Relaxing …

Another one of our little experiments was to make coffee ice cream. Indeed, coffee seems to be the theme of the week! The ice cream bowl had already been in the freezer for four weeks and just waiting to be used. The recipe called for a custard-based cream, so I took the time to stir the custard in the pot until it was thick and creamy. The result was this yummy, yummy ice cream!

creamy ...

Yes, there was coffee in the ice cream. Oh, but there’s more! We put chocolate chips and rum — yes, real alcoholic rum that Kristen found hidden in her pantry. It was just about the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Why buy from the store when you can make your own?

coffee chocolate chip rum ice cream

One of the things I learned is how Jackson is given chores to do. Here he is sorting the utensils and organizing them in the drawer.

sorting utensils

I’m not sure what Nia’s chores would be but her mom says she likes climbing into the dishwasher a lot. Hmmm ….

doing the dishes?

One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the Victoria Rose, a tea house that serves finger foods and, of course, tea. Kristen took the kids to their grandparents’ house and we treated ourselves to a girly meal. I enjoyed the food immensely; the ambiance of the place didn’t hurt either. There’s something charming about using porcelain and dainty little tea cups.

Victoria Rose

As it turns out, her brother is the owner and head chef of Victoria Rose. Nathan came out of the kitchen to hang out and talk to us. I’ve been to several fine restaurants all over the world and sometimes wished I could pay my compliments to the chef. This is the first time I was able to do so. I know it’s cheesy, but I felt honored to meet someone who created such art!

meeting the head chef

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