It’s peach season and I’ve been all over the place with what to make with the sweet fruits. First, I thought a light peach sorbet sounded good. Also dreamed about the Peach & Toasted Pecan ice cream I made a few summers back. Then I wondered about a tart or an open faced pie. After consulting MJ, we decided a crumble peach pie was the thing to do. As I do often, I spent time Googling recipes. Being able to read a recipe and mostly understand how it is going to turn out it one of my favorite parts about cooking often. I settled on a recipe by Martha Stewart. It’s pretty tasty.
I liked the recipe for a number of reasons. The peaches are basically left in their natural state. Not too much sugar or fiddling with. Also, I’m on a kick to try to make most of what I eat from scratch. This recipe provided a (simple and straight forward) pie crust, simple peaches and a delicious crumble topping. I added a bit more to the crumble top portion because it is amazing. Additionally, I used dark brown sugar instead of light brown. I think it tastes better but it does make a darker crumble. If that bothers you, go with the light brown sugar.
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Never one for trends, I waited until today, the first day after the end of National Ice Cream Month, to share this Cake Batter Ice Cream recipe with you. Or it’s because I couldn’t quite get my stuff together in time. Either way, this is a sweet treat for the end of the week.
The idea to
make eat cake batter ice cream has been on my mind for a few months now. I believe it started with an odd sweet craving for a dish of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, a treat we haven’t purchased in years because of the price (we are cheapos!). I’ve never actually ordered the cake batter ice cream at Cold Stone. I’ve taste-tested it but it wasn’t a flavor I ever chose. I was more into the peanut butter and chocolate or the mint and chocolate versions which made the craving all the stranger. But I didn’t do anything about it and the idea just hung out. Then one day I thought, “hey, I can make it!”
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We are a big fan of staycations in our house and MJ from Pars Caeli created an amazing upcycled camping lantern for your next camping trip, either across the state or across the yard. It uses such simple materials (you probably have everything you need already!) and it’s super cute. Head on over to Pars Caeli for full details. This also would make an awesome make-believe item!
If you’ve missed our other posts, here’s a recap!
Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile
Sometimes, a rainbow cake is just the thing to do. The plan came to me out of nowhere but immediately I knew Bug and J would enjoy it. It is cake, colored the tones of the rainbow, covered in frosting. What is not to like?! We used the directions from I Am Baker, queen of baked goods and fellow Minnesotan. Ours is not as perfect as hers but it’s not too shabby and tastes pretty good. J and Bug helped mix up the cake batter and then lent their stirring skills to mixing in the purple and blue tones, their “favorite colors”. I mixed up the the second set of cakes after they went to bed.
I used a vanilla frosting we use every time vanilla frosting is needed from the Magnolia Bakery. I think it needs some tweaking. When I get it right, I’ll share. I barely had enough frosting to cover the six layers but I made it work.
Both children have since requested a rainbow cake for their next birthdays, nine to ten months away. We’ll see how many times this request changes. Guess it depends on how many other cakes I make between now because the current cake usually becomes the favorite. :)
If you’ve ever thought about making a bright and colorful cake, we say ‘Do it!!’
And yes, I am now about to edit the images from my new camera! Thanks to kind help on Instagram, my images have been set free.
It’s been a little quiet around here. I’ve been enjoying some down time. Okay, not really down time but less-work time. Between beach days, park trips, mornings with little friends and their moms, our driveway being completely removed and redone, we’ve had no problem filling our time. I’ve also been struggling with feeling uninspired and burnt out. It’s been a different kind of year for me dealing with this ‘uninspired-ness’ but it’s forcing me to look outside myself and find what inspires me going forward.
I was all ready to share a rainbow cake the children and I made together last week, shot on my new camera, but it turns out, my new camera is holding them hostage. The new body creates a different kind of file my computer can’t read so I have to download new software to be able to open said files in order to process them. It hurts my brain just a little to figure it all out. Or maybe it’s reading the instruction manual. Either way, I have a little technical work to do in order to get my workflow back in order.
Hope to get the photo thing worked out today and share the cake tomorrow. It was really fun and the outcome is smile inducing.
Have a wonderful Monday.