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!

Short Notes – 7.5.13

Bob Woodruff Friday’s Hero

On the Playlist… Californication  by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Words to Live By


Fourth of July Fireworks over the North Palm Beach Country Club – 7.4.13

The 50×50 Challenge……

50 x 50

In exactly ten months I turn 50.  Fifty, the big five -oh, half a century, yes 50.  While I realize I don’t look a day over 48 3/4, I will be 50 in 10 months. April 28th for those of you who don’t already have it marked on your calendar, although I can’t imagine why you would not.

So yes, I will be 50.

Honestly, being 50 doesn’t bother me in the least, I am secretly enjoying aging as my eccentricities become more and more acceptable with each day.

The age doesn’t bother me, what does bother me is, I am fat.  FAT, FAT, FAT!  There is no other way around it…. I am FAT!

When I was younger I swore I would never allow my families battle with weight affect me, I would be cute and skinny forever…. well, look at me now… I am FAT!

The way I calculate it, I am about 50 pounds overweight.  Yes, there is that number again…. 50.  Do you see a pattern developing here?

I have been thinking about my 50th birthday a lot lately, but more than that I have been thinking about that extra 50 lbs I am carrying around every day, so I have come up with a plan.

I want to lose 5 pounds…. yes, 5 pounds, that is my goal.

Between today and July 28th, my goal is to lose 5 pounds.  The next month, another five and so on and so on and then 10 months from now, on the day I turn 50, I want to be down…..  yes, you did the math FIFTY POUNDS!

I honestly don’t think this is an unreasonable goal, while it sounds massive when you say, I am a big fat ass that is 50 pounds over-weight.  It doesn’t sound as massive to say, I plan to lose 5 pounds over the next 30 days.

I need to go in baby steps here, but I MUST do this, I have no other choice.  This is my one chance not to be fat for the rest of my life, it is now or never.

As I begin this journey, I need your help.  I cannot do this alone, I know that.  While I don’t plan on turning this blog into a fat-ass blog, I will be posting results and status, I need your help holding my feet to the fire.

When I see you, I need some encouragement, OR I need you to tell me that I am still fat and need to work harder.  Whatever you choose, I will accept, I need assistance!

I am a pretty independent guy and don’t like asking others for help…. but I am asking, I need your help.  I need you to help keep me on track so that I can drop this weight and lead a more productive life.  I want to do awesome things and enjoy incredible adventures, right now my weight is holding me back, but more importantly my apathy is holding me back.

Today I embark on the 50×50 challenge.

50 pounds lighter on the day I turn 50.

I am not going on some crazy diet, I am going to work towards eating healthier and exercising more.  I have begun walking or swimming each day after work , I am open to other work-outs so if you have an idea or want to do something together let me know, I am open!

Now I get vulnerable, my starting weight….  232.4.  Five pounds, my goal for the next 3o days is five pounds.

50×50 I ask for your prayers, encouragement and honesty.