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blackberry ice cream

Last summer, I made my first attempt at blackberry ice cream.  Homemade blackberry ice cream.  Lucky me…I just happened to have an ice cream maker that I’d received for a wedding gift several years back.  Of course, I’d never taken it out of the box, but that’s beside the point.  The first attempt at ice cream turned out well.  Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph it…therefore, I didn’t blog about it.  Truth be told, maybe that was a good thing.  Because it gave me something to do this Memorial Day weekend.  You know, gave me an excuse to make and eat some stinking good ice cream.

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Truth is, it wasn’t terribly hard to make. And remember, if I can make it, anyone can make it.

blackberry ice cream
ingredients:
2 pints fresh blackberries
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups half & half
1 cup sugar

5 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

equipment needs:
fine mesh strainer
ice cream maker

directions:
Add blackberries to medium saucepan, adding 1/4 cup sugar and juice of 1/2 lemon. Cover and cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes.
Drain using the fine mesh strainer, pressing the berries until as much juice as possible has been extracted. Set juice aside.

Next, heat half & half and the remaining 1 cup sugar in a separate sauce pan over low heat. Turn heat off once mixture is totally heated through.

In a separate bowl, add heavy cream. Set aside.

Beat egg yolks until yolks are pale yellow and slightly thick. Temper the yolks by drizzling 1 1/2 cups of half and half/sugar mixture, whisking constantly. Next, pour the egg/half & half mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the half & half mixture. Cook over low to medium-low heat until the mixture is thick. Stirring constantly. No really, keep stirring.

Drain the custard mix using the fine mesh strainer. Pour into the heavy cream. Stir to combine.
Add blackberry juice to the cream/custard mixture and stir well.

Chill mixture completely, then follow your ice cream maker instructions.

See, easy.
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Christmas gift ideas!

Christmas will be fast upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until now to start thinking about gift ideas.  So as I’m browsing sites, I’m going to toss some preciously adorable ideas at you.


Yes, they are dishwashing gloves, but they’re cute!
And don’t you want to look cute even when cleaning dirty dishes?
*can be found on etsy courtesy of fresh studio.

How about this “table for one dish”?


Head over to anthropologie for this one.

How about a beautiful cake stand?
I must warn you…yes,it is pretty, but it definitely isn’t cheap…just sayin’.

A few ideas to get you going. Come back soon for more holiday gift ideas.
I might even throw in a a few eclectic and silly ones.
After all, Christmas should be fun, right?

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A Thanksgiving List

As we’re merely hours away from Eatfest 2010, I thought I’d throw a list up here. This time, for things that I’m thankful for…in no particular order. 1. Family. They may drive me bonkers, but I love ‘em. And can’t imagine my nutso life without them. 2. The husband. Even though he technically falls into the family category, he kind of deserves his own mention. 094 3. Food. Because without food, this little blog would never exist. apples at farmer's mkt_edited-1 4. My pets (Gus, the cat, not shown). This is what I come home to every day. Doesn’t get any better than this. front door 5. You guys. Plain and simple I ♥ you guys. And if you’re wondering who you are, look at all of the links listed on this blog. You keep me entertained. You make me want to be a better photographer, a better cook, a better baker, a better home decorator, a better movie buff, and a better smart a$$. And each one of you guys has inspired me whether you know it or not. So thank you all. Now go enjoy this Thanksgiving eat-a-thon with your loved ones…(or the ones you barely tolerate).

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Witch’s Brew

While visiting with my neighbors the other night, their son, this little guy:

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gave me the cutest little Halloween treat ever…
a bag of Witch’s Brew.

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And since we’re in the home stretch for all things Halloween, it needed to be shared…

Because who doesn’t love bat bones?
Or pigeon poop?
Or ghost noses?

I know I do.

So if you’ve got any last minute Halloween treats to whip up, this one should definitely go on your list.

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A Fabulous Fourth

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Hopefully, everyone has recovered from another festive 4th of July. At my house, we ate. And then ate some more.
And today, I’m still in a food come.
We didn’t do anything special because I’m a loser dork who doesn’t know how to throw a party. Instead, we kept it simple.  I did in fact make the Pioneer Woman’s bacon wrapped jalapenos.  Except I took it a step further and added a four cheese blend to the mix. Then, instead of baking them, we grilled them.
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To say they were good is an understatement. And did I mention, easy?

And there may have been some of this going on too.
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Don’t judge me. It’s tasty.

We finished the night watching the local fireworks display with a few thousand of our closest friends. As it turns out, the suburbs have a fantastic fireworks show. {Reason #22 why I love the ‘burbs.}
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How did you spend your 4th? With friends? Family?
Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend!

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It’s Independence Day

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And that means it’s time to light up your sparklers, go watch some fireworks, and eat your faces off. And although I’m totally lame and have zero plans for this holiday weekend, I have a nice idea of what I would like to do, eat, and drink. Maybe one day I’ll be uber cool and actually host this holiday party. 

Menu:
bacon wrapped jalapenos
hamburgers
potato salad
blackberry pie
firefly vodka/lemonade

 

And although I’m no planner, I could at least pretend for a hot minute because I would totally decorate it to the nines.
red white and blue glasses
courtesy of ikea

Nautical Lantern, Small, Red

Sausalito Melamine Dinner Plate, Blue, Set of 4

Flameless Pillar Candle, 4", Ivory

courtesy of pottery barn

Stick around kids. This may actually happen. One day.  Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if and when it ever does.

Happy 4th of July my friends!
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Happy Easter!

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Hope you have a happy, family filled Easter.

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