Well, the hours quickly turned into days and now I am ready to blog again. We had a fun filled Fourth of July weekend … shopping, a picnic in the park, trips to the playground, fireworks, more shopping, and more eating. We climbed out onto our fire escape for a surprisingly excellent view of fireworks being set off on random Brooklyn rooftops and from the massive Macy’s display along the Hudson River. All in all, it was one of those weekends we wished would never end [but then, I feel like that every weekend].
As I am writing this post, I can hear the ice cream truck making its way down the street. I was never really an ice cream person, but during my pregnancy that all changed. There was a time last summer that I actually went out searching the neighborhood for the ice cream man. Unfortunately, the craving did not end after giving birth. This weekend, we happened upon a gourmet ice cream truck serving up organic goodness with flavors like pistachio, green tea, and hazelnut – delicious! I’ve been wanting to make some homemade ice cream … I can still remember sitting on the back porch with my grampa when I was a little girl; helping him crank and crank and crank for that sweet frosty payoff. If only we knew then that we could just throw the ingredients into a bag and shake it for five minutes like the kid-friendly recipe I found on Kaboose.
And since ice cream makers do all of the cranking for you now, it’s much easier to whip up cold and creamy delights like this Rocky Road [egg free!] recipe from AllRecipes.com.
Want a healthier option? Try a fruity sorbet or granita! I found a great recipe for Tripe Berry Sorbet [sweetened with agave] on The Wind Attack. Or if you are really short on time [like me!], toss some frozen berries into the blender with mint or lime or lemon and some agave. I just blended up some strawberries, mint, lemon, and agave and spooned the mixture into popsicle trays and stuck them in the freezer and will share the end result with you later on. Hot summer day … cool summer treat. Ahhhhhhhh…..