So, here we are again. Talking about picking fruit, making goodness of it and step parenting.
Like I said in last week’s post about Ethan and the plum jam, the peaches were a little harder to pick. They were higher in the tree and not as ripe and just a little more difficult to navigate.
To be honest, in the beginning of mine and Evan’s marriage, it’s how I felt about my relationship with Emily. Difficult to navigate. She is SUCH A SWEET girl. But, she is a girl. And I didn’t know how to raise a girl. She cried at weird times and her brain was sort of a little mushy when I asked her questions and she just needed a little more of me.
More, that I wasn’t sure I had to give. I was already adjusting to a new home and a new marriage and I just hadn’t imagined I’d need to learn how to parent her. I thought I knew everything about parenting. But in reality, that would have been like walking into a job fair with one job on your resume and saying… ” I can do any job. I’ve already done this one job.” this. one. job!!!! I had only raised one child and I thought I knew it all. He had turned out great. How hard could it be?!?! They are all the same, right?
And so, I went to therapy. And read books. And prayed. And changed some other things in my life. Things that would help me mother Emily. Things that would help me appreciate all of her qualities. I’m a work in progress. But you know who has never even noticed I needed work? Emily. Because she is kind and loving and passive and forgiving. You know who has never even noticed that I cry at weird times and my brain is sort of a little mushy when she asks me questions? Emily. She’s taught me a lot and I hope one day she can look back and say that I’ve taught her a lot.
Maybe one of those things can be picking peaches and making Fresh Peach Ice Cream 😉 This is an easy recipe. You do need an ice cream maker though!
Fresh Peach Ice CreamCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
2 1/2 lbs fresh peaches- peeled, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 pint half-and-half cream
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanila extract
2 cups whole milk
- Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in batches in a blender or food processor.
- In a gallon container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Pour in milk and stir.
- Proceed with instructions from your ice cream maker. Mine required me to pour the liquid into the frozen ice cream maker and mix for 25 minutes. The amount of liquid makes almost a gallon of ice cream which took 2 batches of mixing for my maker.