Homemade Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the homemade popsicles we made for the kids to have on ice cream day at school. This week, I finally got around to posting the recipe on Living The Life Fantastic. You can read it here.

It’s so simple and delicious. You don’t even need an ice cream maker, but frankly, I enjoy the process and the grinding sound of the ice cream maker; brings back memories of summers while growing up.

For the popsicles, we make the base (the cream and sugar) and add sliced strawberries, bananas or cherries and simply poured them into popsicle molds and froze them.

Let me know if you try them!


It’s like ice cream without the cream

Our usual after church discussion (after we discuss the wonderful sermons) is where to eat. We are fancy folk. So it usually is places that include Kings, Buffet or Golden Arches.

My daughter loves Taco Bell and has been asking for it for weeks now.

Yesterday, she finally heard the answer she had been waiting for. We pulled into Taco Bell, unloaded everyone and walked in. As I approached the door, I noticed a sign attached to it that read: "We are sorry: Due to the FDA warnings, like many other restaurants and grocery stores, we are not serving tomatoes. We regret the inconvenience."

What? No tomatoes on my gorditas?

Mexican food without tomatoes? That just sounds illegal or sumpin’.

It took us 2 seconds to turn around and head over to A&W Rootbeer.

For information on the FDA advisory about tomatoes and if it impacts you, see here.

What Women Want

That title is awesome, is it not??

I could give you my immediate short list:

  • a Caramel Sonic Java Chiller
  • a hammer to knock down this writer’s block wall I’ve hit this week
  • a Caramel Sonic Java Chiller
  • oh, and did I mention a Caramel sonic Java Chiller (they use ice cream in those things! not just ice and frozen coffee… ice.cream.)
  • a couple extra hours today

My list on days that start too early:

  • a huge pot of coffee
  • the ability to get everything I need to do before 8:00AM done in my sleep

For the long-term (see my full list of [sadly neglected] goals here):

  • about 20 pounds to magically vanish from my body
  • a beauty team to come in an give me a makeover
  • to get my butt movin’ and finally train for a marathon
  • and get my design business rockin’ again

But really, when it comes down to it, what do women want?

Lisa T. Bergren & Rebecca Price have written a book that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it at the bookstore. I am a person who totally judges a book by its cover, and this book is gorgeous!! Look!:


Isn’t that lovely?

But you know what is really super-fab about this book? The contents supercede the cover.

I neglected to mention that the subtitle is: The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies. And that is the true beauty of this book. Because that is what it really boils down to. (Boil it, skim off the scum and fat and you are left with something tasty for the soul)

In all of their research they discovered what women do want. Women “simply crave more of what we value most – deeper relationships, stronger faith, more meaningful work, better balance and happier homes.”

This would be a great book to work through with the women in your bible study. If you don’t have one, I’d like to encourage you to consider starting one.

To read excerpts:

For a chance to win a copy, follow these instructions:

Rebecca Price and Lisa Bergren want all about your “sister of the heart”… send the girls an email at amy@litfusegroup.com telling who your best friend is and why she is your “heart sister”!

Your stories will be posted at the Satisfied Heart blog…the story with the most comments will win a copy of What Women Want and the What Women Want soundtrack of their choice for themselves and for their “heart sister”!

And…if that wasn’t enough, leave a comment on this post and they’ll toss your name into the hat for a $15 Starbucks Card. You know…just in case you need that cup of get-up-and-go to get you motivated for your Bible study!

Muffin Falls off The Wagon

So here’s the deal…

Anyone who has been following my blog for awhile knows I have a severely gargantuan sweet tooth thing for sugar. And you also know that when my doctor told me to CUT OUT SUGAR!!! (emphasis his), that I would have rather eaten 50 gallons of pig slop covered in manure happily agreed.

I made my announcement here, because I am an idiot all about accountability. And it worked! I did really really well for a day the first week. But then the weekend came and we went out to eat and I had to have the entire dessert menu to myself a bite of ice cream.

I fell off the wagon.
But I got back up an dusted myself off (before those horses could stomp on me). I promised to get right back into the saddle.

Only, I got tripped up over 20 bags a couple of pieces of Easter candy.

It was a lot harder to get up from that fall. Cement is a lot harder on the derrière than the dusty trail…

But I managed to pull my bruised and battered self up and remind myself that tomorrow is another day (while birdies were tweet-tweeting and baby deer and bunnies gathered around me while I danced and twirled and sang…)

…I promptly plunged headfirst onto the ground once again, when I had an encounter with 2 or 50 a tiny bowl of Banana Pudding at Golden Corral. (have you ever tried that stuff??!!! good luck walking out of there with your dignity intact if you do! seriously, I could bathe in it…)
So I am back to square one. I am standing before you all once again, proclaiming that I will CUT!!! OUT!!! THE!!! SUGAR!!! I am committed to this for sure this time.

At least until we head back to Golden Corral.

Muffin goes on a Fitness Quest

My last baby was born almost 7 months ago, and I have finally come to the conclusion that a diet of sour gummi worms and chocolate chips just isn’t melting that baby fat away like I had hoped. The indentation on the couch where my bottom usually rests I daintily rest isn’t getting any smaller either…

The muffin-top has taken up residence on me. And I think it’s brought an entire muffin-top family along.

Therefore, I have picked myself up, pulled myself away from the fridge, dusted off my sneakers and have started doing something about it.

Here I am in all my muffin-y glory explaining my new regime:

1. Take a “before” photo.
Egads! There are just no words…

2. Go public with my plans.
This counts, right? ‘Cause I didn’t just post the above photo for nothing!

3. Not compare myself to others
See them all mocking me? I’m all like, “I don’t care!”… and they’re all like “Oh yeah? yes you do”. And I’m like “Nu-uh”…
Okay – so I have a bit of work to do on number 3…

4. Weight lifting 2 days/week
Feel the burn! Turn that muffin-top into something less… muffin-y.

5. Walk 2 days/week
6. Run 2 days/week

7. Swim once summer arrives
8. Bike every other %#^& day
9. Hiking with family (I’m really not that short… it’s just the camera angle.)
10. Eat healthy
hmmm… I may crawl into a corner and suck my thumb over this one.

11.Get plenty of rest
12. Drink milk
I hate milk – so this will be difficult. Does ice cream count?

13. Allow myself to indulge once in awhile and forgive myself when I overdo it.

My goal is to lose the 20 extra lbs that I am currently carrying around. I’m hoping to do it before Declan turns one, which is in August.

Muffin will be posting updates here each week.

If only I really looked this cute wearing a muffin. Do you think there is any chance they may become the latest fashion rage?