What’s a good way to celebrate a long weekend? Why, by trying out various ice cream flavors!! My beloved friend Cathy, from Oregon, sent me a box of six pints of ice cream from Portland’s (the OTHER Portland) Salt and Straw ice cream.


Of course I had to start with the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons.

I chortled as I ate it. A completely different animal than other ice cream. The caramel stays soft and flowing even though it’s mixed into the frozen ice cream. Just amazing. Once I stopped chortling, honest to God, I shivered with delight. Yup. That good.

Cathy let me choose what flavors I wanted, which was such fun. This is what I went with:

Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons (of COURSE)

Panther Coffee Chocolate Tres Leches

Rhubarb Crumble with Toasted Anise

Cold Brew Coffee Cashew Praline

Jasmine Milk Tea & Chocolate Almond Stracciatella

and…if the Sea Salt with Caramel was a no-brainer, then so was this one:

Double Fold Vanilla for my beautiful boy!

Later I tried a bit of the Panther Coffee Chocolate Tres Leches. It was also amazing with incredibly intense flavors balanced by the silky smooth mouth feel and then the texture of the Tres Leches cake. Startlingly good.

I decided two flavors in one day was more than enough although I can’t wait to dig into the others! What a delightful gift. I am indeed blessed with our friends.

Yesterday was, well, not a bad day and not just because of ice cream. Ernie seemed a little perkier and that made me feel a little perkier. We did a tiny bit of picking up and putting things away, made a shopping list for InstaCart, Leo broke down an insane amount of boxes for recycling, I finished all my thank you notes, I read, Ernie crossworded and dozed a bit and eventually we migrated to the media room where we watched some TV. Some Australian MasterChef (it’s the last season with Matt Preston, what WILL I do when it’s over?), some Endeavor, finishing up with some Ray Donovan before switching over to YouTube for Eric Ambel, the Del Lords and then some Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Somewhere in there I made dinner and Ernie actually ate some of it. We eventually realized we were tired and that it was after 1:30 in the morning so we trundled off to bed and slept in this morning.

Today I feel pleasantly lazy and am planning a quiet day. In theory Owen is coming over at some point to mow the lawn. I’ve got a window box to finally plant.


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