Last night we celebrated Abby’s birthday (which is actually today).
We had a simple dinner … fried chicken, roasted root veggies, a salad and apple pie with maple coconut ice cream. It was delicious. And perfectly Abby.
But before I share my “ancient family secret” for tasty dairy free coconut milk ice cream (which we love, even though we aren’t a dairy free family), I’d like to take a moment to say something about Abby.
Because she’s pretty amazing.
She’s one of those people who can immediately make everyone comfortable … just by walking into the room.
She’s an incredible mom … one of those moms who makes it look really easy. She can stop an argument between toddlers without interrupting her train of thought.
Her photographs … well … she didn’t give me permission to repost these but … her photographs speak for themselves (she does family portraits and baby photos … in case you’re interested 🙂
The thing is … Abby is love. Not the air-kiss-on-the-cheek-love ya-mean it-love. But Genuine Love.
She is love of family.
Love of friends.
Love of food.
Love of life.
And all of that love permeates everything she does and everyone she meets.
Which makes me a pretty lucky gal, actually (not to turn this into a post about me) … You see, I’m one of those people who believe that we do get to choose our family. Sure, we’re born into a unit. Mom. Dad. Sisters. Brothers. Aunts. Uncles. blah blah blah. But we spend our lives accumulating the people we want to share it with. We get to choose our mate. We choose our friends. So why not choose people with whom we’d like to have as family? Who we love and respect and enjoy.
So … I’m the lucky one. That day at the Dinosaur Playground when our little one decided that Abby’s little guy was going to be her friend.
Because that was the day I got to meet my new family.
(And now for the recipe for the maple coconut milk ice cream that I promised yesterday … which is seriously a favorite in our house … like … we can’t keep coconut milk in the house because it’s too dang tasty!)
Maple Coconut Milk Ice Cream (makes about 8-10 servings)
- 2 14 oz. cans of organic coconut milk (we use full fat because I like the creamy ice cream texture! “Light” will make it more like ice milk)
- 2/3 cup of maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Whisk together all of the ingredients.
Turn on your ice cream maker.
Once it’s spinning, pour in the coconut milk mixture.
Let it spin for about 15 minutes (checking occasionally to make sure things are progressing) — the time spent in the ice cream machine is going to depend on your ice cream maker. Fifteen-twenty minutes is about as long as it needs to go in our Cuisinart ICE-21.
It will start to “firm up.” Before it becomes butter-like, remove from the ice cream maker into a freezer safe container and freeze for a few hours before serving.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ABBY!