Thursday, August 5, 2010
Good Crazy!
Well, today my boys met their teachers for this school year. They are both really excited and I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes me. They are getting so big! On Monday, we will officially have a 4th grader and a 7th grader. It's funny because the illustrator and I were talking today about how much we are really enjoying them as they get older. Those of you who have kids understand that and those of you that will have kids...will understand later on. They change from "needing" you, to you "needing" them. They are great friends to have and I have really enjoyed this summer with them. However, we have already warned them that when they go back to school, we plan on using those Six Flags and Lake Lanier passes all the time! Just kidding...I would miss them too badly!
Since we were running from school to school today, we are having leftovers to make things easy. If you wonder why I am good with eating soup in August...when the weatherman says it feels like 105 outside, well it feels like 30 in my house! Seriously, the illustrator is trying to freeze me out!
So, what do you do when you are freezing inside and eat a hot bowl of soup?  Make ice cream, of course! While Max and I were playing in the kitchen yesterday, we decided to make the base to my Brown Sugar Oatmeal Ice cream so we could freeze if for a treat today. I changed it up a bit this time and added flax meal to it.
Jay says it tastes like pancakes so he added chocolate chips to it like all good pancakes should have done. This is not an overly sweet ice cream. I was always more of a frozen yogurt person before, which is not as sweet as ice cream. That's why I don't buy a whole lot of that kind of stuff now. Is there anything the almighty oat can't do?

Brown Sugar Flax Oatmeal Ice Cream
makes 3 cups

3 cups Vanilla So Delicious Coconut Milk
1/3 cup quick oats
1 TBSP flax meal
1/3 cup light brown sugar
5 drops vanilla NuNaturals Stevia (or more sweetener of choice)
1 TBSP Arrowroot powder
1 TBSP vanilla extract
pinch salt

Combine ¼ cup coconut milk and arrowroot and set aside.

Combine coconut milk, oats, flax, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat. Stir in the arrowroot slurry until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in stevia, vanilla and refrigerate until chilled. Pour into ice cream maker and prepare according to your manufacturer's directions.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:33 PM  
  • At August 5, 2010 at 7:39 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…'re welcome to mail me that ice cream, you know. Sounds RIGHT up my alley :)
    I just love the relationship you have with your kids. Sounds so happy, supportive, and loving. Your boys are very lucky, but I'm sure they know that and feel the same way towards you both.
    And I hear you on the 105 outside, 30 inside - I'm always freezing at work! Especially when I'm working in back...RIGHT next to the big ol' AC unit, of ocurse.

  • At August 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM, Anonymous Liz @ Tip Top Shape said…

    Your children are adorable!!! I don't have children yet (at 20, that is probably a good thing) but my parents told me that we do get more fun as we grow up :-D

  • At August 5, 2010 at 8:35 PM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    Mmmm I need to try this ice cream! I just churned a batch to post about tomorrow. I really think you're going to love it because it's dairy and gluten free even though it really shouldn't be. Those are the best.

  • At August 5, 2010 at 9:13 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    You have two adorable guys there, Sarena! :)

    Your ice cream looks and sounds extremely delicious. Yum.

  • At August 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Your boys are super adorable!! I'm so happy to hear that they're excited for school. That makes ME excited for school too!

    I used to get so cold in the summer too... I can remember having to take a sweater everywhere we went b/c most businesses and stores blast the AC!! But now that I've gained weight and especially now that I'm pregnant, I don't have that problem. Bittersweet I guess, haha!

  • At August 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM, Anonymous Priyanka said…

    Such cute kids. The ice cream looks delicious!

  • At August 5, 2010 at 9:45 PM, Blogger Justine said…

    Your boys are adorable! I love the idea of using So Delicious coconut milk beverages to make homemade ice cream. I think I'll add the chocolate chips right into the recipe when I make it. Have you tried making ice cream with the creamer? I was thinking that ought to be really good, too.

  • At August 5, 2010 at 9:52 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Jessica, thank you! I hope they know how important they are to me! They are great little people!

    Liz, thank you. They were great as babies, but now they are just different. We can talk and it is great!

    Thanks Evan, I will check your recipe out tomorrow!

    Thanks Emily!

    Thanks Em! I bet that is good for you to hear. Oh and when I was pregnant, I was a hot box!

    Priyanka, thank you!

    Justine, thank you. I would love to try it with the cream, but I haven't seen the creamer at my stores. Let me know if you try it!

  • At August 5, 2010 at 10:03 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    So cute!

    And how did you know brown sugar is my favorite sweet flavor? Yum!

  • At August 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anna said…

    That must be so strange and cool to be entering a "new phase" with your kids! Summer has passed so quickly...I can't believe it's almost "back to school" time!

  • At August 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    how insane is that ice cream?!? you're so lucky to have it in your house right now!!!

  • At August 6, 2010 at 1:40 AM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    The ice cream sounds AHHHmazing. I really wish we had an ice cream maker.

  • At August 6, 2010 at 7:46 AM, Blogger GF Gidget said…

    I am soooooo making this!

  • At August 6, 2010 at 8:31 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I officially want an ice cream maker right now! Yum. That looks so good. I love how you are enjoying the kids growing up actually. I often hear parents complain and wish they had babies again.

  • At August 6, 2010 at 8:52 AM, Blogger Simply Life said…

    oh that ice cream looks SO good!

  • At August 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    That ice cream reminds me of the oatmeal cookie ice cream from Ben & Jerrys!

  • At August 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    holy wow that ice cream looks/sounds awesome. i need an ice cream maker!!

  • At August 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Anonymous Holly @ Self-love and Running said…

    I can't wait to try that ice cream! The ice cream maker is just aching to be used, you know! I'm not sure if it will be up the husband's alley but I'm sure he'll give it a try!

  • At August 7, 2010 at 12:36 AM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    oh wow! NOW i see why you made an oatmeal ice cream in the first place, this looks incredible delicious! u are quite the genius!


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