Sunday, June 10, 2012

I scream, U scream...

Wow, it's been ages again since I've written. I'm not really sure why I have been so absent. I guess work, dogs, summer (if that's what you call it - our weather is for the pits), gardening, trying to get fit, cooking... all that stuff is just interfering with my ability to be able to write on my blog. I have been cooking a lot - have been trying new recipes - so it's definitely not for a lack of food - that's for sure.

I should be able to multi-task better. I should be able to do a lot of things better. I'm actually not too bad at multi-tasking - if my tasks are talking on the phone, making dinner, watching tv, doing a load of laundry and tidying up.

I am not going to post anything too exciting today - unless you think that ice cream sandwiches are exciting. Ha! If you're like me then this is big.

Before that though - my oldest nephew graduated from high school this weekend. I can't believe it. I remember the day that he was born - everything about it. I remember the summer after my dad passed and I was going back to university and he dropped me off at the airport with my mom and sister and he was crying - and as I walked away he waved to me with his pointer finger. That vision to this day still breaks my heart. I remember how he named me 'AaAa' I remember his first day of school. I remember his first sleep over at my house. I remember his first out of town hockey tournie that I went to with him. I remember the first hockey trip that I took him on. I remember meeting his first girlfriend. I remember how everytime I see him he grows more handsome and becomes such an incredible young man. I love that kid so much. Although he isn't my child - I feel that this must be somewhat like the feeling that a parent has for their own child. He will be grown in no time to where he is on his own.

Alright - I just had to grab a tissue. Whoa!!!

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I ordered this ice cream sandwich maker a couple of weeks ago. I am going to bring it to the Annual Family Reunion - and I think that it will be a pretty big hit with the kids. I had to test it out. What? What if it broke or soemthing? Or what if I couldn't figure out how to use it with 8 young kids watching me? What if they didn't taste good? See? Now you get my drift. Did you ever say that? 'Ge my drift?' Ya, me neither. I did say 'take a picture it lasts longer' when someone was starting at me. Of course out of the distance that the person staring at me could actually hear me.

I tried a new chocolate chip recipe that I found HERE - and altered it slightly.

Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cookies
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
2/3 cup of all purpose flour
4 tbsp of brown sugar
4 tbsp of cane sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup of chocolate chunks - or chocolate chips
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp of vegetable oil*
6 tbsp of milk - I used unsweetened almond milk

*The recipe called for either vegetable oil or coconut. I have coconut but I wasn't sure if you were supposed to melt it down and then add it b/c it is too hard to add into the dry ingredients. I will find out though.

Pre-heat the oven to 380.

In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add in the wet and mix well. At first the dough will seem like it is quite dry - but it will all meld together. I used my hands and really got all of the ingredients together.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using your hands, make little balls and place on the baking sheet. You should be able to make 18 cookies.

Bake in the oven for 9 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Ice Cream
I used 'no sugar added' Breyers. I really love this ice cream b/c it isn't too sweet - and to me tastes more like ice cream should - without too much sugar making it too sweet. Let the ice cream soften slightly so that it is easy to work with.

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 I used the Cuisipro to make the ice cream sandwiches - and free-handed one without.

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Super deelish treat. I think that they will be a hit for the reunion.

I hope that you are all well - enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon - getting ready for another glorious week to start.

Loves.

Enjoy!