Posts Tagged ‘photography


Fire and Ice: Coconut and chocolate, hot or cold

When you can’t have dairy but love hot chocolate and chocolate ice cream, eventually you find a way to make the good stuff. I had an epiphany of sorts two winters ago that resulted in a hot chocolate recipe that became my go to comfort drink on those especially cold, hard days. In the heat of summer, of course, I can’t even imagine those cold hard days, and last summer it I wondered what would happen if I put the hot chocolate in the ice cream freezer. All I can say is yum. It’s one base recipe with only a handful of ingredients that can be heated or frozen to create at least two yummy finishes.

Base Recipe: Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream or Hot Cocoa

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

To make ice cream: Warm the coconut milk just enough to melt the fat back into the “water”; we like to stick our can out in the sun for about 15 minutes to do this, then shake it. Mix all of the ingredients together using a whisk or pop it in the blender, blending just until combined (Be careful not to blend to long and get coconut whipped cream bits floating in the mixture. If this happens, just heat the mixture to melt them and then continue.) Chill this mixture in the fridge for at least an hour or two; then freeze according to your ice cream freezers directions. This recipe only makes 2 or 3 servings, so we like to double it.

To make hot cocoa: Put all ingredients in a small sauce pan. It’s easier to get the coconut fat out of the can if you heat it a bit first. You can follow the solar heating method listed for ice cream if you have a warm, sunny winter day on your hands, you can heat it in some warm water, or you can just scrape the fat into the pan with a rubber scraper. Add 1 cup of your preferred milk (we use rice, but almond, cow, goat, sheep, etc. will all work)  and heat, stirring with a whisk or a fork until the mixture comes together and combines. Makes 2 generous or 3 small servings.



Some pretty cool pics

…and I didn’t even take them. Of course, I’m in them…

Our good friend Josh Solar met us for a family photo session that started with bar-b-que at our favorite picnic spot (on a bridge!) and continued with a walk around the crossroads. Josh posted photos from the session to his blog.

Hubby took some maternity photos of me last week. I got brave, bared a lot, and am thrilled with the results. You can check out shots of super pregnant me here on Hubby’s blog. Notice the sweater? Yep, that’s the maternity sweater I knit. You’ll read more about it later.


Little helpers

I do almost nothing alone these days, and I’m certain that many of you live this way too. At our house, we all learned a while back that we had a choice, embrace the “help” we have and make them a part of what we do or have everyone get really frustrated. I’m also certain that most of you know that we generally choose to embrace the help and make the boys a part of most of the things we do; they are learning so much from being involved in all the creating that take place around here. Hubby took all of us with him for a pretty special photo shoot a while back! He was taking engagement photos of his sister and her fiance, and he was kind enough to bring along gear for the boys to use as well. They loved the outdoor location where he was shooting, and they loved even more getting to be the photographers!


Another little find

I found this photo on my compact flash card when I pulled photos a bit back, and I distinctly remember not taking it. This is the catch all table behind the couch where things the boys should stay out of end up landing. It is also frequently where my camera gets set, you know, to keep the boys from using it without permission and help. Hmmmmmm…. So the other day when the toddler was caught with the camera, he didn’t just learn how to fire the flash for fun, he also to a great photo of my, uh, clutter! Even though it reminds me of a place that needs constant cleaning in our home, I love this photo. I love the surprises involved in parenting; I love the ingenuity of a 2 year old. I love that they keep me on my toes; I love how very much he learns as he explores!

Here’s hoping you have a surprise photo awaiting you too…


Riding the rails

We recently took the boys to ride a REAL train! The Midland Railway runs during the warmer months and was a fun and educational trip for all of us. We had about an hour long round trip with a stop in the middle to switch the engine.

Hubby took these polaroid shots; I took advantage of the drying time.