easy as pie

Fresh Peach Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream
1 cup sour cream Cinnamon Ice Cream
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups heavy cream, divided
4 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk
6-8 fresh ripe peaches, peeled and sliced 1 vanilla bean
1 (9-inch) pie crust, unbaked 3 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Fresh Peach Pie
Combine sour cream, 3/4 cup sugar and flour in a mixing bowl.  Add sliced peaches, and gently toss by hand.  Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Combine 1 teaspoon sugar and cinnamon  in a mixing bowl, and sprinkle on top of pie.  Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.  An additional 10 minutes of baking may be required if peaches are very fresh and juicy.  Cool.  Serve chilled or at room temperature with Cinnamon Ice Cream.  
Yield: 8 servings
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Combine 1 cup of the cream with milk in a heavy saucepan.  Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise.  Scrape seeds into saucepan.  Add vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks.  Scaled the mixture.  Set aside.  In a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.  Slowly pour in scalded milk and cream.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of spoon.  Remove from heat.  Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks.  Add the remaining 1 cup cream and ground cinnamon.  Chill in refrigerator.  Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.  (The easy recipe is to just add a dash of cinnamon to your favorite store bought vanilla!)  Enjoy!
Yield: 1 quart

easy as pie

Fresh Peach Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream
1 cup sour cream Cinnamon Ice Cream
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups heavy cream, divided
4 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk
6-8 fresh ripe peaches, peeled and sliced 1 vanilla bean
1 (9-inch) pie crust, unbaked 3 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Fresh Peach Pie
Combine sour cream, 3/4 cup sugar and flour in a mixing bowl.  Add sliced peaches, and gently toss by hand.  Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Combine 1 teaspoon sugar and cinnamon  in a mixing bowl, and sprinkle on top of pie.  Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.  An additional 10 minutes of baking may be required if peaches are very fresh and juicy.  Cool.  Serve chilled or at room temperature with Cinnamon Ice Cream.  
Yield: 8 servings
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Combine 1 cup of the cream with milk in a heavy saucepan.  Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise.  Scrape seeds into saucepan.  Add vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks.  Scaled the mixture.  Set aside.  In a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.  Slowly pour in scalded milk and cream.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of spoon.  Remove from heat.  Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks.  Add the remaining 1 cup cream and ground cinnamon.  Chill in refrigerator.  Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.  (The easy recipe is to just add a dash of cinnamon to your favorite store bought vanilla!)  Enjoy!
Yield: 1 quart

take it easy

You know the type of person who just effortlessly seems to do everything with ease.
Well one person that I know who manages to make it look easy lives here. She is a mother of four, has a wonderful business, is up all hours of the wee night, always seems to have some small words that pack a big wallop.

I sent her this illustration as a gentle reminder to take it easy. Life can present challenges in many ways, and having a sense of humor and painting as an outlet can be life-savers for making it look easy. This is a gentle reminder for each of you, “take it easy!”

Feel free to share how you “take it easy” in one small word. Does anyone around you need a reminder to “take it easy?”

easy does it

There is always something appealing about a home that has an “easy does it” sort of look. This lovely and easy on the eyes home belongs to this fine and patriotic gentleman. I am always impressed with the ease and the elegance of the life that this blogger is dedicated to living. When he is not creating an elegant dinner for company, or popping champagne with a saber, he is somehow concocting lively and sporty ensembles for a sultry Summer day. When he posted his cool “Manse” – somehow I could hardly resist in an “easy does it” sort of illustration. I am working on making things easier on me. Somehow there is something altogether elegant about just giving into an agreeable and easy life.
How about you, what are you doing to give yourself an “easy does it” Élan?

happy fourth


Wishing each of you a Happy 4th of July. May your weekend be full of fireworks, family, friends, flowers, floppy hats, flirty sundresses, flip-flops and fireflies. Be back Monday!

happy sneaky sketch


happy sneaky sketch artist at work

While I was at the sketch night, I was fascinated by those around me, lost, deep in their thought, or the act of capturing the live model. I turned to my left and there was this young man looking so determined to sketch, to get it all down on paper. It was his bright taxi cab yellow tee-shirt and red hi-tops that caught my eye – and the slouch of his body gave off a casual air.
I snuck this sketch in which made me happy today. Do you enjoy observing those around you and getting a sneaky peak?

happy sneaky sketch


happy sneaky sketch artist at work

While I was at the sketch night, I was fascinated by those around me, lost, deep in their thought, or the act of capturing the live model. I turned to my left and there was this young man looking so determined to sketch, to get it all down on paper. It was his bright taxi cab yellow tee-shirt and red hi-tops that caught my eye – and the slouch of his body gave off a casual air.
I snuck this sketch in which made me happy today. Do you enjoy observing those around you and getting a sneaky peak?

happy sketch night

pve design sketches from sketch night at the SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
I went here last night. My sketch book needed to get happy.
Three hours of sketching, live music and models.
If my sketchbook were any happier, it would scream.
Thanks to this artful gal for giving me the heads up.
How do you make time for happy hours for you?

happy sketch night

pve design sketches from sketch night at the SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
I went here last night. My sketch book needed to get happy.
Three hours of sketching, live music and models.
If my sketchbook were any happier, it would scream.
Thanks to this artful gal for giving me the heads up.
How do you make time for happy hours for you?

happy as a clam

How happy as a clam would you be to spend an evening here, sharing New England Clam Chowder and happy conversation? I have always loved homes that are the perfect shade of buttery yellow. What color makes your home happy as a clam?