Happy Tuesday, y’all! I don’t know about you, but I’m up bright and early this morning and am thrilled to be a part of this fun $100 Visa gift card giveaway!

Giveaway days are the best days, aren’t they? We love being able to share some love with our readers across the contributor blogs of both My Cooking Spot and My Crafty Spot. We have such a great team of contributors for both blogs, so it’s always great to join together to bring all of our readers a fantastic giveaway.

This month, we are giving away a $100 Visa gift card. There are so many things you could use it for: back to school shopping, a nice dinner out, bills, food or even save it for Christmas. (After all, it is just around the corner!)

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  • AmandaAugust 18, 2015 - 1:21 pm

    PHEW, that was some work haha!! And how was I not following you on Pinterest??ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia GAugust 31, 2015 - 8:19 pm

    Did the winner come out? Hapy MondayReplyCancel

    • ErinSeptember 1, 2015 - 9:52 am

      Yes, I believe the winner has already been contacted, Cynthia.ReplyCancel

Dark chocolate, raspberry and bourbon, oh my! This Boozy Stracciatella and Raspberry Gelato is the perfect combination of decadent flavors and scoops up beautifully for a summer dessert. Not a bourbon fan? Skip it completely or add spiced rum for a different flavor!

Dark chocolate, raspberry and bourbon, oh my! This Boozy Stracciatella and Raspberry Gelato is the perfect combination of decadent flavors and scoops up beautifully for a summer dessert. Not a bourbon fan? Skip it completely or add spiced rum for a different flavor!

*sports announcer voice* Iiiiittttttttttttt’s Ice Cream Sundae Week!

Who’s excited?

Are you excited?

You should be!

I’m teaming up with eighteen — yes, 18! — other bloggers to bring you some new and innovative ice cream recipes this week, as well as a fabulous ice cream lover giveaway! (More on this a bit further into the post.) Needless to say, I am thrilled to be sharing this recipe because, well, it’s got a story. View full post »

  • AnneAugust 17, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Wow. I’m not usually one to take any kind of fruit flavor in my ice cream (chocolate all the way!), but this looks awfully enticing…ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 1:56 pm

      Thanks, Anne! I’m on the fence about fruit in my ice cream, but this raspberry swirl is totally acceptable. Because swirl > chunks of fruit!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyAugust 17, 2015 - 8:11 am

    Goodness me this gelato sounds incredible!! And since I have no plans to visit Italy anytime soon (I wish!!) I’ll just make myself some at home instead :) Yay ice cream week!ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 1:58 pm

      Thank you, Ashley! Gelato is totally a way to bring Italy to you without purchasing a plane ticket! And I wish we could all go to Italy and eat gelato together. A blogger food trip would be preeeeeetty amazing.ReplyCancel

  • MeeganAugust 17, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Your gelato sounds amazing! I love ice cream!ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 1:59 pm

      Thank you, Meegan! I love ice cream, too!ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish MeAugust 17, 2015 - 10:25 am

    Jealous of your gelato-eating in Italy!
    This recipe looks ahhhhmayzinggggggggggggg!!!ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 2:12 pm

      I wish I could go back and continue that gelato-eating, Heather. It was ridiculous and oh-so-wonderful and I wish everyone could have that experience because it was dreamy. And thank you! It’s pretty darn tasty… and we might’ve eaten the entire pan of it this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Alison H.August 17, 2015 - 12:06 pm

    This gelato sounds amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan @ Cake 'n KnifeAugust 17, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    Ok you just became my new favorite person because you said “I bastardized a traditional Italian gelato” – LOL I’m dying. Also crushing hard on this gelato – it looks so incredible!ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 5:51 pm

      1. Your comment makes me smile!
      2. Thank you for saying that because I wondered if I would offend any Italians (or, you know, people) with that line.
      3. So happy you’re crushing on the gelato! I hope you can make some soon!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Bree PerezAugust 17, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    Yum!! I want some gelato now! When I go to the movies they sell gelato and I always have to get some! Hopefully I win so I can make some on my own. :)ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 5:50 pm

      That’s so amazing that your movie theater sells gelato! I’m jealous! 😀 And this really isn’t hard to make, so I hope you’re able to whip up some homemade gelato to see what it’s all about!ReplyCancel

  • Amy C.August 17, 2015 - 7:55 pm

    I’m excited about this amazing giveaway! I can smell the homemade waffle cones right now!ReplyCancel

  • karenAugust 18, 2015 - 9:14 am

    Wow, such glorious gelato!ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Club NarwhalAugust 18, 2015 - 10:28 am

    Oh, this is glorious! Seriously, everything about this makes me want to dive right in :)ReplyCancel

  • Natasha RedAugust 18, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Love this! I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could make it! I lived in Bologna for a summer and ate lots of gelato, my fave being stracciatella :)ReplyCancel

  • DJAugust 18, 2015 - 8:21 pm

    This is wonderful! I would love to make homemade ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Linda @ 2 Cookin' MamasAugust 19, 2015 - 8:55 am

    What a great prize pack for all of us that love gelato, ice cream or anything in the frozen dessert group! Thanks to all! And your dessert Erin will definitely be going on my to-make list, booze and all!ReplyCancel

  • Linda | Brunch with JoyAugust 19, 2015 - 10:58 pm

    Spending time in Italy sounds fun and memorable! I wish I could rewind time and did the same thing. Meanwhile let me enjoy this boozy gelato. I love anything stracciatella…and with extra bourbon, please :)ReplyCancel

  • JeffreyAugust 20, 2015 - 12:03 am

    It would be amazing to win this, I’ve never made my own ice cream but have always wanted to. I do have a small fear of it but from recipes I’ve seen it looks fairly easy not to mention yours looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • BirdiebeeAugust 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    I have never made ice cream before. It would be a fun kitchen project to do with the grandkids.ReplyCancel

  • LeAndraAugust 22, 2015 - 8:03 am

    Everything you make always looks so good! I love the flavor combination you’ve shared here.ReplyCancel

Celebrate peach season with a delightfully refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and even easier to drink, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.

Bourbon Peach Slush | Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.

It’s peach season! This is one of my favorite times during the year, even though it’s close to the temperature of the sun outside. The high temps have been in the 100’s for the last two weeks or so… but when I was watching the news yesterday, I learned that the highs are only in the upper 90’s for the coming week. And do you know what I said?

“Oh, that’s not too bad.”

Because that’s how life goes here in Texas in August: You accept the heat, even though it’s brutal, and you want to hide indoors until autumn arrives. Which won’t be until October. Probably.

But! You accept the heat, too, because it’s PEACH SEASON! And peaches make everything better.

Bourbon Peach Slush | Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.

I cannot get enough of these fresh peaches. In fact, I’ve been purchasing them by the dozen, which means I’ve been eating them alongside my lunch, as well as making all the recipes using the summer stone fruit.

So far, I’ve whipped up a pie, popsicles, several salads and now this Bourbon Peach Slush.

It’s preeeeeeetty darn good.

And if you like bourbon? You’re gonna love this.

Bourbon Peach Slush | Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.

We have my husband to thank for this recipe. When I was discussing what to do with the last of the peaches from the most recent dozen purchased, he suggested making a drink.

I wanted to make the peach-bourbon base bubbly and light by topping it with club soda. He immediately nixed that, instead suggesting it would probably make a good slush.

And boy, was he right. The natural sweetness of the peaches sings when paired with the bourbon, but the alcohol doesn’t overpower the fruit. And the slush? Well, bravo to Winston because it is a perfect cocktail to enjoy on a scorching summer’s day. Ice cold, refreshing and balanced: just the way I like any summertime drink!

Here’s how we made this frozen cocktail:

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Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4 small drinks
Peach Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • Peach Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • ½ cup bourbon
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and peaches to make the simple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, and steep for 15 minutes, then refrigerate until use.
  3. Pour the peach simple syrup (with the peach slices, too!), the bourbon and ice cubes into the blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately, and enjoy with a slice or two of fresh peach on the side!

Bourbon Peach Slush | Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.

How are you surviving the dog days of summer?

Are you enjoying peach season, too?

  • Lacey BeanAugust 14, 2015 - 7:15 am

    Girl you are speaking my love language!! Mmmmm.ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 14, 2015 - 1:20 pm

      This is totally my love language, too, Lacey! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ A Savory FeastAugust 14, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Ummm YES! I have been loving peaches lately, so this sounds amazing. I’ve been adding bourbon to so many recipes, too. Yum yum!ReplyCancel

    • ErinAugust 17, 2015 - 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! So happy you’re loving peaches, too, and that you’re a bourbon fan, as well! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

Last year, I launched a monthly feature to share some of my favorite things with y’all. Because it’s fun to share the stuff I love, and because I think y’all could enjoy some of the same things, too.

Since it’s actually AUGUST — and we’re officially in the dog days of summer — I’m continuing this series today with another list of products and other things I am currently digging. No, I have not included our new A/C system on the list, but rest assured, it’s currently one of my absolute favorite things.

To recap, I share my version of a potluck, as defined by the folks at Merriam-Webster:

the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made… a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively <a potluck supper>; whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time.

Every month, I write up a list of my (current) favorite things. While this list might not be a traditional “meal,” I hope to provide some unique and interesting stuff (products/entertainment/links/etc.) I’ve recently loved in the hopes that y’all will enjoy them, too.

Who’s ready to recap July?

Let’s do this thing!

The Potluck: July 2015 // The Speckled Palate

Please note that some of the links listed below are affiliate links, meaning if you were to make a purchase through one of these links, I would receive a small commission.  Thanks for your support of The Speckled Palate!

1. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. We totally binge-watched this the day it was released, and I howled laughing. It was the perfect prequel to a movie that has made me laugh time and again. Did I ever tell y’all I worked as a camp counselor during several summers of my life? Because I was. Needless to say, camp humor and situations always make me smile, even if they’re completely ridiculous. This piece from  on why the series was better than expected is so on point.

2. Bloggers Get Social Podcast: I love me a good podcast, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to Krystal and Jenn talk blogging and social media. If you’re a blogger and want to learn more about what fellow bloggers are up to and pick up on cool new trends, tips and new social media outlets, I highly suggest listening to this. Also, be sure to check out the Bloggers Get Social website for more a self-study group.

3. Walking with my family: In July, we totally stepped up our movement game and started taking daily walks. It’s stupid hot outside these days, but if we’re up early enough, you’d better believe the pup, the bebe and I are hiking around the neighborhood, intentionally walking the hills and enjoying the cool-ish morning breeze before the heat of the day sets in. My husband joins us on the weekends for extra long walks.

4. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: I received this face rejuvenator in my July ipsy bag, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the sample. Since Lady Baby arrived, my skin has been all kinds of weird — thanks, post-pregnancy hormones — and finding a product that helps exfoliate and make my face happier has been making me happy.

5. Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 11-3/4-Inch, CassisThis skillet was a Christmas present, and I have adored it ever since. But it especially came into play in July when our A/C was dying, and it was too hot to cook indoors. I’d throw pizza or vegetables or whatever into this pan on the grill, and let them cook up nice and easy. Super simple and delicious… and it’s gorgeous, too!

6. Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity WristbandAfter talking with several friends, I took the plunge and ordered myself a Fitbit. Can I just say how much I am loving this? Because it gets me out the door, moving and intentionally taking the long way to get more steps. I’m not always a super competitive person, but I love competing against friends and family in the weekly challenges, as well as pushing myself to move more, dance more and be more active every day.

7. iTunes radio: Speaking of dancing… Well, I’m not much of a dancer and am not graceful in the least, but I quickly learned that Lady Baby loves music and moving to the beat. So most evenings, we listen to iTunes radio — specifically the Singer/Songwriter channel, Pure Pop or any dance station — and dance it out before bedtime. Because that’s apparently how we roll in this house.

What did you love in the month of July?

Curious about other things I’ve loved? Check out my previous potlucks: October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015

  • aimee fauciAugust 12, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    I tried Wet hot American Summer. I watched all the way up to the talking can and just couldn’t. I need to maybe skip the rest of that episode and try again.ReplyCancel

  • laciAugust 12, 2015 - 7:52 pm

    #2 #3 and #6 yes !!! I love seeing what other people like and this is an awesome list thanks !!ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 12, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    We enjoy taking daily walks too, one of the perks of living in South where we an do that almost year round! Have something similar to the fit bit but have never put it to good use ( it was a Xmas gift). You’ve inspired me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole KeenerAugust 13, 2015 - 7:55 am

    I love Iron skillets! I just love them, my husbands great aunt makes the best fried chicken in her Iron skillet ! PLus rapunzel showed us they are very great for whacking people over the head as well hahaReplyCancel

  • RamonaAugust 13, 2015 - 9:19 pm

    This a great blog series. Your items for July are so fun. I need to check out Wet Hot American Summer. I’ve heard great things about it. I also subscribe to the ipsy Glam Bag. I anticipate getting the bag each month.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite things!ReplyCancel

Grill your pizza on a hot summer’s day instead of baking it. This Grilled Hawaiian Pizza is sweet, salty and savory. It is a summertime favorite and easy to make at home!

Grilled Hawaiian Pizza | Use the grill to cook your pizza on a hot summer

Remember when our house was crazy hot because our A/C was dying a slow, painful death?

Did you wonder what we ate during that time? (Maybe I’m the only person who wonders stuff like that, so if you didn’t, no worries.)

Well, even if you didn’t wonder about our food consumption those few warm weeks, I’m going to tell y’all about it. Because it’s kind of important to why this pizza was made.

We ate some takeout. I made no-bake cookies when we needed something sweet. And we grilled because turning on the oven was a tall order for our struggling air conditioner.

Grilled Hawaiian Pizza | Use the grill to cook your pizza on a hot summer

I’ve heard about grilled pizza for a long time, but we never tried it. Well, things got dire last week. I didn’t want takeout and made the executive decision to try the whole grilling pizza thing.

Not surprisingly, it was all kinds of delicious and SUPER easy to put together!

I’m sharing my Grilled Hawaiian Pizza over at My Cooking Spot today. Pop on over, and be sure to let me know what your favorite kind of homemade pizza is!

  • JustineAugust 11, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    Grilled pizza?! That’s awesome!! I’ve never heard of that before, but it looks and sounds all kinds of amazing 😀ReplyCancel