Icy Ice Cream

Nothing better than ice cream in the summer and the fact that it is national ice cream month somewhere in the world makes it even better….. I love ice cream!!

Sitting here thinking about the ice cream makes me think back to the long summer days when I was a kid and the great ice cream that I ate, and the big event of going out somewhere to have an ice cream was indescribable, because it was such a treat and so it made having ice cream all the better.

Nowadays, I don’t think ice cream is a real treat anymore like it was back then. Ice cream brought a highlight into my week and it was something to look forward to and I know it was the same for my friends too. Ice cream was special for us….

There was one place I remember that had soft ice cream …. The big choice: chocolate or vanilla but you could have a topping on the ice cream cone or a sundae with some hard to describe super sweet topping of either chocolate or strawberry … Not that the toppings weren’t made of artificial ingredients as was the fad back then… it was simply a great tasting treat and who cared about what it was made of…. I only saw the ice cream and the topping and it was great!!!

Or there was some other place not far from our house, where you could go into the ice cream parlor and sit down and order a sundae and it was served in a glass looking like a big wine glass (I felt so sophisticated and grown-up) , two scoops of ice cream and gobs of hot fudge poured over it and some whipped cream and topped off with a cherry…. That was the ultimate in the ice cream world in my eyes back then…..

Though there was some stiff completion out there as to where had the best ice cream and those places were on the ball when it came to creating something using ice cream!

Some ingeniously integrated ice cream into their menu with the root beer float that had a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass of root beer, or the other one; a glass of soda pop and a scoop of ice cream in it. That was living at its best and nothing could possibly be better than that in the summer.

Ice cream seemed to have some special meaning for me and my friends and when we got old enough to go to the place on our bikes where we could buy ourselves an ice cream cone, we knew then and there that we were adults and knew how to enjoy life with our ice cream cone in our hand, and after we finished eating the cone ride back home from our big adventure …. The world was ours and that was because of the great ice cream cone that we had just eaten! I love ice cream

Ice cream still tastes great and nowadays there are lots of flavors to choose from, so there is a sort for everyone. How many flavors there are I can’t tell you, but it is a lot!

Either way, somehow ice cream always seems to bring back great memories and eating ice cream is one great thing a lot of us seem to have in common. Enjoy your ice cream!

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Toasty Toast

Sometimes there is nothing better than a good’ol slice of toast to start the day off with or to eat at other times of the day…. As an avid toast eater of many years I know how I like my toast toasted or at least until my friend told me about the article about how to toast bread……
Can you just imagine…Me standing in my kitchen with a slice of bread to be toasted in my hand when I received a call telling me that after all these years…. You guessed it right!!!

I have been toasting my bread incorrectly!! That was a horror morning at its best… Simply a bad toast time!!! And that all thanks to those folks out there who say they know how to toast the perfect piece of bread….

After all these years and all those toasting errors I am still a faithful toast eater… Now according to the information it is essential to have the right thickness of bread (no exceptions here) Thickness is of the utmost importance, so take heed when you are slicing your bread!!!

I got my trusty bread slicing knife out and approached the loaf with caution this morning…. I could tell by looking at the loaf of bread that there was danger lurking within the loaf. I placed the loaf with caution on the cutting board trying not to upset the loaf of bread in any way…. Can you see it now in the headlines of the local newspaper “Women up-set loaf of bread, and now she can’t have a slice of toast”… That is moving information and you wouldn’t want to be confronted with an ornery loaf of bread either!

But I managed to slice the bread… of course I used a high tech device that will calculate the thickness, so no unwanted angles or so in my slices… I plugged the toaster in and I could sense that the sliced bread was getting a bit nervous about the thought of being put into the hollows of a toaster (Yes, I believe it could be somewhat traumatizing for the bread)…. Have you ever taken a peek down into your toaster? (Of course when it isn’t plugged in!!) It looks mighty dangerous to me with all those electrical bits that turn a reddish color when in operation!!

Bravely I put two slices into the toaster and pushed the little lever down and waited patiently for my toast (Did you know if you pop the toast up before it is finished its toasting time that the bread won’t be completely toasted? According to the info) what idiot doesn’t know that…. Please

Now that the toasting process has been completed (this all sounds so scientific) I can remove the toast from the toaster and butter it (wow) Plus the temperature of the butter is also important too… This making toast business is tiring me out and I am not finished yet….. Why did my friends have to tell me all this stuff????

Plus to top it off you have to wait an allotted time before buttering it too, Okay the clock is ticking … Maybe now I can butter it and top it with whatever I like. But the most important thing is and you will never guess in a million years….. You have to think about “how many slices you would like to eat”…. Now that is a mind boggling thought in itself!!!

So when you get up in the morning, don’t rush the toasting process and take care to toast correctly or else you may end up with a sad looking piece of toast and that you wouldn’t want…. Have fun toasting toast!