There’s always room for Ice Cream!!

It’s National Ice Cream Day!!  I honestly don’t think there needs to be anything more said. Ice cream is like the f-bomb of the food world.  When you win the big game, what do you do?  You go get an ice cream. When you break up with your significant other, what do you do?  You sit in front of a sappy movie and eat ice cream. You eat it straight, in a sundae, in a milkshake or over pie.  My favorite?  Vanilla ice cream over a warm chocolate chip cookie.  Yummm  I love parties that have a sundae bar!  So much fun!!

I don’t indulge too much into regular, full fat, normal ice cream.  I usually do the extra churn reduced calorie ice cream, or frozen yogurt. Trying to keep a healthy lifestyle and my girly girl figure. And ice cream makes my gums itch.  Doesn’t stop me though!

Caramel corn milkshake. OMG..Food Network. You are truly evil! This recipe from them is heavenly.  I made it a few weeks ago for Ms. Autumn’s sleep over.  The girls LOVED it.  The recipe is for 2 servings.  But I used small mason jars and got 4 servings out of it.

Caramel Corn Milkshakes

  • 1 Cup Caramel Corn
  • 1 Pint of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  1. Pulse caramel corn in a blender until finely ground.
  2. Add vanilla ice cream, milk and salt.
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Top the milkshakes with caramel corn and a drizzle of caramel sauce

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Don’t forget about the prize!!!

Chocolate and a Sweater. Summer 2015.

Ah Summer. I love summer. Sundresses and sandals. Long walks on the beach and picnics. Warm nights with a cool breeze and mosquito bites. Salads and meat on the grill.  This may be true where you are right now. Today, I’m in a sweater and muddy sneakers. I mean, it’s warmer in Alaska than it is here.  What’s up Mother Nature?  Who pissed in your Cheerios this month?  We only get 3 months of summer! Get your shit together and give us some sunshine! The up side of this weather rant? There is no snow.

Good news!! Everyone is moving on to the next grade.  Well, with a little help from summer school for the oldest. Now let the childcare games begin! And may the odds be ever in your favor.  I’m going to start petitioning for year round school. Seriously, I have 6 weeks in the middle of summer break covered.  This year, one week prior to camp, and 3 weeks after camp, I will be frantically looking for childcare.  My sister takes her a lot, which is greatly appreciated, but still there is so much running around.  Selfishly, I’m finally in a gym routine.  Not that I’ve lost a single pound, but still the routine is there.  All the running around mucks it all up!  Who has time for all that?

The. Whining. Stops. Now.  Moving on…

On a much brighter note, I helped photograph a wedding last weekend. It was a beautiful wedding.  Yes, it rained. Luckily, all the outside shots were taken before the heavens opened up!  Editing give or take 800 photos is a lot of work. Creatively, it’s a lot of fun. But time consuming!

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Since I have about 200 more edits to do, I leave you with this.  If you are experiencing any sort of summer and are looking for an easy ice cream treat, this is it.  If you are in need of a chocolate fix, this is perfect.  Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites. We all need a little chocolate now and again, even if you are on the wagon.  That’s the great thing about these babies!  They are small. And super chocolaty.   The original recipe is from Food Network Magazine. The idea is they resemble Snow Caps that you get at the movies, but you eat them at home while watching movies there. They used donut holes not brownies.  Well, I tried the donut holes, and they didn’t work out so well for me.  The mini brownies worked great!  I was, like always, short on time.  I purchased the already-made-for-you-thank-you-Danny-Wegman mini brownies.  Of course, you can always bake your own using your favorite brownie mix and a mini muffin pan.

Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites

  • 1 package Mini Brownies
  • 1/2 gallon Slow Churned reduced calorie chocolate ice cream
  • 1-12oz package semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Nonpareils, optional
  1. Set the ice cream out at room temperature just to soften (about 10 min)
  2. Cut the brownies in half.  Set in freezer for about 10 minutes, just to set a little.
  3. When the brownies are hardened, and the ice cream is soft, spoon about a tablespoon of ice cream on the bottom half of the brownie. Set the top part of the brownie over the ice cream, making a sandwich.
  4. When all the brownies sammies are finished, set in freezer again to set.
  5. Meanwhile, in a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. (I add a tablespoon of shortening in with the melty chips, it just gives it a shine)
  6. When the chips are melted, take the brownie bites out of the freezer; pour over chocolate sandwiches. Tip: if you set the sandwiches on a cooling rack, set cooling rack in a cookie sheet lined with foil, it makes clean up sooooo much easier.
  7. Sprinkle the nonpareils over the top.  Freeze.  Store in an air tight container in the freezer.

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Maybe if you eat one of these fantastical little babies, you will have a hot flash, and need not worry about a sweater!