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Homemade Mint Sherbet

mint sherbet recipe

You guys. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Like how the heck did we get here? Wasn’t yesterday like 1997? Oh, and it’s officially hot outside. So naturally I did what any sane person would do, which is whip up some refreshing homemade mint sherbet. Did you know that it’s sherbet, without the second ‘R’?, cuz I didn’t until this week. We all just learned a little something… or maybe you knew, and I failed spelling as a kid. Either way, mint sherbet is here to stay. It’s creamy, but not too heavy, and the fresh mint just soothes the palate, and leaves you wanting more. Which there is plenty of because you now have my go-to summer dessert recipe!! 

Mint Sherbet

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

In a medium/large saucepan, heat the milk and the mint leaves together until tiny bubbles form around the outsides, but careful not to boil or burn the milk. Remove from the heat and let the mint leaves steep in the hot milk for 10-20 minutes.

Strain the milk through a fine mesh sieve and press primly on the mint leaves to release all of their flavor. Discard the mint leaves. Add the strained milk back into the saucepan over medium heat.

In a medium bowl, mix together the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot milk slowly into the egg mixture (slow is important, since you don’t want to scramble your eggs). Whisk the tempered egg mixture into the saucepan.

Bring the mixture to a simmer and whisk occasionally for 10-15 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl with a lid. Cover and place into the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to chill.

Add mixture to your ice cream mixer and churn according to the directions. Freeze in an airtight container for 4 hours or overnight. Serve chilled.

When Should I Send Out My Save the Dates

Welcome to the idieh design GIRL TALK SERIES! We’ve made it our mission to guide brides in their wedding journey with some legit advice about wedding stationery, planning, and all things in between.

We want every bride’s experience to be as smooth as possible. So we’ve gathered all the best tips and advice you could possibly need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.  Find more tips & tricks here.

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Once you and your fiance have made the engagement official (Hello Bling!) you might be asking yourself, when do I send out my save the dates?

There are a few things you should keep in mind when you are ready to get started on your save the dates and we’ve got the need-to-knows all in one place.

SETTING THE DATE

First and foremost, you need to decide on a date. This can be a date that is special to you and your fiance, like the date of your first date, or it can be a date that will suit the wedding planning process. Or maybe you choose a date based on the season. (Let’s be honest, we don’t advise getting married in July in Arizona. Woah hotness.) Once you have a date in mind, make sure the venue of your choice has your date available. If they give you a thumbs up, and you’ve officially booked your venue, you are ready to roll!

TAKE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Smile! Once the date is set, get out there and have some photos taken. An engagement photo shoot is not only a wonderful way to commemorate the engagement, but your photos can also be used on your save the dates. It is important to note though that you don’t HAVE to use your engagement photos on your save the dates to announce the date of the celebration, but it’s definitely an option.

WEBSITE

Do you plan to have a website where guests can go for all the deets of the big day? If your guests will be traveling, regardless of location, it is good etiquette to include further information (such as hotels) or a reference to your branded wedding website so guests can begin making plans as early as they like.

The save the date is great way to begin to introduce your guests to these details so we advise you have your website mostly done before the save the dates head out the door. That way you can include your website address on your save the dates and give your guests the inside scoop!

WHAT TO INCLUDE ON THE SAVE THE DATES

Save the dates should include all the details your guests need to know so they can start planning and getting excited!

  • “SAVE THE DATES” (or come up with your own saying)
  • The couple’s names
  • Wedding date (or dates if it is a weekend wedding)
  • Location – City & State
  • Notice for the formal invitation to follow
  • Website address

MAIL THE SAVE THE DATES

Now for the fun part, sticking these bad boys in the mail! To make your job a little easier, you can use personalized return address labels. But, it’s always nice to hand write your guests addresses. (Or if you have us tackle the save the dates, your guests’ & return addresses can be digitally printed to match the save the date. AWESOME!) This will give each of your save the dates a little extra touch that your guests will notice.

Once you’ve got all the envelopes labeled, stamped, and sealed, pop ’em in the mail box. Make sure you send out those save the dates 4-6 months before the actual wedding date. For a destination wedding or wedding on or near a major holiday, we recommend the save the dates be sent 6-8 months in advance.

Mailing out your save the dates as early as possible gives you and your guests plenty of time to prepare for the wedding date. Your guests will be able to arrange travel, ask for time off of work, and arrange pet or child sitting.

Make sure you keep a few spare save the dates in case of mail emergencies (lost in the mail, returned due to wrong address, or last minute additions) and so you can have a small keepsake of the beginning of your wedding planning process!

BONUS TIPS!

Save yourself some trouble and send save the dates to every guest that is invited to the wedding. Save the dates aren’t meant to just be sent to out-of-town guests.

Address the save the dates appropriately. For example, if children are welcome, address the save the date to ‘The Smith Family’. If children are not welcome, address it to ‘John and Jane Smith’. In addition, if you know your cousin has a serious boyfriend, but you don’t know his name – find out! That way it is totally clear to your guests who is invited.

Wanna learn more tips about the wedding planning process? Check out our GIRL TALK SERIES for more!

Tell us! What’s been your biggest struggle when sending out your save the dates?

 

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Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowl Recipe

chili lime shrimp guacamole bowl recipe

I told you guys I would be back with my molcajete (thanks Heidi!). This time, I’m using it as double duty by both making the guacamole in it and then using it a festive serving dish for a DELICIOUS Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowl recipe. Nothing is worse than coming home in the summer to a hot house and then revving up the oven to bake up some dinner. Solution? Make a cool, not to mention healthy, dinner in minutes. This meal comes together in minutes (no, seriously!) and I think it’s best when served up with some crunchy tortilla chips. More time to serve up some cocktails and really take the edge off of summer. 

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Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowls

Shrimp:

  • 1 lb. wild caught shrimp, deveined and shells removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. high heat oil (such as avocado or canola)

Guacamole:

  • 2 large avocados, seeded
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large or 2 small mangoes, peeled and seeded, then chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

grilled shrimp with guacamole

In a medium bowl, or molcajete, mash together the avocado with the cilantro, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and add salt and pepper as needed to taste. Cover, and place in the fridge.

In another bowl, toss together the mango, peppers, jalapeno, onion, and lime juice. Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

In a bowl or large ziplock bag, toss the shrimp with the lime juice and chili powder. Heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the shrimp, 1-2 minute son each side, until curled up and bright pink in color.

In a serving bowl, layer the guacamole, then the mango salsa, then top with the cooked shrimp. Serve with tortillas or chips.

quick guacamole lunch

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Many people forget or just avoid washing your makeup brushes and that is horrible for your skin. Makeup brushes are full of bacteria after being on your face and having left over makeup on them. Today I will be sharing with you my tips on how to clean your makeup brushes without paying a fortune on brush cleaner.

What You Need:

  • body wash or Johnsons Baby Shampoo (this is gentler)
  • brush cleaning egg (or brush cleaning mat)
  • makeup brushes
  • water (obviously!)
  • and you!

What To Do:

  1. Start by wetting the makeup brush you are cleaning
  2. Add some shampoo or body wash to the brush cleaning egg
  3. Swirl your makeup brush around on the egg and rinse
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until your brush rinses clear
  5. Leave to dry on a towel (try to tilt your brush down so your brushes will dry their original shape)

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I got my brush cleaning egg for $1 off of Shop Miss A. This is a website where everything cost only $1! I got mine in black because that is one of my favorite colors. Using an egg that is textured is much more effective than using the palm of your hand because the texture on the egg will deep clean the brush and use more pressure to get all of the product out. You can also find these all over Amazon for very cheap.

brush cleaning egg

 

Using a body wash is the most cost effective and your brushes will smell great afterward. Try to use a body wash that doesn’t irritate your skin. I like to use the Philosophy Body washes because they are very gentle on my skin and smell great!

Try to clean your brushes once a week on a certain day and leave time for them to dry. I like to clean my brushes every Sunday in the afternoon. This is my most productive day and it just seems right to start that week with clean brushes.

how to clean your makeup brushes

I hope you enjoyed this post about how to clean your makeup brushes and it gave you some helpful tips!

 

Squash Blossom Pesto Pizza Recipe

squash blossom pesto pizza recipe

Something about squash blossoms are addicting. Every time I see them at the farmer’s market I HAVE to have them. I don’t even look at the price tag (not because I am rolling in dough, trust me that’s not it). But because I know I am going to buy them regardless. Even if I have zero plans for my weekly menu for them, they’re still coming home with me. What is that I love about them so much? Well first off, you get to eat flowers. Like, come on, how can you say no to that? And they are gorgeous to look at!

squash blossoms

Seriously, the bright colors, the large petals. They just get me. But they also are kind of peppery and have a great bite when added to your dinner plate. Or in this case, lunch. We recently picked these up on our weekly Saturday morning farmer’s market run and then placed them atop a white pizza for lunch for a delicious squash blossom pesto pizza recipe. Squash blossoms paired with homemade pesto, some shredded cheese and bursting cherry tomatoes, I’d say we have a winner here, folks!

   squash blossom pesto pizza recipe

Squash Blossom Pesto Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball pizza dough, room temperature
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 10 mini mozzarella balls, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 4 zucchini squash blossoms
  • 1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • cornmeal for sprinkling

squash blossom pesto pizza recipe

Heat grill or oven to high, and prepare a pizza stone by sprinkling with cornmeal to prevent the dough from sticking. Stretch out the dough to create a large rectangle, big enough to stretch across the pizza stone. Drizzle with the olive oil and add to the grill, or oven, and cook for 5 minutes until the dough begins to bubble slightly.

Open the grill and spread the pesto over the prepared crust, then sprinkle the cheddar and the mozzarella over the top. Carefully place the squash blossoms and the tomatoes over the cheese. Close the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is deep golden brown and the cheese is melted and the tomatoes are bursting.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Slice and serve.

squash blossom pesto pizza recipe

10 Genius Makeup Tips and Tricks

I am always searching for different ways to apply makeup and to make my beauty routine easier. So, today not only will I be sharing my top 10 genius makeup tips and tricks, but I will also be sharing why they work or what the benefit is.

Trick #1: Use Oil During Makeup Application

This has been all over Insta lately and I have seen some brands even making some new oils specifically for this reason. Although I didn’t want to splurge on those products, so I used what I already owned. A face oil can help you blend your foundation so much easier and it also adds hydration to the skin as you do it. If you like the dewy look this is the way to achieve that. It leaves the skin looking fresh and glowy. You can do this by dropping 3-4 drops of your face oil onto a damp beauty sponge and blend the foundation using a dabbing motion.

face oil makeup tips and tricks

Trick #2: Use a Pre-Makeup Face Mask

I recently tried out the When Glamour Base Sheet Mask and loved it! This is a trick I would use for a special occasion or when you have some extra time on your hands. Use this face mask before you do you makeup for smooth skin that is prepared for makeup. After using this mask your makeup will look much better and stay longer as well.

Trick #3: Eye Makeup Remover

We all have those stubborn eyeliners, mascaras and even eyeshadows that don’t want to come off. You can try a makeup wipe but it might sting and it could also be irritating. A quick solution is to use coconut oil. You can easily rub this over your eye and rinse with water. Not only will this moisturize the eye area, it will also take off all your water-proof eye makeup.

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Trick #4: Hairspray for Flyaways

I never leave the house without taming my little flyaways with a toothbrush and some hairspray. Simply spray the toothbrush (not the one used in your teeth) with some hairspray and brush on those frisky hairs. You can also set your eyebrows from moving around throughout the day by brushing the toothbrush on your brows.

Trick #5: Double Tasking Bronzer

For a quick eye look, you can sweep your bronzer into your crease and blend it out towards the brow bone. This gives more dimension to the eye and looks good with any eye color. This will also save you time in the morning by using your bronzer to bronze the cheeks then, add to the crease.

Trick #6: Facial Spray

Since I purchased 2 new face sprays I have been experimenting with them finding new ways to step up my makeup game. I recently started spraying my face after I apply any cream products (before blending them in). For example, if you like using cream contour after you apply the cream spray your face and then blend the product in. This will make the contour easier to blend in and help it to not look caked. You can also spray your beauty sponge before blending products in instead of wetting it under the sink.

Trick #7: Foundation Color Matching

If you shop in-store for makeup, especially foundation, don’t match the color to your face or your hand. The face is normally not the same shade as the neck and the rest of the body. This is especially true if you self-tan. Swatch the foundation on you neck instead. This skin color is most of the time the shade you whole body is and that is the shade you want your face to be as well. Try to find the best lighting in the store as well so the colors aren’t altered with bad lighting.

ELF Matte Lipcolors

Trick #8: Secret Sharpener

If you own any of ELFs Matte Lipcolors you would have seen the colored tip at the end of the stick that shows the color that you are using. Little did you know that is you pull that off there is a secret pencil sharpener built-in! This is awesome if you are on the go and need to sharpen a lipliner or if you even just want to sharpen one at home!

Trick #9: Eyes Before Face

To avoid the possibility of cleaning up the fallout on your foundation, do you eyes first. This way you don’t have to worry about removing your foundation after loose eyeshadow gets under your eyes.

evolution eyeshadows makeup tips and tricks

Trick #10:  Layer Your Blushes

I found this trick from Kylie Jenner on her app. She layered 2 blush colors to create a natural flush on the cheeks. First, apply an orange blush and then apply your normal pink -colored blush. This is flattering on any skin tone and looks like a natural flush.

I hope you enjoyed these 10 great tips for makeup application!

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