Actually, my recent fascination really started with a cherry tree. My best friend's family just had too many cherries in their lives.
I, of course, did what any good person would do and volunteered to take some off their hands. After grabbing my first bag, I immediately had a vision of ice cream with chunks of cherries and dark chocolate.
Last night, the opportunity to make that dream presented it in the form of dinner (kabobs - one of my favorites) with friends. I tweaked a recipe from Tasty Kitchen to create a vanilla ice cream with cherry and dark chocolate chunks.
It was so amazing that I had some for breakfast. I just couldn't help myself.
Tonight I returned to the heavy cream with a couple batches of scones, based off a recipe from Smitten Kitchen. And while I haven't actually tasted my creations, I think the pictures speak for themselves:
I had to use some more cherries. I just couldn't help myself. So I made these beautiful cherry vanilla scones.
I also created some lemon blueberry scones using some dried blueberries that my parents got me forever ago. I'm not sure I added enough lemon, but I'm thinking they'll still be okay.
I compensated all this delicious (but not so nutritious) cooking with a dinner of salad straight from Trader Joe's cooler. The container was so packed that I couldn't eat all of it, but what I did consume was delicious.
What I really should have been doing was packing and getting organized for a camping trip instead of baking, but I think it was worth it.