Our September picture on the calendar - oh to be a young Mama again! And how about that house? I can just envision the white muslin curtains, the braided rugs, the well-worn furniture, the white kitchen sink, a big family table...............
It's nice and cloudy and cool and cozy this morning. We had a nice time with friends last night with a cool evening outdoors by the fire eating S'mores and stargazing. While looking through the telescope our friend saw a shooting star! Isn't amazing how God has created these wonderful things for our enjoyment? : )
Well, first on the list today is sharing the September To-Do's and Tea Party Theme. September. Really? Yes. : o
*continue to clean out gutters
*remove any dead limbs
*lubricate your doors and windows
*plant fall Mums
*plant shrubs and trees
*if your mattress is flip-able, now is the time
*wash ALL bedding
*clean the windows
*continue to shop for Christmas
There. That's all you have to do and for some of you some of these things may not apply!!!! Remember to enjoy the process of the doing. This is your home - love it, take care of it but enjoy it.
SEPTEMBER TEA PARTY THEME
If it's still nice outdoors, I'd recommend that you still hold your party outside, but of course if it's not a day to be outdoors:
*decorate with asters and mums and LOTS of old books
*serve Madeleines, apple cake, and little tea cakes with different choices of tea
*play classical music in the background
Again, if any of you have tea parties, I would LOVE to hear how you decorated and what you served and how you think it went. : )
I also have another ice cream recipe to share with you. Oh my it's good. : )
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE SWIRL ICE CREAM
In a microwave-safe bowl, put 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 4 Tblsp. heavy cream into it and microwave it for about 45 seconds. Whisk this until smooth and set aside.
In another bowl, stir together 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla and set this aside.
In the bowl of your mixer, whip 2 cups of heavy cream until stiff peaks form but do not overbeat (you'll get butter - we don't want butter). : )
Now, fold the peanut butter mixture into the whipped cream. Pour half of this into a 2 quart freezer-safe container. Spoon/drizzle half of your melted chocolate over the ice cream and swirl it around. Pour the remaining cream over that and the remaining chocolate over that and swirl again. Cover with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Before serving, I always bring it out of the freezer beforehand to let it soften a bit. Serve and enjoy!!!! This really is very good - I hope you can try it. : )
This was before the freezer - again, SO good. I'm loving these homemade ice cream ideas.
I was going to post about menu planning, but I think I'm going to save that for another day. : ) Thank you SO much for dropping by for another visit - I appreciate it!!!!!!
Have a wonderful day in and around your home today. Also, have a great Labor Day weekend! For us in Minnesota, it means closing up cabins for the year and for the rest of us, it means we just do pretty much what we always do - LOL. God bless.