I scream you scream…

ice cream cone jeni“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Did you know that today is national ice cream day. Thanks to President Ronald Reagan the month of July is designated National Ice Cream Month and the 3rd Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day. I used to be very sensitive to dairy at a younger age, but as I have gotten older I am able to tolerate it better. The one thing I could never give up was ice cream. I’m the girl who would rather get ice cream on a date than a fancy dinner! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is make homemade ice cream.

I remember being a little girl and helping my dad hand churn our White Mountain Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker that used rock salt and ice. It took a lot of time and muscle but there really is no better reward than a bowl of homemade ice cream. We don’t have our White Mountain machine anymore, but one day I would love to get another one. Thankfully, I have an amazing Cuisinart machine that has become my summer bff. I love that it comes with two bowls so you can make a double batch or two flavors at once. One day I will share a favorite recipe, but I just haven’t had time to take pictures before my ice cream melted. I am really lagging behind in the photography part of this blog- it isn’t my strong suit haha.

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For those of you that don’t have time to make your own I wanted to share with you my favorite new discovery:
Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream. This is some of the best and most innovative ice cream I have ever tasted! Jeni Bauer makes all her ice cream using only the highest quality, local ingredients, and grass-fed whole fat milk and cream. I love her hand-labeled pints. She has an online shop where you can order different ice cream collections and bring as a party favor or just give the gift of an insanely delicious pint of ice cream to a friend. If you can’t tolerate ice-cream Jeni also has a collection of sorbet. I just found out she has a homemade ice cream book that I am wanting to order and add to my growing cookbook collection. I think ice cream really is one of the best American indulgences!

 

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Be Still

Psalm 46:10
“Be STILL and know that I am God”.

I don’t know if any of you struggle at times with staying still on the inside. I know we all go through rocky times and dry seasons of drought where we don’t see anything changing. Maybe you are blessed in one area but in another area it seems dry and barren. We find ourselves holding onto hope with two hands. The wondering, waiting, silence, uncertainty…it isn’t comfortable or easy, or at least for me it isn’t. I am constantly needing to remind myself of Psalm 46:10. One night when I was just feeling a little down I discovered Marrisa’s Be Still Clothing Co and I felt I couldn’t keep it a secret all to myself. I love when I come across companies that base their principles on truth and spreading positive messages. Marrisa wanted to create fashionable, comfortable clothing that would bring hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, and comfort to those in pain. She founded her clothing line on Psalm 46:10 and Exodus 14:14. I just adore everything she makes. That night I placed an order for her Be Still & Know shirt. This shirt has become one of my favorite shirts and I feel so encouraged when I wear it because to me it is a little reminder that I am loved and that God promises to look after every detail of my life and all I have to do is
BE STILL. I hope that when I wear it that others get a little encouragement too because we all have moments when our troubles feel to big. I’ve realized that seasons really are only seasons and tests of endurance.

Leo Tolstoy once wrote “The two greatest warriors are patience and time”. He couldn’t have been more right.

bstill 1Marrissa just relaunched her site with new items. I think you should go check it out. She even makes tees for the men in your life and I personally think they look really awesome on. She has a few pieces on sale and added some cute new designs.

bstill 3I really can’t wait until she adds back her sweatshirts in the fall.

bstill 4I wish you a happy Friday and together lets just remember to “Be STILL and KNOW…”

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Anna Pump’s Swordfish

Hello,

I am back. I apologize for my absence. There have been some of you that kept asking when I would be back to posting and that has been very flattering. It isn’t easy juggling work, life, starting over in a new city, and trying to blog. I can’t promise I will be able to post often, but I still wanted to keep this little blog going and update you on things I make and do.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer. One of my favorite summer dishes to make is this Mediterranean Swordfish from Anna Pump. If you love Ina Garten you will love Ana Pump. Anna’s Loaves and Fishes cookbook is a gem of a cookbook. If you don’t own it you really should add it to your collection. Anna owns her own bed-and-breakfast in the Hamptons called Bridgehampton Inn. Last Summer was my first time to ever visit the Hamptons. I just fell in love with the historic beach town of Montauk. I dream about visiting again. One day I would love to actually go back and visit the Bridgehampton Inn and take a cooking class from Anna. This Swordfish dish of Anna’s I am sharing with you is easy enough for a weeknight, but dressy enough for a dinner party. You can feel free to put the Swordfish on the grill for a more summer flavor. I don’t have a gas grill anymore, one day I hope to have one again haha I had to give that up to get a trash disposal and washer + dryer. Instead, I sear my swordfish on the stove and finish it in the oven. The tomato and caper sauce makes a lot and I love to freeze a portion of it. Enjoy!

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xoxo!!!

Today is Valentines!!!  I hope you are all feeling loved and cherished. I have been waiting to share with you this party that happened last year. I was asked to play cupid and help decorate a cocktail party for the Trustees of The New School. I finally had a reason to decorate with these giant heart balloons from Geronimo. I added sweet red roses, gold confetti, and votives to fill the room with more love. No matter what party your throwing I always feel it is more fun to use decorative napkins. I decided to personalize some red linen cocktail napkins from The Stationary Studio. It was my first time ordering from the site and I  was so pleased. I couldn’t believe how easy and fast it was to do.
The Perfect Hostess shop on Etsy helped me dress up the beverages by making some festive gold glitter stir sticks. I thought they added some extra pizazz for the night. And of course I couldn’t send anyone home empty handed. As tokens of affection, I ordered sugar cookies cut into x’s and o’s from Amy’s Cookies. Hugs and Kisses! Who doesn’t love them?!! I hope you’re all embracing the spirit of love today! Happy Valentines.

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Images: Ilenia Martini