Saturday, August 2, 2008

Week in Review, and a Pop Quiz. And an extra sorbet recipe!

It's been a nice, slow week. Besides one piano lesson, Monday through Wednesday were uninterrupted Mommy-Daughter days. Very nice!

Picture is Ernie, wondering WHY I am interrupting her fresh-out-of-the-oven bread eating with my silly camera. Again.

Thursday was our weekly foray to Grandma and Grandpa's house of course, but what I didn't mention is a destination we've added along the way. For as long as I can remember, there has been a fruit stand down the street from their home. Every morning, the workers will cull through the fruit and make up $2 boxes of fruit that is bruised and needs to be sold ASAP before bad things start happening. Last week I picked up about 20 cucumbers, which were eaten as snacks and made into raita for Sunday's family meal. This week it was probably 15 super-ripe mangos. Unlike last week, there was no mold in this batch. The worse thing I found was fruit that acted more like jelly "water-balloons" than the firm fruit we normally find in our grocery stores. Everything firm was sliced and frozen for future smoothies, and the rest was blended into puree and frozen. We saved out about 1 1/2 cups for a sorbet recipe. I think you could safely substitute other fruit purees. Taste this before you finish adding the simple syrup, and add to taste. I boiled together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, until all the sugar was dissolved. It can be stored in the fridge for other uses for a few weeks. (Great for lemonade, brushing on cakes before you frost, etc.)

Mango Sorbet
1 1/2 cups mango puree
1/2 cup simple syrup
3 Tablespoons lime juice

Blend everything together, and stick the mixing bowl in your freezer. Whisk smooth every hour for 3 hours- will be soft-serve consistency. Store in a smaller container, with surface covered in saran wrap. --OR-- Freeze in an ice cream freezer.

Friday afternoon my dad called with 4 tickets to the baseball game, 3rd base line ON TOP of the dugout. Did we want them? Oh boy! We ended up taking my brother and his friend- they both work in the city, and walked over to the stadium after work. Aren't they cute?

The game was a lot of fun, even though (as usual) we lost. Wonder Daddy and I brought in a Costco pizza for everyone, and we had a ball! Although, I can say with some authority that number 51 on the opposing team was a heckler. And had a foul mouth. And hit one of the coaches in the head with a grounder from first base that hit the dugout fence and bounced up during between-inning practice time. Oops.

Uggh- here's Wonder Daddy and I. Uncle R's friend took the picture and pronounced us "adorable." Umm...if this is adorable, what do I NORMALLY look like? Never mind- I'm due in 5 weeks, and plan on nursing off every.last.stinking.pound. (If we make it to 22 months again, I think I have a chance!)

Finally, here is the Pop Quiz for this week. Watch the video...and write in to tell us all what she's saying! First person to get a blow-by-blow correct gets...? How about bragging rights, and next week's batch of rainbow chard from the garden? Or something else if you don't live close by. Oh, and please ignore the wardrobe malfunction. It happens.


Aunt LoLo said...

Here's my best guess.
We're going to see Bobba. And we're going to see Hay. And we're going to see Nana. And we're going to see Day. (Isabella). Oh...there's no more? Oh, Day. Right?

(Book falls) Uh oh. Haha.

I’m gonna take these beads to Day’s house.

How'd I do. ;-) If you want something REALLY fun, repost my video of her telling me about "lllh" at her birthday party. ;-)

Ben and Casey said...

I can't believe you only have 5 weeks left! My goodness, it has been too long since we've seen you.

We'll have to see if we can have a play date before your due date. :) Maybe we can do it at our house to make it easier on you.