Friday, May 30, 2014

May Wrap-Up

I've been thinking a lot this month about the things I document and the things I don't (again). An awful lot of stuff happened this month that will never be blogged and will probably, eventually, be forgotten because no pictures were taken and no words said. That's kind of bittersweet. But such is life.

So here's to the days of sitting in the shade with a book in hand. To grilling and beer and avoiding sunstroke. To giant brunches and board games and closed snow-cone stands. To having many of the people we love in the same place once again. And to June.

Challenge: Sample Every Flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream
Early on in the month, Matt e-mailed me to let me know of a new flavor on Blue Bell's website: Red White and Blue Bell. I was a little hesitant — strawberry, vanilla and blueberry flavored ice creams with fresh berry bits? But then, I'm not a super blueberry fan. We tried it, and it was quite pretty, though my concerns about the blueberry was spot on — it was more tart than sweet.
I also found Nutty Chocolate, which had been on my list for a long time. Pretty self-explanatory. We took it to a church volunteer thing, and most of it got eaten, but I managed to grab a couple spoonfuls before it all disappeared. I do love chocolate ice cream. I ate mine with sprinkles.

Also, a new flavor we saw at HEB, but haven't tried yet: Mocha Madness. Sigh. More coffee flavors?

Completed: 62 out of 76 flavors

Challenge: Cook All The Way Through a Cookbook
I'm cooking through the "Bride and Groom First and Forever" Cookbook.

Tahini Ginger Dipping Sauce
I was psyched to try this, because most of the time we end up dipping carrots and chopped veggies in things like Italian dressing or honey mustard. But this dipping sauce was AWFUL. I tried a taste of it straight out of the food processor, made a horrified face and dumped it all in the trash. And I like tahini. Matt hates it, so he didn't even bother trying the finished product.

Pizza Dough 
It was a pretty basic dough recipe, similar to others I've made. I used it as the base of Katie's Sweet Potato Pizza. I actually screwed up the dough because I mis-read part of the recipe — the part about letting the yeast sit in warm water first — but thankfully it puffed up and turned out really good anyway, thick and chewy and yummy.

Completed: 37 of 150 recipes

Other Adventures
I attended my sister's senior fashion show. I participated in a blogger link-up about my writing process. There was that whole two-graduations thing. I visited a glass-blowing gallery. Matt and I celebrated three years of married life. And I finally got on board with e-readers.

How has your month been? What are you looking forward to most this summer?

8 comments

  1. yum! you sure are getting through those ice cream flavors! How did you like the pizza?

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  2. Tahini ginger dipping sauce sounds amazing.

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  3. I LOVE homemade pizza dough, it just CAN'T be beat. Along with potatoes on pizza, yup..it's a must for me!!

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    1. You should give that one a try, it was really good!

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  4. Sometimes I think cooking through an entire cookbook would be a really fun idea, and other times I don't feel like wasting time making things I wouldn't want to eat. But I guess that's the point? You might find something you like that you didn't know!

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  5. You cannot beat home made pizza! That ice cream looks amazing, loving all the colous in one tub, mmmmm!

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  6. "So here's to the days of sitting in the shade with a book in hand. To grilling and beer and avoiding sunstroke. To giant brunches and board games and closed snow-cone stands. To having many of the people we love in the same place once again. And to June." That needs to be made into a water color print or some kind of image you can hang on your wall and remember year round. such happy words. ooh, and that ice cream looks perfect for july 4- easy to bring to the lake, too :)

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