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It’s 4pm in Orlando, a gorgeous day, and here is Claire after we all enjoyed a Skinny Cow Salted Carmel Pretzel ice cream bar! Love her chocolate mustache.  I must admit, I went a while without eating ice cream, knowing how full of fat, sugar, and calories and trying not to start the habit. However, what’s summer without ice cream! So these awesome bars have 160 calories, 9 grams of fat, 13 grams of sugar, and we love having them in the afternoon instead of night time.

Since the move, we pretty much always have a variety of ice cream and ice cream treats in the freezer, both of them (old refrigerator from previous home owners now in garage for extra storage). I blame my dear friend Liz, who was our neighbor back in Leawood Kansas whose family we adore. One night after dinner with Liz, Chris, Anna, and Colin, Liz brought out 3 kinds of ice cream bars, and there I fell in love with the Snicker’s Ice cream bars! I think the fact that there were so many choices, including Klondike original and Dove’s mini ice cream bars, made me gitty and truly appreciate how fun ice cream is. I decided to be a fun mom and have used summer, and the move to hot/humid Florida to justify purchasing a few variety of cool summer treats. We also love Dole’s coconut fruit bars.  Then there is the Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars! ugh, I swear it tastes so good going down then I feel couple hundred pounds heavier right after eating it!

We invited new friends over for dinner after 3 weeks of being here, and I made two ice cream “pies”.

Carmel Ice Cream Pie

One pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Crust
1 container of Edy’s slow churned Caramel Delight ice cream
1 container of Cool Whip

Let ice cream soften, scoop into shell, gently push down into pie shell with flat spatula.

Scoop cool whip all over the top, cover with original plastic lid/cover and freeze for a few hours. When serving in wedges, may drizzle top with chocolate fudge/caramel sauce! Enjoy!

Java Chip Frappucino Ice Cream Pie – for Adults!

One pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Crust
2 small containers of Starbuck’s Java Chip Frappucino Ice Cream (coffee ice cream)
1 container of Cool Whip

Let ice cream soften, scoop into pie shell, top with cool whip and then cover/freeze.  Drizzle slices with chocolate fudge sauce/caramel sauce.

We also discovered “Menchie’s” here since our arrival.

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It’s a chain where you go and simply fill your “cup” with frozen yogurt (many flavors) and then add any topping you want (there are many choices), and pay for your treat based on weight.  We’ve only gone twice but every time it is packed! Tuesdays are free waffle cone days but don’t be fooled, it’s really not free since you’re paying for it’s weight as it occupies the cup. However, your’re at least not paying extra for the waffle cookie itself. Claire of course ordered the ridiculously artificial blue “Smurf” flavor/color frozen yogurt our first time there, but realized that my objections were valid as she tasted the tart and artificial flavor. Now we do the vanilla/chocolate swirl, and keep it simple with little hot fudge and of course, 2 red marachino cherries!

When we were in Kansas, it was not hard to stop the ice cream habit once summer is over. However, I must admit  that Florida and it’s likely gorgeous warm weather as fall and winter approaches may pose a challenge in stopping our love affair with ice cream. But hey, at least we are eating it earlier! Enjoy what’s left of summer…..and all the cold creamy treats that help to make special memories of our lives :)

 

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Dr. Julie Wei is a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist and the author of A Healthier Wei. As a mother herself, Dr. Wei is a passionate advocate for improving children's health through better diet and dietary habits. She has been committed to helping parents learn how to eliminate their child's ear, nose, and throat problems simply by reducing excessive sugar and dairy intake, as well as minimizing habitual late night snacking. She hopes to raise awareness for the need for accountability by both medical professionals and parents to ensure that children are not prescribed or take unnecessary medications long term.

When she is not in the clinic, operating room, or conducting research, you will find her in the kitchen preparing food with love along with her daughter Claire. If you sit next to her on the plane, she will likely share with you information about how to minimize choking hazards in young children, and many other tips for improving your child's health.