Sunday, April 9, 2017

Experiments with Custard

So it turned out that I had a massive amount of eggs from my chickens and an enormous jar of fig marmalade purchased on a whim at Costco.

So what is a person to do? I decided to make fig custard. Since I plan on having this be a base for a trifle for a daughter with a milk allergy I did a bit of experimenting.

Here is the basic recipe.

1 cup coconut milk
2 egg yolks 
2 teas. Potato starch
1tablespoon organic sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup fig marmalade 
1/2 teas vanilla

In a small bowl I mixed the salt, sugar, potato starch and the egg yolks until smooth. Heat up the coconut milk in a saucepan to about 110. Pour about 1/4 cup into yolk mixture in a thin stream beating well. This will help temper the yolks. I then poured the yolk mixture into the remaining coconut milk in the pan stirring very well. I gently heated the mixture to 165-70 degrees. The custard will get thick. Remove from heat I then stirred in the fig marmalade and vanilla mixing well. When it is mixed completely pour into custard cups and refrigerate until well chilled. Serve with goat's milk caramel or whipped coconut milk.

For the trifle I plan on layering it with the angel food cake cut in chunks and brown sugar/maple walnuts. Mmmmm.... I have a feeling it will be the star of our Ostara celebration.




Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Start - The Dollhouse Saga

It has been quite a while since I have worked on the dollhouse. My hand injury was worse than I thought and I am now in physical therapy for it. I did buy some new items for the house and a chopper to make cutting the trims and tiles easier. Maybe I won't injure my hand now :)

I can't wait to finish up the tile floor so I can start on the wall paneling. It would be nice to have another room finished. This is not quick work unfortunately.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Pumpkins - The Dollhouse Saga

I had bought a bag of tiny glass pumpkins. Moiren is painting them to look like the real thing. They will go on the dollhouse porch and in the Haunted Garden we are making. Her little dollhouse family likes to decorate for the holidays.

Moiren is having so much fun and doing a splendid job. 


Friday, August 26, 2016

Macarons - The Dollhouse Saga

Moiren and I had spent a day making teeny tiny french macarons from polymer clay.  We bothe had so much fun!

We even made some little lemons!

It has been so, so hot that doing any work on the dollhouse is just misery. I do hop to finish the tea room by the end of September though :)


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mighty Nest Subscription

I just got my first Mighty Nest Sub! This month it is organic wool dryer balls. I am pretty excited to try these. I don't use fabric softener due to allergies so my clothes can be rough and staticky if I use the dryer. Friends who have used these say great things.
To check them out for yourself:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Seeing Green - The Dollhouse Saga

Painting furniture for a dollhouse I haven't even started to build yet *LOL*

Be prepared, right?


Tea Room Floor - The Dollhouse Saga

I had not been feeling well so work paused for a bit on the dollhouse. This past weekend  I felt better so I went to work cutting up wood-look vinyl tile for the tea room floor.

I used a guillotine style cutter. I just had to be careful that the tile did not shift as it was cut.

I then started laying the tile down.

Partway through doing this I injured my thumb pretty badly. Cracked the nail in half, damaged the nail bed. After a couple days of ice and anti-inflammitories I can use my hand a little bit. So today I decided to test out a technique I saw on Pinterest of using shoe polish to finish wood vinyl floors. 

It fills in any light colored spots and gaps. I really like the look versus the untreated areas. Getting all the way up to the edge by the walls will be a pain, but so worth it for the finished look. Hopefully when my thumb is all better I can get the floor completed. I did get the ceiling covered with embossed paper.

It will look excellent once the crown molding goes up. So, still need floor to be finished, wainscoting, crown molding,  and trim around doorways and windows. Other than that it is coming along!