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Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream


We just got back from a week’s vacation visiting family in California.  Like all good adventures, this one was filled with laughter, fun, and craziness.  And when I say craziness, it pertains to just one thing–children.  Ha! I had the brilliant idea of driving, which by map, should have taken about 10 hours, but in actuality, it took a little over 13.  In my head, I thought of it idealistically, that driving would be good family fun and bonding, and let me just say, we certainly bonded!  I already knew that little ones just cannot sit still for that long, but a long car ride just proved that point even further.  (Actually, it wasn’t as bad as I make it out to be.  The kids were pretty good in spite of it all; it was me who had to remember they’re only 3 and 5.)  The portable DVD player is what saved us.


One day we went into San Francisco. I love that city!


Eric and I had been there numerous times before, but it was fun walking through the city with the kids. They saw things I had never observed before!  As we concluded the day, we went and had ice cream at Ghirardelli.  Grace and I shared a double scoop cone, and Eric and Matthew shared one. Seems reasonable, right? Apparently, I had NO IDEA just how big a double scoop is. We could have shared one between the four of us!


We had such a wonderful time (despite the car ride) and were so grateful to extended family for hosting us.  They cooked us yummy food and kept the kids entertained (which is no easy feat).  So, thanks fam!

LIC1As a parting gift, my aunt sent me home with a bunch of Meyer lemons and limes from her yard.  (My other aunt grows grapefruit, and I came home with about 20+ of those. Trying to think of good desserts to make with that fruit…) Continue reading

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Pumpkin Milkshakes

How was your Labor Day?  Mine was fabulous.  We hung out with friends and enjoyed lots of good food and laughter.  Perfect for a celebration at the end of summer.  Labor Day is always bittersweet for me.  Being a teacher, it’s the start of the new school year, but I also love that it’s the beginning of fall.  And I love fall.   At our get together, I brought the dessert, and I wanted something cool (since it was so hot outside!), but something fall-ish.  This is the perfect dessert.  I am not a pumpkin pie lover, but I love it as a milkshake.  I just had a glass yesterday, and I’m thinking about when I can make it again.  What’s even better is that this milkshake is so simple!  If you like, you can even replace all the spices and the canned pumpkin with a large slice of pumpkin pie.  Yum!

To make this fabulous shake, you’ll need the following:

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have always been one of my favorite desserts.  Growing up, my mom used to make these often and I loved having them in my brown bag lunch at school.  It was a small, loving gesture, but none the less, it made me happy (even when I was jealous of my friends who ate their hot-lunch).  There’s just something about homemade cookies.

I wanted to make some ice cream sandwiches, and when I thought about the “sandwich” part to this dessert, these cookies came to mind.  They are by no means a large cookie, but when you sandwich them between ice cream, they make the perfect, summer hand-held snack.

I decided to use mint chocolate chip ice cream, because is it my favorite flavor, but you could use whatever type of ice cream you like.  (Shoot, you could even replace the chocolate chips with raisins and/or nuts if you like.)  To make these ice cream sandwiches, bake the cookies and let them cool to room temperature.  Have the ice cream sit out on the counter for about five minutes, so it softens up a bit (it’s easier to scoop that way).  Scoop out some ice cream and press it in the underside of one cookie.  Choose a cookie about the same size as the first and press the inside of it against the ice cream.

And there you have it.  A perfect treat on a hot, summer day.  Very simple and very delicious.  Enjoy! xoxo

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

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For the cookies:
¾ c unsalted butter, room tepmerature
1 c brown sugar
½ c granulated sugar
1 egg
¼ c water
1 t vanilla
3 c instant oats
1 c flour
1 t salt
½ t baking soda
1 c chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat butter, sugars, egg, water and vanilla in a mixing bowl with a attachment until creamy, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix, on slow speed, until all is incorporated.  Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the cookies and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

For the Sandwiches:
1 pint ice cream (any flavor)
even number of cookies

Set the ice cream out on the counter for about 5 minutes to soften it.  Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out some ice cream onto the bottom of a cookie.  Using another cookie, press the bottom into the other side of the “sandwich.”  Press both sides of the cookies together a bit, to adhere the cookie to the ice cream.  Eat immediately.  (You can freeze the cookies once they are made into a sandwich.  Just put plastic wrap around it, then aluminum foil and place into a freezer bag.)

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Chocolate Mint Sundae Cups

Mmmm, I love mint and chocolate. Especially warm mint and chocolate.  I bought some mint chips over the Christmas holiday and was waiting for the perfect dessert in which to use it.  And the idea came to me yesterday.  This dessert provides all the comfort of chocolate and mint in a cookie, ice cream, and syrup kind-of-way.  I was craving a comfort dessert and thought, what could be better than a baked cookie with ice cream on top? Well, nothing of course!  (Or nothing else at that particular moment.)

But the real kicker was that I was thinking about this dessert while I was walking with my baby yesterday.  Why is it that everytime I exercise hard, I have to have something sweet when I’m done?  There’s something wrong with this picture.  No baby weight is coming off as a result of this routine.  It’s cruel irony, that’s what it is.  So while I ponder why my brain and stomach aren’t communicating, here’s a great, easy, comforting dessert recipe.

You can use any chocolate chip recipe, or a refrigerated cookie dough to make this even faster.  I like to use my favorite cookie dough recipe from my grandmother.  She uses white chocolate chips, (which I normally use), but I used half semi-sweet and half mint this time.  Cream two sticks of butter in a stand mixer (about 30 seconds or so).

Add brown and white sugar.

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