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    Ever since I picked up a jar of rose petal jam on my trip to Paris this summer, I've been obsessed with it. Rose petals have been used in sweet and savory cooking around the world for hundreds of years. They deliver a wildly romantic and unexpected taste sensation. I'm serious. 

    If you're not the type to eat flowers, we'd love to tempt you to try something new. If you're STILL not convinced, at least look at the stunningly beautiful photos and dream of what could be. And what woman doesn't love roses, anyway?

    Behold these 8 beautiful rose-petal recipes (pesticide-free, of course). Ooh la la!

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    Few things in this world say summer more than the ice cream truck. Just the music is enough to start a Pavlovian response in most children that usually involves squeals of delight and begging mom and dad for cash, pronto. To make matters more exciting, few parents can resist getting in on the fun themselves (hence summertime weight gain!), but let's face it: It's all part of the charm.

    So what kind of person are you? When you choose from the truck, are you the kind of person who goes for the classic red Popsicle? Or do you get more adventurous and go for the Drumstick?

    Here are six classic ice cream truck choices and what picking them says about YOU:

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    If you're anything like me then you might have some kids at home complaining about being hot and bored this summer! I'm always open to trying out new activities I see, and when "ice cream in a bag" pins started making their way through my Pinterest stream, I knew my children would love to try it!

    To start, I gathered heavy cream, vanilla, milk, and sugar. I added those ingredients to a small Ziploc bag, put that into a larger Ziploc bag, and covered it with ice and rock salt.

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    What is it about summertime making us always want ice cream? Even on days when it's not particularly hot, those cravings still seem to constantly sneak their way in. Or maybe I just want ice cream all the time. 

    Recently we sat down with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams to talk about tips for making the perfect ice cream sundae. Jeni's sells ice cream online, in stores, and in scoop shops, so there's always somewhere for you to get those sweet treats. Jeni also has a cookbook, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts," so you can get all of those great flavors on your own right in your kitchen! 

    We love ice cream and Jeni's recipe ideas, we're giving away a gift package including a copy of "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts" cookbook and a $75 gift card! The perfect summer treat. 

    To enter for a chance to win, let us know: 

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    As the dog days of summer approach, it's hard to justify heating up the house by turning on the oven to prepare a delicious dessert

    Still, there's no reason to skip the sweets -- especially when outrageously good no-bake options abound. 

    The following are five cool and tasty treats perfect for summertime ... no baking required! Enjoy!

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    Lately I've got ice cream on my mind. Not just ice cream, but ice cream concoctions -- sundaes, sandwiches, you name it. I've been craving decadent ice cream desserts like crazy lately. So I've been looking around the web for sundae inspiration. AND! I just tapped Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and chef of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, for her sundae-building tips. Bauer is also the author of the insanely yummy cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. And all I can say is: We are about to change our ice cream sundae game in a major way.

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    Whether you're celebrating a birthday or simply looking for a show-stopping summertime dessert, ice cream cake is always a crowd-pleaser.

    Not only is this cool and creamy homemade confection a hit with all ages, it costs approximately a third of what a store-bought cake will set you back, and it can be prepared in 10 minutes or less.  

    Another bonus: Since you're the chef, feel free to mix and match your favorite flavors and toppings. Then sit back and enjoy the rave reviews!

    Note: The most challenging thing about this recipe is not going back for seconds (or thirds!).

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    If you're an ice cream fanatic, then you're totally going to flip over two new flavors Ben & Jerry's introduced, which are both inspired from popular sketches on Saturday Night Live.

    I know ... when I first heard that, I was all, "Huh?!?" too. But it makes perfect sense. I promise.

    The first new flavor is called "Lazy Sunday," and it's based on the sketch by the same name featuring Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell. And duh, since "Lazy Sunday" centers around a love for cupcakes, I'm sure you can only imagine how to die for this particular flavor sounds.

    Seriously. I'd happily gain a few pounds for a tub of this stuff.

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    In my family, the summer months are all about birthdays. Me, my sister, one of my brothers, and my dad -- we are all June and July babies. While it's a great time of year to celebrate, it can also be also be tough on the people putting together those celebrations. That's because birthdays mean one thing (in addition to saying hooray to passage of time) -- baking a cake. And nothing is quite so brutal as standing in front of a oven on a hot, hot day. 

    That's where this killer 4 ingredient no-bake cake comes into play! Save yourself a trip to the grocery store, time in the kitchen, AND from having to turn that evil oven on! This cake is so good, and so easy, you might wish you had more summertime birthday friends. Even better, you might just start inventing reasons to eat cake everyday. Everyday = cake day. 

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    It isn't officially summer until your kids are covered head to toe in melted popsicles. Who cares about the mess? That's what sprinklers and dogs who love to lick were made for, right? Exactly. Still, keeping the house fully stocked with the icy treats can be a hassle, and you don't want kids totally wired on sugar day in and day as they run in tiny little circles banging their heads on the wall, do you? 

    I've got a solution to the sugar madness, the no-school boredom, AND the popsicle problem! Boom! I'm a problem-solving machine! Get the kiddos on board and make your own red, white, and blue rocket popsicles! Of course you can update this recipe to make any ol' type of popsicle you desire, but something about the red, white, and blue popsicles always makes me giddy with thoughts of summer. This recipe does mean investing in popsicle molds, but trust me -- they are cheap and basically pay for themselves. 

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