Thursday, August 29

Take 5: Homemade Ice Cream


September and Labor Day are just around the corner! It been so mild in July and Aug that I'm kinda scared of what Sept will bring.
To prepare, I'm stocking up on some HOMEMADE ice cream. Nothing cools me down faster! Except maybe a dunk in the pool.
I love ice cream and it's fun making your own. I start off with an ice cream base from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. If you haven't tasted her flavors, you are missing out! Her secret ingredient.... Cream Cheese! Her base has no eggs so no worrying about cooking it and ending up with lumps. Also perfect for vegetarians.
Here are the links for some variations.
Hope you give the recipes a try!
xo hallo jak

Tuesday, August 13

Take 5: Car Trip Crafts

With summer quickly coming to an end, sis and I are trying to get in the last of our road trips for the season.

The dessert is our next destination. Since we're gonna be on the road for 5 hours (each way), I've been collecting ideas (via Pinterest, of course!) on how to keep my hands busy with something creative and pretty.

Top 5 (so far) are:

1. Crochet Bunting
     no tutorial on this one, but it looks like a series of increasing dc's.

2. Spool Strip Tease Embroidery by maximumrabbitdesign
     the name makes me giggle!

3. Hexagon Embroidery by ladyface
     really liking the clean lines and use of color.

4. Fox Embroidery on goodsmiths
     all over the place right now!

5. Granny Squares by Sarah London
     So convenient since they can be made individually and then put together later.
     Perfect for blankets, afghans, edging on table cloths, pillows, stool covers, etc


Friday, August 2

FieldTrip Friday: Poketo and LA Food Swap

How did we get to August already?!
A couple months ago (like in June!) , we got the opportunity to participate in LA Food Swap held @ Poketo.
Fun times! A great venue and a great event @ the same time! Sign me up!!!
First, the venue. Poketo is just plain fun! Their flagship store in the bustling fringes of Japantown in LA is stocked with highly curated, beautiful, handmade, practical pieces. They really support local artisans and their crafts. You will definitely find something here that you can't live without. If your more of a DIY-er, they have a diverse list of classes.
Now, for the Food Swap. The main concept of the food swap is to SHARE and build a sense of community. Just one main rule: you have to have made, foraged, or grown the items that you are trading.
Our grown item of choice: Kumquats. Out trees were bursting @ the seams and we can only eat, candy, and bake so much. We'll share!!
There were lots of items to choose from and trade for: honey, fresh eggs, veggies, jams, jellies, kombucha, chili oil, granola, breads, cookies.
The swap is approx. 2 hrs and broken down to a couple of parts: setup, tasting, deciding which items you want to swap for, making offers (this is when it becomes a little frenzied since everyone is running around trying to get what they want and hoping that their trade will be accepted), packing up and clean up. 
Isn't he a cutie!

Here's the basket of all our goodies! It was happy eating for weeks!

There are food swaps going on all around! It's a great way to share what you have and try something new!
Have a great weekend!
xo hallo jak