HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY EVERYONE!
I hope everyone enjoyed their day today. I went to see 21 Jump Street with the hooligans. I thought it was a great movie. Wildly inappropriate but wickedly funny. And let’s just say it. Channing Tatum is not hard on the eyes. At all. Not…even…a…little! We ordered some food from a local seasonal place. It’s called the Dairy Freez. Has awesome burgers. I am now chilling out watching Survivor. Yup, pretty good day. Also got beautiful flowers from boytoy. The other day he brought me Wild Cherry Pepsi, today he shows up with flowers. Mini-me sure knows how to pick them. He has more brownies points than he’ll ever need at this point.
Today also made me miss my Mom more than normal. For regular readers you know I lost her when I was 15. I’ve written about her before. I just tend to be on edge on Mother’s Day. Nothing horrible, no crying or moping. I enjoy my time with the kids but in the back of my mind there are lots of thoughts about how life would be different if they knew her. I think she epitomized what being a mother is.
She was kind.
She was caring.
She was supportive.
She was funny.
She protected us.
She ALWAYS put us first!
To me that’s what Moms do. They love all of you. Not just pieces of you. They show up. To everything. Not just the things they like. They support you when life is hard. They listen when you need an ear. It’s also what grandparents do. My kids missed out on that. My Mom would have kicked ass being a Gramma. She would have spent time with them, loved them, read books with B-Dude, taken mini-me riding, taken them shopping, baked cookies with them, hung out and laughed hysterically with them every moment she could. Time missed out on. So I think quietly about that all day long. That they missed out on having a great gramma who would have loved them whole heartedly for all that they are.
I was lucky to have that growing up. My Mom’s mother was amazing. My gramma spent time with us. She made us laugh. She played with us. She talked to us. She took an active interest in our lives. I remember after my Mom passed away I would stop at my Gramma’s house to talk, and she would make me french fries. Sometimes we’d just sit there, sometimes we’d talk about Mom, sometimes I’d talk about boys. I am so happy I had that type of influence in my life. She passed a year after my Mom passed. She was the biggest spitfire you could ever meet in your life. I miss her too.
So the moral of today’s story is appreciate your Moms. You are incredibly lucky to have them in your life. Tell them that. You can never spend too much time with them. You can never love the people in your lives too much. It’s just not possible.
You should also make them ice cream. Cuz we kind of love ice cream. It will get you forgiven for forgetting to empty the dishwasher, for making us make three trips to school cuz you forgot things multiple times, for breaking our favourite dish, for hitting the back of our feet with the grocery cart-repeatedly, for spilling pop on our laptop not once but three times in one week, for annoying us with constant humming. Ice cream cures all that. Little known mom secret. Use it to your advantage!
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup vanilla sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Pinch vanilla salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups cocoa pebbles
In a stand mixer whisk together cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, brown sugar, vanilla salt, and whole milk. Mix until well combined.
Now add the heavy cream and vanilla extract and whisk again for a couple of minutes.
Cover the bowl and stick in the fridge for about one hour.
Remove and transfer to a frozen ice cream bowl.
Place that on your machine.
Turn on and mix for about 10 minutes until it's almost hardened.
Add the cocoa pebbles. Mix briefly.
It can be eaten immediately or you can pop it back in the freezer until needed.
Serve with a big old chocolatey rock your whole mouth smile!
Best eaten on the first day. The cocoa pebbles stay crisp that way. I liked it on day 2 as well. But by day 3 they get a bit soft and it doesn't have the same bite to it.
Hope you enjoyed this one. As always most of my ice cream recipes are inspired by Cuisinart. The machine comes with a handy recipe book. This one is adapted from their Simple Chocolate Ice Cream. You can also find recipes for my vanilla salt and vanilla sugar to use to enhance the flavour a bit. If you don’t have any or are not inclined to make it just use regular sugar and regular salt. No big. It’ll still kick ass.
The next recipe coming up is also a Cocoa Pebbles recipe. I go on tangents, what can I say. If you haven’t seen the Cocoa Pebbles Krispies yet you should check those out. They had a nutella and chocolate frosting on them. So good I may have eaten the whole batch by myself.
Toodles and smoochies! xx