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Dog Day: Hazy, Crazy, Lazy Days of Summer

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?”]

Or this:

[“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!

My Plum Green Smoothie –as Shirley pointed out, the color may suggest military garb, but the flavor was still terrific!

Hope you’re all having a good week–and look forward to seeing y’all again soon!

Last Year at this Time: Sour “Cream” and Raisin Tart or Pie (for ACD maintenance only)

Two Years Ago: Corn Crepes with Quick Tomato Tracklement (for ACD Stage 3 or maintenance only)

© 2010 Diet, Dessert and Dogs

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16 comments to Dog Day: Hazy, Crazy, Lazy Days of Summer

  • Just finished eating my first attempt at “ice cream”! Avocado, frozen berries, a little raspberry juice and a little maple syrup. Unfortunately my blender wasn’t quite up to the task – can we say a little chunky? Will try again in food processor – maybe with a little mint a la Ricki!
    REB

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  • Aww, poor hot girls! They look very upset with mother nature right now.

    That is a lot of paperwork – no fun. But that is a lot of ice cream – fun! 😀

    Hang in there with the heat, and the marking, and the bored girls!

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  • totally gonna hop on over to your facebook page and check out the smoothie recipe, Ricki – thanks! it’s crazy hot here in va, too. today was 102 and tomorrow is supposed to be 104 – that doesn’t include the heat index. eek! julie is bored as well and i keep giving her lots of pets, chewies to nom on, and time for tug ‘o war with her to keep her occupied. it’s no fun being this darn warm out! sadface. although we’re supposed to get a break in a few days – i hope you all do, too! stay cool & i hope you get through all the paperwork lickety-split!

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  • Anna

    Same here in New York – heat heat heat! All a bit much for a Scottish girl. My dog is giving me very sad looks, accompanied by the odd whimper and whine in case I didn’t get the message that he’s VERY unhappy being confined to indoors with the a/c on. Tomorrow will definitely be a day for my cheat version of banana ice cream!

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  • It’s supposed to get really hot here by the end of the week. Maybe I should pop some fruit into the freezer for instant ice cream, should the need arise.

    I feel for the girls. Their faces are so expressive just looking at them makes me feel hot and bored. 😀

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  • enjoy the heat – we are having a wet cold winter but one look at the garden and I am grateful for the rain – glad to hear your mint continues to threaten to overrun your house and inspire wonderful dishes and drinks – and good luck with your marking

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  • aweee the dog days of summer have arrived lol.

    xoxo

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  • Hope the you and the dogs are staying cool in the heat!

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  • The sweetest pups! They must make a trip to the Land of Sand so we can have a puppy play date!

    I’m intrigued that you used plums in a smoothie, I’ve never thought of that. Brilliant!

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  • Rebecca,
    Your ice cream sounds great! Another variation I must try. . . 🙂

    River,
    Yep, the ice cream is definitely more fun than the marking. 😉 And the bored girls DO get a wee taste here and there, so don’t feel TOO sorry for them!

    Jessy,
    Thanks for the heat advice–wow, 104!!! It’s just crazy this summer. But I am NOT COMPLAINING. . . I would take this any day over winter!

    Anna,
    Hope the banana soft serve helps to cool things down over there!

    Andrea,
    Yep, they’re just like little kids that way. Reminds me of myself during summers off from grade school. . .though at least I was able to read. 😉

    Johanna,
    Yes, the mint has a life of its own. . .wish I could send some your way! Glad to hear that the rain is making things grown, though. 🙂

    Kelsey,
    Yes, indeed. But since I already posted a “Dog Day” called “Dog Days of Summer” LAST summer, I thought I’d better not repeat myself. 😉

    CaSaundra,
    That’s what air conditioning is for, I reckon. 😉

    Voracious Vegan,
    Wouldn’t that be great? Nothing would make me happier than to see Elsie playing well with other dogs (besides Chaser, that is). I hadn’t thought of plums in a smoothie, either, but it worked out really well! 🙂

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  • Ah, low cal is highly over-rated. With an ACD diet, you probably can’t go wrong.

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  • I have been craving ice cream like crazy too and my favourite to make it mint choc chip, fancy that. I make a really yummy raw vegan one, and it’s amazing 🙂

    Cute puppies x

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  • i’m loving the cucumber addition to smoothies this summer. i have some frozen avocados in my freezer that might need to get used up soon… i’m totally thinking ice cream. have you shared your mint carob-chip and green tea ice cream recipes?? i still need to use the matcha i purchased who knows how long ago!

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  • Interesting, plums and mint. I will have to try that.

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  • I might just try that plum/mint thing you got going on.
    Sorry about the heat and the poor doggies, I know about that we only need 80 degree weather and my Cleo is all done.

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  • I always love the doggie pictures…such beautiful eyes!

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