Monday, July 11, 2011

Project Ass-pansion 2011

My plans for this year's One Big Thing are faltering. Juliette got awfully expensive this spring (more expensive than my Mexican beach vacation!), and that coupled with buying new tires for my car put a serious dent in my funds available for fall travel. This (along with a few other things) has me pretty bummed out. I was really looking forward to a few weeks in Spain and Portugal in September or October. Even though I hadn't yet made any firm plans, I still feel a little robbed. I briefly considered doing a long weekend somewhere a little closer to home, like Montreal, but now I'm thinking it might be better to save my money and shoot for a European adventure next spring instead.

In the meantime, I need a new project. I've sworn off boys in men's clothing (who, I promise you, would be such catches if I could just invest a little time helping them grow and mature and replace their love of video games and comic books with more grown-up pursuits!), so that's not an option. Besides, I was imagining something with a bit more immediate return on investment. So now I'm thinking... ice cream. Small batches of interesting flavors, perhaps culminating in an end-of-summer ice cream social with my friends. Concoctions like Lemon Verbena, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. And maybe I'll finally recreate the Rosemary-Brown Butter Ice Cream I once had at La Condesa - the most amazing ice cream EVER.

I'll have to work hard to make and eat a bunch of ice creams and not gain a ton of weight, which is where my willing guinea pigs - er, tastetesters - will come into play. So get in line, local friends. I'm going to need your "help."


Kathryn Hutchison said...

Let's make some ice cream together! And then eat it! I love ice cream, and it's much cheaper than a vacation. :)

Erin said...

@Kathryn - I love this idea! I came across a recipe for roasted plum & cardamom ice cream that sounds just perfect with all the stone fruit out there right now... DM me on Twitter and we'll figure something out!

Katherine said...

Polishing my best spoons...

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