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Initial post: Aug 13, 2013, 9:34:13 PM PDT
Lyn says:
♥.Good Morning ♥. Good Afternoon, ♥.or Good Evening


My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth,beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same,we are one.


I have so many places to go for one day trips and today is not one of them. Details later. Business first.


(Ɔ ˘⌣˘)♥(˘⌣˘ C)

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:34:49 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:35:14 PM PDT
Lyn says:
. . . . . .╰☆╮ Ponder of the Day╰☆╮ . . . . . .

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
― C.S. Lewis

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
― Albert Camus

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."
― Elbert Hubbard

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:37:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2013, 9:44:21 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Welcome to Wednesday at Walden Pond.

I do not remember the date of last Friday but I will always remember the day. One of family. The family that is not made of DNA but the family of your choosing - your friends and with luck, some actual family members. I had both with me.

I should do another start on gratitude. Or one on nurses. The doctors are important but they couldn't function without the nurses. Or on EMT's. Or on "family".

But not today. Today is another doctor's appointment and visiting family. Today's start is a simple cut and paste that I found a couple of weeks ago and thought all you ice cream lovers might enjoy.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:39:11 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Happy Anniversary Elaine. I hope you are enjoying this spectacular summer and getting some time to visit family. Sometimes it is nice to have them close by.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:39:35 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Much energy to Chris who can do nothing but wait for Joe.


Charlie I have faith in you that you will give it your best shot on Thursday. I am hoping for a thumbs up happy dance but please know you are a winner even if it is not to be.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:40:10 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Raspberry, Pistachio, and Vanilla Semifreddo

If you've been following this blog, you may have noticed that I love cream. A lot. Like many people, I especially like it in its frozen incarnations. And I recently discovered the joy of semifreddos, which I need to share with you. Semifreddos are in the ice cream family, but they're usually made in a loaf pan and served up in frozen slices. Here's the best part about them: you don't need an ice cream maker!

I know some of you might shudder at the amount of cream in this recipe. And before you run away screaming, I encourage you to consider two things: one is the amount of store-bought ice cream the average person consumes in a summer. Have you looked at the ingredients on a container of ice cream? It's a long list of un-pronouncable words, usually not a good sign. At least when you make your own, you can control what goes into it. The second consideration is the quality of the cream. I like to use organic cream from grass-fed cows, and here's why: cows were designed to eat grass, not grains. Milk fat from grass-fed cows is much healthier for us, containing a better ratio of omega 6 to 3 fats and more beneficial nutrients. So while I'll make no pretense that this semifreddo is a "healthy" dessert, I'm pleased to say I experience zero guilt eating it, only pure pleasure, and I hope you will too. That's what summer is for!

As for the raspberries. Oh the raspberries! Picking raspberries is such a great summertime treat. As soon as I starting puréeing the raspberries for this recipe, the fragrance of the mashed-up berries vividly brought me right back to my Grammie's kitchen. She had a wonderful berry patch and I have great memories of the raspberry jam she made each summer, the heavy pot bubbling away with ruby red goodness, the smell wafting through the entire house.

Initially, I was just going to make a simple raspberry pistachio semifreddo, but then I saw this triple layered recipe from Bon Appétit which I couldn't resist. I made a few modifications and voila!

Now, it must be said, the 3 layers do make this recipe a bit time consuming since each one has to freeze solidly before adding the next layer, taking about one hour per layer. If you'd like to simplify this semifreddo, I've provided a short-cut version at the bottom of my recipe that doesn't involve making 3 separate layers. Instead, you simply make one uniform raspberry vanilla mixture and add the whole pistachios to that. I've made it this way as well, and it's just as delicious. Here's what that version looks like.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:40:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2013, 9:46:05 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Raspberry, Pistachio, and Vanilla Semifreddo

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
2/3 cup sugar + 4 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
1 vanilla bean + 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or thawed raspberries
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/4 tsp. salt

Make the pistachio base: Grind 1/2 cup of the pistachios with 2 tbsp. of the sugar in a food processor. Add the whole milk and purée until smooth and thick. Place this mixture in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. If there are still chunks of pistachios, you can run it through the food processor a second time if you wish. Fold the other half of the pistachios into this mixture, leaving them whole. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the vanilla base: Place 1/2 cup of the whipping cream in a small saucepan. Slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds out. Add the scraped seeds and pod into the saucepan with the cream. Heat the cream to just before it simmers and then remove from heat. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes, then remove and discard the empty vanilla pod. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the raspberry base: Purée the raspberries and 2 tbsp. of the sugar together in a food processor. If you prefer to remove the seeds, you can strain this mixture over a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids (this is optional). Stir the vanilla extract into this mixture. Set aside until ready to use.

Make the semifreddo base: Beat the eggs, egg yolks, and 2/3 cup sugar in a metal bowl on top of a saucepan with a few inches of gently simmering water (over medium heat). The bottom of the bowl should not touch the hot water. Beat the mixture constantly, preferably using a handheld electric mixer set on its highest speed. After about 4 minutes of beating, the egg and sugar mixture will have thickened, doubled in size, and reached a pale color. When it reads 170° on a thermometer, you can remove it from the heat. Place the bowl into a shallow pan filled with iced water and continue beating for another 3 minutes until the mixture is cool and quite thick. (Don't allow any water to get into the mixture).

Whip the remaining 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Once the egg and sugar mixture is fully cooled, incorporate the whipped cream and gently fold the two together until uniform.

Divide the semifreddo base equally into 3 parts and fold each third gently into the raspberry base, then the pistachio base, and then the vanilla base. Refrigerate all 3 until ready to use.

Line a metal loaf pan (about 9 x 5 x 3") with parchment paper or plastic wrap. For parchment paper, cut two pieces of paper, one for the width and one for the length and criss-cross them on top of each other so there are no folds which would give your semifreddo a crinkled surface. First, pour the vanilla mixture into the pan and freeze until solid, about an hour. Pour the pistachio mixture on top of the frozen vanilla base and freeze for another hour. Finally, pour the raspberry mixture on top of the frozen pistachio base. If you wish, you can sprinkle on some additional whole raspberries before pouring the raspberry mixture, as I did in the video. However, the frozen raspberries can be tricky to slice across and can make the semifreddo slices a little messy. Freeze the whole semifreddo for 4 to 6 hours. This dessert can also be made several days in advance and removed from the freezer when ready to serve.

To serve the semifreddo, dip the bottom and sides of the loaf pan in a bit of hot water for a few seconds. Invert it onto a platter and peel off the paper or plastic lining. Cut it with a sharp knife into slices about 3/4 inch thick. (The knife can be dipped in hot water to help the slicing).

For a simplified version of this recipe (no layers), simply omit the pistachio base altogether. (You won't need the 2 tbsp of sugar and the 1/3 cup of milk). However, do keep the cup of whole pistachios. Make everything else following the directions, but the raspberry, vanilla, and semifreddo bases can all be mixed together to make one uniform mixture. Fold the whole pistachios into this mixture. Freeze for 6 hours or more.

Complete with pictures and video.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:40:59 PM PDT
Lyn says:
I will be in and out today.


Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 9:58:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2013, 11:19:53 AM PDT
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It doesn't matter where you go in life...
What you do... or how much you have...
It's who you have beside you.

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❤ Elaineb, best wishes for a Happy Anniversary from all your friends here at FB&C ❤

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Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:05:51 PM PDT
chemmaj rn says:
A beautiful start Robb.....take care of youself, Lyn, and Bailey

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:08:42 PM PDT
Lyn says:
It has been yet another interesting week. I could use some boring ones but rest assured I will take care of all 3 of us.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:22:41 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Robb
Thank you for your start today, that you have the energy, initiative and will to do so on top of the last weeks events is admirable. ♥
Lyn and Bailey are so lucky having you around with your support and care, I am wishing for a more normal RL for you all ♥

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:26:37 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
╰♥.☆.♥╮ Happy Anniversary elaineb ╰♥.☆.♥╮

Hope you have a chance to pop in on the thread today.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:42:27 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ shades_of_idaho

♥ My thoughts and positive vibes being sent to you and Joe for the journey ahead of you. ♥

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:48:32 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Nite Red
Hope you have a great day.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:48:39 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
SOLOMON & LORD SINK OR SWIM (Solomon vs. Lord) by Paul Levine
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
The sharpest lawyer to barely graduate from Key West School of Law, Steve Solomon is a beer and burger guy. Fresh from Yale, Victoria Lord is a Chardonnay and paté gal. The squabblers extraordinaire can't agree on "good morning," but somehow they're a winning team in court.

Steve plans a mysterious boat trip in the short story "Solomon & Lord Sink or Swim." He claims he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, but Victoria isn't buying it. She knows that Cruz stole a bundle from Steve's favorite client. Victoria hops aboard to find out just what Steve has planned. The answer could get them both killed.

Author's Note: "Solomon & Lord Sink or Swim" is a short story followed by excerpts from the four S&L novels, plus a sneak peek at "Lassiter," newest novel in the Jake Lassiter series.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013, 10:49:30 PM PDT
KayKay says:
@Robb - great start, thank you. Glad that you and Lyn are back home with Bailey. :-) Well wishes, energy and hope for you all.

@elainb - Happy Anniversary , enjoy

and a freebie
The Light Keepers, a FREE Epic Fantasy Adventure (ShadowLight Saga)

Betrothal (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #1), a Medieval Fantasy Romance (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere)

hi chemmaj, LOB, R&W - thanks for all that you do. It is appreciated. :-) nite y'all.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013, 10:50:07 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Robb
I hope the family has a good night full of refreshing healing sleep ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013, 10:51:28 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Nite KayKay - see you when you wake up - wishing you get lots of zzz hours ♥

Posted on Aug 14, 2013, 1:53:10 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
New graphics again on LO - very impressive - and love the "Thought for the day" - you should bring it on over here, it made me smile ;-)

Posted on Aug 14, 2013, 4:17:25 AM PDT
Overtime says:
Happy Anniversary Elaineb

Posted on Aug 14, 2013, 4:20:43 AM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
Good Morning all -

Great start Robb :)

Posted on Aug 14, 2013, 4:23:30 AM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
Castle Cay (Julie O'Hara Mystery Series)
When her best friend is murdered, Julie O'Hara, a body language expert, packs up her suspicion and flies to Boston for his funeral. Who could have killed rising artist Marc Solomon, and what does Castle Cay, the Solomon's mysterious Caribbean island, have to do with it? Before long, Julie's sixth-sense pulls a hidden string that unravels a deadly conspiracy...and her own troubled past.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013, 5:35:15 AM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
Rome and Shunka live on opposite sides of the city walls, but it's not only the walls that separate their lives, it's the air they breathe.

Rome Shackleton, a cafe shop owner is having a bad day, it's the ten year anniversary of a stunt that left him with a notorious reputation and a limp - his failed attempt to escape his home, New Hanoi. An off the books deal goes south with a local underworld bare knuckle fighter and the secretive Flower Factory sets their sights on him. He is plunged into an impossible choice, but in a world where every day is served the same he relished a chance for a change.
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