Clean Sweets: Coconut, Pineapple & Mango Popsicles

SONY DSCSummer is here and the weather is hot, so we have popsicles on our mind!  Everyday or maybe a couple times a day, I get asked “can we have a popsicle” by our oldest and the baby seems to understand very clearly because she is also there waiting.  I agree, it is the most refreshing thing to eat in the summer heat.  Instead of buying them from the store with all the extra added sugar, these are the perfect clean sweets that you and your kids will love…mine have already tasted several of them :).  These have only four ingredients are can be varied with your favorite fruit; light coconut milk, fresh or frozen fruit and honey…sounds simple to me and it tastes light you should be on the beach enjoying this as a cocktail. 

SONY DSCDon’t be scared off if you don’t have any popsicle molds, I made these in the mini dixie cups and then added the stick before freezing.  If you are feeling ambitious and think you might make them more than once, here are some of the molds I love… Norpro Popsicle Mold, Zoku Classical Popsicle Mold, and  Sipper Ice Pop Molds (perfect for kids).

Coconut Pineapple Mango Popsicles
Yields 8
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  1. 1 can light coconut Milk
  2. 1 cup frozen pineapple (or your fruit of choice)
  3. 1 cup frozen mango
  4. 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Blend all ingredient in a blender or food processor until smooth
  2. Pour into molds and freeze
  3. Enjoy!
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen


Out with the old…In with the Yellow

unnamedIf you are like me, you have been in clean out mode for the New Year and it is the best feeling!  I get this amazing energy when I start cleaning out the closets, drawers and cabinets, but after my clean out, my next favorite thing to do is to refresh some of my must haves.  This year, I am excited to vamp up my kitchen with some fresh yellow items that will inspire me to cook and spend more time in the kitchen.

My Favorite Yellows…
1. Colander-because everyone needs one….so you might as well make it a cute one!
2. Bubble Water Bottle-you can never drink enough
3.Storage Containers-leftovers always taste better in fun and fresh containers!
4. Simplified Recipe Binder-gets those recipes organized and start your ovens
5.Yellow Mug-who doesn’t love a perfect cup of coffee or tea on a cold morning
6.Egg Crate-just because it is so cute!  ink-foods_signature  

How To: Host a Cookie Exchange


My Favorites: Recipe Cards, Two Tier Stand, Mix Mingle Invite, Art of the Cookie Book, Box & Ribbon, Crinkle Cookie Recipe, Labels, Holiday Pomegranate Spritzer

Happy December!!  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone…I am sure you are stuffed from your family gatherings and all your turkey and pie leftovers, but we are going to keep the holiday cheer going.  Now that we are in the home stretch for Christmas, parties, baking and gifting are on your mind.  I absolutely love this time of year, there is a hustle and bustle on the streets and in our home and in our family, a big tradition and something my Nanny passed down is a massive amount of cookie baking throughout December.  Most cookie recipes have a history.  They could come from a specific culture or family tradition passed down through generations and the perfect way to share these cookies….Host a Cookie Exchange. Here’s what you need…

1. guest list…this will determine how many cookies each person will need to bring
    example: 24 invites…each person brings 24 cookies
2.invitation (mail or email)
3.recipe card for each person to share their cookie recipe
4. boxes & ribbon 
6.cakestands and platter
7.your family favorite cookie to share…above is one of my favorite chocolate crinkle cookies (recipe by: whats gaby cooking)
8. cocktail or mocktail for guests to enjoy

I hope you will celebrate the season with your friends and family at your own cookie exchange.  Happy Baking! 


Life of Pie…Baking Essentials

Life of Pie

What would life be without pie? …I can’t even think about it.  Now that we are deep into fall and pumpkin, apples and all the spices are in the air, it is time to start thinking about holiday baking and all the essentials you will need!  These items are my favorite pie baking tools that allow me to make the perfect pie + a special taste tester (my husbands favorite part).  Start your shopping now and keep your holidays calm and your kitchen smelling like fall.  These are also great gift items for your favorite baker in the family!

pie plate west elm, sifter sur la table, pastry brush sur la table, pastry blender target, pastry cutter William Sonoma,

melamine bowls William Sonoma, marble slab crate&barrel, tart pans William Sonoma, rolling pin anthropologie

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