Summer in Silicon Valley

I feel like that sounds so glamorous, “Summer in Silicon Valley” but honestly, I feel pretty darn glamorous!

I love Summer, and as I sit here with the doors and windows wide open, a cool summer breeze is passing through my apartment.  (Fortunately, the downstairs neighbors aren’t smoking because that really ruins it.)  Summer brings about unlimited possibilities and creativity.  It’s a time to break outside, be care-free and have an adventure!

With summer comes swimming, parties, and homemade ice cream! I made a cranberry sorbet last week which James LOVES though the after taste is a bit tart for me.  I found a variation on Pinterest that includes rosemary, so I think I may make that next! I pinned it to my Food Board if you want to check it out (http://www.pinterest.com/elisseaimee/yummy-goodness/) ((Woo hoo, look at me, I figured out how to insert a link!))

Though here is the recipe I used:

All you need is:

1.5 C H2O

1.5 C C12H22O11 (Otherwise known as Sugar (or sucrose))

2.5 C Plain Cranberry Juice

You are going to want to combine the Water and Sugar and boil for about 1 minute (until all the sugar is dissolved). Then, pour in the Cranberry Juice, bring to a boil again and just remove the mixture from the heat.  Once that’s cooled to room temp, refrigerate it for 3-8 hours.  Next, pour it into your ice cream maker (follow the manufacturers instructions) and mix until it’s the consistency you want.

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You will want to then move it to your freezer container and freeze at least 2 hours before serving.   I used basil as a garnish because well, it was pretty! I also served the sorbet in a martini glass because that was fun too.  I’m sure you have some creative serving suggestions (which by the way I would love to hear).

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This past week, I’ve also had several failed attempts at chocolate chip muffins and a cake.  Turns out, baking at high altitude is actually far easier than at sea level!

Other then that, I’m going to take a moment to brag about what a wonderful fiance I have. I woke up the other morning to this on the table:
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Yes, I feel loved and yes, I do have the best fiance ever!

But to wrap it up, get outside and enjoy the weather! It’ll be cool outside before we know it so let’s spend August soaking up the rays! (Metaphorically of course because we’re all wearing our sunscreen!)

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