Loving This Week

It's been awhile since I've shared an edition of "Loving This Week", but with school back in session for our big girl and our little lady getting ready to start pre-school, it's time for me to get back to the business of blogging.

That's right, school is back in session and now I have a couple more quiet hours in the day (TGI nap time!), so I am finally able to tackle some of those much overdue updates on the pages of Designing Domesticity.

1. Check out the changes under About, Our Home, Projects and Food.
Yes, I have been a busy, busy bee in the 4 days since school started. 

More free time means more home projects (music to John's ears, right, honey?) coming my your way. Because as you know, everything I do, I do it for you. Cue Bryan Adams. Those of you that know me personally are probably laughing because you think I might actually like that song. Yes, I do have the worst taste in music. But, I digress, back to those home projects like our little lady's room update and the girl's shared bathroom update and maybe even some small updates to the powder room. Maybe, just maybe.

2. Speaking of updates, did you see this post from Holly Mathis Interiors? The one where she shares her quick bathroom fixes. Love that vintage nude sketch.

3. Or how about Kris' post from Driven by Decor? The one where she shares a fabulous new online lighting source. So many amazing options - I've got lighting on the brain- like all the time - so many of our lights need replacing. Broken record…

4. And finally, is it just me or does it seem like every blogger has a book coming out these days? All very well deserved, of course, these are among the best of the best. Fortunately for us, Andrea from the Cottage Market kindly gathered 9 of the best books that should be gracing our bookshelves right now. Check it out.

Have a great, looooong holiday weekend everyone!

until next time,
If you'd like help designing your home, please contact me on designingdomesticity@gmail.com.

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Caramelized Peach Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream

You know what's good? 
Summer Southern peaches. 
This ice cream.
Cleaning up after this photo shoot.

Yup. I did it again. I created my own ice cream flavor and thought it was good enough to share with you all.

Here's what you do:
Start with a standard no-cook vanilla ice cream base, I have always used the recipe that came with my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker, here.
1 c milk
3/4 c granulated sugar
pinch of salt
2 c heavy cream
1 tbs vanilla extract 

1. Combine the milk, sugar and salt in the bowl of a mixer/blender and blend until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.

2. Meanwhile, peel and chop 3 ripe peaches into bite sized pieces. Add to a heavy bottomed skillet with 1/4 brown sugar. Cook over low heat until rich, syrupy and caramelized about 20 minutes.
3. Once super yummy and caramelized, stir in 1/8 tsp cinnamon. Cook 5 minutes more to meld flavors then remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

4. Add the ice cream mixture to frozen ice cream maker tub, churn as directed, about 15 minutes. As the ice cream mixture begins to reach your desired consistency add in the peach mixture. Continue to churn until almost complete than drizzle in 2 TBS honey (or more depending on how ripe and sweet your peaches are). 

5. Serve immediately for a "soft serve" style or remove from tub, place in freezer safe container and freeze for a harder style ice cream.

This ice cream has it all-- the fresh ripe flavors of summer mingle with the warm and comforting spice of cinnamon. For an extra treat drizzle more honey over your scoop(s).

More than one scoop - who does that? Oh, yeah, it's me. 


until next time, 
If you'd like help designing your home, please contact me on designingdomesticity@gmail.com.

Don't forget to check out the new SHOP section on Designing Domesticity!

A switch, a desk and some freshening

As of today, school is back in session! 
So, it only seems fitting that I'd share a little update in our new 1st graders bedroom. This change didn't really come about because of school, per say, but it does involve a desk...so there you go. 
Why not?

old dresser

This is how we started in Tessa's room. 
Keen observers may have noticed that the white dresser that served as her beside table recently moved to the porch.
Who doesn't love good ol' multi purpose furniture - you know this girl does! 

new home on the porch

The dresser is now working perfectly on the porch holding napkins, candles, placemats and such, which makes room for a new addition in Tessa's room. 
Of course, I mean 'new' in the sense that it's new to her room, but not new to this house or me, for that matter. 

It's my childhood desk. 

As you know, I'm totally in support of using good quality, solid wood (antique, if possible) furniture in my home - and I love how the dark wood plays off the white bed frames (you know how I feel about matching sets) - but even I can admit that this feels a little "mature" for a kid's room.

Never fear, it's nothing some good quality accessorizing can't handle.  Starting with this too cute teal ottoman I found on clearance (it's ok to hate me a little) at Target for less than $25.

Such a good deal I got it in pink and teal. Like a mom of two girls can't find a place for a hot pink ottoman, please.

I love the teal against the dark wood, how it helps to break up all the pink in the room, and brings out the blue in the pillows. Plus, the youthfulness of the ottoman really freshens up the whole look of the dark, heavy 'mature' desk.

Once the little seat was in place, it felt kind of natural to kit out her desk with her favorite (of the moment) books, workbooks and journal all corralled by another youthful punch in the form of the owl bookends.

Who remembers the owl lamp and monogrammed lampshade? One of my first projects some 3+ years ago.

Now, do I really think she's going to sit in her room and do her homework? No, I am not delusional. But, she does like to spend some time alone, away from her little sister, from time to time and I hope she'll enjoy this new little spot of her very own.

A couple of take-aways from all of this:
1. hand-me-downs are awesome.
2. mixing wood finishes adds warmth to your space and helps to keep it interesting. NO matching sets.
3. adding the right accessories can freshen even the most 'mature' of furniture.

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until next time, 
If you'd like help designing your home, please contact me on designingdomesticity@gmail.com.

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