Friday, April 17, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Stacy and Chris

WHO: Stacy and Chris
WHERE: I believe this picture was taken down at Gram's in Florence, OR
WHEN: Summer 1978 (I look to be about 8 or 9)

Happy Birthday to family friend, Chris Nygren.  I was flower girl at his mother Candy's wedding and our families have been friends since before Candy was born!

April is Birthday Month around here!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Coconut Ice Cream

One of the earliest mentions of the coconut dates back to the One Thousand and One Nights story of Sindbad the Sailor, he is know to have bought and sold coconuts during his fifth voyage.  Historical evidence favors the European origin of the name "coconut", for no name is similar in any of the languages of India, where the Portuguese first found the fruit.

The coconut is know for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts.

Coconuts are everywhere in Maui and used in someway in just about every dish you find on the island.

I love to sit out on the lanai and watch the stars and enjoy a bowl of ice cream.



Coconut Ice Cream


1/4 cup firmly packed sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups half and half
3/4 cup canned sweetened cream of coconut
6 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
garnish with lime zest, toasted coconut


Put the coconut in a large, heavy saucepan and set over medium heat.  Stir the coconut until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the half and half and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Pour the coconut mixture through a medium mesh sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the coconut with a spatula to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the coconut.  Return the coconut milk mixture to the same pan and set over medium-high heat.  Add the cream of coconut and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together the yolks and sugar until combined.  Slowly add a few ladles of the hot cream of coconut mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to temper the egg yolk mixture. Add the entire mixture back into the pan.  Set over medium low heat and cook, stirring slowly and continuously with a spatula until the custard thickens, about 5 minutes.  DO NOT allow the custard to boil.

Pour the custard mixture through a medium mesh sieve set over a clean bowl.  Add the heavy cream and stir well.  Refrigerate the custard until cold, about 1 hour.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a chilled container, cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.

To serve, garnish 2 scoops with lime and toasted coconut.

Makes 1 quart

Image found on Google Images
Recipe found on Williams-Sonoma 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

15/52: Birthday Celebrations

We kicked off my Birthday Month with a little celebration at my Mom and Kenny's on Saturday.

There is nothing quite like being spoiled by your mother...and she sure didn't disappoint! Lots of presents...a paperback, a yummy smelling travel candle, Jergens Natural Glow (a must for the week before vacation), clothes and.....(drum roll please), diamond earrings! Ta-Dah!  Spoiled Rotten!

After pre-dinner drinks and presents, we headed off for surprise birthday dinner (I had no idea where we were going) and we ended up down on the Seattle waterfront at the famous Crab Pot.  What a treat!  Thanks to Kenny for picking up the tab for dinner. Fabulous!

The Crab Pot is located right next to Seattle's Great Wheel.  Which is always lit up at night and incredibly beautiful (I promised Mom for her next birthday we would go for a ride).

Mom, Kenny and I split the "Westport" which included steamer clams, mussels, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, red potatoes and dungeness and snow crab legs. Think New England clam bake - Seattle style.

After dinner was coffee and this crazy lemon-white chocolate-meringue cake.  OMG!!! 

What a fantastic way to kick off my Birthday month!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Middle of April

Welcome Monday!

This is vacation get-away week so lots of packing and errands...and not a lot of cooking.

Here is our menu for the week and remember to check out Laura's site for more organizing ideas.


Monday: Steak with Mushroom Sauce over Pureed Cauliflower and Steamed Artichoke
Tuesday:  Chicken Tender Stroganoff with a Garden Salad
Wednesday: Taco Tuesday (on Wednesday)
Thursday: Red Robin Birthday Burger!  It's free, afterall!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Old Photo Friday: Toddler Stacy

WHO: Stacy Dare Brady
WHAT: Learning to walk while drinking an Oly (only in Oregon)
WHEN: Feb-April 1970

Yes, apparently my parents were up for some sort of Parent of The Year Award and this was the picture they submitted.  Just kidding, like isn't it entirely appropriate to have your toddler learning to walk while carrying a 16 oz beer?  Perhaps it was just child up after a party?

In honor of my 46th year (oh my), this month's photos are all about me!