First: The Rant

Noël here. My favorite part of delicious blog posts are the pictures. Pictures sell food in print, and great ones make you giddy. Unlike everyone else on the internet (shoutout to my amazing friend Hayley's scone-henges over at Wait...are those...cookies?!) I do not take great pictures. Evidently, light has something to do with it. I did get a better camera though, so that *might* help, but I think it has something to do with me, my kitchen, and my time.

I'm going to take more of an effort to take better pictures, because then maybe I'll actually post more. My posts disappoint me (but let me tell you, the ice cream doesn't!). I so dislike it when things don't turn out as well as I KNOW they could!
Now: The Rave

I nabbed this delectable tome from the bookstore shelf to give to our dear friend for her birthday. It made me so giddy my mother went out and bought me one the next day. And you know what?

It is the most scrumptious beautiful amazing blog in the world. It is inspiring and crushing.

It's what I hope all my work will be and know somehow it won't be.

Unless it will!
_This Fourth of July was monumental. It was glorious. It was the fateful day when we walked to the grocery store. Fate rewarded us for this adventure with the discovery of Raley's pint cartons for homemade ice cream.
The logical thought process of the next twenty-four hours ran its course thus:
  1. The cardboard pint containers are the most adorable, amazing, possibility-filled things we have ever seen. We must therefore buy some.
  2. We cannot decide between blue or pink, so we must buy both.
  3. If we buy them, we must therefore make ice cream to put in them! (Of course, they'd make amazing gift boxes by themselves, but function before fancy!)
  4. If we make ice cream, we'll need ice cream ingredients. Since we're at the store, let's buy some! Chocolate, eggs, cream, and milk acquired.
  5. Once home, let us actually look up the ice cream recipe to ensure we have the needed ingredients.
  6. Let's buy an ice cream maker!

__Yes. "Acquire ice cream maker" was logical stop number SIX in this thought train.

It was not acquired until Thursday, a full twenty-four hours later, after some comparative research. Salt and ice = too messy and unstable. Frozen double-walled cylinder for the win! And, as a bonus, Williams-Sonoma had a special deal with Cuisinart to sell their ICE-21 ice cream maker with an extra cylinder for only ten dollars more than at other retailers. Bonus!

The Cuisinart ICE-21.
__The cylinders only required overnight freezing and then. . . and only then. . . could the ice cream making begin!

And after the giddy dancing at the culmination of two pints of Chocolate Ice Cream in the freezer I blurted out "IT COMES IN PINTS!", Katie declared that That Was a Blog, and so here it is.