Nondairy Dessert Challenge

We recently discovered that Kidlet has followed in his parents footsteps and is lactose intolerant. Although there are a number of lactose free frozen dessert options out there, they can get pretty pricey. I adapted a recipe from the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Cookbook to see if I could create a tasty frozen dessert at home. We liked how this turned out – good coconut flavor, not too sweet and the texture was similar to ice milk.

For the Base:

2 eggs whisked until pale yellow
Slowly add 3/4 cup sugar and continue whisking.
Whisk in 3 cups Silk Vanilla Coconut Milk and one envelope coconut cream powder. (you can purchase coconut cream powder at a well-stocked Asian or Thai market)

Chill the base for 4-6 hours in the fridge and the churn in your ice cream machine as directed by the manufacturer. Before it comes out of the churn, add in 1/4-1/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut and a similar amount of chopped or grated good quality dark chocolate. I use Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened coconut.

Decant into a freezer safe container and let rest in the freezer for several hours.

Scoop up and enjoy!

Randomly Selected Comments from My Brain

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I want to spend time with you, not just pay to attend the event you are hosting.

If I give my time, it’s because that’s all I have to give. If my involvement in your organization is tied to my bank balance, social standing or being the ‘right’ religion, that’s your loss. I really thought that Creed meant the same thing to everyone.

My depression problem is not a secret. Ask what is going on in my life and if you can help. I’d do the same to you.

I know you are busy. I’m busy too. Maybe we both need to try harder to keep in touch.

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I will fight passionately for what I think is right, I will support you when I think you’ve been wronged. Don’t take advantage of that aspect of my personality. I’ll also work hard to make sure you stand on your own damn feet and then help you celebrate your successes when they happen.

Running a business with your spouse is hard.
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If I say No, don’t take it personally. I need to have some boundaries in my life so I can carve out some time for me and my family.

Summertime in NoFLA

As you can probably guess, summertime in North Florida can be brutal. Between the heat, the humidity, the bugs, the heat, and the humidity, it’s enough to send folks streaming indoors for some cool air.

Even indoors, the need to cool off doesn’t go away, and cold drinks of all sorts often fit the bill. Although I’m officially a Yankee transplant to Florida, I’ve embraced some of the more traditional beverages of the region such as sweet tea or mint sweet tea, or for something a little more tart, the classic Arnold Palmer. If you are lucky enough to have a Meyer lemon tree in your yard (or have a generous neighbor), homemade lemonade is the way to go. Although it’s almost sacrilege down here, some folks prefer a well-made glass of iced coffee.

Since the Watermelon Festival is this coming weekend, you might choose to indulge in a watermelon margarita or even this totally kid-friendly faux salad caprese.

If you’ve got melon leftover, try my tropicalized fruit salad:

2 cups each seedless watermelon, cantelope, and honeydew melon chunks
1 cup seedless grapes
2 firm bananas, sliced
2 cups strawberries, halved if large
1 tin of guava paste, cut up*
1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted (set aside)

Combine all the fruit ingredients a few hours before serving. Add the coconut and stir before serving – some of the guava will have ‘melted’ to coat the other fruits, giving everything a lovely sheen and sweet-tart tropical edge.

*You can use a 1/2 tin if you like, check this link for some more guava recipes