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What a Wonderful Surprise!

 

I have written before about how wonderful Twitter is and how I have met so many wonderful, smart, funny, and nice people on Twitter. When I signed up for Twitter this was not what I thought it would be like.

What a wonderful surprise!

I have met so many lovely friends. And I do mean friends. There are people here who I truly care for; and who I know truly care for me.

Twitter people do the most wonderful and lovely things for each other.

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Oh I know. I have read the article and watched TV news where I learn there are really hateful and nasty people on Twitter.  Fortunately, that has not been my experience. The people I follow and who follow back are like neighbors – one big world wide neighborhood.

I think part of it may be I follow so many people and so many people who follow me are foodies, love to eat well, and who cook. Foodies and cooks are special loving sharing kind of people.

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I am so lucky, enriched, and so blessed  with such wonderful Twitter friends.

I have met five of my followers in person and wish I could afford and had the time to visit in person many, many more, especially my Sweet Sister, @Glowtini in Thailand.

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All of this is prelude to sharing with you a wonderful gift one of my followers, Agnes,  sent to me this week. This is not the first such gift. She has sent me home made pastas (YUM), potatoes, and now fresh from her patio garden herbs she grew and dried herself.

Other followers have sent me gifts as well.

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Agnes is generous personified here on earth.

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This is a an extra special sweet gift that will keep on giving all winter long when I miss and long for spring and summer during the cold, gray and drab, icy winds of winter. I will smell spring and summer when ever I use these herbs in my cooking and think of friendship. And I will give special thanks to @Endora_ and by extension to all my special Twitter followers and friends.

I leave you today with a stunningly beautiful video of Mother Earth filmed by the great photographer, David Attenbourgh in part reciting the words to the song sung by Loius Armstrong, What a Wonderful World.

Thank you all my Twitter friends for making my world an even more wonderful one.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Desiderata

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Featured Recipe        Creamsicle Ice Cream Drink           

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What a wonderful recipe to celebrate a wonderful world than one using wonderful ice cream!      

However, it is the almond extract that makes this drink so spectacularly luscious! 

The weather here has taken an unexpected back turn towards summer-like hot temperatures. And much of the country and the world remain in unprecedented hot weather.

So a cold drink is in order!

I remember both Creamsicles and Dreamsicles over 50 years ago. I still have more than fond memories of these delicious cooling ice cream treats.

This classic flavor in drink format will help you cool off in style and in good taste too.

Of course, if like me you just adore the flavor of Creamsicles, you would drink this even on the coldest day of winter.

Yes…..what a Wonderful World it is.
This is what you will need for 2 – 4 drinks*:

1 cup of orange juice – home made or store bought

1 tablespoon almond extract

1 cup vanilla ice cream

1- 16 ounce package frozen strawberries in syrup

Optional: Fresh mint

 *Depends on how big the glasses are.

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Here is what you do:

Thaw the strawberries. I did mine overnight in the fridge.

Let the ice cream soften – NOT melt. Just softened a bit.

Put all ingredients in a blender.

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Mix on high until smooth.

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Pour into a glass. Garnish with the mint if using.

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I still had about one full wine glass full of drink in the bowl of the mixer.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 cup of orange juice          $0.56             

1 tbspn almond extract        $2.13

1 cup vanilla ice cream        $1.80

1- 16 oz pck fzn strawb       $3.59

Optional: Fresh mint           $0.10

Total cost = $8.18
Cost per drink = $4.09

Quote of the Day

I don’t drink anymore… I freeze it and eat it like a popsicle.
Dean Martin

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