What happened to Good News Sunday? I used to really look forward to them, I like good news and happy things.
I'm starting with a rare smile from Kamal, usually she's too busy to smile. Except when she's being coy because she wants something! She's almost 2 and doesn't look like a baby anymore, she's starting to look like a kid. Tuesday night my daughter called and told me Kamal said "where teta?" It's the first time she asked for me so of course I went the next day. When love calls, a wise person answers the call.
I decided to draw a lot of different things before starting to paint and chose a butterfly for my third drawing. I have discovered Pinterest and have a nice assortment of stuff including tea pots, perfume bottles, stone buildings, a sea shell and what nots to try. (Image from google - free wallpaper site.)
Here's my drawing. I bought something called a blending stump and am learning to use it. I realized that I need to get a better pencil or two, the ones I have are a cheap box of 20 #2 pencils because I prefer to write with a pencil. They're hard and scratchy, they kind of suck for drawing.
Any suggestions from the artists on what basic pencils I need. Please.
I also learned there's no rushing the boring things, I have to leave them out or be as careful as I am with the other parts. The second leaf looks like a flattened pea pod. Hee hee...
Back to Kamal, these are from July 4th, here she's hoping I'll get in the pool...
This is when I wouldn't get back in the pool. She crosses her arms and wears this expression often. So young to be so old. Sigh.
She's not inviting us into her house, she's inviting the dogs in.
She dragged one of her little chairs in her house then went to get herself a snack. She wisely shut the dogs out.
Every homeowner does lawn maintenance and she takes her responsibilities seriously.
If you have a grandchild (that's my excuse) you may want to consider getting one of those little electric ice cream makers to make them a healthy snack. I got the small Rival model that looks like a hideous stumpy cone, it has a metal canister in the center that you put in the freezer so you don't have to use ice or rock salt. You just pour the mixture in the hole and push the button and 30 minutes later you have ice cream. It has recipes for 1 quart and 1 & 1/2 quarts but when I make the 1 quart it's full to the top so I don't know who they're kidding. You can't make 2 in a row because the canister starts thawing immediately and you have to re-freeze it, I make it when the house is still cool because I keep the house at 80.
Basic EASY vanilla ice cream recipe for 1 quart:
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup sugar & 1/4 cup agave nectar)
2/3 cup half & half
1/3 whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix milk, sugar and salt with whisk until sugar is dissolved. Mix in cream and vanilla extract. Pour into ice cream maker and push button.
I don't keep whole milk so I use 1% milk and just use 1 cup straight whipping cream. You can adjust them as you like, more cream makes creamier ice cream, I drink organic milk so that's what I'm using. This works well for me because 1 pint of whipping cream makes two quarts and then there's none left over.
I changed the recipe to using half agave because it has a lower glycemic index and kids are getting too much sugar these days. I didn't want Kamal eating cookies, candy and other crap, at about 2 dollars a quart this is a bargain. I tried making it with pure agave but I noticed a texture difference though no one else but my daughter did.
For Coffee: add 1 & 1/2 to 2 Tbsp. instant coffee and whisk with milk, salt & sugar. Or you can google how much espresso grinds to use if you have them on hand.
For Strawberry: add 1 cup fresh or frozen smashed up strawberries 15 minutes after churning starts. (I used frozen and smashed them with a fork when they just started to thaw, I have some frozen peaches and raspberries so that's next weeks project.)
For Mint Chocolate Chip: add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract with vanilla, add 1 cup mini chocolate chips 15 minutes after churning starts. That's my son in laws favorite and he said he likes it very minty and asked if I could add more peppermint and less chips next time, I'll try another 1/4 tsp next time.
Those were the three flavors I made for July 4th and all were a huge hit, the company kept saying "mmmmmm." The little booklet didn't come with recipes for those flavors, I searched the net for them and when I found recipes that required eggs and cooking I just looked for the ones that served 1 quart and jotted down the amounts for flavoring. It worked great so have fun experimenting, save money and eat healthy ice cream that tastes amazing.
I babysat all day Friday (yippee!) and that night, when they walked me out to the car, my son in law walked over and hugged me. Neither of us is touchy-feely so it was a little like two boards hugging but he hugged me. Wow, good news indeed!