Peach & Vanilla Bean float

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Last week I was able to attend an amazing blogging conference in Salt Lake City called Alt Summit. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but being that I was blessed with a free ticket, I wanted to make sure that I took full advantage of this incredible opportunity. This conference was truly a place of inspiration, for it was filled with so many people whom all shared a love for creating, crafting, styling, and cooking. Everyone I met had a deep desire to improve their blog and wanted to learn how to continually connect with their readers in an authentic way. This conference provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I am forever grateful for. I came to this conference alone, and left with new friends from all over the world. Many of them have recently posted lovely recaps on their recent trip to Alt Summit, so if you are thinking about going, I highly suggest you head over to their site and say hello. Here are just a few you should check out : Ourstylestories.comAnniereeves.com, and S&S Heart.

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Now after that short recap, how excited is everyone that summer has officially arrived?! I realize that it has felt like summer for a while now, and although the weather hasn’t changed much, my state of mind sure has. Lately, all I can think about are bbq’s, ice tea, summer produce, and late summer nights. I really do love this time of year! I adore how the sun rises early, and each time it sets, the sun dazzles us with a multicolored show as it slowly dips below the horizon.

During this time of year, I find myself drinking a lot more “summer time” appropriate beverages. There are so many options that to choose from in order to quench ones thirst on a hot day. But, what do you do when you have a craving for a sweet drink? Sure, an iced coffee sounds great, but why not make a delicious ice cream float filled with some of summer’s finest produce. If you were anything like me as a kid, then the mere mention of a root beer float was enough to make you jump up and down, so naturally making this drink brought back many fond memories for me as a child, so I hope it does the same for you too. So, a float is exactly what I made. I had an excessive amount of peaches in our home, and  bucket of ice cream that was begging to be used. So I stopped by the store to pick up some Dry Vanilla Bean Soda and ended up making a drink that perfectly satisfied my sweet tooth. I really loved the combination of all these ingredients, for they created a perfectly refreshing drink, that ended being just what I needed for a summer night spent on our patio.

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There are a variety of fruits that you can use for this drink, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Also, I am sure it would be fun to play around with different ice cream flavors too. Make this drink your own and enjoy during one of these lovely summer nights

For the recipe, read more here

Vanilla & Peach Floats

Adapted from Southern Living June 2014

2 Servings

·1 Cup Pureed Peach ~ about 2-3 medium peaches

·1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice

·1 Pint good quality Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

· 1 Can of Vanilla Soda ~ I used Dry Vanilla Soda

 

Equipment: Blender/food processor, ice cream scoop, 2 glasses

 

Quarter peaches and blend in blender and food processor until smooth. Add in lemon juice and a tiny pinch of salt and pulse 1-2 more times to incorporate. 

Dived about 1/4 cup of the puree between the two glasses, followed buy a scoop of ice cream. Continue to layer the pure and ice cream until the cups is filled.

Fill the cups with the vanilla soda and garnish with more puree, or some sliced peaches if desired.

Enjoy!