Old Lyme 2016


Happy Friday, friends! We’re getting back into the swing of real life, but we’re still wishing we were back here! We had such an amazing time playing games, making food, puzzling, swimming and just hanging out (all 11 of us!). Take a peek at our 5 days in Old Lyme heaven ūüôā


^ Our tasty Sparkling Elderflower Frosé

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^ Feeling patterny!

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^ Get ready for this fun cocktail coming soon!

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^ And last but not least, we had to pop into Lobster Landing after our friends over at CT Eats Out did such an amazing interview with the owner. The lobster rolls were fantastic and we saw Enea in his little uniform running around talking to people and making things happen!

And incase you missed our last couple Old Lyme trips, you can check them out here & here!


Old Fashioned Churned Peppermint Ice Cream


In early August, Curtis and I went up to my family house in NH for our¬†family reunion. It’s always a lovely time, and¬†one of my favorite parts is when my Great Uncle Ron makes his homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. He makes it in his old fashioned ice cream maker and we all take turns churning (it’s really not as hard as it sounds, promise!). It’s super rich and comes out the¬†most beautiful pink color!

Since this is the last weekend in August and you might be going away this weekend and/or next for Labor day, we figured we’d share this fun recipe! And¬†I know the odds of you all having an old fashioned ice cream maker isn’t necessarily high, but if you do, or are interested in buying one, this¬†recipe should be on your list!

It makes about 3 Quarts, and you are going to grind or crush:
1 1/2 lb peppermint stick candy (*optional –¬†reserve some larger pieces of candy to add later for texture)

Soak candy for 4 hours in:
6 cups milk

Add to it:
6 cups cream

Mix together ingredients, and fill canister. Only fill three fourths full to allow for the expansion of the frozen cream.

To pack an old fashioned ice cream maker:
Allow from 3 to 6 measures of ice to 1 measure of coarse rock salt. The larger proportion of salt will bring quicker results, but the cream is finer grained when it is frozen slowly. Place canister containing ice cream mixture into bucket. Pack the bucket one third full of ice before adding any salt, then add the salt, and the remaining ice and salt in alternate layers around the container until the bucket is filled.

Turn the cream slowly at first until a slight pull is felt, then turn it rapidly. If the ice cream is to be used at once, turn it until it is very stiff. If the ice cream is to be left to chill, turn it only until it is the consistency of thick sauce. (If you do this with a group of people, it is fun to take turns!)

Pour off the salt water in the bucket. Wipe the canister lid carefully, remove it, remove the paddle, scrape it and pack the cream down with a spoon. Cover canister with plastic wrap and replace lid. Repack the bucket using 4 parts of ice to 1 part of salt. Cover with newspapers and a blanket to insulate and hold it in place.

Let it sit and rest until ready to use, but for no more than two hours.

Our favorite way to serve it is with chocolate chocolate cake ūüôā

Sweet Beats // August 2014

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been a bit of a stress-case these days. Maybe it’s my¬†end-of-summer melancholia? Whatever¬†the reason, soothing folk/indie kind¬†of music just has a way of easing my nerves and bringing me back to reality. Few things make me happier than a long walk in late summer with warm sounds ringing in my ears.

Hope you all find this¬†month’s playlist¬†equally tension relieving.

01. northern sky // nick drake

02. gentle moon // sun kil moon

03. humiliation // the national

04. watching the wheels // john lennon

05. all the king’s horses // robert plant and the strange sensation

06. photograph // ringo starr

07. keep me in your heart // warren zevon

08. wide world // blessed feathers

09. loved/dark // alison may

10. the light (her hands her leaves) // alexi murdoch

11. that stable song // gregory alan isakov

12. one red thread // blind pilot

13. ghost // jeremy messersmith

14. blood // the middle east