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Cool, Creamy and Totally Summer

From the very young to our wonderful senior citizens
and everyone in between, ice cream has been a
special treat. It is eye candy as well as taste sensa-
tion all rolled into one scoop. You could nearly taste
it as it rolls into the scooper and then into a dish or
cone. But if you really want to be really in a state of
divine and supreme pleasure, add toppings and
whipped cream, nuts, and fruits – well, it just gets
your creative juices running and there is no “incorrect”
addition to ice cream. There is even fried ice cream
so the possibilities are endless.

If you delight in a cone while reading in the summer after-
noon on the back porch, as a terrific dessert for
family and friends, especially after a BBQ meal, or
really give “party” a new meaning – hold an ancient-
fashioned ice cream social.

If you choose on the “social” then invitations should be
in pastel colors – the tones of the ice cream treats that
will be offered on that special afternoon. What about
table decor – fancy is out but buckets of in-season and
in-your-backyard flowers and greenery will really set the
mood. You might even choose on a different bouquet
bucket for each table. Daisies, tiger lilies, and even
dandelions for the kids – bright yellow and their favorite
flower for picking to give to mom.

A must is vanilla ice cream and then you can head for the
moon. If you have chocoholics, then a chocolate table
all their own will really set you up as the hostess with the
most. Chocolate swirl, mint, and fudge are just starters.
Then you have to have fruity choices too. At another
table you could have cherry, strawberry and peach. Ah-
now summer is being honored in every spoonful.
Diversify with nutty types, and even a few “ices” such ‘as
lemon or lime. Cones, cups, spoons, and plenty of napkins
and even wetnaps are a nice touch. Bottled water is a fantastic
way to cleanse the palet and start all over again.

An assortment of sprinkles and sauces is also a fantastic
touch. Rainbow sprinkles, coconut, crushed candy bars,
marshmallows, and fruit chips. Try to include a really
different taste to try – such as Summer Peach and Apricot
Surprise – recipe at the bottom. A tray of plain cookies such
as vanilla wafer or white filled waffle cookies – just like in the
ancient-time ice cream parlors.

Your service ware can be any color – mix and match is the
order of the day. Disposable saves you so much work and
breakage. Tie milk containers with holes in the top to trees
far from where you are serving so that bees and bugs will
know they are not invited. A bit of sugar water inside will keep
the small critters busy. Games are optional as conversation
will be the rule of the day. A small music and some singing –
your party is complete and a total success. Door prizes are
fun such as scoops, or ice cream dishes, a certificate to a near-
by ice cream shop or quick food place for cones for later in the
summer and even bags of nuts, or coconut, fresh fruit and candy
bars to take home and try different ways to dress up the best
taste treat in town. Delight in your ice cream, your reputation as the
best place to be for this summertime get-together, and take a
bow. Delight in.

***Sauce***
3 cups chopped, peeled, and pitted peaches

(or use nectarines for something different)
1 small jar apricot fruit spread
1 tbs. lemon juice
In a blender process all ingredients until very smooth.
Cover and chill until serving time.

©Arleen M. Kaptur
July, 2007

Arleen M. Kaptur has written many books and articles on everyday living and finding peace and joy in all we do.



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