watermelon lemonade

IMG_5103-5Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that last week! I didn’t really… I was just traveling halfway across the country all weekend. My computer stayed stowed away in my backpack for three days while my brother and I took turns driving the almost 2000-mile route. When I wasn’t behind the wheel, I was either sleeping or endlessly scanning the radio for decent music (a lesson in futility). Anyways, I’m so glad to be here, and over the next few days I’ll be easing back in to school and blogging with the welcome additions of friends and swimming :) Now onto the reason we are all gathered here: watermelon lemonade! Continue reading

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cherry limeade

cherry limeade | the thoughtful plateThe afternoon mood just naturally lends itself to sipping on something. In the winter, hot chocolate, cinnamon coffee, or hot tea do nicely. In the warmer months however, it needs to be something bright to (hopefully) match the sky. Continue reading

hazelnut butter ice cream with cacao nibs

hazelnut ice cream with cacao nibs | the thoughtful plateIce cream again! I hope you’re not getting tired of it because

a) ice cream is the best.
b) it’s only July (which also happens to be National Ice Cream Month).
c) I’m not tired of it.
d) next Monday is National Ice Cream Day. Continue reading

cherry pie bars

IMG_4533-6I have two different approaches when it comes to composing blog posts.

Sometimes, I write the body text first. Words come, I type them, and it feels really good. When that happens, all that’s left are the parts that come easiest to me: recipe + photos. Blogging is fun when this happens.

Other times, I write the recipe first. Then I go fiddle with the photo editing. All the while, my mind is turning. Words, where are you?? Continue reading

banana ice cream

banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateI’ve talked about my love for Bi-Rite ice cream many times before, whether in person or online (see: here and here). This love is partially based on appreciation of quality ingredients, on friendly employees, on location, and majorly based on roasted banana ice cream. This love even compelled me to create a Yelp account– I don’t know… I just needed to give it 5 stars somehow, and Yelp seemed like the best way. (I haven’t written another review since.)

I realize that Bi-Rite is most famous for their salted caramel ice cream, but- BANANA. Unless you have a serious aversion to the fruit, you should be eating this. Continue reading

brown butter ice cream

 After I finished these photos I shared a sneak peek on my Facebook. This is what I wrote: “if only you could taste this ice cream right now, there would be no point in me sitting here trying to figure out how to write about it. we’d probably all just sit around with our eyes closed and make yummy noises and that would be totally fine.”

And that’s the truth. Continue reading

almond butter ice cream with salted caramel chocolate swirl

IMG_2685Today begins the three-day countdown to 41 whole days off of school, and I can hardly wait. Within the week I will be spending 8 days in the South Texas sun. Then I’m going to see the city of Austin, which I’ve heard so much about lately, for the first time ever. I’ll have less than a day to spend there, but that’s more than fine with me because my brother and I are hopping on a late afternoon flight to Oakland to spend 24 days at home! I suppose you could say I’m excited ;) Continue reading

baked nectarines with gluten free crisp

IMG_2460I have so much love for stone fruits. Pretty much every summer of my life I try to decide if I like peaches or nectarines better, but I never come to any conclusion. I just love them all! Continue reading

cookies and cream ice cream

IMG_24111There are few things in the world that I love more than homemade ice cream. Growing up it was often eaten poolside during the summer, at Grandma’s house, out of a styrofoam bowl with a plastic spoon. If I recall correctly, we usually made one batch of vanilla and one of banana. I mostly remember the banana. My four cousins, brother, and I would line up and be served “scoops” of ice cream right out of the stainless steel canister. I put scoops in parentheses because ice cream in that state doesn’t have a very solid form. We ate it fresh, and most likely none of it ever saw the freezer. Continue reading

chocolate frozen yogurt with caramelized bananas

frozen-yogurt-02On the day of a major test, I can think of two obvious ways a person could spend their time leading up to said test.

Choice 1: Study.

Choice 2: Make ice cream.

I had a test to take this afternoon. And clearly, I chose the latter correct option for my morning.

caramelized-bananas-01 Continue reading