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Escape with French Toast

March 29th, 2015

Hello! Today I’m narrating from the cozy cabin where French Toast has taken me.

I look out the window. Snow, again. Since I don’t want to go out in this weather, I might as well enjoy some French Toast ice cream. As my spoon digs into the cream colored ice cream, I escape…

I sip my coffee and look out the window of our log cabin. Light, fluffy snowflakes are falling in a rhythm as if we’re sitting inside a snow globe. Even though it’s March, I don’t mind that it’s snowing. It sets the perfect tone for this relaxing weekend in Vermont.  Out here, tucked away in the woods, everything is peaceful and quaint.

The flavor of warm, homemade French toast reaches my palate.

My nose perks up as the most delectable scent comes wafting down the hall from the tiny kitchen. I recognize the smell of my favorite Sunday breakfast. I’ve been reading by the fireplace but put the book down just in time for my husband to slide a plate under my nose. Thick slices of French toast lay in a beautiful arrangement. My eyes expand with excitement.

My next spoonful reveals a swirl of real Vermont maple syrup.

Yesterday we spent the day visiting numerous sugar houses to find the perfect maple syrup. Now I lift the bottle of the thick, medium amber liquid and lick my lips. I delicately pour the sweet sauce in a flawless swirl over the slices, ensuring that each bite of French toast will have the right amount of the sugary substance. I tell myself on a weekend like this, it’s okay to indulge.

My taste buds are beyond pleased with today’s breakfast choice. But why stop at one meal? If they’re lucky, they may enjoy more French Toast for lunch…

- Colleen

French Toast

Escape with Nutty Pistachio

March 28th, 2015

Sometimes you have to get a little nutty and that’s exactly what happened when I tried Nutty Pistachio!

Needing an afternoon snack, I head for the freezer. When I pull out the container of Nutty Pistachio, I escape into a nutty daydream….

It’s a beautiful, blue-skied day and the California sun is bright and inviting. We stroll through an orchard of nut trees that are decades old.

The scrumptious taste of pistachio ice cream melts on my tongue.

A light, pleasant smell floats past my nose. I inhale deeply, trying to identify the scent. It finally hits me that it’s the buttery and smooth aroma of pistachios. And with a change in the wind, the fragrance disappears and I can’t get it back.

When I peek into the carton, I spot roasted almonds scattered through the ice cream. I quickly nudge one out and pop it in my mouth.

There are rows after rows of almond trees for as far as I can see. We came at the perfect time of year; the almonds are ready to be harvested. I reach for a tree branch and shake a few almonds off. After cracking them out of their shells, I toss the handful of almonds into my mouth.  

I wake from my daydream when I reach for another scoop but realize the carton is empty.  Aw, nuts!

- Colleen

Nutty Pistachio

Escape with Mexican Chocolate

March 27th, 2015

Colleen again. Today I’m reporting from Mexico, where a scoop of Mexican Chocolate really brings the heat.

I reach into my freezer and pull out the carton of Mexican Chocolate. I eagerly pull off the lid and immediately escape to Mexico…

We decided to take a tour of the ancient Mayan ruins to discover more about Mexico’s rich and mysterious past. When we stop in front of the first ruin, my jaw drops in shock. My eyes trace over each edge and carving that has remained in almost excellent condition after thousands of years.

Without hesitation, my spoon digs right into the chocolate ice cream.

Our guide explains that chocolate was a large part of the Mayan culture. In fact, they used cacao beans as their currency. I learn the Mayans prepared chocolate in a similar way to how it is prepared today; however, they made it strictly for drinking. Hey, I love chocolate in any form!

A hint of cinnamon and spice knocks into my taste buds.

As we walk around the ruins, the air feels thick against my skin. The stifling heat causes my shirt to stick to my back. I sit down and take a swig from my water bottle.

When I stop to take a breather, I see my ice cream is all gone. I should go back for more!

Mexican Chocolate

Escape with Toffee Coffee

March 26th, 2015

Hi there! Today I enjoyed Toffee Coffee for the perfect morning pick-me-up.

Feeling groggy, I reach for the carton of Toffee Coffee.The first taste of cappuccino ice cream welcomes me to a relaxing escape…

I settle into my favorite spot at the local coffee shop. The sun has been streaming in through the front window and warmed the large, leather armchair. Needing a jolt of caffeine to get me through the rest of my day (heck, the rest of my week), I order a cappuccino.

I cut into the surface until I reach the thick ribbon of fudge.

My cappuccino arrives with chocolate delicately sprinkled on top of the foam. Since I rarely get time to myself, I figured I might as well indulge a little. After carefully blowing on the hot liquid, I cautiously lift the cappuccino to my mouth and take a sip. A beverage this delicious must not be wasted!

With my next spoonful, I crunch into a delicious almond toffee piece.

I start to watch the people around me. There are always a few “nuts” in the crowd and hearing about other people’s troubles makes me realize that mine aren’t so bad. Sitting back in my chair, I take a deep breath and inhale the smell of fresh coffee beans. For the next few minutes, I relax and let my thoughts wander…

When my phone starts ringing, I notice that I finished all the ice cream in my bowl. I guess it’s time to get back to the grind!

- Colleen

Toffee Coffee