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Coconut Latte Ice Cream

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It’s been a scorcher.

With several days of triple digit temps, and no sign of relief in the forecast for some time (September, maybe?), we’ve been forced to cope in our own ways.

In our case, we’ve had ice cream more times in the past few weeks than we care to admit. In fact, my dinner last night consisted of a Reese’s Sonic Blast. That’s it.

But there is a better way!

Rather than wasting our money day after day on some sort of iced confection, I’ve found that it’s better to produce a more wholesome variation at home. But surely not less tasty.

I chose a coffee flavor because coffee is my favorite flavor in dessert. It even beats out chocolate.

Heresy!

I know.

And to add insult to injury, I made this entirely dairy free and sweetened only with honey.

I have no philosophical problem with the moderate consumption of dairy or even processed sugar. But my tummy sometimes does. This is a kinder, gentler version.

This is not your grandma’s homemade ice cream. But it’s creamy enough, sweet enough, decadent enough, that grandma will love it too.

 

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Coconut Latte Ice Cream
Makes 1 pint

1/2 cup coconut cream (the cream top off chilled, full-fat canned coconut milk. I recommend Thai Kitchen brand. It’s 3/4 solid when chilled!)
1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (use as much of the cream top as possible)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup extra-strong coffee
1 tbsp vanilla extract

 

Whisk together the coconut cream, milk, and honey in small saucepan over medium heat until fully combined, smooth, and honey is dissolved.

Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk in the coffee and vanilla extract.

Allow cool COMPLETELY in the fridge. Warm liquid in cold ice cream maker makes for big, nasty ice crystals. Patience, young padawan!

Once chilled, pour liquid into ice cream maker and process per manufacturers instructions.

Once finished, transfer the ice cream into a separate bowl or container and place back into the freezer for a few hours or until desired firmness.

Enjoy!

 

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What’s your favorite thing to eat/drink to beat the heat?

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Not having a great deal of food in the house paired with the fact that I’m trying to limit cow’s dairy can be lame sometimes.

Or inspire creativity.

Yesterday I packed a quick breakfast to eat at my desk.

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Blackberries, blueberries, and pomegranate swimming in light coconut milk, with the last of my Uncle Sam cereal mixed in at the last minute. It looks grainy because it kinda was (my leftover bag of coconut milk had seen the microwave  a few too many times). Didn’t taste grainy, though, so I guess that’s all that matters. 😛

I stole an idea from Courtney in creating my lunch. The other day she tweeted about having a goat cheese, avocado, and red sweet pepper quesadilla, and I decided that was way more fun than a peanut butter sandwich.

I used some corn tortillas I had on hand and loaded them with goat cheese, avocado, half a red pepper I carefully haphazardly roasted over my gas range, grilled chicken, and spinach.

I have a problem with overloading my quesadillas. I always feel the need to increase my veggies.

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Mmm. My photography needs serious work.

This was so good that I’m making this for lunch again tomorrow, only I’m putting it in a pita instead!!!

For dinner I ate some pan-fried chicken, steamed drowned-in-sea-water broccoli, and some roasted delicata squash I seasoned with rubbed sage and salt.

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Yum. Frying anything is a rarity in my house!

But dark chocolate isn’t.

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30 Day Challenge
Day 5: A time you thought about ending your own life

I mentioned in my previous 30 Day Challenge entry that I had a dark period in my life in early high school. During that particular year I had all the classic signs of depression: couldn’t sleep, couldn’t concentrate, was always tired, lost interest in things I usually loved, was involved in a codependent relationship with someone who was far worse off than I was, had a general dark and bitter outlook on the world, felt hopeless and misunderstood (ah, 13 year olds), was emotional and didn’t know how to express myself constructively. I don’t remember having much of an appetite, but I gained quite a bit of weight that year. But I was never suicidal. I never remotely believed that death was an answer to anything. Maybe it was my upbringing; maybe it was my faith; maybe it was my common sense, but suicide wasn’t an option.

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(A blurry picture of my sister, Holly, and me during an end-of-semester program for my homeschool group back in December, 2002, right as my depression was setting in)

In a way I’m thankful for that year. I’m thankful in the “you know light because you’ve known darkness” way, but also because that experience made me a little more aware, a little more sensitive, a little less naïve about the world we live in. Something in me permanently changed as a result of that year. Peers who were dealing with issues much deeper and darker than I ever had were drawn to me, even though they knew nothing of my prior struggles and I wasn’t depressed when they met me. I became unspeakably approachable to them, in part because I was never part of the “in” crowd anyway, and that year helped me (even if I went overboard in expressing it at age 13) in being confident in my individuality. I tended to (and still often do) move against the mainstream. It was easy for me to empathize with the darkness I saw in others, but I was also grounded in reality and in my faith. I was a constant for many people who came in and out of my life. I was someone they could talk to without judgment. I was someone who could relate to what they were feeling, if only distantly. I was someone who would try to understand and care about them as a whole soul, a whole human being, instead of passing them off as “weird,” “messed up,” or a “punk kid.” I had friends dabble in Satanic worship, and I was there for them when they came out of it. I’ve had friends struggle with eating disorders, self-mutilation, promiscuity, self esteem issues, physical abuse, drugs, rape, prostitution, abortion, mental disorders, and yes, even attempted suicide. On one occasion, my friend Brandon had me to talk to a friend of his who was having self esteem issues. I became friends with this particular person, and a year later he told me that he was about to attempt suicide (for the third time) that night we first spoke, but something I said stopped him. It’s been seven years and he hasn’t attempted suicide since.    

I don’t say all this to toot my own horn or anything. I share this because even though I’ve never considered attempting suicide, I’ve known what it’s like to feel hopeless, alone, and misunderstood. I can clearly see what drives people to get involved in questionable activities and sometimes even attempt suicide. The people that deal with these issues usually look just like you and me. They look “normal.” They often blend in. We’re all human beings with souls and a purpose, and we all struggle. The difference is experience and how we deal with them. And we all need to open our minds and our hearts to those whose perspectives we might not understand. It just might save somebody’s life.

 

I could share many different songs that deal with this subject, but I’ll leave you with two of my favorites:

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Have you ever been a hero to someone?
Who has been a hero to you?

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