A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

The Only Sorbet Recipe You’ll Need This Summer

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

This is the yummiest icebox recipe I’ve ever made. I was searching for a warm weather dessert that would be easy to prepare for Taylor’s 1st birthday when I came across a June BHG article on homemade sorbet a month or so ago. I was totally on board when I discovered no ice cream maker required – just a freezer.

This is too easy of a delicious recipe not to enjoy multiple times this season. I’m getting excited just thinking about making another batch for July 4th (maybe strawberry this time? or peach?). Would make perfect popsicles, too.

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

The recipe calls for a simple syrup blended with whole fresh fruit (I think you could get away with frozen though). To make a simple syrup, heat two parts water to one part sugar over low heat in a saucepan until all of the granulized sugar is melted. Meanwhile in a blender give a quick blend to your whole fruit. Slowly add simple syrup and continue blending.

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

Once the simple syrup is added the contents may begin to separate but that’s okay. Now’s the time to pour that delicious blend right into a bread loaf pan (or other) and pop into the freezer.

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

Watermelon & Berry Sorbet

Ingredients: 3 cups water, 1.5 cups sugar, 6 cups seeded watermelon cubes, 4 cups berries, 1 loaf pan (modified from Better Homes & Gardens)

Quick recipe recap: Combine water and sugar together in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then drop heat to a simmer until sugar is melted and a runny honey consistency remains. Stir frequently throughout heating process. Blend fresh fruit, add simple syrup and continue to blend until a smoothie consistency (option: add fresh berry chunks back in for extra crunch – I’m going to try this the next time around). Fill a metal loaf pan and freeze overnight uncovered.

Homemade Watermelon Berry Freezer Sorbet | PepperDesignBlog.com

Tomorrow I’ll share the even easier sister version of this tasty recipe: lemon & mint sorbet sans blender (making it officially a 10 minute knockout dessert). 10 minutes plus freezing for a few hours, that is :). Update: here it is!

Love me some summer weather!

More summer recipes, cocktails and other random food-related posts stored right over here.

Happy (Actual 1st), Taylor Rose!

Today is T’s birthday. I can’t believe that 12 months ago this little peanut came into our world and changed our lives in a big (awesome) way. It’s hard to imagine life pre two little kiddos to play with and love on.

Today? She is a walking, laughing, smiling, pointing, sweet little girl.

Taylor's 1st Birthday - An Infographic | PepperDesignBlog.com

I am grateful that Taylor is such a smiley, chill baby. I’m grateful that she is so patient with us as we figure out what it means to grow as a family. Taylor is an observer, but not one to watch life pass by. She’s learning to assert herself and to be heard, even amongst the craziness that is this house :). I love that T is beginning to engage in Liv play, and that Liv has taken it upon herself to be a little momma (it’s a great role for her).

Happy birthday, sweet Taylor girl!

A look back at Taylor’s year in snapshots (my five favorites), her birth story and – oh man – lots of squishy newborn photos.

Hubby and I are off to Catalina Island (off the coast of Southern California) to celebrate 7 years of marriage (that’s a crazy number too!). Enjoy your beautiful weekend.

Random Thoughts: On the Word Sorry

I came across this and thought that I would share.

Guys, I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a huge believer in words. And especially, the right words. Moods can be changed, days can be made and feelings can feel brighter with the right mix of thoughtful, compassionate and heartfelt words. Plus a good sprinkling of kind etiquette. Ah man, I’m such a manners person. I LOVE words like ‘thank you’ more than anything in the world. Gratitude is contagious and anyone deserving of it truly ought to hear it. I overuse it to the nth degree but I also truly notice when those same words are offered to me. I take them to heart.

That being said, I totally relate to this too:

(Here’s the video if you’re having trouble streaming it through the blog).

This is not a sponsored post :), Pantene just got the message right on and happened to produce an awesome video. I can relate to every instance that these girls use ‘sorry’ because that’s often how I interject myself into conversations and also how I am almost always willing to field the blame in silly situations (‘sorry, but I think that the coffee line starts over here?’). Saying sorry is at the heart of our human existence because it makes us real (we all mess up), but saying sorry too often sort of dilutes the word, don’t you think? Especially when it can be interchanged with words like ‘excuse me’ or the millions of other polite euphemisms that might fit in.

So my random thought for the day… why are women always apologizing? Let’s continue to be kind and compassionate and thoughtful – and leave the sorry’s to when they are equally heartfelt and appreciated.

PS More ramblings found over here. Advertisers are picking up pace with native video messaging – remember this one? PPS Thanks, Elise for sharing this video. :)

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