Summer + Festivals = Hawaiian Shave Ice
There is one thing I absolutely love about summer festivals – Hawaiian Shave Ice. Not sure how many years ago it was that I tried this delicacy at Summerfest, but from that day it was a new obsession. Of course, with my picky eater habits, I can’t have just any flavor. Of the hundreds of Shave Ice’s that I have had, I can probably count on one hand how many times I got a flavor other than Grape.
This past weekend though I was at Strawberry Fest in Cedarburg, WI. As I got closer to the end of the festival I started seeing people walking around with Hawaiian Share Ice’s. The hunt was on!! I found the stand off of the street, tucked behind a few buildings. And, in honor of Strawberry Fest, I chose a Strawberry Shave Ice. It wasn’t bad…but, it wasn’t Grape.
In this adventure of picky eating, this many be one habit I chose not to break.
Here I am…..the end of Day 6 of my Gluten Free lifestyle. I feel lucky to have made it all day at work considering there were several dozen chocolate chip cookies that my co-workers brought in sitting in the kitchen calling my name.
Just by chance I stopped in to Outpost this weekend and picked up a packaged cookie mix. I still had a package of Dried Door County Cherries that I won at the last #MKEFoodies event to use. And, I knew cookies may be one of those foods I may begin craving. I am a bit intimidated by Gluten Free baking since I am not all that great at regular baking, so I figure my best first step is a box mix. In exchange for wheat flour, the gluten free box mixes use a base of brown rice flour. I only needed to add an egg and vanilla. Of course, I didn’t have much confidence that if they turned out that they would be any good.
The cookies seemed to be pretty picky in the oven. Several of them flatted out pretty quickly on me and got brown and crispy, while others kept a nice shape. Out of the 30 cookies I made, I only lost 6 to the brown crispiness. I can only assume it was from me not mixing the cookie dough enough.
I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. These cookies are pretty darn good. I would even challenge that I could give you one without telling you they are gluten free and you wouldn’t be able to tell me there was anything different about them.
Definitely a much better result than I expected. My sweet tooth will be kept under control with these cookies. I was able to sit at my desk and enjoy my own homemade cookies, while the ones in the kitchen quickly quieted.
As my co-workers are bringing in treats for Valentines Day I am reminded of my dislike for dark chocolate.
I know…..how could I not like chocolate?!?! It is the bitter taste that I do not find enjoying. I will pass up an offer of chocolate if there is not a milk chocolate option.
So far today I have had a Valentines Cupcake, Valentines Cookie and Chocolate Covered Peanuts. But, the little Dark Chocolate Heart I was given is still sitting on my desk staring at me!.
I have tried dark chocolate enough to know that I can add it to my dislike list, never to be eaten again!