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Milkshake on Arthur Avenue

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So today was a scorcher and trust me when I say this, the milkshakes from Simon’s Deli on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx never fail to cool me down. Of course, being a crazy Oreo fanatic, I had to get the cookies and cream milkshake but they have so many different flavors, including (but not limited to) Oreo [obviously], Nutella, and Snickers! If you are ever in the area, GO! And no, they are not paying me to advertise their store, I’m just a regular customer for these delicious milkshakes.

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S’mores at Max Brenner

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Jelly Time

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Rainbow Italian Ice on the Brooklyn Bridge

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Today I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. One of the many things I have always wanted to do. The view was absolutely breathtaking but I would say to watch out for the bikers because they ride fast and they’re very aggressive. They have their own side of the pathway but they still manage to be rude to the pedestrians. Regardless! It’s a definite must. If you live in the area and haven’t gone, you really should. It’s great exercise and an even better view!

Here’s an easy Italian Ice recipe:
Ingredients:
3 cups halved strawberries or chopped pineapple
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Blend the fruit, sugar, honey, and lemon juice with 2 cups ice in a food processor or blender until chunky.
Add another 1 cup ice and blend until completely smooth.
Pour mixture into shallow baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes.
Scrape ice with fork until slushy, then freeze until firm (approx. 2 more hours).
Scoop into paper cups to serve.

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Frozen Yogurt with Friends

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Quick stop at Peachwave to get some frozen yogurt before heading to AMC Loew’s Theater to see 22 Jump Street with some friends (a great movie, might I add). Peanut butter and chocolate froyo with strawberries, cookie dough bites, Oreo pieces, waffle cone bits, and chocolate syrup.

Here’s an easy Frozen Yogurt recipe:
Ingredients:
1 16-ounce package frozen unsweetened strawberries (approx. 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar (preferably instant-dissolving)
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:
Combine strawberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Combine yogurt and lemon juice in a measuring cup.
With machine on, gradually pour mixture through feed tube.
Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides of work bowl once or twice.
Serve immediately.

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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

When it came to this cake, it did not matter whether it was “on the go” or not. This Oreo deliciousness just could not go unposted. It was a truly HAPPY Fathers’ Day for the whole family (not just dad)!

Here’s an easy Cookies and Cream Cake recipe to try:
Ingredients:
1 16-ounce pound cake, thawed if frozen
6 cups cookies-and-cream ice cream (from 1/2 gallon), slightly softened
1 16-ounce jar purchased hot fudge sauce
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
10 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
1 cup chilled whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
Assorted candies (such as M&M’s, gumdrops and candy sprinkles)

Directions:
Cut cake into 1/3-inch-thick slices.
Halve each slice diagonally, forming triangles.
Cover bottom of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with cake by arranging some triangles, points facing in, around edge of pan.
Fill in center with more triangles; then cut additional pieces to fill in any spaces.
Spread half of ice cream over cake.
Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
Stir fudge sauce, chocolate chips and 1/4 cup water in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and smooth.
Cool to just barely lukewarm.
Spread half of fudge sauce over ice cream.
Sprinkle with cookies.
Top with enough remaining cake slices to cover.
Spread remaining ice cream over. Freeze 1 hour.
Stir remaining fudge sauce over medium-low heat until barely lukewarm.
Pour sauce over ice cream, spreading to edge.
Freeze at least 6 hours or overnight.
Beat cream and sugar in medium bowl to peaks.
Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake.
Release pan sides.
Spread whipped cream around sides (not top) of cake. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Freeze.)
Arrange candies on top.

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Berries in the Backyard

Berries in the Backyard

Nothing like a tupperware filled with strawberries and raspberries to freshen up on this hot hot day. The only thing that would make this combination better would be some berries of another color. Blueberries, perhaps? Too bad those were all eaten.