Homemade Plum Sorbet {Recipe to Share}

Plum Sorbet Recipe
Summer is coming to a close, but with temps in the 90s here in the Lowcountry, this delightful sorbet remains a welcome treat! Did I mention it’s just ONE ingredient? You won’t believe me until you try it for yourself.  This sorbet came about when I wanted to make good use of our abundance of plums.  At first, I wondered if I should run them through our high-speed juicer and use the juice in smoothies, since it didn’t seem we’d eat them in time.  But then, something else came to mind.

Plum Sorbet Recipe & Directions
Gather the following:

  • Extra ripe plums (I used 7-10 but use what you have)
  • Mini-muffin tins or popsicle molds
  • A strainer
  • A blender – That’s it!

1. Remove the skin and pits from your plums.  Do this over a bowl so you can save any juice that may result during this process.

2. Place the flesh of your plums (and any juice you collected as you removed the pits) in your blender and pulse, then blend well.

3. Pour your mixture through your strainer (with a mixing bowl below), using a spatula to stir and press it gently to get the juices out.

4. In your mini-muffin tins, divide the plum mixture evenly. Then place into your freezer and allow to firm completely (2-3 hours).

5. Flip your muffin tin over to run warm water for under a minute, just enough to allow the plum treats to loosen from the mold.  Remove your plum sorbet tarts and store in freezer-safe container. Zip loc bags also work well if needed.

Plum Sorbet Recipe

When ready to enjoy, remove a tart (or two!) from the freezer and allow to soften for just a minute or two.  You’ll have something that looks and tastes like Plum Italian Ice if you enjoy right away, or a texture closer to sorbet as you allow it to soften.

Note: To achieve the pinkish hue, leave the skin on 2-3 plums as you blend (you’ll strain it out later).  It makes the end result more appealing in color. 

This sorbet is free of processed sugar and is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy! In the mood for something else? I have a variety of smoothie recipes on my YouTube channel.  The watermelon-strawberry smoothie remains a favorite.

Creative Inspiration: Completed Projects and Wish List!

Sweet friends,

I hope your week is off to a great start! It’s back-to-school time, and that brings much excitement.   I wanted to share a few projects I’ve wrapped up recently, along with projects on my wish list for Fall.

{A Soft Blanket To Share}
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It was Christmas in July, as I finished a flannel blanket for my sweet niece recently.  They live in Colorado and keep their home nice and cool, so thankfully it will be put to good use right away.  I am so thankful that I learned how to sew a simple ruffle; it makes ordinary projects look so much more playful and feminine.

{DIY School Supplies}
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We’re approaching school supplies differently this year, taking a close inventory of things we already have, and reusing/upcycling where we can.  Instead of buying bland dividers, we decided to tackle the project ourselves! The result was 4 sets of 8 dividers with watercolor touches!

We’re also refinishing the covers of composition notebooks and redecorating binders with supplies we have on hand.  Here is one of the covers we put together last year using scrapbook paper and cut outs from magazines. All that’s needed is paper, a glue stick, scissors and mod podge! This is after a year of wear, so you can see the mod podge did its job well (we covered the entire front surface in light coat of mod podge to seal).  You can also use colorful duct tape or washi tape.

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On our back to school wishlist is sewing this pencil case.  I have everything needed, and can see many uses for these, including tucking one of these away in my purse!

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Another gorgeous pencil case is here via See Kate Sew.
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{Fall Kitchen DIYs}
Not related to back-to-school, but certainly a one-of-a-kind project that isn’t permanent…this creative kitchen makeover using contact paper and sharpies.  Alisa Burke has the best ideas, I tell ya!  The instructions are on her blog.

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Last on my sewing list is learning to sew a bow tie.  I had success with sewing a “little man tie” for my nephew (using this tutorial, result is below), and know with the right pattern (and a bit of patience), I can master the bow tie as well! This would make gifts for the Southern men in my family so much easier.

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Here’s the bow tie tutorial and pattern I’m going to try: http://www.tie-a-tie.net/make-a-bow-tie.html.

What’s on your to-do list for Fall? Any simple and fresh do-it-yourself projects? I’d love to hear about what’s inspiring you.

Hugs,
Laura

A Better Batch {Vegan Ready-To-Bake Goodies} Launches in Charleston, SC!

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Two of my family’s courageous + compassionate friends, Sarah and Hanes Swingle, launched their ready-to-bake vegan goodies company this week, A Better Batch! I think you’ll agree their love story, and launch story, is inspiring.

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Hanes has long-dreamed of owning his own business, and bringing A Better Batch to life has been an incredible accomplishment! I can’t think of a more kind, supportive, and enthusiastic co-captain than Sarah.  It’s no surprise that they are both active in not only the Charleston community, but far beyond as they advocate for animals and demonstrate for us how delicious and fulfilling a compassionate lifestyle can be.

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My family (veg and otherwise) adores ABB cookies!  My favorite is their Lemon Poppyseed Cookie Dough. It’s so zesty and so much fun with little bursts of flavor.  Organic, fair trade chocolate chips are used in their signature Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Brianna’s favorite).  Their third variety, Mocha Oatmeal Cookie Dough, includes “double doses of chocolate” and “hints of espresso” – Brian has been known to eat more than one with coffee.

Charleston friends, local pick-up is available on your order, allowing you to avoid shipping costs! For my out-of-town friends, I am happy to pick your order up for you (the dough keeps for months in the freezer, and it gives you another reason to come visit).

Let’s send our love and support over to Sarah and Hanes! Shop online, say “hello” with a note of encouragement over on Twitter (@abetterbatch), Instagram (@abetterbatch) and Facebook.

All images courtesy Rebekah Collinsworth Photography

How to Create A Deck of Watercolor Encouragement Cards

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I’ve been quiet on the blog these past few weeks but have lots to share soon in the hope of inspiring you and catching you up! My last vlog took a snapshot at a sunny Charleston afternoon, where you may have caught a glimpse of a batch of encouragement cards I’d just finished putting together.

I’d never made anything quite like these before, but the idea came to me when I thought about how much a morning encouragement/empowerment reminder could be a benefit to my compassionate and courageous friend Sarah as she and her husband launch their vegan ready-to-bake goodies company, A Better Batch.

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I also created a few of these cards to include in a gift for my beloved friend Kelly, as she and her family made a HUGE move from Charleston, SC to Bend, Oregon.

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The steps are surprisingly simple and outlined below.  I hope to make a video tutorial as well, but that may have to wait just a bit until I make a second set!

How to Make A Deck of Encouragement Cards: 
1. Trace a large card outline on the paper of your choice, then cut. I chose my own watercolors to serve as the front of the card and cut out 14 cards.

2. If needed, create a second set of cards at the same size to serve as the back of the card, where you’ll include your messages of encouragement.  For example, for a deck of 14 cards, I had 14 watercolor fronts and 14 solid paper backs.

3. Print out or hand write notes of encouragement for the back of the cards.  Choose from inspiring quotes, favorite scriptures, power phrases, and more.  Cut to desired size.

4. Glue papers together with design facing outside, colored paper on the back with a quote.  I used a glue stick to avoid bubbles.  Press firmly and carefully.

5. Take your finished cards to be laminated.  Office Depot was able to fit 4 cards to a sheet.  The cost to laminate 14 cards was under $8 and made them so much nicer to the touch, plus protected the design!

It didn’t occur to me when I was working on this gift, but it fit nicely into my plan to give something special away every week.  In fact, I love how little gifts are coming into place without me planning them.  It’s much more fluid and genuine that way!

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I met Sarah at met at a new coffee shop in West Ashley that impressed us both, called Classic Coffee (27 Magnolia Road in Avondale) to chat and pass along these cards.  The owner and staff were so friendly and helpful in offering dairy-free options/recommendations.  They even have a beautiful area outside where you can sit and enjoy the scenery; I’ll be returning soon!

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I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. It’s such a personalized gift, and one that can be done in a few hours.  Another idea is to create a large set of these and slip one into birthday or thank you cards throughout the year.

Enjoy!