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Watermelon Granita. I don't know why but I've always been intimidated by the term "granita" and thought it was too fancy for me to try on my own.

Watermelon Granita

Well, it is fancy! But guess what, it's also super easy, and really fresh and light. A perfect summer dessert. The flavor is so obviously watermelon without being cloyingly sweet. It's just right. Instant Chocolate Cake Recipe : Food Network Kitchens. ...love Maegan: Oversized Cropped Tank or Jersey Vest DIY Fashion+Home+Lifestyle Blog. What you’ll need. . . * NOTE: as you wear it the edges will curl a little …which actually makes it look better for a cropped look, pull it back more or cut the center shorter * NOTE #2: instead of ribbon you can cut strips out of the left over t-shirt, shoe laces, lace, anything!

...love Maegan: Oversized Cropped Tank or Jersey Vest DIY Fashion+Home+Lifestyle Blog

Voila! See how I wore it by clicking the links below… DIY Crop Vest with Jeans | DIY Cop Top with Tropical Skirt. ...love Maegan: Drop Waist V-neck T-shirt Dress DIY Fashion+Home+Lifestyle Blog. Yes, another t-shirt DIY {wherein I steal shirts from my husband}!

...love Maegan: Drop Waist V-neck T-shirt Dress DIY Fashion+Home+Lifestyle Blog

This little dress is so comfy! Wear it around the house or to the beach with sandals or with leggings and a blazer for fall. You can even add another “skirt” ruffle around the bottom if you have extra material. I love it. It’s pretty much a blank slate …I’ll leave it up to you to get creative with it. Black-Bottom Coconut Bars. Friday Foodday. Oh hey!

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! I hope you all have a fabulous long weekend! TCB will be off on Monday, but fear not, I'll be back on Tuesday! Lemon Poppy Seed Muffinsc/o Stephanie Cooks. Cherry Apple Sugar Cone Crumble. This weekend we went to a gorgeous engagement party at a lake house in Virginia.

Cherry Apple Sugar Cone Crumble

The views of the dock at sunset were spectacular. I ate too much ceviche, drank too much cherimoya punch and ate way too many gummy bears on our hour long drive home. I spent the next morning miserable on the couch with a cold washcloth on my forehead unable to do much but watch re-runs of Chopped on our DVR. Stripes and sequins: DIY Love... My (amazingly talented) friend Jenni has a section on her blog where she highlights the DIY projects that she’s found to be fabulous.

stripes and sequins: DIY Love...

Since I’ve been a little bit busy, I thought I’d steal a page out of her book. These are two projects that I’m dying to try myself. First there is StyleCaster’s “Hardcore DIY.“ This necklace is just out of this world. Buying safety pins and seed beads immediately to recreate on my own. And then there is Dismount Creative’s sparkly wrapped bracelets. Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes. Cupcakes are still quite the trend, aren't they?

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Well, I don't think this trend is ending anytime soon... especially when the sky's the limit for cupcake flavors! Take for instance Boston Cream Pie. It's not exactly a pie but rather a cake. When it comes to cupcakes, pretty much any cake can be adapted in cupcake form. DIY Chic Summer Tie Dye // From Katie. I love tie dye projects.

DIY Chic Summer Tie Dye // From Katie

I think the first time I ever tie dyed anything was at a middle school girls sleep over party-and it was so fun! Today Katie has made us a sweet summer tie dye DIY. Toasted Chickpea Snacks. Toasted Chickpea Snacks I like to snack on crunchy stuff.

Toasted Chickpea Snacks

Nuts and pretzels…stuff like that. Surely I’m not the only one who gets such great satisfaction out of crunching? Lately I’ve gotten into those dried/roasted soy nuts or edamame. The toasted chickpeas I made today kind of remind me of those. Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry. Poaching fruit is one of my favorite things to do when cold weather arrives.

Honeyed Pears in Puff Pastry

It's so warming to stand over a boiling pot of fragrant spices and lose yourself in thought. When I made these, I couldn't help but daydream as I stirred; if I were a pear... Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Tasty Kitchen. New York-Style Crumb Cake. I am always on the hunt for a great crumb cake recipe and since crumb cake is a pretty big thing to this [former] New York girl, finding just the right recipe is really important to me. See, I watched many a crumb cake pass through the hands of family and friends while I grew up. It was the dessert of choice to bring to someone’s house when you were going for coffee and usually it was an Entemann’s cake. When Entemann’s came out with their “Ultimate Crumb Cake” years ago, it was the best thing since sliced bread - loads of big crumbs with a fresh and soft yellow cake underneath is what has driven people crazy for years and I’m thrilled to say that I’ve found a recipe that meets my high expectations.

Cook’s Illustrated has pulled together a super easy and fantastic recipe for this beloved cake and I’m so excited to share it with you today! Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting | Live Well 360. Email Ingredients 1/4 cup carrot, grated 1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats 1/2 cup skim milk (or your favorite milk substitute) 1/2 cup water pinch of salt 1/2 medium banana, sliced into thin pieces 1 + 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 + 1/8 tsp stevia 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tbsp (6.5g) wheat germ 2 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt 1 tbsp mascarpone or cream cheese* 0.2 oz walnut pieces, toasted * You could use low-fat cream cheese or you could also use cottage cheese as well, but if you do, I would recommend blending in the food processor to break up all of the cottage cheese curds, so it’s nice and airy and whipped!

Directions In a medium size pan, heat the grated carrot, oats, milk, water, and salt over medium heat. Smores Oatmeal | Live Well 360. Email Ingredients 1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats 1/2 cup skim milk (or your favorite milk substitute) 1/2 cup water pinch of salt 1/2 medium banana, sliced into thin pieces 1 + 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1 + 1/4 tsp stevia 2 tbsp fat-free greek yogurt (I use Fage) 1 tbsp low-fat whipped cream cheese 1 tbsp (6.5g) wheat germ 1/2 sheet of a graham cracker (two small rectangles), crumbled (I use organic) 7g semi-sweet chocolate chips.

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies | Live Well 360. Email These cookies are definitely one of my favorite playing around in the kitchen recipes. I took my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and swamped out the chocolate chips for some other add-ins that I had on hand. Some of the best recipes are developed this way! Ingredients. Cinnamon Bread Pudding | Live Well 360. Email Ingredients 8 slices of cinnamon swirl bread, cut into 1/2” cubes (I use Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip – AWESOME)8 egg whites2 cups skim milk (or your favorite milk substitute)1 tbsp stevia1 tsp cinnamonpinch of nutmeg (fresh grated is better)2 tsp vanilla extract1 tbsp Grand Marnier Directions. Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto | Live Well 360.