Peanut Butter Chopped Cherry Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Chopped Cherry Ice Cream

No Cows were harmed in the making of this delectable bowl of ♥  Behind the Myth:  Happy Cows from HumaneMyth.Org In order to maintain uninterrupted milk production, cows are forced year after year to go through an endless cycle of pregnancy and birth, only to have their calves immediately taken from them. Cows and calves cry out for each other as they are separated. All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.” Half of all calves born are male. Of no use in milk production, they are sent to veal-producing operations or directly to auctions where they are sold and slaughtered when they are just a few days old. Male calves used for veal production suffer a crude castration process and are killed after 4 months spent in small crates or pens.     After just 4 to 6 years, dairy cows are “spent” from being forced to continuously produce milk. Often weak and ill, they endure transport to auction and slaughter, both…

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July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Fancy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Cobbler

Fancy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Cobbler

Fresh fruit, healthy seeds and a little sweet make this my new make ahead ‘guest worthy’ dessert idea. For this dessert, all thanks go to Brandi, of The Vegan 8 fame, and to my wonderful husband who asked me to make up a ‘veganized’ cobbler a few weeks back.  Now I have the best of both worlds in this deliciously fruity summer time dessert.  Somewhat more crisp than cobbler, somewhat more chewy than a fruit crisp.  But Brandi’s Granola is the true star of this one.  ‘you can make this for me anytime‘ is what I heard back.  YES!  My original attempt at a gluten free cake like cobbler with no egg or gluten failed miserably last month.  Too little flavor.  Too little cake taste.  And the fruit turned into syrup from over cooking it prior to baking the cobbler.  I couldn’t even find the fruit in the dish when I served it up.  So I was very pleased when reading Brandi’s Nut-Licious Granola a few weeks back and it hit me like a rock.  Peanut Butter and Jelly Cobbler.  I had cherries to use up and I HAD to try out that granola.  I didn’t have any almonds on…

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July 4th Bing Cherry Bombs

 I live in Washington D.C. and one thing we celebrate in grand fashion each year is Independence Day on July 4th. Although I rarely go down to the Mall for the biggest fireworks show anymore, crowds are not my favorite thing since 9-11, I do like to celebrate with family and some good foods. This time of year that usually includes some summer fresh fruit or veggies. And Bing Cherries are absolutely in my top 10 Summer snacks.  Who knew they were also pretty healthy for you? I can remember each summer growing up, my Mom bringing home the huge bag of cherries and we’d grab a handful, go outside and start gobbling them up and spitting out the pits over the deck. The bag never lasted very long ;( My fancier version here includes two more  favorite foods:  Dark Chocolate and some shredded Coconut flakes.  I also experimented with a Vegan Marshmallow spread I found that is super easy to use and tastes great with the Coconut and the sour of the Bing Cherries.  The Vegan Marshmallow Creme from Suzanne’s that  I used here made the cherries taste a lot like a fruit filled cake.  Not overly sweet but…

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