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“Marble Magic” (Cream Cheese Brownies with Milk) Nikon D300, 150mm, F/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 640, Built-in i-TTL-BL Flash, -0.7EV

Desserts…aaaah, the best part of the meal. ūüôā Well, they were when I was younger.

These days, sweet endings aren’t the status quo, therefore, when I do indulge, they best be special treats! (or, at least, ones that are¬†worth the extra minutes required on the elliptical! ūüėČ )

Good thing I love to bake since pre-packaged cookies and snack cakes aren’t welcome in our cupboards (too many ingredients born out of a chemistry lab than a kitchen).

First up, one of my favoritesCream Cheese Marble Brownies. Layers of dark chewy chocolate brownies dotted with chocolate chips and topped with ribbons of sweetened cream cheese. No sissy portions here but a nice generous square to be washed down with ice cold milk (of course).

This next one may look like a pre-packaged item but I assure you,¬†it isn’t.

“Fo Hos” (Chocolate-covered, Cream-filled, Vanilla Cake Rolls) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 640, Built-in i-TTL-BL Flash, -0.7EV

Inspired by my favorite childhood snack cake, Hostess Ho Hos, these chocolate-covered, cream-filled rolls are beyond tasty! I’ve¬†also made them with chocolate cake (like the original) but discovered¬†that when you only have a yellow boxed cake mix in the pantry, you simply have to rollwith it! ūüėČ

“Salty Sweet” (Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream ‘Late Night Snack’) Nikon D300, 130mm, F/5.6, 1/30s, ISO 640

Not all our treats come from my oven.

We are HUGE fans of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and when he recently unveiled the latest Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor created just for the show, we knew we had to try it!

The perfect combination of salty and sweet, Late Night Snack is ‘Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters.’

Yes, folks, you read that correctly: Fudge. Covered. Potato. Chip. Clusters. Genius! 

For a limited time only, so run out¬†to your local grocer and scoop up a pint! ūüėČ

Staying with the ice cream theme, this last image comes courtesy of Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

“Mouse Cream” (Mickey Mouse Sundaes, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/2.8, 1/25s, ISO 640

I didn’t sample these Mickey Mouse sundaes but they were simply too adorable(and too colorful)¬†to pass up! ūüôā

I’m not even gonna pretend¬†that I am the least bit happy about yesterday’s heavy, wet, sloppy¬†snowstorm!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

For the THIRD time in 11 years, a 75-foot tall tree NOT on our property has fallen under the weight of the snow, crushing a section of our chain-link fence.  


This tree is¬†(was) on city property and is (was)¬†the second half of one that fell a few years back, damaging, of course, a different section of fencing. (And, when the city finally came to remove that tree, I suggested they take down the whole thing fearing the inevitable. Let’s say my request fell on deaf ears).¬†¬†

Double aaaaaarrgh!    

So to maintain¬†what little sanity¬†I have left, I am going to my “happy place” where the only thing I see¬†frozen is this:

“Frozen Sunshine” (Ice Cream Soda at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Beach Club Resort, WDW) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 400

¬†Yum! ūüôā¬†¬†


**02/19/2010 Update**:¬†The city’s Forestry Services showed up today and gave me a whole lotta hoopla about how “we aren’t really responsible for natural forest areas” (the tree is on a public elementary¬†school’s property, albeit in the wilder perimeter¬†areas, but huh?) and “all we can do is cut up what is on the fence and toss it over“.¬†Sigh.¬†¬†

My taxes pay their salaries and they make me feel like they are doing me¬†a favor??! Geesh! At the very least (and I mean least), they did clean up what was on the fence and our property¬†but left the 75 feet or so¬†of downed tree trunk and branches¬†on the other side. There is definitely¬†damage to plantings but won’t really know the extent until all this %!^@*/$ snow is gone! Then, there is the fence where one complete section of¬†railing is toast and it will be an adventure setting¬†that right, I’m sure. With all the other questionable-looking trees still standing, I suspect this will be an ongoing battle.¬†¬†

To be continued…¬†¬†


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