I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with ice cream.
When I was 16 and looking to make a little extra money, I started working at a nearby ice cream store. I worked every weekend and all throughout the summer for a year and a half, and I loved every minute of it. My favorite time to work was early in the day when there were very few customers and no other employees. I would spend large stretches of time all by myself. And what did I do when I was alone? I made waffle cones, whipped cream, and ice cream cakes….and consumed massive quantities of ice cream and all things ice-cream related. At the time I had a lightning-fast metabolism and couldn’t gain weight even if I tried–perfect for someone practically living on dessert foods.
Since then, my diet has definitely changed. Now if I have even the smallest bit of dairy, I swell up like a hot-air balloon and have belly-aches for days. Unfortunately, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be either. Ah, the joys of getting older.
Even though I can’t enjoy traditional ice cream like I once could, that doesn’t mean I don’t still crave ice cream, especially when summer rolls around. So when one of my favorite stores had an awesome sale on ice cream makers, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy my own so that I can make homemade dairy-free ice cream whenever my cravings strike! Best. Decision. Ever. Continue reading →
While on my (short) summer break and in-between jobs, I decided to pick up a part-time position as a hostess at my favorite nearby pizza restaurant–which probably sounds like a death wish for someone who is both lactose and gluten intolerant. In truth, this particular restaurant holds a special place in my heart; it’s where my hubby and I had our first date. I can still clearly remember sitting at the bar with him, laughing awkwardly at everything he said and smiling shyly between bites of pizza. I thought then–and I still think now–that my hubby was so cute, sweet, and affable. Now, every time we go to that restaurant I’m reminded of how I began falling in love with my hubby on that first night. Continue reading →
I’m overwhelmingly thankful for all of those who bravely serve and protect this country so that we can safely enjoy doing what we love most, spending precious time with our friends and families–not just today, but every day.
As if we needed another reason to enjoy this holiday, it’s also the unofficial start of the summer barbecue season! I know many people will be celebrating the day by gathering with the ones they love and firing up the grills for backyard fun and feasting. As much as my hubby loves to grill, we’ll definitely be doing the same. Although my hubby likes to prepare most of the food when we barbecue, this Mango and Tomatillo Salsa is my contribution! It might not look like much, but this salsa is ridiculously flavorful and versatile! Continue reading →
If you’re like me, you probably read the title of this post and thought, “carrot and cantaloupe?” I know it sounds like a very odd combination, but you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.
The inspiration for this Cantaloupe Carrot Smoothie came from a similar juice I had recently. When I saw the ingredients I thought, “that sounds so odd…I have to try it!!” I just love trying weird flavor combinations. I used to play it extremely safe and would only eat “logical” food pairings or things that sounded “normal.” How limiting! I’ve finally come to realize that some of the best flavor combinations spring from joining unexpected ingredients. No, they’re not always winners–almond butter and mint, anyone? (don’t ask)–but by being a bit more experimental, you might come across something you really love!