Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Talk - Gone Girl

I love books. However, with school and life I hadn't found much time for casual reading. Until that magical day I got my iPhone and everything changed (just being a little dramatic). With iBooks I can read whenever I have a couple of spare minutes, and I've found enough spare minutes to get through several books this summer. My favorite was Gone Girl.  This book is soo suspenseful, so hard to put down, a really fun summer read. So read it! Next on my list is Water for Elephants.

Lime Sorbet with Egg White


I bought a refurbished version of this ice cream maker this summer and it is so easy to use. I've mostly used it for sorbets, and when my mom gave me a huge bag of limes I knew lime sorbet was next. When I went to Peru a couple of years ago I was completely obsessed with their limonata. They put egg white in their limonata and it makes it so frothy and a little creamy. For the sorbet I tried to find a version with egg white and voila, here it is.

Lime Sorbet
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 6 limes)
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over low heat. Stir until sugar desolves completely. Raise the heat and boil the syrup for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg white with a whisk until foamy, about 10 seconds. Slowly beat in the hot sugar syrup. Continue to beat until the meringue cools down slightly. Add the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Note: The mixture will have foam on top, but it will incorporate into the sorbet, when it freezes.
Stir the chilled mixture, then freeze in 1 or 2 batches in your ice cream machine. When finished, the sorbet will be soft, but ready to eat.
Note: For firmer sorbet, transer to a freezer-safe container, and freeze for at least 2 hours.

 So tasty and smooth. Next time I will double it, because it didn't make very much. I've been thinking about how good this would be in a moscow mule, I think I'll have to try that soon.

Pillows

I bought this beautiful suzani fabric on ebay about a year ago also found here and have been working up the nerve to attempt pillows ever since. Despite being enrolled in a home-ec class for several years I just have never really gotten sewing. I attempted following a tutorial about 2 weeks ago and ended up with a pillow case that was not even CLOSE! It was about half the size of the pillow, ridiculous. But when Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook posted a tutorial on how to make envelope pillows, I decided to try again. So easy! I ended up with 2 pillows that don't look homemade, which is awesome. So if you need a tutorial for pillows follow this one. If I can do it, anyone can (seriously).


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ohhh ice cream

Cuisinart Stainless-Steel Ice Cream Maker

Minted Grapefruit Sorbet Recipe

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe

Strawberry, Basil, & Balsamic Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Earl Grey Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
It's heating up here in Texas. I think next on the appliance list will be an ice cream maker. Every time I question whether or not to buy it I look at these recipes. Amazing, right?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

World Market Finds

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My last trip to World Market I kind of had my mind blown. They have some amazing merchandise right now! Go check it out :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

the perfect bun ~ goody spin pin

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Discovered this nifty tool the other day for the perfect bun. It works so well! My hair is rather thin but it still held in a bun all day and doesn't poke your head the way bobby pins do. You put in one spiral from the top of the bun and the other at the bottom and it holds so well.
Get it here or at Target, you won't regret it!