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summer s'mores... 26 Jun 2013

Oh Joy | Summer S'mores

You may know that I have a thing (or two) for s'mores. Well, to switch things up for summer, I decided to try a few new s'mores combinations using white chocolate. White chocolate looks so light and pretty, and pairs so well with fruity flavors. So for your summer s'mores adventures, I highly recommend trying these variations...

Oh Joy | Summer S'mores

Vanilla Funfetti S'mores: Layer sugar cookies, vanilla bean marshmallows, and white chocolate. Then top the whole thing off with rainbow sugar sprinkles on the melted marshmallows.

Oh Joy | Summer S'mores

Cherry Lemonade S'mores: Start with lemon wafers, lemon marshmallows, and white chocolate. Then add slices of Rainier cherries before sandwiching the layers together.

Oh Joy | Summer S'mores

Toasty Coconut Waffle S'mores: Sandwich coconut marshmallowswhite chocolate, and shredded coconut between Belgian Butter Waffle Cookies (these are from Trader Joe's). Um, hello sweet tooth...!

What other s'mores combos are you guys loving for summer?

P.S. They're even better with these summer fruit cubes...

{Photos: Bonnie Tsang. Production assistant: Julia Sir. Tea towel from Target, mini pedestal by Herriott Grace. This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target's #SummerUp Pinterest board. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.}

currently snacking on... 13 Jun 2013

Wild-ophelia-chocolate

...chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate (yes, it's that time of month!) from Wild Ophelia. The Southern Hibiscus Peach, Peanut Butter and Banana, and Sweet Cherry Pecan are like homemade slices of pie in chocolate form. And, with a side of rainier cherries...my sweet tooth is happy...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

fruity summer striped ice cubes... 20 May 2013

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

As summer approaches, I always find myself craving fresh fruit and juices of all kinds. I love smoothies, but it's not always possible to whip out the blender and make a fresh one whenever I want. So I decided to make these pretty (and practical) juice and smoothie ice cubes, which can be frozen and saved to have on hand anytime you need a juicy kick!

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

They can be added to some sparkling water for a dose of fruit, or stored in the freezer so you can have smoothies on hand whenever you want some (just put a handful of the saved cubes in a cup and into the fridge the night before). Plus, they are so, so beautiful to look at in a pretty glass with a cute straw!

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Here are some of my favorite combos and flavors to use, shown above:

JUICES: I used store-bought grapefruit juice, mango juice, limeade, and made some strawberry/beet juice.

SMOOTHIES: I combined kiwi, cucumber, mint and lime make for a beautiful green smoothie blend.

COCONUT MILK: I layered a lot of these cubes with coconut milk, which can be poured right from the can.

Simply add layers of pre-made juice, smoothies, and/or coconut milk (which I love for its color and for a creamy touch) to standard ice cube trays. I've even been adding veggies (like carrots, beets, and cucumbers) to my smoothie mixes for Ruby, to get her those extra vitamins whenever possible! 

What kinds of fruity ice cubes would you guys make?

{Photos: Julia Stotz. Art direction and concept: Oh Joy. Production Assistant: Michelle Tu.
This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target's #SummerUp Pinterest board. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.}

the love behind cakes... 9 May 2013

Typography-cake-a-subtle-revelry

Charm-city-cakes-california-collection-1

Matchbox-kitchen

Sweetapolita-ombre-cake

La-receta-de-la-felicidad

The other night, my friend Mari made a Scandinavian Princess Cake for her husband's birthday. This type of cake has been his favorite cake since he was a kid. So she researched and planned and prepped to made a very special one for him this year...from scratch. It was so delicious, but also so special because it made Mari's husband so happy. No matter how old I get, cake still makes me really happy, too. And, I love the love that goes behind making a cake for someone else

When's the last time you made a special cake for someone? It's something I want to try and do more often...

{Sources: Yay cake by A Subtle Revelry, floral cakes by Charm City Cakes West, hot chocolate cake by Matchbox Kitchen, Sweetapolita ombre iced cake, rainbow cake by La De La Felicidad.}

currently snacking on... 8 Apr 2013

French-raspberry-biscuits

French-raspberry-biscuits-2

Lately I've been loving hand pies because they're a neater version of one of my favorite desserts. I recently received a gift box of goodies by a*pour toi (which specializes in French food gifts) that included these raspberry-filled treats by Saint Aubert. Oh. My. Goodness. They taste like mini raspberry pies, with a not-too-sweet filling and a soft, buttery, cookie-like crust. Needless to say, the box was finished within 24 hours of its arrival...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 27 Mar 2013

Copper-pot-caramels

I've been poppin' these sea salt infused caramel chews from Copper Pot Caramels this week like no one's business. They're soft, salty, buttery, and don't stick to your teeth! They satisfy that chewy candy craving when I want something a little more buttery than gummy bears (which I also love).

What's been your favorite candy lately?

{Photo by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 18 Mar 2013

kouign-amann pastry

kouign-amann pastry

Have you ever tasted something that you felt might have been created just for you? I recently came across a kouign-amann in the pastry section of one of my favorite speciality food shops in L.A., McCall's Meat & Fish Co. Kouign-amann is a speciality of the town of Douarnenez in Finistère (in the west of France), made of bread dough with layers of butter and sugar folded in. It tastes like a cross between a croissant and elephant ears thanks to its buttery, flaky pastry layers and crispy, sweet caramelized edges. It's so light and airy, too, that it fools you into thinking it's okay to have two in a row. Plus, anything caramelized pretty much makes me weak in the knees...

P.S. If you want to try making it yourself, David Lebovitz's got you covered.

{Thanks, Jimin, for the tip! Photo by Oh Joy.}

currently snacking on... 13 Mar 2013

Liddabit-sweets-tallyhos

Joia-natural-soda

A couple of my sweet go-to's this week include gourmet versions of childhood treats! Sometimes I just want something decadent and gooey that reminds me of eating candy bars as a kid like these Tallyhos by Liddabit Sweets' (they're like homemade Mallomars). Hello salty chocolate cookies wrapped in marshmallow...yum!

And, carbonated beverages are kind of my guilty pleasure, but I really try to steer away from those with corn syrup or artificial flavors. So when I came across these all natural sodas by Joia at the grocery store with flavors like Pineapple Coconut Nutmeg and Grapefruit Chamomile Cardamom, my taste buds instantly fell in love...

{Photos by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 8 Mar 2013

Ricotta-granola-pomegranate

...a little bit of ricotta cheese, homemade granola, and some pomegranate seeds. These were leftovers from a shoot with Heirloom LA yesterday, and I'm obsessed. The three simple ingredients can all be purchased at the grocery store and recreated so easily. Drizzle a little honey over it, eat with some toast, and yum...

{Photo by Oh Joy}

ruby's currently snacking on... 5 Feb 2013

Oh Joy | banana, peanut butter, egg pancake

My friend Elisa recently told me about this crazy-easy concoction that her son loves. Mix together one ripened banana, one egg, and one tablespoon of peanut butter, and it makes a pancake-like cake full of protein for the little ones.

Ever since, I've been making it for Ruby as an alternative to regular pancakes (for breakfast or lunch) because it has so much more nutritional value. Simply mix together the ingredients above and cook in a pan just like regular pancakes. We don't even have to add syrup because it's naturally sweet from the bananas. It's also a great gluten-free option if you're gluten-intolerant!

P.S. I do like to add half a tablespoon of flour to the mixture to give it more structure, and the riper the bananas the better!

{Photo by Oh Joy}

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