Somoa Shakes

My talented friend Meghan is taking over again today sharing a recipe I whole heartedly approve of;) She comes up with the best things!

Somoa Shakes| Stir & ScribbleChocolate Caramel Coconut ShakesToasted Coconut } IHOD homemade caramel sauce

This Chocolate Coconut Caramel Shake is several months of obsession in the making. I first caught the idea of a Samoa flavored shake over coffee with girlfriends one night and I could not stop thinking about it. I had to have one. So I went the usual shake making route of buying chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce and throwing them in a blender with some toasted coconut. Good gracious, it was delicious. The biggest problem was I wanted one everyday.

So I devised a plan to make a ‘healthier’ version of the original shake without ice cream. Yes, a shake without ice cream! It turns out coconut milk and ice come together in the blender and become a ridiculously smooth and creamy shake. I went a little over the top and made my own Coconut Caramel and Chocolate Syrup but I promise that this shake is just as delicious with good-old store bought caramel and chocolate sauce too.

Bonus – if you make the sauces yourself this shake is also dairy free and vegan!

Chocolate Coconut Caramel Shake
Makes 2 servings

1 cup ice
1 (16 ounce can) coconut milk, full or low-fat
½ cup Coconut Caramel
½ cup Chocolate Syrup
¼ Toasted Coconut Flakes, plus more for garnishing

Combine the ice, coconut milk, Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Syrup, and coconut flake in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Coconut Caramel
Makes 2 cups caramel sauce
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 cup full fat coconut milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Combine the sugar, water, and, corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer and cook over medium heat, without stirring, until the mixture turns golden amber and reaches 320 degrees F.

Immediately remove from the heat and add the coconut milk, vanilla extract and salt and stir carefully. Return to medium heat and cook until the mixture reaches 230 degrees F. Pour the caramel into a heat-proof bowl and cool for 20 minutes before using.

Chocolate Syrup
Makes 2 cups

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt until lump free in a medium saucepan. Add the water and whisk over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly.

Continue boiling until mixture thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes. The mixture will still be thin, but will thicken as it cools. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cool at least 30 minutes before using. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Toasted Coconut Flakes
Makes 12 ounces toasted coconut

1 12-ounce bag unsweetened coconut flakes

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Stir the coconut and bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.

Meghan Splawn is a professional recipe developer, wife, and mama. Meghan’s blog, Stir and Scribble, is full of clever cooking and useful kitchen tips. She’s a fan of candy, classic cocktails, and fuss-free family dinners.

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Watermelon Soaked Lemondade

Gabe is always drink mixing to experiment with flavors and tastes. This is his latest combination that had me re-filling my glass throughout the whole day. It helps that the watermelon was farm fresh that we picked up the day before.

Watermelon Soaked Lemonade via IHOD

Watermelon Soaked Lemonade
2 Tbls. Sugar
1/4-1/3 c. lemon juice 
1 1/2 c. Water
1 Watermelon slice cubed
(optional) add in a little rum or tequila;)

Shake all ingredients in a canister well and chill.
Serve over ice and add a few more small watermelon pieces for garnish.

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Fallen Soldier Memorial
These flags and crosses are aligned outside our church and it was so powerful to see.

“Their silent wounds have speech 
More eloquent than men;
Their tones can deeper reach
Than human voice or pen.”
~William Woodman

Always feel so much gratitude today for those who went before us to secure what we have today. Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 
x, Anna

Picnic for Two: Martha Stewart for Macys

May is by far one of my favorite month’s of the year. Here in Atlanta the weather is supreme and there are no bugs out yet…perfect for picnics. We have had quite a few in our own backyard or at the park already. I had the pleasure of getting a preview of some of the fun outdoor picnic items by Martha Stewart Collection for Macy’s. I thought it would be fun to try some new picnic ready recipes too. The menu and recipes are below!…

Summer Picnic | Kathryn McCrary PhotographyWatercress Deviled Eggs | IHOD | Kathryn McCrary PhotographyStar Spangled | Kathryn McCrary PhotographyPenne Frittata | IHOD | Kathryn McCrary Photography Picnic for Two | IHOD | Kathryn McCrary Photography
Summer Picnic Recipes | IHOD | Kathryn McCrary PhotographyHibiscus Honey Tea | In Honor of Design | Kathryn McCrary Photography Picnic for Two } IHOD Picnic Recipes | In Honor of Design | Kathryn McCrary PhotographyFresh Pea Hummus | In Honor of Design

On the Menu:
Hibiscus Honey Iced Tea
Fresh Pea Hummus
Avocado, Radish, and Basil Soup
Watercress Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Penne Frittata with Basil and Feta
White Wicker Picnic Basket Set 

Products Used:
Martha Stewart Collection Seas Stripe Picnic/Beach Blanket (available in store)
Martha Stewart Collection White Wicker Picnic Basket for 2
Martha Stewart Collection Star Spangled Melamine Storage Containers
Glass Bottles and Napkins via Target

One of Gabe and I’s first date was in college when he surprised me with a picnic for two overlooking the city. I still find it worth it to surprise your loved one once in a while with something personal for just the two of you. If you can’t get away, have one in your own backyard!

We have taken this zip up picnic/beach blanket everywhere! Nice and large and easy to wash. We used it at the beach yesterday for Mother’s day. I consider it one of those shortcuts to easy traveling and days out!

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make this fresh pea hummus! And the Penne Frittata was a little intimidating, but shockingly enough I managed not to burn it. I have made this Hibiscus Honey Tea several times since the first time because it is such a hit in the family. Pack sturdy containers to go like the ones pictured for easy cleanup and storage. Let me know if you all give any of these recipes a try! Curious to know your thoughts!
Happy Picnicing!
x, Anna

All photos are by the very talented Kathryn McCrary Photography!

These items are from the Martha Stewart Collection, exclusively at Macy’s and part of the ‘American Icons’ campaign. These products were provided by the Martha Stewart Collection available exclusively at Macy’s.

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