Peach Sorbet

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It’s  early morning and the heat index is up.
Up to what feels like 150 gazzilion degrees…
It’s hot…
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 My Hubs and I had a quick coffee on the patio – our morning tradition. We could feel the heat coming and for some reason I made hot coffee today, instead of the ice version. Won’t happen again, Sweetie! Till tomorrow, probably…
After baking cookies for CCC Monday, I knew I had to stay away from the oven… So frozen dessert it is.
Sorbet to be exact. Easy to whip up and perfect to fight the heat!
Oh, did I mention it’s made with peaches? I love peaches… When I crave a juicy fruit, it’s always peaches. My chocolate stash becomes envious, because I exclaim: “best thing ever!” and actually enjoy the juice dripping down my hands.
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I got all giddy when I saw mounds of them in our local store. My mind was full of ideas! Clafoutis, jam, cupcakes, cake, bars!! Oh my! But hold your horses – the oven is off limits…
So, to enjoy the flavor of fresh and juicy peaches, sorbet seemed the best choice.You get the fruit and cool down with icy treat. Win win!
 Note: If your peaches are hard, simply place them in a paper bag and let sit on the counter for a day or two. It will speed up the ripening process.
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Peach Sorbet

2 peaches, soft to the touch, washed, skin peeled, pitted, cut into chunks
splash or two of milk ( about 2 – 3 Tbsp )
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c water

Place peach chunks on a parchment paper lined plate and freeze until firm.
Place frozen peaches in blender and mix until smooth. Adding milk will help to blend them.
In a small measuring cup mix together water and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Add to peaches and mix until well blended.
Pour into a 8″ square baking dish and freeze until firm but scoopable, about 1 hour. If the sorbet is too hard to scoop, let sit on the counter for 15 – 20 minutes.

source: adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine July 2010

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What is your favorite stone fruit?

xoxo,

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Tuesday Links

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Lately, I found myself being totally obsessed with food photography and styling. 
After kiddos go to sleep, I can browse and browse all those gorgeous pictures my favorite food bloggers have on their sites.
Mind you, I have miiiiiiiles to go with my photos and styling. But I am hoping to grow this blog and my skills. After all, playing with food is fun! Doesn’t matter what our moms told us when we were 5. icon smile Tuesday Links
Here is a short list of links that I find very informative and helpful for bloggers like me:

1. This link caught my attention on Foodbuzz. My dear foodie friend, Lizzy, shared it and I immediately bookmarked it. A must-read!
The Ardent Epicure: Food Photography “A Perspective” ( Thank you, Lizzy for sharing this link! icon smile Tuesday Links )
2. Better with Butter covers everything from camera to lighting to props.

3. For those who didn’t make it to BlogHer Food Conference this year, this post is a must-read. Stephanie shares a very interesting and delicious project called “a cake case study” to talk about current styles in food photography.

4. Matt from Wrightfood has a whole series on food photography. You will find yourself bookmarking page after page after page.
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5. Shawnda from Confections of a Foodie Bride is a genius. I learned so much from her blog, I should probably send her cookies for it. icon smile Tuesday Links You need to check out her site, if not for the photography tips, than for the recipes. Eye-candy for all!

 For more visual inspiration, you can visit my Pinterest board “Food Photography”. I am constantly adding gorgeous pictures to it!
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If you have a link to share about food styling and photography, leave it in comments section.
I would love to see it!

Tomorrow, another frozen treat! Stay tuned. icon smile Tuesday Links
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Weekend Wrap-Up

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Previously, on CCS:

Monday – well, let’s not talk about Monday

Tuesday -  mission: make you lime-obsessed; Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberries and Kiwi

Wednesday – 1st Blue Ribbon Challenge! Mousse is what’s for dessert.

Friday – getting bossy with Lime Biscuits and Blueberry Butter on the side. Sunday’s Top9 on Foodbuzz!!

See you on Monday!

xoxo,

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Lime Biscuits with Blueberry Butter

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Let me be a little bossy today.
Hey, I have three kiddos. I know bossy!
So bossy me says: this is how you should start your day.
Freshly baked biscuits jazzed up with lime zest and smothered with blueberry butter.
Add your cup of joe and enjoy your Summer morning.
Obsessed-with-lime me had this vision of citrus-zest-packed biscuits, freshly baked in the morning, when the kiddos are still asleep. I made it happen and my Hubby and I enjoyed it on our patio, along with our morning coffee. The blueberry butter was a last minute thing, a way to use up leftover fruit. Our girls loved these too! Totally kiddo-approved. icon smile Lime Biscuits with Blueberry Butter

Lime Biscuits

10 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
3 c all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 heaping Tbsp lime zest
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 c lime sour milk ( see note )

Cut up your butter and shortening into cubes and place on a plate. Refrigerate until all the other ingredients are ready.
Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper or silpat. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Make lime sour milk: in a measuring cup, pour enough milk that it will reach 1 cup mark. Squeeze enough lime juice that the liquid comes up to 1 1/4 c mark. For me, half lime was enough. Stir and set aside.
Note: the original recipe calls for buttermilk, which you can use, but I wanted the lime flavor to really come through, therefore my substitution.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lime zest ).
Add the chilled fat and using pastry cutter, cut it in until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add lime sour milk ( or buttermilk ) and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together.
Place your dough onto a lightly floured surface and kneed 8 – 10 times. Do not over knead.
Divide the dough in half so it’s easier to handle.
Roll out one half or simply flatten with your palm into a rectangle about 1/2 thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut it into squares. Place the biscuits flat side up onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400 degrees and rotate the pan. Bake for additional 10 – 13 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool on the sheet for 3 minutes, cool completely on a wire rack.
Repeat with the other half of the dough.

source: adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Feed
cutting tip for square biscuits: Cook’s Illustrated

Blueberry Butter

1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c fresh blueberries

Mix butter and blueberries in a food processor.
Smother on our freshly baked biscuits.
The end.

source: Crunchy Creamy Sweet aka my own kitchen

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Thank you to Stephanie, Hannah, Soni, Ramona, Kristina, Neshanne, Ros, Dawn and Minnie for participating in my 1st Blue Ribbon Challenge. You guys totally rocked the mousse challenge! So many must-makes on my list now icon smile Lime Biscuits with Blueberry Butter . Thank you! The winner of the challenge is….
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Minnie from The Lady 8 Home and her Zaffrani Mango Mousse! Congrats, Minnie! The winners badge is on it’s way to you via e-mail.
The theme for next month’s challenge will be announced soon!
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How do you start your day?

xoxo,

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Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberry and Kiwi

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        Have you ever tried to reason with a 3-year-old? It’s amazing how fast they can trick you into something.

       “I am three years old so I want three crayons!”. That is my youngest daughter’s recent argument for everything.

        Everything has to be in threes. Three bedtime stories, three loveys to cuddle while sleeping ( even though they always end up on the floor or under her bed ), three baby carrots at a time on her dinner plate, three more marshmallows… oh boy, I could go on and on! Right now she is in her terrible two’s phase, although it seems to linger a bit if you ask me… icon smile Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberry and Kiwi

        So what does it have to do with ice pops? Absolutely nothing, but I find myself tired in the end of a hot day and craving a satisfying and cooling treat.These pops are just that!

       After the success of my no-bake cheesecake and whipped milk ice cream, I made a list of more no-bake desserts for this Summer. Ice pops were one of the top treats.

      I used limes instead of lemons, because I am slightly obsessed with them recently. I made so many dishes featuring this gorgeous green citrus fruit that I just can’t wait to share them with you! I plan to make you lime-obsessed too! icon smile Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberry and Kiwi

      These ice pops are so easy to make and so addicting! I hope you will give them a try. You will find them to be a nice change from lemonade. They are kiddos-approved because of the fruit slices and man-approved for the taste.

Limeade Ice Pops with Strawberry and Kiwi

3/4 c water
1/2 c lime juice
1/4 c agave, honey or simple syrup ( I used lime scented simple syrup from making candied lime peels )
8 strawberry slices
8 kiwi slices

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together water, lime juice and syrup.
Place fruit slices in pops molds.
Carefully, pour the liquid over into molds.
Freeze until solid, 6 hours or overnight.
To release, run mold under warm water for few seconds.

makes: 8 ice pops
source: adapted from Weelicious

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I promised to share few photos from our celebrations this past weekend.
Here they go:

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My Lil’ Guy and me…
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With Daddy, blowing the candle…
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I will be back tomorrow for the 1st Blue Ribbon Challenge! Hope to see you here!

xoxo,

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