Elisa's Daily Scoop
HI THERE - I'M SOOOO HOT!!
In the temperature sense folks. It's crazy hot and humid this weekend and today is supposed to hit a high of 96 degrees - and that is with the additional heat of the humidity!
Yesterday, the heat index was up as high at 113 degrees! I have to admit, I don't much like air conditioning, but, there is no substitute for comfort during these dog days of August.
I cannot agree more with this quote. I have been keeping my hair up in a pony tail and a baseball cap. Why bother styling my hair when I'm going to die with it hitting the back of my neck and just watch as it frizzes with such weather.
Anyway, enough complaining.
Yesterday, my little Kelsey spent the day with her dad and Gianna was feeling under the weather so she stayed home. I thought it might do her some good to get out briefly to have a nice cool drink, so we headed to Starbucks in the morning for some iced tea.
Folks (here I go again) inside Starbucks was too cold with the a/c on full blast and as we opted to sit outside, under the umbrellas, it was not only difficult to breathe from the lack of air, but then the bees proceeded to harass us as we tried to just sit and relax.
We headed home and just relaxed for the rest of the day. Well, one of us did anyway - I won't mention who enjoyed a stress-free day of lounging around, while the other (A-hem), was doing laundry and more house organizing. lol.
Today, we decided to make the most of the very ripe bananas and it was Gianna's idea that we use them for some home-made banana bread.
I'll be doing the Sunday thing - that is, the Sunday "Italian" thing and making a delicious tomato sauce for an early afternoon dinner of pasta! Yum. Some traditions cannot be stopped!
Isn't there something very peaceful and grounding about Sundays? It really is a day to recharge and reflect for me.
This is been one helluva year of ups and downs, lots of turmoil and change and tremendous challenges. But, I have to say, it's also been a year of growth.
In many ways, I've never felt happier and more in touch with myself and extremely blessed.
I've learned to be calmer, more self-sufficient and taken inventory of my priorities and feel that I'm right where I'm supposed to be and the universe and God are in control.
One of the toughest things over the past year has been that I have not been able to travel as much. That has not been easy, but you know, everything in life is temporary, when things are difficult, so I'm extremely optimistic that my traveling will pick up soon enough!!
So, on that note, let me tell you that today is National Creamsicle Day!!!
I mean, nothing can make me smile more than the taste of vanilla ice cream mixed with orange ice - the ORIGINAL creamsicle.
But where did it originate?
This frozen dessert was invented in Oakland, California by eleven year old, Frank Eppperson in 1905.
He was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch, which he left overnight on the porch, with the stirring stick in the cup.
That night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored 'Popsicle'
In 1924 Epperson applied for a patent for his "frozen confectionery" which he called "the Epsicle ice pop" and later renamed it Popsicle, allegedly at the insistence of his children.
Epperson sold the rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company of New York in 1925 and in 1989, Good Humor, a subsidiary of Unilever, bought the rights.
"Frozen dessert on a stick" later gave way to the creamsicle, vanilla ice cream covered by a layer of flavored ice.
So whatever your favorite flavor - orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape, cherry or blueberry - today is the day to enjoy it!!!
But if you are more a "drink" sort of person, did you know that Starbucks has a "secret menu" and this includes an Orange Creamsicle Frappaccino??
That's right! And I found the recipe in case your local Starbucks barista is not sure how to make it:
Here’s the full recipe: (for a tall, adjust for other sizes)
* Milk (of your choice) to the 1st line
* Orange Mango or Valencia Orange Refresher Juice to the 2nd line
* Add classic syrup (2 pumps tall, 3 pumps grande, 4 pumps venti)
* Add creme base (2 pumps tall, 3 pumps grande, 4 pumps venti)
* Top with whipped cream (optional)
I know what I'm ordering today!!!
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