Hello, fellow stay at home- ers!! Today we’re going to explore a few of my favorite things during this pandemic, things that don’t involve Lysol or disinfectant wipes or social distancing! Cheryl and I had discussed the idea of a favorite things page on the site, but I have yet to get that up as a page. Tech support, get on that!! 😉 (Tech support would be the Hubster, BTW).
However, I do have a few favorite things around the house we can talk about! (FYI, as of right now, I don’t get paid anything for sharing any of my favorite things). These truly are just things I’m sharing that make my life a little easier, or more fun or more enjoyable on the chance they could do the same for you!
We can’t start this post without the backstory that the Hubster decided right before the world went to hell that he wanted to start the keto diet. At first, he said just kind of lazy keto but before we knew it he was hardcore counting macros and demanding to know exactly how much of EVERYTHING was in EVERYTHING. This did not bode well for a pandemic as we should all be stress eating junk food, right??
Wrong. At our house, the adults are doing keto – for better or worse, blah blah, supportive, supportive. ANYWAY, I still felt like we needed some fun treats and for the kids to still have regular routines like our Sundae Night Sundaes that we always look forward to (because MONDAYS. Blech!).
This weekend Sunday was really warm and a perfect ice cream day. I decided I’d try a recipe for keto cannoli ice cream I found over here at https://joyfilledeats.com/cannoli-ice-cream/. O.M.G., you guys! Even my non-keto eating kids raved about it! We ate it before I thought to get a good picture in our bowls, but I did take some others along the way I’ll share.
First of all, this recipe is SUPER EASY. Throw the ingredients in the blender and then in the ice cream maker. (This is where a few of my favorite things come in!).
First off, I just got this blender last year and I don’t know what took me so long. It was a steal on Amazon Prime day and I am so glad I took the plunge. No more bits of spinach still floating in my smoothies or random clumps of banana somehow not pureed. Game. Changer.
I did swap out a few ingredients as I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for. I used Swerve instead of the Trim Healthy Mama brand sweetener and it worked great! The almond milk was swapped out for cashew; we feel like it’s got a creamier mouthfeel than almond milk does and just overall prefer it. And I used my favorite brand of ricotta that I happened to have in the house already – yay! I did omit the glycerin as I just didn’t have any.
As directed, I just threw it all in the blender – I mean, I didn’t actually THROW it, obviously – and let my Vitamix bring it all into a creamy goodness that already smelled delicious!
Then after a Seinfeld like interlude where I was convinced the ice cream maker was broken somehow and the Hubster convinced me I was just losing my mind … again… we poured that already drool-worthy mixture into the ice cream maker and let it do its thing! I set it for a little under an hour, at which point it was starting to knock the cover off so we scooped it out and put it in the freezer to firm up a little more while we ate dinner.
HOLY HAPPINESS! This ice cream really did taste like cannoli, and I’m an Italian girl so my standards are maybe (definitely!) a little higher than most. It tasted just like regular ice cream and was super creamy. We added some sugar-free chocolate chips and the kids added their non-keto toppings and raved like it was – well, like it was regular ice cream! I HIGHLY recommend this recipe even if you aren’t following keto because it’s just that freakin’ good!
So there you have it, a few of my favorite things for the day, and a phenomenal ice cream recipe to try (ice cream ALSO being one of my favorite things!). And BTW, Hubster is down 20 or so pounds and I’m down over 10 so I guess I can stick with this keto thing a little longer until he meets his goal. 😉
What are some of your favorite things that you are using during this stay at home extravaganza? Recipes, gadgets – you name it, we want to hear about it. You know how we feel about sharing!