Ice Box Cupcakes: Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files

Whew, that’s a mouthful! (Literally!)

As most of you know, I love cake, and since today is my birthday I’m digging in with some of my favorite flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and Nutella. It’s been cool here, but I still don’t really want to turn on my oven, so these no-bake ice box cupcakes fit the bill. These bad boys are about as easy as they come.

Ingredients:

Oreos or similar sandwich cookie (These are the 365 brand from Whole Foods)
Whipped cream
Nutella
Strawberries, sliced

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files

Instructions:

1. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Separate an Oreo, laying one half in the bottom of the cupcake liner and putting a generous dallop of Nutella on the other. Set aside.

2. Put a tablespoon of whipped cream on the bottom cookie, then layer with sliced strawberries. Place Nutella’d cookie on top.

3. Plop another 1-2 tablespoons of whipped cream over the top cookie. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

While the cupcakes are in the refrigerator, the cream will soften the cookies to give them a cake-y consistency. Top with strawberries when you’re ready to serve!

Ice Box Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Shortcakes | Frock Files

P.S. Love ice box cakes? Try these cute Boston Creme Ice Box Cupcakes!

Life Update: It’s August Already?!

This was July:

This Was July (2014) | Frock Files

Delicious food and gorgeous ambiance at a new restaurant called La Brasa in Somerville.

This Was July (2014) | Frock Files
This Was July (2014) | Frock Files

The biggest highlight of the month: a visit from my parents, who spoiled us (especially Kona) rotten.

This Was July (2014) | Frock Files

This Was July (2014) | Frock Files

After years of comically bad dates, my great friend Stephen finally met The One. (She’s fantastic!) Here they are, two years later. Happily ever after.

This Was July (2014) | Frock Files
This Was July (2014) | Frock Files

With these summer days flying by, we’re trying to remember to enjoy every single moment.

This Was July (2014) | Frock FilesThis Was July (2014) | Frock Files

…even though the trees have already begun to turn.

Here’s to another month of summer (fingers crossed!) fun!

P.S. More photos on Instagram! (Kona has her own account too. Because we’re those crazy dog people.)

The Easiest Salmon

Frock Files: Easy Weeknight Salmon

One of my favorite things to hear is, “I’m not a cook, but when I read blog I think, ‘I can do that!'” This salmon recipe epitomizes that sentiment.

The secret to great salmon is not doing very much to it at all. As I mentioned before, this is my favorite thing to have with a Champagne and Strawberries salad, for a light summertime dinner. For both the salmon and salad, it’s a dinner that takes fewer than 30 minutes to prepare. Hello, weeknights!

Ingredients

2 small salmon fillets
1/2 to 1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

1. Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. We actually use our toaster oven, because–why not?

2. Drop small chunks of butter along the length of the salmon steaks. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper. Bake for 20-23 minutes. If your oven (or toaster oven) has a convection setting, reduce cooking time by 3-5 minutes. Salmon should be pink with just a bit of golden brown around the edges.

3. Serve immediately with a fresh salad! Nom.

Romper Roundup

Summer Style Solution: Rompers | Frock Files

Rompers have never been my thing, simply because I don’t like the bathroom logistics of wearing them. But over the past month I’ve been searching for shorts and I just can’t find any that are dressy and comfortable. All of a sudden, rompers seemed like the solution, rather than a problem. Dressy enough to wear to, say, a 4th of July party. Comfortable enough to hang out in all day. You know how I love problem-solving pretty things.

After a lot of searching, here are my top contenders, covering a range of price points. Do you wear rompers? Are they your fave?

Splendid Short Women’s Romper | Forever 21 Sweet Tie Front Romper | Lulu’s Roxy Tainted Love Romper | LOFT Linen Romper

Chic Cape Style for Summer

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

Usually, when we take our clothes out of storage I find all of these things that I had forgotten about that I love. Not this year. In fact, as we pulled out our summer clothes I remembered how much I needed new clothes at the end of last summer. Shopping, anyone?

I’ve been on the hunt for everything summer, but for a long time I was having difficulty finding things that struck the right balance of casual, comfortable, and chic. When the UK company Joules introduced me to their new US line, I was thrilled to find that so many of their pieces are right up my alley. In fact, take a look and you’ll see splashes vintage floral–I do like to be the walking embodiment of my blog!

Joules asked me to put together a wish list for my ideal summer holiday outfit from their Vacation Shop, and I instantly thought of what I’d wear on a day on Cape Ann.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

When we’re on the North Shore, we might go from a hot dog lunch to a lobster dinner with friends, so it’s important that I wear something that can transition easily. This is just as good for popping into little beachy boutiques as it is for sitting down with a cool glass of white wine.

I love that all of these pieces work so well both together and separately, too. The grey skirt is one of those that I’ll live in all summer, paired with a cami and cardi for the office, with a belt and an embellished top for date night, and just as it is in this collage for basically every other circumstance I can think of.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

And for those summer storms, I’ve already got my eye on a pair of Wellies from Joules’ large selection! They are, after all, English. They know how to conquer rain in style.

Are you already acquainted with Joules? I’d love to hear about what would make your summer style wish list. Until then, enjoy this first official weekend of summer!

This post was sponsored by Joules but all opinions are my very own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make it possible for me to continue investing in Frock Files.

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