Kiwi Sorbet and a Lantern Lampshade

Mother has arrived!


Since Good Man was taking his last final tonight(!), we were alone together most of the time. Damn, has my studying been paying off!

After mother made two dinners(!), I made some kiwi sorbet for dessert.

Kiwi Sorbet

Kiwi Sorbet
1 C water
1/2 C sugar
juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
8-9 kiwis

Bring water and sugar to a boil, then simmer to make a syrup. Cool. Juice half a lemon and add to syrup. Mash 8-9 peeled kiwis. Stir into sugar syrup. Cool completely in fridge. Freeze according to ice cream maker directions.

Serves about 4.

Mother approved of the sorbet. And it really was great. Not too sweet, not too tart. It was just right.

Mother Likes It


Good Man and I have two torch lamps from IKEA. The glass shade on one broke several months ago. We’ve had a rather dangerous broken glass shade on the lamp. I realized that if we didn’t get rid of it, Mother was going to freak out. This weekend we looked for a new shade, but it’s really hard to find torch-style shades.

Well, it occurred to me that I could make one. Nevermind that I’ve never made a lampshade in my life. I’m crafy! Saturday night I ordered some materials from Lamp Shop, and the materials arrived today. (I wasn’t expecting that.)

When Mom and George came to Korea, we went to Buddha’s Birthday Parade. Mom was given a lantern and I’ve carried it around since then.

I lined the lantern with self-stick styrene. The photo below shows the lantern about halfway through the process. I was not super picky about cutting perfect shapes.

When I finished, however, I discovered that the quick tack glue I had just wasn’t working. So I broke out the glue gun and burned my fingers to put the lantern together.

Since cardboard and hot glue are probably not the most fire resistant materials, I’ll be keeping a bulb of 40 watts or fewer in the lamp. But I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Lantern Turned Lamp Shade