Right now, Ray and I both feel overloaded with projects. But to be honest, we don’t hate it! Blog projects, garden projects, work projects, comic projects, podcast projects, art show projects, convention projects, plant projects, house projects, and the list goes on. So, all of this has been keeping us super busy for the last few weeks! Here’s the problem – I don’t like being busy! I like watching Netflix! Hahaha, so this summer is surly going to be interesting. 😉
Hey guys! It’s been a little while, so here’s a quick update- Ray’s recovering very well from surgery #2. We’re both real busy at work. My memorial day weekend is currently being ruined by a stomach situation. We bought a window unit A/C for Ray’s studio (which used to be a porch and has zero insulation). We have a delicious Mexican pork roast in the crock pot. Hopefully I will be able to eat it despite my stomach situation.
Moving on… Let’s talk about summer goals! Being a native Floridian, I have an extreme love/hate relationship with summer. Summer days are nothing less than cruel in the sunshine state. But, summer nights with their fireflies and lightening storms are absolutely magical.
Here are a few summer goals I have for 2015:
1. pick blueberries
2. bake blueberry cobbler
3. swim in the springs
4. pickle watermelon rinds
5. have a backyard bbq with friends
6. watch as many summer blockbusters as possible
7. walk around our favorite lake at sunset
8. organize and decorate our upstairs bedrooms
9. set up my new desk in my studio
10. drink summer cocktails
Growing up in North Florida, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with summer. The negative being the obvious humidity and heat. Thankfully, I think the positives generally outweigh the sauna-like environment. Growing up in the summer I loved being out of school, swimming lessons, bike riding, eating watermelon outside, playing in sprinklers, and, of course, ice cream! Growing up, my church would often have Ice Cream Socials on hot summer nights where everyone would bring various flavors of homemade ice cream and toppings. Dream come true, right?
My parents recently gave Ray and I their old ice cream maker, which I think they may have only used 3 or 4 times. As good as new! Our first batch was lemon flavored. Ray loved it but I thought it tasted a little too eggy. The recipe we used also only made enough for 2-3 servings. For our second batch we decided to go for a more simple flavor profile. Vanilla, classic and delicious. This batch came out FANTASTIC with great flavor and the perfect texture.
1 1/2 c sugar
4 c Heavy Cream (or half and half)
2 c milk
4 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk eggs until light and fluffy. Slowly add sugar and continue whisking for about 2 minutes. Pour in cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly blended. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.
This recipe will not disappoint!
One of the best parts of living in North Florida is the abundance of fresh water springs that feed into our rivers. The spring water stays at a constant temperature of 72 degrees, which is refreshing (and freezing) in the Florida summers. Here’s a photo of my mom and her family at Silver Springs experiencing the glass-bottom boats!While looking for old North Florida pictures for a work project, I came across a bunch of spring and river photos from the early to mid nineteen hundreds from floridamemory.com. The pictures are so special I had to share a few! Ray and I are hoping to take a few river and spring trips this summer. What are your summer plans?
These colors remind me so much of a bathing suit I had when I was around 7 years old. Early nineties colors to max! These photos were taken after a few days of wear, but they still look great! You can see this same look using different colors here.