Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Peachy Keen Ice Cream

I hope you all are having a nice Wednesday. Last week at the farmer's market I bought a large box of peaches which were so juicy and delicious! But, of course, there were too many for us to eat in the short amount of time they are ripe. So I peeled a bunch and made some ice cream! I used this recipe here! 

First I had to peel and cut all the peaches and add the sugar and lemon juice. I did not have any peach brandy, so I didn't bother with it. I think it still tastes peachy enough. I let this mixture sit in the fridge overnight while my ice cream maker chilled in the freezer.

The process was a little difficult, but the outcome is wonderful! I am glad my brother, Evan, was here to help me with cooling the mixture. The ice cream is so tasty and the peaches are frozen surprises in each bite. Definitely a nice dessert on a summer night.

Matt enjoying a nice bowl on a warm evening. If you have an excess of peaches, I would recommend this chilly option!

Tomorrow, Matt's family comes in town and I am going to make his father a German chocolate cake. I will document this ancient cake-baking task and share it with you soon. Shout out to Albert-I better see you next week!!! Put me on your calendar. Have a great evening, everyone!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ten on Ten: July 2012

This is my first ten on ten! For the premise make sure you check out this blog here! I hope you enjoy the photos. I captured from 8am-4pm.

Friends and Fireworks

Hi All!

I know this post is about a week late, but I hope you all had a great 4th of July! Matt and I spent time doing some chores, going to the gym and the pool, and grilling out with Gigi. We three then went downtown to enjoy the show with some of our other friends. Here are a few photos from the evening! I hope you enjoy.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Hello again,

Did you have a nice weekend? We had a really good time. My brother, Evan, is visiting and we relaxed, ate some good food, and enjoyed each other's company. Today I got right back to doing chores and feeling productive. Banana bread is in the oven, finished a book, took the pups on an early morning walk, cleaned up a bit, took some clothes to the red cross, watered the plants and went to the gym!

Over the weekend we saw Moonrise Kingdom with my friend, Emily. It was such a sweet movie! I would definitely recommend seeing it! I also made some yummy peach ice cream with fresh peaches I got from the farmers market. I will post a few pictures of that this week and give you the recipe. I'm looking forward to travelling in a week but I'm really startin to get the hang of this down time here in CoMo.

Shout out to our friends Katie and Tim who are moving soon and starting another very exciting chapter in their lives. We look forward to seeing you one more time this week before you move! That reminds me: I need to put up 4th of July photos!

Did you all do anything spectacular this weekend? The heat wave finally broke it seems and we are about 10 degrees cooler here--such a relief. Hope you all are well!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

June Book Reviews

Whew! I was so happy when summer hit because that meant I could read a lot! I was a bit behind in my book count for the year, but now I am all caught up.

Here is what I read in June:
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
The Bill from my Father by Bernard Cooper
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper

Again, all of the books I read vary so much in style, content and attraction.

The Tiger's Wife is the One Read this year for Columbia. I found it enchanting and a fun read. What was frustrating about the book is there are no real markers to identify when or where the story is taking place. The magical realism leads the reader on an interesting trail where a young woman is trying to deal with the death of her grandfather, whom she was very close with. I would recommend this book

A Time to Kill was good and exciting. It is fast-paced and rife with racial tensions. I haven't seen the movie, but maybe I will check it out, who knows? I don't have much to say about this book except that it is entertaining and easy to read.

The Bill from my Father was given to me by my dad after he read it and thought I would like it. This book is a memoir about the author's experience growing up with his impulsive and eccentric father. After reading it, I just felt so lucky to be connected to a great family.

Lolita was really an interesting read. It has become a prolific part of American culture and most people know the premise but have not actually read it. I am glad to say that I have! I found it really difficult to separate the idea of the author and the protagonist. Nabokov does such a good job of getting inside the head of a pedophile that at times it is hard to believe he could write like this and not be one himself.

Tears of a Tiger is so sad! This is the young adult lit book in a series about high school students. I've read several of her other books and they are all good. I read this book in a day during summer school. It is about a basketball student who drinks and drives and kills his best friend in a car crash. His guilt overwhelms him. The book is told through multiple perspectives and mediums, such as homework assignments, conversations, newspaper articles, and journal entries. I like reading books like this because it reminds me of the mindset of my students and how they might handle difficult situations.

I definitely waited too long to write about these books after reading them. I will promise to do a better job in July!

For July: The Road by Cormac McCarthy and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Any other suggestions?

Monday, July 2, 2012

The days of June

Hello All,

I foresee myself having another post or even a book with the same name as this post. Can some of you guess why? I haven't blogged in awhile! I had so many photos to upload and was just kind of relaxing after school the last week. I want to share with you the fun things we did in June! It is my favorite month afterall. Two of my best friends, my Grandma, and now my nephew (and me) all have birthdays in this month! June to me is the ultimate representation of summer, which I love, of course. 

It looks like a lot of these photos are blurry, and I'm not really sure why. :/ If someone knows, please help me out! We did a lot of things and got to see a lot of friends from our trip to TN. I finished off summer school and am now really ready for some time off. This morning the pups and I took a 25 minute walk. They were so happy!! Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and cards. It meant a lot to me. I got to spend the evening with two great people: Matt and Gigi. I can't believe I am 24. Where has the time gone? 

July will be a very busy month. Evan will visit. A short vaca with Matt's family. A busy trip home to TN for lots of crafting and visiting with old friends and my fam. Bachelorette party in Vegas for Meghan. See what I mean? Matt will be busy himself. He set a lot of goals that he wants to accomplish this month. He is writing a blog about it-so go support him in these efforts and leave him some comments!! Click Here!

Enjoy the photos! On the docket today is various errands, a workout at noon with Hubs, and maybe reading a new book that I got from the library tomorrow. More to come this week: book reviews for June.  Currently listening to an old playlist that makes me feel nostalgic. Check out "Oh, You are the roots beneath my feet" by Bright Eyes to share in the feelings. 

Picnic time

We caught some fish :)

Little C

The boys throwing poppers

1st birthday presents

Momma and son

a visit with Jen and Amy <3

we got to meet this ball of adorableness

Dressed up for a wedding
Nom Nom Nom

:) Gigi!! (Thank you for so much)

Strawberry birthday cake made by Matt
Post cake happiness

I hope everyone is having a great day on this second day of July.