What’s Cooking…… Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

Ok, not really cooking, but “What’s Frozen” just doesn’t sound right for a headline.

For the 4th of July I was invited to a cook-out at my friend Winehooch and her husband Dan’s home.  Fourth of July at the Hooch House is always fun with swimming, eating, drinking and fireworks over the canal from the nearby country club.

My friends know my strengths, so when I am invited over my dish is usually going to be an appetizer of dessert.

Since it was the 4th of July I decided to do both.

The appetizer I chose was an old stand-by Pigs In A Blanket.

For dessert I chose Cherry Ice Cream.  I make good ice cream, some people are good at BBQ, others are great at pie, I am darn good at ice cream.

I have a simple recipe, a good churn and am fearless when it comes to putting together flavors.  I’ve done peppermint, peach, blueberry, snickers, etc etc etc.

Here it is my simple homemade ice cream recipe….

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream

IMG_2991[1] Fresh Cherries remove stems and pits

IMG_2993[1] Mix fruit, 1 cup heavy whipping creme, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla

IMG_2994[1] Churn it

IMG_2996[1] Serve it!

#50×50 Week One

50 x 50Last Friday I announced my 50 x 50 Challenge here.  The gist, I will be 50 in 10 months, the goal lose 50 pounds in 10 months.

Week one has gone well.  I have done at least 45 minutes of exercise for 5 of the 7 days, I need to get that to 6 and in all honesty would have this week but I took the 4th off for fun.

My food choices have been a solid “B,” not as good as they could or should be, but not as bad as they have been.

I kept it sane on the 4th, where in recent years, I would have had a burger and hot dog and BBQ;  Thursday, I just had a burger….  baby steps!  I even limited myself to a small serving of the homemade cherry ice cream I made.

I haven’t weighed and don’t plan on it until the 28th, but I do feel better.  I seem to have more energy and my pants may be fitting a bit better…. or it could be my imagination.

Week one has seen progress, I think that is a victory!

 

Short Notes… PB Post: Jury convicts second man in 2008 murder of popular Lake Park ice cream man

A conviction will never bring Fresnel Atilus back to his wife and seven children, however hopefully they will peace knowing that Justice was Served.

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Jury convicts second man in 2008 murder of popular Lake Park ice cream man

 By Daphne Duret

  Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH

A jury convicted a Riviera Beach man this evening of first degree murder in the 2008 killing of a popular Lake Park ice cream man.

Frank Collins, 21, is the second man convicted in the tragic shooting death of Fresnel Atilus, the beloved 32-year-old married father of seven.

Rescue workers had to pry open the back doors of Atilus’ colorful ice cream truck in a desperate attempt to save his life, prosecutors said.

But by then, the five gunshot wounds he suffered had already left him lifeless on the floor of his truck.

During the weeklong trial, Assistant State Attorney Aleathea McRoberts said Collins killed Atilus to either “to make a quick buck or to punish” the beloved 32-year-old married father of seven.

“It was brutal, and it was without justification,” McRoberts said in opening statements to jurors.

Collins’ defense attorney, Stephanie McQueen, told jurors that Atilus’ death was indeed a tragedy, but argued that prosecutors didn’t have any physical evidence linking Collins to the crime.

McQueen said there were inconsistencies in witness testimony, including an identification from one witness who said he saw Collins leaving the scene but failed to mention at all the pair of tattoos Collins has framing his face.

“In order for justice to be served, they have to have the right person,” McQueen said.

Collins is one of three men accused in Atilus’ December 2008 fatal shooting. The killing of Atilus, who left behind six children and a then-pregnant wife who couldn’t speak English, shocked the community and spurred an outpouring of donations from throughout the country.

In May 2010, a jury convicted 25-year-old Michael Murdock Jr. of first degree murder and attempted robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Murdock drove the getaway car after prosecutors say Collins and another unidentified man allegedly approached the service window of Atilus’s ice cream truck as if they were going to buy ice cream and then opened fire. Atilus’ assailants then ran to a nearby car driven by Murdock and sped off.

A third unidentified man, who police believe participated in the murder, fled to the Bahamas.

Atilus, who started driving the ice cream truck when he was laid off from his construction job, was blocks from his home on Foresteria Drive when he was attacked.

Atilus’ widow, Iranaise, had joined her husband from Haiti about a year before the shooting. She and several other relatives sat in court throughout the weeklong trial.

Short Notes: Palm Beach Post, Accused killer wanted ‘to make a quick buck or to punish’ beloved Lake Park ice cream man, prosecutors say

The trial for the accused killer of “Lake Park’s Ice Cream Man” began today.  I remember when this senseless murder took place, the horror of our community was palpable.  As a community, led by former Mayor Desca Dubois, and then Town Manager Maria Davis, we worked to provide some sense of comfort for this family.  Hopefully this trial will bring final resolution.

Today, Ms. Atilus and her children remain in Lake Park, they are productive and active members of our community.  I wish blessings on this family and peace to them as they move through this trial and the court process.

Below is the Palm Beach Post account of today’s trial proceedings…

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Accused killer wanted ‘to make a quick buck or to punish’ beloved Lake Park ice cream man, prosecutors say

Accused killer wanted ‘to make a quick buck or to punish’ beloved Lake Park ice cream man, prosecutors say photoAccused killer wanted ‘to make a quick buck or to punish’ beloved Lake Park ice cream man, prosecutors say photo

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH —

Rescue workers had to pry open the back doors of Fresnel Atilus’ colorful ice cream truck in a desperate attempt to save his life, prosecutors said.

But by then, the five gunshot wounds he suffered had already left him lifeless on the floor of his truck.

This morning, in the first degree murder trial of Fresnel’s accused shooter, Frank Collins, Assistant State Attorney Aleathea McRoberts said Collins killed the popular Lake Park ice cream man in 2008 either “to make a quick buck or to punish” the beloved 32-year-old married father of seven.

“It was brutal, and it was without justification,” McRoberts said in opening statements to jurors this morning.

Collins’ defense attorney, Stephanie McQueen, told jurors that Atilus’ death was indeed a tragedy, but she says prosecutors don’t have any physical evidence linking Collins to the crime.

McQueen said that testimony during the trial will show inconsistencies in witness testimony, including an identification from one witness who said he saw Collins leaving the scene but failed to mention at all the pair of tattoos Collins has framing his face.

“In order for justice to be served, they have to have the right person,” McQueen said.

Collins is one of three men accused in Atilus’ December 2008 fatal shooting. The killing of Atilus, who left behind six children and a then-pregnant wife who couldn’t speak English, shocked the community and spurred an outpouring of donations from throughout the country.

In May 2010, a jury convicted 25-year-old Michael Murdock Jr. of first degree murder and attempted robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Murdock drove the getaway car after prosecutors say Collins and another unidentified man allegedly approached the service window of Atilus’s ice cream truck as if they were going to buy ice cream and then opened fire. Atilus’ assailants then ran to a nearby car driven by Murdock and sped off.

A third unidentified man, who police believe participated in the murder, fled to the Bahamas.

Atilus, who started driving the ice cream truck when he was laid off from his construction job, was blocks from his home on Foresteria Drive when he was attacked.

Atilus’ widow, Iranaise, had joined her husband from Haiti about a year before the shooting. She and several other relatives sat in court this morning as prosecutors called their first witnesses in the case.

A key prosecution witness is expected to be Frederick Cobia, a jailhouse lawyer who himself pleaded guilty to murder charges. Prosecutors say Cobia briefly worked on Collins’ behalf while at the Palm Beach County Jail, and is expected to bring out information linking Collins to the crime.

If convicted, Collins faces life in prison.

Tuesday 10 ~ Deena Lang

TuesdayThank you all for the positive comments on the new feature Tuesday 10, this week we salute one of my favorite radio goddesses, Deena Lang with the WRMF Morning Show, 97.9FM.

Follow Deena on all of her social media outlets, she says some of the funniest things on the internet!

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1) Excluding family members, who inspires you? Any female who has managed to find a true balance between her career and family life and flourish in both areas.

2)   What is your guilty pleasure? Ice cream.  I can’t sleep if I don’t eat ice cream after dinner. Heck, I’ll even eat flavors I don’t like… Just because it’s ice cream.

3)   If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say? My son. “You changed my life in ways I never thought imaginable. I view everything from a bright new perspective because of you. I’m amazed.”

4)   What is your favorite sandwich? Anything with a fruit compote topping and either melted brie or gouda. deena_orange

5)   What is the best professional advice you ever received? “Don’t bore us… Get to the chorus.”

6)   As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story? Peter Pan. I had it memorized.

7)   Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for? Obama.

8)   What is the one career achievement you are most proud of? Managing to remain a Floridian throughout my entire career. Generally, in radio, you have to keep your belongings in cardboard boxes because you have to move around so much.  In 13 years, I’ve worked in the Miami and Palm Beach markets.  I started my career here and plan to end it here as well.

9)   If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why? I revert back to question 6.  Peter Pan. I often need a reminder that life isn’t as serious as we sometimes think. It’s okay to be a grown kid at times.

10)What is the best meal you ever ate? Victoria and Albert’s in Orlando.  They’re inside the Grand Floridian hotel. If you ever REALLY want to treat yourself, it’s the place to visit. A ten course predetermined menu full of flavors you had no idea existed!