Author Archives: Elizabeth Harrell

October in Minnesota

October 16th, 2015. It was the third Thursday of the month, and my friend tells me that the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has free entry! We wrapped up our freelance projects for the day and headed out with the Nikon to document some of the Fall colors. Our old Landlord says they’re so bright, “You wouldn’t even paint your living room with those colors!”.  Most Minnesotans will tell you how beautiful the Fall is in this place. It’s a farewell kiss to the lovely mild weather and a climactic entry to the cold Winter months ahead. Enjoy the photos:

Making Ice Cream in Minnesota

On Tuesday the temp outside was registering at -5 Fahrenheit by 10pm in our lovely St.Paul,IMG_20141230_223123_518 Minnesota. So, with that frosty weather, good ideas are few and far between. Enter the BRIGHT IDEA: Attempt to Make Ice Cream Outside — without added ice.

Bright Idea, but our Ice Cream maker is missing the bucket. After a trip to Target, we found a plastic trash pail that would fit, but not a metal one. Metal would have been better…

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At approximately 11:45pm we set our first ice cream mix was set outside in our modified ice IMG_20141230_233038_360cream maker / trash can. Rum Raisin. We had hopes that the below freezing, below zero weather would make a perfect batch of frozen confection within  20 – 30 minutes. After an hour and a half we decided to call it a night. We spooned our slushy mixture into an airtight container to be surrendered to the freezer in our kitchen and went to bed.

Yesterday, our weather outside warmed up to 15 Fahrenheit,  but in our excitement the previous day, we’d mixed up four – yes 4 – different flavors of creams to be churned. Jon decided to put the Ice Cream Maker IMG_20150101_202009_540INTO THE FREEZER! […] Um, to my surprise, it did kinda work. It takes about 3 hours per batch.

Tonight, we dined on a custom made Banana Split… mmm! ( Flavors we made: Chocolate Brownie, Rum Raisin, Strawberry Jelly, Caramel Ginger Bread Latte).

Creative Stuff

We’ve got years of experience in all sorts of creative making; From Web Site Design and Building to Photography, to Watercolor Renderings and Graphic Illustrations. I know it sounds like way more than we should be getting into, but hey, there’s two of us!

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Recently, we’ve been working on a number of creative projects. Since the weather has changed from Fall to Winter, Liz has been baking a lot more bread. She painted the stair case to the basement, and found a new client on Craig’s List.

Jon has been creating a custom web tool for one of his clients that will help with their website’s email organizing function. He’s also been implementing a huge marketing plan for another client, and happily eating the bread which Liz has baked.