May 24, 2007

Oh, Hello

Yep, I'm still here. Haven't forgotten about ye olde bloggg, but haven't had much time to catch a breath since getting back from a wonderful vacation in Florida.

I've spent lots of time playing with my new toy, a Cuisinart ice-cream maker. Notable for two reasons. First, I had to actively rearrange/eat up/dispose of things in my cabinets to make it happen. When we moved into this house a year and a half ago, I very carefully made a list of kitchen things I needed and managed to make them all fit in the storage space we have. (There isn't a lot.) I'm not really an appliance gal, save the coffee maker, the crock-pot and the kitchenaid mixer. It's often easier to do something by hand than to pull out an appliance and do it.

But I started wanting an ice cream maker last spring. More than a year ago, when my pal Kim started writing about homemade ice creams. Which means it's also notable because I managed to really delay gratification (coughcough, something I can never do with yarn) and make sure I wanted it. Ohhh, I wanted it.

The tipping point was the new book, The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz. So far I've made three batches of frozen desserts -- strawberry sorbet from the Cuisinart pamphlet and two of Lebovitz's recipes,

Roasted Banana Ice Cream:
Heaven, Frozen

and Chocolate Ice Cream (really, chocolate frozen custard):

After I made the Roasted Banana Ice Cream, I told Erin it was the best thing I've ever made. I was wrong. The best thing I've ever made was the Chocolate Ice Cream the next night. And together? Heaven. Total blissful heaven. Totally worth some extra sessions at the gym.

So that's taken up a lot of free time, but I have been knitting. The body of Serrano is complete, and is waiting for some time this weekend to get pinned out. One Charade sock is done:

And I have turned the heel and am closing in on finishing the second Charade sock. It's at that awkward just-turned-heel stage and is refusing to pose for the camera.

Also in free time: playing with Ravelry. (My username is fidgetknits.) It definitely is a Project to get my stash organized, but it's a good endeavor. Also, it's proving to be a good way to get to know my new camera, figuring out what it likes as far as focal lengths, colors, lighting, etc.

[Confidential to Typepad bloggers - I'm having trouble commenting on your site. It doesn't seem to accept my blog URL because it doesn't start with a www. Any hints?]

Back next week... Have a great long weekend!

Posted by Ann at May 24, 2007 09:49 PM

home made ice cream rocks! my brother has an ice cream maker and brings homemade ice cream to a lot of our family gatherings and parties. while i want one, i like the idea of my brother making something so i secretly (on purpose) don't buy one myself :)

enjoy the long weekend!

Posted by: jody at May 25, 2007 04:04 AM

please to share any camera hints - i was supposed to spend the last couple of weeks learning how to use my camera (same kind, just the s2)... but then i've been doing furniture staining and shawn-is-moving-in-oh-my-god-where-does-his-stuff-go excitement...

and is it wrong that now i want ice cream for breakfast?

Posted by: maeve at May 25, 2007 05:08 AM

Does that book have a recipe for chocolate mint icecream where you steep the mint in the milk and then use it to make the icecream? I came across a recipe like this somewhere (although it could have been pudding) and can't remember where and I really want to make it (and I perused that book not long ago). Yum, ice cream!!

Posted by: Jasmine at May 25, 2007 06:07 AM

I have that book on wait list from the library - I have heard incredible things about it!!! I have a Cuisinart maker too - it has gotten it's share of use over the few years I've had it, but roasted banana ice cream - I am so making that!!!!!

Posted by: stacey at May 25, 2007 06:36 AM

YUMMY ice cream!

Did that Typepad problem just start happening today? I just commented on someone's Typepad blog and didn't ahve any problems.

Posted by: monica at May 26, 2007 01:26 AM

That ice cream looks insanely delicious and soooo creamy! YUM.
I've seen you hard at work over at Ravelry. ;)

Posted by: isel at May 26, 2007 05:40 AM

I think I want to move in with you. Seriously, I love banana ice cream especially when there is a chocolate component.

On the Typepad thing...maybe if you just type http://url...? Good luck!

Posted by: amanda at May 26, 2007 09:46 AM ice cream maker is a toy I definitely have to live without! How yummy. As for typepad, our tp blogs don't start with www. Make sure you use the http:// before your url.

Posted by: Sharon at May 26, 2007 10:22 PM

Your homemade ice cream looks sinfully delicious! I'm sure your hubby is enjoying the results of your new 'toy'.

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 28, 2007 08:26 PM

Here here on the tasty looking ice cream! And I second maeve's suggestion that you share any camera tips or tricks... I would love to hear more knit bloggers talk about that, since it is half of what we do to make these things happen. :)

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Interesting comments!!

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