Monday, July 20, 2009

Still screaming...

National Ice Cream Month continues with vanilla bean topped with bittersweet hot fudge and toasted pecans!

It's a girl!

I made this cutie this weekend for a baby shower. Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I scream, you scream

July is half over and I just discovered it's National Ice Cream month. Gasp - it's time to get busy! I don't really need an excuse like a presidential proclamation (Ronald Reagan in '84 if you're curious) to dust off my Cuisinart Supreme and get churning, but now I feel a responsibility - as an American. For the rest of the month I'll be stocking up on cream, trying to figure out what to do with all the excess egg whites and making lots and lots of ice cream. First up = caramel served with a sprinkling of fleur de sel - delish!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Strawberry goodness

Making strawberry jam each year is one of my favorite traditions. I'm not a huge fan of the process - especially the endlessly sticky kitchen - yet the result is well worth it! I have branched out and added apricot, blackberry and plum to my repertoire, but there's just something about the strawberry. My husband procured three flats of gorgeous, organic berries (they were so fresh, I made it through about a flat and a half without finding a squishy one) for me, so I made a TON of jam. Want to try it? Leave me a comment by Friday and I will randomly choose 3 people to receive a pint from my reserves (I don't get a lot of comments, so your chances are really good!).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

We had a lovely and fun-filled 4th. Hope you had a great day too!
(my culinary contributions for the day included French Laundry donut holes for the parade and a peach pie for the BBQ)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Double duty decorations

I recently hosted two parties - a baby shower benefiting Brighter Beginnings with my mom's club and a birthday party for my fabulous mom, Lois. As luck would have it, the parties were one week apart (with vacation in between) so the decorations did double duty. I didn't have a big budget for the decor so I dug through my crafty supplies and came up with fabric from a previous quilt project for the bunting, scraps of scrapbook paper for the pinwheels & prize ribbons (I found a great tutorial here)and zinnias from my garden. I've promised to pass the the bunting along to a friend, but I'm still not quite ready to part with it. Maybe just one more party...
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