30 Second Dessert | Sweet Watermelon Yogurt Dip

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This sweet watermelon yogurt dip has lovely and healthy flavor! It’s easy make and takes less than 30 seconds to prepare. It’s delicious and can be eaten on its own for breakfast, if you’re in the mood! It’s great to make for a large gathering, or just for a few friends who stop by. I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!

* If you’re more of a visual person, click any of the images in the post to see a video of how I created this dessert!

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon (or summer fruits)
  • Cutting board
  • Cutting knife
  • Greek yogurt, plain
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract

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Step 1: Prep the fruits you want to eat! I took half a watermelon and chopped them into bite size cubes.

Step 2: Mix 1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tsp vanilla extract. Then, dip and munch! For ease of picking it up, I’d recommend using toothpicks to pick them up.

Aaaand that’s it! I love the color that the spice adds to the fruit, and am having so much fun imagining the fruit combinations I can create to sprinkle this on. I hope you like this recipe and enjoy!

xoxo

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DIY Lemon Pepper Salmon & Pencil Asparagus

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This week’s meal winner features the protein that was on sale this week: fresh wild caught salmon! Lemon always makes a perfect pairing with salmon, and so I wanted to create a delicious meal for the hubby – and he did enjoy it! This meal disappeared really quickly! If you want to see how I made it visually, click any of the images to see a video!

What you’ll need:

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Step 1: Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into the Pyrex cup.

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Step 2: Quarter a lemon and squeeze the juice to the oil!

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Step 3: Mince 2 tbsp garlic and add that in as well!

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Step 4: Sprinkle in a dash of kosher salt…

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Step 5: and another dash of black pepper!

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Step 6: Mix it all together and brush the salmon filets with a pastry brush. Make sure the salmon filets are placed on a foil wrapped baking sheet to allow for easy clean up.

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Step 7: Make sure to get the garlic pieces on really well!

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Step 8: Add 1 pound of pencil asparagus around the salmon. Top the salmon filets with vibrant lemon slices!

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Step 9: Make sure to brush the veggies with the remaining olive oil mixture!

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Step 10: Broil everything for 10 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through. Plate and enjoy!

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this scrumptious recipe. Have a lovely day!

xoxo

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DIY Lemon Simple Syrup!

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Lemon is one of those fruits that adds incredible flavor and can be used in both sweet and savory ways. It’s been a latest obsession of mine, and I have scrumptious recipes up my sleeve for lemon uses! Here I have a sweet way to extract lemon to flavor all kinds of desserts with a lemon simple syrup!

Also, to make things easier for more visual (AKA video lovers) learners, I’ve created a simple DIY tutorial to help you see how things look as they go! Let me know if this is helpful for you! 🙂

What you’ll need:

So without further ado, let’s start and whet your appetites!

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Step 1: First, zest the lemon with a vegetable peeler. Make sure not to get the whites of the lemon!

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Step 2: Next, julienne (or thinly cut lengthwise) the lemon zest.

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Step 3: After the lemon zest is prepped, place them in a small sauce pan and add 1 cup of water. Simmer everything for about 8 minutes.

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Step 4: Drain the water from the sauce pan and keep the lemon zest in the pan. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water to the pan and simmer everything together for 15 minutes. Stir the contents halfway through to help everything dissolve!

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Step 5: Next, use a sieve or slotted spoon to remove the lemon zest from the pan and pour the simple syrup into a small container! Using this recipe exactly will yield 1/2 cup of simple syrup.

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Step 6: Finally, it’s time to decorate! Create your own label for the syrup and feel free to keep it for yourself, or wrap it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you think they’re sweet! 😉

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I absolutely love this syrup, y’all! I have proof because as I was making it, I kept sneaking some in a spoon to eat as I went, and then I went ahead and created 2 gorgeous desserts (1 to eat and 1 to drink)       that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks! Let me know down below if you have any questions, or decide to make it for yourself! I’d love to see how you decorate your labels and how you incorporate such lovely deliciousness into your everyday life. Have a lovely day!

xoxo

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Easy Watermelon Spice Sprinkle

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This watermelon spice has lovely savory flavor! It’s easy to make, with ingredients you probably have in the kitchen already. It was so fun to see the spice disappearing at the get-together and seeing people enjoy this summer dessert! When it gets hot, just throw together this little food DIY and add flavor to your cool summer fruits. It’s awesome to make for a large gathering, or just for a few friends who stop by. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon (or summer fruits)
  • Cutting board
  • Cutting knife
  • Mortar & pestle
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

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Step 1: Prep the fruits you want to eat! I took half a watermelon and chopped them into bite size cubes.

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Step 2: Mix 1 tbsp kosher salt, 1.5 tsp chili powder, and the zest of 1 lime!

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Step 3: Grind the ingredients together with your pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can just mix it together with whatever you have on hand!

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Step 4: Take a half lime and squeeze it over the fruit.

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Step 5: Sprinkle the mix over the watermelon pieces!

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Step 6: Garnish the top with lime wedges from the other half of the lime!

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Aaaand that’s it! I love the color that the spice adds to the fruit, and am having so much fun imagining the fruit combinations I can create to sprinkle this on. I hope you like this recipe and enjoy!

xoxo

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie Recipe

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The heat wave has been crazy this past week, and the main thing that got me through last summer was a refreshing watermelon slushie! And this time, I wanted to make a twist on it with another one of my favorite drinks – lemonade! Read on to see how to make this oh-so-simple cooling delight!

What you’ll need:

  • Watermelon (1/2), cubed, serves 5
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Blender
  • 3 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • Ice cube tray
  • Lemonade (homemade or store-bought)
  • Lemon (sliced, for garnish)
  • Mint leaf

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Step 1: Cut the watermelon into chunks! Have some pity on your blender and make it as easy as possible (for the both of you 😉 ).

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Step 2: Admire that beauty! That color! That juiciness that makes you sample it before anything even makes it in the blender! Feel free to skip this step, heh.

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Step 3: Once you’ve added as much watermelon as possible and still have the  lid fit, add a little bit of sugar to help sweeten up the whole drink. I used 3 tbsp of white, granulated sugar but you can adjust to taste.

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Step 4: Blend ‘er up! I kept adding more watermelon as the existing pieces leveled out, and added about a quarter to half watermelon.

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Step 5: Freeze some ice cubes! You might want to do this like, right now if you have the chance. They take about 4 hours to freeze, so be prepared! Fill the ice cube tray with lemonade to add a little tang to the watermelon juice.

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Step 6: Garnish it! Once the ice cubes had frozen, I added them to the watermelon juice, then added a mint leaf for color and aroma.

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Step 7: Add a thin lemon slice to add zesty brightness and to accentuate that lemonade flavor in the drink!

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Aaaand that’s it! I hope you try this summer refresher – it’s cool, sweet, and (relatively) healthy too! Visit a few other posts for delicious dessert and darnedy-fun DIY projectss! xoxo

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DIY Neon Pineapple Shoes

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‘Tis the season for pineapples, am I right? I see them every time I turn my head, and I’m not complaining! My husband must be quite the hipster, as he helped me make think up this shoe pattern – not this past month, but last year! What a forward thinker, yeah? And how simple of a craft is this?

What you’ll need:

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Step 1: Paint the base! I chose a neon pink foundation to make the pineapples really pop! Remember to take out the shoelaces and tape off the soles so you don’t get paint on them – if that’s the look you’re going for!

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Step 2: It’s time to tackle the pineapple design! First, work on the oval shape with yellow fabric paint to create the pineapple body. Then, use the green fabric paint to make a sort of grassy pattern for the crown! Once that’s finished, use the black puffy paint to draw criss-cross lines at a diagonal to add the finishing details!

Step 3: Let the shoes dry for at least 8 hours. Once the puffy paint is dry to the touch, spray the shoes with Scotch Gaurd and weave the shoelaces in. Happy walking!

xoxo

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DIY Wedding Gift | Handmade Photo Frame

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This DIY photo frame gives me all the feels! One of my good friends got married (indeed, ’tis the season of weddings, yes?) and I had the privilege of being able to attend. For this momentous occasion, I dreamed up a project that would be:

  1. FUNCTIONal: useful
  2. FUNctional: and fun
  3. FunctionAL(L): and thoughtful through and through!

What I love about this craft is that it’s simple to put together, but the sentimental and aesthetic value is pretty up there! Each block (there are 12 total) holds one photo from each month of marriage, during the first year. So once the year is up, you have those memories to cherish as you walk down the hallway (or wherever you place the frame)!

What you’ll need:

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Step 1: Cut out papers that cover the stock photos on the example paper. I originally thought to make a new photo backing, but went with the paper that came with it because it was the perfect size. I only made 6 of these because the other six spots had this pretty damask design.

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Step 2: Once you’re happy with the sizing, use the tape roller to add strips of adhesive to the photos.

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Step 3: Place them on and tap them into place!

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Step 4: Bust out your sharpies! Pick whatever colors you want to work with, and feel free to warm up by writing a few numbers.

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Step 5: Write in each square! I used purple since that’s the bride’s favorite color and used it for the white squares. Since the damask squares were darker, I chose a metallic color that would gleam and have enough contrast for someone to be able to read it. Just write the number and month!

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Aaaaand that’s the finished look! I hope you liked this wedding gift idea! I added a hand-designed card and a note explaining how to use the present. To top it off, I wrapped it with jute cord to add to the rustic vibes. Let me know if you have any questions below!

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DIY Flower Ice Cream Cones

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Yum, whatever could this be?!

Hehe, just kidding.

Have I told you just how much I love this DIY flower ice cream cone? Send me a direct message on Instagram if you want me to send you a printable for the cone design, and make sure to drop off your e-mail address to receive my latest DIY/punny endeavors!

What you’ll need:

  • Cone printable
  • Hot glue gun (or just glue + patience)
  • Flowers of your choice, preferably fluffy (like a blushing peony!)
  • Scissors

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Step 1: Cut out the printable! Pretty self-explanatory here, I believe!

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Step 2: Roll up the cone to the width you want and glue the edge down!

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(I just wanted to show the flower petals because peonies are pricey and these were dying and I wanted to capture their fading glory. Okay thanks 🙂 )

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Step 3: Insert the peony inside! In the lifestyle shots, I added another peony to act as a “double scoop” and fluff it out! Don’t you love it?? I do!

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Once scoop for you, two scoops for me…

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If only ice cream grew on trees! But for now, this will do just fine for me!

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DIY Alcohol Ink Abstract Nail Design

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A little win for Duly Noted, ink! As a designer at Darby Smart, I enjoy sharing projects and sneak peeks of projects I create for DNI on the site. And the project I’m sharing with you today was one of the top 6 videos watched on the entire site for this past week! It might not be much, but I’m thankful for this little “win” that helps me focus on producing more punny and/or creative DIY’s for you!

Click any photo to get directed to the how-to video I made for you!

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What you’ll need:

Step 1: Paint all your nails with your foundation color. I chose a more neutral shade to let the alcohol ink stand out more!

Step 2: Add ink to your palette if you want! Start with the pink alcohol ink and dip the striper brush into it. Lightly apply the tip onto your nail to create your design!

Step 3: Next start working with the greens! Before you mix colors, make sure to use the alcohol blending solution (or nail polish remover) to remove as much color from the nail striper brush! Then, the color won’t muddy.

Step 4: Once you’re happy with the completed look, seal it in with a top coat! It’ll stay on really well as long as you make sure to lock all the areas where the alcohol ink is!

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DIY Tortilla Chips!

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So I know my sweet tooth is pretty big, but I’ve recently been discovering that I really enjoy the savory crunch! My husband and I enjoy going to the Taco Tuesdays, and I always dip my tortilla chips into the cheesy beans they provide. Sooo good, my friend.But sometimes, I feel the need to try to “healthify” my meals in little increments so that they’re:

  1. Achievable
  2. Simple
  3. Not too dramatic

…as in it’s a success when I don’t end up reaching for the less healthy version because mine doesn’t fit the criteria!

And so today, I’m sharing a fun and easy recipe for oven baked tortilla chips! It’s exciting to watch the tortillas slowly dry out and become crispy! Oh, the magic. I hope you enjoy! I created a video you can watch to see the steps in action – just click on the image to see!

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350.

Step 2: Cut your tortillas into wedges (I used a whole package of corn tortillas, around 30) and place them on a baking sheet!

Step 3: Bake for 6-7 minutes. Then turn the tortillas over to the other side and sprinkle on some salt! Bake for another 7 minutes.

Step 4: Remove the chips from the oven and let them cool! They’ll be so crisp and delicious – enjoy!

Step 5: For the dip, I combined a jar of green salsa, spicy tomato chunks, sour cream, and corn! Just mix it all together and create a beautiful combination of flavors!

I hope you enjoyed this chip & dip recipe, and let me know if you have any other ideas to snazz it up! xoxo

 

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