5 for FRIDAY :: Cle Franklin with Half Pint Ice Cream

Cle FranklinI have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

I ran into my old pal Cle at the Urban Craft Uprising event a few weekends ago. I was there signing copies of Fresh Pantry and nearly EVERYONE was walking by with a cone or cup of ice cream. I needed one. Turns out HALF PINT ICE CREAM was there scooping and by the end of the day had run out of over half her flavors! (If you've never been to this event, mark your calendar for next time - it was awesome.)

Cle started her farmers market-based ice cream business several years ago. She makes all of her ice creams by hand, offers fresh seasonal flavors and is available for private events! Hire her and her team to come scoop! Meet Cle Franklin……..

1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A smoothie with blueberries, bananas, almond milk, oats, yogurt and maple syrup.

2. What is one thing you do EVERY day, by choice? Drink coffee.  I can't remember the last time I went a day without it.  I don't drink a ton, but I always have one or two cups in the morning.  I go to bed at night excited for that steamy cup of coffee the next morning.  I almost always share that time with my fiance, Ben.  It's a really nice quiet moment in the morning before we go our separate ways for our respectively crazy days.

3. If you had all the time in the world and no budget restrictions, what one project would you take on just now? I just bought my first home. If time and money were no object, I would spend my days making it into the most perfect house I can imagine!

4.Where is your 'happy place'? Either curled up on my couch, with a knitting project, a bowl of popcorn and a TV show or in my home kitchen, baking.

5. What is your signature dish - something you make well and consistently?  Pizza.  In our house we have homemade pizza probably once every week and a half or so.  I've got my dough recipe down and we've got our favorite topping combos figured out pretty well.  I just started grilling my pizzas and I don't think I'll go back to oven-baking them!  Grilling makes the BEST crust.