See These Ice Cubes, See These Ice Creams?

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I’ve had Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like It’s Hot” in my head all morning. What in the world…? Don’t you hate when you get random songs stuck in your head? Yesterday it was the $5 foot long song from Subway. Oy vey!

At any rate, after dinner last night, Ben and I zipped on over to Coldstone for dessert! What else would I be craving in the dead of winter? ;)

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The craving actually came yesterday afternoon after I read an article about America’s Most Sugar Packed Foods. Coldstone’s JELL-O Butterscotch Pudding Ice Cream was profiled as the #3 worst offender. 8O The article didn’t have the intended effect though, because it totally gave me a hankering for it!

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I skipped the sugar laden butterscotch variety though, and got the Sinless Sweat Cream ice cream with a brownie mix in.

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Sinless it may have been, tasteless it was not! Sweet cream ice cream has got a very pure, unique taste and Coldstone has got some of the best brownies ever. Chewy and SO chocolatey. I always choose one as my mix-in. Remember?

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Ben actually changed his mind once we got there and chose a hot latte from Starbys – in their pretty Valentine’s Day cups!

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Heart over a headless heart. No faces allowed in this picture. What a diva! ;)

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Pssht. I’ll take my ice cream, thank you very much! What would you choose?

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Can we talk about how many teenagers there were at the mall on a Monday night? Granted, it was only 6:15pm, but I don’t remember hanging out at the mall on school nights. Maybe I’m just an cranky old woman now… Anyways, it was a nice little treat and retreat to end a long, cold Monday! :D

This morning’s breakfast got started last night – Overnight Oats. :)

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I actually get a lot of questions about overnight oats, so I thought I’d break it down for ya’.

Step 1: Pour a fat-free yogurt into a bowl.

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Step 2: Add uncooked old fashioned oats (I usually add 1/4 to 1/3 cup).

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Step 3: Sprinkle on chia seeds. (totally optional!)

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Step 4: Stir!

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Step 5: Top with a sliced banana and almonds.

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Step 6: Stash in the fridge overnight.

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Step 7: Chow in the morning! :)

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Seriously, you will never be as happy as when you have overnight oats waiting for you to devour in the morning. The oats gets super chewy and fluffy overnight and the whole combination with the creamy banana and crunchy almonds is just fantastic. No better way to start the day! :D

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I love this picture…I don’t know why?! One little bowl of oats in a big world of snow. :)

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I am so jazzed for lunch today – leftover Coconut Chicken Chili and a Pink Lady Apple.

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I cannot tell you how delish this chili is. Uniquely flavored and very exotic. And don’t be afraid of the coconut milk – I’d never used it before last night. Basically it’s just really tasty “water” – you can’t screw it up, promise!

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Ooo, I was going to tell you – this would be super good topped with some chopped peanuts on top!

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This shall make a fabulous 2pm snack. :)

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Yipes, you guys, I forgot to announce the winner of the iHerb.com $50 Shopping Spree Giveaway last night! Without further ado, the winner is:

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Marisa (Loser for Life): I would try Amazing Grass! Been dying to!

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Congrats – you will have SO much fun picking out your goodies! Shoot me an email at IowaGirlEats@hotmail.com for details! For everyone else – domestic ground shipping for orders over $40 is FREE – wheee! I highly suggest!

Hopefully today zips by – I’ve got an awesome dinner planned for tonight. Very timely and suggestive of our Spring Break trip, which I fill you in on tonight. Any guesses?!

Have a great Tuesday!

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What do you mix in with your ice cream, or top your sundaes with?

I went through a big Nerds Blizzard phase in high school, but now I’m all about the chocolate. The more, the better!

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Comments

  1. Hmm you say they do the best brownie/ice cream combo..can they beat Ben and Jerry’s chocolate brownie!!?? That is the ULTIMATE in ice cream IMHO!!
    I love how pink your breakfast is, so girly and pretty:)
    Have a good day!

  2. Becky 02.16.2010

    I choose ice cream all the way!! I am a sucker for the sweet stuff and a hot drink simply won’t suffice. Beware of the kiddos this week….school vacation!

  3. Jamie 02.16.2010

    I don’t understand how guys can just pass up desserts without thinking twice. When I actually go out for a dessert I’m going to get something!!! And ice cream is my #1 favorite dessert and peanut butter cups are my favorite mix in!

  4. Tyler 02.16.2010

    ice cream > latte! especially if there are brownie chunks involved!

  5. Kristi 02.16.2010

    I’m definitely all about brownies, chocolate chip cookies or chocolate/peanut butter!

  6. Yeah, I would DEF go for the ice cream over the latte, especially post-dinner when my sweet tooth is alive and well. I love banana, caramel, grahams mixed in but hot fudge is my favorite ice cream topper.

  7. I have had the biggest craving for Cold Stone since I cut out a coupon from the paper this weekend! The sad thing is we only have 1 in the whole city and it’s about 40 minutes away :( But, I think the trip may be necessary VERY soon!! I always get Cake Batter with cookie dough mix in! I see now that they have a Sinless Cake Batter!! Even better!!

  8. Rose 02.16.2010

    That ice cream? Um. Yum!

  9. MyThy as in "Mighty" 02.16.2010

    I always get sinless sweet cream with brownie mixed in too! Sometimes I’ll over indulge and put it in the waffle bowl. ;) Other days I crave Cold Stone’s sinless sweet cream + yellow cake + strawberries mix in. I need me some type of cake mix in!

    In CA, we have Yogurtland as a ‘healthier’ alternative. But its so hard when you have 12 different flavors, 20 diff topping choices and @ only $.30 an ounce! It doesn’t help that DF (Dedicated Fiance) gave me a $100 gift card for V-day! He knows I love him as much as FroYo! <3

  10. AP 02.16.2010

    I might have to take Ben’s side and go with the latte… it was freezing last night!
    With today’s sunshine I think I could handle some ice cream though, with any kind of fruit please :)

  11. I am a sprinkles girl!! I can’t help it I always have been :-)

  12. Melanie 02.16.2010

    I DO hope you had Sinless Sweet Cream – and not Sinless Sweat! ;)

  13. Amanda 02.16.2010

    Definitely ice cream! Ben is nuts :)

    Oh, here in NY the schools are on winter break so that could be why there were so many kids in the mall?

  14. *Andrea* 02.16.2010

    i would have chosen coldstone duhhh ;) thanks for the overnight oats pic tutorial – super helpful!

  15. Evan Thomas 02.16.2010

    I like to buy preflavored pints; that takes all the work out of the for me :-)

  16. Julie 02.16.2010

    Nerds! I used to love those things.
    I love oreos as a mix in. I don’t have “favorites” for anything except ice cream – cookis n cream always wins hands down.

  17. Angharad 02.16.2010

    Ummm ince cream all the frickin way! Not even a choice involved in my opinion!
    Your overnight oats are pure beauty my friend! Yum!

  18. I love the sinless sweet cream and a bit of heath bar. So divine for a very rare treat.

    I probably would have chosen the coffee though. I’ve been feeling off and the milk and sugar wouldn’t have helped me.

  19. Quinn 02.16.2010

    I’m all over Oreos in my ice cream / milkshake / whatever. The best combo is with coffee ice cream. YUM!

  20. I rarely go out for ice cream, but when I do it has to have chocolate pieces (the more the better!) or cheesecake pieces. Though, like I said, we rarely go, so this is always a once or twice a year thing for me!

    If I had to choose on a winter day, I think I’d choose the latte!

    K

  21. Missy Maintains 02.16.2010

    Now I am craving Coldstone! I love Oreos in my ice cream! Brownies are good too though :) Thanks for the overnight oat tutorial. For some reason I thought it was more complicated! Now I am going to try it tonight!

  22. Darci 02.16.2010

    oh how i LOVE coldstone!!! and i think i’m with you, pretty much anything chocolate to top mine with!! or pb!! ;)

  23. Claire 02.16.2010

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100216/sc_livescience/happieststateshawaiimovesintofirstplace

    when i saw that iowa was the fifth “happiest” state i immediately thought of you (not just because you’re the only person i know who lives in iowa, but also because you always seem to be genuinely happy!)

  24. Wendy 02.16.2010

    Hi! (totally unrelated to your ice cream post but yuM!)
    I just wanted to say that I’ve been following your blog for the past few weeks and you’ve inspired me to make super-rock star salads (and I’ve started taking pics of them b/c they are so pretty to look at! hee hee)- I love reading about new foods to add to my arsenal so I’m going to try almond butter next (that schtuff is pricey!) but I’m sure it’ll be worth it – oh and I keep hearing about Chia seeds – I guess I’ll have to pay a visit to a Nutrition house as I’ve never seen it in the grocery stores here!

  25. Ice cream every time!

  26. Leah 02.16.2010

    I LOVE Coldstone! Im all about peanut butter cups in my ice cream. Ok, and oreos.

    Your overnight oats look so delicious! Mine are never anywhere near that pretty, but I do agree, its so nice to wake up and have breakfast there waiting!

  27. Danielle 02.16.2010

    I’m actually not the biggest fan of ice cream. I think it has something to do with being pretty lactose sensitive so I don’t drink milk or have more than a little bit of ice cream at a time. I do love baked goods though :)

  28. OMG the ice cream looks amazing…seriously. YUM.

    And I heart overnight oats majorly. They are SO good..nothing like them.

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  31. Enda Hippe 05.16.2010

    damn good advice and sharing,I will buy one nice apple for me .thanks,Joe

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