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Spring has sprung. For real this time! There were a few false starts and warm days that quickly turned cold, but the blossoms are out and the sun is showing itself more and more with each passing day. Every single year I forget how incredibly gorgeous Rhode Island is in the spring. This year, local…

Wicked Tulip Farm4Spring has sprung. For real this time! There were a few false starts and warm days that quickly turned cold, but the blossoms are out and the sun is showing itself more and more with each passing day. Every single year I forget how incredibly gorgeous Rhode Island is in the spring. This year, local flower nerds were abuzz with the gossip that a pick-your-own tulip farm was opening in Johnston, Rhode Island. Anyone who knows me well knows that I penciled in a flower date the very minute I heard the news! Wicked Tulip Farm2 Wicked Tulip Farm9 Wicked Tulip Farm1If you are local- or even within an hour drive- I would highly suggest a trip to Wicked Tulips Flower Farm. The tulips are so gorgeous, and there are so many varieties and colors. If you plan to go on the weekend, it might be smart to buy your tickets ahead of time. It was packed on a Thursday morning, so I can only imagine that the weekends will certainly be crowded. Wicked Tulip Farm7Wicked Tulip Farm Wicked Tulip Farm13 Wicked Tulip Farm6 Wicked Tulip Farm5 I let the boys pick our tulips and I was so surprised at the colors they chose. Our bouquet was stunning- in fact several people stopped to comment on it! Of course with Vijay wearing his SpiderMan costume and a random dinosaur mask, I suppose we were rather hard to miss! Wicked Tulip Farm11 Wicked Tulip Farm12 Wicked Tulip Farm14

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Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet EVENTS!

I am so thrilled to share with you a packed calendar of book events coming up this spring and summer. I’m taking Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to NYC, Seattle, San Fransisco, Michigan and more, all thanks to my amazing sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com. I hope to see you there- it’s going to be a blast!…

Strawberry Cheesecake copy I am so thrilled to share with you a packed calendar of book events coming up this spring and summer. I’m taking Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to NYC, Seattle, San Fransisco, Michigan and more, all thanks to my amazing sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com. I hope to see you there- it’s going to be a blast! Check out my EVENTS page for the most up-to-date information.

Sunday, May 1, 3:30-4pm
Food Book Fair, Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I’ll be in the garden with sweet samples and signing books at the 5th annual Food Book Fair! Tons of panels, workshops, and events are taking place during the fair, as well as Foodieodicals; an indie food magazine festival-within-the-fair. Follow along at #FBF2016.

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Sunday, May 22, 11am-1pm
Home Launch, Providence, RI

Join me at my home for a family-friendly, all-are-welcome bash, hosted along with Stock. There will be party games, ice cream making demos, book signing and samples galore! To RSVP and receive directions to my home, please use this form.

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Friday June 10, 3pm-5pm
Baked NYC, TriBeCa, NYC

Brownie à la Mode, anyone?! I’ll be setting up shop inside one of my favorite classic American bakeries at Baked NYC, on 279 Church Street between White and Franklin. There will be tasty treats to sample, books available for signing, and maybe even a beer or two to ease you into the weekend.

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Saturday June 11, 11am-1pm
Union Square Greenmarket, NYC

Located in one of New York City’s great public spaces, the Union Square Greenmarket is one of the biggest and most well-known farmer’s markets in the country. You know how I feel about farmer’s markets! I’ll be signing at the GrowNYC tent on Union Square West between 15th and 16th st. Swing by and say hi, and pick up a signed copy with your summer produce.

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Sunday, June 19, 2-3pm
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a must-see for anyone with a green thumb. I’m so happy they’ve asked me to return for a sweet treats demo and book signing! Click here to pre-register. This event is FREE with admission.

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Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-7:30pm
Omnivore Books on Food, San Francisco, CA

Cross this off my bucket list! A book signing at Omnivore Books is a dream come true. I’ll be whipping up tasty frozen treats, and giving away fabulous prizes from my lovely sponsors Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com.

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Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8pm
Book Larder, Seattle, WA

I can’t wait to get into the kitchen space at Seattle’s famed cookbook store, Book Larder. I’ll be making some delicious treats and signing books and I couldn’t be more excited. There will be amazing giveaways as well, provided by my wonderful sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com.

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Saturday, July 16, 10am-12pm
Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI

I always spend July in Northern Michigan with my family, and I am so excited to bring Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet to the Great Lakes State and the wonderful indie bookstore Horizon Books. Once again, my fabulous sponsors, Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com will be providing door prizes. Stop by on your way to brunch for a sweet treats demo and signing!

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Today’s the DAY!

Today is the day! I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let…

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I am so thrilled to announce that Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet is out in the world. I cannot wait to see what recipes you make, so be sure to tag me @ch_chitnis and use the hashtag #icycreamy so that I can take a peek. In the coming weeks and months, I’ll let you know as different recipes are showcased online and in print- lots of exciting things coming up! You can find my book at any of the retailers listed below, or your local bookstore. Thank you all for your unwavering support over the years and the love that you have shown my books.

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And now for the most thrilling news imaginable! I’m going on a BOOK TOUR sponsored by Vitamix and HawaiianShavedIce.com, both companies that I use and love, and both of which played a prominent role in the making of this book. So what exactly does that mean? Well, that means we’re busy planning amazing events in Providence, NYC, Seattle and San Francisco!  West Coast, I’m coming for you! Stay tuned for more to come in the weeks ahead. I look forward to meeting you at book events this summer!

IcyCreamyHealthySweet If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to photograph and style an entire cookbook- well, here’s my working wall! I devoted a wall in my studio to the book, and after every shoot I would print out the pictures that made the cut and tape them to the wall. When I stood back from it I could easily tell when a picture didn’t fit. I had a very specific aesthetic in mind for the book: light, clean, bright and cheerful. I wanted it to feel like a beautiful summer day- and I really hope I accomplished that goal. I’m pleased as punch with how it turned out and when I look back at this wall, it kinda blows my mind how much work went into the making of this book! I guess I was having so much fun with it I didn’t realize what a big task it really was. To celebrate the birthday of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet I am giving away two copies on Instagram, so hop over and enter for your your chance to win! Icy Creamy

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Terrain in Westport, CT

Spring is here in full force…how did that happen so darn fast!? With the first blooms appearing my mind turns toward gardening and there is no better place to draw gardening inspiration than Terrain in Westport, CT. The first thing that greets you when you walk through the doors is this gorgeous potting display, which…

Terrain at Westport 3 Spring is here in full force…how did that happen so darn fast!? With the first blooms appearing my mind turns toward gardening and there is no better place to draw gardening inspiration than Terrain in Westport, CT. The first thing that greets you when you walk through the doors is this gorgeous potting display, which is pretty much what my dream potting table looks like! Terrain at Westport 15 Terrain at Westport 13 Terrain at Westport 16 Do you have a favorite color combination- one that just makes your heart sing? Mine is a certain blue-green, and dusty rose…and what do you know, it was on display throughout the shop. I had to stop myself from buying up this whole display just so that I could recreate it at home! That pitcher…that pink glass…those adorable enamel mugs- I loved them all. Terrain at Westport 14 Terrain at Westport 4 Terrain at Westport For all of the beauty and inspiration, I did leave empty-handed. I am trying to be incredibly conscious of what I bring into my home these days, and how I spend my money. And it is a funny thing- just looking at these pictures makes me as happy as if I would have bought every little thing that I loved. The pictures capture the styling and beauty, in a way that a single object can’t quite do. So enjoy this bit of eye candy, and have a lovely weekend. Next week is the launch of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet and I am so thrilled by all that is planned. It is going to be an exciting spring and summer- I can’t wait!Terrain at Westport 8 Terrain at Westport 6 Terrain at Westport 12 Terrain at Westport 11 Terrain at Westport 10

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A Weekend Away, NYC

What a weekend of beauty and inspiration! I’ll tell you, traveling with Elizabeth is such a treat. We both love to find balance between adventure and relaxation when we travel, and by that I mean days filled with beautiful food, explorations and shopping, and evenings filled with chick flicks. We might have been back at…

NYC1 What a weekend of beauty and inspiration! I’ll tell you, traveling with Elizabeth is such a treat. We both love to find balance between adventure and relaxation when we travel, and by that I mean days filled with beautiful food, explorations and shopping, and evenings filled with chick flicks. We might have been back at the hotel by 10pm, but we were laughing well past the wee morning hours. After a winter filled with solo parenting, it was the perfect rejuvenating weekend away. And as luck would have it my husband took the boys to Florida for the week to join my dad and brother for a little spring break boy’s vacation. I have to work this week, so I am now by myself here at home. It feels weird to be in an empty (really clean!) house and I am kinda loving having some time to catch up on work, spring clean, and sew/ knit late into the night.  Greenmarket, NYC TulipsGreenmarket But back to NYC- we spent most of our time walking around, ducking into little shops and eating. It’s funny- neither of us were craving heavy, rich food. Instead we sought out little cafes with great coffee and light eats. Our absolute favorite was Bluestone Lane, an Australian coffee shop. Their almond milk coffee, and grilled gluten-free banana bread with whipped ricotta are the stuff dreams are made of and I would gladly move to NYC just to eat breakfast there every morning. Please come to Providence Bluestone Lane- I’ll be your most loyal customer. Promise! Church NYC Blooms NYC3 The Butcher's Daughter Village We were lucky enough to have great weather- a bit chilly, but nothing we couldn’t handle. This made for the perfect walking weather, and we had some lovely strolls through Greenwich Village and Soho, the Upper West Side and Midtown. The magnolia trees were in full bloom and it was just gorgeous.

Purl SohoPurl Soho2 Purl Projects Of course we made it to our favorite two shops- Purl Soho and ABC Home. Endless beauty and inspiration. I left with a few skeins of yarn, including two of Purl’s new Linen Quill, which I am really excited to try.  ABC Home 2 ABC Home4 ABC Home 3 ABC Home 4 ABC Home 1 It’s nice to be back in Providence now, awaiting spring and the return of my boys. I’m excited to take some time this week to get caught up on life before we embark on what is shaping up to be a busy and exciting season, filled with travel and new projects. And maybe…just maybe another weekend trip to NYC. I always leave wanting more. Spring in NYC

 

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Easter Eggs- a few ways

I love Easter- it is such a beautiful holiday, one that celebrates rebirth and hope. It just so happens that Easter crafting is my favorite! Here is a fun round-up of different egg decorating tutorials I’ve shared over the years. It’s not too late to whip up some Easter egg fun! Playing with natural dyes…

Botanical eggsI love Easter- it is such a beautiful holiday, one that celebrates rebirth and hope. It just so happens that Easter crafting is my favorite! Here is a fun round-up of different egg decorating tutorials I’ve shared over the years. It’s not too late to whip up some Easter egg fun!Natural dyeNatural dye 1 Playing with natural dyes it my absolute favorite! I’ve given detailed instructions in this post, as well as this one, as to how to dye eggs with ingredients you likely have around the kitchen. For the botanical print eggs pictured at the very top, I used natural dyes and this tutorial from Erin of Reading My Tea Leaves. When the boys are a bit older and have more patience, I’d love to try the botanical eggs again! This year, we just used natural dyes, with the occasional rubberband wrapped around the egg to achieve stripes. Their favorite part was then peeling and eating the multicolored hard-boiled eggs! Oh boys.Succulant eggs 1Succulant eggs Another fun egg craft includes blowing out the eggs, dying them and using them as planters for tiny little succulents and flowers. This is definitely a craft for older kids, and more delicate crafters. Blowing out the eggs does take some work! I wrote more about it here. Eggs w pansy Finally, if you are in a real hurry (let’s say the morning of Easter, perhaps!), this craft will save you! Simply cut little hats out of colorful paper and rest them on top of a few eggs. If you’re so inclined you might even draw funny little faces. I think these would be adorable place-markers at the kids Easter table. Have fun and happy Easter!Easter eggs w hats Eggs w hat

 

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Stash Busting

I had a thought last year when I was going through my sweater collection…here’s a stash of unused yarn, right here in the form of a sweater that I never, ever wear. The painful part was coming to terms with ripping out a piece that had taken me months to knit, but here’s the thing:…

v-neck I had a thought last year when I was going through my sweater collection…here’s a stash of unused yarn, right here in the form of a sweater that I never, ever wear. The painful part was coming to terms with ripping out a piece that had taken me months to knit, but here’s the thing: when I buy yarn for a sweater I invest in really nice, gorgeous yarn that can withstand the test of time. If that sweater isn’t getting loved and worn, isn’t the fabulous yarn better used in a different, more wearable sweater? The answer for me is a resounding YES. I don’t want anything in my closet that I don’t wear, handknit sweaters included. And so my Liv cardigan got ripped out about halfway and refashioned into a simple, v-neck sweater. And I am thrilled with the results. This fits my style; simple, classic and a bit tomboy-ish. Nothing fancy or fussy. AB5A3648 In other news, I am absolutely obsessed with colorwork. I find it pretty magical to watch the pattern come to life as you knit. All of a sudden where there where just a few random knits of one color, and a few random knits of another, a flower comes to life. It really is magical. The pattern for these mitts was generously shared by leighside knits, the most gifted of all mitt knitters!  I love the pointy tips- so whimsical and elfin. We had a few days of warm weather this week and everyone is whispering about spring. Feeling that vibe I picked out the prettiest quince blossom-color of yarn, which will be made into a birthday sweater for a sweet little girl.  I love looking down while I’m knitting and finding a burst of spring right there on my needles! As we head into spring, what is on your needles?

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Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet Pre-Order Giveaway

In less than a month ICY CREAMY HEALTHY SWEET hits bookshelves and to celebrate I have a gift for everyone who pre-orders the book!  It’s my little way of saying a great big thank you for all of your support! If you pre-order the book in the next two weeks, I will send you a…

AB5A3825_uc In less than a month ICY CREAMY HEALTHY SWEET hits bookshelves and to celebrate I have a gift for everyone who pre-orders the book!  It’s my little way of saying a great big thank you for all of your support! If you pre-order the book in the next two weeks, I will send you a free 5 x 7 professionally printed photograph (the one above of the blackberries and blueberries!). I framed my print and it lives in my kitchen, where it constantly reminds me that the bounty of summer is right around the corner!

After you order the book, simply fill out THIS FORM with your name, address and purchasing information. And if you’ve already ordered the book (thank you!) – not to worry, you can still fill out the form to receive your print.

So, to receive your free print:

  1. Pre-order your copy of Icy Creamy Healthy Sweet from any of the following retailers: Amazon / Roost / IndieBound / Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill out THIS FORM with your name, address and purchase information.
  3. That’s it…you’re all set! Your print will arrive in the mail in 2-4 weeks. If you have any questions, or if you live internationally, simply shoot me an email and we can work it out!

And can I just say…this book is a beauty. It exceeded all of my expectations in terms of design and feel: hardcover, matte pages and full-page color pictures for every recipe! Inside you will find 75 recipes for frozen yogurt, pops, dairy-free ice cream, slushies, shakes, granitas, snow cones, ice cream sandwiches and more. And here’s the kicker…they are all FREE of refined sugar. This book reflects my ongoing dedication to providing my family sweet treats that rely on natural sweeteners without compromising taste one bit. I think my favorite two recipes are Raspberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate (make it with farm fresh, just picked berries- seriously, just do it!) and Black Forest Pops with Homemade Cherry Compote.  Oh, and the Gingerbread Cookies with Chai Ginger Ice Cream, and the Tart Cherry Limeade Slushies … well, you get the picture!

I know it is early to be thinking about frozen treats, but trust me, you’ll be happy to have this baby in your kitchen once the temperatures soar! Here’s a little peek inside at a few of my favorite spreads…

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*photos in this post by the fabulous Forrest Elliott

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Vacationing

A week back from Jamaica and it already seems like a lifetime ago. We were lucky enough to vacation with my parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law. Once you vacation with family, you’ll never want to vacation alone again (if you have small kids, that is). There are so many helping hands and so many willing…

Jamaica1 A week back from Jamaica and it already seems like a lifetime ago. We were lucky enough to vacation with my parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law. Once you vacation with family, you’ll never want to vacation alone again (if you have small kids, that is). There are so many helping hands and so many willing playmates, that as parents you get a real break. I’m so thankful for the strong bonds that my boys have with my family. It is really something special to see.

Jamaica, at the farmJamaica, at the farm1Jamaica farm, horseJamaica, at the farm2 We rented a villa all together at a resort in Montego Bay. There is a little farm on the property, as well as several pools, tennis courts, a golf course, a put-put course, playgrounds and of course, beaches. The property is sprawling which makes it perfect for long walks and scooter rides. Although the resort is beautiful and well-kept it doesn’t have an overly-fancy or all-inclusive feel to it. Instead it feels like you’re at home in a little beach-side neighborhood. The staff is exceptional as well- the guys who run the tennis program are so great and as a family that loves racquet sports, we have a ton of fun. It was especially amazing to see Vik take off with his tennis game. He’s such a great little athlete, and asked to play for several hours every day!

Jamaica basketsHalf Moon Bay, JamaicaHalf Moon BayHalf Moon Bay spaOther than that we spent our time on the beach or in the pool, relaxing and soaking in the sun rays. It’s funny- when we returned home I thought that is what the boys would miss the most, the warm weather. Instead they missed having all our family around. When I asked them if they’d want to live in Jamaica they replied, “Only with Grammy and Papa.”  That’s pretty high praise from two little island boys!

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Jamaica, Local Flavor

Now that we’re back in Rhode Island it’s hard to believe that somewhere out there the sun is beating down on white hot sand while the ocean waves roll lazily on the shore. It’s hard to believe that somewhere out there it is 80 degrees with the slightest breeze blowing in off the ocean, rustling…

Jamaica, at the market2Now that we’re back in Rhode Island it’s hard to believe that somewhere out there the sun is beating down on white hot sand while the ocean waves roll lazily on the shore. It’s hard to believe that somewhere out there it is 80 degrees with the slightest breeze blowing in off the ocean, rustling the leaves of the palm trees. But what is really hard to believe is that we choose to live here in New England when we could be living there (joking…kind of)! Our trip to Jamaica was heaven on earth. It was so nice to escape the winter sickness that had descended on our family during the last few months. Digging our toes into the sand, basking in the sun and swimming the day away in the ocean proved to be immensely healing. We’re back and feeling good!Jamaica fish

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Jamaica menu Of course all of the Vitamin C helped too. We indulged in fresh pineapple ever morning, and coconut water straight out of the coconut every lunchtime. Jamaica is a place of such abundance in terms of local food offerings. We ate so well while we were there- lobster, fish, jerk chicken, tropical fruits and avocado as big as our heads- it was all so incredibly fresh and delicious. I spent an afternoon wandering the market and trying all kinds of interesting fruits: soursop, custard apple, sweetsop, guava and naseberry. I also bought bags of sugar cane for swirling in our nightly piña colada (made with fresh coconut meat and fresh pineapple- heaven on earth).

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Jamaica, at the market The seafood offerings made for some memorable dinners. Curry crab and jerk lobster were the crowd favorites, served alongside fried plantains and rice and beans. There is also a Jamaican fish dish called Escovich, which is best described as lightly fried red snapper served with vinegar pickled vegetables. It is so tasty.

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