Weekend treat

I have been on a serious ice cream kick lately. Ben, Jerry and I spend some quality time together every night. So dessert made entirely out of ice cream? It  just had to be done.

Seeing how ice cream is soul food I thought you will enjoy reading this. Alicia is famous for her photography but this week she shared a beautiful insight into her soul. CLICK here. It truly is a picture painted with words.

Ice Cream Snowballs

Ice Cream Snowballs
Photo: Yunhee Kim
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 20m


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups toppings (such as shredded coconut, toasted sliced almonds, crushed ice cream cones, chopped toffee candy bars, and chopped chocolate cream sandwich cookies)


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the ice cream into 8 balls, place on the sheet, and freeze until firm, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Place the desired toppings in separate shallow bowls. Roll the ice cream in the toppings, pressing gently to help them adhere. Serve immediately or freeze, loosely covered, for up to 3 days.

By Sara Quessenberry,  July 2009

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 375Calories From Fat 200
  • Protein  6g
  • Carbohydrate  39g
  • Sugar  30g
  • Fiber  2g
  • Fat  22g
  • Sat Fat  10g
  • Sodium  170mg
  • Cholesterol  27mg
Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com

Weekend Treat

This week the choice was simple, again from Real simple. I love chocolate, I love ginger. So I present to you these. Enjoy!

I read lots of amazing posts on well over a hundred blogs. But THIS one from Kiddothings really made me smile. Let me know what you think of Chocolate bars. And don’t forget to link up your top 10 something on Monday Listicles. Someone asked me how to participate without having a blog. Leave a comment with your list, link your Facebook post or simply email it to me and I will find a way to put it up there for the world to read it and marvel. Anything is possible!

Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bars

Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bars
Photo: Kana Okada
Makes 32 bars| Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 1hr 05m



  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugars, using an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into 32 bars (8 rows by 4 rows).

    To store: The tight seal on a take-out container will keep the bars moist and chewy.

    To freeze: Instead of baking the batter, freeze it in the pan for up to 2 months. To bake, follow the recipe instructions, baking from frozen, and use the upper end of the time rang

By Sara Quessenberry,  December 2008

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 138Calories From Fat 41%
  • Fat  6g
  • Cholesterol  28mg
  • Carbohydrate  20g
  • Sodium  55mg

Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com

Weekend treat

So here is the truth. I am not making these today. Because: we are going to IKEA, we are going to a horse show, I am going to have my hair done and I am busy making everything ready for my Monday Listicle link up starting next week.

Janice from Mommyslounge said she will start making her top ten list weekly too. One thing let to another and  I decided to let anyone with a list of 10 WHATEVER link up to my page and hop around. Becasue I love hosting a big group of opinionated strangers. I might even serve you virtual truffles!

Anyway, I have made these in the past and apart from being a bit time consuming they are very easy to make. Truffles are in fact my favorite food group. You probably want something posh to go with your chocolate treat? How about you head over to Faith Hope and whole lotta love and look at her amazing photos. Happy weekend, see you Monday, bring a list.

Chocolate Truffles

Espresso Truffles
Photo: Hector Sanchez
Makes 35-45 truffles| Hands-On Time: 40m | Total Time: 1hr 10m



  1. Make the filling: Place 8 ounces of the chocolate pieces and the butter in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour half the cream into the bowl. As the chocolate melts, slowly whisk the mixture together until smooth. Then gradually add the remaining cream until it’s completely incorporated and the ganache is thick and shiny.
  2. Form the truffles: Pour the ganache into a 2-inch-deep baking pan, spread evenly, and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until set (it should have the consistency of fudge). Using a melon baller or a small spoon, form rounds and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Let the truffles harden in the freezer for about 15 minutes. After removing truffles from the freezer, roll them between your hands into marble-size spheres, squeezing gently (try to do this quickly, otherwise they’ll become too soft). Dust the truffles with cocoa (see step 4) or coat them with chocolate first (they’ll hold their shape better in this case).
  3. Make the coating: Set the truffles in the freezer while you make the chocolate glaze. Place the remaining chocolate pieces in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate starts to set at the edge of the bowl. Drop the truffles into the melted chocolate and retrieve them with a fork, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off. Garnish immediately or leave the truffles plain and proceed to step 5.
  4. Garnish: For a nut garnish, roll the freshly coated truffles in a shallow dish of chopped nuts. For a sugar or cocoa garnish, set the freshly coated truffles on a plate and sift the garnish over them. Turn the truffles and sift again to cover completely.
  5. Storage: Place the truffles on a lined baking sheet and allow them to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Truffles will keep for about 2 weeks, chilled or at room temperature, when stored in a tightly sealed container.

By Kay Chun,  February 2001

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 70
  • Calcium  7mg
  • Carbohydrate  7g
  • Cholesterol  7mg
  • Fat  6g
  • Fiber  1g
  • Iron  1mg
  • Protein  1mg
  • Sat Fat  3g
  • Sodium  3mg
Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com