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in the studio :: homemade cream sodas

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Do you ever have those weeks when your creativity level is just low? I’m sure you do. I think between feeling under the weather this week and then hearing of Jeremy’s grandmother passing followed by a sudden trip to the states, I was just feeling blah and creativity has been the last thing on my mind. So, in all honesty, I might be stretching it a bit this week, but who says a good recipe isn’t being creative?

cream soda

Perhaps it was seeing the names of the colors of Warby Parker’s new Ocean Avenue collection that inspired me, but I decided to try my hand at making homemade cream soda. I tested it out at a sleepover at our house with a lot of kids, and it was an instant hit.

enjoying cream soda

Homemade Cream Soda

1. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 1 cup of water in a pan on the stovetop. After the solution boils and the sugar is dissolved, take it off the heat and cool for 5 minutes.

2. Stir in 1 tablespoon of vanilla. This is your syrup! Put in the fridge and allow to cool.

3. Depending on how sweet you want it will depend on the syrup/carbonated water ratio. For the glasses in the photo, I did roughly 1/4 to 1/2 cup syrup and the rest carbonated water. Stir.

4. Add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

cream soda stache

Recipe adapted from here.

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crockpot zuppa toscana

zuppa toscana

Winter is on the horizon here in the Southern Hemisphere. You know what that means? Soups and stews, lots of them. I love making soup but only in Winter (soup in Summer is no bueno). By the way, did you know that it gets cold in S. Africa? It’s easy to think Africa is hot but man, concrete buildings in the Winter are just plain cold. I think the other night it got down to 3 degrees Celsius. Cold, I tell you.

So, naturally, soups are on the menu multiple times a week. The other night I made Crockpot Zuppa Toscana from Key Ingredient. I didn’t have Italian sausage (actually I don’t know if you can get that here), so I used a S. African beef farmer’s sausage. I’ve also never seen kale here (unfortunately), so I used swiss chard. I also skipped the bacon. This soup was so good. In fact, Joshua asked me to make it again sometime. Score!

With my busy life lately, I haven’t cooked as much and definitely haven’t tried many new recipes. It felt good to try something new that was a hit!

Any great recipes you’ve tried lately?


corn chowder

corn chowder

I used to post recipes on Sundays, but then I stopped cooking (well, not really but months of traveling here and there and then weeks of trying to settle in meant really just cooking the easy recipes in my head). I actually tried a new recipe the other day, Corn Chowder from Real Simple. Emma G LOVED it. It was so easy to make and definitely one that will make its way back to the menu.

Do you go in spurts with cooking? Sometimes I scour the Internet for new recipes to make. Lately, though, it’s just been about survival. The basics just so everyone is fed. Any favorite recipes you’ve tried lately? The basics are getting a little boring around here.


oatmeal muffins

Enjoying @soulemama's oatmeal muffins for tea time.

We eat oatmeal most mornings for breakfast. There’s rarely any leftover, but recently I made a little extra just so I could make Soule Mama’s Oatmeal Muffins for tea time. I added some chocolate chips, and they were so yummy! The only thing I did different was use 100% wholewheat flour. They turned out terrific!


english crumpets

Crumpets for tea time. Studying England for our upcoming trip. :)

With our upcoming trip to England, I decided we would study about this country in home school. It’s been so fun and the kids have really enjoyed studying about a place they are about to see with their own eyes. This week we made English Crumpets. I didn’t actually have crumpet rings, so we had to improvise with a biscuit cutter. They didn’t make them look the prettiest, but they sure tasted good!