This chocolate coconut milk ice cream is ridiculous. Like, super tasty, delicious ridiculousness. And it is super easy to make. The flavor is rich, a little bit bitter but sweet and nutty from the coconut milk. And the texture! It’s smooth with a touch of grit. Reading that back, it doesn’t sound like it should be good. But it is SO good! I first made this recipe when my son couldn’t eat traditional ice cream because of his allergies. It was an awesome alternative for him during the summer months. I recently made it again and guess what, I like this ice cream more than he does. He has been able to add some milk back in to his diet so it has opened up the door to some ice creams. So these days his tastes run sweeter. But I love that when I want something cold, creamy and easy, I can make this in about an hour.
The biggest hurdle is making sure that you remember to put the freezer bowl in the freezer ahead of time. Once that is well chilled (overnight) you just mix up the ingredients in a blender and then add them to the ice cream maker. The ice cream is made up of cocoa powder, sugar and coconut milk. I prefer the Trader Joe’s coconut milk and keep a few cans in the cupboard. They last for a long time so it is easy to keep them around, at the ready, for this recipe. Pretty awesome that the ingredients are simple and not chemical laden.
The original recipe also included crushed up Oreos which my son never wanted to add in. Which is crazy since he LOVES Oreos like a fat kid loves Oreos. You should definitely put this on your “to make” list immediately. I’m certain you won’t be disappointed. And I think I am going to make this again and try it out with the Oreos. That just sounds amazing. And maybe my son will like it more that way. If he doesn’t that is just more for me!
I followed this recipe for Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream.
How rad is this custom straw? Isn’t it the coolest?! I ordered some custom name Krazy Straws for my kids for Easter and since I was placing an order for custom straws, I figured I might as well make one that said “rad” too. Even drinking water is way more cool with these, right?!
There are a ton of different custom straws that you could make. They are pretty inexpensive and not something you see every day. These are potentially the best kid’s party favor idea ever. And I’m totally in love with that charcoal color. Big thank you to Lauren for helping me shoot them. Can you imagine how awkward that selfie would have been if I tried to take one of myself using it?
See, the custom name straws are pretty rad too. (Originally posted to my Instagram account. Are we following each other?)
Make your own custom name straw at KrazyStraw.com
**NOT a sponsored post. I think these are awesome and think you will too.
*The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin. I was sent a gift card to Red Robin to try out their new Interactive Allergen Friendly Menu Builder portion of their website. I jumped at the chance because Red Robin was one of the first restaurants that I let my food allergic son eat out at because the staff and management ALWAYS went out of their way to ensure his safety. With the creation and launch of this new meal planning feature, making allergen free dining even easier and safer, I wanted to share my experience with you all. All opinions are mine.I LOVE Red Robin. And always have. From their high octane cocktails that I discovered in college (Sand in Your Shorts was always my go-to but I probably haven’t had that in about 10 years!) to their fries (I’m obsessed with their fries!) and on to my current favorite the Whiskey River BBQ wrap, I could eat at Red Robin daily. But I don’t. We really don’t eat out all that much. I prefer to save money and make dinner at home. But it wasn’t always like that. I pretty much unconsciously set out to NOT learn how to cook from my mom growing up. So when I got married, and even after I had my first child, I was getting some homemade meals on the table but they were NOT nutritious, particularly tasty or frequent. All of that changed when I found out my son had tons of food allergies at one year old. He had had continual, severe eczema for 6 months and I was desperate to get to the root of the problem. I will never forget one Monday night, however, when the phone rang and it was his doctor. After months of trying crazy harsh creams and steroids, we finally did a blood test to see if it was food allergies. It was after 5 pm when the call came and she said, “He’s allergic to milk, eggs, soy, peanut, probably shellfish and other tree nuts. You can give him Rice Milk. They sell it at Whole Foods.” And with that, I was left to navigate his food allergies on my own. We changed pediatricians and I got to work trying to figure out what would be safe to feed him. I did my research online and in books and by wandering Sprouts and Whole Foods. I immediately had teach myself to cook and made pretty much all of his food. I didn’t feel confidant with reading labels to know if I was going to give him something that would harm him. And I certainly didn’t feel comfortable taking him out to restaurants and having to rely on someone else’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of food allergies to keep him safe.
I brought all of his food with me wherever we went. If he did come to a restaurant with us I carefully wiped down the table and made sure he wasn’t sitting by anyone that had one of the food’s he couldn’t have. But finally, when he was about 4, I decided that if I wanted to give him more of a normal childhood experience in terms of dining out, that I should take the next step of trying to navigate restaurant menus. One of the first places I went was Red Robin. I did some research on line and felt that there was at least some conversation about allergies on their site. I called a manager and inquired about food allergies and decided to try it out. Even back then they handled food allergies with ease. And it was a place he could eat where I felt he was safe with fries no less! So when I got an email asking if I would like to check out the new Red Robin allergy friendly interactive menu builder, I jumped at the chance. A few Saturdays ago, the family and I headed to Red Robin for lunch.
While it is possible to pull up the website on your own phone (and of course from your home computer), the manager at our Red Robin location brought us out an iPad to view the menu builder on. Of course my son had to try it out first. I think he really just wanted to see if they had Minecraft on the iPad. Red Robin trains all team members on how to deal with dietary restrictions and modifications to their menus. The use special allergy alerts in different type so it is clear on every order. The alert notifies the kitchen that a special allergen kit is required for the order. The kit includes tools that are to be used on allergen orders only and are purple to clearly distinguish them from other kitchen tools. Awesome! [Read more...]
Don’t you love this garland?! My pal Carmen, of The Flair Exchange, just launched the Cross + Plus Garlands in her fab shop! I’m in love. I’ve been toying with the idea of hosting super simple giveaways over on my Facebook page. No jumping through hoops. Just leaving a comment. Simple as that. Carmen graciously offered to give away one of her newest garland creations. So one of you can be the lucky winner!
I’ve seen some kid’s rooms on Pinterest where they have garlands jauntily placed around the room and I loved how it looked. But I wasn’t that in to any of the garlands. Carmen told me she had a new product coming out that she thought I would love. She was totally right! And I knew instantly this would be worthy of hanging on the walls.
But of course this will also be perfect for parties. I am sure that I will take it out of the bedroom so it can be a special guest star for upcoming party decor. And this might sound really silly, but the string that she uses (the crosses are made out of a nice, thick cardstock) is fantastic! It is thick and sturdy and is the perfect proportion for the size of the crosses. I’m somewhat of a string connoisseur (nerd alert) and I noticed it the moment I pulled the garland out of the package.
You can always head to Carmen’s site to purchase one of for yourself or you can head over to my Facebook page to win one! BTW, Carmen’s blog is one of the best resources for cocktails out there. For real.
Head to my facebook page to enter the contest!