And we’re back with Five Things Friday! I haven’t done one of these in awhile, mostly because there’s been so much else to talk about here with you. But now that I’m in the thick of bar studying, it’s about time to share some of the the frozen treats that sweeten up my daily eats.You had to know this one was coming. Now that June is in full swing, it’s high season for ice cream and other such sweets. Whether it’s a few scoops of my favorite flavors at the local ice cream shop, making my own sundae at home, or trying out new frozen treats, I am taking full advantage.
1. Ice Cream Cones:
One of my favorite activities on a summer evening is taking a trip to the local ice cream shop for a scoop of one of my favorite flavors. At Ferris Acres I can even nab a gluten free cone! Wherever I go, I always top my treat with rainbow sprinkles for some extra pizzazz. I tend to choose my favorite flavors consistently – these include Moose Tracks and Strawberry at Emack & Bolio’s, Raspberry Fudge Swirl with a sweet cream base at Ferris Acres, Cherry Vanilla at Deborah Ann’s, and pretty much any berry-and-dark-chocolate-chunk combo you can think of anywhere.
Raspberry Fudge Swirl
This week, I’m dedicating my Five Things Friday to five of the most important ‘F’s in life. Family, friends, food, fun…and flowers? Yes, it’s really spring (and even a bit summery here in New York), so I think flowers qualify. You all know how much I love them anyway. I’m really lucky that, now that my last law school final exam is finished, I get just about two weeks before graduation and the start of intense bar examination prep in which to spend lots of time on these five things. They’re all interconnected, since I mostly enjoy the food and fun with friends or family. So let’s get to it!
1. Family: I get to see my grandparents and cousins for Mother’s Day on Sunday and spend a long weekend in Connecticut with my family and Sasha. Sasha is the number one member of the family as far as all of us are concerned, and she’s always ready for her close-up!
I’m starting off the weekend with a recap of all the good things that happened in April and what I’m looking forward to now that it’s May. April’s away, May to stay! Running and recipes, friends and family, walks and talks, school and play…there’s a lot to cover this lovely Saturday. Afterwards, I’ll be outside enjoying the sunshine!
In April, I…
Had my last day of class at law school, meaning my last ever last day of school! (My favorite English teacher from high school told me one should never say never, but it feels pretty final to me.)
Got into a springtime running groove, in the wake of the NYC Half Marathon in March. I’ve been hovering around 25 miles per week, maybe a few more, split between three weekday runs of 5-6 miles and a long weekend run of 8-9 miles. My recent 4-miler may not have been a PR, but it was still pretty awesome to get to race in real spring sunshine.
This Five Things Friday is all about strawberries, my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember. Which may shock those of you who notice all my apple-eating in my WIAW posts, but apples aren’t as seasonal and they’re less expensive, so strawberries are a spring and summer treat I look forward to! They’re delicious unadorned and plucked from wild branches, they melt in your mouth when bathed in cream (and washed down with Champagne, the ultimate luxurious treat), and of course, they make for wonderful ice cream. Emack and Bolio’s strawberry ice cream with rainbow sprinkles was my childhood number one, after all! Here are just a few of the strawberries I’ve been loving lately, including my new Strawberry Fields Oatmeal Cake.
This week I’m linking up for Five Things Friday! Somehow, recent days seemed to revolve around gardens for me. Not actual gardening, mind you – that’s a little tough in Manhattan. But from fashion to food to flowers blooming all around, there was a general garden theme, which made for a colorful and cheerful week!
One of my favorites
1. Lilly Pulitzer clothes: On Thursday, Bryant Park was transformed into a Lilly-palooza for the new capsule collection for Target. I am a major Lilly fan, wearing lots of dresses throughout the spring and summer, so had thought I’d hit this up, but I am an even bigger fan of not standing in line to spend money, which is what I would have had to do. I am looking forward to seeing if I can snatch up this dress online, but otherwise I’ll stick to wearing the Lilly I have because it makes me happy just to put it on! And really, I have so much Lilly already, and the clothes are made so well, that I’ll be able to wear them for years to come.
2. Trusty Tretorns: I love Tretorn tennis shoes, and wear them all the time for walking around. Basically, if I’m not in running shoes and I don’t have to be fancy, these are on my feet. They’re also well-made and last a long time, which is saying something, because I easily walk 5-6 miles a day around the city in addition to my morning runs. I’ve worn these for years, but always stuck to the classic navy or white pairs, until I discovered these adorable flowered kicks. And now that spring is officially here and I’ve transitioned out of boots (and also worn out my old pair until the hole near the big toe was too big to tape up!) I have flowered, happy feet.
This Friday, I’m sharing a few of my favorite Costco finds. Some people think that big-box superstores mark the end of civilization (as I mentioned in a recent WIAW, they have been saying this since You’ve Got Mail. Fox Books was the Costco of books.) But, Costco is actually wonderful for people trying to eat healthfully without breaking the bank. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables make up the bulk of my family’s Costco cart, as well as dairy, eggs, fish, and poultry. And a few snacks like Angie’s and Skinny Pop popcorn. All at prices that are lower than the grocery stores in surrounding suburban Connecticut (and so much lower than in Manhattan it makes me sad to do the math!) The following are just a few of my favorite finds – which you may already have glimpsed in my past WIAW posts and will definitely be featured time and time again.
A trifecta of delicious berries
Frozen berries: Fresh berries are expensive even when they’re in season, so finding this frozen medley was a big deal! They’re not exactly the same as fresh berries, since defrosting them (either in the fridge or microwave) means they’re not going to be as firm and there will be a lot of juice coming out, but they’re perfect for using in baked goods, breakfast treats, and snacks. And the price really can’t be beat.
A sweet and tangy treat
I’ve used them to make berry muffins and as a topping for pancakes, and I swirl them into yogurt and ice cream on a regular basis. Nothing beats the wild raspberries that grow in the woods around my childhood home in Connecticut, but these are great for getting through a snowy winter – close your eyes, take a bite, and think of eating fresh berries in the summer sun!
Two different medleys for vegetable heaven
Frozen mixed vegetables: Veggies are a staple of my diet. I never had to be coaxed into eating my carrots, corn or peas – I’m still not big on green beans, but this mix is tough to beat on quality and price, so I usually douse them with a little Parmesan and dig in! I use them in everything from omelettes and breakfast bowls to colorful dinner accoutrements. Pretty much wherever you might think of to use chopped vegetables. And I use the Normandy-style blend for hearty winter recipes with broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.