Recipe | Avocado Mango Spring Rolls


A few months ago I attempted making spring rolls for the first time. I was skeptical at how easy people said they are to make. I mean they just look hard to make.

But guys, spring rolls are so easy to make! And what's even better is they look pretty, you can stuff 'em with whatever yo want, and they are a refreshing lunchtime treat.

The trick is to choose the right combination of ingredients, it takes a lot of balancing. You want something that is sweet, something that is salty, something that has some crunch, and something that is not so crunchy.

And those wraps that look to be intimidating, are not so scary. Promise.

All you do is soak the wrappers in a bowl of water, place the toppings into the center of the now pliable wrap and then wrap it up like a burrito. It did take a little bit of practice to get the wrap nice and tight and pretty looking but once you practice a few times, you've got it.



Just look at all of these fresh and bright ingredients! Ah! SO. GOOD. You could even have one just as a healthy snack! And if you want to make it even more filling, add some chicken or tofu in the mix.



Avocado Mango Spring Rolls
Yields: 4 rolls          Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients
4 spring roll wrappers
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
dash of salt and pepper
1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 an avocado, sliced
heaping 3/4 cup mango, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup scallions, diced
1/4 cup peanuts, crushed
1 Tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
handful butterhead lettuce

Directions
1. Fill a wide bowl with water and gently submerge the wrapper until it is completely soaked and pliable. Lay wrapper onto a clean plate and pile 1/4 of the fillings into the center.

2. Wrap up the spring roll by folding in the top and bottom of the wrap. Then, take one of the sides and fold it over the fillings and then rolling.

3. Repeat with the remaining three wraps. Do not let the rolls touch until they are no longer wet. Serve with soy sauce or peanut sauce for dipping.

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Recipe | Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are so easy (and fun!) to make at home! Love this recipe from Little City Adventures for Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches #icecream #dessert #littlecitykitchen

Ice cream sandwiches are so easy (and fun!) to make at home! Love this recipe from Little City Adventures for Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches #icecream #dessert #littlecitykitchen

Ice cream sandwiches are so easy (and fun!) to make at home! Love this recipe from Little City Adventures for Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches #icecream #dessert #littlecitykitchen

I don't know about where you live, but around us it has either been storming or so muggy that you can't breathe when outside. Usually by this time of the year it's storming, yes, but we also experience this mixture of straight up dry heat and intense humidity. It's just all mixed up right now. This is normally when you want to stuff your face with popsicles because it's so hot outside and you just want to be dramatic about it. But instead it's rainy and cloudy. Not quite what I expected when I planned this recipe a few months ago......

Enough small talk. Let's get down to business.

Who doesn't love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter (well my best friend didn't for most of elementary/middle school but that's beside the point because now she does like it)? Add if you add marshmallows into the mix, it's even better. 

Chocolate.

Peanut butter.

Marshmallows.

Oh wait...AND ice cream! AND graham crackers! AND it's a super easy recipe!

You're welcome.

Ice cream sandwiches are so easy (and fun!) to make at home! Love this recipe from Little City Adventures for Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches #icecream #dessert #littlecitykitchen

Ice cream sandwiches are so easy (and fun!) to make at home! Love this recipe from Little City Adventures for Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches #icecream #dessert #littlecitykitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Ice Cream Sandwiches
Yields: 1 dozen          Prep Time: 15 minutes          Chill Time: 1 hour+

Ingredients
24 graham cracker squares
12 tsp peanut butter (1 tsp/sandwich)
2 cups chocolate ice cream
1 cup mini marshmallows
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions
1. Before getting the ice cream out, spread 1 tsp of peanut butter on 12 graham cracker squares. Set aside. Place the mini chocolate chips into a shallow bowl and set aside for later use. Place a large plate in the freezer for later use.

2. Soften the ice cream slightly by microwaving it for 10-20 seconds. Scoop 2 cups of ice cream into a large measuring cup. Add in the mini marshmallows and mix until marshmallows are throughout the ice cream. If the ice cream gets too melty during this process, finish mixing and place the measuring cup in the freezer for ten minutes, then continue.

3. Remove the frozen plate from the freezer. Scoop a large spoonful of the ice cream/marshmallow mixture onto the 12 graham cracker squares that do not have peanut butter. Quickly top with the peanut butter graham cracker squares. Dip each side of the ice cream sandwich into the bowl of mini chocolate chips and place the completed sandwich onto the frozen plate. Repeat until you have 12 whole sandwiches. Work quickly or the ice cream will get too melty, but you can place the ice cream mixture into the freezer again to harden it up. 

4. Freeze the sandwiches on the frozen plate for at least an hour, then you can transfer to another container or wrap in parchment. If you stack sandwiches on top of one another, the graham crackers may stick together when freezing. 


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Seth set up the splash pool for William the other day when it was just so hot outside and it was too cute not to share with you guys! <3

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6 Books Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Read

A great list of books creative entrepreneurs/bloggers should read! I haven't seen a lot of these on other lists!
One of my favorite topics to read about is business. I love reading anything talking about blogging, starting a business, leadership, marketing, routines, etc. It's kind of my secret nerd obsession. Today I have six books that I've always remembered in relationship to business/blogging. What are you favorites?


Releated books on my to do read list include: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman, Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley, Work the System by Sam Carpenter, Blogging For Creatives by Robin Houghton, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast  by Lauren Vanderkam.

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