Girl // Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts