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June Monthly Mixer Part 1

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Hey and welcome back to my monthly mixer! This was quite the busy month for us. As such, I have decided to divide my monthly mixer into two posts! Next weekend, I want to share some details about my trip to Yosemite. It was absolutely gorgeous and a much needed break for me. I’ve had weddings, vacations, blogging events and baking events the whole month! This past weekend, I tried to just relax, hang in bed and did minimal baking. It was a much needed break. We are really looking forward to a short 4-day work week! I hope you all have a  wonderful 4th of July!

This month in recipes:

Collage of summer dessert ideas

Butterfinger Icebox Cake | Brownie Brittle Strawberry Lasagna | Triple Berry Cheesecake

Bourbon Toasted S’mores Milkshake | Strawberry Marscapone Sliders

 Bourbon Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies | Raspberry Peach Champagne Popsicles | Bourbon Peach Pound Cake

Since it has started to get really hot, I wanted to make sure you were equipped with desserts that didn’t require you to turn on the oven. See my round ups below!

100 Homemade Ice Cream and Frozen Treats | 50 Icebox Cakes

Red white and blue mini cupcakes with a straw

 

A few of my recipes have been featured lately on delish.com, Buzzfeed, and Country Living  including this Pina Colada Cupcake! It’s perfect for the 4th of July!

Back in April, I attended the Big Traveling Potluck in Temecula. I won a year of free Sabra products! I just got my first shipment this month. I am going to need a bigger fridge! The love the single serving packs, they are a great afternoon snack!

A collection of Sabra products

 

It was to a wedding heavy month for us! First we went to Big Bear to celebrate with my snowboard friend Melissa and her new husband Jay. It was so fun to see all my snowboard friends in the summer time! Lots of talented gals in this group, plus Jim!

 

A group of friends with the author at a wedding

Then this past weekend, my old roommate Nicole got married. The wedding was so gorgeous! Nicole and her family are so freaking crafty! Her mom put together all kinds of displays including the birch wood trellis. The center pieces were made from  drawer in their home, filled with flowers and vintage playing cards. The table setting were each a unique vintage plate and mason jars. I was SOOOO in love with her dress that I told my boyfriend at least how five times how much I loved it. They kept things light and fun the whole evening. Congrats Jason and Nicole!

Collage of the author at her friend's wedding

She asked me to make her fiancé grandmother’s blackberry pie for the rehearsal dinner. Eight pies total. It was a task I was willing to do for Nicole and Jason! Here is how I did it. I made all the dough the night before I baked them. Additionally, I measured out all the ingredients that needed to go into the filling. I did two pies at a time. Since the crust needed to be pre-baked at a higher temperature, I pre-baked them all at one time. That way, I didn’t have to keep switching back and forth between oven temperatures. It turned out to be quite successful. Everyone said they were a hit!

Fresh berries next to a rolled-out pie crust

 

This month was also heavy for me in guest posts! Everyone seems to be having babies! I was so happy to be there for my friends with desserts in hand. Be sure to check out each of the below!

Collage of four desserts for baby showers

 

Cake Batter Oreo PopsiclesNutella Marshmallow Pie

Almond Joy Cookie Dough Bars | Biscoff Cookie Dough Dip

I wanted to feature an event I attended earlier this month with a few bloggers. It was a summer solstice potluck party held at the home of Kate and her husband who run the blog Farmhouse38. She and the gals of Garlic My Soul hosted the wonderful event. I immediately fell in love with Kate’s house she transformed into a unique and special gem outside of LA.

Overhead view of a table for an outdoor summer solstice potluck party

 

 I met Corelyn and Jennie (Garlic My Soul) at the King Arthur Flour event in April. Be sure to click on their blog above for more pictures of the food! 

Two food bloggers wearing aprons

 

I was really looking forward to kicking back and having a few cocktails. I invited my friend Jen from Yummy Heathly Easy, who I met at BlogHer Food in Miami. She lives about an hour and a half away, and I just adore her to pieces. Cocktails were made by Marissa and Sam from Bourbon and Goose. I am hoping they post the recipe for this Rosemary infused gin with blueberry juice. It was topped with a little bit of seltzer. It was amazing!

Close-up of a blueberry gin cocktail in a wine glass

 

 The invitations and menus were created by Sarah from Very Sarie. I loved the natural chalkboard look which Sarah said was done with a little bit of layer masking in photoshop! I am going to try and recreate it! There were also some adorable party favors provided by Olive and Love. We also had some adorable name tags made by Amanda.

Menu for summer solstice party on a plate

 

 I didn’t hold back on the food either. It was all SO good! Literally, I stuffed my face.

Overhead view of a plate of food at a summer solstice party

 

 The below photos were shot by Ari of Amen Photography. I am so glad she was able to capture some shots, as my iPhone photography skills could not even come close!

Of course, I was responsible for the dessert! In preparation for Nicole’s wedding, I made some test recipes of the blackberry pie! I also made my Mimosa Cheesecake which I served in 4oz mason jars.

Close-up view of homemade blackberry pie

 

 The flowers arrangements were made by Kate. They are some of the most creative arrangements I have seen. Do you see the broccoli and kale? Kate worked with the California Cut Flower Commission to source local California grown flowers. You can read more about it on the Farmhouse38 blog.

A long outdoor table set with fresh flowers and menus on each plate

 

Close-up view of floral arrangement centerpieces on a long outdoor table

 

A chicken walking alongside an outdoor table set with fresh flowers and place settings

 

Party-goers on a second-story porch overlooking a table set with flowers and place settings

 

Close-up of fresh flowers and candles at the center of an outdoor dining table

 

One last thing!

I wanted to show you some of my favorite July 4th themed desserts. I love these adorable and festive cupcakes! Click on the links below to see the recipes!

A collage of red, white, and blue desserts for 4th of July

 

Vanilla Firecracker cupcakes | Fireworks Cupcakes

Twizzler Firecracker Cupcakes | Fireworks Cupcakes | Tye Dye Cupcakes

And while it’s not all cupcakes and frosting in my house ALL the time, this girls ‘ gotta eat! Here are some ideas I am thinking for my July 4th menu. It’s all about the food right? Click on the links below to see the recipes!

A collage of main course dishes for the 4th of July

 

Crispy Cheddar Baked Fries | Panera Copycat Mac and Cheese

Hot Dogs with Pineapple Mango Slaw | Beer Cheese Bacon Burger

Grilled Chicken Skewers | The Best Oven Ribs |  Mexican Grilled Corn

Lastly, I always like to share a few of my favorite PINS for the month. Do you follow me on Pinterest?

Sweet Tea Frozen Custard from Bakeaholic Mama
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Candy Bar Ice Cream Pie from Chocolate Chocolate and more
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Baklava Poke Cake from Life Love and Sugar
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Pie Crust Ice Cream Bowls from Crazy for Crust
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10 Responses
  1. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    I love this post! It’s so fun to see all your pics and see what you’ve been up to. I especially loved seeing you at the Summer Solstice party!!! Thank you for inviting me! I had so much fun – can’t wait until I get to hang out with you again soon! xo!

  2. Tonia

    What an awesome month! Congrats on all the features and as I got to the bottom of your post, I was delighted to see that you included my cupcakes. Thanks so much!

  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Hooray on all of the amazing news of your gorgeous post shares! You also have had a very busy month so I am glad you were able to chill a bit!

  4. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    You have had a crazy busy month! So many yummy desserts! And that table setting is just gorgeous! So rustic yet elegant!

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Love this post! So much fun in one month! I am still swooning over that gorgeous dinner party you attended.

  6. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    You’ve had so many fun things going on! It all looks awesome! Thanks for the link love!

  7. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    What a month. So many of these recipes look fab but I’d have to say my must try is…..
    the Almond Joy Cookie Dough bars. Yum!
    Love the wedding photos….gorgeous.
    And those fries from Simply Gloria….yowza!
    Have an awesome week Julianne!

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