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making strawberries

How to make strawberries out of felt or paper featured on How About Orange!

summer cannoli

This simple and subtle dessert was a good introduction for Avery to other types of fresh cheese.

Serves 6 to 8.  Total time 20 minutes.

1 cup ricotta
1/2 cup mascarpone
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios (optional)
1 pound cake (we liked the 11-ounce Sara Lee)
1 cup fresh berries (any kind)

1. Wrap the ricotta in a few damp paper towels and squeeze it over the sink for 30 seconds.
2. Whisk the ricotta in a large bowl until smooth.
3. Add the mascarpone, sugar, vanilla and orange zest and whisk until fully incorporated.
4. Fold in the pistachios (if using).
5. Cut the pound cake into 1/2 inch slices and toast them in a toaster oven or in a regular oven at 375 degrees for about 2 minutes a side (until they are lightly browned).
6. Top each slice with a dollop of the cream, then sprinkle with the berries.

In the last photo were some impromptu raspberries stuffed with cannoli filling.

Recipe from Cookie Magazine August 2008.


acme party box

What's not to love about getting a party in a box delivered to your house?  Acme Party Box provides easy, stylish and eco-friendly solutions for your next fête.  Join the slow party movement!

Image: Acme Party Box



I love all of Chic Cookie's tutorials, especially this one.  For other sweet blogs,  check out I Am Baker, Sweetopia and of course, the amazing Bakerella.

Image: Chic Cookie Kits


time for a picnic

Picnics are one of the best parts about summer!  If you're out of ideas for a dish to bring to your next summer picnic, take a look at Mark Bittman's post on 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics from a couple of years back.  You're bound to find something that inspires you!

Also, check out this amazing popsicle picnic at Design*Sponge.  Beautiful and simple ideas and stunning photography.  Wow!!!

Image: Design*Sponge