Avocado Ice Cream

For my friends who always order extra guac…

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…this recipe is for you. 

If you’re like “ew, WTF, avocado ice cream!? No thanks, I prefer my desserts sweet and chocolatey.” – then stop reading and go here. 😉

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For those of you who are still with me – this recipe is a 4-ingredient, vegan delight. It’s extremely simple to make and doesn’t even involve an ice cream churn. With that being said, it freezes very hard so I find it best served after being chilled for about 4 hours. Anything longer and you may have to let it thaw a bit before digging in. I topped mine with semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut flakes but roasted pistachios or dried cherries would also be delicious. 

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Avocado Ice Cream
Serves 6
a guilt-free, frozen treat for those of us who always order extra guac
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados
  2. 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  3. 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  4. 1/3 cup of brown rice syrup
  5. optional toppings: chocolate chips, coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
  2. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and spoon out the avocado flesh.
  3. Blend the avocado and lime juice together in a food processor until its smooth and creamy.
  4. Open the coconut milk can upside down, so that the hard cream is on the top.
  5. Spoon out the coconut cream (until you reach the coconut water).
  6. Whip the coconut cream in a bowl with a hand mixer until it's soft and whipped.
  7. Fold in the avocado cream and brown rice syrup. Mix until fully incorporated.
  8. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer-safe container.
  9. Place the container in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Gin & Jewels http://www.ginandjewels.com/
 Bon appetite! 

xo Bree

Links, Lately

It’s Friday, party people!

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| beautiful blooms for my workversary |

It’s been a fantastic week – from binge watching the Olympics to celebrating Caroline’s birthday at Tupelo Honey – I’m going into the weekend with a full heart! Hope everyone has a great one. Here are few of my favorite stories from the week…

This married guy made over his friend’s Tinder profile. L O L

Bookmarked – a guide on how to fold everything.

I am hooked on HBO’s newest miniseries The Night Of – does anyone else watch? Would love to hear your theory on who killed Andrea!

This is what Michael Phelps has been listening to in those obnoxious head phones.

7 things makeup artists would never do.

Peace and blessings, friends.

xo Bree

Garden Party

I suck at making flower crowns.

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But I’m really good at attending bridal showers. 😉

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I have the honor of being a bridesmaid to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Meredyth. I say honor because I get to attend the most perfectly planned wedding in September and every festivity in between. I feel so lucky to be a part of Meredyth and Adam’s engagement. It’s such a great thing to witness two people that are wonderful individuals come together and tie the knot!

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Meredyth is a true perfectionist whose creative vision I deeply admire (& envy). From her wedding website to the save the dates – her nuptials are branded to perfection.  Her shower was no different.  Hosted by her mother and grandmother, not a detail was left out when they planned the most picturesque floral-clad party. The brunch took place at Oatlands Historic House & Gardens in Leesburg, Viriginia. We kicked off the festivities with a flower crown making session in the green house and then moved to the Emmet House for an outdoor brunch. The party concluded with cake, presents and few fun bridal shower games. If Meredyth’s shower was any preview of the wedding, it’s going to be absolutely perfect.

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Invitation | Venue | Flowers | Cake

Being the detailed bride that she is, Meredyth had one of her photographer friends (who just so happened to be in town) come shoot the party. BEST. DECISION. EVER. Tori (of Victoria Heer Photography) captured every last detail and was so fun to be around. Not only did she take beautiful candid shots but she is also an expert flower crown crafter and helped us devise the prettiest crowns to wear through lunch. So even though I had absolutely no part in the planning, decorating, or cooking – I just had to share photos from the shower because they are too gorgeous not to.

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All images via Victoria Heer Photography | To view the full gallery click here.

Tori Heer is a documentary-style photographer who is based bi-coastly and travels often. She shoots engagements, weddings, families and every moment in between.  If you are in need of a photog, I highly recommend her. 

Keep up with Tori on Instagram and on her blog.

xo Bree

Find more posts about my adventures as a bridesmaid (professional bachelorette partier) here.

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Love you, Mere! Only 45 more days to go…#TheBestDavisEver

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Weekend, where have you been?

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| a print from one of my most talented friends, Allison – see more @allisont_ker | 

Even though it’s August and stores have started displaying Halloween decor (looking at you Michaels…), I’m still in summertime mode. I have a short list of last minute summer to-do’s to check off and I plan on making the most out of these next few weekends. Hope your weekend is equally productive as it is fun!

Here are a few of my favorite reads from the week…

Who asked for more emojis

These are the best happy hour spots in Atlanta drink away the work day. 

Y’all, Olympic Village is housing some very attractive people

I finished Stranger Things 2 weeks ago but I’m still obsessed. 

Olympic carpool karaoke FTW. 

Have a great weekend!

xo Bree

 

Caipirinha de Pepper

The Olympics begin Friday and I’m Team Who-Wants-To-Drink-With-Me-While-Watching-Men’s-Swimming … er …I mean Team USA.

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Rio is playing host to the Olympics this year, which has everyone giving a side eye. Brazil is like your friend who volunteered to host Thanksgiving but has never cooked, only has 1 1/2 place settings and doesn’t have a dining room table big enough to fit everyone. With the Games kicking off in less than 48 hours, I’m imagining the mayor of Rio hiding under a bed somewhere drinking all the Cachaça. Let’s join him, shall we?

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| Cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-sa) a Brazilian distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice | 

While the athletes are probably chugging almond milk and bottled water, those of us who are state side can celebrate from afar with a little Brazilian-themed cóctel.  I muddled up my own take on a Caipirinha and it’s definitely medal-worthy.  

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Happy 2016 Olympics, y’all –  here’s to hoping America brings home the gold (& not Zika)!

xo Bree

 

Adult Spring Break

Monday (& August) totally snuck up on me. Time needs to s l o w down.

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Getting back into the work week after long, super fun weekend is always a struggle. After such a great girls weekend in Panama City the Monday blues hit hard. So while I’m procrastinating facing reality, I thought I would share a few photos from our girls weekend… 

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We jokingly referred to our trip as an Adult Spring Break, in reality there was so much more adulting than spring breaking. We cooked in more than we ate out, most of us woke up early for coffee and to check work emails and our coolers were stocked with craft beers and turkey wraps. If it were 2008, we would have been eating at Pineapple Willy’s, sleeping in until noon and drinking all the Natural Light. Needless to say, hangovers hit harder in 2016 than they did 8 years ago. 😉 

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Where We Stayed

Edgewater

Where We Played

Club La Vela*

Tootsies 

Where We Ate

Firefly 

Runaway Island

*(only 2/9 of us actually made it out on Friday)

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xo Bree

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Special thank you to Abbye’s family for letting us over take their condo for the weekend!

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Greetings from Florida’s classiest city – Panama City Beach.

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Keeping it short and sweet this week, because there’s a summer shandy and umbrella waiting for me. Here are the links for the week ….

These are the best songs to wake up to in the morning. (#15 always gets me going!)

How to remove every stain ever.

First look at The Hills Anniversary Special – it takes me back, you guys. #feeltherainonyourskin

Here are 5 cheap thrills to add to your beauty cabinet.

These tweets about Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette gave me a good giggle.

Happy weekend, y’all.

xo Bree

Beach, Please!

One is never too old for an adult spring break.

The girls and I are taking tomorrow off and heading to the panhandle. For no reason other than we are trying to stay young by living like we’re still in college. In preparation for our trip, I sent out a very urgent, high priority email asking them to share their beach trip must-haves. (The results reminded me why we’re all friends.) After filtering through the inappropriate comments, I was able to put together a pretty solid packing list…

Beach Weekend Packing List

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“I’m a pretty practical beach packer. I always pack OGX Sea Salt Spray, my Beats Pill, and I love my Mimi & Muff tote.” – Abbye

“I always carry a good writing pen in my purse (especially when I go on trips) because you never know when you need to give someone your number on a napkin … could be your future boss, investor, business partner, etc. I also pack coconut oil for after a day in the sun and for glossy legs going out!” – Allison

“My Jack Roger Georgica sandals have been with me for 3 summers, I think I have a sentimental attachment to their jelly-like material. Gotta have a good towel to protect you from the disgusting sand and sun protection for your lips!” – Bree

“Poo Pouri – because it’s just polite.” – Jamie Lee

“…advil for my old lady hangovers and band aids because it’s too hot for sticky boobs at the beach.” – Kelsey

“..urinary track infection medicine and an extra pair of contacts for sure!” – Molly (she’s a nurse, y’all)

“Mardi Gras beads and dolla dolla bills for when we ride the STRIP!!!” – Nola

“Matches – I literally do not travel anywhere without them. Beach or no beach, you never know when they could ‘strikingly’ come in handy! 😉 Also, Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm works wonders on turning a burn into a tan.” – Samantha

“Everyone needs to protect their skin – naturally tan or not – I’m not, so SPH 50 is my must-have. And I couldn’t leave for the beach without my favorite swimsuit!” – Stacey

 
 

xo Bree

 

Peach & Goat Cheese Tarts

Anyone else tend to over purchase at farmer’s markets?

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<<raises hand>> I start thinking about how early the vendors had to wake up and how far they had to drive to come set up their freshly harvested goods. Once they make eye contact with me – I’m toast. Next thing you know, I’m on my way home with a tote full of fresh produce, a pound of cheese and 3 varieties of kale, all of which will probably go bad in 3 days.

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So if you find yourself suffering from FMOD (farmer’s market overdose), I have an easy recipe that utilizes your bushel of peaches and farm-raised goat cheese. 😉

P.S. It also involves my favorite kitchen staple, puff pastry.

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Peach & Goat Cheese Tarts
Yields 12
Puff pastry is the vehicle for literally everything.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 peaches
  2. 4 oz. goat cheese
  3. 2 sheets of puff pastry (1 box)
  4. cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut pastry, using a round cookie cutter or glass, into 12 4-inch circles and place on lined baking sheet.
  3. Prick each round with a fork and spread a spoonful of goat cheese leaving a ½ inch border.
  4. Top with peaches and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden and the peaches are soft.
  6. (Optional) Drizzle with honey right before serving.
Gin & Jewels http://www.ginandjewels.com/

Enjoy!

xo Bree

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I’m headed right into the weekend…

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| Spotted at Tuesday night’s dinner @ Pisticci |

I’ve been in New York this week for work and as always, it leaves me missing the place I once called home post-college. But not to worry, I tend to quickly readapt back to Atlanta’s luxuries – spacious bed room, my car, central air-conditioning. 😉  I miss you already, New York but I’m happy to be headed back south for a relaxing weekend with friends!

Here are the links for the week…

Hanson, giving you all the feels and taking you back to 1996.

Bradley Cooper went to Wimbledon, and everyone has been talking about it.

Legally Blonde turned 15 this week and Buzzfeed reminded us how terrible the style was in 2001.

Here are some feel good photos for the week.

My favorite Tuesday read – SBNation’s recap of The Bachelorette. 

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

xo Bree