natural bridge built in the netherlands so animals can safely cross. a ridiculous proposition in the U.S.
sorry about the hiatus
we call the rockies home.
work work work. so much work. now with the semester officially over for jess and i, we’ve been lazying it up. Can’t describe why our desire to snuggle up with each other and binge on gelato and our favorite shows is so strong right now, especially when the weather is beautiful. it ends today. time to move about and do stuff! we live in the best place for walking out the door and being in the wilderness (is there such a thing anymore?) take advantage people.
Has it been another week already? Not doing stellar on my blogging daily talk am I. Well it’s Saturday and this weekend will be full of finals studying. I am sure we will find some time to steal away and be outside. After thunderstorms for the last couple of days, the air will smell glorious. And given that Monday will be our last day of class, the rest of the week will be full of plans. Potting some flowers (crazy about getting, giving, and having flowers/plants!), cleaning the garden, lots and lots of new recipes we’re going to try!, some Mother’s Day planning, hikes, bikes, graduation parties, not to mention I’ll get to hang out with my soon-to-be best bud Miles, my cousin’s super squeezable kiddo. Finally, the end of the semester, the beginning of summer.
At my house in Park City.
I am terribly embarrassed that I have neglected this blog. I love this blog. To be honest though I’ve been completely distracted by school and work (not pinterest!!!) right. Ok maybe a little bit of everything. Also I recently went to my new doctor with serious fatigue and headaches and found out I am very, seriously deficient in Vitamin D. It completely explains why I’ve been feeling so low energy and blue lately. What a relief it wasn’t something more serious. So now I am on an excessive dose of Vitamin D and Calcium and a strong recommendation to get some sun. I think I can handle that. Hopefully it will all work and I will be feeling better and back to my old self so I can get back to everything I’ve been neglecting.
A goal that I’ve set myself for the rest of the year is to celebrate the little things. Especially with finding out that my fatigue wasn’t anything serious, I really want to enjoy the summer and get out there. I want to be blogging more, taking more photographs, baking/cooking, and being consistent with it all! These things make me happy and I need more happy. Starting now. Jesse and I are going to Sundance with my brother, Andrew and his girlfriend Angela today. We’re going to go on a hike, then dinner in Sundance, then Ike’s for Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream (my absolute favorite and most ardent addiction—a product of Houston I suppose) which is the only place you can get it in Utah, and then we’re going to watch The Wedding Singer because Angela has never seen it. I was shocked when I heard that and demanded that fact be changed immediately. Then tomorrow is my friend Nate’s birthday party and I’ll be making a Caprese Salad and Pesto. Photos to come of that and of the past six months!
What are you doing this weekend?
One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey
Honey Lavender Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
2/3 cup mild honey
2 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
Bring cream, half-and-half, honey, and lavender just to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, then remove pan from heat. Let steep, covered, 30 minutes.
Pour cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard lavender. Return mixture to cleaned saucepan and heat over moderate heat until hot.
Whisk together eggs and salt in a large bowl, then add 1 cup hot cream mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Pour into remaining hot cream mixture in saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat back of spoon and registers 170 to 175°F on thermometer, about 5 minutes (do not let boil).
Pour custard through sieve into cleaned bowl and cool completely, stirring occasionally. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours. Freeze custard in ice cream maker. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.