Monthly Archives: July 2013

S’more Milkshake


It doesn’t get anymore gluttonously decadent and over the top than this ridiculous mash up of two quintessential summer desserts: the s’more and the milkshake.  In fact, this is the only time of year when marshmallows are a staple in my pantry.  In general, I’m not a huge marshmallow fan but some kind of dark magic happens when you expose them to an open flame…the crispy burnt outside, the sticky gooey warm inside.  This, my friends, is the only way to eat a marshmallow.  Of course you can then take it one insane step further and blend them up with chocolate and ice cream, creating one glorious mega treat.  Ok, maybe that is the only way to eat a marshmallow.

First step – collect dry kindling and firewood and build campfire according to Boy Scouts of America regulations. Kidding!!  These marshmallows can be toasted (roasted?) right from the comfort of your own kitchen, in your ovens broiler.  And it only takes 1 minute!

S’more Milkshake
Makes 16 ounce shake
10-12 ounces premium ice cream – chocolate, vanilla, coffee, whatever
Chocolate syrup
12 large marshmallows
1/4 cup whole milk or half and halfimage

Adjust top oven rack so that is as close to the broiler flame as possible and allow broiler to preheat.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Center marshmallows flat on tray and pop them in the broiler.  Cook for 30-40 seconds each side until brown.


In blender, mix 8-9 marshmallows and half and half until combined – about 10 seconds.
Add ice cream and continuing blending until smooth.  I used a combo of vanilla ice cream and Edy’s Espresso Chip, which was transcendent.  There are a ton of ice cream flavors that would pair well with the toasted marshmallow. Go nuts.

Swirl chocolate syrup around inside of glass.
Add milkshake and top with crushed graham cracker and smash in some toasted marshmallows.  Feel free to top it off with some Hershey’s milk chocolate bar if you have it.


So even though it isn’t in the shape of the flag, I think it’s still a pretty fitting dessert for your Fourth of July celebrations. Happy Birthday, America!

Little Fishie Quilt

Hi there.   I’ve had this little quilt finished for a bit but haven’t managed to gift it yet or blog about it so here it is.  I wanted something bright and cheerful and simple. The inspiration for this piece was this sweet little shirt my daughter wore when she was a baby.




The finished project looks like this

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I had trouble finding solid colors of the knit fabrics so I grabbed 1/2 yard of plain white and dyed them the colors I wanted.  It worked just great!  I traced one of the inspiration fishes and sized it up for the bigger fish.  Once they were cut out I used a fusible stabilizer for knit fabrics on the back of them so they wouldn’t stretch when I stitched them down.  It worked.  I layed them out how I wanted and sewed close to the edge around each one leaving the edge raw.  It’s a knit so it shouldn’t ravel.  I hand embroidered the eyes and smiles on each fish so they would be extra cheerful.


I did free motion quilting on this which is not something I’ve done very often but it seems like it worked out okay this time around.  Still need some practice to get it nice and smooth.  I made the bias binding out of the stripe and I really like the look of it.

The other little thing I made is a hooded towel.  I happened to have the minky (the top part) and the terry cloth in stash so I made a triangular one that is bigger than an infant size but not as huge as the full size ones.



I found these little gems in the Target dollar spot.  I’m thinking they might be a good alternative to the expensive Wonder Clips .



I’ll give them a test run and report back.  That’s what I got for now.  See ya!