We’re in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave here in the Toronto area, which means the usual effects: kids walloped by shooting sprays from errant fire hydrants, major power outages as people crank up the A/C, and Ricki alternating between mountains of marking and indulging a seemingly insatiable craving for ice cream (thankfully, I’m old enough that that craving doesn’t worry me). So far, I’ve made rhubarb swirl, mint carob-chip and green tea ice creams, and am working on strawberry, pineapple and choco-carob versions. And while they’re all ACD-friendly, they’re not exactly low-cal. (Stress eater, much?) Which may also explain why I’ve been devouring books by Geneen Roth lately as well.
The torpid weather also means that The Girls are bored to tears (or, in their case, to whines) as I refuse to let them stay outdoors longer than 10-15 minutes at a stretch. Instead, I get looks like this:
[“I know you have this thing called ‘a job,’ Mum, but why does that mean we have to suffer?”]
[“Zip it, Chaser. If Mum didn’t work, she couldn’t afford to buy our food, and you know what that would mean. . . guess we’ll just have to wait this one out. *Sigh*.”]
I’m also continuing to make my way through the Everest of marking that’s been my constant companion this past week–like so:
[To any of my students who might be reading this, please note that no exams were harmed in the taking of this photo.]
Once I’m finally caught up–hopefully in a few more days–I’ll be back to regular recipe posts. In the meantime, you might like to check out a quick recipe I posted on my Diet, Dessert and Dogs Facebook page (if you follow me on twitter, you may have already seen this) for a fantastic smoothie I had yesterday that made good use of both the ripe plums on my counter and the massive waves of mint beside our house. An odd combination, but one that worked incredibly well!
Hope you’re all having a good week–and look forward to seeing y’all again soon!
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