July 31, 2015

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating


Spent the weekend trying to stay cool here in the T. Dot. I’m getting a bit crazy with this no churn ice cream thing but it’s so good and so easy I had to make it again. Baked up some of my favorite oatmeal cookies and slapped this mix of white chocolate and raspberry ice cream in between. It was truly heaven in an ice cream sammie form.


Our garden is full of raspberries this year so naturally I needed to pick em’ and mix them into this ice cream. They take me back to my childhood memories. I used to sit myself down in our backyard and pick the raspberries off the bushes, pop them in my mouth one by one and just SIGH. I have the same reaction now when I taste them. They really are one of my favorite berries and so beautiful to boot.

Now take a look at this…….can you imagine?


mmmmmmmmm………..creamy dreamy OH MY GOODNESS!

AND it didn’t topple over when I stacked them high to the sky.


Thanks to @allthatglitters.partyshoppe for her help in making this treat and shoot a success. It’s always so much better to have a helping hand AND someone to share sweet treats with.

No Churn White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla extract
1/2 cup shaved white chocolate
1 cup raspberries, washed and dried

Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with wax paper.
Make sure the whipping cream is really cold before you start.
I would suggest you put the bowl from your stand mixer in the fridge before starting
Use a stand or hand mixer to whip the heavy cream just until you get stiff peaks.
Test by pulling the beaters out and the cream stands up. Don’t over mix or the cream will separate.
Mix condensed milk with vanilla just until combined.
Slowly add the vanilla mixture to the heavy cream.
Once combined, pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 6 hours to overnight.


Oatmeal Raisin or Craisin Cookies

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup of raisins or cranberries
2/3 cup white or semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips – optional

Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, mixing well.
Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl.
Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in dried cranberries and chocolate chunks.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (I use silicone baking mats).
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies


See ya next week!
debi @simplybeautifuleating

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July 29, 2015

Project Playdate: Bookworms

So the kids were having a playdate on a Sunday and wanted to do something a little different before hitting the pool. So we thought it would be nice to visit the library for some books…
We got to the library and it was closed. Ok woops! Should have checked that. So we window shopped our way over to the cutest little book store to browse through a few books instead.
These kids have such a wonderful love for books and reading. It is a quality a mother dreams of for her children.
We have a few people to thank for this (not including myself because I find it hard to find the time to read…) so I will give the credit where the credit is due here.
For starters, our nanny Kelsey. Kelsey was apart of our family during the kids earliest years and made it part of the daily routine to read to them. The library was a weekly activity and I love how the kids took responsibility over returning them on time – always asking – when are our books due?!
The other person in the kids lives who spend countless hours reading with them…their teachers of course. I have the utmost respect for teachers. They are a special type of person who have the most powerful influence over our children today.
The kids each left with a book and we headed back to Mazzy and Harlow’s place. And this is there the fun really began…BTS21
When the kids got back to Mazzy & Harlow’s house they ran away from us immediately to run wild and then sit down to read their books in private…hidden under the treehouse. How precious?!
Happy reading friends!

Back to school clothing by Gymboree
Photos by Reyna Sara Photography
More on this playdate over on the Mommy Shorts blog.

  1. Marissa

    Most important thing ever!!

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July 28, 2015

Romance on the Roof

Getting engaged is pretty much it. One of the ultimate, most incredible moments in your life.
When our best friend asked for my help in planning the engagement for his soon to be fiance, I was elated with joy and honored to be a part of such a huge milestone in their lives.
The proposal was on the roof deck of our building (we live in the same apartment building) over looking the entire New York City. Candles, lanterns, champagne and flowers. It was perfection and she said yes.
Fast forward to this spring and these two are busy planning for their wedding this August, in Brooklyn.
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When they asked me for help with some of the vendors I was happy to share and super pumped when they chose Sasithon Pooviriyakul (Sas) as their photographer.
Michelle and I met Sas years back and have worked her several times in the past and next week Sas will be photographing Michelle’s brother’s wedding as well.
My friends worked with Sas to plan an engagement shoot around Soho, ending up on the roof top of our building where they got engaged, to enjoy the sunset.
They asked if I could help set up a little engagement picnic up there for the shoot and for a little something to eat and drink when their shoot comes to a wrap.
Naturally, I was all over this.
To set the roof top picnic, I put down a blanket and brought up some books to hold it down from the wind.
To serve I went to Murray’s Cheese and sampled my favorite cheese and meats, added some dried apricots, grapes, crusty bread and a bucket of wine.
Govino makes the most amazing shatterproof wine glasses which are perfect for outdoors. And I put out some pillows to make the scene comfortable and relaxed.
I’m so excited for these friends to get married. It’s going to be one of those weekends…that’s just a boat load of fun.
All photos above were taken by the talented and super sweet Sasithon Pooviriyakul.

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July 27, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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Ok, so no complaints here…but it’s been hot!
What better way to cool off then with a delicious summer cocktail/mocktail if your preggers like me.
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To accompany my summer drink I made fruit ice cubes with everything I had in my fridge.
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No need for any specific instructions as its only water and fruit. But the variations are endless!
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Lemon slices
Lime wedges
Orange juice
Lime/lemon juice
Coconut water
Pear nectar
Rose water
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Stay cool, and enjoy!
M xo
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July 24, 2015

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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It seems that there is always a national something or other day celebrated on Instagram. Last weekend it was ice cream and pretty soon it’s gonna be s’mores. Why not marry the two for a match made in heaven?

That’s basically what transpired in my kitchen today. I rummaged around to see if I had the key ingredients for s’mores and found what I was looking for.


graham crackers


Oh. And when I opened my cupboard like old Mother Hubbard, I found that it wasn’t bare. In fact, a bottle of magic shell fell on my head when I reached for the package of marshmallows.

Magic shell needs ice cream and there was just enough left in a container in the freezer to turn this s’mores creation upside down and inside outside delish.

Check this out…..ya…..that’s what I’m talking about.



This literally took a few minutes to make and it’s great for a last minute dessert for guests who want to be WOWED.


Skillet S’mores (with ice cream & magic shell…totally optional but absolutely necessary)
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or a combo)
15 jumbo marshmallows, halved or mini’s
Graham cracker squares
Vanilla Ice Cream
Magic Shell

Skillet 2

Preheat oven to 450°F and place an 8 inch skillet inside.
Once oven is preheated, use a pot holder to remove hot skillet from the oven.
Place the butter in the skillet and use an oven mitt to hold the handle and swirl the skillet so that the melted butter coats the bottom and sides.
Place chocolate chips in an even layer into the bottom of the skillet.
Arrange marshmallow halves over the surface of the chocolate chips, covering the chocolate completely.


Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until marshmallows are toasted to your preference (watch closely!). Use an oven mitt to remove the skillet from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately with graham cracker squares or sticks
Use caution when handling the skillet as it will be super-HOT!



Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and drizzled with Magic Shell.YUUUUMMMMM





See ya next week!

debi @simplybeautifuleating

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