Monday, August 1, 2011

My Creative Urges...

For some reason this summer I have not been very crafty.  Now that summer is winding down for me (I go back to school on Aug. 15) I'm feeling the itch to get crafty but I am also feeling like I frittered some of my summer away.  I probably shouldn't be so hard on myself, but my closets are a mess and I just don't want to get started working on them right now.  I at least tackled Baby Bee's closet and we went through ALL of her clothes to see what fit and what didn't.  (She's grown a few inches since last year!)

So, where has my creativity taken me?
To the kitchen!
('Cause you know that creative buzzy bee has to get out somehow.)
Can you tell I have a thing for red and blue dishes?

I've made homemade syrups for drinks.  I've made interesting sandwiches - turkey, cream cheese, and balsamic onion jam on toast was a delicious combination.  Last week I made a salad for us for dinner that we all loved - spring mix, chunked up Granny Smith apples, gorgonzola cheese, pistachios and homemade champagne vinaigrette dressing.  Worker Bee went on and on about how delicious it was.
Baby Bee thought we needed an action shot.

Tonight we're having maple brined pork chops, sweet potato fries, green salad and - get this - homemade chocolate peanut butter ice cream.  Of course we mixed up some Skip & Go Nakeds and for a little appetizer I took a bit of cream cheese, a large dollop of Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (from Costco) and we spread this on some crackers.  (Of course I took pictures!)

She also thought we needed a "finished product" shot.

I can't begin to tell you how delicious this was.  It's from the latest issue of Cooking Light.  You brine the pork chops for 8 hours in a maple syrup, salt, spice mixture and then grill the pork chops.
To top it you halve some peaches and plums, put maple butter on them, salt and pepper and grill them too.  Sewing Bee was over for dinner and we all talked about how we had never had grilled fruit and how absolutely delicious it was.  I also sprinkled green onions over the top for some crunchy contrast.
And I slightly burned the sweet potato fries.  We love these fried and they just don't crisp up in the oven like we enjoy.  But we're trying to be healthier so I've started putting a little bit of oil (1-2 tsp) over the top of the frozen fries, tossing them gently and then cooking them slightly longer than the package recommends.  They get that crispy texture (or overly crispy if you forget to take them out in a timely manner) without as much oil.  Yumptious!

I've become way hooked on Pinterest in the past couple weeks and I found this recipe for chocolate peanut butter ice cream there.  I am telling you it is so wicked (and I do mean kind of wicked because you might give up everything else in your life to have this ice cream again) good and it's not even completely frozen yet.  (We sampled the paddle, spatula, measuring cup, and ice cream maker container to ensure quality control.  We wouldn't want anyone to not feel their bowl of ice cream was not top notch ;)
Now this is what it's supposed to look like...
I found the recipe at Bake at 350.
Hmmmm......mine looks soft serve, not give yourself tendonitis trying to scoop it out and into the bowl.
I wonder what went wrong?  Could it be I didn't let it freeze in the freezer long enough?  Do I have a bad ice cream freezer?  

Any thoughts out there?  Please?  
I really want mine to look like this!

I've only used this ice cream maker once a very long time ago.  I have since put it in the deep freeze and maybe then it will get nice and temporarily solid.  

But don't think soft ice cream stopped us from devouring every little morsel!

*****updated to let you know after a night and day in the deep freeze my ice cream looked just like it was supposed to - sadly it was consumed before any pictures could be taken although the thought of taking a picture did cross my mind but then the spoon crossed my lips and all was lost****


I set the table for you again!

Used my trusty burlap tablecloth that the More Creative Bee made for one of our county fair tables several years ago.

The dishes are called Memory Lane and I picked those up on ebay about 4 years ago.

The flatware was from Home Goods and I wish I bought more now.

I love these glasses!  They are TAG and the Sewing Bee found them for me.

I knew it would be evening when we ate so I brought out this candle holder I picked up at Pottery Barn for a simple center piece.  I used a red quilted runner for some contrast.  I think it was from Home Goods too.

So, am I turning into a foodie blog?  I don't think so.  This is just where my creativity is leading me right now, but I hear a low buzzing sound coming from my craft studio.  That buzz can't be ignored for too long or horrible things might happen......

Thanks for your visit today!  
I always enjoy spending some time with you.
And I promise to make you a delicious dinner when you come over.
You will come, won't you?

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  1. I could sent you my Wicked cup and you could put some of that ice cream in it for me.

  2. Yummy dinner, fabulous decor! Got any leftovers? Hmmm ... just sayin'

    Have a great week ~
    TTFN ~

  3. Are you kidding me.... The peanut butter ice cream. You had me at hello... sounds to me like you are begin very creative. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  4. Fabulous Phyllis would love the recipe for those pork chops. They
    sound delicious.

  5. I like those goblets! They are fantastic!

  6. Delicious looking from beginning to end. You make healthy look so yummy and dining in the outdoors makes it evn more memorable.

  7. I had much rather have that soft ice cream than some hard frozen ice cream! What kind of ice cream maker do you have? I really want a Cuisinart one. Those pork chops look delicious along with those grilled peaches. Yum!

  8. I can tell you really do love cooking! Some people are just born to it. I'm not one of them. But I always get hungry just reading your post.
    The table always is so nicely dressed. I love red dishes too.

  9. Everything looks so delicious and the table inviting! I love red dishes too!
    I want to look at Pinterest all the time!

  10. Well Good Morning my Sweet Bee Friend

    Who cares if the ice cream turned out soft the first time I say - it must melt in your mouth better:)

    Your cooking light pork chop meal looks fab and succulent. Love grilled fruit!

    Gotta run, I promised myself that I would only blog til 7:55 this am and then get ready for work:)

    Enjoy you week and if you make any more ice cream I'll take black raspberry:)


  11. WOW...just found your blog and I LOVE it.....and that ice cream looks amazing!!!!


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