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Was That a Mall or a Chamber of Hell?

Posted Aug 10 2009 4:32pm

Lordy, lordy, lordy, what a day!  I want to say things picked up from their low point but that would really be a lie.  I will say that the husband and I are very good at (and used to) making the best of things, so even frustrating situations can be laughed at.

Number One on our fun agenda was using an exciting wedding gift to make…..homemade ice-cream!  I’ll talk about that more later but suffice to say that poor communication between Adam and I led us to throw out an entire bowl of ingredients and have to start over from scratch.  Our emergency grocery store trip put us way behind schedule and we got to Fun Activity Number Two – the mall – much later than planned.

Somehow, Fun Activity Number Three was a total sucess.  We saw “Julie and Julia” which rocked my socks :)   I thought the book was better than the movie, but the movie was still great.  It was funny and touching and the husband and I thought that Julia and her husband were the cutest couple ever.

Our main purpose for coming to the mall was to find me an outfit for a semi-formal Adam’s first week of med. school.  That activity took all day.  I’m not big on shopping anyway so having eaten nothing all day it was very very tedious.  We went to every single woman’s store in the mall and I was in tears by the end of the day.  At our very last stop however, our 2nd trip to Banana Republic, I finally found a dress that worked!  It’s not perfect, but at least I won’t go naked, I’ll show you guys pictures next week.

In the interim I at least did some unnecessary, but totally necessary, shopping.  A stick perfume I needed and a hair clip I needed -


plus the cutest top ever on sale at the Gap -


After our final shopping sucess our Final Fun Activity was dinner at Cheesecake Factory.  I started with a major serving of bread, sourdough is my favorite.


For dinner I ordered Spicy Cashew Chicken which used to be my favorite Factory meal.


I knew I would devour it so I asked for a box with my meal and took half of it out before I even started.


It was delicious!

Nothing could compete, however, with homemade ice-cream!


I cobbled together a base recipe from a few sources (and made some changes based on what we could find during our emergency trip) and then we added in crunched Newman’s Own Organic Mint Newmanos.  So good!  The next time I make ice-cream I am going to try it with skim milk but I figured I would follow a traditional recipe the first time around.

Mint Cookies and Cream, makes 1 quart

  • 8-10 mint oreo-ish cookies
  • 4large egg yolks
  • 3/4C sugar
  • 1/4t salt
  • 2 1/4C half and half
  • 3/4C 1% milk
  • Ice water
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, 1/4C sugar, and the salt.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk the half and half, milk, and remaining 1/2C of sugar over medium heat until just begining to simmer, about 5minutes.
  3. Add to the egg mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly, then pour into the saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens, about 8minutes.
  4. Pour the custard into a bowl set in an ice water bath.  Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. Use an ice-cream machine to process the custard according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Fold in crunched cookies after removing from machine into an air-tight storage container.


We are eating ice-cream and watching “My So-Called Life” and at this point, the day looks pretty good!  Hope everyone else had a good Saturday, see you tomorrow!

Have you ever made your own ice-cream?  What flavor would you most like to try?  I was saying to Adam today that I can’t believe no one has made a maple waffle ice-cream yet, I think that will be my next venture!

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