Artist Alert: Sally Nixon

Loving Sally Nixon's illustrated series "What Women Do When No One's Watching"

Nixon on her artwork: "They don’t have perfect bodies or perfect habits and that makes them relatable. The scenes I create around them are everyday places: a bathroom, a restaurant, a messy bedroom. However my goal with each drawing is to elevate the seemingly mundane to something special and worthy of being viewed." (via Vice)

You can purchase her prints on Etsy: Sally Nixon

MAKE THIS: Banana Pudding Ice Cream

(image source Spicy Southern Kitchen)

Now that it's officially summer, it's time to bring on the no-bake recipes and buy all the ICE CREAM. A couple years ago I discovered Steve's Southern Banana Pudding Ice Cream and holy hell, was it delicious. *Side note: I highly recommend Steve's entire collection of flavors, they use real whole ingredients and taste delightful*

Anyways, I was craving this banana pudding ice cream ALL THE TIME; and since I had recently purchased a Vitamix (my favorite kitchen gadget), I decided to put that sucker to work. I originally used this recipe from The flavor was pretty spot on, but it called for more sugar then I was comfortable with, so I played around in the Creatively Kitsch test kitchen until I got it right. 

My lightened up version consists of only 4 ingredients. 

1) Frozen Bananas (2.5, large) - wait until they're nearly overripe and freeze overnight 
2) Milk (about 2 cups) - I've used cow, soy, coconut, really you can't go wrong with any dairy ingredient
3) Nilla Wafers (1 cup) - If I'm making small batch pints I prefer the mini wafers, if your going ALL THE WAY (which I totally endorse) use the normal size ones. 
4) INSTANT Banana Cream Pudding mix, 3.4 oz

Place the bananas, milk, a handful of crushed wafers and the instant pudding mix in your blender. Mix baby, mix. Use discretion when adding milk, too much will give your ice cream a runny milkshake consistency (which, is still delicious but not as fun). Once you have a creamy concoction start layering the ice cream like a lasagna. 

First layer ice cream, then nilla wafers and then fresh bananas. Continue until you fill up your receptacle. For me that's about 2 plastic pints full. You can enjoy immediately or freeze overnight to get the desired consistency. Make sure you give it time to defrost a bit before going down on your summer treat. Since it doesn't have extra fat it freezes a bit harder then traditional ice cream. Enjoy!

The Mini Mindy Project

I love Mindy Kaling and her show The Mindy Project. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out. Mindy Lahiri's wardrobe is epic. Impeccably designed, most of her outfits are custom affairs. Portuguese graphic design student Salomé Esteves created the Mini Mindy Project and I'm in love.

You can purchase her print on Etsy. It has the kween herself, Mindy's Instagram blessing

Summer Sandals: Tameka Slides

I've gotten so many compliments on these sandals. Super comfy and affordable (thanks, Target) they are sure to be a summer staple. The Tameka slide sandals come in 3 color profiles, black, neon green and white. 

Even though school isn't out for us grownups, we can still celebrate summertime!

Get your shop on: Tameka Slides

Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains is Ugo Rondinone’s large scale public art installation near Las Vegas, Nevada (10 miles south of LV)Ugo began cutting boulders for 7MM in December 2015, his work can be viewed for the next 2 years.

Pro tip: there aren't restrooms at the outdoor site; also keep in mind this is the desert, so if you plan on visiting during the summer months keep hydrated.

Sweet Paul: Color Block Cookies

How fun are these sugar cookies? Loving this simple and colorful recipe from Sweet Paul. I haven't made these yet, but they seem like a fun dessert option to bring to a summer barbecue! 
You only need 6 ingredients to make these CMYK sweet treats. Get the recipe here:
Color Block Cookies

MAKE THIS: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad

If you want a quick, easy and relatively healthy dinner Half Baked Harvest's Buffalo Chicken Quinoa "Salad" is for you. The salad is in quotes because it's it doesn't involve leafy greens. Clocking in with under 10 ingredients, it's the perfect weeknight meal. 

If your'e craving buffalo chicken wings but not in the mood to have them grazed by Hooters, make this dish. It's gluten free and full of secret vegetables (I swapped out the broccoli for cauliflower and grated my carrots in my Vitamix #LazyGirlsDoItBetter).

Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad

The Senescent Southern Belle: On Golf

MAKE THIS: One Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice

HOLY HELL you guys, this is friggin yummy! Made in one pot (minimal cleanup) and features my favorite requirement (under 10 ingredients). Jo Cismaru, you are a genius.

Her cookbook "30 Minute One Pot Meals" comes out in August, so add it to your Amazon Wishlist now. 
Get the simple and delicious recipe here: Jo Cooks 

*Note: I had to double the cooking time to ensure my jasmine rice wasn't crunchy, fellow commenters had the same issue. Also this yields a LOT of food, so be prepared to freeze part of it if your family is on the smaller side.

Coucou Suzette

Give me all the things, abnormally obsessed with Coucou Suzette's enamel pins. She's terribly talented. Gimme!