Monthly Archives: March 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream

If you haven’t ever had homemade strawberry ice cream you should probably go hide in a corner for a few hours…just kidding. But you need to find some or make some ASAP, because no matter what kind of day you’re having, strawberry ice cream will always make you feel better.

I went to a strawberry farm this afternoon and decided to make the first churn of ice cream for the spring/summer. And it is MARVELOUS.

My family’s super easy homemade strawberry ice cream recipe:

1 can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 cups of strawberries (shouldn’t be optional, but it is if you want something other than strawberry ice cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
Almost 1/2 gallon of milk (until you reach the “full” line in the churn)

1. Put 2 cups of strawberries (with the caps cut off) into a blender. Add evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. Blend the mixture on the lowest setting enough to blend them into a pulp.

2. Pour the mixture into the churn. Add 1/2 gallon of milk or until it reaches the full line.

3. Put churn into ice cream maker. Keep in ice cream maker until it stops churning. It should take about 20 minutes unless it’s hot outside, then it might take longer.

4. Enjoy!



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My sister is spending Spring Break in New York, and I’m at home wondering:

  1. Why I’m not the winner of the Mega Millions lottery
  2. Why I’m not Alexa Chung, and finally
  3. Why Alexa Chung and Carly Simon (circa 1972) look so much alike

Am I the only one who sees the resemblance?

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Chimes of Freedom

Like plenty of people out there, I’ve heard my fair share of Bob Dylan songs, though he’s never been on my top 10 list of favorite musicians (but obviously I can’t deny his lyrics’ genius). A new record coming out called Chimes of Freedom is not only celebrating 50 years of Bob Dylan’s music, but also of Amnesty International, a non-governmental human rights organization. I love seeing those types of albums where there are artists ranging from Miley Cyrus to Kesha (who, surprise, actually doesn’t kill “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” one of my Dylan favorites), to Carly Simon cover songs that may not necessarily be in their usual genre. When there were collaborations like this a few years ago on an album remembering John Lennon’s work I scooped it up, and I’m so glad I did. I’m thinking about doing the same for this record too.

Here are some of the songs from the album

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I want you, Hermes

The first time I saw an Hermes orange serving tray, I didn’t know what it was. As an avid Hills fan, I watched The City in the hopes it would be just as good (though it wasn’t). But it was there, in evil but beautiful Olivia Palermo’s living room, along with my dream couch, pillows, and pretty much her whole house, was the orange tray, with a vase of pink flowers on top. I’ve never been a big fan of orange (see: University of South Carolina student, aka orange-hater), but that tray was gorgeous.

It was only a few minutes later when I googled “the city orange lacquer tray” did I realize that not only was it Hermes and I could never afford it…but it was also vintage, and therefore gone. But really, who in their right mind would ever give up a tray like that? So in my desperate attempt to look like I’m sophisticated enough for Hermes, I’ve found a few more orange trays to hold my Hermes tray’s place until it magically comes to me some day.

Jonathan Adler Hexagonal Tray

Kraftware Bartender’s Collection

West Elm



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And now I’m hungry

I think the purpose of Pinterest is to make girls and women inspired to workout, and then pig out when they get home…because that’s what it makes me do. All of the recipes are so delicious! I don’t think I’ll ever have to open a recipe book again. What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes?

Chocolate Peppermints

Confetti Popcorn

Chicken, Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla with Avocado Sour Cream

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

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Oh, Meryl

Meryl Streep has always been one of my favorite actresses, pretty much since I fell in love with her in Adaptation (which is one of her smaller films, but everyone should see it). Not only is she an amazing actress in so many different kinds of movies, she seems so smart and so normal. And of course I’m beyond jealous of her beautiful hair in all of these photos!

Here’s Meryl: proving you don’t have to look like Bridgette Bardot (however much I love her), Britney Spears, or Kate Moss to be drop dead gorgeous.

And here are Meryl’s triplets, her daughters Mamie, Gracie, and Louisa Gummer:

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This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

I heard this song at school today and it instantly brought me back to when I was little watching The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan. It’s so good, but not mushy- and check out the serious fringe Natalie wears! The horns in this song kill me!

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