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July 22, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

This morning I'm going to let my friend Meghan take it away with her delicious recipe for homemade strawberry Popsicles -- yum! I think I'm going to cross them off my summer bucket list shortly. Enjoy, and thanks, Meghan! -- Natty

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

There’s no summer dessert more ubiquitous than strawberry shortcake. Okay, maybe Popsicles and ice cream are also pretty quintessential summer treats. So here’s an idea -- let’s mash strawberry shortcake, ice cream and Popsicle into one dessert and call it the best summer ever.  These Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles are just that and they couldn’t be easier!

Blend together a little cream and sugar and you’ll have something akin to ice cream base, but not quite whipped cream. Add a ton of fresh strawberries, blend some more, and you have an amazing mix. Pour into Popsicle molds of any kind*, freeze, and the result will be a sweet, creamy strawberry treat. They can be devoured as is, but bonus points if you take a few extra moments to roll the frozen pops in some vanilla cookie crumbs.

This delicious summer treat should be on everyone’s summer bucket list -- they almost remind me of the classic Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles that you could buy from the ice cream truck every summer – except tastier.

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles
Makes 10 (3 ounces) popsicles

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
3 cups sliced strawberries, about 1 pint whole strawberries
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (optional)

Blend together the heavy cream and sugar in a blender or food processor. Remove 1 cup of the cream sugar mixture from the blender and set aside. Add the strawberries to the blender and process until smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture into popsicle molds of your choice*, filling each about ¾ of the way full. Top each mold with a small amount of the plain cream mixture and freeze the popsicles until solid, about 4 hours.

Remove the popsicles from their molds and roll in the vanilla wafer crumbs just before serving.

*Im a fan of these popsicle molds for their classic style

Letterpress strawberry coasters and cards can be found here via Natty Michelle Paperie!

Meghan Splawn is a professional recipe developer, food stylist, and candy eater. Her personal blog, Stir & Scribble, is full of clever cooking, classic cocktails, and useful kitchen tips.

July 18, 2014

Christmas in July Shop Sale

Happy Friday! In honor of there being just 159 days until Christmas -- and crazy stores like Hobby Lobby already filling its aisles with Christmas trees, wreaths and stockings -- I wanted to host a little "holiday" shop sale of my own for the weekend. Yes; Christmas in July freaks me out a little, too, but honestly, I'm a total sucker for it every year. I will totally buy early gifts and stash them away (or take advantage and buy goodies for myself), and I've been known to even throw a Christmas item or two in my cart before -- especially if it's on sale. Don't judge me. 

Today through Sunday, enjoy 20% off everything in my Etsy shop using the code:


Yep -- everything's on sale, including custom stamps and art, iPhone cases, cards, tags, letterpress, magnets...all of it. Hooray!

I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend! Happy "Christmas in July" shopping -- Natty

July 16, 2014

Art for the nursery

So I have a recurring life problem. I have a history of buying things (especially at thrift stores) that I don't really have a place for right now...but that I might have a place for in the future. The good news is that I know it's a problem, and I feel like I'm way better than I used to be. Having a booth at an antique mall helps! It also helps when you're considering moving and need to use any closet space for the new family member that's making his debut in just 4.5 months. I've been in major purge mode lately. It feels good. 

I also love buying art for the house. Pinning art inspiration for the nursery has been no exception. I already shared a little bit of what I'm thinking nursery-wise, but the art is far from decided yet. There are so many pretty, cool things out there that I'd love to see in this room!

Here are some of my favorites right now:

1. As I shared in my first nursery design post, this quail family print by Berkley Illustration is the best. It's quirky and fun and really coordinates with the other neutral tones of the room.

2. "Wandering in the Summerlands" print by Emily Jeffords. I recently learned of Emily's work, and I'm obsessed. I've always had a thing for cloud paintings, and I think baby may just need to appreciate them, too.

3. "Cats in Hats" by Katie Viggers. Because we love cats, and really, who wouldn't love this print?

4. "Kite Hill II" by Paul Octavious. His "Same Hill, Different Day" project is one of my favorites, and I've had my eye on this photograph for a long time. Maybe the baby's room is the perfect place for it?

5. "Let Them be Little" by Life. Love. Paper. Because...yes.

6. This gorgeous script print by Letters and Light Co. I love the quote, and of course, Stuart Little! 

7. I've been a longtime admirer of this vintage Smokey Bear leaf identification poster -- ever since I passed up on it at Goodwill years ago. (What was I thinking?!) I'm currently trying to find it for a decent price on Etsy or eBay and then decide if I really want it or not.

Picking out art for this room is going to be tough. I'd love to scoop up all of the above, but of course, there isn't enough wall space for eventually I'll make a decision. For now, I'm having fun shopping around and choosing favorites. Is there a particular nursery artist / piece that you're a big fan of? Feel free to send suggestions my way!