Farewell Summer + Berry Lime Coconut Ice Cream

Here it is. The last day of summer. I thought I would share some recent photos of how we spent our late summer days.


kiddos playing with the water hose


planning some meals for the new season


Late summer peaches. I love the late summer sunlight that comes through our sunroom during this time of year. It gives everything that perfect glow.


tried a new rosé


clippings from the yard became part of the table decor for dinner one summer night


A couple of weeks ago I made this ice cream and decided to plate it using coconuts as bowls. The tricky part was cracking them, but they do make quite the fancy and summery presentation. Perfect as dessert bowls. Thank you Pinterest and Kara for the idea. It didn’t take long for the ice cream to start melting on this late summer day, but we still enjoyed it. This homemade ice cream with berries, coconut milk, and lime juice has become a summer favorite. The coconut adds sweetness and the lime juice makes it refreshing – the perfect combination. I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my summer repertoire.

Berry Coconut Lime Ice Cream

8 oz mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
juice of 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 can coconut cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
toasted coconut chips, to serve
lime wedges, to serve or garnish

1. Mix together the berries, lime juice, 1 tablespoons of sugar, and vanilla extract. Let sit for 15 minutes, then mash roughly with a fork. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut cream, whole milk, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Fold in the berries with the juice.
3. Taste the mixture, and if you find it needs more sugar add a tiny bit more.
4. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker.

Shop the post:

Williams Sonoma Melamine Plates, Pottery Barn Essential White Salad PlatesWilliams Sonoma Queen Anne Platter, Pottery Barn Belgian Linen Everyday TableclothSur La Table Striped Shirt Napkins, Blue Willow Platter {found at HomeGoods}, Pottery Barn Wine Opener {on sale}, Wood Board {similar here}, White Melamine Spoons from Casas & Ideas, Jonathan Adler Bowl {similar here} {holding peaches}

A Note

You may have noticed a maintenance mode message if you popped in earlier. A DOSE OF PRETTY is currently undergoing some tweaks so bare with me while the transition happens. Also, excuse the absence from the blog. I’ll be back soon sharing more photos of my travels. I hope you are having a great week.

Photography by Lesley Veronika Phography

La Tour Hassan Hotel, Morocco

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Hôtel La Tour Hassan Palace
26, Rue de Chellah BP 14., Rabat, Morocco

The hubby was lucky to call this luxurious hotel his home for his first three months living in Rabat. Not only is the hotel beautifully filled with Moroccan treasures and tiled walls, the customer service was excellent. It certainly enhanced our Moroccan experience to be surrounded by such beauty and elegance. One night we enjoyed drinks on the patio, but I could have easily chosen any other spot shown above. While you are there, take advantage of the spa services and enjoy a meal at one of their amazing restaurants.