Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Happy Happy Hour: Sunset Lemonade and Humboldt Fog Stuffed Figs

Cheers to another great summer!

Cheers to another great summer!

I guess the time has really come… Summer is officially over as of Monday. I spent some of today in the sunshine savoring the last of it. We have been enjoying this spiked version of lemonade all summer long- mostly on our porch during sunset, hence the nickname. The honey and basil add a natural, sweet twist to it… its really yum!

Get this easy recipe for Sunset Basil Lemonade here on the SheKnows website.

For a delish snack pairing, try these Humboldt Fog stuffed figs…

Humboldt Fog has a center similar to goat cheese. The soft edges before the rind are a bit more pungent... so delish!

Humboldt Fog has a center similar to goat cheese. The soft edges before the rind are a bit more pungent… Don’t be afraid of its look- this cheese is so delicious and a great addition to any cheese board.

You should be able to find fresh figs at the market now and for the next few weeks. I have been stuffing them with one of my very favorite cheeses- Humboldt Fog (which I describe as “goat cheese to the next lev”).  This snack couldn’t be easier to make and is delicious both raw and roasted. For the raw version, simply cut the tip off a fresh fig then cut it in half. Add a bit of the cheese and wrap with a long thin slice of prosciutto.

I make a combination of wrapped and un-wrapped for my vegetarian friends.

If making for a cocktail party, make a combination of wrapped and un-wrapped for my vegetarian friends.

Make an X with your knife, add the cheese, then wrap with proscuitto. Then roast in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes or until the cheese is gooey and the proscuitto is crispy. So yum!

For the roasted version, make an X with your knife, add the cheese into the X pocket, then wrap with prosciutto. Then roast in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes or until the cheese is gooey and the prosciutto is crispy. So yum!

I can’t decide which version of the stuffed figs I like best! I hope you enjoy this cocktail and snack pairing as much as we do! Cheers to summer and here’s to a fantastic Fall! Xo Dani

SDB Sunset Basil Lemonade_Lemonade and figs on board

In today’s version I used Meyer Lemons… so pretty!

Making Memories Scrapbook Birthday Party

Lucia making a wish on her 7th Birthday

Lucia making a wish on her 7th Birthday!

Before I started my own business and life got so crazy, I’d spend my weeknights at the coffee table or Sundays after breakfast, spread out at the dining room table, making scrapbooks. I’ve always loved taking photos and I still do- but like so many people in the digital age, I’m just not as great as getting them printed and making books as I once was. One day, I know I will get back to the art of preserving memories as I love it so much and think its really important. Over the past few years I have worked on a few Scrapbooking themed parties and I must say this is becoming one of my favorite birthday party themes. Its a wonderful way to spread the love and teach younger generations this craft. Combining memory keeping with crafting, sharing, chatting and being creative… this party theme is so great for kids around 7 and up. I love the idea of learning how to preserving old memories while making new ones!

All of Lucia's friends were asked to bring photos with them to the party. Lucia's Mom, Bianca, provided all the girls with a "Smash" book.

All of Lucia’s friends were asked to bring photos with them to the party. Lucia’s Mom, Bianca, provided all the girls with a “Smash” book.

Smash books are a fabulous way to scrapbook and journal. Each book comes with an attached Smash pen which is a marker on one side and a glue stick on the other- brilliant!

Next to the work tables, I set up a sticker and supply table filled with markers, stickers, paper and punches.

Next to the work tables, I set up a sticker and supply table filled with markers, stickers, paper and punches.

Here's Bianca and Lucia working on adding one of the photos they brought with.

Here’s Bianca and Lucia working on adding one of the photos they brought with.

So many choices!

So many fun choices!

We also set up a Polaroid photo booth table where the girls could take current party photos for their Smash books.

We also set up a Polaroid “photo booth” table where the girls could take current party photos for their Smash books.

They had lots of fun with the props!

They had lots of fun with the props!

I loved watching all the girls interact and share supplies.

I loved watching all the girls interact and share supplies.

Even though Lucia was joined by all her girlfriends for this party, this theme is interesting to boys too. Here KF aprehends Lucia's little brother who ran off with our only heart punch! Adorable!

Even though Lucia was joined by all her girlfriends for this party, this theme is interesting to boys too. Here KF aprehends Lucia’s little brother who ran off with our only heart punch! Adorable!

These lovelies said they had never scrapbooked before but were having so much fun!

These lovelies said they had never scrapbooked before but were having so much fun!

Beautiful work!

Beautiful work!

To match the photo theme, I made these "polaroid" cookie favors using a photo I took of Lucia a few months ago. Look for the how-to on this process coming soon.

To match the photo theme, I made these “polaroid” cookie favors using a photo I took of Lucia a few months ago. Look for the how-to on this process coming soon!

We topped Lucia's cake with extra long silver candles, purple and pink glitter star and heart cookies and a cookie of herself in a favorite outfit.

We topped Lucia’s cake with extra long silver candles, purple and pink glitter star and heart cookies and a cookie of herself in a favorite outfit.

After a fabulous candle blowout, guests helped themselves to some extra sweets while cake slices were being served.

After a fabulous candle blowout, guests helped themselves to some extra sweets while cake & coffee was being served.

Milena didn't want the scrapbooking to end, so she scrapbooked herself!

Lucia’s friend Milena didn’t want the scrapbooking to end, so she scrapbooked herself!

Happy Birthday Lucia! I hope you loved your party... and just in case you don't remember it when you are older, we have all the good and sweet memories preserved for you!

Lucia with her cake topper self! What a FUN party!

Happy Birthday Lucia! I hope you loved your party… and just in case you don’t remember it when you are older, we have all the good and sweet memories preserved for you! I hope you and all your friends keep scrapbooking! Xoxo Aunt Dan