Friday, December 27, 2013

My first legit ice cream!!!!!! (with or without ice cream maker)

Hey everyone!!! Merry Christmas (belated) and happy new year (almost)!

Here's an update on life lately. :)

The other day, I - as well as many others in the town - saw the most amazing sunset!!!! 

Also ordered a whole 10 lb. box of moist, fresh barhi dates from The Date People (order fresh dates online! It's great!)
I've also been rock climbing a lot since Christmas break started. I didn't realize how much I've missed this place!
Oooh.. climbing blisters. >.< 
Making tasty new recipes such as this amazing "chicken" salad sandwich. 


ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!

Yep! I made my very first ice cream in my very first ice cream maker! 

It only takes 30 minutes once you pour the ice cream mixture into the turning freezer bowl, and before you know it you have creamy, delicious ice cream. :)

(Note to reader: I know that not everyone has an ice cream maker so I will provide directions with and without the ice cream maker.)

This is a coconut strawberry honey ice cream. That is literally what it tastes like. It's so delicious, so simple, and perfect for a treat on a hot (or cold) day - trust me, here in southern California, we have a lot of hot days in the winter time. 

If you like coconut and strawberries, you will love this ice cream!

Don't like honey or would rather not use it? No problem! Just pour in extra maple syrup (or another preferred liquid sweetener).

Strawberry Coconut Cream Ice Cream

Serves 8-12 people if you double the recipe.

* 13.5 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk 
* 8-10 strawberries (preferrably cold)
* scant 1/3 cup maple syrup
* 4 Tbsp. honey
* 2 Tbsp. non-dairy yogurt of choice
* pinch of salt (optional)

1a) Combine all ingredients in vitamix blender until smooth and creamy.

2a) Pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions. When ice cream is ready, serve immediately or freeze for 4-8 hours (or longer, but keep in mind that fresh is best!).
2b) Pour liquid mixture into plastic storage container (one that can go in the freezer) and place in freezer for 6-8 hours. Scoop hardened cream into vitamix blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy like ice cream. Serve immediately for best flavor and texture, or store in freezer for later consumption. 

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Of course, the texture of the ice cream using the machine is going to be fluffier than the texture using the vitamix, but either way, this ice cream is very delish. :) 

Enjoy the ice cream and the new year! 

Much love,

~ Natalyn

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Making your mark... + some new changes!

Have you ever thought of it?


Well, haven't we all??

A lone star
Lately, I've been catching myself thinking about my life so far and my life in the future, wondering if I'll ever be that girl who goes out there and does great things. I mean, don't get me wrong. There is one main reason I'm here - I'm here to share God's love with the world, and I share it through living a life of love and acceptance to others.

 But I guess I'm just wondering how I can do that to the fullest.

I mean, sure. I'm going to an amazing university, with amazing people, and amazing music (and food! Yay!). I'm honored to be in a family and group of friends who love me and care for me so much. I'm cruising through life, hitting bumps in the road - mostly the ones I make myself - and finding little hidden gems along the path every now and then. But that's the problem. I'm cruising.

Why am I cruising through life when I can be SOARING through it? 

You know those thoughts that enter your mind? The ones that ask you why you're not donating more money to the poor? The ones that nag at you every time you see a homeless man or woman on the road - how your heart aches that you cannot trust those people, but you wish you could help them. Or how about those commercials about people starving in different countries (sometimes even in our own country) - how you wish you could just drop everything in your life and start a new one over there, helping these people find a means to survive?

Well, I guess I've been asking that kind of question, with those kinds of thoughts.

I've decided tonight that I'm tired of waiting for the right moment to make a difference.

And for some reason, the first place I turned to was this blog. I don't have much money, nor do I have enough education yet to start a career in nutrition. I don't have the answers to everyone's problems...
But I do have love. I do have passion. I do have experience. And I guess I realized that the first step does not have to be large. It can be a small step... a baby step.

This blog - the blog that once started as a blog to share recipes and health tips - is becoming one that shares not only those things, but also my music, and my thoughts.

To be honest, I'm not sure about what kind of difference I'm trying to make. All I do know is that this blog has made a difference in peoples' lives. People have come up to me and told me that this blog has helped them, or inspired them, or amused them.

Perhaps my purpose for right now starts here. I can share my hopes, dreams, and realities here. We can laugh and cry together as we all go through this difficult and beautiful thing called life.

And then perhaps in the future, the right doors will open. :)

Today, I'm opening the first door. 

Much love,

~ Natalyn