May 24, 2007
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:
and Chocolate Ice Cream (really, chocolate frozen custard):
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:
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.
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Back next week... Have a great long weekend!Posted by Ann at May 24, 2007 09:49 PM