You just can't beat a bowl of really good, vanilla ice cream. Especially when it's home made and you know exactly what has gone into it (ie. no scary e-numbers etc) So I thought I'd share my recipe with you.
Beat together 3 egg yolks and between 100-120g sugar (I use golden caster sugar) until light and creamy.
Add 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (I swear by this stuff and you can use it in all other baking. I get it in Waitrose) You could also use vanilla extract, or substitute the sugar for vanilla sugar if you prefer.
Whisk 300ml whipping cream until thick but still liquid then add to the mixture, along with 100ml milk. Give it a quick whisk to make sure everything is combined, then poor into your icecream machine and leave it to do it's stuff.
You can adjust the quantities of sugar and vanilla slightly according to your taste.
It's not going to win any awards for being healthy, but I think it's bloody delicious!
(NB. Obviously, as this contains raw eggs, do not eat if pregnant) I personally have no qualms about feeding it to my kids though, and they love it)
I've just joined the Sunday Stash Flickr group, so here for my first post are some lovely new fabrics that arrived this week. (I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to buy any more! Sometimes it's just too delicious to resist!)
I have finished my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap! Today I made and attached the binding, and all that's left to do is make and attach a label. I'm so please with it! I shall be quite sad to say goodbye to this one. The backing is just a self striped white fabric with a pink pieced strip running through the middle of it.
I kept the quilting very simple - partly because that's what I feel comfortable with and partly because, with two very different styles of piecing, I didn't want to try anything that might make it look too busy. So I just stitched in the ditch around the log cabins and hexagons, and then stitched another line through the white sashing strips. I used Perle cottons for the quilting - this is the first time I've used it (previously I've used stranded embroidery cotton) and I LOVED it! It just seemed nicer to use and had less of a tendency to tangle.
For the binding I used this very pretty pink and grey fabric from the Dolce line by Tanya Whelan. I'd had this in mind from the beginning but, as the quilt progressed, I wasn't sure if a solid binding might be better. Once I had made and attached the binding though, I loved the look of it, so I'm glad I stuck with my initial choice!
So that's it! The quilt is done but I can't send it off to it's new owner until the end of August, so at least I will get to look at it for a little longer! I now need to think of some other little goodies to make to send with it but, apart from those, there probably won't be much in the way of crafting from me for a while.
The kids break up for the summer next week and, although William will probably be off out with his friends most of the time, I need to devote some real quality time to Joe. We had his report on Friday and, while he's doing ok in reading and maths, his writing level is still way down and is his main area of concern. We had his transition meeting also on Monday and I found out that, unfortunately, he will not get to keep Katie, his lovely 1-1 helper! I am really disappointed about this but he will have someone else, who I also know slightly, so I will stay positive and see how he gets on. His new teacher for year 3 is a really lovely male teacher, who I am very happy about (as is Joe - always a good sign if he likes the teacher!) I'm normally fairly laid back about homework in the holidays but I need to really put in some effort with Joe this summer, to try and give his writing skills a boost, as well as trying to fit in all the other activities, swimming, days out etc, so I may be fairly quiet on the blog in general. I will still try and keep up with my favourite blogs (I foresee some late nights coming as that will probably be the only time I can do this!) and will try to at least post some pictures here, if not many words.
For now though, I hope you all have a fabulous summer!
P.S. Sports Day actually wasn't too bad! The cloud cover came over at just the right time so it was pleasantly cool. Joe still didn't want to take part but he behaved himself fairly well and enjoyed some time playing in the long jump sand pit and cuddling a friends baby!
On Saturday it was the school's Summer Fair. I went to help set up in the morning, and then brought Joe back to the fair in the afternoon. It was just right - we were only there about 40 minutes but that was enough time for Joe to have a go on the bouncy castle and to play some games and win some prizes, so he was a very happy little boy. These sort of affairs can be a bit overwhelming for him, and in the past there have been tears and strops when he hasn't won a prize that he wanted, but there was none of that this time, so it was much more relaxed for both of us.
On Sunday afternoon we went up to Peter's sister's for a family get together to celebrate his Dad's 70th birthday. Joe had a fabulous time playing with Buster, their big black labrador, and spent ages blowing bubbles for Buster to chase! I wish I had a photo but I stupidly forgot my camera! We also found out that my niece, who is expecting her first baby in November, is having a boy! Of course, there will be some blue crafting going on! Despite having two boys myself, my fabric stash is rather lacking in blue fabrics, so there has been a little bit of online shopping going on (I know, I know, I'm supposed to be cutting down, but this is for a specific project so that's ok, right?)
Today we have sports day. Not really looking forward to it - making little kids run around for an hour and a half in the afternoon in the blazing hot sun is not really my idea of fun. (I know, I'm such a killjoy!) Still, I have volunteered to go in to help with Joe and the rest of his class. I'm not sure how Joe will cope with it. For the last 2 years Sports Day was rained off and they just held smaller scale races without all the parents on a different day, so he's never actually experienced it properly. He's already told me that he doesn't want to join in but I will see if I can persuade him to have a go.
Yesterday, William took part in an inter-school maths challenge, and his team came 2nd, beating all the local grammar schools! This morning I received a letter from his headmaster congratulating him on the achievement, so I am feeling a very proud mummy indeed!
No crafty photos to show you as there actually hasn't been any crafting since I finished the little quilt top last week, so I'll leave you with this one instead.
Life in general just seems to be getting more and more expensive, so I've been trying to rein in my fabric spending over the last few months. On the whole I've been pretty good, but just occasionally I can't help giving in to the temptation!
These arrived last week and are from the new Quilters Linen range by Robert Kaufman. They're not actually linen at all, but 100% cotton printed to look like linen, and they are absolutely gorgeous! (Curiously, the pink one is called Primrose - I always thought primroses were yellow but perhaps they have pink ones in America? Or maybe it's not what we in the UK would call a primrose at all? Anybody care to enlighten me on that?) Anyway, these were purchased from Pink Chalk Fabrics, one of my favourite online stores.
Also arriving through the letterbox this week were some delicious fat quarters from Fabric Rehab.
This is Willow Wren from Alexander Henry. Just check out that cute little hummingbird!!
And yes, I know it's only July (just!) but I couldn't resist this Holiday Trees print by Michael Miller, it's just so lovely! I don't usually go for a lot of red but this one is simply beautiful. I'm almost sad that I can't use this for a non-Christmas project! I'm planning on making some Christmas stockings for my Etsy shop so will use this for some of them.
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