Whenever I host a dinner party, I get caught up in the dinner menu, appetizers, and drinks. Dessert is usually the last thing on my mind. And after a full day of prepping, cooking, and hosting, I want to serve something easy. A scoop of ice cream is the easiest of desserts, but it’s also kinda boring. Solution: affogatos. An affogato is just a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over. As the espresso melts the ice cream, it basically becomes a sweet and creamy latte. I topped mine with a sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little crunch. Yummm!
A vanilla milkshake is classic, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up. I added a big spoonful of Biscoff cookie spread and the result was fantastically rich and delicious. Definitely too much to be a staple, but it’s nice to indulge every once in a while!
Yields: 2 milkshakes
- 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup Biscoff spread (or any other cookie or nut butter)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 crushed Biscoff cookies (optional)
Just add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Measurements don’t need to be exact – play with the proportions of the ingredients to suit your preferred taste and texture. I like mine with more texture, so I used the crunchy version of the spread and added a handful of cookie crumbs. Once blended, pour into chilled glasses and top with homemade whipped cream.
I’m so happy that the weekend and warm weather are finally in sync! It’s no fun spending the week indoors while it’s sunny outside, only to reach the weekend and get buried in fog. Here are a couple things that are inspiring me this weekend:
Doing: Robin, Emily and I are going on a little picnic tomorrow in the park. It is forested to be in the 60’s, which should make for a great day of people watching, snacking, chatting, and maybe playing around with a DSLR. I wish I had this gardening bag from Apolis to tote our picnicking supplies around handily– it would also be great for buying groceries at the farmers market!
Eating: After our picnic we are swinging by Bi-Rite Creamery to pick up a couple scoops of their incredible ice cream. I just looked at their menu for today, and they are featuring milk chocolate with peanut butter swirl, orange blossom with candied orange zest and pistachios, roasted banana, and hazelnut with Dandelion Chocolate’s cocoa nibs ice cream. I. Can’t. Wait. If you don’t live in the area, but want to have a taste of Bi-Rite at home, they have a cookbook, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, that will teach you how to make your own scoop of heaven at home.
Decorating: I stumbled across the beautiful apartment of Danielle Arps, and it has so many elements that I’m trying to incorporate into my own place. Her apartment is light, cozy, tonal, eclectic, and sophisticated, and I wasn’t surprised to learn she is Rita Konig’s former assistant designer, now working at HomePolish. I’m especially loving the mix of pillows on her sofa, and the adorable succulents in vintage drink ware on her table. Too cute! (Speaking of Rita, her apartment was recently featured on The Selby, and is too beautiful for words. Check it out if you haven’t already.)
Buying: I’ve been thinking about getting a pair of natural leather sandals for a while now, and these would fit the bill nicely with only a $40 price tag. They are sold out online, so I’m going to swing by my local Gap store and try my luck there. Fingers crossed!
What are you up to this weekend?