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Sweet weekend

June 8, 2014

Cookies & cream ice cream pie

Cookies & cream ice cream pie

Cookies & cream ice cream pie

Me sewing

Pretty flowered pillowcase

Pretty flowered pillowcases

Despite still struggling with these stupid allergies, I actually managed to complete a couple of fun projects this weekend.  Friday I started working on the cookies & cream ice cream pie from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, and I finished it up on Saturday.  I really struggled with the chocolate whipped cream — it just didn’t seem to want to whip up properly.  The book suggests it takes less than a minute to whip by hand, but even with a mixer it was still runny after a good 5 minutes.  It ran over the edges of the pie, but I was able to minimize that a little bit by putting it back in the freezer — the whipped cream firmed up pretty quickly.  I used a 60% bittersweet chocolate for the whipped cream and semi-sweet for the chocolate shavings, but I wish I’d used milk chocolate for at least one of those because I think I’d have liked for the whole thing to be just a tiny bit sweeter.  Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It’s definitely not an everyday kind of pie, though!

Today I made a set of pillowcases.  I was really nervous about starting this project.  My sewing machine is so unreliable, and the pattern called for pre-washing the fabrics — I’ve only ever done that once, and the fabric unraveled quite a bit.  Plus, this lawn was so thin, I was worried it would just disintegrate in the washing machine (but I really needed it not to, because I’m not about to start hand-washing pillowcases!).  I got especially discouraged when I realized that I cut this navy floral fabric too short.  I wasn’t intending to do the pink edging with this fabric, but I misread the pattern and cut the navy to 57 1/2″ instead of 64″, so I had to include the edging.  Oh well, happy accident, because I ended up really loving the way the pink edging looks on these navy pillowcases.  I think they look so sweet and lovely on my bed, and the lawn is so soft and cool against bare skin — perfect for summer.

Next weekend I’m going home to celebrate my brother’s graduation, but when I get back I’ve got lots more stuff I want to make: more pillowcases, a batch of apricot jam, and a coconut cream pie with vanilla bean whipped cream!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2014 5:20 am

    I love the pillowcases. I read a tip that if you pin the edges together before you wash it that it won’t unravel as much. I keep saying that I am going to try that but haven’t yet. I’m looking forward to seeing your upcomming projects. I love making jam and canning. I hope you allergies are better soon!

    • whitney marie permalink*
      June 9, 2014 8:56 am

      Thanks for the great tip! I’m going to try that next time I need to prewash some fabric!!

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