Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ice Cream Making

Lately I can't stop thinking about gelato/icecream/sorbet. It's partly because summer with no air conditioning makes cool treats a necessity and partly because I was able to go home to Ohio for a visit and some of the requisite Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.

My best friend Ryan and his pup Rufus joined us making our visit that much more sweet.

Since I can't get Jeni's shipped over here I'm very fortunate that she has a new cookbook so I can recreate her creations at home!

Our beautiful little red refrigerator has one fault - the freezer. It's not large enough to accommodate the section that needs frozen, so we need one that's automated and self contained.

Here are a few accessories that help to make it more fun.

[1. Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams Cookbook 2. Cuisipro Ice Cream Scoop + Stack 3. Ice Cream Bowls 4. Unold Cortina 5. ASA Ice Cream spoons 6. Edible Silver Jimmies/Sprinkles]

Here's to hoping your Summer has been delightful! I'll write about all of the fun we've been having as soon as possible.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chinese Lanterns

Where I want to be next 21 June...Poznań, Poland.

Here's another video of the magical event.

(Photos courtesy of EPA.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bird's Eye: Washington, DC

Isn't this an incredible image? We looked out the window on a stop over in Atlanta and spotted the US capitol. I marked some of the sites to make it a bit easier to identify what you're seeing.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


After Iceland we headed to one of our favorite cities - Boston.

Boston was the first city Stefan and I visited together when we were first dating, so it always holds a special place in our hearts. It's such a charming place with so much character, some European flair, and a lot of delicious foods.

Here are some of the sights from our quick stop over...

Squirrels in Boston Commons

Produce in Chinatown

Mike's Pastry's Cannolis + Lobster Tails

North Square

The Freedom Trail

Paul Revere's House

The Old Statehouse

Friday, June 17, 2011

Greenland from Above

Several years ago we went to East Greenland, which is probably the most sparsely populated place we've ever visited.

Flying from Iceland to the United States gave us an incredible view of Greenland and its icebergs down below. It also has one of the most stunning airport approaches and landings I've ever experienced. Although the water landings in the Maldives are right up there, too!

I've had a lot of the Singapore Airlines flight crew on my tours and I always love them. Some are from Singapore while others are actually from Malaysia. They have so much fun together and talking with the pilots is always so fascinating. They have funny quotes like, "if it ain't Boeing, I ain't going", because the planes are easier to handle.

According to the pilots one of the most difficult airports to land is in Kathmandu, Nepal. It makes sense since it is tucked into the Himalayan valley, but evidently the pilots have to corkscrew the plane both in and out, which is quite dangerous. Our experience at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu was intense, but only due to the most stringent search we've ever experienced.

Isn't it nice to see the world from above? It's quite beautiful and look at all of those icebergs!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


A few photos from Iceland's capitol...

a foal + mom

the majestic Icelandic horses

the Pearl

Sólfarið - The Sun Voyager viking ship

66˚N monster truck

cathedral + Leifur Eiríksson

parliament - where women are paid equally to men

colorful homes

dripping sparkles + street art

kria birds + the lighthouse

sea glass

If you're heading to Reykjavík this is a useful map of the city center... and just for fun, 25 Facts about Iceland.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


On our drive to Búðardalur...

an Earthcheck marker

sweet tiny lambs

Hvammsfjörður's glowing water

a waterfall from the melting glacier

a corrugated metal building... the staple in Icelandic architecture

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Snæfellsjökull is one of the big sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

It's a volcano with a glacier on top and can be seen from miles away.

Greta told us the snow has receded substantially since she was a young girl.

The wind at the top was ferocious and we even had trouble walking, because it was so strong.

The view was spectacular and looked very out of this world.

Monday, June 13, 2011

West Iceland

West Iceland is covered with dormant volcanoes, craggy cliffs, and incredible landscapes.

We drove around the entire peninsula and these are some of the things we saw...


Eyrbyggja Lake

Grundarfjörður Cliff

Roaming sheep

Saxhóll crater

...and a windy hike into the crater

Öndverðarnes National Park Lava Fields

Lava Stones on the beach


Öndverðarnes Lighthouse

Stacking rocks in Hellnar on the way to Arnastapi

Snæfellsnes Man + Wife Rocks... and a cave

beautiful rainbows in Búðir

...a lot of rainbows

Icelandic Horses

Glanni Waterfalls