School’s Out for Summer!

A Colorful Summer | Domestic B(i)atch

6.13.17

It is HOT. I don’t think there’s any escape now.  No more cold snaps for us, we’re all in.  And I don’t mind it. Spending a good part of my early life in the south has prepared me for the high temperatures and the constant sweating.  Just an excuse for me to wear as little makeup as possible and start making strawberry rhubarb pies.  And eat ice cream for breakfast.  And wearing bold colors and rompers and flowy maxi dresses. This outfit is straight outta Stitch Fix. The bright comfy t-shirt has a fun pattern on the back, and I can’t help but love this skirt which I featured a little while ago. It’s nice to walk around with a big burst of color.

So full disclosure, I’m not in school, so summer doesn’t have the same feeling of being set free for the next three months. But there are some ways to travel that nostalgic path towards the days when you had summer breaks and reading lists.  Swing sets are a good start.  And how about cookies littered with chocolate and Fruity Pebbles? I think that’s a good step too.

Milk & Cereal Cookies | Domestic B(i)atch

I’m sure there are a million ideas like this in Pinterest, but honestly I came up with it myself and I refuse to look up the idea because I’m so happy with them.  They are sweet, so be prepared, but they can really make you smile with the Fruity Pebble flavors mixed with milk crumbs from the Momofoku Milk Bar cookbook.  They’re a perfect treat to make you feel like a kid again.  And they’re so fast and easy to make it’s a great project for your kids or nieces and nephews who want to help out in the kitchen! Of course like anything chocolate, I wouldn’t recommend setting these outside on a hot June afternoon, but in your AC, they’ll be safe and sound.

Milk & Cereal Cookies | Domestic B(i)atch

These cookies are so versatile, any cereal can be substituted out. Especially if you want to downplay the sweetness: Rice Crispies, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, sky is the limit.  And those milk crumbs hold well in the fridge in case you have leftovers and are ready to make a second batch.

Milk and Cereal Cookies
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For the Milk Crumbs
  1. 1/2 cup milk powder
  2. 1/4 cup flour
  3. 2 tbsp cornstarch
  4. 2 tbsp sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For the Cookies
  1. 1 1/2 cups cereal (I used Fruity Pebbles)
  2. 1 bag of chocolate chips
  3. 3/4 cup milk crumbs, plus extra for topping
For the Milk Crumbs
  1. Set the oven to 250 and line a rimmed baking sheet
  2. In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients thoroughly
  3. Pour in melted butter and combined until clumps come together, make sure none are too big, if so break them into smaller clumps with your fingers
  4. Pour crumbs onto lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
  5. Allow to cool completely before using
For the Cookies
  1. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper, set aside
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 1-2" of water to a simmer
  3. Place bowl, or pot of double boiler with chocolate over simmering water, make sure water does NOT touch the bottom of the bowl or pot
  4. With a spatula carefully stir as the chocolate melts, do not let the water come to a boil
  5. Once the chocolate is completely melted remove from water and stir in milk crumbs and cereal, using a spatula to combine, make sure it is all completely covered with chocolate, you should not see any color from the cereal or crumbs
  6. Scoop dollops onto lined baking sheet, spreading out and creating a round cookie
  7. Sprinkle remaining milk crumbs on top
  8. Chill for at least 2 hours, up to over night
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Now I’m not a huge fan of kids (except my friends kids), but sometimes I miss the days of being young. Days of routine, of learning, and also of play.  I think adults are in need of recess and nap time just as much as youngsters.  If we got recess, I would be on the swings more than anything. To feel like you can fly for a minute.  That’s the carefree-kid way of thinking, right? Almost flying, feeling like everything is possible. The swings are a good escape from real life for a minute.

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I’d been wanting to showcase this shirt in a fun way but couldn’t really figure out how. I love the color, and it’s so soft. I usually throw it on with jeans around the house or running errands. But really it goes so well with the blue, how had I not created this outfit before?? Like I said, my summer uniform is: shirt + fun skirt + Converse Sneaker = ALWAYS A WIN.

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I loved catching the sunshine on my face while I swung higher and higher.  Sometimes, we deserve to feel unburdened, whether it’s through cookies or swings.  I’ll take both please.

 

Le Lis Stitch Fix Pattern Tee (similar) / ReneeC Stitch Fix Skirt (a great fun option!!) / White Converse

 

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