Friday, July 25, 2014

K's Kitchen - Peanut Butter Ice Cream


The greatest part of making your own ice cream is that you can make flavors that aren't available in stores!  I got an urge recently to eat peanut butter ice cream, which is not a flavor I can find easily where I live.  That problem was easily fixed - I just looked around some blogs until I found an ice cream recipe that sounded yummy!

I tend to make only custard-based ice creams. After experimenting with several recipes, I have found that I like making a custard-based ice cream with either milk or soy milk instead of heavy cream.

(adapted from Brown Eyed Baker. Makes around 500ml, or 1 pint)
Ingredients:
240 ml  + 120 ml soy milk
70g sugar
45g peanut butter
pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Notes:
- This recipe has been halved from the original recipe
- The original recipe uses milk and cream, which I substituted with soy milk
- The original recipe specifically uses creamy peanut butter. I used chunky peanut butter because it was what I had on hand, and it worked perfectly well.  If bits of peanuts bother you, use creamy peanut butter.

Instructions:
1. Warm the soy milk (240 ml), sugar, peanut butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the peanut butter has melted.

2. Whisk the egg yolks.  Add  60 ml of the warmed milk to the egg yolks in a thin stream, whisking constantly.

3. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan, stir well.  Turn on the stove top to medium heat and stir constantly, scraping the bottom of the pan.


4. When the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon, pour the custard through a sieve and stir into the remaining milk. Stir in the vanilla essence and cool the mixture over an ice bath.

5. When the mixture is cool, cover and put int he refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 8 hours.

6. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker, transfer to a freezer-safe container, and chill until completely solid.

This recipe made a very rich and creamy ice cream.  Brown Eyed Baker has also recently posted a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly ice cream, which also sounds delicious.

What kind of ice cream are you loving this summer?  Please let me know in the comments section!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Bath and Body Works Pure Paradise

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Pure Paradise scent.  Apparently this line was released in the summer of 2013.  I picked up a bottle of the travel sized body lotion during my trip to New York.  Now that it is getting hot and humid, I started using this product hoping it would make me feel like I am on the beach instead of stuck in an office!


What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)
Pure paradise in a bottle! A summer-chic blend of sparkling star fruit & ocean-kissed frangipani blossoms. Top Notes: Juicy Star Fruit, Juicy Guava, Dewy Cassis Mid Notes: Luscious Gardenia, Dewy Frangipani Blossom, Water Lily Dry Notes: White Musk, Blond Woods, Sunkissed Coconut

Price: The travel sized body lotion is $5 for 3 fluid ounces (88 ml), which usually lasts me about a month. The full sized body lotion is $12.50 for 8 fluid ounces (236 ml). Bath and Body Works usually has some kind of promotion going on such as buy 2 get 1 free, or buy 3 travel sized products for $12.

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at free-standing Bath and Body Works Stores, on their website, or in more than 15 countries world wide.

Scent:  This smells sweet and fruity to me, mostly of guava.  I don't smell much of the coconut, and I honestly don't think star fruit smells like anything! (or maybe I haven't smelled a star fruit in a long time)

Pros:
  • As with all Bath and Body Works body lotions, it was a good medium weight formula which works for me all year around, except in the middle of winter.  

Cons:
  • I don't dislike the scent, but it is a little too fruity for me.  I like wearing this scent to bed, but I wouldn't wear it during the day.

Would I repurchase? No, I'm not the biggest fan of this scent!

Unfortunately, while I like the product when I tested it in the store, I got a little tired of the scent during the month that I used it.  I usually only buy travel sized products at Bath and Body Works because I always get bored of a scent.  I'm glad that I have many more products to try!

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Reads #163: July 21, 2014

Rainy season has finally ended in western Japan!  I am so happy that I can go back to hanging my laundry out to dry.  Of course, this means that Japan will now become SUPER hot and humid.  If you are coming to Japan for a visit within the next two months, please take care to stay hydrated!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 
  • Scallion pancakes, via Chew Out Loud. I loved these when I was in China!  Now I know I can make them at home.
  • MAC has reformulated their nail polishes, via Makeup and Beauty Blog.  All brands should have flat brushes!
  • Tips on travelling to Japan, via Beautyholics Anonymous. A lot of great tips here, some of which I use myself when traveling to another city in Japan.
  • Fresh spring roll recipe, via Fifteen Spatulas. I love fresh spring rolls (also called summer rolls) during this time of year, and I recently bought a package of rice paper to make them at home.
  • How to take care of your bathing suits, via Fabulously Thrifty. I did not know that there are bags to store wet bathing suits!
  • 30 macaron recipes, via Brit+ Co. Since I have so many leftover egg yolks from making my own ice cream, maybe I should venture into making my own macarons. Does anyone have experience?

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xoxo, K

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Favorites from July 2011 & 2012

Quite a few bloggers and Youtubers are doing a spin on Throwback Thursday, where they take a look at past favorites to see what they currently think of those products.  I thought I would jump on the bandwagon!

Here are my favorites from July 2011 & July 2012, along with some very old pictures.

In July 2011, I liked: 
(link goes to my review)
This is still one of my favorite mascaras. I liked that I can get volume without clumps, I liked that it did not smudge or flake, and I really liked that the cap clicks shut. I have also tried other mascaras from the L'Oreal Voluminous line, but this is still my favorite.


Chanel rouge Allure lipstick in Nude + Gosh lipstick in Darling
I haven't worn this lipstick combination in a while. I remember that the Gosh lipstick in Darling was very hyped as the drugstore alternative to MAC Myth, and that I went to several drugstores in London to find it.  Although the Chanel lipstick is called Nude, it is a very coral color. The Gosh lipstick washed me out when I wore it alone, but it was very nice on top of other lipsticks.




In July 2012, I liked:
(link goes to a blog post with some swatches)
The L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows come up several times in my monthly favorites, most recently in May 2014.  Iced Latte was one of the first ones I ever purchased on a trip to the US, since these are (still) not available in Japan.  
I really should do an updated swatch post on these since I love them so much!

Wow, it was fun to look back at the products I loved so much.  I think I'll go hunt up the Chanel and Gosh lipsticks to wear again!

Please leave a comment telling me about some old favorites you rediscovered!

xoxo, K

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Biore UV Perfect Milk sunscreen

I have posted every summer that I religiously wear sunscreen.  This is something I had to teach myself to do, since I really didn't like wearing sunscreen as a child.  I remember sunscreen being a thick, white lotion which made me feel sticky and greasy.

I didn't wear sunscreen as a teenager, and as a result, I was a very tan kid.  Once I graduated from high school, I suddenly started wearing sunscreen.  Fortunately, sunscreen is not the thick, white, greasy lotion that it used to be.

My favorite everyday sunscreen for my body is the Biore UV Perfect Milk. It has SPF 50+ and PA+++. I always try to use the highest protection sunscreen that I can, because I am pretty sure I am not using enough or reapplying it frequently enough.  In Japan, sunscreens are only available up to SPF 50+.  When I was younger, products which said something like SPF 95 were available, but currently the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association regulates that sunscreens can only show up to SPF 50+.


What it does: from the Kao website (Kao is a major Japanese consumer goods company, and owns the Biore brand)
Leaves your skin feeling smooth even though it wears well against sweat and water!  UV milk protects your face, neck, arms and whole body against strong UV rays. Waterproof and wears well during sports, ocean or mountain activities, and blocks UV rays for a long time. Absorbs well into your skin, does not become white, and blocks UV rays while remaining transparent.  Does not feel sticky, and keeps your skin feeling like your natural skin.

Price:  The price of drugstore sunscreen products varies wildly.  The normal price on this product is probably around 700 yen ($7), but sunscreens are usually marked down during the summer.  I can usually find this product at around 500-600 yen ($5-6).

Scent: This product has a very faint sunscreen smell.   I could only smell it if I put my nose very close to my arm.
This product is an extremely runny liquid.

Availability:  Biore is a widely available drugstore brand in Japan, and this product can be found in most drugstores, supermarkets, and online.

Pros:

  • Blends extremely well and does not leave any white residue
  • Absorbs well into my skin. After applying, I only feel like I applied moisturizer.
  • I can reapply this product without feeling greasy or sticky

Cons:

  • This product is very runny, so I need to rub it in quickly.

Would I repurchase?  Definitely!

Hope you enjoyed my review, and please leave a comment sharing what your favorite sunscreen is!

xoxo, K

Monday, July 14, 2014

Welcome to... The Statue of Liberty, on the cheap

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous attractions in New York, and one of the most famous landmarks of the US in general.   A trip to the Statue will cost you around $28, and is well worth the cost if you have never been to the Statue of Liberty before.  After 9/11, there was a time when visitors were not allowed to climb the inside of the statue, or even go to the island.  This has since changed, and you can now climb up to the crown again!  If you want to climb up, definitely reserve tickets in advance as only 240 people are allowed to go up per day (3 groups of 10 people each per hour).


On the other hand, New York City is a very expensive place to visit.  Some people just want to see the Statue and take a picture, not necessarily visit the island.  The easiest and cheapest way to do that is to take the Staten Island Ferry.

The Staten Island Ferry is part of the New York City public transportation system and connects Manhattan and Staten Island.  It runs every 30 minutes, and gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty.  Best of all, it is free!

The ferry leaves Manhattan from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, located at the southern most tip of Manhattan.  You can get there by the 1 train (at South Ferry), R train (at Whitehall Street) or 4 & 5 train (at Bowling Green)


Although the ferry is known for its great view of the Statue of Liberty, it also provides a great view of lower Manhattan as well.

The best pictures can be taken from the rear end of the ferry.  Because many tourists crowd around to take good pictures, I try to quickly take some pictures and then move out of the way for others.  Also, there are a lot of normal commuters on this ferry as well.

Hope you enjoyed this trip on the Staten Island Ferry, to see the Statue of Liberty for free!

xoxo, K

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Weekly Reads #162: July 12, 2014

This past week, Japan was hit by Typhoon Neoguri, called Typhoon 8 in Japan.  It is fairly rare that a typhoon comes to Japan before mid-July.  Unfortunately, this typhoon hit while Japan was still in Tsuyu, or rainy season. Because of this, there was severe rain in several parts of Japan.  Also, this typhoon was rather slow moving, and it seemed that it would never leave Japan!  I hope all of my readers who were affected by this typhoon were able to stay safe!

On to my Weekly Reads!

What were your favorite posts this week? 

Connect with me! I love chatting and connecting with people, and sharing interesting stuff around the web!

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xoxo, K

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