Well, the computer's limping along, able to check emails and connect to the web, but I've spent two miserable days trying to reinstall my business software. A friend dropped by with his son, who's a computer engineer, and who informed me that my hard drive is ancient and cranky. Maybe, he suggested, I should create a new restore disk, format the hard drive, and see if I can get another 6 months or maybe even a year out of it. Yeah, then I'll make tea for the Queen of England. So I bit the bullet, called in a $500 order, and a new one should be here Friday or Monday. I don't know how much I'll be posting between now and then, because, after doing my payroll by hand today, I'm quite irked (to put it mildly).
Anyway, to put myself in better spirits, I made some lovely peaches and cream ice cream. It truly was wonderful, and made me long for summer during the snowstorm that hit us this morning. It's been a great week all around, folks, just magnificent. Well, drool over my ice cream, resolve to make some for yourselves, and maybe be a little envious that I think I'll have another bowl while I watch the evening news tonight.
PEACHES & CREAM ICE CREAM
1 pound frozen peaches, thawed
1 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
Chop the peaches in the food processor until they're fairly small pieces. Put in a microwavable measuring cup, stir in half the sugar, microwave until the peaches develop a clear, somewhat thickened sauce around them, stirring every minute or so, then chill the peach mixture. Whisk in the milk, cream, balance of the sugar and vanilla, and put in your ice cream freezer. "Process according to manufacturer's directions," as they say.
Think spring and summer, everyone. Easter's almost here, and that's always a good harbinger of better weather to come!