Smorgasbord of Treats

This post highlights some of my favorite food and drink treats from the past week…

I love peaches, and they are starting to pop up at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. I haven’t had enough time lately to make classic peach desserts, cobbler and pie, but I have had the time to make baked peaches. Baked peaches are delicious on yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, ice cream, smeared on crusty bread, etc. I would definitely give these a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Baked Peaches (makes four halves):

  • 2 peaches
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Cut the peaches in half and take out the pit. Put a sliver of butter in the hole where the pit was. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 375° until the surface starts to caramelize and the peaches are soft. Enjoy hot out of the oven, or store in the fridge and enjoy them throughout the week!

I turned my thesis in on Friday, so on Saturday I was definitely in need of a summer beverage. Using inspiration from The Londoner and from the monthly Martha Stewart recipe book, my friend Megan and I decided to whip up some watermelon drinks. Nothing beats a frothy cold beverage on a hot summer day.

Watermelon Madness (makes 1 blender full):

  • Half of a watermelon
  • Light Rum, to taste
  • Sugar (1-2 tablespoons depending on how sweet you want it)
  • Lime (half juiced in drink, and half cut into wedges for rim of glass)
  • Ice

Add watermelon, rum, sugar and lime juice to the blender. Blend away until mixed, the surface will look frothy (this is the best part). Pour over ice* into a fancy glass and add a lime wedge to the rim. Drink with friends while basking in the summer sun :)


*Note- if you want a daiquiri texture, add ice to the blender instead of pouring drink over ice. Both ways are amazing.

Wrapping this up- I went to the grocery store today, and I bought some “fancy” treats. I realized that even on a budget, it’s so necessary to indulge sometimes. Life is too short to skip out on some of the finer foods at the store. Today’s delights:

  1. Gorgonzola stuffed green olives
  2. Brie
  3. Dark chocolate mixed with candied orange and ginger

LOVE.

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