Simple Summer Picnic Bites



Yesterday I shared two of my favorite summery activities with Kohl’s #DestinationSummer, and today I’m going to talk a little bit about the simple food we pulled together for our sunset picnic. I mentioned yesterday that I think simple is key – there wasn’t even any cooking involved in this spread. Summer is the best time to take advantage of the fruits and vegetables that are everywhere and so cheap and delicious and can be eaten by the handful.





I started by slicing up some pretty radishes and lightly sprinkling them with sea salt. Then I added some water crackers and butter to a platter for layering and devouring along with a ripe and ready tomato.





This is one of my favorite new afternoon snacks, sliced pink lady apples drizzled with honey. So deceptively plain Jane, but this platter emptied faster than anything else and for a good reason. They’re addictive!




Infusing water is nothing new, but I love experimenting with different flavor combinations that get me to drink more H2O. Another recent favorite is this combo of sparkling citrus water, strawberries, and lemon. I like to add so much fruit that you get a little snack at the bottom of your cup. Add some gin or vodka with a little simple syrup to the mix and kick things up a notch even.




Finish off the menu with a bowl of Rainier cherries and slivered almonds and you’re set. That’s the best part about a picnic, it doesn’t have to be a fancy choreographed affair, just set out the things you like and let the company carry the rest.

Thanks for joining us in Oklahoma City – the next stop on #DestinationSummer is Boise, Idaho with Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove! (If you don’t know her and her style already, you’re gonna love her. Promise.)




Plaid Tablecloth // Linen Pillow // Plush Pillow // Fish Platter // Lemon Platter // Salad Plate // Double Old Fashioned Glass // Beverage Jug

Photography: Caroline Cohenour

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. All words and opinions are my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!


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05/ Ringly lights up and buzzes when your phone needs you!
06/ This retired Boeing 727 was converted into a home in the woods. Would you dare?
07/ Picnic Lounge is an oversized blanket that resembles an antique rug. Clever.
08/ Smart ads for Keloptic turn impressionist art into realism.
09/ Social Planes take you offline – download, write, fold, and fly!
10/ When baristas and bartenders joins forces we are blessed with coffee cocktails.

This week on Design Crush:
Have you entered our Soundfreaq Sound Rise giveaway?! Wake up with this alarm/bluetooth speaker hybrid, it’s sure to get your day off to a good start.
Eight art prints I wish I had room for on my walls this month.
Melissa Zexter hand-embroiders her own photography in the most beautiful way.
Industrialist meets rugged glam in the design of Maslo Jewelry.
Crazy incredible paintings/sculptures from Conrad Jon Godly.
I’m slowing going minimalist with my style and this modern lamp is my latest addition.
Childhood dreams and sketchbook drawings come to life thanks to Katharine Morling.
If you’re looking for a super easy project this DIY Matchstick Holder is where it’s at!
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Pudding 10 Ways

I think pudding is a highly underrated dessert/snack/midnight comfort food. It’s cool, creamy, and perfect for summer with its ease of prep and days of lasting time in the refrigerator. Not to mention the massive variety of recipes available for pleasing any and every taste palette. And if you put enough thought into it, pudding can even be healthy enough. Here are ten recipes to help bring pudding back into your life!





















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Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce



A few years ago, when times were lean and I didn’t have much extra cash, I made my mom Mother’s Day brunch instead of buying her a gift. To me it was a one time thing, but she loved it so much that this was our third year carrying on with the tradition. Every May I create something new to whip up based on her favorite foods. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m almost positive I outdid myself this year.


Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce

• 1 C shredded coconut
• 1 1/2 C coconut milk
• 3 large eggs
• 1 Tbsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 loaf Italian style bread, sliced diagonally into 9-12 thick pieces
• 1 Tbsp butter
• 1 pint fresh strawberries
• 1 Tbsp honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the shredded coconut on a baking sheet, bake for 4 minutes. Stir and return to the oven for 4 more minutes, or until it begins to brown. (I didn’t pay enough attention to mine and it got a little too well done.) In a shallow bowl or casserole dish, whisk together coconut milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. While your skillet is heating up and the butter is melting, set a few pieces of bread into the custardy mixture to soak. I let mine go for about a minute on each side to suck up as much coconut goodness as possible. Cook each piece until golden brown on each side, which works out to about 10 minutes for each batch. Repeat until all has been cooked.

For the strawberry sauce you can opt to either use a food processor or blender, I was too lazy to drag out my processor and opted for the latter. This couldn’t be easier. Trim the green top off of each strawberry, quarter, and toss into the machine. Add honey and puree until liquid.

To serve, top each serving of French toast with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and a drizzle of strawberry sauce.


Veggie Burgers 10 Ways

Veggie burgers get a bad rap, but I can see how if you’ve never had a good one thoughts of cardboard could come to mind with the mere mention. If you didn’t know, it’s National Burger Month and we’re going to celebrate it beef-free with ten mouthwatering takes on the veggie burger. Take a look at the lineup and I dare you to tell me that not one of these recipes made your mouth water.





















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A Hoppin’ Easter Sunday

Is Easter a big deal in your house? Growing up ours always involved a hidden basket (one year behind the Christmas tree that had yet to be taken down), plastic eggs hidden outside, and a big family dinner at my grandparents’ house. Now it mainly involves dinner at my moms and yes, baskets are still hidden! Check out these 17 projects and ideas to make your Easter Sunday extra special.


ROW 1:Easter Brunch Invitations + Stickers // DIY Floral Party Hats // Printable Easter Treat Bags    ROW 2:Easter Bread // Easter Sticker Buckets // A Simple Easter Arrangement    ROW 3:Paper Rabbit Bust // Easter Candy Bark    ROW 4:Easter Ice-Cream Sandwich Treats // Bunny Ears Twist Wrap // Origami Easter Bunnies    ROW 5:Paint Swatch Flowers // Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt // Happy Easter Egg Hunt Signs Kit    ROW 6:Easter Egg Terrarium // Washi Tape Eggs // Printable Iron-On Bunny Bags


Overnight No-Knead Bread


I’ve been wanting to try baking my own bread for years, but the task always seemed so daunting. Does anyone else feel that way? Thankfully no-knead bread is all the rage right now, and with it’s free-form shape is maybe the least intimidating bread ever. After some goading from my friend Joanna, I knew I had to try it for myself. The result? A perfectly crusty boule with a soft and chewy center, made from four simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your kitchen right now.


Overnight No-Knead Bread
• 3 C unbleached bread flour
• 1/4 tsp instant yeast
• 1 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 5/8 C water
• 16″ long strip of parchment paper, cut in half lengthwise

In a medium bowl, stir together ingredients until all the flour is moistened and it looks like a shaggy mess. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for 14-20 hours (18 hours being ideal).

Have a strip of parchment paper approximately 6 x 16″ ready and waiting.  Lightly flour a work surface and with floured hands fold the dough over itself twice. Recover loosely with plastic wrap and rest for 15 minutes.

Lightly flour hands and shape the risen dough into a ball, place it on the center of the parchment strip. Cover loosely with a cotton dish towel and rest for 2 hours (the parchment will act as a sling while transporting the boule).  If you like, cut an X on top of the dough with a serrated knife.

Thirty minutes before baking preheat oven and a 6 to 8-quart dutch oven to 450-degrees.

When ready to bake, remove the lid from the preheated dutch oven and carefully lower bread dough with its parchment sling into the vessel. The parchment will hang over the edges. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake another 15-30 minutes until the crust is well browned. Cool completely before slicing with a serrated knife.






Cheesecake 10 Ways

Mmmm, cheesecake. It lies in that polarizing area of food where people either love it or hate it. From this post you can guess which camp I’m in. My mom makes amazing cheesecakes, meanwhile I’ve never even attempted one. I think that needs to change in the very near future, and these are the ten front-running cheesecake creations for my make-it-or-break-it culinary experience. Which one should I go with?





















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It’s Almost Pi Day: 10 Pie Recipes

My original plan was to bake the most amazing pie for you guys to celebrate Pi Day tomorrow. But some unexpected moving/real estate biz-nass got in the way of that, so the obvious next best thing was to share ten recipes I’m hoping someone makes me. (Okay, that would be crazy. Maybe just five of them.) Without further ado, ten Pi Day pies!





















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Irish Soda Bread


I’ve wanted to make Irish Soda Bread for years. But for some reason I feel like it’s tied tightly to St. Patrick’s Day, and must be made only in the month of March. Finally this year I hopped on it as soon as February came to an end and oh my goodness. Number one it couldn’t have been easier (no yeast!), number two it was really tasty. In fact, I ate it every day for a week for breakfast – warm and covered in butter. I’m sharing the Irish Soda Bread on Wayfair today, so click over for the recipe!