Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Going home next week to see my family. Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Nephews, Niece, Granny & Grandad, Aunts, Uncles, etc. All in one spot. Kind of nice. The kids will splash in the creek, catch minnows, feed the horse, go fishing, look for frogs, pick wildflowers, and enjoy a campfire without the possibility of getting fined...(sheesh, do they really think we're going to burn the place down.) I. cannot. wait.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Mint Chocolate Chip
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring (optional)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Stir together the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and peppermint extract until the sugar has dissolved. Color to your liking with the green food coloring. Pour mix into your ice cream maker (process may vary per manufacturer's instructions). Mix about 20 minutes, then add chocolate chips. Continue mixing another 10 minutes. Scoop into freezer safe bowl, cover and freeze another 2 hours.
Cherry with Fudge Brownie Chunks
First make the brownies as follows:
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Melt butter in microwave and stir in cocoa until well blended. Add sugar, mix. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, flour, and salt. Pour into buttered pan and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to completely cool.
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup maraschino cherries, pits/stems removed and cut in quarters
1/4 c. reserved cherry juice
1 c. finely chopped brownie bits
In a large bowl beat egg for about two minutes. Gradually add sugar and beat until dissolved. Mix in vanilla and almond extracts. Stir in heavy cream, milk, and cherry juice. Then add cherry bits.
Pour into ice cream maker, mix 20 minutes, then add brownie bits and continue mixing 10 minutes. Scoop into freezer safe bowl, cover and freeze an additional 2 hours.
Notes: The chips and brownie bits are added after ice cream has thickened to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the mixer. Adding an egg gives the mix a more custard style result...it is raw, so if serving to little ones, use your own judgement. I do not recommend substituting anything low-fat for the heavy cream or whole milk. It will yield a grainy icy textured cream, not the silky smooth stuff you want! Enjoy :)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I came across this site today while reading A Cup Of Jo 's weekly round-up. Photographer Kevin Bauman started taking pictures of abandoned & burned homes in Detroit almost 10 years ago. He believes there are about 12,000 such homes in our city. Anyone who's been to Detroit has seen this, at least on some level. You can see charred mansions from Woodward as you head downtown to see the Tigers and you can see them from any freeway in and out of the city. It's sad. With the economic downturn and fate of the motor industry looking pretty bleak, it's hard to believe that we'll see a huge turnaround anytime soon. Every time we pass one of the forgotten houses, I wonder what it was like in it's prime. Who built it? who lived there? I wonder what the woodwork looks like...how many fireplaces does it have? Did the owners have fancy parties? children? a butler? hmmm...
I recently read another article saying foreign investors were buying hundreds of these houses at a time. Entire neighborhoods. No word on what they plan to do with it. Can you image what would happen if thousands of Anna's moved into Detroit? If people took a chance, put their money, time and hearts into restoring these old homes to their original condition. What a pretty place Detroit could be.
All photos copyright Kevin Bauman.
Actually, I'm not really going anywhere...but I'm still declaring myself off. If the rain stays away, (crossing my fingers), my husband and I might just hit the river in a couple of kayaks. Time to pack a picnic!
Have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
The rain held off this weekend, our little par-tay was a go! I was too busy to take pics but it looked like everyone had fun. The kids blew bubbles and sat around the bonfire, ate way too many cupcakes, and popped a few dozen balloons. The birthday girl spent the rest of the weekend playing sculptor with her new Tinkertoys. Gosh, I forgot how much those are! :)