10.16.2014

Hello...

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I've missed writing.  I've sat down to type a few times in the last week but the words don't seem to come.  Or at least they don't seem to come in time for me to type them. 

Sleep has been slim some nights and one day often seems to run into the next

I've been so thankful for opportunities and inspirations to create and share.  For cool mornings bundled in blankets and warm days to do school outside.  I'm thankful for a garden that is still producing lettuce, even in mid October.  And always, always thankful for grace. 


Tomorrow is Miss A's day.  She will be 7.  When I was pregnant with her God taught me some amazing and valuable lessons.  Sweet memories.  She is full of life and loves deeply.  I'm thankful for her.

How is your October friends? Can you believe it's half over already?
 

10.11.2014

I found it!

He stopped, pointed and shouted, "Whoa, ook! I ound it!  Moon!"  

He was enamored.  I likely wouldn't have stopped to notice.  

His excitement is contagious and loud.  He begs me to see and enjoy things that I would have passed over time and time again. 

10.10.2014

Friday!


Wow it's been busy around here.  Everyday Summit has been busier the last couple weeks and the new ideas have been popping up in my head so I've been drawing and painting a lot more. Which is fabulous but that means less time for writing. 

I am super excited to share another new ice cream recipe with you soon though, it's a birthday inspired recipe I've been wanting to try for quite awhile. Did you catch the latest
s'mores recipe?

These cookies look delicious!

Have you visited Kiki at In Its Time?  She is so fun and down to earth and I love her Project 365 posts. Lovely photos that remind me to pic up my camera and capture beautiful moments. 

Anyone have a Vitamix out there?  I'd love to know your favorite recipes!  I was super blessed to receive one as a bday gift. I made a carrot spread the other day that we used as a dip, it was delicious and so easy!

This breakfast pizza looks yum!  I recently made a no nut pesto and it was delicious!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend friends.  I hope you enjoy every ounce of refreshing fall.






10.01.2014

Winner!!


I hope you are all enjoying fall.  I can't believe it's the first day of October!  

Nine years ago today I became a Mama for the first time.  So today we are celebrating Mr. G with a cooking themed party and a chocolate cake that fell apart on me last night that I need to figure out how to salvage later today. 



Now what you're waiting for...

 Thanks to all who entered the Fall Giveaway!  I loved hearing your favorite things about fall. 
 
Congrats to Gabrielle M., you are the acorn mug winner! I've emailed you.



If you didn't win and still want and acorn mug you can find them here. Stay tuned for more Everyday Summit giveaways in the future. Have an excellent day friends!

9.30.2014

S'mores Ice Cream



I am LOVING trying out some fall flavors in our ice cream.  Here's the Pumpkin Spice ice cream in case you missed it.  Who doesn't love s'mores?  I like mine sans chocolate of course but am all about the graham and the mallow.  While some could argue s'mores are really more for summer, I think of bonfires more in the fall and what's a bonfire without a s'more?!

The marshmallow in this recipe is actually a honey sweetened meringue style frosting from The Nourishing Gourmet.

One great think about this recipe is that the mallow swirl uses the leftover egg whites that you don't use in the ice cream.   The swirl can be made ahead of time but it may separate in the fridge if left overnight, if it does just mix it up again with the hand mixer before you swirl into the ice cream and the honey will reincorporate.

Lately whenever I'm trying to do a photo shoot, this sweet face shows up in the frame and he squints his eyes and stands real still.


S'mores Ice Cream
(dairy free)

Chocolate Ice Cream:
2 cans coconut milk, NOT reduced fat (I prefer Thai kitchen)
4 egg yolks (set whites aside!)
1/2 cup honey
Pinch of salt

Mallow Swirl:
4 egg whites
2/3 cup honey
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Follow the instructions on this recipe for honey vanilla seven minute frosting. It makes a great mallow stand-in.

1-In a bowl whisk 4 egg yolks and honey together until very well combined. Set this bowl aside.

2-Pour both cans of coconut milk into a medium saucepan whisk in pumpkin and all the spices until well combined. Place saucepan on stove over medium heat and "scald" (bring to just before boiling...do not burn!).

3-When milk is ready, whisk ladle fulls of milk into eggs until half of the milk is incorporated into the eggs. This process is called tempering and allows the egg and milk to combine without cooking the eggs. Pour egg/milk mix into pot with milk and put back on stove on medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in salt.

4-This mixture will begin to thicken. When it coats the back of the spoon and you can draw a finger through it with the line remaining it's ready.

5-Pour into bowl, cover and refrigerate until fully chilled. Refrigerating over night is best. If you're
ice cream maker has a bowl that needs frozen don't forget to put that in the freezer too.


6- Pour into ice cream maker and follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to churn.

7- While your ice cream is churning take 7 minutes and make the mallow from the Honey Sweetened Seven Minute Frosting recipe.  Set aside.

8-  When ice cream is done churning swirl mallow into the chocolate ice cream.  I'd recommend putting some of the mallow in the bottom of the container your ice cream will be stored in, then add the ice cream, then more mallow and swirl.

9- Place in freezer until desired consistency is reached and enjoy!


What are your favorite fall flavors? 

9.26.2014

Friday Favorites



We have a lot of Legos around here and I love seeing creativity in Legos.  Check these out.

Excited for an Everyday Summit mug to be in this article 13 Coffee Mugs that Will Make Your Morning Better, there's some pretty unique mugs featured.

The best games for kids.  We love playing games around here and I love finding games that are fun for the kids and the adults.  We love Ticket to Ride, S and A aren't quite ready to play alone yet but we play on teams when they play.  We also love to play Uno.  Do have a favorite game the whole family enjoys? 

10 Free Fall Printables

You still have a few more days to enter the fall mug giveaway!

Happy weekend to you friends!

9.24.2014

The Circle: Fall Favorites



Joining The Circle link up for fall favorites today! 


-Favorite fall fashion/clothing item (what you're looking forward to wearing)
 Scarves! 

-Favorite fall drink
Apple Cider

-Something on your fall bucket list
I'd love to head into the moutains for a fall foliage drive but we may be too late this year.

-Favorite fall recipe
Chili.  I wasn't able to eat it last year because I was still mentally recovering from Christmas 2013's Great Food Poisoning Experience, but I'm happy to say while my memories aren't all gone they have subsided enough for me to enjoy chili again. 

-Halloween candy or Pumpkin Spice Latte?
I'm generally not a candy fan so I'd say a homemade PSL or my only candy weakness, candy corn, I refuse to buy it because I will eat it...all.   


-Favorite fall scent 
 Spices, nutmeg, cloves, ginger.  Mmm.

-Favorite fall holiday
 I love Thanksgiving, but we also have 3 fall birthdays in the family so that's pretty wonderful as well.

-What fall (weather) is like where you live
Who knows?!  It could be 80 one day and snowing the next it seems. Although most days seem to be a lovely sunny 70 it's pretty wonderful.

So I'm curious, do you call the season fall or autumn?  I prefer the word autumn, but seldom use it because it seems out of place.

Don't forget the acorn mug giveaway! Perfect for enjoying a warm fall drink.

Come join in The Circle link up fun.  
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