UNFRIED ICE CREAM
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small pot, heat 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1/8 tsp salt over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour over 2 Cups old-fashioned rolled oats in a large bowl and stir with a rubber spatula to coat well. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until browned and dry. Let it cool completely, then transfer to a medium bowl, breaking up any clumps.
Roll scoops of ice cream in the oats until completely covered. Serve drizzled with chocolate syrup and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.
TOY CRAZE THIS SEASON
If you've been reading this blog, you already know that I used to collect toys quite a bit, and include
Hot Wheels, Happy Meal kits, Barbies, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Batman and more.
But kids are excited about different things these days, and some are super expensive. Here are just a few that are popular this season.
American Girl Truly Me - $200 from americangirl.com (customize a doll to look just like your child!)
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Extreme - $100 from Walmart (30 inches tall)!
Spin Master's Luva Bella - $100 from ToysRUs
Leapfrog's Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart -40 from Target
Lego Duplo Batcave Challenge - $50 from shop.lego.com
Tickle Me Elmo!!!! - $30 from hasbrotoyshop.com
Mattel DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman Action Figure w/Lasso of Truth $24.99 - Toysrus, but this is popular, so different figures are priced up to $159.99.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has quite an impressive resume. In 2004 she represented her country as Ms. Israel in the Miss Universe Pageant. She's the 3rd actress and 1st non-American to play the role, and was a combat instructor for 2 years in the Israel Defense Forces.
CANDY, CANDY AND MORE CANDY
Are you getting geared up for lots of chocolate to kick off the season? Well put on your walking shoes to attend chocolate tours in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Beverly Hills and more. These aren't just any tours because they last for 2 hours, and give tons of history on chocolate as well as the neighborhood, AND they cost $50 per person. But if you're a serious chocoholic, you'll get your fill of lots and lots of decadent desserts. Even better, if you're visiting for the first time, it's possible to get a 20-30% discount online. Leave those tight jeans at home, though. (lol)
If you don't mind the pressure and have the cooking chops, get your entry into the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest between now and November 10. Not only will you score bragging rights, but you can win $50,000, a kitchen makeover worth $25,000, a paid trip to New York for the winner and 1 guest, hotel with meals, and a guest appearance on The Kitchen. The total prize package is worth $92,000!
Accepting unwanted advances back in the day happened quite frequently, particularly in the military. But as time went on and laws became stronger regarding sexual harassment and assault, most of us thought there had been some significant progress.
It took tremendous courage for actors/actresses and models to come forth with their stories, and I commend them. Yet, once again, it takes something happening to a celebrity to bring these actions to light of what is still going on. What saddens me more than anything is that the people who are being subjected to this heinous behavior desperately need an income to buy food, take care of children or to pay rent/mortgage.
They suffer silently in fear of losing their incomes or reputations, hoping to find another source of income so they can leave the nonsense behind. These are the people who work in grocery stores, telephone companies, hospitals, fast food restaurants, publishing houses, and even the government. They're not famous or well known, and no one will notice if they tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook about how they're being mistreated.
Sexual abuse is a power play. And makes me ballistic with rage. Sadly it will continue for just as long as equality between the sexes is a token achievement.ReplyDelete
Love that you nurture your inner child - and aren't some of the toys of the moment expensive??? They wouldn't have crossed the threshold while I was growing up.
I feel your rage and pain EC, and I can't understand why it just won't go away. I wish I still collected toys, but life has changed, bust I still love looking at them when I can because of the memories. Hugs...and Happy Wednesday! RODelete
Oh dear, Christmas is coming. I wrote something about the celebrity business but I was not happy with it and deleted it. I agree with you. It is all very well about celebrities but there are so many who are not at all in a position to speak up. The culture needs to change, but I don't think it is going to happen when a chief offender is in office.ReplyDelete
It really saddens me that all this is going on behind the scenes, and many have no recourse. I hope you decide to do your post anyway sometimes soon. Hugs...Delete
Those ice cream balls look really promising. Make mine chocolate mint, please!ReplyDelete
You have a TON of action toys. I have a friend who used to buy a lot of those toys, figurines, and action figures. He has an entire room set up with shelves on all four walls filled with these figures, so I totally understand your obsession. And I believe some of them may be quite valuable over time, especially if kept in their original packaging.
Add to your list of sexually harassed individuals those who work in industry and the teaching profession. Anytime a supervisor can control whether you keep your job or give into his/her advances is in danger. I can't understand it, either. I just hope the problem ceases some day, but I fear it will continue as long as there are people (mostly men) who are in a position to keep the worker under their thumb. Great post today, dear Ro.
Yum to that chocolate mint, Elizabeth! What you're seeing in this post is not even close to what I've collected over the years! (lol) Many things I've sold, but I still have tons. Some I'll sell, some I'll keep, and most will probably end up with my granddaughter.Delete
You're so right, supervisors/managers hold a lot of power, and it saddens me that they choose to use it for something like this instead of making a difference in someone's life. Hugs...and Happy Wednesday! RO
I'm glad to say I'm not a massive fan of ice cream or chocolate.ReplyDelete
Do you collect the toys or are you a ebay reseller? I'm a vinyl and cd collector!
You're probably much healthier than I am, Joey. (lol) I used to hang out in toy stores buying things all the time, so I have a pretty good selection. Lately, I've been selling some things on ebay for the extra cash. I made a pretty good deal on two Green Hornet cars, and Kobe Bryant action figure a while back. That's cool that you collect albums and cd's, and hope you post some pics one day soon. Hugs...Delete
Princess Sophia is all about Legos, dolls, Paw Patrol, and Doc McStuffin. LOL I have never tried Fried Ice Cream.ReplyDelete
Princess Sophia and I can hang out and compare toys any day, Kim! (lol)Delete
Mmmmmmmm ice creamReplyDelete
Isn't ice cream one of those great creations?lol Hugs...Delete
Your toys are cute RO :) That ice cream recipe sounds so good! We gear up for chocolate season constantly, lol...it's always a staple in this house!ReplyDelete
I've collected so many toys over the years Rain, that it would probably take 4-5 cameras to capture them all. (lol) Many I've sold, and a good portion I'll end up giving to my grand daughter. Go chocolate!!!Delete
My, oh my, you find the most decadent recipes, Rockin Ro:)ReplyDelete
Hasn't the price of toys gone up just in the last few years?
And speaking of chocolate....how do you like Savannah's Candy Kitchen?
All of the things I'm not supposed to be hooked on, I love, love, love! (lol)Delete
Thank goodness I don't collect toys any more, because you're right! Those prices are over the top these days. I'm a sucker for pecan pralines, but sadly I've never had the chance to visit any of the stores. Road Trip!!!!!(lol) Hugs...
Sexual assault and harassment is horrible, and I do commend the actors that came forward - and anyone that does. But I can see why people wouldn't either. It's rough. But more needs to be done to hold these people responsible (the ones that perpetrate the act, not the victims).ReplyDelete
On a lighter note - omg! I want to do a chocolate tour. How fun is that?
I agree with you Lauren, so sad that it even goes on, but you're right, people are afraid of losing incomes and reputations, but that shouldn't be the case at all. I agree, there should be stronger penalties for the perps. I think I could walk around for 2 hours if it meant eating chocolate along the way, right? (lol) Hugs...Delete
My little granddaughters would love those American Girl dolls.ReplyDelete
Yum to the ice cream and the candy.
I think that's a super cool idea to make a doll in the likeness of a child. That would be something to treasure forever! Hugs...Delete
Yay! I'm always so happy when you post a recipe!! Thanks!!!ReplyDelete
I sure don't mind sharing the calories with you and others, Amazing Angela! (lol) Hugs...Delete
You can never quite know what happens to other people at work. It's a shame reallyReplyDelete
That's a sad fact, when you consider most people spend more time there than anywhere else. Hugs...RODelete
Those toys look really great,i'm sure kids out there would love them all. Greetings.ReplyDelete
The kids sure have many fun choices this year for sure! Hugs...Delete
I like your unfried icecream recipe. Oh neat about the Wonder Woman actress.ReplyDelete
The silent victims break my heart b/c they do need that job and shouldn't be forced to put up with harassment.
Wishing you a happy mid-week hug, Radiant Ro!
I thought that recipe was pretty neat and not difficult to make. Silence and injustice of it all is still so sad, Sophia. Hope your Thursday is amazing! Hugs...RODelete
UN-Fried ice cream?! My world has been rocked. I want to try that, like.. now. - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.comReplyDelete
Isn't that a really great idea, Gingi? Love it! Hugs...Delete
Sexual abuse is more degrading that almost anything... it takes your self esteem away. I feel for those women that are dealing with this day in and day out... I hope they will all find other jobs where they won't be treated so degrading xoxReplyDelete
I agree Lovely Launna, the abuse and eventual loss of self esteem is tragic, and so many people remain silent through the suffering. Hugs...and hope all is well! RODelete
Ah, yes, one of my favorites was Barbie. I loved to play with her and her friends all the time. She was a great escape.ReplyDelete
I cannot tell you how many times I was sexually harassed on the job. It took my husband to tell me that it was wrong and I needed to report it one of my jobs. I'd lived it with it for so long, It'd become my normal. Sad, huh?
Have a beachy week!
I can't tell you how many of my dolls that my brother used to bury, but I still managed to find them, thank goodness. lol. I have quite a few, and plan to give them all to my granddaughter. That's horrible that you had to go through that, but thankfully you had someone who loved you in your corner to assist. Hugs...RODelete
I love ice cream in all forms. Those chocolate truffles look so good. I like to buy myself a little chocolate in December.ReplyDelete
I'm not supposed to eat a lot of sweets, but there are just some days I can't help myself, Mary! Hugs...Delete
We are huge Lego fans here so I have a feeling that will be the bulk of our Christmas here. Yum on the unfried ice cream! There's a Mexican restaurant here that has something very similar and you have me wanting to skip making dinner and visit them instead! I agree with you about the silent victims. I've had my share of harassment but was lucky in that it was never from someone who had real power over me. Most of the time if a line was crossed by a coworker I was able to handle the situation without any trouble and I never felt like it was on purpose to make me uncomfortable. Once I said "not cool" there was usually lots of apologies and it was never repeated. I was in computer science so I think it was more social awkwardness than actual harassment. But I know I was lucky.ReplyDelete
That's great that you have a restaurant nearby that makes this yumminess, Katherine! Oh wow! I sure hope you share some pics on Instagram of your Lego buildings. That sounds like such fun. Glad you were able to put people in their place, and stop the harassment from going any further. Hugs...RODelete
Oh wow. I don't even want to think about the fact that Christmas is coming! We always made fake fried ice cream with crushed Corn Flakes mixed with cinnamon and sugar and baked in the oven, then cooled. What sucks is that even Mexican restaurants don't bother frying it anymore. Most of the time they just stick it in a shell, sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on it, and call it fried.ReplyDelete
I know, right? Seems like this year really went by so quickly. That's a really clever idea about the fake ice cream, and sounds super simple to do. I admit to never trying it in the restaurant, but for goodness sakes if they say it's fried they should certainly deliver. Hugs...RODelete
And back on ice cream....I love it rolled in coconut and drizzled with hot fudge.....ReplyDelete
LOL! You're making me want to pull out a chocolate Klondike bar right now Super Sandra! (lol) Hugs...and hope all is well with the family.Delete
that chocolate tour sounds like something right up my alley!!! I would dearly love to give that a go because my one weakness is chocolate...it why I always run a bit longer than needed to work off those calories from my sweet addiction hehe But its definitely worth it.ReplyDelete
I know, right? Can you imagine going on a tour like this with lots of friends, and getting to eat all those goodies? I would need to run for days to work it all off! lol Hugs...Delete
That unfried ice cream does look good, yum! Toys sure are pricey. And that chocolate tour sounds fun.ReplyDelete
Just thinking about all that chocolate has me doing the happy dance, Lovely Lola! Hugs...Delete
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