What I Read: June

A very late update! I read 3 books in June. One was fiction, two were non-fiction. All were in print!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I picked this up based on recommendations for a “don’t want to put it down, read it in 24 hours” book. It took me slightly longer than 24 hours (have I mentioned I have a toddler), but not much, and I found it totally enjoyable. Clay Jannon is laid off from his web design job, and ends up working as a clerk at a 24 hour bookstore in San Francisco, which is a front for a delightfully nerdy secret society.

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett. I read this for the #betterinrealifereadinglist, and you can read my (and others) others thoughts over there if you are curious. In brief, this is a memoir by the writer Ann Patchett of her friendship with the author Lucy Grealy. I found it really lovely.

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison. If you’ve heard the NPR series, This I Believe, then you know what this is about: short essays by folks from all walks of life about their core beliefs. I especially enjoyed the fact that this book mixed essays from the original series in the 1950s with essays from the current series.

What I Read: June

Life List #32. Make homemade ice cream.

I have long desired an ice cream maker. I started saving ice cream recipes to a Pinterest board over a year ago for the day when I could make all those yummy treats myself. Then, at the beginning of the month I just decided: THE TIME HAD COME. I tweeted:

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My thought was that I would add it to my Wish List, and maybe someone would get it for me for my birthday. BUT THEN, my fairy godmother (aka my friend Marcella) replied and offered me her ice cream maker, which was just taking up room in her closet. AMAZING.

Last week, I made my first batch of homemade ice cream. I picked peach, because our CSA had yummy ones just begging to be used.

Here’s how it went:

Chop up peaches, mix with sugar, let sit for 2 hours, so they get nice and juicy:

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Always do what Ben & Jerry tell you:

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Mix, mix, mix:

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Transfer to freezer container and freeze solid:

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Consume (bonus point for cute ice cream model):

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It’s super tasty! It was super fun! And now we have tons of peach ice cream in our freezer, because I am actually counting calories at the moment. Wah. Wah. STILL! Two thumbs up for homemade ice cream. Just got the Jeni’s Ice Cream book out of the library and can’t wait to make more!

Life List #32. Make homemade ice cream.