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Wordless Wednesday

August 27, 2008

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Summer Chillers: Snickers Apple Salad

August 26, 2008

This is the last installment of Summer Chillers for the season.

Labor Day marks the official end of summer around here even though there are still a few weeks left according to the calendar. But the days are already getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. So next Tuesday Cookie of the Week will be back.

My husband and son will be happy to see the weekly supply of fresh baked goods make its return. I’m always looking for new recipes to try, so if anyone’s got a great cookie recipe to share I’d love to hear from you.

I always make the recipes before I share them here. I don’t want to pass on a recipe that doesn’t work. There are a lot of recipes out there that just don’t turn out even if you follow the instructions to the letter. And I’d be a fraud if I said I made this stuff for my family, and didn’t really.

But this week is the one exception. I’m not feeling well today, and whipping up a batch of something just is not high on my list of things to do right now. I’ve never made Snickers Apple Salad before, but I have eaten it, and it’s yummy. The salad is so simple to make, I don’t think this recipe could fail. Since it is almost fall and fresh picked apples are, or will be, available soon, I thought this would be a good one to share.

Snickers Apple Salad Recipe

1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
3 apples, diced
3 regular size Snickers candy bars, frozen

Mix together the Cool Whip and apples. Smash the Snickers bars and add to the salad. Let stand at room temperature for a few minutes before serving to let the carmel in the candy bars soften.

Enjoy what’s left of summer!

Living Room Olympics and Some Conversations with a Three-Year-Old

August 21, 2008

I haven’t posted much for over a week. I’ve been working on some other projects, and I guess blogging fell to the bottom of the list.

I just haven’t been feelin’ it either. Maybe it’s the realization that summer’s almost over. We’ve lost over an hour of daylight in the last month. I love those long summer evenings when the sun is out until 10 o’clock. Now that that they’re so quickly fading away, I feel like I have to squeeze every last drop out of what’s left of the sunshine and warm days. Remember the summers of your childhood that seemed to go on and on? If only time moved as slowly at 33 as it did at 13.

Or maybe it’s too many late nights watching the Olympics. I could not go to bed last night until I was sure Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the gold. And am I the only one who couldn’t hold back the tears a few nights ago when they cut away to Shawn Johnson’s mother sobbing in the stands after her little girl finally won a gold medal? I actually had to get up and get a Kleenex.

David’s been watching the Olympics with us. This is the first that’s he’s been old enough to really watch. He’s been especially fascinated with swimming and gymnastics.

“Who is that?”

“Michael Phelps.”

“What’s he doing?”

“Swimming in a race.”

“He goes fast.”

“He goes very fast. He’s won a lot of gold medals, because he’s the best swimmer in the world.”

“When I grow up I want to swim fast, and win a gold medal. But I have to bring my floatie.”

Watching women’s swimming David noticed that some of the swimmers we’re, well, a little more athletically built than others.

“Mommie are they all girls?”

“Yes, it’s women’s swimming.”

“Is that a girl?”


“And that’s a girl?”


“No. That’s a man.”

“No honey, they’re all girls.”

“She doesn’t look like a girl.”

“Well, it’s hard to tell when their hair is under those caps.”

“No. She just doesn’t look like a girl.”

Later during the same event:

“Mommie do you want to go there?”

“Yes, I think it would be fun to go to China.”

“No there. Do you want to go there.”

“Do you mean swim in that big pool?”


“That would be fun wouldn’t it?”

“You could swim with those other girls, and Daddy and I could watch you.”

“I’m pretty sure I’d break a world record. Slowest ever Olympic time in the women’s 200 meters.”

Then after watching the gymnastics vaulting competition David announced, “I have to learn how to do five somersaults and land on my feet!”

The next day he carried his old crib mattress out to the living room and placed it in front of the ottoman. He started doing flips off the ottoman on to the mattress.

“What on earth are you doing? You’re going to break your neck!”

“No I won’t. I have a mattress.”

“You could still get hurt.”

“But I have to practice landing on my feet.”

Well, next week launches us full swing into election season with the Democratic Convention starting on Monday, followed up by the Republican convention the week after. David should give me plenty to blog about after he watches some of that.

Remember this conversation about Barack Obama? David still doesn’t believe me.

Summer Chillers: Chunky Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

August 19, 2008

I had cherries and whipping cream left over from last week’s Summer Chiller. I’ve made ice cream a few times this summer, and I thought I’d try making it with cherries. Nothing goes better with cherries than chocolate, so I threw in some milk chocolate chips. I actually cobbled together a few different recipes to come up with this. I also used a no-cook, eggless ice cream base this time.

Chunky Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

2 cups whipping cream or half and half

2 tbs almond extract

1 cup pitted and chopped cherries macerated in 1/4 cup of sugar

1 cup of milk chocolate chips

Pit and chop cherries. Stir in 1/4 a cup of sugar. Refrigerate for one hour.

Combine milk, cream, sugar and almond extract. Stir briskly, about two minutes until sugar is dissolved. (Undissolved sugar crystals may be a cause of large ice crystal formation.)  Pour into a 1-gallon ice cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. When ice cream is partially frozen, add in cherry mixture and chocolate chips. (Again make sure all the sugar in the cherry mixture is dissolved.) Finish freezing. Put in a covered container and place in the freezer several hours to harden.

Wordless Wednesday

August 13, 2008

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