Ice Cream Sandwiches and The Catwalk

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I don’t want to bore my east coast readers with a diabtribe of how depressing it gets when it snows as much as it has this year.  As someone who is normally delighted and fascinated with snow (as a native Arizonan), the process of continually closing daycares at the slightest prediction of flaky white, leaving parents stranded with no hope of relief while trapped in their homes–is brutal and exhausting–and it seems our condo has been growing smaller with each passing frigid day.  I ran into one of the moms in my son’s daycare class yesterday who told me she just started wearing concealer for the first time this week due to “rough conditions at home” between the snow, her kids’ schools/daycare closing, and holding down the fort with 3 kids.  On top of it, my husband, son, and in-laws had planned a weekend trip this past weekend, which we eventually cancelled due to cold, icy conditions.  There’s a reason it’s called Winter Blues and not Winter Happiness.

I can’t remember the last time I felt bored, but this past weekend I found myself wishing I knew how to knit or sew, that I still enjoyed reading fiction, or watching reality tv, yet I felt completely uncompelled to learn or try any of these things.

After unsuccessfully attempting to convince my husband to play monopoly and/or scrabble with me about a dozen times, we spent most of the weekend cooking and baking, yet somehow ate out for most of our meals.  I have nearly all of the Martha Stewart cookbooks, but I especially love her two cookbooks on Cookies and Cakes because of their encyclopedic nature.  These were a white chocolate and chocolate chunk cookie (I improvised a little) that we made into ice cream sandwiches with some salted caramel ice cream.  These cookies are the first I’ve ever made from scratch, and it’s a well-known, independently tested fact that when the weather drops below 25 degree F, calories don’t count and salted caramel ice cream sandwiches register in the body the same way as apples wrapped in kale.

Another family member not concerned with his belly size:  my son.  I was even too lazy to take out my camera this past weekend, until Judah started doing these funny poses.

Tyra Banks take note.

Pop the chest,

Pivote left thigh,

Accentuate the jawline,

Elongate the legs.

Is my diaper-toe showing?  judahposing1 1024x680 Ice Cream Sandwiches and The Catwalk

Cookie break.  Even models need to fuel-up.

At his feet on the couch are about 17 various-sized 80s-style cell phones Judah made with dad (they each have an antenna).  Even my 2 year old at some point during our entrapment began demonstrating obsessive-compulsive behavior.  That was the result.  icecream-cookie2icecream-cookie1

The only disappointing aspect of these ice cream sandwiches?  Between mixing them up, baking them off, cleaning up, and scarfing them down (only a few minutes), the entirety of the process only spanned about an hour and half, leaving us with so many more hours to fill with fantasies of spring.

Wishing you warm jet streams!



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February 18, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Gerald Farrell - Yeah, these are really very nice cookies. I like these.

February 18, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Dov Shapira - Sounds like fun for your Winter Blues :)
Your little boy is so cute

February 18, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Shari - YUM! I’m in the midwest and we’ve had a long winter as well. . .I feel your pain! Baking is a great way to warm up the house with yummy smells and put smiles on faces! Glad you enjoyed.

February 18, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Jason - I live in Arizona now but lived in Minnesota for 10 years. I also pasted the time with games but usually started baking. There’s nothing like freshly baked cookies on a snow trapped day. I still bake a lot in the summer as you are trapped inside much of the time.

February 18, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Kungphoo - Those look so yummy and your son is so adorable! It’s tough to find things to do when you are stuck inside, but baking is certainly one of my favorites!

February 18, 2014 - 5:52 pm

David W. Murphy - Baking is a great way to enhance our homes. The smell and enjoyment of eating the finished product can’t be beat.

February 18, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Meli - Back east is not the place to be this time of year, especially this year. I am so glad I decided to move to Tucson when I did!

February 18, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Tom Holmberg - Cookies are great comfort food when you are stuck in the house from winter storms. Gold lining is in the cookies.

February 19, 2014 - 12:13 am

Veronica - Lots of fun with cookies! Judah is such a cute baby

February 19, 2014 - 12:24 am

Jim Striegel - Looks like you had a fun time and who doesn’t like homemade ice cream sandwiches!?

February 19, 2014 - 12:25 am

Lisa Hodges - Ahhh…I miss those days with my boy. Enjoy those precious times.

February 19, 2014 - 12:36 am

barbara loraine - When the only good part about the cold days is cookies hot from the oven, there’ only one thing to do. Besides, baking cookies with your little darling is a great way to bond and make memories. Now, the pictures of the cookies and your son are ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS!!!

February 19, 2014 - 9:42 am

Richard Harer - Cutee kid of yours 😉 My father usually cook cookies for me and my little brother.. i miss those moments. thank you for sharing! it brings out the old memories!

February 19, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Jennifer Clay - I busted out laughing at diaper toe. You sure do have a cutie on your hands!

February 19, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Marielle Altenor - I can totally relate. This is by far my longest winter ever! Ice cream sandwiches sounds yummy!

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